Student Life & Housing During COVID-19
Get the latest on Student Life & Housing relating to COVID-19 here. CCS will adhere to social distancing policies and will follow strict cleaning procedures, but will also work to make sure your college experience is as fun and exciting as possible. Below are some of the ways we are working to keep you safe in student life, housing and dining.
On-Campus Housing Information
Due to the high demand for on-campus housing and the limited availability of additional housing in the Midtown area, we will continue to allow residents to share accommodations within our housing facilities. For the 2021-2022 academic school year, we plan to have CCS housing at full capacity. In order to keep students safe, we will be requiring vaccination for each resident. CCS housing is not mandatory and if you are registered but feel uncomfortable living in CCS housing, please contact Ryan Harrison to cancel your CCS Housing Contract.
In addition to the vaccine requirement, the following steps will be taken to mitigate the possible transmission of COVID-19. We consider these changes to be temporary restrictions to our normal housing policies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Should conditions of public health improve that these restrictions can be safely lifted, we will do so and notify campus residents.
- Fall housing move-in will occur over a two-day period Aug 28-29 for new students and Sept 3-4 for returning students to allow for social distancing. Residents will only be allowed to bring two people with them to help move in their belongings.
- An online “best safe practices” training will be required and covers CDC guidelines for personal hygiene, face-covering usage, and instruction on how to properly clean and disinfect their spaces. Residents will be required to complete the COVID-19 Self Screening questionnaire. Residents will be expected to follow all COVID-19 guidelines and failure to follow those guidelines will be handled through the College judicial system. Roommates should plan to work with each other to establish cleaning practices and shared expectations of living together.
- Each suite has bathroom facilities used by only those residents. The residents will have responsibility for cleaning all in-room spaces/bathrooms following best practice guidelines.
- The guest policy will be suspended until such time as guests can be safely managed as visitors to housing facilities. Once the Covid numbers in Michigan improve, this policy will be reevaluated.
- The self-isolation/quarantine procedures will be used for residents who become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19 and do not have the vaccine.
- “High touch” enhanced cleaning will be continued in all housing public areas.
- Unvaccinated Residents that travel outside of the metro-Detroit area during the semester should plan to self-isolate within their on-campus residence for a period of 14 days upon their return to campus until further notice.
- Laundry service will remain free of charge during the 2021-2022 academic year. Occupancy for these spaces will be reduced to 1 person at a time.
- Room change requests will not be able to be provided during the 2020-2021 academic year. This policy will be reevaluated closer to school beginning.
- A comprehensive signage program will be continuously updated to raise daily awareness of resident responsibilities to help create a safe campus environment.
Effective November Wednesday, November 18, dining facilities at the Taubman will be open from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. for grab and go breakfast service and then 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for service through the Continental Connect App. The 24/7 Markets will be open in the Kresge Ford and Taubman Center. The Ford Campus Cafe will be closed.
CCS Dining Services and Continental are committed to providing nutritional, high quality, and convenient meals at CCS while maintaining the health and safety of employees and guests.
To promote health and safety, our dining locations will be changing a number of our practices and procedures:
- Implementation of one-way traffic through all dining locations.
- All self-service food items (salad bars, coffee and drink dispensers, soups), condiments, and utensils will be replaced with pre-packed items distributed by Continental staff members.
- Grab & Go offerings will be packaged in tamper-proof containers.
- All dining employees will undergo daily health screenings and are required to wear masks at all times.
- Employees in food preparation areas will wear face masks and gloves consistent with FDA guidance.
- Increased sanitizing practices and social distancing throughout workspaces.
Plexiglass shields installed wherever employee and guest interactions occur.
- Limitation of seating capacity to 50% of normal seating.
- Requirement of parties to remain at least six feet apart from one another.
Marking of appropriate distances to reduce congestion in food lines and entries.
- Posting signs reminding diners that they may not enter if they are or have recently been sick.
- Posting signs instructing diners to wear masks until seated and ready to eat.
- CCS shall notify dining employees if an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 visited the facility.
- CCS will immediately close and deep clean any facility where an employee experienced multiple symptoms of COVID-19.
- Continental will provide dining employees with additional training on:
- Appropriate use of personal protective equipment in conjunction with food safety guidelines.
- Food safety health protocols, such as cleaning between customers and managing share objects such as condiments.
- How to manage symptomatic customers who seek entry into the facility.
During the continued response to the COVID-19 situation, foods served in all dining locations will be focused on prepared and packaged meal options to decrease the amount of employee and guest interaction while also decreasing the amount of time required to purchase food. Guests may see a decrease in variety due to the health and safety measures needed to reduce the chance of disease transmission. Continental will continue to focus on providing healthy, high-quality food for a variety of dietary needs and closely monitor the ability to increase food variety as well as service options as soon as it is safe to do so.
CCS’ shuttle drivers are considered contractors and must follow the CCS Contractor Onsite Health Screening Protocols.
Shuttle Contractor must disinfect the shuttles multiple times following CCS requirements as shown on the Shuttle Sanitation Checklist, including:
- Prior to starting a route to pick-up students and employees
- After final drop-off of students and employees
Shuttles will be wiped down as often as possible, but minimally each hour while in rotation.
- All surfaces including seats, dashboards, door handles, seatbelts, etc. will be washed down with a disinfectant solution in advance of transportation.
- Antibacterial gel/hand sanitizer will be supplied for student and employee use upon boarding shuttles.
- Shuttle Contractor will be responsible for ensuring shuttle drivers are in good health and all shuttle drivers must wear a mask and nitrile gloves at all times while providing service.
CCS students and employees must adhere to CCS’ COVID-19 Screening Protocol. Individuals must not use shuttles if feeling ill or is experiencing symptoms such as fever or difficulty breathing or have been in contact in the past seven (7) days with other people confirmed of being sick. CCS students and employees must wear face masks or coverings while riding on the shuttle.
Departments must conduct contactless deliveries to the greatest extent possible. Departments should coordinate with carriers to establish a single delivery point.
The World Health Organization (WHO) advises it is safe to receive packages from areas where COVID-19 has been reported, advising that,
“The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low, and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.”
The virus does not survive on surfaces for long and the length of shipment time and other environmental factors should inactivate the virus.
If you receive an expedited package from an area where COVID-19 is present and are concerned about possible surface contamination, consider these steps:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
- Use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth
If packaged materials have been in transit and/or storage at the college for more than forty-eight (48) hours from last human contact, no further action needs to be taken. While not necessary, where apprehension remains high, CCS employees may implement the following additional precautions:
- PPE usage such as disposable nitrile gloves and/or the use of disposable surgical masks
- Disinfection of surfaces