Current Guidelines and Protocols
Last updated 10.1.20
South Piedmont Community College remains committed to protecting employees, students, and visitors from contracting COVID-19. We continue to enforce safe practices and monitor guidance from Governor Cooper, state and local health agencies, and the CDC.
Please do not come to campus if you are currently or have experienced any cold, flu-like, or coronavirus symptoms in the last 14 days (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, respiratory illness, sore throat, persistent headache, loss of taste or smell, chills, muscle aches), or have been in contact with a person diagnosed with coronavirus or someone in quarantine within the last 14 days.
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South Piedmont will remain open; however, classes and events will be adjusted to ensure the health and wellness of everyone as well as to maintain the integrity of our educational programs. The following restrictions and conditions will go into effect on March 16, 2020, unless otherwise noted.
South Piedmont Community College will not hold classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. Classes will resume on Wednesday, March 18 with the following conditions in place:
o Curriculum Courses:
- All lecture hours will be transitioned to online effective March 18. Faculty members will be in touch with students regarding their individual courses.
- Lab hours will be transitioned to online delivery, if possible. Faculty members will be in touch with students regarding their individual courses.
- Clinical hours will continue as planned until further notice by South Piedmont clinical coordinators or clinical site coordinators
o Non-Credit, College and Career Readiness, and Work-Based Learning courses will resume as usual on Wednesday, March 18 unless otherwise indicated on a course-by-course basis.
- Resources for transitioning courses to online formats will be provided to faculty and students.
Students who have questions about classes should contact their instructors.
South Piedmont will work with students impacted by COVID-19 in ways to ensure the health and wellness of everyone as well as to maintain the integrity of the course work and program. Students should direct questions directly to their instructors.
- All course work missed due to an absence related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) must be made up. Students who miss class time due to COVID-19 are required to immediately reach out to their instructor. The instructor, in consultation with the student, will identify a deadline for submission of the work that is appropriate to the requirements of the class.
- Students who miss clinical, fieldwork, or work-based learning work as a part of their program are expected to complete the missed work. Students should contact their instructors with any questions.
- If a South Piedmont-affiliated clinical, fieldwork, or work-based learning facility or organization closes due to COVID-19, the instructor will reach out to students who are impacted and will communicate the appropriate next steps for continued progress within the program.
- Employees who miss time due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) must immediately notify and consult with their supervisor on continuity plans.
- When possible, employees on self-quarantine or in isolation may work remotely if their roles and their equipment allow. We are currently establishing parameters around teleworking and leave.
- For those who are experiencing illness or cannot telework, employees must take leave according to policy. Employees must contact their supervisors for specific information.
College-affiliated travel outside of the college service area of Union and Anson Counties is prohibited. Teleconferencing is recommended.
- Personal travel outside of Union and Anson Counties must be documented on the Travel Form. Please use this form to notify Human Resources about upcoming travel OR to document travel within the last few weeks, specifically where COVID-19 transmission is widespread and ongoing. Travel using public forms of transportation poses a greater risk of disease transmission.
- Faculty and staff traveling outside of Union and Anson Counties (this does not include your commute to work if you live outside of these areas) but within the United States may be asked to self-quarantine and complete the Self-Quarantine form.
- Faculty and Staff returning from trips to Level 3 and Level 2 countries as defined by the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are required to self-quarantine for 14 days off campus and document the self-quarantine on the Self-Quarantine form.
- Upon return from trips to Level 3 and Level 2 countries as defined by the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- After having contact with individuals confirmed to have COVID-19
- Upon return from areas where COVID-19 transmission is widespread and ongoing.
- After having contact with individuals who have recently returned from areas where COVID-19 transmission is widespread and ongoing.
- Through March 31, 2020, any events being held on a South Piedmont location that involve 50 or more people will be canceled. Events that are not canceled will be in spaces that allow safe distances between participants. Events scheduled after March 31, 2020, will be evaluated in late-March.
- Please contact the event host for more information regarding cancellations and postponements.
- Faculty and staff are prohibited from attending work-related gatherings on non-SPCC sites that involve 50 or more people. When attending any event with large numbers of people, it is advisable to be diligent with maintaining social distancing and practicing safe hygiene.
Normal class schedules
Normal schedule of events on campus
No college-sponsored travel outside of North Carolina, including international travel for Staff, Faculty, and Students
No college-sponsored travel to areas within North Carolina where cases are being reported
Personal travel outside of Union and Anson Counties must be documented on the Travel Form
Self-quarantine for 14 days if potential exposure occurred. Staff and faculty must document on the Self-Quarantine form. Students must inform their instructors.
If symptoms of COVID-19 are experienced, do not come to campus and seek medical attention.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As South Piedmont monitors this developing situation, we are working closely with state and local health officials and taking necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
No cases of COVID-19 have been identified at South Piedmont locations. We encourage the college community to focus on preventing the spread of germs with frequent hand-washing, using tissues for coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched.
Classes and college gatherings will continue as normal at this point.
We are asking our South Piedmont faculty and staff to document any personal travel outside of Union and Anson counties on a COVID-19 SharePoint form and ensure that both supervisors and the Human Resource department are aware of travel experiences and any sick leave taken or COVID-19 symptoms experienced.
Students and employees should continue to check email, text messages, and this web page for further college updates.
South Piedmont is closely monitoring information about COVID-19. Members of our administration attended a briefing with the Union County Public Health Director, and we have gathered a group at the college to further discuss actions we should take. In an abundance of caution, we believe it is prudent to take precautions to keep everybody safe; therefore, beginning tomorrow, the following will take effect:
All college-sponsored international and out-of-state travel is suspended until further notice. Please try to teleconference as a substitute to travel.
Our contracted janitorial services will increase their cleaning cycle and include deep cleaning of our facilities including commonly touched surfaces such as light switches and door knobs.
Our facilities team will frequently disinfect surfaces throughout the day. We are in search of hand sanitizers, surface wipes, and disinfectant in quantities that could be distributed to departments for disinfecting personal spaces.
If you do not feel well, take sick leave and remain home. If you have come into contact with individuals that have been infected, self-quarantine for 14 days and seek medical attention if you experience the COVID-19 symptoms. For employees, please work with your supervisor to request leave, plan your work from home, and/or determine how best to document the missed time. For students, please work with your instructors when you cannot attend classes to make up class work.
We have not yet restricted gatherings on campus, but we ask that you employ social distancing to avoid potential spread of germs and greet others without shaking hands.
Classes will operate normally at this time. Faculty will work with students to make adjustments if illness, quarantine, or class schedule changes occur based on situations related to COVID-19.
We ask that everyone be vigilant in their efforts to prevent the spread of disease. We will continue to monitor updates as they are provided from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of North Carolina, and local Health Departments and keep you informed of any changes. Thank you for helping us to keep our college community healthy.