Coronavirus Response

Spring Semester 2021

Edgecombe Community College has continued to safely and effectively serve students throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, making appropriate adjustments to course delivery and campus access based on current local, state, and national governmental and public health guidelines.

In light of the current status of COVID-19, the College has planned for the Spring 2021 semester based on the campus safety and course delivery strategies that follow. As the pandemic evolves, specific strategies may be modified to maintain the safety of the College’s students and employees.

Spring Semester

Spring semester classes begin January 7 and end May 5. The College will operate on a regular 16-week semester. Campus facilities are open to current and prospective students, vendors, and scheduled visitors. Non-essential visitors are not permitted to use campus facilities.

Course Delivery

Most classes will be delivered online, with some offered as a hybrid of online and in-person instruction. In general, lecture courses will be offered online unless there are multiple sections of the same course. Multiple sections enable the College to offer students a choice of an online or hybrid format.

Also, a number of classes will be delivered through synchronous learning, which is online instruction that occurs in real time, often with a set class schedule and required login times.

Many courses that contain clinical/lab/shop components, such as nursing, cosmetology, welding, and automotive courses, will be delivered as a hybrid of online and in-person instruction, with in-person instruction provided with safety precautions in place.

Courses available to Career and College Promise students (qualified high school students) will be offered in both online and in-person formats, depending on the content and skills being taught. Most courses will be delivered online, with some offered as a hybrid of online and in-person instruction.

Safety Measures

Face masks are required on campus in accordance with CDC recommendations and to ensure the health and safety of students and employees. Masks should be worn at all times, inside any building, or when it is not possible to maintain a social distance of least six feet.

Exceptions include employees who are alone in offices, individuals who are outside and at least six feet apart from others, or individuals who have a documented medical condition. Students who are exempt from wearing a mask should contact the Student Support Counselor for assistance.

Campus-wide temperature checks will not be administered except in healthcare and public safety programs. Contactless temperature gauges are located in key areas on campus.

Custodians and maintenance teams have strengthened efforts to clean campus areas frequently. Common areas (elevators, door knobs, bathrooms, etc.) are sanitized and cleaned often throughout the day. Electrostatic sanitizing machines are used regularly to clean classrooms, libraries, auditoriums, and other spaces.

Faculty are required to sanitize classrooms after each class meeting. Appropriate signage to encourage safe practices and social distancing, sanitizing stations, and acrylic barriers have been installed in key locations.

Technology Support for Students

Campus libraries are open to current students who need access to technology. WiFi access points are on the Tarboro and Rocky Mount campuses with nearby outdoor seating and electrical outlets available. Students can log into the ECC Guest WiFi network; no password is required. Students who need a device may request a Chromebook from Student Services. Additional information regarding technology support is available in FAQs for Students.


If you have questions or concerns regarding plans for spring semester, please contact or reach out to one of the contacts listed here. Students also can text questions to (252) 618-6526 to receive a reply from an ECC representative.

Please continue to monitor this page for further updates.


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