Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 on the SC4 campus
Here some frequently asked questions SC4 has received which you may find of interest. The answers have been provided directly to individuals asking the question but are also provided below in case someone else may have the same question.
If you have a question or observation, please share it with us so we can continue to improve campus communication and collaboration.
Helpful documents have been posted to answer many questions, including the comprehensive list of actions and decisions the college has made regarding coronavirus and COVID-19 below. The college procedures used in decision-making regarding COVID-19 are documented in the campus plan.
How is the recent Michigan Supreme Court decision regarding the governor’s executive orders affecting SC4’s response to the pandemic?
SC4 is continuing to follow the policies and procedures outlined in our COVID-19 campus response plan, detailed in the presentation “Returning to our work on campus.” This is based on recommendations from the St. Clair County Health Department and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Masks are still required by everyone on the SC4 campus, social distancing is still encouraged whenever possible, and screening is still required in order to get a colored bracelet that signifies that a person is cleared to enter campus buildings.
My school has moved to online teaching instead of hybrid temporarily due to reported positive COVID-19 cases and I’m also a dual-enrolled student at SC4. Am I allowed to continue to attend my SC4 classes?
All students, faculty, staff members, or guests arriving on campus must be symptom-free and not under an order to quarantine from the St. Clair County Health Department (or other medical authority). All individuals on campus must confirm in SC4’s pre-screening procedure that they are symptom-free and not under quarantine. Dual-enrolled students follow the same procedure as all students. If a dual-enrolled high school student is symptom-free and not under quarantine, then the student is allowed on campus. Note that SC4 students enrolled in an online section with no on-campus components would not be affected if their home high school has reported positive COVID-19 cases.
Have there been positive cases involving SC4 students, faculty or staff members? What does the college do when that happens?
The college has been informed about the following positive tests for COVID-19 involving students, faculty or staff at the college since the campus was re-opened on July 1:
- A student reported testing positive for COVID-19. Individuals at SC4 who had close contact with the student were notified and were required to quarantine by the St. Clair County Health Department. Individuals not in close contact in the building where the student attended were notified of the case but were not required to quarantine per health department guidance. Campus courses not impacted by close contact for this case continued normally, following guidance from the health department.
- Two students reported testing positive for COVID-19 in separate incidents. Each student’s residence was outside of St. Clair County. Each student was enrolled only in online courses and it was confirmed that there had been no contact in each case that impacted the SC4 campus.
- A faculty member tested positive for COVID-19. The faculty member was required to quarantine but did not have any close contact with SC4 students, faculty or staff. The Health Department notified SC4 as part of the investigation but determined no close contact occurred on campus.
- A faculty member reported testing positive for COVID-19. The faculty member is only teaching online courses and it was confirmed that there had been no contact that impacted the SC4 campus.
- Two students reported testing positive for COVID-19 in separate incidents. After investigations by the St. Clair County Health Department it was determined that no individuals at SC4 had close contact with the students during the time they were potentially infectious and no one was required to quarantine by the health department. Campus courses the students were enrolled in continued normally, following guidance from the health department.
- Three on-campus service providers have reported testing positive for COVID-19 in separate incidents. After investigation by the St. Clair County Health Department it was determined that no one at SC4 had close contact with any of the service providers during the time they were on campus and no one was required to quarantine by the health department.
- An instructor reported testing positive for COVID-19. Individuals at SC4 who had close contact with the instructor were notified and were required to quarantine by the St. Clair County Health Department.
- A student reported testing positive for COVID-19. Individuals at SC4 who had close contact with the student were notified and were required to quarantine by the St. Clair County Health Department.
Each positive case is handled following established college procedures as documented in the campus plan. The procedure specifies that the college will work with the St. Clair County Health Department and follow their guidance. Each situation is unique, and involves investigation, information gathering, and discussion with the health department.
I am concerned about missing class because I did not pass the pre-screening as being symptom-free. I do not believe I have COVID-19 but out of caution and following the rules I need to miss class.
Please contact your faculty member let them know of your absence and ask for arrangements to stay current in class. Remember that pre-screening is not required for online classes or the online components of remote classes unless you are using on-campus technology resources.
Updates to classes, events, and activities on the SC4 campus due to COVID-19
Monday, October 5 | 12:00 p.m.
An updated version of the “Returning to our work on campus” presentation is available. It clarifies that campus policies related to COVID-19, including the wearing of face masks, are based on recommendations from the St. Clair County Health Department.
Thursday, August 20 | 4:15 p.m.
SC4 is making changes to many sections that were originally scheduled to meet on-campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Sections may be changed to online or partially remote formats. Most health sciences, engineering technology, and some classes with labs will not be affected.
Tuesday, August 11 | 3:45 p.m.
Details on the screening process to be used on campus for the Fall 2020 semester are available on this page. This process will begin to be used on Monday, August 17.
Friday, August 7 | 8:30 a.m.
A clarification on how to correctly wear face masks was added to the “Returning to our work on campus” presentation.
Monday, August 3 | 11:15 a.m.
The college’s COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan has been updated and is available for download.
Monday, July 6 | 8:00 a.m.
The SC4 Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Services are being provided in the public areas of the first floor only. Face coverings or masks are required to receive service. Online, remote, and phone services continue to be available.
Thursday, June 18 | 10:15 a.m.
The college has developed a plan for re-opening our Port Huron campus in phases beginning July 6 and continuing through August 3. All dates are subject to revision if conditions related to COVID-19 in the community and throughout the state change.
Offices designated as “open” in the document may be in-person (following the “Staying Safe on Campus” guidelines), fully remote, or a combination of the two. SC4 employees should work with their supervisors to determine when they will be asked to be on campus. Remote work from home will still be used when possible to reduce the number of people on campus.
Friday, May 29 | 11:30 a.m.
As noted in the May 27 update below, some students and employees will be returning to campus on Monday, June 1. In order to keep our campus safe as the COVID-19 situation continues, we have developed guidelines to be followed by anyone on campus (note that this link is being updated as newer versions of the document are available).
Anyone entering a campus building will need to be screened; a screening station will be set up outside of the Health Sciences Building where classes will be taking place. Each building will have entrances and exits marked with signs in order to promote social distancing. Stairways will be designated for going up and going down for the same reason. We have posted signage around campus to remind everyone of social distancing guidelines.
Maps of each building, showing exits, entrances, and stairway designations are available here:
- Health Sciences Building
- Main Building
- North Building
- Clara E. Mackenzie (CEM) Building
- College Center
- Fine Arts Building
- ATC Building
- Welcome Center
- SC4 Fieldhouse
If you have questions about campus restrictions or the screening process, please call Campus Patrol at (810) 989-5757.
Wednesday, May 27 | 9:15 a.m.
Starting Monday, June 1, the SC4 campus will be open to:
- Students enrolled in on-campus classes for the Summer 2020 semester;
- Faculty members teaching Summer 2020 classes;
- Support staff members (as needed to support college operations);
- Contractors providing scheduled services.
We ask that all other persons remain away from the campus through Friday, June 12. This will allow us to comply with Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home order which has been extended through that date, and also promote and maintain social distancing on campus.
Our on-campus summer classes are related to the training of health-care workers. These classes are allowed to occur on-campus under the governor’s Executive Order 2020-77.
Thursday, May 21 | 3:00 p.m.
Due to the extended stay at home order, and the subsequent closure of SC4 campus buildings, many applicants for the Fall 2020 cohort of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program were unable to complete HESI testing. Because of this, HESI testing scores have been removed from this cohort’s pre-admission criteria.
More information is available on the Associate Degree Nursing page.
Thursday, May 21 | 1:00 p.m.
The summer semester began this week, and online courses are underway. In addition, classes in health sciences programs scheduled for summer will begin meeting in the Health Sciences Building beginning Monday, June 1. These classes are included in Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-77 allowing for the training of health-care workers.
Any person entering a campus building must wear a mask, and social distancing will continue to be required as much as possible. Those persons who have current COVID-19 symptoms, are under a quarantine order from a health professional, or who have a body temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted to enter any campus building.
Please continue to use remote services as provided by the college over the past several weeks whenever possible. Non-essential visits to campus are strongly discouraged until further notice.
Friday, May 8 | 10:00 a.m.
Michigan’s stay-at-home order has been extended through Thursday, May 28. The SC4 campus will remain closed to students and the general public through that date. Students registered for on-campus classes for the summer semester scheduled to begin on Monday, May 18 will be contacted by their instructors directly with information about those classes.
Online summer classes will be conducted normally.
Per Section 10 (i) of the governor’s Executive Order 2020-77, SC4 is permitted to provide training to “health-care workers,” provided that “as much instruction as possible is provided remotely.” Students enrolled in such classes will also be contacted by their instructors with specific instructions.
Friday, May 1 | 11:15 a.m.
Gov. Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-69 from April 30 includes updated restrictions for “places of public accommodation,” which includes educational facilities. To comply with that order, all buildings on the SC4 campus will remain closed to students and the general public through Thursday, May 28. Students registered for on-campus classes for the summer semester who may be affected by this will be contacted by their instructors directly.
The governor’s stay-at-home order remains in effect through Friday, May 15.
Friday, April 24 | 4:30 p.m.
With Gov. Whitmer’s extension this morning of Michigan’s statewide stay-at-home order through May 15, all buildings on the SC4 campus will remain closed through that date. Access will remain restricted to critical maintenance and operations only.
Thursday, April 16 | 8:30 a.m.
SC4 is providing $1,000,000 in emergency aid funding to support SC4 students impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The money is available to currently enrolled SC4 students who are experiencing additional financial need caused by the public health emergency. Awards are available to help students who are working toward the completion of a certificate or degree. Read more about it.
Monday, April 13 | 11 a.m.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the college is waiving your initial advising appointments and placement testing requirements in order to make it easier for you to enroll for summer and fall classes.
Additionally, because we’re unable to offer Accuplacer and WritePlacer tests in the Testing Center due to the campus being closed through May 11, the college has implemented a temporary waiver of placement requirements so you can choose and enroll in your starting English and Math courses. We’ve developed Guided Self-Assessment tools for you to use to determine what English and Math courses you should take. Visit the following links to go directly to the Guided Self-Assessment tools:
Temporary waivers of other math and/or English prerequisite requirements also have been implemented for many business, science and technology courses. You will still see a message when you select one of those classes indicating that a course prerequisite exists, but you can just click the “Register” button to enroll.
While an initial advising appointment isn’t required right now, you may still want to make an appointment to go over program or degree requirements or get help with class selection and the Guided Self-Assessment tools. Please feel free to schedule an appointment by visiting sc4.edu/advising. Our staff continues to work remotely to assist you with questions. If you have other questions related to registration, please email email@example.com for assistance.
Thursday, April 2 | 11:00 a.m.
A quick update today for the SC4 Community to help us plan for the rest of the winter semester:
- Campus buildings will remain closed until the end of the semester on May 8.
- All winter semester classes will be completed in their current format. If your class was originally on-campus, it will continue in the alternative format developed by your instructor. Online courses will finish as planned.
- Faculty and staff will be working remotely to help students finish the semester and will continue to process student applications, financial aid, and registration for the summer and fall semesters.
Please check this page regularly for campus updates related to the COVID-19 situation.
This decision should make it easier to anticipate how the rest of the semester will go and allow students, faculty, and staff to plan accordingly.
We continue to be impressed with the cooperation and innovation that is taking place at SC4 under extraordinary circumstances. Please take care of yourselves and each other. We will get through this together.
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:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- State of Michigan – Coronavirus Disease 2019
- St. Clair County Health Department – The county health department also has a COVID-19 informational hotline set up; the number is 810-966-4163.
- SC4’s Employee Assistance Program has resources and other assistance available to help you manage stress and anxiety and stay healthy. Call them at 810-982-4980.
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.