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Coronavirus Information & Update

Mar 3, 2020

Flagler College is monitoring the recent international outbreak of the coronavirus respiratory illness, and is closely following all guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can find the latest information and College updates on this page.

Flagler College announces plan to return to on-campus instruction in August

May 28, 2020 

Flagler College is developing plans to bring students back for face-to-face classes on campus this fall with a COVID-19 mitigation plan in place to ensure a healthy campus environment.

The College has created two task forces that are preparing for how the College can resume operations and return to on-campus classes with the addition of safety measures and social distancing. These plans will follow all guidance from the State of Florida and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community. 

Flagler College President Joseph G. Joyner has made it a priority to develop contingency plans in all areas of the College including cleaning and disinfecting, proper social distancing, academic offerings, residential life, staff and faculty safety, technology and numerous other areas impacted by the coronavirus.  

“It is our intention to open in the fall as planned,” he said. “We are well into the planning with these task forces, as transitioning back needs to be done correctly and safely, both for the summer and next fall. We have begun preparations for the next phases, and are looking at all contingencies that we may face.” 

He said because developments change daily and there are no guarantees when dealing with coronavirus, the college must plan carefully for all eventualities as it looks forward, including a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall.


Student option for converting courses to pass/fail grades

March 31, 2020

Dear Flagler Undergraduate Students,

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in recognition of the difficulties and stress​es that ​may be affecting your academic work, all undergraduate students will now have the opportunity of converting one or more of their courses for the spring 2020 semester to the pass/fail (P/F) grade option through the week prior to finals. 

For all undergraduate students, including St Augustine traditional students, Flagler College-Tallahassee students and Public Administration students, the deadline for making this decision is April 24 at 5 pm.  This option does not apply to graduate students in our Master’s of Deaf Education program.

An email from the Office of the Registrar with the detailed instructions on how to convert your grade to a Pass/Fail option will be sent to all students no later than Friday, April 10, 2020.

We urge you to consult with your academic advisor(s) and members of the CACE (Center for Advising and Core Experience) before exercising this option. For a list of advisers, click here. 

Important issues to consider before choosing to convert a course to the Pass/Fail option:

  • According to the Flagler College Catalog, a passing grade is a grade of 60 or above.  A final grade below 60 is a failing grade.
  • A Pass (P) grade will not affect your GPA.  A Fail (F) grade will negatively affect your GPA just as an F would in the normal grading scheme.
  • If your GPA is near the minimum that you need to maintain your financial aid or graduate, you should be very careful about choosing the P/F option.
  • Converting one or more courses to P/F could have negative implications if you are applying to graduate school, seeking professional certification, or attempting to meet a minimum GPA for entry into a major.
  • For majors that require no more than two D’s in the major, a P grade will not affect this limit.
  • For courses that require a C- grade or better to pass, a P grade will not have a negative impact.
  • For Education majors, the C- requirement for all courses will be waived for this semester only for all P grades.  Education majors are encouraged not to exercise the P/F option without consulting with an Education advisor.
  • Graduating with Latin Honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude) requires a minimum GPA of 3.5 and requires 56 hours of letter graded credit.  A Pass (P) grade is not included in letter graded credit.
  • To qualify for the Dean's List, a student must complete at least 12 semester hours of letter-grade courses with a 3.4 grade point average and with no grade less than C- for the semester.  A Pass (P) grade would not count as an eligible grade for the Dean’s List.
  • To qualify for the President's List, a student must complete at least 12 semester hours of letter-grade courses with 4.0 grade point average. A Pass (P) grade would not count as an eligible grade for The President’s List.


Alan Woolfolk
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty
Flagler College

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the new pass/fail grade option, click here.


Flagler College requiring self-isolation for anyone traveling from New York area since March 4

March 26, 2020

Dear Flagler Family,

In response to a growing number of positive COVID-19 cases, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order requiring anyone entering the state from the New York Tri-State Area (New York, New Jersey or Connecticut) to isolate or self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into Florida.

In alignment with the governor's executive order, Flagler College is requiring that any students, faculty, staff or anyone else coming onto the College campus who has traveled from or been in contact with someone from one of the above states since March 4 to self-quarantine for 14 days. The self-isolation period, in accordance with the governor’s executive order, begins the day you return to Florida, or come in contact with someone from the tri-state area, and extends for two weeks from that date.

Students 

For students who have traveled from that area since that date, Flagler will work with you to develop self-isolation plans and get you the services you need. In order to do so, please contact studentaffairs@flagler.edu

Employees 

For employees who have traveled from that area since that date, contact your supervisor immediately to develop a self-isolation plan.

As a reminder for your well-being, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages everyone to practice social distancing, maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others during this time.

Executive order: https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-80.pdf


Summer Term A classes to be held through online delivery 

March 26, 2020

After careful consideration and review of all guidance from the state of Florida and Federal health officials, Flagler College’s Risk Management Team has decided to hold Summer Term A classes through online delivery. 

Summer Term A runs from May 11 through June 26. Registration for summer is currently open on my.flagler.edu. 

The decision to move to online delivery of summer courses is in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The White House to practice social distancing as much as possible and to limit the gathering of large groups of people. The disbursement of large groups of people helps minimize the risk to campus and the wider community.

The College has developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions on a variety of topics. Please visit www.flagler.edu/coronavirusfaq

If students have additional questions, please email registrar@flagler.edu 

Please continue monitoring Flagler College email or visit the College’s coronavirus information page for the most up-to-date announcements: www.flagler.edu/coronavirus


Summer Study Abroad and Maymester courses and trips canceled 

March 23. 2020 

Dear Flagler Family,   

Today marks the start of our spring classes moving on-line. I’m encouraged by the resiliency of our entire campus community as we quickly adjust to this new format for delivering classes. For those who are navigating new territory, we are here to support and guide you through this unprecedented time.

This morning, the Flagler College Risk Management Team met to discuss the continuing impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and has several new decisions to share. 

Summer Study Abroad and Maymester courses and trips canceled 

After much discussion it was decided that all Study Abroad trips this summer and Maymester trips and courses are canceled for this year. While this decision was difficult, it was made for two reasons. First, we want to ensure that these classes remain high impact experiences for our students. Second, there are too many unknowns at this point to be assured of the well-being and safety of our students and faculty traveling abroad.   

Let us know if you are staying local 

Student Affairs is asking all students who are in the St. Augustine area, whether living on-campus or off, to check-in with the College by completing this Returning to Campus Form. This information will be used to help inform us in our planning for on-campus resources.  

Keep safe and continue practicing social distancing 

There are no cases of Covid-19 at Flagler College, however there are currently 18 confirmed cases in St. Johns County.  

According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can best protect yourself from the virus by following the below steps. 

  1. Clean your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. A hand sanitizer should be used when soap and water are not readily available. 
  2. Avoid close contact with people and maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and other people. Groups who do choose to gather should limit themselves to 10 participants.  
  3. Stay home if you’re sick.

We will continue to monitor the situation and send out updates as new decisions are made. Below is a comprehensive list of decisions that the College has made as a result of Covid-19.  

While these decisions are hard, I know that they are in the best interest of our entire Flagler Family. Stay safe!  

Sincerely,  

Dr. Joseph G. Joyner

President 

 

What you need to know:  

  • Online Teaching: Spring classes have moved to online delivery as of Monday, March 23, through the College’s learning management system Canvas or other means established by facultyFaculty are communicating to students their plans for classes. Classes will remain online and follow the previous Academic calendar for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes the College’s Tallahassee campus, Public Administration program and Continuing Education program.  
  • Flagler College still plans to complete the spring semester, and will work with students to ensure that they are able to meet their educational requirements. 
  • Residence halls: Residence halls will remain open, however, students are encouraged, but not required, to stay home during this period. We will continue to provide services on a modified basis, including food service and the library. On-campus students should notify Residence Life of their plans, including whether they plan to return to campus by completing this Returning to Campus Form. Students wishing to checkout of their rooms and move their belongings must first contact Residence Life at residencelife@flagler.edu. An email has been sent to all students with additional details and instructions for both returning to campus or removing belongings, and is also available at www.flagler.edu/coronavirus under latest updates.   
  • Social distancing: Students will be asked to respect social distancing while on campus and have fewer than 10 people in all gatherings. 
  • Campus facilities: The Flagler College campus and offices will remain open to students, faculty and staff, including residence halls, Flagler Security and the dining services, unless otherwise notified. Changes in schedules or services offered will be communicated as soon as possible. For a list of services and hours, please visit:  www.flagler.edu/contactus   
  • Our facilities operations team is working diligently to routinely sanitize high traffic and common areas including restrooms around campus. Employees are also encouraged to clean their work areas regularly. 
  • Spring Commencement & College events: All college events, student or public, and including Commencement have been cancelled through the end of May. Current seniors will have their degrees conferred in May, and we have made the decision to honor the spring and fall classes during our December Commencement Ceremonies. Seniors will receive a separate communication with information about the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. We will also be reaching out for input on other opportunities as they present themselves. Public tours of the campus have also been canceled. 
  • Summer Terms: A decision will be forthcoming on plans for summer terms, and more information will be relayed as soon as available.  
  • Maymester: Maymester courses and trips have been canceled. More information will be communicated to students who are affected. 
  • Study Abroad/Study Away: All Study Abroad and Study Away trips have been canceled. More information will be communicated to students who are affected.
  • Employees: An email communication was sent to all staff addressing modified work schedules as Flagler College works to keep campus open for returning students. However, many employees will be allowed to remain off campus to perform their individual tasks. Work closely with your supervisor to determine what has been approved by the Vice President of your division and what is needed of you. 
  • Athletics: The remainder of the spring Athletics season was previously canceled.  
  • Travel: Current travel policies for college-related domestic and international travel remain in place, as do restrictions on anyone returning to campus from to China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea, unless they have self-quarantined for 14 days from their date of arrival. For more on these travel policies, visit the college’s Frequently Asked Questions page through the link below.  
  • If Sick: Anyone feeling sick or with fever should stay home and contact your healthcare provider. Students can call Flagler Health Services at (904) 819-6211 

The decision to move to online delivery of courses is in accordance with guidance from the CDC and The White House to practice social distancing as much as possible and to limit the gathering of large groups of people. The disbursement of large groups of people helps minimize the risk to campus and the wider community. 

If students have additional questions, please email studentaffairs@flagler.edu  


Message to Flagler College students returning to campus residence halls or needing to checkout

March 19, 2020

On Wednesday, the College announced that classes will be delivered online for the remainder of the semester. While classes are online, the campus remains open, including residence halls. Although our residence halls will be open, students are encouraged, but not required, to stay home during this period. 

Important: We are asking you keep us up to date on when you plan on returning to campus by completing this Returning to Campus Form. 

For students remaining on campus: 

We will continue to provide all services on a modified basis, including food service. Please note that visitation is suspended until further notice to protect the campus environment. 

Other campus services offered include: The Proctor Library will remain open during posted hours, Health/Nursing Services are available on-site, Counseling will be available via phone, Student Activities will be available virtually, Title IX will be available virtually, the Student Center will be open for small gatherings and use of lounge areas. All facilities that remain open will receive high-level cleaning in common areas. 

For Students who wish to checkout: 

Students who want to checkout from their rooms and collect their belongings in order to return home will need to schedule with Residence Life staff and will not be able to do so until Thursday, March 26. Since visitors are not permitted at this time, students/parents should not arrive at campus unannounced to remove items from the residence halls. Please contact residencelife@flagler.edu to schedule the removal of items from rooms. Students who do not wish to return to campus to live and want to wait to collect their belongings will need to do so by May 1. 

For all students returning to campus: 

The College is implementing a healthy campus check as students return to the residence halls. All students wishing to enter the residence halls – whether to stay or to collect belongings – will need to do a temperature check in the Office of Health Services. The college is implementing this procedure in order to ensure the safety and wellness of the campus community. You will need to be cleared through Health Services before you are permitted to return to residence halls. 

Health Services will be open Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Saturday between 10 a.m. and noon and Sunday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.  

If you are sick: 

Students returning to campus who are experiencing flu-like symptoms are strongly encouraged to call Health Services at 904-819-6211 during the time frame listed, instead of coming into the office. A staff member within Health Services will discuss your symptoms and provide guidance on the next step. 

The Center for Disease Control provides guideline regarding monitoring symptoms. 

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at residencelife@flagler.edu

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this matter, 

Michelle A.  Holland 

Director of Residence Life 


Flagler College decides to extend online teaching through end of spring semester 

March 18, 2020

Dear Flagler Family, 

I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation. The kindness and cooperation we have experienced has reinforced my already strong feeling in our community. 

I also want to say a special thank you to the entire team at Flagler College. They have demonstrated an unselfish spirit as we navigate through literally dozens of decisions to ensure the continuity of the College. At all times, the focus has been on the well-being and safety of our students, faculty and staff. 

As many of you know, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has mandated all state colleges and universities deliver instruction remotely for the balance of the semester, and to postpone May commencement ceremonies. While private schools are not named in the mandate, it is the understanding and expectation that private colleges and universities cooperate. Flagler College certainly will do its part to slow the speed of the virus and implement with fidelity all state and federal guidance, including that of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Therefore, I have made the decision in cooperation with our Risk Management Team to continue to provide online delivery of spring classes for the remainder of the semester beginning Monday, March 23While I make this decision with great reluctance and sadness, I am convinced it is the right decision for Flagler at this time, and aligns with the recommendations of all federal, state and local authorities. I am very confident based on previous interruptions of instruction due to hurricanes that our excellent faculty will provide a quality experience.  

While our residence halls will remain open, students are encouraged, but not required, to stay home during this period. We will continue to provide all services on a modified basis, including food service and the library. To protect the campus environment, only students, faculty and staff will be permitted inside buildingsWe’ll send a separate letter to our residents with information on the process for room checkouts for those wishing to collect their belongings. 

Additionally, I am instituting a modified work schedule for staff starting Monday, March 23, which will include only critical staff on campus. Details of the modified schedule will be sent in a separate communication. 

Obviously, it becomes necessary to cancel all college events through the end of May, including our May Commencement. While this is a gut-wrenching decision, it becomes necessary as the CDC guidelines advise against mass gatherings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. I want to make it very clear that we WILL have Commencement for the Class of 2020. Current seniors will have their degrees conferred in May, and we have made the decision to honor the spring and fall classes during our December Commencement Ceremonies. Seniors will receive separate communication with information about the commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 by the beginning of next weekWe will also be reaching out for input on other opportunities as they present themselves. Seniors…you have my promise that we will make this special for you. 

In closing, this is a rapidly changing situation, so I strongly encourage you to check Flagler email and the College Web site daily for updates. It is my hope this experience will allow us to reflect on and appreciate the many blessings we have at Flagler College when we all return. For me personally, my greatest joy as president is interacting with our students and watching them grow as young adults. This is a temporary interruption, and I look forward to the time we can all be together.  

My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Flagler Family and your loved ones.

Flagler Strong,

Joseph G. Joyner 
President  
Flagler College 


Flagler College update on coronavirus

March 16, 2020 

The Flagler College Risk Management Team is meeting daily to monitor all new COVID-19 Coronavirus developments, as well as new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. At this time, there are no changes to decisions made last week about all spring classes moving to online delivery until at least Monday, April 6. 

As events are changing rapidly and even dailynew developments may require changes and the Risk Management Team is planning for all eventualities

The Team will meet again on Tuesday and issue additional communications about any changes in the operations of the campus.

The College has developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions on a variety of topics. Please visit www.flagler.edu/coronavirusfaq

In addition, College staff will find new questions about topics like recording time and working offsite. 

If students have additional questions, please email studentaffairs@flagler.edu

Please continue monitoring Flagler College email or visit the College’s coronavirus information page for the most up-to-date announcementswww.flagler.edu/coronavirus


Flagler College moving to online classes following spring break 

March 12, 2020 

To Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents, 

The College’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staffAt today’s Flagler College Risk Management meeting about the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, it was decided that in an abundance of caution and to allow students time to make travel plans that we will cancel classes on Friday, March 13, and move all classes online for two weeks beginning March 23, after the College’s regularly scheduled spring break.   

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Flagler College, a case of coronavirus un-connected to the College has been confirmed in St. Johns County. Flagler officials are continuing to monitor the situation and are in constant contact with local Florida Department of Health Officials.  

What you need to know:   

  • At this time, students are encouraged to return to their permanent residence for the two-week period between March 23 to April 3All students should take academic materials including books and laptops, health information, as well as other critical information or supplies before leaving for spring break. 
  • However, the Flagler College campus and regular services will remain open to students, faculty and staff during this two-week period, including residence halls, Flagler Security and the dining hall, unless otherwise notified. Changes in schedules or services offered will be communicated as soon as possible.  
  • College offices will remain open during spring break and this two-week period.    
  • Classes will resume on March 23 using remote-learning through the College’s learning management system Canvas or other means established by facultyFaculty have been informed to begin planning for continuing classes online, and students should look for communications from faculty on next steps. 
  • At this time, in-person classes are anticipated to resume on Monday, April 6, unless otherwise notified. However, as this situation is changing daily, please continue to monitor Flagler communications for additional updates.   
  • This includes the College’s Tallahassee campus, Public Administration program and Continuing Education program.  
  • Flagler College still plans to complete the spring semester, and will work with students to ensure that they are able to meet their educational requirements. 
  • In addition, Flagler is canceling all public and student-related events during this two-week period from March 23 to April 3. Public tours of the campus have been canceled effective immediately 
  • Flagler staff will continue to report to work March 16-18, as well as the two weeks that college classes are held remotely. Flagler College will be closed March 19 and 20, as previously scheduled.  
  • If you are exhibiting suspected symptoms, you should limit contact with others and seek medical care. Students should email Holly Doucette in Health Services or call the office at (904) 819-6211 with any questions regarding health support services. 
  • The College is diligently following through with any members who have either traveled to affected international areas or others who may have had contact with individuals.  

Flagler College’s Risk Management Team will continue to meet and will monitor all new developments, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. The College has an emergency response plan that it is following and will communicate updates and additional information as necessary.  

I can assure you that the safety and well-being of our campus community is our top priority. Please continue monitoring Flagler College email or visit the College’s coronavirus information page: www.flagler.edu/coronavirus

Joseph G. Joyner

President 

Flagler College 


Peach Belt Conference cancels remainder of the 2019-20 Athletics season

March 13, 2020

The Peach Belt Conference Board of Directors has announced that all competition for the remainder of the 2019-20 season has been cancelled. This includes all regular-season competition for the 15 NCAA championship sports the conference sponsors as well as upcoming spring sports tournaments in baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track & field.

"This was a very difficult decision for the board to make," said PBC commissioner David Brunk. "But the safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and fans is our top priority. Given the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic that we are all facing, the board agreed that this was in the best interests of everyone involved."

The decision comes a day after the NCAA announced it was cancelling all national championship competition for the remainder of the academic year.


Other Important Information for Students Before Traveling

March 12, 2020

Complete the Spring Break Travel Form 

All students, residential and non-residential, should fill out the form here www.flagler.edu/springbreakform so the College has the most up-to-date information on whether or not you intend to leave campus for the breakand if you’re traveling, where you intend to go.  

Current Travel Policy and Guidelines 

All College-related domestic and international travel for students, faculty and staff is cancelled until further notice, unless considered essential for college business. Current College travel restrictions state that anyone who has traveled to China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea during these restrictions will not be able to return to any college building or facility for a period of 14 days from their date of arrival and are asked to self-quarantine for that period upon return. Students should also avoid close contact with anyone who has traveled recently to one of these countries. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Health Advisory, advising U.S. Citizens to reconsider travel abroad. We recommend all students take this advisement into consideration when deciding if, and when, to travel.  

Due to measures to help contain the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, travel advisories are prone to change across the country and world. You should remain aware of current travel conditions for the area you are traveling to during spring break.  You can find more information about travel advisories here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html 

Decisions on Summer Study Abroad 

Additionally, decisions about summer study abroad will be revisited on April 1, which means that currently all summer trips are still going ahead as scheduled.  

Flagler College’s Risk Management Team will continue to meet and will monitor all new developments, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. The College has an emergency response plan that it is following and will communicate updates and additional information as necessary.   


Flagler College Update on Coronavirus

March 11, 2020

As we continue to follow the news surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus, Flagler College officials are continuing to monitor the situation and preparing for any and all eventualities, including the possibility of continuing classes online.

Faculty received an email this morning informing them they should begin planning for how they might continue classes online if it becomes necessary.  Canvas may be used to communicate with students and provide access to coursework should the campus transition to remote learning for an extended period.

All students who are leaving for spring break should take academic materials including books and laptops, health information, as well as other critical information or supplies. At this time, College operations will continue on as planned.

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Flagler College or in St. Johns County, the College’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of its students, faculty and staff.

Flagler College’s Risk Management Team will continue to meet and will monitor all new developments, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. The college has an emergency response plan that it is following and will communicate updates and additional information as necessary.

Please continue monitoring Flagler College email or this coronavirus information page: www.flagler.edu/coronavirus

What are coronavirus symptoms to look out for?

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

If you are exhibiting these symptoms, you should limit contact with others and seek medical care. Students should email Holly Doucette in Health Services or call the office at (904) 819-6211 with any questions regarding health support services.

As a reminder, current College travel restrictions state that anyone who has traveled to China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea during these restrictions will not be able to return to any college building or facility for a period of 14 days from their date of arrival. Students should also avoid anyone who has traveled recently to one of these countries.


Notifications needed for Spring Break international travel

March 8, 2020

As COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus continues to spread around the world, students, faculty and staff who plan to travel internationally in the coming weeks are asked to notify the college of travel plans by completing this International Travel Form, as soon as possible.

Currently, all Flagler students, faculty and staff are restricted from traveling to China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea for college purposes. 

It is important to remain alert and research the impact of coronavirus on your travel plans. As this is a fluid situation, travel restrictions may arise that could make it difficult for you to return to the College. Please take this into account when making decisions on where and when to travel.   

For more information or future updates, monitor Flagler College email or continue to monitor this coronavirus information page.

 


Update on international travel due to Coronavirus 

March 3, 2020

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff: 

As COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus continues to spread around the world, Flagler College has remained vigilant concerning its effect on our campus community, especially with regard to international travel. On Saturday, the White House announced new travel restrictions for specific regions in Italy and South Korea, joining with previous restrictions to China.  

In light of the current situation, Flagler College is taking the following precautions to ensure the protection of the campus community: 

  • Currently all Flagler students, faculty and staff are restricted from traveling to China, Italy, Japan, Iran and South Korea for college purposes. 
  • The College strongly recommends anyone who has travel plans to any of these countries for personal reasons reconsider their plans. If you do plan to travel to one of the affected areas, please contact Ms. Lisa FialaDirector of the International Center, Mr. Larry Weeks, Risk Manager and Dean of Students, Mr. Dirk Hibler, as soon as possible. 
  • The current policy is that anyone who travels to an affected area during these travel restrictions will not be able to return to any college building or facility for a period of 14 days from their date of arrival. This includes any Flagler students returning from closed programs in affected areas (i.e. Italy). All faculty will work with students to ensure that they are treated fairly and with understanding.  
  • Students should contact Holly Doucette in Health Services with any questions regarding health support services. Staff members are directed to continue to consult with their primary care physician.

Spring Break:  

For those students, faculty and staff who plan to travel for the upcoming spring break holiday – it is important to remain alert and research the impact of coronavirus on your travel plans. As this is a fluid situation, travel restrictions may arise that could make it difficult for you to return to the College. Please take this into account when making decisions on where and when to travel.  Currently, the College does not have spring break study abroad travel scheduled.

We encourage you to review the following websites when considering travel: 

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel 

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/  

and be aware of facts about Coronavirus: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts.html 

Summer Study Abroad: 

With regards to College summer study abroad travel, all trips are currently on as planned. Should this change, we will update the College community as soon as possible.  

We will continue to monitor this situation as it is changing daily, often by the hour, and we will provide updates as we follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of State. This policy will remain in effect until otherwise communicated. Please stay tuned for additional updates. As always, the safety of our campus community is the highest priority. 

 

Joseph G. Joyner

President 

Flagler College 


Flagler College Coronavirus Information & Update

March 3, 2020 

Flagler College is monitoring the recent international outbreak of the coronavirus respiratory illness, and is closely following all guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the CDC considers the immediate risk of this new virus to the American Public to be low at this time, some imported cases have been detected in the U.S. and the coronavirus is considered a public health concern.  

Today it was reported by the Florida Department of Health that the state of Florida has two presumptive cases of 2019 coronavirus in the Tampa area. The two individuals are in isolation and the threat to the state remains low. The Department of Health continues to coordinate with all local partners to investigate, confirm, contain and report any suspected cases. 

At this time, Flagler College is continuing to move ahead with all summer Study Abroad programs, and is closely monitoring guidance from the CDC, as well as the U.S. Department of State. 

The International Center and Academic Affairs is forming a committee to look at any risks to our study abroad programs as the Coronavirus situation continues to unfold.  If you have immediate questions about the study abroad programs, questions can be sent to Lisa Fiala, Director of the International Center, at lfiala@flagler.edu.

Flagler College will continue to monitor the situation, and will keep you informed of new information or updates as it becomes available. 

 


Information about the Coronavirus

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have traveled to China. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. Close contacts of people who are infected are at greater risk of exposure, for example health care workers and close contacts of people who are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and in the most severe cases, pneumonia in both lungs.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf 

 


What you can do

The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask: 
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

 

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