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; many products are available in the front office.
TCAT Hohenwald will not require students to have the COVID vaccine at this point, but it is encouraged voluntarily. Please be aware some health related programs, such as Practical Nursing or Surgical Technology, may require the vaccination prior to any type of clinical experience. This requirement may be a 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 endorses:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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, the student would quarantine for the amount of time and take the allowable absence hours. If the student did go over the amount of allowable absence hours, the student would file and appeal of the absence hours.
- 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.
- If the students’ sickness continues beyond the allowable absence hours, the student may opt to request a Leave of Absence (extenuating circumstance). Please maintain contact with program instructors and/or Student Services to further discuss any other leave options as needed and appropriate. Student Services maintains the Leave of Absences Forms.
- 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 semi-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 attempt to maintain a more normal educational environment.
THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO DO YOUR PART!