NCTC COVID-19 Information

The NCTC is following guidance in accordance with the DOI Workplace Safety Plan and CDC recommendations.  

This page is frequently updated.  Last update:  January 24, 2023.

NCTC is committed to the safety of our staff, contractors, students, and all guests. We are updating this page as needed to ensure all who visit our campus know about the policies, we have in place to manage operations with your safety in mind.

UPDATED Vaccination and Masking Information

When attending any NCTC activity, on or off campus, as with other public places an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses exists. NCTC is following the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force’s masking guidance and agency protocols for in-person gatherings, which connect COVID-19 community levels with local hospitalization capacity and transmission rates. NCTC courses will be conducted in accordance with the county community level posted the Friday before the course is to be held. To find the current status at NCTC, search for Jefferson County, West Virginia, here. On campus, NCTC signage will reflect the current COVID community level. To find the status for any offsite course, your search would be the same for the county where your course is being held. The protocols for each status are listed in the table below:

In accordance with the DOI COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan, the term “high-quality mask” means a surgical mask, procedure mask, or an internationally approved device (e.g., KN95s and KF94s). Respirators also meet the standard to be considered a “high-quality mask.” Respirators are defined as NIOSH-approved filtering facepiece respirators (e.g., N95 and P100 respirators). Cloth masks and similar face covers (e.g., gaiters) are not considered to be high-quality masks.  The protocols for each status are listed in the table below:

Protocols for In-person Meetings, Courses, or Conferences Based on COVID-19 Community Levels
Community-Level Risk Required Protocol
Low (Green)
Medium (Yellow)
  • Masks optional with additional caution recommended for those at high risk for severe disease.
  • If there is a positive case, NCTC will follow CDC isolation guidance.
High (Orange)
  • All in-person attendees to NCTC courses and events will be required to wear a mask in public indoor setting regardless of their vaccination status.
  • If there is a positive case, NCTC will follow CDC isolation guidance.

*High-Quality Masks are required in any shared vehicle (buses, shuttles, government vehicles, etc.) regardless of community level.

Before You Travel to Any NCTC Course

  • Prepare to be flexible.

  • What you need to know before you travel.

  • Pack the following:
    •  Face Masks
    • Tissues
    • Alcohol based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)
    • Disinfectant wipes (at least 70% alcohol)
    • Thermometer
    • Rapid tests (rapid tests are available at the NCTC, however, if your course is offsite, please bring a supply for yourself)
  • Remember safety first. NCTC reserves the right to cancel or postpone a class at any time before or during the course as needed to keep participants safe.

Health on Campus

Please do not travel to NCTC if you are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; if you have been exposed to COVID-19; or you have been ill within 10 days of your course.  If you begin to experience COVID-related symptoms [Symptoms of COVID-19 | CDC] while on campus, NCTC has testing and quarantine support on campus. Your first step is to quarantine and then inform your course leader or event coordinator who will provide further direction. 

  • Rapid tests will be available on-site.

  • Basic cold and flu medicines will be available at our sundry shop.

  • NCTC can assist COVID-positive individuals unable to travel by providing a quarantine area.

NCTC has a nurse on-site. Services include:

  • Facilitating Covid-19 testing for symptomatic students and guests;

  • Providing immediate care for illness and injury;

  • Initiating contact tracing with suspected cases of Covid-19 to identify people who may have been exposed; and

  • Coordinating with local health authorities as needed.

If you begin to experience COVID-related symptoms while on campus, your first step is to isolate yourself in your lodging room, call our nurse at extension 7880, and then inform your course leader or event coordinator. Please ensure you bring enough personal clothing and supplies (e.g. prescription medications) to last through a complete isolation period (10 days), just in case you are infected with COVID-19 while you are visiting.

Steps We're Taking to Protect You

NCTC has put in place various COVID-19 mitigation measures across campus. These mitigation measures are similar to what you are currently experiencing in your state or jurisdiction. NCTC will encourage priority behavior practices daily on the NCTC campus as follows:

  • Frequently washing hands or the use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Staying at home when sick, or in other words, not making the trip to NCTC.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Conducting daily self-checks for COVID-19 symptoms.


Lodge rooms will be cleaned once a week unless you request service more or less frequently.

  • Options and preferences will be communicated at check-in.
  • Extra towels and toilet paper will be staged in the guest rooms.
  • Guests will have the option of contacting the Front Desk with any concerns or need.
  • Trash will be collected daily.
  • Room doors will be sealed after Housekeeping has serviced each room.
  • Glasses, cups, ice buckets, and ice bucket trays will remain in the rooms.


In the Servery:
  • NCTC will have additional grab-and-go options to include:
    • “House” salads – simple tossed salad in addition to the usual Entrée salads;
    • Prepackaged “Lunchable”- type provisions.
  • Plexiglass guards are located at the cashier stations and all self-serve stations.
  • Touchpoints will be cleaned frequently.
In the Dining Hall:
  • Additional casual seating is available on the 1st floor of Commons in the Lounge and Roosevelt Room.
  • Salt and pepper packets will now be available at the condiment station.


  • Cleaning supplies including disinfectant wipes will be available in each classroom.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned/disinfected three times a day.
  • Classrooms will be disinfected using electrostatic sprayers on a quarterly basis.

Break Service 

  • Offering prewrapped and prepackaged items.
  • Cleaning supplies are available at the break alcoves.
  • Touchpoints will be cleaned frequently.


Restrooms will have posted capacity limits and will be cleaned frequently.

Recreational Facilities  

Physical Training Building (Gym):
  • Instituted quarterly electrostatic spraying of entire facility;
  • Daily electrostatic spraying of weight/cardio room equipment; and
  • Cleaning supplies available in weight/cardio room.
Social Lounge:
  • Prewrapped snacks will be available.

Shuttle Service 

Shuttles will be provided as normal. 

Questions can be directed to the NCTC Front Desk at 304-876-1600.