With COVID-19 cases climbing to record highs across the country and the state and out of an abundance of caution, South Piedmont Community College will be closing to the public, effective Monday, November 16, 2020.
Since March, SPCC has implemented protocols and procedures recommended by the State and CDC guidelines to limit the exposure to and spread of COVID-19 on our campuses and in the community. We have been conducting our classes online with limited exceptions. We have required face masks and social distancing, while enforcing quarantining and contact notification at the first signs of exposure or potential positive testing. We frequently disinfect working, learning, and gathering spaces. These measures helped us keep everyone safe resulting in low numbers of infections.
We have been anticipating an increased COVID-19 risk around the holidays and had planned to close our buildings to the public on November 30. This week, however, we have seen an uptick in reporting from students and staff who have tested positive or had exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. In keeping with our safety first commitment, we are closing the college campuses to the public beginning Monday, November 16.
We continue to implement our protocols for contact notification and have already informed any individuals who may have been exposed to those testing positive. Our students will continue to be served through online classes and our employees will work from home through mid-January.
Notification of our campus operational plans have been sent to employees and students. Our website is currently being updated to ensure we make important information readily available to all and to further ensure easy access to college resources, people, and programs for students, the business community, and employees as we continue to serve their needs. Signs will be posted across all campus locations and facilities, security, and maintenance protocols remain in force.