Universal Mask Policy
Effective Date: 5/5/2020
Date Last Revised: Original
Given the widespread community transmission of COVID-19, Nichols College remains committed to providing a safe work environment. To this end, employees, visitors, and individuals will be asked to wear a mask on the Nichols College campus, when out in public or when social distancing is not possible, including times of brief interaction between co-workers or friends. Employees working alone in their own private offices do not need to wear masks, but anytime someone is on campus and within 6 feet of another person, the mask needs to be on. We recognize this is a departure from our standard operating procedures, however the CDC has published guidelines that recommend all persons wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing cannot be properly achieved. These practices will be continually monitored and re-evaluated as the situation progresses. Masks will be provided by Nichols College upon request.
Employees are to self-monitor for symptoms concerning COVID-19 infection at the beginning of every shift. If an employee feels they are displaying symptoms related to the virus, they are asked to notify their respective manager prior to coming on to the Nichols College campus.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 may include any of the following:
1. Fever ≥100.00 F
3. Shortness of Breath
Additional symptoms that are less common but have been present with COVID-19 include:
4. Sore Throat
5. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
6. Muscle Aches
7. Unexplained loss of sense of smell and/or taste
VISITORS TO CAMPUS
Nichols College will require that all visitors to campus wear a mask while on campus. Visitors who are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 are requested to not come to campus.
FACE MASK DOS AND DONTS
Face masks are only effective for protection if they are handled, worn, stored and disposed of properly. Experts continue to strongly urge everyone to maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing when possible—even with the use of face masks.
- Do practice proper hand hygiene. Before and after handling the mask (to put on, adjust, or take off), either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to reduce cross-contamination risk. The outside of the mask is considered dirty.
- Do mark the outside of the mask in some way so you can easily identify which side is the outside of the mask, and handle it accordingly. Some individuals mark the outside with their initials in permanent ink.
- Do keep a paper bag handy for storing the mask every time you take it off; an open plastic Ziploc-style baggie is an alternative if a paper bag is not available. Always store a mask in a clean place. Never store it in a purse or pocket.
- Don’t touch the outside of your mask while it is on your face.
- Don’t pull your mask below your chin while you are wearing it. Leaving the mask dangling or improperly fitted to your face creates opportunities for cross-contamination.
The above policy has been reviewed and approved by President’s Council and is effective as of the date indicated above.