Southwest goes to all virtual classes and operations Sept. 7-11
By Diana Fedinec
Southwest Tennessee Community College has elected to go fully virtual with classes and operations the five days immediately following the Labor Day holiday to lessen the risk of coronavirus infection associated with holiday activities. This 5-day virtual period is designed to protect students, faculty and staff in the event there is a substantial spike in the local COVID-19 infection rate in the days immediately following the holiday weekend and to give those who may have contracted the coronavirus over the holiday weekend a chance to possibly present symptoms and take appropriate measures to get tested, care for themselves and protect others.
“This is a prudent measure designed to protect life and prevent a more serious disruption in our students’ academic progress,” President Tracy D. Hall said. “Since the outset of the pandemic, our priorities have been the health and welfare of students, employees and the broader community. While we hold fast to our mission of student success, this proactive approach to preventing the transmission of the virus after a major holiday when families and the public may celebrate in close quarters is prudent and necessary. I am confident our students and employees can pivot and keep moving forward to success.”
Southwest students and employees should consult with instructors and supervisors for instructions regarding the assignments and attendance.
All on-campus classes and operations will resume Monday, Sept. 13, barring any new developments regarding the spread of the coronavirus. Students and employees experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are not to return to campus Sept. 13 and to inform their instructors and supervisors, get tested and seek medical care.
The college has devised plans in collaboration with area school districts to ensure continuity of all teaching, learning, and academic support for all dually-enrolled students during this period. Dually-enrolled students have been notified regarding their activities during the all-virtual period. Medical District High School at the College’s Union Avenue Campus will continue with on-campus operation.
Southwest will continue to confer daily with local and state public health officials and review guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), state and local health departments and other authorities.
Face masks are required to be worn while indoors at all Southwest locations and students, employees and visitors are encouraged to practice social distancing.
Stay tuned to email, text and the Southwest coronavirus website for updates.