As a Fall semester starts, security measures to keep COVID-19 in check have been implemented by LCCC to ensure the safety of the students, faculty and staff.
Campus Security Chief Kenneth Collins said many new procedures are now in place to tighten extra safety measurements such as having anyone who enters the building have their temperature checked, having masks provided for those who don’t have one, having sanitizing stations throughout the campus, limiting its entrances and exits, and having more security on board.
Collins said an additional eight to 10 officers have come to campus and been spread out to help monitor anyone who enters the building via temperature check. Collins added the campus has partnered with the Elyria Police Department to have these additional officers on board, and mentioned North Ridgeville and Wellington are interested to help out if more extra hands are needed.
“Fall semester is our busiest,” said Collins. He added with the additional number of officers “we are able to help the campus out more.”
Due to a new cloud system, the exact number of people who were checked on the first day and week is yet to be determined, but Collins said the College Center was the busiest.
“The bookstore is here, Starbucks is here, this is the heart of the campus,” said Collins. He also said he was at first concerned how many people were going to line up the first week, but said the lines moved swiftly and with no problem, as everyone complied with the new rules of checking temperatures. “Our students understand, and are receptive to it. With what we’re doing, we can get through this.”
This new system of checking everyone’s temperature started in early August as the semester was preparing to officially start in the upcoming weeks, to determine how things were going to go.
“There have been no real high cases,” said Collins regarding the temperatures of the number of passing people. He assures if the initial touchless temperature mechanism has a high reading of a person, the security officer there will take a second reading from a handheld temperature reader.
In the event someone has a high fever of 100.4 or above, the person will be asked to leave, but also said if someone does have a high temperature it could also be due to the person being checked running a lot due to being late or whatever the case may be, therefore raising their temperature. With that as a case, if that is to happen, the person will be asked to wait outside for approximately ten minutes, to see if the temperature changes.
According to Collins, there are a complete total of eight open entrances available to enter through at the campus, with the remaining doors only being exit only. The eight locations that are open through the campus are: two entrances at the Physical Education building, two entrances at the Bass Library, both the North and South sides, the East door of the Lab Sciences building, the Stocker Center Lobby, and the Spitzer Center lobby. Collins mentioned the Learning Center is also open through its entrance as well.
In addition, there is one entrance available to the campus’ off-site locations such as the Lorain City Center, the Wellington Learning Center, as well as the University Partnership Ridge Campus.
Collins said the cleaning company that helps with the sanitation of the campus, ABM Industries, has made extra efforts to keep the campus clean and sanitized every day for those who do come into the campus.
With these new restrictions, Collins said the college’s hours have not changed much. The security hours will remain the same as always, and the security will close the majority of campus doors around 8:00 p.m. as not a lot of classes are held around that hour regardless. However, Collins and the other security officers are well aware there may be students working on computers on campus who cannot get access to one outside, and are well aware of them being on campus in the later hours. “We’ve been in their shoes before,” said Collins on the matter, and will keep their interest to stay longer if they must in mind to ensure their educational success.
“We’re making a positive growth to get things somewhat back to normal,” said Collins as he assures he is very confident about the extra security measurements to keep the campus safe for all who enter. “We don’t know how long this is going to last, but everyone has been pretty flexible with all the changes so far.”
In the event that COVID-19 slows down, Collins said the campus will consider easing its restrictions. But for the time being, this is the new normal for the campus everyone will have to adjust to.
“The college really has done a wonderful job to keep the campus’ health in mind,” said Collins.