Emergency Operations Update
March 31, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
The following is the updated operations plan for Gwinnett Technical College as of Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 9 a.m.
- The closure of all campuses to visitors, students, and staff remains until further notice. Limited access to the campus for specific employees and students, if applicable, will be communicated directly to individual departments and programs.
- In accordance with Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order 03.26.20.02, all courses that are currently in an online delivery method will remain online through the end of the semester. Information regarding courses that are not being delivered 100% online for the remainder of the semester will be provided as quickly as possible once all health and safety considerations can be met.
- Individual program decisions will be made as to whether any face-to-face and on-campus instruction and/or skills testing will resume as specific program requirements are identified. Students will be contacted by program instructors through student email and Blackboard should a program be able to resume limited and controlled on-campus activity before the spring semester ends.
- GTC employees should continue to follow their currently prescribed work classification until further notice. Only those employees who have been contacted by their supervisor will be allowed on campus. Employees will be notified when decisions are made for returning to work on campuses.
- Please continue to consult the FAQ/Resource page developed to provide all students and employees with detailed information on as many issues and concerns as possible.
The College will continue to make decisions based on state and system guidance with the health and safety of all always the most important determining factor.
March 20, 2020, 4:30 p.m.
The following is the updated operations plan for Gwinnett Technical College as of Friday, March 20, 2020 at 4 p.m.
- The College will remain closed for visitors and students through Tuesday, March 31. 2020. Decisions regarding the opening of the campus after that date will be posted here.
- All academic courses will be converted to online beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. Students with courses previously less than 100% online will be contacted by their program through student email and Blackboard with instructions for completing online coursework. Information will be announced by Friday, April 3, 2020, regarding courses that cannot be converted entirely to online due to required face-to-face instruction and/or proctored/observed testing.
- For details about financial aid, registration, advisement, and other services, please visit the FAQ/Resource page. Please access this link often as updates are posted regularly.
- Due to increased call volumes, wait times may be longer than usual. Callers have the option of receiving a call back or receive a response by email. Our goal is to provide as much information as possible on the FAQ/Resource page.
- Employees will only be on campus as needed and/or set up for teleworking if applicable. Information regarding employee statuses' after March 31, 2020, will be made available through internal messaging no later than 5 p.m. that day.
- Spring Break remains as scheduled (March 30 – April 4, 2020).
- Graduation previously scheduled for May 4,2020, is postponed. Information regarding a future commencement ceremony date will be communicated at a later time.
The focus of the College will continue to be the health and safety of all. We are making every effort to get as many students as possible "across the finish line" of this semester. Please continue to visit our website and follow us on social media for the latest updates.
March 14, 2020, 1:46 p.m.
Gwinnett Technical College's emergency operation plan is now updated to a full closure of all campuses Monday, March 16, through Sunday, March 22, 2020. For purposes of planning and training, some employees will be required to report to work and will be contacted directly by their supervisors. The instructional plan for students previously posted remains in effect. Additionally, spring break remains as scheduled (March 30 – April 4, 2020).
Decisions for the week of March 23–29, will be announced no later than Friday, March 20. Please continue to monitor the College’s website, social media and local news outlets for any updates.
March 13, 2020, 9:30 a.m.
In light of the current health issues and concerns resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19), Gwinnett Technical College has made the decision to suspend all instructional classes (credit, adult education, and continuing education), and activities on all campuses effective 4:00 pm Friday, March 13, through Sunday, March 22.
- March 13, 4:00 pm - March 22: There will be no academic or instructional activities.
- March 23 - 28: All currently 100% online courses will resume normally on March 23. All other courses will be converted to online instruction where possible and will resume as well. Instructions related to any converted classes will be sent by March 20. Further information regarding classes or activities that cannot be delivered online will also be communicated by March 20.
The college has over 40 academic programs with individual accrediting bodies, licensing boards, and industry certification requirements. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for our unique and globally technically advanced programs. Additional plans for instructional, academic, and operational activities beyond this two-week period will be developed and published by March 28. It is imperative that students diligently check their student email and all previously stated forms of communication (student email, GTC website, Blackboard, emergency notification avenues, text, all traditional and social media) to ensure they are aware of the academic plan for their particular program.
All college personnel should report as usual on Monday, March 16, for individual departmental operational plans to be made. For this two-week period, the college will close all operations at all campuses at 5:00 pm Monday-Thursday and 4:00 pm Friday.
This is phase 1 of our plan to weather this health crisis, and changes will be made at any time as new information is obtained or situations arise that will require new decisions to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. All previously published safety and health habits should continue to be the emphasis of our day-to-day activities.