Return to Campus FAQs - Emily Griffith Technical College

Return to Campus FAQs

How often do I need to submit the attestation form?

The attestation form only needs to be completed one time per term, however, you must answer health screening questions each time you need to access the campus.

Do I have to wait for someone to tell me I can come to campus?

If you are a student in one of the programs that will be resuming in-person classes, are comfortable returning to in-person instruction, have provided your attestation to your college dean, and are not sick and can pass the health screening, you are cleared to come to campus for your assigned class.  

What happens if I am not comfortable to come to campus, or if I am sick and cannot come?

If you are not comfortable to come to campus, you should not come.  If you are sick, you should not come to campus.  Anyone who is sick should contact their healthcare provider.

If you are a student, inform your instructors about your absence and to discuss next steps.  If you are an employee, follow your department’s procedure for requesting to work from home or to report sick time. 

What do I do if I am on campus and come into contact with someone who appears to be sick?

Anyone who has come into contact with someone, while on campus, who appears to be sick, should contact an Emily Griffith COVID Coordinator, Uta Greunke, at uta.greunke@emilygriffith.edu or Tisha Lee at tisha.lee@emilygriffith.edu.  If you are a student, you should also contact your instructor and/or college dean.  If you are an employee, you should also contact your supervisor and Human Resources.   

What if I begin to feel sick while on campus?

The sick individual should separate themselves from others. If still on campus, they should be directed to isolate themselves in a car or outside away from others, and call their healthcare provider for further phone evaluation and decisions about next steps. It is recommended that anyone experiencing symptoms seek out alternate ways to avoid public transportation that may put them in close contact with others, including buses, taxis, and ride-sharing.   

Per CDC guidance, if you are sick and public transportation is your only option when seeking medical care, wear a mask over your nose and mouth, practice social distancing (staying at least 6 feet away from other people as much as possible), and practice hand hygiene, including using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available. For non-emergency medical care, make an appointment ahead of time and, if using public transportation, travel during non-peak hours, if possible.

What if my situation changes after I submit the attestation?

If you are a student, and your situation changes after you have submitted the attestation, please notify your instructor and/or college dean as soon as possible.  If you are an employee, please notify your supervisor and/or Human Resources.

What do I do if I answer a question incorrectly and submit the attestation before I catch it?

Anyone needing to correct an attestation that was originally submitted with an error, should submit a new form/attestation, and explain that the original no longer applies and why. If you are a student, and you need to correct your attestation, please notify your college dean and instructor as soon as possible.  If you are an employee, please notify your supervisor. 

What if an employee or student comes to campus, but shouldn’t have, because they did not submit an attestation or because their attestation responses indicated that they should not/would not come to campus?

If an individual comes to campus, but has not submitted an attestation, or their attestation has not been marked ‘received,’ they may complete the appropriate attestation at the health screening station.  

If an individual comes to campus, but the attestation responses they submitted indicated that they should not/would not come to campus

  • If sick, they should return home and contact their healthcare provider.

             OR

  • If they are a student, are not sick and pass the health screening, they would need to contact their instructor or associate dean to determine next steps to be allowed on campus to participate in in-person learning.’
  • If they are an employee, are not sick and pass the health screening, they would need to contact their supervisor to determine next steps to be allowed on campus.

Why is this form necessary if I am attending classes online/working from home?

An attestation is only necessary for those students who are in programs that are returning for in-person learning, or for employees who cannot complete their work remotely.  If a student is attending classes online, or an employee is working from home 100% of the time, then an attestation is not needed.

Is this attestation HIPAA compliant? 

In order to assist with the public health collection of information about those who are sick with, exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, the US Department of Health and Human Services issued a bulletin describing greater flexibility in the HIPAA law.

Emily Griffith Technical College is not a healthcare entity and as such is released from the regulations tied to HIPAA. We are however responsible for handling any COVID-19 related health information about our employees and students in a confidential manner. This means that though we can advise your fellow classmates, IF you happen to test positive for COVID-19, to tell them they’ve been exposed to you, we CANNOT describe your health/symptoms, etc. We can also inform the Emily Griffith community that one of our employees or students is positive for COVID-19, but we can’t divulge the individual’s name. Additionally, Emily Griffith Technical College will notify Denver Public Schools and the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment.

What is the college doing with the information from the attestation?

Emily Griffith Technical College will only share this information with the State if they ask for proof that the college is complying with the requirements.

Emily Griffith Supervisors will be able to see the Attestations for the people who provide responses to them. COVID Coordinators will be able to view all attestations if needed.