March 21, 2020
Dear Fletcher Students-
As Fletcher Technical Community College’s (Fletcher) spring break ends on Sunday, March 22, 2020, we hope you and your families are safe and doing well. To date, Fletcher has no positive cases of COVID 19 among faculty, staff, or students.
As a reminder, beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020 Fletcher students will resume classes and coursework online. This includes all academic and technical programs with the exception of nursing and allied health programs. Faculty in Nursing and Allied Health will be in touch with students to discuss the new modified schedule. In addition, we will also continue to offer HESI and ACCUPLACER to ensure that our graduates continue to meet the growing need for healthcare industry during his critical time.
We recognize that each of you find yourself in different circumstances as we begin this new way of learning. We encourage you to try to establish a daily routine and to do your best to minimize distractions. You came to Fletcher for a quality education and the opportunity to pursue that education where you live. We know that the situation brought on by the global COVID-19 public health crisis is both frustrating and disruptive. During this time, we want you to know that the faculty and staff are working around the clock to provide you with the best level of education and care that we can possibly achieve under these circumstances. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are encountering any difficulties in the new online format.
We understand that there will be challenges as we move online, but we firmly believe that we can have a very productive remainder of the spring semester. Fletcher is open and serving our region virtually. Faculty and Staff have readied remote offices and have successfully mobilized the technology that will allow us to conduct College business in a manner as close to normal as possible.
Please be mindful that beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 we are prepared for any challenges that may arise as everyone activates learning online. We encourage each of you to be patient and remain diligent through this process. We anticipate that higher volumes of activity online the first few days next week may slow some technology. We encourage you to delay logging into the systems on Monday, as this will help in ensuring the system is not overloaded. Our goal is to make this online learning experience a positive and engaging one.
We have provided you a list of resources below that may be useful for you during the remainder of Spring 2020 Semester.
Fletcher resources for our students are below:
- Student Success Center is available online and remote for the following services: Advising, Counseling, Tutoring, and Disability Services by visiting this link below:
- Bookstore services are open online by visiting this link below:
- Library resources are available online by visiting this link below:
Internet resources are below:
- Comcast is offering X-finity nationwide as well –https://www.fox13now.com/comcast-offers-free-xfinity-wifi-nationwide-amid-covid-19-pandemic
- This is for our Northshore students and those who live further out. They can type their zipcode in:
- Here is the link to Cox Communications response to Covid-19. This will catch Orleans and Jefferson
- Spectrum is offering free Wifi to certain areas. This information would be beneficial to students in Slidell, Houma, Thibodaux, and Napoleonville.
Governor Edwards announced that Department of Children and Family Services is sending out a SNAP waiver for students suspending 20 hour work per week. You may find additional information on those services available at: http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/page/snap
We will continue to notify our students as other resources that become available. We encourage you to continue to follow the direction of state and local officials. We hope that each of you, and your families remain healthy and safe. We know our Fletcher family is strong and that we will get through this difficult time together!
Kristine Strickland, Ph.D.
Fletcher Technical Community College
Letter from Dr. Strickland
Dear Fletcher Technical Community College Community:
First, I want to state that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Fletcher’s campus. However, Fletcher Technical Community College (Fletcher) is transitioning to remote instructional delivery and online operations for a majority of courses, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice. Monday, March 16, 2020 the college will be closed. No faculty, staff or students should report to campus. This decision has been made in consultation with state and local government agencies.
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020 – Sunday, March 22, 2020, Fletcher will conduct Spring Break. Spring Break was originally scheduled on April 10, 2020 – April 17, 2020, and that will no longer take place in April. All classes will resume on Monday, March 23, 2020 as outlined below. The start date for Minimester B that was originally scheduled to start on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 will also resume on Monday, March 23,, 2020.
To be clear, Fletcher Technical Community College will remain open as a college through remote instruction and online operations. The physical campus will have limited access to essential personnel starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, until further notice. We take these measures out of an abundance of caution in order to safeguard the well-being of our students, faculty and staff.
Beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, and until further notice, all in-person classes will be delivered remotely with the exception of technical programs and nursing and allied health clinical coursework. Instructors will communicate relevant information to their students on how the courses will be conducted. Fletcher faculty and students are to continue fulfilling course responsibilities online and per the college’s business continuity plan.
Fletcher staff are to continue fulfilling all operational responsibilities online and in coordination with their supervisors.
All Fletcher events are postponed immediately, starting Friday, March 13, 2020, until further notice.
The college is committed to ensuring that all students can complete their Spring semester coursework on time and with minimal disruption.
Advising and Registration for both the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters will proceed online as planned, beginning April 6, 2020.
Online coursework and operations will continue until such time that public health authorities provide guidance that it will be safe to resume normal campus and face-to-face classes, events, and operations.
These precautionary actions will help limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and enhance our ability to protect the well-being of the Fletcher Technical Community College community. This period of online classes will limit interactions and hopefully allow us to see reductions in the spread of COVID-19. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unprecedented times, particularly as the situation continues to evolve.
Moving forward, we will continue to provide updates as new information emerges on COVID-19 and its impact on Fletcher Technical Community College. Please be aware that the Marketing and Communications Office and the Office of the Chancellor are the official sources of information regarding the operations of the college. Regularly check your email, Fletcher’s web site, and social media for updates.
We will also use SmartNotice when and if appropriate. SmartNotice is an emergency notification system used by Fletcher Technical Community College to inform students, faculty and staff of an emergency situation via email, cellular text or telephone. If you have not done so already, please be sure to sign up for SmartNotice notifications here: http://www.fletcher.edu/smartnotice-instructions/.
Kristine Strickland, Ph.D.
Fletcher Technical Community College
Letter from Dr. Strickland
To all members of the Fletcher Community:
Like everyone around the world, we have been closely following the latest news about the spread of the coronavirus known as COVID-19. We want to keep you updated with the latest information about COVID-19 and its impacts to our community. At this time, Gov. John Bell Edwards verified that the State of Louisiana has six presumptive cases of COVID-19. The presumptive cases were reported in Greater New Orleans. A presumptive case means a person is presumed to have an illness but will still need further testing to positively confirm they have the virus. Information on the virus continues to show that some people are at higher risk of getting sick from the virus, including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
There have been no other cases reported in the state to date, and officials are working to stop the possible spread of the virus. Human coronavirus spreads just like the flu or a cold – through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the virus on it. Health-care professionals say one of the most important ways to help stop the spread of the virus is frequent and thorough hand-washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer. We should also practice social distancing and avoid those handshakes and hugs that are common on our campus. We ask that each of us do our part to follow these guidelines and others issued by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our highest priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will also do our best to ensure students’ academic progress continues and that students achieve their course goals this semester.
At this time, college operations including all classes will continue as scheduled. The college does have a business continuity plan to continue college operations. The Chancellor’s office is following all communication and updates that come from the Governor’s office as well as any updates from our local and state officials. To stay up-to-date on Fletcher’s announcements and communications, please continue to check your email, Fletcher’s social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as Fletcher’s website. We will also use SMARTNOTICE when and if appropriate. SmartNotice is an emergency notification system used by Fletcher Technical Community College to inform students, faculty and staff of an emergency situation via email, cellular text or telephone. If you have not done so already, please be sure to sign up for SMARTNOTICE notifications here: http://www.fletcher.edu/smartnotice-instructions/
Coronavirus (COVID-19) 101
For reliable information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions and Answers page.
The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, provides information on the state’s presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with the level of risk to the general public. There is also a Coronavirus general information line, 1-855-523-2652, available 8am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.