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Reopening Plan Related Frequently Asked Questions
As you review Eastern Florida State College's Transitional Operations Plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we know you will have questions so review the FAQ links below. Please note that answers will be updated and questions added as needed, with the date of the change or addition noted.
Question 1: How is EFSC making decisions about reopening?
The four-phase Transitional Operations Plan was developed based on guidance from public health officials, including the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Florida Department of Health and Gov. DeSantis’ plan to reopen Florida.
Four teams have been created to assess needs and complete specific action items during each phase. Their comprehensive work focuses on:
• Making adjustments to EFSC Campus facilities to ensure the safest possible environment for returning students, employees and visitors.
• Ensuring that Eastern Florida State College provides students with well-structured educational opportunities that allow students to achieve their desired educational objectives in a safe and effective manner.
• Keeping students, staff, faculty and visitors safe once they have returned to campus.
• Providing the needed communication tools so students, staff, faculty and visitors have the information and knowledge needed to promote the safest campus environments.
Specific CDC Guidance included the following Resources for Higher Education:
Question 2: What are the key dates for the reopening phases and are they subject to change?
Phase 1: June 1, 2020
This Preparation Phase is already under way with a focus on preparing the college environment for safe operations that include social distancing measures.
Phase 2: July 20, 2020
This Employee Return Phase would include the return to campus of general service staff members, except for those approved to continue working remotely or on leave.
Phase 3: August 3, 2020
This Students Partial Return Phase includes the resumption of some on-campus student services, with many Fall Term classes being held online, limited in-person classes and safety measures in place to protect against COVID-19, including the requirement to wear a mask or face covering when inside Campus buildings. See details in the Health-related FAQ.
Phase 4: January 4, 2021
This Normal Operations Phase includes plans for EFSC to fully reopen with all in-person classes and services available, and the full resumption of events and activities.
Each phase of the reopening plan is dependent on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic and is subject to change if necessary.
Question 3: Will Fall Term Classes be on campus or online? (Updated 7/1)
Many Fall classes will be conducted online because of the need to proceed cautiously and limit the number of students on campus to the extent possible while still meeting the on-campus education needs our students deserve to be most successful.
On-campus classes in Fall Term 2020 are reserved for courses determined by the V.P. of Academic & Student Affairs to be in the best interest of the student and more effective in a classroom setting.
At this time, College officials expect on-campus classes in the areas of Health Sciences, Public Safety, Workforce/Career Tech Programs, select science courses with critical lab components and other general education courses as allowed.
Some hybrid classes with both online and in-person learning may also hold some course components on campus.
On-campus classes will comply with Centers for Disease Control social distancing recommendations and all participants in the classroom will be required to wear masks or other face coverings.
The Fall 2020 Class Schedule was updated July 1 to indicate course sections planned to have on campus components, designated as "Face to Face" or "Hybrid," and which sections will be delivered remotely as "Live Online" or a traditional "Online Course."
Visit the Fall Term FAQ page to see more information about academic-related issues and course delivery.
Question 4: What services for prospective and current students will be available on Campus Fall Term?
Our plan is to reopen key areas to the public starting Aug. 3 including financial aid, admissions, advising and the cashier's office, with some services being available by appointment only. We will provide more details on this appointment process in the coming weeks.
When coming to Campus you will need to wear a mask or face covering when inside buildings and you'll find measures in place that promote social distancing.
We will also continue to provide remote services as we know there are people who have underlying health conditions that require them to avoid going out in public. Review our Virtual Student Services guide for more on those options.
Flexbility will be key as we stand ready to adjust as needed based on the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance from public health agencies.
Question 5: Will I need a student parking permit to be on campus during Fall Term? (Added 6/25)
No. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, parking permits are not currently required for EFSC students and 2020-21 permits are not for sale until further notice.
We will provide information on the parking permit page as it's available about when the requirement to purchase a permit has been reinstated.
Information is subject to change as the College moves forward with plans to resume full Campus operations, currently targeted for January 2021 under the EFSC Phased Reopening Plan.
Question 6: Are EFSC identification cards for students and employees still available at Campus Security Offices? (Added 6/30)
Yes. EFSC Security Offices are still issuing identification cards for EFSC students and employees. However, due to COVID-19, please call ahead to the Campus Security Office that you plan to visit as staff will need to let you inside. There is also information on the Security Office doors about how to contact them if you arrive and the door is locked. Visit the ID card web page for information on what you must bring with you.
You also must wear a mask or other facial covering when inside the Security Office in keeping with EFSC requirements (they will take your photo for the ID without the mask).
Visit the main security page for locations and phone numbers.
Question 7: What social distancing measures will be in place on Campus and are masks required?
In public areas, expect to see the addition of floor markings that promote safe, social distancing and the addition of physical barriers, such as sneeze guards.
During this current Phase 1 time period, College staff is reviewing such needs and putting new equipment and safety signage in place.
If a course is approved to meet on Campus, classroom spaces will be adjusted to allow for the CDC recommended six-foot distancing between students, including the removal of some seating to limit numbers.
Under EFSC safety protocols, employees, students and visitors must wear a mask or protective face covering when inside Campus buildings, including in classrooms, and disposable face coverings will be available for those who need them, with a supply available at each EFSC Campus Security Office.
If physical contact is anticipated, disposable gloves will be provided.
See additional information on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the Health and Safety FAQ accordion.
Question 8: The plan mentions COVID-19 safety training for students and employees before they return to campus. How will this be delivered? (Updated 7/30)
Online training modules were developed and information was emailed to employees and will be sent to students.
Students can also access the training through Canvas using the following process:
- Canvas LMS Safety Training self-enrollment
- As prompted, log in with your Titan Single Sign On information
- Select "Enroll in Course" and then "Go to Course"
- Review the information and complete the COVID-19 Quiz.
Question 9: What if the state or CDC relaxes infectious control guidelines or eliminates social distancing requirements?
If the Centers for Disease Control declares the public threat to be diminishing, the implementation dates of Phases 2 through 4 may be accelerated. The College is also be prepared to adjust quickly if the CDC announces a more aggressive spread of the virus is detected.
Question 10: Will the on-campus Assessment Centers reopen and will virtual testing options continue?
During Phases 1 and 2, College staff will review when the Campus Assessment Center may be available for limited in-person testing.
In the meantime, remote testing options are in place for some tests, and for prospective Dual Enrolled high school students, an alternate eligibility and college readiness measure has been developed, with an option for public/private school students and process for home education students.
Question 11: Will events, such as athletics or performing arts events, be held in-person?
During Phases 1 and 2, EFSC’s Athletic Director and other college staff will work to develop a Student Athlete Safety Plan for athletic programs and events starting in the Fall of 2020. Athletic events will resume in keeping with scheduling decisions made by the NJCAA, the national governing body for junior college sports, and with social distancing measures in place.
Assessments and planning are under way to determine when events can safely resume at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the Melbourne Campus and the Simpkins Center on the Cocoa Campus.
Question 12: Will Fall Commencement be held on December as planned at the King Center for the Performing Arts?
At this time, Fall Commencement is planned to be held as an in-person event following appropriate CDC and local health department recommendations.
Question 13: When Spring Commencement was canceled, EFSC had announced plans to hold a rescheduled event in December. How is that impacted by the phased reopening plan?
There are currently plans to hold this rescheduled celebration as an in-person event in December following CDC and local health department recommendations.
Question 14: I am a student employee. Do I come into work?
Student employees should contact their supervisor to determine when and if to report to work.
Work-study students are not working or being paid during the Summer Term. The Office of Financial Aid will release further details about work-study eligibility for Fall 2020 closer to the beginning of the Fall Term.
Question 15: Will student clubs and organizations be allowed to meet on campus this Fall?
During Phases 1 and 2, college staff will be assessing the safety of gatherings on Campus and will provide further details as available. We also do plan to hold remote and virtual student events in the fall. Any face-to-face events will be limited and require social distancing and other recommendations from the CDC and local health officials.
Question 16: Will student social and study areas be open on each Campus and if so will shared equipment, such as video game systems and pool tables, be available for use?
Student areas, such as the Student Union on the Melbourne Campus, are expected to be open with social distancing measures in place, including reduced indoor seating.
We are also assessing which items can be used in student lounge and study areas, and we’ll also develop and post a cleaning protocol so that shared items, such as television remotes and keyboards, can be sanitized before and after use.
Question 17: Will EFSC’s new Student Housing on the Melbourne Campus open in August as planned?
The new Student Housing Facility is scheduled to open in early August, with resident move-in dates scheduled for August 4 and 5. Visit the Housing FAQ for more information related to student housing.
Question 18: Will on-campus food vendors be open?
College officials are assessing target dates and safety requirements for the safe reopening of food services on each Campus.
Question 19: Will Campus fitness facilities be open?
During Phases 1 and 2, College staff will work to assess which indoor fitness areas can be opened and when.
EFSC’s outdoor Tennis Center on the Melbourne Campus and Golf Driving Range on SR 524 near the Cocoa Campus, have reopened. Read more about the availability of those facilities.
On June 24, the YMCA announced it was permanently closing its Cocoa facility. Click to send the YMCA a question about that facility.
Question 20: Will campus tours and information sessions take place in-person?
Limited on-campus events to meet the needs of prospective students may be allowed during Fall Term with low numbers and social distancing requirements in place and with such events requiring an appointment/RSVP.
Virtual services for prospective students, such as remote advising, will continue. See more about remote services in our Virtual Student Services Guide.
Prospective students can also use EFSC’s Virtual Tour to familiarize themselves with each Campus.
Question 21: Will EFSC Libraries and Bookstores be open?
College officials are assessing a target date for the safe reopening of Libraries and Campus Bookstores, with plans to open them to support Fall Term. The Libraries on each Campus are expected to open for limited use by employees and students only, with no public access in the Fall.
In the meantime, both continue to provide online services to support the academic needs of students.
The Libraries have numerous online resources, including research guides, databases and online materials, plus the free Ask-a-Librarian service via chat and email.
The EFSC Bookstores offer online ordering with free ground shipping, plus digital options for many course materials.
Question 22: Is EFSC still hiring?
Question 23: When can EFSC facilities be rented again by the public?
Beginning with Phase 4, scheduled to start January 4, 2021, the public rental of school facilities may be approved if in the best interest of the College. Some exceptions may be made to rent facilities earlier than Phase 4 if in the best interests of the students, providing CDC recommendations are adhered to by attendees.
Question 24: When will study abroad programs resume?
During Phase 4, set to begin in January 2021, international educational opportunities for faculty and study abroad education for students may be allowed to resume, provided the country hosting the training is not experiencing any unusual threats to public safety.
Question 25: I'm a current or prospective student who has a question not answered here. How can I submit my question?
Question 1: Are masks or face coverings required everywhere on Campus and will they be provided? (Updated 6/30)
Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Florida and Brevard County, the requirement to wear masks inside all Campus buildings began Monday, July 6, 2020. Effective on that date, all individuals within the interior spaces of buildings on campus are required to wear a mask or face covering, this includes classrooms. Masks or face coverings are not required outside of campus buildings unless social distancing recommendations cannot be met.
Unless rescinded, the directive to wear a face covering inside Campus buildings will remain in effect throughout Fall Term. Some exceptions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis, such as individuals who are medically excused from wearing anything that could interfere with their breathing, children under two years of age, isolated employees in individual offices and in other situations determined appropriate by college officials.
Students, faculty, staff and visitors are welcome (and even encouraged) to provide their own masks or face coverings; however, the college will also provide face coverings to any person needing protection. Those in need of a face covering may get one by visiting any EFSC Campus Security office. Additionally, all security officers will have a supply of facial coverings on their security carts and will be happy to provide one if requested.
In keeping with CDC guidelines, avoid touching your face covering and wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer if your hands come in contact with your mask.
CDC resources related to face coverings:
Question 2: What if I have a medical condition that makes it unsafe for me to wear a facial covering?
As outlined in the plan, some exceptions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis, such as individuals who are medically excused from wearing anything that could interfere with their breathing, and in other situations determined appropriate by college officials.
Students who need to request an accomodation related to a facial covering or other COVID-19 related issue should start that process by contacting the Student Access for Improved Learning (SAIL) team. Employees should contact their supervisor.
Question 3: What about gloves? Are there times those are required and will they be provided?
Students, faculty and staff shall wear gloves in specialized environments, such as those for public safety training, health sciences education or workforce training, in which social distancing recommendations cannot be consistently followed. Examples include defensive tactics during a law enforcement course, working as a team on a healthcare mannequin or training that requires individuals to touch one another or share a piece of equipment.
Employees who must accept physical paperwork and/or review identification directly, such as cashiers, admissions staff or security officers, must also wear disposable gloves when completing these tasks and shall discard the gloves after each interaction to avoid transferring contaminants from one student to another.
Disposable, latex-free gloves provided by the College will be available in classroom settings as needed and at each designated workstation requiring the hands-on review of documents received directly from the public.
Students handling their own paperwork will not be required to wear gloves during the transaction, provided the documents being handed to students were not previously handled by ungloved employees within the past seven days.
Question 4: Will hand sanitizer be available?
Expect to see increased hand sanitizer dispensers throughout campus, including the entry and exit points of buildings and common areas such as restrooms, large conference rooms and auditoriums. The college also plans to provide hand sanitizer at workstations where employees need to frequently sanitize their hands, such as after removing disposable gloves following interactions with the public, such as accepting documents or cash.
Employees are permitted to supply their own hand sanitizer at their expense providing it meets the CDC guidelines for effectiveness. See the CDC Informational Bulletin on Hand Sanitizer Use.
Question 5: What additional cleaning and sanitization measures will be in place on campus?
The reopening plan includes detailed requirements for enhanced cleaning of campus restrooms and high-touch areas such as payment station, handrails and door handles throughout normal business hours. The plan also requires full, deep cleaning each evening. College facilities personnel have acquired special sanitizing equipment that enhances the ability to sanitize larger areas more quickly and effectively.
Question 6: What do I do if I have concerns about the disregard of safety precautions? (Updated 7/30 with enforcement policy)
If you are a student, convey the concern to your instructor.
EFSC employees have been provided the following guidance on the College's policy for enforcement of the facial covering requirement:
• If you encounter a student who is not wearing a face covering, inform the student of the College requirement to always wear a face covering over the nose and mouth. If the student does not have a face covering, inform them they can obtain one at the Security Office on each campus, and let them know they may return when they are wearing one.
• If the student cannot wear a face covering for medical or other reasons, inform
the student of the College requirement to receive an approved accommodation from the SAIL Office, and inform the student that they may return when they have an accommodation letter
• If the student remains non-compliant, remind them of their obligation under the Student Code of Conduct to obey reasonable orders of College officials, including health and safety requirements related to COVID-19. If the student remains non-compliant, inform them that their continued non-compliance will be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
• If the student remains non-compliant or becomes disruptive at any time, call College Security immediately. If necessary, the student may also be banned from College property. If necessary, law enforcement may also be called.
• Security officers who respond will be authorized to impose immediate action under the Student Code of Conduct, which may include immediate restrictions on class attendance and access to College facilities.
• Also, if a non-student or any member of the public comes to campus and refuses to comply with the mask requirement, call College Security immediately.
Question 7: For students: what assistance is available to help me cope with COVID-19 or other life events?
As part of a College partnership with GEE Resolutions, we provide EFSCares, a free, confidential student counseling service available to all part- and full-time enrolled students. Visit the EFSCares web page for information on how to access the assistance.
Question 8: What if someone becomes ill on Campus?
Under the plan, faculty and staff are being advised to immediately contact Brevard County Fire Rescue by calling 911 if any person becomes ill on campus. No student or employee of the college may transport an ill person to a healthcare facility. Emergency services can be contacted on an EFSC office phone by dialing 911, 9-911 or 8-911.
In all situations involving an extremely ill or injured person (even when that person does not wish to be transported by ambulance), 911 shall be called. Although an ill person has the right to refuse 911 medical transport, they cannot prevent the calling of emergency medical personnel who can assess the situation and provide guidance on how to proceed.
Question 9: What is the process if a person infected with coronavirus has been on Campus?
If an infected person has been on campus, College staff will coordinate the response with local health officials (Brevard County Health Department), and work with them to determine next steps, which could include the cancellation of classes and the closure of buildings and facilities when necessary.
Depending on the circumstances, responses could range from alerting persons who were in contact with an infectious individual and watching for symptoms — to immediately dismissing persons for two days or more in cases where transmission of the virus was likely due to non-compliance with CDC guidelines.
It is important to remember that all persons should comply with CDC guidelines so that when college officials learn someone on campus tested positive for COVID-19, the possibility of transmission remains very low because of others following CDC guidelines. Adherence with CDC guidelines will often allow the continuation of educational services without interruption if all persons comply as requested. Upon investigation, if it is determined persons failed to comply with CDC recommendations, more aggressive actions may be necessary, including options such as temporary dismissal from the work or school environment and follow-up COVID-19 testing.
Question 10: Will I be told if a student, instructor or colleague has tested positive for COVID-19?
When appropriate, College staff or local health officials will notify those on Campus who may have had contact with an infected person.
In a circumstance where there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on Campus, it is critical to maintain confidentiality of the specific student or staff member as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, HIPPA regulations and FERPA. As a result, persons may be given a general advisory that someone in their class or workspace tested positive for the virus and that they need to monitor themselves for symptoms. In cases, where local health department contact tracing indicates the infected person had direct, unprotected contact with an individual, local health officials may require that individual be dismissed for a period of time and undergo a test for the virus.
Question 11: What is the process if a Campus area has become contaminated by someone suspected of having the virus?
EFSC Security should be contacted and will prevent access to the area until it can be cleaned appropriately by facilities or custodial personnel. A customized response plan is being developed by the College's Facilities Department to ensure proper cleaning and disinfection in such circumstances, while also ensuring the safety of custodial and facilities staff.
Question 12: What should a student or employee do if they develop COVID-19 symptoms?
With the exception of pre-existing medical conditions not related to COVID-19 or other infectious disease, individuals who have any of the symptoms below should go home and stay home except to get medical care. They should not return to the college campuses, go to work, go into public areas, use public transportation or ride sharing. They should get immediate medical care if their condition is worsening or if they think there is an emergency situation. If possible, they should get tested for COVID-19. Students should advise their Associate Provost and employees should advise the AVP of Human Resources of their testing outcome as soon as possible.
- Fever or feeling feverish
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Muscle aches or body aches
- Change in smell or taste
- Vomiting or diarrhea
The process is outlined in EFSC’s COVID-19 Safety Screening Tool found on page 10 of the Transitional Operations Plan.
Under the plan, an employee also needs to self-report if they experience COVID-19 symptoms by contacting Darla Ferguson, Associate Vice President, Human Resources at 321-433-7080 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Question 13: When can a student or employee return to campus if they previously exhibited symptoms and/or tested positive for COVID-19?
These individuals may return to work or the classroom with a medical release or a negative result from a COVID-19 test. Individuals may be exempted from this provision if they provide medical information that their symptom(s) are pre-existing symptoms or otherwise unrelated to COVID-19 or caused by some other unrelated medical condition (allergies, etc.).
The process is outlined in EFSC’s COVID-19 Safety Screening Tool found on page 10 of the Transitional Operations Plan.
Question 14: What should I do if someone in my household, or someone with whom I’ve had close contact, appears sick and/or tests positive for COVID-19?
Individuals who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID 19 in the last two weeks must satisfy the following criteria before returning to work or the classroom on campus:
- Should remain home for 14 days and monitor self for symptoms (essential workers may return to work with a mask if asymptomatic), or
- May return to work after getting a negative result on a COVID-19 test.
The process is outlined in EFSC’s COVID-19 Safety Screening Tool found on page 10 of the Transitional Operations Plan.
Question 15: If I have to miss class or work because of being ill, what is the impact?
Under the plan, College staff will monitor and plan for absenteeism and are reviewing student attendance and employee sick leave policies.
Students, faculty and staff should not attend class or work when ill and are allowed to stay home to care for ill household members. If possible, the College will make accommodations (e.g. extended due dates, electronic submission of assignments, etc.) for individuals who may be temporarily unable to attend class due to restrictions placed on them related to possible exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
Question 16: Where can I get more information about COVID-19, including local testing sites?
Visit the Centers for Disease Control Website for the most up to date information on COVID-19 symptoms and how to protect yourself.
Free, Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing is available on EFSC’s Palm Bay Campus. The information hotline 211 Brevard can answer questions about local testing sites and other COVID-19 resources. Dial 211 between 8 AM and 6 PM each day.
The Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM at 1-866-779-6121.
Also review these CDC Videos.
- CDC Video: Answering 20 Questions About COVID-19
- CDC Video: How Does COVID-19 Spread?
- CDC Video: 6 Steps to Stop the Spread
- CDC Video: What Can I Do to Protect Myself?
- CDC Video: How COVID-19 Can Spread in a Community
- CDC Video: Are You at Higher Risk for Severe Illness?
- CDC Video: What Older Adults Need to Know
- CDC Video: Social Distancing
- CDC Video: Managing Anxiety and Stress
- CDC Video: Series for the Hearing Impaired (ASL)
- CDC Video: What You Need to Know About Hand-Washing
Question 17: Will students, faculty and staff be able to access the Titan2Titan food pantry if needed?
Question 18: I’m experiencing financial distress. What are my options?
Please also be aware that United Way Brevard and 211 Brevard have partnered as a resource to all persons suffering financial hardships and may be able to direct you to additional financial assistance. Please call 211 in Brevard County for assistance.