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Tech Moving Forward: Learn about GTPE's plan to resume in-person learning and events.

Tech Moving Forward

GTPE's plan to resume in-person learning and events

In accordance with Georgia Tech’s initial return-to-campus plan for summer, Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE) will be reopening our facilities for modified in-person professional courses and events in the Global Learning Center and at our Georgia Tech – Savannah campus on Monday, July 6, 2020.

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, and we are also developing virtual course 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

What to Expect

  • Prevention
  • Sanitization
  • Classroom Cleaning
Prevention

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 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.
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Sanitization

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. 
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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. 
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