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COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 Protocols

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Health and Safety

We are committed to supporting our students, faculty, and staff as we begin offering classes and services on campus. Our highest priority is the health and safety of all of the SWTJC Community, and we are taking the necessary precautions recommended by local and state health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

black face mask icon Face coverings are required on campus

hand washing icon Clean your hands often

six feet apart icon Avoid close contact

feeling sick icon Stay home if you are sick

after sneeze face icon Cover coughs and sneezes

cleaning icon Clean and disinfect

 


Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for COVID-19

Please refer to the SWTJC Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines for reference on what to do if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had close contact with an individual who is confirmed for COVID-19.

SWTJC Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

 


Health Protocols

For Students add

Mission: To advance our community through achievable higher education and lifelong learning. In order to fulfill our mission, we will need our most important resource: students. Our top priority is to provide a learning environment that is safe and reassuring for our students and to those who are the most vulnerable among us. This protocol is to be implemented and followed by each student as they return to class for the face-to-face training.

1.) Students will practice self-monitoring before coming to class. Any students showing the following symptoms should not report to campus and should contact their instructor immediately to plan necessary arrangements. Students will receive a copy of the self-monitoring requirements.

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  • Known close contact with a person who has been lab-confirmed within the past 14 days to have COVID-19.

  • Students with underlying medical conditions are recommended to not participate as per CDC guidelines:

    • students with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
    • students who have serious heart conditions.
    • students who are immunocompromised.
    • students with diabetes.
    • students with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.
    • students with liver disease
2.) Students will be screened each day before class.

The screening will be for:
  • Temperature Check
  • Face coverings are required regardless of vaccination status

3.) Information is posted on all protocols, including handwashing, hygiene, and how to use personal protective equipment.

4.) Students must and will maintain the necessary social distancing of 6 ft. at all times be as recommended by CDC guidelines.

5.) It is the student's RESPONSIBILITY to respect the rights and privileges of students, faculty, and other College District staff and volunteers. Not following or adhering to the protocols put in place for the safety of our students and faculty will be considered interference that may cause or provoke a disturbance. If faculty, feels the reason to believe that such conduct that may cause or provoke interference or class disruption is taking place, this will be considered disorderly conduct, and the student will be removed from the classroom and any further participation in the program.

 

For Employees add

Mission: First and foremost, the health, safety, and well-being of our staff members, students, and our patrons have guided and will continue to guide the development of these phases and in large part will determine when we reopen Southwest Texas Junior College. This document, COVID-19 SWTJC Reopening Phase, responds to that reality by outlining the proposed first stage to reopen our campuses and to reintroduce employees to our physical spaces, materials, and building-bound services with new health and safety protocols in place.

1.) Employees will practice self-monitoring before coming to campus, designated building or office. Any employee showing the following symptoms should not report to campus, building, or office and should contact their immediate supervisor immediately to plan necessary arrangements. Employees will receive a copy of self-monitoring requirements.

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Known close contact with a person who has been lab-confirmed within the past 14 days to have COVID-19.
  • Any employee with underlying medical conditions is recommended to stay at home as per CDC guidelines:

    • any employee with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
    • any employee who has serious heart conditions.
    • any employee who is immunocompromised.
    • any employee with diabetes.
    • any employee with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.
    • any employee with liver disease
2.) Campus and Building Screening and Monitoring
  • At the screening checkpoint, each employee will undergo a temperature check 
  • All vehicles entering campus will be required to enter through a designated entrance and each employee must check in for screening before entering any buildings. Some campuses will differ due to size.
  • Employees must sanitize or wash hands before entering the building.
  • Each building will have one common entry point that all employees will be required to use.

3.) If applicable staggered shifts will be scheduled for each department, including start times and breaks

4.) Employees will be trained on all protocols, including handwashing, hygiene, and how to use and wash personal protective equipment.

5.) Employees will be responsible for wiping down their phones, computers, mice and this will include doorknobs and desk area with antiseptic wipes or disinfectant before they start and after they leave each day, they are at their designated work area. Cleaning products will be provided.

6.) Employees are required to wear face coverings and will always maintain the necessary social distancing of 6 ft. as recommended by CDC guidelines. 

7.) Meetings are encouraged to be held virtually

8.) Employees should not share equipment, computers, etc. When it is necessary (i.e. copy machine) employees will be responsible for sanitizing or gloves must be worn.

9.) The employee must sanitize bathroom area used and wash their hands. Disinfectant spray will be provided for bathrooms.

 


COVID-19 Documentation


COVID-19 Updates

January 6, 2022 - SWTJC Temporarily Moves Spring Classes Online Due to COVID Surge

In order to ensure our SWTJC community's continued safety, we decided to temporarily move some classes to virtual delivery beginning Jan. 18 through Jan. 28.

Students enrolled in technical programs which require hands-on labs and training will continue to meet face-to-face with additional safety protocols. Those programs include law enforcement academy, airframe mechanics, registered nursing, vocational nursing, radiologic technology, emergency medical technician, patient care technician, cosmetology, automotive technology, diesel technology, wildlife management, air conditioning and refrigeration, welding technology, professional truck driving, and powerline technology training.

Technical programs which will meet virtually are criminal justice, child development, computer information systems, administrative information technology, and management.

Staff will continue to report to work in person, wear masks, and keep six-foot social distancing.

All SWTJC campuses and offices will remain open for business, with services offered in-person and/or virtually. Library, transportation services, residence halls, dining services, and writing centers will still be available on our campuses. Practicing social distancing and wearing masks while in these spaces is required.

We are taking these actions in response to the surge of cases in our area. We are hopeful that it will peak soon and allow us a quick return to normal.

Thank you for your flexibility, patience, and willingness to keep our college safe.

January 3, 2022 - Face Masks are Required at All Campus Locations

The Omicron variant is spreading quickly and CDC community transmission is at red status across the SWTJC service area. Studies have shown that cloth masks are inadequate to prevent the spread. CDC recommends a multiply surgical mask at a minimum but would encourage the use of KN95 masks.

November 15, 2021 - Face Masks are Recommended at All Campus Locations

August 20, 2021 - Face Masks are Required at All Campus Locations

SWTJC Board of Trustees approved the recommendation from the administration to mandate masks for students effective immediately.

“We feel confident that with our multilayered approach, in addition to requiring masks at this time, we will be able to maintain in-person classes,” said Dr. Hector Gonzales, SWTJC President.

The decision for students to wear masks comes only two days after the implementation of required masks for all college faculty and staff at all locations.

July 12, 2021 -  Vaccination Clinics Offered on Various Campus Locations

Southwest Texas Junior College will be hosting COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics on each campus.  Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited to take advantage of this free opportunity. SWTJC Students who take their 1st and 2nd doses will be entered into a drawing. The first prize will be a 2021 Fall Term Full SWTJC Scholarship, second prize will be a Microsoft Surface Pro. Winners will be drawn for each vaccination site. 

May 21, 2021 - Face coverings encouraged, but not required following Executive Order GA 36

On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order GA 36 which prohibits governmental agencies, including colleges, from requiring individuals to wear face coverings. The Executive Order takes effect on Friday, May 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm, and SWTJC will comply with the order.

This order in no way prevents voluntary use of face coverings on our campuses should you prefer to continue the practice. We strongly encourage the wearing of masks on our campuses regardless of vaccination status, however, the choice is voluntary moving forward.

Safety protocols will continue and check-in stations to screen for fever and other COVID-19 related symptoms will remain in place.

March 9, 2021 - Updated Course Delivery Formats

Summer classes will consist of 20 to 40 percent face-to-face, while fall classes are scheduled to be 50 to 70 percent in a face-to-face format.

March 2, 2021 - Mask Requirement Remains in Effect for SWTJC

Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Executive Order GA 34 that removes the face-covering mandate. The Executive Order takes effect on March 10, 2021. The SWTJC Re Open Committee is in the process of reviewing this Executive Order and will provide guidance as more information is revealed. However, SWTJC will continue to follow the face-covering protocol while on campus.

March 1, 2021

Southwest Texas Junior College plans to reopen the Powers and Kirchner Child Development Center (SWTJC Daycare) at 50% capacity beginning Monday, April 5, 2021. Please visit the SWTJC Daycare webpage to review the SWTJC Daycare Return to Campus Protocol for information on health and safety precautions the daycare staff will follow upon reopening the daycare facility.

Health and Safety Protocols for COVID-19 must be followed in order to visit any SWTJC building.

Daycare Enrollment Schedule (9:00 am - 4:00 pm):

  • On Monday, March 8, 2021, SWTJC students, faculty, and staff can visit the Daycare to enroll their children.
  • On Tuesday, March 9, 2021,  parents that receive Middle Rio Grande childcare funds can visit the Daycare to enroll their children.
  • On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, anyone from the community can visit the Daycare to enroll their children.

SWTJC Daycare cannot hold any spots, and enrollment is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

*During the enrollment visit, parents must bring in shot records and any doctor's notes for any special diets the children may have.

For more information, please contact:

Christine M. Chapoy
Child Development Center Director
SWTJC Powers and Kirchner Child Development Center
130 Marsh Lane
Uvalde, TX 78801

Email: cmchapoy@swtjc.edu
Phone: (830) 591-2590

Spring 2021

Given the rise in COVID-19 cases statewide and in SWTJC’s service area and the uncertainties associated with this rise, the SWTJC administration has decided the following:

  1. All Spring 2021 Academic/Transfer courses will be offered virtually/remotely via Zoom, Teams, or Canvas Conference. These include classes originally scheduled as “regular,” in-person face-to-face.
  2. Technical Program classes will meet virtually for lectures and meet in-person for hands-on labs, observing safety and social distancing procedures.

The following Technical Programs will conduct face-to-face learning (which will also include some remote learning):

  1. Law Enforcement Academy
  2. Airframe Mechanics
  3. Registered Nursing (ADN)
  4. Vocational Nursing (VN)
  5. Radiology Technology
  6. EMT
  7. Patient Care Technician (PCT)
  8. Cosmetology
  9. Automotive Technology
  10. Automotive Body Technology
  11. Diesel Technology
  12. Wildlife Management
  13. A/C & Refrigeration
  14. Welding Technology
  15. Professional Truck Driving
  16. Lineman Training

The following Technical Programs will be conducted remotely:

  1. Criminal Justice
  2. Child Development
  3. Computer Information Systems (CIS)
  4. Administrative Information Technology (AIT)
  5. Management

COVID-19 Re Open Committee

Southwest Texas Junior College is committed to monitoring developments and taking precautionary actions for the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and our community. We are working closely to develop plans with local and state public health officials in order to continue to provide continuous business and academic operations.

This page is intended to provide all information, including continuous updates, about the progress of campus operations. Please explore the content of this page on a regular basis, our Frequently Asked Questions page will provide answers to questions in light of the COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) pandemic.

We appointed a Re Open Committee charged to develop the protocols for a safe Return to Campus Plan. Each department has begun developing their own specific plans within the guidance of the institutional plan. All the components and the supporting documents that provided guidance to the development of the plan will be accessible via our home page for the public to view. We fully understand that the guidance from public health officials is evolving as additional information about COVID-19 becomes available. Our plan will remain dynamic to respond to the latest guidance.

The Re Open Committee consists of Steve Martinez-Registrar, Rolando Lira-Director of Associate Degree in Nursing, Dr. Cheryl Sanchez-Dean of Liberal Arts, Johnny Guzman-Dean of Technical Programs, Cruz Mata-Instructional Facility Coordinator, Connie Buchanan-VP Del Rio, Gilbert Bermea -VP EP campus, and Derek Sandoval-VP Administrative Services.