Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions

SCTCC, in coordination with state and local health departments, is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19, a new respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus that is affecting people in countries around the world, including the United States.

The College is taking the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of the SCTCC community and will continue to update campus as necessary.

This page is intended to provide information about COVID-19 as it relates directly to SCTCC. This is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most up-to-date information, check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health.

General Questions

It is important that both sick persons, or those with possible exposure to stay home. We encourage flexible attendance and sick leave support for students and staff who need to stay home or are asked by public health officials to stay home for 14 days.

  • Official College Travel:
    • All out-of-state and international travel are suspended until further notice.
    • In-state travel should be reduced to essential travel that poses minimal risk to you, your family and friends, and the SCTCC community. Consult with your supervisor for questions regarding upcoming college-sponsored student events.
  • Personal Travel:
    • Travel to any country with a CDC “Avoid Nonessential Travel” Level 3 designation due to COVID-19 is discouraged.
  • Travel warnings are subject to change without advance notice. You are encouraged to monitor the CDC website if planning any international travel.

There are many sources of information on COVID-19 including state, national and international organizations. These are key sources for Minnesota, the United States and for travelers:

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
MDH Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19)

State Department (DOS)
DOS Travel Information

You can also check the coronavirus resources page.

Students

The two key messages here are stay home when sick and call ahead for guidance on where to get appropriate care. This applies to students, as well as faculty and staff.

Recovering at home will be the main message for healthy persons with mild symptoms. For those with underlying health conditions and/or more than mild symptoms, guidance will be provided for those who may need more evaluation or testing as part of the triage call. 

Contact your instructor. Students who are unable to attend in-person courses, or participate in online courses due to illness (or illness related caretaking) should email their instructor immediately to inform them of their circumstances and seek advice from faculty on possibilities for adjustments in completing material. Note, each course’s syllabus will outline expectations for attendance and due dates. Students should refer to their course’s syllabus first for their instructor’s policy.   

Students who feel they are unable to continue on and be successful in their course/s due to illness (or illness related caretaking) should consult with their academic/faculty advisor about options to drop/withdraw from their course/s.

After the mid-point of the course, students who have been making good progress may be eligible to for the instructor to grant an Incomplete grade to allow an extension past the end of the semester for the student to complete their work. Note, granting an Incomplete is decided solely at the discretion of the instructor.

The safety of everyone on campus is our top priority.  For a complete list of campus safety measures, visit the Fall 2020 SCTCC Plan for Student Success web page.  

For current information on how to access campus and student services, visit the Fall 2020 SCTCC Plan for Student Success web page.  

The Fall 2020 web page has updates on academics, but to the get the most current information on your classes, be sure to check your SCTCC email and D2L everyday.  

Students should watch their email for updates and instructions from their instructors to learn about how their classes may be adjusted for the remainder of the semester.

If you have specific questions regarding your classes, please contact your dean:

Liberal Arts:
Melissa Lindsey • 320-0308-5377
Business, IT, & Education:
Shanda Davis • 320-308-5538
Health Sciences:
Bob Muster • 320-308-5156
Trades & Industry:
Mike Mendez • 320-308-5353

Faculty and Staff

The two key messages here are stay home when sick and call ahead for guidance on where to get appropriate care. This applies to students, as well as faculty and staff. 

For faculty and staff: CentraCare has a community resource for faculty, staff or students to speak with a nurse 24/7 at 320-200-3200. This will help to prevent the spread of illness and allow medical professionals to prepare and give proper guidance on where will be the appropriate place for care. 

Recovering at home will be the main message for healthy persons with mild symptoms. For those with underlying health conditions and/or more than mild symptoms, guidance will be provided for those who may need more evaluation or testing as part of the triage call.

We highly recommend accessing and utilizing the resources we have to serve students from remote locations by providing access to your courses through the D2L Brightspace learning management system, as well as utlizing Zoom and Kaltura. All college courses have a D2L Brightspace course. For more information, please visit this page.

If you have questions regarding benefits or pay, please contact the Human Resources office at 320-308-5464.

General/National Guidance and Information

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided this Fact Sheet on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

The CDC has provided this Fact Sheet outlining steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

We encourage students, faculty and staff to practice respiratory (coughing and sneezing) etiquette and hand hygiene.  Those who feel sick are recommended to stay home until they are free of fever, signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants). Employees should notify their supervisor and stay home if they are sick, and seek medical attention depending on the severity of the symptoms.