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UPDATE – JUNE 10

SJR State is fully open and serving students on all campuses.
Summer B registration is in progress. Choose from on-campus, online, hybrid and live online classes.
Fall registration begins July 6 with on-campus, online, hybrid and live online classes.

Meet with an advisor in person or via Zoom. Schedule your appointment here:
https://web.sjrstate.edu/apex/prod/f?p=211:1 or call (386) 312-4035.

Effective Monday, May 24, 2021, the College will no longer require social distancing or that masks be worn by persons on our campuses. This change is in response to the recent updated guidance from the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.

The CDC’s new health recommendations are summarized below:

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks, wash their hands frequently and to socially distance when around other people. Testing and quarantine recommendations have not been updated for unvaccinated people.

For persons who want to get vaccinated, there are many locations in our communities with vaccines readily available.

For help, search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you.



UPDATE – MAY 20

Effective Monday,  May 24, 2021,  the College will no longer require social distancing or that masks be worn by persons on our campuses.  This change is in response to the recent updated guidance from the CDC,  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html.   

The CDC’s new health recommendations are summarized below: 

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations

Individuals who are not vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks, wash their hands frequently and to socially distance when around other people. Testing and quarantine recommendations have not been updated for unvaccinated people. 

For persons who want to get vaccinated, there are many locations in our communities with vaccines readily available. 

For help, search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you. 


UPDATE – APRIL 27

Summer registration is in progress for Summer full term and Summer A, with classes offered in the following formats: on campus, online, hybrid and live online. Applications for the Summer “B” term will be accepted through June 11.

SJR State is accepting applications for the Fall term.

Social distancing and face masks will be required for any on-campus appointment or class. Resources such as tutoring, counseling, financial aid, and the library is also available on campus as well as online.

SJR State has implemented proper social distancing and smaller class sizes and is following state and federal guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and employees. Those measures include enhanced cleaning, accessible hand sanitizer stations, and protective barriers. Face masks are also required on campus.

Students who are attending on-campus classes or arriving for appointments/services are required to complete the three-question health assessment EACH DAY, BEFORE arriving to campus. The questionnaire is mobile friendly and is available on the MySJRstate portal under the SJR State announcements section. For more information, please visit https://www.sjrstate.edu/coronavirus/student-covidfaqs.html

UPDATE – APRIL 22

SJR State to co-host second COVID-19 vaccine “walk-up” site
Preregistration is NOT required for the April 30 event

St. Johns River State College and Mt. Tabor First Baptist Church will partner again on Friday, April 30 to bring Putnam County residents a walk-up COVID-19 vaccination site – preregistration is NOT required. Residents who are 18 years of age and older will qualify for the vaccine. The walk-up site will be available 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the SJR State Palatka campus Viking Center, located at 5001 St. Johns Avenue.

The vaccine will be provided by either Moderna or Pfizer and will require a second vaccination to be administered at the College in May. The date is yet to be determined.

Questions? Call 386-328-6898 and choose “option 2” or “option 3,” Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., or call the College at 386-312-4106, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Those attending should bring ID to confirm age and proof of Florida residency.

Additional sponsoring churches are The House of God Church, Pentecostal COGIC, St. Paul Church, Emerge Church, Bethel AME Church and Church of God By Faith.

Proper social distancing will be implemented on campus to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and health care workers. Face masks are also required on campus.

UPDATE – APRIL 1

Applications for the SUMMER 2021 terms are now being accepted. Summer registration is in progress with classes offered in the following formats: on campus, online, hybrid and live online.

Social distancing and face masks will be required for any on-campus appointment or class. Resources such as tutoring, counseling, financial aid, and the library is also available on campus as well as online.

SJR State has implemented proper social distancing and smaller class sizes and is following state and federal guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and employees. Those measures include enhanced cleaning, accessible hand sanitizer stations, and protective barriers. Face masks are also required on campus.

Students who are attending on-campus classes or arriving for appointments/services are required to complete the three-question health assessment EACH DAY, BEFORE arriving to campus. The questionnaire is mobile friendly and is available on the MySJRstate portal under the SJR State announcements section. For more information, please visit https://www.sjrstate.edu/coronavirus/student-covidfaqs.html

UPDATE – MARCH 29

Statewide preregistration system for COVID-19 vaccine appointments
New age requirements are 40+ on March 29 and 18+ on April 5.
The website will allow individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be contacted for confirmation of the appointment and provide a date and time. Individuals will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment.
The link for preregistration is https://myvaccine.fl.gov or call (866) 201-7193.

UPDATE – MARCH 22

SJR State to co-host COVID-19 vaccine “walk-up” site
(Please note: The approved populations have been updated)
St. Johns River State College and Mt. Tabor First Baptist Church are partnering to bring Putnam County residents one of the latest state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites.

SJR State Executive Vice President Melissa Miller said the Florida Division of Emergency Management contacted her regarding possible locations to provide greater access to the vaccine. “We are excited to have the opportunity to serve the community in this capacity,” Miller said.

The vaccination site will be available Friday, March 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the SJR State Palatka campus Viking Center, located at 5001 St. Johns Avenue. Preregistration is required. According to Miller, 400 vaccines will be available for the one-day event.

To qualify for the vaccine, residents must be either:

  • Persons 50 years of age and older;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
  • Long-term care facility staff; and
  • Extremely vulnerable (Must bring form filled out by physician)

Residents have two options to preregister:

  • Call the College at 386-312-4106, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Or call 386-328-6898 and choose “option 2” or “option 3,” Tuesday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Those seeking vaccines (and have preregistered) should bring ID to confirm their age, and/or documentation to prove their eligibility.

Proper social distancing will be implemented on campus to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and health care workers. Face masks are also required on campus.

UPDATE – MARCH 11

Statewide preregistration system for COVID-19 vaccine appointments
The website will allow individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to be contacted for confirmation of the appointment and provide a date and time. Individuals will be contacted by phone call, text or email and will be assisted in scheduling an appointment. Additionally, as part of the statewide preregistration system, each county has a designated number that individuals can call to pre-register if they do not have internet access, as well as contacting an operator to ask questions regarding the pre-registration system.

The link for preregistration is https://myvaccine.fl.gov



UPDATE – MARCH 2

SJR State is moving forward with an in-person 2021 spring graduation on Friday, May 7.
The time and details are yet to be determined. We ask that you monitor your student email and the graduation webpage as we proceed with planning based on the latest CDC recommendations.

The deadline to apply to participate in the ceremony is Friday, March 5.
Please download the Graduation Application and email to the Records Office at .
The deadline to order your cap and gown has been extended to Friday, March 12
https://bookstore.sjrstate.edu/site_regalia.asp?

If you are certain you will NOT participate in any ceremony, it is important that you still complete the graduation application which officially notifies the College of a student’s intent to graduate. This deadline is April 30, 2021. Please send your graduation application to the SJR State Records Office at

UPDATE – MARCH 1

Applications for the SUMMER 2021 terms are now being accepted. Summer registration begins March 1 with classes offered in the following formats: on campus, online, hybrid and live online.

Social distancing and face masks will be required for any on-campus appointment or class. Resources such as tutoring, counseling, financial aid, and the library is also available on campus as well as online.

SJR State has implemented proper social distancing and smaller class sizes and is following state and federal guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and employees. Those measures include enhanced cleaning, accessible hand sanitizer stations, and protective barriers. Face masks are also required on campus.

Students who are attending on-campus classes or arriving for appointments/services are required to complete the three-question health assessment EACH DAY, BEFORE arriving to campus. The questionnaire is mobile friendly and is available on the MySJRstate portal under the SJR State announcements section. For more information, please visit https://www.sjrstate.edu/coronavirus/student-covidfaqs.html


UPDATE – JANUARY 6

St. Johns River State College has established this webpage as the primary source of information regarding COVID-19 and College operations.

The Spring 2021 term is in session with online and face-to-face instruction. Resources such as tutoring, counseling, financial aid, and the library is also available on campus as well as online.

There’s still time to apply for the Spring "B" semester — https://www.sjrstate.edu/admissions.html. The last day to apply is February 12, 2021. Spring “B” classes begin March 1. Be sure to check out our on-campus courses.

In preparation for Spring, the College has implemented proper social distancing and smaller class sizes and is following state and federal guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and employees. Those measures include enhanced cleaning, accessible hand sanitizer stations, and protective barriers. Face masks are also required on campus.

Students who are attending on-campus classes or arriving for appointments/services are required to complete the three-question health assessment EACH DAY, BEFORE arriving to campus. The questionnaire is mobile friendly and is available on the MySJRstate portal under the SJR State announcements section. For more information, please visit https://www.sjrstate.edu/coronavirus/student-covidfaqs.html

UPDATE – NOVEMBER 23

St. Johns River State College has established this webpage as the primary source of information regarding COVID-19 and College operations.

Spring 2021 registration is in progress and includes welcoming students back to campus for face-to-face instruction. President Joe Pickens announced that SJR State is ready to accommodate more students on campus as the College presents a "new normal" with spring classes beginning January 6.

"We are open, and more importantly, we’re prepared to ensure the students will feel safe, secure and at home," Pickens said. "Moving forward with on-campus classes will give students better access to classes that fit their preferred style of learning. Face-to-face instruction provides the enrichment and learning environment many have missed since the College transitioned to online classes in April."

Workforce and teacher education programs that rely heavily on field experiences and hands-on practicums will continue with on-campus instruction. Resources such as tutoring, counseling, financial aid, and the library will also be available on campus as well as online.

Preparations to welcome students on campus continue with the College implementing proper social distancing and smaller class sizes and by following state and federal guidelines to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and employees. Those measures include enhanced cleaning, accessible hand sanitizer stations, and protective barriers. Face masks will also be required on campus.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES:
DECEMBER 14 — Last day to apply online for admission
JANUARY 5 — Last day for new online registration with fee payment

Registration fees for any course registered on or before December 14* is due by December 14* before 5:00 p.m. Registration fees for any course registered on or after December 15* are due within 24 hours through January 12.

UPDATE – OCTOBER 12

St. Johns River State College has established this webpage as the primary source of information regarding COVID-19 and College operations.

GRADUATION   While the College has made every effort to present its spring and fall graduates with a traditional, in-person ceremony, concerns regarding COVID-19 and proper social distancing continue to prevail. After exploring several alternatives, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person ceremony set for December 17.

However, we are pleased to announce our plans to honor ALL spring and fall graduates with a virtual ceremony.

Although the graduates will not walk across a physical stage, this virtual ceremony will allow graduates to celebrate their accomplishments at home with their family and friends as it streams “live” on the SJR State’s Facebook page.

The spring virtual ceremony will stream on Thursday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m.

The fall virtual ceremony will stream Thursday, December 17 at 7:30 p.m.

This pre-recorded ceremony will include messages from President Joe Pickens, College administration, faculty and staff, and the graduate’s submitted photo.

The College is in the process of notifying the spring graduates by U.S. mail and fall candidates by email.

Any spring or fall 2020 graduate who wishes to participate in the virtual ceremony should follow the instructions on the GRADUATION web page.

UPDATE - JULY 30 - 2:00 PM

St. Johns River State College has established this webpage as the primary source of information regarding COVID-19 and College operations.


A VIDEO MESSAGE FROM SJR STATE PRESIDENT JOE PICKENS



SJR State is committed to the wellbeing and success of its college community. After much deliberation over the benefits and the risks of bringing students onto campus as the spread of COVID-19 continues, College officials announce the following plans for the fall semester:

  • The majority of SJR State’s fall classes will be presented online. Traditional online, hybrid and “live online” classes will be available. “Live online” classes allow you to interact in real time with professors and classmates. Hybrid courses combine face-to-face instruction with online instruction. Traditional online classes allow you to be flexible with the timing of your participation.
  • A limited number of Workforce programs (Allied Health, Nursing, Law Enforcement, and Engineering Technology) will continue on campus with proper measures to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty. Internships, field experiences and hands-on practicums for Teacher Education students will also continue.
  • Students who have already registered for on-campus fall classes will NOT be automatically moved to online classes. Those students must DROP their current on-campus course and ADD an online course. The revised fall schedule will be available Tuesday, August 4 at noon. Classes that have moved to an online format will be presented as “live online,” meaning classes allow you to interact in real time with professors and classmates.
  • Add/Drop – The last day to withdraw from a class with a refund is August 28.
  • Dual enrollment students do not need to make schedule changes to their current schedule. Our office will be making all schedule changes for students who are currently registered in on-campus courses. If the courses you have provided a registration form for are currently closed, please wait to be contacted by the Dual Enrollment Office. We have also extended the deadline for new dual enrollment student applications to Friday, August 7th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Student services, including advising, financial aid, admissions/records, the library, tutoring and testing will continue to be available with on-campus appointments and with online access.

ADMISSIONS/RECORDS
Students are able to drop off required documents at their campus.
For questions or assistance, call Admissions at 386-312-4030 or email at

Call Records at 386-312-4050 or email at

ADVISING
To make an on-campus appointment, call:

Orange Park - 904-276-6800
St. Augustine - 904-808-7402
Palatka - 386-312-4035

Remote advising is also still available - Schedule an appointment with and advisor online here:
https://www.sjrstate.edu/advising.html
Night and weekend advising sessions will be available beginning August 3.

FINANCIAL AID
To schedule an appointment, email the office at or call 386-312-4040.
Remote advising is also still available, or you can email your financial aid questions to us. Please be sure to include your student ID number.

TESTING
Testing Center on the Palatka campus is open by appointment only. Schedule an appointment: or call 386-312-4228.

LIBRARY
The Library is open to employees and students without an appointment.
Services & operations have changed a bit:

• Browsing is limited:
- Grab & Go pickup is encouraged
- Magazines & newspapers are not displayed but available upon request

• The number of available computers and study seating is greatly reduced due to social distancing measures.
- In the fall, the Library will use several computer classrooms to increase the number of computers available for student use.

• Appointments are not required but are recommended. Book an appointment online at https://learningresources.sjrstate.edu/Appointments or call 904-808-7474.

Starting August 24, the Library will begin the term by offering a full schedule of hours:

• Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
• Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
• Sunday, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information about the Library’s services this fall and what we are doing to keep employees & students safe, visit the Library’s homepage at learningresources.sjrstate.edu/library - and bookmark our new address!

TUTORING
Tutoring services are by appointment only and at reduced capacity. Book a math tutoring session in the Academic Support Center (ASC) online at https://learningresources.sjrstate.edu/Appointments or call 904-808-7474. A math tutor will be online and in the ASC from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Biological science tutors will be online at various times Monday - Thursday. Visit https://learningresources.sjrstate.edu/ASC for details.

  • Bookstore & Cashier – In-person services are available.
    The bookstore hours of operation are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. In accordance with CDC’s guidelines to limit interaction and possible contamination, students will be allowed in the Bookstore following the one way directional markings. Students can access the bookstore online at https://bookstore.sjrstate.edu/

  • Computer and Wi-Fi access – Computers are available by appointment only and at reduced capacity. Book a computer online at https://learningresources.sjrstate.edu/Appointments or call 904-808-7474.

    SJR State also recognizes that some students may not have access to Wi-Fi. The College has installed Wi-Fi hot spots in three designated parking lots to assist students needing access for online classes.
    Students will have access at the following locations:
    St. Augustine – H Building parking lot; Orange Park – H Building parking lot; Palatka – Gym parking lot. Students will log in using their college-issued username and password (portal ID).


Fall “B” registration is in progress. The last day to apply is October 12. Classes begin October 19.

APPLY NOW https://www.sjrstate.edu/admissions.html
REGISTER NOW https://www.sjrstate.edu/courses.html

Information presented on this page has and will continue to be guided by recommendations from state and federal government, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Florida Department of Public Health. As conditions continue to evolve in this area, SJR State is remaining flexible in its approach.