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COVID-19 Return Faculty FAQs

Thank you for your dedication, flexibility and understanding in these constantly changing times. This resource is meant to assist faculty in planning for a return to campus. As new information and situations present, as we know they most certainly will, we will work to keep this updated.

Please know that these decisions are being made in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials. It is our highest priority to provide a safe learning and working environment for all students, faculty and staff as we face unknowns related to COVID-19. As federal, state or local circumstances change, the school’s policy will adjust to adhere to any updated guidelines or policies.

The guidelines that have been released will include a more detailed timeline, a symptom checker, personal safety precautions, links to resources, and additional information on classes, labs and student services. In addition, many of the answers here are from the Comeback Plan which includes guidelines. Click HERE to review SPC’s Comeback plan.

Please also keep in mind that some situations that arise may be unique or pertain specifically to a certain program or department. As always, please check with your dean or supervisor for guidance in those situations.


  1. The goal is to open campuses at a 20% instructional capacity (20% of students on campus) for the fall term. On-site classes will include science labs, clinical courses, art studio classes, and other courses which require a great deal of hands-on interaction, as well as some general education classes. Other classes will be offered fully online or in our Live Online format. Academic Affairs will be reaching out to, and working with, instructors on changes to the fall schedule in which previously scheduled face-to-face classes are moving to fully online or Live Online format. Faculty will likely have some access to campuses beginning July 13, 2020 so they can prepare fall coursework. You should expect to coordinate your visits to campus with your Dean and/or Provost.
  2. You should speak to your Dean or Academic Chair as soon as possible to discuss any concerns or preferences you may have with regard to returning to campuses to teach face-to-face in the Fall or maintain office hours on campus.
  3. Please note: Virtual meetings will be encouraged throughout the fall semester. Events and activities will remain online throughout the fall semester.

  1. Face coverings are required to be worn by everyone when inside an SPC building. Please refer to the Student Specific and Employee Specifics sections of the Comeback Plan for additional information.
  2. Faculty should communicate early and often about use of masks.
  3. Some lab and skills classes will require everyone to wear a properly fitted N-95 mask.
  4. In addition to the above:
    1. Hand sanitizer, wipes, and soap will be available for personal sanitation.
    2. Wayfinding signs and floor markers will be used in buildings to designate one-way foot traffic and social distancing.
    3. Electrostatic disinfecting of all common and classroom areas.
    4. In an effort to ensure appropriate screening protocols, building entrances may be limited to a single-entry point where possible. To ensure safe egress, building exits will not be limited or closed. In addition, everyone should avoid crowding through doorways and provide acceptable social distancing when entering and exiting buildings and classrooms.
    5. Faculty, staff, students and visitors will also be asked to complete a symptom checker before coming on campus.

Everyone is required to wear a mask while inside an SPC building. Certain programs follow additional requirements. If a faculty member or student has an ADA exemption to wearing a mask, that will need to be documented with human resources or accessibility services respectively. Faculty members are encouraged to note this rule within their syllabus for each on-campus class.

Social distancing (a minimum of 6 feet spacing) is required, where possible, within all SPC buildings. All Provosts are measuring and placing desks in the classrooms on their campuses according to social distancing guidelines. Faculty are asked to please not change the configuration of the classroom, as it would impact our ability to maintain an assured safe distance between students. If you find an issue with this classroom configuration, please contact the campus Provost’s office to assist in resolving this issue. There are some labs and other hands-on classes, where social distancing may be more difficult. Please consult with your Dean for further clarification with those unique situations.

  1. Your students are going to look to you for guidance about what they should expect and how they should behave. It is important that you practice social distancing and safe procedures that you want your students to mirror.
  2. Early communication of the expected behaviors may help reduce issues. Consider sending students an email prior to the first class, posting in the course News Feed, and including information about behavior expectations in your Syllabus.

Example language for Syllabus/News Feed/Email: Keeping us all safe is a top priority for SPC and for me as your faculty member. In our classroom we will wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet of distance between ourselves, not come to class if we are feeling ill, and be diligent about using hand sanitizer, keeping our classroom clean and washing our hands.

The faculty member should first remind the student that SPC’s policy is that everyone is required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing while inside an SPC building. It is important for everyone to do their part in keeping other students, faculty and staff as safe as possible. It would be a good idea to have a couple of disposable masks available to give to students just in case a student comes to campus without a mask. SPC has a limited amount of these masks to hand out to faculty who are teaching on campus. Trying to reason with the student and deescalating the situation should be the first step. The student should also be reminded there are online options for classes that may better suit the student’s needs. If the student still refuses, the faculty member could call security to assist with the matter just like any other classroom disruption. The faculty member should advise the Provost’s office of the situation as soon as possible to ensure continued safety on campus.

The faculty member may want to discuss alternative class options (such as transferring to an online or LIVE Online section) with this student that would not require him or her to come to campus. If it is deemed to be acceptable with the student, the faculty should do all they can to assist the student in being placed into a class that may be a better alternative given the student’s health risk. If the student cannot be moved to another section, then the faculty should ensure the student is in a seat that is acceptable to this student, and the faculty may also choose to allow a more flexible attendance policy with this student.

  1. First ask the student if they have an approved accommodation with Accessibility Services and verify the student ID with the list provided by Accessibility Services.
  2. If the students is not on the list and does not have any other document, kindly ask them to step out of class and go visit with the Accessibility Services Coordinator (ASC) on that campus. The ASC will work with the student to begin the accommodation request, however, approval may take up to 14 working days for final documentation. The ASC will work with the student how to best handle that waiting period with the faculty member.
  3. If the student has the required medical documentation which includes the specified medical diagnosis and the recommendation from the medical provider, the ASC will contact the faculty to determine the best line of protection and access to college services which may include a face shield, access to Live On-Line SPC courses and events, virtual appointments and other adjustments that would best allow for enhanced social distancing.
  4. If a no facemask, no face shield, or no face coverings accommodation is approved, the student’s name will be shared with the Accessibility Services Team, Campus Leadership, Security, the Dean and Faculty. Students will be required to carry a photo ID to prove they are the student awarded the accommodation.

  1. Full-time faculty should work with their Dean to come up with a schedule that takes into consideration their risk, while keeping in mind everyone’s overall health and safety. Faculty will be expected to meet their contract obligations, but considerations can be made to the faculty’s teaching schedule.
  2. Adjunct faculty need to contact their Academic Chair to discuss any concerns or preferences they may have about returning to campuses.

Full-time faculty need to communicate with their Dean to establish their plan for office hours. Each program may have its own specific guidelines for office hours. Faculty may choose to be on campus to teach and then hold set office hours for students through Zoom (or comparable conferencing technology). Just like on-campus office hours, faculty must post their office hours on their faculty page and in their Syllabi, courses, etc. Because of the general desire to limit time on campuses, faculty are encouraged to set times that students can meet with the faculty member one-on-one using Zoom or other similar technology.

If you or your students answer yes to any of the following questions, you should not come to campus:

  1. Do you have a fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea?
  2. Are you taking any over-the-counter medications to relieve cold or flu-like symptoms?
  3. Have you tested positive, are currently experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, had close contact with someone who has tested positive within the last 14 days or been advised to self-isolate due to possible exposure to COVID-19?

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, are currently experiencing symptoms, and/or have had contact with a known COVID-19 patient within 14 days and have been on an SPC campus or site: students should contact their professor(s) and employees should contact their supervisor. All others, including campus visitors, should contact SPC Emergency Management at EmergencyManagement@spcollege.edu or (727) 341-4501.

  1. Capture as much information as possible from the student for reporting purposes (data points, if applicable, being collected are: ID number, path of travel in the building, date reported to you, last day the student was campus, date of positive COVID-19 test result and affected campuses).
  2. If the student is an online student contact Emergency Management at EmergencyManagement@spcollege.edu or (727) 341-4501. If the student is a F2F student, contact your Dean and your Provost’s Office.
  3. Your student cannot come to campus until they receive a negative test result or in the case of a positive test result should follow the protocols below.

  1. The instructor should immediately direct the student to return home and contact the Provost/Associate Provost office (if the class is on campus) or Emergency Management (if the class is online/liveonline with the following information: Student ID, date student reported positivity to the faculty member, date of positive test, last day student was on campus, locations the student may have been on campus.
  2. The Provost Office will begin a case file in the COVID tracking app and contact the following persons:
    • President’s Office
    • AVP for Facilities, who will coordinate classroom closure and sanitation
    • Emergency Management Office, who will contact the PC health Department for contact tracing, HR, Legal, and other college leadership, as necessary, including the Provost/AP of any additional campuses that may be affected.
  3. Faculty should use the provide messaging template to alert the students in their class as to the situation and provide any instructions concerning future class location changes if directed by the Provost.
  4. Faculty member should also keep their Dean or Chair apprised of the situation.
  5. If a student tests positive, there is a possibility that the entire class, including faculty, will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. Careful consideration should be given to this possibility when planning course content.
  6. A student can return to class after the 14 days of quarantine and 72 hours fever free by using the Symptom Checker and contacting their faculty member that they are ready to return.

  1. See #12 above for symptoms you should be monitoring.
  2. If you test positive, immediately contact your Dean and Provost’s Office. Please provide your Employee ID, day you began to feel ill or tested positive, last day on campus, and areas of the campus you may have been.
  3. Your Dean or Academic Chair will work with you make any necessary arrangements to cover your course(s).
  4. If you and your Dean determine that you will continue teaching your class, please use the messaging template to let your students know any determined changes in class structure. If you will not be teaching, your Dean or Chair will use the alternate instructor messaging template to apprise the students of any class changes.
  5. Your Dean will assist with capturing information and reporting it through the college reporting system and will work with Emergency Management on contact tracing, alerting facilities, etc.
  6. A faculty member can return to class after the 14 days of quarantine and 72 hours fever free by using the Symptom Checker and contacting their Dean or Chair that they are ready to return.

  1. Facilities teams continue their work on deep sanitizing of buildings and sites, and will work on altering spaces (placement of chairs, desks, etc.) to meet social distancing guidelines.
  2. Enhanced cleanings of all common areas and classrooms will be performed throughout the COVID period. Frequently touched surfaces such as door handles, hand rails, elevator push buttons, restrooms, etc., will be cleaned several times throughout the day. Electrostatic disinfecting of all common and classroom areas will also occur every night. Additional cleaning supplies will be available for students and instructors to clean learning spaces before use.
  3. The policy below is from the SPC Return Guidelines:
      • All restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected a minimum of twice daily. Employees should use a paper towel to open the door in restrooms after drying hands and place the towel in a trash receptacle next to the door.
      • Drinking fountains at all locations will be taped off and disabled. The water bottle filling capability at these stations will remain available. Individuals are encouraged to fill personal water bottles and/or bring personal beverage.
      • Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in College offices, rooms and spaces will be operated to provide the best indoor air quality. Preventative and manufacturer recommended maintenance is being conducted College wide on all HVAC systems. Facilities staff will continue to perform routine inspections on HVAC equipment, including filters change outs, and outdoor air damper positioning. Employees should not use fans/heaters of any kind within offices or workspaces.
      • Frequent hand washing is highly encouraged. Liquid sanitation stations will be available at all main entrances. Hand wipes will be stationed in the hallways for use by staff and students. Hand wipes will be located in shared office spaces and areas where face-to-face student services are performed (e.g. advising, career services, tutoring etc.) Please place hand wipes in trash receptacles once used.
      • If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in a SPC facility, the area will be closed to allow for appropriate cleaning of areas and contact actions will be initiated.
      • Social distancing posters, space indicators and other signage will be displayed in areas throughout the building. Wayfinding signs and floor markers will be strategically placed to encourage social distancing and direct traffic to minimize congregation in areas.
      • Due to frequent use, we encourage students, faculty and staff to wipe down computer keyboards, mice, and stations, as well as desks or other hard services before using. Adequate levels of cleaning supplies will be provided to be used before and after each use.

    In an effort to ensure appropriate screening protocols, building entrances may be limited to a single-entry point where possible. To ensure safe egress, building exits will not be limited or closed. In addition, everyone should avoid crowding through doorways and provide acceptable social distancing when entering and exiting buildings and classrooms.

      • Avoid using elevators; if you must, limit to two people per ride
      • Keep three steps between you and the next person on stairs
      • If a building has two stairwells one may be designated as “up” and the other “down”
      • Avoid high-touch surfaces, such as buttons and handrails
      • Wash hands or apply hand sanitizer after using
      • Maintain social distancing and wear face coverings
      • Follow all COVID-19 related hygiene tips, such as coughing into your elbow

Downtown – Midtown
Provost – Tashika Griffith

Associate Provost – Patrick Booth


Provost – Leslie Hafer

Associate Provost – Keron Jean-Baptiste


HEC, Vet Tech, and Allstate Center
Acting Provost – Eric Carver

Associate Provost – Damon Kuhn


Provost – Mark Strickland

Associate Provost – Lisa Borzewski


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Provost – Stan Vittetoe

Associate Provost – Matt Bowen


Tarpon Springs
Provost – Rodrigo Davis

Associate Provost – Jennifer Dale


Emergency Management – Bill Grey
Provost – Rodrigo Davis



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