GTCC is coordinating with local Guilford County Health, Guilford County Emergency Management, and state officials to proactively monitor and respond to novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
to protect the health and well-being of our campus community 

Update: March 27

GTCC remains open for business, but has implemented changes to the operational schedule of various offices. All campus buildings are closed to the public until further notice. Faculty and staff are available as they work from home. Students and the community will continue to be served by telephone or electronically. GTCC’s goal is to respond to emails and inquiries within 24 hours.

For Students Enrolled in Curriculum and Non-Curriculum Courses

  • 100% online courses will continue as scheduled.
  • Courses that have been moved into an online format will continue as scheduled through the end of the spring semester (5/2/2020).
  • Work Based Learning and Clinical off-site curriculum classes are canceled for the spring semester (through 5/2/2020).
  • Face-to-face, campus-based laboratory courses will remain suspended until April 19, 2020. 
  • All workforce / continuing education classes, including off-site and customized training classes, are suspended until April 19, 2020.

 

Adult Education Update

All Adult Education face-to-face classes and new student orientation sessions have been canceled from March 16 to April 19. All students who were enrolled in our program during the Spring 2020 semester have the option to continue their studies online.  Please complete our request form to move your classes online or to request information about starting our face-to-face classes when the college resumes.

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Health Information

Employee and student health is always a primary concern at GTCC. During episodes of seasonal flu or other illnesses, GTCC monitors patterns that may affect the college community so that we can communicate to you and take appropriate action. Here are some additional resources you may find helpful to stay informed.

Federal, State, Local Campus Travel
Centers for Disease Control  Campus Police U.S. State Department Travel Advisories
World Health Organization Counseling Center International Students
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Financial Aid
N.C. Poison Control Help Line Student Academic Continuity Information [PDF]
Guilford County Health Department

Prevention

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. There are some general precautions you should always take to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Health Support

If you suspect you are sick with COVID-19, seek medical care right away. Call ahead, though, before you go to a physician's office, hospital or urgent care center to tell them about your exposure and symptoms.  Follow the medical provider's directions.

Also, notify the local health department of your exposure and symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people, and some of these viruses are more serious than others. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

From the CDC website:

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend wearing a face mask if you are well and have no symptoms. Face masks should only be used by health care workers and people who may be taking care of someone in a close setting.

Anyone who is displaying flu-like symptoms should stay home and stay away from others as much as possible. If a faculty member sees that you are exhibiting signs of the flu or COVID-19, they may ask you to leave class and seek medical help.

We encourage you to:

  • Contact your primary care physician or other healthcare provider to seek medical help.
  • Do not go to work or school. Stay home and try to avoid contact with others unless seeking medical treatment.
  • Inform your instructors of your absence.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The following are every day actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and put your used tissue in the trash can. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining at least six feet of distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home if you are ill.

GTCC custodians are following our protocols for flu season cleaning, but we have ramped up our activities in public areas for wipe down of handles, rails, and desktops. We have adequate supplies of cleaning materials and soaps for bathrooms.

The college has ordered waterless hand sanitizer dispensers for placement throughout the college, but due to high demand, we do not expect to have these available until mid-April. Please note – washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other flu and cold pathogens.

For classes that meet on campus, faculty members are being encouraged to excuse a student’s absence and work with the student to help them catch-up on missed coursework. For classes that meet online, or partially online, the student may be able to continue coursework, depending on the severity of their illness. If a student is unable to finish their work by the end of the semester, a discussion with the student and the Chair or Dean about issuing an Incomplete as a grade may be appropriate.

Please download GTCC's Academic Continuity Information for Students.

The Department of Education currently has not changed any of the requirements for financial aid or offered any relief for students or institutions impacted by coronavirus. Withdrawing or stopping attending college can result in your being required to repay all or some of your financial aid.  Withdrawing from courses after the drop deadline or failing classes can negatively impact your academic progress and your eligibility for future financial aid. You are encouraged to talk to GTCC financial aid staff before withdrawing from any of your classes.

Yes.  All GTCC custodial teams are following best practice guidelines and taking extra steps to keep our campus clean and sanitary.

More Questions?

Students should contact Kirby Moore, Interim Vice President of Student Services, at 336-334-4822 Ext. 50547 or khmoore1@gtcc.edu.

Faculty and staff should contact Cheryl Bryant-Shanks, Chief Human Resources Officer, at 336-334-4822 Ext. 50279 or cmbryantshanks@gtcc.edu.

Previous Announcements

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation continues to evolve rapidly.  As you may be aware Governor Roy Cooper closed K-12 schools in North Carolina to students for two weeks commencing on March 16. This has once again changed the nature of this situation.

I do want to thank everyone for their hard work and patience as we address this pandemic. We appreciate your feedback and questions as we determine how best to proceed to protect our students and employees while continuing to serve Guilford County.

We continue to make decisions on the most current information at the time. As you know, the situation remains fluid and the college continues to monitor changes throughout each day informed by guidance from the State, North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control. The challenge we currently face does not alter our mission and commitment to provide the best academic experience for our students balanced with the health and safety of our campus community.

With that in mind, we are transitioning to a third phase of our efforts, which recognizes Gov. Cooper's executive order.  

Therefore, the college will operate as noted below:

Curriculum Instruction

  • All currently scheduled 100% online classes will run as normally scheduled.
  • GTCC will suspend all other classes which have an on-campus component (including hybrid classes) from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22.  
  • Work-based learning classes and clinical instruction are also suspended from Monday, March 16 to Sunday, March 22.
  • GTCC will review all classes and transition as many as possible to an online format by Monday, March 23. Updates will be communicated to students by Friday, March 20. 
  • Staff and faculty will continue to report to their regular work location to work through this transition process and remain open to serve our students and the public.   

Workforce/Continuing Education

Workforce/Continuing Education classes are suspended from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29.    

Early Middle Colleges

All classes for our three Early Middle Colleges located on Jamestown, Greensboro and High Point campuses are suspended from Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29.  Students in college classes may have their classes moved to an online format (see above).

College Sponsored Events

All college-sponsored events are canceled through Friday, April 17.

All Employees

First, if you are sick, please stay home until you are asymptomatic or fever free for 48 hours. Moving forward, absences will be covered under the college’s established sick leave policy. Absences due to illness greater than 10 days in length will require a doctor’s release to return to work.

If you are age 65 or older or have an underlying health situation (identified as related to heart, lung or diabetes or a weakened immune system) and are concerned about working on campus, please contact Human Resources to discuss whether alternative arrangements can be made for your work situation.

Moving Forward

As before our commitment is to continue to provide a safe and healthy place for learning and working. We are continuing to monitor this quickly evolving situation and will let you know if we are changing our operations. We are communicating with and monitoring the North Carolina Department of Health, the North Carolina Community College System Office, and local health officials to guide our decisions.  We will make any decisions based upon how events unfold.

I know this can be a stressful time given the uncertainty of the situation.  I urge everyone to remain calm and practice the same hygiene practices that you were doing when it was just flu season – wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough, and stay home if you are sick.

An update about future plans will be made no later than March 23

Please download GTCC's Academic Continuity Information for Students.

Message to GTCC Community Regarding Classes and College Operations 

GTCC Community:

We know the past few weeks have been challenging as we face unprecedented times with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The college continues to make decisions on the most current information available and guidance from the State, North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control.

The college is adopting the following changes effective March 19. These changes to our operational schedule and how we deliver instruction will impact students, faculty, and staff so please read carefully.

For Students Enrolled in Curriculum and Non-Curriculum Courses

  • Existing courses that are 100% online will continue as scheduled.
  • This week, a substantial number of curriculum courses have been moved to an online format. The college is now referring to these courses as “revised courses”, and students must virtually attend and participate in these courses March 23 through April 5. Students will be contacted by their instructors for more details about transitioning to online learning.
  • All face-to-face lab, work-based learning, and clinical instruction courses are suspended until April 5.
  • All face-to-face workforce and continuing education classes, including off-site and customized training classes, are suspended until April 5.

Center for Academic Engagement and GTCC Libraries Remain Open

  • The Center for Academic Engagement and GTCC Libraries, at the Jamestown, Greensboro, and High Point campuses, will remain open to GTCC students, faculty, and staff. Effective March 19, these locations will operate on a reduced schedule, with the Learning Resource Center (library), Titan Link, and the Titan Hub computer lab opening 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. To see the current tutoring schedule, visit MyGTCC (portal page).
  • Members of the general public will not be served during this time to ensure the college can provide the safest possible learning environment and implement social distancing practices for our students, faculty, and staff.

For Faculty and Staff

  • Effective March 19, faculty who are not required to be on campus by their supervisor or not required for any other college activity can begin working from home. The college defines this modified schedule as the “faculty emergency schedule.”
  • The college has begun a reduced staffing schedule effective at Thursday, March 19. All staff should check with their supervisor to discuss their schedule. The college defines this modified schedule as the “staff emergency schedule.”
  • Employees who are in an at-risk population, defined by the CDC – age 65 or older, immunocompromised, pregnant, and/or with heart, lung, or a diabetes condition – are encouraged to stay home. Please work with your supervisor on work schedules if you are in this at-risk population.
  • The college will remain open to faculty or staff members who wish to access their office space or to meet with a student.
  • Regular sick leave, annual leave, and FMLA policies apply for faculty and staff who take time off while working remotely.

College-Sponsored Events

  • All college-sponsored events are canceled through Friday, April 17.

We are deeply appreciative of our faculty and staff who have worked during this week of transition as the college prepares for online instruction. Despite the current challenges, our mission and commitment to provide the best academic experience for our students while balancing the health and safety of our campus community is our priority.

We encourage our GTCC community to stay informed with the latest guidance from various agencies on the Coronavirus response and necessary actions individuals should take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a reminder, here are key resources:

Message to GTCC Community Regarding Classes and College Operations 

GTCC Community:

We know the past few weeks have been challenging as we face unprecedented times with the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The college continues to make decisions on the most current information available and guidance from the State, North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control.

The college is adopting the following changes effective March 19. These changes to our operational schedule and how we deliver instruction will impact students, faculty, and staff so please read carefully.

For Students Enrolled in Curriculum and Non-Curriculum Courses

  • Existing courses that are 100% online will continue as scheduled.
  • This week, a substantial number of curriculum courses have been moved to an online format. The college is now referring to these courses as “revised courses”, and students must virtually attend and participate in these courses March 23 through April 5. Students will be contacted by their instructors for more details about transitioning to online learning.
  • All face-to-face lab, work-based learning, and clinical instruction courses are suspended until April 5.
  • All face-to-face workforce and continuing education classes, including off-site and customized training classes, are suspended until April 5.

Center for Academic Engagement and GTCC Libraries Remain Open at Jamestown Campus

  • The Center for Academic Engagement and GTCC Libraries, at the Jamestown campus, will remain open to GTCC students, faculty, and staff. Greensboro and High Point locations are closed. Effective March 19, these locations will operate on a reduced schedule, with the Learning Resource Center (library), Titan Link, and the Titan Hub computer lab opening 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday. To see the current tutoring schedule, visit MyGTCC (portal page).
  • Members of the general public will not be served during this time to ensure the college can provide the safest possible learning environment and implement social distancing practices for our students, faculty, and staff.

Student Services at the Jamestown Campus

  • Student Services located in the Percy Sears Applied Technologies building at Jamestown Campus will remain open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday.

High Point, Greensboro, Aviation and Cameron campuses

  • All buildings on the High Point, Greensboro, Aviation and Cameron campuses are closed to the public.

For Faculty and Staff

  • Effective March 19, faculty who are not required to be on campus by their supervisor or not required for any other college activity can begin working from home. The college defines this modified schedule as the “faculty emergency schedule.”
  • The college has begun a reduced staffing schedule effective at Thursday, March 19. All staff should check with their supervisor to discuss their schedule. The college defines this modified schedule as the “staff emergency schedule.”
  • Employees who are in an at-risk population, defined by the CDC – age 65 or older, immunocompromised, pregnant, and/or with heart, lung, or a diabetes condition – are encouraged to stay home. Please work with your supervisor on work schedules if you are in this at-risk population.
  • The college will remain open to faculty or staff members who wish to access their office space or to meet with a student.
  • Regular sick leave, annual leave, and FMLA policies apply for faculty and staff who take time off while working remotely.

College-Sponsored Events

  • All college-sponsored events are canceled through Friday, April 17.

We are deeply appreciative of our faculty and staff who have worked during this week of transition as the college prepares for online instruction. Despite the current challenges, our mission and commitment to provide the best academic experience for our students while balancing the health and safety of our campus community is our priority.

We encourage our GTCC community to stay informed with the latest guidance from various agencies on the Coronavirus response and necessary actions individuals should take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a reminder, here are key resources:

The college is adopting the following changes effective March 25. These changes to our operational schedule and how we deliver instruction will impact students, faculty, and staff so please read carefully.

For Students Enrolled in Curriculum and Non-Curriculum Courses

  • 100% online courses will continue as scheduled.
  • Courses that have been moved into an online format will continue as scheduled through the end of the spring semester (5/2/2020).
  • Work Based Learning and Clinical off-site curriculum classes are canceled for the spring semester (through 5/2/2020).
  • Face-to-face, campus-based laboratory courses will remain suspended until April 19, 2020. 
  • All workforce / continuing education classes, including off-site and customized training classes, are suspended until April 19, 2020.

Center for Academic Engagement and GTCC Libraries remain open at Jamestown Campus through 5:00 pm Friday, March 27 at which point all campus buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.

Student Services at the Jamestown Campus remain open at Jamestown through 5:00 pm Friday, March 27 at which point all campus buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.

The college is adopting the following changes effective March 25. These changes to our operational schedule and how we deliver instruction will impact students, faculty, and staff so please read carefully.

For Students Enrolled in Curriculum and Non-Curriculum Courses

  • 100% online courses will continue as scheduled.
  • Courses that have been moved into an online format will continue as scheduled through the end of the spring semester (5/2/2020).
  • Work Based Learning and Clinical off-site curriculum classes are canceled for the spring semester (through 5/2/2020).
  • Face-to-face, campus-based laboratory courses will remain suspended until April 19, 2020. 
  • All workforce / continuing education classes, including off-site and customized training classes, are suspended until April 19, 2020.

GTCC remains open for business, but has implemented changes to the operational schedule of various offices. Faculty and staff are available as they work from home or on campus. Students and the community will continue to be served by telephone or electronically. GTCC’s goal is to respond to emails and inquiries within 24 hours.

The Center for Academic Engagement remains open on the Jamestown Campus through 5:00 pm Friday, March 27 when all campus buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. Greensboro and High Point locations are closed. Tutoring closes at 2:00 p.m. on Friday. To see the current tutoring schedule, visit My GTCC.

Student Services at the Jamestown Campus remain open at Jamestown through 5:00 pm Friday, March 27 when all campus buildings will be closed to the public until further notice. 

The Campus Store on the Jamestown Campus remains open through 5:00 pm Friday, March 27 when all campus buildings will be closed to the public until further notice.

All buildings on the High Point, Greensboro, Aviation and Cameron campuses are currently closed to the public.