SWCC COVID-19 Documents #6 & #6.1
- The academic calendar for fall semester will not be modified.
- If the state returns to Phase I of its Coronavirus Response, all courses will revert to an online format.
- For the fall semester, the majority of classes will remain in an online format regardless of the phase. If course outcomes can be met in an online format, it is expected that the course be conducted remotely. This expectation will continue through January 1.
- The College will begin with a limited number of face-to-face courses using guidelines detailed in Document #6.
Posted June 15, 2020
SWCC COVID-19 Document #6 and #6.1
The mission of Southwest Virginia Community College is to provide quality educational and cultural enrichment opportunities for its community. We have a calling to fulfill this mission while at the same time providing the safest possible environment for our students, faculty, and staff. Based on the information that the College has, it seems clear that COVID-19 will be in our communities this fall and that no vaccine will be available by the end of the year. While the College wants to get back to business as usual as quickly as possible, guidance from a variety of respected organizations suggests that institutions such as ours will need to remain vigilant until a safe and effective vaccine is in place. Given these realities, the message at SWCC is that, while things won’t look the same as they have in the past, the College will continue to provide the highest possible educational opportunities to the communities of Southwest Virginia this fall. This document provides some guidelines for this work.
Cleaning and Disinfection Protocols (Document #6.1)
Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 by cleaning and disinfection is an important part of reopening SOUTHWEST that will require careful planning. Every American has been called upon to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing and prevention hygiene, such as frequently washing your hands and wearing face coverings. Everyone also has a role in making sure our communities are as safe as possible to reopen and remain open.
The virus that causes COVID-19 can be killed if you use the right products. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has compiled a list of disinfectant products that can be used against COVID-19, including ready-to-use sprays, concentrates, and wipes. Each product has been shown to be effective against viruses that are harder to kill than viruses like the one that causes COVID-19.
These protocols are focused on institutions of higher education.
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ALL CLASSES CONTINUE THROUGH ALTERNATIVE DELIVERY. Please refer to the student resources and FAQ sections for helpful resources and more information. The academic calendar has been modified to reflect Pass/Fail opt out deadlines by session.
LOCATIONS & EVENTS
All campus-events have been cancelled at least through January 1, 2021. A state-wide ban on travel is currently in effect.
If visiting Southwest's main campus, please refer to temporary signage for direction to currently available staff and resources.
The novel coronavirus (known as COVID-19) outbreak – and the resultant media coverage – has led to concern and uncertainty among many in our community, as well as across the nation and globe. Southwest Virginia Community College is closely monitoring the situation with the VCCS, the VA Dept. of Health and the CDC to ensure we are taking appropriate precautions.
There are several steps you can take to ensure you remain as healthy as possible:
Stay informed: US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Practice preventative care: Prevention (CDC)
Stay calm: While the progression of COVID-19 is still emerging, the CDC is reporting that for the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
Please be assured that the health and safety of our employees and students are paramount.
Commonwealth Security has been monitoring the uptick in malware due to the COVID-19 virus. Phishing campaigns and fake websites are being used by attackers to steal sensitive information and to get malware installed on devices. As with other phishing campaigns, emails with COVID-19 in the subject are asking users to provide login credentials to get COVID-19 updates and/or information. Southwest Virginia Community College nor VCCS will need you to login or sign up to receive this type of information.
Some phishing campaigns are requesting donations to help find a cure, thus collecting a user's personal information to include credit card numbers. Other phishing campaigns are using malicious attachments to download malware to the machines. Use extreme caution when interacting with websites or emails that make these claims or request that you download anything.
As we move forward during this pandemic, please remember:
Report all phishing messages with headers to the Southwest helpdesk.
Report any suspicious websites to VCCS or Southwest's helpdesk.
Official sites are as follows:
- US Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov
- Virginia Department of Health: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/
- Word Health Organization: http://www.who.int
- Southwest-specific info: sw.edu/covid19