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 April 18, 2020
I hope this email finds you well and healthy.
In a time filled with much uncertainty, Sandhills is proud to be a part of a community of caring and helpful people.
We are doing our best to help our students stay on their feet and in school during this difficult time. Our faculty and staff put forward a herculean effort to move to all online instruction in a very short time.
Our Foundation has been hard at work to provide technology needs for students struggling to make the shift to online classes. We have already provided over 30 laptops for students in need and are working on doing more.
Many of you have reached out to ask how you can help – well, there are two areas where we could really use your support.
First, our students rely on a three-legged stool of financial support: Pell and state grants, scholarships, and their jobs. Like so many people in the last month, that last leg of support has been taken away because of business closures and layoffs. One of the best things students could do now is finish their college degree and be ready to seek a new and better career when this crisis is over – and that goal is being threatened.
We know the need is immediate – already students have begun to come to us to share their circumstances and ask for assistance. Guarantors funding is making a difference, but the need is greater than we have ever seen in the past.
Additionally, our Nursing and Health Science programs have donated any masks and other PPE as well as equipment we had on hand to local healthcare providers and nursing homes. It was the right thing to do for our community, but we know that replacing these supplies and equipment will be a large expense for the college when we resume regular classes.
Making a gift online to the Sandhills Emergency Relief Fund is a meaningful way to get involved if you are in a position to help.
Your gift can be made easily and securely at https://www.sandhills.edu/giving-emergency/
Now is the time to stay connected, encouraging, and looking forward – thank you for all you do to improve the lives of those around you (even from a distance!).
Best to you and your family for your continuing health and safety.
Vice President, Institutional Advancement
Coronavirus Update April 7, 2020
Well, the announcement we knew was coming is finally here: it looks like Sandhills will not have a traditional Commencement ceremony this year.
I know this announcement is a sad one—many of you are the first person in your family to finish college, and you have every right to a proud walk across our graduation stage. You are excited to be transferring or becoming a nurse or a cosmetologist or an architect—and you want the world to see it happen! I don’t blame you.
The simple fact, though, is that unless something changes radically and dramatically, the coronavirus makes large gatherings impossible.
So how are we going to recognize your accomplishments? The College is working to create a first-class virtual Commencement ceremony. We will be in touch soon with more details.
If what we come up with isn’t enough, we have a fallback position: you’ll be invited to walk and to have your day in the sun at graduation in May of 2021.
Again, I hate to be the one to convey this news to you. I am so very sorry that you will miss your day. It may not be much comfort to know, but we are ALL sad about this—Commencement is our very favorite day of the year, too. We all wish it were otherwise.
Thank you, John Dempsey
Coronavirus Update April 6, 2020
Summer Curriculum Registration
After much conversation, the following plan is how the College will register curriculum students for the Summer semester. Yes, for now, we are only focusing on registering for the Summer semester. We believe that focusing on Summer will be the best way to serve all our students and give them the best possible remote experience. Additionally, with the current level of uncertainty as to when we will return to normalcy, we want to delay Fall registration for courses that may need rescheduling or delivery methods that may need revision. Lastly, while trying to stay positive, delaying Fall registration may allow us to register in a manner in which we would all prefer—in person!
Now for the details…Summer registration will be delayed roughly two weeks to provide faculty and staff time to finalize summer courses and to finish creating registration resources.
When will Summer registration begin:
|Student Type||Date Registration Opens|
|New or Non-degree seeking Students||April 20 (8:00 am)|
|Currently Enrolled Spring 2020 Students||April 16 (8:00 am)|
How will Summer registration take place for Current Students (Face-to-face meetings with advisors are not an option at this time.):
- Faculty advisors will be contacting their advisees during the next two weeks to discuss registration. The following are recommended options for students to register:
- Students may be registered by their faculty advisor via Self-Service.
- Students may register themselves via Self-Service if they feel comfortable registering this way.
- Nursing or Health Science students will not be able to register without first obtaining advisor approval for their planned schedule in Self-Service.
- Students may meet with their faculty advisor through Collaborate to course plan and register.
- Collaborate is a meeting resource (similar to Skype) within Moodle.
- Students may be proactive and initiate communication with their advisor to begin the course planning process.
- College officials will continue to meet about the rollout of Fall registration while monitoring COVID-19.
- Students will be notified of all updates as decisions are made.
- If the COVID-19 situation does not improve and faculty, staff, and students are not allowed back on campus for face-to-face registration activities during the summer months, as of today, the above plan is what we will use for Fall registration.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility with us as we continue to identify ways to best serve our students while doing our best to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Coronavirus Update April 1, 2020
With the Governor’s mandate to “stay at home”, the college has decided to close to the public. All buildings, except Boyd Library, will be locked. Because our students’ success is important to us, the library’s computer lab will remain open for students in need of a computer or internet access. The hours of the computer lab are Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 3 PM and Friday & Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM.
We realize how challenging this semester has been. For this reason, Sandhills will not be issuing grades of “FW” (withdrawal failing grade) for the spring 2020 semester. Students are encouraged to continue in their online coursework and utilize the available online academic support resources.
We want to be certain that we are responding to any questions or concerns you may have about the decisions we are making. For this reason, Dr. Dempsey will begin weekly Collaborate sessions to talk with students about what is going on at the college. Our first session is scheduled for this Thursday, April 2 at 10 AM. A link to the session has been provided to you through your student email account.
We hope each of you continue to stay healthy. We want to assure you of our support for your success while we also work to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are here for you. Just let us know what you need.
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.