ISSUED: March 30, 2020 I Dr. Robin Satterwhite, President
Dear SPC Students, Faculty and Staff:
In response to the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive from the Hockley County Judge, South Plains College will close to all employees, visitors, and students beginning tomorrow night (Tuesday, March 31) at midnight. This closure will be effective for all campuses including Levelland, Plainview, Reese, and Lubbock. Below are points of clarification.
- All instruction will continue in an online format.
- Wifi access is available in certain parking lots across the multiple SPC campuses. Our IS staff have worked to make this accessible to the greatest degree possible. This is primarily accessible at the Levelland campus.
- Students, please remain strong during these times! Make sure to communicate regularly with your instructors. Our goal is to help you be successful during these times of change!
- Residence Halls remain open to those students who do not have other safe access to shelter and dining.
- Dining services with takeout meals are available to students who remain in the residence halls.
- The Technology Center will not be available during this “Stay Home, Stay Safe” directive. Residence Hall students will have access to computers and printers within the residence halls.
- SPC staff will continue to work in remote locations to meet the needs of our students and maintain the essential operations of the College. Intermittent on-site requirements will be shared by your respective supervisors. Any intermittent requirements will be in compliance with all CDC and Department of Health standards.
- All SPC staff will continue to be paid normal workweek hours. Employees should coordinate with direct supervisors to ensure time is appropriately submitted.
As always, our primary goal is to protect the health of our students, faculty, and staff, and communities. We also want to remain compliant with local and state officials and their respective directives. Thank you all for your amazing support and work during these unprecedented times! I have been impressed with the teamwork to maintain the education of our students!
Thank you, all!
ISSUED: March 19, 2020 I Dr. Robin Satterwhite, President
Dear SPC Students, Faculty, and Staff:
The circumstances we are facing are unprecedented and are changing on an hour-by-hour basis. With that in mind, I want to provide a brief update on the plans for South Plains College.
- Our goal is to move all instruction to an online format. While many of our courses have already done this, we are working to meet this goal in every opportunity possible. There may be some exceptions with some Technical Education courses and some Health Occupation courses. We will address these on a course-by-course basis. As a plan is developed we will be communicating these requirements to all of you through your course instructors.
- We anticipate having all Arts & Sciences courses online before your return on March 30. However, these requirements and plans will also be sent to you by your instructors to explain the processes for accomplishing the learning outcomes of the course.
- Instructors with online courses will be working remotely, so please be diligent and responsible with your communications with these instructors to ensure that you have the proper information to complete the course.
- Currently, our resident halls will remain open to students who must return after the Spring Break (March 23). We will continue to offer dining services for on-campus students and will work to ensure a safe environment for our dining residents.
- SPC will be moving to a skeleton-crew operations. This will not impact every employee. Supervisors are currently developing plans to reduce the number of personnel we have on campus while continuing to meet the educational and operational requirements of the College.
- SPC has not made any decisions regarding our 2020 graduation ceremonies. We will wait and make these decisions at a later date.
- If you have a compromised immune system, or you are caring for anyone with a compromised immune system, please contact your supervisor immediately to determine how to best distance yourself from groupings of people.
- Please wash your hands diligently and regularly, cover your coughs and sneezes, and use social distancing as regularly as possible.
- If you are feeling ill, stay home! Please contact your instructor (students) or supervisor (employees) to address any missed time.
We are responding as quickly and as responsibly as we can with the ever-changing information that we have. Please be patient and supportive with one another and our processes.
Stay healthy and safe.
Robin Satterwhite, MBA, Ed.D.
South Plains College
ISSUED: March 12, 2020 I Dr. Robin Satterwhite, President
South Plains College is taking proactive measures to reduce the potential exposure and associated risks of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to the SPC community. We are in regular communication with the Texas Department of State Health Services and local healthcare officials to evaluate the spread of the virus. At the time of this letter, there are no suspected or identified cases of the virus within the SPC community or the immediate region.
In response to recommendations to reduce the spread of the virus, and with concurrence with the SPC Board of Regents, South Plains College will take the following immediate actions:
- South Plains College will cancel all classes for the week of March 23 – March 27.
- Beginning March 30, all classes will resume. Many instructors will work to transition classes to an online format; however, this will be done in consideration of the instruction delivered, the practical ability to shift to an online format, the students’ needs within the classroom, and the functionality of online instruction. Instructors will provide direction on how each course will be administered beginning March 30.
- Classes that continue to be held face-to-face should exercise the greatest caution in maintaining social distance and should remain vigilant in hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes.
- The SPC technology center will remain in operation beginning March 23 to provide technology support for any students who need resources to take classes that have been transitioned to an online format.
- This will remain in effect until further notice. However, as information changes, the College may transition back to normal operations as available.
- Dual credit courses will continue as regularly scheduled with a return date of March 23 and will remain on the same schedule as the associated ISD.
- All South Plains College offices will remain in operation beginning March 23. The operations include business offices, student services offices, student housing, dining services, and support operations.
- Faculty and staff will be on duty as usual beginning March 23. Faculty and staff will work in conjunction with Chairs, Deans, and supervisors to ensure adequate instructional support for all classes (online and face-to-face).
- If necessary, students may return to resident halls after spring break, and dining services will remain available beginning March 23.
- Student workers should not return to work until March 30.
- As with any communicable respiratory disease, we recommend that you use appropriate precautions such as frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes.
- We recommend that faculty, staff, and students avoid any unnecessary travel that may increase the risk of exposure to any virus.
- If you begin to feel ill, please stay at home and contact the college to provide an update on your health condition.
Thank you all for your flexibility as South Plains College acts to ensure the health and wellbeing of our college community!
Robin Satterwhite, Ed.D.