FTCC COVID-19 Safety Protocols
September 17, 2021
FTCC requires everyone on its campuses to abide by its COVID-19 safety protocols, listed below, and also urges people to get vaccinated if they are able to.
The information below covers:
- Note: There is a limited exception for instructors while actively teaching. See below for details.
COVID-19 testing (on-campus testing is now available every weekday for employees and students)
- New as of 9/1: Appointments are now required for all testing, whatever the day. See below for details.
COVID-19 symptoms and what to do if:
An FTCC employee or student is experiencing any symptoms (DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS)
- An FTCC employee or student tests positive for COVID-19 (DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS)
- An FTCC employee or student believes they may have been exposed to the virus, either through close (direct) or indirect contact (CAN YOU COME TO CAMPUS? IT DEPENDS.)
Inside FTCC buildings: Regardless of your vaccination status, you are required to wear a double-layered face mask over your mouth and nose at all times inside FTCC buildings unless you are eating or drinking or alone in an enclosed room. If you are eating or drinking, you must maintain social distancing from others.
Instructors may remove their masks while actively teaching as long as: 1) they are at the front of their class, ideally behind their desk or lectern and 2) they are at least 6 feet from the nearest students. At all other times, instructors must wear face masks, including if they are moving about the classroom and walking among students.
Outside FTCC buildings: Regardless of your vaccination status, you are required to wear a double-layered face mask over your mouth and nose if you are within 6 feet of any other person who is not a member of your household.
PLEASE NOTE: The above rules are in keeping with CDC guidelines regarding masks and with a mask mandate by the City of Fayetteville that went into effect on 5 p.m. on Friday, August 20, and a mask mandate that is expected to go into effect in Cumberland County on Friday, August 27.
- It is imperative that your face mask be worn PROPERLY. If your nose hangs out over the top, or if your mouth is not covered, you are NOT wearing your face covering correctly, and you run a greater risk of both contracting and spreading the virus.
- Your face mask should fit snugly and cover your mouth AND your nose – at the same time!
Here are some do’s and don’t’s from the CDC on choosing a face mask. Learn more at this CDC site.
Everyone should observe social distancing whenever possible, both indoors and outdoors.
FTCC offers free COVID testing to employees and students at the Nursing Education and Simulation Center at 2340 Hull Road. Testing is now offered every weekday (excluding holidays).
- Appointments are now required for testing on any weekday and should be made through this link. If you do not arrive during the scheduled 15-minute window of time, you will have to reschedule your appointment. (Previously, appointments were not required for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday testing. As of September 1, appointments will now be required for testing on any day. We apologize for any confusion and appreciate your cooperation and patience.)
Employees who are unvaccinated or who have not voluntarily chosen to share their vaccination status with FTCC are required to be tested each week. Fully vaccinated employees and students are urged to get tested if they have any symptoms of the virus.
Testing times are:
- Mondays, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
- Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – noon
- Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – noon
- Thursdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
- Fridays, 11 a.m. – noon
COVID-19 testing is also available through other entities. The Cumberland County Department of Public Health offers free drive-through COVID-19 testing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., in its parking lot off Hillsboro Street. The department’s address is 1235 Ramsey Street.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Regardless of your vaccination status, if you start experiencing ANY of these symptoms, DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS. Please review FTCC’s Campus Exposure Procedures policy for guidance on what to do, including:
- Completion and submission of a C-40 form. Please use the most current version of the form, linked here.
Positive cases of COVID-19 and Exposures
Regardless of your vaccination status, if you:
- test positive for COVID-19
- experience symptoms associated with the virus
- have close contact with someone with COVID-19
Follow the guidance in FTCC’s Campus Exposure Procedures, including:
- Completion and submssion of a C-40 form. Please use the most current version of the form, linked here.
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.
Campus Exposure Procedures
Please visit this link to view what you should do if you are an FTCC employee or student, vaccinated or unvaccinated, who:
- has potentially been exposed to COVID-19, whether through close contact (direct potential exposure) or indirect contact
- has been diagnosed with COVID-19
- is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
Students are urged to check their FTCC email accounts daily in case of important updates that may affect how and where they can access their classes.
Everyone should review this page regularly for important updates.
FTCC urges everyone on campus to behave safely and courteously to all.