Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

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

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

Health and Safety Guidelines and Protocols

CCC&TI's COVID-19 Protocols Updated on Monday, August 2, 2021

Health and Safety Guidelines and Protocols, Fall 2021

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

*Guidelines are subject to change.

COVID-19 is mostly spread when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. To a lesser extent, the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. That is why personal prevention practices (such as wearing face coverings, handwashing and staying home when sick), good ventilation, and environmental cleaning are important.

Health Monitoring and Reporting

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 symptoms range from mild to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

Students and employees who are experiencing 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, must stay home.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or who has been exposed* to COVID-19, please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

* According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposure is defined as being in close contact (less than 6 feet for more than 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 with COVID-19 protocols questions may contact Dena Holman at 828-726-2737 or by email at dnholman@cccti.edu.

Employees with COVID-19 protocols questions can contact Rose Moon at 828-726-2269 or by email rmoon@cccti.edu.

While On Campus

Beginning Aug. 11, face coverings must be worn indoors by everyone regardless of vaccination status. Face covering exceptions include private offices or individual study rooms. 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 Counseling and Disability Services at 828-726-2288. Employees seeking an exception to the face covering requirement for health reasons must contact Human Resources at 828-726-2269.

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 or the Executive Director of the Watauga Campus.

Employees and students must abide by all safety protocols when required off-campus, such as in public schools, health care settings or other locations with specific requirements. The CobraCare Clinic on the Caldwell Campus will continue requiring face coverings and health screenings for patients and visitors.

If students or employees become symptomatic while on campus, they will be advised to leave campus immediately and to contact their primary health care provider or the local health department.

Good Hygiene Practices

  • 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.
  • CCC&TI will provide additional housekeeping staff for more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms, classrooms, and offices.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must avoid campus. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please notify your instructor/supervisor and complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Students or employees with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may return to campus 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.

Individuals may not return to campus until symptoms have resolved and they have been cleared by college officials.

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

What if I have COVID-19 related symptoms or I am exposed to COVID-19?

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify your instructor/supervisor and complete COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Students, employees and visitors may not come to campus if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. In addition, unvaccinated individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 or are awaiting results from a COVID-19 test may not come to campus. Individuals may not return to campus until symptoms have resolved and they have been cleared by college officials after completing the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

Individuals who have been exposed and are not vaccinated should follow CDC Guidelines and isolate for 10 days after exposure (without testing) OR for 7 days with a negative PCR test result (test must occur on day 5 or later) before they can return to class. Antigen “rapid tests” or home tests for COVID-19 will not be accepted.

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

Students will be notified if someone in their class tests positive for COVID-19, but the notice will not reveal the student’s identity. Students should self-monitor and contact their health care provider if they become symptomatic.

If multiple exposures of COVID-19 occur in a seated or hybrid course, 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 if someone in my household has been exposed to a COVID-19 case or is awaiting results of a COVID-19 test?

For individuals that have not been vaccinated, if someone in your household (spouse, child, parent, sibling, etc.) has had direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if someone in your household is awaiting a COVID-19 test result due to a direct exposure, you cannot return to campus until the member of your household who was exposed receives a negative PCR test result or has isolated for the recommended period of time and is symptom free. Any employee or student with a household member who has been exposed or is awaiting a test due to a direct exposure must fill out CCC&TI’s COVID-19 Reporting Form.

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 an unvaccinated student or employee tests negative (Must be a PCR test; Antigen rapid tests or home tests not accepted) 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 campus.

If I’m fully vaccinated against COVID-19, do I have to quarantine if I’m exposed to a positive COVID-19 case?

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated and show no symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested (Must be a PCR test; Antigen rapid tests or home tests not accepted) 3 to 5 days after exposure.

Students and employees still must complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form after an exposure.

Do I have to quarantine after a close contact with a positive COVID-19 case if I’ve already had COVID-19?

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered do not have to quarantine or get tested again as long as they do not develop new symptoms. People who develop symptoms again within three months of their most recent bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms. Students and employees still must complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form after an exposure.

Where can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

For COVID-19 vaccination information in Caldwell County please visit: https://www.caldwellcountync.org/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccinations.

For Watauga County COVID-19 vaccination information, please visit: https://www.apphealthcare.com/covid-19-vaccinations.