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EFSC Fall Commencement Transitions to Online & Drive-Through Celebration; Spring 2021 Class Schedule Released
Updated September 28, 2020 - Eastern Florida State College will hold a Virtual Commencement Ceremony for Fall Term graduates Dec. 17 that will include special Drive-Through Celebrations on all four campuses, a decision made in response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the college’s commitment to protect the health and safety of students, employees and the public.
The virtual ceremony will be held online at noon and be available for viewing on the college website and @easternflorida social media platforms. It will feature taped remarks from EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey, faculty and staff, and include the names of all the graduates, including Summer graduates because they were eligible to take part in the Dec. 17 commencement.
The drive-through events on the Titusville, Cocoa, Melbourne and Palm Bay campuses will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Large congratulatory banners will be in place to serve as backdrops for student and family pictures and videos. Students will also receive a diploma cover and yard sign saying “Proud EFSC Graduate".
Students who graduated in the Summer Term can also participate along with Spring Term graduates who may have missed a similar drive-through experience on the Melbourne campus in May that attracted hundreds of students, families and friends. View more details about the virtual Fall Commencement.
Spring Class Schedule Includes Increase in Courses with On-Campus Components
EFSC's Spring Term 2021 list of classes went live Sept. 28, with expanded on-campus course offerings, including a planned increase in hybrid courses when the term starts on Jan. 11.
A hybrid course has both online and in-person components in keeping with EFSC's phased approach to expanding on-campus course options. Most Spring Term Face-to-Face and Hybrid classes will have reduced limits on the number of students in each class so that on-campus classrooms can accommodate the required social distancing protocols in place to protect the health of students and instructors. See more on Spring course delivery plans in preparation for the Oct. 26 start of spring course registration.
COVID-19 safety requirements remain in place. 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 have been available on campus, with prior appointments required in most cases and safety protocols in place. Virtual support services through remote delivery also continue as a convenient option. The virtual support for students includes virtual events via the new Titan Virtual Hub and Microsoft Teams.
See the Student Services Guide for information about the availability of on-campus and virtual services, and how to make appointments for services when required.
During the current Fall Term, 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. The goal for Spring Term 2021 is to evolve to about 70 perent of classes with an in-person component, including that increase in hybrid delivery, with about 30 percent held fully online.
Phased Reopening Plan Continues to Guide Decisions
College officials presented EFSC's 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. The College's planning also includes a tracking process for students, faculty and staff who are impacted by a positive COVID-19 test.
“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
Visit the U.S. government Centers for Disease Control website for the most current, detailed guidance on precautions.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), see your healthcare provider immediately. Call ahead to advise the doctor’s office of recent travel. Anyone with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of Coronavirus will be guided by the treating physician and the Florida Department of Health on steps for treatment.
The CDC recommends wearing masks or other face coverings to help prevent the spread
of the coronavirus. If you have symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus, wear a mask
or face covering when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit
your healthcare provider.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the community at large, as well as our College community, should be aware of the following coronavirus information:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person by droplets:
• Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet - so maintain social distancing).
• Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
• People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest.
• Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.
• It may be possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface containing droplets.
The symptoms of coronavirus may appear 2 to 4 days after exposure. See your healthcare practitioner if you have fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Most people recover without needing special treatment. However, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and an impaired immune system are more prone to develop a serious illness.
Visit the CDC website for the most current preventive measures.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The CDC recommends social distancing
of at least 6 feet.
• Stay home when you are sick
• Wear a mask or cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when around others. See below for more on EFSC's facial covering requirements.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
• Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly if you have been in contact with someone who is sick
• Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Effective July 6, 2020, all individuals within the interior spaces of buildings on
campus will be required to wear a mask or face covering, this includes classrooms.
Masks or face coverings are not required outside of campus buildings unless social
distancing recommendations cannot be met. This date was moved up to July 6 because
of the increase in COVID-19 cases instead of the original date of July 20 when most
employees return to the workplace,
Unless rescinded, the directive to wear a face covering inside Campus buildings will remain in effect throughout Fall Term. Some exceptions may be permitted on a case-by-case basis, such as individuals who are medically excused from wearing anything that could interfere with their breathing, children under two years of age, isolated employees in individual offices and in other situations determined appropriate by college officials.
See more in the EFSC Reopening Plan Health-Related FAQ.
Travel Guidance and Restrictions
The U.S. State Department has advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel. View the latest State Dept. travel advisories.
Students and employees who have traveled to countries identified by the CDC/U.S. government with a Travel Health Notice are required to self-quarantine and not return to campus for 14 days after arriving home.
As of March 24, Gov. Ron DeSantis has also issued an executive order requiring anyone traveling to Florida from the New York tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut) to self-quarantine for 14 days.
For employees impacted by this self-quarantine, please contact Human Resources at 321-433-7084. Students impacted by a travel-related quarantine should contact Lisa Ginn, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, at 321-433-7380.
EFSC Summer or Fall Term study abroad trips are being assessed and a determination made 60 days prior to travel. Students who are impacted will be contacted.
Conditions can change rapidly in other countries and could impact the ability to re-enter the United States. The Coronavirus will continue to spread, and new countries are experiencing outbreaks every week. Other countries may decide to implement travel restrictions with very little notice. Airlines may cancel/limit flights.
Resources and Contacts
Free, Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Available on EFSC Palm Bay Campus
Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center
The Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM
211 Brevard is taking calls about COVID-19
Dial 211 – available between 8 AM and 6 PM
EFSC Emergency Hotline (updated as needed)