COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan

Effective August 6, 2021 for all Tulsa Community College Locations

The return to full, normal operations in all areas of the College has been a gradual and phased process. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, TCC is actively monitoring best practices and updating guidance based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), state, and local health authorities. As this guidance and local circumstances change, TCC leadership will regularly evaluate this policy. Please check back often for the most recent version.

Oklahoma Senate Bill 658, and Governor Stitt’s Executive Order 2021-16 directs all state agencies as follows:

  • All buildings and office space owned or leased by the State of Oklahoma and open to the public shall rescind any mandate for the wearing of masks in order to receive government services.
  • By the terms of the Executive Order, all state agencies are prohibited from requiring a vaccination against COVID-19 as a condition of admittance to any public building.
  • Nothing in the Executive Order shall be construed to restrict an individual’s right to wear a mask in a state or public building.

The use of face coverings is encouraged and highly recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated. The CDC also recommends the use of face coverings for those who are fully vaccinated whom are indoors or in areas of widespread transmission. Please also remember to practice good common sense public health protocols while on campus like washing your hands regularly, watching your distance when possible, and staying home if you are sick or have flu like symptoms. Please also continue to report any suspected contact with a COVID-19 positive individual at PublicHealth@tulsacc.edu.

Since returning fully to campus beginning August 2, 2021, any staff requesting accommodations for medical reasons should contact Human Resources at humanresources@tulsacc.edu to initiate the accommodation process. Additionally, each area must be prepared to slow or stop the return to campus and/or fully return to telecommuting as soon as possible if the College deems it necessary.

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1. Temperature Check Guidelines for Employees and Students

All employees and students shall continue to screen for symptoms prior to coming to campus each day. Any unusual symptoms that develop should prompt you to stay at home until you determine it’s not COVID. The list below does not include all possible symptoms, but will help you determine when to get tested:

"A" Symptoms

  • Fever greater than or equal to 100.4F
  • Sore Throat
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Diarrhea or Vomiting
  • Loss of Taste or Smell

"B" Symptoms

  • Nasal Congestions/Stuffy Nose
  • Runny Nose
  • Muscle/Body Aches
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Elevated Temp < 100.4F
  • New Onset of Severe Headache

Recommend Testing

  • Person has 1 “A” Symptom OR
  • Person has 3 “B” Symptoms
  • Find testing sites here: OK Testing Locations

Testing will be made available on-campus. A schedule will be announced the first week of Fall semester.

2. COVID Reporting Process

  1. All Employees and Students shall continue to report contact/exposure, symptoms, or positive test results to the College’s Public Health Team by filling out the COVID-19 report. Reporting is essential to the College’s continued open door, face-to face activities and operations.
  2. Upon submission of your report, you will receive an email with directions provided by the TCC Public Health Team within 24 hours. The directions provided are based on recommendations from the Tulsa Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and include the dates you should not be on campus.
    1. Students: After you are notified, your professors will receive an email from TCC Public Health informing them of the dates you will be absent from class. Instructors make every effort to accommodate students when remote work is required.
    2. Employees: After you are notified, you will need to notify your supervisor that due to a health concern, you will need to be off campus for the dates provided to you from the Public Health Team.

3. Masks and Face Coverings

  1. Masks/face coverings are not required on campus but are highly recommended for those unvaccinated and those who are not able to physically distance from others. Masks are readily available on each campus. A surge in COVID variant cases has prompted Health Officials to recommend wearing a mask while indoors, around others outside your household and at gatherings whether vaccinated or not.

4. Social Distancing for Employees and Students

  1. Social Distancing refers to keeping a distance of at least 6 feet between individuals.

  2. Social distancing is recommended for those unvaccinated and where distancing is not possible, masks should be worn. Health Officials recommend everyone to continue watching their distance and make every effort to minimize close contact. Plexiglass barriers are used in workspaces where close contact is necessary.

5. Contact Tracing

  1. The TCC Public Health team will continue to investigate and conduct contact tracing. Attendance records, seating charts, and workplace contacts are essential to our safety process.
  2. If required to self-quarantine or isolate, instructors will be asked to work with students to ensure coursework is kept up.
  3. If clusters of cases/exposures occur within classes, those classes may be required to go remote for 10 days.
  4. If total reports of quarantines and isolations exceed our limits, social distancing may be re-instituted in classrooms and workplaces.
  5. If reported cases continue to trend up and exceed our limits, then going fully remote may ultimately be the safest measure.
  6. Your individual immune status is important to determine precautionary public strategies aligned with CDC, State and Local Health Department guidance for our public health team to keep us all safe. Email PublicHealth@tulsacc.edu to report any COVID concerns.

6. COVID Supplies

Supplies are available to those who need masks, disinfectant, or hand sanitizer. Supervisors can submit a supply request form to Public Health Supervisor Supply Request Form.

7. Travel Requests – Business and Personal

  1. Business: All business travel must be submitted to the TCC Public Health Team by using the Individuals Planning to Travel Form located in MyTCC/Employee COVID-19 Resources: Individuals Planning to Travel Form.

  2. Each business travel request will be evaluated on case-by-case basis and will require Cabinet Level approval. For those unvaccinated, travel requests are strongly discouraged. Group travel by vehicle is also strongly discouraged.

  3. Personal: In an effort to better support ongoing contact tracing efforts, and to help proactively reduce the risk of transmission on campus, please consult with our Public Health Team by submitting personal travel plans in advance by using Individuals Planning to Travel Form. Any personal travel resulting in quarantine or isolation measures must use pre-approved paid time off (vacation, etc.) unless alternate arrangements/remote work are made in advance with their supervisor.

8. Employee Leave for Exposure or Symptoms

The following is intended to provide clarification on appropriate leave use required for public health measures as necessary to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Public Health will make determinations as to when administrative leave may be available based on a variety of factors to include current community transmission levels.

  1. An employee who has been quarantined by TCC Public Health based upon a potential exposure: If possible, the employee will work remotely (with supervisor approval). If remote work is not possible, the employee will use approved Administrative Leave for the CDC recommended 10 days.
  2. An employee who has been isolated by TCC Public Health based upon COVID-19 symptoms: If possible, the employee will work remotely (with supervisor approval). If remote work is not possible, the employee will use approved Administrative Leave for the CDC recommended 10 days.

9. Gatherings, Events, Visitors

  1. Crowded settings present a greater risk of transmission among people who have not been fully vaccinated, especially when they bring together people of unknown vaccination status from different communities where community transmission is substantial to high. Events may require limited occupancy to maintain physical distancing and ultimately cancel when high community transmission is reported by Health Authorities.
  2. Contract workers and vendors are expected to follow CDC guidance for unvaccinated employees to wear face coverings when on campus and utilize them consistent with College policy. Vendors who refuse to comply with this Return Plan are subject to having their access to campus suspended or terminated.

10. Respiratory Etiquette & Cleaning

  1. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  2. Practice good respiratory etiquette, including coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue and turning away from others when coughing or sneezing.
  3. The College will provide increased cleaning and sanitizing of frequently used facilities and common areas, including elevators, restrooms, classrooms, and other high-traffic spaces with the use of approved cleaners that meet CDC guidelines for disinfecting COVID-19.
  4. Ventilation has been enhanced to increase the amount of outside air mixed into the air handling system. The exchange rate will be maximized and enhanced filtration to hospital grade MERV 8 filters. Additionally, some systems will have UV disinfection added to further disinfect the air as it returns from the system.

11. Enforcement for Employees and Students

  1. Employees and students who refuse to comply with this Return Plan are subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with the applicable faculty, staff, or student handbook policy. Non-compliance concerns should be submitted on the Safety Report Form to TCC@tulsacc.edu The COVID Compliance Form can be found at COVID-19 Compliance Form
  2. If an employee or student indicates compliance is not possible due to medical reasons, the individual should be referred to the appropriate College office to request accommodations on the basis of disability office. Email Human Resources at humanresources@tulsacc.edu for employees or the Accessibility Resources Center at ar@tulsacc.edu for students

12. Vaccines

  1. Vaccines are readily available and free. They have demonstrated effective prevention of severe illness and death from all the variants currently circulating. While TCC is not mandating vaccination for our employees or students, we do recognize its our best tool to keep our campuses open, safe, and we highly recommend them. Find vaccinations at OK Vaccination Locations or search by area code at Vaccines.gov.
  2. Vaccinations will be made available on campus. A schedule will be released the first week of Fall semester.

13. Wellness

Being in quarantine or isolation can be a very challenging time for many students. Should you experience a decline in your mental well-being or find yourself needing additional resources, we want you to know about the free resources that are available for TCC students.

TCC Wellness Services offers health education, short-term counseling and connection to resources for everyday needs. For more information about services and student involvement opportunities, please visit Wellness Services or email wellness@tulsacc.edu. If you need to speak to a counselor immediately, please call Family and Children’s Services COPES at 918-744-4800 24 hours a day/7 days a week or text RELIEF to 741741 to be connected to a crisis counselor. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.

Revised August 9, 2021