General Questions About COVID-19

What happens when some​one completes a positive report in eConnect?

When an employee or student completes a report, indicating that they are COVID-19 positive, a member of the Critical Response Office (CRO) conducts a post-positive interview with the individual. During the interview the individual is asked several questions, including: When did they test? W​hen were they ​last at a Dallas College location? Did they have any close contacts? If so, whom? Based on the responses, the individual is told to self-isolate for 10 days. The 10-day self-isolation starts the day their symptoms started or if asymptomatic they start the day they got tested.

What do I do if I have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive?

If you have been a close contact to someone who has te​sted positive for COVID-19 you will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. For those fully vaccinated there is no need to quarantine. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a COVID-19 positive person, for 15 minute or more within a 24-hour period. You will be contacted by the CRO if your name is given as a close contact and you are an employee or student of Dallas College.

Can I move my class online?

Classes are scheduled by the vice provosts/deans/chairs. The CRO will only advise moving a class online when the situation necessitates.

Should I have a COVID-19 test?

You should get tested for COVID-19 if you are experiencing symptoms, have had a known close contact with a COVID-19 person, or suspect that you have COVID-19.

What if I have been exposed to a COVID-19 person outside of Dallas College?

If you have been a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should notify your supervisor of the situation. You are asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. For those fully vaccinated there is no need to quarantine. Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a COVID-19 positive person, for 15 minute or more within a 24-hour period. Each individual will need to take leave (sick or vacation), if the supervisor does not approve or have work that can be completed remotely.

Can I stay home if my child has been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive?

If your child, or other family member has been a close contact, they will be advised to self-quarantine for 14 days (if following CDC recommendations). If you stay home with your family member you must take leave (sick or vacation). If your supervisor allows you to work from home, during this period, you may do so.

Do I have to use my leave when I stay home?

Employee leave must be used when not working. Employees have sick, vacation and FMLA leave options. Employees may work from home, during a quarantine or isolation period, if their supervisor allows and has work that can be completed remotely.

What if I can't socially distance from my co-workers?

Dallas College has implemented mandatory masks for individuals indoors, at all Dallas College locations. While the vaccine is our best defense against COVID-19, masks/facial coverings have been proven to mitigate the spread of droplets that contain the COVID-19 virus.

If an instructor test positive should they inform their class?

No. The class should not be told that an instructor has tested positive. The CRO will notify any individuals that need to be notified. Instructors should notify their dean and/or vice provost so that arrangements can be made for coverage of their class(es).

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, should the class be informed?

No. Instructors should not inform the class of a student that has tested positive. The CRO will notify any individual that need to be contacted. Notifications will be limited to close contacts.