Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources

Attention Faculty, Staff, and Students:

We want to assure you that SRTC is actively monitoring current information and activities in reference to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as suggested preventative measures.
SRTC supervisors and faculty, please be reminded that if someone becomes symptomatic or is COVID19 positive we need them to:
  1. Fill out the self-reporting form as soon as possible
  2. Contact Exposure Control Coordinator Jill Burnette as soon as possible:

Employees and students please DO NOT come to campus if you feel sick are develop symptoms of COVID19.

*You must be logged into your SRTC Microsoft 365 account (using your single sign on credentials) to access the link below.

SRTC Procedures for COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure

Below are some recommended preventative strategies from the CDC for employees in the workplace for everyone’s awareness.

Additional information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html and https://dph.georgia.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-outbreak.


08-17-2020

Student Code of Conduct Addendum: COVID-19 and Public Health-Informed Campus Policies

Southern Regional Technical College intends to perform its educational mission while protecting the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff, and minimizing the potential spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, within the community.

Risks of COVID-19

In order to understand the risks that you face by returning to campus, you must understand that COVID-19 is a highly infectious, life-threatening disease declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic. There is no vaccine for COVID-19 at this time.

COVID19’s highly contagious nature means that contact with others or contact with surfaces that have been exposed to the virus, may lead to infection. Additionally, individuals who may have been infected with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic for a period of time or may never exhibit symptoms at all.

Because of its highly contagious and sometimes “hidden” nature, it is very difficult to control the spread of COVID-19 on campus or to determine whether, where, or how a specific individual may have been exposed to the disease. Southern Technical College is taking steps recommended by public health authorities to minimize the risk of spreading this disease on our campus.

Southern Regional Technical College cannot and does not guarantee a COVID-19-free environment, and there remains a risk that you may contract COVID-19 if you come onto campus to live and/or attend classes. We are providing you with the following notice as well regarding the risk of contracting COVID-19 when you enter upon our campus:

Warning - Under Georgia law, there is no liability for an injury or death of an individual entering these premises if such injury or death results from the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19. You are assuming this risk by entering these premises.

In order to minimize the risks associated with COVID-19, the policies and guidelines below are incorporated into the Southern Regional Technical College Student Code of Conduct and are applicable to all students. Your compliance with these requirements is essential to assisting the college in minimizing the risks to you and other members of the community.

General Principles

You are subject to all guidelines for individuals related to the COVID-19 pandemic established by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition, the State of Georgia has issued guidelines for personal behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic and you must comply with such guidelines at all times. You understand that both sets of these guidelines may change, and it is your responsibility to ensure that you understand and comply with these guidelines at all times.

From time to time the College may implement additional requirements restricting your behavior and you agree to comply with such requirements.

You understand that these conditions and limitations on your personal behavior are necessary in order to reduce the risk of transmitting and/or being infected by the COVID-19 virus and that your failure to comply with these responsibilities may jeopardize your health and safety, as well as the health and safety of others in the campus community, potentially causing severe illness and death.

Requirements:

1. Students will comply with governmental, state, and campus directives concerning maintaining required physical distancing (six feet) between themselves and other individuals on campus;

2. Students will use a face covering of their choosing that conforms to CDC guidelines anytime that they are in an indoor space where the College deems that social distancing is not practical, including but not limited to academic spaces and dining areas (except while eating) unless given different instructions by authorized college personnel;

3. Students will engage in frequent hand-washing and follow proper sneeze and cough etiquette, as recommended by the CDC;

4. If students develop any symptom of COVID-19 as described by the CDC, they will immediately:

  1. Inform the College by notifying appropriate personnel at:

SRTC COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

  1. If required by the College, agree to remain in self-quarantine for a time period determined by the College, in consultation with public health authorities, and/or move to a different room in order to receive medical care and/or self-quarantine.

The above conditions may change, and students agree to follow all college directives relating to COVID-19 and public health requirements.

Any failure to adhere to any of the above directives is a violation of the Code of Conduct that may result in sanctions, including but not limited to suspension or dismissal from the College.


07-27-2020

Fall Semester Update from President Glass

The health and safety of Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) students, faculty, and staff is always our first priority. As SRTC returns to in-person learning for the Fall 2020 semester, we want to provide you with information regarding how we are meeting the needs of our students in the safest way possible.

This Fall, we are committed to ensuring a safe learning environment for everyone. There will be new ways to learn, new health procedures in place, and recommendations students can consider to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Fall 2020 semester will have more options than ever before for students as they decide which learning environments best suit their needs. We will offer a blended course schedule that includes a wide variety of course delivery methods. Students will have the opportunity to choose from online classes, face-to-face classes, or virtual classroom options where instructors will be teaching live on campus giving students the choice to attend in person or online.

Each college class will offer some or all of these learning options, and students may choose their preference when registering for classes. Courses requiring laboratory skills will be offered in person with a limited number of students at a time. The laboratory environments will require students and faculty to observe social distancing protocols as well as wearing mask coverings when appropriate.

All of our campuses now have new plexiglass shields installed in areas where students, faculty, and staff frequently interact face to face, as well as social distancing guidelines marked throughout each campus.

Additional prevention methods are being incorporated at all campuses and include increasing the number of times that classrooms and labs are cleaned and disinfected, and providing students access to hand sanitizer in each classroom and in common areas.

Students are expected to wear mask coverings in classrooms and in common areas throughout each campus, and reminders to wear masks, wash hands properly, and social distance six feet apart are marked throughout each campus as well.

From the onset of the pandemic in Georgia, Southern Regional Technical College has followed COVID-19 guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will continue to do so.

We know these last few months have been challenging, but we thank you for your commitment to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.

We cannot wait to see you this Fall!

Sincerely,

Jim Glass, President


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06-18-2020

*Masks must be worn to appointment. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Attention Students:

As registration begins, we have some campus updates for you:

  • To make a registration appointment with your advisor, login to DegreeWorks to verify that your advisor has not changed then contact your advisor. Registration appointments will occur via phone call or through email. Registering early ensures that you have the best selection of classes available to you.
  • Beginning July 6, students can make appointments via email for face-to-face meetings on campus with admissions, financial aid, career services, the registrar’s office, student account representatives, and/or the bookstore. These meetings are by appointment only.
  • Fall semester books will be available for purchase beginning August 11 using Financial Aid and third party pay.
  • Our staff is working diligently to ensure we are following CDC protocol for proper sanitation, installing plexiglass in reception desk areas, practicing social distancing, and ensuring the safety of everyone on campus.

03-26-2020

Dear SRTC Community,

In accordance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 03.26.20.02, all TCSG colleges will remain closed for in-person instruction with limited exceptions through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. In lieu of in-person instruction, all TCSG colleges have transitioned to online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. For more information about online learning at SRTC, please visit www.southernregional.edu/connect.

What this means for students:

1. You will transition to online learning April 6, 2020

2. All SRTC campus locations will be closed through the end of Spring Semester 2020.

3. If you have questions or concerns about your current courses you should contact your instructor.

4. If you need help transitioning to online, we are here for you! Please visit the SRTC Connect page for more information.

What this means for faculty and staff:

1. You will begin online instruction on April 6, 2020.
2. All campus locations will be closed through the end of Spring Semester. If you need to work on campus please speak with your Dean or Supervisor.


03-26-2020

Good afternoon students,

I hope this email finds all of you and your families doing well! Thank you for your patience and understanding as we make our way through these unprecedented times. Here is the latest update regarding SRTC and how we will operate during the next few weeks.

Spring semester courses will transition online beginning Monday, April 6 and will continue online until further notice. Spring semester has been extended by two weeks. The last day of spring semester is now May 13. We are making progress on coursework that include lab time or clinical hours. We will update you as plans are solidified.

This pandemic is a challenging and ever-evolving public health crisis. It has caused everyone to do things differently. Thank you for your patience with us as we continue to work for you. Our instructors are eager to continue your education online, and our staff will be available to assist you. While we may not be on campus to address your needs, we are just a phone call or email away.

For more information about transitioning to online learning, please visit https://southernregional.edu/srtc-connect. We are committed to seeing you succeed.

Thank you,

Jim Glass


03-23-2020

Students,

I hope this message finds you safe and healthy.

First, I would like to ask you to join me in taking a moment to be thankful for the SRTC students, alumni, faculty, and staff who are out on the front lines of this global pandemic. Healthcare professionals, first responders, and supply chain workers are among the essential workforce who are helping our communities navigate this crisis as safely as possible.

Second, I understand your concerns about the remainder of the semester. Like you, this is not how anyone at SRTC envisioned the spring semester of this year. As always, we are fully committed to successful student outcomes. We are working hard to bolster online offerings and develop alternatives for clinical and lab requirements so that every one of our students has the opportunity to complete this semester successfully.

Additionally, at this time, we have no plans to postpone graduation, which we have scheduled for June 4 at the UGA Conference Center in Tifton. Of course, we will continue to monitor this evolving worldwide event, and we will take every step needed to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe. As decisions are made, we will provide updates via our website, social media, and email.

Finally, please represent SRTC well as a leader in your community by following the prudent guidelines set forth by the CDC: Wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and seek medical advice if you believe that you may have contracted COVID-19.

Sincerely,

Jim Glass, President


03-17-2020

From the Technical College System of Georgia:

In compliance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 3.16.20.01, all TCSG colleges will be closed from March 18, 2020 to March 31, 2020. This Executive Order affects in-person learning environments. We are monitoring ongoing developments and will update this web page accordingly. The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern.


03-16-2020

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Which students do the closures affect?

  • All SRTC Campus locations are closed. These closures impact traditional face-to-face students, online students, dual enrollment students, and adult education (GED) students.

Who do I contact for program or course-specific questions?

Who do I contact for Financial Aid questions?


Who do I contact with questions about my student account/paying my tuition online?

Who do I contact with questions about previously scheduled Continuing Education, Personal Enrichment Courses, Facility Rentals, or Business & Industry Training?

Who do I contact for questions about Testing or Admissions?

Will I be able to meet with my advisor and register for classes?

Will I need to log into my online classes?

  • You are not required to log into your online classes at this time to complete assignments. However, please check your student email and blackboard regularly for updates on when online courses will resume. If you would like to continue to complete your coursework assigned online, you can; however, submissions are not required during this time.

Will I have access to tutoring services?

How do check my email remotely?

Will Custodial services be working?

  • Custodial and Maintenance teams will continue working limited hours with increased attention to disinfecting all campus locations.

Will the Campus Bookstore and Library be open?

Will I have to make up these classes at a later date?

  • Academic Affairs is working with our accreditation body and the TCSG to determine what will be needed to confirm academic requirements have been met. Additional guidance will be provided at a later date. Please check your email.

I have a question that was not addressed above.

For additional information, visit https://southernregional.edu/coronavirus


03-16-2020

Attention Students:

The SRTC administrative team is meeting today, Monday, March 16 to discuss individual program requirements and formulate a plan for the coming weeks. Please check your email regularly for instructions from faculty regarding your specific classes, as well as information regarding admissions tests and scheduling.

Please be patient as we try to anticipate your specific needs. We will continue to monitor the situation and take the necessary CDC recommended precautions. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority and we will notify you of any changes.

SRTC Administrative Team


03-13-2020: ALL ON-CAMPUS AND ONLINE CLASSES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL 3:

Dear SRTC Community:

In light of the current health issues and concerns resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), our first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. At this time, we are not aware of any presumptive or confirmed cases at any of our campus locations. However, to ensure the health and safety of our Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) community as of close of business today, Friday, March 13, 2020 ALL SRTC campus locations and sites will be closed. All faculty and staff are expected to report Monday, March 16 for a briefing, further clarification, and to be included in the decision-making process as it relates to their department or program.

The SRTC administrative team has made the decision to move our scheduled Spring Break from the week of April 6 to the week of March 30. Therefore, all SRTC locations and sites (including online students and courses) will be closed Monday, March 16, 2020 – April 3, 2020. Additionally, all college-related travel has been suspended for faculty and staff.

We want to take this opportunity to assure students that we will be accommodating, as we are aware that this closure impacts all course work and clinical hours. We will be working tirelessly to ensure every opportunity for the successful completion of this semester. The emergency management team is convening daily and will continue to develop answers, adjust plans as necessary, and communicate frequently. All faculty, staff, and students should remain diligent in checking your SRTC email and the SRTC website for updates.

Jim Glass,
President


03-12-2020

Dear SRTC Community:

As we continue to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. Southern Regional Technical College’s (SRTC) senior leadership team was informed that an employee, while performing regular duties as a healthcare professional, was exposed to someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. This employee is not experiencing symptoms, but as a precaution SRTC administration has asked them to self-quarantine for the next 14 days as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

SRTC custodial staff has disinfected all areas in which this employee was in contact. Earlier this week, the SRTC custodial staff began taking additional precautions by increasing their cleaning protocol, which includes the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer and high-grade disinfectant and cleaning supplies twice a day in high traffic areas.

SRTC has developed a team that will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19, and will continue to follow guidance from The Governor’s office, The Technical College System of Georgia, the Center for Disease Control, and the Department of Public Health. The College has also deployed the use of our emergency response and exposure control plan.

We continue to provide our college community with preventative measures people should take to reduce risk of infection including CDC-recommended strategies:

  • washing hands regularly;
  • avoiding the touching of eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • covering coughs and sneezes with tissues;
  • avoiding close contact with those who may be sick;
  • and staying home when experiencing symptoms.

Also, we are taking extra measures to regularly clean and disinfect areas that have high amounts of human contact. These areas include:

  • lavatories,
  • doorknobs,
  • elevators,
  • stair railings,
  • lab spaces
  • and offices

If you believe you have come in contact with the Coronavirus, the CDC recommendations for individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html

Please contact us with any questions or concerns by filling out the form located at the bottom of this page. We thank you for your trust in providing a safe and healthy learning environment for students, faculty and staff.


Jim Glass,
President


03-12-2020

WALB Story at SRTC


03-10-2020

Dear SRTC Community,

There is no higher priority than the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff. As you know, the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is rising in Georgia, and I want to provide you with an update and steps we are taking to reduce risk of infection. Currently, there have not been any cases of coronavirus exposure to anyone on our campuses. We continue to provide our college community with communications that detail preventative measures people should take to reduce risk of infection. This includes CDC-recommended strategies like washing hands regularly; avoiding the touching of eyes, nose, and mouth; covering coughs and sneezes with tissues; avoiding close contact with those who may be sick; and staying home when experiencing symptoms. Also, we are taking extra measures to regularly clean and disinfect areas that have high amounts of human contact. These areas includes lavatories, doorknobs, elevators, and stair railings, among others. We are monitoring this developing situation closely, and we are following guidance from The Governor’s office, The Technical College System of Georgia, the Center for Disease Control, and the Department of Public Health. This continues to be a fluid situation, but we are committed to providing you with accurate information in a timely manner. The College has a robust emergency response plan and contingency plans that can be called into place if needed. We thank you for your trust in providing a safe and healthy learning environment for students.

Sincerely,

Jim Glass
President

New guidance for Health Care Providers


03-06-2020

In light of the Coronavirus, we are encouraging our students, faculty, and staff to take careful precautions to protect their health and the health of our community.

First and foremost, we would like to remind everyone to follow appropriate preventative strategies, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): wash hands regularly, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, cover coughs and sneezes with tissues, avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when experiencing symptoms of illness.

If you have any illness – common cold, flu, cough – please stay home and take care of yourself until you are better. This will help slow the spread of all sickness. We are working with faculty to allow for excused absences in cases like these.

Coronavirus Fact Sheet
Stop the Spread of Germs


03-03-2020

We want to assure you that SRTC is actively monitoring current information and activities in reference to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as suggested preventative measures.

Below are some recommended preventative strategies from the CDC for employees in the workplace for everyone’s awareness.

Additional information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html and https://dph.georgia.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-outbreak.


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