As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Gaston College’s highest priority remains the health, safety, and well being of everyone within the College Community. Our goal is to provide you with the options to keep moving forward and learn successfully while staying safe.
As part of our commitment to health and safety, we have developed the GC Safe plan, which is a guide for campus safety and health during COVID-19. The GC Safe plan contains elements designed to prevent or mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The plan includes input from the College Community, recommendations from local, state, and federal agencies including the NC Community College System, Gaston and Lincoln County Health Departments, NC Department of Health and Human Services, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
As conditions, guidelines, and recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic are still evolving, we will continue to review this plan and make updates as needed.
Safety & Health Protocols
- Campus access is limited to current students, potential students, faculty, staff, and those with an essential business/educational purpose.
- Everyone must practice the 3-W’s: Wear face coverings, Wait 6-feet apart (social distancing), and Wash and/or disinfect hands.
- Health screenings prior to coming on campus are strongly encouraged using the secure mobile app CampusClear, which can be downloaded from Apple App Store or Google Play. A web option is also available for anyone without access to a smartphone.
- A temperature check may be required for campus, location, and/or building access.
- Group gatherings are limited as per federal, state, or local recommendations/mandates.
- Communal spaces (e.g., lunchrooms, break rooms, etc.) are closed or limited access to promote social distancing.
- Stay at home and self-isolation protocols are in place for anyone who is sick and/or experiencing the effects of COVID-19.
- Protocols are in place for those at higher risk to the effects of COVID-19.
- Cleaning and disinfection has been increased for buildings, rooms, and high-touch objects or surfaces.
- Physical barriers have been installed at “high-personal interaction” areas such as welcome/reception desks.
- Water systems appropriately curtailed as needed and properly cleaned prior to use.
- Travel & transportation limited as per federal, state, or local recommendations/mandates.
More about health and safety protocols can be found in the full GC Safe plan [pdf].
Academic Programs of Study & Continuing Education Classes
- The Spring 2021 semester will begin on January 11. At this time, there have been no changes to the academic calendar. Exams, breaks, and holidays will continue as previously scheduled. See 2020-2021 Academic Calendar.
- Many courses for Spring 2021 will be offered either fully online or in a hybrid format, which blends both online and in-person instruction.
- In-person instruction includes program-specific safety protocols, limited or assigned seating as per group gathering recommendations/mandates & spacing of desks/workstations to promote social distancing.
- Students are encouraged to check their schedules over the next several weeks to monitor for any changes that may be made as conditions evolve headed into the winter months.
- View a list of available Spring 2021 courses for credit or current continuing education classes.
Student Support and Success Services
- In light of current guidelines and recommendations related to COVID-19, the Counseling and Advising Center and the Transfer Advising Center will offer virtual advising appointments in three different formats: Phone, e-mail, and video conferencing. Appointments are scheduled from the hours of 8:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Visit the advising website to request a virtual appointment or for other registration information.
- We are currently accepting new students for Spring, Summer and Fall 2021. You can find information on our website to apply as a new student as well as our online application.
- Telephone, email, video conferencing, and/or in-person (by appointment) options are available for Financial Aid, Tutoring, Testing, the Business Office, Tech Services and more.
- Student Outreach Services (SOS) is a confidential counseling service available for enrolled students and their family members 24/7/365 at no cost.
Faculty and Staff Support Services
- Teleworking continues and is complemented by staggered work schedules by department and subject to approval.
- Online professional development courses and support are available to assist with instruction and managing during COVID-19.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling service available for employees and their family members 24/7/365 at no cost.