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HEALTH UPDATE COVID-19

Environmental Cleaning

SouthernTech wants to reassure each student that we are following and/or exceeding CDC guidelines for environmental cleaning and safety.

  • All cleaning solutions are anti-microbial (kills bacteria & viruses)
  • Every classroom is cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • Restrooms and public areas are cleaned and disinfected daily. (including interior & exterior door handles)
  • Hand Sanitizer is regularly available at each building primary entrances and in each classroom.

Sick Precautions

  • Students who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to school until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Students should notify Student Services and stay home if they are sick.
  • CDC recommends that students who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to school or become sick during the day should be separated from other students and be sent home immediately. Sick students should cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or an elbow or shoulder if no tissue is available).

Personal Travel

  • You may travel personally, but you may be quarantined (separated from others for a length of time)  on your return depending on your travel destination. If you are quarantined (separated from others for a length of time) you will be required to participate in class remotely via Canvas. All students returning from travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, Japan or any other Level 2 or 3 country as identified by the CDC should quarantine (separated from others for a length of time) self-quarantine for a period of 14 days before returning to campus.  Although being in a quarantine (separated from others for a length of time) status is disruptive, it is imperative to do so in order to protect all who work and learn at Southern Tech.As of now, these guidelines only apply to International level 2 and 3 travel. However, we are closely monitoring the situation as it is rapidly evolving and are considering out-of-state travel guidelines.

    If you’re returning from a Level 2 or 3 country, please review the following:

    • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, watch for a cough or trouble breathing.
    • Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your supervisor before returning to work.
    • Do not take public transportation, taxis or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
    • Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
    • Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet).

    Please refer frequently to the CDC Travelers Guidance as other countries may be elevated to Level 2 or 3 at any time.