2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19
Students, spring break and coronavirus COVID-19: What to know, what to do
Next week’s spring break presents a need for students to make decisions about travel in the context of the coronavirus situation. Tech’s Health Services advises students to check guidelines for their place and type of travel and then plan for the risk of not being able to return to campus on schedule.
CDC guidance changes frequently based on the developing situation. Check https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for the latest information.
If students choose to travel over Spring Break, there is the increased risk of being quarantined and/or experiencing lengthy travel delays.
If the CDC guidelines include self-isolation that would prevent a student from attending classes, it is the student’s responsibility to contact professors and make arrangements for completing coursework.
Tech plans to keep a normal class schedule with face-to-face instruction and regular administrative office schedules at this time. However, everyone needs to be prepared for that to change if circumstances change. Students are encouraged to sign up for RAVE alerts at https://www.tntech.edu/safety/ttualert.php.
Wherever you are, the best way to prevent infection is to take mindful action.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects. You can use a regular household cleaner
Please do not come to campus sick. If you aren’t feeling well, please visit a healthcare professional. Our faculty and staff will work diligently with students to make sure they do not fall behind in class and that they are not penalized for absences due to health concerns.