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COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR THE EGSC COMMUNITY

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COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR THE EGSC COMMUNITY

 

Updates from the University System of Georgia: 

Media Statement Released by the University System of Georgia 03/16/20:

   The University System of Georgia (USG) has decided that all 26 institutions will move to online instruction for all courses for the remainder of the semester with extremely limited exceptions. This action comes following last week’s decision to suspend instruction for two weeks to ensure business and instructional continuity, and to allow further state assessment of COVID-19.
   Students are not allowed to return to campus until they receive permission from their institution, which will be forthcoming soon.
   Additionally, residence halls will be closed, with minimal exceptions for students unable to return home, or who cannot find housing elsewhere. Students will receive specific instructions from campus leaders regarding when they will be allowed to return to campus to retrieve their belongings from residence halls. Students must follow those instructions. For those students who are unable to depart campus, we will make every effort to accommodate these students.
   USG will be providing guidance to campuses on refunds for housing, dining, and other services. Students should wait for their campus to contact them.
   Institutions will remain open, with minimal staff physically on-site, to ensure continuity of certain services.
   In the end, we want to ensure that our faculty, staff and students are safe; that we do our part to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia; and that we fulfill our mission to graduate our students even in the face of these challenging times.

Update from the University System of Georgia 3/12/20 as of 8:45 p.m.:

   The University System of Georgia (USG) is consulting constantly with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force.
   Georgia Governor Brian Kemp today announced state agencies, school systems and local communities have been given the flexibility to implement closures.
   Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, all 26 USG institutions will temporarily suspend instruction for two weeks to allow time for USG institutions to test their business continuity plans and online instruction modules and for state officials to continue to assess the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) in Georgia.
   Students who are currently on spring break are strongly encouraged not to return to campus. Students on campus are asked to depart campus by close of business Friday, March 13, 2020, and to remain away from campus until March 29, 2020. At this time, students are not being asked to move out of their dorms for the remainder of the semester. All institutions are being asked to work with students who are unable to leave campus.
   We take very seriously the responsibility to make prudent and well-informed choices for the well-being of our campus communities and the public. We continue to prepare for all scenarios in this rapidly evolving situation. All USG institutions have plans to ensure academic continuity as operations are impacted.
   The USG is providing regular updates to all institutions and the public at its website, https://www.usg.edu/coronavirus.
   In the interim, all students, faculty and staff who may be traveling in any capacity (either domestically or internationally) are being encouraged to register their travel information so we may provide relevant updates.
   East Georgia State College’s Travel Registry can be found at http://bit.ly/2PZS8zm.
   The CDC strongly advises against anyone traveling to a location subject to a Level 3 or higher Travel Health Notice, including most of Europe, South Korea, China and Iran. We also encourage community members to check with the U.S. Department of State website (found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel.html), and talk with family and travel companions to make a wise decision about travel plans, particularly related to travel in Europe.
   We urge all community members to practice good preventive measures and to visit the USG resource guide (found here: https://www.usg.edu/coronavirus)for the latest information concerning travel advisories and other guidance. You can also find additional information from the CDC here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
   Prevention of COVID-19 is paramount, and we urge everyone to take appropriate measures such as:

  • Wash hands regularly.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Be responsible and courteous to others and stay home if you are sick or experiencing symptoms.
  • Respect personal space when greeting others and during conversations.
  • Be mindful of those in high risk populations such as those with underlying health conditions and the elderly.
  • Follow CDC and DPH guidance on personal and business travel to avoid increasing your risk and that of others.

    Guidance from DPH identifies those with the highest risk to contract COVID-19 (see link here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html) are travelers to countries with widespread outbreaks, as well as those travelers’ close contacts. Additionally, those most likely to develop serious illness after contracting COVID-19 include persons who are older than 60, as well as persons with chronic health conditions.
    Health officials advise that the incubation period of COVID-19 is 2-14 days, with an average period of 5 days. Symptoms include coughing, fever and shortness of breath. Most people experience mild to moderate symptoms. Those who experience flu-like symptoms are urged to contact the Department of Public Health at 1-866-PUB-HLTH.
   The health of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We will continue to work with USG leaders in collaboration with state officials and DPH to act on the most up-to-date guidance available.

Updates from the President of East Georgia State College:

NEW - March 30, 2020 • Release to Community

   Dear Friends of East Georgia State College,
   During these unprecedented times, the events of each day remind me repeatedly of the importance of East Georgia College to the region we serve and to our amazing students --- and the importance of each one of you to our future. Thank you for all you have done for the college and for your continuing support.
   At this time of year, Joyce Boehmer and I would ordinarily be preparing furiously for things like Honors Night, Commencement, events at our home with students, faculty, staff, and alumni, baseball and softball games and graduation events for our student leadership and staff leadership development program. Sadly, the COVID-19 situation changes everything. Our focus instead is on assuring that residents in Bobcat Villas are moved out safely, that the conversion to wholly on-line classes for spring semester goes smoothly, that our business operations remain sound and that we are prepared for the eventual return to normal operations. As you do, we look forward to that day when we can share time with our Bobcat community face-to-face. We are confident that we will get there because so many people are focused like a laser on maintaining an excellent learning environment in the face of COVID-19 and preparing for the college’s bright future.
   For the safety and well-being of all, we may be more physically separated right now than ever before. But one thing holds true: As East Georgia State College, we stand together, always. We are nearly 50 years strong, and we will navigate these difficult times together. No matter where you are right now, please know that our heartfelt concern is for every member of our Bobcat community. I sincerely appreciate everything you are all doing to meet these challenging times.
   The college remains open for business with minimal staff and faculty on campus.  All classes will resume in a wholly on-line format on Monday, March 30, 2020. Most of our employees are working remotely from home.  Commencement in May and Student Honors Night in April have been cancelled. We are actively planning, however, for creative, alternative means to recognize student achievements. All spring graduates will, also, be encouraged to participate in the fall 2020 commencement.
   There is only one entrance open at the Swainsboro and Statesboro campuses.  The EGSC Police Department is only allowing authorized personnel to enter the campuses.  No visitors to campus are allowed.
   Other important information regarding changes includes:

  • The process of moving out all residents of Bobcat Villas will be largely complete on Sunday, March 29, 2020. A few residents will move out in scheduled slots early during the days immediately following and a few with exceptional needs (such as food insecurity) will remain with us for the rest of spring semester 2020.
  • All events scheduled with visitors on campus, including meetings, are cancelled for the rest of spring semester. No face-to-face meetings will be held. All meetings will be via telephone, Zoom or Skype or other electronic means.
  • All events at the Fulford Community Learning Center and The Morgan House of East Georgia State College are cancelled. There will be no visitors to the Fulford Community Learning Center.
  • The gym and fitness center, and our athletic facilities including outdoor basketball courts, playing fields and tennis courts are closed. EGSC’s dining hall, bookstore, campus café, and Common Grounds Coffee Shop are closed.
  • The guidance of the NJCAA and the GCAA is being followed: all spring athletic games and practices are cancelled.
  • Study Abroad Programs have been cancelled.
  • Plans for Student Center Grand Opening are cancelled. This will be rescheduled for a date in early fall 2020.

   I know that right now, many of you have questions about what the college is doing to support students as we launch remote education, which will continue for the remainder of the semester. I encourage you to visit the college’s COVID website regularly for updated information on student services and support: www.ega.edu/covid19 
   Here are a few of our efforts:

  • Remote learning
    The faculty and staff have worked tirelessly over the past two weeks to prepare for the transition to wholly online courses. There will bumps in the road as instructors and students adapt to new methods of teaching and learning. Problems that may arise will be addressed by instructors with flexibility and fairness.
    Resources for students are posted on the college’s website, through regular text messages to students and social media.
    If you would like to dig deeper and see the type of resources being made available to students, please visit the following sites: https://www.usg.edu/keep_learning_usg
  • Keep Learning USG - Keep Learning USG (https://www.usg.edu/keep_learning_usg) is a site designed to support student as they make the shift to virtual learning. The site is deliberately created to be easily accessed on a phone, with copy in an informal student-friendly style. The information leads students step by step through best practices to succeed in a remote instructional environment. We know that many of you have also created similarly focused resources, and we have linked to many of those as additional resources guides.
    http://www.ega.edu/help/details/how-do-i-access-my-online-courses-or-troubleshoot-problems-using-gaview-d2l
  • Mental health and well-being
    In a time when students must distance themselves physically from each other, it's more important than ever that they keep in touch with their campus community in other ways. Our Student Affairs Division is working diligently to develop resources and keep communication open.  The Counseling center has established an open online dialog with students to keep them informed of what is accessible to ensure their mental well-being.
  • The Student Health Center will remain open to serve students who will continue to reside in the residence halls on Monday-Thursday from 1-5 PM. Swainsboro students not living on campus may call the clinic during those hours at 478-289-2182.
  • Refund Policy
    The fee refund policy has been established and is posted on the www.ega.edu/covid19 webpage for students.
  • Internet Service Provider Resources in Response to COVID-19: Students have been provided with options for internet services.  These are posted on the website.
  • Cybersecurity Issues for Everyone - While we are all working through COVID-19 issues, threat actors and fraudsters are busy too. Don’t let your guard down during this time! Be careful and if in doubt, don’t click and don’t open.
  • EGSC Coronavirus Relief Fund – Many of you have asked how you can help.  As you know, many of our students come from backgrounds that don’t afford them all they need in the area of technology, resources and even basic necessities.  We also have students that must remain on campus because they have no where else to go.  Some are international students; some are from the foster system and some are homeless.  To help these students and others as this transition takes place, your gift of any amount would be life changing.  To give online, click here, or www.ega.edu/donate, or text EGSCCovid19 to 41444 or send your check to EGSC, c/o Institutional Advancement COVID19 Relief Fund, 131 College Circle, Swainsboro, GA. 30401. 

   As we begin this next week, remember you are a valued and essential partner in the life and future of EGSC, and we are grateful for you.  Thank you for all you are doing.
   Please be safe!
   Bob Boehmer
   President

NEW - March 29, 2020 • Release to EGSC Students

   Dear EGSC Students,
   EGSC’s devoted faculty and staff miss seeing you on campus. During the last two weeks, they have prepared intensely for the beginning of wholly online classes on Monday, March 30, 2020. I encourage you to login right now to GeorgiaView D2L Brightspace so that you are ready to go Monday morning.
   At this time of year, Joyce Boehmer and I would normally be getting ready to have groups of students over to our home for taco dinners, smores, Klondike bars and conversation. Even though we are not going to be able to be with you personally, it is important to Joyce and me that you understand how much each of you means to us. Completing this semester successfully and registering for your next semester are critical to your success. So, please be patient and flexible to adjust to this new online environment and we will get through it together and we will all be better for it.
   For the safety and well-being of all, we may be more physically separated right now than ever before. But one thing holds true: As East Georgia State College, we stand together, always. We are nearly 50 years strong, and we will navigate these difficult times together. No matter where you are right now, please know that our heartfelt concern is for every member of our Bobcat community. I sincerely appreciate everything you are all doing to meet these challenging times.
   As you are aware, we have extended remote instruction for students and remote work for many of our faculty and staff through the end of this spring semester. In addition, all campus events are canceled or postponed for this time period, including commencement, honors night, athletic events and many other traditions that have helped to build our legacy.  We will come through this and come out stronger than before.
   I want to share some updates and resources that you will find helpful.

Your On-line Classes Begin Monday, March 30, 2020

   You will begin your new way of taking classes today, Monday, March 30.  Be patient with yourselves and the system.  It won’t be long before it all comes naturally to you.
   Keep Learning USG was designed by the University System of Georgia to support you as you make the shift to virtual learning. The site is created to be easily accessed on a phone. The information will lead you step by step through best practices to succeed in a remote instructional environment.
   https://www.usg.edu/keep_learning_usg
   Our outstanding department sent you a message earlier about getting ready for your on-line classes. Here are some of the highlights:

EGSC Has a COVID-19 Website to Keep You Updated

   This website includes an abundance of information that will answer most of your questions.
   www.ega.edu/covid19

EGSC Has Adopted a Student Fee Refund Plan

   East Georgia State College has adopted the following student fee refund plan:
   Refunds of Student Fees (All 3 campuses are included as described below):
   East Georgia State College will implement a prorated refund of various student fees for spring semester 2020 as outlined below for the campus designated as your home campus. 
   Our goal is to disburse refunds by April 16, 2020. We will communicate with you directly if there are any delays in this process. 
   The refund calculation date is March 16, 2020.  This refund plan was completed in coordination with the USG.

   *Students who did not pay the above fees because of the fee structure for the program in which they are enrolled (nursing students and students in the Fire and Emergency Services Administration program) will not receive a refund.

   Refunds of Swainsboro Campus Housing and Dining:

  • A prorated portion of housing rent charges will be refunded based on the March 16, 2020 refund calculation date. 
  • You will receive a pro-rata refund of the unused portion of your meal plan based on a March 16, 2020 refund calculation date. The exact amount of your refund will depend upon the specific meal plan which you purchased. 
  • Unused flex dollars will be refunded. The unused portion of any commuter meal plans and all other declining balance meal plans will be refunded.
  • Students who were granted an exception to remain in the residence halls during the remaining part of spring semester 2020 will not be refunded their housing rent or base meal plan.  

   Additional information about refunds:
   EGSC - Statesboro students who purchase a meal plan from Georgia Southern University should contact Georgia Southern University with any questions.
   Refunds of these fees will mirror students' normal refund process via BankMobile Refund Selection. You must make a BankMobile Refund Selection. 
   Please see the following link on how to make your Refund Selection.
   http://www.ega.edu/announce/bankmobile-presentation-02-19-20.pdf
   Fees, other than those described above, have been carefully studied and vetted with the USG and deemed to be essential to the continuity of instruction and business operations.
   Any outstanding balances owed to East Georgia State College (e.g., parking fines, lockout fines) will be deducted from your refund.
   Students will not receive refunds of fees paid by any need-based scholarship. However, the scholarship reversal will not exceed the refund amount and will not create a balance due from the student. Please note that the deadline has passed for a student to withdraw without academic penalty from the Spring 2020 full-term.
   Students who have registered for the Spring 2020 Mini-Session II term can withdraw without academic penalty through March 26, 2020 (Augusta Campus) and through April 7, 2020 (Swainsboro/Statesboro Campuses). 
   Refunds for Mini-Session II withdrawals will be processed under normal refunding guidelines.
   We understand that these uncertain times have left you with many questions. Please rest assured that we are working diligently to provide answers as fast as possible.
   Please reach out via email to accounts@ega.edu with any questions or concerns you have.

Here is More Important Information


   As you already know, some very difficult decisions regarding the delivery of your education were made by the University System of Georgia in an effort to protect you during the next several months. Despite the recent change to wholly on-line instruction for the rest of the spring semester and strictly limited access to the East Georgia State College campuses, the Office of Counseling and Disability Services is here to help with this transition and any other needs that you may have. Due to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to practice social distancing, our office has suspended all face to face counseling and disability services. We will work primarily in a remote capacity for the remainder of the Spring semester.
   Please be mindful that it is not uncommon for people to notice changes in mental well-being during major disasters such the Coronavirus Pandemic. Increased worrying, sadness, and fear are only a few of the symptoms that someone may experience. If there is a change in your mental well-being, it is very important that you cope in a manner that does not increase your stress level during a time that is already stressful. I can assure you that promoting student well-being and resilience will remain our focus.
   If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak to a counselor, please contact us via email (lrburns@ega.edu or sroyals@ega.edu). We will be monitoring our email accounts during normal operating hours, Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. For emergencies, call 911 or the Georgia Crisis and Access Line by dialing 1-800-715-4225.
   Stay in touch and check catmail, texts and social media regularly.  Stay in touch with your professors and instructors.
   I realize these emails are lengthy and I applaud your diligence in paying attention to each word.  Stay strong and stay resilient.  We remain focused on the health and safety of those in our campus community and we will emerge from this crisis with renewed commitment.  With every challenge, there is opportunity.
   My sincere wishes for a great week as you embark on this new venture.
   Stay safe, EGSC Bobcat Family!
   Bob Boehmer
   President

March 27, 2020 • 10:54 a.m. - Release to EGSC Students

   Dear East Georgia State College Students:
   My previous letters during the COVID-19 situation have told you about the University System of Georgia’s (USG) directive to move to wholly on-line instruction for the rest of spring semester. East Georgia State College has now received approval from the USG to implement a student refund plan for Spring Semester 2020. This letter outlines that plan.
   Refunds of Student Fees (All 3 campuses are included as described below):
   East Georgia State College will implement a prorated refund of various student fees for spring semester 2020 as outlined below for the campus designated as your home campus. 
   Our goal is to disburse refunds by April 16, 2020. We will communicate with you directly if there are any delays in this process.
   The refund calculation date is March 16, 2020.  This refund plan was completed in coordination with the USG.

   *Students who did not pay the above fees because of the fee structure for the program in which they are enrolled (nursing students and students in the Fire and Emergency Services Administration program) will not receive a refund.

    Refunds of Swainsboro Campus Housing and Dining:

  • A prorated portion of housing rent charges will be refunded based on the March 16, 2020 refund calculation date.
  • You will receive a pro-rata refund of the unused portion of your meal plan based on a March 16, 2020 refund calculation date. The exact amount of your refund will depend upon the specific meal plan which you purchased.
  • Unused flex dollars will be refunded. The unused portion of any commuter meal plans and all other declining balance meal plans will be refunded. 
  • Students who were granted an exception to remain in the residence halls during the remaining part of spring semester 2020 will not be refunded their housing rent or base meal plan.  


 
Additional information about refunds:
   EGSC - Statesboro students who purchase a meal plan from Georgia Southern University should contact Georgia Southern University with any questions.
   Refunds of these fees will mirror students' normal refund process via BankMobile Refund Selection. You must make a BankMobile Refund Selection.
   Please see the following link on how to make your Refund Selection: http://www.ega.edu/announce/bankmobile-presentation-02-19-20.pdf
   Fees, other than those described above, have been carefully studied and vetted with the USG and deemed to be essential to the continuity of instruction and business operations.
   Any outstanding balances owed to East Georgia State College (e.g., parking fines, lockout fines) will be deducted from your refund.
   Students will not receive refunds of fees paid by any need-based scholarship. However, the scholarship reversal will not exceed the refund amount and will not create a balance due from the student. Please note that the deadline has passed for a student to withdraw without academic penalty from the Spring 2020 full-term.
   Students who have registered for the Spring 2020 Mini-Session II term can withdraw without academic penalty through March 26, 2020 (Augusta Campus) and through April 7, 2020 (Swainsboro/Statesboro Campuses). 
   Refunds for Mini-Session II withdrawals will be processed under normal refunding guidelines.
   We understand that these uncertain times have left you with many questions. Please rest assured that we are working diligently to provide answers as fast as possible.
   Please reach out via email to accounts@ega.edu with any questions or concerns you have.

Sincerely,
   Robert G. Boehmer
   President
   East Georgia State College

March 24, 2020 • Release to the Community

   Dear Friends and Supporters of East Georgia State College:
   Each and every one of you is important to us. During these unprecedented times, we know you expect to be well-informed about the steps the University System of Georgia and East Georgia State College are taking to protect our treasured students and community. Accordingly, I will be sending you an update each week during this critical period.
   First, please accept the sincere thanks of East Georgia State College for all you have done for the college over the years. You are appreciated! Please know that the college is doing everything possible to manage this situation and protect students, faculty, staff and the community. Together, we are going to get through this.
   Updates:
   The University System of Georgia (USG) has decided all 26 USG institutions will move to online instruction for all courses for the remainder of the spring semester with extremely limited exceptions. This instruction will commence at EGSC on Monday, March 30, 2020 (with the exception of nursing and FESA, which resumed on line instruction Monday, March 23). This action comes following last week’s decision to suspend instruction for two weeks to ensure business and instructional continuity, and to allow further state assessment of COVID-19.
   Everything is subject to change. The situation is fluid and any changes may occur rapidly.  Everyone is advised to check the EGSC COVID-19 website frequently.
   http://www.ega.edu/covid19-old
   Points to note:
   Accept the reality of daily change. As conditions change, we will likely receive almost daily directives from the USG about small details and big policy issues. Sometimes, directives given to us earlier will change. The situation the USG is managing is changing daily and they are working 24/7 to respond. As the situation changes, we too will adapt.
   Watch carefully for scams by e-mail and other electronic means. If in doubt, don’t click.
   Spring commencement and Honors Night will not be held. This is, of course, a huge disappointment for our students, their families and supporters, and all of us. For many of our students, their graduation is the first ever in their family. Rest assured, that we are already planning for an appropriate method to recognize the academic achievements of our students. I will keep you updated as those plans develop.

  • Instruction will be wholly online for the duration of Spring Semester.
  • No decision has been made at this time about Maymester, Summer Semester or later.
  • Our campuses remain open. However access is strictly limited to employees who have been designated to work on campus on certain days/times and to students granted specific permission.  Please be respectful to the police officers charged with limiting access to our campuses. They are enforcing this limited access to keep us healthy and safe.
  • On-campus operations have been reduced to a minimum. Only the personnel necessary to maintain on campus operations who have been specifically authorized by their supervisor have access to the campus buildings. There is limited access to all 3 campuses.
  • Ingress and egress to campus for authorized entrants is limited to one location per campus. Only the main entrance on Lambs Bridge road is open to the Swainsboro campus. Police officers are stationed at main entrance of Swainsboro campus and at the front door at EGSC Statesboro. Most outdoor areas are open for individual (not group) use (walking trails, disc golf course). Users will need to park near the main entrance and not on campus. EGSC Augusta buildings are locked.
  • Students are not allowed to return to campus until they receive specific, individual permission from EGSC. Any such permission must be approved by the college president. Additionally, residence halls will be closed, with minimal exceptions for students who meet certain criteria. EGSC Housing has worked very hard to develop a detailed plan giving permission to Bobcat Villas residents to return to campus on a staggered basis (assigned specific time slots). Students may not simply “drop in” to check out. Information is currently being collected from students who are requesting a housing extension for extenuating circumstances. An extension is not guaranteed and will only be granted for reasons of housing insecurity and employment reasons. Students must not return to campus if sick. They can make arrangements for others to pick up items on their behalf or request a future move-out time once they are well.
  • A “move-out” plan from Bobcat Villas (approved by USG) has been initiated. The plan is being implemented. Phase 1 was completed Sunday, March 22. There will be a minimal number of students in residence halls. Existing students will return to pick up their belongings and check out over a staggered time period between March 25-29, in accordance with the plan submitted to USG. Students received their appointment times via email on 03/20/20.
  • Housing students are not authorized to return to campus outside of their communicated time slot for move out. No changes of time slot are permitted. Students who cannot come during their time slot should contact housing to set up a special move out time once the official move out period has ended. No early move out requests will be approved. Contact Angela Storck, Director of Housing, at 478-289-2172.
  • The Bobcat Villas Shopping Shuttle will run from 5pm-8pm on Sundays only until further notice.
  • The Student Health Center will remain open to serve students who will continue to reside in the residence halls on Monday-Thursday from 1-5 PM.  Swainsboro students not living on campus may call the clinic during those hours at 478-289-2182.
  • Student meals will be delivered to the Bobcat Villas Clubhouse.
  • All EGSC conduct policies, with the exception of the visitation policy, will function as normal. No students or guests other than those approved a special housing extension will be permitted in the Bobcat Villas until further notice.
  • All events scheduled with visitors on campus, including meetings, are cancelled for the rest of spring semester.
  • All events at the Fulford Community Learning Center and The Morgan House of East Georgia State College are cancelled. There will be no visitors to the Fulford Community Learning Center.
  • The gym and fitness center, and our athletic facilities including outdoor basketball courts, playing fields and tennis courts are closed.  EGSC’s dining hall, bookstore, campus café, and Common Grounds Coffee Shop are closed.
  • The bookstore is closed. The EGSC Bookstore will be available online only.  Free shipping has been extended on all online orders placed through their website. https://www.bkstr.com/egscstore/home
  • Per the guidance of the NJCAA and the GCAA, all spring athletic games and practices are cancelled.
  • No face-to-face meetings will be held.  All meetings will be via telephone, Zoom or Skype or other electronic means.   Everyone is strongly encouraged to observe appropriate social distancing including being handshake-free and hug-free and 6-foot distancing.
  • Our Spring commencement exercise and Honors Night are cancelled. Planning is already underway to creatively celebrate our students’ accomplishments.
  • Study Abroad Programs have been cancelled.
  • The Athletic Banquet has been cancelled.
  • Plans for Student Center Grand Opening are cancelled. This will be rescheduled for a date in early fall 2020.
  • Dual Enrollment instruction is suspended on the same basis as all other instruction. It will commence on March 30, 2020 in an online format.

   We take very seriously the responsibility to make prudent and well-informed choices for the well-being of our campus communities and the public. We continue to prepare for all scenarios in this rapidly evolving situation. All USG institutions have plans to ensure academic continuity as operations are impacted. We will continue to work with USG leaders in collaboration with state officials and the Georgia Department of Public Health to act on the most up-to-date guidance available.
   Ultimately, we want to ensure our faculty, staff and students and communities are safe; that we do our part to help stem the spread of the coronavirus in Georgia; and we fulfill our mission to graduate our students even in the face of these challenging times.
   Most importantly, thank you for all you are doing to respond to this unprecedented situation.
   Please be safe.

   Bob Boehmer,
   President

 

For older updates, visit our COVID-19 Archive Page at http://www.ega.edu/covid19/covid-19-archive

Updates from the Georgia General Assembly

NEW - Message from Representative Butch Parrish • March 25, 2020 • 11:06 a.m.
 

 To stay up-to-date on our state’s response to COVID-19 and explore options for financial relief during these uncertain times check out the following:

   It is also important to note that state and federal taxes will not be due until July 15, 2020. Stay safe and remain cautious!

   Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

   - Representative Butch Parrish, State House District 158

EGSC Travel Registry:

   East Georgia State College is actively monitoring the current situation concerning Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and taking proactive steps to promote the health and safety of everyone in our college community. Each of you is extremely important to us.
   As you may have already heard, all faculty, staff and students of University System of Georgia institutions who have recently traveled, or will soon travel, to a location designated as Level 3 or higher by the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) must remain at home as they monitor their own health condition for 14 days prior to returning to campus.  See the CDC website for a list of those Level 3 locations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html .
   In order to implement this important step to protect our college community, EGSC is instituting a new Travel Registry effective March 10, 2020. Registration is required if you have recently traveled or plan to travel to any of the Level 3 destinations before the beginning of fall semester 2020.
   EGSC also encourages you to voluntarily register any domestic or international travel plans (from now until the beginning of fall semester) as you make those plans. This voluntary registration will enable the college to understand and evaluate risks as the situation develops. In short, knowing your travel plans will enable EGSC to better communicate with you about risks and precautionary measures and to protect our college community.
   Please click here to register your travel.

Internet Service Provider Resources in Response to COVID-19:


   Please follow the links below to learn more about COVID-19 responses and offerings from the providers/resources listed (offerings subject to change):

   Another very useful website to add to the list is www.broadbandnow.com  which allows you to enter your zip code to determine internet options that are available in the respective area.

Further COVID-19 Information:

   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Coronavirus (COVID-19) page updates daily:

 

 Below is East Georgia State College's current pandemic/infectious disease response plan. This is currently being reviewed in light of the Coronavirus alerts.

       • RESPONSE PLAN

   East Georgia State College's Emergency Response Plan flip chart can found in each office and the EGSC Police Department website in .pdf form here: http://www.ega.edu/police/emergency-response The page relevant to pandemic/infectious disease response can be found below
       • FLIPCHART

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Georgia Department of Health’s COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information

Georgia Department of Health’s COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information

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The latest Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) alert from the University System of Georgia

The latest Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) alert from the University System of Georgia

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EGSC Police Department’s Emergency Response

EGSC Police Department’s Emergency Response

Information on the Emergency Response Procedures in place at East Georgia State College.

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