Update - Jan. 15, 2021
Temple College has announced that its spring 2021 classes will remain predominately online with the exception of a few courses that require hands-on skills learning.
Spring 16-week and 1st 8-week classes begin Jan. 19. Spring 2nd 8-week classes begin March 22.
Online classes will be available in both a synchronous format (meaning the class will have specific virtual meeting times) and in an asynchronous format, which means the class will not have specific meeting times. Check the course schedule to see if online classes will be taught in a synchronous or asynchronous format. Students should register for the class type that works best for their schedule.
Here is what you can expect in the spring semester:
- More virtual tutoring and Zoom/Teams office hours with faculty
- More virtual sessions available with support staff. Save yourself a trip to campus and contact financial aid, admissions, advising, and other support services offices to set up a Zoom or Teams virtual session to ask your questions.
- Library, computer lab, bookstore, testing center and other services available on campuses for as long as it is safe to offer them (masks required).
Emergency Aid Grants for Spring Students
Temple College will give $300 emergency aid grants to students who enroll in 12 or more credit hours during spring 2021.
Funding for the grants is coming from money the college received from the federal government as part of the CARES Act. The grants can be used to cover pandemic-related expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.
To receive the grants, students must register for 12 or more credit hours and be eligible to participate in the Federal student financial aid programs under Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965.
Students who are eligible for grants should complete the grant application at https://www.templejc.edu/safety/coronavirus/cares-grants/application/ by Friday, January 22, 2021. The grant application should only take a few minutes.
The first grant distributions will be made Feb. 5, 2021 for students enrolled in 1st 8-week or 16-week courses. Students enrolled only in 2nd 8-week courses will receive their grants on March 31, 2021.
Staying Safe on Campus
If you have to come to campus, here are the safety precautions you can expect:
- Everyone who comes onto campus will be required to wear a mask. If you do not have a have a mask, we will supply you with one.
- Please make arrangements to arrive 15 minutes early to your classes because there will be a temperature/ health station at the front entrance of each building to help keep you and the college community as safe as possible. The temperature/health station may be in a different location at EWCHEC-Hutto, so please pay close attention to signs with further instructions.
- You can avoid the screening lines by pre-screening yourself using the #CampusClear app. Read this flyer or the CampusClear FAQs for more details.
- If you have symptoms or exposure to the COVID-19 virus, please inform your professor(s) as soon as possible.
Please watch the following safety video before coming back to campus https://youtu.be/YmghvBUFo2c .
The Bookstore is open, with social distancing policies in place. Current hours are as follows:
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - noon.
Textbooks may be ordered online with orders placed before 4 p.m. shipping out that day. Students also can text the Bookstore at 254-298-8595 with their Student ID number and they will pull their books. There will be a paid online order pick-up area set up adjacent to the Bookstore. Students coming into the Bookstore will need to have their schedule with them.
One College Centre (Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Veterans Affairs, etc.)
One College Centre is open regular college hours (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to noon). Students visiting this building will need to enter from the quad parking lot and stop at a screening table. Masks must be worn inside the building. If you need to drop off documents or paperwork after hours, a dropbox is available on the north side of the building.
The library is open for use by Temple College students, faculty and staff. It is currently not available for public use. Spring semester hours are:
- Monday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
- Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
- On the main campus, the Temple College Library and computer lab will be open.
- The library and computer lab will also be open at EWCHEC-Hutto.
- A computer lab at EWCHEC-Taylor will be open.
If you have a computer but need Internet access, there are several parking lots on campus that have good Wi-Fi service. Students are welcome to park in these lots to access Wi-Fi.
Dell Computers is making laptops available to Temple College students at $300, for more information go to www.dell.com/templejc.
Math Lab - Barron Student Success Center Room 3606 (Temple)
The Math Lab hours are:
Monday thru Thursday - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. to noon
- Only six students will be allowed in the lab at a time.
- You may still walk in to get help, but if the lab has 6 students in it, then you will be asked to wait in the hallway until someone leaves.
- Appointments can be made by emailing TCmathlab@templejc.edu .
- Appointments will take priority over walk-ins
- If you cannot come into the lab, online tutoring will still be offered through Zoom. Make an appointment by emailing the Temple College Math Lab at TCmathlab@templejc.edu .
The Writing Center hours are:
Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 6 pm.
Students also can request help via email: email@example.com .
The Temple College testing locations are open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Testing takes place on an appointment basis, and is limited to 10 students in the testing center at a time. Walk-ins will be accommodated if space will allow. TSIA tests can be administered remotely through Zoom. Students who want to take this test must have a desktop or laptop computer, a strong internet connection and a private location to take the test undisturbed. Chromebooks and tablets are not compatible with remote proctoring. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to take your exam, in person or remotely. The following new workflows are in place for students who want to take tests:
- Please call the Cashier’s Office to pay before arriving to test. Their phone numbers are 254-298-8610 or 254-298-8611.
- Staff and students are required to wear a mask upon entry to the building, as well as in the testing lab.
- Please leave all personal items in your vehicle, with the exception of your keys and photo ID, as locker usage has been temporarily suspended.
Leopard Pantry (food pantry)
The Leopard Pantry, which has locations in the Arnold Student Union and in Taylor, is open the following hours:
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - noon and 1-5 p.m.
Protecting yourself from COVID-19
The best way to protect yourselves and your family members from COVID-19 are the same practices used to prevent the flu and other respiratory viruses:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when sick.
- Cover coughs.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- CDC COVID-19 Webpage
- CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- City of Temple Coronavirus Updates
- World Health Organization
- Internet Access for Students Who Need It
- Bell County COVID-19 Hotline: 254-933-5203
- Williamson County COVID-19 Hotline: 512-943-1600
- Statewide Coronavirus Hotline: Dial 211 + option 6 to be connected to local resources for food, housing, utilities, childcare and counseling.