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COVID-19 Resources for Students


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You are not alone! Our community and partners are actively sharing resources and tools to keep everyone informed, safe and healthy during this rapidly changing situation. This page serves as a catalog of those resources and will be updated frequently. If you come across a resource you’d like to share, please send info to tclnews@tcl.edu

Fall 2020 Semester Update

Classes will start as scheduled. See below for details. Check your Self-Service account to see how your courses are being offered and for a list of additional courses offered. Some changes may have occurred since you registered for classes.  Student services including registration, admissions, financial aid, testing, etc., continue to be offered virtually.

Return to Campus. Expectations & Guidelines for Students. It is expected that students adhere to the safety rules established for Technical College of the Lowcountry.   Fall 2020.  In order to help protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and employees, while continuing to advance the mission of the college, Technical College of the Lowcountry’s fall 2020 schedule will be a combination of online, synchronous online through Zoom and hybrid. Traditional lecture courses held in a face-to-face environment will resume as soon as conditions allow.  Hybrid courses will be prioritized for lab/shop courses in select career and technical programs for which online instruction is not feasible.  Students will be notified of any changes to their existing fall schedules. Students will also receive course-specific scheduling information from their instructors. TCL is actively monitoring conditions that will determine next steps.  Online–provided via the internet and no face-to face instruction is required. Online courses can be completed at a time that is convenient for the student and without traveling to campus.  Synchronous online–instruction delivered online but at a scheduled time through Zoom. Students don’t have to travel to campus but have interaction with the instructor since the class is happening live.  Hybrid–blend of on campus and online instruction. A portion of these courses is accomplished on campus, in a face-to-face traditional classroom while maintaining social distancing. The remaining lecture portion is completed in the online environment at a time convenient for the student. Hybrid instruction will be used when a hands-on component such as labs and clinicals are course requirements.   Monitoring COVID-19:  If you are sick or have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home, notify your instructor(s) and do not come to campus until symptoms resolve. Your instructors will be flexible and allow alternatives for assignment or course completion. You are advised to seek medical attention if your symptoms are severe or persistent. You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 to be eligible to return to campus.  Students should stay home:  If you have experienced any new or worsening flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.  If you have traveled in the last 14 days or have had family members travel in an airplane or to high-risk areas for transmission of COVID-19.  Have been in close contact with someone under evaluation for COVID-19 or with someone who has a confirmed infection of COVID-19.  Safety Practices:  Face Masks/Face Coverings: Face masks/coverings must be worn on campus. Masks are available for sale in the TCL Bookstore.  Handwashing: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face. Hand sanitizing stations will be located in high traffic areas.  Social Distancing: People without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. Stay at least six feet (about two arm’s length) from other people. Do not gather in groups. Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.   Questions?  General Questions about Admissions and Financial Aid  Use the chat feature on www.tcl.edu/admissions or www.tcl.edu/registration  Questions about admissions: admissions@tcl.edu  Questions about Financial Aid: financialaid@tcl.edu  To book a virtual appointment or phone call, visit www.tcl.edu/admissions  or www.tcl.edu/financial-aid  Concerns about face-to-face classes or labs Contact HUB@tcl.edu  To make a payment or set up a payment plan  Make payment or set up your payment plan using your TCL Self-Service account  Contact businessoffice@tcl.edu for assistance.


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  • Beaufort County Schools providing breakfast, lunch to children 18 and under. See details here.

Bluffton Self Help

Contact information: Call 843-757-8000 or complete a form on its website.

Food pantry: Bluffton Self Help is maintaining its current food distribution hours. Current clients with their BSH cards can pick up pre-bagged food once a week. Bluffton residents who aren’t already clients but who need food can call Bluffton Self Help’s main line to set up a time to pick up food. Staff or volunteers will bring the food to people’s vehicles.

COVID-19 Family Support Fund: This fund is designed to help people with lost wages during the virus outbreak and will go through the organization’s Financial Assistance Program (greater Bluffton/Okatie residents) and support mortgage/rental/utility assistance and food. Families needing financial assistance can access the application online www.blufftonselfhelp.org and drop off a completed application Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Interviews will be conducted via phone.

Emergency Financial Assistance: The organization is accepting only completed forms. The application is online. The newly created COVID-19 Family Support Fund has been set up to help people with lost wages and will go through the financial assistance program.

Education and Resource Center: The center continues business as usual. All classes are proceeding unless otherwise noted.

Deep Well Project on Hilton Head Island

Contact information: Call 843-785-2849 or complete a form on the website.

Food pantry: Although in-person shopping in the pantry is temporarily suspended, those in need can register for food assistance and have food from the pantry brought to their car. People can get food assistance only once per four weeks No special food orders are being accepted. Delivery will be available only in an extreme situation.

Emergency Financial Aid: Call to speak with a staff member about your situation 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applicants will need to fill out a form.

Livable Housing Home repairs: New applications seeking help with repairs will not be accepted until at least May 1.

Furniture/appliance room: This room will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. for those with vouchers.

VITA Free Income Tax Assistance: Help is offered on Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. as long as staff is available.

United Way of the Lowcountry

Contact information: Call 843-524-HELP (4357)

United Way of the Lowcountry’s HELPLINE: Residents in Beaufort and Jasper counties can speak with a trained specialist who can provide information and referrals to local resources and services.

JLKevents and DJ Trivia of the Lowcountry are teaming up

Contact information: Call 843-384-4748 or email info@jlkevents.com.

Have groceries (or other supplies) delivered: This company has had event cancellations because of coronavirus and is offering its team of workers, vehicles, and trailers to help deliver groceries or supplies “to anyone who feels like they should not go out and possibly expose themselves to any illnesses.”

  • Franciscan Center
    Pantry open 10:00 – Noon , Tues and Thursday.
    85 Mattis Dr, Saint Helena Island, SC 29920,(843) 838-3924
  • Sandalwood Food Pantry
    Tuesday and Friday 11:30 – 1:30 PM. No longer need approval and/or filling out forms until April 30, 2020. Staff will pack all bags and take out to client.
    114 Beach City Rd, Hilton Head Island, SC 29920, (843) 645-0935