Introduction and Purpose

Enhancing student learning and success, and serving our students and our communities with excellence is Forsyth Tech’s ultimate goal 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

(Effective: May 14, 2021)

Classrooms, laboratories and Learning Environments

Social distancing is no longer required  under the NC Governor’s Executive Order 215 dated May 14, 2021.

Face Coverings and Social Distancing:

On May 14, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced that fully vaccinated individuals can safely do most activities without wearing a mask or socially distancing, and therefore, the State has lifted all mass gathering limits, and mask and social distancing requirements for fully vaccinated individuals. However, face coverings and social distancing is still highly encouraged for those who are not fully vaccinated.  Based on recommendations from our Emergency Operations Team, and keeping with the State’s rules and regulations, we will follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding face coverings and social distancing.

Cleaning:

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/morning with scheduled disinfectant sprayings.

To order more cleaning supplies for classrooms email classroomcleaningsupplies@forsythtech.edu. Faculty members should wipe down areas in the classroom/lab that were touched. Computer labs should be wiped down using the appropriate cleaning material. All high touch areas, such as door handles, elevator buttons and counter tops will be regularly cleaned by Housekeeping. Do not throw away empty college-issued hand sanitizer containers.

Indoor and Outdoor Social Events:

Per the Governor’s Executive Order 215, there are no limits on indoor or outdoor gatherings.

Outside Agencies Use of Facilities:

Forsyth Tech facilities will gradually be allowed for use by outside groups as the Governor begins to open the state fully. 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. Forsyth Tech, following CDC guidelines, requires wearing face coverings, washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds or if that is not available, using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. The use of facilities is subject to change based on the needs of the college and/or the COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

Nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups will be limited to mass gathering limits and should only include individuals from the local geographic area (as recommended by the NC Department of Health and Human Services Interim Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education dated March 19,2021).

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 symptom while traveling, he/she should notify his/her direct supervisor immediately and contact a healthcare provider, if needed. Out of an abundance of caution, Forsyth Tech is requiring employees who travel to any international location to complete the Travel Form before they depart the country.

Office Operations

All employees should understand how to prevent and slow the spread of the COVID-19.

Water fountains should not be used.

No more than one person Fifty percent of the total capacity of a vehicle must not be exceeded when using a vehicle in the performance of their work duties unless an exception is made by a supervisor.

All student lounges and lobby areas with furniture will be outfitted to promote social distancing.

COVID-19 Exposures:

Students, employees, and visitors to Forsyth Tech should be able to answer “no” to the following questions prior to reporting to campus:

If the answer to any of the questions is  “yes “please email covid-19@forsythtech.edu immediately for further instructions.

  1. Do you have a fever (what is your temperature at last check)?
  2. Do you have a cough?
  3. Are you having difficulty breathing?
  4. Are you having chills or repeated shaking with chills?
  5. Do you have a headache?
  6. Are you having muscle pain?
  7. Do you have a sore throat?
  8. Have you lost your sense of taste or smell?
  9. Do you have fatigue?
  10. Do you have congestion or runny nose?
  11. Do you have nausea or vomiting?
  12. 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.

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.

Additional Resources

If you have questions, please contact COVID-19@forsythtech.edu.