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COVID-19 Update 01/5/21

A Message from President DeHay Regarding COVID-19 Health and Safety Practices

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed your holiday break and that you found some time to relax and recharge. The start of the spring semester is a little more than two weeks away, and I am eager to welcome faculty, staff and students back to campus.

 

While the new year offers a host of opportunities, it also presents a number of challenges. The coronavirus is still very much present in our community, and the number of confirmed cases is increasing daily. Accordingly, the College’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force continues to meet and evaluate how to maintain a safe on-campus learning and working environment.

 

For our campuses to remain open and in-person instruction to continue, we must remain vigilant in our daily health and safety practices. This includes wearing a face covering/mask on campus and in the community, practicing physical distancing, washing hands, and wiping down surfaces before/after use.

 

Maintaining a safe environment is a responsibility we all share, so I ask each of you to take a moment now to review and recommit to the health and safety practices outlined below:

 

Face Coverings/Masks
Face coverings/masks are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 and are required on all TCTC campuses, including in classrooms and labs regardless of how much distance there is between students and instructors. Click here to review the face covering/mask policy.  

 

Weekly Health Screening Surveys
Weekly electronic health screening surveys will continue as they did in the fall. Every employee is required to complete the survey by 8 a.m. each Monday. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or feel you may have been exposed to someone with the virus, please contact Human Resources at (864) 646-1792 or HR@tctc.edu.   

 

Students will continue to review a COVID-19 health screening form on a weekly basis and notify the Student Support Office if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with the virus.

 

If a student shares a health concern with you, please advise them to complete the COVID-19 Student Issues and Help Form located on the coronavirus section of our website. Someone from the Student Support Office will follow up with the student. Do not discuss the student’s health issue with anyone outside of the Student Support Office. Discussing the student’s health issue with others compromises the student’s privacy and puts the institution at risk. If you want to connect directly with the Student Support Office, please contact Mark Dougherty at mdougher@tctc.edu or Croslena Broadwater-Johnson at cjohnso5@tctc.edu.

 

COVID-19 Dashboard
The COVID-19 Dashboard located on the coronavirus section of the TCTC website will continue to be updated on a weekly basis. The dashboard shows the number of students and employees who have reported testing positive for COVID-19 since the start of fall term.

 

Human Resources and Student Support and Engagement have a robust contact tracing process in place for employees and students who test positive for COVID-19. This process aligns with guidance issued by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

COVID-19 Testing
SCDHEC is offering COVID-19 testing at the Pendleton Campus. Testing is free and open to employees, students and the community. The test is administered via oral swab and shallow nasal swab with results typically returned in 48-72 hours. Testing is available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 915 S. Mechanic Street. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register for a COVID-19 test at TCTC’s Pendleton Campus, visit the SCDHEC website at https://honumg.info/TriCountyTC. To view other SCDHEC COVID-19 testing sites, visit https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-locations.

 

Reporting to Work
We continue to evaluate who needs to be on campus based on the local COVID-19 environment and the business needs of the College. Accordingly, we have some employees who are working in person, some who are working a mix of in-person and remote, and some who are working entirely remotely. Decisions about who reports to work are made at the supervisor level. If you have questions about reporting to work, please speak with your direct supervisor. 

 

I appreciate your commitment to the health and well-being of our college community, and I look forward to the completion of an uninterrupted spring semester. 

 

In your service,

 

Galen DeHay, Ph.D.
President