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) , Linn-Benton Community College is updating its face covering rule, effective June 30, 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 recommends the use of face coverings, which include masks, cloth face coverings, or face shields, for all faculty, staff, students and visitors in accordance with the CDC guidelines for those who have not been fully vaccinated, LBCC  encourages faculty, staff, students, and visitors across all LBCC locations to use face coverings when in enclosed public and common areas on campus and outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained, unless an exception is met. 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.

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

DEFINITIONS

  • “Face covering” means a cloth, paper, or disposable face covering that covers the nose and the mouth.
  • “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.

LBCC SETTINGS WHERE WE RECOMMEND THE USE OF FACE COVERINGS FOR THOSE WHO ARE NOT FULLY VACCINATED OR CHOOSE TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS:

  • Spaces where physical distancing cannot be met (i.e., hallways, doorways, elevators, stairwells, restrooms, etc.);
  • In-person classroom settings;
  • Shared lab spaces, including computer labs;
  • Cafe, coffee shops, restaurants, and the Campus Stores;
  • High-density shared outdoor spaces (e.g., Courtyard, baseball viewing stands, or any outdoor event/gathering spaces), etc.);
  • 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

Exceptions to this College rule include:

  • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC.
  • 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 exercising and working outdoors as long as a distance of at least six (6) feet is maintained at all times;
  • When an individual is under the age of two;
  • Individuals with medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing any face covering;
  • Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers.

Additional exceptions may be issued on a case-by-case basis by the Coronavirus Response Coordinators.

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 recommended to a requirement use of cloth face coverings based on the CDC 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 on wearing cloth face coverings

Oregon Health Authority Mask and Face Covering Guidance for Business, Transit, and the Public

 

Additional Resources from CDC for Institutionl 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
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