What are LCC’s current safety requirements?
LCC has three key points of emphasis as we head into the fall semester:
- All students, employees and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors at all LCC locations. This requirement applies to all individuals, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required outdoors, but are strongly encouraged when in a crowded setting.
- We strongly encourage everyone to consider getting vaccinated, if you are medically able and have not already done so. Vaccines are free regardless of your insurance status, and are readily available. Find a location near you.
- Stay home if you are sick, even if you have been vaccinated and even if you’re pretty sure it’s just a cold. Talk to your supervisor and do not hesitate to take advantage of the COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank, but please do not put your co-workers at risk. Allow students who are ill to stay home.
In addition, as always, regular hand washing is encouraged.
Is physical distancing required?
Physical distancing is not currently required on LCC’s campus. It is recommended whenever possible, especially if you are not fully vaccinated.
Is LCC going to require vaccination for employees and/or students? [Answer updated Sept. 2, 2021]
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, LCC has worked to follow orders from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Local Health Departments, rules from Michigan Occupational Safety Health Administration (MIOSHA), and guidance from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In every step of our decision making, we strive to do what is best for the LCC community by prioritizing safety for all. “People First” has been our mantra since June 2020.
Neither MDHHS, MIOSHA, OSHA, CDC, local health departments nor the governor are currently recommending a vaccine mandate for institutions of higher education. For this reason, we are not, at this time, requiring a vaccine mandate.
While we are not instituting a vaccination mandate at this time, we are continually evolving as the situation evolves.
How do we make sure people who are sick do not come to campus?
This is a culture change, and we need your help! It takes every one of us making personal decisions to stay home for things we might have considered a minor, personal inconvenience in the past – a sore throat, a persistent cough.
It also requires faculty to allow students to stay home when they are sick, and supervisors to be flexible with employees. This pandemic requires all of us to be compassionate and understanding of people’s individual situations and comfort levels.
Please note, eligible reasons to use the college’s COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank were recently expanded to include an employee complying with our “Stay Home If You Are Sick” requirement. Learn more about the COVID-19 Sick Leave Bank online.
What is the protocol if a student or employee who has been on campus tests positive for COVID-19?
The individual who tested positive should isolate, following the definitions provided by the Ingham County Health Department.
If a student or employee tells you they have tested positive and they have been on campus within the past two days, please notify your supervisor. Those who are designated as “Program Safety Managers” – generally associate deans, program leads and department supervisors – will help to collect the information needed.
From there, LCC and the ICHD will work together to identify close contacts of the individual who tested positive, and those individuals will be notified. They will be asked to quarantine if they are not fully vaccinated. If vaccinated, those who were in close contact with the individual who tested positive do not need to quarantine, but should monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop, they should be tested for COVID-19.
This guidance comes from the Ingham County Health Department. Learn more about the ICHD’s COVID-19 workplace guidance.
What would cause LCC to move back to stage 0 in its Resumption Stages?
We are currently in stage 3, but as the pandemic continues to change, we might move forward or backward in our stages. We can move back to stage 2 or 1 if necessary based on level of community spread, public health orders, and federal or state occupational safety and health rules.
We will move to stage 0 if a state or local public health order makes clear that all-virtual instruction and work is necessary to keep people safe.
Why is LCC requiring masks for people who are fully vaccinated?
This precaution is in keeping with LCC’s people-first approach to the pandemic, and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.”
Is LCC concerned about the rapid spread of the Delta variant?
Of course! It was a key factor in reinstating our mask mandate. We rely on guidance and recommendations from public health experts at the federal, state and local level, and we will continue to watch the situation closely.
Who makes the college’s decisions regarding pandemic safety?
We have three key teams involved in pandemic decision-making.
Executive Leadership Team
The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) are the senior administrators who oversee all college operations. Members include:
- Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs
- Senior Vice President of Business Operations
- Chief Diversity Officer
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Information Officer
- Associate Vice President for External Affairs and Development and K-12 Operations
- Dean of Arts & Sciences
- Dean of Health and Human Services
- Dean of Technical Careers
- Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development
- Dean of Student Affairs
- Executive Director of Administrative Services
- Executive Director of the Center for Data Science
- Executive Director of Human Resources
The Executive Leadership Team meets on a biweekly basis, and as needed.
Incident Command Team
Long before the pandemic, LCC had an Incident Command Team who was responsible
for responding to extreme weather, campus evacuations, drills, and any other
potential emergency. LCC adheres to the National Incident Management System
(NIMS), a standardized approach to emergency management that was developed by
the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Using this framework and terminology,
LCC outlined its Incident Command Team.
The team is led by an Incident Commander. They direct the Command Staff, which
includes a safety officer and public information officer, as well as the
General Staff, which includes Operations, Planning, Logistics and Finance units
who are mobilized as needed. Each position includes multiple LCC employees who
are trained to fill the role, which allows the Incident Command Team to run
24/7 if needed.
During the pandemic, we have also added representatives from our labor unions
and from the Academic Senate to this team.
The Incident Command Team has met as often as daily and as rarely as monthly at
various stages in the pandemic.
Business Resumption Review
The Business Resumption Review Committee (BRRC) was formed in response to the
pandemic. It was responsible for reviewing and approving Program Safety Plans,
and for making many other decisions and recommendations regarding the
resumption of on-campus operations. It meets weekly or biweekly, and membership
- Senior Vice President for Business Operations
- Executive Director of Human Resources
- Executive Director of Administrative Services
- Director of Emergency Management
- Director of Occupational/Environmental Safety and Health
- Director of Risk Management & Legal Services
- LCC Legal Counsel, as needed
- Other subject-matter experts, as needed
What sources do those
teams use to gather information?
Our guiding pillars are federal, state and local public health experts.
Primarily, that means the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Occupational
Safety and Health Administration, the Ingham County Health Department, and our
other county health departments.
Further, we use some of the metrics and charts provided by Covid Act Now. It’s a nonprofit that aggregates
data from official state and county dashboards, the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, and other sources to create usable dashboards that can help
users understand COVID-19’s spread across the U.S. We’ve found it offers
helpful tools to visualize data.
When will LCC resume
further on-campus operations?
We don’t know yet. This fall, we’re offering a mix of face-to-face and online
classes, and face-to-face and online student services. Many employees are
working on a hybrid schedule, although there are plenty who are fully on-campus
and plenty who are fully remote. We seek to be flexible.
But the pandemic continues to morph, and we continue to change our response to
match what is needed. We are still using our Business Resumption Stages as an outline of what
activities can be done on campus. Right now, the college is in stage 3, and we
can move backward or forward depending on conditions like level of community
spread, public health orders, and federal or state occupational safety and
The best way to keep up with LCC’s evolving response is to read your email,
especially the weekly Star and operations emails. Those are the college’s
official communication channels, and there’s no insider source for different
information. However, if you have a question or concern, please ask your supervisor
or email email@example.com. We want to help!
I have a question you
Please continue to email firstname.lastname@example.org. We do monitor it
and respond to inquiries, and it is a valuable source of information for our
decision-makers about how our community is doing. We also seek to weave
questions into our regular communications, so please read The Star and operations
emails each week.
Finally, we encourage you to consider trying out our Employee Assistance Program if you feel like you
would benefit from more support. It is completely free and confidential, and
offers access to local, licensed counselors. It also offers legal and financial