​Classes Resuming

Fall semester will begin on Monday, August 16. Classes will be held in-person and online depending on each student’s specific schedule. We will continue to monitor and communicate any guidance changes or updates.

Masks will be required indoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Regardless of vaccination status, we are asking everyone to wear their mask to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the new Delta variant, which is proving to be more contagious than the original strain of the Coronavirus.

There have been many accommodations made to classrooms and campus buildings to assist with social distancing guidance and improve overall safety measures including a recent upgrade to building air filtration systems. As a continuing preventative measure, we will be cleaning and sanitizing high traffic areas, and we encourage frequent hand washing, along with allowing physical distancing where practical. 

We have heard from YOU – our students – that you prefer in-person classes. We are asking you to do your part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by getting your shot and wearing your mask. The more everyone can do to provide a safe environment, the less likely your class and classmates will be impacted by the virus and have to quarantine or move a class online.

HCC will host a vaccination clinic on Thursday, August 19 from 10am – 5pm.

What can you do to help?

  • We are encouraging all employees and students to get vaccinated. This decreases the likelihood of serious symptoms of the virus should you contract COVID-19.
    • Vaccines are free
    • There are multiple locations you can schedule an appointment or simply walk-in to get your vaccine.
  • Wear your mask when you are in close proximity of someone else. This protects you and those you are around.
  • Wash your hands often
  • Stay home from work or school if:
    • you are sick
    • you are considered a close contact to someone that has COVID-19
    • if someone in your household is sick
    • if you or someone in your household are awaiting test results
  • Contact us as soon as possible if you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 (or suspected COVID-19), if you are awaiting a test result, or if you have tested positive.
    • We will work with you to ensure you can stay on track with your coursework.

If you have any questions or concerns:

Please contact our team with any questions:

Students: Dr. Michael Coleman, VP of Student Services mwcoleman@haywood.edu | 828-565-4220

Employees: Sara Phillips, Human Resources Director sjphillips@haywood.edu | 828-627-4529


Complete our COVID-19 Reporting Form if any of the following describes you:

  • You (or anyone living in your house) has tested positive for COVID-19
  • You (or anyone living in your house) has been placed in quarantine by a health care professional or the health department
  • You are having symptoms synonymous with COVID-19 as defined by the CDC.
  • You (or anyone in your house) has been tested for COVID-19 based on symptoms or contact tracing

Please review the current COVID-19 procedure.



COVID-19 - Reported Confirmed Cases at HCC


  New Cases
11/28/21 - 12/3/21
Fall 2021 
Semester Total

Pandemic Total
Since Mar. 16, 2020

Employee Cases 3 11 33
Student Cases 2 87 170
*RCAC Cases 0 2 8
Total Cases 5 100 211

-as of 12/3/2021

This dashboard is updated weekly, no later than noon on Friday.
Positive cases are self-reported to HCC by students and employees. This dashboard does not include COVID-19 cases unreported to HCC or individuals who are self-quarantining without a confirmed diagnosis.
Those considered to be in close proximity to positive cases reported on campus are contacted immediately.
*RCAC: Regional Center for the Advancement of Children (Case number includes both employees and children at the center).*


Haywood Community College continues to take steps to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. As we determine solutions to keep our employees and students as safe as possible, our goal is, as always, to provide a quality education to all of our students in a safe and effective manner.

Recent Updates


Girl wearing a mask while waking down a sidewalk using a cell phone. Logo for Slow COVID NC app overlaid on image.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service has recently launched a new tool to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The SlowCOVIDNC app works by proactively and anonymously notifying users of potential exposure to COVID-19. It provides a way for app users to protect their privacy and identity, while also slowing the spread of the virus. This app does not collect or share personally identifying or location information.

For a list of FAQ’s and more information on how the app works, visit https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/slowcovidnc/frequently-asked-questions

To get start doing your part to slow the spread, visit your app store to download the SlowCOVIDNC app today.


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