Tallahassee Community College will extend remote learning through the end of the Spring semester. Additional information regarding this decision will be shared later this week. The College remains on Spring Break through March 22nd. Visit tcc.fl.edu/covid19 for the latest information and updates.
Latest Update on Coronavirus
March 11, 2020 (3:30 p.m.) - Tallahassee Community College, in concert with Florida State University and Florida A&M University, has proactively monitored and responded to daily developments as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread in Florida and across the United States. The three institutions are coordinating our responses in our community.
Our TCC team has been meeting regularly to assess and carry out protocols and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health and other medical authorities.
Our highest priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Therefore, we will shift to online instruction for all courses on March 23 for a period of at least two weeks.
March 16 – The College will close for spring break and will use this time-frame to conduct deep disinfecting and cleaning. As previously communicated, all college-related travel out of district has been suspended until further notice.
March 23 – Faculty and staff will report back to their respective campuses after spring break. TCC leadership will meet and assess current conditions.
March 23 – April 5 – Classes will be held via online instruction. During the two-week period of online instruction following spring break, the College will remain open for normal business operations.
April 6 – Face-to-face classes are anticipated to resume.
Planning, Events and Social Distancing:
- Students are encouraged to take with them any devices, textbooks and other materials they will need to continue their coursework remotely during the spring break and additional two-week period.
- Events with an external speaker or external groups to campus between March 30 and April 6 should postpone, cancel or virtually conduct those events. Scheduled events after April 6 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- The College will continue to implement CDC-recommended social distancing on campus.
- Information related to workforce programs (such as Welding, IMM, Commercial Vehicle Driving and HVAC) offered through TCC’s Division of Workforce Development can be accessed at TCC Resource Page.
College Administrators and Emergency Management officials will continue to take measures to protect the health and safety of our community.
- Faculty and staff will play an important role in helping transition coursework to online content and continuing the operations of the institution. The College has established an Academic Continuity page that provides support for online teaching and learning. As such, faculty and staff who are well are expected to report to work as normal in their regularly assigned work locations.
- During the next few weeks, the Office of Human Resources, in consultation with the College administration, will continue to monitor the impacts of COVID-19 and communicate any future adjustments impacting the workplace.
TCC will continue to closely monitor the situation and will share information as it becomes available. For the latest information from the College concerning COVID-19, please visit the TCC Resource Page.
March 9, 2020 (5 p.m.) - TCC is open and fully operational as the administration continues to closely monitor novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and wellbeing of all of our community members remains the College’s top priority.
The College has increased its cleaning protocol, which includes the use of a hospital-grade disinfectant with antimicrobial agents. There are also hand-sanitizer stations in public spaces throughout campus. Signs have also been posted reminding people to wash their hands and take some everyday actions to help prevent the spread of germs.
The College is monitoring the coronavirus-related Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notices page listing all current notices of the CDC and the coronavirus-related Travel Advisories of the U.S. Department of State (USDOS). The College recommends that members of the TCC community review the country-specific CDC and USDOS links above, as guidance evolves rapidly.
The College will adhere to the guidance issued from Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees and the Florida Department of Education that requests all College employees and students who return from travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea to self-isolate and not return to their respective campuses for 14 days after their return to the United States.
The health and safety of TCC’s students, faculty and staff continue to be the College’s highest concern.
March 2, 2020 - Tallahassee Community College officials are actively monitoring the respiratory illness COVID-19 caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The health and safety of all TCC community members remains the top priority of the College during this situation.
There are no reports of cases involving coronavirus disease on the TCC campus. There were two “presumptive” positive cases, which were reported over the weekend in Florida, one in Hillsborough County and the other in Manatee County. Both cases were confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a public health emergency Sunday after the cases were first reported. A presumptive positive case means that the patient has tested positive by a public health laboratory and is pending confirmatory testing at the CDC.
TCC events and schedules are proceeding normally. The College is closely monitoring the situation and following CDC guidelines. If any urgent announcements are required, they will be sent using the TCC Alert emergency notification system. All faculty, staff, and students should ensure their contact information is updated via the following:
The College encourages students, faculty and staff to access up-to-date information and resources through the Florida Department of Health and theCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, where you can also find a listing of Frequently Asked Questions.
In developing travel-related advice, the College is monitoring the coronavirus-related CDC Travel Health Notices page listing all current notices of the CDC and the coronavirus-related Travel Advisories of the U.S. Department of State (USDOS). The College recommends that members of the TCC community review the country-specific CDC and USDOS links above, as guidance evolves rapidly. It is also recommended that all travelers adhere to CDC and USDOS procedures in order to protect the health and safety of our community.
The College will also adhere to the guidance issued today from Gov. DeSantis and Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees that all College employees and students who return from travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korean must self-isolate and not return to their respective campuses for 14 days after their return.
The Florida Department of Health recommends getting a flu vaccine and taking routine preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs. Symptoms may be flu-like, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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.
The health and safety of TCC’s students, faculty, and staff are of paramount importance. We will continue to share reliable information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, TCC Facilities personnel will continue to disinfect common areas, and ensure adequate supplies of hand sanitizers and soaps are available for use.
During an emergency, Tallahassee Community College shares information with the college community using the TCC Alert emergency notification system. Emergency information is primarily shared via text message, e-mail, and telephone.
Current TCC students as well as faculty and staff are automatically enrolled to receive emergency messages. TCC Alert users can update their contact information via the following:
- For students, by logging in to EagleNet (see How to Update My Phone in Eaglenet)
- For faculty and staff, by logging in to Workday (see How to Update My Phone in Workday)
If you are not a current TCC student, faculty, or staff member but wish to subscribe to the TCC Alert system, you can register here.