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 August 10, FSC announced that the fall semester will feature both face-to-face and remote instruction for students. Only certain groups of students will be eligible to live on campus during the fall semester. All other students will not live in College housing. Commuter students who live off-campus will be eligible to attend face-to-face classes. More information can be found here about updates to the College’s plan.
  • To maximize healthy outcomes, the College will end undergraduate face-to-face classes on November 24 of Thanksgiving week and begin remote instruction on November 30, which will continue through the end of the semester. This means most students will return home to complete the fall semester remotely. (Details in “Remote Learning After Thanksgiving”).
    • No on-campus undergraduate classes will be conducted for students after Thanksgiving break, except for international students (Information will be sent directly to international students).
    • Some graduate programs will continue face-to-face classes after Thanksgiving. Graduate students should check with their dean for more information.
  • The College is providing reusable masks to all members of the campus community.
    • As part of a COVID-19 kit, students will receive five reusable, washable cloth masks, a thermometer, hand sanitizer, and instructions about how to stay healthy during the pandemic.
  • The College is committed to providing safe, well-rounded living-learning experiences for students while implementing changes to address the pandemic, including:
    • Reduced density in residence halls (single rooms only).
    • 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. (Details in “Responding to Student COVID-19 Cases” and “Responding to Faculty and Staff COVID-19 Cases”)
  • 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 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 with groups no larger than 10 people. Visitors will be given a COVID-19 survey and will be required to follow FSC policies for masks and physical distancing.
    • No tours will go into residence halls and apartments.

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.

The pages that follow provide more details about the fall semester. Please carefully review the information so you are ready for a successful semester.

While many aspects of College life will be different this fall, 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: August 25, 2020