PCC to extend Spring Break for students due to coronavirus

Coronavirus

WINTERVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Pitt Community College has decided to extend spring break through March 22 for students and all extra-curricular activities such as athletics and club meetings are postponed until further notice. 

Classes will resume on March 23, however, many courses will be shifted to alternative delivery methods.

Instructors will communicate with students no later than March 19 regarding on how the coursework will continue.

Faculty and staff will receive additional guidance via email and from their supervisors.

PCC said there are no suspected cases of COVID-19 on the campus or in the College community at this time.

“I understand there is a disappointment, fear, and frustration, but I can assure you our faculty and staff have performed admirably in the last week to prepare for many scenarios,” PCC President Lawrence Rouse wrote in a letter to the campus community on Wednesday. “I am greatly encouraged, and we should all be proud of the efforts we have taken to ensure our students’ needs are met in this trying time.”

PCC Vice President of Academic Affairs and Student Development Tom Gould said the instructional delivery changes the college has made are intended to safeguard students and employees from the virus, which is highly contagious.

The measures, he said, are a direct result of social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Traditional and hybrid curriculum classes, Gould said, have been shifted entirely to alternative learning platforms that go live Monday.

A limited number of classes with essential lab components will meet in person but will follow CDC safety recommendations, he said, adding that college administrators will reassess the situation on April 3.

“Community has been central to our college for almost 60 years,” Rouse said. “As we transition to alternative instructional methods and practice social distancing, it is important we do not lose that sense of community.”

In addition to creating a coronavirus information page for students (https://pittcc.edu/coronavirus/), the college established a “PCC Student Coronavirus Hotline” (252-493-7245) they may call Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., for general information and answers to general questions.

For current PCC students in need of computer access, the college has made select campus computer labs available for their use. Work stations will be disinfected frequently at those locations, which are listed on the coronavirus information page.

Students and campus visitors, in general, are not allowed on the PCC campus if they meet any of the following conditions:

  • Feeling ill;
  • Experiencing/displaying any COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Been exposed to an individual known to have COVID-19;
  • Recently traveled by airplane; and/or
  • Recently traveled to an out-of-state location.

“The days ahead may be challenging as we face unprecedented actions required to ensure the health and safety of our loved ones and community,” Rouse said. “I want to reassure you that our community will get through these challenges.”

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