COVID-19 Update July 18, 2022
*Last reviewed July 18, 2022
The CDC’s prevention guidance recommends that face coverings are not necessary indoors in areas where transmission levels are at a Low or Medium level, subject to individual risk factors.
The CDC advises that people may choose to wear a face covering at any time, “based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk” and that people with symptoms, a positive test or recent exposure to someone with COVID should wear a mask, per the CDC.
SPC does not require face coverings in its buildings. But please note that some clinical, lab and studio spaces will require them by nature of the work performed in those areas. Those spaces will be marked as such.
We understand that our students, faculty and staff may have varying risk levels and ask that, in the spirit of our Community of Care at SPC, all Titans please remain mindful of others and provide them social distance or accommodate their requests to wear a face covering when in close proximity.
We will continue to monitor and make adjustments to our face covering protocols as necessary if there are changes in community transmission rates, future waves, new variants or other changes in risk factors.
For additional information on other college protocols and prevention strategies, please make sure you to consult and bookmark the college’s COVID-19 Hub for the latest information.
RENTAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE IN PINELLAS COUNTY
Financial help is now available for Pinellas County residents who have lost their jobs or have had a significant reduction in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications are now open for the Pinellas County Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Learn how to apply here.
Vaccines for Homebound Pinellas Residents
The Pinellas County Urban League is offering to bring and administer vaccines to homebound residents of Pinellas County. Qualifications include: must be age 60 or over and must: need assistance of another person when leaving home or use medical equipment (wheelchair, walker, crutches), or have a medical condition that will worsen if you leave home, or it is difficult or you are unable to leave your home. The service is free and no insurance is required. For more information, call 727-253-8445.
Fall Term Fee Information
Due to ongoing health precautions involving COVID-19, some classes during the Fall 2022 Term will be offered online or LIVE Online, which includes a virtual classroom experience. Some classes, originally scheduled as face-to-face courses, have been switched to one of these formats. These changes will affect the total fees students will be charged. A $15 per credit hour fee will be added for all online and LIVE Online classes. This fee, outlined under Florida statute, goes toward technology needs and additional costs associated with offering these types of class formats. Lab fees will not be charged for face-to-face classes now offered online. See the full schedule of fees.
Please consult our financial aid page, which outlines all the ways to help pay for an education at SPC, including our tuition payment plan and scholarships. Students also should be sure to fill out their FAFSA, as well. For questions, please contact our financial aid team.
Beware of email scams advertising work-from-home employment
Students at Florida colleges and universities should be on the lookout for emerging work-from-home employment scams. Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has issued a consumer alert regarding scammers who are targeting students through emails that appear to be sent from a college or university advertising fictitious work-from-home employment opportunities. The scammers obtain personal information from the student while posing as a university representative. Savvy scammers convince students to cash counterfeit checks and send them the money. Learn more about the current scam and tips to avoid these types of employment scams. If you believe you are the victim of hacking or a COVID-19 related scam, you should contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 866-9NO-SCAM or MyFloridaLegal.com.
SPC CARES FUNDING
See SPC CARES Act for details.
Resources for SPC Students
Discover all of our resources for receiving college services and taking your classes online. See our resources.
Will Fall Term classes be held on campus or online?
As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, St. Petersburg College is working to be proactive to ensure minimal disruptions to student learning.
This fall, the college will hold classes on campus, as well as fully online and through our LIVE Online format, which provides a virtual classroom experience where students can interact with faculty and peers in real time. Fully online classes are self-paced. Student services are held in a combination of virtual and on-campus formats.
It is important to us that you are able to build a schedule to keep you on track to fulfill your degree or certificate requirements on your path to completion!
What if I need advising?
As always, our advisors are ready to work with you to build a schedule that works for you. You can talk with an advisor through our Virtual Advising Center - no appointment needed. You can also visit us on campus or make an appointment with your assigned advisor in person, virtually through Zoom or by phone. We have updated our hours to better serve you.
What if I need online tutoring or assistance from Learning Resources?
We will work with you to make sure you can thrive whether your class is face-to-face or online! SPC's Learning Resources offers library and information resources and online services for students, including tutoring and research assistance.
When are college libraries open?
Please visit the Learning Resources webpage for information regarding campus hours and other available services.
What if I have never taken classes online in MyCourses?
We recognize that SPC’s MyCourses online platform is unfamiliar territory for many students. To help you find the information and resources you need to be successful online, visit the Student Toolkit page. There students will find specific tips on how to get started in MyCourses, support resources and tutorials for the online tools. We will continue to update and expand this information to best support student success online.
I am supposed to take a proctored exam. What do I need to know?
SPC has moved to a testing platform called Honorlock. Please visit our testing page for more information.
What are the hours for college bookstores?
Yes. For current hours and locations, please visit the Barnes and Noble Customer Service page.
Online orders can be made at Barnes & Noble College.
How can I get digital textbook access?
You can order digital versions for easy, instant access to your course materials for many classes! If you prefer hard copy materials, or your class does not offer an online version, please place your orders for those books now as some companies may be experiencing delays in deliveries. Learn More
Please see our current Student Services hours here.
What if I have financial aid questions?
Please visit our AskFAS page to find out we can assist you.
I need to talk to an advisor. What should I do?
As always, our advisors are waiting to work with you to build a schedule. You can talk with an advisor through our Virtual Advising Center - no appointment needed. You can also visit us on campus or make an appointment with your assigned advisor in person, virtually through Zoom or by phone. We have updated our hours to better serve you.
I’m a veteran. How can I access Veterans Services?
Check out our Veterans Services page or call us at 727-341-7990.
Will I receive my full GI Bill benefits?
Students who use GI Bill educational benefits will continue to receive the same amount even with courses moving online. Veteran students should review the full list of classes that will meet these course conversion requirements.
I’m feeling some anxiety. What do I do?
SPC offers a wide variety of counseling, referral and consultation services for employees, and students can access a confidential help line that will refer to a counselor for three free counseling sessions. Services for students are offered through Mantra Health. Check these links for details for employees.
What if I need to request my transcript?
Instructions for requesting a transcript can be found on our website.
What if I need to file an appeal or complaint?
Instructions for filing student appeals and complaints can be found on our website.
What if I need assistance with food?
Please see our food pantry information.
How do I sign up for the emergency alert system?
To choose to receive text messages for alerts, or to verify that your cell number is entered and noted to be your preferred contact, follow the directions below.
- Sign into the Student Login page and go to MySPC.
- Look for the Profile tile at the bottom and click.
- From the side navigation, check your Contact Details tab to add or update your home and/or cell number.
- Choose your preferred contact number by selecting the appropriate checkbox and Save.
- From the Emergency Notifications tab, add or edit your cell phone number to receive Emergency Notifications on your phone.
- Choose Yes on the sliders for Contact by Cell Phone and/or Contact by Text Message.
- Text YES to 68453 from your mobile device to receive text alerts.
What is a novel coronavirus?
Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
How does the virus spread?
The CDC reports the virus is spreading from person-to-person: “It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (community spread) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Where can I learn more about the novel coronavirus COVID-19?
The CDC website has numerous resources, including information on how the virus spreads, prevention and treatment info, situation updates and travel alerts. For local information, see the Pinellas County Health Department and Pinellas County websites.
How can I protect myself from getting sick?
Practice everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough.
- Sneeze into a tissue then throw the tissue away in the trash. Wash your hands afterwards.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Get a flu shot. While it won't protect you against COVID-19, it will help protect you against the flu, which kills up to 61,000 Americans each year.
What is “social” or physical distancing?
Physical distancing is the practice of limiting exposure to communicable viruses by reducing interactions with others, especially those who may have been exposed, those who are exhibiting symptoms of the virus and those with underlying conditions that may compromise their immune systems. In addition, physical distancing, as suggested by the CDC, also includes a recommended distance of six feet from others when possible to help limit possible exposure.
What about college events?
Events and activities are held on campus and online.
Is the Planetarium open?
Please visit our SPC Planetarium page for details on upcoming shows.
Is the dental hygiene clinic at the Health Education Center open?
Yes, the clinic is open. Visit the dental hygiene clinic page for details.
What is the College doing to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak?
The College’s Emergency Management Council, made up of leaders in all functional areas throughout the College, has been monitoring the outbreak since it was first reported. They have been in contact with local and state health and emergency management officials, as well as the Florida College System and the Florida Department of Education.
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