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Coronavirus Disease 2019/COVID-19 Information

Trident Technical College is monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Updated Oct. 25, 2021

 

A Message for TTC Students

 

Mask Policy as of Aug. 18, 2021

Effective Aug. 18, 2021, masking is required for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, while indoors on campus. Masks are not required outside or when individuals are alone in their offices or work spaces. This policy is subject to change at any time based on changes in transmission rates in our area and guidance from federal and state health agencies. The college strongly encourages unvaccinated employees and students to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and others.

COVID self-reporting tool for students

You should use the COVID-19 self-reporting tool to inform the college if you test positive for COVID-19, if you have had close contact* with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Based on your responses to the questions on the form, you will be notified of the appropriate action to take based on your situation. If you have any questions about the form or reporting, please email COVID19Response@tridenttech.edu.

*Close contact is defined as being within six feet of a COVID-positive person for 10 minutes or longer.

Vaccination Incentive Program

Trident Technical College encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated! Our new vaccine incentive program runs through Nov. 15. The purpose of the Vaccination Incentive Program (VIP) is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus by increasing vaccination rates in our community. Click here for details on the incentives available to vaccinated employees and students.   

COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing

For current information on vaccination eligibility in South Carolina, click here. To find a vaccine provider near you, click here.

Trident Tech has partnered with the University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy to offer free saliva-based COVID-19 testing to TTC students, employees and affiliates (people in leased spaces on campus). Regular, ongoing COVID testing is important to help monitor the spread of infection by individuals who have the virus but do not display symptoms. Testing will be available on Thornley Campus in Building 940, Suite D, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Sept. 2, 16 and 30, Oct. 14 and Dec. 9. Testing will also be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Palmer Campus (Amphitheater/Room 182) on Oct. 28 and at Berkeley Campus on Nov. 11 (Live Oak Conference Center/Room 101).

No appointment is needed. Online preregistration is encouraged, although registration can be done at the time of testing. Test results will be provided within 48 hours after the samples are received by USC’s College of Pharmacy Diagnostic Genomics Laboratory. Test results will be sent to S.C. DHEC as required by the state of South Carolina. Trident Tech will only receive anonymous information on the number of positive cases, not information on individual test results.

Important: No eating, drinking, smoking, vaping, gum or mints 30 minutes before testing.

Tip: Drink water to hydrate well before testing. You may have plain water until 10 minutes before testing.

 

TTC Pandemic Re-entry Plan

TTC's pandemic re-entry plan can be found here.

COVID-19 Tracking and Weekly Report

The college is tracking COVID-positive cases reported by students and employees and is taking action based on the procedures outlined in the college’s Pandemic Re-entry Plan. If you are taking classes on campus and test positive for COVID-19, you should notify your instructor and not return to class until completing the required quarantine period. To view a weekly report of COVID-positive cases, click here.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund I, II, and III (HEERF I, II and III)

These relief funds consist of awards from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act, also referred to as HEERF I), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA, also referred to as HEERF II), and the American Rescue Plan Act (HEERF III). The funds were distributed to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

Click on the weblink below for the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for the HEERF I, II and III grant awards Sections 18004(a)(1), 314(a)(1), and 2003(a)(1) Institutional Portions, and 18004(a)(2), 314(a)(2), and 2003(a)(2) and 18004(a)(3), 314(a)(3), and 2003(a)(3) if applicable. To view the college’s quarterly financial reports, visit Quarterly HEERF Reports (All future reports will be listed there).

Fall Semester 2021

Trident Tech students can anticipate a wider variety of course format offerings than ever before this Fall Semester. In addition to offering traditional, face-to-face classes, the college will have expanded hybrid offerings, which typically require students to come to campus fewer times, and additional fully online sections.

In response to the pandemic, the college developed two new methodologies: scheduled online meetings and open labs. Like online courses, students in scheduled online meetings are not required to come to campus, but like traditional classes, these classes meet virtually on scheduled days and times. Open labs allow students the opportunity to schedule times to perform hands-on lab skills. This format has allowed the college to maintain smaller class sizes and has afforded students the opportunity for more one-on-one time with instructors. 

D2L Access

D2L is the college's integrated online learning platform. If you need assistance accessing your D2L courses, use this form. You can also get help by emailing StudentD2LHelp@tridenttech.edu or calling 843-574-6999 (choose option 2). A D2L login tutorial video can be found here.

Student Services Resources: If you need assistance with admission to the college, financial aid, or other areas. Please visit the Student Services webpage for updates and contact information.

Counseling Services are Available

Trident Technical College’s Counseling, Career Development and Services for Students with Disabilities office is continuing to offer counseling services to students online.

Counseling services are available via secure video conference. If you have any questions about this process, please contact us at Counseling.Services@tridenttech.edu. Please email us at Counseling.Services@tridenttech.edu and we will guide you through the process of scheduling an appointment.

 

Travel

  • All study abroad programs and international travel have been suspended through Dec. 31.
  • Nonessential college-related domestic travel for employees and students is suspended until further notice (as of Aug. 9, 2021). Travel requests for essential travel must be submitted to the appropriate vice president for approval.

Staying Healthy

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Educate yourself about COVID-19 so you can be prepared and help prevent the spread of the virus.

Free Online COVID Screening

The Medical University of South Carolina is offering free online coronavirus screenings to South Carolina residents through its telehealth program. Anyone who has symptoms of the virus, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, can use the online system free of charge by using the promo code COVID19.

Links to Additional Resources

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control COVID-19 webpage

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 webpage

If you know someone with a mobility-related disability who has an urgent need for the services listed below, click here for information on emergency assistance available from Adaptive Expeditions.

  • Home delivery and disinfection of groceries, personal protective equipment or essential household supplies
  • Emergency repair to home access ramps or other exterior equipment
  • Financial assistance to utilize CARTA’s Tel-A-Ride to access documented and essential medical services