Dear SFCC Students,
Congratulations on your hard work and dedication to reach the midpoint of Spring Semester 2021. I know it has not always been easy and I hope you have a restful and safe week to recharge for the remainder of the term.
Circumstances around COVID-19 continue to rapidly evolve. I want to take a moment to share some developments at SFCC.
Classes and services at SFCC will continue to be offered primarily online through the remainder of the spring semester. Please continue to communicate closely with your instructors, deans, and supervisors as we navigate the remaining eight weeks of the term. We look forward to celebrating our graduates during SFCC’s Spring 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 15.
In preparation for the summer term, we are in the process of adding face-to-face classes to our schedule at a level that maintains maximum safety and adheres to the safety guidelines established by the New Mexico Department of Health and the CDC. The college will continue to keep you updated on developments.
A reminder, especially for those who interact with others in person: SFCC is not adjusting its mask-wearing policy for those who come on campus. Everybody must wear a mask while on campus at all times and will be screened upon arrival. On-campus capacity remains limited to 25 percent. In addition, the college currently discourages all travel.
The college’s COVID Task Force continues to meet frequently to discuss any changes in protocols and we will keep you informed.
Higher education is now included as a priority vaccination group, according to a recent New Mexico Higher Education Department press release. These expanded vaccination programs will not only enable our instructors to return to the classroom more quickly and safely, but also provide much-needed relief for parents as K-12 children return to in-person schooling.
If you have not already received your vaccination, I strongly urge you to register with the New Mexico Department of Health. Twenty-five percent of New Mexicans have now received at least one shot, according to the NMDOH COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard.
I am extremely proud of you and your dedication to bettering your life with education during this pandemic. Keep up the good work and have a great spring break!
Becky Rowley, Ph.D.