Your safety means everything to us. That is why I would like to thank all of the faculty and staff who have worked so hard to make our return to campus for the fall 2020 semester possible. Together, they have put in place precautions to create a safe environment to facilitate service, teaching and learning.
The campus will open on Aug. 3, 2020 with offices and services resuming on-site operations where practical, and with modifications to the facilities and practices to help ensure your wellbeing. Most classes will begin on-site Aug. 24 with similar alterations to classrooms.
The details below are the result of the efforts of aforementioned individuals truly committed to making State Fair Community College the safest and best community college it can be.
See you soon,
Dr. Joanna Anderson, President
State Fair Community College
Return to Campus Plan Available Here (updated 7/23/2020)
As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, the wearing of face coverings will be required on the SFCC Sedalia campus and all SFCC extended campus sites, effective Monday, July 20, until further notice.
The required use of face coverings applies to students, faculty, staff, vendors and visitors inside buildings. It also applies outside of buildings when physical distancing is not possible. Face coverings are not required in enclosed and isolated areas assigned to an individual such as individual office spaces and individually assigned residence hall rooms, for young children according to CDC guidelines, or when an individual is eating or drinking and physical distancing is maintained.
Individuals who have certain health issues may be eligible for accommodations. Faculty and staff who would like to request accommodations should contact Human Resources. Students requesting accommodations should contact the Disability Resource Center.
Certain activities may not be conducive to face coverings and may be excluded with approval of the COVID-19 Team.
Social and Physical Distancing
Please respect the physical space of others. The COVID-19 virus in primarily transmitted through direct person to person contact. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends remaining at least six feet apart from other people. Please do not congregate in hallways or areas in which others are expected pass. Please do not shake hands, hug or make physical contact with others, although smiles, nods and “hello” or other friendly verbal greetings are always welcome.
Please be mindful of surfaces with which you make contact. Door handles, hand rails, keyboards, computer mouse, tables, chairs, books, faucets, elevator buttons, etc., are surfaces commonly shared by others on campus. Please avoid touching your face after making contact with any surfaces, and wash your hands thoroughly and often throughout your time on campus.
Please also use hand sanitizer. For convenience, the college has installed more sanitizer stations around campus.
Protective clear barriers have been installed in various locations around campus. These barriers are designed to protect the student and the employee. Please respect these barriers and do not breach them. The same social distancing guidelines should apply, even where a protective barrier has been installed. These barriers, like all other surfaces, will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Classrooms have been arranged to allow for social and physical distancing. Please do not move desks, tables, chairs and other fixtures in the rooms. Respect protective barriers in rooms where installed. Do not breach the shielding as it is designed to help minimize direct contact.
Services and Support
Though all Student and Academic Support Services (Financial Aid, TRiO, Proctor Library, Campus Store, Navigators, etc.) will be available on-ground throughout the fall 2020 semester, several employees in those areas will continue to work off-campus. Students may be asked to make appointments or schedule online meetings. Students are encouraged to contact the respective office, department, or student support areas in advance to determine accessibility and limitations.
Computer labs are high traffic areas with very high contact to surfaces. Please wash your hands thoroughly and use sanitizer after each visit to the lab. Labs will be cleaned frequently and may contain social barriers to minimize direct contact with others. Please respect others in the lab and maintain the same social and physical distancing, while avoiding direct contact with others.
The Daum Museum will open Sept. 1, with patrons practicing social distancing. All visitors will be required to wear a mask and respect any safety barriers that may be in place. Additional information about the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art are available at https://www.daummuseum.org/.
Please observe occupancy limits and social and physical distancing in the restrooms. Do no congregate in bathrooms. If the facilities are full, wait in the hallway and respect all social distancing guidelines.
All seating on campus has been modified or removed to ensure social distancing. This includes chairs and desks in classrooms, hallways, lounges, lobbies, and in the commons. Please respect all furniture placement and do not move furniture or fixtures for any reason.
Elevators have high traffic and surface contact. Avoid using elevators if possible, and if you do, please limit occupancy to one person at a time and wash your hands after each use. Respect all social and physical distancing while waiting to use the elevator.
The letter below was sent to students prior to the distribution of CARES ACT funding on May 28, 2020.
A Letter From the President About CARES Funding
I hope this finds you well and completing the semester successfully! Please read this entire email for details about the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that may benefit you.
The CARES Act provides funding to students who are experiencing a financial hardship due to the disruption of campus operations. We know many SFCC students faced unexpected costs during the quick switch from face-to-face instruction to remote learning. The CARES Act requires that State Fair Community College direct the aid to students who have incurred expenses due to COVID-19. It encourages us to give special attention to students with unmet needs and those who are Title IV eligible.
There are two phases of CARES Act grants for our students:
Phase 1: Grants of $300 – $500 will automatically be given to those students who filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA. About 2,200 SFCC students will receive grants by the end of this week. Because these grants are automatic, there is no further action required by those students and families.
Phase 2: To help us identify your needs, we are asking all students who have been financially harmed by COVID-19 to fill out our Emergency Relief Request Application so we can learn if you are eligible for either the Emergency Relief Fund, our student emergency fund, or other forms of institutional aid. You will find examples of such expenses below, including (but not limited to):
- Housing and moving expenses (i.e. rent, storage)
- Technology (i.e. internet, routers, computers, cameras, software)
- Transportation (i.e. unexpected travel costs)
- Medical expenses
- Increased utility costs
- Personal expenses (i.e. toiletries, cleaning supplies)
The award amounts will vary based on need and funding availability after we review the Emergency Relief Request Application. The maximum award amount will be $500. The application is available as long as funds are available. We expect to process funding decisions within 5 days after receiving an application. Please note that in some cases, additional documentation may be required, which could extend our response time.
If you are not sure whether you qualify for funding under the CARES Act, we strongly encourage you to fill out the Emergency Relief Request Application. If you do not meet the qualifications for the federal aid, there may be other emergency funding or institutional aid available to help you. We will filter every application through every option available to best meet as much need as possible.
If you have any questions, the Office of Financial Aid and Veteran Services is ready to assist and. You can contact the office at (660) 530-5834 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope this aid will help offset the financial burdens that our students and their families are experiencing at this time. We look forward to seeing you back on campus soon. Be safe and be well!
Dr. Joanna Anderson, President
State Fair Community College