Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Resources
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.
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.
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.
Jim Glass, President
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.
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?
- Please contact your instructor directly via email. If you do not know your instructor’s email address, please consult the Faculty & Staff Directory: https://southernregional.edu/faculty-staff-directory
Who do I contact for Financial Aid questions?
- Please consult this online Guide to Financial Aid Applications: http://southernregional.edu/how-to-apply-for-aid
- For more general information regarding Financial Aid, please visit the Office of Financial Aid online: https://southernregional.edu/financial-aid
- If you have further questions about Financial Aid, please email: email@example.com
Who do I contact with questions about my student account/paying my tuition online?
- Please visit the Business Office online for detailed online payment instructions: https://southernregional.edu/pay-tuition-online
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
Who do I contact with questions about previously scheduled Continuing Education, Personal Enrichment Courses, Facility Rentals, or Business & Industry Training?
- Please contact the Economic Development representative in your community via email: https://southernregional.edu/economic-development/locations
Who do I contact for questions about Testing or Admissions?
- New students are welcome to apply online or download, complete, and submit by mail, email, or fax, the paper application. You will receive additional information and acceptance by mail. For questions regarding testing, exams, or admissions, please visit the Office of Student Affairs online: https://southernregional.edu/admissions
- You can also email the admissions staff at email@example.com
Will I be able to meet with my advisor and register for classes?
- You may register from April 6 through May 27. Please email your advisor for more information. If you do not know your advisor’s information, please check your DegreeWorks account or consult the Faculty & Staff Directory: https://southernregional.edu/faculty-staff-directory
- Review the Technology Guide for help with your student email and any online learning questions.
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?
- You may access online tutoring services free of charge through Smarthinking. The Smarthinking link is located in your Blackboard course.
- If you have questions about Smarthinking or difficulty accessing Blackboard, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- You may access online library services by visiting https://southernregional.edu/library.
How do check my email remotely?
- Everyone with an SRTC email address can check their email by logging into https://outlook.office.com.
- For more specific instructions on how to check your email, please read this post: https://southernregional.edu/blog/how-to-check-srtc-email-remotely
- If you experience technical issues, please email: email@example.com
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?
- All campus bookstores are closed until campuses reopen.
- You may access online library services by visiting https://southernregional.edu/library.
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 assistance, please visit https://southernregional.edu/contact-us
For additional information, visit https://southernregional.edu/coronavirus
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are of fever, signs of fever and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Practice coughing and sneezing etiquette described by the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/etiquette/coughing_sneezing.html
- Practice proper hand hygiene, https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html
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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