Classrooms, laboratories and Learning Environments

Use remote learning options, if available. For face-to-face learning, space seats six feet apart. Students in labs or other skills activities should be six feet apart when possible. Limit classroom activities that require group work or partners, but if required consider requiring the same group participants or partners to reduce exposure to multiple people.

Face Coverings and Social Distancing:

Face coverings are required for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to Forsyth Tech Campuses (unless medically waived). Face coverings are not required when working alone in your own office.
Social distancing can help the spread of COVID-19. Remain at least six feet from others.

Cleaning and Sanitation

MAINTAIN SAFE PRACTICES such as frequent handwashing, wearing masks, 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.

Practice routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces. More frequent cleaning and disinfection may be required based on level of use.

Housekeeping will clean and sanitize high touch areas in common areas of the college multiple times per day. There will be a deep clean each night 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.

Office Operations

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

Signage will be placed at the main entrance to each building indicating entry/exit points. Social distancing indicators will be displayed for high volume areas such as Cashier areas (all locations), Admissions, Records, or as determined by the area manager. Other signage as appropriate will be placed to encourage social distancing, handwashing procedures, and traffic flow.

Only two people permitted on an elevator at one time. Signage will be placed to reflect that limitation. Floor indicators will also be placed in each elevator.

Water fountains should not be used.

No more than one person at a time is permitted to operate 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.

Indoor and Outdoor Social Events:

Indoor  and outdoor social events should be limited to the current restrictions of the Governor of North Carolina. Social events, gatherings, and meetings on and off campus and require adherence to the current mass gathering limits and promote social distance of at least 6 feet between people.

Use virtual group events or a combination of virtual and face-to-face formats, when available.

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.

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).