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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our priority has been the well-being of the members of our college community. Daoist Traditions continues to take steps to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and our campus visitors by following guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NC Department of Public Health, and Buncombe County Health and Human Services. Although many members of our community may now be fully vaccinated, we are continuing to adhere to safety precautions to protect those around us. We expect all members of the DT community to be socially responsible both on and off campus, regardless of vaccination status.
We recognize that the measures outlined in this document minimize but do not eliminate the risk for COVID-19 infection. Full compliance by all employees and students is expected; noncompliance with the following guidelines may be subject to disciplinary action. Guidelines may be revised in response to updates to public health directives. Updates are communicated via email and posted on the college website.
- Face masks are required inside all college buildings by students, employees, and visitors. Bandanas, neck gaiters, balaclavas are not permitted. Masks with air vents must also include air vent inserts/filters. We do not accept exemptions from this rule from students, employees, or visitors.
- Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19; has experienced/is experiencing multiple COVID-19 symptoms (see below); or has been the caregiver for someone who has tested positive to COVID-19 should not come to campus until they have met the conditions listed in the guidelines below.
Essential Health and Hygiene Practices
Students and employees must be vigilant in practicing good personal hygiene to safeguard their own health and
safety. Beyond wearing well-fitted masks, physical distancing to the extent possible, and frequent hand washing/use
of hand sanitizer, these practices include:
- avoid close contact with people who are sick
- avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- cover coughs and sneezes with tissues (or sleeves) and throw tissues in lined trash cans
- shower and wear clean clothes daily
- wash reusable masks daily
- do not share food and drink
Efforts to prevent the transmission of COVID-19
We all share the responsibility of ensuring that safety protocols are being followed. Daoist Traditions is using the following measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 on our campus, clinic, and in our community:
- Requiring students, faculty, and staff to disclose to the college if they test positive for COVID-19 or have a documented case in their household (e.g., a student’s spouse, child, housemate, etc.). The college will not disclose the identity of the person who has tested positive without their consent.
- Requiring face masks inside all college buildings by students, employees, and visitors. We do not accept exemptions from this rule from students, employees, or visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Bandanas, neck gaiters, and balaclavas are not permitted. Masks with air vents must also include air vent inserts/filters. At the clinic, N95 or KN95 masks are required and provided for interns and supervisors.
- Recommending face masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
- Requiring social distancing to the extent possible.
- HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filtration in office spaces, classrooms, clinic meeting rooms, and treatment rooms.
- Essential oil diffusers in office spaces, classrooms, clinic meeting rooms, treatment rooms.
- Leaving windows open for improved ventilation if the air conditioning/heat is not on.
- Leaving doors open, when possible, to reduce frequent touching.
- Leaving light switches on to reduce frequent touching.
- Providing hand sanitizer in classrooms, clinic, and offices.
- Providing disinfectant spray classrooms, clinic, offices, and restrooms.
Policy Adjustments for Campus Facilities
Classrooms: Students should maintain occupancy of one chair throughout each class day. Masks may be briefly adjusted to allow for drinking water during class. Eating is not permitted during class.
College Clinic: Refer to the Clinic Manual for specific COVID-19 policies for the clinic.
Student Kitchen: We recommend social distancing when eating with others.
Library: Occupancy is limited to allow for social distancing.
The medical education programs at DT require that students regularly attend classes and demonstrate attainment of program and course level competencies. Absences due to a documented COVID-19 case will be handled through the Attendance Appeal Policy. Documentation of a positive test result will be required when possible. Administration will consider the extent of the absences and the nature of the course in the appeal.
You should not attend any in-person school activities if:
- You are documented to have COVID-19;
- You are experiencing obvious multiple symptoms of COVID-19; including fever over 100.4○, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, nasal congestion, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
- You must quarantine because of a documented case in your household (e.g., a student’s spouse, child, housemate);
- You must quarantine due to a direct exposure with a documented case. In cases of direct exposure, DT administration may require review of the exposure to confirm that quarantine is an appropriate precaution.
If you cannot attend class or clinic for a specific COVID-19 case or direct exposure, continue to attend online classes, unless you are severely ill. Immediately notify administration at COVDfirstname.lastname@example.org and (if you are an intern) the DTCC through Clinic@daoisttraditions.edu.
The Academic Dean or Dean of Students will prepare a plan for students with documented COVID illness to make up assessments and clinical skills sessions. Depending on the nature of a course or assessment, online participation or online testing will be considered when students must quarantine due to COVID absences as defined above. Online participation is not permitted for hands-on skills sessions or practical skills exams.
Fees will be waived for make-up of written assessments, however additional fees for skills assessments or make-up class sessions may be required. See the college catalog and tuition/fees page for policies and fees for make-up sessions and exams. DT will schedule group make-up sessions to reduce fees, when possible.
Clinical Interns should not attend clinic rotations if unable to serve patients due to illness. Refer to clinic policies on syllabi and in Clinic Manual. In Clinical Internship, any available time-off days will be applied for COVID-related absences, as defined below. COVID-related absences in excess of the available time-off days will not result in Procedural Standards Compromise. However, any future absences will follow the compromise policy. Excessive absences in an internship section may require additional shifts to be scheduled for the intern during the fall or spring terms and additional fees may apply.
For absences that are not COVID-related, as defined above, our policies remain the same: You should attend classes/clinic as your health permits. You should review the attendance policy on each course syllabus, and note policies for missing assessments, turning in work, and notifying your instructors. Please note, absences for students who must stay home to care for children due to school/daycare closures or alternative scheduling are not considered COVID-related absences.
Cleaning and disinfecting protocols for known cases of COVID-19
Daoist Traditions will follow the following procedures when a known case of COVID-19 occurs in the college community (someone who was physically present on college property has the virus)
- Close off the areas used by the person.
- Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
- Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person, focusing on frequently touched surfaces.
When will DT notify the community of COVID-related illness?
If there is a confirmed case on our campus or at the clinic with a student, faculty, supervisor, staff person, patient, or visitor, we will notify those who may have been in contact with this person from 2 days before illness onset (or 2 days prior to test specimen collection if the person is asymptomatic) until the time the person is isolated. Those contacted will be advised to take appropriate precautionary measures according to CDC guidelines. The college will not disclose the identity of the person who has tested positive without their consent.
Assessing Your Risk
In general, you need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. Close contact includes:
- Living in the same household as a person with COVID-19;
- Caring for a person with COVID-19;
- Being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 cumulative minutes in a 24-hour period, with or without masking; OR
- Being in direct contact with secretions from a person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)
Return to school/work criteria with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
If you must quarantine/isolate due to a direct exposure with COVID-19 – exclude from school/work until:
- At least 10 days have passed since the date of your exposure and
- No new symptoms of concern have appeared.
- If symptoms develop during the 10-day waiting period, follow the symptomatic procedure listed below.
If you are experiencing/have recently experienced multiple COVID-19 symptoms (with or without a positive COVID test) – exclude from school/work until:
- At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since the resolution of: fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, chills, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and
- No new symptoms of concern have appeared.
If you have tested positive for COVID-19 but have NOT had any symptoms – exclude from school/work until:
- At least 10 days have passed since the date of the positive COVID-19 diagnostic test and
- No new symptoms of concern have appeared since the positive test.
- If symptoms develop during the 10-day waiting period, follow the criteria for the symptomatic procedure listed above.
Suspension or Shutdown of On-Campus Activities
Daoist Traditions facilities will shut down if directed to do so by local and state governments or health agencies. In the event of a significant spike in positive COVID-19 cases reported by students or employees, Daoist Traditions will adjust classes and clinical sessions, as necessary. Options may include:
- transitioning courses to an exclusively online platform until it is safe to return to campus;
- conducting clinical sessions virtually, when feasible for the type of clinical experience, until it is safe to return to campus; or
- rescheduling all class and clinical sessions for a future date.
Employees performing essential administrative tasks will be provided directives on whether to remain on campus to perform their duties or work remotely. If the nature of an employee’s work cannot be done from home, they will discuss their options with their supervisor.
Noncompliance and Disciplinary Measures
Noncompliance with these health and safety guidelines will be viewed as conduct that potentially threatens the health and safety of our community. Students and employees who violate the face mask policy at Daoist Traditions will be sent home for the day. Repeated violations of these COVID-19 policies may be subject to expulsion from their program(s) or termination of employment.
It is the responsibility of each member of the DT community to kindly remind peers and colleagues to comply with safety guidelines. If a safety concern is not readily resolved through the initial request of compliance, reports of violations should be immediately directed to the College President. The college will take immediate appropriate action and process the violation per DT policies.
Behaviors of bullying, harassment, discrimination, or unauthorized disclosure of a student or employee’s COVID status will be considered violations of DT student and employee codes of conduct, and discrimination policies will be processed accordingly.
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