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June 26, 2020

[The following is a communication emailed to students on June 26, 2020]

Dear students,

Life has been a bit uncertain but your future doesn't have to be.

Tarrant County College has made the decision to offer Fall 2020 classes predominantly online. We're sending you this message because you have already registered for fall and one or more of the classes you registered for may have changed to online delivery. There are a few classes that we still plan to hold on campus. We are reducing the number of classes held at our five physical campuses and their associated facilities out of an abundance of caution concerning the coronavirus. If you only registered for one or two online classes but wish to register for more online classes, you may find that there are new options available to you.

What Should I Do?

Check your class schedule in WebAdvisor. If a class is now online, you will see "ARRANGED" for class meeting days and times. Your tuition amount should not change, and unless you are approved for federal financial aid or have another funding source in place, you will need to start a payment plan or make payment in full no later than August 6. Class session start and end dates are not affected by this change. Most fall classes start on, or after, August 24. To look for new registration opportunities, review the class schedule in WebAdvisor.

How Can I Learn More About My Class?

At least a week before the start date of your class, your instructor should be able to respond to your questions about the class. You can link to your instructor's contact information from the class schedule in WebAdvisor.

What if I Need Other Assistance?

TCC's student service offices are here to help you. See our remote services page for contact information. Please be assured our faculty and staff are preparing now to ensure that all of our students have a successful fall semester in all modes of delivery.

IMPORTANT: there is still special aid for students affected by the COVID-19 crisis who are registered for fall classes. This is grant aid—not a loan! And don't forget to file a FAFSA, the federal application for student aid, if you haven't done so already. TCC also has a device loan program for students.

We are pleased to have the opportunity to help you bring your educational goals to fruition!

Sincerely,

Admissions and Registrar

April 15, 2020

[The following is a communication emailed to students on April 15, 2020]

Dear students,

TCC has extended the deadline for faculty to submit final student grades for the spring term until May 12; the final day of the spring term is May 6. This means that your complete transcript will be available by May 19; complete transcripts include updated academic standing, and notation of any earned degrees, certificates or core curriculum completion.

If you need to order a complete transcript containing any of these notations, please order a transcript on or after May 19. Spring students are encouraged not to order until the transcripts are complete.

Notification will be sent to all spring semester students once the transcripts are complete and ready for order using WebAdvisor. See our transcript ordering page for more information.

Diplomas for any degree or certificate earned in May will be mailed in June; this mail date is subject to change as we assess the availability of services.

Sincerely,

Admissions and Registrar

April 9, 2020

[The following is a communication emailed to students on April 9, 2020]

Dear Tarrant County College Students,

Your health and safety and that of TCCD students and staff remain a top priority. With Tarrant County extending the stay-at-home decree through April 30, TCC—like every other entity vital to our community—will continue operating for the benefit of our students and community partners, albeit in modified ways. In light of this new information, our schedule of classes is being revised for Summer 2020.

Maymester, Summer I, II, and Summer 10-week courses

TCC will only offer online or remote learning courses for Maymester, Summer I, II, and Summer 10-weekacademic classes.

Summer I technical classes requiring face-to-face sessions will be cancelled, if they cannot be converted to online or remote instruction.

Currently, Summer II technical classes remain scheduled as planned.

If a class you previously registered for is cancelled, you will be notified through your my.tccd.edu email address. You are also encouraged to contact an Academic Advisor to make schedule adjustments, if needed.

Additional Resources

Register for upcoming classes online through WebAdvisor

List of important Summer 2020 Dates

Access tips for how to use Blackboard and work successfully online

Campuses remain closed until further notice. We thank you for your continued understanding as we navigate the COVID-19 situation together.

Sincerely,

Admissions and Registrar

April 9, 2020

Read a statement from TCC Chancellor Eugene Giovannini.

April 2, 2020

[The following is a communication emailed to students on April 2, 2020]

Dear TCC students,

TCC's student and academic support services staff have been diligently responding to various COVID-19 hardship requests from students. Based on feedback we received from students, TCC has implemented two course drop changes that we believe will help students adjust to the difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This communication is sent to notify you of these two course drop changes at TCC.

  1. Course Drop Deadline Extension: to give TCC students extra time to adjust and respond to the conversion of face-to-face classes to online learning, TCC has extended the Spring semester 16 week course drop deadline from April 9, 2020 to April 23, 2020. We hope the extra two weeks will afford you ample time to determine whether recent changes to your course instruction will necessitate you having to withdraw from a course(s).
  2. COVID-19 6 Drop Exception: TCC understands that COVID-19 conditions have required many students to withdraw from a course(s) with "good cause". Therefore, TCC will code all student course drops that occur between March 13, 2020 and April 23, 2020 as exceptions to their state mandated 6 Drop Limit. Coding all drops this way will automatically forgive these drops from your 6 Drop Count and waive the requirement for you to submit a drop exception request for any drops that you complete during this time period. TCC will assign a grade of W to these withdrawals. See TCC's Drop 6 Rule webpage for more information about TCC's Drop 6 requirements and processes

Sincerely,

Admissions and Registrar

March 27, 2020

[The following is a communication emailed to students on March 27, 2020]

Dear TCC graduates,

We regret to inform you that our May Commencement ceremonies are currently postponed. Tarrant County College (TCC) will still confer degrees/certificates in May and mail diplomas to eligible graduates in June. We are exploring opportunities to celebrate our 2019-2020 graduates' achievements at a later date and hope to know more soon.

We understand this is an unprecedented situation and regret having to make this decision. However, the health and safety of the TCC students and TCC family are top priority.

Please continue to monitor your email in the coming weeks for additional information and 2020 Commencement updates.

Sincerely,

TCC Commencement Planning Committee

March 25, 2020

We're Glad You're Back | TCC Cares

[The following is a communication emailed to students on March 25, 2020]

Dear Students,

We're so glad to have you back and hope that you were able to reset and relax a bit over your extended break. However, we know you are coming back to a new and different educational environment

Our entire TCC and Tarrant County communities are living through unprecedented and challenging times because of COVID-19. We are all working to adapt to a rapidly changing environment that has upended our normal routines.

Most of you are returning to courses that will be delivered remotely and many of you have never had an online course experience. We know that this may be challenging. However, your professors and staff will be here supporting you remotely at every step of this change. Engage with your professors and classmates as much as possible. Your learning is our priority, no matter the format of your course.

Although safe social distancing means that we won't see you on campus for the rest of the spring semester, it doesn't mean that you should isolate yourself from campus life. Regardless of COVID-19, we've known for years that students who are most successful at college are those with strong connections to their faculty, staff and peers and those who engage in the life of the college using the resources and opportunities available. As we speak, TCC employees are working to transform our services, resources and experiences in ways that you can access them remotely.

We care about your health and want to make sure that you have access to good information to keep you and your family healthy. TCC has posted advice from the CDC and the Tarrant County Public Health Department on our website. Additionally, Tarrant County has a range of health services that you can access:

We understand that all the changes that we're living through might create stress, anxiety, fear or frustration. Those feelings are normal. The resources listed below might offer some advice and solace:

If you're worried about your own wellbeing or that of one of your peers, please submit a CARE Team referral. You may access TCC counseling services information.

However, if you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, these resources may be helpful:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-TALK (5233)
  • Crisis Text Line (Text "START" to 741-741)
  • VA Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1

COVID-19 has created significant challenges to our economy and we realize that many of you and your family members might be facing serious financial challenges as a result. While we wait to see what state and federal resources might become available, please remember that TCC has an emergency fund (Eliminating Barriers Fund) to support students experiencing financial emergencies that put at risk their ability to remain in school. Learn about eligibility and to apply.

Further, Tarrant County has a range of food, housing, and financial resources to support residents. A good place to start is the Aunt Bertha website that allows you to search resources by zip code. You may also call 211 or 877-541-7905 to find resources. Other resources are listed below:

While our spring semester has evolved in unexpected ways, remember that we are committed to ensuring you achieve your educational goals. We care. We're with you on this journey. So, again, stay connected through your myTCC email, visit the TCC website, and be on the lookout for new ways to engage with us!

Take care and stay connected to TCC,

The TCC Vice Presidents of Student Development Services

1:30 p.m. on March 24, 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and in accordance with the Executive Order issued by Tarrant County on March 24, Tarrant County College (TCC) will offer online courses only for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

The college's few technical programs, which require physical presence on-campus or at a career technical center, are suspended until further notice—classes being delivered via hybrid modalities will continue the online portion, but the face-to-face portion will be suspended. Students enrolled in these technical (or hybrid delivery) program classes should expect to receive additional details by logging into his or her course via Blackboard to communicate with his or her instructor.

TCC will continue to support online instruction as planned and is rapidly transitioning student support services to online platforms where feasible. As information about student support services becomes available, details are being communicated to students' myTCC email address and via tccd.edu.

Campuses will remain closed and will no longer be accessible to students effective at 5 p.m. March 24.

Students should abide by the county's declaration and stay at their place of residence.

Thank you for your continued understanding as we continue to navigate this situation.

March 23, 2020

A message from our vice presidents for Academic Affairs and vice presidents for Student Development Services

[The following is a communication emailed to students on March 23, 2020.]

Tarrant County College Students,

Thank you for your patience as we move most instructional and student services to remote and virtual environments so you may continue your educational experience.

Please note the following important information:

  • If you have not had a response from your instructor, please log into your course via Blackboard to communicate with your instructor. Note that Google Chrome is the preferred browser for Blackboard and technical help is available online or by phone at (817)515-8324 (TECH).
  • As of Monday, March 23rd, general education and lecture-format courses, for example Speech, Government, History, etc., will resume in an online environment via Blackboard. Some technical education and science lab courses such as aviation, police academy, welding or automotive, may meet for face-to-face labs with 10 individuals or less and will practice social distancing and deep cleaning throughout the instructional time period. Please view the Coronavirus page for updates. You may log in to Blackboard in order to communicate with your instructor regarding the course schedule and to access your myTCC email.
  • For the 2nd 8-week courses starting on Monday, March 23rd, the end date of May 6th will remain the same and course content will be delivered as described above.
  • Regarding the summer courses, registration will begin on March 30th as scheduled; however, decisions will be made about the modality for delivering summer courses during the coming weeks. Therefore, face-to-face courses listed on the summer schedule may change to online delivery. We will be communicating these changes as soon as possible.
  • Academic support services (tutoring, library services, etc.) will continue to be provided by campus libraries and the various learning centers on each campus. In the meantime, you may contact these offices directly by phone or email to seek assistance. Library services can also be accessed and Tutor 24/7 will also continue to be available to TCC students.
  • Students can access online academic advising by going through Blackboard and clicking the Ivy Chat under Online Advising or by locating the Ivy Bot (blue dot) at the bottom of the screen. Students can also access online advising through the Academic Advising page on the web, this web page will have an academic advising chat bot added soon.
  • The college will be working to move as many student and academic support services as possible to remote environments; the specific delivery platform is under discussion and will be communicated with students promptly when those plans are finalized. Students should not come to campus offices to seek services unless directed to do so. TCC email and phone will be the best ways of communicating with these services during the week of March 23rd, with more virtual options becoming available as soon as possible.

Please check your myTCC email and the TCC website daily for updated information. Unless otherwise noted, all offices will be open remotely, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The TCC coronavirus webpage provides information and updates on the operational status of student and academic support services as well as contact information

Sincerely,

Tarrant County College
Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs and Vice Presidents for Student Development Services

5 p.m. on March 20, 2020

With the progression of the COVID-19 emergency and consultation with Tarrant County's best medical professionals, Tarrant County College will be closing its campuses effective at 5 p.m. today until further notice.

Beginning Monday, Tarrant County College courses will be delivered online. A minimum number of technical programs will require adjustment in delivery to address student health and safety based on the most recent CDC guidelines. Campuses will only be accessible to the few students associated with those technical programs, and to limited staff.

The College is also rapidly transitioning our support services to online platforms where feasible. We ask for your patience during this transition.

11:45 a.m. on March 20, 2020

A Message from the Chancellor

Dear Tarrant County College Community,

The past few weeks have been unprecedented in our lives. The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has quickly changed the world around us, and new information becomes available by the minute that impacts our circumstances. Through it all, Tarrant County College—its students, faculty, staff, and the community—has responded with patience, grace, and understanding.

On Monday, March 23, TCC will resume instruction to students. Faculty have chosen the appropriate mode of instruction for their respective classes, and faculty should have made students aware of how instruction will continue by emailing students at their myTCC email address. Any student unsure of how his or her individual classes will proceed on Monday, March 23, should reach out to the Vice President of Academic Affairs on his or her campus right away.

The college will also be open to provide services to students and the community. Considering the coronavirus circumstances, we have made adjustments in staffing, delivery modes of instruction and services, and hours of service in some areas to protect the health and wellness of the college community. We appreciate everyone’s flexibility as we work through implementing these adjustments.

If you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of concern, you should govern yourself according to the CDC guidelines Additionally, you should observe appropriate social distancing practices.

The college is also taking proactive steps to mitigate the spread of viruses by increasing regular cleaning on all campuses and facilities, and performing comprehensive deep-cleaning of classrooms, offices, and public spaces as an additional measure.

The Tarrant County College District Board of Trustees met last night, and they support us as we navigate these temporary circumstances. On their behalf, I thank you for your commitment to ensuring that teaching and learning continue at TCC.

Please stay connected to tccd.edu for the most up-to-date information.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones,

Gene Giovannini
Chancellor

March 15, 2020

The District is closed today, Sunday, March 15, 2020, the last day of Spring Break.

For the week of Monday, March 16–Friday, March 20, 2020, our hours of operation for faculty and staff will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The College will be closed Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, 2020.

March 13, 2020

Tarrant County College values health and wellness within our college community and will continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. TCC is extending all students' Spring Break from March 15–22. Instruction will resume on March 23. Students should expect information in their email next week from their instructors explaining how coursework will continue for the semester.

Normal operations will resume for faculty and staff beginning March 16 to prepare for the remainder of the semester.

Upcoming college events and activities are also being evaluated. Any changes in schedule will be communicated on a case-by-case basis.

It is important to know there are no known cases of coronavirus at TCC. However, the college is taking additional proactive steps to mitigate the spread of viruses by increasing regular cleaning on all campuses and facilities. Over Spring Break, comprehensive disinfecting was completed in classrooms, offices, and public spaces as an additional measure.

As circumstances change, details will be communicated as they become available.

Current Situation

The TCC Department of Safety & Emergency Management is actively collaborating with Tarrant County Public Health, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Division of Emergency Management, and the Region 1 Texas Higher Education Emergency Management Consortium Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to communicate facts, precautionary actions, and potential impacts.

What You Need to Know

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

However, as a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) always recommends the following everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

If you think you may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19), you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Have questions?

The Tarrant County Public Health Department has designated a coronavirus hotline (817-248-6299) for community members to use for questions or concerns around the illness.

Additional Resources about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Updated June 25, 2020