student guidance COVID-19

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Over the next few months, as events unfold, our goal is to keep you informed.  With each day, we learn more about COVID-19, its ability to spread, and severity of symptoms in a variety of individuals.  State Tech is confident it can resume near normal operations this summer and fall but is prepared to continue operations in a variety of conditions.

The guidelines below represent our plan, as of today, to provide a safe learning environment for our students both now and into the fall.  These guidelines could change as local, state, and national COVID-19 guidelines evolve.

Until Further Notice State Tech Will:

  1. Disinfect equipment before and after each student’s use.
  2. Sanitize facilities nightly and high touch areas regularly throughout the day.
  3. Make available reusable face covers for students.
  4. Enforce state and local health policies for student well-being.
  5. Continue to offer classes as close to “normal” as humanly possible with a priority on safety.

Until Further Notice State Tech Students Will:

  1. Agree to wear masks if required by individual instructors.
  2. Agree, should it be determined necessary, to COVID-19 screenings as they enter or leave campus. For example, completing a questionnaire or having temperatures taken.
  3. Agree to regularly wash or sanitize hands.
  4. Agree, to the best of their ability, to follow any social distancing guidelines.
  5. Agree to self-quarantine if COVID-19 exposure is determined or is likely.

Returning to Classes

The following outlines a progression of scenarios State Tech could pursue should it be determined necessary to assure the well-being of both students and employees.

(Scenario 1) The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is minimal, and large group congregation without social distancing is acceptable.

  1. The campus will return to normal operations.

(Scenario 2) The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is minimal, but large group congregations are not recommended.

  1. Classes return to normal operations.
  2. Large group events will be limited to the number of students recommended by state guidelines.

(Scenario 3) The risk of exposure to COVID-19 is still minimal, but social distancing rules apply.

  1. Chairs will be removed from classrooms and common areas to ensure social distancing rules are followed.
  2. Students will be asked to follow social distancing rules while on campus.
  3. Activity Center will be open regular hours but will require social distancing (no team activities).

 

(Scenario 4) Increasing number of COVID-19 cases (resurgence), and strict social distancing guidelines necessitate that a progressive approach is required to keep campus open.  That would mean scenario 3 plus:

  1. The Activity Center will be closed.
  2. Students will be asked to travel only to their home building while on campus.
  3. Cafeteria will be carry-out only. Many campus offices will be open only virtually.
  4. General education and non-hands-on classes may be taught online, hybrid, or at student’s home building. Students will be responsible for technology resources needed for remote learning. ,
  5. Lab sections may be split to maximize social distancing.
  6. Students will be asked to limit non-essential travel.

 

(Scenario 5) An active case of the COVID-19 has been detected on campus.

  1. Contact tracing will determine how much of Scenarios 3 and 4 are implemented.
  2. Individual programs may be suspended or taught remotely for up to two weeks.
  3. In the case of evidence of community spread, campus may be closed or moved to remote teaching for up to two weeks.

 

We look forward to welcoming students back to campus while complying with relevant guidelines.