Preparing Our Facilities

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting Procedures

The following are cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures custodial and facilities staff will perform prior to, during and after scheduled activities.

EPA approved products will be used for sanitizing, cleaning and disinfecting. Products used will be in accordance with manufacturers’ directions (examples of products used include bleach/water mixtures). In the event of a positive COVID-19 case, guidelines developed from the CDC will be followed. These guidelines are available by going to the CDC Cleaning and Sanitizing Guidelines.

Guidelines for Campus Facilities

  • Entryways, hallways, lobbies and high frequency touch points such as door handles, light switches, desktops, chairs, lockers, etc. will be disinfected by custodial staff several times per day. Frequency of cleaning will be dependent on the length of occupancy for a specific space with a minimum disinfecting cleaning prior to and after an event.
  • Restrooms will be cleaned in accordance with the NICC Restroom Sanitation Checklist with frequency of cleaning being dependent on the length of occupancy for a specific space.
  • Products available should be used in accordance with the manufacturer's directions or as labeled if using bleach.
    • Bleach must be mixed fresh daily; 4 teaspoons per quart of water. Custodial staff will maintain this as needed. Note: half a quart or less is more than adequate for most areas in a day.
    • Readiquat - premixed ready to use.
    • Oxivir - premixed ready to use.
    • TB-Cide Quat - premixed ready to use.

Offices/Cubicles and Conference Rooms

  • Custodial and facilities staff will perform general cleaning such as vacuuming.
  • Common areas in use (e.g. conference spaces, classrooms and other academic areas) will be cleaned daily by custodial staff.
  • All employees will be required to sanitize their work area. Employees will clean and disinfect frequently touched and any shared items throughout the day. All touch points in the work area will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of each day.
  • Work areas will be supplied with disinfecting spray bottles and paper towels or disinfecting wipes for employees to use. Employees should contact their supervisor if they are in need of additional cleaning supplies. An Etrieve form has been created for this purpose.

Classrooms and Labs

  • Faculty and students will be required to sanitize all touch points in the classroom at the end of each class session. Custodial staff will clean and disinfect at the end of the day. Lab equipment will be sanitized by faculty or lab personnel between users and disinfected at the end of day.
  • Custodial staff will conduct regular cleaning daily, in accordance with the NICC Classroom-Gathering Areas Sanitation list based on scheduled events in AdAstra (e.g., classrooms, hallways and building common areas).
  • Plant Services Supervisors will oversee logs that track cleaning activity on campus.
  • Paper towels and disinfecting spray or disinfecting wipes will be provided for faculty and student use in classrooms and computer labs. Hand sanitizer will be available at entrances to buildings. Faculty and students should clean and disinfect classroom and computer lab surfaces they have touched or plan to touch. Faculty should communicate to their supervisor if additional cleaning supplies are needed.
  • Lab areas shall continue to be cleaned by faculty and staff as is directed under CDC guidelines. CDC guidelines are in place for lab spaces to minimize risk to faculty, students, staff and equipment.

Buildings and Facilities

Classroom/lab configuration and student/employee ratios are adjusted per social distance guidelines. Changes may include:

  • Rearrangement of classroom/hallway furniture, as needed to maximize social distancing and limit use of common spaces with assistance of Plant Services staff.
  • Certain desks and tables in classrooms and other spaces will be marked with signage if they are not to be used.
  • Points of entry and exit are being clearly marked with signage.
  • Sneeze guards have been installed in appropriate areas.
  • Centers are working with their partnering agencies and organizations to adhere to cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

Supervisor Evaluation of Work Environment

  • Each supervisor will need to work with staff to evaluate work areas and identify areas where less than six feet of separation exists.
  • Reopening plans should be discussed by each department. All plans will be submitted to the Pandemic Response Team for approval prior to services reopening and staff returning to campus to provide these services.
  • Efforts should be made to modify or reconfigure the work area to support six feet of separation.
  • Departments may need to implement barriers/shields where possible. Supervisors should contact the Operations office for assistance.

Common Areas

Doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 requires modifying or limiting the use of common areas. Until further notice, the following common areas and common use items will have reduced access:

  • Refrigerators
    • All touch points must be wiped following each use
    • Only daily food
    • All containers must be removed once a meal is complete
    • No condiments, shared or individual
  • Microwaves
    • All touch points must be wiped following each use
  • Coffee Makers
    • All touch points must be wiped following each use
  • Vending Machines
    • Everyone will be responsible to wipe touch points following use
    • Area staff will be encouraged to disinfect regularly
  • Water Fountains
    • All campus water fountains will be inaccessible
    • Cafeteria water dispensers may be used, but with a clean glass each use
  • Seating will be limited in common areas such as lobbies, hallways, small study areas, etc. to provide for social distancing guidelines and to deter crowds from gathering.

Campus Dining Options

The cafeterias will be open for business with limited menu options. Campus dining will require you adhere to social distancing guidelines and the cafeteria will endorse additional safety and sanitation practices.

Signage

Signage will be placed in highly visible locations to direct everyday activity and stop the spread of germs.

If you need additional signage, an Etrieve form can be submitted.