The College for Creative Studies (CCS) takes the health and safety of our students, employees, and visitors very seriously. Below you’ll find the steps the College is taking to ensure a safe and healthy semester.
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CCS COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
More information can be found on the CCS Immunization Recommendation page.
All Michigan adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5
Detroit Vaccination Sites: City residents (16+) and employees that work in the city can now schedule vaccine appointments by calling 313-230-0505 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Locations include the TCF Center with Walk-Up or Drive-Up options, the Northwest Activity Center, as well as some neighborhood sites. At this time all sites will administer two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Any appointments for Johnson & Johnson vaccines have been changed to reflect the current CDC/FDA recommendations.
Henry Ford Health System: The health system is holding an immunization clinic at One Ford Place and is now taking public appointments and individuals can schedule online. This location is within walking distance of the Taubman Center. More information can be found at https://www.henryford.com/coronavirus/vaccine-faqs
The vaccine will be offered for free. Insurance is not required, nor will it be requested at the vaccination center. Any Michigan resident who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) vaccine prioritization guidance will be able to register for an appointment. Register Today
Other Options: Pharmacies and other locations across the state are also opening up appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more at michigan.gov and find a vaccine location near you.
More vaccine information can be found in the Peacock Nation FAQs.
Daily Symptom Check
Employees, students and visitors will be expected to self-monitor for unusual symptoms and stay home if there is any cause for concern.Visitors will no longer be required to complete the screening questionnaire. Employees and students will no longer be required to complete MI Symptoms check on a daily basis in order to access CCS facilities.
Positive Tests and Illness
Please review the Isolation and Quarantine protocol for students and employees who become ill or are exposed to COVID-19.
If an individual feels ill or is concerned about potential symptoms, you should stay home. Let your direct CCS contacts know. This may include your supervisor(s), instructor(s), and or Residence Assistant(s). Utilize a symptom screener, a nurse line, or contact your medical provider if you are unsure. You are not required to see a doctor in order to stay home or leave campus.
Do not return to campus until you are well. You must be without symptoms for 24 hours before you can return to campus, and at least 5 days total if you have a positive COVID-19 test.
All positive COVID-19 cases must be reported.
Tests conducted on campus are automatically shared with CCS. If you are tested elsewhere, you are responsible for informing CCS of a positive case. You may do so by completing the COVID Reporting Form.
In the instance of a positive test result, CCS will coordinate with you and the local health department to ensure proper education, disinfection, contact tracing, and any other necessary policies and procedures.
The confidentiality of all medical conditions will be maintained in accordance with applicable law and to the extent practical under the circumstances. When required, the number of persons who will be informed that an unnamed student/employee has tested positive will be kept to the minimum needed to comply with reporting requirements and to limit the potential for transmission to others. Notwithstanding the foregoing, CCS reserves the right to inform other students and employees that an unnamed student/employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and other individuals may have been exposed to the disease. If exposed, individuals may take measures to protect their own health.
Anyone who has tested positive will be interviewed for contact tracing purposes by Emily VanWormer, Health Resource Manager, and information will also be shared with their local health department. Those identified as close contacts within the CCS community will be contacted directly and advised to self-quarantine.
Close contact is someone who has been within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period. Those who have been exposed to a positive case should notify CCS of their need to self-quarantine. You should not come to campus, even if you are feeling well.
Students: Contact the Dean of Students and your instructor(s). Instructors will work with students on an individual basis based on each circumstance to accommodate staying at home.
Employees: Please contact your supervisor and Human Resources. Supervisors will work with employees on an individual basis based on each circumstance. For many employees, this may mean working remotely, eliminating the need for PTO usage.
While in quarantine, you should monitor your symptoms daily. The CCS COVID Response Team will check in periodically. You should get tested if symptoms develop. If you test positive for COVID-19, please inform CCS.
CCS is following the most recent City of Detroit Health Department Guidance.
People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
People who are unvaccinated and have had close contact with an infected person(s) should notify CCS and should self-quarantine for 10 days since your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Close contact is someone who has been within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more within a 24 hour period. You should not come to campus, even if you are feeling well. It is recommended to get tested before ending quarantine and returning to campus.
On Campus COVID-19 Testing
Students who are sick with COVID symptoms or have been exposed can schedule a test with the CCS Wellness Nurse Practitioner’s office. Per updated CDC guidance, you do not need to pursue routine testing if you do not have symptoms or known exposure as long as you are fully vaccinated.
To schedule an appointment, visit our Calendly page: calendly.com/ccs-nurse. Appointments are available on Mondays and Thursdays starting 9/2/21.
To protect the health of our campus, we do not recommend that metro-Detroit commuters, faculty, and staff come to the campus for testing if experiencing symptoms. Please use a testing facility near your home.
Please review the off-campus testing section, and contact Emily VanWormer, Health Resource Manager, if you have questions or need other referrals.
Off Campus COVID-19 Testing
COVID testing is readily available in our region, and is free for those with symptoms and/or concern of exposure.
On January 18, 2022, the federal government started a free COVID-19 testing program. At-home, rapid COVID-19 tests are available for free at COVIDTests.gov, with every household eligible for four free tests that will be shipped directly to their home.
Most locations will offer one or both types of COVID Test: PCR and Antigen.
- PCR is a highly sensitive test. It can detect infection before you may have symptoms, as well as past infections (up to 90 days since infection). It needs to be sent out to a lab and results typically are shared in two days.
- Antigen tests are also known as rapid tests. They are best for detecting active infections, when you are most contagious. You will receive results the same day, sometimes in as little as 10 – 15 minutes.
Some free sites include the CCCN: Williams Recreation Center for tri-county residents, MDHHS Community Sites, pharmacies like CVS and Rite Aid, and county health departments. Please use the information from the state’s website to inform your decision. You may also call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, press 1.
CCS has partnered with the Nursing Practice Corporation, which oversees the Wayne State University Campus Health Center, as well as their public clinic – Taylor Street Primary Care. Students are eligible for free visits on campus (Mondays and Thursdays) as well as full access to the medical clinics. For more information visit https://campus.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/student-affairs/ccs-school-nurse/
CCS recommends that everyone get a flu shot.
One of the best ways to protect your health and the health of our community is to get a flu vaccine. This year it will be more important than ever to prevent the “twin-demic” overwhelming our medical systems. Seasonal flu vaccines reduce your risk of catching the flu by 40-60%, and those who do become ill have more mild symptoms. Getting a flu shot is free, fast, and safe.
Most health insurance plans cover the vaccine each year for no cost. Pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid can administer the vaccine during a walk-in visit. Visit vaccinefinder.org to find the closest location to you. CVS is giving a $5 off coupon too.
Detroit is offering free flu shots at the city’s immunization clinic at 100 Mack Ave. Call 313-876-4667 to make an appointment. For more info visit www.detroitmi.gov/flushot
As a reminder, all CCS Community members must stay home when they are sick and report all COVID-19 symptoms, cases and exposure.
Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, before eating, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Use hand sanitizer and PPE when riding on public transportation. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth and wash your hands after touching your face.
CCS will provide the supplies necessary for frequent and thorough handwashing and has implemented touchless hand sanitizing stations throughout the campus including main lobbies, hallways, outside bathrooms, and at the cafeterias. Supervisors must ensure employees are provided with sufficient time for frequent and thorough handwashing.
While custodial crews will continue to clean office and workspaces based on CDC guidelines, additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces.
Individuals must wipe down all work areas with EPA-registered 60% alcohol solution. Disinfectant wipes will be provided for this use. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V, and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.). Disinfect your personal workspace upon entry and exit. CCS also recommends individuals sanitize hands upon exiting all rooms, labs, studios, shops, etc.
Coughing and Sneezing
Please remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow, never into your hands. If using a tissue, throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Employees and students should be careful not to share objects. Where the sharing of objects cannot be avoided, the object must be disinfected prior to use by another employee or student. Types of shared objects may include tools, equipment control panels, vehicles, parts, etc.
Environmental Services & Sanitation Disinfection
CCS has developed a cleaning and disinfecting plan to reduce risk and potential spread of infection. Environmental Services will ensure that all highly touched or high-traffic surfaces such as doorknobs, railings, etc. are sanitized every four (4) hours.
All individuals will be required for disinfecting their personal workspace at the conclusion of the time spent in the classroom, shop, lab, or office. Individuals working in office areas with shared refrigerators, microwaves, stand-alone water coolers, etc. will be responsible for disinfecting the shared kitchen equipment. Disinfectant wipes will be provided for this use.
At a minimum, disinfectant wipes should be used to clean commonly used surfaces every four (4) hours (e.g. phones, keyboards, desks, etc.). For keyboards and other commonly used electronics, ensure the device is powered off and is cleaned with a disinfectant wipe. Personal office equipment should not be shared whenever possible.
Employees working within vehicles should use disinfectant wipes on commonly used surfaces (gear shift, steering wheel, etc.) before and after every shift. (see Shuttle Service section for more details).
The cleaning steps outlined on the next page will be taken routinely, based upon frequency mentioned, to disinfect workplace surfaces, chairs, tables, etc. and to protect students and employees.
|AREA / PLACE||Disinfection Content||Disinfectant||Disinfection Measures||Frequency|
|Common surfaces||Including lobby areas & bathrooms, control buttons, tools & other common surfaces||Hospital Grade disinfectant or fresh 10% chlorine bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite) OR Chemicals Registered by the EPA to kill the Coronavirus.||Spray with handheld sprayer or wipe||Every four (4) hours|
|Offices, desks, classrooms & conference rooms||Table and chair surface||Hospital Grade disinfectant or fresh 10% chlorine bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite) OR Chemicals Registered by the EPA to kill the Coronavirus.||Spray with handheld sprayer or wipe||At the conclusion of each class or meeting and end of day|
|General objects often used or touched||Doors, windows, handles, faucets, sinks & bathrooms||Hospital Grade disinfectant or fresh 10% chlorine bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite) OR Chemicals Registered by the EPA to kill the Coronavirus.||Spray with handheld sprayer or wipe||Every four (4) hours|
|Cafeteria / Market||Table and chair surfaces, dispensers, vending, etc.||Spray with sprayer||Generally 3 or more times per shift to include after all breaks and meals|
|Vending machines||Interface surfaces (pay, selection, glass, etc.)||Spray with sprayer||Generally 3 or more times per shift to include after all breaks and meals|
|All floors and walls||Mop||Periodic, where frequently touched; mop hard surfaces daily|
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Deep Cleaning & Disinfection
COVID-19 “deep cleaning” is triggered when an active student or employee is identified as being COVID-19 positive by testing. Deep cleaning will be performed as soon after the confirmation of a positive test as practical.
If an active student or employee is confirmed to have a COVID-19 positive test, sites may in lieu of performing deep cleaning, shut down the building, department, area or office for a period of at least seventy-two (72) hours to allow for natural deactivation of the virus followed by Environmental Services performing a comprehensive disinfection of all common surfaces.
The Environmental Services Manager will coordinate and supervise the cleaning and disinfection process. They must ensure that:
- Only authorized individuals can access the building during the cleaning operation
- All employees are using any required PPE and the employees will properly dispose of it at the end of the process
- Assure that employees are made aware that the work areas have been disinfected
As mentioned previously, CCS is supplying disposable face masks to the CCS community and visitors. In addition, both campuses have been equipped with hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes. If you are in need of masks, disposable nitrile gloves, hand sanitizer, or disinfectant wipes, please fill out an administrative maintenance service request form.
Face Mask Policy
Masks will become optional on campus beginning March 21, 2022. Those who feel more comfortable wearing masks indoors should continue to wear them. All CCS community members should continue to monitor their symptoms and practice responsible social and health behaviors, as we have throughout the pandemic.
Guidance for Using CCS Facilities
Six-foot social distancing will no longer be required on campus, and masks will be optional based on individual needs and preferences.
Facilities will continue their enhanced cleaning protocols and maintain the plexiglass barriers at campus offices and security checkpoints.
According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can resume activities that they pursued prior to the pandemic. You can read more about the resumption of safe activities here, as well as the differences between safe and unsafe activities for fully-vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals here.
The College for Creative Studies (CCS) takes the health and safety of our students, employees, and visitors very seriously. In response to the spread of COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, CCS has developed the Returning to Campus Preparedness Guide (“Guide”) as part of our efforts to reduce the potential for exposure to and spread of the coronavirus.
This Guide is based on information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Preparing Workplace for COVID-19, City of Detroit COVID-19 Safe Workplace Standards and local county and city health departments and is subject to change based on further guidance from these and other public health agencies. CCS will monitor coronavirus related guidance to introduce new recommended practices and directives as they become available.
This is a living document that may be updated at any time by CCS given the fluidity of the situation.
The Guide represents CCS’ current practices and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic and supports the CCS Pandemic Response Plan and the CCS Covid-19 Isolation and Quarantine Plan.
Throughout this Guide, individuals may return to the Table of Contents at any time by clicking on the “Table of Contents” button located in the top right corner of the page.
This has been a difficult time and our hope is that CCS can reestablish a place where students, employees, and visitors feel safe. Please use this Guide to better understand and adapt to the new operating protocols in today’s challenging conditions.