Student Return to Campus Protocols | GCTC

Student Return to Campus Protocols

For any student experiencing symptoms or being tested for COVID-19, please notify Amy Gass and copy Gateway's Healthy at Work officer, Jamie Younger. 

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

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, Artile II, Section 3, Standard 2.4, and the Appendix, entitled Crisis or Emergency Plans, Protocols and Guidance.

Monitoring and Reporting Symptoms

Anyone experiencing the following symptoms must stay away from Campus:

  • Fever of 100.4F or higher
  • Shills or Sweating (regardless of actual temperature rating)
  • New Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Sore Throat
  • Muscle aches, body aches
  • Stomach upset or vomiting and diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Or other symptoms as reported by the CDC

Students who experience any of the symptoms outlined above, should seek a COVID-19 test if possible. While awaiting test results and/or if instructed to self-isolate, students must:

  • Contact your instructor(s) immediately to report that you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Contact a health department official or other healthcare provider
    • If you experience these symptoms due to another condition or illness, such as allergies, food poisoning, etc, and symptoms subside without treatment within 24 hours, you may choose to return to class/campus. ("Treatment" does not include over-the-counter pain medication, antacids, etc. or medicine regularly taken as prescribed by your healthcare provider.)
    • You will need to complete the self-certification form by selecting the first option.
  • Stay off campus until it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared, it has been 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and COVID-19 symptoms has improved.
    • Note: People who are severely ill and/or hospitalized with COVID-19 or have a severely weakened immune system may need to stay home between 10 and 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Consult your healthcare provider for more guidance.

Return to Campus

Before returning to campus, students must complete and submit one of the following acceptable documents to their instructor(s) or other designated college administrator:

  • Complete the Self-Certification Form (pdf) - This form may include an electronic signature and must be sent by the student using their email account
    • Certify that you are no longer experiencing symptoms of or similar to COVID-19
    • Certify that it has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and COVID-19 symptoms have improved
  • Doctor's Certification verifying that the student sought medical attention and is not experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19; or
  • Local Health Department Documentation indicating the student tested positive and was given an end date for self-isolation period

Return to Class

Instructors are not obligated to provide an opportunity for completing makeup assignments unless students submit one of the appropriate documents as described above. Faculty will work with administration to ensure students will have a safe, productive, and appropriate return to classrooms.