COLLEGE SAFETY MEASURES
Aiken Technical College is following the protocols and guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the World Health Organization to promote a healthy campus.
The College has taken measures to increase awareness across campus on how to minimize the spread of germs and diseases. The College is frequently communicating with faculty, staff, and students through emails and informational posters throughout the campus.
Further, the ATC custodial staff are increasing the number of times they are disinfecting the campus’s public areas on their daily rounds including door handles and knobs in gathering spaces and restrooms. Commonly used items in classrooms are also being disinfected.
Located around campus are fully stocked hand sanitizer units on the walls and appropriate foam soaps in the facilities.
Currently, the College is not prohibiting business travel—although a number of national conferences have been canceled. Employees who have planned to attend a conference or professional development opportunity should check with conference organizers for any updates.
For general travel guidance please refer to the CDC Travelers’ Health page at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel.
Also, in the event of a campus closure, we will follow emergency protocols and will work with faculty, staff, and students to mitigate learning disruptions that could impact academic progression and financial aid.
PRECAUTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
We continue to encourage our community to take the necessary precautions and exercise good health practices.
According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 include:
- Shortness of breath
The CDC and the SC DHEC recommend using the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid contact with respiratory secretions.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Self-isolate if you become sick. (Visit SC DHEC's FAQ page for more information on what to do if you become sick: https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/frequently-asked-questions-covid-19)
Faculty, staff, and students should continue to check their ATC email for any further updates and information.