Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Health and Safety Guidelines and Protocols

CCC&TI's COVID-19 Protocols Updated on Friday, May 21 at 12 PM

Student Health and Safety Guidelines and Protocols, Summer 2021

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.

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.

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 and employees who are not vaccinated are asked to answer the following questions each day before coming to campus. If you are not vaccinated and 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?
  • Is anyone in your household (parent, child, spouse, sibling, etc.) awaiting COVID-19 test results due to a direct exposure, or has anyone in your household recently been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19?

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify your instructor for class-related information and Student Services by completing the COVID-19 Report Form.

Students who have questions related to COVID-19 protocols can contact Casey Franklin at 828-726-2462 or by email cfranklin@cccti.edu. Students may not return to campus until symptoms have resolved and have been cleared by a healthcare professional and Student Services.

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.

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

  • 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.

If you are not vaccinated and have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify your instructor/supervisor and complete the COVID-19 Report Form.

Students who have questions related to COVID-19 protocols can contact Casey Franklin at 828-726-2462 or by email cfranklin@cccti.edu. Students may not return to campus until symptoms have resolved and have been cleared by a healthcare professional and Student Services.

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?

If you are not vaccinated and have any COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, please notify your instructor/supervisor and complete the COVID-19 Report Form.

Students who have questions related to COVID-19 protocols can contact Casey Franklin at 828-726-2462 or by email cfranklin@cccti.edu. Students may not return to campus until symptoms have resolved and have been cleared by a healthcare professional and Student Services.

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 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” for COVID-19 will not be accepted.

  • 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.

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

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 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 you have questions about this policy, please contact Casey Franklin at 828-726-2462 or by email at cfranklin@cccti.edu.

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 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.

After having both doses of a COVID-19 vaccination, 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 against the disease and show no symptoms. Students and employees still must complete the COVID-19 Report 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 Report Form after an exposure.

What if I travel outside the country?

If you travel outside the United States, you must comply with Centers for Disease Control guidance before returning to campus. Anyone has not been vaccinated and who travels outside the United States must get tested for COVID-19 3 to 5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel before returning to campus. If you don’t get tested, you must avoid campus for 10 days after travel and be symptom free before returning.

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