Spring 2022 Welcome Buccaneers
In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, DCC is asking every one of our employees/students/visitors to help with our prevention efforts while at work, in the classroom or lab and on campus facilities. Given the fast developing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, DCC may modify this plan accordingly. We encourage everyone to continue to monitor their emails on a regular basis.
DCC will continue to support staff and students who choose to wear a mask or wish to remain distanced from others.
DCC joins other Montana colleges in encouraging employees and students to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 to protect themselves, the DCC learning environment, and our communities at large. Likewise, we join the majority of Montana community colleges in not mandating vaccines for employees or students. As a learning institution, we will continue to share resources and information about the vaccine's availability and efficacy.
The topic that generates the most questions is whether masks will be required. In accordance with the current guidance from the state and OCHE, masks are not required. However, DCC will encourage wearing a mask indoors in accordance with guidance from the CDC for anyone who is not fully vaccinated and boosted, has recently tested positive for COVID and has been instructed to do so by a health official and/or knows he/she has been exposed.
DCC will continue to make disposable masks available to students and employees who wish to continue wearing a mask while on campus, as well as continue to support those who choose to wear a mask regardless of the reason. Getting vaccinated is a personal decision. A number of our students and employees either cannot receive the vaccination for a number of reasons, choose not to receive the vaccination, and/or have been vaccinated and prefer to continue to wear a mask out of caution.
DCC will respect the decisions of all members of our campus community in regards to vaccination status and/or use or non-use of masks, and will expect every person on campus to respect the decisions of others as well. If you need help or support feeling comfortable on campus or need to discuss any concerns you may have please contact Justin Beach (Dean of Students).
Classroom and Space Capacity
Social distancing and classroom/space capacity have been an important factor in return-to-campus planning. Given the updated guidance from OCHE, social distancing is no longer required. Classroom/space capacity have returned to full capacity. Physical distancing in most indoor areas is recommended when possible.
On-Campus Activities have returned to normal including but not limited to:
Case Reporting and Contact Tracing
We understand that unknowns about the pandemic, specifically those regarding new variants of the virus that are occurring in other parts of the world, are a major concern for many. DCC has experienced certain levels of success around COVID-19 and that is due in no small part to the steps that our students and employees have taken to ensure their individual well-being and the well-being of the DCC community as a whole.
As we begin the return to campus, vigilance will continue to be key. Each of us has a personal responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of ourselves and those around us. DCC will coordinate with the Dawson County Health Department for testing and tracing protocols. The Dawson County Health Department manages all instances of contact tracing when needed, as required by Montana law.
Quarantine and Isolation – (See DCC Isolation and Self-Quarantine Guidelines for more details)
Current CDC guidelines as of 01/06/2022:
If you are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days.
If you are less than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or less than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) or have received their booster shot you do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status) should isolate for at least 5 days AND follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
If you are isolated or quarantined it is very important that you follow these guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.
DCC Facilities will continue to clean all campus facilities in accordance with CDC guidance. DCC Facilities will also continue to disinfect any college space following a reported case of COVID-19 in that specific space. For more information, please refer to the CDC COVID-19 Cleaning Guidance
Signage and Sanitizing
In order to support the continued commitment to the safety of our entire DCC community, DCC will continue to: