The safety of students, employees and visitors remains at the forefront and guides every decision at your Salem Community College (SCC).
All in-person activities are rigorously monitored to comply with CDC and New Jersey public health guidelines. Everyone entering SCC buildings must wear a mask and practice social distancing. All occupied and/or actively utilized areas are subject to enhanced cleaning protocols.
Update - Sept. 17, 2020
On September 16, SCC was notified of a COVID-positive test in our College community. All mitigation (social distancing, washing hands and wearing masks) and disinfecting protocols are in place to enhance the safety of all concerned. Contact tracing procedures are in place with the Salem County Dept. of Health.
The table below shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the SCC community - students and employees, whether they study/work on campus or are remote. The data reflects test results we know of to date. Figures may change as we learn of results from individuals and out-of-county agencies. Due to federal patient - and student-confidentiality regulations, we cannot provide more details about the affected individuals.
Following medical protocols, we will continue to inform people in the SCC community who were in close contact with the infected individuals before and as they started showing symptoms. Although the risk of infection is low for those beyond the individuals' inner circles, we will continue to inform others and ask that they isolate themselves for up to 14 days, depending on the level of exposure.
|Cases reported 9/16/2020||Total cases since 9/1/2020|
For further information, visit the COVID-19 Response Protocol (Appendix 3).
Health and Safety
What are SCC’s COVID-19 health requirements?
- Stay home when you’re not feeling well or are sick.
- Keep at least six feet away from others, both indoors and outdoors.
- Wear a mask or cloth face covering in classrooms, laboratories and all common areas; a mask should be worn outdoors when a six-foot separation may not be possible.
- Wash/sanitize your hands frequently, cover your cough and practice good personal hygiene.
What is SCC doing to ensure that campus areas are safe?
Cleaning follows CDC guidelines and meets or exceeds those required by the Governor’s Office or the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Hand-sanitizer stations have been added, precautionary/regulatory signs have been posted and barrier systems have been installed at designated locations to reinforce proper precautionary behavior. The sharing of objects or communal property must be avoided (pens, highlighters, lab articles, office supplies, sign-in/registration sheets). The College will employ contactless operation wherever feasible (doors, kiosks, paperwork, copiers, curbside).
Who must wear a mask on campus?
Everyone (employees, students and visitors) on College property must wear a mask covering both their mouth and nose. Information on this requirement is included in all training documents and is posted at the entrance to all buildings. If someone cannot wear a mask due to health concerns, he or she will be accommodated virtually.
Is SCC providing masks for students, faculty, staff and visitors?
SCC maintains an adequate supply of facial masks for employees, students and visitors who arrive without proper coverings or need a replacement. However, it is expected that all persons will provide their own acceptable and compliant face covering.
If I arrive on campus without a mask, what should I do?
Remain in your vehicle and call SCC Public Safety at 856.351.2911 to request a mask be delivered to your vehicle. Note: Mask supplies are limited, and we do not guarantee availability.
What if I see someone on campus not wearing a mask?
Students should inform a College employee who will report it to Public Safety. Employees should inform their supervisor or Public Safety.
How often should I wash a cloth mask?
Cloth masks should be washed after every use. More information is available from the CDC.
How are social distancing measures being carried out?
We are minimizing the number of people on campus at any time. All congregate areas (classrooms, labs, restrooms and other public areas) have been modified, as appropriate, to ensure compliance with current regulations for social distancing. Furniture has been moved or removed, seating areas in classrooms have been designated, common areas have been closed off, office spaces are no longer shared, and restrooms have been modified to assure a minimum of six feet of distance
Will SCC offer training for students, faculty and staff on appropriate sanitization and social distancing practices and protocols, as well as institutional policies and procedures developed to limit the spread of COVID-19?
Students, faculty and staff will participate in an initial and mandatory training on screening, face covering, social distancing and hand-washing policies.
For students, training will occur no later than on the first day of classes; training will be documented and maintained electronically. Additional training may be required.
For employees, participation in training will be documented and maintained by Human Resources.
Additionally, faculty and staff will be trained in self-monitoring and contact tracing procedures (in coordination with the Salem County Dept. of Health and Human Services) as well as what to do if they feel sick.
Training literature, which will include the College’s cleaning procedures for high-touch areas, will also be distributed and made available via email and on the College’s website.
What should I do if my health condition makes me especially vulnerable to COVID-19?
Students should consult with Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management Kevin Catalfamo at email@example.com.
Employees should consult with Human Resources.
What should I do if/when I feel sick?
Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (including cough, fever and shortness of breath) should self-quarantine and call their healthcare provider.
Individuals who become ill while on campus must inform Public Safety and leave immediately or arrange for someone to pick them up. While waiting, they should appropriately isolate themselves from others.
Should I still get a flu shot?
By all means. The vaccine is still one of the best protections against influenza, and health protocols are designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 for those getting a flu shot.
With glass students arriving from around the country for fall semester, do they need to take extra precautions?
Yes. Out of an abundance of caution to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the State of New Jersey currently has a two-week quarantine order for individuals arriving from numerous states. As we cannot predict which states will be on this list at the beginning of the fall term, SCC strongly advises its new and returning Glass Art and Scientific Glass Technology students currently living around the country to arrive in New Jersey TWO WEEKS before the start of the fall semester on Tuesday, September 8. Testing will not eliminate the need for the 14-day quarantine.
Visit https://covid19.nj.gov/ to access New Jersey’s COVID Information Hub, and https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-information/which-states-are-on-the-travel-advisory-list-are-there-travel-restrictions-to-or-from-new-jersey for information about the NJ’s travel advisory. FAQs regarding the advisory are at https://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/topics/NCOV/Travel_advisoryFAQs_6-25-2020.pdf.
Though the self-quarantine is voluntary, the state expects compliance. For accessing SCC’s Glass Education Center, compliance is mandatory.
Contact Kristin Deady at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
NOTE: This self-quarantine advisory applies to ALL students coming to SCC from across the United States and abroad.
Student Services (Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, EOF)
How do I register for the fall semester?
New students: Apply online at www.salemcc.edu/apply and request your official high school and college transcripts to be sent to Salem Community College. Admissions staff will contact students by email to advise on their next steps.
Current students: E-mail your advisor to set up an online or phone appointment to select courses. If you do not know your advisor’s name, please login to Self-Service and select View Schedule on the Home screen. Your advisor’s name is listed at the bottom of your schedule. If your advisor is not immediately available, current students may email email@example.com to set up an online or phone appointment.
Will there be in-person advising this summer? Will there be in-person services this summer?
Yes, beginning the week of August 17, Student Services will be open with minimal staff and limited services BY APPOINTMENT ONLY between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. To schedule an appointment, call 856.351.2716. You may also email the department listed below to request an appointment.
Most Student Services will continue remotely.
- To schedule an advising appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, please call 856.351.2699 or email email@example.com.
- To schedule an appointment with EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To make payments or arrange payment plans, call 856.351.2606 or email email@example.com.
- For questions regarding admissions or your application status, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To schedule an appointment to take the Accuplacer (virtually), email email@example.com.
- For assistance with career services, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For assistance with disability support services, email email@example.com.
- For all other departments in Student Services, please call 856.351.2716.
Will the fall semester start and end on the same dates as previously announced?
Yes. The fall semester will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 8 and end on Monday, Dec. 21.
Will SCC offer in-person classes this fall?
The following subjects will meet on campus:
- Art - ART104 (Drawing), ART105 (Painting), ART116 (Three-Dimensional Drawing)
- Glass Art
- Science labs (with online lectures)
- Scientific Glass Technology
All other courses will be held online and/or remotely. NOTE: Students who are currently registered for on-campus courses will be automatically moved to the online section.
Will the Glass Education Center be open this fall?
The Glass Education Center will have a full schedule of Glass Art and Scientific Glass Technology courses.
How will Nursing courses and clinical experiences be offered?
Nursing lectures and labs will be held remotely/online with hands-on practice and competency testing by appointment. Social distancing and other regulations will be maintained during hands-on competency testing. The status of Nursing clinicals will be announced as soon as possible.
Are the Academic Support Lab and computer labs open?
During Stage 2 of the state-wide reopening, the Academic Support Lab (ASL) will continue with online support. If the state progresses to Stage 3, the ASL and computer labs will begin with limited appointment-only availability. Students who have made an appointment will have access to PC computers, MAC computers and one-on-one tutoring.
Once computer labs reopen in Stage 3, individual users must disinfect computer stations (keyboards and mice) before and after usage with disinfectant wipes provided by the College. Workspaces will be configured to allow for distancing of at least six feet between individuals at desks and computer stations.
Is the library open?
During Stage 2, curbside pickup may be arranged on a case-by-case basis for requested material. Employees who deliver the materials should wear proper PPE and place materials on the curb near a patron’s vehicle, whenever feasible. Returned items will be sanitized and/or appropriately quarantined. Contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As SCC transitions to Stage 3, the library may open with a reduced number of occupants, based on current indoor occupancy guidelines from the state, with social-distancing measures in place. Individual users must disinfect computer stations (keyboards and mice) before and after usage with disinfectant wipes provided by the College. “Communal” spaces for groups to study and learn will remain closed and/or only used if social distancing (at least six feet of distance) can be observed.
Hand sanitation stations have been installed at the entrances of the library.
Online access, remote requests and interlibrary loans remain available and will be expanded, wherever possible.
What if I need tutoring in a class?
During Stage 2, the Academic Support Lab provides online services. Check Canvas for details or email email@example.com.
How can I get help using the learning management system (Canvas)?
Please contact Mary Eklund via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I get technical assistance?
Contact the Information Technology department at email@example.com.
All other help resources are best found under the Help button on the left-side vertical menu of every Canvas class.
I don't have a computer at home. May I borrow one?
In addition to technical support, the Information Technology Department facilitates computer loans to our students who do not have access to technology at home. To learn more, please contact the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 856.351.2671.
Is the Barnes & Noble Bookstore open?
Starting August 24, the store is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday (except holidays). For more information, call 856.351.2630.
When will staff members return to campus?
Overall, we are still limiting campus visitation and occupancy. Subject to certain departmental needs, we anticipate continuing to maintain remote work operations when it is practical, allowing for uninterrupted productive work, while supporting student and institutional service and needs.
Can I access my office?
Yes. Employees’ requests must be approved by President Gorman at email@example.com. Please cc Maria Fantini at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make your request at least 24 business hours in advance via email.
Must I wear a mask on campus?
Everyone (employees, students and visitors) on College property must wear a mask covering both their mouth and nose. Information on this requirement appears in all training documents and is posted at the entrance to all buildings. If someone cannot wear a mask due to health concerns, he or she will be accommodated virtually.
In a private office, it’s not always necessary to be masked unless you’re within six feet of someone.
Will SCC institute a new sick leave policy as a result of COVID-19?
SCC will not institute a new sick leave policy. However, the College continues to follow all state and federal sick leave laws
What is the cleaning protocol?
Cleaning of campus facilities follows CDC guidelines and will meet or exceed those required by the Governor’s Office or the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Hand sanitizer stations have been increased, precautionary/regulatory signs have been posted and barrier systems have been installed at designated locations to reinforce proper precautionary behavior. The sharing of objects or communal property is to be avoided (pens, highlighters, lab articles, office supplies, sign in/registration sheets). The College will employ contactless operation wherever feasible (doors, kiosks, paperwork, copiers, curbside).
The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced the following:
- Fall contact sports (including soccer) are moved to the spring.
- Fall non-contact sports, including men’s and women’s cross country, can compete this fall.
- The men’s and women’s basketball seasons will start in January.
- Out-of-season practices may take place under strict guidelines.
To receive information on SCC’s Mighty Oaks athletics teams including men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, baseball and softball contact the Athletic Department at email@example.com. Please indicate which team(s) you are interested in when you contact us.
Will SCC continue to hold special events?
Following federal, state, county and local guidelines, SCC decides on special events on a case-by-case basis. The College adheres to the indoor and outdoor attendance restrictions as set forth by Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 156 (indoor) and Executive Order No. 161 (outdoor).
Should I wear a mask when I’m attending an event on campus?
Everyone (employees, students and visitors) on College property must wear a mask covering both their mouth and nose. Information on this requirement is posted at the entrance to all buildings and throughout the campus. If someone cannot wear a mask due to health concerns, he or she will be accommodated virtually.
How are social distancing measures being carried out?
All congregate areas (including restrooms and other public areas) have been modified, as appropriate, to ensure compliance with current regulations for social distancing.
Is the College’s food pantry accessible?
Yes. Students may email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Updates will also be shared on social media.
Are career services available?
Yes, the Career Services Office provides virtual meetings for students in career exploration, resume building, and job search. Email email@example.com.
What if I have a question that isn’t addressed here?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with general inquiries and someone will respond as quickly as possible.
Salem County Deptment of Health and Human Services
New Jersey Office of the Governor
New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)
American College Health Association (ACHA)
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