Peacock Nation

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.

illustration of a testing vial with swab inside

2,300+ COVID-19 Tests given on campus

Illustration of hand sanitizer bottle

140+ gallons of hand sanitizer

Illustration of a COVID mask

11,400 masks/face shields distributed

Illustration of a hand using a wipe to clean

2,680 lbs of sanitizing wipes

Illustration of plexiglass

More than 1 mile of plexi-glass installed

Illustration of hand sanitizer dispensers

245 hand sanitizer dispensers

Illustration of wipe dispensers

130 wall mounted wipe dispensers

CCS students, employees, and visitors must be free of COVID-19 related symptoms in order to come to in-person classes, work, and/or activities. Those who have been in close contact with COVID-19 cases should also self-quarantine and not come to campus. Please note: This is only for tracking NEW symptoms that may be developed due to infectious disease, not chronic pain/illness. For example, someone with migraines or a lung issue could still come to campus even though they have headaches, cough, chronic fatigue etc. 

To ensure all CCS facilities are safe, we are requiring daily symptom screening and exposure. MI Symptoms is a fast, free, secure way to report before coming to campus. You must create an account and register with the CCS workplace code. Detailed instructions can be found on the CCS MI Symptoms Instructions page.

  1. Create an account on MI Symptoms using your google account or a different email address.
  2. Verify your account.
  3. Log back in and edit your account info and add your workplace code.
    • The college address is 201 E Kirby, Detroit, MI 48202.
    • CCS EMPLOYEE CODE: 9756-2032
    • CCS STUDENT CODE: 5361-8431

The Wellness Check consists of four quick questions. Afterward you will receive a result with your name, timestamp and status which you must show upon arrival to campus. If you get an “At Risk” status, you cannot come to campus. You can access your result for the remainder of the day by logging in to MI symptoms.

Who has to complete the Wellness Check?

  • Employees working on campus must complete a self-assessment on any day they are coming to campus (Executive order from Gov. Whitmer, EO 2020-161). Employees may either report with the MI Symptoms app or through an email to a supervisor. Each office may handle this process differently, please connect directly with your supervisor on how your office will manage this requirement. 
  • Students living in CCS Housing must take a self-assessment daily
  • Students coming to campus for class or work must complete a self-assessment before coming to campus.
  • Visitors to campus will complete the visitor form and check in with Campus Safety.

Students should plan to show their results at one of the following Security Checkpoints.

ACB 1st floor
Campus Safety: Kresge Ford Building
WB Ford Lobby
Taubman Center Lobby
Campus Safety: Taubman Center

At each of these checkpoints you can also opt to get your temperature read for an added precaution.

For Employees:
By Thursday, 10/1, all employees must either register with MI Symptoms and create an account or work with their supervisor on an alternative reporting plan (i.e. email). Employees must complete a self-assessment on any day they are coming to campus and share it with their supervisor. 

Spot audits for compliance will be conducted for various days and departments.

For Students:
By Thursday, 10/1, all students who live on campus and/or attend in-person classes must create an account, register with the CCS Student code and conduct the wellness check each day they are on campus.

If you choose not to create a MI Symptoms account and use the app to report your symptoms, you will be required to complete a paper form at campus security each time you come to campus.

Housing students will need to have an up-to-date Wellness Check in order to leave the building and/or return to their dorm.

Screening for the Right Symptoms

You only need to report TODAY’S Suspected COVID-19 / Infectious Symptoms

You must be at least 24 hours fever free to attend classes. If you had other COVID-19-like symptoms several days ago, you do not need to list that today if it has been resolved and you are well today.

You should ALWAYS stay home if you have:

  • Fever of 101.0 +
  • New occurrences of Vomiting / Diarrhea
  • Sudden shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • New, sudden full-body aches and fatigue
  • Rashes related to chickenpox, shingles, or measles
  • Severe sore throat +/- white patches in the back of your throat


Behavioral Conditions and Chronic Conditions are not contagious.

  • This includes, but is not limited to:
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Crohn’s & Colitis
  • Migraines
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Seasonal Allergies
  • Dehydration
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Hangovers
  • Anxiety

However, be aware certain conditions can make you medically more at risk to the effects of COVID-19:

  • Asthma
  • Immunocompromised
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Pregnant
  • Obesity

The college will be hosting on-campus COVID-19 mid-nasal swab tests. Results will be available the following day.

Consent Form/Waiver

Upcoming Testing Dates - Location Manoogian Visual Resource Center:

  • February 23, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • March 16 
  • April 13
  • May 11

All CCS employees and students are eligible. Those that live with roommates, take or instruct in-person classes, and/or are otherwise high risk should be tested. 

You must complete the consent form and waiver to be tested. We will be using the same company that conducted the testing on 10/21 and 11/10, so if you completed a test on either date you will not have to complete the waiver again. The event registration table will request your full name and date of birth in order to get tested. 

An appointment will not be necessary but you must have a consent form on file by 5 p.m. on the day prior to the testing date. 

There is no cost to take the test. Routine testing is a component of our strategy to keep our campus community safe. Please do not come to campus if you are sick with COVID-19 symptoms. If you are actively experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please communicate that to , Health Resource Manager, so a different test venue can be arranged for you.

Please contact for more information.

COVID-19 Testing for Students, Faculty and Staff

If you’d like to get tested outside of the on-campus dates, you may access any facility of your choosing. Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest/ has an updated search tool to identify the test location that works best for you. You may also call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, press 1.

Most testing is free, including the CCCN: Williams Recreation Center, MDHHS Community Sites, and certain pharmacies and county health departments. Please use the information from the state’s website to inform your decision.

You may also access the Beaumont Urgent Care partnership by completing our medical release form. From there it will connect you to the telemedicine appointment for pre-screening, and you will get a drive-up testing appointment scheduled within the next day at one of the four participating locations (Troy, Farmington Hills, St Clair Shores, or Taylor). DO NOT walk into these clinics without an appointment for COVID-19 testing. You must complete all steps in order to have CCS receive the bill.

Beaumont 5 step for testing

The College has partnered with The Nursing Practice Corporation (NPC), affiliated with the College of Nursing at Wayne State University (WSU), to provide health care to our students.

What services are being offered?

  • Two half-days of In-Person and Telemedicine appointments with a nurse practitioner (NP). Our clinicians can assess, treat, and prescribe for most medical ailments. You may also schedule consultations to discuss chronic conditions, college health issues, preventative care, and mental health strategies. All visits are free of charge.
  • Individual COVID-19 PCR testing for symptomatic and/or exposed individuals. Testing appointments will be offered on Mondays from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. beginning February 2nd. Please call or email if you’d like to schedule a test.
  • After-hours answering service: 313-577-5041. This phone line is intended for concerns related to infectious diseases like the flu and Coronavirus. Clinicians can help determine the next steps for testing and/or treatment, and to answer common questions.
  • Access to the Taylor Street Primary Care Clinic. Taylor Street is able to treat acute and chronic conditions, provide immunizations, provide basic mental health screenings, blood draws, STI testing, annual physicals, and more. COVID-19 testing is also available. Insurance billing or sliding scale self-pay options are available.

Where can I get services?

  • The NP is available Monday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., and Thursday from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. for the Winter 2021 Semester. The office has moved to the 1st floor of the Yamasaki Building. Students have the option of in-person or telemedicine appointments.
  • Taylor Street Primary Care Clinic is also open for in-person and telemedicine appointments Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.The clinic is located at 1550 Taylor St., Detroit, MI 48206. It is open to the public, so employees and families may also access the clinic. 

How do I schedule an appointment?

  • Students can schedule appointments via calendly.com/ccs-nurse, or call 313-664-7830.

  • Appointments at the Taylor Street Clinic can be made via phone call to 313-486-9337. 

    Walk-ins for the CCS Wellness Center and Taylor Street Clinic are discouraged due to the current COVID-19 infection precautions. Thanks to this new partnership, CCS students can complete most appointments from the comfort of their home through telemedicine (video) services.

    For more information or questions, please email .

High-Risk Behaviors

 Airplane travel
 Attending gatherings with 15 or more people
 Indoor bar or nightclub
 Attending large indoor events (concerts, conventions, lectures)
 Attending large outdoor events where social distancing is not possible

Moderate Risk Behaviors

Moderate Risk Behaviors are by definition less risky for the transmission of COVID-19 but do increase the possibility of contracting the disease. We ask that you continue to think about the safety of not only yourself, but the entire CCS community in choosing to participate in these types of activities and taking appropriate precautions should you choose to do so. If you choose to participate in Moderate Risk Behaviors, particularly multiple instances over a short period of time, you should pay particular attention to your symptoms and monitor yourself closely for any change in symptoms.

 Travel outside of the metro Detroit area
 Attending gatherings with more than 2 or 3 people that you do not live with
 Shopping in a crowded mall/shopping center
 Going to a barbershop or salon
 Having dinner indoors at someone else’s house
 Dining indoors at a restaurant

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.

Please contact or with questions!

At least one day before returning to campus students, faculty and staff must complete a short online COVID-19 training and attest that they are healthy and can return to campus. 

This training will cover actions you can take to slow down the transmission of a pandemic virus, what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming infected with and transmitting cold and influenza viruses, as well as actions to take if you become infected.

Please follow the link below to access the training and self-assessment.  When you open this page, please log in with your CCS credentials, watch the training video, complete the self-assessment, and submit. 

Covid-19 Training and Assessment

The online training and self-assessment only needs to be completed one time prior to the first time you return to campus. We are relying on each individual self-reporting any symptoms or contact with someone who is sick with COVID-19 and taking appropriate action.

Please review the Isolation and Quarantine protocol for students and employees who become ill or are exposed to COVID-19.

A flow chart of decision making describing when students should continue normal activity

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 10 days total if you have a positive COVID-19 test.

Screening and Diagnostic Options

If you screen “At Risk” on MI Symptoms, you should stay home. After two or more days of symptoms, you may be contacted by CCS Health Resource Manager. You may also wish to speak with a medical provider and get tested for COVID-19. You are not required to see a doctor in order to stay home.

 Students can utilize the 24/7 Nurse Answering line by calling 313-577-5041, or contact their primary care doctor. 

Eligible employees can contact Blue Cross Online Visits (24/7). You may also contact your primary care doctor, or the Detroit Medical Center at 888-362-2500, Monday through Friday from 8 am to 7 pm and weekends 8 am to 4pm.

A positive symptom screening does not mean a positive COVID-19 infection. Free testing is available through CCS’ partnership with Beaumont Health Systems and other locations throughout the state.

All positive COVID-19 cases must be reported.

Tests conducted on campus, and through the Beaumont Health System partnership are automatically shared with CCS. If you are tested elsewhere, you are responsible for informing CCS of a positive case. You many 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.

Contact Tracing

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 for longer than a total of 15 minutes or more with the infected person(s). 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. 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.

The Isolation and Quarantine protocol for students and employees who become ill while on campus can be found here.

If an individual feels ill or if someone observed another person who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus, the individual should seek medical help.

If you are a student contact the Dean of Students and the City of Detroit Health Department. Students living on campus should also contact Student Affairs and Resident Life. Those students participating in overseas or off-campus programs should notify the Director of International Student Services.

If you are an employee, contact your Supervisor, Human Resources, Campus Safety and the City of Detroit Health Department.

CCS Students and Employees should review and understand the Isolation & Quarantine Plan and complete the CCS COVID Reporting Form as needed.

Face Masks / Cloth Face Coverings

Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all students and employees on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, restrooms, hallways, etc.). Individuals are also required to wear face masks when using public transportation and CCS Shuttle Services. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

Disposable masks will be provided by CCS if needed. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day (8 hours) and then must be placed in the trash. You may also wear a cloth face covering which will help CCS reduce the need to purchase additional masks, which are in short supply. See details regarding mask use and care below:

Type
Cloth Face Covering: Washable, homemade or commercially manufactured, face coverings that help contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions. MDHHS recommends 3 layers of breathable material for use by the general public. Inserting disposable filters into one cloth mask, or layering two cloth masks can add additional filtration. Masks with exhalation valves, loose sections, and/or loosely woven material are not recommended.

Disposable Mask: Commercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions.
Medical-Grade Surgical Mask: FDA-approved masks to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; helps contain wearer’s respiratory emissions.

N95 Respirator: Provide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosols; helps contain wearer’s respiratory emissions.

Intended Use
Cloth Face Covering & Disposable Mask: Required for campus community use in non-healthcare settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, community areas where 6’ social distancing cannot be consistently maintained. Must be replaced daily. (While likely necessary for ingress and egress, not required when working alone in an office).

Medical-Grade Surgical Mask & N95 Respirator: These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task-specific hazards.

Plastic Face Shields: The CDC does not recommend using face shields or goggles as a substitute for masks. Hooded face shields may be an acceptable alternative. If a cloth face covering is not possible due to medical reasons, please reach out to your supervisor to discuss accommodations.

Use and Care of Coverings

Putting on the face-covering/disposable mask:

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face-covering/disposable mask.
  • Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face-covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
  • Throughout the process: avoid touching the front of the face-covering/disposable mask.

Taking off the face-covering/disposable mask:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face-covering/disposable mask.
  • When taking off the face-covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing.

Care, storage, and laundering:

  • Keep face coverings/disposable masks stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent before first use, and after each shift.
  • Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) wet, or visibly contaminated.
  • Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after your shift or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g. stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at a higher risk of getting very sick. Students and employees should follow these social distancing practices:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) away from other people at all times
  • Eliminate contact with others, such as handshakes or embraces
  • Avoid touching surfaces touched by others, to the extent feasible
  • Avoid anyone who appears to be sick, or who is coughing or sneezing
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
  • Where individuals are unable to maintain a six-foot distance, CCS will install physical barriers where possible or implement another suitable measure

The diagram found below depicts the recommendation for proximity depending upon relation (e.g. intimate or immediate family, immediate coworkers or friends and the general public).

CCS will establish lines with markings for students, employees, and visitors to enable them to stand at least 6 feet apart from one another while waiting for service or assistance, to the maximum extent possible, in all operations. CCS will also establish markings in common areas such as break rooms to remind individuals of appropriate social distance.

To the extent possible, meetings should be conducted virtually or by telephone. If meetings must be conducted in person, they should not involve groups of more than 10 people and participants must remain at least 6 feet apart. Workspaces and schedules will be configured to promote social distancing to the extent feasible.

Social Distancing diagram

Handwashing

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.

Personal Disinfection

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

If you are in a private setting and do not have to have your cloth face covering, 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.

Shared Objects

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.

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.

Disinfecting Frequency

AREA / PLACEDisinfection ContentDisinfectantDisinfection MeasuresFrequency
Common surfacesIncluding lobby areas & bathrooms, control buttons, tools & other common surfacesHospital 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 wipeEvery four (4) hours
Offices, desks, classrooms & conference roomsTable and chair surfaceHospital 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 wipeAt the conclusion of each class or meeting and end of day
General objects often used or touchedDoors, windows, handles, faucets, sinks & bathroomsHospital 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 wipeEvery four (4) hours
Cafeteria / MarketTable and chair surfaces, dispensers, vending, etc.Hospital Grade disinfectant or fresh 10% chlorine bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite) OR Chemicals Registered by the EPA to kill the Coronavirus.Spray with sprayerGenerally 3 or more times per shift to include after all breaks and meals
Vending machinesInterface surfaces (pay, selection, glass, etc.)Hospital Grade disinfectant or fresh 10% chlorine bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite) OR Chemicals Registered by the EPA to kill the Coronavirus.Spray with sprayerGenerally 3 or more times per shift to include after all breaks and meals
All floors and wallsHospital Grade disinfectant or fresh 10% chlorine bleach solution (sodium hypochlorite) OR Chemicals Registered by the EPA to kill the Coronavirus.MopPeriodic, 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.

Working in Office Environments

If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet distance from coworkers. If possible, have at least one workspace separating you from another coworker. You should wear a face mask or covering at all times while in a shared workspace/room.

Departments should assess open work environments and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees, other coworkers, and other students such as:

  • Assign dedicated entrance points to manage congestion at building entrances. These entrance points will be marked with six-foot intervals to manage congestion.
  • Place visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate to customers where they should stand while waiting in line.
  • Place one-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between employees moving through the space.
  • Consider designing specific stairways for up or down traffic if building space allows.
  • CCS will provide employees with cleaning supplies, and employees must disinfect their workspaces at least twice per day.
  • Prohibiting entry of individuals, if not essential.

If you work in an office, no more than one person should be in the same room unless the required 6 feet of distancing can be consistently maintained. If more than one person is in a room, masks/face coverings should be worn at all times.
Masks/face coverings should be worn by any employee in a reception/receiving area. Masks/face coverings should be used when inside any CCS facility where others are present, including walking in hallways where others travel and in break rooms, conference rooms, and other meeting locations.

CCS will disable all drinking fountains and hand dryers in office buildings.

CCS will post signs reiterating the importance of personal hygiene.

Using Restrooms

Use of restrooms should be limited based on size to ensure at least 6 feet distance between individuals. Wash your hands thoroughly afterward to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. CCS will disable powered hand dryers, and CCS will provide paper towels where hand dryers are disabled.

Using Elevators

Elevator occupancy will be limited for social distancing based upon the size of the elevator cab. Occupancy will be posted along with visual floor cues (footprints) on where to stand when using the elevator. The elevator control buttons will have NanoSeptic self-cleaning skins applied on them which utilizes mineral nano-crystals which create a powerful oxidizing reaction to reduce germ buildup.
If you are physically able, please use the stairs to help with reducing the density inside of the elevators. If you are using the elevator, wear your mask or face covering, limit talking, and face the outer wall closest to you. Upon exiting the elevator, please wash your hands or use the hand sanitizer.

Meeting Rooms / Classrooms

Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or part using the extensive range of available collaboration tools, even when all participants are at the same facility (e.g. Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, telephone, etc.).

In-person meetings are limited to the restrictions of local, state, and federal orders and should not exceed 50% of a room’s capacity, assuming individuals can still maintain 6 feet of separation for social distancing requirements. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms and classrooms to support social distancing practices between attendees.

During your time onsite, you are encouraged to communicate with fellow students and employees as needed by email, instant message, telephone, or other available technology rather than face-to-face. You can also use a range of available collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom, WebEx, Microsoft Teams, etc.).
All individuals will be required for disinfecting their personal workspace and applicable tools/supplies at the conclusion of the time spent in the area. Disinfectant wipes will be provided for this use.

To ensure compliance with social distancing and the use of face masks or face coverings, CCS is requiring all individuals refrain from eating and drinking while in these areas.

Studios / Labs

All individuals who utilize these areas will be responsible for disinfecting their specific workspace and equipment used. Disinfectant wipes will be provided for this use. Faculty and staff shall ensure compliance with cleaning and enforce social distancing protocols required for the space. CCS strongly encourages all individuals to wash hands or use hand sanitizer after exiting the space. Signage will be displayed informing individuals of the requirements when using these locations.

To ensure compliance with social distancing and the use of face masks or face coverings, CCS is requiring all individuals to refrain from eating and drinking while in these areas.


Dining Rooms

Before and after eating, you should always wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.

If dining on campus, you should wear your mask or face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward. Food Service vendors must meet requirements to allow at least 6 feet of distance between each customer, including lines and seating arrangements. Individuals should not sit facing one another. Employees are encouraged to take food back to their office area or eat outside if this is reasonable for your situation.

If you are eating in a work environment (e.g. break room, office, etc.), maintain 6 feet distance between you and others. Individuals should not sit facing one another. Only remove your mask or face covering in order to eat, then put it back on. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in employee break rooms to support social distancing practices between employees.

Wipe all surfaces, including tables, refrigerator handles, coffee machine, etc. after using in common areas.

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.

CCS Preparedness Plan