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Holley Hall in use as COVID housing

Holley Hall remains closed for normal residency as it is being used for quarantine purposes. 

 Photos by Cassidy Winborn

Tyler Junior College’s Residential Life and Housing is following the college’s safety protocols by taking precautions for students living on campus. Holley Hall, a residential hall located on campus, will be used for quarantine purposes. 

“If a residential student has been exposed to COVID-19, they will be relocated to Holley Hall per the college’s protocol for quarantine,” said Rebecca Sanders, director of public affairs and media relations at TJC. 

According to the Fall 2020 Plan for COVID-19 protocols, TJC will monitor symptoms of COVID-19 for those on campus by developing a reporting system to monitor students and employees who develop symptoms similar to those found with COVID-19. 

“Our plan is for each student to have no more than one roommate. There will be daily cleaning of community bathrooms, and sanitation products will be provided to students. A second shift is being added to the custodial staff to allow for cleaning and trash removal throughout the weekdays,” according to the Fall 2020 Plan. For more information, visit tjc.edu/fall2020plan. 

Holley Hall is located on the main TJC campus between the Rogers Student Center and Vaughn Library. Holley Hall houses 58 students with two person rooms. However, for quarantine, there will be on person per room. Each room shares a bathroom, two twin sized beds, two desks with chairs, two dressers and two closets. 

Sanders explained how the college will determine if students need to go into quarantine. 

“Each situation is carefully evaluated, and appropriate measures will be determined in consultation with Dean of Students Dr. Tampa Nannen and the college’s protocols,” Sanders said. 

If a student is sick, has been exposed to the virus or is experiencing symptoms, they should notify Nannen as soon as possible. Students who also share a room with someone who has been exposed to or contracted COVID-19 would also need to relocate to Holley Hall. 

“Any employee or student with known close contact (less than 6 feet for 15 or more minutes) to a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19 must remain in quarantine until the end of the 14-day quarantine period from the last date of exposure,” Sanders said. 

For more information, visit the TJC Fall 2020 Plan attjc.edu/fall2020plan or contact Tampa Nannen at tnan@tjc.edu. 

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  • That’s wild, I did not know until now that we were using Holley Hall as a type of “containment”.

  • I’m really glad that all the staff at TJC are working so diligently to stay on top of all the protocols. I have been very impressed with my college experience thus far in the pandemic. This whole year has been pretty crazy, so it makes me feel cared for to know that there are people working so hard to keep us safe.

  • I’m happy to see that tjc has a plan and a safe space for people who contract the virus on campus so they won’t spread it further.

  • Cool idea, Unlike most colleges and sending their student back home once they have tested positive for COVID. TJC have created something very nice.

  • I actually like this idea this a great plan to help students keep safe and makes me feel happy and safe that tjc cares about its faculty and students. It shows that they are working hard to keep everyone safe and to let us know whats going on during this pandemic.

  • This is a bitter sweet moment because we hate that the person or people tested postuve for covid. At the same time its sweet because yall just did not send them home but gave them a space to get back there health and stay in school.

  • TJC has a good idea to use Holley Hall as an isolation space. This is a very crucial policy to have, especially as studies emerge that show college towns are becoming COVID-19 hotspots. While there are some obvious drawbacks to this, it is an overall great policy.

  • TJc has a safe and thoughtout plan that’s good to hear.

  • I truly appreciate that they are taking initiative here on campus to help us if we get sick.

  • It’s kind of sad that we have to use such measures, but I’m glad that we do have measures in place

  • Hopefully more higher learning institutes will look at this as an example.

  • I think it is very cool that the school is giving this as an opportunity. I live in the dorms and I do not want to be sent home and then risk spreading it to my family.

  • I think this a great idea for holley hall to do this, so they can keep there residents safe and sound.

  • Glad TJC is helping students that live on campus to quarantine if needed instead of being sent home.

  • If someone is sick should they not just be sent home? What happens when all the rooms are filled? Theres no way around it but to get it and build immunity.

  • I love this idea! Now if someone needs to be quarantined they can still remain on campus while keeping their distance from others.

  • I think this is a good idea considering that a lot of people that attend tjc have hometowns that are hours away. It makes it a lot more convenient for students who do get sick because I can imagine it would be very stressful to catch covid and then have pack all your things and go home on top of trying to not get behind in your classes.

  • I think that this is a great plan because some students are from out of the country, so going all the way back home would be a hassle and not proactive considering once there over the Corona virus they can come straight back to school. This is also keeping students from spreading the Corona virus by keeping them in a room quarantined

  • I had no idea the school was doing this. It’s a very smart idea in my opinion especially since some students are from out of country or don’t have anywhere other than campus they can stay at.

  • I think this is great for the school to come up with a plan like this instead of just sending us home they have a building where you can go quarantine but also still be apart of the school and do your work.

  • I had no idea that Holly Hall was being used in this way that’s truly shocking, but I’m glad that TJC is helping out their residents without having to move them far away.

  • I think that it is wonderful that TJC is coming up with ways to help out students living on campus, instead of forcing them to go home if they are sick.

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