COVID-19 Symptoms & Exposure Protocols

It is vital for Global Environmental Network, Inc. to work collaboratively in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our training environment while maintaining quality instruction. Instructors, employees and students must remain at home if they, someone in their immediate household, or someone they have been exposed to, has symptoms of COVID-19 or is being tested for COVID-19. It is important that our students’ and staff’s health and confidentiality is the main priority during this global pandemic.

This list of protocols outlines the steps that GENI is taking to ensure that our Instructors, employee and students are as healthy as possible. It also lists the measures that will be taken in the event that an instructor, employee or student is directly exposed to, has symptoms of, or tests positive for COVID-19.

As changes are necessary during this time, this list of protocols will be prone to change with adjustments to Local, County and Federal Regulations and Guidelines.

Section 1. Symptoms of COVID-19

Section 2. Screening Procedures

For Students

For Instructors and Employees

Section 3. Face Coverings

The California Department of Public Health has required face coverings for our Instructors, employees, visitors and students.

A cloth face covering or face shield may be removed for meals or snacks but must be replaced immediately following.

Instructors, employees, visitors and students will be excluded from the facility if they refuse to wear a face covering. Alternative educational opportunities will be offered for students that are excluded from the facility, if available. The options for an employee will be reviewed on a case by case basis with Human Resources.

Section 4. If an Instructor, Employee or Student Becomes Sick

If an Instructor, employee or student becomes sick while off work or training, please take the following steps.

Please have the individual stay home and notify the manager.

In order to return to GENI Facility, you must be fever free for 48 hours and/or meet the COVID-19 return guidelines per the COVID-19 playbook by the CDPH.

If you become sick while at GENI or in a GENI class, please take the following steps:

Students: Immediately report any illness symptoms to an instructor or a Branch Manager.

Instructors/Employees: Immediately report any illness symptoms to your direct supervisor and HR.

If an Instructor, employee, or student is symptomatic while entering GENI or during the day of instruction, the Instructor and/or Manager should:

Section 5. Notification Process

Responsible Parties

Instructor/Employee: This group is responsible for notifying the Branch Manager & Human Resources;

Manager: If an employee calls in sick or appears ill, the manager can inquire as to whether they believe the illness to be COVID-19 related and/or whether they are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. If the answer is yes to either of these questions the employee should be referred to Human Resources for further support.

Branch Manager and Management acts as the COVID-19 Coordinators: This group is responsible for investigating the potential exposure, informing co-workers, notifying the proper employees to commence Exposure Cleaning Protocols. This role will work with Human Resources or the COVID-19 Coordinators(i.e. Managers) to determine what rooms/buildings need to be closed and for what period of time using the Exposure Cleaning Protocols. The local health department may also help the team to assess factors such as the likelihood of exposure to employees and students in the building, the number of cases in the community, and other factors that will determine room, building or closure.

Upper Management: This group is responsible for notifying the County Health Department and other agencies as required.

Protocol

Employee or student in facility tests positive

Employee or student who lives in the same home as someone who has tested positive in that home (there has been no direct exposure with a positive individual on the facility)

Section 6. Who Investigates the Potential Exposure?

Human Resources and Management are responsible for investigating each case of potential exposure on the GENI facilities. Human Resources and the COVID-19 Coordinators will follow the procedures below unless otherwise instructed by the County Health Department.

Ensuring confidentiality, Human Resources and Management on each the facility will ensure the following steps are taken:

Section 7. Monitoring Program

Instructors, Employees and Students that have been in close contact(per definition of close contact by CDPH COVID-19 Playbook) with someone who is positive for COVID-19 or has significant COVID-19 symptoms should ensure they follow these steps while in the facility. These steps can be discontinued 14 days after the last close contact date (given no symptoms have begun or positivity has been established).

The instructor, employee or student will:

Section 8. Cleaning Procedures

Cleaning & Disinfecting

Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening facilities and also keeping them open. This section describes both routine cleaning that happens daily, weekly, monthly and the cleaning of an area that has been affected by COVID-19.

Regular Cleaning

Cleaning of all rooms on the facility are conducted regularly:

Exposure Cleaning

Section 9. Guidance on Facility Closure (If Applicable)

Section 10. Preventative Measures

All employees, instructors and students are strongly encouraged to implement the following behavioral practices, as reasonable, to help reduce the likelihood the virus would be spread at the facility:

Section 11. Resources

Resources we rely on for updated information that guides our plan: