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A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL RETURN TO CAMPUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated COVID-19 guidelines for fall 2021 semester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Committed To A Safe And Successful Kauhale

For Fall 2021, Hawai’i Community College is continuing to take a cautious approach and will have a healthy mix of in-person, hybrid and online instruction. Personal safety practices are still in effect. Our operations are informed by federal, state, county and University of Hawai'i COVID-19 Guidelines and will be updated as circumstances change.

Please note that before coming to campus the University is requiring that all students, employees, and visitors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or regularly obtain and maintain a current negative COVID-19 test result. (See COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy).

In addition, prior to coming to campus, you must do a self-screening using the LumiSight UH app.

We look forward to a safe, successful Fall 2021 semester. If you have questions, please email our Paepae Haumana Welcome Center at welcomeu@hawaii.edu.

 

 

Support for Students
COVID-19 UH Updates

 

Reporting Cases of COVID-19

 

The College has designated campus contacts to report confirmed positive COVID-19 cases or potential exposures to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Designated Campus Contacts

Student Contact:
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Dorinna Cortez
Phone: 808-934-2510
Email: hawcovid@hawaii.edu

 

Faculty & Staff Contact:
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services
Ken Kaleiwahea
Phone: 808-934-2508
Email: hawcovid@hawaii.edu

  • You tested positive for COVID-19;
  • You suspect you have COVID-19 based on symptoms, travel history or history of prolonged contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, among other indicators; or
  • Are subject to a quarantine.
  1. The student must notify the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs as their respective Designated Campus Contact. Student employees shall also notify their Supervisor immediately.
  2. The student will not be permitted on campus and shall remain at home to seek medical advice from a healthcare provider.
  3. If the student is on site, they must leave the campus immediately or wait in an area designated by the VCSA to safely isolate while waiting for transportation if the student is unable to leave immediately.
  4. The Designated Campus Contact shall then report this information to the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services to follow-up on the proper contact tracing, monitoring, and communications protocol.
  1. The employee must notify the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services as their respective Designated Campus Contact. Employees shall also notify their Supervisor immediately.
  2. The employee will not be permitted on campus and shall remain at home to seek medical advice from a healthcare provider.
  3. If the employeeis on site, they must leave the campus immediately or wait in an area designated by the VCAS to safely isolate while waiting for transportation if the employee is unable to leave immediately.
  4. The Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services will follow-up on the proper contact tracing, monitoring, and communications protocol.

NOTE: No one with symptoms of COVID-19 should be present onsite. If you observe anyone (including but not limited to students, employees, visitors or vendors) developing or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 onsite, notify the respective Designated Campus Contact immediately.

The College will have transitional space for symptomatic or COVID-19 exposed students and employees who need to be isolated from the rest of the campus. During the isolation, the Campus Official will brief the student or employee on the requirements to remain at home and seek immediate medical advice from their healthcare provider. A list of community resources will be provided if the student or employee does not have a primary healthcare provider. The Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services will be notified to initiate the contact tracing, monitoring and communications protocol as well as the proper cleaning and disinfecting of the area(s) as needed. The student or employee will also be advised on the requirements to return to campus after isolation.

Protocol to Return to Campus After Isolation:

Persons with COVID-19 who have positive or symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

  1. At least 10 days have passed since COVID symptom onset, and
  2. At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  3. Other symptoms have improved.

The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will remain the point of contact for the student for daily check-ins, and the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services will remain the point of contact for employees.

The Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, in conjunction with the Department of Health and consistent with official guidelines, will determine when the student or employee meets the criteria to end home isolation. The student or employee shall not return to campus until they have clearance from the VCAS.

The reporting of positive COVID-19 cases or potential exposures to people who tested positive for COVID-19 is a confidential matter that must be treated with respect for personal privacy, as well as compliance with Federal guidance to protect their health information.

The Designated Campus Contacts, Supervisors, Deans/Directors and anyone involved in the reporting of these cases are required to maintain privacy and confidentiality of any reported information. These parties shall not disclose the identity of the student or employee to anyone who does not have a need to know.

In the event of a confirmed positive COVID-19 case on campus, the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services will work with public health authorities to balance the need for privacy with the health and safety interests of the campus community on a need to know basis.

  • Communication protocols shall be in accordance with health information sharing regulations for COVID-19 and other applicable federal and state laws and regulations relating to privacy and confidentiality, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) or Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”).
  • The College will not disclose the identity of any employee or student who is diagnosed with or is suspected of having COVID-19, except on a need-to-know basis. The College may also notify public health authorities if they learn that a student or employee has tested positive for COVID-19, and public health authorities have not already been notified, as this is a direct threat to public health.
  • As appropriate, students, employees and the public will be made aware if and when confirmed COVID-19 cases are present on campus. Any campus closures or any restrictions in place to limit COVID-19 exposure (e.g., limited hours of operation) may be communicated in a manner that balances privacy with health and safety interests.

Read the FULL Reopening Plan

Phase 1

Stabilization

Governor Ige announced a “Stay at Home” order beginning on March 25, 2020 that would remain in effect through April 30, 2020. On April 25, 2020, Governor Ige extended the state-at-home order across the State through May 31, 2020. On May 14, 2020, the Governor announced that the “Safer at Home” order will be extended through June 30, 2020.

Phase 2

Reopening
(We Are Here)

The “Act with Care” (minor disruption) impact level anticipates some new COVID-19 cases which are manageable along with improved capacity utilization for testing, hospitals, contact tracing.

 

 

Phase 3

Long-Term Recovery

The trigger to move to phase 3 should be when the State moves into the “Recovery” (minimal disruption) impact level. This occurs when new COVID-19 cases indicate sporadic activity and optimized capacity utilization for testing, hospitals, and contact tracing.

Phase 4

Resilience

The trigger to move to phase 4 should be when the State moves into the “New Normal” (no disruption) impact level. This occurs when we have adjusted to living with COVID-19 through a potential combination of effective treatments and containment methods, natural “herd immunity,” and/or vaccines.

Additional Information & Resources

UH Resource Page

Covid-related questions? Email covid19@hawaii.edu.

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