COVID-19 Information

Updated: 3/28/20, 2:43 p.m

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To the Piedmont Technical College Community:

As we navigate this unprecedented challenge, PTC appreciates the patience and perseverance of our students, faculty, staff, and of the people in the communities we serve. 

We know many of you are concerned about your health, and the health of your loved ones. Please know that every decision we are making is with your well-being in mind. 

Following Gov. McMaster's guidance on 3/19, I have several updates to share with you:

  • Effective March 20, all PTC classes will be delivered online for the rest of the Spring semester.
  • All PTC locations are closed to the public. Faculty and staff are working remotely.
  • We will be available to assist students via D2L, by phone, email, and other communication channels, and we will maintain regular office hours during this time.
  • Spring Break will proceed according to the scheduled dates.
  • Please visit our COVID-19 FAQ to get answers to the common questions we are receiving.

Students: I know many of you are likely finding this transition to online learning stressful. We are going to do everything in our power in the coming weeks to make sure you have the support you need to be successful. If you are having issues with your coursework, or with other parts of your college experience, please reach out to your instructors and the staff to assist. We are all standing by to help.

To all faculty and staff: I am proud of what we've accomplished in a very short period of time under very challenging circumstances. I know all of you have a heart for our students, and I salute what each and every one of you have done so far to make this transition.

On Saturday March 3, 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd President of the United States.  Our nation was in the depths of the Great Depression.  In his address to the nation he said:

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

His inspiring words ring true today! We, as a college, are going to move forward. And we are going to do so with the best interest of our students at the forefront. 

Sincerely, 

Ray Brooks
President

Sources for up-to-date information:

Official PTC Communications 

Official Piedmont Technical College communications related to COVID-19 and college operations will be shared on this web page. In the event of a college closing, schedule change or other necessary emergency measures, faculty, staff and students will be notified via the college alert system. Students should ensure that their information is up to date in the college’s database to ensure timely communications. For more information about the PTC Alert System, read the FAQ here.

Keeping Yourself Healthy

Prepare now by helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Individuals can lower the risk of transmission by consistently practicing simple, everyday non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs):

  • Staying home when you are sick or avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
  • Ensure regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects. Bleach and water can be used to sanitize. 1:10 ratio ¼ cup bleach to 2 ¼ cups tap water or 1 cup bleach to 9 cups water.
  • Avoid touching your face and lips whenever possible. (Smoking, vaping  and chewing tobacco do not help either!)
  • Being prepared and informed

Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

If you are an employee experiencing symptoms that you believe to be associated with COVID-19, please stay at home, contact your healthcare provider, and notify your supervisor to discuss a plan for your absence.

If you are a student experiencing these symptoms, please stay at home, contact your healthcare provider, and notify your instructors for guidance regarding illness-related absences.

Free screenings are available

Prisma Health and MUSC are offering COVID-19 screenings that you can access from home. If you are exhibiting symptoms, go to https://www.prismahealth.org/virtual-visit/ (promo code COVID19) for a free online visit or MUSC.care (promo code COVID19) to speak to an online virtual care provider.

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