Health & Safety Protocols

Prevention Strategies

We have provided layered prevention strategies identified by the CDC to protect the STCC community and beyond. Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) (cdc.gov) Thus, the College is observing the following safety measures and protocols: 

  • Mandatory masks indoors for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals
  • Mandatory masks outdoors if six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained
  • COVID-19 vaccination requirement for on-campus students and employees
  • Enhanced cleaning provided by Facilities
  • Signage for hand washing, masks, general social distancing, staying home when sick, and COVID testing/vaccinations
  • Sanitizer stations at building entrances, common areas, student and public-facing areas
  • Desk shields provided upon request from the Department Director, Dean, AVP, and VP (submit via School Dude)
  • On-Campus COVID-19 Testing
  • Keyboard and mouse cover provided upon request (submit a request to helpdesk@stcc.edu)
  • On-Campus Vaccinations
  • Full-time COVID Case Manager 
  • Contact tracing conducted by the Springfield Department of Health & Human Services
  • The campus community can download the Mass Notify APP

Policies

Vaccination Policy

Students, faculty, and staff will be required to submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination by January 2022. This vaccine requirement is aimed at ensuring the safest learning and working environment possible for all members of the STCC community.

All students taking courses with an in-person component and/or students who intend to be on campus for any reason will be required to submit documentation of COVID-19 vaccination. We are now accepting documentation of COVID-19 vaccination inoculation for students. Please see the Student Vaccination Requirement page for directions on how to submit documentation and additional information.

Guidelines for employees are currently undergoing impact bargaining and more information will be forthcoming as that process continues.

Mask Policy

Wearing face coverings on campus is a key component of a multilayered prevention strategy that all members of the STCC community are required to practice. Along with handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, and regularly sanitizing personal study and office spaces, face coverings are shown to substantially decrease the transmission of the virus. In light of news reports that the COVID Delta variant resulted in a spike of new COVID cases, the mandatory wearing of masks indoors was reinstated for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Masks must also be worn outdoors if six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. This coincides with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and criteria listed in an Advisory by the MA Department of Public Health issued on July 30, 2021, Updated Face Coverings Guidance.

Recommended face coverings can be medical or non-medical grade and must fully cover both the nose and the mouth.

Recommended Face Coverings

  • Medical and non-medical grade disposable face masks and cloth face coverings that:
    • Ideally, masks should have:
    • Completely cover an individual's nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of the face without gaps
    • Two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
    • Nose wire to prevent air leaking out from the top of mask

Care for Face Coverings

Face coverings should not be used consecutive days without being cleaned. Disposable face coverings should be disposed of on a daily (or more frequent) basis. Cloth face coverings should be washed prior to the next use/day. All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to carry at least two face coverings with them in their vehicle or on their person when entering campus in case one becomes unusable or contaminated.

Scenarios & Guidelines

Confirmed and Possible Cases

What should I do?

Students

  • Stay home and monitor your symptoms.
  • Notify your instructor(s)/program chair.
  • Notify Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, at (413) 755-4125 or covid19@stcc.edu. Include the following details:
    • Full Name
    • School and Major
    • Any symptoms and symptom onset date
  • Contact your medical provider and seek care as needed.
  • You may participate in classes remotely if you are well enough while in isolation and should notify your in-person course instructor(s) of your plans.

Faculty and Staff

  • Stay home and monitor your symptoms.
  • Notify your dean/supervisor.
  • Notify Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, at (413) 755-4125 or covid19@stcc.edu. Include the following details:
    • Full Name
    • Department
    • Any symptoms and symptom onset date
  • Contact your medical provider and seek care as needed.

When Can I Return to Campus?

  • Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, will tell you when you can return. The decision will be based on your situation, vaccination status, symptoms, etc.
  • Students enrolled in a health program with a clinical internship, must also be cleared by health compliance after they are cleared by the COVID-19 Case Manager. Once health compliance receives notification of your clearance by the STCC COVID-19 Case Manager, they will contact you with further information.

What should I do?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Regardless of vaccination status, stay home and monitor your symptoms.
  • Get Tested for COVID-19.

Students

  • Notify your instructor(s)/program chair.
  • Notify Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, at (413) 755-4125 or covid19@stcc.edu. Include the following details:
    • Full Name
    • School and Major
    • Your symptoms
    • Onset date of symptoms
  • You may participate in classes remotely if you are well enough while in quarantine and should notify your in-person course instructor(s) of your plans.
  • Contact your medical provider and seek care as needed.

Faculty and Staff

  • Notify your dean/supervisor.
  • Notify Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, at (413) 755-4125 or covid19@stcc.edu. Include the following details:
    • Full Name
    • Department
    • Your symptoms
    • Onset date of symptoms
  • Contact your medical provider and seek care as needed.

When Can I Return to Campus?

  • Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, will tell you when you can return. The decision will be based on your situation, vaccination status, symptoms, etc.
  • Students enrolled in a health program with a clinical internship, must also be cleared by health compliance after they are cleared by the COVID-19 Case Manager. Once health compliance receives notification of your clearance by the STCC COVID-19 Case Manager, they will contact you with further information.

What should I do?

If you were in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual:

  • Notify Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, at (413) 755-4125 or covid19@stcc.edu. Include the following details:
    • Full Name
    • School and Major/Department
    • Date(s) of close contact
  • Stay home and quarantine for 14 days after your last exposure
  • Get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of the exposure or immediately if you develop COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • You do not need to observe quarantine if:
    • You are fully vaccinated and show no symptoms of COVID-19 or
    • You were diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 90 days, have fully recovered, and do not have COVID-19-like symptoms.

When Can I Return to Campus?

  • Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, will tell you when you can return. The decision will be based on your situation, vaccination status, symptoms, etc.
  • Students enrolled in a health program with a clinical internship, must also be cleared by health compliance after they are cleared by the COVID-19 Case Manager. Once health compliance receives notification of your clearance by the STCC COVID-19 Case Manager, they will contact you with further information.

What should I do?

  • Monitor your symptoms.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of the exposure or right away if you develop COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following close contact.

When Can I Return to Campus?

  • You may come to campus.

What should I do?

  • Quarantine is only necessary for an individual who has been in close contact with a person positive for COVID-19.

When Can I Return to Campus?

  • You may come to campus.
  • Continue to monitor your symptoms.

What should I do?

  • Direct the student or employee to notify Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, at (413) 755-4125 or covid19@stcc.edu. Include the following details:
    • Full Name
    • School and Major
    • Symptoms and onset date of symptoms
  • Notify Renee Maroney on behalf of the person, in the event the student or employee does not self-report.
    • If you were in close contact with the COVID-19 positive individual or you are experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19, please include this in your communication with Renee.

When Can I Return to Campus?

  • Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, will tell you when you can return. The decision will be based on your situation, vaccination status, symptoms, etc.

Mask Policy Adherence

As members of the STCC community, compliance with campus safety protocols is expected and will be monitored by human resources, supervisors, and each other. Unless there is a documented medical reason why they cannot do so, all students must wear masks while indoors on campus. Masks must also be worn outdoors if six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

The Student Code of Conduct was created with the goal of fostering an environment that ensures student learning and open access to higher education. It’s not intended to prevent members of the College community from attempting to resolve matters informally. 

If a student engages in conduct that interferes with the college environment (such as not complying with the mask requirement), an instructor or other College employee may address and resolve the matter informally without filing a complaint under the Code. Remind the student of the mask requirement. If a student is in need of a mask, direct them to the Health & Wellness Center in B19. If you have not been formally notified of any exemption for wearing a mask, ask the student to go to the Student Affairs Office to discuss the mask policy and/or ensure that any needed documents for an exemption have been processed through the Office of Disabilities Services.

If attempts at informal resolution are unsuccessful (a student refuses to go to Student Affairs, and is unwilling to wear a mask), the instructor should cancel class. The instructor or other College employee should then complete the General Incident Reporting Form describing the student's behavior and inform the School Dean of the occurrence.

As members of the STCC community, compliance with campus safety protocols is expected and will be monitored by human resources, supervisors, and each other. Unless there is a documented medical reason why they cannot do so, all Faculty and Staff must wear masks while indoors on campus. Masks must also be worn outdoors if six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

If a faculty or staff member is refusing to follow the mask mandate, please contact your supervisor and notify hr@stcc.edu.

Guidance for Faculty Teaching In-person Classes

If you are faculty teaching in-person classes, it is essential for you to actively prevent the spread of illness on campus. Talk to your students about the importance of complying with safety protocols in the classroom, modeling good behavior, and offering positive reinforcement when they comply with the guidelines.

The more you normalize and discuss these expectations with your students, the easier it will be for them to remember and comply with the college's safety expectations. Refer to the 2021 COVID-19 Campus Repopulation Plan or the Return to Campus webpage for the latest information.

Safety protocols and guidelines include:

  • Using face coverings indoors and outdoors on-campus
  • Self-monitoring symptoms before coming to campus
  • Getting tested for COVID-19 if showing symptoms or after a close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual (if you are not already fully vaccinated and are not symptomatic)
  • Following proper hygiene practices, including frequent hand sanitization, using cleansing wipes to disinfect surfaces, and minimizing the use of shared devices, tools, and equipment
  • Avoiding congestion (i.e. bottlenecking) near classroom entrances and exits before and after class
  • Communicating any COVID-19 related health concern to your instructor or professor
  • Notifying Renee Maroney, COVID-19 Case Manager, at (413) 755-4125 or covid19@stcc.edu if you test positive, have symptoms, or if you have an exposure.

In addition to encouraging in-person class participants to adhere to safety protocols, we ask faculty to follow the steps outlined above in scenario 6 if a student in an in-person class discloses that they have tested positive for COVID-19.