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COVID-19 Update: EFSC's Fall Commencement will be virtual, celebrated Dec. 17 online and with drive-through celebrations on each Campus. Spring Term 2021 Classes are open for registration, with plans to increase on-campus courses through expanded Hybrid offerings, with class size limits and safety measures remaining in place to protect against COVID-19. View more details & FAQ. To support Fall Term courses and Spring Term planning, select services are available on campus, with prior appointments required in most cases and facial coverings and social distancing requirements in place. See the Student Services Guide.

Coronavirus Archives

Please visit EFSC's COVID-19 updates page for the latest information and links to FAQs.

Previous Statements & News Releases: Click choice for details

August 17, 2020 - COVID Update on Start of Fall Term

EFSC Campuses Reopen for Fall Term; Most Courses Online

On-Campus student services are available, with appointments required in most cases and mask requirement in place.

Updated August 17, 2020 - Eastern Florida State College Students returned to class Aug. 17 for the start of the Fall Term with major changes in place to protect their health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 85 percent of classes are online, with about 15 percent in-person, thereby limiting the number of students on campus and their face-to-face interaction with instructors and staff.

Masks or other protective face coverings must be worn inside all Campus buildings and classrooms in keeping with established EFSC safety protocols.

Since Aug. 3, limited Eastern Florida State College student services also have been available on campus, with prior appointments required in most cases and safety protocols in place. Virtual support services also continue as a convenient option, with remote delivery choices remaining available throughout Fall Term. The virtual support for students includes virtual events via the new Titan Virtual Hub and Microsoft Teams.

The Admissions, Advising and Financial Aid departments all require prior appointments for in-person services, but have provided a locked box in the lobby of EFSC's Student Services buildings for document drop-off with no appointment needed.

See the updated Student Services Guide for information about the availability of on-campus and virtual services, and how to make appointments for services when required.

The Fall 2020 Class Schedule indicates course sections planned to have on campus components, designated as "Face to Face" or "Hybrid," and which sections will be delivered remotely as "Live Online" or a traditional "Online Course." View more on Fall course delivery plus see below for important Frequently Asked Question page links and student services information.

College officials presented the four-phase reopening plan June 15 to EFSC’s Board of Trustees, saying it is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County and a team of faculty and staff members.

“Nothing is more important than the health and safety of everyone at the College, and we believe the plan accomplishes that in a way that allows our campuses to reopen in a careful and responsible manner,” said EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey.

“Importantly, we will limit the number of students on campus and can quickly make changes to the plan if the pandemic worsens in our area. We will not hesitate to act if necessary."

EFSC Reopening Plan Phases & Key Dates

Read the Plan Summary and Key Phases Details
View Reopening Plan & Health Related Frequently Asked Questions
Read the 60-page Transitional Operations/Reopening Plan
Virtual Student Services Guide
Fall Term 2020 Frequently Asked Questions
View Archived EFSC COVID-19 Statements, FAQ & News Releases

August 17, 2020 - Summer Term FAQ and Course Delivery Information

This Frequently Asked Questions page includes questions about Summer Term 2020 when the College continued to hold the majority of classes online. Course delivery methods and their impact on the EFSC Class Schedule are explained in the "Live Online" information page link.

View Summer Term Student FAQ

View the Summer Term Course Delivery and "Live Online" Information Page

July 16, 2020 - Employee Return to Work Update

New information on employee remote work assignments; mask requirement in place

Updated July 16, 2020 - Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Florida and Brevard County, EFSC supervisors have the flexibility to allow staff to continue working remotely from home on a case-by-case basis to ensure their safety. The update was emailed to employees in advance of Monday, July 20, the reopening plan's target date for most employees to return to working on Campus.

Employees can still start coming back to work on Campus July 20, however, under the update employees who would still prefer to work remotely should speak to their immediate supervisor or Darla Ferguson, the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, at 321-433-7080 or fergusond@easternflorida.edu.

Under the reopening plan, decisions on extending remote assignments will be made on a case-by-case basis with matters such as age, underlying health conditions or other reasons taken into account. Also considered will be the employee’s ability to perform their jobs effectively from home, and whether they may need to be on Campus on certain days.

Masks or other protective face coverings must be worn inside all Campus buildings and classrooms, a requirement that was moved up to Monday, July 6 due to the increase in Florida's COVID-19 cases and in the interest of health and safety. Read more details in the Health & Safety FAQ.

Eastern Florida State College is preparing to reopen its four campuses in August for the Fall Term with many classes online, limited in-person classes and safety measures in place to protect against COVID-19, including the requirement to wear masks or other protective face coverings inside all buildings.

June 15, 2020 - Spring Term Frequently Asked Questions

This original COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page includes questions primarily about Spring Term when the College first shut down and moved classes online. It was replaced on June 15 by an FAQ focused on EFSC's Transitional Operations Plan outlining steps as the College prepares to reopen Campuses.

View Spring Term Student/General Public FAQ

May 18, 2020 - EFSC to Provide Emergency CARES Act Grants

May 14, 2020 - Parking Permit Refund Notice

Posted on the COVID Updates: May 14, 2020 - Because Spring courses transitioned online and Campuses were closed, EFSC is issuing a refund to students who paid for valid spring parking permits. If the parking permit was purchased and paid for between the dates of July 1, 2019 thru October 20, 2019, the student will receive 50% of the parking permit cost plus tax. If the parking permit was purchased and paid for between the dates of October 21, 2019 thru March 12, 2020, the student will receive 100% of the parking permit cost plus tax. If students have any questions or concerns, please contact Student Accounts via email: studentaccounts@easternflorida.edu

May 14, 2020 - EFSC Hosts Virtual Spring Term Commencement Celebration

May 12, 2020 - Palm Bay Campus Drive-Up COVID-19 Test Site Opens

May 1, 2020 - Update About Summer Term "Live Online" Courses

April 22, 2020 - President Jim Richey Announces Virtual Commencement to Honor Spring Graduates

April 2, 2020: 5 PM - Student Update Based on Gov. DeSantis Stay-at-Home Order

Students: I would like to update you on several important matters related to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ COVID-19 stay-at-home order that goes into effect at midnight tonight and how it might impact you.

• All campuses remain CLOSED for the rest of the Spring Term with in-person classes continuing in online formats and Student Services offered remotely.

• The only EXCEPTIONS are a very small number of in-person courses and students in Public Safety and Heath Sciences who will graduate between now and June and are considered essential to enter the workforce to combat the COVID-19 crisis.

• However, those students are not obligated to continue their training at this time and can take an “Incomplete.” They can make up the coursework by December at no additional cost. Those students should contact their instructor and also the Financial Aid office, when applicable, to discuss their situations.

• The limited number of in-person science labs that had been scheduled are CANCELED for the rest of the Spring Term and students can take an “Incomplete.” They can make up their coursework through December at no additional cost. Those students should contact their instructor and also the Financial Aid office, when applicable, to discuss their situations.

Online Registration for Summer Term Courses is available now and all Summer Term courses will be held as online courses.

Visit our Virtual Student Service Guide with details and contact information for more than 20 Student Services areas, with more added as needed.

• The Academic Success Centers are offering a range of services, including Virtual Tutoring.

• Proctored exams for in-person classes that moved online will be conducted remotely through ProctorU for a fee of $8 per test for exams built within Canvas. However, exams that are built in third-party platforms, such as Pearson’s MyLab or MyMathLab, are at regular ProctorU Live Plus hourly rates: on average $25. See more about ProctorU.

• To discuss specific questions about your classes or personal situations, contact your instructor or the Associate Provost for your campus.

• The Frequently Asked Questions page also contains valuable information that can help you navigate the challenges we face.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as the college’s faculty and staff do everything possible for your successful completion of the term. As we navigate this challenging time together, those working behind the scenes wanted to share a message of encouragement via video.

Sincerely,
Dr. Linda Miedema
Vice President, Academic and Student Affairs, Chief Learning Officer
Eastern Florida State College

March 26, 2020: 5 PM - Preparing for Move to Online Classes & Virtual Student Services

Students: Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as all of us at Eastern Florida State College work together responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I want to update you on several important matters as we prepare to resume classes and college operations this Monday, March 30.

• All four EFSC campuses will remain CLOSED for the rest of the Spring Term. Students should NOT come to campus.

Special considerations are being made for a limited number of programs and labs. In those cases, strict social distancing guidelines shall be followed.

Student Services will be available remotely, including virtual one-on-one student meetings that may be necessary. View our Student Services guide for details.

Also read our updated Frequently Asked Questions for more important information.

• Suspended in-person classes will resume March 30 in an online format for the rest of the Spring Term.

Students can now go to the Canvas Learning Management System to access their online classes and coursework. Many students have been contacted by their instructors. Students can also contact their instructors directly.

We know you may have concerns moving from a familiar in-person classroom to an unfamiliar online format. Don’t worry. Faculty and staff will be there to help. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance, especially during the first few weeks. Our goal is to ensure you successfully complete the Spring Term in a strong way.

Thank you again for your patience and cooperation. Our top priority is your health and safety and believe the actions we are taking will meet the difficult challenges we face while allowing you to achieve your educational goals.

Sincerely, Dr Jim Richey, President, Eastern Florida State College

FAQ for Current & Prospective Students/General Public

FAQ for Faculty/Staff

March 20, 2020 - Coronavirus Information - Post-Spring Break Plan 12:30 PM Update

Friday, March 20, 12:30 PM Update - To all EFSC Students and Employees: We appreciate your continuing cooperation and patience as the College responds to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Please review the following information carefully as the end of Spring Break approaches:

During the week of March 23:

• All Eastern Florida State College campus locations will remain closed following Spring Break for students and will reopen on Monday, March 30 with the following exception:

⇒ Since some classes cannot be moved online for legal and regulatory reasons, special arrangements are being made and will be communicated to students by their instructors before Monday, March 23. Most of these classes have to do with the Public Safety Institute.

• Starting Monday March 23, classes that have already been online for the semester will continue as scheduled without interruption.

• Starting Monday, March 23, most face-to-face classes will be suspended until Monday, March 30 when they will resume in an online format for the remainder of the Spring Term.

• Students from in-person classes should go to the Canvas Learning Management System beginning Thursday, March 26 to access their courses in an online format. Students can also contact their instructors if they have questions.

• Students who have not previously completed the required Canvas online orientation course should log in to myEFSC, select the Canvas icon and find PLT 6007 Canvas Orientation on their dashboard. The tuition-free course will familiarize students with the online learning environment and includes an assessment that must be completed with a score of 70% of higher to unlock access to course materials.

• EFSC employees should check their email before March 23 and review detailed updates sent by Campus Provosts, which are subject to change based on this unprecedented situation.

• In addition, supervisors are directed to make plans for as many employees as practical to continue to work remotely throughout the rest of the Spring Term while ensuring a smooth transition of courses to an online format and keeping their service units open for operation. Some employees with positions that are not conducive to working remotely may be reassigned to other duties for the remainder of the Spring Term based on their regularly scheduled hours.

• Students and employees should strictly follow social distancing guidelines that include not gathering in groups of 10 or more people and keeping six feet apart from other individuals.

During the week of March 30:

• Starting Monday, March 30, most face-to-face classes that have been suspended will resume online for the remainder of the Spring Term.

• Campus locations will reopen for student services and other college operations. However, students and employees are STRONGLY encouraged to interact with each other electronically or by phone to the highest degree possible.

Cancellations

• All student and campus events are canceled for the remainder of the Spring Term which ends May 8.

• The Spring Commencement Ceremony, planned for May 14 is canceled. The cancellation will not impact students graduating and receiving their certificates or diplomas by mail if they meet all graduation requirements.

• All EFSC athletic activities are canceled for the rest of the Spring Term. See the NJCAA March 16 statement on this national cancellation. View EFSC's athletics statement.

• The King Center for the Performing Arts is closed until at least April 15. Further updates regarding the King Center will be forthcoming.

Next Steps and Frequently Asked Questions

We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and efforts in this unprecedented and stressful situation and are aware you will have many additional questions. To that end, please use the links below which will provide answers to many questions.

The College’s Emergency Management Team continues to meet regularly to address this ever-changing situation. With your continued dedication, we are confident that we will be successful in balancing our students' ongoing needs with the health of all our employees and community members.

FAQ for Current & Prospective Students/General Public

FAQ for Faculty/Staff

March 16, 2020 - EFSC Spring Athletics Seasons Canceled

Visit the Athletics website to review the details of the national decision, announced by the NJCAA and EFSC.

March 15, 2020, 5:30 PM - EFSC Release Post-Spring Break COVID-19 Response Plan

Sunday, March 15, 5:30 PM Update - To All EFSC Students and Employees: We appreciate your ongoing understanding and cooperation as the College responds to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 virus. To that end, please be advised of the following:

All Eastern Florida State College locations will remain closed following Spring Break for students and will reopen on Monday, March 30. However, classes that have already been online throughout the semester will continue without interruption on Monday, March 23. Please review the important details below.

During the week of March 23:

• Starting Monday March 23, most face-to-face classes will be suspended until March 30 when they will resume online.

• Since some classes cannot be moved online for legal and regulatory reasons, special arrangements will be made and communicated to students by their instructors prior to the week of March 23.

• Students from in-person classes should go to the Canvas Learning Management System by March 30 to access their courses. Students who have not previously completed the required Canvas online orientation course should log in to myEFSC, select the Canvas icon and find PLT 6007 Canvas Orientation on their dashboard. The tuition-free course will familiarize students with the online learning environment and includes an assessment that must be completed with a score of 70% of higher to unlock access to course materials.

• For the week of March 23, employees are instructed to contact their direct supervisor in advance to determine what their working assignment will be effective Monday, March 23. Every effort will be made to allow employees to work remotely as much as possible while ensuring a smooth transition of courses to an online format. In some circumstances, certain employees may be asked to work from a campus location during this week.

• In addition, supervisors are directed to make plans for as many employees as practical to continue to work remotely throughout the rest of the Spring Term while keeping their service units open for operation. Some employees with positions that are not conducive to working remotely may be reassigned to other duties for the remainder of the Spring Term based on their regularly scheduled hours.

During the week of March 30:

• Starting Monday, March 30, most face-to-face classes that have been suspended will resume online for the remainder of the Spring Term.

• Campus locations will reopen for student services and other college operations. However, students and employees are STRONGLY encouraged to interact with each other electronically or by phone to the highest degree possible.

Cancellations

• All student and campus events are canceled for the remainder of the Spring Term which ends May 8.

• The Spring Commencement Ceremony, planned for May 14 is canceled. The cancellation will not impact students graduating and receiving their certificates or diplomas by mail if they meet all graduation requirements.

Updated Monday, March 16 with NJCAA decision: All EFSC athletic activities are canceled for the rest of the Spring Term. See the NJCAA statement on this national cancellation. View EFSC's athletics statement.

• The King Center for the Performing Arts is closed until at least April 15. Further updates regarding the King Center will be forthcoming.

Next Steps and Frequently Asked Questions

We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and efforts in this unprecedented and stressful situation and are aware you will have many additional questions. To that end, please use the links below to carefully read the FAQS that will provide answers to many student and employee questions. Thank you for your attention to these important communications.

The College’s Emergency Management Team continues to meet regularly to address our ever-changing circumstances. With your continued dedication, we are confident that we will be successful in balancing our students' ongoing needs with the health of all our employees and community members.

FAQ for Current & Prospective Students/General Public

FAQ for Faculty/Staff

March 13, 2020 - Announcement of Transition to Online Clasess

Friday, March 13, 7:30 PM Update: Eastern Florida State College will suspend most face-to-face classes starting March 23 through the remainder of the Spring Term, moving as many as possible online. EFSC is currently closed for Spring Break through March 22. A detailed plan will be released to students, faculty and staff Saturday, March 14 (Logistics moved the plan's release to Sunday, March 15). The health and well-being of our EFSC community remains the highest priority of the College's Emergency Management Team as it continues monitoring the Coronavirus outbreak.

March 3, 2020 - Travel Restrictions for Florida College System, EFSC Announced

February 27, 2020 - EFSC Closely Monitoring Coronavirus Outbreak