TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATIVE RULE NO: 5095-07

RELATED TO POLICY SERIES NO: 5095 

TITLE: NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Use of Face Coverings

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 use of face coverings or masks 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) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) OAR 333-019-1025, Linn-Benton Community College is updating its face covering rule, effective August 27, 2021. It applies to all Linn-Benton Community College locations and serves the College’s goal to help reduce the 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.

LBCC requires the use of face coverings, which include masks, cloth face coverings, or face shields with face covering, for all faculty, staff, students and visitors in accordance with the CDC guidelines for those who have not been fully vaccinated and those who are fully vaccinated.  LBCC requires faculty, staff, students, and visitors across all LBCC locations to use face coverings when in indoor spaces as defined by OHA and crowded outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible.  Masks and cloth face coverings should be worn in combination with other measures, such as physical distancing and proper hand washing.

When used with standard distancing and hygiene measures, face coverings serve as a central public health measure to reduce the spread of infection across all College settings. Face coverings are particularly important in spaces where physical distancing may be difficult, or when working in enclosed spaces shared by other people, with the exception of immediate family or household members (e.g., partner, child, parents, or roommates).

While cloth face coverings will not provide full protection for individuals wearing them, those that cover the nose and mouth in ways consistent with health authority guidelines will help prevent the spread of the virus in the community when used in combination with physical distancing (see LBCC AR 5095-06—Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 Physical Distancing Guidelines) and proper hand washing.

OBJECTIVES

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

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

DEFINITIONS

  • “Face covering” means a cloth, polypropylene, paper or other face covering that covers the nose and the mouth and that rests snugly above the nose, below the mouth, and on the sides of the face. Face coverings are not a covering that incorporates a valve that is designed to facilitate easy exhalation, mesh masks, lace masks or other coverings with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents.
  • “Mask” means a medical grade mask.
  • “Face shield” means a clear plastic shield that covers the forehead, extends below the chin, and wraps around the sides of the face (not recommended by Oregon OSHA or CDC because they are not effective in preventing the spread of COVID).  Face coverings must be worn when wearing a face shield.
  • "Indoor spaces" means anywhere indoors, including, but not limited to, public and private workplaces, businesses, indoor areas open to the public, building lobbies, common or shared spaces, classrooms, elevators, bathrooms, transportation services and other indoor space where people may gather for any purpose. An indoor space does not include a private residence or a private automobile being used for personal use and that is not used for ride sharing. As defined by OHA 333-019-1025.
  • "Outdoor spaces" means anywhere outdoors where people from separate households may gather for any purpose, including but not limited to public and private workplaces, shared or common spaces, outdoor sports fields, venues, parks, and rooftop terraces.  An outdoor space does not include outdoor areas that are part of a private residence or houseless encampments. 

EXAMPLES OF LBCC SETTINGS WHERE WE REQUIRE THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS:

  • Indoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be met (i.e. hallways, doorways, elevators, stairwells, restrooms, etc.);
  • Outdoor spaces where physical distancing cannot be met, outdoor sports fields, venues, parks, and rooftop terraces;
  • In-person classroom settings;
  • Shared lab spaces, including computer labs;
  • Cafe, coffee shops, restaurants, and the Campus Stores;
  • College vehicles, including carts, with more than one occupant;
  • Other spaces as designated by the Coronavirus Response Coordinators which includes the Director of Human Resources, Vice President of Finance and Operations, or their designees.

EXCEPTIONS TO THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS

  • Use 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;
  • When working alone in an enclosed workspace;
  • When an individual is under the age of five;
  • Individuals with medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing any face covering (must coordinate through CFAR);
  • Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers;
  • When practicing or playing a competitive sport at any level;
  • While performing, including but not limited to, playing music, delivering  a speech to an audience, and theater. 

Additional exceptions may be issued on a case-by-case basis by the Coronavirus Response Coordinators.   The Director of Human Resources, Vice President of Finance and Operations, or their designees will serve as the College’s Physical Distancing Officers.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The College will post signage clearly stating the use of face covering according to the CDC guidelines, The College will make face coverings available to those who do not have one.

LBCC’s rule may be amended if regulatory conditions change or guidance from the CDC.

LBCC may transition from a required to a recommended use of cloth face coverings based on the CDC or OHA guidance for IHE’s

LBCC will provide current faculty, staff, and students who are physically present at an LBCC location with a face covering (or alternative) as a supplement to their personal supply. LBCC will continue to follow OSHA and industry guidance related to workplace safety (e.g., safe clean protocols for custodial workers, or face coverings 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 because they are or are not wearing a face covering may be subject to investigation and sanction under other applicable LBCC policies.

This rule is in addition to LBCC AR 5095-06 regarding preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Guidelines regarding remote work and physical distancing remain in place. Please continue to practice physical distancing even when wearing a face covering.

This Use of Face Coverings Rule is considered temporary. The use of paper/cloth face coverings in the workplace will be re-assessed periodically following the guidelines set forth by the CDC for IHE.

Please direct any questions regarding the rule and the use and care of face coverings to Director of Human Resources or Vice President of Finance and Operations.

Related Documentation:

COVID-19 FAQ

LBCC COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Temporary Administrative Rule No. 5095-06—NOVEL CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 Physical Distancing Guidelines

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for unvaccinated People

Oregon Health Authority Masking Requirements for Indoor Spaces: Reportable Diseases Masking Requirements for Indoor Spaces 333-019-1025

Oregon Secretary of State, Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division

Additional Resources from CDC for Institutional of Higher Education: Guidance for the Conduct of In-Person Instructional, Residential, and Research Activities at Oregon Colleges and Universities

CDC’s “ Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facilities”

CDC “Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19”

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:  6/26/2020
DATE(S) OF REVISION(S)/: 8/18/2020; 9/29/2020; 7/27/21; 8/11/21; 9/13/21
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