COVID-19 Guidelines

Southeast Technical College is open for face-to-face classes and activities. With the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines and opportunities for students and employees to be vaccinated, we plan a “return to normal” class schedule for the fall semester. However, we will continue our emphasis across campus on enhanced cleaning measures, air filtration in campus buildings, self-symptom monitoring, COVID-19 testing and good personal hygiene (e.g., handwashing and hand sanitizer).  

Southeast Tech administration will continue to review the status of COVID-19 in the community as well as updated guidance from the CDC, S.D. Department of Health and local healthcare advisors and make changes to these guidelines as the situation warrants.

Vaccinations   Face Masks   If You Are Sick   If you are Exposed

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The COVID-19 vaccine is not required by Southeast Technical College. However, it is strongly encouraged that all employees and students be fully vaccinated to ensure we can maintain on-campus activities throughout the year. A COVID-19 vaccination is the single-most important and successful tool to protecting yourself from the virus and its many variants.

Although Southeast Tech does not require the COVID-19 vaccine, some students and employees participating in off-site clinical experiences and internships may need the COVID-19 vaccine to participate. Further information will be provided directly to students and employees in applicable programs. Information about where to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine is available through the S.D. Department of Health website.

Face Masks and Coverings

Masks are not required on the Southeast Tech campus at this time. Masks are optional.

What To Do if You Get Sick

IF YOU: THEN:

Test Positive for COVID-19, Regardless of Vaccination Status:

 

  • You are not to come to campus, or you need to leave campus immediately.
  • Inform a Southeast Technical College contact tracer at covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or 605-367-5688. STC will work with you and the Department of Health to determine when you may return to campus.
  • Communicate with your instructors or supervisor to see if you can work remotely.
  • Self-Isolate at home for a minimum of 5 days since the day you had a positive test or showed symptoms.
  • Wear a mask for 5 days after isolation when in public. 

Are Testing for COVID-19 or Have Symptoms:

 

  • You are not to come to campus, or you need to leave campus immediately.
  • Inform a Southeast Technical College contact tracer at covidreporting@southeasttech.edu or 605-367-5688.
  • STC will work with you and the Department of Health to determine when you may return to campus.
  • Communicate with your instructors or supervisor to see if you can work remotely.
  • Contact your healthcare provider.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19

IF YOU: THEN:
  • Have had a booster shot, OR
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months, OR
  • Completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on Day 5.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted, OR
  • Completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson over 2 months ago and are not boosted, OR
  • Are unvaccinated
  • Quarantine for 5 days. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
  • Test on Day 5.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

Events and Campus Activities

Activities and visitors will be allowed on campus.

For more information on this plan, please visit southeasttech.edu/coronavirus.