COVID-19 Protocols for Students | HCTC

COVID-19 Protocols for Students

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has created significant health risks for some populations. In alignment with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Governor of Kentucky and the State Health Department, the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and Hazard Community and Technical College has developed and established safety protocols to assist in maintaining safe working and learning environments. These protocols outline additional precautions for student, employee, and community safety.

NOTE:  FOR THE PURPOSES OF KCTCS/HCTC PROTOCOLS IN THIS DOCUMENT, “RESTRICTION” MEANS TO STAY OFF CAMPUS OR OUT OF THE OFFICE FOR THE SPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME.   While we advise you to follow state, local and federal quarantine guidelines, we have no authority over your actions while not on KCTCS property.

HCTC will be following the protocols listed below regarding restrictions.  These are always subject to change depending upon changes with COVID-19 or changes made by governing bodies. KCTCS has aligned isolation/restriction protocols with the KY Department of Public Health and the CDC.  Each college has the latitude from KCTCS to implement COVID protocols based on the positivity rate in their local area so our guidelines may be different than other colleges.

STUDENTS and COVID-19:

Students must be aware of and work with faculty, staff, and administration during these extraordinary times as required by the KCTCS Code of Student Conduct, Article III, Section 3, Standard 2.4, and the Appendix, entitled Crisis or Emergency Plans, Protocols, and Guidance.

Report cases of positive COVID or COVID exposures by emailing the Healthy @ Work Officer at HCTC-Healthyatwork@kctcs.edu or by calling 606-487-3110 (Vickie Combs).  

Restrictions for a COVID Positive Diagnosis

  • If you have tested but not received test results, stay home while you wait for the results to prevent unknowingly exposing others.
  • If you test positive for COVID - you will be restricted from on-site work or classes and on-campus activities for 5 days from your COVID test date. As part of the correspondence regarding specifics of your restrictions, you will receive a link to update your status on day 5.  If, at that time, you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, you will be released to return to campus but should continue to wear a mask until day 10.  If a fever or symptoms persist, you will be restricted for 10 days.
  • Anyone who continues to have symptoms, has experienced moderate or severe illness or has a weakened immune system should continue to isolate for 10 days.
  • Supervisors and instructors will be copied on the instructions including restrictions provided by the Vickie Combs, Health at Work Officer.  They will be responsible for ensuring that the employee or student adheres to the restriction timeline and wearing of the facemask (if allowed to return early) prior to returning to the campus. 
  • Faculty are encouraged to work with students who might be positive to ensure they don’t fall behind in their classes.

Exposures to COVID-19

Based on a release from the Centers for Disease Control on August 11, 2022, the college will no longer be tracking exposures to COVID-19.  If someone starts feeling sick, it is recommended that they wear a "high-quality mask" for 10 days and get tested on day six (6). They should continue to wear a mask for 10 days.  If the test should be positive, it should be reported to the Healthy at Work Officer at HCTC-healthyatwork@kctcs.edu 

Restrictions For A “Close Contact” Exposure to Someone Who is Diagnosed with COVID   

“Close contact” is defined as spending 15 minutes or more with someone diagnosed with COVID within a 24-hour period.  Restrictions for “close contact” are dependent upon your vaccination status and if the person who has COVID lives in your household.  

  •  If you are "Up to Date" and have close contact – you will not be restricted away from campus.  However, it is recommended that you wear a mask for at least 5 days and get tested on day 5.   

NOTE: “Up to Date” vaccination status is defined as having taken two Pfizer vaccines plus one booster OR two Moderna vaccines plus one booster OR one Johnson and Johnson vaccine plus one booster.

  • If you are not “Up to date” with vaccinations and have “close contact” – you will be restricted away from campus for 5 days from contact or test of positive individual.  On day 6, if you are not having symptoms and can present copies of a negative COVID test taken on day 5 to the Healthy @ Work Officer, you may return to campus.  You must remain away from campus until you present the negative test results OR 10 days from contact has passed.
  • If you are not “Up to date” with vaccinations and have “close contact” with someone who lives in your home – you will be restricted away from campus for 5 days from contact or test date of positive individual.  On day 6, if you are not having symptoms and can present copies of a negative COVID-19 test taken on day 5 to the Healthy @ Work Officer, you may return to campus.  You must wear a well-fitting face mask for 5 additional days.  You must remain away from campus until you present the negative test results or 10 days from contact has passed.  If a mask cannot be worn, you will be restricted for a full 10 days.
  • Avoid people who have weakened immune systems or are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, and nursing homes and other high-risk settings, until after at least 10 days.

Accommodating Health Department Guidance

Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine.