NDSCS COVID-19 Response Plans

NDSCS strives to provide a way for all to work and learn in a manner that minimizes risk (which is dependent on each individual, responsibilities, risk factors, and situation), while planning and responding to COVID-19 concerns. NDSCS’s COVID-19 response is based on guidance and protocols from the ND Department of Health (NDDoH), ND State Board of Higher Education (SBHE), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The NDDoH regularly monitors and determines the statewide risk level. NDSCS’s phased response plan aligns with the NDDoH determined risk level.

As of 5 p.m. October 30, 2020 the NDDoH has identified Richland County (Wahpeton, ND) and Cass County (Fargo, ND) as high (Orange) risk level. High (Orange) NDSCS COVID-19 guidelines and protocols are currently being followed at NDSCS-Fargo and NDSCS in Wahpeton. Below is an overview of the protocols and practices for each risk level. For detailed information about the established risk level by the NDDoH please click here. More detailed information can be obtained from the NDSCS Director of Safety and Payroll.

Risk Level Overview

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Risk Level Overview
Level 1: New Normal (Blue)

NDSCS will resume normal operations. Normal operating capacity for all spaces and dining will be followed. Personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick) and environmental prevention practices (enhanced cleaning and disinfection) will be promoted and followed.

Level 2: Low (Green)

NDSCS will operate with modified operations focused on minimizing risk for all stakeholders. Operating capacity for most spaces will be limited to enable physical distancing. Personal prevention practices (such as handwashing, staying home when sick) and environmental prevention practices (enhanced cleaning and disinfection) will be promoted and followed; face coverings required as outlined in the NDSCS Face Covering Procedure.

Level 3: Moderate (Yellow)

NDSCS will operate with increased modified operations focused on minimizing risk and spread of COVID-19. Operating capacity for most spaces will be limited to 50% with physical distancing observed. Personal and environmental prevention practices must be followed, face coverings required as outlined in the NDSCS Face Covering Procedure.

Level 4: High (Orange)

NDSCS will modify most operations. Hybrid learning options will be adopted as possible. Operating capacity for most spaces will be limited to 25% with physical distancing observed. Non-dining and non-academic spaces will be mostly unavailable for use; tutoring and meetings will be shifted to virtual options. Limited staffing will be considered for non-essential offices and services.

Level 5: Critical (Red)

NDSCS will move to distance and online learning; residential students are able to stay on campus as needed, commuting students should refrain from physically coming to campus. Limited staffing goes into effect and meal delivery is the only on-campus dining option.