This is a rapidly changing situation. All official college communications related to the coronavirus will be posted on this website.
CAMPUS UPDATE: MARCH 27, 2020 (3:30 p.m.)
Gaston College remains committed to ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community. As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina continues to grow we have several updates for you.
Campus Operations and Employees
Yesterday Gaston County joined other local counties in issuing a stay-at-home order. This order goes into effect today, March 27, 2020 at 5 p.m. and will continue through April 16, 2020; however, we will be maintaining essential business and facility operations. All public health guidance for social distancing and hand washing/hygiene will continue to be followed by the employees working on-site. Any employee who feels ill or has symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, self-monitor and contact their medical provider as necessary.
The same measures will be observed during this time period at all campuses.
Students and Classes
The NC Community College System has granted an exception allowing face-to-face instruction to accommodate the critical need for public health and safety programs in response to this crisis, and these programs will continue. Students who have questions are encouraged to contact their instructor.
The safety of our students is our top-priority and all students should continue to follow the guidelines implemented by the College for these classes as well as follow public health guidance for social distancing and hand washing/hygiene. Any student who feels ill or has symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home, self-monitor and contact their medical provider as necessary.
In light of recent news and updated guidelines it has become necessary to postpone all Spring 2020 graduation events, including pinning ceremonies and the May 15 graduation ceremony. We share in the disappointment of all our students who have worked hard to reach this milestone, along with their family and friends who have supported them throughout their journey. Your determination to continue in light of the current circumstances is something of which to be proud. You will forever remember this time and be better prepared to face future challenges because of it.
Be assured that upon completion of credits, you will still earn your degree, diploma or certificate on time, and we are committed to celebrating your success when it is safe to do so. If you have any questions about graduation send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Services and Support
Student Affairs has worked diligently to transition student and related support services online. Staff are available and willing to help students and College employees through both email and virtual meetings. Please visit the Student Information section on the COVID-19 webpage for contact information for each department within student affairs.
Employee Assistance and Student Outreach Services
Don’t forget that services are available for both students and employees at Gaston College that may need support during these times. We encourage you to utilize these services if needed.
- Enrolled students and their family members can access clinicians that can assist with personal or academic-related challenges and concerns through the Student Outreach Services (SOS) Program.
- The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers short-term counseling and support for employees, dependents, and household members to help manage challenges in life that might adversely impact work performance, and health or well-being.
Please continue to check your College mail and our COVID-19 website for additional updates, as well as resources to keep you safe.
We encourage you to follow the recommendations from the CDC on preventing illness. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, including a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you should contact your doctor and remain off campus.