COVID-19-Related Safety Protocols at EFSC
Mask Wearing Now Optional; Social Distancing Remains in Place
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 will make masks optional and not mandatory for students, faculty, staff and guests at all our campuses and facilities, effective immediately.
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."
We understand it may take time for all persons wanting a vaccine to obtain one. As a result, we have set up our 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.
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.
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.
While we are encouraged by the progress we are making, we will continue to closely
monitor the pandemic and take any steps necessary to safeguard our college community
should it become necessary.
Under the EFSC Student Code of Conduct, students agree to obey reasonable orders of College officials, including health and safety requirements related to COVID-19. Refusal to comply with safety protocols could be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Remember, the goal of the safety protocols is to avoid disease spread and keep campuses open, so it's in everyone's best interest to comply.
Students, faculty and staff may be required to wear gloves in specialized classroom environments, such as those for public safety training, health sciences education or workforce training, in which social distancing recommendations cannot be consistently followed. Examples include defensive tactics during a law enforcement course, working as a team on a health care mannequin or training that requires individuals to touch one another or share a piece of equipment. Disposable, latex-free gloves provided by the College will be available in classroom settings as needed.
You can review FAQ pages about the Reopening Plan for additional details. Thank you for helping us keep our campuses safe and open during this pandemic.