A few simple steps that you take now can greatly reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus and many other illnesses:
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds multiple times a day.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a face cover.
- Stay at least 6 feet apart (2 arms’ lengths) from others.
- Disinfect high-touch areas and objects frequently.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
San Jacinto College continues to work with federal, state and local officials to monitor potential risks. You should take all the recommended precautions as we begin phasing in our College workforce and returning to College operations. FAQs have been developed for what to expect when we return to work.
CDC Recommendation to Wear Face Mask
The CDC recommends all persons to wear a face mask when out in public or away from their homes. The CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
In light of the CDC recommendations and the recent spike in Harris County COVID-19 cases, San Jacinto College has enhanced its face covering requirements, outlined below.
College Face Covering Requirements:
- Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Harris County, San Jacinto College is requiring face coverings at ALL times on campus, at the district offices, or at any of our facilities.
- This applies to all employees, students, contractors, and campus visitors.
- If you are alone in a classroom, office, or cubicle, face coverings may be removed, but must be kept nearby so you are able to put them back on if someone enters the room or your cubicle or when you exit the area.
- We hope you will bring your own face covering, but San Jacinto College also has PPE kits available for employees. You can request a PPE kit through your respective campus Dean of Administration or AVC of Facilities for District.
How else can you protect yourself at work?
- The single, most important thing you can do at work is to wash your hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds, as recommended by the CDC.
- Use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands right away
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Cover your cough, sneeze, and yawn
- Wipe down surfaces before you start your work tasks and at the end of your shift
- To maintain the 6-foot social distance, consider the following:
- Use telephone calls to communicate instead of physically visiting your co-worker
- Use Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, or Zoom – each of these have video capabilities and chat features
- Stagger your lunchtimes so as to not gather around the microwave or breakroom
Other items to keep in mind
- The college is currently closed to students and visitors at this time, unless otherwise noted or by appointment. Approval to work on campus must come from your SLT member. You must first request access via the Employee Request for Campus Access form.
- You must fill out and submit an Employee Pre-screening Questionnaire before each day that you will be working on campus.
- Students, Contractors, and Campus Visitors must also fill out a daily pre-screening form before being allowed on campus.
- Visit our Return to Work FAQs for additional topics.
These are extraordinary times we are living – working together and caring for each other’s safety and well-being proves how #SanJacStrong we are!