Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Ogeechee Technical College

On May 18, Ogeechee Technical College’s Summer 2020 semester will begin online. Additionally, students should continue to monitor their OTC email and Blackboard account for communication from their instructors regarding completing remaining labs from Spring 2020. The Assessment Center will also re-open with a limited appointment schedule.

On June 1, students who are enrolled in a Summer 2020 semester course with a lab component will begin lab instruction on campus. Faculty will notify students of those courses with dates and times for labs.

On July 6, Ogeechee Tech will allow limited public access to campus for the purposes of accessing Enrollment Services, the Business Office, and the Bookstore.


Ogeechee Technical College will continue to follow recommended public safety guidelines as they are issued, including but not limited to – the usage of Personal Protective Equipment and safe distancing. 

The College remains in contact with the Technical College System of Georgia and Georgia public health officials to ensure that we are following the latest information, trends, and guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are also in close contact with the Georgia Department of Public Health Southeast District.

Student Laboratory Participation Waiver

Guidance for Returning to Campus


 


Visit the OTC Transition Hub for assistance to our students during the transition to online courses and other processes that have been affected by the COVID-19.

What this means for you:

For Students:

If your program requires in-person attendance for practical experience, you will receive an email prior to June 1 from your instructor with information on how to proceed. Please pay close attention to your email for the most up-to-date information about your classes.


For Faculty:

Faculty members will deliver course content online for the Summer 2020 semester. More detailed information will be provided by Academic Affairs leadership in regard to the limited exceptions where in-person instruction will be allowed.

For Staff:

These changes do not mean that we stop providing support for our students. However, the goal is to safely monitor the number of people on our campuses. Accordingly, division leaders will provide direction to their employees as to who may be allowed to continue temporary work from home, and who may be asked to return. For those employees working from home, you will be expected to work the same number of hours each week that you would normally work.

Guidance for Coronavirus Concerns

For Visitors:

Most events on our campuses will be postponed or canceled through June 1. Please check the college’s online calendar if there is an event you planned to attend. The Division of Economic Development should work with anyone who has rented space on campus to allow them to easily cancel or reschedule their event.

The Emergency Management Team is meeting weekly and will continue to develop answers, adjust plans as necessary, and communicate frequently. Please monitor this page and our Transitions Hub for updated information and resources.

 

If you have questions, please call 912.681.5500 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday or email info@ogeecheetech.edu.


Preventing the illness

Prevention of COVID-19 is paramount, and we urge everyone to take appropriate measures such as:

• Wash hands regularly.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Be responsible and courteous to others and stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
• Respect personal space when greeting others and during conversations.
• Be mindful of those in high-risk populations such as those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.
• Follow CDC and DPH guidance on personal and business travel to avoid increasing your risk and that of others.

Guidance from DPH identifies those with the highest risk to contract COVID-19 are travelers to countries with widespread outbreaks, as well as those travelers’ close contacts. Additionally, those most likely to develop serious illness after contracting COVID-19 include persons who are older than 60, as well as persons with chronic health conditions.

Health officials advise that the incubation period of COVID-19 is 2-14 days, with an average period of 5 days. Symptoms include coughing, fever, and shortness of breath. Most people experience mild to moderate symptoms. Those who experience flu-like symptoms are urged to contact the Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH.