January 22, 2021
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has issued revised requirements on the wearing of face coverings. Under these requirements, everyone in North Carolina is required to wear a face covering indoors when they are with someone who is not in their household unless an exception applies. Face coverings are also required in outdoor settings if individuals are unable to maintain six feet of social distance with non-household members. These rules are in accordance with the strict COVID-19 safety rules 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 an enclosed room with anyone else (a cubicle is not considered an enclosed room)
- 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
December 9, 2020
Here is the College’s current plan for the start of the Spring semester:
- Most FTCC classes will be online until Jan. 25.
- Students may visit campus before Jan. 25 to register for classes, to pick up purchases from the bookstore and to visit the library, the learning center and open computer labs as long as they observe all of the College’s required safety protocols. Students should bring no more than one companion to campus.
- Faculty and staff must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered in January to enter campus buildings. More information about testing dates and times will be provided. Questions should be directed to supervisors.
FTCC strongly urges everyone to practice safe behaviors and limit travel over the holidays to limit the possible spread of COVID-19.
Safest celebrations: The safest way to celebrate is to stay home and limit your interactions to those in your immediate household.
Social gatherings: If you do gather with people who aren’t in your household, please keep those gatherings small, be outside as much as possible and always practice the 3 Ws – wear a face covering, wait at least 6 feet from others and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Face coverings are always required indoors if you are with someone outside your household and outdoors if you are less than 6 feet apart.
Travel: Avoid traveling but if you do travel, consider getting tested for COVID-19 1-3 days before you travel and again 3-5 days after traveling.
FTCC’s protocols and exposure procedures are detailed on the College’s Nearly 10,000 students attended a face-to-face class at FTCC during that period and the College has about 1,300 faculty and staff members. The rate of positive cases at the College is far below 1 percent.. The College is not aware of anyone contracting the virus through an on-campus exposure and there have been no clusters of cases at FTCC. As of Dec. 9, 77 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported to FTCC since Aug. 17 – 6 faculty members, 15 staff members and 56 students, including 12 students attending class entirely online or who had not been on campus during their potential infectious period.
Number of positive cases reported by week since Aug. 17:
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.
In keeping with the policy of the NJCAA, all FTCC athletics events for the 2020-21 school year will be scheduled for the spring semester. Check www.faytechcc.edu/athletics for up-to-date information and current schedules.
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com; Colleen Galan at 910-678-8273, firstname.lastname@example.org; or David Smith at 910-678-0157, email@example.com.
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