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3/12/2020 Member News

SPC preparations for prevention and spread of coronavirus COVID-19

St. Petersburg College has been closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) for several weeks and is working under the guidance of state, local and federal officials to prepare for and prevent the spread of the virus.

At this time, no determination has been made regarding any campus or college-wide closures. However, we do have plans in place should that decision be made by SPC President Tonjua Williams, in conjunction with local, state and federal health officials, as well as officials with the Florida Department of Education. As always, the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priority. While the college is on Spring Break this week (March 9-13), the College’s Emergency Management Council has been meeting regularly to monitor the situation.

The College has an Instructional (Academic) Continuity plan for students and faculty should the college, or specific campuses, be forced to close due to the virus. All of the College’s 1,800 face-to-face and blended classes held on campuses have online capacity. College leaders are continuing to refine this plan, as the situation evolves, to minimize interruption of student learning. College faculty and staff will work through each class, including labs, internships, etc., and their requirements, to address students’ needs as they arrive.

Here are some of the additional measures the College has been taking proactively to ensure we are prepared and providing a safe learning environment:

  • College leaders are sending updates - through email, the College’s Emergency Preparedness website and social media channels - to ensure that the most up-to-date information is quickly and accurately disseminated.
  • The College’s Facilities Planning and Institutional Services Department is using disinfectant cleaners in all high exposure areas, including restrooms, cafes and areas where people congregate. The department is also regularly checking that all hand sanitizing dispensers are full and functional.
  • SPC leadership is encouraging all faculty, staff and students exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms to stay home and not come to college sites. The College has also communicated additional prevention measures provided by the CDC.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, the College has postponed two Study Abroad trips – one to Japan and one to Italy – that were previously scheduled for this spring. Those who planned to take part in the aforementioned trips have received communications directly from the SPC Center for International Programs.

Additional information is available on our Emergency Preparedness site, including resources and an FAQ.