Fall 2020 Operations Plan
TMCC recognizes that a successful transition back to in-person instruction requires the continued cooperation and flexibility of all members of our campus community. As TMCC navigates the continuing changes, we remain keenly aware of the importance of each member of our campus community and the personal impact each decision may have on individual and collective mental, physical and emotional well-being.
Truckee Meadows Community College continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 updates in Washoe County and across Nevada; listen and implement guidance from the CDC, Governor Sisolak, and NSHE; and connect with faculty, staff and students to understand their comfort, concerns,and questions.
Environmental Health & Safety Officer, Benjamin Davis, serves as TMCC’s main point of contact to address and coordinate COVID-19 re-opening issues. As the Fall semester kicks off, his contact information will be listed on TMCC’s COVID-19 Resource page. Additionally, each of TMCC’s four locations has been assigned one or two COVID-19 coordinators to address issues related to safety guidelines and risk-reduction protocols; to monitor occupancy, health assessment areas and cleaning/disinfection of common or shared spaces; and to provide timely response to questions, concerns,and issues from students, faculty and public. These names will also be made available on the website.
TMCC has identified five stages in COVID-19 business operations that range from Stage Zero: Stay Home for Nevada to Stage Four: Homecoming! (a full opening without restriction). These stages are intended to provide contingencies that guide each member of the campus community in their roles and responsibilities, as well as to identify appropriate safety processes, as we navigate the evolving environment of the pandemic to include increased restrictions (moving to the left) or relaxed requirements (moving to the right). In the spirit of shared governance, with guidance from their dean and TMCC’s Environmental Health & Safety Officer, each department developed their own individual operational plan for each stage.
Stage Zero: Stay Home for Nevada
- Essential Personnel Only
- PPE Required
- Disinfection Protocols
- Installation of Physical Safeguards
- No Access without President Approval and Reservation
- Personnel from Stage Zero AND personnel that perform time-sensitive functions and/or personnel necessary for basic functions (back of house)
- Social distancing & risk reduction actions
- No more than 10 people in a particular area
- Access on a limited basis, approved at VP level
- Personnel from Stage One AND: Admin/Clerical Assistants, Support Personnel, Limited Faculty Access
- Social distance & risk reduction actions
- No more than 10 people in a particular area
- Campus open to limited students with appointments and hands-on classes as determined by VP/Dean
- All personnel considering appropriate safety protocols, rotating staff- no more than 50% occupancy at one time. Remote operations as needed
- Follow CDC/State of Nevada Safety Guidelines
- Campus open to students with appointments and classes approved by Dean
Stage Four: Homecoming!
- All employees return to TMCC sites
- Campus open without restriction
- In-person learning resumes
In the early days of the pandemic, TMCC evaluated existing engineering controls to ensure they met or exceeded Nevada OSHA requirements. At this time, the campus follows,at a minimum, industry and Nevada OSHA (Department of Business and Industry, Mechanical Division) standards for engineering controls in HVACR systems to include installation of high-efficiency air filters, increasing ventilation rates in the work environment (where necessary), and installing physical barriers, such as clear plastic sneeze guards, in all public-facing or high interaction areas.
On June 22, 2020, TMCC moved from Stage One into Stage Two, allowing limited personnel to return to each site. (Note: Some sites had already been open for NSHE-approved instructional exceptions.)
Prior to returning, all staff are required to complete online COVID-19 reentry training that consists of 4 modules focused on general reentry guidelines, each followed by a quiz to measure comprehension. Upon completion of all sections, certification is reviewed and documented with the TMCC Human Resources Office. This will continue to be a requirement for all staff returning to campus regardless of stage.
Face coverings are mandatory for all faculty, students, vendors,and visitors in all indoor and outdoor public spaces and inside buildings. Exceptions are outlined in Governor’s Directive No. 24 (issued June 24, 2020) and include situations where an individual is walking alone or with household members on campus and 6 feet of distance is maintained from others, or when an individual is seated in a designated dining area and eating and 6 feet of distance is maintained from others.Student requests for accommodations due to health or other conditions can be addressed to the Disability Resource Center (DRC).
Employees are required to wear face coverings outside their personal offices and whenever in close contact (less than 6 feet) with other faculty, staff, visitors and/or students. Each employee, upon return, is provided with two cloth-based source control masks. Reentry training(required)includes clear instructions for cleaning and caring for masks to reduce disease transmission. Requests for accommodations due to health or other conditions can be addressed to Human Resources.
During Stage Two, entry into each building/facility is limited to specific doors. Signage indicating mandatory face covering is posted at each entrance, as well as high traffic areas throughout each TMCC location,along with reminders about other safety protocols. Facilities and Maintenance personnel continue to monitor who is onsite at each location and have implemented additional cleaning and sanitizing procedures. To protect front-line staff and those who interact with the public, plexiglass splatter/safety shields were installed throughout campus. Upon entering campus facilities, employees have access to cleaning supplies for use in disinfecting their personal spaces prior to and after use.
During Stage Two, public gatherings of no more than 10 people will be allowed. Classroom use will not exceed 50% of the maximum room capacity or maximum occupancy practicing 6 feet of social/physical distancing, whichever is lesser.
Currently, Stage Two access is as follows:
- William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center—Open, due to special exceptions made for CTE hands-on completion. Limited summer courses requiring hands-on labs began on July 6, in compliance with capacity guidelines.
- Meadowood Center—Due to special exceptions, Certified Nursing Assistant, Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technicians,and Massage courses are completing required lab work. Limited Educational Programs Inspiring the Community (EPIC) classes resumed on June 1, under strict health and safety guidelines based on direction provided by the CDC, State, and NSHE. Adult Basic Education (ABE) and ESL programs will continue virtually, but partial staff will return. The site supervisor will be present to open and close the building and monitor building entry.
- William N. Pennington Health Science Center—Open, due to special exceptions related to health careers training.
- Dandini Campus—Open, due to special exceptions made for Dental Hygiene. Culinary Arts resumed the lab portion of Spring classes to complete required course outcomes. The Learning Commons has limited personnel returning. The TMCC Bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will continue to offer curbside drop off/pick up by appointment, with appointments available inside the store if customers need to come in. The E.L. Cord Child Care Center opened on June 1.
Currently, all course syllabi are being updated to explicitly state that face coverings are mandatory for all faculty and staff in the classroom. Faculty are being notified that there are no exceptions for removing a face covering during the speaking portion of an in-person lecture.
TMCC will continue to serve students online through the second summer session except for CTE, allied health,and select courses that require hands-on instruction. TMCC was planning for the implementation of Stage Three of the reopening plan with a tentative date of Monday, July 13. This date was been postponed as a result of guidance from Governor Sisolak that Nevada will remain in Phase 2 through the end of July. The next tentative date for Stage Three is Monday, August 3. As the date nears, TMCC will follow guidance from the CDC, Governor Sisolak and NSHE to make a final decision and formal announcement.
Fall 2020 Semester Plan
TMCC tentatively plans to return to campus under the Stage Three guidelines, if the CDC, Governor and NSHE continue to loosen Nevada requirements. Should the CDC, Governor or NSHE determine that increased restrictions are required to maintain safety or reduce disease transmission, TMCC will stay in Stage Two or move to Stage One or Stage Zero, as necessary. Classes and administrative operations will be adjusted as outlined by departmental reopening plans.
In response to student feedback, TMCC is committed to providing some level of consistency and stability in class structure even as COVID circumstances continue to change. Based on national COVID forecasting, as well as a major road construction project that significantly restricts campus access, TMCC will offer Fall classes in no more than the “Stage Three modality,” as defined by each departments’ re-opening plan, for the entirety of the Fall semester.
In the Stage Three scenario,nearly 70% of courses will be offered online while CTE, allied health and other lab classes will offer in-person opportunities following appropriate occupancy and safety guidelines.Foronline courses, particularly those not normally offered in a web-based format, TMCC faculty designated the type of online instruction that will be used -synchronous, asynchronous or hybrid. Upon registration, students are able to choose the class type that best meets their learning style. To support success, the Student Government Association created a tip sheet,“How to Be Successful Online,” that will be distributed as the semester begins.
The dual credit Jump Start program will be moved to synchronous online delivery for the Fall semester. Because students will continue to have real-time interactions with the instructor, as well as other students, tuition will remain consistent with an in-person class. For special cohort classes scheduled to be taught by a high school teacher at the high school, the delivery method will be consistent with the Washoe County School District. In the event that this means a fully online format, the course will be delivered asynchronously.
To assist faculty in making the most of their COVID-impacted classroom, a series of professional development courses is being offered throughout July and August to provide knowledge, skills, and tools for navigating instruction in a non-traditional environment. Additionally, a Faculty COVID-19 Committee is convening in mid-July, facilitated collaboratively by the Vice President of Academic Affairs and representatives from the Faculty Senate. This committee will meet regularly throughout the semester to address a wide range of academic topics to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19. As needed, these topics will be moved to the TMCC COVID-19 Crisis Management Team for further action and guidance.
All safety guidelines and risk-reduction protocols that applied in prior stages will continue in Stage Three and additional requirements will apply. In total, these are:
- All staff and faculty will be required to complete the on-line training modules prior to returning to campus.
- TMCC will follow UNR’s lead in offering training programs for students that address face coverings and strategies for handling social interactions.
- For classes with a face-to-face component, occupancy will increase to no more than 50% of the maximum room capacity or maximum occupancy practicing 6 feet of social/physical distancing, whichever is lesser.
- All course syllabi will specifically state that face coverings are mandatory for all faculty and students in the classroom.
- Faculty scheduled to teach in-person classes have been given three options for appropriate source-control PPE and will be provided with up to two of their preferred type before the start of classes.There will be no exceptions for removing a face covering during the speaking portion of an in-person lecture.
- Additional staff, as identified in Stage Three department plans, will return to the campus.Staff schedules may rotate to ensure 50% occupancy or less, based on the ability to social distance.
- For employees who consider themselves to be a member of a vulnerable population or needing accommodations due to health concerns, as defined by the CDC, a Human Resources request may be completed. Each request will go through a review process that allows for individual consideration to determine the most appropriate accommodations or work environment.
- For students who consider themselves to be a member of a vulnerable population or needing accommodations due to health concerns, as defined by the CDC, a Disability Resource Center (DRC) request may be completed. Each request will go through a review process that allows for individual consideration to determine the most appropriate accommodations or educational environment.
- Offices and service centers will be open, by appointment, for in-person support. On the Dandini Campus, this includes –Welcome Center, Financial Aid Office, Admission and Records, Learning Commons, Sports & Fitness Center. At Meadowood Center, this includes –Career Center, Veteran’s Upward Bound. Masks, social distancing,and all disinfection protocols, as established by CDC, Governor Sisolak, NSHE,and TMCC, will be enforced.
- Signage will be posted at all entry points, in every classroom,and public spaces outlining risk reduction protocols, disinfection protocols,and how to get assistance.
In the case of a presumptively positive COVID-19 test notification at a TMCC location, the following protocol will be used:
- COVID-19 Coordinators will be notified and will immediately notify Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Officer. EHS Officer will report the case to Washoe County Health District.
- If the individual is on campus, he/she will be directed to an identified isolation room until such time as he/she can arrange for transportation of their own accord or emergency transportation can be arranged for them.
- Disinfection and sanitization protocols, as established by Facilities, will be initiated. This includes third party contractors for deep cleaning.
- The EHS Officer will be notified by Washoe County Health District if contact tracing shows there is contamination or a positive case outbreak at TMCC.
- The EHS Officer serves on the NSHE COVID-19 Advisory Committee, which reports to the Chancellor. All reporting of positive cases will go through the committee, per Chief General Counsel Joe Reynolds. For the purposes of the Clery Act, the EHS Officer will also notify the TMCC Marketing and Communications Office, Human Resources,and Legal Counsel.
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, TMCC has been committed to maintaining open lines of communication to ensure that all faculty, staff,and students feel informed, heard, supported,and valued. As we move into the Fall semester, the COVID-19 Bulletin, now sent weekly, will return to daily distribution to ensure information is readily available to all faculty and staff. Town Hall meetings will resume with regular frequency –providing a forum for students, faculty, and staff to weigh in on specific topics of importance to them. TMCC will continue to work together to create the most optimal learning environment for students and to ensure that each member of the campus community feels included, connected and supported. Vamos Verdes!