Information and resources regarding SWVCTC and the COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Coronavirus

Information and resources regarding Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can be found on this page.

Update from President Litteral

Monday, March 23, 2020

This is an unprecedented time, and many people are nervous and unsure. We want to make sure our students know that we stand ready to help you any way we can to help ease your concerns.

Our faculty and staff are working on a plan to help you successfully finish your semester. Detailed information will be going out this week that will give you specifics on your classes and how the rest of our semester will go. However, we ask for your continued patience, as information is changing almost hourly, which can sometimes delay our messages.

There is always an open line of communication with your advisor, and we ask our students to check their Southern emails regularly for updated information. We will update our website and social media sites as information comes available.

We continue to make every effort to help keep our communities safe.  In keeping with that effort and with the Stay at Home Executive Order of Governor Justice, effective immediately, all college facilities at all locations of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College are closed to all students, non-essential employees, and the public.  Please keep checking our website or our social media pages for more information.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Southern students, faculty, staff and community,

Beginning Monday, March 23, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College will be extending its Spring Break by one week for our students. Faculty will be on campus making preparations to offer their classes fully online beginning Monday, March 30, and information will be sent to students on how to access their classes. We are working now to do everything necessary to make this as seamless as possible for our students and faculty.

If you have concerns or questions, we ask that you reach out to your advisor/instructors via phone or email, as we are reducing the number of people allowed on each campus to minimize the risk of exposure. In that vein, students will not be reporting to face-to-face classes until further notice. Advisors/instructors will be in contact with students next week, providing more detailed information. We are also exploring alternate work schedules for our employees, and more information will be available next week, as well, but at this time you are asked to report to your home campus as scheduled. IF ANY FACULTY, STAFF, OR STUDENT FEELS SICK, DO NOT REPORT TO CAMPUS. If you are scheduled to do so, please make arrangements with your instructor or supervisor.

We understand that some classes cannot meet online. If you are currently enrolled in a class that requires face-to-face instruction and/or specialized lab equipment, we are making arrangements for students in those classes to schedule a time to complete necessary work. Your instructors will be sending out important information on meeting times and details early next week.

Effective immediately, any activity or event planned on any Southern campus, or in conjunction with our school, is cancelled until further notice. Unfortunately, our 2020 Commencement and Allied Health and Nursing Pinning Ceremonies have been cancelled as well.

It is important to note that Southern is not closing; rather, we are taking all precautions to minimize the risk of exposure at each of our locations to help ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as the communities we serve. We encourage you to practice safe social distancing as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have resources available on our website regarding COVID-19, or the novel Coronavirus. We encourage you to check it out here.

These are unprecedented times, and information is changing almost by the hour. We are making decisions that we feel are for the good of our students, faculty and staff, but these have been difficult decisions to make. We respectfully ask for your continued support and cooperation in the days and weeks ahead. We will continue to update our website and social media pages as information becomes available.

COVID-19 Resources

About COVID-19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus designated SARS-CoV-2. The outbreak of COVID-19 originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Since then, tens of thousands of confirmed cases have been reported, predominantly in China but in a rapidly growing number of countries worldwide.

This is a rapidly evolving situation, so information and recommendations may change. We will continue to learn more in the coming days and share new information as it is available.  – from WVDHHR 

Know How it Spreads

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading public health agency for the United States and has all the current information related to COVID-19.  You will find facts about symptoms of the virus and what to do if you become sick, tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, and answers to frequently asked questions on their designated Coronavirus website.

State of West Virginia Coronavirus Disease Website and Hotline

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has created a website and to provide the most current information and resources to its citizens.

Website

dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19

24/7 Hotline

1.800.887.4304

SWVCTC Service Area Health Departments

For information regarding your community’s response to Coronavirus, you can contact your local health department.

West Virginia

Kentucky

Boone County

304.369.7967

Lincoln County 

304.824.3330

Logan County 

304.792.8630

McDowell County

304.448.2174

Mingo County 

304.235.3570

Wyoming County

304.732.7941

Boyd County

606.324.7181

 

Lawrence County

606.638.4389

 

Martin County

606.298.7752

 

Pike County

606.437.5500

The U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel advisories.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

This web-based interactive dashboard tracks the spread of COVID-19 in real-time. It is hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Updated 3.23.20

Student Resources (COVID-19)

Find student resources for instruction during this COVID-19 related closure here.

Online Student Success Tips

Students can find helpful tips and resources for online instruction, tutoring, and other frequently asked questions here.

Time Management and Study Skills Workshop

View a Time Management and Study Skills workshop by Professor Stephanie Mounts here. 

LIVE Online Tutoring

Learn more about Southern’s Online Tutoring here.

IT HelpDesk

Visit our Technology Services page for more information.

HelpDesk – Phone: 304.896.7474 | Email: [email protected]

Admissions, Financial Aid, Records and Graduation, Tutoring, Advising, Registration, and Disability Services Contacts

Check out our Student Services COVID-19 Resource Page for contact information for advisors, specific departments, or locations.

Student Services Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., excluding holidays. Student Services is closed on Fridays.

Address and Phone Numbers: Logan Campus, 2900 Dempsey Branch Road Mount Gay, West Virginia 25637 | 304.792.7098 | 1.800.SWVCTC1 (1.800.798.2821) | Fax: 304.792.7113

We are here to assist you in applying for admissions, financial aid, or graduation. We are also ready to advise and register you for courses and provide tutoring assistance. We can even help you with disability services. These services can be accessed remotely. Our attentive staff is ready to help you over the phone, by Microsoft Teams or via email.

Library Resources and Contacts

View the Library page to access resources online.

Logan – 304.896.7378 | Williamson – 304.236.7616

Academics Contacts

Nancy Fala – Phone: 304.896.7418 | Email: [email protected]

Business Office Resources and Contacts

Visit the Business Office page for updates.

Chris Gray –  Phone: 304.236.7614 | Email: [email protected]

Financial Aid Resources and Contacts

Visit the Financial Aid COVID-19 resource page for more information.

Beverly McDonald – Phone: 304.896.7060 | Email: [email protected]

Southern Foundation Resources and Contacts

Visit the Southern Foundation page for more information and scholarship applications.

Rita Roberson, Vice President for Institutional Advancement – Phone: 304.896.7425 | Email: [email protected]

Workforce Development Contacts

Visit our Continuing Education page for more information.

Sandra Podunavac – Phone: 304.896.7434 | Email: [email protected]