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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

July 24, 2020

Graduation Celebration

CCC&TI will celebrate the Class of 2020 with an outdoor drop-in event on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson Saturday, August 8, 2020. Participants must wear face coverings and can drop by any time between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. For additional details on the event, please visit: www.cccti.edu/Students/Graduation.asp

Fall 2020 Health and Safety Protocols

The Fall Semester will begin on August 17, 2020 and to ensure the safety of our employees and students, CCC&TI has implemented a series of guidelines and protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines and protocols, which are posted on our website at www.cccti.edu/COVID-19/Protocols.asp, will take effect August 17, 2020.

July 17, 2020

On Friday, July 17, Governor Cooper announced that the state will remain in Phase 2 until at least August 7, 2020 and face coverings continue to be required throughout the state. In order to comply with the Governor’s Executive Order, face coverings will be required while on campus including classrooms, labs, and all public areas. Disposable masks will be provided if you do not have one.

Students seeking an exception due to a medical condition or disability must contact Student Services.

Campus operations will continue with all other safety protocols in place. As a reminder, a list of campus safety procedures is below:

  • Face coverings are required on campus at all times.
  • 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 generally has one entrance and one exit (subject to fire code requirements) in order to reduce face-to-face interactions.
  • Signage is located in all building lobby areas to remind students of safety protocols. The three W’s (wear, wait, and wash) are highly encouraged.
  • Social distancing guidelines should continue to be practiced whenever possible. Access to computers and other work spaces is limited to ensure that six feet distances are maintained between individuals.
  • Temperature checks and health screening questions are required for all students and employees.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed in certain areas as an extra precaution.
  • Extra cleaning protocols continue.
  • 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 (Caldwell Campus) or 828-297-3811 (Watauga Campus) to schedule an appointment, or if you have questions.

Due to the potential for large gatherings, the following areas 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:

  • Students are required to wear face coverings while on campus, including classrooms, labs, and all public areas.
  • 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 or at the campus check-in area.
  • If the student’s temperature is higher than 100.4 F or 38 C, that individual will not be allowed to stay in class or on campus.
  • Once the student is determined to have an acceptable temperature, the student will have a band 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 or on campus.

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 students that need Internet access after hours, the CCC&TI Wi-Fi network is still accessible when 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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