November 24, 2020
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has tightened requirements on the wearing of face coverings. Starting at 5 pm on Nov. 25, everyone in North Carolina is required to wear a face covering indoors when they are with someone who is not in their household. The new requirement, one of several that has been added to Phase 3 of the state’s COVID-19 response, is in accordance with the strict COVID-19 safety rules that were already in place at FTCC.
Here are Fayetteville Technical Community College’s safety rules and practices:
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.
Learn More About Phase 3 of North Carolina’s COVID-19 Response
Social distancing: Anyone on campus should keep at least 6 feet between themselves and any other person at all times. The College has marked off areas in labs and classrooms to ensure this separation. Students, faculty, and staff must maintain social distancing while in any hallway, 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.
Temperatures: FTCC is taking the temperature of everyone who enters a campus building. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be admitted. Anyone who is admitted will be issued a wristband, which must be worn on the wrist of the admitted person during their time on the FTCC campus that day. The wristband must match FTCC’s official wristband color for that day. The official wristband color changes daily and is not publicized ahead of time.
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 on an FTCC campus: Any known or suspected COVID-19 infection or potential COVID-19 exposure 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. This requirement is in place so the College can take appropriate and timely measures to safeguard everyone’s health. Reports can be made using Form C-40, available online (MS Word format).
FTCC’s COVID-19 Coordinator – Damita Reed – may be contacted at 910-486-3905 or email@example.com.
Procedures for anyone on an FTCC campus who is known or suspected to have COVID-19, or who has definitely or possibly been exposed to the virus: FTCC has detailed procedures that include information about how long people should remain away from campus based upon the particular situation. Please click this link for more information.
November 1, 2020
COVID-19 has taken more than 228,000 American lives, including more than 4,300 North Carolinians, and has resulted in at least 240 deaths in Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke and Moore counties.
Our nation has not battled a health crisis of this magnitude since the great influenza pandemic of 1918, which took 675,000 lives in the U.S. and caused more than 50 million deaths worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has frequently been compared to this influenza pandemic, which caused an initial wave of deaths in the first half of 1918 followed by a more lethal second wave that occurred from October through December.
As we enter into the fall/winter season and more importantly flu season, it becomes even more imperative that our community embraces an effective strategy to battle COVID-19 and minimize its spread.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) recommend three simple steps to minimize the spread of COVID-19: face coverings, social distancing, and handwashing/sanitizing. NCDHHS refers to these as “The Three Ws.” WEAR a cloth face covering, WAIT six feet apart and avoid close contact, and WASH your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
COVID-19 is most often spread by droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouth, nose, or eyes of people who are nearby, typically within 6 feet. There is also evidence that COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission, smaller droplets that may infect people who are farther than 6 feet away. Practicing the Three Ws can greatly reduce one’s risk of becoming exposed to the virus.
Those who are feeling healthy and well should not be exempt from embracing these measures. The CDC and others have estimated that 50% of all COVID-19 infections are transmitted during the “pre-symptomatic” stage, or the few days just before symptoms develop. Furthermore, it is estimated that individuals who are infected but never develop symptoms are still 75% as infectious as those who have symptoms. It is clear that a significant percentage of cases are transmitted before infected individuals know they are sick.
Fortunately, most in our community have not been infected, and for those who have, most have had mild disease not requiring hospitalization. However, there are populations that have been disproportionately impacted – those that live in long-term care facilities, communities of color, and essential workers. Additionally, those over 65 and those with underlying medical conditions have the highest risk of severe illness and death.
As leaders in the educational, healthcare and public health infrastructures of our community, we are committed to protecting our community, especially those most susceptible. We affirm these preventive measures, and we urge our community to do the same. We advise universal adoption until we have sufficient control of the infection, even for those who are at little risk for severe disease.
We urge you – WEAR, WAIT, and WASH. Practice your Three Ws so we may rebound and become a safer and more productive community.
Public Health Directors:
Dr. Jennifer Green, Director, Cumberland County Health Department
COL Sheryl Bedno, Director, Fort Bragg Department of Public Health
Mr. John Rouse, Director, Harnett County Health Department
Ms. Helene Edwards, Director, Hoke County Health Department
Mr. Robert Wittmann, Director, Moore County Health Department
Mr. Mike Nagowski, CEO, Cape Fear Valley Health System
Mr. Daniel Ducker, Director, Fayetteville NC VA Coastal Health Care System
Mr. Mickey Foster, CEO, FirstHealth of the Carolinas
COL Christopher Jarvis, Commander, Womack Army Medical Center
Dr. Y. Sammy Choi, Director, Department of Research, Womack Army Medical Center
County Public Schools:
Dr. Marvin Connelly, Superintendent, Cumberland County Schools
Dr. Aaron Fleming, Superintendent, Harnett County Schools
Dr. Freddie Williamson, Superintendent, Hoke County Schools
Dr. Bob Grimesey, Superintendent, Moore County Schools
Institutions of Higher Learning:
Dr. Peggy Valentine, Interim Chancellor, Fayetteville State University
Dr. Larry Keen, President, Fayetteville Technical Community College
Dr. Stanley Wearden, President, Methodist University
Dr. Sushma Kapoor, President, Southern Regional Area Health Education Center
Q: What are the best ways to keep up with COVID-19 news and policies at FTCC?
A: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, email@example.com, or Colleen Galan at 910-678-8273, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Available Learning Resources
- Computer Labs
Computer labs are open on our Fayetteville and Spring Lake campuses. Please check this link for locations and times.
- Student Learning Center
The Student Learning Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
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 email@example.com.
NetTutor Online Tutoring Service is available for students through their FTCC student Blackboard accounts.
The Paul H. Thompson Library is open Monday-Friday. For hours and additional information, please check the library’s home page.
Library staff is available to assist students in person at the library, by telephone (910-678-8247 or 910-678-0080) and by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 – Thursday: 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Friday: 7:45 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Q: Is FTCC still registering students for the fall sessions?
A: Registration for the 2nd 8-week Fall session is underway. Classes begin Oct. 15.
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 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday-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-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.
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