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What is COVID-19?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, it is “a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same is the corona viruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. It is spread from person to person and is currently spread throughout the world. The symptoms of the disease can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness.”
What are the symptoms of COVID-19? What should I do if I have those symptoms?
The symptoms are: Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
If you have any of the above symptom, seek medical attention by contacting your health care provider. Inform your health care provider of your symptoms and any recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility. Please remain where you are and isolate yourself. If this is not possible, then practice physical distancing by keeping at least 6-feet from all others.
If you have been instructed to self-isolate, do not come to campus and please the Office of Human Resources at 850-201-8510. Self-isolation include a complete 14 days at home before returning to campus.
How can I protect myself and others?
First, you can protect yourself and others by following College guidance and not returning to campus if you display symptoms of COVID-19. Returning home, or staying away from campus, is a responsible method for decreasing density, an important strategy for reducing the spread of COVID-19. In addition, please follow current recommendations, including washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; coughing/sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve; avoiding close contact with those who are sick; and staying home when you are sick. Take steps to lower your risk at meetings and events, including holding video or teleconference meetings, modifying in-person interactions, and maintaining a 6-foot distance.
What is"physical distancing" and how do I do that?
Physical distancing is a way to reduce exposure, slow the spread, and minimize transmission of contagious diseases, such as COVID-19. Use video and teleconferencing tools like TCC’s Zoom instead of holding in-person study groups and meetings with your professors or classmates when possible. Try to maintain a distance of at least 6-feet between yourself and another person. Avoid shaking hands and close physical contact with anyone displaying symptoms of illness.
Will face coverings or masks be required while on campus?
Per CDC guidelines and guidance from TCC’s reSTART reIMAGINE Task Force, face coverings (over the nose and mouth) are required. Each individual will need to bring and wear their own face covering to the campus.
If you are in need of a face mask, there are face masks to purchase in the TCC Bookstore.
What will TCC's response be should someone on campus become ill due to COVID-19?
TCC will always work to protect the privacy of all students as well as the health and safety of the campus community. TCC asks all students to self-monitor daily before coming to work and requires students to stay home when not well and to follow return to work protocol of being symptom and fever-free for at least 72 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to work.
TCC will work to isolate the area(s) of exposure and follow CDC guidelines to clean and disinfect areas used by ill students.
Will students still be required to self-quarantine if there has been a potential exposure to COVID-19
Students should notify the Office of Human Resources if they believe they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Should any student start to experience symptoms of fever and/or upper respiratory illness, he or she should follow CDC guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days. During the period of self-quarantine, students continue who have the capability to complete course work is encouraged to do so. If any student does not have the capability to complete work, the professor will work with the student to get assignments completed following the 14 day self-quarantine.
I am afraid I've been exposed or a member of my family has been exposed. What should I do?
Students with any medical concerns regarding COVID-19, including potential cases should contact the TCC Human Resources at 850-201-8510. If you are not on campus, please contact your health care provider.
I am worried about getting a family member sick or there is someone in my household immunosuppressed, what should I do?
Students should ensure to follow precautionary guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Students may choose to take classes through TCCLIVE or TCC ONLINE.
When can all students utilize on-campus services or return to campus?
All students can return to campus on August 24, 2020.
For the Week of August 17-21 (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
New to TCC and Need to Register?
Go to the Computer Technology Building for New Student Registration Support
Need Other Student Enrollment Assistance?
We will have physically distanced lines for the following services in the Student Union if you must come to campus. All visitors will check in on the first floor at the doors by the parking lot.
· Advising for returning TCC students
· Admissions and records
· Financial aid
· Payment for tuition and fees (if you are unable to pay online at www.tcc.fl.edu/workday)
To keep students and employees safe, we will limit the number of people in offices and will practice CDC guidelines for physical distancing.
BEFORE YOU ENTER: 1. Please make certain you are wearing a face covering before entering the building. If you do not have a face covering with you, we have masks available. 2. All visitors to the Student Union who need services must check in at the Information Desk and will be provided further instructions. 3. Visitors will only be allowed in the service area for no more than 15 minutes and must check out as they exit the building.
The Bookstore is open. If you have any questions on Hours of Operations, please call 850-575-9200.
How will classes be conducted during the fall 2020 semester?
Fall classes are set to begin on August 24, 2020 and will end December 11, 2020. TCC will offer courses through a variety of modalities.
Face-to-Face Courses are taken on campus while following social distancing protocols, which include wearing a face covering and staying 6 feet from others.
TCC LIVE! Courses allow students to take classes from anywhere and interact in real time with professors and classmates at scheduled days and times like you would in person.
Hybrid Courses combine traditional online and face-to-face formats. Social distancing protocols will be followed when meeting face-to-face.
Online Courses can be taken anywhere and at any time to complete assignments.
What about the Learning Commons?
Beginning August 24th, 2020 students will have full access to the Learning Commons with monitored physical distancing and new space configuration. Until then, students may use the EagleQ to get access remote services.
What about the library?
Beginning August 24th, 2020 students will have full access to the Library with monitored physical distancing and new space configuration.
Where do I start if I've never taken remote classes?
Students may navigate to the Resources page on TCC’s website (https://www.tcc.fl.edu/about/resources/). From there, students can go to “Class Log-In (Canvas)” where they will have access to all of their curricular materials.
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