CVCC COVID-19 UPDATE
CVCC Mask Update
Effective Monday, February 21, 2022, based on the Governor’s recommendation and current trends in our service area, CVCC will enter into a “Mask Optional” operation. Individuals that wish to continue to wear masks for their protection are encouraged to do so. Please be advised that we will continue to monitor local metrics daily and if metrics begin trending in an upward direction, we will revert to our previous “mask required” practice. Thank you for your cooperation and please be respectful of individual choices as we move forward through this pandemic.
covid-19 Protocol Update
We look forward to the Spring 2022 semester as we continue our mission to best serve our students, employees, and community. Our priority has always been your safety, and it will continue to be our top priority. We are monitoring the COVID Omicron variant in our region and will adjust our protocols as necessary for the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. With counsel from our local healthcare providers and from college leadership, the below CVCC COVID protocols are amended, effective immediately, to align with the latest CDC recommendations.
NEW Protocol Regarding COVID Exposure and COVID Positive Test:
- People that are exposed to COVID who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second dose (or more than two months out after the J&J vaccine AND NOT yet boosted) should quarantine for five days, followed by strict mask use for another five days.
- Individuals who have received the booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask 10 days after an exposure.
- The best practice is to get a COVID test five days after the exposure.
- If an individual tests positive for COVID regardless of vaccination status, they should stay home five days, then if they are symptom free, they may leave quarantine and continue to wear a mask for the next five days.
CONTINUED CVCC COVID Exposure and COVID Positive Test Protocols:
- If you have been tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare professional and received a positive diagnosis, you should immediately report the diagnosis to your direct supervisor and dean (if you are an employee) or instructor (if you are a student) by completing this COVID reporting form. The CDC guidelines recommend isolating yourself from all other people, including those in your household.
- Regardless of vaccination status, facemasks or face coverings must be worn by all individuals inside campus buildings when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are challenging to maintain (e.g., shared workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.). We will relieve this requirement as soon as trends change trajectory.
- Employees and students may seek reasonable accommodations from face-covering requirements based on disabilities that impair or prevent wearing face coverings or for any other lawful reason. Employees may request an exception by contacting the Human Resources Office. Students may request an exemption through the Office of Disabilities by contacting Mr. Randy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org. These requests and requests by students shall be considered under the College’s standard reasonable accommodation process.
- A mask or face covering is not required while working alone in a confined on-campus office space.
- All employees are expected to work from their on-campus workstations unless experiencing symptoms, at which time they should communicate with their direct supervisor and consult with their healthcare provider.
- All on-campus meetings with groups larger than 30 must receive approval from the Office of the President and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- Third-party and outside group meetings will be monitored on a case-by-case basis by Dr. Ken Elliott.
- Masks and hand-sanitizing stations will be available at all key entrance locations on campus.
- Vaccination clinics and vaccination awareness campaigns will be conducted for CVCC employees and students throughout the semester.
We strongly recommend that all students and employees be vaccinated to help prevent the spread of COVID.
Thank you for your continued support and for being #RedHawkReady. We look forward to a happy and healthy 2022 spring semester.
Vice President of Technology and Innovation
Call CVCC COVID-19 Hotline (828) 624-5219
Anxiety and Stress
Experiencing Stress or Anxiety? Here is Where to Get Help.
If you are experiencing stress or anxiety during this time, please know that help is available 24-7 at these numbers:
- Alexander County: Vaya Health Access Center: 800-849-6127
- Burke County: Partners Behavioral Health Management Access Center: 888-235-4673
- Caldwell County: Vaya Health Access Center: 800-849-6127
- Catawba County: Partners Behavioral Health Management Access Center: 888-235-4673
- Gaston County: Partners Behavioral Health Management Access Center: 888-235-4673
- Iredell County: Partners Behavioral Health Management Access Center: 888-235-4673
- Support for Students: Resources for Students
- Support for Alexander County Residents: Alexander County, Open Broadband provide free Wi-Fi hotspot to assist students during COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak
- If you are having trouble with internet access, CVCC has extended its parking lot WiFi capacity to the areas indicated on this map. Feel free to drive in and access the CVCC WiFi from our parking areas.
- Finish Line Grants: Grants of $1000 per semester are still available for students who have completed (or are in the process of completing) at least 50% of the required curriculum for their program of study. (This includes some Continuing Education programs.)
- Student Emergency Loans: Loans of up to $1,000 per semester are also available. (50% completion is not a requirement for these loans.)
- The contact person for both means of financial assistance is as follows: Renee Neal (email@example.com or (828) 327-7000, ext 4408).
- Center of Disease Control (CDC)
- Catawba County Public Health (CCPH)
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)
- Leader Talks: Leading Your Employees through the Battle with COVID-19
CDC Recommended Prevention - Stop the Spread of Germs
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
CDC on Handwashing