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Back to Class – Coming Back to Campus This Fall
Please know that your safety is a top priority at SCC. When campus opens, you can be confident that all buildings will be disinfected on a regular basis and sanitizing supplies will consistently be used by all college departments. Additionally, social distancing reminders will be placed around campus. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, please review the guidelines below.
A Message From the President
On January 21 the U.S. reported its first case of a resident in Washington state who was hospitalized after returning from China. During this same period of time the future outlook at St. Charles Community College (SCC) was exciting as we celebrated another semester of positive enrollment. All indicators pointed to a successful academic year. We exceeded both our enrollment and budgetary projections, opened new student housing, began design work on our new culinary arts/brewery facility, and considered the possibility of a significant compensation increase for employees.
As January faded into February news of the coronavirus and its potential impact was gaining momentum. At SCC, we began to wonder if the virus was more serious than many of us thought. We learned from The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that this new pandemic was a novel coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which has become known as COVID-19. We also discovered that this virus affects different people in many different ways, that a vaccine would not be available for some time, and that social distancing seemed to be the only means for containing its spread.
Based on protocols established by the CDC for minimizing the spread of the virus, on February 28 SCC launched a COVID-19 webpage that provided sensible advice to students and employees about detecting symptoms and preventing the spread of the virus. It was not until March 6 that Missouri acknowledged the first positive case of COVID-19. As of June 1, the state reported 13,327 positive cases.
COVID-19 was becoming a formidable challenge for university and college presidents throughout the nation. Health experts urged that social distancing was the best approach to “flattening the curve.” Certainly, this presented a conundrum for higher education, considering that most courses are delivered in classrooms that assure close proximity of students.
So how did we respond? What steps did we take to ensure the health of our campus community? Within this Reopening SCC Report, we have provided information that features a timeline of activities during the early months of the pandemic. We introduce the committees put in place to decide how SCC would deliver instruction and support services amid restrictions to gatherings and requirements of social distancing, and most importantly, the report includes specific plans for partially reopening the campus for fall 2020.
I would like to extend my appreciation to all the faculty and staff who responded quickly during the early months of the pandemic by successfully transitioning courses and services online and for those employees who provided help and expertise in planning for a new normal. My appreciation is also extended to the health professionals throughout St. Charles County who have served as a key resource in making decisions about how best to proceed. And, a special thank you goes to our students for their perseverance and dedication to completing their coursework during such unprecedented times.
- Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D., SCC President
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