Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Please visit our Covid Response page for info about CCC&TI's response to COVID-19.

Please visit our Covid Response page for info about CCC&TI's response to COVID-19.

Fall 2020 Health and Safety Guidelines and Protocols

Student Health and Safety Guidelines and Protocols, Fall 2020

COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention (such as handwashing and staying home when sick) and environmental prevention (such as cleaning and disinfection) are essential practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As we prepare for the fall semester, the safety of CCC&TI employees, students, visitors, and the communities we serve is our highest priority. The following guidelines and protocols for the fall 2020 semester are designed to mitigate and manage the risk associated with COVID-19.

Note: Due to the rapidly changing situation, guidelines are subject to change as additional information becomes available.

Daily Health Monitoring

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported. These symptoms range from mild to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Students are asked to answer the following health screening questions each day before coming to campus. If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” please stay home.

  • Do you have or recently had a fever, cough, chills, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of smell or taste?
  • If you had a fever, have you been free of fever, without the aid of fever-reducing medication, for at least 24 hours?
  • If you have a cough, is it a new onset in the last 14 days, not related to seasonal allergies?
  • Have you been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

If you have any symptoms potentially related or have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify your instructor for class-related information and Student Services. Students on the Caldwell Campus should contact Dena Holman, Vice President of Student Services, by email at dnholman@cccti.edu or by phone at 828-726-2737, and students on the Watauga Campus should contact Dr. Kim Van Wie, Director of Student Services, by email at kvanwie@cccti.edu or by phone at 828-297-2185, Ext. 5206. Do not return to campus until symptoms have resolved and/or you have been cleared by a healthcare professional.

Note: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure is defined as being in close contact (< 6 feet for ≥ 15 minutes) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals determined to be in “close contact” may be notified by local health officials and advised of appropriate precautions and steps to take. The college may also conduct a tracing process and notify those individuals determined to be in close contact.

Face Coverings

In accordance with the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to reduce the spread of COVID-19, face coverings will be required for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors while on campus. Thus, face coverings must be appropriately worn (covering both nose and mouth) at all times in buildings, classrooms, and laboratories. Face coverings will also be required in outdoor spaces on campus property where appropriate physical distancing cannot be maintained.

All students on campus are expected to carry a face covering at all times, in case they encounter an unforeseen situation where at least six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.

CCC&TI will provide face coverings to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors who need them, or individuals can also choose to wear their own face coverings.

Exceptions Face covering exceptions include private offices or individual study rooms, where social distancing can be maintained. Instructors are not required to wear face coverings while teaching if social distancing can be maintained. Individuals are not required to wear a face covering when they are not in close contact with someone else while walking alone in an outdoor location, or while eating or drinking and practicing safe social distancing. Individuals may also remove their face covering at the request of law enforcement or security.

Students seeking an exception to the face covering requirement for health reasons must contact Tuesday Sigmon, Director of Counseling and Disability Services, by email at tsigmon@cccti.edu or by phone at 828-726-2716.

While we hope students will choose to protect themselves and others in our community, students who refuse to wear a mask while in buildings, classrooms, and laboratories and do not have a medical exception will be subject to discipline under the CCC&TI Student Code of Conduct. Faculty should direct these students to the Vice President of Student Services on the Caldwell Campus and the Director of Student Services on the Watauga Campus.

Temperature Scanning

Temperature scans will be required each day for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Colored wrist bands will be issued each day to indicate that the person has a temperature of less than 100.4 degrees. The following locations will serve as temperature scanning stations:

 

Caldwell Campus - F Building, H Building, and B Building

H Building & B Building:

  • Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

F Building:

  • Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

TAPS Center - Truck Driver Training Building (TAPS-B)

  • Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Watauga Campus - Student Services Center (W-460) and Instructional Building (W-372)

W372 Building:

  • Monday and Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

W460 Building:

  • Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students should plan to arrive early to ensure they can get through the temperature scanning stations and arrive to class on time.

Social Distancing

  • Social distancing requires at least six feet of physical space between parties and should be practiced in all campus areas. Social distancing signage is posted throughout campus.
  • Classrooms and labs have been arranged to allow for social distancing through class size limitations and desk spacing. Also, furniture that allows for separation has been purchased for specific areas of campus, including the Learning Resource Center on the Caldwell Campus.
  • Plexiglass barriers have been installed at reception areas and other certain areas as a precaution. When interacting with others in these areas, please stay behind the barrier.
  • Elevators will operate at reduced capacity. Signage will be posted to denote a maximum capacity of 2 on each elevator.
  • The following areas that promote the congregation of large numbers will remain closed:
    • Student Lounges (Both Campuses), including the pool tables and ping-pong tables on the Caldwell Campus.
    • Gaming Lab (Caldwell Campus)
    • Weight Room (Caldwell Campus)
    • Gym (Caldwell Campus)
    • Civic Center - certain college classes and events may be allowed to be held upon approval of the Vice President of Operations or the President.
  • Water fountains will be unavailable for use, except for bottle filling stations.

  • The vending areas will remain open on both campuses. Food trucks will also be allowed, but social distancing requirements must be maintained.
  • Club meetings should be conducted electronically whenever possible.

Increased Disinfection Procedures

CCC&TI has increased housekeeping staff to allow for more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms, classrooms, and offices with a focus on doorknobs, light switches, desks, and any other frequently touched items.

Students and faculty may be asked to assist with cleaning and disinfection of equipment, tools, vehicles, work stations, labs, etc. after each use.

Good Hygiene Practices

  • Signage has been 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.
  • All employees and students will be encouraged to practice good hygiene at all times.
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of germs.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located in every building.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if someone in my class tests positive for COVID-19?

Your instructor will announce to the class that someone in the class has tested positive for COVID-19, but the instructor will not reveal the student’s identity.

Note: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure is defined as being in close contact (< 6 feet for ≥15 minutes) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals determined to be in “close contact” may be notified by local health officials and advised of appropriate precautions and steps to take. The college may also conduct a tracing process and notify those individuals determined to be in close contact.

Students should self-monitor and contact their healthcare provider if they become symptomatic. If multiple exposures of COVID-19 occur in a seated or hybrid course, the course will continue. However, the college may need to shift the course to an alternate method of instruction or suspend the course for some time to allow for the natural deactivation of the virus.

What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

First and foremost, please understand that your instructor will work with you whether you test positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 related symptoms, or if you have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.

Please notify your instructor for class-related information and Student Services. Students on the Caldwell Campus should contact Dena Holman, Vice President of Student Services, by email at dnholman@cccti.edu or by phone at 828-726-2737, and students on the Watauga Campus should contact Dr. Kim Van Wie, Director of Student Services, by email at kvanwie@cccti.edu or by phone at 828-297-2185, Ext. 5206.

Before students can return to campus, they must contact Student Services.

Students with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may return to class under the following conditions:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

Students with COVID-19 who never developed symptoms may discontinue isolation and return to class 10 days after the date of their first positive test.

What happens if I have COVID-19 related symptoms, or I am exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Please notify your instructor for class-related information and Student Services. Students on the Caldwell Campus should contact Dena Holman, Vice President of Student Services, by email at dnholman@cccti.edu or by phone at 828-726-2737, and students on the Watauga Campus should contact Dr. Kim Van Wie, Director of Student Services, by email at kvanwie@cccti.edu or by phone at 828-297-2185 Ext. 5206.

Students should not come to campus if they are sick, experience COVID-19 symptoms, test positive for COVID-19, are awaiting results from a COVID-19 test, or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case.

Note: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure is defined as being in close contact (< 6 feet for ≥ 15 minutes) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals determined to be in “close contact” may be notified by local health officials and advised of appropriate precautions and steps to take. The college may also conduct a tracing process and notify those individuals determined to be in close contact.

Students who have been exposed should follow CDC Guidelines and isolate for 14 days after exposure before they can return to class.

  • If students become symptomatic while on campus, they will be advised to leave campus immediately, contact their primary healthcare provider or the local health department, or call the CobraCare Clinic on the Caldwell Campus (828-726-2733, Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.)
  • If individuals do not have immediate transportation, they will need to utilize the following isolation areas until transportation arrives.
    • Caldwell Campus: B-104A
    • TAPS: Truck Driver Training Building (TAPS-B) Room 100
    • Watauga Campus: W-260 (Former Bookstore)
  • Please contact the following individuals for access to isolation rooms:
    • Caldwell Campus: Donnie Bassinger - 828-726-2214; Dena Holman - 828-726-2737
    • TAPS: Chris Brinkley - 828-726-2380; Norman Staines - 828-726-2271
    • Watauga Campus: Steve Melton - 828-297-3811 Ext. 5245; Dr. Kim Van Wie - 828-297-2185, Ext. 5206

Students should not return to campus until symptoms have resolved and/or they have been cleared by a healthcare professional.

If COVID-19 test results are negative and I have not had direct exposure to someone who has tested positive, when can I return to campus?

If a student or employee tests negative for COVID-19, has not had an exposure to COVID-19 and the individual is symptom free (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea) for 24 hours without the aid of medication, the individual may return to work or school.

Are study groups still encouraged?

The college supports student study groups both on- and off-campus. However, we highly encourage you to stay vigilant in fighting the spread of COVID-19.

Use electronic meetings whenever possible.

If you must meet in person, try to limit the size of the study group to less than 10 people. Meet in a well-ventilated space, or meet outside. Wear your face coverings and participate in proper social distancing and good hygiene practices.

These behaviors will not only slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, but it will also reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in classrooms.

Please review the CDC's Quarantine vs. Isolation document at:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID-19-Quarantine-vs-Isolation.pdf