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COVID-19 Safety Procedures

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We're excited to bring students back to campus to complete the semester for for face-to-face courses. Please read below for additional information about returning to campus safely. 


Student Specific


Facilities / Environmental Specific


Employee Specific


Please see below for additional information and details.



Specific Details or Implementation of Safety Protocols


COMPLIANCE AND ASSURANCE

Students or Employees coming to TSTC without a face mask is considered a Violation of Health and Safety Guidelines and will not be permitted on campus and will be asked to leave the premises.

BUILDING MODIFICATION PLANS 


LEARNING ENVIRONMENT 
Student Learning COVID-19 Return to Campus Parameters for Instructional Activities


  1. Proximity and Social Distancing (minimum of 6 feet)
    1. Lecture Space
      1. Student and employee face masks required per CDC recommendations. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
      2. Lectures will be delivered online or remote classrooms (digital)
      3. If content is incapable of being deliver by 1.1.1 the following apply
        1. Student seating will follow the proximity parameters
        2. Surfaces of student classroom areas will be sanitized prior to and after use
    2. Lab Space
      1. Computer Lab the following apply
        1. Student and employee face mask required
        2. All computer workstations will comply with the proximity standards
        3. Computers (monitor, entire keyboard, mouse, peripherals) and the work surfaces will be sanitized before and after each use 
      2. Industrial/Mechanical/Electronics Lab the following apply
        1. Student and employee face mask required
        2. Works stations and lab equipment will comply with proximity parameters
          1. When lab activities are essential to the learning outcomes and are incapable or unsafe to be completed without a breach of the proximity parameters, students and employee will comply with increased PPE standards:
          2. Level I mask (TSTC provided/pleated mask) and eye protection (face shield or goggles/TSTC provided)
        3. Work area, lab equipment, and tools will be sanitized prior to and after each transaction
      3. Culinary labs the following apply
        1. Student and employee face masks required
        2. Student work areas in the kitchen will comply with proximity parameters
        3. Stationary shared laboratory kitchen equipment (ovens, freezers, mixers, etc.) will:
          1. require disposable gloves while in use or will be sanitized before and after each transaction
          2. Will comply with proximity parameters for managing student access
      4. Outdoor Labs the following apply
        1. Student and employee face masks required
        2. Students and employee will comply with proximity standards
        3. Students and employee will comply with increased PPE standards
          1. Level I mask (TSTC provided/pleated mask) and eye protection (face shield or goggles/TSTC provided)
        4. In cases where lab equipment and tools are not capable of being sanitized, disposable gloves must be worn when handling tools and equipment.  Disposable gloves will discarded after use, not to be worn for the remainder of lab activities
        5. Motorized vehicle usage
          1. Limit only one individual within the vehicle (both closed and open cab)
            1. Level I mask (TSTC provided/pleated mask) and eye protection (face shield or goggles/TSTC provided)
              1. When activities are essential to the learning outcomes and are incapable or unsafe to be completed without a breach of the proximity parameters, students and employee will comply with increased PPE standards
            2. Sanitize the touch surfaces of the vehicle prior to and after each transaction
      5. Student Lab Projects
        1.  Where the completion of lab projects are a required learning outcome activities, students will be allowed to return to campus
          1. All proximity and safety standards must be followed
        2. Where the completion of lab projects are not an essential activity for required learning outcomes, students will not be allowed to complete projects. 
          1. Faculty should coordinate directly will students and establish a time for students to retrieve the project
          2. All proximity and safety standards must be followed
      6. The Allied Health Programs will follow all of the outlined expectations in the “Return to Campus Parameters for Instructional Activities”.       
        1. In addition, to meet standards outlined by our external governing agencies as well as maintain consistent
          standards with our industry partners our students will also be screened prior to participating on and off campus.   Our students will have greater risks of exposure than most students due to the nature of the professions of Allied Health and clinical learning environments.   CDC outlines some expected screen criteria for Health Care Personnel.
          1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/infection-control-recommendations.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https2F2Fcoronavirus2Finfection-control%2Fcontrol-recommendations.html#monitor_manage
          2. (See #8)
            1. The screenings will assess and ask the following questions: 
              1. Actively take their temperature
              2. Document absence of symptoms consistent with COVID-19. 
              3. Determine immediate risk of possibly having COVID-19 due to close proximity to family confirmed to be positive for COVID-19.
        2. Any student identified to have a positive screening would be asked to keep their facial covering on and leave the facility.
        3. Personal Protective Equipment Guidelines are followed as outlined by each of our respective clinical partners directed by DHS, CDC and the organization.  Allied Health students attending clinical will need to be specifically trained in Donning and Doffing PPE and N95 usage expectations and policies.  Most health care settings are currently not allowing clinical students due to the shortage in PPE and it is imperative that we take necessary steps to ensure proper usage, and access to PPE
        4. Dental Hygiene is an exception to the policy in that the clinic on campus is treating actual patients and must have on campus compliance with all CDC guidelines.  Mrs. Rico has established much more rigorous policies for students and patients coming to campus.  I will not outline the details of those policies in this document.

  1. Entrance/Egress/Traffic Flow
    1. Classrooms
      1. Classrooms with more than one point of access
        1. Establish Entry and Exit doors where there are more than one access point
        2. Establish an entrance and egress traffic flow that does not involve cross directional traffic
      2. Classrooms with only one point of access
        1.  Establish entrance and egress protocols that:
          1. Comply with the proximity parameters
          2. Do not promote cross directional traffic flow
    2. Labs
      1. Labs with more than one point of access
        1. Establish Entry and Exit doors where there are more than one access point
        2. Establish an entrance and egress traffic flow that does not involve cross directional traffic
      2. Labs with only one point of access
        1. Establish entrance and egress protocols that:
          1. Comply with the proximity parameters
          2. Do not promote cross directional traffic flow
      3. Labs with multiple activity specific areas within one general lab space (i.e. Welding-booths, cutting tables, gouging and grinding areas)
        1. Work stations within the area will comply with the proximity parameter
        2. Establish a single flow traffic pattern between each of the areas of the lab that does not promote cross directional traffic
    1. General use space (breakrooms, study areas, common space within the department area) all general use space in the common area of the buildings will be addressed by facilities staff
      1. Lock doors and eliminate the use of those spaces where possible
      2. Remove or cover all furniture, tables and common furniture when locking the facility is not possible
        1. Proximity parameters will be maintained for these spaces

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    1. Face Masks
      1. Will be required while on campus at all times.
      2. Will be required for any activity when it is not possible to maintain proximity standards.
      3. Can include: cloth face coverings (at least 2-ply material), standard use dust masks, pleated medical masks and, where authorized, N95 respirator masks.
      4. Masks with vents or valves are prohibited as they are not recommended by the CDC
    2. Face Shields
      1. Will be recommended in addition to face masks for any activity when it is not possible to maintain proximity standards.
  2. Tool Rooms/Supply Rooms
    1. Proximity parameters will be maintained by students retrieving items from tool and supply rooms
    2. Ample space for students to maintain proximity parameters will be made and spacing indicators installed on floor in waiting area
    3. Requests for tools and supplies will be made in compliance with the proximity parameters, tools and supplies will be placed on a common surface, students will retrieve them and both parties will maintain the 6 ft. proximity parameter.
    4. The exchange surface will be sanitized after each transaction
  3. Hand washing
    1. Equipment
      1. If hand washing facilities are not readily available, temporary stations will be installed
    2. Regiment/Frequency
      1. Employee and students will develop a regiment for routine hand washing during class and lab activities
      2. Handwashing will occur prior to class or lab and and the conclusion of class or lab
      3. Handwashing will take place at hourly intervals or more frequent when activities require common surfaces to be touched by more than one individual
  4. Managing Social Distancing in the class/lab
    1. Employee will be responsible for demonstrating positive social distancing and comply with the proximity standards
    2. Social distancing coaching will be part of routine class or lab activities
    3. Positive reinforcement will be used for students who demonstrate responsible social distancing and respect the proximity standards
    4. Students who inadvertently breach the proximity parameters will be reminded of the social distancing protocols
    5. Students who repeatedly or intentionally breach the proximity standards or other safety protocols will be removed from class or lab and referred to the Dean of Students office
  5. Facility and Equipment Sanitation
    1. Frequency
      1. Classroom and lab work areas will be sanitized after each class or after each use transaction when another student must use the same equipment
      2. Lab equipment touch surfaces will be cleaned after each lab or after each use transaction when another student must use the same equipment
      3. General works spaces will be cleaned down prior to and after each class or lab
  6. Training
    1. Each class and lab will provide verbal guidance students with the College safety and social distancing standards, student responsibility expectations, and proper PPE
    2. Print and display TSTC COVID - 19 Safety Standards COVID-19-Sign_SafteyGuidelines_8.5x11.pdf
    3. One common PPE safety training video will be prepared by the TSTC Safety department, this video should be the initial learning activity of each class and lab on the first class and lab after return.  TSTC COVID-19 Safety Training Video on Face Coverings
    4. Will be required for all activities on campus
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