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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

All face-to-face classes and student affairs/student support services (with few exceptions) have been moved online through the end of the Spring Term. In addition, Summer Term 2020 classes will be held online. Registration for the Summer Term is underway.  See our Academics FAQs below for more details.

STUDENTS: Please go to MyCourses to access your classes. Your instructors are there to work with you virtually.

All college-related events are canceled or will be held virtually. The college is postponing the May graduation ceremony. A new date has yet to be determined.

At this time, SPC employees will work from home. Unless otherwise identified, students, employees and the public should not come to campus during this time.

All of these measures are intended to promote physical distancing, which experts say is critical to preventing the spread of virus. Because this is a fluid and rapidly evolving situation, please continue to monitor your email and check back with this page for additional information. Our FAQs below includes many additional resources.

Latest Announcements

  • SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES POSTPONED

    SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES POSTPONED

    The college will be postponing the May graduation ceremonyA new date has yet to be determined. Those scheduled to graduate this Spring will receive additional information when that date is determined and graduates will receive their diploma and/or certificate(s) in the mail within three to four weeks of the end of the term

    Please log into MySPC to make sure your permanent address is correct. Degrees will be noted on your official transcript within one week of the end of the term.

  • Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of ‘W’ extended to May 7

    Last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of ‘W’ extended to May 7

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Petersburg College is extending the last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of ‘W’ to Thursday, May 7 for all remaining Spring Term sessions, including 16-week Regular, Express, Second 8 Week and Weekend College sessions.

  • All Summer Classes Going Online; Register Today

    All Summer Classes Going Online; Register Today

    All summer term classes will be held online. You can register for Summer Term now.

    Please note that some additional classes, which were previously scheduled to be held on-campus, will be loaded to the schedule over the next several days. View Classes Now.

    See our Academics FAQs below for more details.

  • Resources for SPC Students

    Resources for SPC Students

    Through VitalSource, SPC students now have free access to online tutoring and digital textbooks. Learn more about all of our resources for receiving college services and taking your classes online. See our resources.

  • Technology Access Survey During COVID-19 Outbreak

    Technology Access Survey During COVID-19 Outbreak

    Complete this two-question survey about your remote technology access as we move courses online.

  • Updates from Dr. Williams

    Updates from Dr. Williams

    Read the latest messages from SPC President Dr. Tonjua Williams regarding the college's response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Frequently Asked Questions

Academics

Will Summer Term classes be held online?

As the situation regarding coronavirus 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 Summer Term classes will be held online. Registration for the Summer Term is underway. Many classes have already been loaded and you can register now.

Please note that some additional classes, which were previously scheduled to be held on-campus, will be loaded to the schedule over the next several days. Many of these will include a “new” blended format, with online work as well as video-conferencing classes and will be designated as “LIVE ONLINE” classes. We encourage you to register soon and to check back later this week or early next week to see these additional classes.

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! As always, our advisors are waiting to work with you, via phone call or email, to build a schedule. You can make an online appointment here. Advisors will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

We are also here to work with you to make sure you can thrive in an online setting! SPC's Learning Resources offers online services for students, including tutoring and research assistance. VitalSource is also offering free digital textbook access and online tutoring.

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.

Is my Spring class going online?
All classes have been moved to online formats, with some limited exceptions. Faculty will be reaching out to students, so keep an eye on your email, and check MyCourses for updates from your instructors.

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 at https://mycoursessupport.spcollege.edu/academic-continuity-resources-student-toolkit. 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.

How do I take the Placement Test while the campuses are closed?
The college is working on a solution for online proctored placement testing for PERT and we should have this available soon. Please check the college Testing page for updates.

I am supposed to take a proctored exam. What do I need to know?
SPC is currently working on an alternative solution for proctored exams since we have moved a majority of classes online. Faculty members will be reaching out to their students soon with further details. 

How do I register for Summer Term?
Registration is now underway.

View summer classes amd register here.
View the academic calendar.

When is the last day to withdraw from my Spring term class with a grade of ‘W’?
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Petersburg College is extending the last day to withdraw from a class with a grade of ‘W’ to Thursday, May 7. This applies to all remaining Spring Term sessions, including 16-week Regular, Express, Second 8 Week and Weekend College sessions.

We realize that for many students, switching to an online format in the middle of the term is a big adjustment and we feel that extending this date will assist you during this transition.

Please contact your instructor with questions pertaining to your class and utilize your assigned academic advisor as you continue this term. Withdrawing from a class can impact your financial aid and your academic standing. Your academic advisor can assist you to better understand the impact of a "W" grade.

Are the libraries open?
No, libraries are closed. But you can check out our Learning Resources online.

What if I need advising?
Students can schedule online appointments here. Advisors will be available from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

What if I need online tutoring or digital textbook access?

Are bookstores open?
Bookstores are not open at this time but you can make online orders at  Barnes & Noble College.

Student Support Services

Student Services virtual 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?
Visit our AskFAS survey or  use our Call Center at 727-791-2485. 

I need to talk to an advisor, what should I do?
You can schedule an online appointment here.

I’m a veteran. How can I access Veterans Services?
Check out our Veterans Services pages online, or call us at 727-341-7990.  

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. Check these links for details for employees and students.    

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 if I need assistance with food?
Currently, the food pantry will be open at the Midtown Center's Cecil B. Keene, Sr. Student Achievement Center located at  1048 22nd Street S St. Petersburg, FL 33712  on Monday and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 site.

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

Are college events canceled?
All college-related events are canceled or will be held virtually.  

Is Graduation canceled?
The college will be postponing the May graduation ceremonyA new date has yet to be determined. Those scheduled to graduate this Spring will receive additional information when that date is determined and graduates will receive their diploma and/or certificate(s) in the mail within three to four weeks of the end of the term

Please log into MySPC to make sure your permanent address is correct. Degrees will be noted on your official transcript within one week of the end of the term.

Is the Good Vibes Only festival still happening?
No, Good Vibes Only has been canceled.

Is the Planetarium open?
The SPC Planetarium on the St. Petersburg/Gibbs campus will be closed until further notice.

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

Is the dental hygiene clinic at the HEC still open?
The dental clinic is closed until further notice.

Are athletic events canceled?
All college athletic events have been canceled through the end of the Spring Term.

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.

Has anyone from SPC tested positive for the virus?
As of March 19, 2020, the college has not been contacted by the Department of Health about any individuals testing positive for the virus.

For Employees

Where can I find information for employees?
Please visit the HR Hub for employee information.

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, SPC employees will work from home. Unless otherwise identified, students, employees and the public should not come to campus during this time. If a time arises where a staff member needs to come to campus, please coordinate with your supervisor, Provost or site administrator.

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

Important dates

Spring 2020

  • May 8: Last Day of Spring 2020 classes

Summer 2020

  • March 25: Summer registration begins
  • May 18: Summer full term and First 8-Week classes begin
  • May 23: Weekend College begins
  • June 1: Second 8-Week classes begin
  • June 15: 6-Week Express Session begins