Faculty & Staff Information

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Faculty and Staff Information

Emergency Paid Sick and FMLA Leave for COVID-19
Classes
Faculty Online Teaching Resources
Staff Working Remotely Resources
Campus Operations
Events and Travel
Illness
Employee Assistance Program


 

Emergency Paid Sick and FMLA Leave

Congress recently passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) or “Families First Act,” which was effective April 1, 2020 and will continue through December 31, 2020. In accordance with this new law, Gaston College will provide Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Leave for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19, plus additional paid leave.

Information on Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency FMLA Leave for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19, including instructions on how to apply, is below.


 

Classes

  • All courses that can be taught online will be moved to this format and taught remotely at least through April 9.
  • Gaston College will suspend face-to-face classes beginning Monday, March 23.
  • Students enrolled in classes that cannot be offered remotely will be contacted by their instructors or staff with specific information and instructions regarding their classes.
  • Public Safety (BLET, Fire and EMS) and Public Health (Nursing, Nurse Aide, Medical Assisting and Phlebotomy) classes are able to continue as an exception to accommodate the critical need for public safety and public health services in response to this crisis per the NC Community College System. At this time public safety and public health classes will continue.

 

Faculty Resources for Online Teaching

  • All faculty were given access to Course-Continuity Resources-2020 in Blackboard. Information and support for courses being moved online is located there. 
  • The Distance Education team has setup an email you can use for questions and support. Contact them at distanceeducation@gaston.edu
  • Blackboard Learn: For Instructors provides short, helpful videos that get you familiar with the features in the LMS.
  • Blackboard Learn Help for Instructors answers common questions and provides tips and tricks for using Blackboard effectively.

 

Staff Resources for Working Remotely

  • Online professional development opportunities are available through the College’s NEOGOV system. After logging in, click on the dropdown box in the upper left corner and select LEARN. Then click on “Course Catalog” and select “Staff Training 2020” to view available courses. Communicate with your supervisor if you wish to enroll in any of these training courses.
    • Two videos are available in the system that may be helpful as we navigate through this time. Be sure to check out “Build Psychological Immunity During the Coronavirus Outbreak” and “Coping with Change”.
  • 8 tips for working remotely
  • 8 tips for managing remote teams
  • Online security tips for working at home

 

Campus Operations

  • Student Affairs: In keeping with the College’s shift to telework to the fullest extent possible, 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 using Microsoft Teams. Please feel free to email any staff in our area if you have questions or need to refer a student to us. Please visit the Student Information tab on the College’s COVID-19 Updates webpage for contact information for each department within Student Affairs. In this time of great uncertainty, we are here to support you and our students as much as possible. 
  • The bookstore is closed, but continues to process online orders.

 

Events and Travel

  • Events and gatherings of 50 or more people at any Gaston College campus that are not related to instruction will be postponed or canceled. This will remain in effect until further notice
  • We urge everyone to consider alternative options, such as conference calls, video conferencing, etc. for smaller events and gatherings as well.
  • All international and domestic college-related travel outside of our College service area is suspended for all faculty, staff and students until further notice. 
  • We are following the guidance from the CDC regarding international travel. Any student, faculty or staff member returning to the United States from a location with a Level 3 or Level 2 warning is being asked to self-quarantine at home for a minimum of 14 days prior to returning to campus.
    • Faculty or staff who have traveled to these locations in the last 30 days should notify Carol Denton, at 704.922.6484 or denton.carol@gaston.edu in Human Resources immediately.
  • The College is also discouraging any personal nonessential domestic and international travel at this time. If you are traveling, follow all travel precautions and guidance from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State.
  • Employees who travel outside the state are urged to notify their supervisor. Those employees returning from out-of-state travel may be asked to self-quarantine off-campus for 14 days.

 

Illness

If you have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, have been notified you were exposed to coronavirus, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, you should follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for self-monitoring and seeking medical care. You should remain off-campus until cleared by a medical professional. Faculty and staff that have been on campus at any point since March 13 are asked to notify Carol Denton in Human Resources immediately at 704.922.6484 or denton.carol@gaston.edu.


 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

This is a stressful time for all of us. Services are available for employees, dependents and household members and we encourage you to utilize these services if needed. Through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) you can received short-term counseling and support to help manage challenges in life that might adversely impact work performance, and health or well-being.