COVID-19 Facts & Updates

Essex County College has updated its Restart Plan in preparation for students, faculty, and staff to return to a safe campus environment. The August 2020 Restart Plan explained a phased approach for a safe return to campus that included.

Click to view Restart Plan

 

 


 

The following FAQs will provide information for protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The information provided below is subject to change as the College will continue to monitor federal, state, and local guidance regularly and provide updated information in accordance with current guidance, recommendations, and considerations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Office of Secretary of Higher Education (OSHE), as well as other federal, state, and local authorities.

For more information on COVID-19, call the NJ Coronavirus Call Center at (800) 222-1222.

 
ARE CLASSES BEING HELD IN-PERSON AT ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE?

Yes. For the 2021-2022 academic year, classes will resume in-person at the College. Students will have the option to enroll fully in-person, hybrid, virtual, pure online, or a combination of the above for the Fall semester. Certain courses and programs may only be offered in-person due to academic and curricular requirements.

Please refer to the Restart Plan for more information

DO I HAVE TO BE VACCINATED TO RETURN TO CAMPUS?

Yes. All eligible students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is approved by the College.

All students, faculty and staff must attest to their vaccination status by September 1, 2021. The Attestation Form must be completed and submitted electronically. (Click here for Attestation Form) 

Should you have questions regarding the Attestation Form or require assistance with the Attestation Form, students should contact Dr. Bello DeCastro at bellodecastro@essex.edu and employees should contact Laura Byrd at byrdl@essex.edu. 

Proof of vaccination for students, faculty and staff is required by the College. Details on how to submit vaccination documentation will be shared soon.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I AM NOT VACCINATED?

All unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff are subject to mandatory weekly COVID-19 testing and shall submit proof of PCR testing to the College. The College has arranged to provide vaccinations and COVID-19 PCR testing to students, faculty, and staff.

Please refer to the Restart Plan for more information

DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK INSIDE ON CAMPUS?

Yes. The College requires all individuals to wear a mask/face covering indoors regardless of vaccination status unless they have a medical exemption approved by the College.

Should you require approval of a medical exemption please review the Disability Accommodation/Medical Exemption document.

Masks/face coverings may be removed while students, faculty and staff are eating so long as social distancing is maintained. Faculty and staff may also remove face coverings at their work stations while alone.

Social distancing at all times is encouraged by the College. For information on social distancing Click to Watch Social Distancing Video Instructions

Please refer to the Restart Plan for more information

DO I HAVE TO WEAR A MASK OUTSIDE ON CAMPUS?

At this time, the College requires masks/face coverings while indoors, unless a medical exemption is approved by the College. Additionally, the College follows all local, state and federal guidelines. The CDC guidelines indicate that if you are in an outdoor crowded setting or participating in activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask, particularly in areas with high numbers of cases. Additionally, CDC recommends social distancing from people you do not live with during outdoor activities.

Social distancing at all times is encouraged by the College. For information on social distancing Click to Watch Social Distancing Video Instructions

Please refer to the Restart Plan for more information. For information on the latest CDC guidelines please visit www.cdc.gov

CAN I STILL REGISTER FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES IF I HAVE MEDICAL ISSUES THAT PRECLUDE ME FROM WEARING A MASK?

At this time, the College requires masks/face coverings while indoors, unless a medical exemption is approved by the College. Please contact your physician regarding the mask requirement.

Should you require approval of a medical exemption please review the Disability Accommodation/Medical Exemption document.

Please note that students have the option to enroll fully in-person, hybrid, virtual, or a combination of the above for the Fall semester. Certain courses and programs, however, may only be offered in-person due to academic and curricular requirements.

For more information please visit  www.essex.edu/onlineclasssupport/ for specific information on options for the class being offered during the Fall semester.

Please refer to the Restart Plan for more information.

WHAT OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR STUDENTS WHO OPT FOR VIRTUAL OR HYBRID CLASSES BUT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AT HOME?

Students without access to technology at home should contact the Office of Information Technology at  helpdesk@essex.edu. Additionally, Academic Labs will be open with social distancing to the greatest extent possible.

WHAT ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE SERVICES/PROGRAMS WILL REOPEN?

The College’s services/programs are open subject to local, state, and federal guidelines.

Please refer to the Restart Plan for more information.

WHAT SERVICES AND PROGRAMS WILL REMAIN CLOSED OR SUSPENDED?

At this time, the study abroad program is suspended.

Please refer to the Restart Plan for more information.

WHAT IS THE COLLEGE’S PLAN FOR CLEANING/SANITIZATION ON CAMPUS?

Facilities maintains a schedule for cleaning and disinfecting. The Facilities Department inspections, cleaning, and maintenance will include but is not limited to cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles, sink handles, drinking fountains, grab bars, hand railings, bathroom stalls, and dining hall tables) between uses to the greatest extent possible. Additionally, classrooms will be disinfected after every class, to the greatest extent possible and practicable.

The College will provide disinfecting wipes in each classroom. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to use disinfectant wipes on desks, lab equipment, shared objects and surfaces.  Hand-washing stations or hand sanitizer will also be available throughout the college. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use hand sanitizers as needed.

Please refer to the Restart Plan for more information.

ARE ALL ENTRY/ACCESS POINTS ON CAMPUS OPEN?

All entry points are open with the exception of the bridge due to ongoing construction

ARE THERE ANY CONSEQUENCES FOR PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION ON THE ATTESTATION FORM?

All students, faculty and staff are required to provide true and accurate information on the Attestation Form. Any student, faculty or staff that provides willfully false statements or information on the Attestation Form may be subject to discipline and/or hold on their account.

WHAT DO I DO IF I FEEL SICK OR EXHIBIT SYMPTOMS OF COVID?

If you are sick, stay home.

Individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who have a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 are required to stay home and/or should seek medical advice. Said individuals will not be granted entry into the College and should continue to follow the CDC guidelines on quarantine and isolation.

For information on the latest CDC guidelines please visit www.cdc.gov

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE HAD CLOSE CONTACT WITH AN INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

If you are fully vaccinated and you have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you do not have symptoms. If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, get tested, and notify Student Affairs at bellodecastro@essex.edu if you are a student, and Human Resources at bridgett@essex.edu  if you are an employee.

You must continue to wear a mask/face covering indoors. If you have an approved face mask exemption and cannot wear a mask, you should stay home until you have tested negative for COVID-19.

If your test result is positive, you should notify Student Affairs at bellodecastro@essex.edu if you are a student, and Human Resources at bridgett@essex.edu if you are an employee, and self-isolate for at least 10 days. You must test negative for COVID-19 before you can return to campus.

WHAT DO I DO IF I FORGOT TO WEAR A MASK/FACE COVERING TO CAMPUS OR IF I HAVE AN APPROVED MASK EXEMPTION?

If you are a student without an approved mask exemption and simply forgot to bring a mask/face covering, please visit the Student Welcome Center, located on the 2nd Floor (Main Entrance), immediately, to obtain a proper mask. If you attend class without a mask/face covering, your professor will direct you to the Student Welcome Center and you are expected to return to class with an appropriate mask/face covering. Failure to comply with the mask/face covering requirement and/or directives from College faculty and staff related to mask/face coverings may result in removal from campus and disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Handbook.

If you have an approved mask exemption, you may notify your professor and/or supervisor of your exemption in advance of reporting to class and/or work. Additionally, you must provide proof of COVID-19 test on a weekly basis. Students, please contact Student Affairs at bellodecastro@essex.edu and employees please contact Human Resources at bridgett@essex.edu for more information and guidance.

If you have not filled out and submitted your mandatory Vaccine Attestation Form. Click here to complete the form. 

All Attestation Forms must be completed by September 1, 2021.

 


To ensure the safety of all students, faculty, and staff, Essex County College has a vaccine requirement and mask/face covering requirement. All students and employees are required to wear a mask/face covering indoors while on campus unless you have an approved medical exemption. All unvaccinated students and employees are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing (PCR) and are required to provide their weekly test results to the College. Additional information on proof of vaccination will be provided shortly.

If you are a student and are seeking an exemption, please print and complete all portions of the appropriate form and bring it to Enrollment Services. Note that medical exemptions require information from your doctor.

If you are an employee and are seeking an exemption or would like to “opt-out,” please print and complete all portions of the appropriate form and bring it to Human Resources. Note that medical exemptions require information from your doctor.

Please be advised that incomplete forms will not be accepted by the College. Additionally, requests for exemptions MUST BE approved by the College.

 


 

STUDENT EXEMPTION FORMS

 

EMPLOYEE EXEMPTION FORMS

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Guidelines for Employees

*Updated September 2021

 

As the College resumes its operations and instruction in person for the 2021-2022 academic year, these updated Coronavirus Guidelines for Employees are intended to provide relevant COVID-19 information in connection with the College’s reopening. These guidelines may not cover every possible situation. For circumstances that arise and have not been identified, employees are to contact Human Resources at (973) 877-3085, or via email at hr@essex.edu for guidance.

  • THIS UPDATED GUIDANCE REPLACES ALL PRIOR GUIDANCE, WHEREVER AND HOWEVER MADE, CONCERNING ALL EMPLOYEES.
  • THE COLLEGE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVISE AND/OR MODIFY THE BELOW GUIDELINES AT ANY TIME.
  • THESE GUIDELINES WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT AS THE COLLEGE DEEMS NECESSARY.

 

In Summary:

  • All employees are required to report to their on-site work location Please refer to the Restart Plan for detailed information on reopening.
  • Vaccination and masks/face coverings are required on campus. For more information on vaccination and mask/face covering requirements, please visit https://www.essex.edu/covid19/.
    • Should an employee need an exemption and/or accommodation, please complete the appropriate form on https://www.essex.edu/covid19/ and forward to Human Resources.
  • Childcare through the Child Development Center is being offered to employees. Please review the Restart Plan for more information.
  • All COVID-19 related leaves must be taken in accordance with the College’s standard leave rules and existing policies, procedures, collective bargaining and/or contractual agreements, as well as any applicable Federal and State laws.

 

Work Expectations

All employees, as well as work-study students, are expected to report to work to perform assigned duties; unless an absence or leave is requested and approved. Employees and supervisors will be expected to accurately record attendance.

Employees must not come to work and immediately report to their supervisor if they: (1) are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or (2) have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Supervisors are to ensure that (1) HR is notified, (2) employee work schedules are documented, and where applicable, (3) recorded in the Kronos time and attendance system.

All employees are expected to self-monitor temperature before reporting to work and to stay home if sick. All employees are expected to use masks/face coverings at all times unless they have an approved exemption.

 

Absence & Leave Arrangements

All employees including faculty, adjunct faculty, staff and work-study students anticipating a planned or unplanned absence from work will be required to fully communicate with their supervisor, on or before the first day of absence. Appropriate documentation is required to be submitted to Human Resources. Due to the ongoing pandemic, supervisors will verify absences, and all Time and Attendance, through the use of Kronos.

 

Work Assignments

In the event of COVID-19 related staffing shortages that disrupt the usual delivery of services, it may become necessary for an employee to receive a temporary or permanent reassignment out of their position title and a change of essential work duties and schedule to ensure continuity of operations. Any questions or concerns may be addressed with Human Resources by email at hr@essex.edu.

 

Accommodation Policy

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) | Corvallis OregonEssex County College is committed to the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a federal anti-discrimination statute that is designed to remove barriers which prevent qualified individuals with disabilities from enjoying the same employment opportunities that are available to persons without disabilities. Essex County College will make every reasonable effort to accommodate special needs. Requests for accommodation due to medical disability must be supported by medical certification and should be referred to the Human Resources Department.

 

Childcare

Childcare is available through the Child Development Center. Please refer to the Restart Plan for details.

 

 Payroll Activities

We continue to encourage employees to use direct deposit. Employees who have not enrolled in direct deposit may contact the Payroll Department at payroll@essex.edu for further guidance. Employees should review and update, where required, their residence and contact information with their supervisor and the Human Resources Department at hr@essex.edu if they have any questions. Contact and residency information can be viewed and updated in Banner Web Services at webservice1.essex.edu.

 

 Reducing the Risk of COVID-19

All employees are expected to cooperate with the College’s COVID-19 protocols to reduce the transmission of coronavirus in the workplace. All employees must wear a mask/face covering, unless they have an approved accommodation, practice good personal hygiene, and keep their workspace clean, including their office, cubicle, and/or assigned equipment. If practicable, employees should avoid sharing phones, desks, offices, tools or equipment with other employees. All equipment should be cleaned and sanitized regularly. Employees who become sick while at work should alert their supervisor immediately.

 

Employees are encouraged to take precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of themselves and those around them by following CDC guidelines: https://www.cdc.gov/. Please refer to the College’s COVID-19 Information page for updates and additional information: www.essex.edu/covid19/.

 

If you wish to report any unsanitary condition, or exposure to a sick individual while at work, you may anonymously call the College’s Compliance Reporting Hotline at 1-800-634-3364. You may contact Human Resources at (973)877-3085 or via email at hr@essex.edu or contact the Compliance Department at (973)877-3477 or at compliance@essex.edu.

Resources for NJ Community College Students & Community Members Affected by the Coronavirus

 

Dear Essex County College Family,

As everyone deals with the unprecedented Coronavirus outbreak and its impact on personal and family life, assistance may be needed to get through the rough times.

The New Jersey Council of County Colleges and the New Jersey Department of Labor have provided a number of available  resources for assistance.

Resources for New Jersey Community College Students and Community Members Affected by the Coronavirus.

 

HAVE YOU LOST YOUR JOB OR WORK HOURS BEEN REDUCED?

If you have lost your job, your work hours have been reduced, or your place of work has closed you may qualify for unemployment insurance. Please visit the following website for more information: https://myunemployment.nj.gov/

HAS YOUR JOB BEEN IMPACTED?

If you need food or financial assistance
If you and/or your family are in need of food or financial assistance, you may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and/or General Assistance (GA): https://oneapp.dhs.state.nj.us/default.aspx

IF YOU NEED FOOD OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

If you and/or your family are in need of food or financial assistance, you may be eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), and/or General Assistance (GA):

https://oneapp.dhs.state.nj.us/default.aspx

IF YOU NEED HELP PAYING HOME ENERGY BILLS

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps very low-income residents with their heating and cooling bills, and makes provisions for emergency heating system services and emergency fuel assistance within the Home Energy Assistance Program:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/hea.html 

IF YOU NEED HELP PAYING THE RENT

If you need help paying the rent
The State Rental Assistance Program provides rental assistance grants. To get more information and determine your eligibility, visit:

https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/srap.html

IF YOU ARE CARING FOR FAMILY MEMBERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

The New Jersey Department of Human Services has guidance for individuals and families caring for people with developmental disabilities:

https://nj.gov/humanservices/coronavirus.html

More information on the Coronavirus can be found at: https://www.njccc.org/coronavirus

Previous Messages & Updates

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Update concerning College Operations

03/22/2020

Dear Essex County College Family:

As you are aware, Governor Phil Murphy has announced several new Executive Orders over the past few days. In addition, Mayor Ras Baraka has announced enhanced restrictions for residents of three areas within Newark.  With these announcements, Essex County College continues to operate.  Classes resume via remote instruction on Monday, March 23rd.  However, the Governor’s and Mayor’s directives require the following changes to the College’s operations: Read More.

 


On Monday, March 16th, Governor Murphy released Executive Order 104 which states the following

concerning colleges and universities:

“All institutions of higher education shall cease in-person instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18,

2020, and shall cease such in-person instruction as long as this Order remains in effect. Read More.


An Important Message from Essex County College President, Dr. Anthony E. Munroe

03/12/2020

Dear Essex County College Family,

As your President, my highest priorities in charting a response to the fast-evolving coronavirus threat are to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff while maintaining academic continuity and safeguarding students’ ability to finish their semester and protect their financial aid. I know that you are concerned for your own health, the health of your loved ones… Read More


 


Dr. Anthony E. Munroe

03/06/2020

This is a time, if none other, to stay focused, come together, plan, and prepare. Essex County College has been in the planning and preparation mode in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We have in place, the Essex County College Coronavirus Emergency Task Force. With representation from across the College community, we have been meeting and communicating regularly to prepare for, and respond to matters concerning the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Read More


Statement from the Essex County College Coronavirus Emergency Task Force

03/04/2020

The Essex County College (ECC) administration has assembled a College-wide inter-disciplinary team, the Coronavirus Task Force, to identify and plan for a range of scenarios and potential near- and longer-term impacts from the respiratory illness caused by the virus. As our team continues to monitor developments and prepare, we will communicate with you on a regular basis.  Read More


 


03/02/2020

Community Mitigation Guidance for COVID-19 Response in the United States: Nonpharmaceutical Interventions for Community Preparedness and Outbreak Response

Nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) are public health actions that can slow the spread of emerging respiratory diseases like COVID-19 for which vaccines and drug treatments are not yet available.1  They include personal protective measures implemented by individuals and community measures implemented by affected communities.1   NPIs are used to build community preparedness in communities without known COVID-19 disease and to support outbreak responses in communities where local cases or cluster of diseases have occurred. Read More

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