Executive Summary
FSCares Re-opening Plan

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Executive Summary

This plan is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, expert medical consultants at Lakeland Regional Health, medical advice from Watson Clinic, and the College’s experiences managing campus operations in this pandemic environment.

Four guiding principles have informed every aspect of this plan:

  • Protecting the health of our campus and community
  • Delivering excellent academics
  • Creating outstanding campus experiences
  • Embracing flexibility, resiliency, and community

The campus leadership team—with input from faculty and staff and guidance from the Board of Trustees—has worked diligently to create the guidelines and protocols contained in this plan, which is designed to engage every member of our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Plan highlights include:

  • On October 21, FSC announced the approval of the return of all students for the spring semester who wish to live in College housing. Commuter students who live off-campus will also be eligible to attend face-to-face classes.
  • To maximize healthy outcomes, the College delayed the start of the spring semester with the first day of classes scheduled for January 26.  Additionally, the College has cancelled its 2021 Spring Break week, originally scheduled for March 8 to 12.  Spring semester classes will end on May 7, with finals taking place from May 10 to 12, and Commencement scheduled for May 15.
    • Graduate program schedules could vary. Graduate students should check with their dean for more information.
  • Residential, commuter, and remote students were all provided five reusable, washable masks in the fall and should continue to use those in the spring.
    • Returning students, who were not on campus for the fall semester, will also receive a COVID-19 kit, including a thermometer, hand sanitizer, and instructions about how to stay healthy during the pandemic.
    • New students will receive a COVID-19 kit, in addition to masks.
  • The College is committed to providing safe, well-rounded living-learning experiences for students while implementing changes to address the pandemic, including:
    • Suspension of the on-campus residency requirement, allowing all full-time students to select their residential preference of on-campus housing, personal off-campus residence, or remote learning.
    • A new move-in process that requires appointments and a negative COVID test result within seven days prior to move-in for residential students and within seven days prior to the first class for commuter students.
    • Changes to on-campus dining.
    • Safety adaptations for clubs, organizations, intramural sports, and more.
    • New protocols for classrooms, labs, and other campus learning spaces.
    • Changes in counseling appointments, as well as academic advising, and assistance in the Student Solutions Center (virtual appointments).
  • When COVID-19 cases and possible cases develop on campus, the College will respond quickly and transparently to protect the health and safety of the campus community. This includes enacting quarantine and testing protocols, communications to affected individuals, and more. (For more details, please refer to the sections entitled “When a Student Tests Positive for COVID-19” and “When Faculty and Staff Test Positive for COVID-19”.)
  • Non-College events (speakers, performances, weddings, special events, etc.) will not be scheduled on campus, except for possible athletic events if approved by the Sunshine State Conference and the Florida Southern Board of Trustees.
    • The Frank Lloyd Wright Center remains closed. Tours will resume when it is determined that conditions have reached an acceptably safe level.
    • Campus tours for prospective students and their families will continue in groups of limited size that allow for proper social distancing guidelines to be followed. Visitors will be given a COVID-19 survey, will be required to follow FSC policies for masks and physical distancing, and will be restricted to specific areas of the campus.

All members of the FSC community must embrace a shared responsibility to reduce virus transmission on campus and in our community. Everyone must commit to the actions outlined in this plan and hold each other accountable.

Please carefully review the information so that you are ready for a successful semester.

While many aspects of College life will be different, much will stay the same, including FSC’s commitment to providing a world-class education to students and a dynamic workplace for faculty and staff.

Last updated: January 13, 2021