Coronavirus Response

Face Coverings Required on Campus

Beginning August 5, due to the rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Edgecombe County and across the state and nation, face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces on campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, unless:

  • You are alone in a private office or alone in a classroom or meeting space.
  • You are in an enclosed space with protective glass or acrylic barriers.
  • You are actively eating or drinking.

Face coverings are not required in outdoor spaces for vaccinated individuals, but masks are encouraged, especially in crowds. Faculty may wear face shields while lecturing as long as three to six feet of physical distancing can be maintained during the lecture.

Fall 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 Fall 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.

Fall Semester

Fall semester classes begin August 19 and end December 17. Campus facilities are open. To see details about renting a facility at Edgecombe Community College, please visit Rent a Facility.

Course Delivery

Many classes will be delivered both in-person and online, with some offered as a hybrid of online and in-person instruction.

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.

Safety Measures

ECC will continue to encourage social distancing in classrooms and other indoor meeting areas. Class caps will remain low through the Fall 2021 semester in order to allow for social distancing as a precautionary measure. Adjustments and requirements may be made in certain classes and/or programs when and as needed to further ensure that health and safety needs are met.

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.

Appropriate signage to encourage safe practices and social distancing, sanitizing stations, and acrylic barriers that have been installed in key locations will remain in place.

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.

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns regarding plans for fall semester, please contact covidresponse@edgecombe.edu 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.


Resources

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)