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Fall 2020

This page was last modified on August 25, 2020 at 09:54 am. This page will keep the TCC community informed of the college’s actions and any operating schedule changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Fall 2020 Information for Student Instruction

TCC is committed to delivering the very highest standard of education, and our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. While no one can guarantee safety, we are taking all the precautions we can to make TCC as safe as possible. See what we’re doing

Fall courses begin August 24. To mitigate the transmission of COVID-19, most will be provided remotely using technology such as Zoom and Canvas. Learn more about technology for remote learning.

The college has also identified more than 400 course sections across many disciplines that will taught entirely or in part in the classroom or lab. Classrooms and labs will be configured to enable physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing protocols will be in place. Face coverings will be required inside TCC buildings.

How to search for classes

  • Go to the Class Search tool
  • Use the “instruction mode” dropdown menu and select online, hybrid or in-person.
  • Courses will be designated in the Class Notes as online asynchronous, online synchronous, or hybrid. Hybrid and in-person courses will note the requirement for personal protective equipment (PPE).

If the meeting dates and times show as “TBA,” the course will be offered asynchronously. If meeting dates and times show, your course may be offered in an online synchronous or hybrid  format.

Here’s an explanation of each type of course:

These courses are conducted online in real time with scheduled meeting days and times as published in the class schedule, supplemented with online asynchronous (anytime) coursework. Student participation in the synchronous (real time) sessions may be required. Specific expectations regarding real-time sessions will be communicated by instructors. Students are required to have reliable and daily access to a computer and internet service. Learn more about technology for remote learning.

These classes have no scheduled meeting times. They will be conducted online, requiring students to have reliable and daily access to a computer and internet service. Asynchronous doesn’t mean “learn at your own pace.” You still will abide by the class syllabus for assignments and exams. Learn more about technology for remote learning.

Hybrid classes will have a number of on-campus meetings, as determined by the instructors. The courses will be supplemented with online coursework that requires access to reliable internet service. Learn more about technology for remote learning.

This note will tell you that students’ presence on campus during designated class times will require personal protective equipment (PPE). Additional information for specific PPE requirements will be available in the course syllabus.

Already registered for a class?

If you were already registered for a class that changed its mode of instruction from face-to-face to online or hybrid, you received a direct communication from the Pathway Dean for that discipline. Check your TCC student email frequently! Additionally, this information has been added to the Notes section of each course where applicable.

Still need to register?

Never attended TCC?

Help is available through our virtual resources. By completing these steps, you will be ready for a successful fall semester.


FAQS

Placement tests will not be required for Fall 2020. Students will be placed in English and math courses based on their high school GPA and math courses taken. Self-placement options will be offered to older students. Learn more about direct enrollment.

TCC is also offering some flexibility in its admission and placement of high school students for dual enrollment. Learn more about dual enrollment admission and placement measures.

Due to COVID-19, the NAS 2 Challenge Exam will temporarily be provided remotely using Canvas. To test, students will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and audio capabilities, and they will be required to download the Respondus Lockdown Browser. Please contact any Testing Center via email to request a NAS 2 Challenge Exam remote testing appointment. Include in the request your name, SIS ID number, and phone number in the email.

The email addresses for each of the campus testing centers are provided for your reference:

Chesapeake Campus 
chesapeaketesting@tcc.edu

Norfolk Campus 
norfolkcampustestctr@tcc.edu

Portsmouth Campus 
porttestctr@tcc.edu

Virginia Beach Campus 
vbtesting@tcc.edu

You can submit your completed application by the established deadlines via U.S. Mail or electronically.

Nursing, Pharmacy Tech and Nurse Aide: Send to Rita Bouchard, Associate Dean of Nursing, TCC Portsmouth Campus, 120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701 or rbouchard@tcc.edu.

All other Health Professions programs: Send to Tom Calogrides, Dean of Health Professions, TCC Virginia Beach Campus, 1700 College Crescent, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 or tcalogrides@tcc.edu.

Yes! The Barnes & Noble at TCC in MacArthur Center will remain open as allowable by CDC and State guidelines. See MacArthur Center hours.

Virginia Beach Student Center Barnes & Noble: B&N is proposing that this store reopen on or around August 3. Hours (subject to change) would be

Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (non-rush)

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) (rush)

Masks will be required for all those entering the store, and physical distancing will be enforced.

Chesapeake/Portsmouth Student Centers: Remain closed until such time as the Student Centers themselves open.

No. the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has advised schools that payments to students will not change if the only change made to the course is the teaching modality due to COVID-19.

Yes, an ECR is required for each semester when a student registers for class.  This is how we know you intend to use your education benefits and keeps classes from dropping due to non-payment (for Post 9/11, VMSDEP, and Vocational Rehabilitation)    

Yes! The libraries will be open for regular hours to students with ID card. Libraries will not be open to the public. Physical distancing and cleaning protocols will be in place. They will continue to provide digital and virtual services.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays except:

  • Chesapeake: Tuesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Norfolk: Wednesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Portsmouth: Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Virginia Beach: Monday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Students should verify with their transfer institution acceptance of online courses.


COMMUNICATIONS TO CURRENT STUDENTS

Email sent Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:28 P.M.
Email sent Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4:55 P.M.
Email sent Monday, March 30, 2020 at 9:33 A.M.
Email sent Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:08 P.M.
Email sent Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:45 P.M.
Email sent Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:32 A.M.