During Tallahassee Community College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TCC has remained focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. This commitment has remained resolute, and it continues to be the cornerstone of the College’s reopening of our facilities this Fall.
The College’s return to on-campus work and classes follows the recommendations issued by TCC’s reSTART reIMAGINE Taskforce led by Provost and Executive Vice President Madeline Pumariega. The Taskforce’s goal was to develop a set of guidelines for the College to return to on-campus activities grounded on data and science and aligned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and protocols.
The Taskforce recommendations for a phased reopening and return to the workplace included required physical distancing, appropriate personal protective equipment and a continuation of the enhanced cleaning efforts at the College.
Actions taken over the past several months to operationalize the Task Force recommendations include the listing below.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
The College has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols recommended by national experts for all areas. Disinfectant spray/wipes/towels and hand sanitizer have been distributed in all workspaces, copy rooms, break rooms, and classrooms. Employees returning to work will discover that the Facilities Department has installed Red/Green slides on every office and classroom door to assist in the goal of cleaning and sanitizing the rooms properly. Hand-sanitizers have also been placed across the campus in high-traffic areas.
Classrooms, laboratories and spaces on campus have been reconfigured to conform with CDC physical distance requirements, while some employee work areas and student service and support areas have been restructured through the use of plexiglass and other means to provide for safer interactions.
The College has also installed ultraviolet lights in heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems to help reduce the airborne bacterial level. We increased our air filters to MERV 10’s on air supply and MERV 13’s on returns to reduce particulate matter, pollen and foreign substances.
All water fountains have been replaced with hydration stations that offer touchless water bottle fillers.
All building entrance doors will have signage that advises the reader to stop and make sure they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms as listed on the sign. There is also a website address on the sign for the CDC self-checker. There is also information signage throughout that focuses on preventive steps and recommended actions concerning the virus.
The College has implemented an awareness campaign that includes TCC Cares branded graphics throughout campus in addition to comprehensive communication to faculty and staff. Click here to view the graphics.
Physical distancing guidelines have resulted in seating adjustments being made in meeting rooms to accommodate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. The taskforce also encourages meetings to continue to take place in a virtual setting because convening in groups carries a higher risk of viral transmission. The taskforce recommends that, where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or in part using online collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams and Zoom.
Contractors Working on Campus
TCC is requiring any contractors working on campus to adhere to the same safety protocols and practices as its employees.