FTCC COVID-19 Safety Protocols

May 20, 2021

Recent changes to COVID-19 guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that fully vaccinated individuals (2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine) can safely engage in most activities without wearing a mask or face covering and without social distancing. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper subsequently issued Executive Order 215 removing the requirement to wear face coverings indoors for most settings. The Order has also lifted restrictions, occupancy limits, and social distancing for all mass gatherings.

In response to the new guidance from the CDC and the Governor, Fayetteville Technical Community College has amended its COVID-19 safety protocols as indicated below.

Face Coverings

Faculty and staff members who are not fully vaccinated (less than 14 days since completion of a vaccine series) or who do not wish to share their vaccination status with their supervisor must wear a face covering when:

  • in an enclosed room with others
  • in an indoor public area, such as a hallway or lounge, whether or not anyone else is around
  • in any outdoor area on campus where social distancing is not possible

Students and visitors to campus who are not fully vaccinated (less than 14 days since completion of a vaccine series) are required to wear face coverings when:

  • in an enclosed room with others
  • in an indoor public area, such as a hallway or lounge, whether or not anyone else is around
  • in any outdoor area on campus where social distancing is not possible

Fully vaccinated faculty and staff members (2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine) do not have to wear face coverings on campus but are strongly encouraged to do so in congregate settings where 20 or more individuals are present and social distancing is not possible.

Social Distancing

Faculty and staff members who are not fully vaccinated or who do not wish to share their vaccination status with their supervisor must observe social distancing around others. Students and visitors to campus who are not fully vaccinated should also observe social distancing around others.

Temperature Stations

FTCC will continue to take the temperature of everyone who enters a campus building, regardless of vaccination status. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above, after two scans within a few minutes of each other, will not be admitted. Anyone who is admitted will be issued a wristband, which must be worn on the wrist of the admitted person during their time on the FTCC campus that day. The wristband must match FTCC’s official wristband color for that day. The official wristband color changes daily and is not publicized ahead of time.

Testing

Faculty and staff members who are not fully vaccinated or who do not wish to share their vaccination status with their supervisor must continue to be tested for COVID-19 every two weeks and be able to produce evidence of a negative test in order to return to and be on campus. FTCC offers free testing for FTCC personnel and students on Mondays (7:30-10 a.m.) and Wednesdays (2:30-5 p.m.) at 2340 Hull Road (the new Nursing Education and Simulation Center, formerly known as the Early Childhood Education Center). Appointments are required and may be made at this link. Note: Because of the Memorial Day holiday, testing that would have been held on Monday, May 31, will instead occur during the same time period on Tuesday, June 1.

Faculty and staff members who are fully vaccinated and who have shared proof of their status with their immediate supervisor do not need to be tested for COVID. Students who are fully vaccinated also do not need to be tested for COVID.

Positive cases of COVID-19 and Exposures

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and anyone who is not fully vaccinated and who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should follow FTCC’s Campus Exposure Procedures.

Healthy Behaviors

Regardless of vaccination status, everyone at FTCC is urged to continue observing healthy behaviors:

  • Please continue to wash or cleanse your hands frequently, whatever your vaccination status. This simple action helps stop the spread of COVID-19 and other germs, including influenza, stomach bugs and more.
  • Please cover your nose and mouth if you sneeze or cough. If you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately, then wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Please monitor your own health, especially if you are not fully vaccinated and experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19. If you are not fully vaccinated and suspect you may have COVID-19, please follow FTCC’s Campus Exposure Procedures.

Get Vaccinated If You Can

If you have not begun the COVID-19 vaccination process, FTCC strongly encourages you to consider taking this important step to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and your community. For the location of vaccine providers and information about COVID-19 vaccines, please visit Vaccines.gov.

Thank You!

FTCC appreciates the cooperation of all faculty, staff, students and campus visitors in following the College’s COVID-19 safety protocols. We urge everyone to be considerate of others’ health and safety, both on campus and off.


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