(3-13-20) A Letter to Students from Dr. Barbara Kavalier
Greetings SCC Students,
I hope this message finds you well before we head into our Spring Break. As you know, COVID-19, or coronavirus, is affecting a variety of sectors and causing a ripple effect across the globe with the number of confirmed cases increasing daily. Although we hope there will be no cases of the virus at SCC and are no confirmed cases of the virus in St. Charles County, it is always a good idea to prepare should the virus impact our campus in the future. Your success and safety are our top priorities, and we assure you that the steps we are taking will not affect your graduation or successful transfer.
Our SCC team is coordinating the institution’s response and contingency planning, which includes addressing immediate issues related to international travel as well as planning for operational disruptions, should they occur. Members of this team also are coordinating plans with county partners, should our area be affected.
Face-to-Face Services, Instruction Temporarily Suspended
With Spring Break taking place next week, most students and faculty members aren’t on campus. To help prepare for a possible future closure related to the coronavirus, we will restrict access to the main campus March 16-19 during the Spring Break. This proactive approach allows us to test our emergency preparedness on multiple levels and be prepared for any future situations.
For the week of March 23-28, all face-to-face instruction and services at both SCC campuses are temporarily suspended and will be provided online. You will work through the Canvas learning management system during that time. If you need technology assistance (equipment or access to the internet), please reach out to your professor.
While leadership will continue to assess the situation, we are planning for face-to-face classes and services to resume on Monday, March 30, on both SCC campuses.
Of special note, the application deadline for entrance into SCC ADN and practical nursing programs originally set for March 19 has now been extended to April 3.
We recognize that for many students, spring break is a time for travel. Many colleges and universities across the country are encouraging students to be very cautious and to use their best judgement in determining whether to pursue domestic travel. According to information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “. . .cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19.” For additional information about travel, please check out the CDC website:
In conclusion, spring is here, SCC Cougars. Remember to rest and relax as you prepare to finish your semester strong.
Dr. Barbara R. Kavalier, President