Reopening Phase 2


Return with Moderated Safety Restrictions


  • All theory/lecture credit courses continue to be offered remotely
  • Non-credit theory training and adult education instruction offered remotely.
  • Exceptions for high-priority lab and hand-on classes will follow health and safety restrictions:
    • Practice health and safety protocols per state authorities
    • Faculty and students complete a health self-assessment including checking their own temperature before coming on campus
    • Students will sign a waiver acknowledging risk for any on-site instruction
    • Flexible scheduling, reduced numbers and development of physical distancing plan for each face-to-face course or training
    • Sanitizer in every lab and classroom where students will be learning
  • Off-campus learning (clinical, internships, practicums, apprenticeships etc.) can be conducted in collaboration with industry partners if the health and safety of students can be realized to the satisfaction of both SFCC and industry partner
  •  In the event that a SFCC Employee and/or Student has a COVID-19 Concerned Exposure, Failed Screening, Confirmed Contact and/or Positive Case; The SFCC Contact Tracing Team will contact you within 12 hours It is important that you take this call. They will ask you a few questions regarding the screening answers you gave, and your current state of health. The SFCC Contact Screening nurse will seek guidance from the NMDOH on a case-by-case basis. The SFCC Contact Tracing Nurse will then contact you to tell you what must be done in order to return to work or attend class/lab at SFCC. This may include providing proof of a negative COVID-19 test, and/or self-quarantine for 14 days with no further symptoms. SFCC, as well as all Students and Employees will follow the NMDOH recommendations for each case.

Student Services

  • Each Student Affairs department will offer all services online
  • On-campus and in-person appointments may be held with approval, but only while following written guidelines to include social distancing, wearing masks, sanitizing shared spaces and appropriate check-in processes
  • All events, meetings, advisement sessions, and student engagement and celebration sessions are offered online
  • Students have access to all Student Affairs services either online, over the telephone, or by appointment. No student will be allowed to wait in the individual unit area; an appropriate waiting space will be identified
  • Smaller student events, engagements, meetings, and sessions will be held remotely or per public health guidelines
  • The testing center will administer specific tests to specific students only on the scheduled days and by appointment only

Services and contact information


  • Patrons
    • The library space is opened to a limited number of patrons
    • Patron interactions through virtual services continue
    • Public “gatherings” occur online
  • Services
    • Some “curbside-pickup” (or the campus equivalent) may continue
    • Inter Library Loan (ILL) services continue
    • Patron interactions are primarily through virtual services
    • All patrons can make appointments for virtual services
    • Public computers are appropriately spaced
    • Patrons will use a self-checkout system to checkout items
    • Study rooms are available for limited times
      • One person per study room
    • Study tables are available
      • One person per table
    • Patrons can make appointments for reference services
    • Donations may be accepted
  • Teaching
    • Teaching is virtual

 Fitness Education Center

  • No group exercise will be allowed during Phase II
  • Capacity for the establishment will be limited to 50% of the maximum allowed occupancy unless able to expand outside
    • Currently max of 3 people in gym setting
    • Patrons will be required to reserve a timeslot for a particular area of the building, for 50 minutes at a time
  • Patrons will be instructed to wear face coverings when entering the FEC and at all times except when a face covering inhibits the participant’s ability to participate in a fitness activity (pool, cardio)
  • Receptions desk staff will screen patrons as they enter and will check reservation compliance
  • In-use machines and equipment must be separated by six feet or more
    • Cardio equipment and weight machines not spaced at 6’ apart will be marked off by caution tape and will not be available for use
  • All equipment will be sanitized/ cleaned after each use. Cleaning supplies for handles, pins, seats, etc. will be available at each machine that will be used
  • Capacity signs will be posted at the entrance of each room/space of the recreation center
  • Lap swim pool will be open. One patron per lane (8 max)
  • Warm water pool and hot tub will remain closed
  • Locker rooms and lobby area restrooms will operate at limited capacity

Information Technology

  • Computer labs open with distancing and safety measures as students return to campus
  • Continue to provide appointment-based checkout and return of equipment
  • Continue to provide remote technology assistance as a primary resource
  • Provide in-person technology assistance by appointment and as needed with appropriate safety measures

Higher Education Center

  • On-campus presence will continue to be limited
  • Face masks are required by all HEC staff, faculty, students, partners and guests. Anyone without a mask will be asked to leave campus immediately
  • Guest access to the HEC must be requested through the HEC Interim Director and require at least 24-hour notice for approval. Guests without approval will not be allowed on campus
  • Students from SFCC and HEC partners may schedule HEC study rooms for individual use during regular business hours 
    • Study rooms will be limited to one individual at a time with a maximum four hour attendance 
    • Study rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between use
    • Study rooms must be reserved 24 hours in advance and will be scheduled through the HEC Interim Director
  • Small meetings lasting less than two hours in duration with five  or less individuals in attendance (following safety protocols, including face coverings and social distancing) may be conducted at the HEC by reservation only. Requests must be approved by the HEC Interim Director
  • Large events held virtually