CDC Updates regarding Quarantine requirements after Vaccination 4/19/2021
Individuals who have been fully vaccinated – that is two weeks or more have passed since the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine or the first dose in a 1-dose vaccine series – will not be required to quarantine following exposure provided he/she does not develop new symptoms of COVID-19.
The Department of Health requests that we follow the current contract tracing protocol, regardless of vaccination status. They will contact exposed individuals to ensure no symptoms have developed, research his/her vaccination status in the state system and provide further COVID education, The DOH will determine if the individual is exempt from quarantine. The Health Services Department as well as the school nurses, will work diligently to assist students, parents and staff in this process.
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Alcoholic Beverages and Smoking Policy
First Coast Technical College is an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free campus. No alcoholic beverages or smoking are permitted on any FCTC facilities.
FCTC Health Screenings Update August 20, 2020
With the beginning of school approaching, here is an update on entering campus.
- All students, staff and visitors will be greeted and directed when they enter the campus.
- When students arrive, they will be screened at their building by their instructor before sitting down in the classroom.
- Supervisors will screen their staff upon arrival to shift.
- Visitors with appointments will report to Building A to be screened by the receptionist.
- Any visitor without an appointment will report to Building A to be screened by the receptionist who will then check to see if the department is available to see them.
- Any student who needs to visit another building must have a Student Daily Admittance Form from their instructor.
June 17, 2020
Message to Students, we want to provide you with information on the CARES Act which is federal emergency financial assistance to post-secondary students.
Both on our website at FCTC.edu and attached to this email, you will find FAQ about eligibility, timelines and distribution of funds. Please review as soon as possible.
If your question is not answered in these FAQ’s, email [email protected]. Emails will be responded to within 48 business hours in the order in which they were received.
CARES ACT FINANCIAL AID
May 19, 2020
Due to the COVID crisis, Adult Education will offer online courses only for the summer 2020 term.
Starting Monday, May 18th, the Test Center will be open to take the CASAS, TEAS, ESCO, Serve Safe and GED assessments. Click here for details.
May 6, 2020
Students, we hope this message finds you well! We are planning a staged and staggered return to campus for hands-on training. Each program/teacher will communicate the plan for their students and how the return to lab/hands-on training will be handled.
Each student will be screened, temperature and health questions prior to admission from designated places while in the vehicle. Ratios of participants will be within the CDC guidelines. Sanitization of labs will occur between rotations.
Not all students will return at the same time or at all. We are prioritizing students based on the program requirements.
We are cautiously proceeding and will monitor for effectiveness and adjust as needed.
Students will wear a self-provided mask and follow the CDC guidelines for 6 feet of space social-distancing at all times on campus. If you are awaiting COVID-19 test results, do not return to campus and communicate with your instructor.
We look forward to seeing you!
Chris and Donna
April 17, 2020
Governor DeSantis announced today in a press conference at 4:30 PM that all districts will continue distance learning through the remainder of the school year. We remain committed and dedicated to helping our students attain success and finish strong in this virtual environment.
March 31, 2020
Online Learning will Continue through May 1…Per the Florida Department of Education, the St. Johns County School District will continue with online/remote learning through May 1. Any updates to this plan will be communicated to parents, students and the community. Thank you for your continued support and flexibility.
March 18, 2020
We hope you and your family are doing well. At First Coast Technical College, our first concern is for the health of our students and staff.
We continue to receive updates and recommendations from the Florida Department of Education. As of now students, in the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) which includes FCTC, will not return to school campuses until Wednesday, April 15th.
Most students will begin online learning on Monday, March 30th. Any adjustments to this plan will be relayed directly from SJCSD and posted on our websites at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us and www.fctc.edu. Licensure programs will communicate with you directly as to the changes in courses/programs.
If you have not opted into text messaging, we encourage you to do so by texting “YES” to 67587. This will only work for cell numbers attached to the contact information from your FOCUS student account.
March 17, 2020
Dear SJCSD Parents and Guardians,
We continue to receive updates and recommendations from the Florida Department of Education. As of now, students in the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) will not return to school campuses until Wednesday, April 15. SJCSD employees will report to work on Monday, March 23 and students will begin online learning on Monday, March 30. Any adjustments to this plan will be relayed directly from the SJCSD and posted on our website at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us.
Teachers and staff will receive direction for work next week to include preparation and planning to ensure instructional continuity. We will be assisting teachers and school administration so that they can relay teaching methods, platforms and expectations to you and your child(ren). We will be releasing the instructional continuity plan on our website in the coming days and will provide further communication when it is available.
Tomorrow you will receive a call from our mass notification system to ask if you have a computer or tablet at home that has internet access. Please follow the prompts on your phone to answer this question. You should only respond once per household. This will let us know more about your child(ren)’s capability to access digital resources as we move more instruction online due to COVID-19.
If you have not opted into text messaging, we encourage you to do so by texting “Yes” to 67587. This will only work for cell numbers attached to your child(ren)’s parent/guardian contact information.
Thank you for continued support and patience as we work through COVID-19 as it relates to our students, staff and schools.
St. Johns County School District
March 13, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
This afternoon we received information from Governor DeSantis and Florida Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran regarding the impact of COVID-19 which continues to change rapidly. As a result, spring break has been extended one week and St. Johns County students will now return on March 30. All extracurricular activities, including high school athletics, are suspended until further notice. Additionally, state testing will be delayed. Our school district will use the extended break for deep cleaning and sanitizing our school facilities.
I appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through the challenges of COVID-19. I will continue to communicate new information as it becomes available.
Posted on March 3, 2020
The District is working in collaboration with the local Department of Health to focus on steps to help stop or slow the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including Coronavirus (COVID-19). Steps currently in place include:
- Information sharing through day-to-day reporting by school nurses to Epidemiology of all students identified with “influenza-like” illness.
- Encouraging parents to keep sick children home.
- Students who become sick at school or arrive at school sick are sent home as soon as possible.
- Encouraging hand washing often.
- Encouraging respiratory etiquette (appropriately covering coughs and sneezes).
- Increased cleaning by custodial staff of frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, counters, etc.), as well as all school buses.
- Monitoring for changes in usual absenteeism patterns.
While there are two confirmed positive cases in Florida, the majority of respiratory illnesses are not Coronavirus. Should there be a confirmed case of Coronavirus in our community, local health officials will provide guidance for any school dismissals. Recommendations will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the most up to date information about Coronavirus and the specific impacts on the community.
Posted on February 26, 2020
The St. Johns County School District and the local Department of Health are working together to follow the recommended guidelines of the CDC regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This guidance offers specific steps for school staff, parents, and students to take during the current low-risk conditions, as well as for more severe conditions. It is recommended, that based on current conditions, students and staff with flu-like illness stay home until at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever. This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (i.e., any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).
The CDC emphasizes washing hands, respiratory etiquette and staying home when sick:
- Practice good hand hygiene. Students and staff members should wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
- Practice respiratory etiquette. Illnesses can spread from person to person in the droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it is important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
- Stay home if you are sick. Keeping sick students home means decreasing the spread of germs to others.