COVID-19 FAQ

Answer: SC4 is committed to providing the safest classroom environment possible. To do so, our Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) on campus is maximizing ventilation. As a result, systems will be highly susceptible to outside temperature causing room temperature variances.

Typically, room temperatures on campus are in the range of 72-80 degrees during cooling season and 67-73 degrees during heating season. Ranges are based on system designs and typical standards. Pulling in maximum outside air for ventilation that is hot and humid or cold and dry will cause systems to run harder to maintain typical temperature ranges.

Occupants can be assured the College will not sacrifice room ventilation to moderate room temperature. Closing or restricting outside air intake dampers outside acceptable standards to help cool or heat a room is not an option. The priority on ventilation can cause campus rooms to be at the higher room temperature ranges during warm summer months and at the lower ranges during the winter months.

Systems are monitored regularly for equipment failures, but individuals are always welcome to report outages or temperatures outside ranges.

Answer: Individual faculty do not need to decide on quarantining an entire class.

The St. Clair County Health Department has authority over reported Covid cases and will inform the College’s response. The College will cooperate and assist the Health Department as requested. The Health Department may advise no additional action, individual quarantine, monitoring or other actions. The Health Department’s directions will be based on each specific situation and therefore cannot be predetermined.

Answer: The following steps should be taken immediately:

  1. If you have tested positive or have been exposed, contact Campus Patrol at (810) 989-5757 or extension 5757 to inform the College.
  2. Campus Patrol will share this information with the Vice President of Human Resources.
  3. Human Resources will immediately notify the St. Clair County Health Department.
  4. The St. Clair County Health Department has authority over reported cases and will inform the College’s response. The College will cooperate and assist the Health Department as requested. The Health Department may advise no additional action, individual quarantine, monitoring or other actions. The Health Department’s directions will be based on each specific situation and therefore cannot be predetermined.

Answer: Classes will continue as planned for the Fall 2021 semester. In-person classes will continue in person. Online classes will continue online. Mitigation strategies to promote health and safety continue on campus and can be found on the College’s website.

Answer: No. A face shield is not a substitute for a mask. We can provide a microphone for instructors to use in classrooms (if the concern is being heard).

Answer: CDC link is here – www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/eua/index.html

Answer: St. Clair County Health Department link is here –https://www.stclaircounty.org/offices/health/COVID-19_FAQs.aspx

The college is dedicated to practices that will help prevent infectious illness transmission among students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The following guidelines, influenced by CDC recommendations regarding surface contamination for institutions of higher education, will serve as minimum cleaning standards:

SpaceMinimum cleaning and/or disinfection frequency
Classrooms and labsPhysical plant will conduct a full daily cleaning based on the daily class schedule. Disinfecting wipes will be provided in each classroom for faculty use as desired.
RestroomsPhysical plant will do a full daily cleaning and disinfection with periodic additional cleaning of high touch point surfaces.
OfficesFaculty and staff are encouraged to use disinfecting wipes to clean high touch surfaces as needed. Wipes will be provided to each office suite.
Physical plant staff will empty garbage daily.
Conference roomsPhysical plant will conduct a daily cleaning based on the room usage.
Commons spacesPhysical plant will conduct a daily cleaning as needed, including disinfecting high touch surfaces.

Requests for additional disinfecting wipes can be directed to facilities@sc4.edu

Note:  Additional disinfection protocol will be followed in the event of a positive COVID-19 occurrence within a space.

The college contracted with a licensed mechanical engineer to review ventilation in all indoor areas across campus with the goal of reducing the potential for airborne virus transmission. This included ensuring maximum fresh air exchange within buildings. Additionally, the college uses the highest efficiency air filters suitable for our systems and changes filters regularly to ensure optimal air quality.

The college also relies on building automation and control management systems in our heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure safety and comfort of occupants. These computerized systems integrate into HVAC mechanics to allow us to regularly monitor the systems. Systems across campus are being upgraded to ensure long term effectiveness and efficiency.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to open windows when desired.

Yes. The college contracted with a licensed vendor to test all drinking fountains across campus for a variety of hazards including Legionella (the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s Disease). To ensure continued safety, the physical plant team flushes the fountains daily.

No, the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot is up to each individual and currently not part of the employee COVID-19 vaccine requirement.