COVID-19 UPDATE

5/8/20

Guided by NCCCS recommendations and North Carolina’s Phase 1 Modified Stay Home Order, HCC will begin offering limited in-person classes and services during the week of May 18.

Classes resuming 

Limited classes returning in this wave are lab-based with hours remaining to complete the Spring 2020 term that could not be completed in an online environment and limited CE courses in essential sectors. Each of these programs are reviewing classroom/lab areas for modifications needed to ensure social distancing parameters are met. This includes limiting in-person activities to match current restrictions for gatherings, ensuring 6-feet of distance between work stations/tables, installing dividers where appropriate, and increasing the cleaning of high-touch surfaces. Students enrolled in classes resuming at this time will be contacted with new schedule information.

Services

Services returning in this wave include the bookstore, cashier, and student services in the Hemlock building – although we continue to encourage students to use virtual options, if possible. Modifications have been made to these student engagement areas, similar to those you may have seen in retail settings. We’ve installed plexiglass dividers where transactions occur, added floor markings for distancing, and adjusted seating areas to reduce the number waiting at any given time.

Safety Guidelines 

Our Response Team has prepared safety plans for employees and students to follow during this wave of activity. We will update these documents as the situation changes, however the guiding principle for everything we do during this time is to provide a safe learning and working environment.

Moving forward 

We anticipate this wave and level of activity to be in place through the end of May. If reopening plans stay on track in NC, we should have more flexibility with our Summer 2020 courses beginning on June 8. 

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility - as we receive state and local guidance, we may make changes to increase or decrease activities as appropriate.

Reminders

Registration: Summer & Fall 2020 Registration is currently underway in a virtual/online format. We are proceeding with the Fall schedule as originally planned and will make any schedule adjustments, as needed, closer to class start time. 

Graduation: We are planning a new date for Graduation – Friday, August 7, 2020. We hope to be able to celebrate with our graduates later in the summer. Degrees, diplomas, and certificates will be mailed as students complete program requirements. Stay tuned for more details on reschedule dates for CCR Graduation and health care program Pinnings. 

Wifi locations: HCC has established WiFi access locations throughout our campus locations for our students. Please use the link below to view the WiFi access map. 

What can you do to help?

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. 
  • Wash your hands often – be sure to wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not readily available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Be sure to clean your home and workspace often.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.

Who do I contact with questions/concerns?

Please direct any questions or concerns to our Public Information Officer, Michelle Harris. She can be reached at 828-627-4521 or mlharris@haywood.edu.

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3/27/20

HCC continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and our response to the health and wellness of our community. Following guidance from the North Carolina Community College System and local regulators, we continue to implement strategies to reduce or slow the potential spread of COVID-19.

Instructional Announcement:

ALL classes moved to online instruction beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.

HCC’s Online Learning department and our instructors have been working diligently to ensure all courses are ready on Moodle for March 23rd. Moodle technical assistance can be found on our Moodle informational page at https://www.haywood.edu/online-learning.

For courses that contain clinical, practicum, or work-based learning components, students should not report to their assigned rotations starting Monday, March 23rd until instructed otherwise.

  • We are working closely with the NC Community College System Office and appropriate state approval bodies to determine acceptable make up experiences for these rotations.
  • Students will receive credit for any accrued hours that have been completed to date in these rotations. Any alternate experiences will be offered without additional tuition cost to the student.

Availability of Services:

HCC is open and providing limited in-person services during this time. Many services are now available virtually. All areas will practice social distancing, such as providing 6 feet of space between individuals in shared spaces, and gathering in groups of 10 or fewer.

  • The Library and computer lab will remain open for students only - 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. No more than 9 students allowed at one time.
  • Student Services such as Wellness, Financial Aid, and Success Coaches are available virtually. Contact 828-565-4125. Please continue to check your email and self-service for important updates.
  • Book Store is available online at https://www.bkstr.com/haywoodccstore
  • Learning Support Services (LSS) will be available via an online platform. For more information regarding our services, please visit https://www.haywood.edu/learning-support-services.​
  • Test Proctoring is available via an online platform. Please contact 828-627-4696 to set up this service.
  • Regional Center for the Advancement of Children (RCAC) remains open regular business hours with social distancing. No visitors at this time.
  • Print Shop is currently closed to the public.
  • Business Office/Cashier is closed to the public, contact 828-565-4161.
  • Campus walking trails and the Disc Golf course remain open with social distancing.
  • The main gate will be closed at 8:00pm each evening.

On campus deliveries:

Delivery services will continue to arrive on campus from the various parcel companies. All deliveries are being directed to the Maintenance/Security department while the Print Shop is closed. Please contact Security to check on a package status and visit their building to pick up your packages as needed.

Campus Events:

Currently, community and college on-campus events utilizing campus buildings have been postponed or cancelled. We will continue to monitor and/or limit on-campus events. As additional event decisions are made we will be sure to communicate those with our students and our community.

Employee resources for COVID-19:

If you believe you had potential exposure to COVID-19, please contact the Director of Human Resources, Sara Phillips at sjphillips@haywood.edu or 828-627-4529. Conversations will remain confidential. You may also use the Public Health Services COVID-19 hotline at 866-462-3821.

What can you do to help?

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes. 
  • Wash your hands often – be sure to wash with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water is not readily available. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Be sure to clean your home and workspace often.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.

Who do I contact with questions/concerns?

Please direct any questions or concerns to our Public Information Officer, Michelle Harris. She can be reached at 828-627-4521 or mlharris@haywood.edu.