FTCC Safety Protocols
June 25, 2020
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has announced a new statewide requirement that face coverings must be worn when people are in public places.
Fayetteville Technical Community College is observing that rule and other strict safety rules aimed at preventing the transmission of COVID-19. The College’s safety rules and practices include:
Face coverings: Any person on campus must wear a face covering when:
- in a closed room with anyone else
- in an indoor public area, such as a hallway or lounge, whether or not anyone else is around
- in any outdoor area on campus where social distancing is not possible
This is a requirement, not a recommendation, and it applies to faculty, staff, students and visitors. Anyone wishing to enter an FTCC building or enclosed facility must wear a face covering. As such, anyone coming to campus, including students, should bring and wear their own face covering. For those who don’t have access to a face covering, the College has a very limited supply and may be able to provide one for use. Instructions from the CDC on making and using cloth face coverings are available on the CDC website. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s office notes that face coverings can be improvised from household items such as scarves, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.
Social distancing: Anyone on campus should keep at least 6 feet between themselves and any other person. The College has marked off areas in labs and classrooms to ensure appropriate safe separation. Students, faculty, and staff must strive to maintain social distancing while in any hallway or common area, except in the event of an emergency. Please be patient as maintaining social distancing may slow your ingress into and egress from buildings, labs, offices, and classrooms.
Frequent cleaning of common areas and commonly touched surfaces.
Hand sanitizer stations: The College has placed hand sanitizer stations in public spots in buildings throughout campus. People are encouraged to clean their hands frequently using hand sanitizer if hand-washing is not possible. Thorough hand-washing, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time, is encouraged at regular points during the day.
The College also expects any person on campus to abide by these rules until further notice:
- If you sneeze or cough, cover your nose and mouth and, if you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and then wash or sanitize your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you are sick, when your temperature is above normal or if you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19.
Known or suspected COVID-19 infections or potential COVID-19 exposures of anyone on an FTCC campus:
Any known or suspected COVID-19 infection or potential COVID-19 exposure of anyone on an FTCC campus must be reported to FTCC’s COVID-19 Coordinator. This is whether the case involves a student, a College employee or a visitor to the campus. Reports can be made using Form C-40, available online (MS Word format).
FTCC’s COVID-19 Coordinator: the Vice President for Human Resources – may be contacted at 910-678-8373 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone known to have the virus or who is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 but hasn’t been tested for it should not return to campus until they can provide documentation from a doctor showing a negative test result or until they have been in isolation for 14 days with no symptoms. For further guidance on protecting yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19, please visit the CDC website.
May 18, 2020
To the parents and guardians of children enrolled at FTCC’s Childcare Center:
With great regret, I must inform you that Fayetteville Technical Community College will not be reopening its Childcare Center.
This was not an easy decision. The center has been a point of pride for both FTCC and the community since its opening in 1996. It has always operated at the highest levels of excellence and has always held a top 5-star rated license from the state. For years, FTCC’s childcare center was a key learning laboratory for the College’s Early Childhood Education program.
In recent years, state and federal revenue sources for childcare have dwindled and the center has operated at a loss. The College used discretionary funds to supplement the center’s budget. Meanwhile, as more students in our Early Childhood Education program did their practicum hours at other childcare facilities, FTCC’s center became less aligned with the College’s overall mission.
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the center’s finances and its future operation into untenable situations. The center has been closed since March 20 because of the pandemic. Its 30 employees have remained on the College’s payroll.
Besides financial issues, there was also great concern about safety and the challenges of operating the center at FTCC’s high standards with the additional restrictions that will be required because of the coronavirus.
As a result, at my recommendation, the College’s Board of Trustees voted today to close the center permanently. Not a one of us feels any pleasure in this decision. It is gut-wrenching.
The College plans to work with each employee on their options for the future.
For other childcare facilities, parents and guardians may want to consult the online directory operated by the N.C. Division of Child Development and Early Education. It can be found by visiting https://ncchildcare.ncdhhs.gov/ and then clicking on “Search for Child Care.” The directory may be searched in a variety of ways, including city, county, ZIP code and license type.
We are all deeply sorry at this turn of events. I want to thank you for supporting our Childcare Center. We wish you and your families all the best going forward.
Dr. J. Larry Keen
Q: How long are these new measures expected to last?
A: That’s unknown. FTCC decided to shift most of its courses to online instruction as of Monday, March 16th, out of an abundance of caution due to the outbreak of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. The situation is fluid & subject to change.
For the most current information, check this page daily.
You can also check other FTCC resources, including faytechcc.edu & FTCC’s social media accounts.
In addition, consider signing up for safety alerts & other campus notifications, from FTCC.
All public events at FTCC are canceled until further notice.
FTCC’s women’s volleyball team is expected to compete this fall. Specifics about games aren’t yet determined. Updates will be posted when available.
Any questions regarding course work should be directed to your instructor. Contact information for your instructor is located in your Blackboard course.
Blackboard Support for Students
- Login issues for Blackboard, Contact the FTCC Helpdesk from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, 910-678-8502 or email@example.com. After hours or weekends, call 1-866-829-9660.
- Questions about assignments, due dates and general course information should be directed to your instructor.
- Cannot see a class you are registered for on your Blackboard desktop? Call or email: David Riddle at 910-678-0096, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Colleen Galan at 910-678-8273, email@example.com.
Available Learning Resources
Some telecommunications companies are also offering help for students & other qualifying individuals. This information was provided on Monday, March 16, by the N.C. Community College System.
- Computer Labs
- Student Learning Center
The Student Learning Center is currently open Monday-Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM .
For additional information and updates, please view the Student Learning Center homepage, https://www.faytechcc.edu/campus-life/academic-resources/student-learning-center/.
Students can contact the Student Learning Center via telephone (910-678-8266) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
NetTutor Online Tutoring Service is available for students through their FTCC student Blackboard accounts.
The Paul H. Thompson Library is currently open for Monday – Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM
Library staff is available to assist students with personal reference assistance in person at the library, by telephone (910-678-8247 or 910-678-0080) and by emailing email@example.com.
Where required, passwords to access databases off campus are available by contacting the library. Interlibrary Loan Service has been suspended throughout the Community College Libraries in North Carolina (CCLINC).
During the hours when the library is closed, students are able to get answers using the “Ask-a-Librarian Chat Now” button located on the library homepage:
Paul H. Thompson Library
- Monday – Friday: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
- Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Health Program Applicants for FA2020 Entry
Selections for the FA2020 Health Programs are ongoing. Applicant Status emails will be forthcoming to FTCC Student Email accounts. The plan is to email the Conditionally Selected, Alternate and Not Selected emails in April. Timing will be different for each program. Departments are still working on awarding the “up to 15 extra competitive points”. Please continue to watch your FTCC Student email and if you have any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Is FTCC still registering students for the fall sessions?
A: Yes. Registration for Fall 2020 classes is now open. 16 week & 1st 8 week session registration is opened until August 16th. 16 week classes will run from August 17th – December 12th; Session 1 classes will run from August 17th – October 12th.
For information about registering for Curriculum classes, go to: https://www.faytechcc.edu/campus-life/curriculum-registration/. You can also call 910-678-8476 between 8:00AM & 5:00PM Monday through Friday or email email@example.com.
For information about registering for Corporate and Continuing Education classes, please visit this link – https://www.faytechcc.edu/corporate-continuing-education/corporate-continuing-education-schedules/#schedules. You can also call 910-678-8432 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Q: Can I still apply to FTCC?
Faculty & Staff
- Filing for Unemployment Insurance Benefits Due to COVID-19
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. These provisions will apply from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
Office of Business & Finance
Q: As a part-time employee, can I adjust my schedule?
A: If approved by your supervisor, you may adjust your work schedule to work more hours in a week to complete necessary tasks consistent with job requirements. However, you are still limited to no more than 118 hours per month to remain in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
Q: Will I still receive my financial aid disbursement?
A: Financial aid disbursements will continue. If slight modifications to the schedule become necessary, that information will be communicated. However, students should sign up for direct deposit by visiting the Bank Information link in WebAdvisor to avoid a delay in receiving a disbursement.
Q: As an employee, if I’m paid by check, will I receive my payroll check?
A: To avoid any delay in receiving your paycheck, please contact the Payroll Office at 910-678-8341 to sign up for direct deposit.
Blackboard Support for Faculty
- For Blackboard/Blackboard Collaborate questions, support and troubleshooting, call or email: David Riddle at 910-678-0096, firstname.lastname@example.org; Colleen Galan at 910-678-8273, email@example.com; or David Smith at 910-678-0157, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Is FTCC still holding professional development classes for college employees?
A: In keeping with the advisory to limit gathering together in groups, all face-to-face professional developments sessions are suspended until further notice. Please visit the Professional Development webpage to take advantage of the available online professional development opportunities. An updated schedule will be posted when face-to-face sessions resume.
March 18, 2020 Update
Dr. Keen approved the attached State of Emergency Special Leave Policy, which is effective retroactive to March 16, 2020. This policy enacts the same special leave provisions provided in the state’s policy.
In order to document use of State of Emergency Special Leave:
If you use Time Clock Plus, by the end of this week there will be a new leave category for “State of Emergency Special Leave”. Please select this leave when you record use of this time.
If you have not transitioned to Time Clock Plus and still use a paper time-sheet, please record this leave in the block labeled “Bonus Leave” and make a manual note on your time-sheet that indicates you are using “State of Emergency Special Leave”.
If you use a paper Report of Absence, please record this leave in the box labeled “Other” and notate “State of Emergency Special Leave” in the line beside “Other”.
Employee Assistance Program
Q: The COVID-19 situation has me stressed out. What can I do?
A: The college provides students, faculty, staff and administrators support through its Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This benefit is paid for by the College and is a contracted service provided by Cape Fear Valley Health System’s Employee Assistance Office. The licensed professional counselors at the EAP are available to help during stressful periods such as the current pandemic. The service is free and completely confidential. Appointments can be arranged by calling (910) 829-1733. HR staff can answer your questions concerning this contracted service if you call 678-8246. For more information about the program, please check this link – https://www2.faytechcc.edu/pdf/EmployeeAndStudentAssistancePrgm.pdf