Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Important Information

The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority at St. Charles Community College. As the situation surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, SCC will adapt accordingly. The College will continue utilizing the input of health agencies, local governments, the Board of Trustees and our faculty, staff and administrators before making decisions about restricted campus access, online learning and student services. 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has activated a statewide public hotline for citizens or providers needing guidance regarding COVID-19. The hotline is open and can be reached at 877-435-8411. The hotline is being operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Resources

(3-20-20) Update to Students From College President

Dear Faculty and Staff:

The St. Charles County Health Department has provided new clarification on travel - requiring that individuals traveling from any area with community transmission of COVID-19 quarantine themselves for 14 days. You can check the CDC website for an updated list; however, here are the current states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. Other countries, such as Mexico and several in Europe are also included.

Any faculty or staff who traveled to these areas must abide by the quarantine.

And of course, let your supervisor know, report your travel to the County Health Department, and please do not come on campus.

Take care everyone and please have a safe and peaceful weekend.

Best wishes,

Barbara

(3-19-20) Update to Students From College President

Dear Students,

These are challenging times we are going through, but I would like to commend our faculty, staff and students for rising to this challenge and showing ingenuity, determination and grace.

The safety and wellbeing of our campus community is paramount. Following many discussions and considering the many implications, leadership, with the support of the Board of Trustees, has made the following decisions:

  • Beginning March 23, all remaining instruction for the Spring 2020 Semester will be taught online or will use alternative delivery methods. Students, please continue to reach out to your professors if you have any questions or concerns.
  • We will continue to honor the Spring 2020 academic calendar, with only one exception – commencement. The SCC spring Commencement is currently postponed, and the College is considering alternatives for graduation and pinnings.
  • Services for students will continue to be offered remotely.
  • All remaining spring 2020 events are canceled.
  • Effective March 23, 2020, all SCC locations will restrict on-campus access to the public until further notice. All instruction and support services will be delivered online. Please note, the college is open, but functioning fully online.
  • To keep you and the public informed, FAQs are being regularly updated on the Health Alerts web page.

These decisions were not made lightly, and were made with the input of health agencies, local governments, the Board of Trustees and our faculty, staff and administrators. The SCC Pandemic Response Committee will continue its work to see us safely through this time.

We are grateful for the encouraging responses to the decisions and communications made to date, and we appreciate your continued good will, humor and sound judgement. The College is committed to keeping the lines of communication open and strong.

Please be safe, Cougars, and continue to work hard in your courses. We are all in this together.

Dr. Barbara R. Kavalier, President
St. Charles Community College

(3-16-20) Updated Letter to Students from Dr. Barbara Kavalier

Dear SCC Students,

In light of the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to limit group sizes, it is likely that the remainder of the spring term will be conducted online. Rest assured the College is committed to providing the academics and services needed for you to complete the semester.

Please watch your SCC email and Canvas notifications from your professors often. If you have technology concerns, please inform each of your professors. We will work together to find solutions. Our goal is to minimize any disruption in your learning.

For those students with hands-on classes and labs, your professor/s will provide you with instructions in the coming days.

We understand these are trying times. St. Charles Community College faculty, staff and administration members are here to help in any way we can. We appreciate your patience, understanding and dedication.

For general information and FAQs, as well as links to local, state and federal agencies, visit the SCC Coronavirus Information Page at www.stchas.edu/healthalerts which will be updated frequently.

(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.

SCC Response

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.

Travel

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:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html

In conclusion, spring is here, SCC Cougars. Remember to rest and relax as you prepare to finish your semester strong.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Barbara R. Kavalier, President

FAQs

Operations

Is St. Charles Community College still open?

Yes. All campus services, student services and classes have been moved online.

When can I come back to campus?

SCC will continue following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and St. Charles County Health Department regarding safety and social distancing. It is difficult at this point to state when campus will resume normal operations.

Has there been a confirmed case of coronavirus on campus?

No. St. Charles Community College restricted campus access and moved all services online as a precautionary measure.

What is being done to clean campus?

The St. Charles Community College Housekeeping Department will clean and sanitize each building on campus March 16-19. Once the building has been cleaned and sanitized, access will be restricted as much as possible.

Are all events canceled on campus?

All events have been canceled or postponed on campus until March 29. However, SCC will continue following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and St. Charles County Health Department regarding safety and social distancing. Please visit www.stchas.edu/events for the latest information regarding events.

Academics

Will refunds still be issued to students?

Yes. For Spring 16-week classes, the last day to drop and receive a “W” is Friday, April 3. For students who are requesting a refund at this point in the term, please refer to the SCC refund policy page.

How will online classes work?

Students are encouraged to regularly check their email and Canvas for important information regarding classes. For students with hands-on classes and labs, your professor/s will provide you with instructions.

How can I get help from the librarians with my classes moved online?

We are still here to help even though the library building is closed!

  • We always have 24/7 chat assistance
  • You can send us an email at refdrop@stchas.edu
  • You can call us and leave us a message - Circulation desk: 636-922-8434 Reference desk: 636-922-8620

We have an extensive collection of online resources for you to use so let us help you with that, and check out our FAQ's for other questions you might have!

We don't charge fines on most of our books and DVD's but if a fine is generated it will be waived. MOBIUS borrowing and lending is currently suspended since we are not physically on campus. Please contact us for information on the eBooks we have available.

How will courses with labs and other hands-on courses be conducted remotely?

Different classes will be handling assignments for these specialized classes in different ways. But we intend for all such classes to continue and to meet the learning objectives for the course. Your instructor will talk to you next week about the plans for your particular class.

Services

What if I don’t have a computer or internet?

If you have any technology concerns, students are asked to inform each of your professors as soon as possible. We will work with students to find solutions. SCC’s goal is to minimize any disruption to student learning.

Will tutoring services still be offered?

The ACE Tutoring Center is offering online-only tutoring services effectively immediately. Students are encouraged to call 636-922-8444 to set up an appointment. Instructions will be sent following the call on how to connect to a tutor virtually.

I’m an SCC student with accommodations through the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office. What do I need to know about learning remotely?

Please visit the FAQs on the DSS Department web page.

How can students access mental health and case management resources?

Please visit the FAQs on the Mental Health Assistance Department web page.


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