In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide protests regarding the fight for equal justice, racial equality and major reform for law enforcement, it is time to move toward our new campus model of normalcy.
On Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 Governor Cooper issued an executive order delaying the transition of the state of North Carolina moving to Phase 3 because of an increase in several COVID-19 metrics.
As a result, I have decided to delay the full implementation of campus operations.
I will continue to monitor conditions and follow the direction of the governor, the CDC, and local health officials to determine the best date to return to campus; however, for planning purposes, I am setting July 27th, 2020 as the date for the college campus to become fully operational.
Our maintenance staff is working diligently to put the necessary checkpoints and equipment in place to ensure that proper social distancing and other safety measures are in place as you return to campus.
The following is a list of the protocols that will be in place:
1) Please be aware that you will be required to be screened for potential risk of COVID-19 exposure and cleared for entry into buildings or classrooms.
2) All employees, students, and visitors will be required to wear face coverings while in buildings, especially classrooms.
3) Decals and signs will be placed at strategic locations throughout campus to encourage proper social distancing.
4) Hand sanitizer dispensers and signs are located in strategic areas in buildings all over the campus encouraging people to wash their hands frequently, cover their faces and remain at least six feet apart from others when possible.
5) All classrooms have been positioned for social distancing and class sizes have been decreased to ensure proper distancing.
All of these measures and more are being instituted to protect the life, health, and safety of everyone who enters our campus.
Your full cooperation is expected.