Coronavirus (COVID-19): Updates on SC4 classes, activities, and events

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Monday, March 30 | 1:45 p.m.

The SC4 Bookstore is offering free shipping to students since they can’t be open currently. They also have many eBooks available for free. Please see sc4.edu/bookstore for more information.

Thursday, March 26 | 12:15 p.m.

The deadline for SC4’s traditional Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program has been extended to May 15.

The college is working on alternative options for students still needing to take the HESI exam. Once options are in place the college’s Testing Center staff will be in contact with students previously registered to take the exam.

Tuesday, March 24 | 11:50 a.m.

Here’s a list of resources that the SC4 community may find useful as we continue to navigate through this situation:

The campus community’s response to this challenge continues to be inspirational. Thanks for your patience and understanding, and take care of each other!

Monday, March 23 | 12:45 p.m.

In light of Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order this morning to temporarily suspend all activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, the SC4 campus will remain closed through April 13. Only employees designated to conduct minimum business operations are allowed on the SC4 campus for any reason. Those designated will be notified by SC4’s Human Resources department directly.

Classes are continuing in alternative formats with SC4 faculty and staff working remotely to assist students with completion of their winter semester courses.

Friday, March 20 | 5:45 p.m.

A message to all SC4 students:

Your SC4 classes, originally scheduled for on-campus, will resume on Monday, March 23, in a variety of alternative formats as determined by your instructors. These methods may include a mix of online coursework, video conferencing, traditional and electronic mail, and other possibilities. Faculty have been working hard to adjust each course and are dedicated to helping you complete your winter semester.  The type of class may impact the structure possible, so it’s likely you’ll encounter different formats in each of your classes.

Our team remains committed to helping you get through this challenging situation. Here are some resources available to assist you:

  • The most important resource is your instructor. You will receive information from them regarding the new delivery format and how you’ll be evaluated. Contact your teacher with any questions you have; they are the experts to turn to first! Email is best, which can be found in your syllabus or via our SC4 directory.
  • If you have challenges with internet connectivity, Xfinity has opened all of their wifi hotspots throughout the state to the public. You do not have to be a current Xfinity customer, though you will need to agree to their terms of use. Visit the Xfinity Wifi page for details. You may also stop by SC4 and utilize the wifi available in our parking lots and exterior spaces around campus.
  • SC4 Advisors are available by email to discuss concerns about completing your degree or certificate, working with academic challenges, transfer situations and other questions. Visit the Advising page on the SC4 website to connect with your advisor via email and make arrangements to meet them virtually.
  • If you currently have a plan in place for accommodations, or if you would like to discuss possible accommodations, visit the Disability Services page for more information.
  • Questions or concerns about your financial aid awards? Visit the Financial Aid page for additional information or email a financial aid professional directly at financialaid@sc4.edu.

In addition, our team continues to work remotely to assist you with questions you may encounter when you return to your classes next week. Please utilize the following student support resources to get answers to your questions:

  • Quick question? Online chat is available at sc4.edu.
  • Need to talk to someone? Call our student support hotline at 810-989-5500. Please note our team may be busy helping other students as a result of this COVID-19 situation; however, you may leave a message or email your question directly to enrollment@sc4.edu and we will follow-up with you as quickly as possible.

We understand that this unexpected change in your course delivery presents a unique challenge for you. This worldwide crisis has presented all of us with a decision: do we still want to succeed despite the additional challenges we’re facing? We know that you want to succeed. Remember, you are more than halfway through the semester. And we know that you can meet this challenge. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions – our team is here to help.

Friday, March 20 | 4 p.m.

The Achievement Center will be providing free virtual tutoring using the Zoom video conferencing app. Students can sign up for a free Zoom account and download the app by going to zoom.us You can access Zoom’s help page, Getting started with Zoom, for detailed directions.

Students can request a tutoring session by emailing a tutor using their SC4 student email. The tutor will then set up a tutoring session which will be run using the Zoom App. If you have difficulty accessing or downloading Zoom, tutors are prepared to assist you in that process as well. For students who do not have reliable access to an internet connected computer using a webcam, please email brinke@sc4.edu for other tutoring options.

More information and the tutor schedule is available on the Achievement Center page.

Friday, March 20, 2020 | 2:30 p.m.

The U.S. Secretary of Education announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) is executing on the President’s promise to provide student loan relief to tens of millions of borrowers during the national emergency.  All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days.  In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency.  This will allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest.

The Secretary has also directed all federal student loan servicers to grant an administrative forbearance to any borrower with a federally held loan who requests one.  The forbearance will be in effect for a period of at least 60 days, beginning on March 13, 2020.  To request this forbearance, borrowers should contact their loan servicer online or by phone.

And, the Secretary has authorized an automatic suspension of payments for any borrower more than 31 days delinquent as of March 13, 2020, or who becomes more than 31 days delinquent, essentially giving borrowers a safety net during the national emergency.

Some borrowers may want to continue making payments, like those seeking Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) or those enrolled in a repayment plan with a manageable monthly payment.  For borrowers continuing to make payments, the full amount of their payment will be applied to the principal amount of their loan once all interest accrued prior to March 13, 2020, is paid.  The Department is working closely with Congress to ensure all student borrowers, including those in income-driven repayment plans, receive needed support at this time.

A borrower who has experienced a change in income can always contact their loan servicer to discuss lowering their monthly payment.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.

A quick reminder today that SC4 faculty and staff continue to work remotely and to assist with questions. Email is the most efficient way to contact the campus during this interruption of our normal routines. Many phones are set up to forward voicemail to the user’s email inbox, which is being checked on a regular basis, but this isn’t universal. So, if you have a question, choose email first, please! You can find SC4 email addresses by using the Faculty and Staff Directory on the website.

While face-to-face meetings with SC4’s Advising team aren’t available right now, they remain ready to assist students with questions and other issues by email. Visit the Advising page on the SC4 website for details.

Remember that sc4.edu/coronavirus is the first place to go for updated information about SC4’s response to the COVID-19 situation. Please share it with anyone who needs to know the latest updates, and thanks for helping us keep everyone informed.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.

This has been quite a week! We have just a couple brief updates for the SC4 campus community today, as we continue to monitor the situation and make future adjustments. As indicated in yesterday’s update, in accordance with CDC recommendations, any events with the potential for 50 or more people have been cancelled through May 8. This includes the postponement of the May 8 commencement and nursing pinning ceremonies.

We will continue to honor our Class of 2020 graduates in several ways at the conclusion of the winter semester and will mail degrees directly to students. We have begun preparation to host a larger December commencement ceremony and will invite all 2020 grads to attend. In addition, we will be working closely with the nursing faculty regarding plans to host a summer pinning ceremony, pending any government restrictions on group gatherings, in order to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of our nursing graduates. Details regarding these postponed commencement celebrations will be provided in the coming weeks.

We’d also like to take a moment to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this unprecedented disruption of our normal routines. To our faculty members, who are working hard to minimize the confusion of classes that suddenly need to be taught in a different way than we’re used to or who are maintaining the quality of online instruction that SC4 is known for, thank you! To our staff members, who are ensuring that the college’s vital operations continue, both in a limited way on-campus as well as working from home, thank you! And to our students… thank you for remaining committed to your goal of a college education. We understand the conditions aren’t ideal right now, but the faculty and staff of St. Clair County Community College remain committed to you. Thanks for your belief in us – and yourselves!

In time, things will return to normal at SC4, and we’ll all remember being part of this challenging event. Let’s make sure those memories are positive by continuing to support each other and remain focused on our primary mission to maximize student success.

“15 Days to Slow the Spread” (White House and CDC guidelines issued on March 16)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 11:30 a.m.

Our campus COVID-19 leadership team continues to monitor the ever-changing situation regarding this global pandemic. As a result, we are making further adjustments to campus operations. Today, we have moved as many processes as possible to alternate formats to limit the need to have employees on campus.  Faculty continue to work on adjusting current winter semester classes and are communicating with students directly. Staff will carry on with essential functions and regularly monitor email, phone messages, and other inquiries from current or prospective students.

Buildings will remain locked daily through April 5, or until further notice, and restricted to faculty and staff use only. All campus events through April 5 have been cancelled and in accordance with the CDC recommendation, any events with the potential for 50 or more people have been cancelled through May 8. Updates will continue to be added daily to this web page. Thanks for your continued patience, flexibility and understanding as we work through this unprecedented situation together.

Monday, March 16, 2020 | 4 p.m.

Following the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NJCAA has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately.

Monday, March 16, 2020 | 3:55 p.m.

The HESI Prep class scheduled for April 17 is canceled.  Please check the portal for the rescheduled date.

Monday, March 16, 2020 | 2:45 p.m.

Traditional Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) application deadline change: The deadline for SC4’s traditional Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program has been extended by one week to April 8, 2020 as our campus will be closed to students and the general public until April 6. Since the Testing Center will also be closed until at least April 6, students will be allowed to take the HESI examination after submitting their application. We plan to reschedule HESI exams that were cancelled in March to dates in April.

Monday, March 16, 2020 | 11:55 a.m.

In light of the ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 situation, including the declaration of a National Emergency, the Governor’s actions to close all K-12 schools as well as a variety of businesses, and the latest CDC recommendations, the SC4 campus is closed to all students and the general public as of Monday, March 16 at 4:30 p.m. through Sunday, April 5. 

There will be no face-to-face classes, including labs, field trips, tests or support services during this timeframe. Instructors will be in contact with students regarding course details. 

Please note all on-campus events through April 5, as well as the SC4 Board of Trustees meeting on April 9, are cancelled. The college will continue to re-evaluate and adjust as necessary. College updates will be available here on this webpage.

The college will remain open for staff with services continuing in an alternate format. Students may make online advising appointments at sc4.edu/advising or contact the Call Center with additional questions 810-989-5500. Online chat is also available at sc4.edu.

The well-being of our college campus and community is our top priority. We will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed and will provide updates along the way. Thanks for your flexibility as we continue to navigate through rapidly evolving circumstances.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 2:15 p.m.

The NJCAA Basketball Tournament scheduled for March 17-21 has been postponed. It has tentatively been rescheduled to the week of April 20. If this changes, we’ll post the information here.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 12:30 p.m.

Allied Health and Nursing information sessions scheduled for March 17 and 18 have been canceled. These sessions will be rescheduled.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 9:30 a.m.

The cancellation of on-campus classes next week does include nursing clinicals. The status of clinicals beyond March 20 is being evaluated and will be communicated directly to affected students.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.

With the continued developments of the coronavirus situation, many in the SC4 community are concerned about returning to campus next week following Spring Break. The health and wellness of our campus community is our number one priority. In response to the uncertainty of the coronavirus situation, on-campus classes will be cancelled for the week of March 16-20. Online classes will continue as scheduled.

While there have been no identified cases of coronavirus in St. Clair County, we continue to review emergency plans and college operations on a frequent basis. Please be assured that we are working with the most current information available to us from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as conversations with local health care providers, the St. Clair County health department, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office.

Faculty will work to transition on-campus courses to alternative formats over the next week and be in contact with students. Please continue to review your SC4 email account and/or online course site for more information.

While the situation continues to evolve, please note that the alternative class solutions may remain in place for the balance of the Winter 2020 semester. Further updates will be provided as details related to the coronavirus become available. In the event you are not comfortable with the alternative course options, please contact your instructor(s) or Student Services at 810-989-5560 for accommodations.