Coronavirus Plan: Important COVID-19 Updates
Updated May 18, 2020 - EFSC Providing Emergency Student Grants Through CARES Act
Eastern Florida State College has received $4.4 million in emergency grant funding that will be provided to students impacted by COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES.) The funding is to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and childcare.
Funding is limited and not guaranteed, but the college hopes to assist as many eligible Spring and Summer Term students as possible.
Information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for a grant was emailed to students on May 18 and can also be viewed at this CARES Act information link.
Spring Term Virtual Commencement
Eastern Florida State College's special Spring Term Virtual Commencement Ceremony is posted on the College’s website at easternflorida.edu/go/efscgrad, and featured on EFSC's YouTube Channel. Also view #EFSCGrad posts on our social media wall.
Spring Parking Permit Refund
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: email@example.com
Summer Term Courses: Information and Frequently Asked Questions
• Summer Term begins May 18, with classes also available that start in June. Most Summer Term 2020 classes originally planned as campus face-to-face classes have been converted to Live Online classes. View important details about Summer Term course delivery and the Summer "Live Online" course distinction.
• Some Summer Term classes, such as certain labs, clinicals and other courses requiring hands-on work, may meet in small groups with the instructor on the campus where the class is scheduled. Classes that still meet on campus for part or all of Summer Term 2020 will follow appropriate CDC guidelines to ensure the health and safety of students and faculty.
• Regular Eastern Florida Online summer classes remain unaffected and will run as scheduled.
• All campuses remain CLOSED and Student Services are available remotely. Visit our Virtual Student Service Guide with details and contact information for more than 20 Student Services areas, with more added as needed.
• Online Registration for Summer Term Courses is still available.
• 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.
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.
If you have symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus, wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit your healthcare provider. The CDC expects that person-to-person spread of Coronavirus will eventually occur more widely.
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 cloth face cover over your nose and mouth when around others
• 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
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)