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.
As knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, BRCTC’s practices and plans are updated.
Blue Ridge CTC is beginning a limited reopening on July 20, 2020. Campus activity is restricted to appointment only.
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 can vary depending on activity. Please call ahead.
- 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.
Blue Ridge CTC is limiting traffic on campus by working remotely, scheduling virtual appointments for all services, and limited in-person visits by appointment only. Access to campus is limited by class or appointment only. Schedule a virtual appointment rather than an in-person appointment, when possible. If you must visit campus, follow the appropriate scheduling protocols to make an appointment. All visitors on campus must be attending a course or have a scheduled appointment. When visiting campus, all members of the campus community are required to wear a face covering, practice social distancing and do not bring additional guests, if at all possible.
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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Runny nose or new sinus congestion
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- 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 before and after each interaction. The College has partnered with Weiss Brothers to provide training to our faculty and staff on best practices and increased hygiene and sanitation routines.
PERSONAL SAFETY PRACTICES
Face masks/cloth Face Coverings: Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all students on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common work spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. Spread of COVID-19 to others is possible without experiencing symptoms. A mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
Students who fail to comply with this requirement are subject to sanctions as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Blue Ridge CTC has a variety of masks available for the campus community. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day. Reusable masks or face coverings should be laundered after each use. Having a week supply of cloth face coverings may help reduce the need for daily laundering. Students and visitors on campus who do not have a face covering should visit the Security Office or cleaning station at that campus location to obtain one.
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.
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC):