Corona Virus (COVID-19)Things you need to know
Closings & Cancellations
The following events have been cancelled or postponed at WPCC:
- CCP Information Night
(originally scheduled for March 16 – 19, 2020)
- Symbols of the South
(originally scheduled for March 17, 2020 at First Presbyterian Church, Morganton)
- GEAR Up Fair
(originally scheduled for March 19, 2020 at East Burke High School and Draughn High School)
- 8th Grade Tours
(originally scheduled for March 24, 2020)
- Nursing and Medical Assisting Cohort Parent Meeting
(originally scheduled for April 7, 2020)
- Spring Fling
(originally scheduled for April 8, 2020)
- SGA Blood Drive
(originally scheduled for April 9, 2020)
- AHS/HSE Graduation
(originally scheduled for April 21, 2020)
- Pioneer Preview
(originally scheduled for April 23, 2020)
- Construction Rodeo
(originally scheduled for April 2020)
Burke County has a page with
updates on COVID-19.
Access it here.
Questions and Comments
We are striving to provide the most current information about the Corona Virus and WPCC‘s response to it, but you may have a question or comment that has not been addressed. Please submit your thoughts below and someone will be directly in contact with you.
We are assembling resources to assist you with classes when they begin online on Monday, March 23. Check back often for additional links and updates.
E-Tutoring Now Available
With the current events causing all of us more than enough stress, WPCC is working to provide some relief, at least with issues concerning math and English classes. We are now offering online e-tutoring sessions weekdays. More information, including days/times and computer/device requirements to access tutoring is available at the link below:
If you have a documented medical, learning, physical, or other type of disability, contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at any time to request accommodations if you have problems accessing classes or services through WPCC’s new online delivery method.
- ODS services are available to students who have not yet registered as well as those who are already registered but need to make adjustments to their plans.
- Please be aware that some accommodations may take several days or more to coordinate.
- For more information or to make accommodation requests, contact Karla Lanier, Coordinator of Disability Services at (828) 448-3153 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deanna Keller, Disability Services Resource Specialist at (828) 448-3154 (e-mail: email@example.com).
Looking for internet access? Software tools for assignments and projects? Here are links to resources that may be helpful to you.
- NC Broadband – COVID-19 internet service offerings in North Carolina
- Adobe Creative Cloud – Free temporary at-home access for students who log into Creative Cloud on campus
- AT&T – Internet access for qualifying limited-income households for $10/month
- Charter Communications – Free broadband internet for new customers in households with college students for 60 days
- Comcast Internet Essentials – Free internet service for new customers and free speed upgrade for current customers
- EveryoneOn – Search for low-cost internet service and computers by zip code
Resources to Meet Needs
COVID-19 is putting strains on everyone socially and economically. Here are links to resources that you may find useful if you have needs.
As we transition to totally online classes, all overdue fines will be waived.
In order to effectively limit the number of persons on campus, the WPCC Library/Academic Success Center will be closing physical access to the general public and students beginning Friday, March 20, 2020 until further notice.
NCLive Online Chat
Access to NCLive is available to you off-campus. NC LIVE provides electronic access to digital content covering careers, business, investing, health, history, and genealogy.
In the evenings, live chat sessions are available from NCLIVE, the cooperative that ties together 205 libraries across North Carolina and shares a variety of online databases and resources useful for classes and research. If you need assistance with a project or research, we encourage you to use.
IMPORTANT: Chat is only available for the NCLive resources.
Here is where you can find the chat when it is available:
Ask A Librarian
The WPCC Library staff provides help to you through our Ask A Librarian service. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you post your question and the staff will respond in at least 24 hours.
Ask-A-Librarian is a great way to get help with research and reference questions.
Here is where you will find the page with information and the form where you submit your questions.
You don’t have to be on campus to access databases that can help with projects and research. NCLive, Academic OneFile, Gale Virtual Reference, Literary Reference Center, and Opposing Viewpoints are all available via an online login.
Allied Health Databases
Health Sciences students can access various allied health databases off-campus.
Resources for COVID-19
Here are some links to online resources about COVID-19 and simple guidelines to help you keep safe and combat getting the virus.
Precautions You Should Take
The following precautions are a part of good health practices:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse a tissue after you cough, sneeze, or blow your nose.
- Clean and disinfect any surfaces that are frequently touched.
- It is also a good practice to start being more aware of the number of times a day your hands touch an object or hard surface and then touch your face without being washed. Limiting the exposure of your nose, mouth and eyes to unwashed hands can help protect from the spread of all germs and illnesses.
- Have a plan in case you need to miss work or other responsibilities due to personal illness or to care for a sick family member.
- Pregnant women and those who have children should review the CDC recommendations on COVID 19.
Illness & Prevention Strategies
WPCC recommends the following practices to help prevent or control the spread of illness:
- Anyone demonstrating cold or flu-like symptoms should use sick leave and stay home until the symptoms have not been present for at least 48 hours.
- Use good hygiene practices as outlined below to keep from spreading any infectious diseases.
- High-risk individuals or those who are in regular contact with high risk individuals should take extra precautions to not spread any infectious diseases.
You can stay up on the latest confirmed information about COVID-19 using the following links to online resources: