Effective Monday, August 16, 2021
We are monitoring the COVID Delta Variant situation in our region on a continual basis and will adjust our protocols needed.
Effective Monday, August 16, MTCC’s COVID protocol is as follows:
- Regardless of vaccination status:
- Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all individuals inside college buildings and classrooms when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common college workspaces, meeting rooms, college classrooms, etc.).
We will review this requirement as soon as trends change trajectory.
- Employees and students may seek reasonable accommodations from face covering requirements on the basis of disabilities that impair or prevent wearing face coverings or for any other lawful reason. Employees may request an exception by contacting the Human Resources Office. These requests and requests by students shall be considered under the College’s standard reasonable accommodation process.
- A mask or face covering is not required while working alone in a confined on-campus office space.
- All employees are expected to work from their on-campus workstations unless experiencing symptoms at which time they should communicate with their direct supervisor and consult with their healthcare provider.
- All on-campus meetings with groups larger than 30 must receive approval from the Office of the President and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- On-campus meetings for groups less than 30 people can meet in-person but may allow employees the option to attend virtually from their on-campus workstation on a case-by-case basis with their supervisor’s approval. Social distancing should remain a priority in these situations.
- Third-party and outside group meetings will be monitored on a case-by-case basis.
- Masks and hand-sanitizing stations will be available at all key entrance locations on campus.
- All MTCC employees and students must adhere to the COVID Exposure and COVID Positive Test protocols below:
MTCC COVID Exposure and COVID Positive Test Protocols:
- In-line with COVID protocols, if you have been fully vaccinated and have been exposed to an individual testing positive for COVID-19, you are not required to quarantine from campus, unless you start experiencing symptoms, or if you test positive for COVID.
- Per CDC recommendations, individuals who are fully vaccinated and who have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don't have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
- If you have not been vaccinated and have been exposed to an individual testing positive for COVID-19, per MTCC COVID protocols, you are required to quarantine for a period of 14 days from your date of exposure. Per CDC recommendations, if unvaccinated, you should also get tested 5-7 days after your exposure, even if you don't have symptoms, stay away from people you live with, especially people that are in higher risk for getting very sick from COVID, and wear a mask indoors and in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative.
- If you have been tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare professional and received a positive diagnosis, you should immediately report the diagnosis to your direct supervisor and dean (if you are an employee) or instructor (if you are a student). The CDC guidelines recommend that you isolate yourself from all other people, including those in your household.
- If you have been tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare professional and received a positive diagnosis, you are required to quarantine for 10 days following your diagnosis and healthcare provider's directions, after which you may return to campus as long as you do not have any symptoms.
- Teleworking will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, depending on job duties and requirements. If you have to quarantine and are unable to telework due to illness or because your job duties/requirements are not conducive to a teleworking situation, you will be required to utilize sick leave during the quarantine period.
At this time, we will not be checking vaccination records of individuals and we ask that employees refrain from asking other employees or students about their vaccination status due to HIPAA regulations. We will continue to require faculty and staff reporting of positive tests or exposure to their supervisors and Breana Wilson in Human Resources.
We will continue to monitor this situation and will follow any Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor as needed and will rely on the guidance of our local healthcare providers to make amendments when necessary.
Thank you for your continued support as we continue to move through this difficult situation for all of us. These decisions are based on our ability to remain operational without jeopardizing the health of our stakeholders.