New TCAT students to report on Monday

Published 1:48 pm Friday, May 15, 2020

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TCAT – More than 100 new students previously admitted to TCAT Elizabethton will report for student orientation on Monday, May 18. The students will follow the same novel coronavirus protocols established for existing students who reported on May 4, according to Patricia Henderson, student services coordinator.
Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, online instruction began at TCAT on March 23. With some restrictions, TCAT Elizabethton resumed in-person classroom instruction after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee allowed prohibitions to expire on April 30.
College President Dean Blevins said instructors were given the option to continue online classroom if they so desired   Among restrictions that still apply, Blevins said all people arriving on campus will be asked the following questions related to COVID 19 symptoms:
Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID 19? Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat? Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours? Have you had a new loss of taste or smell Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
 TCAT Elizabethton implemented and is enforcing social distancing guidelines (at least six feet apart).  Workstations were evaluated and spaced six feet apart in the classroom. Chairs in the TCAT auditorium were spaced six feet apart. Classroom equipment and materials is sanitized regularly.
 TCAT employees, students and visitors are required to wear a cloth (or other type) face mask while on campus in common areas. “If students do not bring a face mask with them or refuse to wear one, they will not be permitted on campus,” Blevins said
 Other restrictions: Prohibit congregating in break rooms and other common areas and limit capacity of these spaces to permit social distancing of at least six feet.  “Do not schedule social events of more than 10 people. Ask students to wash their hands regularly,” Blevins said.
 Employees and students will be required to report any personal illness and any exposure to a Covid-19 positive case to Patricia Henderson, Blevins said.
 Please direct questions to Blevins or Henderson, telephone 423-543-0070, extension 1004.

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