Introduction and Purpose
Forsyth Tech’s ultimate goal is to enhance student learning and success and serve our students and our communities with excellence while bravely focusing on creating a new normal.
Throughout the global pandemic, the college’s primary concern is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and everyone who visits our campuses. Forsyth Tech continues to proactively engage with local, state, and federal officials to respond as quickly as possible to meet the rapidly evolving health situation resulting from the outbreak of COVID-19.
Forsyth Tech Guidelines
(Updated August 2022)
Classrooms, Laboratories, and Learning Environments
Face Coverings and Social Distancing:
MAINTAIN SAFE PRACTICES such as frequent handwashing and staying home if you are sick. Housekeeping will clean and sanitize high-touch surfaces in common areas of the college multiple times per day. There will be a deep clean each night.
To order more cleaning supplies for classrooms, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty members may wipe down areas in the classroom/lab that were touched but are not required to do so. Computer labs may be wiped down using the appropriate cleaning material. All high-touch areas, such as door handles, elevator buttons, and countertops, will be regularly cleaned by Housekeeping.
Indoor and Outdoor Social Events:
There are no limits on indoor or outdoor gatherings.
Outside Agencies Use of Facilities:
Forsyth Tech will allow outside groups. Interested parties should contact the appropriate personnel at each location to schedule the use of Forsyth Tech meeting space. Groups using Forsyth Tech property may be limited in capacity size based on the need for social distancing. The use of facilities is subject to change based on the needs of the college and/or the COVID-19 pandemic concerns.
Guidelines for Meetings and Travel
Minimize non-essential travel. Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance. If an employee must travel, practice self-monitoring. If an employee experiences COVID-related symptoms while traveling, they should notify their direct supervisor immediately and contact a healthcare provider if needed. Out of an abundance of caution, Forsyth Tech requires employees and students who travel to any international location to complete the Travel Form before they depart the country.
All employees should understand how to prevent and slow the spread of the COVID-19.
Students, employees, and visitors to Forsyth Tech should be able to answer “no” to the following questions before reporting to campus:
If the answer to any questions is “yes, “please email email@example.com immediately for further instructions.
- Do you have a fever (what is your temperature at last check)?
- Do you have a cough?
- Are you having difficulty breathing?
- Are you having chills or repeated shaking with chills?
- Do you have a headache?
- Are you having muscle pain?
- Do you have a sore throat?
- Have you lost your sense of taste or smell?
- Do you have fatigue?
- Do you have congestion or a runny nose?
- Do you have nausea or vomiting?
- Do you have diarrhea?
Note: Be mindful regarding any underlying medical conditions such as COPD, asthma, etc., and how this may be affected by the COVID-19 virus.
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19:
Complete the COVID-19 Follow-up Form, notify your supervisor (employees) and/or professors (students).
For more information on symptoms of COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control website and click on the CDC Self-Checker to help you make decisions on when to seek testing and appropriate medical care.
- NCDHHS: North Carolina COVID-19
- CDC: Colleges, Universities, and Higher Learning
- CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
- CDC: Reopening Guidance
- CDC: Coping with Stress
- EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2
- FDA: Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- HHS/OSHA: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- DHS: Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- Johns Hopkins University Council for Higher Education Association: COVID-19 Planning Guide for Higher Education
- McGraw Hill Medical: Access Medicine Network
- John Hopkins University & Medicine: Coronavirus Resource Center
- EAB: COVID Resource Center
If you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.