FDLTCC Cares about your Wellness and Safety
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College requires all employees, students, vendors, and visitors to wear a well-fitted mask inside campus buildings.
- Get vaccinated. It is one of the best things you can do to prevent getting or spreading COVID-19.
- Where a well-fitted mask indoors
- Wash your hands often
- Stay home when you are sick
- Get tested for COVID-19 if you have had close contact with somebody who is positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or as advised for travel.
- Follow quarantine and isolation instructions if you have had a close contact or are positive for COVID-19
As a community we are all responsible for implementing this plan. Together we are stronger, we are healthier, we are resilient.
Minnesota State COVID-19 Dashboard
As one of many strategies we are using to protect health and safety, and in the interest of transparency, Minnesota State has developed a dashboard that includes tracking and reporting both college and system wide data on cases of COVID-19. The dashboard will present data that aligns with by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) guidance and reflect reporting by system colleges and universities. Follow this link to the web page where you can find the Minnesota State dashboard.
FDLTCC COVID Response Policy and Procedures:
- Pandemic Preparedness Plan & Continuity of Operations Plan
- COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for On-Campus or Off-Campus College Activities
- Student Housing https://fdltcc.edu/campus-life/campus-housing/
- COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination and Testing Policy
If you have any questions or concerns contact the COVIDResponseteam@fdltcc.edu
Imagine that you test positive for COVID-19. You tell your friends and family that you may have been in contact with, but how do you inform that people that you don’t know? Minnesota’s free exposure notification app, COVIDaware MN, will help us all do our part.
Plus, the app notifies you if you’ve been near someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you test positive, you can use the app to anonymously notify anyone you’ve been near.
It’s easy to download Minnesota’s COVID-19 exposure notification app here. The app is free and does not collect any personal information or track your location.
An informational fact sheet is available by clicking here and the app’s privacy information is here. (pdf files)
Students who live in on-campus facilities and students who participate in intercollegiate athletics must provide vaccination attestation or participate in weekly testing. Students may also be required to be vaccinated as directed by clinical or internships sites. Minnesota State employees on all campuses and in the system office, including student workers, are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status or participate in weekly testing for COVID-19 if the employee:
- Is assigned to the workplace (campus, system office, etc.), or
- Wishes to access the workplace (campus, system office, etc.) for more than 10 minutes, or
- Otherwise provides Minnesota State college and university services outside the staff member’s home
The Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector tool helps Minnesotans find out when, where, and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
After you fill out a simple form, the Vaccine Connector will:
- alert you when you are eligible to receive a vaccine;
- connect you to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment; and
- notify you if there are vaccine opportunities in your area.
Required Reporting for CARES Act Funding
- Direct to Students Funding (link to pdf file)
- CARES Higher Education Funding Quarterly Report: September 30, 2020 (link to pdf file)
Well-fitted masks are an effective mitigation effort to prevent respiratory illness. Face coverings are no longer required in the State of Minnesota, but well-fitted masks are required indoors at FDLTCC. People who are not yet vaccinated are strongly encouraged to where a well-fitted mask.
- How to Safely Wear Your Mask (PDF)
- Face Covering Recommendations
- Frequently Asked Questions About the Requirement to Wear Face Coverings
- 6 ft of physical distance is encouraged for all individuals on campus.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Managing Chronic Conditions during COVID-19
- CDC: COVID-19 and HIV
- MATEC: COVID-19 Information for Persons Living with HIV in Minnesota (Google Doc)
- CDC: Prevent Getting Sick
Hands and face
- Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds.
- Always wash your hands after being in a public place.
- Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
- Use hand sanitizers on the hands only. Never use them on larger body surfaces, and never swallow or breathe them in.
- Do not make hand sanitizers into something you can spray into the air. This is dangerous to your health and can catch fire.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue. Throw used tissues in the trash.
Should I be tested?
- Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after you are exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Not everyone with COVID-19 has all of these symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms.
- Talk to your health care provider if you have questions or concerns about symptoms.
Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
What to do
- Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
- If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
You may be able to shorten your quarantine
Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine
- After day 10 without testing
- After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)
Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected.
People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).
What to do
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
- Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
- Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
- Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
- Wear a mask when around other people if able.
When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19
Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.
For Anyone Who Has Been Around a Person with COVID-19
Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days after their last exposure to that person, except if they meet the following conditions:
- Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until a negative test result.
- Get tested 3-5 days after close contact with someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
- Get tested and isolate immediately if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Someone who tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and has subsequently recovered and remains without COVID-19 symptoms does not need to quarantine. However, close contacts with prior COVID-19 infection in the previous 90 days should:
- Wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days after exposure.
- Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms and isolate immediately if symptoms develop.
- Consult with a healthcare professional for testing recommendations if new symptoms develop.
I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms
You can be around others after:
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
- Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving*
*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
Note that these recommendations do not apply to people with severe COVID-19 or with weakened immune systems (immunocompromised).
I tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.
If you develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I think or know I had COVID-19, and I had symptoms.”
I was severely ill with COVID-19 or have a weakened immune system (immunocompromised) caused by a health condition or medication.
People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. People with weakened immune systems may require testing to determine when they can be around others. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information. Your healthcare provider will let you know if you can resume being around other people based on the results of your testing.
People who are immunocompromised should be counseled about the potential for reduced immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines and the need to continue to follow current prevention measures (including wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others they don’t live with, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces) to protect themselves against COVID-19 until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider. Close contacts of immunocompromised people should also be encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to help protect these people.
- Regular housekeeping practices are being implemented, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools and machinery, vehicles and areas in the campus environment, including classrooms, labs, restrooms, common areas, break rooms, meeting rooms, and drop-off and pick-up locations. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as phones, keyboards, touch screens, controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings, printers and copy machines, credit card readers, delivery equipment, etc.
- Cleaning schedule will be on a daily basis by maintenance staff. This includes restrooms, classrooms, offices and common areas.
- Students and employees are responsible for wiping down their personal work areas or any equipment that was used after they have completed their daily instruction.
- Maintenance will be using several different approved products to disinfect areas around the college. Disinfecting wipes will be available to all staff and students in classroom, computer lab, labs, and common areas.
- Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace: https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus/safework
The stress of the pandemic takes it’s toll on everyone.
Taking care of yourself is more important than ever during these times.
- Supporting Mental Well-being during COVID-19
Tips to reduce anxiety and stay connected, including resources to support senior mental well-being in congregate living and tools for public health responders.
- If someone you know is in crisis, use Crisis Text Line by texting MN to 741741.
- FDLTCC will be implementing various wellness programs during the 2020-2021 academic year to support the college community. All community members will be welcome to participate in the programs offered.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College holds as paramount the health, safety, and welfare of every member of its community. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, however, cannot guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. Unfortunately, the risk of COVID-19 exposure exists in all public places where people are present. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is taking all recommended steps to mitigate this risk, but we cannot categorically guarantee you will not get sick. Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a shared responsibility and every member of our campus community must do their part. Understand that if you return to the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College campus, there is a risk you may contract COVID-19 and that illness, injury, or death is a possible result.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty, staff, and members of our campus community. All campus community members are responsible for implementing and complying with all aspects of the listed guidelines.
All community members are asked to respect these guidelines. Persons not following these guidelines may be asked to leave the campus or college activity. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College faculty, supervisors, and staff have the full support of college administration in the enforcement of these guidelines.
COVID-19 Preparedness Plan
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has developed a Preparedness Plan for students while on campus or at off-campus college activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan utilizes the abundance of guidance offered by the Minnesota Department of Health, Center for Disease Control, and local public health offices.
Our goal is to mitigate the potential for transmission of COVID-19 on our campus or at college activities. By working together, we will protect our college community including the tribal communities we serve. To accomplish this will require full cooperation among students, faculty, staff, visitors, and other members of our campus community. We are all responsible for implementing this plan. Only through a cooperative effort can we establish and maintain the safety and health of our campus community. All campus community members are responsible for implementing and complying with the Preparedness Plan. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College leaders and supervisors have our full support in enforcing the provisions of this policy.