Limiting student traffic, limiting possible exposures: How Randolph Community College addresses 60 new COVID-related incidents in 2022

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Institutions such as Randolph Community College are taking precautions with the omicron variant through measures such as having fewer classes on campus.
Institutions such as Randolph Community College are taking precautions with the omicron variant through measures such as having fewer classes on campus.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Randolph Community College has been following government, state and local public health officials to maintain campus safety during the semester.

Some safety measures include social distancing, building disinfecting, enforcing proper personal hygiene and resources if a staff or student believes they have been exposed.

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Students who have had a direct exposure or suspect an exposure from COVID-19 direct or indirect contact must notify their instructor, who will then notify their department head or supervisor and the VP of Instructional Services.

Next, an action plan is developed ad an email is sent to students affected by the potential exposure. The process for employees is similar and they must report to the supervisor and the vice president.

With the omicron variant, the department of campus safety has created conversations on limiting new cases, especially after the holidays.

According to Matthew Needham, director of safety and emergency preparedness, there have been 60 COVID-related incidents including exposures, symptoms and positive tests since the beginning of the year.

Director Matthew Needham said the college has pushed for limited student traffic on campus to prevent more exposure.
Director Matthew Needham said the college has pushed for limited student traffic on campus to prevent more exposure.

"We request concern forms and make decisions based on exposure, symptoms, student need, and program flexibility," Needham said. "We have also partnered with the health department and StarMed to have vaccines available at the Archdale Center weekly."

Needham said the institution has tried to reduce the population density on campus by moving as much instruction off-campus through virtual delivery until January 31.

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"Students should still check their emails and online courses for updates from instructors regarding courses. If at school, wearing a face-covering is required to continue progress for the future," Needham said.

Needham said the college still wants to provide students with the best educational opportunities, despite the surge of the omicron variant locally and statewide.

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This article originally appeared on The Courier-Tribune: Randolph Community College's handle on the omicron variant, exposures

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