Hello Forsyth Tech students,
I hope you’ll forgive my back-to-back communications with you. Some days I just have so much I wish to share with all of you. I have a few updates for you as we move toward the end of the semester. Please take the time to read to make sure you have the latest information.
Spring Term Grades
After careful deliberation, we have determined we will continue the current grading scheme for the remainder of the semester. This decision was made based on the overall impact for all students.
Another option we considered was to offer pass/fail grades for classes. However, after careful research and conversations with both your faculty and educational leaders across the state, we have decided against offering a pass/fail option. There are significant concerns that a pass grade will not be accepted for students transferring to universities, nor will it be accepted for competitive admissions programs such as nursing. In addition, a pass grade would not recognize excellent class work.
If you have hands-on lab work, you will receive an “incomplete” and your faculty will be working with you to complete the hands-on component of the class when we are allowed to return to campus.
We understand that the current situation isn’t optimal. Yet, we want to be as flexible as possible with alternatives for those of you who are not comfortable with your academic performance due to the extenuating circumstances created by the COVID-19 health crisis.
Therefore, we are extending our withdrawal date until April 29. Students who withdraw by April 29 will have the opportunity to re-enroll and repeat the class at no additional cost in any one of the next three semesters — summer 2020, fall 2020 or spring 2021. If you have any questions, please contact your instructor or our Forsyth Tech Cares team (336-734-7195). They are available to provide emergency assistance to help you complete the semester.
Winston-Salem “Stay-at-home” Extended until May 7
Today, Mayor Allen Joines extended the stay-at-home order for Winston-Salem until May 7. While the Governor’s statewide stay-at-home order is set to expire on April 30, we will still follow the guidelines of the City’s stay-at-home order as appropriate. The spring semester ends on May 1, so it appears we will officially finish the spring semester remotely. We are working on a safe return to campus for staff and faculty when the stay-at-home orders are lifted. We are also establishing plans for resuming on-campus services for students. We will keep you posted and let you know as soon as our plans are finalized.
The Mayor explained in his press conference today that the next two weeks will be critical in controlling COVID-19 cases. We must continue to practice social distancing, careful hand washing and limit travel to only necessary tasks (i.e. food, medicine, etc.). Gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted.
Free Meals for all Students
I’ll also take a moment to remind you of our terrific partnership with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools for meals for students. Simply show your student identification at any of the school distribution sites and you may pick up free breakfast or lunch. If you don’t have a Forsyth Tech ID, please let us know – we can still get you in to take advantage. We also have a list of community resources that are providing meals for families if your family needs assistance. While we continue to pursue options for a meal program in Stokes County, ALL FT students can get meals at any of the WS/FCS sites. For instance, Stokes County students may wish to know that the Rural Hall Elementary site is close to Stokes County and not far off of US Hwy 52.
As I mentioned in my Facebook Live session today, we have pushed back the start of the summer semester to May 27. We plan to start summer classes online, anticipating that we may still be under some kind of restriction for large gatherings even after the stay-at-home orders end. We will resume face-to-face classes as soon as possible and we hope to resume during the summer semester with in-person labs and other hands on requirements being moved towards the end of the semester.
The payment deadline for summer semester classes is Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. For your convenience, we have also added payment plans for summer semester. This will allow you to pay 50% of your owed tuition upfront on or before May 21st and then pay the remainder by June 19th (Note: you must be registered for at least 6 credit hours to participate in the payment plan).
Please be aware that we will also have what we call drop/add registration where you can make adjustments to your schedule on the first and second day of the semester – May 27th & 28th. The payment for classes registered during this time will be at 7:00 p.m. on May 28th and the payment plan will be available for that as well.
We plan to start summer classes online, anticipating that we may still be under some kind of restriction for large gatherings even after the stay-at-home orders end. We will resume face-to-face classes as soon as possible and we hope to resume during the summer semester with in-person labs and other hands on requirements being moved towards the end of the semester. We have also added payment plans for summer and changed the deadline for summer tuition payments. May 21 is the deadline for half of your summer tuition and the remainder of the amount is due on June 19. If you choose not to enter into a payment plan, you have until May 29 to pay tuition for summer semester.
Thank you! + Next Facebook Live
We are very aware how difficult this semester has been for all of you, and not just because of the disruption to your school schedule. This pandemic has disrupted all our lives in extraordinary ways. Many are facing financial stress and others are feeling isolated and alone. Unfortunately, there are many COVID-19 related situations and consequences and there are not a lot of easy or quick solutions.
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. Some of us are struggling with being isolated and away from people, while others are getting a little tired of being at home with the same few people. 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, and to breathe and have confidence that we’ll get through this. Hopefully stronger and more social than ever!
I have been really enjoying talking with you in the Facebook Live sessions. I hope you will be able to join me for another Facebook Live for you at 2 p.m. next Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Please join me if you can so I can talk with you and answer your questions!
Please accept my heartfelt appreciation for your perseverance and determination. Also, if you need us, don’t hesitate to reach out and let us know what you need — if you or someone you know are experiencing academic, financial or other problems or if you feel isolated or alone and just want someone to talk to. We are here.
At Forsyth Tech, we care about each other and we care about you.