EFFECTIVE MARCH 20, 2020 – STATE FAIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE (ALL LOCATIONS) IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

This page is dedicated to keeping the State Fair Community College stakeholders advised of the decision-making processes involving public safety and health. 

To the State Fair Community College family:

For all of us involved with SFCC and education, we are experiencing unprecedented times worldwide.  Things are changing rapidly and we must be flexible, determined and supportive of each other as decisions are made how to best serve our community.

As we learn each day in reports from the media, the medical community and our governmental leaders; change is our new normal and we must be ready to face the new challenges.  I am extremely proud of the COVID-19 team here at SFCC.  They are meeting regularly to consider options and meet the challenges that arise.   They are keeping our mission to provide quality education for our diverse student community at the forefront and remain committed to that goal.

I have been in close contact with our president, Dr. Joanna Anderson and receiving direction from the Board of Trustee’s legal counsel, Mrs. Kate Nash.  It is times like this that we are fortunate to have strong, mission-driven leaders that rise to the occasion.  The COVID-19 team is to be commended for their efforts.   Not every decision will be perfect, but we must remain flexible and committed to face each new challenge. 

Thank you to our faculty and staff who have adapted to a new way of working, instructing and supporting each other to ensure our students get the experience they deserve.  Change is inevitable and we want to make sure everyone is healthy, safe and well.

The Board of Trustees is committed to governing through this crisis.  We must maintain our role in allowing our administration, teachers and staff to conduct essential college business.  For the immediate future, the Board will hold all public meetings via videoconferencing.  Any public comments should to given to Mrs. Jo Lynn Turley, Administrative Assistant to the President by 12 noon, the day of the meeting.  The public is welcome to watch and listen to all meetings via the link provided on the Board of Trustees meeting notice webpage on the college’s website.

Thank you all for your commitment and understanding during these challenging times.  Together we will come out stronger.

It’s about community.

Stay well,

Randall D. Eaton
Board Chairman

 

 

 

Recent outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the coronavirus, have extended into Missouri. Be sure to check the CDC website for up to date details on COVID-19, as conditions regarding this situation change frequently,

To keep stakeholders informed, this page will contain updates and actions taken by State Fair Community College.

On March 2, 2020, an SFCC COVID-19 Planning Committee met for the first time. Membership of the Planning Committee includes representatives from food service, housing, student services, athletics, academics, financial affairs, marketing and communication, technical education, and the president’s office.

All SFCC student and employees are encouraged to wash hands frequently, avoid contacting surfaces and other people, and stay home when sick.

A special letter to the community about the COVID-19 pendemic from Randall D. Eaton is available. 

Internet Options

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which asked all broadband and telephone service providers to make it easier for you to stay connected during this difficult time. As a result, the following providers have reacted:

  • Comcast COVID-19 response: offers free WiFi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time.
  • Charter Free Internet offer for 2 months
  • AT&T COVID-19 response: offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families
  • Verizon COVID-19 response: no special offers, but following the FCC agreement.
  • Sprint COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, provides unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).
  • T-Mobile COVID-19 response: follows FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge (I expect others will follow).

Subcommittees were formed within the SFCC Planning Committee for Housing, Communication, Curriculum, Facilities, Personnel, and Operations and charged with taking action in their respective areas. Details on each subcommittee is available below:

Actions and Updates (Subcomittees)

  • Communication

    The Communication Subcommittee is tasked with the dissemination of all information related to the public health concerns at SFCC.

    Date Communications Issued
    3/22/20 Clery Alert sent to students and employees
    3/22/20   Employee Email
    3/20/20 Student Email Employee Email
    3/18/20 Student Email Employee Email
    3/16/20   Employee Email
    3/14/20 Case presumptive-positive case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) announced in Henry County.
    3/12/20 Student Email Employee email
    3/11/20 Spring Break Memo sent to all college students and employees in anticipation of any travel planned for spring break.
    3/9/20 CDC literature posted on bulletin boards, in bathrooms, and multiple SFCC social media accounts. 
         

    The Whitehouse issued to help slow down the spread of the virus.

  • Curriculum / Academic

    The Curriculum / Academic subcommittee is charged with ensuring all coursework remains operational and minimal interruptions to classes occur.

    March 9, 2020 – Note sent to faculty regarding absence forgiveness. Courses not conducive to online learning will be identified and contingent plans discussed. Health Sciences presents issues for continuations as accrediting bodies are working to adopt policies to relax instructional requirements for clinicals.

  • Facilities

    The Facilities Subcommittee will work to ensure the physical grounds and buildings are accommodating and prepared to prevent and contain any outbreaks.

    Update March 13, 2020Supplies update provided.

    March 9, 2020 – Facilities is increasing public dispensers of hand sanitizer, and signage is posted in the bathrooms. The crew is working to wipe down more surfaces and increase frequency of wipes.

  • Housing / Resident Life

    The purpose of the Housing / Residential Life Subcommittee is to prepare for the prevention and containment of any healthcare related outbreaks. This group will work to minimize any possible interruptions of service in house and food services.

    March 9, 2020 – Housing is meeting with RAs on March 9 and residents on March 10. Additional thermometers and acetaminophen has been purchased. Space has been identified and secured in the event internal quarantine is needed.

    Great Western Dining provided a copy of their COVID-19 emergency plan.

  • Operations

    The Operations Subcommittee will work to ensure internal services remain unaffected in the event of an outbreak.

    March 9, 2020 – Financial services is undergoing cross-training, especially for payroll.

  • Personnel

    The Personnel Subcommittee will facilitate unexpected leave and work with Human Resources to accommodate any shifts in work hours and methods of service.

    March 9, 2020 – Extended sick leave coding is needed for Human Resources for tracking sick leave beyond hours accumulated.

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