COVID-19 Updates

TJC is closely monitoring the situation concerning the coronavirus with reports from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Net-Health and other agencies.

COVID-19 Information Center

Operational Decisions

COVID-19 is still continuing in our world and in our community, but vaccines are readily available for protection. TJC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely and will adapt policies and procedures as necessary to keep our students, employees and campus safe and healthy.

  • All students, employees and visitors to the TJC sites are strongly encouraged to wear a face-covering to protect themselves and others.
  • Physical distancing is encouraged to help reduce the risk of spreading contagious diseases.
  • Health screening forms are not required for visitors or employees; however, health screening forms are still in place for residential students.
  • Enhanced cleaning procedures will continue.

Responsibilities Concerning Illness:

Any individual with symptoms (or who has tested positive for COVID-19) will not be allowed to return to the classroom, laboratory or office until all four of the following criteria have been met:

  1. At least 24 hours have passed since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications; and,
  2. Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved; and,
  3. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and
  4. Their healthcare provider provides a written release.

Persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic can return to campus 10 days after the first positive test, if they have not subsequently developed symptoms, and they receive a written release from their healthcare provider.

Any individual who has symptoms that are associated with COVID-19 and does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, is assumed to have COVID-19, and may not return to campus until they have completed the same four-step criteria listed above.

Students who are ill:

  1. Stay home if you are ill. Do not visit any of the College’s facilities.
  2. Immediately email or call your professor(s) if you are unable to attend class; work with them on potential alternative timelines for completion of your coursework.
  3. If your healthcare provider requires you to quarantine due to your illness, you must not return to campus until your quarantine period has been completed. Residential housing students who are required to quarantine must contact the office of Residential Life and Housing for quarantine options. Call 903-510-2837 or email housing@tjc.edu for information.
  4. If you have been diagnosed with a contagious disease or condition, do not return to TJC until the date determined by your healthcare provider.
  5. For any long-term absence due to illness, contact the Dean of Student's office by phone at 903-510-3324 or email at tnan@tjc.edu for guidance.

If you think you are sick with COVID-19, please do not go to the Campus Clinic. We have set up a process at the UT Health Clinic at 5th Street and Beckham to expedite appointments for TJC students with respiratory issues (that may or may not be COVID-19). Call 903-596-3918 to make an appointment. Please identify yourself as a TJC student to minimize any confusion.

Responsibilities Concerning Exposure to COVID-19:

Any employee or student with known close contact (within 3 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) to a person who is lab-confirmed positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for a period of 10 days. Persons in quarantine or self-isolation due to potential exposure to COVID-19 should perform daily self-checks for symptoms and contact medical help if they suspect symptoms are developing. If they have not developed symptoms by the end of their quarantine, they may return to campus.

Exception: Persons who have been vaccinated and boosted per CDC specifications at the time of exposure are not required to quarantine as long as they are asymptomatic and are willing to wear a face covering for 10 days while at TJC facilities.

Caretakers of COVID Patients and/or Living with Family Member with COVID

If the employee or student is a caretaker or lives in the same household with someone who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19, then they should quarantine for a period of 10 days. The 10-day quarantine period starts after:

  1. The person confirmed positive is symptom-free for at least 24 hours; or,
  2. A healthcare provider’s note stating that the person confirmed positive has recovered; or
  3. The date of the confirmed-positive person’s first negative COVID-19 test.

Students who are required to quarantine due to exposure:

  1. Stay homeDo not visit any of the College’s facilities.
  2. Immediately email or call your professor(s) if you are unable to attend class; work with them on potential alternative timelines for completion of your coursework.
  3. Residential housing students who are required to quarantine must contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing for quarantine options. Call 903-510-2837 or email housing@tjc.edu for information.

OPTION for Employees or Students Required to Quarantine due to Confirmed Positive or in Direct Contact with a Positive Person

You may return to TJC after 5 days of quarantine when both conditions below are met:

  • Provide a negative test on day 5 or later
  • Sign a statement verifying you are symptom-free

COVID-19 Policy

Download our COVID-19 Policy Chart

On Campus COVID-19 Vaccinations

Each Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the on-campus UT Health clinic in Rogers Nursing & Health Sciences Center is offering COVID-19 vaccines to TJC students and employees.  It will depend on their stock as to which vaccine is offered on a particular Wednesday.  To receive a vaccine, please call the on-campus clinic at 903-510-3862 and sign up for a day and time. 

TJC NOW Fund

Do you need help transitioning to online learning? TJC is providing financial resources through the TJC NOW fund and the CARES Act. Please click the link below to apply.

This emergency assistance is a one-time opportunity, and funds do not need to be repaid. These funds are intended to cover expenses that can impact a student’s ability to continue their education.

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