Coronavirus Response

Summer 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 Summer 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.

Summer Semester

Summer semester classes begin May 18 and end August 3. Campus facilities are open. To see details about renting a facility at Edgecombe Community College, please visit Rent a Facility.

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

Pursuant to Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 215 and beginning Monday, May 24, face coverings and other social distancing protocols, while strongly encouraged, will not be required on campus.

ECC will continue to encourage social distancing in classrooms and other indoor meeting areas and the wearing of face coverings when social distancing is not possible. 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.


If you have questions or concerns regarding plans for summer 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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