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COVID-19 Update May 25, 2021

The college will move to voluntary face coverings for vaccinated individuals beginning Thursday, June 3. This is in line with recent recommendations from the CDC and follows state guidelines. The college will maintain social distancing in classroom seating and other mitigation practices during the summer term, and begin work this summer to transition spaces back to normal, pre-pandemic distances for the fall term. Note that some clinical, lab, and studio spaces will continue masking and will be marked as such.

Please note that SPC will not be requiring any employees or students to provide proof of vaccination and encourages all of those who work at, learn in or visit our campus buildings to follow the voluntary face covering protocol. This means that those who have not yet been fully vaccinated (including the two-week waiting period after your last injection) must continue to wear face coverings at this time.

The college is holding a portion of classes on campus this summer, with the remainder in the fully online or LIVE Online formats. Student services will be held in a combination of virtual and on-campus formats. We expect to greatly expand our on-site courses, services and events for the fall term and more information will be forthcoming.

Please remember - if you test positive for COVID-19, are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have had contact with a known COVID-19 patient within the last 14 days and have been on an SPC campus or site, you should contact your professor(s). Additional resources, including latest announcements, hours for student services and FAQs, can be found on this page, which is the college’s COVID-19 Information Hub. Please continue to follow CDC prevention guidelines as we work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Current protocols and on-campus safety measures are outlined in SPC's COVID-19 Comeback Plan and include usage of the college's symptom checker self-assessment.

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Latest Announcements

  • COVID-19 TRACKING DASHBOARD

    COVID-19 TRACKING DASHBOARD

    SPC has launched a COVID-19 tracking dashboard that is updated as soon as a new positive test case is reported to the college. Cases will be listed for each individual who discloses a positive COVID-19 test result to the college, has been on an SPC campus/site and/or who may have exposed others at SPC.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida

    COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida

    Get the latest information and updates regarding COVID-19 vaccinations on the Pinellas County COVID-19 website or Florida Department of Health website.

  • RENTAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE IN PINELLAS COUNTY

    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

    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.

  • Summer Term Fee Information

    Summer Term Fee Information

    Due to ongoing health precautions involving COVID-19, some classes during the Summer 2021 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

    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

    SPC CARES FUNDING

    See SPC CARES Act for details.

  • Student Loan Forbearance

    Student Loan Forbearance

    Federal student loan payments are temporarily suspended.  Questions? Contact i3 Group.  Need details?  See Coronavirus and Forbearance Info.

  • Resources for SPC Students

    Resources for SPC Students

    Discover all of our resources for receiving college services and taking your classes online. See our resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

Will Summer 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.

Therefore, we have decided that a portion of the Summer 2021 Term classes will be held on campus, including labs, health care, public safety, and other programs that require hands-on learning, as well as some general education courses where research has shown students are more likely to be successful in a face-to-face format.

Other classes will be offered fully online and in our LIVE Online format, which provides a virtual classroom experience where students can interact with faculty and peers in real time through video conferencing. Fully online courses are self-paced. LIVE Online courses provides the benefits of face-to-face courses in a live, remote setting without leaving the comfort of your home. While these courses offer greater flexibility, they are not self-paced.

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 waiting to work with you to build a schedule. You can talk with an advisor through our Virtual Advising Center - no appointment is necessary.
You can also make an appointment through Zoom or by phone, or come into a campus. Learn more here.

Limited advising services are available on campus. You can connect with your assigned advisor in person, by phone or virtually through Zoom.

  • Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m.-Noon

What if I need assistance from Learning Resources?
We are also here to work with you to make sure you can thrive whether your class is face-to-face or online! SPC's Learning Resources offers online services for students, including tutoring and research assistance.

Please continue to check our Titan Strong Information Hub with COVID-19 updates and resources and bookmark the link for future reference.

We thank you for your patience and your resiliency as we continue to do everything we can to give you the first-class educational experience you have come to expect from SPC.

What about students who 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. Check out Proctored Testing with Honorlock to learn more.

Are the libraries open?
At this time, most SPC in-person Library and Tutoring Services are by appointment only. Please visit the Learning Resources webpage for information regarding campus hours and other available services.

You can also  check out our Learning Resources online.

What if I need online tutoring or digital textbook access?
SPC's Learning Resources offers online services for students, including tutoring and research assistance.

Are bookstores open?
Yes. For current hours and locations, please visit the Barnes and Noble Customer Service page.

Online orders can be made at  Barnes & Noble College.

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

Student Support Resources

Student Services hours of operation: 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Fridays.

What if I have financial aid questions?
Please use our AskFAS survey or contact our Call Center at 727-791-2485. Office locations are open with selected hours.

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 is necessary. You can also make an appointment through Zoom or by phone, or come into a campus. Learn more here.

Limited advising services are available on campus. You can connect with your assigned advisor in person, by phone or virtually through Zoom.

  • Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday 8:30 a.m.-Noon

I’m a veteran. How can I access Veterans Services?
Check out our Veterans Services pages online, 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 tech support?
Students please contact the Technical Support Help Desk or call 727-341-4357 or send an email to onlinehelp@spcollege.edu.

What is the status of the SPC Student Emergency Fund?
Unfortunately, at this time, we’ve exhausted all emergency funding and are not accepting applications. Learn more about community resources here.

What if I need assistance with food?
Please see our Resource page for the latest Food Pantry Information.

Communications

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.

  1. Sign into the Student Login page and go to MySPC.
  2. Look for the Profile tile at the bottom and click.
  3. From the side navigation, check your Contact Details tab to add or update your home and/or cell number.
  4. Choose your preferred contact number by selecting the appropriate checkbox and Save.
  5. From the Emergency Notifications tab, add or edit your cell phone number to receive Emergency Notifications on your phone.
  6. Choose Yes on the sliders for Contact by Cell Phone and/or Contact by Text Message.
  7. Text YES to 68453 from your mobile device to receive text alerts.
General Info About COVID-19

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.

Should I travel?
As of March 27, the CDC has issued a  Warning Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel. This means you should avoid  all nonessential international travel. If you choose to travel, U.S. residents may have difficulty returning to the United States.

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.

For more prevention and treatment information, visit the CDC website

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.

Events and Closings

How is the college handling events?
SPC is hosting events and activities but most are being held online until social distancing recommendations are relaxed.

Has the college announced plans for upcoming 2021 graduation events?
The college does not hold a graduation ceremony during the Summer Term. The next commencement is set for Dec. 11. SPC has not yet announced whether this event will take place in person or online. For updated graduation information, visit spcollege.edu/graduation.

Is the Planetarium open?
The SPC Planetarium on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus will be closed until further notice. For more information about the Planetarium, visit spcollege.edu/planetarium.

Are the Wellness Centers open?
The Wellness Centers will be closed until the college resumes normal operations.

Is the dental hygiene clinic at the Health Education Center open?
Yes, the clinic is open. For more information, visit spcollege.edu/dental-hygiene-clinic.

College Response

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.

For Employees

Where can I find information for employees?
Please visit the HR Hub for employee information as well as the college's  COVID-19 FAQ for employees.

Where can I find technical support?
Staff please contact the Technical Support Help Desk OR
Call 727-791-2795 OR
Send an email to support@spcollege.edu

How will moving operations online affect me? 
During this time, most SPC employees will work from home.

When will SPC employees working remotely return to campuses?
At this time, no determination has been made when employees working remotely will return to campuses.