TCAT COVID-19 Updates for October 20, 2020
Welcome to the Fall Term! We are so excited that you have chosen to pursue your new career training with us! During your enrollment, we will do our best to keep you healthy and safe as you gain new knowledge and skills. Please let us know if we can assist you in any manner.
~Dr. Arrita Summers, President
TCAT Dickson is operating under the necessary guidelines for the health of our students and employees: 1) Governor Lee's Unified Command Group, 2) the Tennessee Pledge for Higher Education, and 3) CDC guidelines.
It is critical that all students and staff are prepared to contribute to the prevention, rapid identification, and mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee’s IHEs. While no single action will eliminate the risk of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus within a college or university, implementation of several coordinated interventions may significantly reduce that risk.
Hybrid Learning Schedule - October 21 - December 16, 2020
TCAT Dickson is implementing a hybrid learning method through the end of the fall term that combines online and classroom instruction. The hybrid learning plan was originally scheduled to begin on November 30, 2020. This hybrid schedule will allow for increased skill opportunities while maintaining an increased level of social distancing. This decision has been made in keeping with the college’s commitment to the Tennessee Pledge for Higher Education (https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/governorsoffice-documents/covid-19-ass...).
The hybrid learning method will begin at all TCAT Dickson campuses on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 for all programs of study with the exception of Practical Nursing, Dental Assisting, and other select programs, which will not follow this schedule until November 30. Faculty and staff will maintain their regular schedules. The hybrid model will allow for more individualized instruction while monitoring social distancing. However, if instructors have students who cannot access the internet at home for online learning or who need more hands-on lab experiences to complete their course, they will be permitted to attend class more than the minimum of 15 hours per week. Additionally, new students should be scheduled to attend full time until the instructor is confident that the student is prepared for the hybrid online curriculum. There are no limitations as to the number of students in the classroom if social distancing is maintained but expectations are such that a good estimate is half the enrollment or approximately 10 students.
Unless otherwise noted above, students will complete at least half of their course hours on campus, with the remainder of the course hours occurring via the online learning platform. Students will attend in person classes for a minimum of 2 ½ days each week (15 hours). The remaining 15 weekly hours will be completed via the D2L platform. All students are expected to attend class and/or work online for a total of six hours each day.
The practical nursing, dental assisitng, and other select programs will remain on campus at this time due to the complexity of the course curriculum and the need for focused learning and lab instruction. It is anticipated that these students will begin the hybrid schedule on November 30.
Students who do not have the necessary computer to perform work online should see Debbie Griffin at the Clarksville Campus or Mark Michael at the Dickson Campus to check out a computer on loan.
While on campus, students are expected to continue social distancing and are required to wear a mask at all times, including outdoors if in close proximity to others. It is the responsibility of the program instructor to strictly enforce that masks be worn in the classroom and lab AND that social distancing are BOTH occurring – this is not an either/or directive. If a student is without a mask or failing to social distance, they will receive a warning. After the initial warning, a student not wearing a mask or social distancing will be sent home and will be counted absent for the missed time with points deducted from their work ethics grade.
Screening and Notification Process
All instructors and supervisors are to utilize the following process in determining how to handle a Covid notification from a student or employee:
1. Instruct student or employee to stay home or in their vehicle until otherwise notified.
2. Take down all pertinent information from the call, text or email and relay this information by email to the President's office and cc:the Vice President.
3. The President's office will utilize the most current guidelines to assess the personal symptoms/testing and complete a screening form to determine if that individual must isolate or quarantine, and if so, for how long.
4. The screen result will be relayed back to the instructor and student; or the supervisor and employee.
Common Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19
- Common Signs and Symptoms
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Instructors will provide detailed guidance to students on how social distancing occurs in their classrooms and labs. Our educational goal is for students to continue working toward graduation by gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in the workplace. To accomplish this, interaction with the faculty is very important so that students can demonstrate critical thinking and have discussions with the instructor.
TCAT Dickson & Clarksville Campus Safe Community Pledge
TCAT Dickson & Clarksville Campus believes strongly in the concept of education as a method for encouraging and maintaining a supportive and safe community. Each student, faculty, and staff member play an integral part in supporting core principles to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases such as COVID-19. While the institution can do its part in minimizing risk on campus, everyone must do their part to support efforts to minimize exposure and spread to peers and colleagues. By engaging in the on-campus community of the institution, you recognize all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Students, faculty, and staff can help keep our community healthy by being mindful of their actions and following the institutional/public health and safety protocols. As such, we ask each individual to pledge to take responsibility for your own health and help stop the spread of the COVID-19 by agreeing to the following pledge:
I understand I have a part to play in the fight against COVID-19 and commit to being a responsible member of the campus community. I pledge to uphold the TCAT Dickson & Clarksville Campus Safe Community Pledge every day by demonstrating personal integrity, respecting others, and supporting my college and local community by:
- Following institutional/public health guidelines designed to protect myself and others
- Limiting the size of gatherings in social situations in accordance with public health guidelines
- Maintaining social distancing
- Protecting myself and others in areas of campus and where distancing isn’t possible
- Washing my hands frequently
- Staying home if sick or if I have symptoms of COVID-19
- Reporting to school officials if I have tested positive for COVID-19
- Wearing an appropriate face mask and other protective equipment as directed by the college
- Looking out for others and encourage their faithful commitment to the pledge
Precautions for Returning to Campus
The following precautions are being implemented as part of the college’s plan for return to campus.
Screen all people (Students, Staff and Visitors) coming to campus for Covid-19 symptoms with the following questions:
o Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
o Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, or stomach symptoms?
o Have you had a fever of 100.4 or greater in the last 48 hours?
o Have you had new loss of taste or smell?
o Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
All individuals should have temperatures checked if unsure about having a fever. The screening questionnaire is posted on entrance and classroom doors. Healthy students should report directly to their classroom where the screening questionnaire will be provided in writing for confirmation.
If a person becomes sick during the day, they should be sent home immediately. Students who are awaiting rides to their residence or are awaiting medical care must be taken to a location to isolate from others. Touchless thermometers are available in or near these locations.
- Dickson Campus: Until the TF office in no longer under construction, the sick bay will be in the courtyard, student break room, or Dental operatory room, as they are available.
- Clarksville Campus: The administration office to the left of the Campus Coordinator’s office.
- Franklin Campus: The classroom or lab, whichever is not currently in use.
- AMC Campus: The front office space between the lobby and breakroom.
Additional TCAT Guidance
- Requires employees and students to wear a cloth (or other type) face mask at all times while on campus in classrooms, labs, common areas, and when in person to person interactions. They may supply their own facemask or use one provided by the school. Masks are not required to be worn outdoors if physical distancing can be assured.
- Prohibits congregating in break rooms and other common areas and limits capacity of these spaces to permit social distancing of at least 6 feet.
- Perform routine cleaning and disinfecting of campus spaces daily or upon completion of use.
- Employees or students who are being tested for COVID-19 are to inform their supervisor or instructor. Administration will work individually with each case to determine the next steps in terms of continuing any essential work from home should the individual desire to do so.
- In the case of employees or students who report a positive test result, administration will work to perform contact tracing and notification according to the current recommendations of CDC, the Tennessee Health Department, and any other related emergency agency guidance.
Preventing COVID-19 on Campus
Preparation is the key to reducing the impact of COVID-19 upon your campus. The following steps should be taken to properly care for students and staff:
TCAT Dickson is utilizing the following supplies:
• Touchless thermometers
• Hand sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol)
• Disinfecting wipes and other cleaning and disinfecting supplies
• Cloth face coverings for students and staff
TCAT Dickson is following these environmental preparations:
• Posting signage to communicate and remind students, staff and visitors of policies and procedures
• Arranging classroom seating to permit physical distancing
• Closing water fountains
• Making hand sanitizer readily available for use by staff and students
• Considering how to best limit crowding in hallways as students move from one area of a building to another
• Determining schedules for the regular cleaning and disinfection of shared equipment, workstations, restrooms and high-touch surfaces throughout the day
• Eliminating high-touch surfaces, where possible
• Utilizing outdoor spaces when possible
Questions Pertaining to Campus Reopening
Students, employees, or community persons with comments and concerns may send them to TCAT administration at https://tcatdickson.edu/about/contact-us .
TBR Student Resource Guide (Google Doc): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MscOfKBI5sLjeWfsMvDHhzIiVj7xOocWuSta...
Student Health and Wellbeing: TCAT Dickson cares about the physical and mental health of its students. For additional information on resources provided for access to virtual therapy or access can learn more at: https://www.tcatdickson.edu/current-students/student-health-and-wellbeing
Tennessee has a community service helpline with trained volunteers available to help students locate services within their area. Services include Housing and Utilities, Food, Transportation, Legal, etc. Students can access this resource in the following ways: Web; Text 898-211, enter zipcode; or Call 2-1-1.
Charter Internet: Free broadband and wifi for 60 days for students do who not already have an account. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.
Comcast Internet: Comcast’s is offering its Internet Essentials service to those households eligible for public-assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, or SSI. Applicants can visit internetessentials.com to enroll in the program; they may also call (855) 846-8376 for English or 855-765-6995 for Spanish.
AT&T Internet: All AT&T consumer home internet wireline customers, as well as Fixed Wireless Internet, can use unlimited internet data. Additionally, AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. AT&T has expanded eligibility to Access from AT&T to households participating in the National School Lunch Program and Head Start. Additionally, AT&T is offering new Access from AT&T customers two months of free service.
Tennessee Pledge Guidelines for Higher Education - https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery/higher-education-...
The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The number is 877-857-2945 and is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CDT.
People with concerns about their health should contact their health care providers. Tennessee Department of Health has additional information available at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated information and guidance available online and can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.