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TCC Board of Trustees Discusses Plans For Reopening Campus In The Fall

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Tallahassee Community College is planning how to handle coronavirus cases when students come back to campus in the fall.

Tallahassee Community College (TCC) is reviewing reopening suggestions from a task force of students, faculty, staff, and campus community leaders. The recommendations detail how the college can open classroom doors in the fall amid concerns about the coronavirus.

TCC's reSTART reIMAGINE taskforce created a report with recommendations for officials to consider. If adopted, students, faculty, and staff would be required to report if they have tested positive for COVID-19. There would also be mandatory training on how to prevent the virus from spreading. The college's Madeline Pumariega is chair of the task force. She suspects people will soon treat face masks like pencils in a backpack.

However, Pumariega says prevention measures, like checking someone's temperature, are limited.

"The only question with that is the limitation, just like the limitation of testing. If you test today negative, it doesn't mean tomorrow you're still negative," Pumariega says.

Other task force recommendations include making testing more accessible by partnering with the Department of Health and local healthcare facilities. The college has ordered masks for students so they won't have to pay for their own.