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Coronavirus COVID-19 Update June 30, 2020

SPC has begun the phased reopening of its campuses, which will include offering limited student services and a portion of its courses face-to-face during the Fall 2020 Term. The rest of SPC’s Fall Term classes will be offered fully online or LIVE Online. Registration is open for the Fall Term. See our Academics FAQs below for more details.

Please note that SPC’s Comeback Plan is subject to change, based on the latest information regarding the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation. Review the entire plan and guidelines in English here and in Spanish here.

Meanwhile, all classes, student affairs/student support services and events for the Summer 2020 Term (with few exceptions) are available online.

College officials continue to monitor developments involving COVID-19 and follow the latest state and federal guidelines. Be sure to monitor your email and this page for updates, and review our FAQs below.

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  • SPC has begun the phased reopening of its campuses

    SPC has begun the phased reopening of its campuses

    SPC has announced the phased reopening of its campuses, which will include offering limited student services and a portion of its courses face-to-face during the Fall 2020 Term. The rest of SPC’s Fall Term classes will be offered fully online or LIVE Online. Registration is open for the Fall Term.

    As of the week of June 15, 2020, the college is in Phase 1 of its reopening plan. Essential employees and partners are allowed on campus to prepare facilities for the return of students and additional employees through enhanced cleaning and sanitization. Those now allowed on campuses are asked to practice personal safety precautions. Face coverings are required in all SPC buildings.

    Phase 2 of the plan currently is scheduled to start the week of July 13 when approved employees and partners will be allowed back on campuses to allow access to instructional materials.

    Please note that SPC’s Comeback Plan is subject to change, based on the latest information regarding the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation. Review the entire plan and guidelines in English and in Spanish.

  • Fall Term Fee Information

    Fall Term Fee Information

    Due to ongoing health precautions involving COVID-19, most classes this upcoming Fall 2020 Term will be offered online or LIVE Online, which includes a virtual classroom experience. Some classes, originally scheduled as face-to-face courses, have been switched to one of these formats. These changes will affect the total fees students will be charged. A $15 per credit hour fee will be added for all online and LIVE Online classes. This fee, outlined under Florida statute, goes toward technology needs and additional costs associated with offering these types of class formats. Lab fees will not be charged for face-to-face classes now offered online. See the full schedule of fees.

    Please consult our financial aid page, which outlines all the ways to help pay for an education at SPC, including our tuition payment plan and scholarships. Students also should be sure to fill out their FAFSA, as well. For questions, please contact our financial aid team.

  • Beware of email scams advertising work-from-home employment

    Beware of email scams advertising work-from-home employment

    Students at Florida colleges and universities should be on the lookout for emerging work-from-home employment scams. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has issued a consumer alert regarding scammers who are targeting students through emails that appear to be sent from a college or university advertising fictitious work-from-home employment opportunities. The scammers obtain personal information from the student while posing as a university representative. Savvy scammers convince students to cash counterfeit checks and send them the money. Learn more about the current scam and tips to avoid these types of employment scams. If you believe you are the victim of hacking or a COVID-19 related scam, you should contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 866-9NO-SCAM or MyFloridaLegal.com.

  • SPC CARES Act funds for students!

    SPC CARES Act funds for students!

    If you filed the FAFSA, meet federal financial aid eligibility requirements AND you have a job loss, loss of income, temporary furlough, or medical expenses as a result of COVID-19, you can apply for a one-time grant of $500, provided funds are available. Look in your MySPC student email for a link. Complete the FAFSA if you haven’t yet. See FAQs

  • Student Loan Forbearance

    Student Loan Forbearance

    The CARES Act is being implemented to assist student loan borrowers during the COVID-19 outbreak, including an automatic administrative forbearance which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment. For assistance with your student loans, contact i3 Group by calling 855-693-4932. For detailed information, see Coronavirus and Forbearance Info for Students, Borrowers, and Parents

  • Full GI Bill benefits continue during online learning transition

    Full GI Bill benefits continue during online learning transition

    Students who use GI Bill educational benefits will continue to receive the same amount even with courses moving online. Veteran students should review the full list of Fall classes that will meet these course conversion requirements. Download Course List and Details or visit the Veterans Services website.

  • Register Today for Fall Classes

    Register Today for Fall Classes

    SPC continues to monitor and follow guidance from state and local officials as we work on the final schedule for Fall classes and consider a phased re-opening of campuses for the Fall Term. As you build your Fall schedule, we ask for your patience and flexibility, as further class modifications may be needed. We will communicate any changes to you as soon they are made and will work with you to create a schedule that works best for you.

    View Fall Classes Now

  • Resources for SPC Students

    Resources for SPC Students

    Through VitalSource, SPC students now have free access to online tutoring and digital textbooks. Learn more about all of our resources for receiving college services and taking your classes online. See our resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

Will Fall Term classes be held on campus or online?

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, St. Petersburg College is working to be proactive to ensure minimal disruptions to student learning.

Therefore, we have decided that a portion of the Fall 2020 Term classes will be held on campus, including labs, healthcare, public safety, and other programs that require hands-on learning, as well as some general education courses where research has shown students are more likely to be successful in a face-to-face format.

Other classes will be offered fully online and in our LIVE Online format, which provides a virtual classroom experience where students can interact with faculty and peers in real time through video conferencing. Fully online courses are self-paced. LIVE Online courses provides the benefits of face-to-face courses in a live, remote setting without leaving the comfort of your home. While these courses offer greater flexibility, they are not self-paced.

Registration is open for the Fall Term.

It is important to us that you are able to build a schedule to keep you on track to fulfill your degree or certificate requirements on your path to completion! As always, our advisors are waiting to work with you, via phone call or email, to build a schedule. You can make an online appointment here. Advisors will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

We are also here to work with you to make sure you can thrive whether your class is face-to-face or online! SPC's Learning Resources offers online services for students, including tutoring and research assistance. VitalSource is also offering free digital textbook access and online tutoring.

Please continue to check our Titan Strong Information Hub with COVID-19 updates and resources and bookmark the link for future reference.

We thank you for your patience and your resiliency as we continue to do everything we can to give you the first-class educational experience you have come to expect from SPC.


What about students who have never taken classes online in MyCourses?

We recognize that SPC’s MyCourses online platform is unfamiliar territory for many students. To help you find the information and resources you need to be successful online, visit the Student Toolkit page. There students will find specific tips on how to get started in MyCourses, support resources and tutorials for the online tools. We will continue to update and expand this information to best support student success online.

How do I take the Placement Test while the campuses are closed?
The college is working on a solution for online proctored placement testing for PERT and we should have this available soon. Please check the college Testing page for updates.

I am supposed to take a proctored exam. What do I need to know?
SPC has recently moved to a testing platform called Honorlock. Check out Proctored Testing with Honorlock to learn more.

How do I register for Fall Term?
You can register now for fall classes in MySPC.

View fall classes and register here.
View the academic calendar.

Are the libraries open?
No, libraries are closed. But you can check out our Learning Resources online.

What if I need advising?
Students can schedule online appointments here. Advisors will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

What if I need online tutoring or digital textbook access?

Are bookstores open?
Bookstores are not open at this time but you can make online orders at Barnes & Noble College.

Onsite book returns and pick-ups will be available beginning July 13, 2020 and must be coordinated through Barnes & Noble for bookstore protocols.

You can order digital versions today for easy, instant access to your course materials for many classes! If you prefer hard copy materials, or your class does not offer an online version, please place your orders for those books now as some companies may be experiencing delays in deliveriesLearn More.

Student Support Services

Student Services virtual hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays.

What if I have financial aid questions?
Visit our AskFAS survey or  use our Call Center at 727-791-2485.

I have been impacted financially by COVID-19. Are there funds available through SPC to assist me?
Yes, you could be eligible for $500 in assistance through the SPC CARES Act. If you filed a 2019-20 FAFSAmeet federal financial aid eligibility requirements AND you have a job loss, loss of income, temporary furlough, or medical expenses as a result of COVID-19, you can apply. Check your MySPC student email for a link to apply for this SPC CARES Grant.

I need to talk to an advisor, what should I do?
You can schedule an online appointment here.

I’m a veteran. How can I access Veterans Services?
Check out our Veterans Services pages online, or call us at 727-341-7990. 

Will I receive my full GI Bill benefits?
Students who use GI Bill educational benefits will continue to receive the same amount even with courses moving online. Veteran students should review the full list of Summer classes that will meet these course conversion requirements. 
Download Course List and Details.

I’m feeling some anxiety. What do I do?
SPC offers a wide variety of counseling, referral and consultation services for employees, and students can access a confidential help line that will refer to a counselor for three free counseling sessions. Check these links for details for employees and students.    

What if I need to request my transcript?  
Instructions for requesting a transcript can be found on our website.  

What if I need to file an appeal or complaint?
Instructions for filing student appeals and complaints can be found on our website.

What if I need tech support?
Students please contact the Technical Support Help Desk or call 727-341-4357 or send an email to onlinehelp@spcollege.edu.

What is the status of the SPC Student Emergency Fund?
Unfortunately, at this time, we’ve exhausted all emergency funding and are not accepting applications. Learn more about community resources here.

What if I need assistance with food?
Please see our Resource page for the latest Food Pantry Information.

Communications

How do I sign up for the emergency alert system?
To choose to receive text messages for alerts, or to verify that your cell number is entered and noted to be your preferred contact, follow the directions below.

  1. Sign into the Student Login page and go to MySPC.
  2. Look for the Profile tile at the bottom and click.
  3. From the side navigation, check your Contact Details tab to add or update your home and/or cell number.
  4. Choose your preferred contact number by selecting the appropriate checkbox and Save.
  5. From the Emergency Notifications tab, add or edit your cell phone number to receive Emergency Notifications on your phone.
  6. Choose Yes on the sliders for Contact by Cell Phone and/or Contact by Text Message.
  7. Text YES to 68453 from your mobile device to receive text alerts.
General Info About COVID-19

What is a novel coronavirus?
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

How does the virus spread?
The CDC reports the virus is spreading from person-to-person: “It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (community spread) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Where can I learn more about the novel coronavirus COVID-19?
The CDC website has numerous resources, including information on how the virus spreads, prevention and treatment info, situation updates and travel alerts. For local information, see the Pinellas County Health Department and Pinellas County websites.

Should I travel?
As of March 27, the CDC has issued a  Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel. This means you should avoid  all nonessential international travel. If you choose to travel, U.S. residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.

How can I protect myself from getting sick?
Practice everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough.
  • Sneeze into a tissue then throw the tissue away in the trash. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot. While it won't protect you against COVID-19, it will help protect you against the flu, which kills up to 61,000 Americans each year.

For more prevention and treatment information, visit the CDC website

What is “social” or physical distancing?
Physical distancing is the practice of limiting exposure to communicable viruses by reducing interactions with others, especially those who may have been exposed, those who are exhibiting symptoms of the virus and those with underlying conditions that may compromise their immune systems. In addition, physical distancing, as suggested by the CDC, also includes a recommended distance of six feet from others when possible to help limit possible exposure.

Events and Closings

Are college events canceled?
All events and activities will remain online for summer and fall semesters, or until the time when social distancing recommendations are relaxed.

Is the Planetarium open?
The SPC Planetarium on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus will be closed until further notice.

Are the Wellness Centers open?
The Wellness Centers will be closed until the college resumes normal operations.

Is the dental hygiene clinic at the HEC still open?
The dental clinic is closed until further notice.

Are athletic events canceled?
All college athletic events have been canceled through the end of the Spring Term.

College Response

What is the College doing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak?
The College’s Emergency Management Council, made up of leaders in all functional areas throughout the College, has been monitoring the outbreak since it was first reported. They have been in contact with local and state health and emergency management officials, as well as the Florida College System and the Florida Department of Education.

For Employees

Where can I find information for employees?
Please visit the HR Hub for employee information as well as the college's COVID-19 FAQ for employees.

Where can I find technical support?
Staff please contact the Technical Support Help Desk OR
Call 727-791-2795 OR
Send an email to support@spcollege.edu

How will moving operations online affect me? 
During this time, SPC employees will work from home. Unless otherwise identified, students, employees and the public should not come to campus during this time. If a time arises where a staff member needs to come to campus, please coordinate with your supervisor, Provost or site administrator.

When will SPC employees working remotely return to campuses?
At this time, no determination has been made when employees will return to campuses.

Important dates

Fall 2020

  • April 29: Fall registration begins
  • Aug. 17: Fall full term and First 8-Week classes begin
  • Aug. 21: Weekend College begins
  • Sept. 14: 12-Week Express Session begins
  • Oct. 12: Second 8-Week classes begin