As we begin our Summer Trimester, many congrats to all graduates! Students continuing with TCAT Hohenwald can expect several changes for the summer. We are no longer required to complete the daily COVID questionnaire, as we are no longer required to report COVID case numbers. TCAT Hohenwald will not require vaccination; however, it is encouraged. Mask wearing continues to be encouraged. Governor Lee did withdraw the “State of Emergency” for Tennessee.
Though COVID continues to exist, we are certainly glad the case number are continuing to decline. We will continue to make the best of the pandemic situation. There are many moving variables, with no situation quite the same. As we continue to provide technical education to our students, we will continue to take a proactive stance to any suspicious or confirmed case of COVID-19. Our ultimate goal is to protect and maintain the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
As a campus, we continue to need your help in protecting yourself and others. TCAT Hohenwald will continue to encourage masks, particularly in transition around campus. Masking may help protect yourself and others along with continued social distancing. Most importantly, please continue to take time to sanitize your area. We have many cleaning products to help sanitization efforts.
TCAT Hohenwald will not require students to have the COVID vaccine, but it is encouraged if you choose to do so. Please be aware some health related programs may require the vaccination prior to any type of clinical experience. This requirement may be facility and/or program specific dependent upon the clinical facilities utilized. Please consult the program director or instructor as appropriate.
TCAT Hohenwald will continue to follow guidance offered by the CDC and the Tennessee Department of Health, in concern to a known case of COVID. TCAT Hohenwald require and endorse:
- Proper hand-washing – 20 second+; often and diligently; sanitizing as much as possible.
- If feeling sick or experiencing illness, please stay home until feeling better.
- Furthermore, if running a fever, please do not come to TCAT for “in-person” classes for the day.
- Please respect the “concerns” of others in regard to COVID-19; many have different views concerning COVID-19 and exposure.
- If experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, etc.), please consider being COVID-19 tested. All area TN Health Departments are offering free testing.
- If directly exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please quarantine for 7 days and be tested. With exposure, the TN Health Department predicts symptoms to appear with 4-5 days of exposure; a period of 10 days of self-isolation is recommended.
- Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will result and require a minimum of 7-day quarantine.
- Specific confirmed cases will be handled appropriately with a determination made with location and specifics of the case. Many decisions will be made based on individual circumstance to include location, test results (time period, etc.).
- Exposure is defined as being “in close proximity” for 15-20 minutes or longer with a confirmed COVID-19 individual. Exposure is not second-hand exposure.
- With confirmed case or an asymptomatic confirmed case of COVID-19, TCAT Hohenwald would offer the student an online, remote learning option---as would the potentially exposed students in proximity. The intent of TCAT Hohenwald would be to continue the technical education studies of the program and/or student(s) online, with minimal disruption to the student(s) as appropriate.
- If a confirmed student case in a healthcare program might be involved in any clinical rotation, the clinical facilities may require further testing and likely provide weekly testing for participants. Clinical affiliates may have varying requirements regarding clinical rotations. Students are required follow clinical facility protocol in wearing proper PPE required by site.
- With a confirmed case of COVID-19 where the student is too sickly to continue in online studies while in quarantine, the TCAT does have allowable absence hours for use in the case of illness. If the students’ sickness continues beyond the allowable absence hours, the student may opt to request a Leave of Absence. Please maintain contact with program instructors to maintain good academic standing and contact TCAT Student Services to further discuss any other leave options as needed and appropriate.
- Report any change in your circumstance or health immediately to instructors in order appropriate action and decisions can be made to proactively protect you and the health of others.
Though COVID seems to be under control, we must continue to do our individual part by taking care of yourself and others around you by following health and safety precautions. Thank you for your cooperation as we return to a more normal educational.
HOPING FOR A BETTER SUMMER 2021! THANK YOU FOR DOING YOUR PART!