SFCC President Becky Rowley’s March 22 2020 update

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

We hope that you have had a restful spring break in spite of the coronavirus outbreak, and that you are staying safe and healthy. Staying home, sanitizing hands and surfaces, and practicing social distancing are the most effective actions we can take to help prevent the spread of this virus. We are a community, and much like our larger community, we are here to support one another. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone at the college when you need assistance.

SFCC is doing everything it can to prepare for remote classroom and office environments this coming week. Faculty and staff have been hard at work moving as many classes online as possible so students may continue their studies uninterrupted. Although we are faced with unprecedented circumstances, we realize that the structures that school and work can provide are invaluable in maintaining a positive outlook. For many of you, spring semester classes will begin tomorrow and work routines will resume.

As a reminder, main campus and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center are closed until Monday, April 6, though that could change depending on directives from state and federal governments. All events are cancelled through April 20, and college-related travel is cancelled until further notice. We are monitoring the situation closely. Check your SFCC email and online frequently. We are regularly updating the SFCC Coronavirus pages with class and online learning resources, useful contacts, guidelines, tools, and information. We recommend visiting New Mexico Department of Health Coronavirus site, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus section and En Español.

Visit SFCC’s Facebook page and Twitter. SFCC’s ESL program is posting on the ESL Facebook page in English and Spanish. Here are the New Mexico Department of Health coronavirus numbers:

  • All Health Concerns: 1-855-600-3453
  • All Other Concerns, such as food, childcare, etc.: 1-833-551-0518

Students

  • We are here for you! Although access to campus is not available, we are.
  • Beginning tomorrow, faculty and many college services will be available remotely.
  • All SFCC online classes continue as normal. Many on-campus classes will continue online.
  • If you haven’t heard from your instructor, contact them immediately to discuss how the class will be moving forward.
  • If you need assistance, contact the Office of Information Technology: 505-428-1222 or oit@sfcc.edu.
  • Your mental health is important. For private counseling contact Counseling Services at 505- 505-428-1682 or counselingservices@sfcc.edu
  • If you are experiencing food insecurity, contact the Food Depot at 505-471-1633 or info@thefooddepot.org.

Faculty

 Employees and Student Employees

  • Payroll will not be interrupted. You do not have to take sick or annual leave during this time.
  • If your employment is grant funded, work with your grants administrators to develop your time and effort reporting.
  • If you are able, you should be working as usual.
  • You are expected to work as much as you can and to be on call during normal working hours.
  • We understand that not everyone will be able to do as much as when campus is open.
  • Check in with your supervisors for work assignments and guidance.
  • Contact the Office of Information Technology: 505-428-1222 or oit@sfcc.edu if needed.
  • Your mental health is important. For private counseling, use SFCC’s Employee Assistance Program at ComPsych Guidance Resources: 866-676-3367, TTY 800-697-0353, guidanceresources.com.

As you are aware, the situation is evolving rapidly. We are committed to being flexible as things change, to adjusting as needed, and to keeping you informed. We look forward to welcoming you back to the semester, in spite of the coronavirus challenges. Please let us know how we can help.

Sincerely,

Becky Rowley, Ph.D.

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