The Durham Literacy Center is currently providing remote instruction only.
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Effective August 15, 2021:

Due to high levels of COVID-19 in our community, the DLC has decided to postpone our plans for reopening and to continue offering remote-only instruction at this time. Remote-only instruction will continue until the risk of COVID-19 transmission is below a “High Risk” level and DLC management decides that it is safe to resume in-person instruction. 

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Help is available at our headquarters in the mornings and evenings.

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The DLC encourages all staff, students, and volunteers to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

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If you have questions about the DLC's plans or how to register for classes, please contact us.

Learn More About the DLC's COVID-19 Plan

Why is the DLC providing remote-only instruction?


The DLC will provide remote-only instruction until the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains below a “High Risk” level, and when DLC management decides it is safe to reopen. The DLC defines "High Risk" as more than 75 total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days, according to the CDC's county-level data for Durham County provided at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.




When will the DLC reopen for in-person instruction?


The DLC will only consider reopening for in-person instruction if the COVID-19 transmission levels improve to less than 75 total new COVID-19 per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days. If COVID-19 community transmission improves, we anticipate opening our facility in a limited capacity to provide some in-person instruction, while also providing hybrid and remote instructional options for our students. This limited reopening will be directly informed by county-level data on total new cases and test percent positivity using the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker at https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view.




Which health and safety recommendations will the DLC follow?


The Durham Literacy Center is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of everyone, including our students, volunteers, staff, and community members. We are following recommendations from the CDC, NC Department of Health and Human Services, Durham County Health Department, and other public health research including PreventEpidemics.org to inform our guidelines. By collecting information from all these sources, we will be creating our own DLC guidelines which may be more conservative than other agencies.




How can I register for classes?


To register for Fall 2021 ESOL classes, fill out this online form. Once you complete the form, a member of our ESOL Program staff will contact you to set up a testing appointment to determine your level and then assign you to a class. To register for our Youth Achievement Program, visit the YAP website and fill out the interest form. Once you complete the form, a member of our Youth Achievement Program staff will contact you with more information. To join the Adult Literacy program's wait list, please call the program's Google Voice number at (919) 213-0443 and leave a message with your name and phone number OR email the Adult Literacy Program Coordinator, Gardy Perard. No sure which program is right for you? Contact us!




I have questions about the DLC's COVID-19 protocols and plans. Who do I contact?


You can send an email to covid19@durhamliteracy.org if you have questions about the DLC's health and safety plans.