The wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance. South Central College continues to work with the Minnesota State system, healthcare agencies, and others, to take the precautions necessary to protect the health and safety of all while ensuring our students are prepared to successfully complete the Spring Semester.
- On March 29 at 8:30 p.m., we learned that the state executive branch has made the determination that colleges and universities can Not Offer any on campus face-to-face classes for at least the next two weeks. We will provide updates in the coming days as more information becomes available.
- On March 25, Governor Walz issued "Stay at Home" Executive Order 2020, which includes the following language, “Beginning on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm through Friday, April 10, at 5:00 pm, all persons currently living within the State of Minnesota are ordered to stay at home or in their place of residence except to engage in the Activities and Critical Sector work…” Higher Education has been identified as a Critical Sector and therefore South Central College will proceed as planned with the resumption of classes utilizing alternative delivery methods on Monday, March 30. We will also continue to operate the SCC campuses with limited employees offering specific services that can only be provided on-site while continuing to maximize distance service delivery. For more details. see the following emails from the Chancellor of the Minnesota State system to Students and Faculty and Staff.
- On March 24, we shared that a member of the South Central College community was diagnosed with lab-confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus). For details see the Message from Dr. Parker.
Key Information to Know Now
- Classes Resume March 30: SCC's extended Spring Break funs through March 29, with classes resuming March 30. Students, during the extended break, your instructors and academic staff have been diligently working to develop alternative learning methods to help you successfully complete the Spring Semester. You will be receiving information from your instructors with information specific to your courses.
- Graduation: The Minnesota State system has cancelled Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies at all colleges and universities. We know this is very disappointing for many and we are exploring alternative ways to celebrate our 2020 graduates. We understand that commencement is an important part of the SCC experience and we want to honor our students while still keeping our communities safe. Further details will be shared in the coming weeks.
- Groups on Campus: Gatherings on campus are limited to 50 individuals or less and only when social distancing (people at least 6 feet from one another) is possible. Based on guidance from a variety of sources, it is also recommended to avoid gathering social in groups of more than 10 people and again practice social distancing when doing so.
- Travel: Please follow CDC guidelines if you have recently traveled to a Level 2 or Level 3 area. Out-of-state and international college-related travel has been canceled indefinitely.
- Mental Health Considerations: Mental health is an important part of your overall wellbeing. We know it’s been a stressful few weeks. If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed during this time, we encourage you to take advantage of mental health and other support services, including the CDC-Managing Stress and Anxiety Resources.
SCC COVID-19 Contact
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs