Georgia Gwinnett College to resume face-to-face classes in the fall
Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) will resume in-person classes in the fall with safety and social distancing accommodations in place.
“A great deal of planning and preparation, involving a number of scenarios, is underway to prepare to bring employees and students back to campus so that everyone may engage in the full higher education experience,” said GGC President Jann L. Joseph.
Joseph said the college continues to work with the University System of Georgia in tandem with the governor’s office and the Georgia Department of Health to make informed decisions based on advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the status of the campus.
GGC’s employees, most of whom have been teleworking since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be welcomed back to campus July 6 in a phased approach with staggered, rotating schedules for those working onsite and remotely. Those returning to campus will see strengthened protocols in place and additional communications and signage promoting methods to minimize risk of spreading the virus. Nearly all employees will be back on campus by the time classes start in the fall. As departments ramp up onsite operations, officials ask guests and visitors to continue to conduct business by appointment via phone or teleconferencing.
Students who live on campus will see some proactive changes implemented to promote safety. Those measures include hybrid courses, where students alternate between learning in the classroom and learning online. Safety measures implemented for residential students include a two-person suite, offering private bedrooms and a shared bathroom with just one suitemate; enhanced common space cleaning, based on CDC guidelines and touchless hand sanitizers located at every entrance. GGC continues to offer health services through its onsite health clinic.
“I want to assure you that the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority,” said Joseph.
Information about GGC’s campus resources, services and more can be found at the college's Public Health FAQ page.