President’s Update to SFCC Staff and Faculty: Limited Access to Campus Starting May 18; Campus Remains Closed to Public

Dear Colleagues,

During this unprecedented and unpredictable time, the college continues to operate in accordance with New Mexico stay-at-home orders and its plans for a tiered and safe reopening. While the college remains closed to students and public throughout the summer semester, I am announcing beginning May 18 the limited opening of the campus to faculty and staff.

SFCC will offer classes online through the summer 2020 term, which runs June 8 through late July. This soft opening is limited to faculty and staff of SFCC – students and community members are not permitted onto campus during this time. Many SFCC services (including admissions, adult education, testing, advisors, financial aid, bookstore, counseling, library, etc) are available remotely.

Starting on Monday, employees will have the option to return to campus for short periods. Under guidance from their supervisors, employees who need temporary access to the campus or who can only accomplish certain tasks while on campus may visit under the conditions listed below.

Every employee who visits campus must:

  • Obtain permission from their respective supervisor or dean
  • Check in at one of three stations (main campus entrance, testing center entrance, Health and Sciences Center entrance) for a temperature reading between the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Cover mouth and nose with cloth face covering when around others; if you don’t have a mask, the college will provide you with one
  • Complete a COVID-19 self-assessment survey immediately before visit; here is a link to the CDC’s “Coronavirus Self-Checker.”
  • Follow all COVID-19 prevention best practices, including washing hands often and avoiding any personal contact closer than six feet
  • Limit occupying your office or personal work space during visit for prolonged periods of time

It is important to note this is not a scenario in which employees can remain in offices or work spaces for extended periods of time (e.g. an entire work shift) or occupy meeting spaces in groups. The college cannot permit more than two people in an office area at one time; and anyone sharing space must exercise a minimum of six-feet social distancing.

The William C. Witter Fitness Education Center remains closed through summer. The SFCC Library remains closed to the public.

Children will not be permitted onto campus during this time.

If you can work from home, you should work from home. I encourage supervisors and their team members to continue adapting to an online work environment, if possible. Although we are planning for a range of scenarios, we cannot predict what the rest of the year will look like. I acknowledge that a spectrum of anxiety exists around COVID-19 and that at-home circumstances vary significantly. The college is doing everything it can to keep you safe.

Thank you for your work and dedication to Santa Fe Community College during these challenging circumstances. I continue to be awed and inspired by your displays of innovation, resilience and flexibility. Thank you, again.


Becky K. Rowley, Ph.D.