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COVID-19 Update 06/04/20

June 4, 2020: A Message to Students from President DeHay

 

Dear Students,

 

Over the past several weeks, numerous teams have been assembled to develop a reopen plan in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19. I am pleased to report that, after much discussion and analysis, Tri-County Technical College will reopen and resume in-person instruction for the summer term. At this time, we also plan to offer in-person instruction for the fall term.

 

Our reopen plan has three phases, and each phase gets us closer to our goal of returning to full campus operations in August. However, progress through the phases is contingent upon the directives of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, myself as president of TCTC, and guidance from health authorities such as the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Accordingly, the plan is subject to change.

 

The plan can be found here. Any changes to the plan or the 2020-2021 academic calendar will be announced via email and posted on our website: tctc.edu/coronavirus.

 

When students begin returning to campus on June 19, physical distancing requirements will be in place, and everyone will be strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering when in common areas or when unable to maintain six feet of distance from another person. These safety measures are consistent with CDC guidelines and other colleges and universities in our area, and we anticipate they will remain in place through the fall term.

 

I know there is a lot of uncertainty right now, and I want to assure you that Tri-County is doing everything possible to ensure students stay on track academically and meet the goals they set prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes continuing to offer a mix of in-person, hybrid and online courses, as well as continuing to offer student support services in both a virtual and in-person format.

 

I invite you to participate in a virtual student town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 17 at 1 p.m. where we will discuss our plans for summer and fall terms in more detail. Click here to register for the meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Like many of you, I am eager to see our campuses come back to life; however, we must reopen slowly and safely. We must also remain flexible. I have been on campus every day since the COVID-19 pandemic arose, and I truly miss seeing all of you. Although the path back to “normal” won’t be easy, I look forward to being on this journey with you.

 

In your service,


Galen DeHay, PhD
President

 


 

June 4, 2020: A Message to Students from President DeHay

 

Dear Employees,

 

As I shared in today’s town hall meeting, we have developed a plan to reopen our campuses beginning June 8 with the goal of returning to full campus operations in August.

 

Our reopen plan has three phases, and each phase gets us closer to our goal of returning to full campus operations in August. However, progress through the phases is contingent upon directives of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, myself as president of TCTC, and guidance from health authorities such as the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Accordingly, the plan is subject to change.

 

The plan can be found here. Any changes to the plan or the 2020-2021 academic calendar will be announced via email and posted on our website: tctc.edu/coronavirus.

 

Over the past few weeks, we have been busy preparing the campus for a safe return. This includes actions like sanitizing, cleaning and disinfecting of facilities, installing hand sanitizing stations, making room alterations to ensure physical distancing, installing protective barriers in front-line service areas, and placing signage throughout campuses reminding people to maintain six feet of distance and to practice proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.

 

When Phase 1 starts on June 8 and some employees begin returning to work, physical distancing requirements will be in place, and everyone will be strongly encouraged to wear a cloth face covering when in common areas or when unable to maintain six feet of distance from another person. These safety measures are consistent with CDC guidelines and other colleges and universities in our area, and we anticipate they will remain in place through the fall term.

 

Prior to returning to campus, employees will have to complete an online training course and complete a weekly health symptom survey. All of this information can be found on the Human Resources section of our website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your supervisor or Human Resources.

 

The health and safety of our employees and students is of the utmost importance. As a college, we are taking the appropriate steps to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses; however, reducing COVID-19 transmissions is a team effort. It is up to each and every one of us to model safe behavior and follow the rules.

 

I am eager to see our campuses vibrant with employees and students, but we must reopen slowly and safely. We must also remain flexible. The path back to “normal” won’t be easy, but I know that we can do it if we work together and continue to put the best interest of our students first. I continue to be grateful for your service and support, and I look forward to seeing you in-person soon.

 

In your service,

 

Galen DeHay, PhD
President