Rock Valley College

Pandemic Cleaning and Disinfection Plan

Rock Valley College is focused on making a safe campus experience for everyone. RVC is following all health and safety recommendations to protect everyone that works, attends or visits the RVC campuses. RVC has taken a layered approach disinfecting the campuses by utilizing all guidance from the following:

  • Rock Valley College, Phase 5 Plan RVC
  • Winnebago County Health Department WCHD
  • Illinois Department of Public Health IDPH
  • Center for Disease Control CDC
  • Occupational Safety and Health Admin OSHA
  • American College Health Association ACHA
  • Illinois Community College Board, COVID ICCB
  • National Junior College Athletic Association NJCAA

We will continue to update this information as changes occur.


The best prevention is to avoid being exposed to the virus.


Symptom Monitoring

Students, staff, and faculty have been instructed to monitor themselves prior to returning to campus for the symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, chills/shaking, lost sense of smell/taste, and fever greater than 100.4°F.  There are also screening thermometers and guidance located in each campus building. Access building maps showing hand sanitizer locations here.

Students, staff, and faculty have been advised if you are sick, stay home. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student is to be directed to contact the Dean of Students office at (815) 921-4101 or the RVC web page to report the positive status. If an employee tests positive, please contact the Human Resources office at (815) 921-4760 or go online to the RVC web page to report. There is also a reporting form for anyone who may have visited the campus who needs to report a positive.

If a student, staff, or faculty member become ill while on campus, no matter if they think they have COVID or not, they are to notify their immediate supervisor or instructor who will contact the RVC Police Department who will follow the RVC Communicable Disease Policy.

Visitors to the campuses are being asked to complete a visitor log for tracking purposes in the event an individual becomes COVID positive.

Personal Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Additional hand washing stations have been set up around campus. Hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol is also effective. Access building maps showing hand sanitizer locations here. Hand dryers have been turned off in all restrooms.
  • Avoid touching your face and always perform hand hygiene before eating or touching your nose, mouth, or eyes.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow. Dispose of used tissue properly.
  • Do not share food, drink, hookahs, vape pens, or other products that can easily transmit the virus.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Cleaning staff and others should clean hands often, including immediately after removing gloves, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.

Physical Distancing

  • Maintain the recommended physical distance from others. Six feet without masks and three feet with masks.
  • Avoid crowding in elevators. Take the stairs when feasible.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • All common areas of the campuses will be closed.

Face Coverings

  • RVC is allowing face coverings to be optional while inside all campus buildings, unless you are asked to wear one in the presence of someone who asks you to place one on. Other locations may be added as conditions warrant.
  • Students and employees should always carry a face covering of their choice to use on campus.
  • Plastic face shields are not an acceptable form of covering. Face shields are meant to be worn with a face mask.

Group Gatherings

  • If you are unvaccinated, please be cautious when gathering with groups.
  • Make every attempt to conduct meetings remotely or in ways that allow for social distancing and the inclusion of anyone joining remotely.
  • In-person meetings should occur in open areas or rooms that are set for social distancing.

HVAC, Ventilation, Cleaning, and Disinfecting
 

HVAC (Ventilation)

As of the writing of this document, there have been no documented cases of COVID-19 that are related to an HVAC system. RVC is utilizing a 4-filter system in most all buildings. A 4-filter system means that there is a 4-inch HEPA filter in each air handler with an additional 2-inch pre filter. All campus buildings are mixed with 20% outside air which is 10% higher than the requirement by the CDC. All interior locations of campus buildings have proper ventilation.

Should RVC be notified of a confirmed COVID-19 case, RVC will follow the guidance set forth by the CDC of 24 hours. Although it is unknown how long the air inside a room occupied by someone with confirmed COVID-19 remains potentially infectious, facilities has considered factors such as the size of the room and the ventilation system design when deciding how long to close off rooms or areas used by ill persons before beginning disinfection.

Cleaning & Disinfecting of RVC Campus

There is still much to learn about the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Based on what is currently known about the virus and about similar coronaviruses that cause SARS and MERS, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet).

Current evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings.

RVC is utilizing a layered approach to cleaning to help protect students, visitors, and staff. RVC has purchased 13 specialized disinfectant machines to utilize Clorox Total360 and OMNIShield RTU. RVC staff are trained to use these machines.

Four Layer Approach that will be utilized by RVC:

  1. Students and or staff wiping off of areas and surfaces after each use, commonly referred to as terminal cleaning, with a disinfection wipe multiple times a day.
  2. Cleaning staff will continue to daily clean and disinfect areas such as bathrooms, common areas, door handles, railings, elevators, and shared electronic equipment (like touch screens, vending machines, and ATM machines) used by persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces.
  3. The Total360 machine is a mist spray that provides a protective layer that will be sprayed weekly. More information about Clorox360 available here.  This will be applied weekly by RVC POM personnel and not the contract cleaners.
  4. OMNIShield RTU is an approximately 90-day shield on surfaces. More information about OMNIShield RTU available here. This will be applied by RVC POM personnel and not the contract cleaners.

Staff & Faculty Offices

Under normal conditions, garbage is collected from all offices nightly and once a week they are vacuumed. After careful consideration, RVC will continue to vacuum offices once a week but staff will need to empty their own garbage cans into a larger garbage can that will be placed in hallways in all buildings. Employees who wish to wipe down their office can do so utilizing RVC supplied wipes, which will be available in Dean’s offices and other common employee locations like copier rooms. Access building maps showing hand sanitizer locations here.

Clean and Disinfect – Hard (Non-Porous) Surfaces

If surfaces are dirty, the surface should be cleaned first prior to disinfection. For disinfection, most common EPA-registered disinfectants, provided by RVC, should be effective.

Soft (Porous) Surfaces

For soft (porous) surfaces, such as carpeted floor and rugs, visible contamination will be removed if present and vacuumed with HEPA filtration vacuum cleaners. These locations will be vacuumed by cleaning staff.

If shampooing is needed, RVC Plant Maintenance and Operations or Contracted Cleaners will use products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 and that are suitable for porous surfaces.

Electronics

For electronics such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls, and ATM machines, remove visible contamination if present.
  • Consider use of wipeable covers for electronics.
  • Use the wipes provided by RVC POM.

Cleaning & Disinfecting Plans for Specific Areas and Campus Locations

 

Lab with a Classroom

Instructors should remind students who shared equipment in the lab to disinfect the equipment before and after each use. Signs will be placed in each classroom as a reminder.

Disinfectant wipes will be in each classroom and/or lab. Used wipes should be placed in the garbage can.

High touch surfaces MUST be cleaned by students at the end of each class. Instructors should direct students to wipe off their area and all high touch surfaces. Examples of high touch lab surfaces:
  • Benchtops
  • Drawer and cabinet handles
  • Hand tools
  • Equipment handles and latches
  • Bin and water incubator lids
  • Faucet handles and sprayer grips
  • Equipment controls and touch pads
  • Outsides of shared chemical bottles and caps
  • Micro pipettors and other shared tools
  • Baskets, bins, trays, etc.
  • Chair backs and arm rests
  • Pens, whiteboard markers, etc.
  • Door handles/knobs in the lab
  • Light switches
  • Hood sashes and air foils

Classrooms

High touch surfaces MUST be cleaned by students at the end of each class. Instructors should direct students to wipe off their area and all high touch surfaces. Examples of high touch classroom surfaces:
  • Student desk
  • Chair backs and arm rests
  • Instructor desk
  • Baskets, bins, trays, etc.
  • Pens, whiteboard markers, etc.
  • Equipment controls and touch pads
  • Door handles/knobs in the lab
  • Light switches

Specific Buildings
 

PEC

  • Student lounge areas have been reopened and communal refrigerators and microwaves have been returned. Drinking fountains and bottle stations have been turned back on. Vending machines are still available.
  • The fitness lab and gym are open to FWS classes, staff, and athletic training. See current hours on the FWS web page.

HSC, WTC, SSB, JCSM, CLI, and CLII

  • Student lounge areas have been reopened and communal refrigerators and microwaves have been returned. Drinking fountains and bottle stations have been turned back on. All vending machines are still available.
  • All instructor areas in front of the classroom have been taped off. This is to allow for social distancing and to allow the instructor to remove their mask if they are going to instruct longer than 10 minutes.
  • Masks are now optional. However, any individual reserves the right to continue to wear one or ask another individual to wear one when social distancing cannot be obtained. 

Student Center

  • Acrylic shields have been installed in areas where face-to-face contact would occur.
  • Masks are now optional. However, any individual reserves the right to continue to wear one or ask another individual to wear one when social distancing cannot be obtained. 

Vendors (Subway)

  • Currently, the vendor listed has to adhere to stricter guidelines than RVC to be onsite.
  • Vending machines will remain open.


ERC

  • Student lounge areas have been reopened and communal refrigerators and microwaves have been returned. Drinking fountains and bottle stations have been turned on. All vending machines are still available.
  • All instructor areas in front of the classroom have been taped off. This is to allow for social distancing and to allow the instructor to remove their mask if they are going to instruct longer than 10 minutes.
  • Masks are now optional. However, any individual reserves the right to continue to wear one or ask another individual to wear one when social distancing cannot be obtained. 

Library

  • The library has developed a system for the return of books to be “quarantined”. See Curbside Library Service Program Documentation.
  • Tables and computers should be terminally cleaned after each use. See POM for cleaning and disinfectants.

RVCare

RVCare will be screening for sick patients at the front door and on the phone and are scheduling appointments every 30 minutes to decrease the number of patients in their waiting area. 

They have increased the frequency of cleaning throughout the clinic and have adequate supply of personal protective equipment such as masks, gowns, and gloves.

RVCare Hours of Operation:
  • Monday – Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Friday – Sunday: Closed

Patients will be seen on an appointment-only basis. At this time, RVCare we will not be accepting walk-ins. To schedule an appointment, please call (815) 921-4900.

RVCare would also like to remind everyone that the entrance to RVCare is located off Spring Brook Road.  For the safety of our employees working in the Foundation office, employees will not be allowed to pass through the Foundation office to get to RVCare.  Please park in the RVCare parking lot. The street address for RVCare is 6520 Spring Brook Road.

Aviation Career Education Center

  • Student lounge areas have been reconfigured. Drinking fountains and bottle stations have been turned on. All vending machines are still available.
  • All instructor areas have been taped off to allow for social distancing and to allow the instructor to remove their mask if they are going to instruct longer than 10 minutes.
  • Masks are now optional. However, any individual reserves the right to continue to wear one or ask another individual to wear one when social distancing cannot be obtained. 

Stenstrom Center for Career Education

  • Student lounge areas have been reopened and communal refrigerators and microwaves have been returned. Drinking fountains and bottle stations have been turned on. All vending machines are still available.
  • All instructor areas have been taped off to allow for social distancing and to allow the instructor to remove their mask if they are going to instruct longer than 10 minutes.
  • Masks are now optional. However, any individual reserves the right to continue to wear one or ask another individual to wear one when social distancing cannot be obtained.