Implementation of the Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan
The New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act)
Under the HERO Act, COVID-19 has been designated as an airborne infectious disease by Governor Kathy Hochul. In response to that designation, Trocaire College is putting into effect its Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan.
The college will continue with in-person teaching and classes as scheduled for the fall semester and employees are expected to be on-site during their work shift. Effective Wednesday, September 15, 2021 the following will implemented at all Trocaire College locations until further notice:
- All individuals on campus, including employees, students, vendors, auxiliary staff and visitors will be required to wear facial coverings in all spaces other than when alone in individual offices or other designated individual spaces.
- All employees will be required to complete a daily symptom screening form prior to the start of their shift for that day. Employees are also asked to monitor themselves for any symptoms of COVID-19 throughout the course of their shift and report any new or emerging signs to their supervisor and to Dr. Richard Linn, Site Safety Monitor.
- All individuals on campus, including employees, students, vendors, auxiliary staff and visitors are reminded to maintain physical distance to the extent practicable, exercise coughing / sneezing etiquette, stop social etiquette behavior such as hugging or hand shaking, and washing hands properly and often.
- Physical distancing will be followed as much as is feasible for any unvaccinated employees or students (due to medical / religious exceptions from the College’s mandatory vaccination policy). Controls supporting physical distancing for all individuals on campus will include:
- Restricting visitor entry to the front entrance of each building
- Limiting occupancy, particularly in small enclosed spaces such as elevators and rest rooms
- Use of physical barriers in workspaces as needed
- Adjustment of signage
- Use of remote meeting approaches when feasible
- Reducing gatherings to the extent practicable
- All employees, students, vendors and auxiliary staff will be reminded to stay at home if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.
- Disinfection methods and schedules will be adjusted to frequently clean objects and areas that are touched repeatedly by multiple individuals.
- Employees, due to age, underlying health conditions, or other factors, may be at increased risk of severe illness if infected. Such individuals should contact Human Resources and need an accommodation.
- The college’s Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan will be posted on bulletin boards throughout the college, will be shared via email with all employees, and an electronic copy will be housed in the shared internal network drive at S:/Publications/Covid and Infectious Diseases/HERO Act/Trocaire College Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan – Private Education 9_13_2021.
- Training covering all aspects of this plan will be provided to all employees.
For Fall 2021, Trocaire College is requiring that all students, employees, on-site vendors and visitors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of classes on Aug. 30.
The college’s status as a major educator of healthcare professionals in the Buffalo-Niagara region means it is our duty to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our students, employees, and the community at large. Requiring a COVID-19 vaccine—which has been proven safe and highly effective—is the best way to ensure that we have a safe educational environment for all. Accommodations will be made for medical or religious reasons consistent with applicable federal and state law. Read the full announcement here.
- All employees, all students and all on-premise vendors (ABM, Advance2000, Barnes and Noble, Security, Shuttle) must be vaccinated (have had their second dose of a two-dose vaccine, or have had their single dose of a single-dose vaccine) prior to Monday, Aug. 30, or have been approved for an accommodation for medical or religious reasons.
- Individuals with approved accommodation for COVID-19 must complete a daily screener at the building lobby, wear a mask, and maintain 6 feet of social distance.
- Human Resources (for employees) and Wellness Center (for students) will provide information to the supervisor / academic program director related to those for whom accommodations are being made.
- Questions related to individuals with approved accommodation should be directed to Human Resources (for employees) and the academic program director/Wellness Center (for students).
- All visitors must have been vaccinated if they want to enter our buildings. Other than those described above, all visitors must present evidence of vaccination to Security before moving beyond the building lobby. Those without evidence of vaccination will no be allowed to enter.
- Acceptable proof will include a valid CDC vaccination card, an NYS-issued Excelsior pass or other reasonable official document.
- For Departments interested in inviting groups of individuals into the building:
- For individuals or groups of <=10 individuals: the department should provide notice to Mike Cucinotta that they expect visitors and he will provide Security with the information. Those in the group will be asked to provide evidence of vaccination status to Security before they will be allowed to leave the building lobby.
- For groups > 10 individuals: the department ‘owner’ of the event should establish vaccination status of guests prior to the event. The names of the expected guests should be provided to Security prior to the start of the event. A representative of the department will situate themselves at the building front entrance and check the name of each guest as they arrive. Those not on the list must provide evidence of vaccination or will not be allowed to enter the building. Departments needing additional assistance should reach out to Mike Cucinotta for consideration of extra Security.
Past Student Communications
Feb. 12: Fall 2021 Update
Oct. 5: Spring 2021 Update
Aug. 4: Fall 2020 Student Affairs Update
July 27: Fall 2020 Course Schedule Update
July 16: Fall 2020 Academic Affairs Update