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Halifax Community College (HCC) leadership has developed new restrictions for the campus based on Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 121, his “shelter-in-place” directive for the entire state of North Carolina, effective March 30 at 5 p.m.

“The latest executive order from Gov. Roy Cooper is certainly one that is difficult, but not completely unexpected,” said Dr. Michael Elam, president of HCC. “Fortunately, based on information received from the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), HCC was already meeting the restrictions imposed by the executive order.”

Effective March 30, all HCC employees must work from home with only essential staff being allowed on campus. All health and public safety classes may continue. This includes classes in basic law enforcement training (BLET), Fire/EMS and nursing. In addition, computer labs and the Learning Resource Center (LRC) will remain open for students who need to come to campus to complete online learning requirements.

HCC had already canceled all upcoming events, as well as postponed its 2020 graduation ceremony until Aug. 1. HCC shifted to an online-only instructional model as the COVID-19 cases continued to increase across the state. On-campus classes, including laboratory-based classes and applied sciences, ended on March 20.

“One of the greatest strengths of Halifax Community College is its faculty and staff,” Elam said. “They have all come together and collaborated so well to maintain continuity for our students and keep their educational journeys moving forward. While the new restrictions will be challenging for many, the educational infrastructure is in place already for our students.”

Students can contact their instructors and advisors via email or telephone. In addition, registration for the summer and fall semesters is still taking place beginning March 30. Curriculum students can register by going online to www.halifaxcc.edu and clicking on the WebAdvisor link. Finally, all student support services, counseling, and tutoring services are still available online and via telephone for all students.

For more information, please contact the President’s office at 252-536-6399.