In accordance with the current federal, state, and local health guidelines, all Surry Community College employees, students, and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering indoors effective August 3, 2021, due to the rapidly growing number of COVID-19 cases. Thank you for your cooperation to maintain the safety of our community.
Surry Community College will continue to revisit and reevaluate the college’s procedures as the situation evolves. We ask that everyone continue to refer to this page for the most up-to-date information on anything related to the college’s institutional response.
The college is offering courses through a variety of instructional methods in Fall 2021, including traditional, face-to-face delivery (socially distanced wherever possible), blended, hybrid, and online. Students also have access to all college support services operating under their normal hours.
Since the college has required face coverings as a continued critical component of our community's COVID-19 response, all students and/or guests are required to wear their cloth face covering (vaccinated and unvaccinated) whenever they enter any Surry Community College building. The college encourages students to bring their own cloth face coverings, but face coverings will be issued at each building entry for those who do not have them.
Students who are unwilling to comply may be unenrolled in seated courses and transitioned to online courses and/or subjected to other interventions as needed to protect the safety and well-being of other members. In instances of willful non-compliance and repeated violations, the college reserves the right to pursue disciplinary action. These expectations are effective beginning August 3, 2021 and will remain in effect until modified or withdrawn.
Students in specialized programs (health sciences, EMT, Allied Health) will be provided PPE by the college due to the close contact required in these programs (skills check-offs with partners requiring hands-on contact, etc.).
All programs will practice social distancing whenever possible.
Students are responsible for daily self-checks, with the recognition that our self-regulation and personal responsibility will play a significant role in keeping the college community safe. Students should use the CDC’s COVID-19 Screening Checklist and should stay home if sick. As always, students are encouraged to discuss their absences with their instructors and means for catching up in the course.
The college also expects that students will self-disclose to the Dean of Student Services (x3530, email@example.com), or the Student Care & Outreach Specialist (x3247, firstname.lastname@example.org) if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if they have been in direct contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
In the event a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, they will be excluded from attending face-to-face classes or in-person support services until cleared per CDC recommendations (Considerations for Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) | CDC):
No fever for at least 72 hours since recovery (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) ANDOther symptoms have improved (e.g., coughing, shortness of breath) ANDAt least 10 days have passed since first symptoms
Students must wait until they have received written permission from either Ms. Terry or Ms. Ruvio-Ayers prior to returning to campus.
In the event students must leave due to symptoms and/or fever and they do not have immediate transportation, SCC will provide a designated isolation area: T-building breezeway, floor level. Students will be escorted to the isolation area by designated college officials and will be provided a face covering. They must remain in the isolation area until transportation arrives. The Dean of Student Services will provide appropriate guidance for any student who exhibits signs of COVID-19, including information about when the student may return and under what conditions.
Adhering to Signage, Social Distancing Directions
Students should follow all signage related to entry and exit. All buildings will include signage about expectations for entry, behavior during entry, and so forth.
Additionally, students should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering a building and frequently throughout the day.
Employees are responsible for daily self-checks, with the recognition that our self-regulation and personal responsibility will play a significant role in keeping the college community safe. Employees should use the CDC’s COVID-19 Screening Checklist and should stay home if sick. As always, employees should report to their immediate supervisor.
The college also expects that employees will self-disclose to the Director of Human Resources – Melonie Weathers (email@example.com or 336.386.3207) if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if they have been in direct contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.
In the event employees must leave due to symptoms and/or fever and they do not have immediate transportation, SCC will provide a designated isolation area: T-building breezeway, floor level. Employees will be escorted to the isolation area by designated college officials and will be provided a face covering. They must remain in the isolation area until transportation arrives. The Director of Human Resources will provide appropriate guidance for any employee who exhibits signs of COVID-19, including information about when the employee may return and under what conditions.
Adhering to Signage, Social Distancing Directions
Employees should follow all signage related to entry and exit. All buildings will include signage about expectations for entry, behavior during entry, and so forth.
Additionally, employees should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer immediately upon entering a building and frequently throughout the day.
Active cases as of 09/20/2021
Fall 2021 semester total cases
Attention Healthcare Students:
An Important Message from Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Associate Dean of Health Sciences at Surry Community College
As you all may have heard, many clinical facilities are requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees, along with faculty and students who have clinical rotations at the facility. This is an evolving situation and we may experience changes as we go through the fall semester. Therefore, we want to offer students the opportunity to meet with us, hear what we know about what is being required by facilities, and pose any questions they may have.
Surry Community College does not require students to have a COVID-19 vaccination; however, health science programs (ADN, PN, RIBN, LPN-BSN, Medical Assisting, and PTA) include a state requirement for clinical education and some of our clinical facilities have mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees, faculty and students. Facilities will prohibit students from clinical rotations if they do not meet the facility’s clinical requirements. You cannot complete your program without the required clinical hours. At this time, you have three options:
You may want to wait until you receive your clinical schedule and make your decision at that time. However, if you are assigned to a clinical site with a vaccine mandate, you may miss the deadline to obtain your vaccine.
COVID-19 Vaccinations and Clinical Education at Surry Community College
Frequent and routine environmental cleaning and disinfection of high-touch areas with an EPA approved disinfectant for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) based on schedules provided by instructional supervisors and staff supervisors.
Computer Equipment and Other Electronic Devices
Electronic device cleaning supplies provided at all classroom instructor stations and other labs used by students and employees. Employees can request office device cleaning supplies by submitting a Technology Services work order.
Employees should clean keyboard, mouse, touch screen and other electronic devices before use in classroom or lab.
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