Shelton State Community College has no reported or suspected cases of COVID-19/Coronavirus, however, there are confirmed cases in Alabama.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority. The College Emergency Response Team (CERT) is meeting regularly to review and monitor the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak and is following recommendations from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Updated Friday, March 27, 2020, at 3:00 p.m.
Following a directive from the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) released earlier Friday morning, Shelton State Community College’s previously announced plan to move temporarily to remote instruction will continue for the duration of the spring semester. Additionally, due to restrictions on event sizes by state and federal officials, the College will postpone its spring commencement exercises.
Postponed spring commencement exercises include Spring 2020 GED Graduation, Spring 2020 Nursing Pinning, and Spring 2020 Graduation. New dates will be announced as they are available. The College’s 2020 Honors Convocation has been canceled. Honorees will be notified of their award(s) via their myShelton email.
“Every decision concerning the operations of Alabama’s community colleges is being made with the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and administrators at the forefront,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker. “While we couldn’t have imagined what this semester would look like for our colleges, I am incredibly grateful for the creativity, resilience, and commitment to learning shown by our faculty, staff, and students during this difficult time.”
Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Shelton State’s online classes will resume. Also on March 30, students previously enrolled in on-campus courses at the College will complete coursework via remote instruction.
In order to comply with curfew restrictions imposed by the City of Tuscaloosa, students may not utilize WiFi in campus parking lots as previously stated. In order to assist those with limited internet access, the City of Tuscaloosa will allow students to use WiFi hotspots available in the city limits. (Visit Tuscaloosa Hotspots for a map of available locations.)
Student Support and Resources for Remote Instruction
It is important to note that during our closure, there will be no on-campus instruction, testing, tutoring, advising, or library services. However, online resources and tools have been expanded to ensure the continuity of your instruction and support. Please review the information below for details.
- Students are now enrolled in the Canvas for Students course. This optional course is a free, student resource on how to effectively use Canvas, and it will better prepare them to learn online. It also provides details on many of the resources mentioned below. The Canvas for Students course can be found in Canvas by clicking on the Account link in the left-hand navigation bar and then clicking on Canvas for Students. Sign in to Canvas now.
- The College provides free online tutoring through Smarthinking. Students may access Smarthinking through Canvas using the “Smarthinking Online Tutoring” link located in the left navigation bar of all courses. This link is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Library resources are electronically available through a wide range of resources. These may be accessed via the College’s website or in Canvas. Detailed information about what library resources are available are in the Canvas for Students course.
- Advisors are available via email and phone, and a new opening date for summer registration will be announced soon.
- If required, proctored testing will be done through Honorlock.
- The College understands that students may have limited WiFi access. In order to comply with curfew restrictions imposed by the City of Tuscaloosa, students may not utilize WiFi in campus parking lots as previously stated. In order to assist those with limited internet access, the City of Tuscaloosa will allow students to use WiFi hotspots available in the city limits. (Visit Tuscaloosa Hotspots for a map of available locations.)
- If reliable technology or internet access is unavailable (and a student is unable to visit one of the Tuscaloosa Hotspots), the instructor(s) should be notified. The College is prepared to work with students to offer alternative methods as possible.
To ensure the most current information, students should make a habit of checking email and Canvas accounts daily for updates and announcements. Additionally, students should not hesitate to contact instructors or advisors with questions.
Those traveling over the break are asked to remain aware of watches, alerts, and warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Any persons who travel to a country labeled by the CDC as COVID-19 Level 2 or COVID-19 Level 3 OR have come in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should follow guidelines from the Alabama Department of Public Health and self-report according to the following structure:
- Students – Please report to the Dean of Student Services, Amanda Harbison, at email@example.com or 205.391.5878.
- Faculty/Staff – Please report to your supervising Cabinet Member.
This situation is ongoing, and updates will be provided as they are available. Up-to-date information will be provided via the College’s News, CampusCast, and social media.
For more information, contact the Office of Media and Communication at 205.391.2959 or firstname.lastname@example.org.