Good Evening Forsyth Tech students,
This afternoon, Mayor Allen Joines issued this “Stay-at-Home” Order for the City of Winston-Salem. The order takes effect at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 27, 2020 and continues in effect through April 16, 2020. The Mayor’s Executive Order allows educational institutions, including Forsyth Tech, to continue to operate “for purposes of facilitating distance learning, performing critical research related to COVID-19, or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of six-feet per person is maintained to the greatest extent possible.”
Our government officials are trying to flatten the curve and prevent our healthcare systems from becoming more overwhelmed. At Forsyth Tech, we have been doing everything possible to keep our students, staff, and faculty safe and to help flatten the curve.
As you know, we have been working diligently to move as many operations as possible to remote/online services. In response to the Mayor’s Stay-at-Home order, college functions and services will now transition to remote operations, with only minimal exceptions. During the time time, only a small number of employees will be allowed access to Forsyth Tech campuses, and only on a very limited basis.
We have still been offering some in-person services, (like the really cool and creative drive-in WiFi initiative that started this morning, Crumbs & Chrome!), but most staff and faculty have been working remotely, and the remainder of our staff will now transition to primarily remote work. During this extended spring break, our faculty have also worked diligently to prepare for remote learning beginning March 30. Together we have accomplished a great deal!
Forsyth Tech IS open for business – just remotely and under “New Normal” conditions!
I want you to know that I am thinking of each of you during this difficult time. I know we can weather this storm together, but I also know that it is not easy. We are each dealing with the fear and anxiety that happens in this kind of unprecedented situation. All I can say is that I want you to take care of yourselves and your families. I want you to take time for you. To breathe and have confidence that we’ll get through this. Hopefully stronger and more social than ever!
Let me also reiterate that Forsyth Tech is here for you. As you transition to remote coursework next week and you deal with the challenges you are facing as a result of COVID-19, please know that we have resources available to support you. Forsyth Tech Cares is designed to help support you and your family and I encourage you to speak up and let us know how we can help.
I have loved talking with many of you on Facebook Live this week and last. At this, point, I’m planning to have another one on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 2 p.m. If that changes and we have one sooner, I’ll be sure to let you know.
Winston Churchill said, “It would be foolish, however, to disguise the gravity of the hour. It would be still more foolish to lose heart and courage.” To me, that could not be more true. We are in a strange, strange time. But it is our job as leaders – and, yes, I’m talking about YOU as a leader! – to do our best to persevere during this difficult time.
Thank you all. Stay home. And stay safe.