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

(Effective: July 31, 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 July 27, 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced that all unvaccinated individuals should wear a face-covering in all indoor public settings following the CDC guidance. All fully vaccinated individuals in a county of substantial or high levels of transmission should wear face coverings. Effective July 31, 2021, Forsyth Tech requires all employees, students, and visitors to campus to wear masks indoors. 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 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. 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. They 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 May 18, 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 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.

Office Operations

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

Water fountains should not be used.

Employees alone in their office or work space are not required to wear face coverings.

When operating a vehicle in the performance of their work duties, employee should be masked.

COVID-19 Exposures:

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 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 a 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.

If you have been diagnosed with or have been exposed to 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.

Additional Resources

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with COVID-19@forsythtech.edu.