Hawks Flight Plan: Fall 2021

 

/// SGSC Important COVID-19 Links

COVID-19 Self Report Form for Students

Click here to access the form: COVID-19 Self Report Form for Students

SGSC Dashboard for Report of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Click here to access the dashboard: Dashboard for Report of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

/// Operating Guidelines for Fall 2021

As we approach the Fall 2021 semester, the University System of Georgia (USG) has shared guidance regarding college operations relating to COVID-19. Restrictions are changing as more individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccines. We look forward to a successful 2021-2022 academic year under these guidelines, with the understanding that we will continue to follow any executive orders provided by the Governor of Georgia, and use Georgia Department of Health (DPH) and USG guidelines to develop and implement best safety practices for our institution and campus community. 

The following guidelines will be in place for SGSC: (Updated June 29, 2021)

Social Distancing and Face Coverings: 

SGSC plans for a return to full capacity in the classroom for fall 2021. Face coverings and social distancing are no longer required on the campus or in SGSC buildings for fully vaccinated individuals, but are welcome and encouraged. We strongly recommend for unvaccinated individuals to get vaccinated. Until then, we do not require, but encourage them to wear a face covering and social distance when possible. 

SGSC will not be tracking vaccinations on campus. Adherence to the guidelines is based on personal responsibility. Please note that some groups on campus, such as student athletes, student health professionals, student teachers, etc., may be subject to vaccinations in accordance with specific affiliated organizations and accrediting bodies. 

Alternate Work Arrangements (Employees): 

Alternate Work Arrangements (AWA) or accommodations granted to employees for fall 2020 or spring 2021 due to increased risk for severe illness with Covid-19 will end no later than June 30, 2021. All employees are expected to return to their previous work arrangement at that time. Current summer teaching assignments are excluded from this transition deadline. Lack of vaccination is not grounds for a request for an accommodation. Employees may contact the SGSC Office of Human Resources with questions or concerns.

Alternate Educational Arrangements (Students):

 Alternate Educational Arrangement (AEA) or accommodations granted to students for fall 2020 or spring 2021 due to increased risk for severe illness with Covid-19 will end no later than June 30, 2021. All students are expected to return to their traditional educational arrangement beginning fall 2021 semester. Lack of vaccination is not grounds for a request for an accommodation. Students may contact Stanley Sinkfield, Disability Services Coordinator with questions or concerns.

Telework:

With limited exceptions, employees with current Covid-19 related telework assignments should begin transitioning back to their pre-Covid-19 work arrangements and all such arrangements will end no later than June 30, 2021. Pursuant to USG policy, department heads or their designees have the authority to establish teleworking arrangements. In no circumstance should telework be considered an employee right or entitlement. All telework requests and designations are based upon management discretion and in accordance with determination of what best serves the institution and students.

Vaccines: 

USG institutions will continue to ensure vaccine availability to faculty, staff, and students either through vaccination opportunities on campus or in partnership with local providers. Institutions are not responsible for assessing current COVID-19 vaccination rates for their institution. SGSC will strongly encourage, but not require, COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, and staff.  

All University System of Georgia (USG) current and incoming students, including those at SGSC, can now get their first or second COVID-19 vaccine shot at 15 USG campuses around the state. Visit www.usg.edu/vaccination today to schedule an appointment at the campus closest to you. In addition to these 15 USG campus vaccination sites, students may also locate additional community vaccination sites at https://www.vaccines.gov/

Quarantine and Isolation:

Students, faculty, and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms. Individuals who have not been fully vaccinated and who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, show symptoms or anyone diagnosed as COVID-19 positive should continue to self- report here: https://www.sgsc.edu/covid-19selfreportform.cms

Student Life: 

SGSC will resume traditional student life activities beginning fall 2021. Mitigation practices as recommended by DPH should be practiced and observed during these activities.

Events and Gatherings: 

SGSC will follow the most recent Executive Order from the Governor related to events and gatherings as well as follow appropriate mitigation practices recommended by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Beyond that guidance, SGSC may establish institution-specific guidelines for hosting events and gatherings that include appropriate mitigation.

Travel: 

SGSC will follow the state government position on travel. As of May 2021, a non-essential travel ban remains in place. SGSC will make decisions on what is considered essential travel based on our mission and priorities.

Athletics: 

SGSC will follow  the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) guidelines for Covid-19. 

 

All guidance listed here is subject to change based on recommendations from the Georgia Department of Public Health. SGSC reserves the right to adjust plans as necessary.

/// SGSC Archived COVID-19 Information & Resource Links

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Click here to access: Spring 2021 Information