TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATIVE RULE NO: 5095-06

RELATED TO POLICY SERIES NO: 5095 

TITLE: NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 PHYSICAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES

PURPOSE

To provide for the ongoing health and safety of all persons on Linn-Benton Community College properties through the implementation of clear expectations for physical distancing while on campus to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

STATEMENT

In alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE’s) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Linn-Benton Community College is updating its physical distancing rule, effective November 4, 2021. It applies to all Linn-Benton Community College locations and serves the College’s goal to help reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. This College rule may be revised subsequently to align with federal, state, and local guidance as the public health response evolves.

Physical distancing is intended to reduce contact for unvaccinated people, especially in large crowds. In accordance with the CDC guidelines for IHE’s, where not everyone has been fully vaccinated maintain a distance of six (6) feet between individuals to the greatest extent possible.

When used with hygiene measures and vaccinations, physical distancing serves as a central public health measure to reduce the spread of infection across all college settings.

OBJECTIVES

This College rule is issued to contribute to the health and safety of the LBCC community to align with the CDC guidance for IHE’s.

This College rule applies to all LBCC employees, students, volunteers, visitors, and community members on all LBCC properties.

LBCC SETTINGS WHERE WE RECOMMEND SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED OR CHOSE TO SOCIAL DISTANCE
  • Unvaccinated individuals should maintain a minimum of six (6) feet between themselves and other employees, students, or community members. 
  • Employees, in consultation with their supervisor, must ensure that their workspace is set up for physical distancing measures to the greatest extent possible.
  • All workspace and restroom facilities must display signs that encourage frequent hand washing as guided by county, state, and federal public health agencies.
  • Meetings should be conducted using remote means wherever practical. All necessary in-person meetings should follow physical distancing practices.

    Individuals who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and/or body aches, or loss of taste or smell, should stay home, avoid close contact with others, and contact their primary health care provider for medical advice. Upon exposure or if symptomatic, employees should contact their supervisor and, if tested positive, submit a COVID Reporting Form as soon as possible. 

LBCC’s Coronavirus Response Coordinators (Director of Human Resources, Vice President of Finance and Operations, or their designees) will serve as the College’s Physical Distancing Officers.

EXCEPTIONS TO PHYSICAL DISTANCING

  • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC.
  • Distancing that goes against documented industry best practices for a specific position, or by law or regulation, including the use of standard personal protective equipment (“PPE”) per Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards in which case alternate protective measures will be put in place to reduce the potential for exposure;
  • Confined areas such as hallways, doorways, elevators, restrooms, etc.;
  • Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers;
  • Individuals with medical conditions that prohibit them from being alone;
  • College vehicles, including carts, and
  • Other spaces as designated and visibly marked with signage by the Coronavirus Response Coordinators.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

LBCC’s rule will and may be amended if regulatory conditions change or guidance from health authorities evolves. This may include local or state-level laws or guidance related to business practices (e.g., food service, labs, etc.).

LBCC may transition from recommending to requiring the use of physical distancing based on local conditions and guidance from the CDC, OHA, and local health authorities.

LBCC will continue to follow OSHA and industry guidance related to workplace safety (e.g., safe clean protocols for custodial workers, or as indicated for food services workers).

Individuals who need accommodations or have special requests should contact the Center for Accessibility Resources (CFAR) at 541-917-4789.

Individuals who engage in harassing, discriminatory, bullying, or retaliatory behavior towards those who are or are not physical distancing may be subject to investigation and sanction under other applicable LBCC policies.

This Physical Distancing Rule is considered temporary. The use of physical distancing in the workplace will be re-assessed periodically, following the guidelines set forth by the CDC guidelines for IHE’s. 

Please direct any questions regarding the rule and physical distancing to the Coronavirus Response Coordinators which includes the Director of Human Resources, Vice President of Finance and Operations, or their designees. 

Related Documentation:

Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE's) - Summary of Recent Changes

COVID-19 FAQ

LBCC COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Oregon Health Authority Updated Mask Recommendations & Requirements (March 12, 2022): OHA 3818 Indoor and Outdoor Masking FAQs

Additional Resources from CDC for Institutions of Higher Education; Guidance for the Conduct of in-Person Instructional, Residential, and Research Activities at Oregon Colleges and Universities

CDC’s “Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

CDC: Guidance on ventilation and filtration

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

OHA General Guidance for Employers on COVID-19 re: physical barriers

Oregon local public health authority (LPHA) directory
note that “CD nurse” is the number for communicable disease issues

 

DATE OF ADOPTION: 5/5/2020
DATE(S) OF REVISION(S): 6/26/2020; 9/29/2020; 7/27/21; 8/11/21; 9/13/21; 12/3/21; 3/18/22
DATE OF LAST REVIEW: