Coronavirus Plan: Student Services Updates
Thursday, March 26, 5 PM Update - Students: Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as all of us at Eastern Florida State College work together responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I want to update you on several important matters as we prepare to resume classes and college operations this Monday, March 30.
• All four EFSC campuses will remain CLOSED for the rest of the Spring Term. Students should NOT come to campus.
Special considerations are being made for a limited number of programs and labs. In those cases, strict social distancing guidelines shall be followed.
Student Services will be available remotely, including virtual one-on-one student meetings that may be necessary. View our Student Services guide for details.
Also read our updated Frequently Asked Questions for more important information.
• Suspended in-person classes will resume March 30 in an online format for the rest of the Spring Term.
Students can now go to the Canvas Learning Management System to access their online classes and coursework. Many students have been contacted by their instructors. Students can also contact their instructors directly.
We know you may have concerns moving from a familiar in-person classroom to an unfamiliar online format. Don’t worry. Faculty and staff will be there to help. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance, especially during the first few weeks. Our goal is to ensure you successfully complete the Spring Term in a strong way.
Thank you again for your patience and cooperation. Our top priority is your health and safety and believe the actions we are taking will meet the difficult challenges we face while allowing you to achieve your educational goals.
Sincerely, Dr Jim Richey, President, Eastern Florida State College
Visit the U.S. government Centers for Disease Control website for the most detailed guidance on precautions.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), see your healthcare provider immediately. Call ahead to advise the doctor’s office of recent travel. Anyone with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of Coronavirus will be guided by the treating physician and the Florida Department of Health on steps for treatment.
If you have symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus, wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit your healthcare provider. The CDC expects that person-to-person spread of Coronavirus will eventually occur more widely.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the community at large, as well as our College community, should be aware of the following coronavirus information:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person by droplets:
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet - so maintain social distancing).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
• People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest.
• Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.
• It may be possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface containing droplets.
The symptoms of coronavirus may appear 2 to 4 days after exposure. See your healthcare practitioner if you have fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Most people recover without needing special treatment. However, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and an impaired immune system are more prone to develop a serious illness.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The CDC recommends social distancing
of at least 6 feet.
• Stay home when you are sick
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
• Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly if you have been in contact with someone who is sick
• Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
The CDC does not recommend that healthy, asymptomatic people wear a facemask. Facemasks should be used by people who have symptoms, health workers, and people who are caring for an infected person.
Travel Guidance and Restrictions
The U.S. State Department has advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel. View the latest State Dept. travel advisories.
Students and employees who have traveled to countries identified by the CDC/U.S. government with a Travel Health Notice are required to self-quarantine and not return to campus for 14 days after arriving home.
As of March 24, Gov. Ron DeSantis has also issued an executive order requiring anyone traveling to Florida from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) to self-quarantine for 14 days.
For employees impacted by this self-quarantine, please contact Human Resources at 321-433-7084. Students impacted by a travel-related quarantine should contact Lisa Ginn, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, at 321-433-7380.
EFSC Summer or Fall Term study abroad trips are being assessed and a determination made 60 days prior to travel. Students who are impacted will be contacted.
Conditions can change rapidly in other countries and could impact the ability to re-enter the United States. The Coronavirus will continue to spread, and new countries are experiencing outbreaks every week. Other countries may decide to implement travel restrictions with very little notice. Airlines may cancel/limit flights.
Resources and Contacts
Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center
The Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM
211 Brevard is taking calls about COVID-19
Dial 211 – available between 8 AM and 6 PM
EFSC Emergency Hotline (updated as needed)
Archived EFSC COVID-19 Statements
View past College statements and news releases related to the Coronavirus outbreak.