COVID-19

This page will keep the SVCC community informed about the latest developments concerning COVID – 19. Please check back for future updates.

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Important SVCC Contacts
  • Financial Aid 434-949-1094
  • Admissions 434-736-2046
  • Business Office/Cashier Christanna 434-949-1009
  • Business Office/Cashier Daniel 434-736-2018
  • College Communications/Public Relations - 434-949-1051
  • Student Services 434-736-2022
  • Adult Education 434-949-1090
  • B&G Christanna 434-949-1040
  • B&G Daniel 434-736-2055
  • Human Resources 434-949-1048
  • Foundation 434-949-1051
  • Dual Enrollment 434-949-1080
  • IT Support 434-949-1010
  • Workforce 434-949-1007
  • Learning Commons 434-949-6608
  • Library Christanna 434-949-1065
  • Library Daniel 434-736-2045
  • Academic & Student Affairs 434-736-2006
  • President’s office 434-949-1004
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  • SVCC Bookstore Information

    Greetings SVCC Students,


    The Campus Bookstores are now open Mon - Thurs 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. 


    You can find the books you need by visiting the www.southsidevccshop.com  website and following the directions below. 
    1. Click “Textbooks” link or icon from header 
    2. Find your courses and add course materials to your shopping bag
    3. Click “Checkout” and follow the prompts to select your delivery method
    4. Payment Method - select the payment type and enter your information
    5. Follow the prompts to complete your order

    The Southside CC Bookstores are here to meet all of your academic needs for the new semester.  Not only do we provide the required course materials for your class but also essential supplies, reference material, study aids, and technology.  Your Financial Aid is a welcomed payment option online from May 11, 2020, until May 26, 2020, with FREE GROUND SHIPPING for all orders through May 22, 2020. 
    To use your Financial Aid online please follow these steps:

    • At Check-Out select Financial Aid and enter your College Student ID number
    • Only add items to your cart that are allowed under your College’s Financial Aid guidelines.  All textbooks and general supplies are allowed.  Any unauthorized items will be canceled without notice. Items not allowed are, but not limited to, College apparel and gift items, drinks, food, health & beauty, phones, pre-paid gift cards, or non-essential technology items.
    • Only attempt to charge up to the amount allowed by your College Financial Aid Department. Amounts over the limit will cause a delay or your order to be canceled.
    • Please note, The Southside CC Bookstores are not allowed to give individual Financial Aid information over the phone or by email.

    Your Daniel Campus Bookstore Manager is Angie Price and can be reached by email at 1398mgr@follett.com
    Your Christanna Campus Bookstore Manager is Debbie Lewis and can be reached by email at 1397mgr@follett.com

    Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions or clarification.

    We look forward to providing you with a stress-free semester filled full of academic success!

     

  • CARES Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19.

    One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and sent money to schools to use for emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic. Southside Virginia Community College received $1,677,846 in CARES funds.  $838,923 of that is dedicated to student emergency grants.

     

    When will CARES/HEERF be available?

    Southside Virginia Community College has applied for funding from the federal CARES Act, and as soon as we receive that funding from the U.S. Department of Education, we will begin distributing grants to students based on financial need. As of June 30, 2020, $776,000.00 has been distributed to 776 eligible SVCC students. Students were notified via their MY SVCC Message Center.

    Who is eligible for CARES/HEERF?

    Eligibility for CARES/HEERF is based on the criteria established by the Department of Education. The estimated total number of students at SVCC eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 is 1067. Of that 1067 students, 776 are eligible based on the additional eligibility guidelines below. Each of the 776 SVCC students will receive $1,000 in emergency grants. These students who meet basic eligibility criteria for federal financial aid and who have the greatest financial need with an expected family contribution (EFC) under $50,001 were considered for these funds. The SVCC Financial Aid Office used Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) data to determine your eligibility. Under the U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, these funds can be awarded to undergraduate students pursuing degree programs and enrolled at SVCC. Some additional details about eligibility are below.

    • Students must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for Aid Year 2019-2020, are eligible for federal student aid, are meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements and have resolved all requirements with the financial aid office and be free of loan default.
    • Students must have citizenship confirmed by the Social Security Administration or Department of Homeland Security.
    • Students must be actively enrolled in at least 6 credit hours delivered onsite or at one of SVCC’s centers for the spring 2020 semester at the time of the declaration of the national emergency on March 13, 2020.
    • The EFC (Expected Family Contribution, determined by FAFSA) of the student is less than or equal to $50,000.
    • Students may not be incarcerated.
    • Dual enrollment students are not eligible as they are ineligible for federal financial aid.

    What is the SVCC CARES Act Relief Grant?

    The CARES Act directed universities to prioritize students whose family income is in the low- to low-middle income categories, and SVCC wants to provide economic relief quickly to students who may have experienced additional expenses and/or a loss of income in spring semester due to COVID-19. We have used the CARES Act emergency aid funds to provide a standard relief grant of $1,000 per student, based on the family income reported on your FAFSA and the criteria above.

    These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred. If you have yet to experience financial stress due to COVID-19, these funds can help with unanticipated expenses or income loss that may occur throughout the semester and into future semesters.

    Any funds not exhausted based on spring semester student registrations will be disbursed to students during the fall semester with potentially lower EFC limits.

    Why didn’t I receive the SVCC CARES Act Relief Grant?

    Under U.S. Department of Education rules for the program, students who are not eligible for federal financial aid programs are not eligible for federal CARES grants. Please review the eligibility criteria above. If you believe, based on the criteria above, that you should have qualified and did not receive funds, please contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@southside.edu or at 434.949.1094

    Do I need to report financial aid or grants on my federal tax return?

    Each financial award you receive from the federal government and other sources will have separate and unique tax consequences for your federal tax return. Visit the https://www.irs.gov/IRS website for assistance.

  • SVCC Announces 2020 Fall Semester Plans

    Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) will resume a full schedule of classes this fall beginning August 24th. In what the college is terming its “HyFlex” approach to course delivery, class options (depending on needs of each discipline) may include a mix of in-person instruction, expanded online offerings, and a new “Zoom to Home” option.

    Instruction will comply with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for physical distancing, hygiene and safety. “While priority for in-person instruction will be performance-based classes and labs that cannot be delivered online, additional seated courses will be offered as room availability allows. SVCC's Fast Forward workforce programs will be offered in small groups.

    The college's flexible approach allows for appropriate social distancing, while making alternatives available for those students who do not have adequate high-speed internet at home and, therefore, would not be able to participate in online or at-home Zoom classes.

    According to Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, SVCC President, "SVCC's partnership with communities to establish off-campus centers, in addition to our Alberta and Keysville college locations, is a real benefit at this unprecedented time in our history. It allows the college to offer students the flexibility to utilize classroom space and computer labs and to access high-speed internet at various locations across the college's 4,200 square mile service area, while complying with the appropriate guidelines."

    Aware that the outlook can change, Dr. Johnson says, "We will remain nimble and adjust as needed. SVCC's COVID-19 Task Force has a plan in place to pivot back to fully remote and online options if public health and safety requires it." Dr. Johnson is quick to point out that it will not be business as usual at SVCC. At all SVCC locations face coverings will be required, classrooms have been reconfigured to comply with social distancing, and there will be limited access to facilities.

    Times have changed, but SVCC is still open for business and remains committed to assisting our students in every way possible. More information is available at Southside.edu or by calling 434-949-1000.

  • SVCC Reopening Plan

  • April 27, 2020

    Virginia Department of Health Launches New “COVID-19 & You” Web Page Tool

    (RICHMOND, Virginia) – The Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 web page has added a new consumer education and information topics toolbar that offers website visitors a more interactive and personalized experience.

    “This COVID-19 & You tool serves to answer questions for the public regarding health concerns and issues by providing interactive experiences,” said Suresh Soundararajan, VDH chief information officer. “The intent is to make the user experience better and more targeted for people looking for information regarding COVID-19.”

    The platform uses software from declared data company Jebbit.

    Users are able to click through a list of topics and subtopics that are based on information consumers most frequently search for on the VDH COVID-19 website. Links go to pages that have more graphics and photos, shorter blocks of text, and larger text. Some links direct users to other websites, primarily the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. VDH subject matter experts review the information for accuracy and readability.

    “Covid-19 & You allows the public an innovative way of accessing information by customizing the experience through channels,” Mr. Soundararajan said. “It addresses frequently asked questions regarding health concerns and issues. It offers an interactive way to disseminate information and create transparency and awareness for the public.”

    VDH’s website team began working on the project on April 8.

    “We will add additional experiences and edit the current experiences based on the analytics on these pages. Ideally, we could create user experiences for any health information VDH wants our citizens to know about,” Mr. Soundararajan said.

    For the latest information on the COVID-19 situation in Virginia, go to the VDH coronavirus webpage at www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/.

     

    Here is the link to the new COVID 19 webpage info from VDH.

    https://vdh.jebbit.com/pkzmsbtj?L=Owned+Web&JC=COVID19Website

  • April 14, 2020

    Chancellor Appoints Task Force to Prepare Colleges for Post-Pandemic “New Normal”

    (RICHMOND) – Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges, named a new statewide task force today to examine and propose changes in how community colleges operate to meet the needs of Virginia students and businesses in a post-pandemic “new normal.” The task force has until May 15 to offer recommendations for the Fall 2020 semester and until August 15 to recommend longer-term changes.

    “What do we need to be, and to do, to help those who have lost their jobs retrain for their next career? What about university-bound students having second thoughts because of health concerns or changing family finances? What about the families in rural Virginia who lack convenient high-speed Internet service? These circumstances demand a hard look at how we on-board students, the services we provide for them, and how we schedule our courses and programs,” said DuBois.

    Over the past month, Virginia’s Community Colleges have converted thousands of traditional, in-person classes to online and remote formats. Further, it has adopted a flexible pass/no pass grading scale for Spring 2020 courses to ensure students were not unfairly disadvantaged by the pandemic and subsequent quarantine. Community college leaders say that is only the beginning. 

    “Now is not the time to hunker down and wait for everything to return to normal. Instead, now is the time to be innovative in planning how VCCS will continue to be the engine for economic mobility and opportunity for all Virginians,” said DuBois.

    Anne Kress, the president of Northern Virginia Community College and Sharon Morrissey, the VCCS senior vice chancellor for Academic and Workforce Programs will co-chair the 16-member panel, which includes two other community college presidents and leaders from every community college functional area.

    Planning for an uncertain future; understanding how remote teaching and support services affect equity, student expectations, enrollment choices, and academic success; and continuing hands-on practical training in a time of social distancing are among the challenges the task force is being asked to tackle.

    “Community colleges are nimble and innovative. We take pride in being student-centered and equity-minded. We brag about being flexible and adaptive and responsive. Now, our future-focus is more important than ever,” said DuBois.

     

    Task Force Members

    • Anne Kress Northern Virginia Community College (co-chair)
    • Sharon Morrissey VCCS System Office (co-chair)
    • Tom Canupp Danville Community College 
    • Cynthia Deutsch Central Virginia Community College
    • Dale Dulaney Virginia Western Community College
    • Michelle Edmonds Southside Virginia Community College
    • Shashuna Gray Germanna Community College
    • Joe Hagy Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
    • Adam Hutchison Virginia Highlands Community College
    • Perry Hughes Wytheville Community College
    • Quentin Johnson Southside Virginia Community College
    • Chris Lee The College of William & Mary 
    • Corry McRae Tidewater Community College
    • Terricita Sass Reynolds Community College
    • Fred Taylor John Tyler Community College
    • Ian Taylor Thomas Nelson Community College

     

    The work of the task force will be supplemented by support staff from the VCCS System Office and professional subject-matter peer groups that include faculty and staff from across Virginia’s 23 community colleges. 

    About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 280,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

  • April 9, 2020

    Communication Update from Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, President, Southside Virginia Community College

    Southside Virginia Community College is open for business! We are in our third week of providing remote instruction due to COVID – 19, and our SVCC faculty, staff and students have adapted quickly. We are all adjusting to our new reality and appreciate the willingness of our SVCC faculty to be nimble and innovative in completing our semester. Even though SVCC facilities remain closed to the public, faculty and staff are working in a teleworking environment to provide uninterrupted services. Phone calls, e-mails, and text messages are being answered and we are here to help. Registration for summer classes has begun and SVCC offers a robust, affordable on-line summer schedule.

  • April 1, 2020 

    Communication Regarding Student Emergency Grading Policy from Dr. Keith Harkins, VP of Workforce Development and Interim VP of Academics, Southside Virginia Community College

    Dear SVCC students,

    In response to this unprecedented event, the Virginia Community College System is adopting an emergency grading policy for all Spring 2020 classes that end after April 6.  The emergency grading policy is a default Pass/Withdrawal/Incomplete grading scale and is compliant with federal and state financial aid guidelines. If you wish to request your earned letter grade (A, B, C, D, F), please see # 3 in the Emergency Grading Policy Guidance.

    Emergency Grading Policy Guidance 

    1. Courses that have already ended prior to April 6 will follow the standard grading scale. 
    2. All courses that have not reached the course end date by April 6, 2020, will use the following grading scale: 
    COVID-19 Grading Scale
    Letter Grade Grade Criteria Applicable Courses/GPA Impact
    P+ Pass with a grade of “C” or higher Applies to college transfer, technical education, and developmental courses. A grade of P+ will not impact a student’s GPA.
    P- Pass with a grade of “D” Applies to college transfer, technical education, and developmental courses. A grade of P- will not impact a student’s GPA.
    W Withdraw A student may withdraw or be withdrawn up until the last day of instruction without penalty.
    I Incomplete The faculty member and student may agree to a plan to complete the remaining course requirements in the following semester (Summer 2020).

     

    *For healthcare courses, students must have an average of 80% to earn a grade of P+.  The P- grade will not be used in healthcare courses. 

    1. If you would like to request your earned letter grade (A,B,C,D,F), you must complete the letter grade agreement in Canvas.  Requests must be submitted by no later than the last day of class instruction (prior to exam administration). A student may submit only one grade request per course, and that request, once submitted, cannot be changed. Submissions should be received by:

    • 16-week, 12-week, 10-week, 2nd 8-week sessions:  April 24

    • Dual Enrollment:  Contact your instructor to determine the last day of instruction. 

    Emergency Grading Policy Implementation

    • This grading policy guidance is effective only for the Spring 2020 semester. 

    • A grade of P+ or P- will not impact a student’s GPA, Satisfactory Academic Progress, or progress towards graduation.  

    • A transcript notation for Spring 2020 will document the grade definitions for P+ and P-.  For college transfer courses, the P+ grade indicates that the student has completed the course with a grade of C or higher. 

    • Most in-state public institutions will accept a P+ for transfer purposes. Please check with your transfer institution if you are transferring to a competitive admissions program. 

    • Awarding a grade of W may impact students receiving benefits (Post 9-11 GI Bill Benefits, etc.).  Students should consult with an advisor to discuss opting into the standard grading scale in order to maintain your benefits.  

    • Financial aid students on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Warning, Probation, Suspension, or Academic Plan should be advised that P grades are considered successful in the College’s SAP policy.  A P grade will not negatively impact your status. The College is awaiting further guidance from the U.S. Department of Education regarding the treatment of unsuccessful grades such as W and I.  

     

    Updated Withdrawal Dates for the Spring 2020 Semester

    Students may withdraw from your courses for an extended period of time. 

    • 16-week classes end May 4, 2020 (may withdraw through May 3)

    • 2nd 8-week classes end May 8, 2020 (may withdraw through May 7)

    • 12-week classes end May 1, 2020 (may withdraw through April 30)

    • 10-week classes end May 1, 2020 (may withdraw through April 30)

    • 3rd 4-week classes end April 3, 2020 (may withdraw through April 2)

    • 4th 4-week classes end May 1, 2020 (may withdraw through April 30)

    • Special sessions or dual enrollment classes will have an extended period to be determined by the end date of each class.  

    Financial aid may be impacted by withdrawing; a student that receives financial aid should discuss your status with financial aid before withdrawing. 

    Incomplete “I” Grades

    A student may request an “Incomplete”, and if approved by the faculty member, be given the opportunity to satisfy the requirements for completion of the course in the summer 2020 semester. 

    Student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Please review the Student FAQs for more information regarding new questions regarding the Emergency Grading Policy.  

  • March 19, 2020 Update

    COVID - 19 Communication Update from Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, President, Southside Virginia Community College

    In these difficult and unprecedented times, I write to share decisions Southside Virginia Community College is taking based on recommendations from the Governor's Office, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Virginia Community College System, in response to COVID-19.  

     

    Alternative Means of  Instruction

    For the remainder of the Spring semester, our SVCC faculty and staff are working with our students transitioning to alternative modes of instruction while maintaining our standards of educational excellence.  

     

    College Facilities

    Effective March 23rd, all SVCC facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.  

     

    SVCC Sponsored Events/Commencement/Graduation Ceremony 

    We deeply regret that following the CDC guidelines, is requiring that we cancel many of our upcoming events including our commencement/graduation ceremony.  Commencement/graduation is our most exciting event as it is a celebration of our students and their accomplishments. The Class of 2020 will always be special as we look back and remember their ability to be flexible, work hard, and complete your spring semester.  

     

    For an up-to-date list of SVCC events and their status please refer to our COVID-19 information page at southside.edu.

     

    SVCC is OPEN----Virtually

     

    Be assured, SVCC is open---Virtually!  Faculty and staff are communicating and assisting students to complete class requirements for our spring semester.  Our student services staff is accommodating all students by phone, internet, text messaging, and our website in order to answer any questions, alleviate concerns and to assist with summer registration.  

     

    Updates and general college communications are posted on the COVID-19 alert at southside.edu.  Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have. Telephone contacts are included in the COVID-19 alert on southside.edu.

  • March 19, 2020

    Student Communication from Dr. Quentin R. Johnson, Ph.D.  President, Southside Virginia Community College

    In these difficult and unprecedented times, I write to share decisions Southside Virginia Community College is taking based on recommendations from the Governor's Office, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Virginia Community College System, in response to COVID-19.  Let me assure you that we do not take these decisions lightly, and we know how disappointing some of them might be as we move to complete our Spring semester.  

     

    Alternative Instruction for the Remainder of Spring Semester 2020  

    Our SVCC faculty and staff are committed to helping you complete the semester in any way possible.  Some of you will be able to complete remotely. We are fully aware many of you do not have the required hardware or internet service to move to an online format.  Our faculty has assured me they will work with all students to find a way toward completion while maintaining our standards of educational excellence. Your faculty will be in contact with you over the next few days with instructions for moving forward.  Please be sure to check your SVCC email account and Canvas often for the latest information.

    If you have any issue contacting your faculty member, please feel free to contact one of our Deans at the appropriate number below:

    • Dr. Michelle Edmonds--Dean of Nursing, Health and Science

    michelle.edmonds@southside.edu  Phone: 434.949.1006

    • Dr. Dixie Dalton--Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business

    dixie.dalton@southside.edu  Phone 434.736.2085

    • Dr. Chad Patton--Dean of Career and Occupational Technology

    chad.patton@southside.edu  Phone:  434.949.1038

     

    College Facilities

    Effective March 23rd, all SVCC facilities will be closed to the public until further notice.  

     

    SVCC Sponsored Events/Commencement/Graduation Ceremony 

    We deeply regret that following the CDC guidelines require that we cancel many of our upcoming events including our commencement/graduation ceremony.  Commencement/graduation is our most exciting event as it is a celebration of you and your accomplishments. Let me assure you we are not delaying the conferring of any earned degrees.  Students successfully completing a program of study at SVCC in the spring will be awarded the degree, diploma, or certificate. The Class of 2020 will always be special as we look back and remember your ability to be flexible, work hard, and complete your spring semester.  

    For an up-to-date list of SVCC events and their status please refer to our COVID-19 information page at southside.edu.

     

    Health and Safety

    Follow recommended guidelines, and please take care of yourselves, each other, and help protect the health of our College Community.   For more information on what you can do go to www.vdh.virginia.gov

     

    SVCC is OPEN----Virtually

    Be assured, SVCC is open---Virtually!  Faculty and staff are communicating and assisting you to complete class requirements for our spring semester.  Our student services staff is accommodating all students by phone, internet, text messaging, and our website in order to answer any questions, alleviate concerns and to assist with summer registration and soon with fall registration.  

     

    We realize you might still have questions and concerns.  Our faculty and staff will remain in frequent contact in the days ahead.  Updates and general College communications are posted on the COVID-19 alert at southside.edu.

    Thank you for choosing SVCC!

  • March 17, 2020

    Message from Chancellor Glenn DuBois:

    Dear community college faculty, staff, students, and supporters:

    Suffice to say, 2020 will not be the year for which any of us were hoping or expecting. The COVID-19 pandemic not only threatens lives but changes the very pace of life. That includes how our colleges continue to work on behalf of the students we serve. Virginia’s Community Colleges are open for business and will remain so, albeit adjusting how we operate to prioritize health safety.

    We continue to track, and pass along to college leaders, the expert guidance being offered by the Virginia Department of Health(VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). To date, we have cancelled several events, large and small, across Virginia to comply with what the experts recommend including our State Board meeting in Martinsville and the New Horizons conference in Roanoke, along with other professional development events.

    May Commencements Cancelled

    Sadly, we will add another round of events to that list: our May college commencements. The most recent CDC guidance calls for avoiding gatherings of 50 or more people over the next eight weeks, meaning our commencement season. I’ve consulted with our college presidents and please know that we do not take this step lightly.

    What’s difficult is that the very things that make commencement meaningful also makes them dangerous in this pandemic. While it’s a celebration of individual achievements, it’s a community celebration. Many of the same family members who travel far and wide to attend are at particularly high risk with this virus. And the hugs and high-fives that come naturally to so many of us in that moment fly in the face of the social distancing practices we are asked to observe.

    The colleges will honor the achievements of their Class of 2020 graduates later, at a time and in a manner that is safer for all concerned.

    Colleges Find a Way Forward

    In the meantime, faculty and staff members are finding ways to minimize the pandemic on the students we serve and their academic journeys. I commend you for all that you are doing to offer classes remotely, to adjust performance-based courses to gather students in smaller groups, to find ways to counsel and advise beyond traditional face-to-face meetings, and continue offering computer lab and food pantry resources when possible.

    This is incredibly important work. Just look around this emergency – the first responders, the hospital nurses, the truck drivers keeping food and supplies coming to our stores, and so many more – our society depends on community college-trained people to function, especially in its darkest moments.

    Stay in touch with your managers, and college leadership, about what is occurring at your campus. As we look to salvage this current spring semester and prepare for perhaps an untraditional summer and fall semesters, your contribution will make all the difference.

    Be Smart, Be Safe

    That brings me to my final and most important point: be sure to take care of yourself and your family in this process. As a member of our team, we need you at your best to ensure that our mission continues when it is most needed.

    Stay up to date on that guidance from the Virginia Department of Health(VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC). Stay tuned to local media to understand what’s happening in your community. Practice the hygienic and social distancing habits that health experts are urging us to exercise. And make sure you know what’s happening with the operations of your college. Things can change quickly in this emergency.

    Thank you for all that you are doing to support our students through this unexpected episode. Though we don’t know when, we know that this pandemic will come to an end. Let’s do everything possible to ensure the dreams and aspirations that brought people to our colleges don’t get lost along the way.

     

    Sincerely,

    Glenn DuBois

  • March 16, 2020

    Effective Immediately

    SVCC's Department of Workforce Development and Continuing Education will pause all ongoing and scheduled classes until further notice. Our team is working to reschedule classes as soon as possible and will be communicating directly to students via email messages and phone calls over the next several days. 

  • March 12, 2020

    SVCC Closings Due to COVID-19

    From the Desk of Dr. Quentin R. Johnson: 

    In an effort to protect the College community and to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19, its spread, and the potential strain on area hospitals and clinics, SVCC will be taking the actions outlined below.  Any guidance we pass along will be interim in nature, using the best information available to us at the moment. As noted in previous communications, we are relying on the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other state and local departments for expert guidance. Southside Virginia Community College is taking the following actions:

    • Classes at all locations are cancelled Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20th. All classes will resume through virtual or alternative delivery starting on Monday, March 23, 2020, and continue until at least Friday, April 3, 2020. Students should check Canvas or contact their professors for class information. Students are expected to check their SVCC email accounts regularly for updates. Further clarification will be provided next week regarding class delivery after April 3.

     

    • College operations will be suspended at the following off-campus centers, however employees should report as usual:
      • Estes Community Center--Chase City
      • Lake Country Advanced Knowledge Center--South Hill
      • Southside Virginia Education Center--Emporia
      • Occupational/Technical Center--Blackstone

     

    • Governor’s School will transition to virtual classes only. The Governor’s School Director will contact all school faculty, staff, students, and school divisions.

     

    • All College personnel (Classified Staff, Administrative and Professional Faculty, and Wage Personnel) are expected to report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020 as scheduled, unless on approved leave.

     

    • All faculty should join a college-wide faculty meeting on Monday, March 16 at 3PM.  Separate email correspondence and Zoom invitation will be forthcoming.

     

    • All campus events--both college sponsored and those by outside organizations are cancelled through Saturday, April 4, 2020.

     

    • Work travel for all College employees is limited to the service area only through Friday, April 3, 2020.

     

    • All college-sponsored group travel scheduled through Friday, April 3, 2020 is postponed until further notice.

     

    • College services on the John H. Daniel Campus and the Christanna Campus will remain open (Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

     

    • College services are also accessible online via MySVCC and Navigate.

     

    • The John H. Daniel Campus and the Christanna Campus will be closed to facilitate extensive sanitizing and cleaning on Friday, March 20 and 27 and Friday, April 3, 2020. Employees should not report to work these days.

    This situation is fluid. College administration is actively monitoring conditions for further developments and responding accordingly. SVCC will provide daily updates at www.southside.edu. SVCC’s Emergency Operation Plan is available on the College website.

    Consistent with CDC guidelines, students, faculty and staff returning from travel to any country for which the CDC has issued a Level 2 or 3 Travel Warning related to COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days.

    For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

    Southside’s Leadership Team is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will keep you informed via email, Southside Alert, our website, and social media outlets if there are additional changes to SVCC operations. 

     

    For additional information visit http://southside.edu/covid-19 

  • March 10, 2020

    Southside Virginia Community College - Novel Coronavirus Information

    (Dr. Johnson's letter Coronavirus (COVID-19) pdf)

    Dear College Community,

    I know that many of you are understandably concerned about Coronavirus (COVID-19). In an effort to keep our campus community informed, we plan to communicate with you frequently until Coronavirus is no longer of public concern. Everyone can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recommends the following:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Avoid contact with sick people.

    As the health and safety of our campus community is our highest priority, the College is actively assessing the situation status for our local area, the commonwealth, and the nation. We are taking additional cleaning steps as deemed necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to say that the risk for coronavirus in the U.S. is low, and we are monitoring updates daily from the CDC and VDH. More information is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

    For information regarding up-to-date VDH surveillance please visit the following link: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

    For further information regarding how to prepare your households for the potential of Coronavirus, please visit the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID19.html

    Please take care of yourselves, each other, and help protect the health of our College Community.

    Sincerely,

    Quentin R. Johnson, Ph.D. President

Reference Links with Additional Information

COVID Basics   http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/13/2020/03/COVID-19-FAQ_3.6.2020.pdf 

FAQ About COVID-19   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html

 

Virginia Department of Health  (General information)

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has a call line established for COVID-19 questions. A call center is available to the public for general information about the novel coronavirus. The number is 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343)

Virginia Department of Health COVID-19 Updates (Daily Updates Being Made)

Virginia's Governor (COVID-19 in Virginia)

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (General Information)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Situation Summary)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Prevent Illness)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (What to do if You are Sick)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations)

 

World Health Organization (Technical Guidance)

White House (COVID-19 Guidelines)

USA (Government Response to COVID-19)

US Food & Drug Administration (COVID-19)