COVID-19

Campus and Hygiene Protocols

The College is requiring that all employees, as well as all undergraduate enrolled in on-campus classes whether they live on campus or off, be fully vaccinated (two weeks post their last dose) against COVID-19. Students should plan on completing vaccination requirements and submitting their documentation by August 15th.
 
We encourage you to submit your documentation as soon as you can! Submit a photo or scanned copy of your vaccination card via the button below:

Daily Hygiene

Handwashing

Washing your hands thoroughly will support the community in staying safe and healthy. Hands must be washed with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially and immediately after the following:

  • Using the restroom
  • Entering or exiting a public place
  • Blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face

If warm water and soap are not available, you may use a hand sanitizer containing a minimum of 60% alcohol content. When applying hand sanitizer, cover the entire surface of the hands, and rub them together until dry. Once your hands are clean, remember to avoid touching your face as much as possible.

Coughing & Sneezing

If you are in a private setting and are not wearing a face covering or mask, please remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or use the inside of your elbow, when you cough or sneeze. Afterward, immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, please use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Workspace Disinfection

In addition to enhanced cleaning, everyone is encouraged to wipe down commonly used surfaces in conference rooms and common areas. If you have touched surfaces in conference rooms, common areas, or other work spaces, wipe down the surfaces with cleaning products available in the space. Cleaning products should remain in their designated areas.

Everyone should use disinfecting cloths provided in the work environment to wipe down frequently touched surfaces at their workspaces upon arrival and prior to departure from campus.

Eating

To limit potential transmission of the virus, wash your hands before and after eating, and wipe down all common surfaces—including table, chairs, refrigerator handles, and coffee machines— with disinfectant or disinfectant cloths.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocol

Northeast Maritime Institute College of Maritime Science’s cleaning and sanitizing protocol is put in place to ensure that our campus stays safe and clean for all students and faculty. Following guidance from OSHA, CDC, and Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This protocol has been designed as an outline for sanitizing all the institute’s buildings, workspaces, and common areas. Our protocol will be consistently monitored and updated to ensure that we are meeting the evolving safety guidance from the federal, state, and local levels.

Faculty members and students will be frequently disinfecting and cleaning workspaces and common areas on a recurring basis as well as as needed in accordance with our protocol below. Hand sanitizer stations will be maintained at high-traffic entrances and areas. If a building has been unoccupied for more than seven (7) days, routine cleaning is required prior to reopening. However, there is no need for disinfecting.

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Any individual participating in cleaning and disinfected procedures as listed blow must be wearing both a mask and disposable gloves. Gloves must be removed and disposed of immediately after cleaning and disinfecting.

  1. Clean surfaces with soap and water.

  2. Disinfect with EPA approved disinfectant. (For reference: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2-covid-19)

  3. If there is no EPA approved disinfectant readily available, then use 1/3 cup of bleach added to one (1) gallon of water or 70% alcohol solutions.

  4. Repeat daily while space is in use.

Includes: tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks, paper towel dispensers, touch screens.

  1. Facilities will work to remove soft and porous items such as rugs, cushion, or pillows that can be removed and stored until further guidance.

  2. For items that cannot be removed:

    1. Clean surfaces at warmest possible temperatures.

    2. Disinfect with EPA approved disinfectant if surface is frequently touched. (Reference link above)

    3. Repeat daily while space is in use.

Includes: carpet, area rugs, cushions, pillows, soft seating.

  1. If possible, vacate and close off areas where employee or student spent significant time for at least 24 hours, including offices, bathrooms, and common areas.

  2. After 24 hours, clean and disinfect space:

    1. Open external windows and doors to increase air circulation.

    2. Clean surfaces with soap and water.

    3. Disinfect surfaces with disinfectant appropriate for the surface.

Actions According to Threat Levels

This chart outlines the College of Maritime Science’s COVID-19 precautions and protocols at three levels of threat.

NMI anticipates starting the semester at Level One (low threat) with the understanding that issues surrounding vaccine rates and public health developments could require transition to an Action Level involving greater safety measures contingent on the factors below.

  • Vaccine rate
  • Variant spread
  • Breakthrough rate
  • Public Health Guidance (Federal, State)

* Actions where “TBD” is indicated would depend on public health guidance on variant spread and breakthrough cases.