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COVID-19 Update Oct. 20, 2020

As registration for the Spring Term (including the Winter Session) gets underway, we wanted to let you know that the protocols and on-campus safety measures outlined in the college’s COVID-19 Comeback Plan will continue throughout the Spring Term (including the Winter Session). This includes the requirement of face coverings in all SPC buildings, usage of the college’s symptom checker self-assessment each time before coming to an SPC campus/site and maintaining physical distances of 6 feet or more.

The college will hold a portion of classes on campus during the Spring Term, with the remainder in the fully online or LIVE Online formats. Student services will be held in a combination of virtual and on-campus formats. Check the advising page for ways to meet with an advisor. Most SPC in-person Library and Tutoring Services are by appointment only. Please visit the Learning Resources web page for information regarding campus hours and other available services. You can also check out our Learning Resources online. Review bookstore hours here.

Please remember - if you test positive for COVID-19, are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have had contact with a known COVID-19 patient within the last 14 days and have been on an SPC campus or site, you should contact your professor(s). Additional resources, including latest announcements, hours for student services and FAQs, can be found in the college’s COVID-19 Information Hub. Please continue to follow CDC prevention guidelines as we work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Latest Announcements

  • Celebrate SPC’s Fall 2020 Graduates Virtually

    Celebrate SPC’s Fall 2020 Graduates Virtually

    SPC’s Fall 2020 Commencement will be held online on Saturday, Dec. 12. Due to health concerns involving COVID-19, the college is providing this opportunity for a socially distant, safe ceremony in place of a physical gathering.

    This online event will include remarks from SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams, student speakers and the formal conferral of degrees.

    Graduating students who want to be recognized and have their name announced during the ceremony must register online by Friday, Nov. 6. PLEASE NOTE: There are no exceptions to this deadline.

    Check spcollege.edu/graduation for more information.

  • COVID-19 TRACKING DASHBOARD

    COVID-19 TRACKING DASHBOARD

    SPC has launched a COVID-19 tracking dashboard that is updated as soon as a new positive test case is reported to the college. Cases will be listed for each individual who discloses a positive COVID-19 test result to the college, has been on an SPC campus/site and/or who may have exposed others at SPC.

  • 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 - Extended to 12/31/2020!

    Student Loan Forbearance - Extended to 12/31/2020!

    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 classes that will meet these course conversion requirements. For more details, visit the Veterans Services website.

  • Resources for SPC Students

    Resources for SPC Students

    Discover 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.

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!

Advising
As always, our advisors are waiting to work with you to build a schedule. You can talk with an advisor through our Virtual Advising Center with no appointment is necessary.
You will be connected to the first available advisor and can sign up here.

Learning Resources
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.

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.

Are the libraries open?
At this time, most SPC in-person Library and Tutoring Services are by appointment only. Please visit the Learning Resources web page for information regarding campus hours and other available services.

You can also  check out our Learning Resources online.

What if I need advising?
You can talk with an advisor through our Virtual Advising Center. No appointment is necessary. You will be connected to the first available advisor. Learn more here.

Limited advising services are available on campus. You can connect with your assigned advisor in person, by phone or virtually through Zoom.

  • Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m.-Noon

What if I need online tutoring or digital textbook access?
SPC's Learning Resources offers online services for students, including tutoring and research assistance.

Are bookstores open?

Yes. For current hours and locations, please visit the Barnes and Noble Customer Service page.

Online orders can be made at  Barnes & Noble College.

You can order digital versions 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 deliveries. Learn More

Student Support Resources

Student Services 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?
Please use our AskFAS survey or contact our Call Center at 727-791-2485. Office locations are open with selected hours.

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 talk with an advisor through our Virtual Advising Center. No appointment is necessary. You will be connected to the first available advisor. Learn more 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 classes that will meet these course conversion requirements.

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.

What is the status of SPC's Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony?
SPC will host a celebration for Spring and Summer 2020 graduates at two of its campuses on Oct. 10. Students who earned a degree during these two terms can don their regalia, hear their name called and walk across a stage decorated for graduation. Graduates can invite up to four guests to celebrate with them and take photos. The college will contact eligible graduates about taking part in this event via their personal/home email address. Learn more here.

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?
The National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) has announced the suspension of all fall sports due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. Each team will be permitted to practice for 60 consecutive days in the fall in order to prepare for spring seasons. Volleyball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Baseball, Softball and Tennis will be allowed to begin their official competition seasons starting Jan. 4, 2021. The SPC Athletic Department will continue to monitor the situation and remain in communication with our internal Emergency Management Services, the Florida College Systems Council of Athletic Affairs, the NJCAA,and the Office of the Chancellor, and will update our Return to Play Plan accordingly. SPC, in conjunction with other members of the Florida College System, is working together to ensure the best possible decision is made to maintain the health and safety of our student athletes.

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.