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Facilities, Safety, & Maintenance

This page contains the following information:

Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols
Guidelines for Reopening & Use of the Auditorium
Procedures for College Sponsored Travel & Use of College-Owned Vehicles
Social Distancing on Campus
Safety in Classrooms & Instructional Labs


Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols

As Chattanooga State returns to campus, the Plant Operations Custodial Team will take the lead on cleaning and disinfecting in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  Faculty and staff will assist in this effort. All parties will adhere to the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.

In order to provide timely and effective cleaning & disinfecting, Plant Operations should be notified immediately of a suspected or confirmed COVID+ case. The COVID Contact form located at https://technology.chattanoogastate.edu/forms/user/login should be used to notify Plant Operations of areas that have been impacted. This form is accessible by faculty and staff only. Use your TigerWeb credentials to log in and then click the “COVID Contact Survey” link to open the form. Upon submission of the form, Plant Operations will be notified and a cleaning & disinfecting plan can be developed.

Training

  • The Chattanooga State Custodial Coordinator will be responsible for training personnel on proper cleaning and disinfecting techniques. (Tim Barfield Training Video)
  • The Chattanooga State Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator will be responsible for educating personnel on the hazards of any chemicals being used during this process and sharing SDS information as required by OSHA. (Xavier Marshall Training Video)

Procedures

Due to COVID-19 and the need to deep clean, vehicles will not be scheduled to go out less than 24 hours apart. Detailed cleaning will consist of the following:
  1. Upon return, vehicle seats, steering wheel, doors and door handles will be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down thoroughly.
  2. All electronics (radio, AC knobs, blinker and wiper arms, etc.) will be wiped down with alcohol wipes.
  3. Vehicles will be allowed to dry thoroughly.
  4. Floors/mats will be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down.
  5. Vehicles will be washed.

Custodial Team – Ongoing

  • Restrooms (light switches, faucet handles, toilet handles, toilet seats, stall handles, etc.)
  • Common Areas / Corridors -  hallways, cafeteria, outdoor spaces, etc. (light switches, door handles, handrails, table/desk surfaces, etc.)

Faculty & Staff for Chattanooga State & TCAT – Between classes and/or after use

  • Classrooms - Light switches, door handles, tables/desk surfaces, etc.
  • Labs - Light switches, door handles, workstations, equipment, computer equipment (keyboards, mouse), etc.
  • TCAT facilities – workstations and equipment where work was performed
  • Office Spaces - Light switches, door handles, computer equipment, desks, etc.

Guidelines for Reopening & Use of the Auditorium

Please make note of new precautions and stipulations which have been developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guidelines have been established for entering and exiting buildings as well as entering and existing the Stage, room H133 in the Humanities Building and the Audience Seating area.

The Humanities (HUM) Building

The HUM Building shall have only one main point of entry which will be the current MAIN ENTRANCE. This protocol should be used throughout the school year for the HUM Building. Signs will be posted to help direct individuals to the appropriate entrance.

The Auditorium

There is only one exit and one entrance way appropriate for the use of the auditorium. Entrance to the Auditorium is through the Main Lobby Doors and Exit Only through the House Left side doors. These entrances and exits will be clearly marked. PPE will be placed prior to class in a designated area decided upon by instructors. Currently, Clorox wipes and PreventX, are the two sanitizing agents provided.

The stage has been sectioned off in 4 x 4 squares at eight foot on center. Depending on how far a student needs to be distanced from others, instructors will be able to use the squares to appropriately space students. For those using the seating area of the Auditorium, the seats are marked in yellow tape.

Restroom Use: From inside the Auditorium, enter and exit to the restroom via the main lobby doors at the back of the seating area.

No one will be able to use the doors on stage to enter or exit the stage area. If you need to use any of these onstage doors, please contact Pam Traynor to discuss a pathway plan.

Students will be allowed to leave belongings in the designated areas marked in the audience area. This is intended to minimize stage clutter and allow easier cleaning at the end of the class. Each class must spray every individual student area, then let dry for 30 minutes. Please plan accordingly. Once a student has gathered their belongings from the designated area, they will be leaving the auditorium through designated “Exit Only” doors.

The use of the loading dock door and side doors from Stage Right are no longer permitted.

H133

PPE will be placed in the room prior to class. Students using H133 will enter the building using the main lobby and will exit via the Handicap Accessible doors located at the end of the hall across from the double doors to the Auditorium.

Those in H133 will have direct access to the single restrooms located at the top of the three steps at the end of the hallway near the dressing rooms. If you are in H133 and care to use the restrooms in the Lobby, you must then exit the building and walk around to the main entrance as the hallway with the practice rooms in meant to be used in one direction only.

Just as in the sections on the stage, H133 is set up the same way. This is based on six students in the space at eight feet on center in the 4 x 4 squares, for movement. (If there are more than 6 in a class, please notify Pam Traynor.)

PPE will be placed in H133 prior to class in a designated area decided upon by instructors. Currently, Clorox wipes and PreventX are the two sanitizing agents provided.

Students will be allowed to leave their belongings in the designated areas. At the end of each class, the areas must be sprayed and let dry for 30 mins. Please plan accordingly.

Hallways

Blue arrows are placed on the floor to assist you in the directions you will be walking. If a sign says “Exit Only”, this does not mean you can enter from that doorway, it is now meant to be ONE WAY only. We have given careful thought and consideration to ensure that the need for social distancing will be followed.

General Maintenance

Every Friday or Sunday, depending on Plant Operations schedule, the Auditorium and H133 will be sprayed using the Electro Magnetic Sprayer. No one is permitted to enter these spaces at these times. If you enter without communication, you are risking contaminating the space. If the use of the spaces is needed, contact Pam Traynor to discuss a plan.

Primary Point of Contact

Pamela.Traynor@ChattanoogaState.edu
Humanities Auditorium Production Manager
Chattanooga State Community College
Office: 423-697-2424  |  Cell: 917-359-1833


Procedures for College Sponsored Travel & Use of College-Owned Vehicles

Travel Guidelines

  • Per the guidance of TBR, out of state travel is discouraged. Out of state travel requires the approval of the College President and/or TBR.
  • In-state travel should be limited (i.e., within the College’s service area).
  • When possible, hold virtual meetings to minimize travel requirements outside of the service area.

Usage of College-Owned Vehicles

  • When using a College owned vehicle, due to social distancing, single occupancy is recommended.
  • If a van is used, maximum occupancy (including the driver) will be no more than six (6) individuals and masks are required while inside the van.
  • Sanitizing wipes will be placed in vehicles for occupant use.

Cleaning & Disinfecting Procedures

Due to COVID-19 and the need to deep clean, vehicles will not be scheduled to go out less than 24 hours apart. Detailed cleaning will consist of the following:

  1. Upon return, vehicle seats, steering wheel, doors and door handles will be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down thoroughly.
  2. All electronics (radio, AC knobs, blinker and wiper arms, etc.) will be wiped down with alcohol wipes.
  3. Vehicles will be allowed to dry thoroughly.
  4. Floors/mats will be sprayed with disinfectant and wiped down.
  5. Vehicles will be washed.

Social Distancing on Campus

Social distancing means keeping space—about six feet—from other people as much as possible.

CDC Guidance on Social Distancing

  • Campus Access - One-way entrance and exits help control on-campus traffic flow, as well as minimize congestion when entering and exiting buildings and classrooms. Signs will be posted around campus indicating how to maintain appropriate physical distance from others. Students, faculty, and staff should follow all guidelines.
  • Physical Barriers - Physical barriers act as a reminder for people to maintain an appropriate distance from others. They also serve as a protective tool in close quarters when social distancing is not possible. Physical barriers, such as plexiglass shields, have been placed in priority areas. Priorities are based on the number of people and the nature of interactions that take place in each space. High-priority areas include such spaces as the cafeteria, Bursar, etc.
  • Study Spaces - The College is designating additional socially distanced computer spaces in the library to ensure that students have a place to study and access courses remotely if needed. A reservation is required. Group study rooms and tables, casual seating, and classrooms are not available at this time. Consult the library website for all services offered, as well as updated news.
  • Classrooms & Other Shared Spaces
    • Measures such as marking chairs and removing unnecessary furniture will be put in place in instructional spaces, as well as other shared spaces such as the library, cafeteria, offices, etc.
    • Measures such as placing markers on the floors will be utilized to help ensure social distancing is followed.
  • Elevators - Everyone is asked to limit elevator capacity to one person and take the stairs if able. Under no circumstances should anyone enter an elevator or wait in an elevator lobby without a face covering. We ask that people with physical disabilities be given priority access to elevators.
  • Office Spaces - To allow for social distancing in office spaces, use technology to limit in-person group meetings (i.e., WebEx, Teams or Zoom), follow remote work and staggered schedules, remove chairs in large meeting rooms, arrange for floor markings to indicate ideal seating arrangements, make process changes to avoid contact with others (electronic signature, contactless delivery and pickup, use of appointments and reservations, etc.), provide visual cues in waiting areas showing visitors where to stand, create entry and exit plans for staff, and identify and restrict common areas where people are likely to congregate and interact, or enforce social distancing protocols.

Safety in Classrooms & Instructional Labs

Safety practices will include measures to create physical distance, enhanced cleaning, and use of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and face coverings.

  • Classroom Plans for Physical Distancing - Classrooms have been reconfigured to increase physical distance among students and instructors. Unnecessary furniture has been removed, and fixed seating is marked to show where students should sit to stay socially distant. In rooms with movable furniture, floors are marked to ensure safe placement of chairs. Rooms include defined instructional space to indicate boundaries between students and instructors for appropriate physical distancing. Use of physical barriers such as plexiglass will be limited in favor of face coverings, which offer more flexibility for movement.
  • Use of Technology - Classes will be taught as virtual, hybrid, or fully online. Learn more here.
  • Enhanced Cleaning - Facilities Services has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Hand Sanitizer - Hand sanitizer will be available in classrooms and placed throughout campus.
  • Face Coverings - Face coverings (i.e., face mask) will be required in classrooms, instructional labs, and other areas of campus. Face shields are not required for general use but provide added protection when combined with a face covering. Face shields can be especially helpful in environments where the risk of exposure to droplets, splashes, or sprays to the face is increased. A shield protects the entire face, is easy to clean, and prevents the person wearing it from touching their face.