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COVID Alerts:

Click for COVID Safety, Reporting Information, including 6-foot social distancing requirement in all college buildings, mask and vaccination practices, and the process for student Return to Campus approvals. To support students with Fall registration and Spring Term applications, on-campus services are available on a walk-in basis or by appointment, with virtual options also still in place. See the Student Services Guide.

Registration for Fall Term Still Available; COVID Reporting and Return to Campus Process Available

Updated September 20, 2021 - Eastern Florida State College students, faculty and staff who have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus through a close contact, OR are experiencing possible COVID-19 symtoms, OR who have tested positive with or without symptoms must self-isolate and remain away from Campus until they have reported the incident and been cleared for return to Campus. View details on the student and employee reporting and return to campus process.

• In-person student services have been expanded and virtual options will continue to give current and future students convenience and choice during fall term courses that began the week of August 16th, with registration for shorter term courses still available that begin in October.

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

• In light of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as recent Florida legislation and executive orders, EFSC has made masks optional and not mandatory for students, faculty, staff and guests at all our campuses and facilities, effective May 19, 2021. Six-foot social distancing is required inside all EFSC buildings. View the latest CDC guidelines.

• The State of Florida has closed its COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Site that was at the EFSC Palm Bay Campus. Visit the 211 Brevard Information site for current testing site locations.

• COVID-19 vaccines are widely available in Brevard County and the CDC continues to urge those who have not been vaccinated to do so. Visit the 211 Brevard information website for local vaccine options.

We understand it may take time for all persons wanting a vaccine to obtain one. As a result, we have set up EFSC classrooms and Student Services areas to continue to accommodate social distancing.

Faculty and staff should continue to allow mask wearing for anyone who wants to wear one. In addition, faculty and staff should refrain from requiring proof of vaccination.

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at two weeks after the second shot in a two-dose regimen or two weeks after a one-shot regimen COVID vaccine. According to CDC guidance, those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, and the CDC also advises that those who have been fully vaccinated can continue wearing masks to enhance protection.

While encouraged by the progress, EFSC administrators will continue to closely monitor the pandemic and take any steps necessary to safeguard our college community should it become necessary.

Fall Term Registration Continuing; Apply Now for Spring Term

Fall Term Course Registration is available online now. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors if needed as they prepare for Fall Term. Enrollment specialists can also assist with applications for programs that start in spring term.

Fall Term 2021 Face-to-Face and Hybrid classes 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.

Fall Term course delivery plans include an expansion of face-to-face, on-campus classes. Course delivery methods for all terms are subject to change based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spring Term 2022 Class Schedule will post on Monday, September 27 with the same approach to class format options and reduced class sizes to accommodate social distancing. View more details on Spring Term.

Support for students includes the Titan Virtual Hub.

Phased Reopening Plan Continues to Guide Decisions for 2021

College officials continue to cautiously yet optimistically reopen EFSC campuses and classrooms guided by the four-phase reopening plan that was approved June 15, 2020 by the Board of Trustees. Movement through the phases 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 COVID tracking process web page 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.

Related Resources

 

Coronavirus Resources

Health Guidance

Visit the U.S. government Centers for Disease Control website for the most current, detailed guidance on precautions.

Review the EFSC Transitional Operations Plan for health guidance on EFSC Campuses and also view Frequently Asked Questions related to the plan and health-related issues.

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.

On May 13, 2021, the CDC updated its guidelines on facial coverings, saying, "Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance." You are considered fully vaccinated at two weeks after your second shot in a two-dose regimen or two weeks after a one-shot regimen COVID vaccine.

Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance.

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.

Preventive Measures

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
•    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

Social distancing measures remain in place on EFSC Campuses in Student Services areas and classrooms. As of May 19th, and based on new CDC guidelines, masks are now optional and not mandatory for students, faculty, staff and guests at EFSC Campuses and all facilities. The CDC guidlines state that fully vaccinated individuals can resume normal activites without wearing a mask, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules, regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. The CDC recommends that non-vaccinated individuals continue wearing a mask.

See more in the EFSC Reopening Plan Health-Related FAQ.

Travel Guidance and Restrictions

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.

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 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.

For domestic travel, view the CDC recommendations.

Resources and Contacts

Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center

1-866-779-6121
Email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov
The Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM

Florida Department of Health Website

Federal Government

Centers for Disease Control Website

Brevard County

Brevard County Emergency Management Center COVID-19 Information

211 Brevard is taking calls about COVID-19
Dial 211 – available between 8 AM and 6 PM
211 Brevard Website

EFSC Emergency Hotline (updated as needed)
1-888-609-3313