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These guidelines and policies help ensure the health and wellbeing of the entire SPC community. The plan will be amended as needed as new information becomes available.

Introduction

As we continue to face uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of all Titans remains the highest priority of St. Petersburg College.

SPC’s Titans Comeback Plan is guided by information from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention that prioritizes the safety of students, faculty, and staff. Other contributing best practices and guidelines include the Florida Governor’s Office, Florida Department of Education, Pinellas County Health Department, Pinellas County Emergency Management and the Division of Florida Colleges.

These guidelines and policies help ensure the health and wellbeing of the entire SPC community. The plan will be amended as needed.

The overarching guiding principles were used to develop the following guidelines:

  • Safety: Ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of our college community.
  • Stability: Minimizing the financial impact to students and employees.
  • Students: Advancing our student success agenda and keep students learning.
Symptom Checker Self-Assessment

Use the Symptom Checker Before Coming to Campus

Please complete the symptom checker self-assessment each day before you arrive for work or classes. This is critical in ensuring that we are able to effectively contract trace.

If you answered yes to any of the questions in they symptom check self-assessment, DO NOT come to campus. You may return to campus according to the guidelines provided in the CDC return criteria.

Protecting Your Health

Face coverings at St. Petersburg College are now optional. Individuals may choose to wear them at any time based on their own preference and informed by their personal level of risk. Please follow CDC guidance on face coverings at www.cdc.gov

While SPC does not require face coverings in its buildings, some clinical, lab and studio spaces will require them by nature of the work performed in those areas. Those spaces will be marked as such.

It is critically important that anyone coming to an SPC campus or site, take the college’s symptom checker self-assessment. Do NOT come to campus if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms.

Particular campuses or programs may have additional requirements beyond the college’s guidelines at spcollege.edu/spc-updates. Please review information provided by your specific program/campus.

Based on guidance from the CDC and our local public health officials, we strongly encourage the college community to get vaccinated as soon as possible as it provides the best protection against serious illness and is the most effective tool to help prevent the spread of the virus. The vaccine has proven to be safe and effective. It is also free and widely available. You can find vaccination sites here. If you have concerns about the vaccine, we encourage you to talk to your doctor.

The college will not require employees or students to provide proof of vaccination. However, some of our agency partners in health and/or public safety programs may require faculty or students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to participate in their facilities/on their properties. In those cases, proof of vaccination may be required prior to the first day of class and/or clinical/agency participation. If you have any questions, please reach out to your academic department.

For more information on how to protect yourself and others, please visit the CDC website.

Facilities & Cleaning

Facilities & Cleaning

Enhanced cleanings of all common areas and classrooms will be performed throughout the COVID period. Electrostatic disinfecting of all common and classroom areas will occur every night. Additional cleaning supplies will be available for students and instructors to clean learning spaces before use.

  • All restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected a minimum of twice daily. Employees should use a paper towel to open the door in restrooms after drying hands and place the towel in a trash receptacle next to the door.
  • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in College offices, rooms and spaces will be operated to provide the best indoor air quality. Preventative and manufacturer recommended maintenance is being conducted College wide on all HVAC systems. Facilities staff will continue to perform routine inspections on HVAC equipment, including filters change outs, and outdoor air damper positioning. Employees should not use fans/heaters of any kind within offices or workspaces.
  • Frequent hand washing is highly encouraged. Liquid sanitation stations will be available at all main entrances. Hand wipes will be stationed in the hallways for use by staff and students. Hand wipes will be located in shared office spaces and areas where face-to-face student services are performed (e.g. advising, career services, tutoring etc.) Please place hand wipes in trash receptacles once used.
  • Due to frequent use,  we encourage students, faculty and staff to wipe down computer keyboards, mice, and stations, as well as desks or other hard surfaces before using. Adequate levels of cleaning supplies will be provided to be used before and after each use.
    Student Specifics

    Student Specifics

    All students, guests and partners are asked to complete the COVID-19 symptom checker self-assessment prior to coming into College buildings, and comply with all policies and safety protocols. Those who seek an accommodation or adjustment to any of these policies due to a disability should contact 727-341-4510, or in the case of students seeking accommodations, your campus Accessibility Services Coordinator.

    DO YOU FEEL ILL OR HAVE YOU BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19?

    Visit the CDC website where you can find multiple resources on how you can protect yourself and others, including county-by-county information. You also can find information specific to Pinellas County on the county’s website.

    CLASSES & LABS

    • The college will hold classes on campus, as well as through our fully online and LIVE Online formats. Certain clinical, lab and studio spaces will continue masking and will be marked as such.
    • Differences in fully online and LIVE Online class formats.
      • Fully online courses are self-paced.
      • LIVE Online courses offer some independent work combined with interactive video conference lessons with professors and fellow students. The SPC LIVE Online set-schedule courses provide all the benefits of face-to-face courses in a live, remote setting without leaving the comfort of your home. Benefits of SPC LIVE Online classes include:
          • Regularly scheduled times to meet virtually with professors and classmates
          • Interactive discussion forums
          • Access to course materials such as videos and PowerPoints
          • Flexibility of scheduling
          • High-quality, guided instruction
            Please note While the SPC LIVE Online courses provide greater flexibility, they are not self-paced.

      STUDENT SERVICES & ACTIVITIES

      • Most campus bookstores are open, with hours listed here.
      • Events and activities are being held on campus and online.
      • Face-to-face student services are open to walk-ins,while appointments are encouraged. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of virtual students services.

        MAKE-UP WORK

        Please do not hesitate to reach out to your instructor. They are here to help.

        Employee Specifics

        All employees are asked to complete a COVID-19 symptom checker self-assessment prior to coming into College buildings and comply with all policies and safety protocols.

        DO YOU FEEL ILL OR HAVE YOU BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19?

        Visit the CDC website where you can find multiple resources on how you can protect yourself and others, including county-by-county information. You also can find information specific to Pinellas County on the county’s website.

        Reporting COVID-19 or Flu-Like Symptoms

        Reporting COVID-19 or Flu-Like Symptoms

        If you have been on an SPC campus and have tested positive for COVID-19:

        • Students: Contact your faculty member.
        • Employees: Contact your supervisor.
        • Faculty: If a face-to-face student has contacted you, please contact your provost.

        In addition, completing the symptom checker self-assessment each day before you arrive for work or classes is critical in ensuring that we are able to effectively contract trace.

        If you answered yes to any of the questions in the symptom checker self-assessment, DO NOT come to campus. You may return to campus according to the guidelines provided in the CDC return criteria.

        ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

        Legal and Medical Disclaimer: The information contained in this document does not constitute legal or medical advice.