Broward College is currently in Action Plan 2 (AP2) of Broward College's Response Plan and Guidelines (remote work and learning except when the face-to-face learning environment is necessary). The College plans to remain in AP2 through the summer 2021 term.

 

Last updated on June 7, 2021.

Resources and Procedures

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 let us know per the instructions outlined below. If you are unsure whether you have had close contact, or are uncertain whether you should get tested, or would like to find testing locations or information, please visit the CDC Self-Checker.

Students - Report positive COVID-19 tests using the Student COVID-19 Report Online Form. The College closely monitors and follows CDC guidelines. Once you submit your report using the link above, a team member will review your submitted form. You will then be contacted by your Student Dean’s Office by phone and/or email and provided additional information and resources that are available to students.

Employees - To report positive COVID-19 tests, self-isolation, or quarantine situations, employees should send an email to employee.covid19@broward.edu and also inform their supervisor. This mailbox is monitored by Talent and Culture, who will respond and provide information about the resources available to employees.

Vendors - BC staff who manage vendors onsite must communicate with their vendor partners that you want to know if any of their employees, who work onsite at any of our locations, test positive for COVID-19. When BC staff learn about a vendor with a positive COVID-19 test, then that staff member shall notify either the individual your department has designated for tracking their vendors or to Risk Management for further instruction.

Protocol After Reporting

After reporting your positive COVID-19 test or exposure to BC, you may be instructed to self-isolate based on your circumstances. The College follows CDC guidelines on when it is safe to be around others.

  • If you are tested and found to be positive for COVID-19 then you are instructed to self-isolate for a period of 10 days from the day you began feeling ill or experienced symptoms. If you are not symptomatic, then the 10 days will begin on the date of your positive test.  Negative tests are not required nor requested as per CDC guidance.
  • Employees should obtain clearance from the Talent and Culture department before reporting to their onsite work location. Students must obtain clearance from their Student Dean before reporting to any onsite location. These are general guidelines and you will receive more detailed instructions based on your case.
  • If you are working or learning remotely and are unable to continue working or learning remotely due to caring for yourself or another person due to COVID-19, please notify your supervisor or instructor. Employees can find resources on the Talent and Culture COVID-19 Resource page. There are many resources available to assist you through this difficult time.

The Florida Department of Health is conducting broad test tracking and contact tracing. For the latest information on where positive cases are detected please refer to the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 website.  On this website, you can also find the latest information on local testing sites. 

Local COVID Vaccine and Positivity Rates and Broward College Self-Reported On-Campus Positive Case Statistics:

The charts below include self-reported positive cases for on-campus students, faculty/staff, and data reported by the State of Florida on positive case and vaccine rates.  The charts are updated weekly, typically on Mondays.  Confidentiality laws prevent us from identifying individuals.

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COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) via an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and are now available to those age 12 and older and, in some cases, those age 16 or older. Below are informative resources about the vaccines that are available:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - COVID-19 Vaccines

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - COVID-19 Vaccines

Florida Department of Health – COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida

Finding Vaccine Distribution Sites: The State of Florida is in charge of administering vaccines. This includes determining where vaccine sites will be located and who is eligible to receive a vaccine. You can find detailed information about where to find vaccines, how to make appointments, and who is eligible using the Florida Department of Health Website’s Vaccine Locator. 

Pre-Register for Vaccine: The State of Florida how now launched a pre-registration option for those seeking the vaccines. At MyVaccine.fl.gov individuals who are eligible for the vaccine can register in advance and save a place in line.

We would also like to address some of the questions you may have about how the vaccines will impact operations at Broward College.

  • Am I required to get the vaccine? In accordance with state law, Broward College is not requiring our students or employees get the vaccine. We highly encourage you to discuss the benefits/risks with your health care provider. Here is a link to the CDC Vaccine Information Website.

  • Will Broward College administer the vaccine? We have partnered with the state and Broward County on a number of occasions to allow vaccine distribution sites at some of our campuses. We will communicate these opportunities via this website, Town Halls, or via email.
     
    • North Campus (Omni Auditorium): Moderna Vaccine (2 doses, 4 weeks apart), Open 7 days a week from 8:30 to 5:30, no appointments for this site, walk-ups only, open to the public. This site will close on June 18, 2021.
  • Do I have to pay for the vaccine? The vaccine itself is free, however, certain administrative fees may be allowed to be charged by some providers to recoup their operational cost in distributing the vaccine. There is no charge for the vaccines offered at Broward College campuses.

  • If I do receive the vaccine, do I still need to follow the social distancing, facemask, and other safety guidelines established to reduce the likelihood of spreading the virus? We highly encourage the continued use of face masks but, if you are fully vaccinated, they are not required. You will find our campuses will have signage, and other changes designed to foster social distancing. The CDC advises it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask (if you are not fully vaccinated), washing hands often, and maintain proper social distancing per CDC guidelines. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.      
  • If I am exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, but I am fully vaccinated, do I still need to quarantine? No, if you are fully vaccinated and aren’t experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 then CDC does not require a quarantine period.

Broward College executive leadership identified the need to assemble a team of professionals in various areas of the College with the goal to develop a response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. The Broward College COVID-19 Cross-Functional Team evaluated and reacted to the crisis with interim steps to be taken for the current students to complete the semester and serve as a recommending body for the response to the pandemic. Eight task forces were created to review and advice on a plan for the different areas of the College:

  • Safety, Security and Environmental Health
  • Talent and Culture
  • Facilities
  • Information Technology
  • Academic Affairs
  • Academic and Accessibility Resources
  • Student Services
  • Events

Broward College continues to work closely with public health officials at all levels to support the health and safety of the campus community. The Broward College COVID-19 Cross-Functional Team aligned its preparation and efforts with guidance from the United States Center for Disease Control, Florida Department of Health and local authority.

COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN AND GUIDELINES

COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN AND GUIDELINES SUMMARY 

Stay Up to Date with the Latest Changes

Communications to students and staff are sent through various methods, including BC Alerts (the College's emergency response system, which includes email, phone, and text messaging). Please review your contact information and update it as needed.

Social Distancing Measures

Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to lessen interactions with people and add distance when we must interact in person. Additionally, if you do get infected, practicing social distance lowers your chance of spreading the virus to someone else.

Here are a few tips provided by the CDC:

Broward College's Response Team

The Broward College COVID-19 Cross-Functional Team will continue to monitor developments and make decisions to maintain a healthy and safe environment for our students and employees. College officials are in contact with local and state authorities leading the response on COVID-19.

Prevention:

The College has in place measures to limit the spread of infections. These steps include a thorough cleaning of restrooms, classrooms, common areas, and floors. There is also daily disinfecting of doorknobs, push bars, and railings and monitoring and refilling of hand sanitizer stations. Posters on how to stop the spread of germs have been installed in restrooms, and a COVID-19 factsheet has been installed in common areas.

Resources:

You can also subscribe to email updates from the CDC.

Feeding South Florida

Feeding South Florida provides direct-service programs to individuals in need of assistance. This includes benefits application assistance, access to our choice pantry, referrals for longer-term food assistance at a partner agency, and home delivery for qualified individuals.

Axis South Florida

Axis South Florida provides information on Farm Share food distributions in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Broward Schools Free and Reduced Meals

Starting April 27, the Broward district is offering meals from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at 51 school locations. Families are able to receive grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for multiple days.

Summer Break Spot – Free Meals for Kids

With Florida schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Commissioner Nikki Fried, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Division of Food, Nutrition, and Wellness encourage families to take advantage of alternative school meals that may be offered at these locations. Find contact information for your local school district.

Enter your zip code to find the closest location and check the opening dates and hours to confirm the site is participating. You can also call 211 or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 to find the closest participating Summer BreakSpot location.

Christian Life Center

FREE LUNCHES For Kids Under 18

Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Thanks to their partnership with FLIPANY, bagged lunches are available at the Fort Lauderdale Campus (2699 W Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL). Volunteers will be outside the building as meals are handed out through vehicle windows. The limit is one per student.

The Broward County Feeding Initiative offers a location map and application, which provides locations of food distribution sites.

Additional Food and Nutrition Services for Students and Families.

Testing Locations in Broward

Walk-Up and Mobile Testing Locations can be found on the Broward County Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

For those who need assistance, the Florida Department of Health has a dedicated 24/7 call center for COVID-19 866-779-6121, or email covid-19@flhealth.gov.

CIGNA offers a 24/7 helpline at 866-912-1687. This resource is open to all, whether or not you are covered by CIGNA medical insurance.

 

Local Resources

National Organizations

The College provides counseling services for its students and employees.

Students can receive free support through Henderson Student Counseling Services at 954-424-6916. 

To help manage stress and anxiety, full-time CIGNA-insured employees, and their households, have access to free counseling through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which can be found in the myCigna app or website, under the Coverage tab, or call 877-622-4327, and for anyone not having health benefits or employee assistance program benefits through CIGNA, you may call the 24/7 helpline at 866-912-1687.

Coping With the Fear of Coronavirus

Additional resources:

College-sponsored travel may resume on a limited basis as of June 25, 2021. Coordination and approvals should be addressed by department or program managers, and student club advisors. 

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