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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Update: September 11, 2023

Dear Panthers,

New variants of COVID-19 are now appearing in the US, as such we are experiencing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. Fortunately, due to vaccination protocols and previous COVID-19 infections, immunity levels have increased. With the latest strain of COVID-19, deaths and severe illness are rare.

Palm Beach State College would like to remind you that If you’re sick or exhibiting symptoms of ANY illness, including COVID-19, you should stay home, look after your well-being, and get better.  Staying well hydrated, well rested, and getting plenty of fresh air are still some of the best ways to avoid illness. Frequent hand washing, supplemental disinfection of workspaces, and respecting social distancing continue to be part of a healthy lifestyle to prevent illness. 

 

Your Mask Your Choice

Palm Beach State College does not mandate the wearing of Masks on its college campuses. The choice to wear a mask is left up to the individual.
The College further recommend that you continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as it relates to COVID-19.

 

What to do if you test positive for COVID 19:
The CDC website contains a step-by-step guideline to follow when you have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.  It further contains an Isolation and Exposure Calculator. 

 

Sick Leave and Compensation:
Employees who become sick due to COVID-19 should remain home and utilize their sick or paid personal time if available. The College does not provide paid time off specifically for COVID-19.  Keep your supervisor informed of your status and notify them prior to your physical return to the workplace.

 

Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol:
The College has implemented a Healthy Building program that includes:

  • Air Conditioning Run Times Set to Maintain Healthy Temperatures and Humidity
  • Enhanced Filtration Maintained at Recommended Levels
  • Supplemental In-Room HEPA Filtration Units On and Maintained
  • Hi-Touch Surface Daily Disinfection at all public spaces and classrooms.

Office work surfaces are disinfected twice a week. Create a work order in the portal to request extra cleaning after a COVID-19 infection.  For in office HEPA filtration units, please contact HR to request accommodation prior to filling out a work order.

 

Student Protocol:
If you are sick, stay home and work with your instructor or professor regarding any assignments that may be due while you are ill. Your instructor/professor will follow the protocol outlined in their syllabus regarding absences. Ensure you follow the CDC guidelines in accordance with your specific situation to mitigate spread and promote wellness. 

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