City Tech Reopening Plan

Attachment B. Re-opening Vision Care Technology Floor

Business Department/Vision Care Technology Program

Plan for Re-opening the Vision Care Technology Floor

Academic Building A802, A803, A804, A808, A812

Prepared By: Prof. Kimberly Strickler

The practical application of Vision Care Technology (Opticianry) for Clinic (VCT2316) experience will be no person-to-person contact for our students and instructors. We will not bring in patients at this time but will simulate patient interactions with students and instructors. Class size 8-9 students within a large open-area and tables will be spaced 6 or more feet apart. Masks will be worn by all students and instructors and all tools and equipment will be wiped down with alcohol before and after use. Social Distancing will be adhered to in all situations

Vision Care Technology Dispensing Labs (VCT2333) practicum will be instructional use on independent equipment and tools, with no close contact between students and/or instructor. Class size 8-9 students in our large clinical area, with student spacing at least 6 feet apart while working with equipment, tools and other practicum. Masks will be worn by all students and instructors and all tools and equipment will be wiped down with alcohol before and after use. Social Distancing will be adhered to in all situations

Vision Care Technology Materials Labs (VCT1201 and VCT2311) practicum will be instructional use on independent equipment/machines with no close contact between students and/or instructor. Class size 8-9 students in our large clinical area, with student spacing at least 6 feet apart while working with equipment, tools and other practicum. Masks will be worn by all students and instructors and all tools, machinery and equipment will be wiped down with alcohol before and after use. Social Distancing will be adhered to in all situations

Vision Care Technology Refraction Labs (VCT2315) practicum will be instructional use on independent equipment, with no close contact between students and/or instructor. Class size 8-9 students with student spacing at least 6 feet apart while working with equipment, tools and other practicum. Masks will be worn by all students and instructors and all tools and equipment and machinery will be wiped down with alcohol before and after use. Social Distancing will be adhered to in all situations

Vision Care Technology Contact Lens (VCT2327) practicum will be instructional use on independent equipment, with no close contact between students and/or instructor. Class size 8-9 students in our spacious contact lens classroom area that currently has segregated partitions for each station, allowing for student spacing at least 6 feet apart while working with equipment, tools and other practicum. Masks will be worn by all students and instructors and all tools and equipment will be wiped down with alcohol before and after use. Social Distancing will be adhered to in all situations

In Vision Care Technology we have no contact with blood borne pathogens.

SARS-CoV-2 is primarily transmitted through the respiratory system. Therefore, VCT in class practices will include strategies to minimize exposure to respiratory or airborne droplets. From a review of the literature, the best practices are to control the transmission of this virus is to decrease the exposure to respiratory particles from the respiratory system (using masks and social distancing) along with frequent hand washing. (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html. On a positive note, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is easily killed with soap and water on persons and Tuberculocidal-level disinfectants on environmental surfaces, utilizing washing and disinfection practices are already standard in the Vision Care profession.

Scientific review supports the measures of facemasks/eyewear and social distancing as strategies which are very effective at reduction of viral transmission. The scientific literature is providing a rational, logical approach to re-opening dental settings to minimize the transmission risk of SARS-CoV-2 if we are willing to implement procedures to minimize respiratory exposure.

Rationale for re-opening the NYCCT Vision Care Clinic and Related Labs:

  1. Optician experience is based in large part on hands-on practicum that requires instruction in equipment, machinery and tools that are only in the college classroom setting. Without experience with this equipment and tools, students are put at a disadvantage in practical licensure in New York state
  2. Vision Care faculty will maintain the guidelines set by the CDC and follow all protocols for social distancing with their instruction and implementation of practicum
  3. Vision Care faculty will maintain the guidelines set by the CDC and follow all protocols for disinfection before and after implementation of practicum
  4. The modifications of the infection control practices can be implemented to decrease the risk of infection with SARS-Co-V-2

Preparing the 8th floor for re-opening the Vision Care Technology Lab and Clinical Areas:

All Bathrooms/ floors/seating should be cleaned and disinfected by the College buildings and ground employees

Due to the long period of closure, the entire clinical and lab classroom areas should all be:

  1. Cleaned and then disinfected using an intermediate-level disinfectant
  2. All maintenance and testing of Vision Care equipment will be performed and disinfected

Building Physical Considerations (Facilities Management)

  1. Air circulation:
  2. Bathrooms cleaning and disinfection will be managed by the College’s building and grounds.
  3. Vision Care Material and Contact Lens labs:
    1. Create social distance markers on the floor to identify work areas
    2. Vision Care students supervised by faculty will disinfect prior to and after using this space.
  4. Clinical area:
    1. The hallway doors which separate the lobby from the Vision Care clinic will be kept closed

VCT Faculty/Students/CLT and Staff:

  1. Education and training to assure that all the COVID19 prevention of transmission procedures
  2. Review of required PPE and mask type base upon task and risk of aerosol
  3. Practice donning and doffing of PPE