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College for Creative Studies (CCS) has developed a plan to keep the community as safe as possible. The following document articulates expectations and guidance for CCS community members related to COVID-19. Updated expectations and guidance will be provided as information and protocols are developed.

What You Need to Know

  1. Stay at home if you are sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.
  2. All illnesses must self-isolate until they have at least 24 hours without fever and other symptoms improving.
  3. Additionally, COVID-19 cases must self-isolate for at least 10 days.
  4. Close contacts of COVID-19 cases must be quarantined for 7-14 days.
  5. Campus residents may have special housing and dining arrangements.
  6. Remote work can be arranged in most cases.
  7. If you test positive for COVID-19 or need to self-quarantine, notify CCS.
  8. Students will notify Dean of Students
  9. Employees will notify Human Resources
  10. Participate in on-campus Contact Tracing and work with the Detroit City Health Department where necessary.

Self-isolation
Involves a student, faculty, or staff member (hereafter “CCS community member”) isolating from other CCS community members due to symptoms of infectious disease, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, fatigue or tiredness, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, runny nose or new sinus congestion, new GI symptoms, and new loss of taste or smell. Such isolation is achieved, for example, by ill students not attending classes or dining in communal spaces; or by faculty and staff not reporting to work on campus.

CCS community members are encouraged to engage in self-isolation if they are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above. Self-isolation should continue until a CCS community member has been asymptomatic for at least 3 days without the use of anti-fever medication.

Isolation
Involves a mandatory separation of ill CCS community members from other CCS community members.

Isolation will be required of CCS community members whenever such intervention is recommended by public health authorities. Criteria involve symptoms and exposure. CCS community members will be required to remain in isolation for the duration recommended by public health officials.

Quarantine
Involves isolating CCS Community Members who are well, but who may have been exposed to an infectious disease.

Quarantine will be required of CCS community members whenever such intervention is recommended to the community member by public health authorities. Criteria involve symptoms and exposure. CCS community members will be required to remain in quarantine for the duration recommended by public health officials.


State and Local Travel Restrictions or Quarantine Orders

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. If you must travel, follow any state and local travel restrictions currently in place. It is possible that some state and local governments may put in place travel restrictions, stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures while you are traveling. For more information and travel guidance, check with the state or local health department where you are, along your route and at your planned destination. Just because there are no restrictions at the time you plan to leave does not mean there won’t be restrictions in place when you arrive.
International Travel Quarantine Orders

The CDC states that if you have traveled internationally, you are at higher risk.

Stay Home:

  • Stay home for the next fourteen (14) days, monitor your health and practice social distancing.
  • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and watch for symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school.
  • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

Symptoms:

Illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Lack of taste and smell
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New GI symptoms
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion

If You Feel Sick and Have Symptoms:

  • Stay home and avoid contact with others.
  • You might have COVID-19; most people are able to recover at home without medical care.
  • If you have trouble breathing or are worried about your symptoms, call or text a healthcare provider. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.

For information on monitoring your health and how to contact local public health officials, visit the CDC website.

CCS Community members engaging in self-isolation or self-quarantine due to COVID-19 related symptoms or exposure should engage in the following notification procedures:

  • Students living on campus must notify the Dean of Students and Residence Life. Students will relocate to one of the pre-determined quarantine rooms located throughout all campus housing. Residence Life will initiate the process of meal delivery and distribution of Wellness Kits to support their isolation.
  • Commuter students must notify the Dean of Students.
  • Students participating in overseas or off-campus programs must notify the Director of International Student Services.
  • Employees must notify their supervisor and Human Resources to develop a plan for PTO or remote work, if possible.

The defining symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Lack of taste and smell
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New GI symptoms
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion

If an individual feels ill or is concerned about potential symptoms, you should not attend classes, work, studios, or dine in shared spaces. Let your direct CCS contacts know which 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 for the day or leave campus should symptoms present midday.

If you are symptomatic, screen positive on MI Symptoms or another screening tool, please stay home. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. You may also wish to speak with a medical provider. Students can utilize the 24/7 Nurse Answering line by calling 313-577-5041 or contact their primary care doctor.

Contact your instructors. You can decide if you are well enough to attend class remotely or will need to miss class. If you continue to be symptomatic for 2-3 days, you must get tested. Contact your housing staff. You may need to be moved to isolation housing, or have special accommodations. Get tested. A positive symptom screening does not mean a positive COVID-19 infection. You can access testing through our partnership with Beaumont Health. Please be aware that early stages of infection may not be detected, you should still isolate through your illness. In order to reduce the risk of transmission of disease to other students, students should not, as a first step, come into the Wellness Center in person. You can contact the Wellness Center by phone at 313-664-7830 for assistance with questions and resources. 

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Complete CSS COVID Reporting Form.
  • Students living on campus must notify the Dean of Students and Residence Life. Students will relocate to one of the predetermined quarantine rooms located throughout all campus housing. The Wellness Center will initiate the process of meal delivery and distribution of Wellness Kits to support their isolation.
  • Commuter students must notify the Dean of Students.
  • Students participating in overseas or off-campus programs must notify the Director of International Student Services.
  • Continue to monitor symptoms and practice good hygiene. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid contact with others and limit travel outside the home. If you are seeking medical care, call ahead, and advise your provider of your diagnosis, exposure, and/or symptoms.

Self-Isolation for Students

  1. All students who are engaging in self-isolation should contact the Dean of Students. Students should also e-mail their instructors to notify of their absence. Students who expect to miss 3 days or more of classes and need assistance should contact their Academic Advisor. Students living on campus should also contact the Residence Life office to relocate to a pre-determined quarantine room and will be provided with a Wellness Kit to support their isolation.
  2. Students with a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case or confirmed exposure to a case will be provided counsel about their options, including living with family during their period of isolation/quarantine.
    1. Students who live off-campus will be provided with instruction and counsel about how to engage in self-isolation.
    2. For students who live on campus, the Dean of Students will:
      1. Review best practices for self-isolation.
      2. With the patient’s permission, notify Residence Life, Continental staff, Academic Advising, and Campus Safety staff, in order to ensure the student receives housing support, meals, academic support, and safety support.
      3. Provide students with a Wellness Kit that includes tissues, hand sanitizer, disposable thermometers, anti-fever medication, and an isolation mask.
    3. Students will be contacted by the CCS Health Resource Manager to conduct an initial contact tracing interview. You will be asked to share who you may have been in close contact with during the time you were contagious. We may also utilize technology such as class rosters and security cameras. This time period is typically 2 days before you started showing symptoms (or received a positive test result if you are asymptomatic). The contacts of the infected person are advised to quarantine (stay home) and monitor their symptoms to hopefully stop the spread. The Detroit City Health Department or your local health department may also conduct an interview and/or contact tracing depending on your situation.
    4. Continue to monitor symptoms and practice good hygiene.
      1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
      2. Avoid contact with others and limit travel outside the home. If you are seeking medical care, call ahead and advise your provider of your diagnosis, exposure, and/or symptoms.

Provision of Food Service

Continental staff will prepare meal boxes (3 meals per day) for all students in self-isolation, isolation, or quarantine on campus. A food preference and information form will be provided to allow students to inform Continental staff of food needs, preferences, and any allergies/accommodations.

Academic Adjustments

If necessary, Academic Advising staff will contact students in self-isolation, isolation, and quarantine to review options for students to continue their schoolwork. Students will have the option to send a notification to their instructors and advisor(s), notifying them of their current situation.
For questions regarding academic support, students can contact Academic Advising and Registration by calling 313-664-7672 or emailing their Academic Advisor.

Students may also schedule an appointment online.

Phone appointments will be available for students who are in self-isolation, isolation, and quarantine.

Ongoing Monitoring of Impacted Students/First Response

Residence Life staff and Campus Safety staff will retain a roster of students who are known to be engaging in self-isolation, isolation and quarantine. Whenever emergency response is required to those students, responding CCS staff will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) that includes N-95 face masks and nitrile gloves. Whenever Campus Safety or Residence Life staff are aware of an emergency response by external first responders to such a student, those CCS staff will inform the external first responders of the student’s status in self-isolation, isolation, or quarantine.

The defining symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness or fatigue
  • Lack of taste and smell
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New GI symptoms
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion

If you feel ill, or concerned about potential symptoms, you should not instruct in-person classes, go to campus for work, or dine in shared spaces. Let your supervisor(s) know. 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 for the day or leave campus should symptoms present midday.

If you have symptoms, and/or screen positive using MI Symptoms or another symptom tool, please stay home.

When in doubt, err on the side of caution. You may also wish to speak with a provider. 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. Eligible employees can also access doctors online by visiting Blue Cross Online Visits 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please contact your supervisor to let them know. 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.

Get tested. A positive symptom screening does not mean a positive COVID-19 infection. Be advised that early tests may not detect COVID 19. You should get tested if symptoms persist for 2-5 days and isolate until you get results. You can access testing through our partnership with Beaumont Health or through a provider of your choosing. You may wish to contact the Wellness Center, , for assistance with questions and resources.

All positive COVID-19 cases must be reported. Tests conducted on campus and through the Beaumont Health System partnership are automatically shared with CCS. However, employees must contact their supervisor and Human Resources to let them know.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Self-Isolate for a minimum of 10 days, with at least 24 hours without a fever and otherwise improving.
  • Employees will be contacted by the CCS Health Resource Manager to conduct an initial contact tracing interview. You will be asked to share who you may have been in close contact with during the time you were contagious. We may also utilize technology such as class rosters and security cameras. This time period is typically 2 days before you started showing symptoms (received a positive test result if you are asymptomatic). The contacts of the infected person are advised to quarantine (stay home) and monitor their symptoms to hopefully stop the spread. The Detroit City Health Department or your local health department may also conduct an interview and/or contact tracing depending on your situation.

Working Offsite

Can I work from home, if needed?

  • While not all positions are eligible to work remotely, such an arrangement can be viable in circumstances where the employee, supervisor, and work are compatible. These arrangements require the physical environment, equipment, and technology be adequate to support them. Working remotely should be discussed and approved in advance by your direct supervisor to assess options.

Should a student or employee test positive for COVID-19, CCS is asking these individuals to notify the appropriate campus contacts. Students will report to the Dean of Students and Employees will report to Human Resources. 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.

Contract Tracing is a simple, confidential process that has been used by public health departments for decades to slow the spread of infectious disease and avoid outbreaks. The college has partnered with the Detroit City Health Department to begin the contact tracing process on campus.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must report your case to CCS. You will then be contacted by our Health Resource Manager and asked to share who you may have been in close contact with during the time you were contagious. The time period that we investigate is typically 2 days before you started showing symptoms (or received a positive test result if you are asymptomatic) until you started isolating and/or received results. Close contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more with infected person(s). We may also utilize technology such as class rosters and security cameras.

The contacts of the infected person are advised to quarantine (stay home) and monitor their symptoms to hopefully stop the spread. The Detroit City Health Department may also conduct an interview and/or contact tracing depending upon your situation.

diagram describing contact tracing

If you were contacted by the Health Resource Manager or the local health department as a confirmed contact, you need to put yourself into self-quarantine and self-monitor your symptoms for 7-14 days after the exposure. You should not come to campus, even if you are feeling well. This includes limiting shared spaces and objects (like dishes and bedding) and only going out for medical care or testing if necessary. Employees should inform their supervisor and develop a plan for remote work, if possible. Students should contact the Dean of Students and their instructor(s) and develop a plan for remote learning during your quarantine period. The CCS COVID Response Team will discuss your timeline options and return plan.

We will continue to monitor this situation and make updates and adjustments when necessary. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Human Resources office at 313-664-7651.

Academic Advising and Registration: 313-664-7672

Dean of Students: 313-664-7675

Assistant Director of Human Resources: 313-664-7651

International Student Services: 313-664-7428

Residence Life: 313-664-7678

Campus Safety & Security: Ford Campus 313-664-7444

Campus Safety & Security: Taubman Center 313-664-1444

Wellness Center: 313-664-7830

City of Detroit Health Department 313-876-4000