FLETC implemented robust protocols to respond to and mitigate COVID-19 at its Glynco training facility. Before reopening in June 2020, FLETC developed a formal plan to resume in-person training. Through this plan, along with other policies and procedures, FLETC established protocols in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance and medical expertise. DHS students and component officials we spoke with confirmed that these protocols were in place and told us that, overall, they were effective. However, they also raised concerns related to students socializing inappropriately, and not following some requirements such as mask-wearing. In instances such as these, FLETC was largely reliant on students’ home agencies to take action to reinforce compliance among their students with safety protocols, or to take disciplinary action, if necessary. As a result of its measures, FLETC’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests was lower than that of its surrounding county. We also found, however, that FLETC did not always follow its own protocols for housing assignments related to COVID-19. For example, some students who were not positive for COVID-19 or were not quarantined for exposure to COVID-19 were still housed in the isolation dormitory. Some of the students we spoke with who were incorrectly assigned to the isolation dormitory told us that they did not feel safe. We made one recommendation to the FLETC Director to improve COVID-19 student-housing protocols. FLETC concurred with the recommendation.
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