Operational Update

Aug. 23, 2021

We welcome the start of a new academic year. In light of COVID-19’s continued presence, we remain agile and responsive to most recent updates from the Governor’s Office. On July 29, 2021, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order No. 224, which addressed vaccination and masking requirements for Cabinet-level state agencies. In addition, the order strongly encourages all other state and local government agencies to voluntarily adopt similar policies.

The Guilford County Commissioners instituted a mask mandate for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors in all businesses, establishments, and public places.  

Based upon Executive Order 224 and the Guilford County Mask Mandate, we will adhere to the following plan, effective August 13, 2021 at 5:00 pm, with changes in bold, italics.

  1. All faculty and staff will return to work on campus in line with pre-COVID, on campus requirements.
  2. All individuals are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth while indoors on campus.
  3. Masks are not required outdoors on campus.
  4. Masks are not required when the individual is alone in a room, office, or vehicle.
  5. Proof of vaccination status will not be required.
  6. Frequent handwashing is encouraged.
  7. Hand sanitizer stations are available on campus.
  8. Students and employees are reminded of symptoms via a pop-up message when logging into any computer on campus and instructed to go home if they exhibit symptoms.
  9. New posters will be distributed instructing students and visitors to go home if they exhibit symptoms, outlining our mask practices, and encouraging vaccination.
  10. The COVID-19 hot-line is still in use.  Please call 336-334-4822 Ext. 26843 if you experience symptoms, test positive, or have a COVID-19 related question.
  11. A protocol has been established for responding to confirmed positive COVID-19 tests.

The Governor and leading health experts have emphasized that all eligible individuals should get vaccinated.  Increasing the number of vaccinated individuals will enable us to put the pandemic behind us more quickly and effectively. Therefore, we strongly encourage all faculty and staff to get vaccinated.

We have instituted a $200 incentive for all fully vaccinated students and employees. Visit our Vaccine Incentive Program page for details on how to apply for your incentive.

Vaccine Incentive Program

Thank you for your continued flexibility, patience, and perseverance as we begin our new academic year. Your hard work and dedication to the GTCC community is greatly appreciated.