Art Academy of Cincinnati employees who have submitted a plan to their supervisor for a return to the workplace must conduct symptom monitoring every day and be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 before reporting to work. (see symptom check list based on Ohio Department of Health guidelines below.
Policy Revision Date: June 09, 2020 This policy is reviewed and revised frequently by the AAC Leadership Team to ensure that the AAC remains in compliance with all state, local and college regulations, guidelines and suggestions.
Faculty, Staff and Students:
All Faculty, Staff, and Students must complete a daily wellness check before coming to the AAC campus. It is advised that all faculty, staff, and students take their temperature at home before arriving on campus. All faculty, staff, and students are requested to remain at home if they have potentially had exposure to COVID-19 or are exhibiting a temperature that exceeds 100.4 degrees. Security will take the temperature of everyone entering the building on a daily basis. PLEASE note the recommended most accurate temperature reading is taken from your forehead or wrist. Also, please note that the temperature monitor at the front desk of the school is reacting to your activity and condition as you have entered the facility. If you have been exercising, wearing a hat, in direct sunlight, etc. this may alter the accurate reading of the temperature check. If the reading is high, and you do not feel feverish, please do not be alarmed but take a seat in the waiting area and be calm and test again in a minute or so. Faculty, staff, and students should also gauge their own health and wellness by other means, including experiencing symptoms a fever, achiness, tightness in the chest or coughing.
While in communal spaces, all faculty, staff and students are required to wear a facial covering to avoid possible virus transmission to others. Faculty, staff, and students working in a personal office space/studio space and distanced at least 6 feet from others, may remove their face covering. The face covering must be worn when exiting the personal space and entering communal spaces such as hallways, elevators, and restrooms. Faculty, staff, and students not in compliance with the guidelines suggested by the CDC will not be allowed to work on campus. If you are in need of an exemption to the facial covering requirement due to a medical concern, please contact Director of Facilities, Rick Wolhoy.
As of June 9th, ALL VISITORS to the AAC must have approval to enter the building and abide by the same guidelines as faculty, staff, and students, including having their temperature taken at the front desk. If a visitor does not have their own face covering, disposable face masks will be provided and must be worn throughout the visit.
Symptoms of COVID-19
Symptoms may be mild or severe and may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus; however, some people with COVID-19 have no symptoms. Seek prompt medical attention if you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19. In adults, these can include:
Cough, Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Discoloration of lips or face
Two or more of these symptoms: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pains, Headache, Sore throat, Loss of taste or smell. This list is not all inclusive.
Please consult your personal healthcare provider if you are experiencing any other severe or concerning symptoms. Again, if you have signs of COVID-19, do not report to work or the AAC facility. All faculty, staff, and students must stay home if symptomatic. There are no exceptions.
If you develop symptoms at work, notify your supervisor through digital communication and leave the facility immediately.
Conditions that Indicate Higher Risk for Severe Illness if Infected: COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Employees who have been instructed to return to work on-site and have concerns about doing so because they qualify as a person at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, they are pregnant, or they have a disability that is exacerbated by COVID-19, should consult the below links and information:
Information regarding AAC leaves of absence and/or Family Medical Leave under the Act is available by contacting Linda Kollmann in Human Resources.
The Employee Paid Sick Leave Act and Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act will apply from April 1,2020 through December 31,2020.
Other COVID-19 related Human Resources
If a supervisor does not have work for a full-time hourly or salaried employee and does not want them to report to work due to concerns for their safety or health, the supervisor may make that decision with approval from the President of the AAC. The employee may be contacted for work-related questions and support by phone or email.
Questions from faculty and staff on any of the above may be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions from visitors to the AAC on any of the above may be directed to: email@example.com
If you are having any symptoms and you are concerned that these symptoms may be due to COVID-19, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any and all information gathered through the AAC’s reporting process will remain as private as possible, as directed by the health department. See The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for specific regulations around privacy and confidentiality.
As this is a fluid policy, the AAC reserves the right to modify this policy, as needed, at any time. Thank you for your understanding.