NTCC Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Your Safety is our priority.

Updated Thursday, September 10, 2020

 

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NTCC Health Protocols for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Campus Visitors

NTCC continues to follow all local recommendations and those made by the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and the Texas Department of State Health Services

As this is a rapidly changing situation, we are monitoring the latest updates and guidelines closely and will keep our campus community apprised of any further changes that may become necessary. Campus health and safety is our top priority and we are working diligently to ensure that there is minimal disruption to instruction and student services during this time.

 

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  1. Make sure you have a Face Covering or Mask available for when you enter campus
     
  2. If you have been exposed without Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to someone who may be or is COVID-19 positive, view our COVID-19 Flow Chart to determine whether you need to self-quarantine, self-monitor, or only practice social distancing.
     
  3. Symptoms of COVID-19
     
    • Cough
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
    • Headache
    • Conjunctivitis
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Feeling feverish or have (or are treating) a temperature greater than or equal to 100.00  F.  
       
  4. If you have COVID-19 Symptoms or determine you need to self-quarantine after reviewing the COVID-19 Flow Chart:
     
    • Follow the instructions listed under Reporting Your Illness & Exposure - Instructions.
       
    • You may not return to any campus location until:
       
      • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications);
      • There is improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath);
      • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
         
  5. In the case of a student, faculty, staff, or campus visitor who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 but has not been evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID- 19, the individual should be assumed to have COVID-19, and needs to follow the instructions above in #4.
     
  6. To return to campus after self-quarantine, please follow the CDC Discontinuation of Isolation protocols.
     
  7. NTCC has identified a primary COVID-19 liaison responsible for communicating and coordinating with local health departments. 
     
  8. For Additional NTCC COVID-19 related information or questions see our Frequently Asked Questions.
     
  9. Department of Health and Human Services hotlines:
    • Dial 211 and select option 6
    • 1-877-570-9779
       
  • Faculty, staff, or students who have symptoms of COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days must:
     
    1. NOT come to campus and self quarantine
       
    2. Submit a Self-Report Form
    3. Contact your healthcare provider and follow CDC Guidance for caring for oneself and others who are sick.
       
  • The following protocol describes how NTCC will respond to a self-report from students and employees:
     
    1. The Self-Report will be submitted to a Ticket System monitored by Campus Leadership.
       
    2. The student/employee will receive
      • notification when the report has been received
      • a follow-up communication via email or phone call with instructions regarding their situation and ultimate return to campus. ( Note: Additional information from student/employee may be required to assist with contact tracing, quarantine protocols, continuing coursework or work remotely, and planning their return to campus.)
         
    3. The appropriate Vice President/Associate Vice President/Dean/Director, in consultation with Health Safety Repsonse Team, Plant Services director, and direct supervisor will determine the appropriate next steps, which may include: notifying all other classes in the affected student's schedule, necessary deep cleaning protocols for affected areas, temporary suspension of affected class(es) if warranted, and other needed actions.
       
    4. The appropriate Vice President/Associate Vice President/Dean/Director will be responsible for sending any official communication to individuals or classes that might have been in close contact with the affected person to advise them of appropriate actions.
       
    5. Persons who are ready to return to campus as determined by meeting the appropriate protocols should follow the CDC Discontinuation of Isolation protocols.
       
    6. NTCC will notify faculty, staff, students, families, and the public of campus closures and/or any restrictions in place to limit COVID-19 exposure as the situation warrants.
       
    7. All areas used by anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be immediately closed, waiting for the appropriate period of time before it is thoroughly deep cleaned, disinfected, and deemed safe to reopen.
       
  • The Vice President of Student Services is charged with keeping all appropriate documentation on COVID-19 student cases. The Human Resources office will be the repository for any employee cases.
     
  • NTCC has identified a primary COVID-19 liaison responsible for communicating and coordinating and notifying local and State health officials, as appropriate, of COVID-19 matters while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities ACT (ADA), FERPA, and other applicable laws and regulations.
     
  • For additional COVID-19 related information or questions please review our Frequently Asked Questions
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  • Department of Health and Human Services hotlines:
    • Dialing 211, then choose option 6.
    • 1-877-570-9779

 

  • NTCC is providing training for all students, faculty, and staff on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory protocols to maintain a safe environment.
     
  • NTCC has established plans for protecting the health and safety of vulnerable student, faculty, and staff populations.  Students who wish to apply for special accommodations or to apply for an exemption to the face covering policy should contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Kat Belew (kbelew@ntcc.edu).  Faculty or staff seeking special accommodations should apply to Amy Adkins, Director of Human Resources (aadkins@ntcc.edu).
     
  • Signs have been posted in highly visible locations throughout the campus that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs (such as properly washing hands and properly wearing a cloth face covering). 
     
  • In accordance with Governor Abbott’s GA-29 ordinance and until further notice, face coverings over the nose and mouth are required when entering buildings and in all inside public areas (hallways, bathrooms, lobbies, study areas, etc.)
     
  • It is the students’ responsibility to provide their own face covering.  A limited number of face coverings for guests or students who forget theirs will be made available in the Student Services Building.
     
  • All persons should practice social distancing (6 feet separation) while on campus.
     
  • All persons should practice hand hygiene with disinfectant and/or hand washing and utilize cough etiquette throughout your time on campus. Hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting wipes, soap and water are readily available throughout every building.
     
  • Modified classroom and auditorium seating arrangements have been made to facilitate appropriate physical distancing.
     
  • The elevator in the University & Health Science Center (UHS), Student Housing East (SHE), and Community Resource Center (CRC) buildings will be limited to two persons.
     
  • Courses have been divided into smaller sections in accordance with CDC guidelines on social distancing to minimize contact with individuals.  NTCC has accomplished this through the use of flexible class scheduling arrangements.
     
  • For the safety of all who are on-campus, water fountains will be disabled (with exception of touchless water bottle fillers) and common area furniture will be removed or taped-off from selected hallways & public spaces to discourage gatherings. Please plan accordingly.   
     
  • NTCC has identified a space for isolation to temporarily separate anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 while on campus.
     
  • NTCC has established procedures to allow for safely transporting anyone who is sick to a healthcare facility via an ambulance.
     
  1. NTCC will limit the number of individuals assigned to classrooms or auditoriums to allow for recommended physical distancing. Seating for standard classrooms will be limited to students and one instructor unless the classroom is deemed large enough to handle more by the Safe Campus Task Group.
     
  2. Physical distancing plans will be utilized for each class section, such as staggered or rotating schedules to reduce classroom occupancy. Courses have been divided into smaller sections to minimize contact with individuals.
     
  3. Class delivery will be offered in one of four ways:  Traditional face-to-face format, fully online format, Live Remote format, or a hybrid format (face to face with an online component). 
     
    • Fully online classes will be delivered using NTCC’s traditional online format through the Blackboard Learning Management System.
       
    • Live Remote classes will connect the instructor and the student in a virtual classroom where the student will receive live instruction and be able to interact directly with the faculty member during the course’s class time.
       
    • Hybrid classes will have a combination of an on-campus face-to-face component with additional material being delivered online.
       
    • Additionally, some classes with enrollment above the maximum allowed in the classroom, will include a video component in which lectures will be streamed (this will apply to both fully face-to-face and the face-to-face component of hybrid courses). In these instances, a rotating schedule will be designated for students so all will have the opportunity to be face-to-face on campus.
       
    • As possible, lectures may be recorded to allow students who become ill or who need to self-isolate to keep up and continue to make progress.
       
  4. Student attendance will be monitored and tracked daily throughout the semester in an effort to facilitate contact tracing.
     
  5. Students may be given assigned seating by their instructors in each class to facilitate contact tracing.
     
  6. Contingency plan information will be included in each course syllabus in the event a need arises to move to fully online learning during the semester.

 

  • Classrooms, restrooms, and other occupied areas will be thoroughly cleaned/disinfected each evening.
     
  • NTCC’s plant services staff will regularly disinfect any and all high touch surfaces throughout the day such as door knobs, tables, chairs, and restrooms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
     
  • Students and employees will be reminded to disinfect student use items on a regular basis
     
  • Sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer will be provided in each classroom/lab for students to use and to wipe down their desk area prior to each class.
     
  • Sufficient disinfecting supplies will be available to maintain hygienic standards throughout the day.
     
  • All areas used by anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be immediately closed, waiting for the appropriate period of time before it is thoroughly deep cleaned, disinfected, and deemed safe to reopen.

 

Space Accommodations

  • In order to ensure limited occupancy to enable social distancing the NTCC Residence Hall capacity will not exceed a number greater than 60% total occupancy at one time (Staff and Students), during the first phase of reopening.
     
  • Dining facilities will be arranged with reduced seating and carry out options to ensure that students are appropriately socially distanced at all times. 
     
  • NTCC will continue to follow all ADA requirements regarding implemention of any COVID-19 safety measures to ensure access for all students.  The NTCC Residence Hall plan will not contain any measures that limit or block areas that are not normally accessible.  

 

Dining Hall

  • Dining facility staff will be required to wear face masks and gloves at all times while working and interacting with the public, practicing physical distancing whenever possible. Additionally Plexi-glass partitions will be installed on the service line to provide additional barriers.
     
  • Food service staff will regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces with CDC recommended disinfectants throughout the day. Hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes will be available upon entry and throughout the serving and dining areas.
     
  • In accordance with the Governor’s GA 29 ordinance, face coverings are required to be worn in the NTCC cafeteria. Face coverings are allowed to be removed while seated at a socially distanced table while eating.
     
  • Take-out meal options will be available every meal.
     
  • The number of individuals dining at one time will be limited to less than 50% occupancy in order to ensure appropriate physical distancing of diners.
     
  • Access will be controlled by the check-out clerk. Students or employees will have to pay/swipe cards first which will limit the number of individuals in line at any given time. Tables will be spaced to provide 6-foot distancing and take-out options will be available for anyone who wished to take their food with them.
     
  • Floor markers will be placed every 6-feet to ensure social distancing in waiting lines.
     
  • Buffet-style self serve food & beverage stations will be discontinued.  All food & beverage items will be served by food service staff in disposable to-go containers, cups, and eating utensils for added safety. Condiments will be provided only upon request, and in single use (non-reusable) portions.
     
  • Food delivery to students in isolation or quarantine will made available for students who are living in residence halls.

Residence Halls

  • The students and/or staff members will clean/disinfect all equipment and/or areas utilized by activities and log cleaning times prior to entrance of next student(s).
     
  • NTCC has adopted protocols consistent with the College’s specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of residence hall students, according to the the latest guidelines from the Governor’s office of the State of Texas.
    https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Individuals.pdf
     
  • Social distancing and wearing  face coverings in any shared residence hall spaces are required.
     
  • Student-Athletes will take part in health screenings on a daily basis, administered by the NTCC Athletic Training Staff. Independent students will be subject to health screenings from Residence Life staff. Student training will be required of all NTCC students related to COVID-19.   
     
  • Dorm move-in will be by appointment only.  This will help limit the number of people in common areas and hallways.  Students, staff and other building occupants will be asked a set of health screening questions and have their temperature taken prior to initial entry of a dormitory facility.  The line-up for the screenings will include social distancing of 6 feet between those waiting in line.
     
  • NTCC has established plans for protecting the health and safety of vulnerable student, faculty, and staff populations.  Students who wish to apply for special accommodations or to apply for an exemption to the face covering policy should contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Kat Belew (kbelew@ntcc.edu).
     
  • Non-residence students, visitors, and off-campus guests are not permitted to enter residence halls.
     
  • NTCC has reserved designated rooms in the residence hall for students who have tested positive and need to quarantine.
     
  • Students who require quarantine and/or containment will follow CDC guidelines for both duration and treatment.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
     
  • Meal service for those in quarantine will be provided by the food services and Residence Life staff. 
     
  • NTCC students will be required to clean and disinfect their private living spaces on a daily basis, using CDC cleaning guidelines.  

 

 

If you have questions about NTCC’s response to COVID-19 that are not answered on this page or covered in our frequently asked questions, please submit them through this online form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note, that we’re not in a position to answer scientific questions about the virus. Please visit the Centers for Disease Control for those questions.

 

 

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