SEPTEMBER 1, 2021: FALL TERM BEGINS
To protect the health of students, staff and guests, TCAT Hartsville will begin the fall 2021 term requiring facial coverings be worn indoors. Masks are available for those without facial coverings. The College will continue to monitor the health environment and reassess this mandate later.
Screening and temperature checks are mandatory for entry into any TCAT Hartsville facility.
Update for July 28, 2021
With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, the College evaluates its safety protocols regularly.
Any student or staff who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate at their residence 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.
Any student or staff with a pending COVID-19 test must self-isolate at their residence until their 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.
Any student or staff who has been a close contact (within 6 feet for >10 minutes) of a person with confirmed COVID-19 must quarantine at their residence for a period of 14 days from their last exposure to that individual or until otherwise instructed by the Department of Health. This is not optional. However, anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to stay home:
- Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
Students and staff are advised 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, will be told to return to their residence.
It is recommended that persons unvaccinated for COVID-19 wear a cloth face covering while on campus. However, face coverings are not mandated. Students and staff should not wear a cloth face covering if they have trouble breathing or are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.
Temperature and COVID-19 screening remains in place. Hand sanitizer is readily available for use by students and staff throughout each facility. Students and staff are reminded to frequently wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, especially before eating.
Students and staff should maintain six feet between themselves and others whenever possible.
Congregating of students and staff in lounge areas or other shared spaces is allowable with social distancing.
Update for June 2021
Because emergency orders supporting previous TCAT Hartsville, THRT, actions have expired; the prevalence of COVID-19 in Tennessee has decreased dramatically and continues to decrease; and that in-person instruction is very important to achieve the mission of educating students; THRT has updated its COVID-19 safety precautions. If circumstances change, this guidance is subject to revision.
TCAT Hartsville has suspended its face mask requirement.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask. THRT encourages those who are not fully vaccinated to get vaccinated and to wear a mask. THRT further encourages anyone who wants to wear a mask to do so.
THRT encourages social distancing where feasible but does not mandate social distancing, including any requirement that individuals remain six feet apart. For those who have not been vaccinated, THRT encourages the use of personal protective equipment, and where possible, remaining socially distant.
Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to stay home while they are sick. The use of temperature scanners will continue indefinitely.