Campus Preparations - March 4

March 4, 2020

RE: Prepping for Coronavirus/COVID-19

Dear STCC community,

As part of its ongoing emergency management preparations, the college Emergency Response Team (ERT) has detailed plans and protocols in place to prepare for and respond to a public health emergency, including ongoing monitoring of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The ERT is composed of faculty and staff representing key areas of campus including Academic Affairs, Administrative Services, Campus Police, Communications & Marketing, the Health & Wellness Center, Facilities, and Student Affairs. This team works with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and regularly updates our preparedness activities. The ERT meets and trains on a regular schedule, including emergency preparedness exercises.

STCC officials remain in close contact with state and federal public health officials. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health evaluates the current risk to residents as low. At the same time, the risk for the influenza virus is very high. 

There are zero reported cases of COVID-19 amongst STCC students, faculty, or staff.

Updates regarding the campus response to COVID-19 can be found at stcc.edu/coronavirus.

Steps STCC is Taking to Help Protect You

The STCC Facilities Department is also ensuring that all wall-mounted hand sanitizer dispensers are replenished. Additional free-standing dispensers are also being set-up at building entrances and in public areas especially during public events.

STCC Facilities, IT, and Library staff will increase the frequency of cleaning public spaces and computer labs.  

The STCC Health & Wellness Center located in Building 19 (room 177) has ordered tissues and hand sanitizer which are available for distribution.    

Best Practices to Protect Yourself

The STCC Health and Wellness Center is available to assist you with related questions or concerns at (413) 755-4230 or via live chat.

The STCC Health & Wellness Center reminds all students, faculty, and staff to remember these tips to avoid spreading any respiratory virus, including COVID-19. If you are symptomatic, the CDC recommends you stay home and contact your primary care provider.

These simple steps will help to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses (including flu) and promote a healthier campus community. 

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a waterless hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve
  • If you use a tissue to sneeze or wipe your nose, throw it away and immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • It’s not too late to get a flu vaccination. Vaccines are available at medical offices, pharmacies, and the STCC Health & Wellness Center. 

For further information, please refer to the CDC’s Prevention and Treatment recommendations.

Continuity of Instruction Planning

separate communication will be sent to faculty by Academic Affairs regarding continuity of instruction in the event health and wellness becomes significantly disruptive. 

Sincerely,

Joseph DaSilva
Vice President of Administration/CFO