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EFSC Ends Mandatory Mask Requirement Based on New CDC Guidance
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Updated May 19, 2021 - In light of new 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.
The announcement was emailed to students, faculty and staff.
The CDC guidance states:
"If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance."
COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available in Brevard County and the CDC continues to urge those who have not been vaccinated to do so. Students, faculty and staff who still need to be vaccinated can 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. Those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, according to CDC guidance.
The mask policy change is an important step forward as EFSC moves toward resuming normal pre-COVID operations. We will provide more information soon, including plans for employees who are not already working on campus to return to in-person assignments this summer.
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.
In making the announcement, EFSC President Dr. Jim Richey said, "Words cannot express my deep appreciation for how all of you have met the challenges posed by the pandemic. The dedication and care of faculty and staff has been extraordinary as has the resilience of students. As we look forward to a new academic year, we can’t wait to see the amazing things you will accomplish in the future."
Summer and Fall Term Registration; Recent Spring Term Commencement Information
Summer and Fall Term Course Registration is available online now, with Summer courses beginning on Monday, May 17, and shorter term courses available as well that start in June. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors if needed as they prepare for Summer and Fall Terms.
EFSC held three in-person graduation ceremonies for Spring Commencement on May 13 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
The ceremonies at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the Melbourne Campus included masks and social distancing requirements. Read full details about commencement.
Summer and 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. See more on Spring course delivery plans.
Also view Summer Term course delivery plans, which include an important update to the Live Online class format.
Fall Term course delivery plans include an expansion of face-to-face, on-campus classes when the term begins on August 16.
Course delivery methods for all terms are subject to change based on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eastern Florida State College student services remain available virtually and also on campus, with prior appointments for on-campus service required in most cases and social distancing in place. Virtual support services through remote delivery are a convenient option.
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.
The virtual support for students includes virtual events via the Titan Virtual Hub and Microsoft Teams.
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 and as of Spring Term 2021 remains in Phase 3, with partial return to campus. 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.
- EFSC COVID-Related Safety Protocols
Drive-Up COVID-19 Testing Site Closed by State Click through for information about finding other testing locations
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.
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
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
• 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
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.
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
211 Brevard Website
EFSC Emergency Hotline (updated as needed)