Whether this is your first or final semester with TSTC, we are excited you’re here. TSTC is known for its first-class technical education, and we are prepared to teach you the skills you need to help you get a great-paying job.
Please review your schedule and the course syllabus. Course syllabi are available on the TSTC website under the Schedules link. Review the syllabus for course information regarding online instruction, lab information, and faculty contact. Whether you are attending fully online, or partially online and in-person, our faculty and staff are here to serve you. We have all of our services available virtually or in person, so please reach out to find out what option is best for you.
For those of you coming to a TSTC campus, remember that safety is our number one priority and we all have a role to play to make sure we stay healthy.
- You are encouraged to wear your multi-layered face mask while on campus but not required.
- Use social distancing by staying 6 feet away from others.
- Practice proper hand hygiene.
Perhaps most importantly, stay home if you:
- Don’t feel well.
- Are pending COVID-19 test results.
- Are living with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms.
Prompt reporting of exposures is essential to everyone’s health and safety. If you have had an exposure or know of one that needs reporting, please do it now by filling out this simple form. Reports are handled with respect and confidentiality. And we are committed to ensuring that you make up any missed work.
We are a #TSTCfamily and are excited that you are continuing your education with us!
COVID-19 Safety Procedures
TSTC established the following four guiding principles at the onset of COVID-19 pandemic to guide the operation of TSTC during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Protect the health and safety of students and employees.
- Protect the health and safety of our communities.
- Do our job of teaching & placing students.
- Keep TSTC and our employees as financially sound as possible.
The safety of all TSTC employees, students, and visitors is of the utmost importance. Because of this, TSTC has been functioning under safety protocols since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The course of the pandemic is a dynamic situation that demands dynamic responses. Public health officials, like the CDC and local health departments, occasionally update previously issued guidance. Similarly, TSTC Safety Protocols will also be updated regularly and may change without advanced notification.
ON CAMPUS PROTOCOLS FOR EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS & GUESTS
Employees, students and guests will adhere to the following safety protocols while on a TSTC campus:
- Stay home and self-report if you are 1) experiencing symptoms, or 2) have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19, or 3) are being tested for COVID-19.
- Stay home if you are coughing and have a body temperature of 99.6 degrees F or greater until fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
- Highly encouraged to wear a face covering/mask at all times while in the presence of others when inside buildings on TSTC property.
- Highly encouraged to practice social distancing while inside buildings on TSTC property.
- Frequently clean high touch surfaces.
- Practice proper hygiene by washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer.
- Highly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
The course of the pandemic is a dynamic situation that demands dynamic responses. Public health officials, like the CDC and local health departments, occasionally update previously issued guidance. Similarly, TSTC Safety Protocols will also be updated regularly. Managers should check the Portal often in order to be aware of any updates that impact TSTC operations and employees.
EMPLOYEES ON CAMPUS
Remote Work Protocols are in effect for as many employees as is feasible. Remote work schedules are practical for many employees who do not come into direct contact with students or customers.
Since the initial phased approach to return to campus was adopted during the summer of 2020, the following departments have been on-campus either full time or as needed:
- Instructors and Support Staff
- Facilities and Maintenance
- Student Accounting
- Central Receiving
- Student Services
- Police and Safety Officers
- Campus Stores (Cafe & Bookstore)
- Provosts and Associate Provosts
- Enrollment Management (Enrollment Coaches, Veteran Services, Advocacy Resource Center, Access & Learning Accommodations, Counseling and Testing)
- Student Services (Financial Aid, Veterans Services, Disability Services, Testing, etc.)
- Student Learning Support (Lab Assistants, Departmental Admin, etc.)
- Career Services
- Student Workers
Prior to staff returning to campus, each manager shall confer with their functional Vice Chancellor to receive approval.
Managers should provide advanced notice to employees outlining when the employee is expected to return to on-campus work. An advanced notice of 2 business days or more is recommended.
Employees have the option to travel in the same vehicle together and the use of face masks is encouraged.
MEETINGS, GATHERINGS & EVENTS ON CAMPUS
Meetings are a vital part of conducting the business of TSTC. Moreover, face-to-face gatherings are preferred by many people. However, face-to-face meetings pose an enhanced risk for infection during the pandemic. So, alternative forms of meeting should be used whenever possible.
In order to determine whether a face-to-face meeting is appropriate, consider these three questions:
- Can a face-to-face meeting be conducted safely?
- Is conducting a meeting in a face-to-face manner critical and essential to the core function of the college?
- Is conducting the meeting in a face-to-face manner the only viable method of holding the meeting?
If the proposed gathering affirmatively fulfills these three conditions, and if the respective Vice Chancellor approves the gathering in advance, then a face-to-face meeting can take place as long as all safety protocols are followed. No other approval or notification is needed.
The CDC reports that the more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Accordingly, face-to-face gatherings shall be conducted in a manner that is as concise as possible.
Managers shall host regular electronic meetings and/or discussions with employees regarding safety protocols including when and how to report whenever an employee:
- Becomes sick.
- Is testing for the COVID virus.
- Knows someone who tested positive.
VISITORS ON CAMPUS
Visitors in varying group sizes will be allowed on campus and are held to the same safety protocols as TSTC employeesVisitors fall into three primary groups:
- Group I: Visitors on campus to meet with faculty and staff for essential business or employment recruitment (i.e. Human Resources, Facilities & Maintenance, Industry Partners, Advancement, Government Affairs, The TSTC Foundation)
- Group II: Visitors on campus for enrollment services or activities (i.e. Enrollment Services, Veterans Services, Testing)
- Group III: Visitors on campus for tours or other registration needs (i.e. Recruiting, Enrollment Services, Workforce Training, Career Services)
In all instances, safety protocols will be followed by employees and visitors at all times while on TSTC property.
In order to keep TSTC facilities and employees safe, the use of space as well as the number of people on campus should be kept to a minimum level needed to perform the critical and essential functions needed for the core purposes of the college.
- Group I visitors to campus will be limited to parties of 10 or less.
- Group II visitors to campus will be limited to 50 percent occupancy of applicable meeting or gathering areas (in no instance more than 30 people at one time).
- Group III visitors to campus will be limited to 50 percent occupancy of applicable meeting or gathering areas (in no instance more than 30 people at one time).
The CDC reports that the more an individual interacts with others, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Accordingly, gatherings should be conducted in a manner that is as concise as possible.
The safety of all TSTC employees, students, and visitors is of the utmost importance.
EXTERNAL GROUP MEETINGS ON CAMPUS
At this time, outside groups who wish to utilize facilities on any TSTC campus for their own business must receive written permission from the appropriate campus Provost prior to scheduling an event. Such events will be discouraged. However, if approved, such groups must comply with all TSTC safety protocols and may incur a charge for disinfection and other reasonable safety activities that are a result of the event.
FUTURE AMENDMENTS TO THESE PROTOCOLS
Should the COVID-19 pandemic and infection rate increase in cities where there is a TSTC campus and/or should the Governor of Texas issue Order(s) that are in conflict with these protocols, TSTC administration shall reevaluate in order to maintain the safety of employees, students, and communities. These protocols may change without advanced notice.
TSTC Response Protocols
Since a campus exposure event significantly impacts our response and recovery operations, time is of the essence to enact response and recovery protocols. TSTC has identified a subset of the Emergency Operations Team with the knowledge and tools necessary to evaluate potential exposures and rely upon information gathered from immediate contact tracing, the campus Incident Command Post teams, and command structure.View the TSTC
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are a student or employee of TSTC and have questions, we’ve answered some commonly asked questions for you.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides helpful Frequently Asked Questions resources that are updated as new information about the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 becomes available. The Texas Department of State Health Services has resources specifically for Texans that also contain updated information.
National & Local Resources
We’ve gathered a list of national and local resources to help you during this pandemic. These resources can provide you with additional information to keep you, your family, and our campuses safe.
Abilene Taylor-County Public Health District
Texas Department of State Health Services
Brownwood-Brown County Health Department
Williamson Counties & Cities Health District
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
Cameron County Public Health
Marshall-Harrison County Health District
Ellis County Health Care
Sweetwater-Nolan County Health Department
Waco-McLennan County Public Health District