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COVID-19 Update 03/16/20


Dear Tri-County Students and Employees,

The COVID-19 pandemic has led me to take unprecedented action for Tri-County Technical College. Yesterday, the Governor announced all colleges and universities will be closed through March 31, 2020. The Governor is permitting online instructional delivery. Our goal is for all students to have the opportunity to complete the spring semester. Therefore, I made the decision to move as much of our course content as possible to an e-learning format.

As you may know, we have been planning for an e-learning scenario for some time, but our planning has been accelerated after our Governor’s declaration and the increasing number of cases in South Carolina.

I know this announcement will lead to many questions. Rest assured that more details will be released throughout this week to answer student and employee questions.

Students, I ask that you wait until you receive further communications from your instructors or program directors before emailing and calling them with questions. Information will likely come early next week.

Over the next few days, academic leadership will be finalizing our plans. Thus far, we have made the following decisions.

  1. Lecture classes will resume in an online format on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Faculty will participate in a planning and training session on Monday, March 23. More details will be announced in the coming days.
  2. At this time, we plan to deliver online instruction for all face-to-face lecture, hybrid, and current online courses through April 5, 2020. This timeline may change based on evolving events.
  3. Offerings such as labs and clinicals present unique challenges. At this time, no technical program labs or clinicals will be offered until after March 31. Further instructions will be provided next week regarding alternate schedules for labs and clinicals. Science labs may be offered virtually, and more instructions will be forthcoming next week.
  4. We will deliver student services at a distance as appropriate. More information will be provided as plans are finalized.

Our IT department is working to ensure that we have the necessary technologies in place to offer online courses to our students and resources for our faculty.

Lastly, I ask for students and employees to exercise patience. I realize in uncertain times that you need answers. Our planning remains fluid because decisions made at the State and Federal levels have immediate ripple effects on our work. We remain in close communication with our high schools, Clemson University, and state & county emergency agencies. We will communicate next steps as our teams finalize their plans.

I appreciate your understanding as we quickly adapt to complex, rapidly changing conditions. Please continue to check your email for updates.

Continue to monitor as we share Tri-County’s response and resources related to COVID-19.

In your service,

Galen DeHay, Ph.D.