Hello Forsyth Tech faculty and staff,
Summer semester has almost come to an end! I wish all of you the best in these last two weeks, and look forward to an exceptional fall beginning August 17 – just a month away now – even though it is sure to be a much different fall than we have ever seen before.
Below, you will find specific information about how we are keeping our campuses clean and safe, and current plans for how we will deliver classes to students this fall. I will remind you all – this situation is still evolving and our plans may be adjusted if the situation warrants and it is in everyone’s best interest to modify our planned course. I have heard from many students and employees, and as you might expect, opinions and concerns vary widely. As I mentioned in last week’s Facebook Live and reiterated below, the health and safety of all of you and our students remains our College’s number one priority. We also remain committed to serving our students, our business and industry partners, and our communities with excellence.
We are working hard to keep our campuses safe while at the same time, striving to meet our students’ needs and remain a critical partner in economic and workforce recovery. Throughout this COVID-19 crises, I believe we have demonstrated that Forsyth Tech really does care. We will not stop caring, we will not stop listening to you and to our students, and we will always do our best to meet the individual needs of our students and all of you, to the best of our ability.
Please Complete A Survey: To that end, we want to know how you feel about returning to campus and what you think about our plans for delivering classes this fall so far. Later this week, you will receive an email from me with a link to a survey that will give you an opportunity to share your thoughts, concerns, and offer constructive suggestions. I hope you will take time to share your voice by completing this important survey.
Basic Needs Assessment: Last week, all of us worked within our departments and teams to provide critical information to inform how we spend our Federal CARES funding. We asked everyone to think creatively and innovatively about ways we could continue to serve with excellence and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our students, the businesses, and the communities we serve. Thank you for working so quickly to identify positive and transformative solutions. Two members of our Senior Leadership Cabinet (SLC), Faculty Senate Co-Chair Tony Brown, and EWD Executive Director Michelle Dancho, to lead our SLC in evaluating the identified solutions and resources needed. We will provide the summarized information from the needs assessment to Tony and Michelle today and we will ask our SLC to complete their work as rapidly as possible, so we can allocate funding quickly and implement as many solutions as possible quickly.
Information on Fall 2020 Classes
Because the health and safety of our students and employees is our primary concern during the continuation of COVID-19, we have adjusted the course delivery methods of many of our classes for fall 2020 semester. Below is information for you about what we are sharing with students with regards to modality for fall classes.
This is the information we are sharing with students.
Please review our course offerings for fall at this Course Schedule link and note the Delivery column. The delivery methods listed are current and accurate, showing how we plan to offer each course for fall. For help in navigating our course schedule, there is a short video at the top of the Course Schedule to assist you. Additionally, the Asynchronous vs Synchronous PDF is an excellent resource for how to understand and succeed in courses that have an internet component.
Keep in mind that while these class delivery options comply with the latest guidelines from Governor Cooper, there is still the potential for adjustments should we face tighter restrictions due to COVID-19. If courses are adjusted in the future, the delivery methods will be updated and a communication will be sent to your student email account.
There are four course delivery methods you will see are:
- On campus: This means the course will happen face-to-face at the campus location that is listed in the Location
- Internet – Synchronous: This means that although you will be learning from a distance, you will virtually attend class at the same time as your instructor and classmates during the exact times shown in the Days and Times
- Internet – Asynchronous: This means that you don’t always need to be online at the same time as your instructor or classmates. A great benefit to asynchronous online courses is the time flexibility.
- On campus with an internet component: This means that you will meet face-to-face at the campus location that is listed in the Location column during the exact times that are listed in the Days and Times However, a portion of the course will also happen using the Internet – Asynchronous delivery method.
As an additional safety measure for students, almost all On Campus classes will end by Thanksgiving with the remainder of the coursework being completed via one of the Internet delivery methods until the semester ends on December 9. The exception to this will be with some clinical and in-person labs which may continue into early December.
Students receiving Veterans’ benefits: If your course delivery methods have changed, please check with Paige Lee or call 336-734-7403 to guarantee that your classes will be covered by the GI bill.
For more information about campus changes and for how to request support during COVID-19, visit our Health Alerts page which has been updated with the latest details. If you have any questions related COVID-19, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping Campuses Clean
A key component of our efforts to keep our students, faculty and staff safe is keeping our campuses clean throughout this pandemic. We want to reassure you that our facilities are being thoroughly cleaned and sanitized daily. This includes normal day-to-day cleaning and disinfecting all touch points (any surface that is or could be touched). You will see our housekeepers wiping down these surfaces (doors, elevators, handrails, etc.) throughout the day with a hospital-grade sanitizer.
We have also invested in additional equipment to increase our ability to disinfect our spaces, including a sprayer with a specialized solution that can disinfectant everything in a room in a few minutes. The spray contains positively charged particles that are able to aggressively adhere to all surfaces and objects.
Please know that our Forsyth Tech facilities team is taking major steps to keep our students and employees safe.
Blood Drive + COVID Antibody Testing
Now more than ever, blood is in high demand due to the pandemic. Forsyth Tech will hold a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on July 29 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Robert L. Strickland Center. The Red Cross will also offer an additional antibody testing to see if donors have been exposed to COVID-19. See COVID-19 Antibody Testing and Techlink for more information. To make an appointment, contact Studentlife@forsythtech.edu or call Donna Farrar at 336-734-7509.
Basic Law Enforcement Enhanced Training
In light of the local and national current events focusing on law enforcement, Forsyth Tech’s Basic Law Enforcement staff is taking proactive steps in incorporating enhanced training for BLET students. Lorin Dingler, Department Chair, Public Safety Technologies and Basic Law Enforcement Qualified Assistant Brian Diggs will be attending “Impartial Policing” training in August provided for N.C. Community Colleges. Forsyth Tech is working toward providing our BLET students with the most comprehensive training so all of our BLET graduates will be fully trained and ready to protect and serve our communities with excellence. Thank you Lorin and Brian! Here is an article about the basic law enforcement enhanced training.
Next Facebook Live & Courageous Conversations
I have been enjoying engaging with our students and with so many of you in the Facebook Live sessions each week. I look forward to continuing these engagement opportunities with our next Facebook Live on July 21 at 2 p.m. Please join me if you can – I look forward to talking with you and answering your questions.
Thank you to all who participated in the Courageous Conversations series over the past several weeks, and a special thanks to members of Dr. Jewel Cherry’s team who led this important dialogue and provided the safe space for all to share their thoughts and feelings. We had great participation in every session and be assured, we heard you all. As promised, our work does not end with conversation, in fact this is only the beginning. We will use what we have heard to continue our work and to transform our culture into what we envision: Forsyth Tech, a place where every student and every employee knows they belong . . . A place of promise for everyone.
“Perseverance isn’t just the willingness to work hard.
It’s that plus the willingness to be stubborn in your own belief in yourself”.
— Merlin Olsen
During this time, simply making through the day has been challenging for some. It’s taken much more perseverance and persistence for all of us to carry on.
Thank you for continuing to believe in yourselves and in Forsyth Tech, and thank you for encouraging our students. I am grateful to all of you. Stay safe and healthy. We will come through this stronger together.
Dr. Janet N. Spriggs
Forsyth Technical Community College