Hello Forsyth Tech!
It’s an understatement to say the school year looks a bit different this year, nonetheless we are working together to not only survive this pandemic, but also to do whatever we can to help our students thrive at Forsyth Tech. I am extremely grateful to all of you for your extraordinary efforts in support of our students during COVID-19. As you are aware, there are many efforts behind the scenes, with faculty and staff working diligently to keep us all safe.
With the number of cases of COVID-19 rising in Forsyth County and in North Carolina, we must continue to be cautious in our efforts on campus. Thank you for your leadership and cooperation in following the three W’s – wearing a face covering, waiting six feet apart, and washing your hands often – to protect yourselves, our campus, and our community.
First, I would like to recognize the Forsyth Tech COVID-19 Response and Re-Entry Team who graciously accepted the responsibility to ensure all safety protocols and guidelines were in place throughout these last seven months. The team have met regularly, monitoring and updating the COVID-19 page on the website and providing the most updated information on the pandemic.
They have answered your emails to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailbox and, along with the college’s Emergency Operations Team, continue to work closely with the Forsyth County Health Department to stay up to date on the latest procedures to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All of you have stepped up to the new processes for safety, for cleaning, and for the overall successful operation of college services for students, to keep us running as smoothly as possible during this unprecedented time of extraordinary disruption.
A New Plan for Holiday Gathering this year!
Traditionally, during this time of year, we would be looking forward to gathering together in the Conference Center to celebrate the holiday season with food, fun and fellowship. This year, we do not believe that is feasible, but we have an innovative and fun idea that will give us an opportunity to safely share some of our Forsyth Tech holiday spirit.
This year we will invite Staff & Faculty to join me and the Executive Leadership Team for a “Walk Through A Winter Wonderland!”
On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, each department will have a scheduled time to visit Forsyth Tech’s Winter Wonderland in the lower level of Strickland. We don’t want to give away too much about the holiday surprises we are planning for you, but there will be lots of music, fun, holiday greetings, and a variety of special holiday treats, including one very special Holiday Thank You Surprise! This year’s celebration will indeed be very different, and unfortunately, we will not be able to all be together as we wish we could, but not even a global pandemic can crush our Forsyth Tech spirit!
Special Note about Individual Departmental Holiday Events This Year: In “normal” years, we love hosting departmental open houses and large group gatherings within our individual departments. However, this year, our Walk Through A Winter Wonderland will take the place of those departmental open houses and individual celebrations. While these parties are a highlight at the end of our year, we feel this year, there is too much risk serving food and having people gather in groups.
We are still finalizing all the exciting details but stay tuned for more information coming soon!
In light of continued efforts to keep us safe at the state level, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has a new way to help slow COVID-19 in North Carolina — SlowCOVIDNC, the official Exposure Notification app from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service (NCDHHS).
SlowCOVIDNC works by proactively and anonymously notifying users of potential exposure to COVID-19. It provides a way for app users to protect their privacy and identity, while also slowing the spread of COVID-19, SlowCOVIDNC does not collect or share personally identifying or location information. The more people who participate, the more effective the app is at slowing the spread of COVID-19.
What do you need to know about the app? Here’s an SlowCOVIDNC intro video.
- It’s free to download.
- It never collects or shares personally identifiable information.
- It uses Bluetooth technology to minimize battery use.
- It’s 100% voluntary to download and use.
- It can help keep our campus safe and protect your friends and family.
- SlowCOVIDNC app demo.
To learn more about SlowCOVIDNC and how it works, access the SlowCOVIDNC FAQs.
SlowCOVIDNC is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play store today.
“Rather than being disheartened by the uncertainty of life, what if we accepted it and relaxed into it? What if we said, yes, this is the way it is; this is what it means to be human, and decided to sit down and enjoy the ride?”
The last seven months has impacted all of us differently and some have had a more difficult time than others. At the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) meeting on Friday, one of the faculty used the analogy that we have all been riding out the same COVID-19 storm, but each of us has been in a different boat.
I believe the challenges, disruption, and uncertainties we have experienced this year, have perhaps given us a new perspective on what it means to be human, and helped us all be a little more accepting, empathetic, and compassionate towards one another. We are all in this together, and I am confident will come out stronger on the other side, together.
Take care and stay safe!
Dr. Janet Spriggs