MONITORING CORONAVIRUS: To minimize risks to the entire community, operations have been modified with the health and welfare of students, faculty, and staff as the top priority.

Campus Work Policies (NEW)

During Phase Two of re-opening, faculty and staff are expected to return to work on campus beginning Monday, June 1. All existing modified work arrangements will expire at that time. Employees should return to their regular work locations and work schedules.

Upon returning to campus work employees are strongly encouraged to follow the health and safety recommendations, detailed in the executive order:

  • Maintain at least six feet social distancing from other individuals, with the exception of family or household members.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in all public settings and indoors when you cannot maintain at least six feet distancing from other people. These face coverings function to protect other people more than the wearer.
  • Carry hand sanitizer with you when leaving home, and use it frequently. The college has installed additional hand sanitizing stations throughout campus.
  • Wash hands using soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible.
  • Stay at home if sick.

Faculty and staff should make use of technology to limit the size and frequency of in-person meetings. The college will continue with enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols in occupied buildings and additional safety measures will be detailed prior to June 1.

As a reminder, all full-time and part-time employees must complete the following SafeColleges modules before returning to work on campus. The courses reinforce and clarify what we know today about COVID-19 and how to work safely with others.

  • Coronavirus Awareness (8 minutes)
  • Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines for Making and Using Cloth Face Coverings (9 minutes)
  • Coronavirus: Cleaning and Disinfecting your Workplace (10 minutes)

Modified Work Arrangements
Employees who are unable to return to campus work should contact their supervisor and Human Resources for further guidance. Faculty and staff may request a new modified work arrangement for the following two reasons:

  1. Employees with documented medical conditions may request reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  2. Employees with documented qualifying conditions may request paid/unpaid extended medical leave under the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

Human Resources will provide individuals in the above categories with appropriate resources. Outside of the above two reasons, employees who may be concerned about returning to work on campus can request vacation or personal leave time with their supervisor.

For questions or assistance, contact Director of Human Resources and Benefits Administration Mary Furst at 828.898.8743 or furstm@lmc.edu.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

Facility Closures (NEW)

The campus is closed to the public. College operations are continuing during regular business hours; however, facilities will remain locked. Employees should use keys for entry and lock the doors behind them. All visitors and vendors must contact Campus Safety and Security at 828.898.8756. 

Operational Changes

  • Campus housing and dining facilities are closed.
  • The Exchange Bookstore is closed to the public. Bookstore staff will be available to assist students and faculty by email at sm092@bncollege.com or phone at 828.898.8728.


All classes, both on the main campus in Banner Elk and those held at Surry Community College, will continue through remote instruction for the remainder of the academic year. Faculty are asked to communicate course information with students through Brightspace, the college’s learning management system.  

A help site with resources for migrating classes to remote instruction is available in Brightspace. With questions, contact the LMS Administrator/Instructional Designer at williamst@lmc.edu.

Brightspace help site


As North Carolina plans to lift stay at home restrictions in phases over the next several weeks, the college has canceled all summer conferencing and events including the Lees-McRae Summer Theatre season and the remainder of the FORUM season. This announcement extends the previous July 1 closure through the remainder of the summer until classes resume in the fall. At this time, the college plans to resume all in-person classes and events in August.

The Commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 has been postponed. A virtual celebration and awards event will be held on May 8 to recognize accomplishments of the graduating seniorsAn in-person Commencement ceremony will be held during Homecoming festivities this fall.  

Two cases of COVID-19 have been documented in Avery County. Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) dashboard for additional information about transmission in the state.


Prevention Tips

Follow infectious disease guidelines:

  • Avoid large crowds and maintain distance from others
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Individuals who feel sick should isolate themselves at home and avoid entering campus facilities until being cleared by a healthcare provider.


Helpful Links

NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS)

Get updates by texting COVIDNC to 898211.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)


Information For:


Prospective Students


The Office of Campus Safety and Security is available 24/7 at 828.898.8756.