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Tulsa Community College improves safety plan for in-person classes this fall

Posted at 4:15 PM, Jul 29, 2020

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Community College is improving safety measures for its Return to Campus plan ahead of in-person classes this fall semester.

READ MORE: TCC offering more in-person student services in phase two of 'Return-to-Campus' plan

In a letter, TCC officials said the Tulsa Health Department is reviewing the college's plan to help implement recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Every effort is being made to help ensure a safe environment for both students and employees as we start the Fall semester with limited in-person classes. Our team, both faculty and staff, have worked through the summer to revamp and redesign our academic and learning environment to meet the health and safety needs of everyone coming through our doors.
Dr. Leigh Goodson, TCC President & CEO

READ MORE: TCC announces in-person classes to resume Fall 2020

TCC's plan to protect students and employees from COVID-19 include the following:

  • Class Scheduling:
    • Fall classes are delivered in four ways limiting the number of in-person courses. In-person classes accommodate physical distancing in the learning environment and allow enhanced cleaning between classes.
  • Enhanced Cleaning:
    • The College will increase cleaning and sanitizing of frequently used areas such as elevators and other high-traffic spaces with the use of approved cleaners meeting CDC guidelines for disinfecting COVID-19.
  • Campus Access and Health Screening:
    • Entrances to buildings will be limited, require a thermal scan and will warn individuals against entering if they answer ‘yes’ to a series of questions indicating exposure or a positive text to COVID-19.
    • Floor markings will indicate where to stand and assist with traffic flow patterns to maintain physical distance including maximum occupancy of elevators and designate staircases as up/down directions.
    • Employees are required to complete a weekly self-assessment questionnaire prior to returning to campus.
  • Facility Upgrades:
    • The College upgraded multiple air handling units with hospital grade MERV 14 filters for enhanced filtration, added UV lighting to several air handling units for enhanced bacteria and virus removal, and increased outdoor air exchange frequency for fresher office/classroom air.
    • The College has installed foot pedals on restroom doors to make entry hands free, increased the number of touchless faucets in restrooms and started using plexiglass barriers and guards for areas providing services to current and prospective students.
    • All water fountains have been shut off, except those with bottle filling capabilities.
    • The College is adding more stand-alone hand sanitizing stations.
  • Face Mask Requirement:
    • Face masks which must cover at a minimum, nose and mouth, are required to be worn while on campus. If someone needs one, disposable masks will be available at campus entry points.

For more information regarding TCC's response to COVID-19, click here.

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