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COVID Update:

Effective May 16, 2022, EFSC has returned to normal pre-COVID operations, with full capacity on-campus classes and events. Click for the COVID Reporting Requirements and the Return to Campus Approval Process which remain in place. See the Student Services Guide for on-campus services available on a walk-in basis or by appointment, plus virtual options. Read the latest updates .

Normal Operations Returned May 16th; Full-Capacity Summer Classes Begin; COVID Reporting Process Remains in Place

Updated May 23, 2022 - Eastern Florida State College returned to normal, full-capacity pre-COVID operations on Monday, May 16 when Summer Term classes began, with the college's COVID-19 Reporting Process remaining in effect to limit the spread of the virus.

EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey made the annoucement in a March 24th email to students, faculty and staff, saying: "That means our social distancing requirement will end, allowing in-person classes to return to full capacity seating along with full capacity seating for college events. The college had previously made mask wearing optional. Those who want to continue wearing a mask may do so."

In announcing what Richey called "very good news" he also emphasized that the COVID-19 Reporting Process will remain a requirement. EFSC students, faculty and staff who have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus through a close contact, or are experiencing possible COVID-19 symtoms, or who have tested positive with or without symptoms must self-isolate and remain away from Campus until they have reported the incident and been cleared for return to Campus. View details on the student and employee reporting and return to campus process.

"We are returning to normal operations for several reasons. Among them are a significant drop in COVID cases in Brevard County and the wide availability of the vaccine," Richey said in the email.
 
"Please know we will remain vigilant against the virus and take protective measures again, if needed."

Safety protocols include the COVID reporting process and encouraging but not requiring vaccinations.

Richey closed his email with praise for the efforts of the entire EFSC community during the more than two years that the pandemic has dominated life on and off campus.

"I can never thank you enough for your incredible response in our collective battle against COVID. In doing so, you showed the college at its very best during the most difficult time in its history.
 
It is a lesson we can draw on with great pride in the years ahead as we continue making EFSC among the best institutions of higher education in Florida," wrote Richey.

Fall Registration Begins; Summer Registration Also Available; Still Time to Apply for Summer and Fall Terms

• The Summer and Fall Term Class Schedules are posted. Summer full term classes started May 16th, with shorter term classes that start in June also available. Fall Term registration began May 23rd. Current students should schedule an appointment with their advisor if needed as they review course options.

• Now is the time to apply for summer and fall term programs, with priority application deadlines designed to allow time to complete all requirements in time for course registration. Please note that certain limited access programs may have additional application requirements and earlier deadlines.

• Two Commencement Ceremonies were held at 11 AM and 2 PM on Thursday, May 12 for students who graduated Spring Term. Watch replays and get photos on the Spring Graduation Hub.

• See the Student Services Guide for current information about the availability of on-campus and virtual services, and how to make appointments for services if required.

• Support for students includes the Titan Virtual Hub.

Visit the 211 Brevard Information site for current COVID testing site locations.

• COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in Brevard County and the CDC continues to urge those who have not been vaccinated to do so. Visit the 211 Brevard information website for local vaccine options. We understand it may take time for all persons wanting a vaccine to obtain one.

• Faculty and staff should continue to allow mask wearing for anyone who wants to wear one. In addition, faculty and staff should refrain from requiring proof of vaccination.

• Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at two weeks after the second shot in a two-dose regimen or two weeks after a one-shot regimen COVID vaccine. According to CDC guidance, those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, and the CDC also advises that those who have been fully vaccinated can continue wearing masks to enhance protection.

Phased Reopening Plan Continues to Guide Decisions in 2022

EFSC officials have been guided by a four-phase reopening plan that was approved June 15, 2020 by the Board of Trustees. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County and a team of faculty and staff members, the College moved to Phase 3 in August 2020, with the return of many campus services but with social distancing requirements in place. On May 19, 2021, masks became optional on campus and in buildings based on CDC guidance.

On March 24, 2022, EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey announced that the College would return to normal pre-COVID operation on May 16, 2022, essentially Phase 4 of the EFSC Reopening Plan.

Even with normal operations now underway, the College's COVID tracking process will remain in place until further notice for students, faculty and staff.

While encouraged by the progress, EFSC administrators will continue to closely monitor the pandemic and take protective measures again if needed to safeguard our college community.

Related Resources

 

Coronavirus Resources

Health Guidance

Visit the U.S. government Centers for Disease Control website for the most current, detailed guidance on precautions.

Review EFSC's COVID-19 reporting requirements if you have tested positive, been exposed to someone with the virus, or are experiencing possible COVID symptoms.

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), contact your healthcare provider. 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.

If you have symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus, wear a mask or face covering when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit your healthcare provider.

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 spreads mainly from person-to-person by droplets:
•    Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 3 to 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. Contact 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.

Preventive Measures

Visit the CDC website for the most current preventive measures.

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in Brevard County and the CDC continues to urge those who have not been vaccinated to do so as the vaccine provides protection against serious illness and hospitalization in most cases. Visit the 211 Brevard information website for local vaccine options.

•    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

Social distancing measures remain in place on EFSC Campuses in Student Services areas and classrooms until May 16, 2022 when the college plans to return to normal operations with full capacity classes. Safety protocol requirements remain in effect until that mid-May 2022 date.

As of May 19, 2021, and based on CDC guidelines, masks are optional and not mandatory for students, faculty, staff and guests at EFSC Campuses and all facilities. The CDC guidlines state that fully vaccinated individuals can resume normal activites without wearing a mask, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules, regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. The CDC recommends that non-vaccinated individuals continue wearing a mask.

Travel Guidance and Restrictions

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.

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 study abroad trips are being assessed based on the state of the pandemic and travel guidance for the countries involved in the travel.

Conditions can change rapidly in other countries and could impact the ability to re-enter the United States. Other countries may decide to implement travel restrictions with very little notice.

For domestic travel, view the CDC recommendations.

Resources and Contacts

Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center

1-866-779-6121
Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov
The Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

Florida Department of Health Website

Federal Government

Centers for Disease Control Website

Brevard County

Brevard County Emergency Management Center COVID-19 Information

211 Brevard is taking calls about COVID-19
Dial 211 – available between 8 AM and 6 PM
211 Brevard Website

EFSC Emergency Hotline (updated as needed)
1-888-609-3313