Coronavirus Update

April 3, 2020
LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses.

Updates to Lenoir Community College academic calendar are as follows:

  • Current and new students can begin registering for summer and fall courses as previously scheduled. Early Registration for currently enrolled students is April 6-7. Registration for all students (current and new) is April 8-10.
  • April 14 – 17, Tuesday – Friday, originally scheduled as Spring Break for students and faculty, are instructional days.
  • Online and traditional summer classes will begin as scheduled on Monday, May 18.
  • Health Sciences and Nursing pinning has been rescheduled for Wednesday, July 22.
  • Transitional and Career Studies graduation has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 23.
  • Spring graduation has been rescheduled for Tuesday, July 28.
March 27, 2020
LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses.

In an effort to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, Lenoir Community College is taking precautionary measures to minimize traffic on all of its campuses.

Beginning Monday, March 30, there will be limited and controlled access to Lenoir Community College campuses for ONLY LCC employees and a small group of designated students (i.e. specific public safety and health programs and students accessing the computer labs in the three designated sites in Lenoir, Greene and Jones Counties). All buildings except for the ones bulleted below will be locked.

  • Administration Building (Lenoir County Campus)
  • Learning Resources Center – computer labs only (Lenoir County Campus)
  • Greene County Center (Greene County Campus)
  • Workforce Development Center (Snow Hill Campus)
  • Jones County Center (Jones County Campus)

The College will be enforcing social distancing according to the guidelines from the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), and anyone who is sick or exhibiting symptoms of the Coronavirus, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, should not come to campus.

All student services are still available remotely as detailed below.

Student Services/Admissions Office may be accessed by calling (252) 527-6223, ext. 394, or email admissions@lenoircc.edu.

Registrar’s Office may be accessed by calling (252) 527-6223, ext. 325, or email regoffice@lenoircc.edu.

Financial Aid Office may be accessed by calling (252) 527-6223, ext. 371, or email finaid@lenoircc.edu. You can schedule a virtual meeting through Webex to speak to a Financial Aid counselor by going to the College’s webpage, www.lenoircc.edu, and click on Paying For College at the bottom of the page. There you can “Schedule a Virtual Session” to the right of the page.

Business Office/Cashier may be accessed by calling (252) 527-6223, ext. 324, or email cashier@lenoircc.edu.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education may be accessed by calling (252) 527-6223, ext. 709, or email jpblack73@lenoircc.edu.

For all other inquiries, please call the main switchboard at (252) 527-6223, or you may send a message through the College’s Facebook page.

March 20, 2020
LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses.

Students,

Lenoir Community College understands this is an uncertain time for everyone.  In an effort to afford you with the opportunity to continue your education and complete your courses, we will be transitioning a large portion of our curriculum seated courses (TR, WB, and HY Formats) to an online format in Moodle for the spring 2020 semester, effective March 30. Your instructor will be contacting you regarding your classes.

Courses that were already being delivered in an online format this semester (IN, LIN) will resume March 23.  Students in these courses will be permitted to make up missed time online with specific details from your instructor in Moodle.

To accommodate the critical need for public safety and public health services, the College will continue these courses as detailed below. Faculty will contact each student with specific details.

Nursing (ADN, PN, NA), Surgical Technology, Radiography

March 23 – clinicals resume

March 30 – classes resume

Polysomnography, Medical Assisting

March 30 – all classes will be delivered in an online format in Moodle

Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET), Emergency Medical Science (EMS)

March 23 – EMS clinicals resume

March 30 – classes resume

Some of our courses require clinical and lab hours and proctored testing that cannot be delivered in an online learning environment. For these courses, additional instructions will be provided by your instructor in Moodle. If the hours are unable to be met by the end of the spring semester, the course will be extended to allow all students the opportunity to complete the course. Please await further details from your instructor if this applies to your course.

Resources Available to Students

Access to Computer Labs

To accommodate students who may not have access to the Internet or a computer, the College will provide access to computer labs for coursework only in all three counties in the service area beginning March 30. This space will be monitored and cleaned on a consistent basis, and computers will be spaced more than six feet apart to adhere to guidelines from our federal and state government, but to afford all students the opportunity to access the Internet and a computer.  These locations will remain open to students unless further closures are recommended by federal, state, or local governments or as dictated by student demand. Lab locations and times of operation will be as follows:

Lenoir County – Learning Resources Center (LRC/Library) – Kinston Campus

Greene County – Greene County Center – Snow Hill Campus

Jones County – Jones County Center – Trenton Campus

Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Access to Online Library Resources

Students will continue to have access to online library resources at www.lenoircc.edu/lrc.

 

Tutoring Services

Students will have access to tutoring services as follows:

  • NetTutor (accessible in Moodle)
  • Virtual peer tutoring for specific courses through Moodle

For more information, contact Lisa Shaw, Learning Assistance Program Tutorial Lab Coordinator at lashaw96@lenoircc.edu.

 

Need to Withdraw or Explore Other Possible Options?

The College is here to help in any way possible. Before considering withdrawing, please contact your advisor to discuss options. Students who are unable to continue in their courses should email their instructor with a request to withdraw or receive a grade of incomplete by April 3, the Last Day to Process Drops.

 

Questions?

Please email your instructor/advisor for additional information, or you may call us at 252.527.6223, ext. 394.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education Classes

Courses that were already being delivered in an online format will resume March 23. All seated classes are suspended until further notice with the exception of public safety and public health services. Your instructor will be contacting you regarding your classes. Please email Dr. John Paul Black at jpblack73@lenoircc.edu, or you may call him at 252.527.6223, ext. 704.

March 15, 2020
LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses.

On Saturday, March 14, a Lenoir Community College employee on the Lenoir County campus disclosed that the employee was exposed to someone outside of our service area who has since tested positive for the coronavirus. That person was not symptomatic at the time that our employee was exposed; however, the employee is quarantined for precautionary measures according to our protocol.  The employee is not exhibiting any symptoms and is reportedly doing well. According to Pamela Brown, Health Director at the Lenoir County Health Department, because the employee is not symptomatic, the risk to students or other staff is very low.  “In fact, campus contacts of your staff member would not meet criteria for testing for COVID-19 based on their low risk exposure.” The College wants to be transparent in disclosing any health concerns, and take all precautions possible to keep the safety and health of our employees and students as our top priority.

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Lenoir, Greene or Jones Counties.

March 14, 2020
LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses.

In response to the State of North Carolina’s current position regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) status and the closure of K-12 school districts, Lenoir Community College is closing all campuses beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29. During this period, all college activities and classes are cancelled. The College administration is prepared to maintain essential internal college functions during this period.

The Passport Office located on LCC’s campus is also closed during this time.

Please continue to monitor the College’s website, social media, email, and LancerALERTs for updates.

March 13, 2020
LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses.

Lenoir Community College’s top priority is protecting the health of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The LCC Emergency Operations Planning Team has been active since the beginning of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. We have now expanded that team to create a Coronavirus Task Force that include all Deans and identified key personnel. This Task Force provides additional expertise and enhances our planning and response capabilities.

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced proactive steps that the State of North Carolina is taking to protect the health and well-being of our state in the growing cases of the coronavirus COVID-19 across the nation and here in North Carolina.

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus on Lenoir Community College campuses. However, based upon our discussions with local and state health officials, executive leadership in the North Carolina Community College System, and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, we are now implementing the following additional proactive and precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the disease, effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

  • All non-essential, college-related travel outside of our three-county service area (Lenoir, Greene, and Jones counties) is suspended until further notice.
  • Upon return from a Center for Disease Control (CDC) designated Level 2 or Level 3 high-risk country (currently China, Iran, most of Europe, and South Korea), students and employees are required to keep off sites owned and operated by Lenoir Community College for 14 days.
  • All extracurricular activities, such as athletics and club meetings, are suspended until further notice.
  • All mass gatherings on campus of over 100 people (meetings, conferences, etc.) are suspended until further notice.

In addition to these additional measures, our environmental services personnel have been and will continue to deep clean high touch areas and have made available hand sanitizers in common areas. We also reemphasize the following practical guidance for students, faculty, and staff that we shared previously:

For students exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath:

  1. Stay home
  2. See a doctor
  3. Contact your instructor

For faculty or staff exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath:

  1. Stay home
  2. See a doctor
  3. Contact your supervisor

We also reiterate what we have communicated previously about the virus and how you can be proactive in protecting your health and that of others, as described below.

What are the symptoms?
Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure.

Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath

Prevention and Treatment

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. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For more information on the Coronavirus, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Please continue to check the college website for updates.

March 12, 2020
LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). As Lenoir Commmunity College monitors this developing situation, we are working closely with state and local health officials and taking necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of students, staff, faculty, and visitors.

We are taking a proactive approach and are working closely with local, state, and federal authorities as we continue to monitor the situation for any short-term and long-term planning. The College has a plan in place to address any health issues that may arise and we have established a team that is closely following the situation. Your health and safety is our utmost concern.

No cases of coronavirus have been identified on Lenoir Community College campuses. We encourage our college community to focus on preventing the spread of germs with frequent hand-washing, using tissues for coughs and sneezes, and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched.

Our environmental services personnel have been deep cleaning high touch areas and have made available hand sanitizers in common areas.

For students exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath:

  1. Stay home
  2. See a doctor
  3. Contact your instructor

For faculty or staff exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath:

  1. Stay home
  2. See a doctor
  3. Contact your supervisor

We’re reviewing all scheduled business travel for faculty and staff.

Students and employees should continue to check email, text messages, and this web page for further college updates.

March 11, 2020
LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses.

STUDENT EMAIL – LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus, of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses. Our environmental services personnel have been deep cleaning high touch areas and have made available hand sanitizers in common areas. We are taking a proactive approach and are working closely with local, state, and federal authorities as we continue to monitor the situation for any short-term and long-term planning. The College has a plan in place to address any health issues that may arise and we have established a team that is closely following the situation. Your health and safety is our utmost concern.

For students exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, include fever, cough, and shortness of breath:

  1. Stay home
  2. See a doctor
  3. Contact your instructor

Please see the additional information about the virus and how you can be proactive in protecting your health. 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure. 

Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath

Prevention and Treatment

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. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For more information on the Coronavirus, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

March 11, 2020
LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses.

FACULTY/STAFF EMAIL – LCC continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), of which there are no identified cases on any of our campuses. Our environmental services personnel have been deep cleaning high touch areas and have made available hand sanitizers in common areas. We are taking a proactive approach and are working closely with local, state, and federal authorities as we continue to monitor the situation for any short-term and long-term planning. Please work with your students in making up classwork if they are sick and cannot come to campus. As a reminder, Deborah Sutton (Senior Vice President of Administrative Services) will be our initial point of contact if you have any questions or concerns in your area. You may contact Deborah directly at dssutton14@lenoircc.edu or Ext. 350. Your health and safety is our utmost concern.

For faculty and staff exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, include fever, cough, and shortness of breath:

  1. Stay home
  2. See a doctor
  3. Contact your supervisor

Please see the additional information that was sent before about the virus and how you can be proactive in protecting your health.

 What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may appear 2 – 14 days after exposure. 

Fever
Cough
Shortness of breath

Prevention and Treatment

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. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For more information on the Coronavirus, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

Resources

Centers for Disease Control
Interactive Map
Lenoir County Health Department
NC Health and Human Services