Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

Return To Campus: Guiding Principles

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College’s (BRCTC) protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in safety for our campus community. BRCTC’s plans are aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances of the Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, as well as the State of West Virginia’s Phased Reopening Model. BRCTC’s plans follow recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Considerations for Institutions of Higher Education, OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

 

Visiting Campus

Updates January 2022

COVID Guidelines January 2022: When to Stay Home

Students who fail to comply with requirements are subject to sanctions as outlined in the Student Handbook. All employees are expected to fully comply with the protocols and guidelines. Failure to do so may result in corrective action.

Masks:

Per CDC guidelines, masks are not required of guests on campus. Visitors on campus are welcome to mask at their comfort level.

*At this time, Blue Ridge CTC does not mandate vaccinations.  All community members are highly encouraged to get the COVID19 vaccination.  Vaccine clinics are available throughout the region.

Office Openings:

Many offices are returning to a more typical schedule. See Appointment Scheduling below for more information regarding visiting campus. Employees should work directly with their supervisor through the Teleworking policy for scheduling. This will vary between positions and departments.

Social Distancing:

  • People may be able to spread COVID-19 even if they do not show symptoms. Consider all close interactions (within 6 feet) with employees, clients, and others as a potential source of exposure.
  • Discourage handshaking, hugs, and fist bumps.
  • Hand sanitizer should be used when entering and exiting an office or classroom.
  • Encourage the use of outdoor seating areas and social distancing for any small-group activities such as lunches, breaks, and meetings.
  • Faculty are highly encouraged to offer courses using virtual and live options synchronously.

 

Appointment Scheduling

Blue Ridge CTC is excited to welcome guests back on campus. Guests can schedule virtual and in-person appointments with Student Services. When visiting campus, all members of the campus community are encouraged to wear a face covering, practice social distancing and not bring additional guests, if at all possible.

 

Hours Of Operation

Campus Hours of Operation are as follows:

  • Headquarters/Main Campus: M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday hours 7:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.
  • Technology Center: M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Pines Opportunity Center/Morgan County: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Symptom Monitoring Requirement

Visitors on campus are asked to monitor symptoms of COVID-19. Please do not report to campus should you be experiencing symptoms. Individuals should contact their healthcare provider and/or the Berkeley County Health Department for COVID-19 Testing procedures.

Symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

 

Health And Safety Guidelines

Campus Deep Cleaning

Visitors will notice an increase in our housekeeping staff and increased cleaning of high touch surfaces, such as handles, table tops, restrooms, classrooms, etc. Our staff uses an EPA registered disinfectant, certified to kill the Human Coronavirus.

Employees are monitoring individual health and are not reporting to work when sick. Our staff practices frequent hand washing and uses an alcohol based hand sanitizing solution of at least 60%. Faculty and staff are disinfecting classrooms and meeting spaces. The College has partnered with Weiss Brothers to provide training to our faculty and staff on best practices and increased hygiene and sanitation routines.

Coughing/sneezing Hygiene

Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Immediately dispose of used tissues in the trash and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

 

Who To Contact?

West Virginia Hotline

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has launched an informational hotline to address public and medical provider questions and concerns regarding COVID-19. The toll-free hotline – 1-800-887-4304 – is available 24/7 to provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.

What Is The Coronavirus?

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus designated SARS-CoV-2.The outbreak of COVID-19 originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Since then, tens of thousands of confirmed cases have been reported, predominantly in China but in a rapidly growing number of countries worldwide.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, so information and recommendations may change. We will continue to learn more in the coming days and share new information as it is available.

For additional information, please visit CDC’s Situation Summary, view States Reporting Cases of COVID-19 to CDC, or call DHHR’s COVID-19 information hotline 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304.

Preventing The Spread Of Germs

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Lather for at least 20 seconds every time. If no soap is available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or the bend of your elbow, not your hands.
  • Use the nearest waste receptacle to dispose of the tissue after use.
  • Avoid contact with sick or affected individuals.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, such as your mobile phone.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Frequently Asked Questions

Blue Ridge CTC continues to offer a variety of both live and online classes to cater to the needs of all students.
At this time, Blue Ridge CTC does not mandate vaccinations. All community members are highly encouraged to get the COVID19 vaccination. Vaccine clinics are available throughout the region. Note: Specific programs may have vaccine requirements as part of the separate application for admission.
Per CDC guidelines, masks are not required of guests on campus. Visitors on campus are welcome to mask at their comfort level.
Students should reach out to their advisor via email to schedule a meeting.
Seek medical assistance as appropriate and do not visit campus until symptoms resolve. Students diagnosed with COVID-19 should immediately inform the local health department in their county for contact tracing purposes.
If you are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and/or develop symptoms of the virus, contact your healthcare provider and tell them about the symptoms. The healthcare provider will decide whether or not testing is required. Stay home if COVID-19 symptoms develop and go home immediately if symptoms occur on campus.
Contact your healthcare provider to schedule a COVID-19 test or contact the Berkeley County Health Department for updated locations.
If you are required to self-quarantine and are participating in live classes, contact your instructor immediately to notify them of your absence. You can submit documentation to the Office of Accessibility Services. The Office of Accessibility Services will notify instructors of the need for appropriate accommodations to complete coursework.
The College’s housekeeping staff continuously disinfects high-touch surfaces. These high-touch surfaces include, but are not limited to entryway touchpoints, doorknobs, water fountains, elevator panels/call buttons, stairwell handrails and restroom fixtures (sinks, faucets, toilets, towel dispensers, etc.)

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