Campus pre-screening forms: StudentEmployeeContractor / Vendor / Visitor

 Complete the screening form, cover your nose and mouth with a mask, and create some space around you

Safety First: coronavirus information and resources at HFC

Coronavirus causes a respiratory illness, often with symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other issues. In some cases, it can result in disability and can be fatal. More than 830,000 Americans have died from this disease since the spring of 2020.

The disease is prevalent throughout the world and remains dangerous to those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, or who are otherwise susceptible to its damaging health effects. There is no way to know whether you would be susceptible to a severe case of the original virus or a variant. Vaccination is highly recommended as the most scientifically proven method of protection, aside from 100% quarantine.

Henry Ford College campuses remain closed for general public use. Faculty, staff, and students taking or supporting face-to-face classes and operations are permitted on campus, after filling out a required screening form listed in the banner at the top of this page. Visitors who are invited to campus for tours or other official HFC activities should fill out the visitor screening form.

HFC offices are available to serve you; many are operating remotely

Student resources website

NOTE: For information about vaccine distribution in our area, we recommend you check the State of Michigan vaccine website.

Contact Us

Patti Flogaus
Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Student Affairs
pflogaus@hfcc.edu
313-845-9610

Campus Safety
Main Office: 313-845-9862
24/7 Dispatch: 313-845-9630
Building N, main campus
Email: campussafety@hfcc.edu
East Campus Office: 313-317-1787


Safety requirements and procedures on HFC campuses

On-campus: Screening form, face masks, and social distancing

COMPLETE: You must complete your screening form before coming to campus, and bring your green check mark with you each day.

COVER: Henry Ford College requires everyone to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces, except individuals who are in single-occupancy private offices or similar socially distanced private spaces.

Facemasks are required in all on-campus classrooms, labs, student service areas, hallways, restrooms, and other public areas. Wearing face coverings that cover your mouth and nose is a way we can protect each other and share the responsibility to keep our community safe.

CREATE: Create some space by social distancing wherever possible on campus.

Further details about face covering requirements and screening forms are here.

Keeping each other safe: what HFC has done, and what you can do

Some things the College has done to help you stay safe on campus

For the Welcome Center, our primary student welcoming area

  1. After consultation with facilities, utilized our Office Depot department supply account to order cleaning and sanitation supplies for the front line areas, including Sanitizing wipes, gloves, hand sanitizer, Lysol.
  2. Obtained a supply of disposable masks from Campus Safety/Facilities for students and guests who are not prepared for the mask policy.
  3. Obtained a supply of cloth masks from Facilities and supplied every Welcome Center first and second-floor team member with 3 masks.
  4. Prepared extra supplies for the Testing Center. This includes providing only clean writing instruments to students and eliminating staff's need to handle cell phones, IDs, and other personal items.
  5. Eliminated drop-in services in the Enrollment Lab, Advising and Testing and changed to appointment-only service to better control and manage the number of guests in the building at a time. In addition, limited the number of visitors a student can bring with them for service and further advertised the benefit of virtual service over in-person.
  6. Coordinated with IT to add webcams and headsets to all employee workstations to allow for virtual participation in meetings and for virtual service to students.
  7. Maintained a hybrid staff schedule to allow teams to social distance in their workspaces. Very thoughtfully and intentionally scheduled staff to have their own workspace when possible.
  8. Produced signs for the front doors of the Welcome Center with information about masks and health screening requirements.
  9. Created flyers advertising all service options for students. Created an outside mailbox for students to obtain this information, even when the Welcome Center is closed. Also created smaller ¼ page handouts containing a QR code link directing students to service information and a QR link to the health screening form.
  10. Added plexiglass barriers throughout the first floor of the Welcome Center and next to high traffic areas on the second floor of the Welcome Center. Front line spaces where plexiglass has been added include: Concierge, Testing, Advising, Solution Center, Enrollment Labs, Orientation Office.
  11. The following is not complete yet, but we have also requested the same for: Veterans office, Managers' front line offices on the first floor, and between individual Enrollment Lab staff workspaces.
  12. Hired screeners to monitor visitors at the front door of the Welcome Center.
  13. Added a laptop station at the front doors for students to use to complete a screening form.
  14. Adjusted training such as Hot Topics to allow virtual attendance, allowing additional staff from around campus to attend training.
  15. Designed Dynamic Form processes to reduce the need for students to drop off forms in person.
  16. Created a virtual Welcome Center and virtual testing options, virtual advising, maintained a virtual Orientation for students, and implemented a new virtual call/contact center to provide continuous, convenient service to students.
  17. Held a listen and learn session in October for staff to provide feedback to Cabinet members, Facilities, and HR. This led to many of the above changes, and continues to be evaluated if other changes are warranted.

Additionally, across both campuses

  1. Implemented safety requirements, including masks, screening forms, vaccination/testing, social distancing, hand sanitizing, screening checkpoints (checkpoints discontinued in summer 2021 due to decreased efficacy)
  2. Implemented procedures to address possible COVID cases or exposures; trained HR, Student Services, and Campus Safety officers in supporting these procedures
  3. Implemented remote pick-up and shipping options for books from the College Store.
  4. Implemented new safety regulations for Fifty-One O One restaurant patrons.
  5. Implemented enhanced cleaning protocols in all occupied campus spaces, including the use of CDC-recommended materials, supplies, and procedures; adding the cleaning of switchplates, doorknobs, and surfaces, and more.
  6. Provided cleaning and sanitizing materials in classrooms that are being used.
  7. Installed hand sanitizer stations throughout common areas in buildings.
  8. Installed plexiglass dividers in many areas where people gather or work in close spaces.
  9. Installed social distancing floor tape in common areas.
  10. Limited available seating in common areas to encourage social distancing.
  11. Replaced a number of traditional drinking fountains with water bottle filling stations.
  12. Refurbished and cleaned many of our HVAC systems for improved ventilation.
  13. We are following CDC guidance for building ventilation.
  14. Posted safety requirements signage all over campus.
  15. New campus-entrance safety requirements signage (to be installed Winter 2022).

What you can do to help

  1. Keep student success at the forefront of your mind. Everything we do is to support each others
  2. Stay vigilant and committed to your own and others' safety.
  3. Even when you are tired or frustrated, uphold high standards for masking, screening, distancing, and sanitizing.
  4. Encourage your coworkers and students to remain hopeful and positive.
  5. Encourage others to keep their masks on properly.
  6. Bring any safety concerns to your supervisor or instructor in a constructive way.
  7. Participate in public conversations and stay engaged!

Some things you can do to help: social distancing, sanitizing, and following campus regulations

All of us should practice social distancing to the maximum extent possible on our campuses. Classrooms are set up to maximize social distancing wherever possible (and it is not always possible). We recommend you attempt to remain 3 or more feet from other people while on campus, and more if you are unvaccinated. When you are in hallways or entering restrooms, this may mean you need to wait for someone else to leave the area.

We will provide hand sanitizer in campus buildings that are open for classes, and cleaning supplies in classrooms. If you are an instructor and your classroom does not have cleaning supplies, please submit a SchoolDude ticket, and we will get those supplies to you ASAP. (SchoolDude login is required)

Please wash your hands regularly with soap and water.

Wearing your mask and filling out the required on-campus screening forms are absolutes. Everyone must comply with campus regulations. Thank you!

Winter 2022 requirements for HFC employees

The College will comply with the federal Occupational and Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) to implement the vaccine mandate. We must be prepared for the ETS to be fully implemented according to its announced timeline.

Vaccination option

All employees will need to provide proof of vaccination to the HR department, or disclose that they are not vaccinated, by Friday, December 3, 2021.

Weekly testing option

All employees who are not fully vaccinated (including verification) to the College HR department by January 4, 2022, will need to undertake weekly COVID testing and disclose these test results to the College HR department.

Other safety practices continue

On-campus face covering and daily screening forms will continue to be required during Winter semester 2022.

Full message on Winter 2022 employee requirements

Exemption requests

Employees wishing to request vaccine exemptions for valid religious or medical reasons may do so by using forms provided by HR (forthcoming).

Employees who are not vaccinated, regardless of the reason, will need to follow the weekly testing mandate in 2022.

Follow directions on signage where provided

You will see signs posted on doors, near elevators, and in other locations on campus. Everyone on our campuses is required to observe and comply with the notifications on these signs.

Examples include:

  1. Face covering policies
  2. Observe social distancing
  3. Wash your hands
  4. Additional location-specific signage

Do not come to campus if you are sick

If you feel unwell, do not come to the HFC campuses. Anyone experiencing symptoms of any respiratory or other infectious illness should not be on campus, as you risk exposing others and possibly exacerbating your symptoms.

If your illness is serious, if you have a high fever or are experiencing shortness of breath, consult a health care professional immediately. Call before going to a hospital, if possible.

If your illness is not acute, call your doctor's office to request guidance.

If you are a student, contact your instructor(s) to discuss your class participation and deadlines. If you test positive for COVID, notify the College according to the guidelines on this webpage.

If you are an employee, reach out to your supervisor as you normally would regarding sick time. If you test positive for COVID, notify HR according to the guidelines on this webpage.

How to report COVID cases to the College, and how we will notify you of potential exposure

Faculty, staff, and students should not come to Henry Ford College campuses, clinical sites, or work/apprenticeship sites if they are sick or know they have been exposed to COVID. They should notify HFC officials if they become sick with COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case. (Health care workers who are exposed to COVID-19 patients in the course of their jobs and who use appropriate PPE and health care safety do not need to follow the reporting and isolation procedures.)

If employees are sick or have been exposed, they should notify their supervisor and Tiffany Webster at tlwebster1@hfcc.edu or 313-845-9692.

If students are sick or have been exposed, they should notify their instructors and Munira Kassim at mmkassim@hfcc.edu or 313-845-6301.

If notified of illness of someone who is on campus, Campus Safety and the HFC officials identified above will follow the CDC guidance to isolate and transport them, will share home isolation criteria and testing information, and encourage them to contact their healthcare provider.

If notified of an illness of someone who is not currently on campus, the HFC officials identified above will share the home isolation criteria and testing information with the individual, and will also encourage the individual to contact their healthcare provider.

How you will be notified if you have potentially been exposed on campus

In cases where we learn that employees or students may have been at risk of potential exposure, HR will notify these employees or students of a potential exposure and recommend they get tested. Any requirements for quarantine will be shared on a case-by-case basis.

To follow HIPAA requirements and respect individuals' privacy, the College will not share details of individuals' illnesses. If we learn of employees' or students' COVID exposures or illnesses that take place off-campus, and those individuals were not on campus to potentially expose others, we will not notify coworkers or classmates. Individuals will not be able to return to campus until they have followed all quarantine procedures and are symptom-free.

Further details are provided in the 14-page PDF document: HFC protocols for when someone gets sick

The College does not provide medical advice. This information is not intended to be medical advice. This information in this document and on this website follows the CDC guidelines. Please always consult your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Risk and safety at HFC: with or without being vaccinated

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, being present in public spaces, including Henry Ford College campuses and work sites, carries a risk that you may be infected with the virus.

You can significantly reduce your risk of a serious COVID infection by getting vaccinated. Vaccination information is available on this webpage.

While Henry Ford College is doing what it can to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on our campuses, the College cannot guarantee your safety. Please follow all policies, regulations, signage, and guidance from College officials while you are on our campuses, such as pre-screening, wearing face masks, sanitizing, and social distancing.

While the vaccines currently being administered will reduce risk for most, they do not eliminate the risk. This graphic describes the relative risks to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals who follow (or do not follow) recommended safety procedures.

Further information about how to manage your risks is included on this website. The information on this website should not be construed as medical or legal advice. Consult your physician or other licensed professional for information pertaining to your personal health and wellness.


Coronavirus information and resources

The Henry Ford College COVID dashboard contains information, updated weekly, about all COVID cases reported to the College by students and employees. It is not an indication of where or how an individual may have contracted COVID.

If you test positive for COVID or are exposed to someone with COVID, please follow the Henry Ford College COVID Quarantine and Isolation Requirements and contact Munira Kassim (students) or Tiffany Webster (employees) for further direction. Munira and Tiffany are responsible for contact tracing in relation to College campus reported COVID cases. They will contact those students and employees at risk of being exposed based on a reported campus COVID case.

Please follow the on-campus requirements for screening, face coverings, and social distancing. This will help promote safety among our campus community.

How to get vaccinated for COVID-19, or help your community get vaccinated

All State of Michigan residents over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, which is widely available. The vaccine has been determined by public health officials, the FDA, and the CDC to be safe and effective. See suggested locations to obtain the vaccine below.

The State of Michigan provides a website with information about the coronavirus vaccine, including eligibility, county-by-county information, appointment scheduling, a dashboard, and more.

State of Michigan coronavirus vaccine website

Vaccinations are now widely available for anyone over age 16. Most of the outlets listed below will take walk-ins, no appointment necessary.

Vaccines are free -- there is no cost

You will not have to pay to receive a vaccine, regardless of whether you have health insurance coverage. If you do have insurance coverage, the vaccine provider might charge your insurance an administrative fee, but you will not have to pay anything. If you are uninsured, this fee will come from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider’s Relief Fund. You will not be charged.


Suggested locations / options to receive vaccines

Much more information, and ways you can help:

COVID-19 vaccine questions

Other ways to get involved

COVID-19 testing

If you believe you have been exposed to Coronavirus, or you or a family member are experiencing symptoms and would like to be tested for coronavirus, please refer to Michigan.gov/CoronavirusTest to find a site near you that offers free testing.

To obtain this information by phone, Call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 and select 1.

You may also contact your health care professional to discuss testing.

What you can do to avoid getting sick

While there is no way to guarantee you will not catch an infectious disease, you can take significant steps to increase your chances of staying healthy. This reminder of healthy habits and prevention emphasizes proven techniques that might be helpful to you. Winter, in particular, tends to be a time when respiratory and intestinal illnesses like cold and flu are prevalent.

NOTE: There are many online sources for information about avoiding infection with coronavirus. Some include:

You will find many other sources that provide similar tips to the list below.

Hygiene:

  1. First, and most important, wash your hands regularly, and thoroughly with soap and water. This is especially important after you handle food, use the restroom, use public transportation, spend time in a public place, or find yourself in close proximity to people who are sick.

  2. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. The preferred method is to use the crook of your elbow if you need to sneeze. Face away from others, and use a tissue if possible. Wash your hands afterward!

  3. Some people keep a container of hand sanitizer near their desk or in their backpack or purse. If you do not have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol as a good option for killing germs.

  4. Try to avoid touching your face, mouth, and nose when you are in public places. This will help you avoid transferring germs from surfaces and implements into your respiratory and digestive tract.

  5. Wash sheets, towels, hats, scarves, and similar items regularly – and immediately if you’ve been sick.

Touching people and things:

  1. Cell phones and germs: cell phones are notoriously covered with germs. Avoid picking up or handling someone else’s cell phone. Don’t let others handle your cell phone. And clean your cell phone’s surfaces frequently!

  2. Clean and disinfect surfaces, such as countertops, desktops, and doorknobs, that are likely to be contaminated with germs.

  3. Office and classroom implements like pens, pencils, staplers, tape dispensers, computer keyboards / mice, and phones are all items that carry germs. Wash your hands if you are sharing these items with others or using labs.

  4. Avoid close contact with sick people. Do not shake hands with people if you or they are sick. If your intimate partner has a cold or flu, keep your distance until they have fully recovered.

  5. Don’t put your backpack, coat, or other outerwear on your bed or pillow. These items can pick up all kinds of germs (and dirt) that you don’t want on your face.

  6. Do not share toiletries or makeup with roommates.

  7. If you are sick, you should stay home.

  8. Avoid physical social contact, such as shaking hands or hugging people you don't know well. You can use a warm verbal greeting or a nod and smile as alternatives to touching.

Food and food implements:

  1. Maintain a healthy diet if you can. Eat mostly fresh foods, and minimal processed or junk foods.

  2. Do not partake of food items that others may have touched with bare hands. Bowls of unwrapped mints, candies, or chocolates are high risk spots for germs.

  3. Do not eat perishable food that has been sitting out for a long period of time.

  4. Do not share beverage containers, dishes, or utensils with others. Wash your dishes in hot, soapy water and rinse before re-using them.

  5. If you are visiting a food buffet, consider using a napkin or wearing a glove so you are not touching the serving implements that others have touched with bare hands.

  6. Do not place food or snacks directly on surfaces. Use a plate or napkin to protect yourself from transferring germs to your food before consuming it.

Other tips for staying healthy:

  1. Get a flu shot when they are available.

  2. If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others. Notify your supervisor, instructor, or students if you can’t make it to class or work because you are sick.

  3. Maintain a healthy diet.

  4. Get enough sleep.

  5. Exercise regularly.

  6. Limit your alcohol intake.

  7. Spend time with people who care about you. This can help with physical, mental, and emotional health.

  8. Keep your stress levels manageable (some of the above tips can help. Counseling is also available on campus if you need it.)

  9. Wear a protective mask when you are in public places.

If you do get sick, especially if your symptoms are severe or you’re not recovering, seek immediate medical attention.

Summary:

Medical-grade devices are used by health care providers to protect them and their patients. Members of the public should wear masks when in public places, to protect others. Masks are required on the HFC campuses (see above). Gloves are optional.


Details:

The best way to avoid contracting and spreading coronavirus is to stay away from other people. Staying home and maintaining social distancing practices will keep you safe.

You will probably need to go to food stores and other places to pick up essential food and supplies. You should wear a non-medical-grade face mask over your mouth and nose when in public places. Wearing a face mask or gloves is not a sure way to prevent transmission, and you must still practice care, hygiene, and social distancing. Be aware of cross-contamination.

Face masks or surgical masks

Medical grade or surgical masks should be reserved for health care professionals. Members of the public should wear a non-medical-grade face mask when in public places. Disposable masks should be used one time and then disposed of. Reusable masks should be washed regularly with soap and hot water.

Please follow standard safety measures (social distancing, hand washing, sanitization, and hygiene) even when you wear a face mask.

Rubber gloves or surgical gloves

Surgical gloves are best suited for one-time use in treating a single patient in a health care setting. If you wear gloves to protect yourself from touching surfaces doorknobs, keyboards, keypads, etc., be aware that you will be causing cross-contamination whenever you touch another surface. Your gloves can quickly become a concentrated source of contamination.

This is why you will observe health care professionals removing gloves inside-out, throwing them away, and washing their hands after every use.

We recommend you follow standard safety measures (social distancing, hand washing, sanitization, and hygiene) even if you choose to wear gloves.

Throw your gloves away or sanitize them after you wear them, and wash your hands with hot, soapy water immediately. Sanitize any surfaces you touched while wearing gloves, to reduce cross-contamination.

Remember: coronavirus cannot penetrate healthy skin. You do not need to wear gloves to protect your hands, unless you have cuts to your skin. Washing your hands regularly and thoroughly is sufficient to degrade the virus.

Video: what is Coronavirus and how does it spread?

The World Health Organization provides this 4-and-a-half-minute video that explains what Coronavirus is and what the risks are.