Dr. Spriggs and a student

Hello Forsyth Tech Students,

I hope the spirit of gratitude was with you over our Thanksgiving holiday, even though our celebrations this year were most likely very different than in years past. I am certainly grateful for all of you!

The past nine months have been challenging and I know that many of you have had to make many adjustments in your lives. You have faced each obstacle with courage and determination to keep moving forward towards your goals, even when faced with unprecedented challenges resulting from the pandemic. You inspire me and I hope you will continue your resolve as we make our way to the end of the fall semester. Stay #ForsythTechStrong!

We would like to hear from you and how you have experienced your classes throughout this semester. Please help us with your feedback and complete this brief survey. This will help us as we prepare for the spring semester.

If you need any help in getting through these last few days of the semester, please remember that Forsyth Tech Cares. Our Cares Navigators are here to assist you. You may contact them by phone 336-734-7195 or email ftcares@forsythtechcares.edu

With just a little more than a week left in this semester, most of our classes are online with a few exceptions for in-person classes. Even if you are not on campus, I would ask everyone to continue to remain cautious and compliant in your safety efforts. We must continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of the virus.

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike, the Governor and the Mayor of Winston-Salem have enacted additional measures to combat the increased impact of the virus and to help us protect ourselves and keep each other safe.  Last week, I directed the College’s Emergency Operations Team (EOT) to review the changes in the Governor’s order and provide recommendations and updated guidance for all of us who will be working at any Forsyth Tech campus following the Thanksgiving holiday break and throughout the remainder of 2020.  I reviewed the EOT’s recommendations and approved the following updated guidance.

Face Coverings

Anytime a person is on campus he/she must wear a mask. This includes when in a classroom/lab setting, in meetings, and in the workspace when others are present even if social distancing can occur.

Classes/Labs after Thanksgiving

Classes/labs that are approved for in-person on campus following Thanksgiving following all College rules and guidelines to be able to continue to meet on campus. Students and instructors must always be socially distanced and wear face coverings.  Anything that can be virtual, should be virtual.  If face-to-face meetings are necessary, they should be limited to 10 people or less.

Employees on Campus After Thanksgiving

Supervisors and executive leaders will work with their teams to ensure that employees with jobs that can be performed effectively remotely, will work remotely when possible while at the same time ensuring excellent service to our students.  When jobs cannot be performed effectively remotely, supervisors will stagger schedules of employees to reduce the number present in any given workspace. Whenever employees are on campus working, they must socially distance, wear their masks, and wash their hands often.

If you have any questions, please email  covid-19@forsythtech.edu.

Staying Strong

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” ~Cayla Mills

This year has shown us how strong we truly can be. We found our individual strength and we have leaned on and supported each other.  The only choice we had was to be strong, and we have been stronger together.

We are #ForsythTechStrong!

Take care and stay safe!

Warm regards,

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