COVID-19-Related Safety Protocols at EFSC
Social Distancing Requirement Ended May 16; Reporting Positive Cases or Contacts Still Required; Mask Wearing Optional
Effective May 16, 2022, EFSC returned to normal pre-COVID operations, with full capacity seating for on-campus classes and college events. COVID exposure reporting requirements remain in effect and the college will stay vigilant against the virus. While we are encouraged by this resumption of normal operations, we continue to closely monitor the pandemic and will take any precautionary steps necessary to safeguard our college community should it become necessary.
How to report postive cases or exposures and the Return to Campus Approval Process
Eastern Florida State College has developed a COVID-19 Case Reporting, Tracking & Return to Campus Procedure to assist College officials with ensuring the proper direction and guidance to students, staff, or faculty who are diagnosed with, test positive for, develop symptoms of, or have close contact with someone having COVID-19. The procedure was updated to align with the latest CDC guidance released on August 11, 2022. Visit the COVID Reporting and Tracking page for detailed reporting requirements and return to campus guidelines. IMPORTANT NOTICE: A student under a quarantine scenario will NOT BE ALLOWED BACK in class until they have the "Authorization to Return to Campus Form" completed by security.
Under the EFSC Student Code of Conduct, students agree to obey reasonable orders of College officials, including health and safety requirements related to COVID-19. Refusal to comply with safety protocols could be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Remember, the goal of the safety protocols is to avoid disease spread and keep campuses open, so it's in everyone's best interest to comply.
Masks are optional on Campus, but are allowed
Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks are optional but still encouraged as an effective way to stop the spread of the virus. Faculty and staff should continue to allow mask wearing for anyone who wants to wear one
Vaccination not required, strongly encouraged
The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine as the best way to prevent severe illness, hospitalizations and death. We understand it may take time for all persons wanting a vaccine to obtain one. COVID-19 vaccines remain widely available in Brevard County and the CDC continues to urge those who have not been vaccinated to do so, and for those eligible, to get a booster shots. Students, faculty and staff who still need to be vaccinated can visit the 211 Brevard information website for local vaccine options and other Covid-related resources.
EFSC 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. View the current CDC vaccine guidelines.