(Content updated: July 14, 2020)
While certainly different than those in the past, I trust each of you had a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. I hope this message finds you well and healthy.
Stanly Community College (SCC) has developed a Return-2-Campus Guide. This guide should assist employees in returning to campus for the fall semester. As much as we would like to continue to completely operate remotely, it is not possible to provide high quality education and services completely online. This means that our operational status will need to shift as we approach the fall semester. A group recently convened to provide additional recommendations on how to protect our faculty, staff, and students. After considering their recommendations, I am pleased to share that SCC will be undertaking the following efforts:
- Plexiglass has been and will be installed at various locations across campus. These plexiglass partitions will be located in areas that are more public facing than others.
- Masks, face shield, gloves, sanitizer, and disinfectant are being provided. Masks are available in the mail room if additional are needed.
- Certain doors on campus will be identified as entry and exit only to assist with flow of foot traffic.
- Certain areas of campus will have limited capacity (i.e., E1S, library, business office, Webb Student Center)
- Signage will be posted around campus addressing the following:
- Encouraging everyone to wear a mask
- Directional signs (entrance only, exit only)
- Waiting and occupancy guides
- Signage in restrooms limiting occupancy to the number of stalls available
- Signage for limited occupancy for elevators
- All social gatherings such as but not limited to Fall Fest, Holiday on the Hill, etc. will be canceled through the fall semester. This includes in person gatherings hosted by the hospitality committee. There should be no departmental pot luck gatherings. We will, however, still have a fall convocation. We will plan for very limited seating in the Webb Student Center, with a Zoom link available for remote participation.
While we do have key personnel whose positions can no longer be completely conducted remotely, SCC will continue to encourage teleworking to the extent possible.
Again, working remotely is still strongly encouraged for all staff who can fully complete their job duties from home. As a reminder, SCC will refer to the official CDC guidelines and the recently released SCC Return-2-Campus guidelines for generic references applicable to all areas.
SCC is working hard to do its part to ensure the safety and well-being of our faculty, staff, and students. Each of us must also do our part. Wear a mask when moving about campus or dealing with someone less than six feet away. Wash your hands frequently (or use sanitizer). Practice social distancing.
I am very proud of our SCC family and how we have continued to weather the COVID-19 storm. Even though we must begin having more on campus activity, we can continue to be safe while serving our students and community.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
John D. Enamait, Ph.D.
Stanly Community College
(Content updated: June 25, 2020)
On June 24,2020, Governor Cooper held a press conference that outlined the contents of Executive Order 147. To summarize, the executive order extends Phase II another three weeks. Additionally, face coverings are now required in many circumstances (with certain exceptions). Given the parameters of today’s press conference, the SCC operational status is not changing. Wearing masks as able is encouraged.
We have a plan for the fall semester. At this point, we do not anticipate any changes to the current fall schedule. Faculty continue to be encouraged to telework to the extent possible. Our needs for certain staff will certainly increase as we approach the fall semester. In order to gain comprehensive input, I am convening a task-force of exempt and non-exempt staff. This task-force will make recommendations on how SCC can best continue teleworking while ensuring adequate staffing to meet the needs of our students and community. This group will meet on June 29 and will provide their recommendations in July.
To summarize our status once again:
- Most summer classes are online, with some face-to-face classes now being offered.
- Employees are encouraged to telework, but are allowed on campus if necessary
- Masks are strongly encouraged when in public spaces (employees may wear their own masks or SCC can provide).
- Faculty are encouraged to continue working remotely as much as possible
- A task-force will begin meeting on June 29 to provide recommendations on how exempt and non-exempt staff may telework in the fall while ensuring adequate coverage for students and community.
- Our fall schedule has a heavier than normal online offering, but we will offer more face-to-face classes than this summer.
Thanks again for everything you do for SCC! I hope everyone has a happy and safe July Fourth holiday next week.
If you have any questions, please let me know.John D. Enamait, Ph.D.
Stanly Community College