Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 Coronavirus

Important Information for Students:

Starting Monday, March 30, STLCC courses will move to an online format in an effort to protect the health and safety of all members of our community.

Many of our student services will also move online starting March 23.

We have developed a list of FAQs specifically for students and a list of community resources that may be helpful.

Student FAQ's     Community Resources

 

At St. Louis Community College the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the St. Louis Community comes first. During this coronavirus pandemic, we will continue to update this webpage with any new information. STLCC will diligently follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. The College will communicate via email, social media and this website to students and employees. To provide the most relevant information to our users the following content has been broken down into three categories:

Student Information     Employee Information     General Information

We also have provided a Coronavirus Email Collection of all the email communications we have sent regarding Coronavirus updates.


COVID-19 Presumptive Positives

April 1, 2020

To All Members of the STLCC Community,

St. Louis Community College’s COVID-19 Incident Response Team is constantly monitoring issues around COVID-19 that may directly impact our community. As you are undoubtedly aware, a number of additional cases are being reported in this region and we remind everyone that we all have a role in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

The College recently received notifications from students who self-reported that they tested positive for, or have been exposed to, COVID-19. One self-report came from a student at the Forest Park campus, and one self-report was from a student at the Meramec campus. The student from Forest Park reported not being on campus since March 9. We believe the Meramec student had not been on campus since March 12.

As with the earlier case at our Florissant Valley campus, the College has notified the appropriate Department of Public Health to ensure they are aware of the situation, and so that the departments can follow-up as appropriate with any individuals in the STLCC community who may have been exposed. Because COVID-19 is now identified as community spread in the St. Louis area, the Department of Public Health will not contact the College to report or confirm new cases. Any information the College has is self-reported by the individual with the COVID-19 diagnosis.

We continue to follow the guidance and response efforts of the federal government, the state of Missouri, and local authorities. Ongoing updates regarding STLCC actions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to be posted on this web page.

We ask that you do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following health authority recommended practices:

  • Keep six feet or more of distance between yourself and others not residing in your home.
  • Do not leave your home unless absolutely necessary.
  • Discontinue in-person meetings and use virtual options if possible
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Keep hand sanitizer or wipes with you.
  • If at all possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Watch for cough, trouble with breathing, or other signs of respiratory infection.
  • Monitor temperature for a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C).
  • Stay home when sick or if other family members are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.

As stated above, ongoing updates regarding STLCC’s response to COVID-19 will be posted on this web page. Please continue to follow best practices to keep yourself and other members of the community safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

St. Louis Community College COVID-19 Incident Response Team

 


Student Information

Spring Break is Extended

Spring Break has been extended for all students to March 27, 2020. After Spring Break all classes will move online and resume March 30, 2020.

Priority Registration, Summer and Fall 2020

Priority registration for summer and fall 2020 begins March 23, 2020. Registration is primarily electronic, but enrollment services will be available during the break. STLCC students will receive an email with their priority registration information.

Eight-Week Classes start March 30

Classes that are scheduled for eight-week sessions will start Monday, March 30 online. The delayed start will not extend the length of the course session.

Remote Instruction

The College has made the decision to move course instruction online effective March 30. For courses with lab or studio components that cannot be delivered online, we are looking at solutions to meet the outcomes for these important experiences. The lab and/or studio portions that cannot be delivered online will be temporarily paused while we consider options. Please continue to check your STLCC email and this webpage for updates.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising will provide support remotely. Please send an email to your assigned advisor for any advising needs.* Please visit www.stlcc.edu/advising for more information

Access/Disability Services

The Access office is available remotely to address your accessibility questions and requests. You can reach the Access office locations at:

Academic Support

Academic Support Centers will provide service online. The centers are closed.

Admissions and Enrollment Services

Admissions and Enrollment Services will provide support remotely. Please email your campus Admissions and Enrollment Services office for any needs. Please visit the enrollment website for more information.

Career Development Services

At this time, Career Development Services will provide support remotely. Please email career development staff for any career needs.*

Career Development Services - fpces@stlcc.edu
*Staff will contact you within 24 hours.

Counseling

STLCC Counseling is available to remotely assist students with non-emergency mental health concerns, either by phone or video conference.

Email MCCounsel@stlcc.edu to request a remote appointment with an STLCC counselor.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call Behavioral Health Response at 314-469-6644 or toll-free at 1-800-811-4760, or local police at 9-1-1. Emergency services are available 24/7.

Financial Aid

As of March 23, Financial Aid and Scholarships will offer services remotely during the business hours of 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Students, faculty and staff can reach a financial aid representative in various ways:

  • 24-7 Call Center: Students can reach a financial aid representative at any time by calling 314-644-9979.
  • Online Chat: Students can chat with a financial aid counselor by logging into Banner Self-Service to connect with a financial aid representative.
  • Telephone and Email: All STLCC financial aid staff are available via regular email and phone. Please check the directory for financial aid staff.

Registrar’s Office

The Registrar’s office is converting all major functions online. The Registrar's webpage is updated for your assistance. Students will continue to have the ability to request transcripts electronically through National Student Clearinghouse.

At this time, we ask that students opt for the electronic/e-transcript instead of the printed transcript.

Students may now change their major online by accessing our website and completing the Major Change Form.

Student Assistance Program

The Archers’ Market and Brown Bag Cafes’ are currently closed. For information on food and housing assistance and other community resources, please contact a Student Assistance Program coordinator.

Testing Center

Testing centers are closed until further notice. STLCC testing centers are closed. Please discuss your class placement with an academic advisor.

TRIO

At this time, TRIO - Student Support Services and Upward Bound - are providing support remotely. Please contact TRIO staff for any of your needs.*

STLCC-Forest Park

Student Support Services - Jamie Bolar, jbolar@stlcc.edu
Upward Bound - Carolyn Jackson, CAJackson@stlcc.edu

STLCC-Florissant Valley

Kalisha Turner, Kturner119@stlcc.edu

STLCC-Meramec

Sanela Mesic, smesic@stlcc.edu

*Staff will contact you within 24 hours.

Veterans Services

Veterans Services will provide support remotely. Please email your assigned advisor for any advising needs. Or, you can send a note to Traci Carpenter at tcarpenterbond@stlcc.edu for assistance or call 866-452-9579. Calls will be returned within 24 hours.

Library

STLCC Libraries are providing our students with services and access to resources through stlcc.edu/libraries. Students should use our Ask A Librarian service for research help via email, chat, text (314-888-5275) and virtual appointments.

The libraries’ physical spaces are closed until further notice. Library materials and other circulating items will be automatically renewed until further notice. Students should keep items at home until the libraries re-open.

Students may also want to visit these STLCC librarian-curated guides:

Registration

Summer and fall 2020 course registration will begin as scheduled per our priority registration webpage. All registration must be completed in Banner Self-Service. For any issues with registration, please contact your academic advisor.

Campus Bookstores

All bookstores will be closed until further notice. Essential bookstore personnel will fill and ship online orders for 2nd 8 week semester courses on Thursday, March 26 provided there are no further campus staffing restrictions. All shipping charges for purchases under $50.00 will be waived through April. Books and materials can be ordered online. Materials will ship free.

Child Development Laboratory Center (CDLC)

Parents who use the Child Development Laboratory Center at STLCC-Florissant Valley will be notified when they are able to reopen. Questions about CDLC? Call 314-513-4525

Early College and Dual Enrollment Students

Early College and Dual Enrollment students will have an extended spring break. Classes will resume online on March 30, 2020. Students taking courses through dual credit will continue to follow their high school calendar and processes. Questions: dualcredit@stlcc.edu

Clinical Training, Workplace Learning, Field Work

Students who will be involved in clinical training, workplace learning, field work, etc. during the extended break must contact their instructors for updates.

Continuing Education

All in-person Continuing Education (CE) classes scheduled through May 18 have either been canceled or moved to an online format. Please check your email for class updates. Students enrolled in CE classes that were in session prior to the COVID shelter at home directive will be issued a partial refund where applicable or notified of online instruction. For questions, please contact Continuing Education at cedropbox@stlcc.edu.

Testing Center at Corporate College

The testing center at Corporate College is closed until further notice.

Archers Market

Archers Market campus food pantries are closed until further notice.

Food Service

Campus food service is closed until further notice.

Study Abroad

To allay health concerns, the College is canceling the study abroad programs planned for May through August 2020. We will work to schedule similar experiences in the future. This includes travel to China, Russia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Scotland.

Questions?

Please check our student oriented COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions or with more specific questions please call STLCC’s Call Center at 314-539-5113.


Employee Information

Essential On-site Employees

The College has designated a limited number of individuals as essential onsite employees – those employees have been notified by their supervisor about when and if they need to report to a physical work location. All other employees should be working from home, and your supervisors will be in touch about specific work assignments and expectations.

Work from Home (WFH) Guidelines

  • During the Work from Home period (March 23-April 17, 2020), all employees – full-time and part-time – who receive a regular paycheck will continue to be paid for their regularly scheduled hours.
  • Employees who have not been designated as essential onsite employees, but who need to go onsite briefly after March 25, 2020, should get approval from one of the following designated employees:
    • Police leadership (Dir. Adkins, Capt.Talley)
    • Campus Presidents for Academic Affairs employees
    • Dennis Dill for Facilities employees
    • Student Affairs Vice Presidents for Student Affairs Employees
    • Stacey Edwards for the Harrison Center
    • Julie Loyet for South County
    • Paul Zinck, vice chancellor, finance and administration
    • Dr. Andrew Langrehr, vice chancellor, academic affairs
    • Dr. Christine Davis, vice chancellor, student affairs
    • Keith Hacke, chief information officer
    • Dr. Jeff L. Pittman, chancellor
    • Robin Phillips, associate vice chancellor, human resources

Working from home is a new experience for many employees, and employees should keep the following parameters in mind:

  • Employees working from home must be reachable during working hours; supervisors are expected to check in with WFH employees on a regular basis.
  • College policies and administrative procedures continue to apply. For example - non-exempt employees working from home must obtain approval from their supervisor in advance, prior to performing any overtime.
  • Many employees have access to confidential information, and must ensure that all College data, software, equipment and supplies must be properly protected and secured.
  • When an employee is assigned to WFH is not available to work, they are required to use personal and/or vacation leave.
  • Employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are exposed to someone who has been diagnosed should notify their supervisor so that time is recorded related to COVID-19.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Robin Phillips, associate vice chancellor, human resources - robinphillips@stlcc.org.

Employee Leave

In the spirit of not requiring employees to use regularly accrued sick time or other paid time off, the Board and the College are considering additional, special leave related to COVID-19 at the Board meeting on March 23. The College will update information regarding leave as soon as possible.

Remote Instruction

The College has made the decision to move course instruction online effective March 30. More details will be shared with students in the coming days. For courses with lab or studio components that cannot be delivered online, we are looking at solutions to meet the outcomes for these important experiences. The lab and/or studio portions that cannot be delivered online will be temporarily paused while we consider options.

EMS Reservations

All reservations made through the EMS Online Reservation System thru April 17th have been canceled.

Questions?

Please check our frequently asked questions or with specific questions please call STLCC’s Call Center at 314-539-5113.


General Information

As Coronavirus information is rapidly evolving and changing, it is important that you rely on good information. For more detailed information about Coronavirus, please visit the websites for Centers for Disease Control or Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

If you are traveling, whether abroad or within the United States, please be aware of changing conditions and possible trip interruptions. There is also the possibility that if you travel - and depending on the destination - you could be impacted by quarantine. For more information regarding travel, please visit the CDC website travel information page.

How can you protect yourself?

  • Keep 6 feet or more of distance between yourself and others not residing in your home.
  • Do not leave your home unless absolutely necessary.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Keep hand sanitizer or wipes with you.
  • If at all possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent infection.

Outdoor Athletic Facilities

Effective April 1, 2020, All outdoor St. Louis Community College athletic facilities will be secured and inaccessible until further notice. Please follow the recommended guidelines for social distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.

Canceled/Postponed Events

Hockey is for Everyone, St. Louis Blues Watch Party - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 24

Employee Giving Appreciation Game Night – Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 31

An Evening with Mark Weber and Friends - Postponed
Previously scheduled for April 2

Bowling for Scholars - Postponed
Previously scheduled for April 3

Excellence in Math Contest - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 21, 2020

Campus Tours And Recruitment Events - Canceled
Previously scheduled Wednesdays and Fridays | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

It's Going To Be A Long Afternoon, Against Procrastination - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 25

NTHS Spring 2020 Induction Ceremony
Previously scheduled for March 25

Women’s History Month Events - Canceled

Spring Campus Preview Day - Canceled
Previously scheduled for April 4

Dear Elizabeth - Canceled
Previously scheduled for April 16, April 17, April 19

The Grant Writing USA Workshop - Rescheduled for June 8-9
Previously scheduled for April 23-24

SGA Banquet - Canceled
Previously scheduled for May 1

Service Awards - Postponed until Fall

"Eccentricities - Tennessee Williams and His Women" - canceled
Previously scheduled for April

Identity: Regional High School Competition - The show will be rescheduled, the reception is canceled.
Previously scheduled for March 26 – April 18

Meramec Theatre Presents: Into the Woods - Canceled
Previously scheduled for Apr. 15 – Apr. 19

Meramec Music Presents: Symphonic Band Concert - Canceled
Previously scheduled for May 3

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition - The show will be rescheduled, the reception is canceled.
Previously scheduled for May 4-12

Meramec Music Presents: Vision of the Psalms - Canceled
Previously scheduled for May 10

State of American Politics: Is it as Bad as is Seems? - Canceled
Previously scheduled for April 1 & April 2

The General Municipal Election - Postponed to June 2
Previously scheduled for April 7, 2020

Book Discussion of On Gold Mountain by Lisa Lee - Canceled
Previously scheduled for April 6, 2020

My Life in the Chinese Cultural Revolution - Canceled
Previously scheduled for April 15, 2020

Beta Rho Epsilon’s participation in Phi Theta Kappa’s Missouri Regional Convention - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 13-14

Science Club/Green-for-Life Club’s participation in City of Wildwood’s Lawn & Garden Summit - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 21

Open Mic Night - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 25

Riverbend Middle School-Meramec Valley R-III 8th Grade Visit
Previously scheduled for March 25

A+ Information Night
Previously scheduled for March 26

Video Board Game Day - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 27

WildCon - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 28

Community Resources United to Stop Heroin - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 30

Beta Rho Epsilon’s Pathways to Careers Night - Canceled
Previously scheduled for March 31

An Evening with Mark Weber and Friends - Postponed
Previously scheduled for April 2

Beta Rho Epsilon’s participation in Phi Theta Kappa’s International Catalyst Convention - Canceled
Previously scheduled for April 2-4

Keepin' Bees Faculty Speaker Series - Postponed
Previously scheduled for April 16

Student Awards Banquet - Canceled
Previously scheduled for April 24

Graduates Reception - Canceled
Previously scheduled for May 8

 

Commencement 2020

Commencement 2020 is postponed. I understand how disappointing this is to our students, their families, faculty and staff, but we are following CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on gatherings of more than 10. Celebrating our graduating students is the highlight of the academic year; we will keep you posted on a new date.

Continuing Education

All in-person Continuing Education (CE) classes scheduled through May 18 have either been canceled or moved to an online format. Please check your email for class updates. Students enrolled in CE classes that were in session prior to the COVID shelter at home directive will be issued a partial refund where applicable or notified of online instruction. For questions, please contact Continuing Education at cedropbox@stlcc.edu.

Dental Clinic, Center for Nursing and Health Sciences

The dental clinic at the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at STLCC-Forest Park is closed until further notice. Questions about the dental clinic? Call 314-644-9330

Events, Rentals

Events held by outside organizations and/or rental agreements are canceled March 13-29, 2020. Organizers and contract holders are being notified by STLCC staff.


Frequently Asked Questions

STLCC continues to closely monitor potential exposure issues related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Our efforts align with Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization guidance on screening and response protocols, along with other measures to protect the health and well-being of the campus community.

The College has convened a response team and a number of sub-teams to plan holistically for how the situation may affect the College, including public health matters, campus climate, College travel, student affairs, supply chain issues, and the overall well-being of students, faculty and staff.

The College’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety is continuously monitoring the situation in conjunction with local, state and national public health authorities.

If you feel ill, you should use the same judgment you would normally use about attending class or work, staying home or seeking medical care. Please notify your professors if you are unable to attend class. If you have the following symptoms, we encourage you to stay at home:

  • Fever of 100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer before taking fever suppressants or cough/cold medicines.
  • Fever and coughing.
  • Fever and shortness of breath.
  • Sore throat or fever.
  • In some cases, gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and loose stool with fever are reported as having developed prior to respiratory symptoms.

If you feel ill, you should use the same judgment you would normally use about staying home or seeking medical care. Please notify your supervisor if you are unable to report to work. If you have the following symptoms, stay at home:

  • Fever of 100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer before taking fever suppressants or cough/cold medicines.
  • Fever and coughing.
  • Fever and shortness of breath.
  • Sore throat or fever.
  • In some cases, gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea and loose stool with fever are reported as having developed prior to respiratory symptoms.

STLCC events and activities are being evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be modified, postponed, canceled or held as planned. We recommend that you continue to stay informed by reviewing this STLCC COVID-19 information page, campus social media sites and updates shared through email.

To allay health concerns, the College has canceled study abroad programs planned for May through August 2020. We will work to schedule similar experiences in the future. Cancellations include travel to China, Russia, Colombia, Costa Rica and Scotland.

STLCC’s housekeeping staff works hard to maintain the campuses. Housekeeping staff has worked diligently to clean the campuses and disinfect common areas such as cafeterias, buildings and classrooms, locker rooms, restrooms and commonly touched areas such as doors, handrails, elevator buttons, etc. We will continue these efforts throughout the semester.

We also continue to monitor announcements from health officials to ensure that our efforts are appropriate. We will make adjustments if additional procedures or precautions are deemed necessary.

Students, faculty and staff can actively partner in helping to keep our campus buildings and classrooms clean. If you notice an area that needs immediate attention, contact STLCC Facilities at 314-984-7979 or fixit@stlcc.edu.

  • Students must check their STLCC email for information from the College and/or their instructors.
  • Students must log in to Blackboard and check for updates about their enrolled courses. Be sure to check all courses, even those with instructors who have not previously used Blackboard as a method of communication.
  • Students may be expected to attend class in Blackboard at the scheduled class time if face-to-face classes are paused.

Everyday preventative actions can help minimize the spread of respiratory viruses, including the flu or a cold. You can:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay at home when you are sick.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or a tissue. Throw away tissues immediately into a trash can, and clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Clean and disinfect items and surfaces that you touch frequently with a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
  • Don’t share items such as cups, utensils or other personal items.

You can find more information from the following resources:

Centers for Disease Control

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has a statewide public hotline for citizens who want guidance on novel coronavirus: 1-877-435-8411. The hotline is operated by medical professionals and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

St. Louis County Department of Public Health has a hotline for anyone who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or if they are experiencing symptoms. Please call 314-615-2660.

St. Louis Community College’s Libraries are providing our patrons with services and access to resources through stlcc.edu/libraries. Libraries’ physical spaces are closed until further notice.


Still Have Questions?

Please call STLCC’s Call Center at 314-539-5113 or email askus@stlcc.edu.

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