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CCC&TI Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Information

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Information

CARES Act Emergency Funds Disclosure and Report

May 26, 2020 -8:30 am

On Friday, May 22 at 5pm, the state transitioned to Phase 2 of the governor's plan to reopen North Carolina. Phase 2 lifts the stay-at-home order, calls for a safer-at-home recommendation, and encourages teleworking whenever possible. More businesses are allowed to open, and gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people indoors or 25 outdoors (Please note that mass gathering restrictions do not apply to educational institutions). Phase 2 is expected to remain in effect until at least Friday, June 26.

As previously planned, support areas on both campuses will open to students and the public on Tuesday, May 26 with the following restrictions in place:

  • Campus visitors must check in at F Building on the Caldwell Campus or W-460/Student Services Center on the Watauga Campus for a brief health screening.
  • Health screenings at the Transportation and Public Services Center (TAPS) in Hudson will take place in each building.
  • Each building will generally have one entrance and one exit (subject to fire code requirements) in order to reduce people passing each other face-to-face.
  • Signage will be placed in all building lobby areas to remind students and employees of safety protocols. The three W’s (wear, wait, and wash) will be highly encouraged.
  • Social distancing guidelines should be practiced whenever possible. Access to computers and other work spaces will be limited to ensure a distance of six feet is maintained between individuals.
  • Temperature checks and health screening questions will be required for all students and employees entering the buildings.
  • Masks will be strongly encouraged and will be mandated in situations where social distancing is not possible. Masks will be available for students and employees at one or more locations in each building and available to instructors to take into the classroom.
  • Plexiglass barriers will be installed in certain areas as an extra precaution.
  • Extra cleaning protocols will be observed.
  • Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past two weeks are asked to avoid campus.
  • Some areas of campus and services are by appointment only. Please call 828-726-2200 to schedule an appointment, or if you have questions.

The following areas that promote the congregation of large numbers will remain closed:

  • Student Center (Both Campuses)
  • Weight Room (Caldwell Campus)
  • Gym (Caldwell Campus) **Exceptions allowed as part of official athletic recruiting visits and/or workouts under the supervision of athletic staff
  • Civic Center- closed to the public (no meetings or events scheduled)

Watch for the following symptoms:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported. These systems range from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Therefore, if you have been exposed to a known coronavirus (COVID-19) patient, you should self-quarantine and not enter a college facility for 14 days post-exposure.

People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms
  • Fever (100.4 F or higher)
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Sore throat
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle pain

What to expect once you are on campus:

  • Each building will have a single-entry point while this procedure is in effect.
  • Upon entering the buildings, students, employees, and visitors should visit a handwashing station or utilize hand sanitizer provided by the college.
  • As a student enters the class, the student will have their temperature taken by their instructors.
  • If the student’s temperature is higher than 100.4 F or 38 C, that individual will not be allowed to stay in class.
  • Once the student is determined to have an acceptable temperature, the student will have a wristband placed on their wrist. The wristband will serve as proof an individual has been checked for that day and will allow the student to re-enter the building if they need to leave.
  • Any student who refuses to have their temperature taken will not be allowed to stay in the class.
  • During courses, if the learning environment allows each student the ability to social distance at all times, then the student is not required to wear a face mask, although it is encouraged by the college. When the learning environment does not allow the student the ability to social distance, then the student is required to wear a face mask.

Disinfection Protocol

  • The housekeeping staff will disinfect campus restrooms, classrooms, and offices with a focus on doorknobs, light switches, desks, and any other frequently touched items, at least daily.
  • The disinfection of lab equipment and vehicles will be conducted by employees who are responsible for the equipment/vehicles.

For CCC&TI updates and announcements related to COVID-19, please visit www.cccti.edu/covid-19.

For students who need internet access, the CCC&TI Wi-Fi network is still accessible while our campuses are closed. Students can bring their device and access campus Wi-Fi from our parking lots. The map below shows the areas where the signal is strongest.

Map of strongest wifi signal on CCC&TI campuses

WiFi map

Thanks to a partnership with Caldwell County Schools and Google, school buses have been fitted with Wi-Fi hotspots and parked at schools throughout Caldwell County. Students who lack adequate Internet access are invited to utilize these new rolling hotspots, as well as free Wi-Fi on CCC&TI's campuses and properties.

Visit Rolling Hotspot for bus locations.

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