MARCH 27, 2020
Dear Members of St. Johns River State College’s Community,
As we have all followed the unprecedented spread of the COVID-19 virus across the world and into our state and community, the administration of St. Johns River State College has worked to respond to the changing circumstances to ensure our campuses are safe environments for our students, faculty, and staff. The health, safety, and welfare of SJR State’s entire community continues to be our top priority and guides our decision-making.
Today should mark the end of our first week back after Spring Break. However, due to the latest recommendations by the CDC, all of our campuses are closed to students, and all classes are canceled until Monday, March 30, as our dedicated faculty work to quickly transition on-campus classes to the online platform. I must also share the news that our Spring Graduation is postponed. We recognize the significance of graduation for not only our students but also their families and friends who have shared their journey with them. We did not reach the decision to postpone graduation without careful consideration, and it is our hope to honor our spring graduates in late June or early July if circumstances permit and dependent upon the guidance from the CDC at that time.
The recent changes to our College’s operations are summarized below:
- Classes will resume on March 30, 2020. All classes will be online until the end of the semester.
- All SJR State campuses are closed to students, and all student services are transitioning online. More information about virtual student services will be available soon at www.sjrstate.edu/press2020/coronavirus.html
- Students should communicate with their instructors about their courses and employees should communicate with their supervisors regarding any questions or concerns about college operations.
- Spring 2020 Graduation is postponed with a reschedule date to be determined.
- Updates on all College activity regarding COVID-19 will be posted to the College’s website as they develop. Please continue to monitor the College website, college emails, and Facebook for updates.
- While it appears likely that Summer A classes will also be required to be online-only, a final decision has not yet been made. Again, please monitor the College website, college emails, and Facebook for updates.
Students, you undoubtedly have unease about these changes in plans. Prior to this virus disrupting all of our lives, I recognize that you were already juggling multiple priorities. Managing work, family, and college is something that took both effort and practice, and now everything is suddenly different and your challenges only amplified. With so many other elements of our lives different or on hold right now, I encourage you to continue to prioritize your education. Although certainly not easy, continuing to make progress towards your degree or certificate will be time well spent. The College’s faculty, staff, and administration are all working diligently to ensure the pieces are in place to provide you with the support and resources you need to be successful. I have confidence in your ability to succeed in even these most trying circumstances.
And to SJR State’s exceptional employees — our faculty, staff, and administration who have worked together to transition all of the College’s instruction online and operations to a remote environment with as little disruption as possible — I extend my heartfelt thanks. These are unusual circumstances for all of us, and I greatly appreciate everyone’s flexibility, cooperation, creativity, and patience as, together, we forge a path through this crisis.
As we have all learned, news about COVID-19 changes constantly. Please remain patient during these uncertain times, and we will communicate as effectively and quickly as possible. Remember that because of its people, because of you, St. Johns River State College is both resilient and strong.
Take care of yourself, your families, and your community.
Joe H. Pickens, J.D.
Director of Public Relations and Publications