Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

SCC Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

May 29, 2020: SCC’s summer classes begin on Monday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 3. Students should continue to check email for updates from instructors and this COVID-19 webpage.

Select services for applicants and students will resume on-site with special safety instructions as follows:

  • Hand-washing, social distancing and other precautionary practices should continue to be practiced.
  • Students visiting enrollment and other service areas are strongly encouraged to come alone or with only one parent or significant other.
  • Students should not bring young children on campus when planning to complete enrollment and other tasks; children cannot be left alone in the waiting areas.
  • Detailed instructions and signage are on display in all service areas to assist in making your visit to the campus successful. Please pay close attention to this information.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to ensure the health and safely of our SCC community.

Additional college updates will be shared via this website.

SCC will continue online/virtual services to applicants, students and other visitors. The following offices will be available for assistance via telephone (864) 592-4800 and email:

· Admissions – admissions@sccsc.edu
· Academic Advising – advisingcenter@sccsc.edu
· Business Office – business_office@sccsc.edu
· Financial Aid – fa-questions@sccsc.edu
· Student Records records@sccsc.edu
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SCC Frequently Asked Questions for Students and Community

View common questions with guidance during this time of uncertainty.

Past Updates

  1.  May 26, 2020

    May 26, 2020: On behalf of President Giles: Thank you for all you have done to plan and prepare for our reopening. I recognize the hard work and long hours you have put in to allow us to continue serving our students and our community, and for that I am grateful. Last week Executive Council revisited the practice of wearing face masks/face coverings and unanimously agreed stricter guidelines are needed to ensure the safety and health of anyone on our campuses.

    Absent a medical condition, effective immediately, all faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to wear a face mask/face covering at all times on all SCC campuses when safe social distancing measures are not possible or difficult to follow.

    For clarification, anytime you leave your office going to go to the restroom, another floor, break area, the bookstore, another office or anywhere that you may interact with or pass another person - wear a face mask. The ONLY exceptions when a face mask is not required are when you are alone in your office OR in a setting where safe social distance can be practiced (maintain 6 feet distance from anyone). For detailed guidelines on the use and care of face coverings, please review the SCC Guide for Return to Workplace Plan (pages 3-5,9). If you have questions or concerns, please contact your supervisor.

    The ONLY exception where a face mask/covering is not required is when you are in a setting where safe social distancing can be practiced (maintain 6 feet distance from co-workers).

    If you have a face mask, please wear it. If you do not, SCC face masks (one per person) are available free of charge for employees and students in the SCC bookstore. Employees may pick up a face mask from the bookstore. Students who ordered books online received a face mask with their order. Other students may pick up a face mask in the bookstore. If you need additional face masks for yourself or your family, the bookstore has several varieties for sale.

    Thank you for your attention to this important requirement and helping to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. The extra measure of care and respect for each other will allow us to safely continue our important work of teaching and learning. Stay safe and healthy until we are together again!

     

  2. May 18, 2020

    May 18, 2020: SCC’s online summer classes began Monday, May 18 and face-to-face classes will begin on Monday, June 1 and  Wednesday, June 3. Students should continue to check email for updates from instructors. SCC supervisors and select employees returned to campus on May 18 and following an assessment of office readiness will provide specific guidance to faculty/staff regarding returning to work. All SCC employees will return to work no later than Monday, June 1. Also at this time select services for applicants and students will resume with special safety instructions. Hand-washing, social distancing and other precautionary practices should continue to be practiced. Face coverings/masks are not required but are encouraged, especially where social distancing is difficult. 

  3.  April 30, 2020

    April 30, 2020: Beginning, Monday, May 4, Spartanburg Community College is authorized to allow essential personnel and students access to campus to complete required spring semester course work. Faculty will contact affected students to confirm their appointments at specific SCC campuses. 

    April 28, 2020: In compliance with SC Governor Henry McMaster’s extended executive order, Spartanburg Community College’s five campuses will remain closed to students and non-essential employees through May 12 and alternative online methods of instruction will continue until students, faculty and staff can safely return to campus.

    “Our important work of educating students and doing everything we can to ensure their success continues. We are open virtually and conducting college business,” explains SCC’s President Henry Giles. “Our 10-week summer terms starting on May 18 will be taught via distance learning and we are hopeful that later summer terms can meet in-person, but that decision will be finalized in the coming weeks as we continue to monitor COVID-19 developments.”

    The following remains in effect for SCC:

    • The College’s five campuses in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties remain closed to students and non-essential employees through May 12, per an extension of the Governor’s executive order 2020-09 on April 27, 2020 (https://governor.sc.gov/executive-branch/executive-orders).
    • SCC employees will continue to work remotely through May 12, 2020, following an already established telecommuting work plan.
    • SCC’s 10-week summer term starting May 18 will be taught via distance learning modes of instruction. More information is available at https://sccsc.edu/admissions/classes.php. Students should continue to communicate with advisors and instructors, and take advantage of the college’s services available to help them navigate attending college.

     

  4.  March 27, 2020

    March 27, 2020: As the COVID-19 virus impacts our community and our nation, changing the way we work, learn and live, Spartanburg Community College remains dedicated to continuing the education of our students and protecting the health and well-being of students and faculty, staff.

    In compliance with orders from SC Governor Henry C. McMaster, the following remains in effect for SCC

    • The College’s five campuses in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties remain closed to students and non-essential employees through April 30, 2020, per an extension of the Governor’s executive order 2020-09 (https://governor.sc.gov/executive-branch/executive-orders)

    • SCC employees will continue to work remotely through April 30, 2020, following an already established telecommuting work plan

    SCC faculty will continue to teach classes via distance learning modes of instruction through the end of the spring semester and are in direct communication with students offering guidance and support. Given the unknown outcome of COVID-19 and time period of its impact, SCC academic leaders are developing multiple plans of instruction through summer 2020. If the situation does require changes to summer instruction, those plans will be communicated as changes are implemented.

    Effective April 1, 2020, Governor McMaster has given community/technical colleges the option to bring groups of 10 or fewer “senior level” students on campus to complete the required lab components of technical courses needed to graduate in spring 2020. The 10 person or fewer limit will apply per technical course and per campus, and SCC instructors will contact students affected by this decision and provide them the option of completing their labs so they can avoid a delay in graduation. All other SCC students will continue coursework via distance learning.

    “In the midst of these difficult times, we continue to do everything possible to help all SCC students finish the semester successfully, especially students who are so close to graduating this spring,” explains SCC President Henry C. Giles, Jr. “It is critical that graduating students are given needed resources to finish their program, giving them the opportunity to explore job opportunities that may be available in the coming months. Equally important is our responsibility to faculty and staff - providing the tools they need to continue their important work of teaching and conducting business for the college. I am thankful for each employee and their dedication to our students. Despite the unimaginable odds we face each day, we will rally together and get through this challenging time.”

    SCC administration made the difficult decision to postpone the college’s traditional May graduation ceremony to August 6, 2020. “The new date will allow our College community to celebrate our graduates as we always do, at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, hopefully once the threats of COVID-19 have passed,” said Pres. Giles. More information is forthcoming to graduating students, faculty and staff via email and the SCC website.

    Registration for SCC’s summer and fall semesters is ongoing via the SCC website.

    College updates will be shared via this COVID-19 page. A new online FAQ has been added to website and is available to students, faculty, staff and community residents.

  5.  March 19, 2020

    March 19, 2020: Spartanburg Community College implemented a distance learning instructional model on March 16 that will continue through the end of the semester, April 29, in compliance with the executive order announced today by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. SCC’s five campuses in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties remain closed through March 31 for students and the public, in accordance with the Governor’s March 15 executive order.

    In addition, today SCC’s Executive Council implemented a telecommuting work plan for all SCC employees beginning tomorrow, March 20, through March 31, 2020. Only employees designated as essential to the operation of the College will be allowed on campus. 

     “Our top priorities are the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff and to continue teaching our students during this unprecedented time,” says Henry C. Giles, Jr., SCC president. “We have incorporated distance learning instructional models so that our semester continues with as little disruption as possible. Although COVID-19 brings many new questions and challenges each day, we are doing everything within our power to adapt and continue serving our students.” 

    Additionally, the college’s spring break will remain unchanged and will take place from Monday, March 30 – Saturday, April 4, 2020.

    Registration for summer and fall semesters at SCC is ongoing. Information about applying to the college and registering for classes is available on the SCC website.

    SCC’s Business Office has suspended the $15 credit card convenience fee to encourage online payments.

     

  6. March 15, 2020

    March 15, 2020:  Spartanburg Community College will close March 16-31, 2020, for all classes and non-essential services, events in compliance with an executive order issued today by SC Governor Henry McMaster today due to an imminent public health emergency from 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

     The college is currently determining whether alternative methods of instruction will be held and updates will be communicated to students, faculty and staff via the College’s website (https://www.sccsc.edu/index.php) and email.

     The immediate closing is for all SCC campuses located in the College’s three county service area of Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee including:

    • SCC Central Campus & Downtown Campus – Spartanburg
    • SCC Cherokee County Campus – Gaffney
    • SCC Tyger River Campus – Duncan
    • SCC Union County Campus – Union

    Additionally, the following mandates are effective immediately through March 31:

    • Students do not report to class or campus, but instead should communicate with their instructors via email for additional guidance.
    • Only essential personnel should report to work including the following:
    • Executive Council members
    • Associate Vice Presidents
    • Academic Deans
    • Academic Department Chairs
    • Campus Operations Staff
    • IT staff
    • Marketing and public relations staff
    • Campus directors and support staff
    • Spark Center staff
    • All events, activities planned at all SCC campuses are cancelled.
    • College operations staff will begin an immediate deep cleaning of all areas on all campuses.

    SCC is committed to the safety, security and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. During this time of uncertainty, SCC administration is closely monitoring all COVID-19 developments and will make decisions in the best interest of our college community. We recommend following guidelines provided by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    For additional information, please visit the SCC website at (https://www.sccsc.edu/index.php) as well as an SCC webpage dedicated to COVID-19 updates (https://www.sccsc.edu/coronavirus.php).

  7. March 10, 2020

    March 10, 2020: Spartanburg Community College is committed to the safety, security and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. To minimize impact to our college community, SCC administration is closely monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is following guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

    We will communicate important information via SCC email to students, faculty and staff and post updates on this website. Should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed by DHEC among our college community, we will follow DHEC and CDC guidelines and provide immediate recommendations and next steps. Because there is no immediate threat to the SCC community, the college is operating on a normal schedule.

    At this time, precautions are recommended to maintain daily routines of protecting against illness by practicing good hygiene, washing your hands, covering your cough. SC residents who are showing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should call their personal doctor or healthcare provider. If an individual does not have a primary care physician, the Medical University of South Carolina - MUSC Health - is providing free telehealth screening to all South Carolinians. Anyone experiencing symptoms can visit MUSC.care and use the promo code COVID19 and be screened without having to leave your home.

    Download flyer with list of ways to prevent spreading of Coronavirus and others (PDF)

    Review SCC alerts and emergency information on website

    NOTE: Updates will be made as warranted to this page.

    SC DHEC Prevention Tips

    Source: S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

    South Carolina DHEC is closely monitoring the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). SCC will continue to monitor the situation and follow DHEC recommendations. For more information about COVID-19 and developments in SC, visit the SC DHEC website.

    Coronavirus Fact Sheet graphic


    Helpful Resources:

    DHEC Higher Education Guidance-COVID-19

    World Health Organizations

    US Department of State

     


    Be Prepared – Plan Ahead

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Make a Plan

    CDC – Preparedness & Response

     

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