Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College continues to make efforts to protect the health and well-being of our faculty, staff, students and visitors. We rely on each employee to do their part to maintain a clean, safe and healthy environment.

Face Coverings

Face coverings will be required for all employees while indoors. Face coverings do not have to be worn while in your individual offices or when eating.

Vaccinations

The College strongly encourages all faculty, staff and students to get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and the community.

Symptom Monitoring

Employees who are sick should stay home. Employees should monitor their temperature and themselves daily for the following symptoms:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Isolation and Quarantine

If you were told that you're a close contact of someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19:

If you have been fully vaccinated and boosted OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • You do not need to quarantine
  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
  • Test on day 5 after exposure

If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR
Completed the primary series of J&J 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 5 additional days
  • Test on day 5 after exposure

*Eligible for a booster means six or more months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or 2 months or more after the Janssen vaccine

Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being

OCtech provides an Employee Assistance Program. Our EAP is through The Dawn Center. All employees – full time, part time or temporary – and members of their household may take advantage of this free service. Telehealth options and in-person therapy are available.

Employees should call Carolyn Gamble at 803.536.4900, ext. 134, to access services. If you already receive services through our EAP, contact your counselor directly. The benefit also covers dependent children. If your dependent child under the age of 18 and is in need of services, call Melinda Lamprecht at 803.534.2328, ext. 147.

To ensure that you protect your mental and emotional health:

  • Take care of your body: eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercise regularly; get plenty of sleep; and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and participate in activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others.
  • Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your supervisor or dean. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, please contact Human Resources Director Marie Howell at howellm@octech.edu or 803.535.1207.