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COID-19 Update 03/18/20

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2020: EMPLOYEES ANNOUNCEMENT

To Tri-County Technical College Employees:

Tri-County Technical College officials continue to closely monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) throughout the state of South Carolina, the United States and around the world.

As part of the state of South Carolina’s effort to mitigate residents’ exposure to COVID-19, Gov. Henry McMaster ordered the closure of all public schools – including colleges and universities – through March 31. During yesterday’s press conference, Governor Henry McMaster requested that all employers allow non-mandatory employees to work from home.

This declaration does allow Tri-County to continue with its previously announced online instruction, but will require adjustments to our campus operations and access.

This communication is the first in a series of communications that are forthcoming within the next 24 hours.

In addition to the governor’s declaration, I am announcing the following actions, effective immediately:

  • All College events, outside of class programs, and activities are suspended until further notice.
  • At this time, College employees should not report to campus until April 1 unless your presence on campus is deemed essential or otherwise necessary by your supervisor. Necessary college work that can be performed remotely not on college property may be authorized by your supervisor.
  • All College-related travel is suspended through March 31.
  • The online instruction period begins on March 25 and has been extended through at least Sunday, April 5.
  • More specific communications will be sent to faculty regarding delivery of online instruction.
  • We realize that employees may need to come to campus to get essential equipment and materials to perform work remotely. We anticipate further instructions for pickup time and locations for equipment needs will be distributed within the next 24 hours.

If you have questions, please communicate directly with your supervisor.

If you don’t absolutely need to be on campus during this period, please stay home.

These are unprecedented circumstances and as much as I would love to see all our students back on campus immediately following spring break, it’s just not possible at this time. Following the guidance being provided is the best way to ensure that we can complete the semester and allow our students to continue their path toward a Tri-County credential without interruption.

As always, we are dedicated to providing ongoing, accurate information and will share necessary information as this situation changes and further details become available. We will also continue to provide regular communication updates via emails, our website and the College’s social media channels. Please continue to monitor tctc.edu/coronavirus for updates.

Thanks for your patience and understanding. Know that we are all working hard to keep our Tri-County community healthy and safe under these very challenging circumstances.

In your service,

D. Galen DeHay, Ph.D.
President