SCC Announces Actions on COVID-19
Published on Mar 12, 2020
Somerset Community College (SCC) is committed to maintaining the health and safety of our students and staff.
The college leadership team has been working with state and local government and health officials, along with public school and university partners, to carefully monitor coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in our region.
“At this point in time, there are no COVID-19 cases in the SCC service area. However, we have stepped up our cleaning and disinfection processes, informed employees and students about proper hygiene procedures, and advised anyone who feels ill to stay at home until they feel better. Since this situation can change rapidly, we have also been preparing for other areas of the college to continue operating under all conditions. This includes student interaction, class delivery, student support needs, and facility operations.” said SCC President and CEO, Dr. Carey Castle, “We’ll continue to adjust for things like employee travel and public events on an as needed basis.
Unlike the universities, SCC has no students living on campus and does not have the same concerns universities are dealing with now. Additionally, the technical programs SCC offer require access to equipment for hands-on training and skill assessment. SCC also offers dual credit classes at local public schools and employment training at local businesses.
At this time, the local health department perceives minimal risk for our students, faculty, and staff. In the meantime, we are following CDC guidelines and will continue additional daily cleaning. These protocols include more frequent cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms, restrooms, student centers and other places where students and the public gather.
For the most current information on how the 16 colleges of KCTCS are responding to COVID-19, visit https://kctcs.edu/covid-19/ and the SCC website. Employees and students are also getting regular updates via email.
The single and best primary defense on preventing the spread of illness is healthy hygiene and being aware and courteous of others through social distancing.