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COVID-19 FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about COVID-19 precautions and TCC's Diagnosis and Exposure Response Plan will be updated as needed to help our employees and students stay healthy and informed during changing COVID-19 circumstances.

Am I required to wear a mask while on TCC properties?

No. While masks or other face coverings are not mandated, students, employees, and visitors may wear face-coverings as desired.

What happens if mask requirements vary between TCC and our high school partners?

Because TCC does not currently have a mask mandate, TCC personnel will not enforce any mask mandates on behalf of school districts operating on our campuses. That is a matter of student conduct to be handled by the school district.

However, if our faculty provide instruction at a school district facility (or any other partner facility) that requires masks, that entity may require our faculty to comply while they are on their campuses.

Am I required to be vaccinated?

No. However, TCC supports the CDC guideline encouraging vaccination as a protective measure for anyone who can receive the vaccine. This is the best way to protect yourself and reduce community spread.

Am I required to disclose my vaccination status to my instructor or supervisor?

No. The Governor's Executive Order prevents mandatory disclosure of one's vaccination status.

However, anyone requiring quarantine who does not self-disclose that they are vaccinated will be expected to follow the standards for an unvaccinated person.

What are the COVID-19 symptoms?

The CDC website contains the following information related to COVID-19 symptoms. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2–4 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. The CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19. Information can be found online at CDC COVID-19 Symptoms.

What is a close-contact exposure that must be reported?

A close-contact exposure occurs only when you are less than 6 feet from a person who has received a confirmed, positive COVID-19 laboratory diagnosis, for 15-minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period.

It is also considered close contact exposure if someone in your household receives a positive diagnosis.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 or have a close contact exposure?

If you receive a confirmed, positive COVID-19 laboratory result or have a close contact exposure, you must:

  1. Complete a COVID-19 Diagnosis and Exposure Form.
    • If you have your test results: Submit your test results when you complete the form.
    • If your test results are not ready: Submit your results after completing the form to the Office of Human Resources confidentially via email to AskHR@tccd.edu.
  2. Quarantine.
  3. Return to work when you've met the defined conditions.

Students should contact their instructors for information about classwork after they've submitted the COVID-19 Diagnosis and Exposure form.

Can my instructor or supervisor send me home for COVID-19 related reasons?

Yes. If the student or employee voluntarily discloses that they have received a COVID-19 diagnosis within the last 10 days, they can be sent home.

The student or employee should:

  1. Complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis and Exposure form.
  2. Review guidance on the duration of quarantine and when they may return to campus, which is affected by their vaccination status.

If a student is displaying any of the symptoms, even if mild, faculty members can and should refer them to the Health Services for determination if they should be sent home.

If employees are displaying any of the symptoms, even if mild, their supervisors may send them home in consultation with Human Resources via AskHR@tccd.edu.

In general, all employees and students are required to stay away from campus when they are unwell and potentially contagious to others.

When is quarantine required?

If you're vaccinated

You must quarantine when:

  1. You receive a confirmed, positive COVID-19 laboratory diagnosis when tested for your own symptoms or exposure.
  2. You exhibit COVID-19 symptoms. We know that vaccinated persons can still contract and spread the COVID-19 virus.

Quarantine is not required for vaccinated people who experience a close contact exposure if you:

  1. Do not have any symptoms
  2. Do not have a subsequent test that confirms a diagnosis, and
  3. Wear a mask for 14 days or until your receive a negative test result.
    • If you choose not to wear a mask, then you will be treated as if you are unvaccinated and will be required to quarantine.

If you're not vaccinated or do not want to reveal your vaccination status

You must quarantine when:

  1. You receive a confirmed, positive COVID-19 laboratory diagnosis when tested for your own symptoms or exposure.
  2. You exhibit COVID-19 symptoms.
  3. You experience close contact exposure.

If you're not sure what to do

If you're not sure what actions you should take based on your exposure, follow our decision matrix.

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This chart shows you the actions you should take if you do or do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

When can I return to campus?

Quarantined due to a positive diagnosis

You may return to campus when you meet all of the following:

  • 10 days have passed since the onset of any symptoms or diagnosis, whichever is earlier; and
  • You are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines; and
  • All other symptoms are improving.

Quarantined due to exhibition of symptom

  1. If you're vaccinated: You may return to campus when you have a negative test that was administered 3-5 days after the onset of symptoms or exposure, and you are asymptomatic and fever-free for 24-hours.
    You must submit your negative test result to either Emergency Management (students) or Human Resources (employees) through AskHR@tccd.edu. The affected individual will be e-mailed a clearance to share with their instructor or supervisor. Supervisors will be copied on these e-mails.
  2. If you are unvaccinated: You are required to complete your 10-day quarantine, even if you test negative.

Quarantined due to close contact exposure

Only unvaccinated people are required to quarantine following a close contact exposure. You must complete your 10-day quarantine, even if you test negative.

When am I required to provide test results to the College?

  1. Following the submission of the COVID-19 Diagnosis and Exposure Form. This will allow TCC to notify others as necessary regarding potential close contact exposure.
  2. To return to class or work prior to the end of a 10-day quarantine.
  3. To access COVID-designated leave (Employees). You will be required by your supervisor to provide evidence of COVID diagnosis in order to use EMER leave.
  4. To excuse an absence (Students). Students may be required to provide a doctor's note (a positive COVID test would suffice if the student has not seen by a doctor) in order for the absences to be excused, just like any other illness.

How would students or employees be notified of a potential Close Contact exposure they may have had at a TCC facility?

When Emergency Management or Human Resources are notified of a confirmed case, they will notify students via a prepared email that they can share with faculty.

Employees will be notified via communication to their supervisor that they may have had a close contact exposure because there was a diagnosed case in their presence on [Date]. They will be advised to follow quarantine requirements described.

Note that we will only make this notification to classmates or officemates of the individual if we have a confirmed diagnosis.

The time-period considered for notification will be 48-hours prior to the reported diagnosis, consistent with contact tracing standards. We are unable to reveal the identity of the person who was diagnosed, and it is unlikely that we would know who was within 6 feet for 15 minutes. As a result, all will be advised to monitor for symptoms and seek testing.

This highlights the importance of vaccination to our return to the classroom.

Under what conditions will a class/department/office be closed or quarantined?

This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Updated August 26, 2021