COVID-19 UPDATE

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.

Instructional support:

Watch for specific follow up information from your instructor(s). In keeping with the most recent guidance, faculty will be teleworking to the greatest extent possible beginning Monday, March 23rd.  Rest assured that they are still available as a resource and support for you during this time, let us know if you are having challenges. Please contact your faculty using their school issued e-mail address and they will respond to you as quickly as possible. 

Graduation:

We’re sure you have seen a variety of college (and system) level decisions regarding the cancellation or postponement of graduation ceremonies. At this time, HCC has made the decision to postpone the May 2020 commencement and pinning ceremonies. Please note that students who fulfill their program requirements for graduation will be still be conferred at the time of completion – it is only the ceremony that is being postponed. We are exploring options and future dates as the response situation unfolds. See https://www.haywood.edu/enrollment-management/graduation-information for more information.

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:

Through April 13, all 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.