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Update: 1-April-2020

Class 62!

We are very excited to have you attend our electrical lineworker program this summer and can’t wait to get started! As of right now, our May 4th, 2020 class will continue as scheduled. 

We want to go ahead and address the issue at hand with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

As a school and staff, we have been following all guidelines set before us by our governing body, GNPEC (Georgia Non-Public Education Commission), as well as the state of Georgia, CDC, and WHO recommendations. Our staff continue to disinfect the building and commonly used surfaces multiple times each day.

Since the departure of class 61, we have deep cleaned our whole facility and will be working remotely part-time as SLTC staff to lower facility usage and maintain less than 10 people in any given area. We are practicing social distancing and constantly aware of our own health and exposure inside and outside the walls of the school. Please see the list at the end of the letter for more detailed steps we are taking to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 both now and for class 62.

Linework is considered one of the 16 critical infrastructure industries during times like these that cannot stop due to what is happening in the world. If you have been watching the news, just because many companies are shutting down doesn’t stop snow, ice, tornados, and other major storms from damaging the lines that power hospitals and homes and keep communications open.

While others are hunkering down, we as linemen have to run toward the storm, even when that storm comes in the form of a global pandemic.

Updates will be posted regularly at www.lineworker.com/updates and sent out to students as we get closer to May 4th.

Thank you for trusting SLTC with your education and again, we are excited to have you all attend our program this summer!

-The SLTC Leadership Team

Coronavirus Mitigation Steps

  • Installation of UV Lights in Air Conditioners: UV light destroys microbes in air conditioners. The lights we’ve installed destroy microbes like mold, bacteria, fungi, mildew, mold spores, and viruses in the line-of-sight of the UV bulb.
  • Daily Cleaning Schedule: Our staff are equipped with antibacterial cleaning supplies and clean all commonly used surfaces multiple times each day.
  • Deep Cleaning: After our last class graduated, our staff spent two days deep cleaning the school both inside and out. Everything has been bleached or cleaned with an anti-bacterial solution including our back deck and picnic tables.
  • Temperature Checks: All students will have their temperature taken each day before class begins. Anyone with a fever or other symptoms related to COVID-19 will be sent home and asked to contact a health professional.
  • Stay In Place Measures: All students are required to stay in the immediate area both during the week and on weekends while the COVID-19 crisis continues. Any student caught violating this policy will be removed from the program.
  • Distance Learning: Our staff is currently preparing to teach all course work remotely to prevent students from being in classrooms. We are hoping to avoid these measures but if they are necessary, we will be prepared for it. Outdoor training will continue as scheduled since we are able to maintain the 6 feet of distance requested by the President and CDC.

Update: 18-March-2020

We want to thank you for your continued understanding and patience through this trying time brought about by the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

As with all things we do at Southeast Lineman Training Center, safety is our number one priority. We take any risk or hazard in this industry very seriously and the health of our students and staff is no different.

On Monday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued a statewide mandate that all public schools must close their facilities from March 18th until at least March 31st. Following the Governor’s mandate, GNPEC (Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission), who regulates all post-secondary private schools (which we are) issued a statement that allows us to continue to operate under our own discretion but stated that this decision is being monitored on an hourly basis. Given this uncertainty, our leadership team has decided to accelerate our classroom hours to be completed by this Friday, March 20th. We will continue to train in the field and graduate on April 10th unless otherwise directed by our governing authorities.

Again, our first and foremost priority is the health and safety of our students and staff. We, along with the rest of the world, are in a profoundly unique situation so we ask for your continued patience, support, and understanding as we navigate through these uncertain times.

*CDL road testing will resume when the Georgia DMV allows.
*Crane re-testing is still scheduled to be held.

Regards,
SLTC Leadership Team

Update: 16-March-2020

Dear SLTC Students and Families,

We have determined that in the best interests of our students, their families, and the SLTC staff, we must cancel our rodeo and graduation ceremony that was set for April 16, 2020.

As we are all aware when dealing with COVID-19, the circumstances one day to the next can change very rapidly and new measures are constantly being determined. Here is a link to the CDC and their recommendations on large events. You will also find listed below their guidance to such events.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html

Guidance as of 3/15/2020

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.

This recommendation does not apply to the day to day operation of organizations such as schools, institutes of higher learning, or businesses. This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce the introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus.  This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.

The safety of our students, their families, and our staff is extremely important to us and we can’t justify encouraging travel and large crowds considering that we could be contributing to the spread COVID-19.

This is not the decision we wanted to make because graduation is a special time not just for the students and their families, but to our staff as well.  In 20 years, we have never had to cancel a graduation ceremony.

At this point, we will have a student only graduation ceremony at 9:00 AM on April 10, 2020. It will be live-streamed so family members can be part of this important moment. The live stream information will be posted here at www.lineworker.com/updates when it is available.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Regards,
SLTC Staff

Update: 11-March-2020

Dear SLTC Students/Parents,

The leadership team at Southeast Lineman Training Center continues to monitor the latest developments in the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are focused on all possible impacts on our students, families, and staff. To ensure careful decision-making, we continue to seek our primary guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Commission (NPEC), as well as other qualified local, regional, state and national advisors.

The purpose of this letter is to share what we know and to outline the protocols and decision-making processes we will follow as we monitor the developments related to COVID-19. The health and well-being of our students, families, and staff will remain our highest priority.

Here’s what we’re doing:

  • We have increased the frequency of our cleaning and sanitizing of high touchpoints throughout the campuses.
  • We have classroom disinfectant foggers that we will use on a frequent basis.
  • We will be implementing hand sanitizer stations outside each classroom.
  • We have posted the Department of Public Health flyers in high traffic areas as instructed by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.
  • In addition, we are taking steps to ensure the welfare of all students and staff. This includes instructing employees and/or students who feel ill to stay home and consult their healthcare providers.

At this time, we do not anticipate any interruption of our ELP or CLP training, but we will continue monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and will respond based on the advice of governments, public health authorities, and medical professionals. Please e-mail David Powell at davidpowell@lineworker.com if you have any questions or concerns regarding matters pertaining to COVID-19. As we continue to coordinate our efforts, we feel this is the best way to communicate and send updated information.

Regards,
SLTC Leadership Team