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Tech Moving Forward: Learn more about GTPE's expanded virtual course offerings and virtual event services.

Tech Moving Forward

GTPE health & safety guidelines for in-person learning and events

As the Georgia Tech community returns to campus, Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) will continue to offer modified in-person professional courses and events in the Global Learning Center and at our Georgia Tech-Savannah campus, along with many virtual options

Over the past few months, the Georgia Tech community has been called upon to respond to circumstances that have altered every previous reality of our daily lives. Since our departure from both campuses on March 15, 2020, GTPE has been supporting a rapid transition to remote work for our staff, instituting an emergency pivot to remote teaching and learning for all Georgia Tech faculty and students, and adapting our professional course and event offerings for our learners and clients.  

Utilizing a phased approach, we are now ready to welcome you with enhanced safety and sanitization procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH) to help keep our community, staff and visitors safe.

This environment is new for all of us and will require increased diligence, responsibility, and patience. We are committed to providing a safe in-person option for your professional education and event needs, as well as offering virtual courses and event support options.

Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

While in our buildings, learners, visitors and staff are asked to maintain the following good hygiene practices to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
  • Wear a Mask icon
    Wear a Mask
  • Wash Hands Often icon
    Wash Hands Often
  • Don't Touch Face icon
    Don't Touch Face
  • Maintain Distance icon
    Maintain Distance
  • Monitor Symptoms icon
    Monitor Symptoms

Door-to-Door Virtual Tour

As your return to the Global Learning Center for modified in-person professional courses and events, things are going to look different. Each of us has a responsibility to ourselves and others to be mindful of our shared safety practices. The door-to-door video details some of the modifications GTPE has made to our facilities, as well as expectations for visitors while in the building.

What to Expect

  • Prevention
  • Sanitization
  • Classroom Cleaning
  • Testing & Tracing

Consistent preventative practices can reduce transmission of the Covid-19 virus. We have implemented several updated operational procedures that can help minimize potential spread.  

  • Indicators to help maintain at least six feet of physical distance between individuals.  
  • Reduced occupancy measures to ensure distancing for visitors and staff in all elevators, common areas, classrooms, meeting rooms, event spaces, as well as office spaces throughout the building. 
  • Limited seating in shared spaces and modified circulation patterns throughout the building. 
  • Cloth facial coverings (masks) are required for staff, instructors, and learners, while inside campus facilities/buildings where social distancing is difficult to consistently maintain. Face covering use will be in addition to, and is not a substitute for, social distancing. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for convenient use.   
  • Daily wellness checks for everyone that enters the building using a personal checklist
  • Modified check-in procedures to assist with contact tracing. 
  • Only prepackaged snacks and boxed lunches will be served to ensure food service safety.

Upon our reopening, you will find enhanced cleaning frequency and disinfection practices in place throughout our facilities that follow national guidelines. 

  • Routine cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas — such as doorknobs, chair backs, and tables — in entrances, common areas, and classrooms. 
  • Daily misting of classrooms and event spaces. 
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations placed throughout the building. 
  • Enhanced cleaning products that help counter possible virus transmission per CDC guidelines. 
  • Classroom doors locked until five minutes prior to course or event start time. 
  • Leaving all other doors open, when possible, to avoid frequent touching of doors and door handles. 
Classroom Cleaning

In addition to the routine custodial cleaning cadence throughout the building, we have implemented enhanced preventative measures for our classroom spaces. These initiatives include: 

  • Implementation of an EPA-registered misting system to clean and disinfect classroom surfaces at least once daily. 
  • Increased daily sanitization of high touchpoints (door hardware, light switches, chair backs, podiums, tables, etc.).  
  • Making use of single-use covers for podium mics and keyboards. 
  • Using single-use, alcohol-based wipes for all electronics (lapel mics, computer mice, touchpads, printers, remote controls, phones, USB/HDMI cords, etc.). 
  • Installation of hand sanitizing dispensers outside classrooms. 
  • Enhanced signage for acceptable seating, paths of travel, and proper hygiene. 
Testing & Tracing

For any individual registered for in-person, non-credit courses with Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE), the following protocol should be followed in the event that you receive a positive Covid-19 test result. Remember, if you test positive for Covid-19 or begin to have symptoms of Covid-19, you must take immediate action for your own health and the safety of others. 

If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result before your face-to-face class at GTPE (Atlanta or Savannah campus): Do not attend the course until a minimum of 10 days have passed since your symptoms of Covid-19 began, or, if you do not have symptoms, 10 days have passed since your test was collected. We will refund registration fees for health-related reasons with no questions asked. 

If you receive a positive Covid-19 test during class: In the unlikely case where you have a pending test and a positive result comes back while you are on site, we request that you return home immediately and report your positive test to via the Georgia Tech Covid-19 Positive Test Reporting Form. Please comply with local health department contact tracing protocols. When contacted, please provide them contact information for the GTPE Registration Team (see below). The team answering the call will be able to provide a class roster for contact tracing, as well as contact information for GTPE support staff and for Georgia Tech's Stamps Health Services, which reports all positive campus cases. 

If you receive a positive Covid-19 test result after your in-person GTPE class: If your face-to-face class at GTPE (Atlanta or Savannah) was in the time period starting two days before your Covid-19 symptoms began (or two days before your Covid-19 test sample was taken if asymptomatic), and ending 10 days after your symptoms began, we request that you report your positive test via the Georgia Tech Covid-19 Positive Test Reporting Form. We request that you comply with local health department contact tracing protocols. When contacted, please provide them the contact information for the GTPE Registration Team (see below). The team answering the call will be able to provide a class roster for contact tracing, as well as contact information for support staff and Georgia Tech's Stamps Health Services, which reports all positive campus cases. 

GTPE Registration Team


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