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SSC continues precautionary measures during COVID-19 pandemic

Staff Writer
The Shawnee News-Star

Following its Spring Break, the Seminole State College campus will open to provide core services on Monday, March 23, 2020. At this time, offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with no extended hours scheduled. In areas of campus operations where it is possible, employees will be allowed to tele-commute from home. Supervisors, in coordination with area Vice Presidents, will be asked to work with employees in their areas to fairly and efficiently plan necessary coverage, while trying to limit the number of people on campus.

“We realize this is a complicated endeavor,” SSC President Lana Reynolds said. “The assistance, cooperation and patience of all affected will be essential in making this plan work.”

Seminole State College will shift to electronic delivery methods of instruction for the foreseeable future. Students may check campus announcements regarding the College’s response to COVID-19 at www.sscok.edu/covid19/covid.html.

Two computer labs in the David L. Boren Library will be open specifically for SSC students without computer access. Each lab will have a ten-student limit. Extra efforts will be made to sanitize the labs frequently. Students who must bring children with them to a computer lab may do so by appointment only. Such arrangements may be made by emailing Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Linda Goeller ( l.goeller@sscok.edu ) or Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs Robin Crawford ( r.crawford@sscok.edu ).

“I want to thank the faculty of Seminole State College who are working diligently to develop course delivery methods to our students,” President Reynolds said. “I also want to thank our leadership team for thoughtfully and purposefully working through various scenarios and institutional challenges over the past week. Additionally, we greatly appreciate the support and encouragement demonstrated by our dedicated and caring Board of Regents.”

All events and meetings scheduled on campus involving 10 or more people will be cancelled immediately until further notice. Any outside group renting space on campus for an event may reschedule or receive a refund of their down payment.

Since the National Junior College Athletic Association has suspended all spring sports, athletes will be instructed to remain at home following Spring Break and not return to the residence halls. The possible need for the College to house and feed other students, including international students, is currently being evaluated.

The College’s food service provider, Great Western Dining, will continue to cover whatever student needs the campus has on a “takeout” basis.

In an effort to address the needs of our campus community, both students and employees, the SSC Food Pantry will be open during hours posted on the SSC website. Additionally, students needing access to pantry items at other times may contact SSC Vice President for Student Affairs by email at b.knowles@sscok.edu . Only non-perishable items are available through the pantry.

“This is a very fluid situation. We will continue to provide our students, employees and community supporters with updates. We will continue to work together to ensure the protection and well-being of our students and employees as we navigate through this unprecedented event,” President Reynolds said.

Any employee, or student, who is diagnosed with COVID-19, or is exposed to anyone who tests positive for the virus, should inform the SSC President’s office immediately. Calls may be made to 405-382-9200.