Southern Crescent Technical College

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information / Update

Video update from Dr. Thomas

Latest Update (4/1/2020)

A message from SCTC President, Dr. Alvetta Thomas:

On March 20, 2020, it was reported that a member of the Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) community self-reported symptoms and testing for COVID-19. As a follow-up to our original memo, it has been determined that all test results are negative. To our knowledge, SCTC has not had any nor do we currently have any positive cases of Coronavirus/COVID-19.

The health and safety of Southern Crescent Technical College’s (SCTC) students, faculty, and staff is still our top priority. The College remains closed to students and outside guests until the end of the Spring Semester. Please do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by following the CDC guidelines for proper handwashing and social distancing.

As a reminder, the best prevention measures for any respiratory virus, including COVID-19, are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

You are advised to watch for signs and symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and to contact your primary care physician if you experience any signs and symptoms. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center.

For accurate and reliable information about COVID-19, visit dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

 

COVID-19 hotline

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline: 844-442-2681

 

 

Latest Update (3/27/2020)

A message from SCTC President, Dr. Alvetta Thomas:

The Southern Crescent Technical College community is facing an unprecedented time as we manage issues associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19). We appreciate your understanding and flexibility as the situation continually changes. Please be assured that we understand your plans have been altered and many of you are experiencing great difficulty and unforeseen challenges.

As you now know, courses for Spring Semester have moved to remote learning beginning March 30, 2020 and will continue throughout the entire semester. I know that each of our Academic Affairs and Adult Education instructors has worked diligently to convert classes to this format. Our Tutoring and Mentoring, Library Services, and Distance Education team worked tirelessly to support the faculty and to strengthen our online academic services. They have all laid a solid foundation and are ready and eager to assist our students in any way.

On March 13, we moved all of our business functions to telework. Administrative Services and Student Affairs staff picked up and did what was necessary to ensure customer service and continuity of our services. The IT staff worked extended hours to help us get phones forwarded to home and set up laptops. Facilities and Maintenance remained to sanitize our buildings. The IE staff handled our accreditation requirements. Economic Development worked to support our business partners, and Campus Safety and Security remained on the frontlines to keep our buildings safe and secure. Finally, the Marketing and Public Relations team kept our messages and website up to date. They also kept our mail disseminated and packages delivered.

Our business and community partners have been more supportive than ever. They have quickly responded when we called upon them for assistance.

I know it was not an easy task but I have never been prouder to work alongside such incredible individuals committed to the success of our students and community. We have encouraged our students and community partners to reach out to all faculty and staff if they need assistance and I know you will all be available to answer their calls.

As we all prepare to navigate the days ahead, I want to take a moment to make sure that, in this extraordinarily demanding and stressful time, you are taking care of yourself, specifically as it relates to your emotional well-being.  It can be overwhelming to tend to the needs of others while managing the almost-daily communication and recommendations relating to COVID-19. As a reminder to our SCTC students and employees, the Tiger’s Assistance Program provides free confidential counseling for all employees and everyone in their household. You can utilize this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of this important service, if needed, by dialing 866‑734-5890 or visiting espyr.com.

Please be reminded to do your part in fighting this virus. Practice social distancing and follow the CDC guidelines for proper hand washing. This is the best thing we can do to ensure our health and wellbeing and to keep our loved ones safe.

This is an extraordinary time and it calls on all of us to support each other with great care and compassion. Please know that WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER and while the buildings on all of our campuses may be closed, our virtual doors remain open! I would encourage you to continue to monitor our website at www.sctech.edu/covid-19/ so that you can stay abreast of this rapidly changing situation.

At Southern Crescent Technical College, we are committed to keeping our classes moving along through remote learning and serving our students and communities from afar. We continue to be here for you today and in the days ahead as we work to BUILD STRONG STUDENTS, STRONG CAREERS, AND STRONG COMMUNITIES.

 

Latest Update (3/20/2020)

A message from SCTC President, Dr. Alvetta Thomas:

The health and safety of Southern Crescent Technical College’s (SCTC) students, faculty, and staff is our first priority. Yesterday, a member of the SCTC community self-reported symptoms and testing for COVID-19. This person is self-quarantined pending test results. This person was last on the Flint River and Griffin Campuses on March 18, 2020, with no evidence of visiting any other campus locations.

The overall risk of COVID-19 to students, faculty, and staff at SCTC remains low. Health officials are taking precautionary measures to quickly identify cases of COVID-19, take appropriate public health action to reduce its spread, and protect the general public in identifying potential contacts.

As a reminder, the best prevention measures for any respiratory virus, including COVID-19, are:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

The College continues to thoroughly clean and disinfect all locations. Should the need arise, we will provide additional guidance. In the meantime, you are advised to watch for signs and symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and to contact your primary care physician if you experience any signs and symptoms. Be sure to call before going to a doctor’s office, emergency room, or urgent care center.

For accurate and reliable information about COVID-19, visit dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus or cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.

 

COVID-19 hotline

The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline: 844-442-2681

If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your primary care doctor or an urgent care clinic. Please do not show up unannounced at an emergency room or health care facility.

 

 

Latest Update (3/17/2020)

A message from SCTC President, Dr. Alvetta Thomas:

In compliance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order issued on March 16, 2020, all Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges, including SCTC, will be closed to students and outside guests from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020 in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

After careful consideration, SCTC has made the decision to move Spring Break for students (previously scheduled for the week of April 6, 2020) to the week of March 23, 2020. During this time, the College will remain CLOSED to students and outside guests with NO CLASSES.

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 all SCTC classes will be held online.

    • Instructors will email students information regarding how each course will operate in an online/virtual setting.
    • All communication regarding these plans will come from SCTC email accounts and/or from Blackboard.
    • Please take this time with no classes to prepare for online learning.  If you anticipate a problem with online learning, please reach out to your instructor now to begin making a plan.
    • Additional information for students including access to tutoring and guidance for using Blackboard and other online resources will be available at www.sctech.edu/covid-19/ under Student Resources.
    • Online library resources remain available via the library link on the SCTC website.
    • Please note the following calendar change: April 13, 2020 has been changed to an instructional day and classes will be in session.

Students in clinical rotations should contact their instructor for additional information.

SCTC faculty and staff are now working from remote locations during normal office hours and remain available to answer phone calls and emails. Contact your instructor with questions about classes or for additional assistance.  The SCTC website also has contact information for all faculty located at the top of the home page under Directory. A list of office contacts is available on the www.sctech.edu/covid-19/ webpage under Student Resources for your reference.

This is a rapidly evolving situation and SCTC is monitoring ongoing developments and will update the campus community accordingly. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern.

Please monitor www.sctech.edu, your SCTC email, and the SCTC social media accounts for updated information and resources. We plan to make an announcement for the following week on or before Friday, March 27, 2020.

As a reminder, in order to minimize the risk and spread of this virus, we encourage you to follow the recommendations of the CDC which can be found at www.cdc.gov.

 

We will update this page as needed to keep our campus community informed.

 


Southern Crescent Technical College continues to actively monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  Information surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving and changing. We are closely monitoring information and advisories from national, state, and local health authorities.  We have a team in place to ensure that Southern Crescent Technical College has an effective, yet strategic plan to implement a rapid and proactive response should the need arise. We are following guidance from the State of Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG).

Preventing The Illness

According to the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the overall risk of COVID-19 to the general public remains low. The DPH and CDC strongly recommend the following measures as the best way to prevent infection of a respiratory virus:

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. The CDC also offers specific guidance for travelers.

We will continue to follow our protocols to disinfect high contact surfaces in our common areas. We have increased the number of hand sanitizer dispensers on our campuses.

If you are ill, let your instructor know and please stay home to recover.  Please practice the above outlined infection control measures. Additionally, if you have traveled to an affected area, or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19 in the last 14 days please make your instructor aware immediately.  Planned travel to any destination with major travel warnings or restrictions should also be communicated with your instructor.

As we receive new school-based guidance from the DPH, CDC, and our local agencies, we will incorporate that information into our response plans. Additional information on COVID-19 can be found at the Department of Public Health website, https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus, and at the Center for Disease Control website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Rest assured, the health, safety and well-being of our faculty, staff and students are always our highest priorities. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed as the need arises.  In the meantime, please follow the above recommendations for infection control.

What Happens If A Case Is Identified?

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Southern Crescent Technical College. Information on confirmed cases will be reported by the Georgia Department of Public Health on their website at https://dph.georgia.gov.  Please refer to this site for updated information.

The CDC, Georgia State Department of Health, and local health care experts will be integrally involved if a case is confirmed in our area. The College remains in close contact with them to understand their protocols and refine our plans as the recommendations from national and state authorities evolve and change.  Southern Crescent Technical College has a robust emergency response plan and contingency plans that can be called into place if needed.

In addition, if needed, related emergency alerts will be made to our students, faculty, and staff through the SchoolCast system.

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