Tips for Students, Faculty, Staff and Guests Visiting IRSC Campuses
Beginning in August, Indian River State College will be welcoming back more faculty, students, and other guests. Hybrid classes begin on August 19, and our Student Services areas are opening their doors for limited appointments, advising, and enrollment assistance. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help keep you, and those around you, safe from the spread of COVID-19.
First, we ask that you NOT come to any of IRSC’s physical locations if:
- You are feeling ill or have COVID-19 symptoms;
- You have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting test results; please visit once you have attained a negative test result;
- You have been in recent, direct contact with someone with a known COVID-19 positive result; or
- You are living in a residence with someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or someone that has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
Err on the side of caution and protect those around you if you are unsure.
When visiting IRSC’s physical locations, we ask that ALL individuals follow the three, simple (CDC endorsed) guidelines below:
- Stay 6-ft. apart whenever possible. Do not congregate in crowds.
- Access hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently.
- Facial coverings are a MUST. (They are REQUIRED to enter any building.)
IRSC also asks our returning students to view the short training video below, and offers a self-evaluation tool for students to use as a daily exercise. The form is for your use only, and is not required to be submitted.
There is also an employee self-evaluation questionnaire offered as a daily exercise for each employee to complete prior to visiting a physical location.
Additional safety tips and preparations:
Masks or facial coverings are required in any IRSC indoor common area. This includes all student services areas and offices, classroom spaces, and lab spaces, among others. If a student does not have a mask, limited quantities of disposable masks are available at:
- Massey Campus: Health and Wellness Office (U-Building), as well as the Student Affairs Office (KSU Building)
- Branch Campuses: Provost Office
- Public Safety Complex and the Blackburn Educational Building: Dean’s Office
- IRSC Bookstore (for sale)
Communication is highly effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19 when a known (confirmed positive result) or suspected (high potential for virus, non-tested) exposure has occurred within the College community. In an effort to ensure the highest level of communication and virus tracing, IRSC asks individuals to report any COVID-19 issues to the following:
Students and Campus Visitors: contact/coordinate with IRSC Health and Wellness at 772-462-7825 or email@example.com (Attn.: Dr. Patti Corey-Souza, Director of Health and Wellness).
Employees: first contact your immediate supervisor, and then contact/coordinate with IRSC Human Resources at 772-462-7280 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (Attn.: Melissa Ann Prochaska, Vice President of Human Resources).
If any COVID-19 exposure becomes known at IRSC, Human Resources and/or Health and Wellness will lead all efforts to inform impacted individuals. These areas are also available as a resource if any COVID-19 related questions or concerns develop on campus. Individuals should also continue to frequently check this page.
All individuals, including students and employees, are expected to comply with all COVID-19 precautions and safety measures when on campus. This includes proper physical spacing, wearing of masks indoors and when 6-feet of spacing cannot occur, and avoidance of forming large groups. If an individual encounters others not following health and safety protocols, they should contact and report to IRSC Campus Safety and Security.
IRSC Campus Safety and Security can be contacted at Security@irsc.edu or by phone at:
- Massey Campus/TCPSTC: 772-462-4755
- Blackburn Educational Building.: 772-462-7103
- Chastain Campus: 772-419-5666
- Dixon Hendry Campus: 863-610-2090
- Mueller Campus: 772-226-2531
- Pruitt Campus: 772-336-6248
The IRSC Physical Plant has ensured all physical sites and facilities comply with all CDC guidelines, state and local emergency orders, and health and safety standards recommended by the Florida Department of Health.
Physical Plant will be notified immediately if made aware of a suspected or confirmed exposure to an IRSC facility. When notified of a COVID-19 positive presence in any IRSC facility, Physical Plant will temporarily close off the areas needed and enact full cleaning protocol, including misting/fogging sanitation and full surface sanitization with CDC approved Neutra-Dis and/or hdqC2 chemicals ensuring that all door handles, elevators, restrooms, weight rooms, stairways, and any other frequently touched surfaces are sprayed and wiped down.
If a hybrid class schedule or meeting place is impacted, instructors and/or Health and Wellness will contact students to alert them of alternative plans.
The IRSC Physical Plant has assisted the College with compliance of CDC guidelines, including:
- Placement of floor markers indicating six-feet of separation, particularly in areas subject to lines and student/employee gathering;
- Installation of plexiglass shields in high-traffic areas, offices that receive significant visitation, and areas subject to lines and student/employee gathering;
- Inventory of all IRSC classrooms for determination of maximum capacity under distancing requirements;
- Identification and preparation of non-traditional spaces for instructional use, including A-214 (Main), Blackbox Theater, McAlpin Theater, and more; and
- Preparation of classrooms and labs for limited capacity and distancing, including furniture rearrangement and/or removal.