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

Notice: Fall classes will be offered onsite. Exceptions will vary, depending on program and areas of study.

Testing Center COVID-19 Information: Upon reopening, Testing Services will test by appointment only, have limited seating capacity and implement social distancing.  Face masks will be required for all entering the Testing Center. Certain testing programs may not be offered and others may only be available with a remote proctoring option. Please contact the center at testing@sfccmo.edu or (660) 530-5818 if you need assistance.

In the video below, Dr. Joanna Anderson and Dr. Brent Bates discuss the plan to resume onsite operations Aug. 3.

Return to Campus Plan Available Here (updated 6/25/2020)

Before coming to campus, please remember if you are sick, or have any of the symptoms, STAY HOME.

As we prepare our return to campus on Aug. 3, 2020, all students and employees are asked to remember the following six key points:

  1. What are the distancing requirements?
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/social-distancing.html
  2. Do I have to wear a mask?
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html
  3. When/how will the sanitation of facilities be maintained?
    The college facilities crew will increase access to sanitizer on campus and will continue to diligently clean surfaces. Employees are asked to maintain clean working spaces to help with this effort.
  4. How do I protect myself and others from the transmission of COVID-19?
  5. What should I do if I am sick?
    https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
  6. Who should I contact if I have questions:
    SFCC has appointed Justin O’Neal as the point of contact for questions and concerns regarding COVID-19 during the return to campus. Justin O’Neal may be reached via email joneal6@sfccmo.edu or telephone Office (660) 596-7282 or Physical Plant (660)596-7200

and please remember to

  1. Wash hands frequently
  2. Maintain 6-foot physical distancing
  3. Do not congregate on campus
  4. Sneeze and cough into the elbow
  5. If you are sick, please protect yourself and others by staying home
  6. Limit campus visits to essential business (something like this to encourage people to not mill around campus/limit community visitors)

A Letter From the President About CARES Funding

Dear Student,

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):

  • Food
  • Housing and moving expenses (i.e. rent, storage)
  • Technology (i.e. internet, routers, computers, cameras, software)
  • Transportation (i.e. unexpected travel costs)
  • Childcare
  • 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 finaid@sfccmo.edu.

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

FAQs related to CARES funding above.


 

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).

Visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services webpage to view a comprehensive list of providers that offer internet access throughout the state. 

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
    4/7/20 All summer courses offered through alternate delivery methods
    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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