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SPRING TERM 2021 UPDATE (updated 12/30/20)

The Spring term will begin on January 4th as scheduled; however, due to increased COVID-19 cases, the College will start the spring term remotely with the exception of new students.

Summary:

  • Spring term begins Monday, January 4th.
  • All returning students will be remote for at least the first week of the term.
    • Returning students will receive communication from their instructor regarding remote instruction direction for the week of 1/04/21 through 1/08/21. 
  • ONLY NEW students should be on campus January 4th. 

 

TCAT HARTSVILLE SAFE COMMUNITY PLEDGE

The College believes strongly in the concept of education as a method for encouraging and maintaining a supportive and safe community.  Each student, faculty, and staff member play an integral part in supporting core principles to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19.  While the institution can do its part in minimizing risk on campus, everyone must do their part to support efforts to minimize exposure and spread to peers and colleagues.  By engaging in the on-campus community of the institution, you recognize all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.  Students, faculty, and staff can help keep our community healthy by being mindful of their actions and following the institutional/public health and safety protocols.  As such, we ask each individual to pledge to take responsibility for your own health and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 by agreeing to the following pledge:

THE PLEDGE

I understand I have a part to play in the fight against COVID-19 and commit to being a responsible member of the campus community. I pledge to uphold the TCAT Hartsville Safe Community Pledge every day by demonstrating personal integrity, respecting others, and supporting my college and local community by:

  • Following institutional/public health guidelines designed to protect myself and others
  • Limiting the size of gatherings in social situations in accordance with public health guidelines
  • Maintaining social distancing
  • Protecting myself and others in areas of campus and where distancing isn’t possible
  • Washing my hands frequently
  • Staying home if sick or if I have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Reporting to school officials if I have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Wearing an appropriate face mask and other protective equipment as directed by the college
  • Looking out for others and encourage their faithful commitment to the pledge

 

TCAT Student Updates for January 4, 2021

TCAT Hartsville will begin the spring term for 2021 on a hybrid learning schedule for hands on lab instruction to limited capacity coupled with distance learning.  It is our intention to offer continue online theory with on-ground labs in accordance with the prevailing CDC guidelines regarding public safety.

CONTINUED EDUCATION

The educational goal is for students to continue working toward graduating by gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the workplace. To accomplish this, interaction with the faculty is very important. The best labs will be provided with live practice with the instructor, allowing the student to demonstrate critical thinking and to have discussion with the instructor.

Hybrid Schedule Requirements

Until guidance changes, students will be attending training through online education coupled with on-ground labs.  It is imperative that the amount of work students perform via the hybrid schedule of online theory and on-ground labs match the hours daily that students are registered for.  MS Teams will be utilized for virtual and remote instruction.

Lab Schedules

Lab schedules, including days and times, vary based on the needs of the individual programs. Details on these schedules were published by each faculty member to their students.

COIVD-19 PRECAUTIONS FOR A SAFE AND HEALTHY LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

COVID-19 assessments take place at our front entrances; all students and staff will be required to make entry to the facility at the main lobby doors at the main campus.  Students will enter through the rear entrance for health assessment at the Wilson County Campus.  The Tri-County Extension Campus assesses at each program external entry/exit way.

  • have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid19?
  • are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
  • have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
  • have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
  • have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

 

Students and faculty will be required to wear face masks while on campus.  Those not having the appropriate PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) will be provided such.  Students and faculty must clean all instructional equipment and common fixtures being utilized upon entry and exit from the lab.  Groups of fifteen or less will be in the classroom at one time, depending on the size of the classroom and lab equipment being used.

FACILITIES

Student breakrooms are closed for congregation; students may use the area for restrooms, vending and microwaves.  Any designated smoking areas are closed for social distancing; those who smoke may continue to smoke in their vehicle per the Tobacco Policy.

Signage regarding health policies will be posted throughout the campus.  We will reinforce healthy hygiene practices such as handwashing.  We will also continue to Implement and enforce social distancing guidelines (at least 6 feet apart). Workstations will be evaluated and spaced apart.  Students will be encouraged to remain 6 feet apart at all times.

Hand sanitizing stations are placed throughout our facilities to allow students and staff multiple opportunities to sanitize their hands when in common areas.  PPE kiosks are available at entrances to the main campus and the branch campus in Lebanon.  PPE is available by request at the Tri-County Extension Campus.

Precautions for Returning to Campus

The following precautions are being implemented as part of the college’s plan for return to campus.

  • Students and employees who have been ill may not return to work until symptom free for 72 hours. 
  • Any student or staff who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 may not return for a period of 10 days from the onset of their symptoms (or the date they were tested, if asymptomatic) AND must be fever-free (without the use of fever-reducing medications) AND have improvement in symptoms for at least 24 hours. This is not optional.
  • Individuals who are exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 within 6 feet for fifteen minutes or longer will be quarantined for 10 days without a COVID-19 test and is asymptomatic, or may return after 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test and is asymptomatic.  However, people should still watch for symptoms for a full 14 days from exposure.  This is not optional.   COVID-19 screening and assessment will remain in place as guidance dictates.
  • Any student or staff with a pending COVID-19 test must self-isolate at their residence until they receive a negative result to that test.
  • Any student or staff with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should self-isolate at their residence until they receive a negative test result or are cleared by a physician or the Department of Health.
  • Students and staff should be instructed to stay remain at their residence if they are ill.
  • Any student or staff member with a fever of 100.4 degrees or greater, or who reports symptoms of COVID-19, should be told to return to their residence.
  • Employees and students are required to wear a cloth (or other type) face mask while on campus in common areas or when in person to person interactions. They may supply their own facemask or use one provided by the school, as available.  A face shield is not a substitute for a cloth face covering but may be worn in addition to a cloth face covering.
  • The College is prohibiting congregating in break rooms and other common areas and limit capacity of these spaces to permit social distancing of at least 6 feet.
  • All faculty, staff and students are required to enter through the front lobby in Hartsville for screening and the student entrance near the student parking lot for screening in Lebanon.  Tri-County Extension Campus screens individual programs at entry.

 

Tennessee Department of Health

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The number is 877-857-2945 and is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.

People with concerns about their health should contact their health care providers. Tennessee Department of Health has additional information available at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated information and guidance available online and can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Student Resources

TBR Student Resource Guide https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MscOfKBI5sLjeWfsMvDHhzIiVj7xOocWuSta...

Student Health and Wellbeing

TCAT Hartsville cares about the physical and mental health of its students. For additional information on resources provided for access to virtual therapy or access can learn more at: https://tcathartsville.edu/sites/default/files/media/2020-08/WellVia%20T...

Tennessee has a community service helpline with trained volunteers available to help students locate services within their area. Services include Housing and Utilities, Food, Transportation, Legal, etc. Students can access this resource in the following ways:  Web; Text 898-211, enter zipcode; or Call 2-1-1.

Charter Internet: Free broadband and wifi for 60 days for students do who not already have an account. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. 

Comcast Internet: Comcast’s is offering its Internet Essentials service to those households eligible for public-assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, or SSI. Applicants can visit internetessentials.com to enroll in the program; they may also call (855) 846-8376 for English or 855-765-6995 for Spanish. 

AT&T Internet: All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data.  Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. AT&T has expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, AT&T is offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.