The world has changed, and to ensure we are continuing to meet your educational needs, South Central College (SCC) is evolving with it. At the same time, we take seriously our responsibility to protect the health and safety of our students, our faculty and staff, and any visitors to our campus. Keep Learning was created to provide you with the information and resources you need to find success at SCC and beyond. We will be continuously updating this page, so please check back regularly!
Staying Safe During Spring Semester
Spring Semester at South Central Colleges runs January 11 - May 12, 2021. South Central College, in coordination with the Minnesota State system and healthcare agencies, has implemented the following procedures to ensure a safe return to the campus, with particular emphasis on the high risk time in the first three weeks of the semester. To help ensure everyone's safety, failure to comply with these requirements will result in being asked to immediately leave campus and will be adjudicated according to student code of conduct procedure.
Spring Semester Safety Protocols
- Face Coverings: Cloth Face Masks will continue to be required for all students at all times while on campus. Changes for Spring Semester:
- Neck Gators and Bandanas will no longer be allowed to be used as face coverings.
- Face Shields will also be required during the high risk period of January 11 - February 1. A Face Shield must be worn in addition to the required Cloth Face Mask whenever you are on campus. If you are attending classes on campus, you will receive a Face Shield in your lab/classroom and be expected to use it until at least February 1. Face Shields will also be available at the check-in desks at each entrance during the first two weeks of class.
- Campus Access During the Frist 3 Weeks of Spring Semester: To help prevent the spread of the virus during this high risk period, SCC is implementing the following additional measures from January 11 - February 1.
- If you have a class that is a combination of hands-on and lecture, your instructor may be letting you know that all lecture activity may be moved up to the beginning part of the semester and/or that all lectures will be offered online.
- If you are on campus for a class, you are encouraged to stay in your lab/classroom as much as possible.
- Gathering Space will be closed throughout campus until further notice.
Computer Labs will be closed in the first three weeks of Spring Semester until February 1, but two computers will be set up in the lobby of each campus for you to use, with parking lot wi-fi access continuing to be available as well. If you need access to a computer or help with home internet, please apply for assistance through the CARES Emergency Grant Fund and/or SCC Lifesaver Fund.
- Campus Entrances: All current students should use the following doors to attend classes.
- Social Distancing: Everyone is required to continue to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others when on campus.
- Screening Tool: Every day you plan to be on campus for more than 15 minutes, you must complete a short health self-assessment utilizing our online Screening Tool before entering the facility (For more details, see the Video Tutorial and Frequently Asked Questions.
- Preparedness Plan: If you did not already do so for Fall Semester, before coming back to campus for the first time for Spring Semester, you will need to review SCC's Back-to-Campus Preparedness Plan and then complete the COVID-19 Permission to be on Campus Form.
- COVID-19 Symptoms, Positive Test or Exposure: If you are experiencing symptoms, have tested positive, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, please do not come to campus. You should begin a period of quarantine for 14 days from the date of last contact with the positive case and contact your instructor.
- Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation: SCC continues to strictly follow the protocols recommended by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and our state leaders.
Spring Semester Start Student Services
- Funding for students will continue to be available through the CARES Emergency Grant Fund and SCC Lifesaver Fund for everything from basic necessities such as food and housing to technological needs such as computers and internet access. These funds are available to both fall and spring semester qualifying students.
- Bookstore Online Ordering - Spring semester textbooks will be available to purchase Online Only through the SCC Bookstore Website. Orders will be processed and shipped for free.
- Library: Please check the Library Hours webpage for current hours and details about changes in services. Library services will be available virtually through February 1. If you need to return materials, the drop-off book bins outside both libraries will be accessible.
- Parking Permits: Parking permits will be available to purchase starting on January 4, 2021. Enforcement will not begin until the end of January.
If you have additional questions, please contact us at 507-389-7200 or via the Spring 2021 Keep Learning Form.