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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - TUESDAY, MAY 5 - 2:00 P.M.

St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens announced a new date to honor the 2020 spring graduates. The spring commencement originally set for May 8 has been rescheduled for July 23 at 10:00 a.m. A decision to hold the ceremony in a traditional, in-person format or a virtual ceremony is still being determined and will be contingent upon when pandemic restrictions arelifted.

“Honoring this milestone is important to our students and tothe entire college community,” Pickens said. “Each graduate has his or her own success story to celebrate, and we are committed to recognizing them for their achievements before they move on to the next chapter of their lives.”

Graduates should monitor their student email and the College web site for further details.

SJR State holds a spring and fall commencement each year at the Thrasher-Horne Center, located on the Orange Park campus.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MONDAY, MAY 4 - 5:00 P.M.

The application for the CARES Act COVID-19 Aid Grant is available. Visit the CARES Act web page for details and to access the application: http://sjrstate.edu/caresactgrant.html
SJR State campuses will remain closed to students and visitors at this time. Employees will continue to primarily work remotely until further notice. Students should continue communications with admissions, advising and other student services via the College website.
Online instruction will continue through the summer terms, with on-campus courses being added to the Summer B schedule at a later date when/if permitted.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - THURSDAY, APRIL 30 - 6:00 P.M.

Following Governor DeSantis’ press conference on reopening the state, "Phase 1" does not substantially alter how the College operates. SJR State campuses will remain closed to students and visitors at this time. Employees will continue to primarily work remotely until further notice. Students should continue communications with admissions, advising and other student services via the College website.

Online instruction will continue through the summer terms, with on-campus courses being added to the Summer B schedule at a later date when/if permitted.

College officials will provide further updates upon the Governor’s announcement of "Phase 2." The application for the CARES Act COVID-19 Aid Grant will be available on the College website on May 4.

The College anticipates an announcement next week regarding the spring commencement.

Need Wi–Fi? Hot spots have been installed in three designated campus parking lots on all campuses.


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - FRIDAY, APRIL 24 - 2:00 P.M.

SJR State to receive CARES Act (student aid) funds

St. Johns River State College President Joe Pickens announces the anticipation of emergency cash grants through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The funds (up to $500) are intended to aid currently enrolled students whose education has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the criteria and procedures for applying for the grant are under review, President Pickens confirms that one requirement includes completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). “Applying for the FAFSA is a crucial step, as this certifies a student’s information,” Pickens said. “Students who have not completed the FAFSA are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.”

Spring term students who have not completed the FAFSA application should submit the 2019-20 FAFSA. Students who plan to attend the fall semester should submit the 2020-21 FAFSA. Information and access to the FASFA can be found here: http://www.sjrstate.edu/howtoapplyfinaid.html.

All grant requests will be reviewed for eligibility and processed as quickly as possible. Funds will be disbursed to eligible students through their BankMobile refund selection. Students who have not set up an account can do so here Select Refund Method. Eligible students who do not opt for direct deposit will receive a check by mail. Please note that delivery by mail may take up to two weeks.

The CARES Act funding is limited and not guaranteed. Once the criteria have been determined and funds are available, it will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those determined to be eligible.

The College anticipates announcing more information on the CARES Act funds by May 4.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - APRIL 2, 3:00 PM

SJR State recognizes that some students may not have access to Wi-Fi during the campus closure. The College is installing Wi-Fi hot spots in three designated parking lots to assist students needing access to continue their online classes.

Students will have access at the following locations:
St. Augustine – H Building parking lot, beginning April 4
Orange Park – H Building parking lot, beginning April 7
Palatka – Gym parking lot, beginning April 7

In an effort to maintain social distancing, STUDENTS MUST REMAIN IN THEIR VEHICLES. Students will log in using their college-issued username and password (portal ID).

Wi-Fi access will be available 24/7. Security will be provided.

In compliance with Governor DeSantis‘ executive order 20-19, restrooms and other college facilities will not be open to students or the public.

Students needing technical support may contact the IT department at WebHelp@Vikings.SJRstate.edu
Password Reset Guide (PDF)

Need technical support with your online class/Canvas?
Email the department at CanvasHelpEmail@sjrstate.edu

A Letter from SJR State's President in re COVID-19



CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - APRIL 1, 6:00 PM

Online instruction will continue through all summer terms. On-campus summer classes will not be held. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for certain workforce programs. Instructors will be in contact with those students.
While the long-term impact of the virus is still unknown, College officials have made this decision to give students and faculty time to adjust.

Students who have registered for on-campus summer classes will NOT be automatically moved to online classes. Those students must DROP their current on-campus summer courses and ADD an online course.

The new online summer schedule is now available.

SUMMER FULL TERM and A TERM

SUMMER FULL TERM - CLASSES MAY 13 - AUGUST 11
SUMMER A TERM - CLASSES MAY 13 - JUNE 26

• MAY 1 Last day to apply online for admission
• MAY 12 Last day to submit residency affidavit for in-state tuition rate
• MAY 12 Last day for new online registration with fee payment

SUMMER B TERM

SUMMER B TERM - CLASSES JUNE 29 - AUGUST 11

• JUNE 15 Last day to apply online for admission
• JUNE 26 Last day to submit residency affidavit for in-state tuition rate
• JUNE 26 Last day for new online registration with fee payment

Dual Enrollment students please check your Vikings SJR State email for updates regarding the summer term and your schedule.

SJR State encourages you to continue the education you have been working toward so diligently. Online orientation is available for new students once your application has been processed.

Questions?
Contact the Advising Office via email at Advising@SJRstate.edu or by phone at 386-312-4035.

The campuses will remain closed until further notice. Select services are being provided online. Please refer to the March 27 update for details.

If conditions improve and state/local guidelines allow, SJR State may transition some its online summer courses back to an on-campus format. Please continue to monitor the College website and student email for updates.

Stay well, Vikings!

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MARCH 27, 1:00 PM

Dear Students,

In addition to your education, your safety and wellbeing will always be our top priority. We thank you for your patience as we follow guidelines and determine the best path to navigate our college community through these unprecedented circumstances.

THE COLLEGE IS CLOSED TO STUDENTS AND VISITORS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Classes and services will be provided remotely until officials determine it is safe to return to campus.

On-campus classes will resume on March 30 in an online format through the end of the Spring semester. Exceptions have been made for certain workforce programs. Instructors are in contact with those students.

Students are asked to continue monitoring the College website and College email REGULARLY for updates.

IMPORTANT STUDENT INFORMATION

STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Payments for student accounts must be made online by accessing your MySJRstate account. Once logged in, click on the big Green Button that reads “Pay My Tuition and Fees.” Acceptable forms of online payment are Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover and electronic check. Checks can also be mailed to:

Business Office
St. Johns River State College
5001 St. Johns Avenue
Palatka, Florida 32177

Questions concerning your account balance should be directed to BusinessOffice@SJRstate.edu or by phone at 386-312-4121. Emails should include your Name, Student ID Number, Telephone Number you can be reached at, and the nature of your question.

ADVISING
Our advisors are ready to serve you via email at Advising@SJRstate.edu or by phone at 386-312-4035 to answer questions regarding your academic plan, registration, etc.

WITHDRAWALS/INCOMPLETES
Please monitor this section regularly as changes continue to develop.
The Spring term withdrawal date has been extended through April 17.

There are financial and academic consequences to withdrawing from a course, and it should be considered only as a last resort. See details here: SJRstate.edu/pdfs/Thinking_About_Withdrawing.pdf
If you decide that withdrawing from a course is your best option at this time, you may withdraw online through the student portal:
Student Tab > Registration - Add/Drop/Withdraw > Withdraw Courses

All regular appeal policies will remain in place for all students.

An “I” grade is an option for students. For Spring Term 2020, “I” grades become an “F” 60 days after the beginning of the next term. Talk with your advisor for details.

ONLINE TUTORING
An SJR State math tutor and a science tutor will be online Monday - Friday to help you via chat and screen sharing. Visit http://libraries.sjrstate.edu/asc to chat with a tutor. If you need help in other subjects, please contact your instructor through Canvas or access our online tutoring with Smarthinking.

LIBRARY SERVICES
Even though the campuses are closed, the Library’s virtual branch is open! Students can access eBooks, articles, and streaming videos online 24/7. And if you need help, a Librarian will be online weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to help via chat and more! Visit http://libraries.sjrstate.edu

COMPUTER LABS
Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the Coronavirus epidemic, all campuses and computer labs are closed until further notice. College officials understand there may be students who do not have computer access following the transition to the online format.
Students experiencing this issue may contact the College ombudsmen, Dr. Gilbert Evans, for guidance at (386) 312-4127 or by email at GilbertEvans@sjrstate.edu

BOOKSTORE
View and order your books online at https://bookstore.sjrstate.edu/

FINANCIAL AID
Financial Aid services are available via email at FinancialAidWeb@SJRstate.edu or by calling Palatka Campus (386) 312-4040.

Financial Aid Disbursement
Spring B Financial Aid disbursements began March 12 with refunds starting to be processed on March 23. If you are a first-time loan borrower, your Direct Loan funds will be disbursed to your student account beginning April 15 with refunds starting to be processed on April 1.

Withdrawals And Satisfactory Academic Progress
Please note: Withdrawing can negatively impact your future eligibility for Financial Aid. Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress by meeting these components throughout their academic career:
Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA
Successfully complete 67% of the course work attempted
Be within 150% of the maximum timeframe to complete the degree

TESTING SERVICES
Testing services is not available until further notice. College officials are continuing to evaluate the needs and are working on a plan to offer assessments in the near future. You may contact the Testing office by emailing TestingCenter@SJRstate.edu or calling (386) 312-4228.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT
For help with technical issues, contact the IT department at WebHelp@Vikings.SJRstate.edu or at 1-888-757-2293. This is a toll-free number that will direct you to the main line. Please wait for option #8.
Password Reset Guide (PDF)

Need technical support with your online class/Canvas?
Call 1-386-312-4077 or email the department at CanvasHelpEmail@SJRstate.edu

ANXIETY/STRESS
Need someone to talk to? Counseling services are available through SJR State Cares, a confidential and free service available to all SJR State students. Contact Dr. Douglass Lobo, CARE Counselor, at DouglassLobo@SJRstate.edu, and he will arrange a session with you via internet or telephone.

ADMISSIONS & REGISTRAR/TRANSCRIPTS
We encourage you to email the following departments to assist you with your needs and questions:
Registrar/Records at Records@SJRstate.edu (386) 312-4050
Admissions at Admissions@SJRstate.edu (386) 312-4031

Submission of ALL College related paperwork for Admissions, Residency, Transcript, Financial Aid, and Advising must be submitted by U.S. Mail to the address below:
SJR State College
Attn: Appropriate Department
5001 St. Johns Avenue
Palatka, FL. 32177

Transcripts
eTranscripts will be accepted from companies such as Parchment and Credentials. FYI, an “emailed transcript” is NOT the same as an eTranscript. An emailed transcript is not secure. An eTranscript is ordered through an online ordering system and sent via a secure system and digitally certified as official

EVENTS
All public and College-sponsored events, including athletic games, FloArts events and Thrasher-Horne Center events, have been canceled for the remainder of the spring semester.

GRADUATION
The Spring Commencement has been postponed. We admire your dedication to your studies and are working to schedule a new graduation date to honor your accomplishments. Once a date has been determined, students will be notified.
Unfortunately, the campus award ceremonies have been cancelled.

SUMMER/FALL REGISTRATION AND ORIENTATION
SJR State encourages you to continue the education you have been working toward so diligently. The College is accepting applications for the summer and fall classes.
Online orientation is available for new students once your application has been processed. You will receive further instructions via mail and email.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS
Students requesting disability accommodations should contact the Advising Office by email at Advising@SJRstate.edu or by calling the Palatka Campus at (386) 312-4035 to discuss new requests or changes to existing accommodations. The Advising staff will work with students and faculty to determine reasonable accommodations.

PREVENTIVE ACTIONS/SELF CARE
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For more tips, visit the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

Students are asked to continue monitoring the College website and College email REGULARLY for updates.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MARCH 18, 4:00 PM

  • Spring Break for students has been extended through March 29.
  • Classes will resume on March 30 in an online format through the end of the semester. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for certain limited access and/or workforceprograms. Instructors will be in contact with those students.
  • All campuses will remain closed to students until further notice.
  • Employees should wait for instructions from their supervisors regarding working remotely and when/if to report to campus.
  • All public and College-sponsored events, including athletic games, FloArts events and Thrasher-Horne Center events, have been canceled for the remainder of the spring semester.

SJR State continues to monitor the situation as it evolves. MORE INFORMATION WILL FOLLOW.

Students and employees are asked to continue monitoring the College website and College email REGULARLY for updates.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MARCH 13, 3:30 PM

SJR State is preparing to transition to an online learning environment following Spring Break (March 14-22). All on-campus classes are canceled March 23 & 24 to enable faculty to finalize the transition and will resume on Wednesday, March 25 as online classes. All courses will remain online through at least April 12. 

Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for certain limited access and/or workforce programs. Instructors will be in contact with those students.

All faculty and staff will report to campus on Monday, March 23, as the College will remain open and operational.

SJR State continues to monitor the situation as it evolves. Students and employees are asked to continue monitoring the College website and College email REGULARLY for updates. Students/employees are encouraged to sign up for the College’s emergency alerts.

LIBRARY, ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER, AND COMPUTER LAB ACCESS
Campus libraries and computer labs will resume operation on Monday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m. to accommodate students. The Library will be closed on Sundays through at least April 12. During Online-Only instruction, the Library’s hours will be:
Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The hours of each Academic Support Center are posted online at http://libraries.sjrstate.edu/ASC

DUAL ENROLLMENT
Dual Enrollment students should check their SJR State email account for more information: http://www.sjrstate.edu/dualcurrent.html

COLLEGE EVENTS
All College-sponsored events, including athletic games and Thrasher-Horne Center performances, have been suspended through March 28.

The Color Purple has been canceled. The Young Irelanders has been rescheduled for August 15. For ticket information please visit THcenter.org.

STUDENT EMPLOYEES AND SUPERVISORS OF STUDENT EMPLOYEES
Student employees may continue to report to work on Monday, March 23, at their discretion while the College transitions to online instruction through April 12. Students who are concerned about working conditions may be excused during this period. Student employees should contact their supervisors by March 23 with their decision. Questions can be directed to Tammy Bartelli or Ginger Stokes in Human Resources at 386-312-4070.

TRAVEL ADVISORY
The following travel restrictions/limitations by the Executive Management Team are effective immediately. 

Under the direction of the Florida Department of Education and the Department of Health, any student or employee who is traveling to any country outside of the United States or is embarking on a cruise must self-isolate for 14 days upon return.

In addition, prior to returning to campus, employees are required to contact their supervisor, while students are required to contact Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Gilbert Evans.

Current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

COMMUNICATIONS
SJR State recommends that students and employees sign up for emergency notifications.  This is a free service provided by the College that is only used for emergency notifications.

To receive emergency notifications, log into the MySJRstate portal and click on the link “Register for Emergency Notifications” located under the “Emergency Procedures and Security Contact Information” and follow the instructions.

PREVENTIVE ACTIONS/SELF CARE
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For more tips, visit the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

ON-CAMPUS PRECAUTIONS
SJR State is continuously cleaning contact surfaces such as door hardware, desk tops, chairs, building entrance ways and restrooms.  SJR State is bringing on additional custodial staff to assist with this effort.  The College is also providing a quart-size bottle of disinfectant and paper towels for each classroom for instructors and staff to use if they choose. This disinfectant is a Neutral Germicidal Cleaner used to disinfect floors, door hardware and other hard surfaces. You can use them if you notice a need and are concerned about waiting for a custodian.  

We are frequently checking our Purell disinfectant dispensers in order to keep them stocked and operational. 


CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MARCH 12

SJR State will be open on Friday, March 13. The College will be closed for Spring Break March 14 – 22 and is scheduled to reopen on March 23. In the event it becomes necessary to move on-campus instruction to online instruction, the College is ready to support this transition. Students and employees are asked to monitor the College website and College email REGULARLY for updates. Students/employees are encouraged to sign up for the College’s emergency alerts.

The safety and well-being of our students and employees is SJR State’s top priority. College officials are following the recommendations of the CDC, state and local emergency management, and the Florida College System.

COLLEGE EVENTS
All College-sponsored events, including athletic games and Thrasher-Horne Center performances, have been suspended through March 28. For ticket information regarding The Color Purple and The Young Irelanders, please visit THcenter.org.

COMMUNICATIONS
SJR State recommends that students and employees sign up for emergency notifications. 

This is a free service provided by the College that is only used for emergency notifications.

To receive emergency notifications, log into the MySJRstate portal and click on the link “Register for Emergency Notifications” located under the “Emergency Procedures and Security Contact Information” and follow the instructions.

TRAVEL ADVISORY
The Florida Department of Health is advising all individuals who have traveled and are planning to travel to follow the current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

PREVENTIVE ACTIONS/SELF CARE
COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

For more tips, visit the CDC at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

ON-CAMPUS PRECAUTIONS
SJR State is continuously cleaning contact surfaces such as door hardware, desk tops, chairs, building entrance ways and restrooms. SJR State is bringing on additional custodial staff to assist with this effort. The College is also providing a quart-size bottle of disinfectant and paper towels for each classroom for instructors and staff to use if they choose. This disinfectant is a Neutral Germicidal Cleaner used to disinfect floors, door hardware and other hard surfaces (See the attached product sheet). You can use them if you notice a need and are concerned about waiting for a custodian.

We are frequently checking our Purell disinfectant dispensers in order to keep them stocked and operational. 



CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MARCH 11

Good afternoon, SJR State:

I want to update you with the latest information from the Florida Department of Health, which I am forwarding, and with information about steps the College is taking in response to guidance from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health. These measures are related to cleaning and disinfecting our facilities and about additional resources we are adding during the time of this virus outbreak concern.

1. We are working to contract for 3 additional Day Porters, one on each campus. These additional Day Porters will be assigned to continuously clean contact surfaces such as door hardware, desk tops, chairs, building entrance ways and restrooms. This effort will allow our current day porters to stay focused on their daily work schedules while improving our over-all buildings cleanliness.

2. We are providing a quart size bottle of disinfectant and paper towels for each classroom for instructors and staff to use if they choose. This disinfectant is a Neutral Germicidal Cleaner we use to disinfect floors, door hardware and other hard surfaces. (please see the attached product sheet) You can use them if you notice a need and are concerned about waiting for a custodian.

3. We are frequently checking our Purell disinfectant dispensers in order to keep them stocked and operational.

Travel

Below is some of the guidance provided by the CDC regarding prevention of the spread of the virus and information related to travel. As we approach Spring Break, please stay current on advisories regarding travel to countries where the virus has been detected and about travel in general.

International Travel Advisory

The Florida Department of Health is advising all individuals who have traveled internationally to follow the new CDC guidelines, summarized below:

  • Level 3: Recommends 14-day self-isolation and social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
  • Level 2 and Cruises: Travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department or health care provider.
  • For more information regarding current CDC travel advisories related to COVID-19, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

What you Should Know

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Melissa C. Miller
Senior Vice President/General Counsel/ Executive Director Palatka Campus

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MARCH 11

Good afternoon, SJR State:

Previously you received a communication from Senior Vice President Miller with an update on the coronavirus situation which included directives and guidelines from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health. The purpose of this memo is to advise of travel restrictions/limitations which have been put into place by the Executive Management Team effective immediately.

1. The scheduled study abroad trip to Ireland has been cancelled. Dr. Brown and I have spoken to Dr. Garrett and Professor Andrews and I appreciate their cooperation and understanding as we came to this decision. We look forward to a resumption of this great educational opportunity next summer. At the present time no other College authorized/sanctioned travel abroad is anticipated.

2. Out-of-district travel is now limited/restricted to essential College business as determined by each area’s Vice President on a case-by-case basis. As you know, the Executive Management Team meets weekly and we will continue to monitor and discuss travel so that decisions are made in a fair and consistent manner.

3. Personal travel to CDC designated locations of 2 or higher (which includes cruise ships) is discouraged. Please be mindful and respectful of the CDC guidelines for conduct upon returning from a level 2 or higher location (including self-restricting or self-isolating) where required or appropriate. All employees should make their Vice President aware of any planned travel outside of the United States (including cruise trips) prior to the travel occurring.

4. Please also be aware of the following guidance from Governor DeSantis dated March 2, 2020, requesting that each FCS Institution take immediate action to request all employees and students who return from travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea to self-quarantine and not return to campus for fourteen days after their return.

I want to thank everyone for the prudent judgment and cooperation that has occurred to this point as we work together to manage the coronavirus. Please be mindful that circumstances are likely to change as we are on spring break and look regularly for updates.

Joe H. Pickens, J.D.
President

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - MARCH 4

SJR State is closely monitoring updates related to the Coronavirus. While there are no reported cases in our service district of Clay, Putnam and St. Johns counties, employees and students are asked to monitor the College web site regularly for updates and information.

If the College takes any operational action in response to the spread of the Coronavirus, information will be delivered on this web page and through our emergency notification system.

SJR State strongly encourages students and employees to sign up for emergency notifications. This is a free service provided by the College that is only used for emergency notifications.

To receive emergency notifications, log into the MySJRstate portal and click on the link “Register for Emergency Notifications” located under the “Emergency Procedures and Security Contact Information” and follow the instructions.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended avoiding nonessential travel to mainland China and South Korea and advised older adults and those with chronic medical conditions to consider postponing nonessential travel to Japan, Iran and Italy. The agency issued a lower-level travel notice for Hong Kong but doesn’t currently recommend canceling or delaying trips there.

What is Coronavirus?
COVID-19 is spread similarly to the flu, mostly through contact from an infected individual and transmitted by coughing and sneezing. Common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and lower and upper respiratory issues. It is more likely to occur in the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, and most individuals with the virus will have a mild case and will be able to be treated at home.

Help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses such as Coronavirus

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water is not available
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Helpful Resources

For more information about the coronavirus, prevention, symptoms, etc., please check out this fact sheet as a helpful resource.

CDC - Prevention Tips

CDC - Frequently Asked Questions (Travel tips)

CDC - Corona Virus Symptoms

CDC - What You Need to Know

CDC - What To Do If You Are Sick

Florida Department of Health - Bulletins




 

 

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