South Georgia Technical College campuses to remain closed through end of Spring Semester in response to Governor’s executive order

March 26, 2020
SGTC campuses closed through end of Spring Semester 2020.
SGTC campuses closed through end of Spring Semester 2020.

   Governor Brian P. Kemp signed an executive order extending the closure of all university and college campuses through the end of Spring Semester 2020 to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19.  Even though campuses are closed, South Georgia Technical College students will resume classes beginning April 1st utilizing on-line or distance learning instructional materials.

   “In compliance with the Governor’s executive order, South Georgia Technical College and its adult education sites will be closed to all classes and activities now through the end of Spring Semester,” said SGTC President Dr. John Watford.  “Our faculty and staff have been working diligently during these past two weeks to convert as many classes as possible into a distance learning format.  Instructors are contacting students to share plans for their individual classes and programs.”

   SGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs David Kuipers reported that “course material that can be delivered electronically will be made available from individual instructors. This may be through Blackboard, Google Classroom, Zoom, WebEx, or some similar platform.  Instructors who are currently teaching traditional face-to-face classes are working on alternate methods to allow students to successfully complete their Spring Semester assignments.  Details are still being finalized for courses that require labs, externships and/or internships.  Students should call or email their course instructor for more information.”

    “South Georgia Technical College employees will continue to work with their supervisors to receive information about telework assignments during this transition time,” said Dr. Watford.  “Essential operational employees including campus safety, maintenance and others are allowed to continue to report to campus utilizing COVID-19 safe practices.”

   Additional information as it becomes available will be shared on the South Georgia Technical College website, email, and social media accounts.  Students can also direct questions to the email address.

   In this situation, as with any other virus such as influenza, prevention is a key strategy.  Take precautions or measures to protect yourself and prevent the spread to others. The best prevention measures for any respiratory virus are:

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water

are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.