Elizabethtown Community and Technical College currently is in its third stage of the return to campus plan.

On Friday, the college released a Q&A document answering some questions in regard to the school, safety and guidelines.

According to the document, students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks on campus. A full-length face shield also is acceptable.

“ECTC has the right to refuse service to anyone not in compliance with this safety procedure and students could be in violation of the student code of conduct if they do not comply,” according to the document.

Specific elements of the college’s Stage 3 reopening plan entails:

• Up to 50 percent of faculty/staff on campus.

• Students with appointments can continue to access student services.

• Summer classes may take place on campus while others will be offered online only.

• Meetings of up to 50 people may be allowed with social distancing and proper safety precautions observed.

• Skills U adult education programming may resume on-campus classes.

• Workforce Solutions classes for business and industry can take place on campus.

While vending machines and water bottle stations will be available, water fountains, break rooms, meeting spaces and shared appliances will not be.

The fourth and final stage of the plan begins Aug. 1 and will include all student services open on campuses

Fall classes are scheduled begin Aug. 17 in a variety of formats including online, hybrid and traditional face-to-face instruction.

The College Workforce Solutions teams will be working to meet business needs and provide training for unemployed individuals. Colleges will continue to offer apprenticeships and other work-based learning opportunities.

Actions in Stage 4 are subject to approval by the Kentucky Council on Post­secondary Education and subject to change.

Temperatures will not be taken on campus. Students and employees will be encouraged to take their own temperature and monitor their symptoms.

“We believe our students understand the importance of self-checking and they want to keep not just themselves, but also their fellow students, safe and healthy,” Mary Jo King, ECTC director of marketing and public relations, said in an email.

Students should stay home if they are feeling unwell, exhibit symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath consistent with COVID-19 or have been exposed to the coronavirus, the action plan said.

To aid in contact tracing, faculty will take attendance in classrooms.

ECTC schedules have been altered to allow for fewer students in the classroom at a given time. This includes allowing half the class to attend virtually or dividing half the class to be taught at separate locations on campus.

The college also has made the decision to suspend all club sports program for the 2020-21 school year.

Steps that can be taken by everyone to keep campuses safe include wearing a mask, staying home if sick, social distancing, washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer before and after in multi-use areas and limiting family members on site that do not seek services, according to the document.

The most current information about ECTC’s re-opening plan is at elizabethtown.kctcs.edu/covid-19.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1747 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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