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 AND STUDENTS
- 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.
- Frequently clean high touch surfaces.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
MASKS & SOCIAL DISTANCING
Masks/face coverings are no longer required on campus but are encouraged. Social distancing is no longer required on campus but is also encouraged.
COVID-19 vaccinations for students or employees are not required. However, to keep COVID19 at bay on our campuses and in our communities, TSTC strongly encourages vaccination, which protects against severe illness.
EMPLOYEES ON CAMPUS
TSTC will not use a one-size-fits-all approach to remote work protocols. Instead, the inherent nature of each job function and/or the requirements of a particular operational unit will determine our practices.
During the months of July or August 2021, the college will publish overarching performance guidelines for remote work practices. Operational unit managers will use these guidelines to determine the practices that will be appropriate for each job type within their unit.
Some jobs at TSTC may require teammates to work solely on-campus. Others may be wholly remote. Still others may be a hybrid. In all cases, work duty-stations will be consistent with the desired performance outcomes of each individual job and the operational unit in which they work.
Vice Chancellors have the authority to administer remote work practices. Accordingly, unit managers should work with their respective VC to attain approval of their proposed practices for remote work. Once approved, unit managers are accountable for the performance of their unit and compliance with their unit’s unique remote work plan.
By the start of the Fall 2021 semester, all employees will be advised of their work environment and expectations.
ON CAMPUS MEETINGS, GATHERINGS & EVENTS
Effective with this publication, on campus meetings, gatherings and events have no stipulations that restrict their size or location.
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