CCS Community Update from President Tuski 3.16.20
Dear CCS Faculty and Staff:
The health and safety of the CCS community is our top priority and we are taking every step to reduce risk. At the same time, we are working very hard to provide resources for remote completion of classes and making sure all students scheduled to graduate will graduate on time.
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illness is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals may interact and transmit disease. You were copied on an email sent to students today with a number of updates related to classes, student employees and campus events that will allow us to continue educating our students while protecting our community. Thank you for continuing to support our students and each other.
All Directors will provide opportunities for employees to work remotely when possible while keeping their offices open for business. This includes student employees. I recognize that not all work can be performed remotely, so I encourage flexibility and creativity.
CCS is taking this action to reduce the density of people in physical spaces. This aligns with the general public health guidelines to diminish disease transmission and protect everyone in our communities, particularly the most vulnerable, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Employees who are sick need to stay home from work. All CCS employees who may be at greater risk should stay home and contact their supervisor and Human Resources for assistance.
To all employees, I very much appreciate your commitment to our College, students and parents during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Avoid gathering socially in large groups
The Federal COVID-19 Task Force recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of ten people or more throughout the United States. Gathering in large groups is not recommended – and this includes gathering socially. Reducing the density of people in physical spaces will help to prevent the spread of disease not just within our community but also within society at large. Even in small groups, we strongly recommend practicing social distancing.
We continue to align our recommendations with, and follow guidelines from, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and other city, state and federal agencies. While there are no known CCS-associated cases of COVID-19, we know that there are at least 53 confirmed cases in the state of Michigan, and we expect that there will be more. We are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness and continue the important work of the College. CCS Environmental Services are cleaning all hard surfaces, door knobs, elevator buttons, railings, emergency panic bars, desks and keyboards at least three times a day. We have dedicated extra resources to assist with the cleaning. Our cleaning supplies are well stocked. We have added hand sanitizer and wipes throughout both campuses which will allow individuals to clean the surfaces they use/are using/have used.
There are everyday actions we can all take to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Consider alternatives to shaking hands.
- Unless you are sick with coughing, sneezing and fever, it is not advised to wear a mask.
Faculty can contact the appropriate Dean, Vince Carducci at email@example.com or phone 313.664.1488 or Ian Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org at 313.664.1474. Staff may contact Mike Hill at email@example.com or 313.664.7650. Please check our website for updates and other information.
Thank you for all of your efforts to promote a safe and healthy campus community at the College for Creative Studies. The rapidly changing situation due to the COVID-19 virus has created challenges across campus, and I know that it has affected the work and personal lives of our students, faculty and staff.
Thank you again.
Don Tuski, PhD
President and Professor