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3/2/2020 Member News

SPC monitoring coronavirus COVID-19

St. Petersburg College is working in conjunction with the Pinellas County Health Department to monitor the current outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19.

College officials will be meeting with Pinellas County Emergency Management officials, including the Pinellas County Health Department, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 3, and will meet with other local colleges and universities on Wednesday, March 4, and will provide further updates as needed.

The SPC Emergency Management Council has procedures in place to respond to student, faculty and staff needs should the county be affected. These include:

  • Communications – The Marketing Department and other college leaders are sending updates as needed through email, the college’s Emergency Preparedness website, and social media channels. The Pinellas County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) assists in providing information for updates. Specific updates are also being shared with students enrolled in Study Abroad programs and members of our athletic programs.
  • Infection Control – The Facilities Planning and Institutional Services Department is using disinfectant cleaners in all high exposure areas, including restrooms. The department is also confirming that pre-existing hand sanitizing dispensers in all campus buildings are full and functional and, if not, will be working on replacement units.
  • Containment – Faculty, staff and students are being encouraged to adhere to CDC guidelines for prevention and containment.
  • Continuity of Operations – The SPC Continuity of Operations Plan has been reviewed and provides for Instructional (Academic) Continuity and Continuation of Pay guidelines should an event close or suspend activities on campuses. (Please note: there is no plan to close any campuses or office buildings at this time.)

The college will continue to communicate updates regarding this matter as needed.