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South Central College’s campuses are open.  To ensure the continued health and safety of everyone on campus, the following protocols are currently in place.  

Positive Covid Test Procedure for Notification

Students and Employees who test positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus are required to immediately notify South Central College at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..    Please include the following information:

  • Date of exposure (if known)
  • Date of positive test and location of test
  • Vaccination status
  • List of close contacts (less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes on campus in the last 14 days) and contact information for those individuals, if known
  • Location(s) on campus in the last 14 days
  • Contact Information

SCC Staff and/or Local Public Health will be in contact with those testing positive.  Information sent to this email will be considered confidential.

For those Testing Positive for COVID-19: 

  • Isolate – regardless of vaccination status
  • Stay home for at least 5 days
  • If you don’t have symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, and you are fever free without fever reducing medication, you can leave your house after 5 days
  • Wear a mask around other for an additional 5 days

For those Exposed to someone with COVID-19: 

You are Up-to-Date with COVID-19 vaccination

Meaning:

  • Been boosted
  • Had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna in the last 5 months
  • Had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last 2months

Then:

  • You do not need to stay home
  • Wear a mask for 10 days
  • Test on day 5, if possible
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home

You are NOT Up-to-Date with COVID-19 vaccination

Meaning:

  • Had two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted
  • Had only one dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine
  • Had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over 2 months ago
  • Are unvaccinated

Then:

  • Stay at home for 5 days – Quarantine. Wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.
  • If you cannot quarantine, you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible
  • If you develop symptoms, get tested and stay home

CDC resources (Jan 4, 2022): 

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

What We Know About Quarantine and Isolation | CDC

Vaccination Sites

South Central College encourages everyone who is able to do so to get vaccinated in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.    

Vaccination Clinics:
Blue Earth County Public Health Vaccination Clinic Info. 
Nicollet County Public Health Vaccination Clinic Info.
Rice County Public Health Vaccination Clinic Info.
State of Minnesota Vaccine Connector

General Vaccine Resources from MDH and CDC: 

Vaccine Facts
Vaccine Basics
What You Should Know About COVID-19 Vaccines
Myths and Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines  
Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines

Case Data

South Central College continues to monitor case levels at the college and in the region. College case data is updated weekly on the Minnesota State System Dashboard. Regional case information is available on the websites of the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  

Prevention

We continue to encourage  everyone to take the following steps to stay healthy and prevent the spread communicable illnesses, including cold and flu:

  1. Be vigilant with coughing and sneezing hygiene and handwashing practices to help you stay healthy.
  2. Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick whenever possible.
  3. If you are sick, stay at home until you are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). SCC Students: Work with your instructors regarding any absences due to illness, based on their established processes. For an illness lasting more than two weeks, feel free to contact Kelly Karstad, Director of the Academic Support Center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (507) 389-7339 for assistance.

Emergency Grants for SCC Students Impacted by the Pandemic

Current and new SCC students are eligible to apply for emergency relief fund grants to help pay for unforeseen education-related expenses due to COVID-19. Grants may cover:

  • Tuition, textbooks, course supplies and materials
  • Technology (e.g. computer purchase and internet)
  • Transportation (e.g. automobile service and public transportation)
  • Food, housing, utilities and childcare

Learn more on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund page.