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T-Ducks in a Row #147 – Last Richland Flu Shot Clinic Scheduled on October 20

WHAT?  There is one last flu shot clinic scheduled for Dallas College-Richland Campus this fall.

WHO?  Flu shot and vaccine appointments are available to all employees and retirees.

WHEN?  This final clinic is scheduled on Tuesday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

HOW?  Flu shots and the other available vaccines will be offered by appointment only.  You must register at https://www.passageware.com/ClinicSignUp/DCR.  TDR post #145 provides detailed information about how to make an appointment, types of vaccines available, proof of identification required, and insurance and payment methods.

WHERE?  The flu shot clinic will be held in Yegua, room Y105.  You need to enter through the west entrance to Yegua and exit through the east entrance. Welcome Assistants will staff the entrance, and everyone entering Yegua will be required to wear a mask and provide an Appian app pass for admittance.

WHO ELSE?  Passport Health/Staying Healthy Medical Services is the vendor who will be administering the vaccinations.

WHAT ELSE?  Help keep our Thunderduck flock healthy and safe by signing up today to fly over to your last chance for a flu shot on campus!


T-Ducks in a Row #146 – Two Flu Shot Clinics are STILL AVAILABLE

WHAT? There are two more flu shot clinics scheduled for Dallas College – Richland Campus this fall.

WHO? Flu shot and vaccine appointments are available to all employees and retirees.

WHEN? The clinics are scheduled on the following dates at the following times:

  • Thursday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

HOW? Flu shots and the other available vaccines will be offered by appointment only. You must register at https://www.passageware.com/ClinicSignUp/DCR. The previous post (TDR #145) provides detailed information about how to make an appointment, types of vaccines available, proof of identification required, and insurance and payment methods.

WHERE? These flu shot clinics will be held in Yegua, room Y105. You need to enter through the west entrance to Yegua and exit through the east entrance. Welcome Assistants will staff the entrance, and everyone entering Yegua will be required to wear a mask and provide an Appian app pass for admittance.

WHO ELSE? Passport Health/Staying Healthy Medical Services is the vendor who will be administering the vaccinations.

WHAT ELSE? Help keep our Thunderduck flock healthy and safe by signing up today to fly over to one of these two clinics for your flu shot!


T-Ducks in a Row #145 – 2020 Richland Flu Shot Clinics

WHAT?  There are three flu shot clinics scheduled for Dallas College-Richland Campus this fall.

WHO?  These flu shot and vaccine appointments are available to employees and students.  Minors are welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent.

WHEN?  The clinics are scheduled on the following dates and at the following times:

  • Monday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 8, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

HOW?  Flu shots and the other available vaccines will be offered by appointment only.  You must register at https://www.passageware.com/ClinicSignUp/DCR.  Below is detailed information about how to make an appointment, types of vaccines available, proof of identification required, and insurance and payment methods.

Passport Health/Staying Healthy Medical Services will be providing on site flu vaccinations for Dallas College Richland:

To sign up for an appointment, please go to:
https://www.passageware.com/ClinicSignUp/DCR/

We are able to accept the following PPO type insurance plans:

  • Aetna*
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield*–DCCCD employee plans that start with JEA are accepted
  • Cigna*
  • Humana
  • United Health Care
  • Medicare Part B (Flu shots only-please provide a copy of any supplement plans also)

We do not accept HMO plans other than BCBS Primary, Primary+ and Scott & White.

*We are unable to accept Aetna & Blue Cross Gold, Silver & Bronze plans and Cigna Local Plus. Please see the consent forms for other known exceptions of plans that do not cover vaccines at 100%.

A paper copy of your current insurance card and driver’s license are required. Please bring your paper copies with you when you receive your vaccines.  Electronic cards cannot be accepted.

We will have the following vaccines available:

Vaccine Cost With Insurance Cost Without Accepted Insurance
Quadrivalent Flu Shot No charge $28.00
Hepatitis A No charge $90.00
Hepatitis B No charge $80.00
HPV (Gardasil) Up to Age 45 No charge $240.00
Meningitis No charge $130.00
MMR No charge $100.00
Pneumonia (Pneumovax23) ages 50-64 if using insurance No charge $120.00
Pneumonia (Prevnar 13) ages 50-64 if using insurance No charge $210.00
Tetanus Diphtheria with Pertussis No charge $70.00
Shingles (Shingrix) ages 50-64 if using insurance No charge $190.00
B12 Shot $20.00 $20.00

If paying for any vaccines and/or B12, we accept cash or check made out to Staying Healthy Medical Services.

After you sign up online, you will see a confirmation page. There will be a link for you to print out the consent form for vaccinations. You only need to print out one consent form for vaccinations. B12 will require a separate form. If you have questions about any particular vaccination, please see our nurse on the day of the clinic.

The new Shingles vaccine (Shingrix) will be available for employees (age 50-64 only if using insurance).  Please note that this vaccine is known to cause more frequent local reactions than other routine immunizations and cannot be given to anyone younger than 50 years old.

Individuals age 65 and over can only receive the flu shot, no other vaccines, if using insurance. Age appropriate vaccines can be administered to those 65 and over that are paying out of pocket for the vaccine.

If you received routine vaccinations from Staying Healthy Medical Services, other than flu, in previous years and need a copy of your records, please email us at info@stayinghealthymedical.com. In the email you will need to include your name and birth-date. Depending on the carrier, insurance claims may be filed as Community Health and Immunization Services or Staying Healthy Medical Services.

WHERE?  These flu shot clinics will be held in Yegua, room Y105.  You will need to enter through the east entrance to Yegua and exit through the west entrance.  Welcome Assistants will staff the entrance, and everyone entering Yegua will be required to wear a mask and provide an Appian app pass for admittance.

WHO ELSE?  Passport Health/Staying Healthy Medical Services is the vendor who will be administering the vaccinations.

Caroline White, BSN, RNC

Sr Nurse Manager

RLC – Health Center


T-Ducks in a Row #144 – Annual Off-Campus Use of Equipment Inventory Goes Virtual

WHAT?  The annual off-campus use of equipment inventory process is going virtual this year.

WHY?  This change from an in-person visual verification process to a contact-less process is for the health and safety of all in involved, as well as for the convenience of those colleagues working remotely from home.

HOW?  Each employee who has college-issued equipment is asked to take a photo of the barcode and serial number of each piece of equipment in their possession.  Photos should be emailed to Lisa Eades, senior manager, facilities support services, at leades@dcccd.edu.

WHAT NEXT?  Once Lisa has received the equipment photo, she will complete an electronic Off-Campus Use of Equipment form with the barcode number, serial number, and description of the item.  There will be one form required per each off-campus equipment item.  Lisa will send a form to the employee via Adobe E-sign with places tagged on the form where to insert the employee’s name, signature, address, office and home phone numbers.  Once the employee has E-signed the form, it will be forwarded to the respective dean or supervisor for final E-signature.

WHEN?  The deadline for this process to be completed for each piece of off-campus equipment is Thursday, October 1, 2020.

WHAT ELSE?  if you have any questions about this new process, please call Lisa Eades at 972-238-6359.


T-Ducks in a Row #143 – Phase 3 Return-to-Campus Designated Building Entrances

WHAT? Building access for employees returning during the next phase of the return-to-campus process will only be permitted through designated exterior entrances to specific buildings.

WHEN? The return-to-campus phase for the next round of designated employee work groups begins Monday, August 3, 2020.

HOW? There will be only one entrance open per each designated building, and employees may only use those designated exterior entrances.

WHERE? Access will only be permitted through the following designated building entrances. Buildings not included on this list must be accessed through the nearest building entrance on this list.
• Thunderduck Hall
• Sabine Hall
• Wichita Hall
• Crockett Hall
• El Paso Hall
• Pecos Hall
• Lavaca Hall
• Del Rio Hall
• Fannin Hall
• Guadalupe Hall
• Kiowa Hall

HOW ELSE? Please adhere to all Dallas College Critical Response Office health and safety guidelines available on the return to the workplace checklist which lists the steps you must complete prior to returning.

WHO? You must show the Return to Workplace Pass authorization on the Appian App to the Welcome Assistants located at designated building entrances each time you enter a building.

WHERE ELSE? The two vehicular entrances on Walnut Street will allow access to campus. The Abrams Road entrance will remain closed.

THEN WHERE ELSE? Previous T-Ducks in a Row posts may be accessed at https://rlc5.dcccd.edu/tdr/


T-Ducks in a Row #142 – Richland Campus Receiving Has a New Email Address

WHAT? There is a new email address to use to contact Richland Receiving.

WHERE? The new email address for Richland Receiving is 8Receiving@dcccd.edu.

WHY? This new email address will help Receiving staff service Receiving requests much faster and more efficiently. Now rather than requests going to an individual in Receiving, everyone in the department will receive the request.

WHEN? This new email address is effective immediately.

WHERE ELSE? Previous editions of T-Ducks in a Row may be found at https://rlc5.dcccd.edu/tdr/


T-Ducks in a Row #141 – Process for Staff/Administrators/Faculty to Retrieve and Return Items from Campus, May 18 – May 21
WHAT?  Temporary access to campus is being allowed to retrieve items from offices and work areas.
WHO?  Staff, administrators, and faculty will be allowed temporary access to campus.
WHEN?  By appointment only, access will be allowed and pre-scheduled for a 50-minute window per employee during hourly time slots Monday, May 18, through Thursday, May 21, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This access period does not include Garland Campus employees. They will be contacted soon as to when their access will be scheduled.
HOW?  Employees must contact their supervisors to request appointment times. Employees should indicate their first and second choices for an access appointment, and they must indicate the building and room number to which they seek access. Supervisors will compile requests for their work areas and submit them to Lynita Cook, senior administrative assistant, Business Services, who will compile a master schedule.  A limit of 10 employees will be scheduled per hour per campus building.
HOW ELSE?
  • Employees will be required to take their temperature prior to leaving home. If the temperature is above 100 degrees, an employee should remain home, and arrangements to come to campus at a later date will be made.
  • All employees accessing the campus must wear masks and maintain social distancing throughout the campus visit.
  • Masks must be shown to College Police to be allowed access through the Walnut Street West Circle entrance to campus. This will be the only access point allowed to gain entrance to campus, and College Police will be adhering to the master schedule to confirm access approval.
WHAT NOT?
  • Employees will not be allowed to retrieve computers from their offices.
  • Employees will not be asked about the purpose or description of items being retrieved; however the VPBS reserves the right not to schedule an individual if the request exceeds the scope detailed above or items are deemed unnecessary.
WHAT ELSE?  The deadline for supervisors to submit requests for employee access to campus is as soon as possible or no later than Thursday, May 14, at  5:00 p.m. so that a master schedule can be compiled.  If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Finney Varghese, Richland vice president for business services (VPBS), at fvarghese@dcccd.edu.

T-Ducks in a Row #140 – ThunderValues in Quarantine Quotes Requested

WHAT?  As we face the ongoing challenges of teaching, learning, and working at a distance apart from our treasured Thunderduck colleagues, our community building and ThunderValues have become more essential than ever with each other and our students. Integrity; Mutual Trust; Wholeness; Fairness; Considerate, Meaningful Communications; Mindfulness; Cooperation; Diversity; Responsible Risk-Taking; and Joy.

WHERE? Working online at a distance does not allow us to post ThunderValues in Action pop-ups on remote computer screens like we can on campus, so we are moving them to the ThunderBridge, our employee newsletter published online each Thursday.

WHY?  This temporary ThunderValues in Quarantine feature is designed to promote community building until we are back together again in our campus community.

WHO?  This is where we need you! Please submit a ThunderValue in Action quote about a ThunderValue that has become even more meaningful to you as we teach/learn/work at a distance from our Thunderduck community. Even if you have provided a quote in the past, please feel free to submit another quote.

WHERE ELSE? You can review the Richland College ThunderValues at Thundervalues

TO WHOM?   Please submit your ThunderValue in Action quote to Janet James by simply replying to this message or you may submit your quote through the link published each week in the ThunderBridge.

WHAT ELSE?  Along with your quote, please feel free to submit a fun selfie photo of you teaching, learning, or working from your home away from your Richland home or we can post your employee photo with your quote.

WHEN?  Please send a quote as soon as the Thunderduck spirit moves you! A new quote will be featured each week.

WHAT NOW?  Stay home, stay well, stay safe!

 


T-Ducks in a Row #138 – Smoke-Free/Tobacco-Free/Vape-Free Campus

WHAT? Richland College is a smoke-free/tobacco-free/vape-free campus.

WHEN? This smoke-free/tobacco-free/vape-free campus environment goes into effect beginning Monday, August 26, 2019.

WHY? The use of tobacco products and vape products and second-hand exposure to these products have been proven to be harmful to respiratory health.

WHERE? The open use of any tobacco or vape products will be prohibited on the grounds of Richland College, including all athletic fields. Use of tobacco or vape products will only be allowed in the interior compartments of personal vehicles in campus parking lots or on city-owned sidewalks on the periphery of campus.

HOW? Students, faculty, and staff interested in obtaining smoking, tobacco-use, and vaping cessation program resources and referrals are encouraged to contact the Richland College Health Center in Thunderduck Hall, T110, for information.

WHAT ELSE? Thank you for your cooperation in helping maintain a healthy environment on our Richland College campus.

WHERE ELSE? Previous editions of T-Ducks in a Row may be found at https://richlandcollege.edu/tdr.


T-Duck in a Row #137 – Lockdown Process Test

WHAT?  A test of the campus lockdown process of the College Emergency Alert System will be conducted to confirm Richland College’s ability to: 1) automatically lock all exterior doors simultaneously, and 2) issue public address notifications for campus lockdown in the event of an actual emergency.

WHAT ELSE?  This is test, not a drill, so employees are not expected to act in response to the notifications during this test.

WHEN?  This test will be conducted on Thursday, August 15, at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE?  This test will occur college-wide in all buildings.

HOW?  All exterior doors will be automatically locked at 1:00 p.m., and a verbal notification on the fire alarm public address system will sound at approximately 1:01 p.m.  The message will be: Attention … Attention.  This is a drill.  Intruder lockdown at Richland College, this is an intruder lockdown.  This is the College’s Emergency Alert System.  Go to the nearest room and lock down.  I repeat, this is an intruder lockdown at Richland College.”  An additional announcement will be made on the telephone override system on all campus telephones.

 HOW LONG?  This notification will repeat for approximately 6 minutes.  At approximately 1:07 p.m., the “All Clear” notifications will be given, and exterior doors will be automatically unlocked.  If you need to exit your building during the test, you can push the red exit button to open doors from the inside.

WHO?  The test will be conducted by the Richland College Crisis Management Strategic Planning Team, College Police, Facilities Services, and College Emergency Response Team volunteers.

WHO ELSE?  During the test, all employees need to help assess the effectiveness of the emergency public address notifications in their respective classrooms or work areas. • Was the notification loud enough?  • Could you clearly understand the words?  • Did the notification provide useful instructions?

THEN WHAT?  Shortly after the test, an online survey will be sent to all employees to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the lockdown process.  Please take a few minutes to submit your feedback.