COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Frequently Asked Questions

SCTCC A Friendly reminder to Stay Safe and Protect Yourself from COVID-19

SCTCC, in coordination with state and local health departments, is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19. The College is taking the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of the SCTCC community and will continue to update campus as necessary.

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19 as it relates directly to SCTCC. This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most up-to-date information, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health.

General Questions

It is important that both sick persons, or those with possible exposure to stay home. We encourage flexible attendance and sick leave support for students and staff who need to quarantine. If your employee or student does have COVID-19 have them complete the SCTCC COVID Reporting Form: https://webapps.sctcc.edu/covid_tracking/

The CDC had updated isolation and quarantine guidance and SCTCC will now be following the new guidance. 

As always, employees should continue to report covid related illness, positive cases and/or close contacts through the Covid-19 reporting form.

For those Testing Positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate – regardless of vaccination status
  • Stay home for at least 5 days (day zero is day symptoms began or positive test)
  • If you don’t have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, and you are fever free without fever reducing medication, you can leave your house after 5 days
  • Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days

For those Exposed to someone with COVID-19

You are Up-to-Date with COVID-19 vaccination

  • Been boosted
  • Had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna in the last 5 months
  • Had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last 2months
    • You do not need to stay home
    • Wear a mask for 10 days
    • Test on day 5, if possible
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home

You are NOT Up-to-Date with COVID-19 vaccination

  • Had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted
  • Had only one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
  • Had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over 2 months ago
  • Are unvaccinated
    • Stay at home for 5 days – Quarantine (again, day zero is day of contact).  
    • Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.If you cannot quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5, if possible
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home

CDC resources (Jan 4, 2022) 

  • We will use guidelines from Minnesota State for any in-person events.
  • We will make sure to physically distance, wear masks, sanitize, and limit crowds during in-person events

Travel warnings are subject to change without advance notice. You are encouraged to monitor the CDC website if planning any international travel.

There are many sources of information on COVID-19 including state, national and international organizations. These are key sources for Minnesota, the United States and for travelers:

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
MDH Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19)

State Department (DOS)
DOS Travel Information

You can also check the coronavirus resources page.

All SCTCC employees and students are welcome to attend the COVID-19 Response Team Meetings.
The COVID-19 Response Team meetings are held Fridays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (No meetings are held on days campus is closed).

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Students

The two key messages here are stay home when sick and call ahead for guidance on where to get appropriate care. This applies to students, as well as faculty and staff.

Recovering at home will be the main message for healthy persons with mild symptoms. For those with underlying health conditions and/or more than mild symptoms, guidance will be provided for those who may need more evaluation or testing as part of the triage call. 

Contact your instructor. Students who are unable to attend in-person courses, or participate in online courses due to illness (or illness related caretaking) should email their instructor immediately to inform them of their circumstances and seek advice from faculty on possibilities for adjustments in completing material. Note, each course’s syllabus will outline expectations for attendance and due dates. Students should refer to their course’s syllabus first for their instructor’s policy.   

Fill out the SCTCC COVID Reporting Formhttps://webapps.sctcc.edu/covid_tracking/

Students who feel they are unable to continue on and be successful in their course/s due to illness (or illness related caretaking) should consult with their academic/faculty advisor about options to drop/withdraw from their course/s.

The safety of everyone on campus is our top priority.  For a complete list of campus safety measures, visit the Student Success web page.  

For current information on how to access campus and student services, visit the Student Success web page.  

The Student Success web page has updates on academics, but to the get the most current information on your classes, be sure to check your SCTCC email and D2L everyday.  

Students should watch their email and check D2L Brightspace for updates and instructions from their instructors.

Faculty and Staff

The two key messages here are stay home when sick and call ahead for guidance on where to get appropriate care. This applies to students, as well as faculty and staff. 

Fill out the SCTCC COVID Reporting Formhttps://webapps.sctcc.edu/covid_tracking/

For faculty and staff: CentraCare has a community resource for faculty, staff or students to speak with a nurse 24/7 at 320-200-3200. This will help to prevent the spread of illness and allow medical professionals to prepare and give proper guidance on where will be the appropriate place for care. 

Recovering at home will be the main message for healthy persons with mild symptoms. For those with underlying health conditions and/or more than mild symptoms, guidance will be provided for those who may need more evaluation or testing as part of the triage call.

The CDC had updated isolation and quarantine guidance and SCTCC will now be following the new guidance. 

As always, employees should continue to report covid related illness, positive cases and/or close contacts through the Covid-19 reporting form.

For those Testing Positive for COVID-19

  • Isolate – regardless of vaccination status
  • Stay home for at least 5 days (day zero is day symptoms began or positive test)
  • If you don’t have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, and you are fever free without fever reducing medication, you can leave your house after 5 days
  • Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days

For those Exposed to someone with COVID-19

You are Up-to-Date with COVID-19 vaccination

  • Been boosted
  • Had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna in the last 5 months
  • Had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last 2months
    • You do not need to stay home
    • Wear a mask for 10 days
    • Test on day 5, if possible
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home

You are NOT Up-to-Date with COVID-19 vaccination

  • Had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted
  • Had only one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
  • Had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over 2 months ago
  • Are unvaccinated
    • Stay at home for 5 days – Quarantine (again, day zero is day of contact).  
    • Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.If you cannot quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
    • Test on day 5, if possible
    • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home

CDC resources (Jan 4, 2022) 

We highly recommend accessing and utilizing the resources we have to serve students from remote locations by providing access to your courses through the D2L Brightspace learning management system, as well as utlizing Zoom and Kaltura. All college courses have a D2L Brightspace course. For more information, please visit this page.

If you have questions regarding benefits or pay, please contact the Human Resources office at 320-308-5464.

General/National Guidance and Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided this Fact Sheet on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

The CDC has provided this Fact Sheet outlining steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

The Minnesota Department of Health urges Minnesotans to take the following steps: 

·       Get vaccinated and if eligible get a booster. To find a vaccine near you, visit Find my vaccine.

·       Wear well-fitting masks in indoor public settings and crowded outdoor settings.

·       Get tested if you have symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, have traveled as per guidelines or have been in a setting where you may have been exposed.

·       Stay home if you are sick.

·       Wash hands frequently.

·       Stay away from crowds.

·       Improve ventilation in your home and workplace.

·       Take extra care to avoid exposure to the virus if you have medical conditions or live with someone with medical conditions.

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