Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Our Campus Look During COVID
NGTC is committed to providing a safe, clean and protective environment for everyone on campus. All three campuses now have new plexiglass shields installed in areas where students and faculty and staff frequently interact face to face, as well as social distancing guidelines marked where appropriate throughout each campus. Additional prevention methods that have been incorporated include increasing the number of times that classrooms are cleaned and disinfected, and providing students access to hand sanitizer in each classroom and common areas. Students are required to wear masks in classrooms and common areas throughout each campus, and reminders to wear masks, wash hands properly, and social distance six feet apart are marked throughout each campus as well.
North Georgia Technical College announces fall semester 2020 academic plans for returning to campus for students.
The Clarkesville, Currahee, and Blairsville campuses will begin fall semester Aug.19 and will offer expanded learning opportunities while providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff.
NGTC will offer a blended course schedule that includes a wide variety of course delivery methods. Students will have the opportunity to choose from online classes, face-to-face classes, or a virtual classroom option where the instructor will be teaching live on campus giving students the choice to attend in person or online from a distance. Each college class will offer some or all of these learning options, and students may choose their preference when registering for classes. Courses requiring laboratory skills will be offered in person with a limited number of students at a time with social distancing measures enforced.
NGTC is committed to providing a safe, clean, and protective environment for everyone on campus. All three campuses now have new plexiglass shields installed in areas where students, faculty, and staff frequently interact face to face, as well as social distancing guidelines marked where appropriate throughout each campus. Additional prevention methods that have been incorporated include increasing the number of times that classrooms are cleaned and disinfected and providing students access to hand sanitizer in each classroom and common areas. Students are required to wear masks in classrooms and common areas throughout each campus, and reminders to wear masks, wash hands properly, and social distance six feet apart are marked throughout each campus as well.
Students may currently register for the fall semester and attend Virtual Advisement Day on July 9 that will be featured on the college website. Students are encouraged to enroll early to ensure class placement for their desired academic learning preferences.
In accordance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 03.26.20.02, all TCSG colleges will remain closed for in-person instruction with limited exceptions through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. North Georgia Technical College will continue to hold classes via digital platforms only for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Students should look for specific guidance from instructors regarding limited exceptions where in-person instruction will be allowed and should continue to monitor their North Georgia Technical College email and Blackboard account for communication from their instructors. Certain faculty and staff may be required to report on campus and should contact their supervisor for guidance.
- 3/27/20 - Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order yesterday stating "all TCSG colleges will remain closed for in-person instruction with limited exceptions through the rest of the Spring 2020 semester." We now will extend our online classroom instruction to the end of the semester which was previously announced yesterday as May 7.
However, there are some limited exceptions noted by the Governor where in-person instruction may be allowed, and currently, our goal is to apply for these exceptions for our students needing lab hours. Modifications for the number of people gathered at a time in a lab is obviously one of the major hurdles we are trying to work through with the state. As soon as we have details regarding how this will work in each of our labs, our instructors will communicate that information with you. We, again, thank you for your patience as we work through numerous scenarios and make decisions that keep your best interest, academic success, and well being as our top priorities.
- 3/26/20 - North Georgia Technical College announces that exclusive online instruction will be extended until April 13 and that the college’s originally scheduled graduation will be postponed to a later date to be determined.
All face-to-face classes continue to be suspended and activities for students and guests are postponed.
Spring break, scheduled for the week of April 6, will now be an online instruction week for the college. Also, the end of the term, originally scheduled for April 30 has been extended one week to May 7 for programs needing additional time to complete requirements. Students with questions regarding their particular class timeline and situation are encouraged to email and discuss with their individual instructors. Students are asked to check their student email daily.
Summer term, which is scheduled to begin May 20, remains on schedule for now.
Only essential employees will continue to report to campus, and faculty and staff continue to telecommute.
- 3/19/20 - Due to state orders, all NGTC libraries are now closed indefinitely. Online instruction begins Monday, March 23.
- 3/16/20 - NGTC Moves to Online Classes Week of March 23
North Georgia Technical College will move all instruction online for all three campuses beginning March 23 due to COVID-19 precautions. All face-to-face classes continue to be suspended and activities for students and guests are postponed.
Students will receive emailed instructions regarding their classwork from their instructors, so students are asked to check their student email daily.
For students without computers or online access, the NGTC libraries on the Clarkesville, Currahee, and Blairsville campuses will be available to a minimum number of students from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, beginning March 23. These hours are subject to change.
Only essential employees will report to campus beginning March 17, and faculty and staff will telecommute as much as possible.
The health and safety of the students, faculty, and staff are always the college’s primary concern. The college’s COVID-19 response team continues to monitor the situation and will communicate changes as soon as possible. Updates will be announced on the college Facebook page or at northgatech.edu.
- 3/12/2020 - Classes suspended March 16-20
In light of the current health issues and concerns resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), North Georgia Technical College has made the decision to suspend classes and activities on all campuses until March 20, 2020.
Faculty and staff will be on campus next week. Dorm students will be allowed to stay in dorms and meals will be provided.
We have made this decision to address the health concerns surrounding COVID-19 while minimizing the disruption of delivering educational services. While a variety of factors influenced this decision, be assured that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our primary concern. The emergency management team is meeting daily and will continue to develop answers, adjust plans as necessary, and communicate frequently. Please monitor the NGTC website for updated information and resources.
We want to assure you that our college and TCSG are actively monitoring current information and activities in reference to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as well as suggested preventative measures, which are the same for the influenza virus.
On Friday, February 28, 2020, Governor Brian P. Kemp announced a coronavirus task force to assess Georgia's preparations and procedures for preventing, identifying, and - if needed - addressing cases of COVID-19. We are pleased to share with you that TCSG’s Commissioner Greg Dozier was chosen as a member of the task force. The Governor’s press release can be viewed at https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2020-03-02/gov-kemp-names-coronavirus-task-force.
Personal Prevention & Tips
Recommended preventative strategies form the CDC for employees in the workplace:
- Practice coughing and sneezing etiquette described by the CDC
- Practice proper hand hygiene