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3/12/2020 Member News

SPC moving most classes online due to coronavirus outbreak; Spring Break extended two days for students

St. Petersburg College’s Emergency Management Council, in conjunction with local, state and federal officials, continues to closely monitor the rapidly changing situation regarding the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and in Florida. SPC values safety and security for all, while advancing student learning and academic success, and fostering employee care and support.

As such, the college is using due diligence to encourage “social distancing” and will be making the following adjustments to best prepare for and prevent the spread of the virus and ensure a safe learning environment: 

  • The college will extend Spring Break for students by two days. Classes will be cancelled for students on Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17. 
  • The college will open as normal for faculty on staff on Monday, March 16. (During March 16 and 17, college leaders and faculty will continue to prepare to move previously scheduled face-to-face courses to the online format, while facilities teams will be working to disinfect campuses and ready all facilities to ensure on-campus students are maintaining recommended distances.)
  • The college will move to online instruction for the majority of courses beginning Wednesday, March 18 through March 29.
  • While the majority of courses will be offered online, all campuses will remain open. Normal operations will resume Monday, March 30, unless the situation changes. Our highest priority is to maintain normal operations for student services on campuses including tutoring, advising, computer labs, registration, financial aid, business offices, etc.  
  • With a multitude of workforce programs, many requiring hands-on interaction (such as labs, clinical rotations or internships), select courses/programs that are not suitable online instruction will continue to be held on campus at this time and are being addressed on an individual basis.

“St. Petersburg College values safety and security for all, while advancing student learning and academic success, and fostering employee care and support,” said SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams. “Please know that your health, well-being and success are my top priorities. I have no doubt we will continue to work together to move the semester forward, while showing care for one another. This flexibility and teamwork are the bedrocks of our ‘Community of Care’ and I want to express my gratitude for your patience as we work through this situation.”  

In addition to moving classes online:

  • SPC’s Second 8-Week Session will start on Wednesday, March 18.
  • All large-scale, college-sponsored events will be canceled, postponed or conducted virtually Monday, March 16 through Monday, April 13. At that time, SPC will review the situation and provide additional information.  
  • All college athletics events will be canceled through Friday, March 27, effective immediately. At that time, SPC will review the situation and provide additional information.   

Today, SPC students and employees were notified of the changes online, by email and also through the college’s social media channels. Supervisors are also reaching out directly to their teams to answer questions and assist them with any adjustments.

At this time, the college has not been contacted by the Department of Health about any individuals testing positive for the virus.

For additional information, please refer to the college’s Emergency Preparedness website and FAQs regarding the college’s response involving the coronavirus COVID-19.