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CCC&TI Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Information

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Information

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.

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.

  • Students, employees and visitors who have recently been exposed to positive cases of COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms are asked to stay home.
  • 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. Everyone on campus is 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.
  • 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; TAPS Center;
    • Watauga Campus- Student Services Center (W-460) and the Instructional Building (W-372)
  • Social distancing will be required when at all possible. 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.
  • Good hygiene practices are encouraged for everyone on campus. Signage has been placed in all building lobby areas to remind students and employees the three W’s (wear, wait, and wash). In addition, hand sanitizing stations have been installed in all campus buildings.

In addition to these protocols, CCC&TI has also taken steps to reduce class sizes and space seating in classrooms and other areas to allow for social distancing. Some areas on both campuses have also been closed to prevent large gatherings.

Housekeeping staff has also been increased 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.

Due to the potential for large gatherings, the following areas will remain closed:

  • Student Lounges (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
  • Gaming Lab (Caldwell Campus)
  • 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:

  • If the answer to any of the following questions is “yes,” students are asked to stay home and to contact their instructor(s) and Student Services.
    • 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?
  • Students are required to wear face coverings while on campus, including classrooms, labs, and all public areas.
  • Temperature scans will be required each day for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. If the student’s temperature is higher than 100.4 F or 38 C, that individual will not be allowed to stay on campus.
  • Once the student is determined to have an acceptable temperature, the student will receive a wristband. The wristband will serve as proof an individual has been checked for that day.

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

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