Student Return to Campus Protocols | ECTC

Student Return to Campus Protocols

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has created significant health risks for some populations. In alignment with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Governor of Kentucky and the State Health Department, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has developed and established safety protocols to assist its colleges in maintaining safe working and learning environments. These protocols outline additional precautions for student, employee, and community safety.

Elizabethtown Community & Technical College is currently following the guidance provided by the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

STUDENTS AND COVID-19

Students must be aware of and work with faculty, staff, and administration during these extraordinary times as required by the KCTCS Code of Student Conduct, Article II, Section 3, Standard 2.4, and the Appendix, entitled Crisis or Emergency Plans, Protocols and Guidance.

NOTE:  FOR THE PURPOSES OF KCTCS PROTOCOLS IN THIS DOCUMENT, QUARANTINE MEANS TO STAY OFF-CAMPUS OR OUT OF THE OFFICE FOR THE SPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME.  While we advise you to follow the CDC guidelines as outlined below, we have no authority over your actions while not on KCTCS property.

Quarantine Protocols due to Exposure

Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet* of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated.

Calculating Quarantine:  The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days.

People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms.

*NOTE:  For KCTCS the “within 6 feet” guideline should be used for anyone reporting a possible exposure off campus/outside of work.  If the exposure is due to an on-campus exposure (i.e. a classroom or office area) then the determination for those that need to quarantine can be anyone that was within 3 feet of the positive case individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more during that day.  Your Healthy at Work Officer will make that determination.

Close Contact NOT fully vaccinated

If you have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 you will quarantine for 10 days after the date you came in contact with the positive person if you have NO symptoms. Quarantine may be shortened to 5 days if you have NO symptoms and test negative on or after day 5 of quarantine and wear a mask around others for 10 days.

Monitoring and Reporting Symptoms

Anyone experiencing the following symptoms must stay away from Campus:

  • Fever of 100.4F or higher
  • Chills or Sweating (regardless of actual temperature rating)
  • New Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Sore Throat
  • Muscle aches, body aches
  • Stomach upset or vomiting and diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Link to current CDC list of symptoms

Students who experience any of the symptoms outlined above, should seek a COVID-19 test if possible. While awaiting test results and/or if instructed to self- isolate, students must contact your instructor(s) immediately to report that you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

If COVID-19 Positive or Waiting on Test Results

Calculating Isolation:  Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • If you have no symptoms, you can return to campus on day 5.
  • If you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving after 5 days, you can return to campus on day 5.
  • If you are severely ill with COVID-19 and/or have a fever and/or symptoms are persisting, isolate for 10 days and return to campus on day 10.

NOTE: People who are severely ill and/or hospitalized with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system may need to stay home between 10 and 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Consult your healthcare provider.

Return to Campus

Before returning to campus, students must complete and submit one of the following acceptable documents to their instructor(s) and the College’s Healthy at Work Officer:

  • Complete the Self-Certification Form (pdf) - This form may include an electronic signature and must be sent by the student using their kctcs.edu email account;
    or
  • Doctor's Certification verifying that the student sought medical attention and is not experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19;
    or
  • Local Health Department Documentation indicating the student tested positive and was given an end date for self-isolation period.

Return to Class

Instructors are not obligated to provide an opportunity for completing makeup assignments unless students submit one of the appropriate documents as described above. Faculty will work with administration to ensure students will have a safe, productive, and appropriate return to classrooms.