The Latest COVID Updates & Information

As of January 2023.

All campuses are open. Masks are not required.

At this time, masks/face coverings are not required to be worn indoors by employees, students, visitors, and vendors.

This decision was based on recent guidance from the CDC regarding community levels.  Beaufort, SC’s current community level is a low status.  Should the Community levels increase, we may have to take additional precautions to include reinstating the mask/face covering mandate.

Please know, the safety and well-being of our employees remains a priority. We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and SCDHEC as it pertains to COVID-19.

If you are sick, please do not come to work or class. Instead, stay home and follow the COVID reporting protocol (see below).


Employee Information

Click here to see Employee Return to Campus Guidelines, Resources and Information


Student Information

It is expected that students adhere to the safety rules established for Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Spring 2023 Semester

A variety of face-to-face and online classes are available. View a list of courses using our online course search feature through Self-Service.

Everything you need to know about applying and enrolling can be found in our Enrollment & Registration Guide PDF.

Safety Practices

Masks: There is currently no mask/face covering mandate. Masks/face coverings are no longer required to be worn indoors by employees, students, visitors, or vendors. Please know, the safety and well-being of our employees remains a priority. We will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and SCDHEC as it pertains to COVID-19.

Handwashing: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face. Hand sanitizing stations will be located in high traffic areas.

If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID

TCL follows the CDC and DHEC guidelines noted below. As a close contact you are asked to follow these parameters: 

  • Wear a mask. 
  • Watch for symptoms. 
  • Day 0 starts with the last day you were exposed to the positive person. 
  • Start your day count with day 1 being the first full day AFTER your last exposure. 
  • You can develop COVID up to 10 days after exposure, so keep an eye out for symptoms.  

If you develop symptoms: 

  • Isolate immediately 
  • Get tested 
  • Stay home until you have the test results 
  • If your test result is positive, follow appropriate guidelines as noted in the next section on the TCL website (If You Test Positive for COVID)

Please reach out to Bernadette Macchi at bmacchi@tcl.edu, a member of the TCL Student COVID Reporting Team, if you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID 19. 

  • Isolate immediately 
  • Get tested 
  • Stay home until you have the test results 
  • If your test result is positive, follow appropriate guidelines as noted in the next section below, If You Test Positive for COVID

If you test positive for COVID

TCL follows the CDC and DHEC guidelines noted below when addressing student COVID cases.

First and foremost, regardless of your vaccination status when you are experiencing COVID symptoms, you are asked to isolate from others.  Please also follow the parameters outlined below.    

If you have symptoms and tested positive:

  • Wear a mask.   
  • Stay home for at least 5 days as that is the infectious stage.   
  • Note the date that you were last on campus.
  • Please reach out to Bernadette Macchi at bmacchi@tcl.edu, a member of the TCL Student COVID Reporting Team, if you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID 19. 
  • Work with your professor(s) to arrange for class time and/or work missed. 

To return to class:

  • 5 days must have passed, symptoms must have improved, AND you must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.     
  • Count the first day of symptoms as day 0, regardless of your test date.     
  • Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms begin.    
  • Email Bernadette Macchi at bmacchi@tcl.edu, a member of the TCL Student COVID Reporting Team, with your updated status so she can notify your professor(s) that you are free to return to class. 

 If you test positive but do not have symptoms:  

  • Remain isolated for 5 days since this is the stage that you are contagious.    
  • Reach back out to Bernadette Macchi at bmacchi@tcl.edu as you near the end of your 5 days.  
  • You will be able to return to class on the 6th day, but professors will need to hear from the TCL COVID Team members that you are clear to return before you are admitted back to class.    

Community Resources & Services

Check out this list of resources and services being provided by our community and partners.

Need to Reach Us?

Email us admissions@tcl.edu

Call or text us at 843-525-8207

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More about the Coronavirus

How is the Coronavirus Spread?

  • Through the air by coughing and sneezing
  • Through close personal contact such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object that has the virus on it and then touching your nose, mouth or eyes

Who is at Risk?

  • Travelers to and from certain area are at an increased risk; as are the close contacts of those who are ill
  •  Please note that the current risk of the coronavirus to the public is low

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

How is it prevented?

  •  Wash hands (often)
  •  Use preventive measures (avoid handshakes or other physical greetings such as hugs, etc.)
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth and unwashed hands
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Stay home while you are sick; avoid others
  •  Cover mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve

Additional Resources:

coronovirus facts


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