Sandhills Community College values the health and well-being of our college community. Senior administration is closely monitoring local and regional updates, as well as advisories from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Recommendations from all of these health experts are being used as a guide as we determine actions that may be needed during the current outbreak of COVID-19.
If anything changes on the status of this disease as it relates to our community, we will comply with CDC regulations, and inform you immediately of the specifics of these changes, as well as next steps.
Coronavirus Update March 23, 2020
Boyd Library – Monday through Thursday 9 AM – 3 PM and Friday & Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM
Hoke Center – Monday through Thursday 9 AM – 3 PM and Friday 9 AM – 12 PM
In addition, the library will be operational for community and student use Monday through Thursday 9 AM – 3 PM and Friday & Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM.
Coronavirus Update March 17, 2020
This is a reminder from Sandhills Community College that curriculum courses are continuing to operate online. It is important that you check Moodle and your student email for information regarding your classes. Computer labs are open and available in Boyd Library. Please visit the Katherine Boyd Library webpage for library hours. Additionally, check the College’s website and your student email to learn of updates in response to the COVID 19 virus.
Coronavirus Update March 15, 2020
Administration has made a decision that all Sandhills Community College Continuing Education face to face classes on all SCC campuses have been postponed for the week of March 16-20. Continuing Education staff will use this week to modify our classroom structure and transition to online options. We will continue to keep you updated as necessary. Thank you for your patience as we work together and through these unprecedented times.
Coronavirus Update March 13, 2020
We have made the decision that face-to-face curriculum classes will not meet on campus the week of March 16th-20th. This decision aligns with guidance from the CDC to promote social distancing – “the practice of minimizing large gatherings and encouraging distance of six feet or more for an extended period of time.” The college is continuing to take all reasonable precautions to protect our college family from exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). If you are currently in an online or hybrid class, coursework through Moodle will continue uninterrupted. Please pay attention to your due dates.
When curriculum classes resume on March 23, most instruction will be online through Moodle until further notice. Exceptions may be made for clinicals and labs. To assist students who may not have reliable resources needed for online work, supervised computer labs will be open on campus. Further details will be forthcoming. Any students who are in a high-risk category (over age 65 or with an underlying health condition) should take appropriate precautions regarding coming to campus.
We will take administrative steps necessary to ensure VA students are not impacted by these actions. If you are a VA student and have questions, please contact Teresa Taylor.
In addition, we are still requiring a 14-day quarantine for anyone who has traveled to a country that the CDC has assigned a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html or to the states most impacted by the virus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html. Note that the countries and states that fall into these two categories are continuously being updated by the CDC. Please continue to check these webpages. This quarantine will prohibit the traveler from coming to the campus for two weeks following the date they were last exposed to the high impact area. If one of the above travel situations applies to you, contact your instructors for guidance on continuing your coursework. We will take the necessary steps to ensure that those affected are able to make up their work without penalty.
Lastly, the college has decided to prohibit any non-essential travel for faculty and staff until further notice.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and local community are of great importance. We are carefully monitoring and adjusting how to best operate in this rapidly changing environment. As we continue to get recommendations and information from the CDC and state and local agencies, we will keep you informed of any changes in the college’s status.
Coronavirus Update March 11, 2020
Continued Preventive Measures
Sandhills is taking all reasonable precautions to protect our college family from exposure. While we have no plans at this time to suspend classes or other campus activities, we are still taking this virus seriously.
We have conducted training for our Physical Plant staff to increase the intensity of their cleaning efforts and have secured additional part-time assistance in campus antivirus cleaning.
Sandhills Community College has imposed a 14-day quarantine on anyone who has traveled to a country that the CDC has assigned a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html or to the state of Washington, the state most impacted by the virus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html. Please note, these lists may be updated as the number of highly impacted areas change.
This quarantine will prohibit the traveler from coming to the campus for two weeks – the period of time needed to be sure the virus has not been contracted. If one of the above travel situations applies to you, contact your instructors for guidance on continuing your coursework. We will take the necessary steps to ensure that those affected are able to make up their work without penalty.
Coronavirus Update – March 2, 2020
Senior administration is closely monitoring the situation surrounding the Coronavirus. At this point, there are no confirmed cases in North Carolina or any confirmed cases affecting our college community.
To ensure the college is doing everything we can to secure the well-being of our faculty, staff, and students, the two international trips originally scheduled for March 2020 have been canceled.
As is advised by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services with any infectious disease, the following preventive measures should always be taken:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
To support these recommended preventive measures, our housekeeping staff will continue to use the latest and most effective cleaner in daily housekeeping services. In addition, housekeeping will be placing hand sanitizer in key locations on campus.