Learning during COVID-19

The TISOH campus is currently open. All staff, students, and visitors must observe social distancing while wearing face coverings at all times.  Prospective students are welcome to stop in or schedule an appointment for an in-person school tour.
Immunization Policy:
This policy asserts requirements for staff, faculty, and student COVID-19 vaccinations regarding institutional operations and provides redress for requested exemptions based on religious and medical necessities.The institution mandates that staff, faculty, and students who visit the school in a residential teaching or learning capacity receive proscribed courses of COVID-19 vaccination(s) of the following type and number two weeks prior to course starts in the spring 2022 semester, which begins on January 19, 2022, and thereafter:

• Pfizer-BioNTech – First and Second doses
• Moderna – First and Second doses
• Johnson & Johnson – One dose

Vaccinations received by staff, faculty, and students outside the United States and produced by various other pharmaceutical companies, will be evaluated on a case-by-case according to proscribed and received dosages.

Acquired immunity via contraction of the virus and verified by COVID-19 tests, will not be considered for immunization purposes at this time, or until CDC and Health Department guidelines recommend such consideration.

TISOH Admissions and Academic staff are responsible for procuring and maintaining vaccination records in required student, staff, and faculty files. Copies, photos, and facsimiles of vaccination records are acceptable documents toward fulfillment of the mandate.

Exemptions:
Students are exempt from the institutional vaccination mandate only if they:
• Complete and submit the TISOH Medical Immunization Exemption Form (Student), or;
• Complete and submit the TISOH Religious Immunization Exemption Form (Student), or;
• The student is enrolled solely in IDL classes.

Staff and faculty are exempt from the institutional vaccination mandate only if they:
• Complete and submit the TISOH Medical Immunization Exemption Form (Staff/Faculty), or;
• Complete and submit the TISOH Religious Immunization Exemption Form (Staff/Faculty), or;
• The staff or faculty prosecutes their duties solely via remote work or instruction procedures.

Those students, staff, and faculty that are granted exemptions stipulate via signature on either form that in the event of a vaccine-preventable outbreak on campus, they will be excluded from matriculation or completion of duties by the directors for a period of time determined by the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health and concomitant with that observed at other institutions in similar contexts.

Institutional events:
All TISOH events (including but not limited to Hangouts, Mixers, dinners, site visits, and graduations) will be governed by vaccination requirements indicated by the venue at which such events take place. TISOH will advise students, staff, and faculty of venue vaccination requirements in advance of each event, as needed, and will exclude those staff, faculty and/or students with vaccination exemptions.

Externships:
Immunization exemptions will be considered for Diploma students and Certificate students enrolled in the Externship course; Student Services staff will attempt to place them in externships that do not require immunization. Externship students will be excluded from externship opportunities at sites that require vaccination.

Alternatively, exempted students may be enrolled in Hospitality Capstone, a course approved under temporary flexibility granted by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), toward fulfillment of the externship requirement in Diploma programs.

The Capstone alternative to Externship is available until such time as they are affirmatively rescinded but no later than 180 days following the date on which the COVID-19 national emergency declaration is rescinded by ACCET in accordance with Department of Education determinations. Should immunization become a broader requirement for externship sites, effectively inhibiting a student’s ability to complete the externship course, and if no additional flexibilities are granted, exempt Diploma Program externship students will be disenrolled.

Provisions for policy modification and sunset:
This policy will be modified according to CDC, NSHE, CPE, federal, state, local, and health department laws, statutes, and guidelines as they are released. Additional vaccination requirements, including potential requirements for booster shots and the need to recognize efficacy of additional vaccine brands, will be reviewed as needed and no less than yearly with subsequent changes to policy (if required) communicated to all concerned parties.

Should this policy become moot for any reason, it shall be sunset appropriately.

FORMS / INSTRUCTIONS
TISOH Medical Immunization Exemption Form (Student)

TISOH Religious Immunization Exemption Form (Student)
TISOH Medical Immunization Exemption Form (Staff/Faculty)
TISOH Religious Immunization Exemption Form (Staff/Faculty)

CONTACTS
Director of Admissions and Recruitment
Director of Academic Affairs