Frequently Asked Questions - Employees

Am I required to wear a mask or a facial covering?

The health and safety of Wake Tech students, employees, and visitors is paramount. In this crisis, we have two priorities, staying healthy and continuing to learn. In accordance with the state’s mandate, facial coverings/masks are required for anyone entering a campus – students, employees, and visitors. They must be worn at all times in public places. If you are alone in a private space such as an individual office, your mask may be removed. 

Will the college provide masks or do I bring my own?

It is your responsibility to always have a mask on hand. The college has a supply of masks to distribute in the first few weeks of the fall semester in the event someone forgets their own.

If I cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, will the college provide me with a shield?

Yes. The college will provide a shield after receipt of medical documentation. Employees should request an accommodation by emailing HR at [email protected].

What is the college doing to maintain social distancing?

Wake Tech asks all employees, students, and visitors to maintain a safe social distance of at least six-feet apart from one another. Specific social distancing measures are outlined in Wake Tech’s Safety Guidelines and Protocols for the COVID-19 Pandemic.

What should I do if I see a student or another employee ignoring safety protocols?

As a member of the college community, you have the authority to remind violators of the safety protocols in a professional and measured manner. Politely ask them to put on their face covering and/or point out they are not practicing social distancing. If they do not immediately comply, do not engage further. Instead, contact a senior administrator or a Health Ambassador if in the area. If you have the violators contact information, you should report them to HR at [email protected]. Faculty will enforce compliance in the classroom.

What should I do if I observe someone on campus who appears to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms?

You may discuss your observations with the person. Below is an example of how to politely approach the person:

“I see that you are coughing, and it appears you are having trouble breathing. Since these are symptoms that may be related to the virus, the college’s Safety Guidelines state that you should leave campus and contact Human Resources at 919-866-7890 or email them at [email protected]. Someone will contact you to discuss your options.”

What if the person says that their symptoms are due to allergies?

Because symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them. That’s why we may ask the person to leave campus and contact HR. Symptoms common of both are cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, headache, sore throat, and congestion or runny nose. Keep in mind that a fever is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies.

What if I do not feel safe on campus?

We want you to feel safe and secure while on campus and recognize that there are many factors impacting each individual’s readiness to return to campus including, being a part of a vulnerable population; having underlying pre-existing medical conditions; and/or caring for someone who does. Please call Human Resources to discuss your concerns.  Send an email to [email protected] or leave a message with the HR Help Desk at 919-866-7890 and an HR professional will contact you in a timely manner. In addition, you may contact Dr. Jerry Nuesell, the college Ombuds at

Will dining and beverages be available on campuses?

In order to promote social distancing, cafeterias, coffee shops and other areas where people may congregate will be closed. Food trucks will not be available. Please bring your own lunch.

Will break rooms, vending machines, and microwaves be available?

Yes. Everyone must wear face coverings and practice social distancing in break rooms, which will be cleaned more frequently throughout the day. Face coverings may be removed when seated at a table.

Have building HVAC and sewage systems been reviewed for potential COVID exposure risks?

The Facilities Department has implemented all national protocols to the maximum extent possible with respect to HVAC systems. Sewer systems continue to function properly and receive sufficient amounts of water for adequate flushing purposes. Potable water systems are currently being flushed on a periodic basis to prevent the accumulation of bacteria.

In addition, the college recently updated most of its filters to a MERV 13 rating which means these filters successfully remove at least 90% of particles in the 1-3µm range. All of the colleges’ filters meet the standards set by the American Society, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the CDC.

Can I come to campus and retrieve items from my office that I need for remote work?

Yes. If your building is locked, please call the police command center (919-866-5911) and an officer will unlock the building for you to get your personal items and supplies. You may not take college equipment and furniture home. Once all the buildings are unlocked, you will not be required to notify anyone.

My child is enrolled in virtual learning. What are my options for working from home?

The possibilities for allowing remote work schedules to align with student schedules in the public schools will depend, in part, on individual staff roles and departmental functions. Please discuss scheduling with your supervisor as soon as possible.