COVID-19 – Fall 2020 Operational Plan

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) has developed a plan for the return of in-person courses and labs for the Fall Semester beginning August 18, 2020. The plan details procedures for maintaining public health and safety, including adaptations for classes and operations.

Overview

Following guidance from the Governor’s Executive Orders, the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) officials, SCTC developed an operational plan that will serve as a roadmap for the College’s fall 2020 on-campus services.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, SCTC will implement multiple strategies to promote the health, safety, and wellbeing of the college community.  These strategies include social distancing, staggered class scheduling, adjusting class sizes, and flexible delivery options. Additional strategies include the installation of plexiglass sneeze guards, an increase in the number of times that classrooms and common areas are cleaned and disinfected, the installation of hand sanitizer stations throughout the buildings, and directional signage to ensure social distancing.

The College will follow guidelines from the Governor’s Executive Orders including wearing masks, frequent handwashing, and social distancing of at least six feet from others. The College will continue to monitor guidance from the Governor’s Office, the DPH and the CDC to make adjustments as needed.

In order to ensure adequate social distancing, SCTC offices are currently open during normal business hours by appointment only.  Although appointments are highly encouraged, we will accommodate limited walk in visits to the admissions, financial aid and the business offices based on social distancing considerations. In addition to the aforementioned, the College will continue online, virtual services and appointments.  For detailed information about appointments, campus access, and virtual services please visit www.sctech.edu/covid-19.

Academic Affairs Course Delivery

For the Fall Semester, Southern Crescent Technical College will offer course delivery with a variety of options. The following options will be available dependent on the student’s program of study:

  • Fully online classes with no on-campus requirement;
  • A hybrid or web-enhanced option where students have the opportunity to attend classes remotely and/or face-to-face. The instructor will provide additional guidance for course access.
  • Limited labs on campus for classes with an on-campus lab requirement.

While all classes begin on August 18, 2020, on-campus face-to-face classes and lab sessions will begin after the drop/add period ends on August 21, 2020 (instructors will provide further guidance via Blackboard).

Distance education and IT support will be available via phone, email and, on a limited basis, by appointment on the Griffin campus. Walk-in students will be accommodated if space allows.

To further augment course access, the College is currently working on a plan to enhance WiFi access points throughout all campuses and centers. The plan also includes adding WiFi hotspots in selected parking lots.

Academic Support Services

Library Services

Library services will be available for students Monday through Friday during normal operating hours either in-person (by appointment) on the Griffin, Flint River, and Henry campuses or remotely. Walk-in students will be accommodated if space allows.  Library services will operate in accordance with approved limited labs plans.

Tutoring and Mentoring Services

Tutoring and mentoring services will be available for students Monday through Friday during normal operating hours either in-person (by appointment) on the Griffin and Henry campuses or remotely. Walk-in students will be accommodated if space allows.  Tutoring and mentoring services will operate in accordance with approved limited labs plans.

Student and Customer Support Services

Student Affairs (Admissions, Recruitment, Financial Aid, Career and Academic Planning Center, Student Life/Activities)

The Griffin, Flint River, and Henry campuses will offer appointments and limited walk-ins Monday through Friday during normal operating hours.

Administrative Services (Business Office, Student Accounts)

The Griffin, Flint River, and Henry campuses will offer appointments and limited walk-ins Monday through Friday during normal operating hours.

Bookstore

Due to construction, the bookstore is open via online services only.

Testing Center

In accordance with approved limited lab plans, testing services will be offered on the Griffin, Flint River, and Henry campuses by appointment only.

Adult Education

The adult education program will utilize a hybrid instructional model, giving students the option of face-to-face and remote learning. The program will have flexible, shorter class periods.

Economic Development

The Economic Development Division will offer classes in a variety of delivery options for individuals and business/industry:

  • Online instructor-led classes through Webex and Ed2Go.
  • Face-to-face classes and labs in accordance with approved limited lab plans.

Tender Tech Childcare Center

Tender Tech Childcare Center, located on the Flint River Campus, is open and operating in accordance with Bright from the Start guidelines.