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Campus Plan Overview

Following guidance from the State of Tennessee, Tennessee Board of Regents, and local government, Chattanooga State will implement a modified four-phased approach to guide operations during COVID-19. This revised plan is based on the information available at the time of publication and is subject to change based on updated guidance.

Campus Plan & Phases

Factors for Consideration of Phased Operations

Change in Phase of Operation

Decisions determined by the College President, in consultation with the President’s Cabinet and the COVID-19 Taskforce, with decisions based on a set of criteria, including, but not limited to:

Federal, State, or Local Mandates

Local Activity (local defined as Hamilton County and/or the full six-county service area)

  • In what phase is Hamilton County operating? See appendix for Hamilton County phases of operation
  • Is the number of active cases increasing, stabilizing, or decreasing?
  • What is the active (positive) case rate in the county and/or service area, both as a percent of the total population and as a percent of the tested population?
  • What is the current rate of hospitalization, ICU, and/or COVID-19 death rate?

Contiguous County Activity (N. Georgia / N. Alabama / Bradley County)

  • In what phase are counties operating?
  • What is the active case rate in these counties? Is it increasing, stabilizing, or decreasing?

Campus Community

  • What is the active (positive) case rate on campus? Is it increasing, stabilizing, or decreasing? See also Factors for Consideration of Program, Building, and/or Site Level Closures

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Guidance


Notification Plan for Change in Phase of Operation:

  • Issue a TigerAlert only when going back a phase
  • Issue a press release with every phase change
  • Issue or include in a Campus Communication from President with every phase change
  • Update on website and post to social media channels

Factors for Consideration of Program, Building, and/or Site Level Closures

Closures may occur in a classroom, wing, building, program, and/or site level, depending upon the extent of an outbreak and its associated contacts.

  • Short-term closures of a minimum of 48 hours is required to allow time to adequately identify contacts of an infected individual and allow time for cleaning and sanitizing. Executive Director of Operations will notify individuals when they may resume use of the space(s).
     
  • A 14-day period of closure may be necessary when contacts cannot be identified and/or there is concern for widespread exposure of students and/or staff. In this case, the 14-day period allows for all students and staff to be out for a full incubation period.

Campus Closure

Decision determined by College President, in consultation with the President’s Cabinet and the COVID-19 Taskforce, looking at the active (positive) case rate at the site. Is it increasing, and what is the percentage of active cases?   Notification Plan for Site Closure:

  • Issue a TigerAlert
  • Issue a press release
  • Campus Communication from President 
  • Update on website and post to social media channels

Building and/or Site Closure

Decision determined in coordination with Plant Operations, Dean, and VP, looking at the active (positive) case rate in the building. Is it increasing, and what is the percentage of active cases?

Notification Plan for Building Closure:

  • Division leader notifies College President, President’s Cabinet, and the COVID-19 Taskforce, as well as all students and employees impacted by the building closure.
  • Plant Operations notifies campus community via email (consistent with current practice pre-pandemic)
  • Campus Communication from President

Program Closure

Decision determined in coordination with Program Director, Dean, and VP, looking at the active (positive) case rate of the program. Is it increasing, and what is the percentage of active cases in the program?   Notification Plan for Program Closure:

  • Division leader notifies College President, President’s Cabinet, and the COVID-19 Taskforce, as well as all students and employees impacted by the program closure
  • Campus Communication from President