GLYNCO, Ga. –The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) will resume training operations at the Glynco Training Delivery Point (TDP) on Monday, August 9, 2021, following a temporary pause due to an increase in positive COVID-19 test results in the student population.
All four of FLETC’s TDPs (Glynco, Georgia; Artesia, New Mexico; Charleston, South Carolina; and Cheltenham, Maryland) will implement the following measures for at least 120 days:
- Temporarily, FLETC will accept and train only fully vaccinated students.
- Fully vaccinated students are those who are 14 days past their final dose of a two-dose regimen or 14 days past a single-dose regimen.
- Fully vaccinated students who are COVID positive (through contact tracing) will follow CDC recommendations to isolate for ten days.
- Fully vaccinated students who recover from COVID-19 will resume training after FLETC’s Medical Liaison Officer or Medical Unit clears them.
- Criteria may include physical exam findings, a review of relevant lab work, and a CDC- recommended 10-day isolation period.
- FLETC will lodge all students on FLETC’s residential training facilities as soon as possible.
- With limited exceptions, FLETC will require all students to remain on FLETC for the duration of their training evolution in order to remain in a training status.
- FLETC will continuously re-assess conditions and will resume its policy of accepting all prospective students at its facilities as soon as circumstances allow.
- FLETC has tested all students with a known exposure to COVID-19. Those with positive results have been isolated per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. FLETC has also conducted contact tracing, and those identified through contact tracing have also been tested. No student will be allowed to travel until the CDC isolation period is complete.
FLETC will continue to take the following steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19:
- Reinforce mask requirements per the latest CDC and Department of Homeland Security guidance
- Enforce risk mitigation protocols, including reducing passenger capacity on FLETC transportation and reinstating “students only” rule for dining facilities, convenience store, etc.
- Test any student reporting as symptomatic for COVID-19 and perform contact tracing on any positive results
- Implement well-established isolation protocols
- Offer vaccination opportunities at the TDPs
- Reinstitute symptom screening in classrooms/training venues
- “Throughout this pandemic, FLETC has followed the recommendations and guidelines outlined by the CDC and has consulted with DHS, FLETC, and local medical professionals,” said FLETC Director
Thomas J. Walters. “Vaccinations are the single most important action a person can take to safeguard their health and keep friends, classmates, and colleagues safe. We know that an effective vaccination creates a path for our community to provide vital law enforcement training. Thanks to the help of our community medical health professionals, thousands of students and staff have taken advantage of FLETC’s on-site vaccination events over the past few months. Vaccinated staff and students help strengthen FLETC’s defenses against the COVID-19 virus.”
FLETC provides career-long training to law enforcement professionals to help them fulfill their responsibilities safely and proficiently. FLETC’s training includes the distance-learning platform eFLETC and staff dedicated to supporting the eFLETC mission and FLETC training. Through strategic partnerships, FLETC prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, our Homeland, and our values.
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