Friday, June 26, 2020
4:15 pm

Dear San Jacinto College Students,

As you have likely heard from Governor Abbott and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the COVID-19 situation in Texas and in our region is not improving. Yesterday, the Governor paused his re-opening plan and today he reversed some of the decisions he previously made. Today, Judge Hidalgo issued a Stay Home Advisory. I remind you that it is critically important to wear a face coveringif you have to go out, to wash your hands, and to practice social distancing. These measures, whether practiced at home, while outside of your house, or in the workplace, will help to manage the spread of COVID-19. We all have a responsibility to keep our community safe.

I have a new update for you today, along with some very important reminders.

NEW UPDATES

  • All San Jacinto College on-site operations are suspended beginning Monday, June 29
    • In accordance with the Harris County Stay Home Advisory, all on-campus operations are suspended beginning Monday, June 29, until further notice. 
    • This includes any classes that were taking place on campus as part of the Summer I term or the Spring teach-out of technical labs and any operations such as (but not limited to) registration at the Generation Park Campus and all Children’s Centers.
    • Any weekend classes scheduled for this weekend will still take place.
    • All on campus academic testing will be suspended. Anyone who was scheduled for an on campus test will be contacted and rescheduled for a virtual proctored test.
    • College functions and classes that have been operating online will continue to do so as they have been throughout our altered operations period.
    • Summer II classes that are scheduled to be online will begin on July 6. We will review plans for the on-campus Summer II activities next week and communicate decisions when we have more information.
    • The Food Market on each campus will continue pick up at the onsite locations. Hours of operation are as following:
      • Central: Tuesday 1 pm – 4 pm and Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm.
      • North: Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm.
      • South: Wednesday 9 am – 4 pm and Thursday 9 am – 12 noon.

AS A REMINDER

  • Free COVID-19 Testing for Employees and Students
    • Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing, exclusively for San Jac employees and students, at the South campus.
      • Bring your College ID or a San Jac fee slip and pre-register with this link. This link should not be shared beyond San Jac students.
      • Dates and times for the South Campus testing site (located in P16):
        • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27; and Monday and Tuesday, June 29 and 30
      • HCPH is currently operating daily testing at the Central Campus from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. through July 31. This site is open to the public and wait times can be lengthy. Pre-registrationfor the Central Campus site is suggested.
      • The test at the HCPH sites on our San Jacinto College campuses does not include the antibody testing. 
  • Harris County Face Covering Order
    • On Friday, June 19, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo signed an order that mandates businesses to require anyone 10 years or older to wear a face covering. 
    • San Jacinto College had already made the decision that all of our students, employees, contractors, and campus visitors must wear face coverings at ALL times on campus, at the district offices, or at any of our facilities.  
    • If you are alone in a classroom, office, or cubicle, face coverings may be removed, but must be kept nearby so you are able to put them back on if someone enters the room or your cubicle or when you exit the area.
  • Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire
    • All students must complete the Student Pre-Screening Questionnaire
      for each day that you need to be on campus. 
    • Forms may be filled out up to two days in advance but no later than one hour prior to arrival.
    • Once the form is completed, you will be notified by email as to whether or not you are clear to come on site. Staff at building entrances will verify approved forms by name or G#.
  • 4th of July Holiday Reminder
    • Friday, July 3, is a holiday and no classes or activities will be held.

As I have said before, the COVID-19 situation in our region, state, and country is ever-changing. And today’s news is evidence of that. I thank you for your continued patience and flexibility as we adapt to what is happening around us. I hope that you and your families are at home and staying healthy.

Stay well, 

Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D

Chancellor, San Jacinto College

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Dear San Jacinto College Spring 2020 Graduates,

As this semester comes to a close and you complete your time here at San Jacinto College, we want to be the first to say congratulations! We know this is not how you envisioned finishing your chapter at San Jac, but we want to say thank you for staying the course and completing your certificate or degree. We are proud to call you a San Jacinto College alumnus!

We frequently hear about how these are unprecedented times, and they are. No one could have imagined that we would have to move an entire semester’s worth of courses online in a week, but we did. And you persevered and completed. We are so proud of you!

We plan to honor and celebrate you and your accomplishments at our commencement ceremony, which has been moved to Friday, August 7, 2020, at 7 p.m., at NRG Stadium. Our commencement ceremony is one of our favorite events at San Jacinto College, because it is all about you – our graduates. We will be following all guidelines set forth by public health authorities to ensure everyone’s safety, but mark your calendars now for this important event!

At San Jacinto College, the success of our students is at the heart of everything we do. We know many of you chose San Jac to complete your basics and move on to the four-year college or university of your choice. We can’t wait to see and hear all about your successes as you continue your higher education journey. We also know that many of you chose San Jac to earn your certificate or associate degree so that you can begin working immediately in essential industries that are critical to our region. We know you will help to make our communities even stronger and the economy along the Texas Gulf Coast more viable.

Graduation is a significant step in your education. On behalf of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees and our more than 2,500 employees, we congratulate you on this important occasion! Be proud of what achieved and remember those who have supported you to reach this goal. We want to know how you are commemorating this milestone, so share with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #SJCGrad20.

Thank you for trusting in San Jacinto College. We wish you every success as you enter the next exciting stage of your life and career and hope that you will stay connected with San Jacinto College in the years to come.

Best,

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Chair, San Jacinto College Board Of Trustee

 

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Chancellor, San Jacinto College

 

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Hello San Jacinto College students!

We know you are in the middle of finals this week, and we hope those are going well, but we have a couple important updates for you.

Food Markets
The food markets on each campus remain available to any student enrolled in any summer term and to those who have already registered for the Fall 2020 semester. It is preferred that you make an appointment to visit the food market, but walk-ins are accepted. If you plan to utilize the food markets on campus, you MUST complete the pre-screening questionnaire EACH DAY prior to your food market visit. You should enter campus through the designated campus entry point where you will be required to show your face covering, and let the police officer know you are visiting the food market. 

The hours and locations for the food markets on each campus are as follows:

  • Central Campus (located in C14.218) - Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • North Campus (located in N12.211) - Wednesdays 12 p.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 
  • South Campus (located in S11.111) - Wednesdays 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m.–12 p.m. 

Food will be distributed as a curbside pick-up. Please keep in mind that we are limited to what food and supplies we receive from our partners at the Houston Food Bank. For this reason, we cannot guarantee the availability of any given item. Additionally, we may limit the quantities of certain high demand items that each student may be allowed to take. Students are able to shop once per week.

Library Materials
Should you need to return any library materials, the library drop boxes at each campus library are available to you. The libraries remain closed, but you may visit campus to return any library materials.

For those of you that have completed your final exams, congratulations! For those of you who have exams remaining this week, hang in there! You’ve got this! All of us at San Jacinto College are proud of you for your perseverance and dedication to completing this semester. We are here for you if you need any guidance or assistance throughout the summer, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

May 5, 2020

Hello San Jacinto College students,

San Jacinto College now has emergency financial assistance available for students as a result of the Federal CARES Act.

If you have experienced a financial problem due to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can now submit an emergency aid grant application.

The College’s CARES Act Emergency Aid Grant application is available here.

Please note, you must have a FAFSA on file to be eligible for these grants.

We cannot guarantee that you will receive the full amount of your expenses. However, if you have any questions, please contact a Financial Aid Advisor at finaid@sjcd.edu or call 281-998-6150.

Thank you, stay safe, and we hope to hear from you soon!

May 4, 2020
5:20 pm

Hello San Jacinto College students,

As we head into finals week, we want to say good luck! This has been a very different and challenging semester, but your dedication and commitment to San Jacinto College has helped us get to this point in the semester. Thank you for persevering to complete this term. We know it wasn’t easy, but you did it! For those of you who will be returning for classes this summer and fall, we look forward to having you back! To our graduates who are moving on to the next chapter of their lives and careers, congratulations! We can’t wait to celebrate you in August!

Enjoy this video message from our Chancellor, Dr. Brenda Hellyer.

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Good afternoon, San Jacinto College Students:

As part of the recently announced Coronavirus, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Department of Education will be providing higher education institutions with additional funding during the COVID-19 crisis. The CARES Act stipulates that half of the awarded funding must be allocated toward students via Emergency Financial Aid Grants, and the other half will be designated for College operational support. Students will be able to use their grant funds for food, housing, and other costs related to the disruption of campus operations during the pandemic.

San Jacinto College is currently finalizing a plan for distributing CARES Act emergency grants. Once the emergency grant application process opens, students will be notified via San Jacinto College email, website updates, and social media announcements. Meanwhile, we are encouraging students to make a refund selection or confirm their information is current via the BankMobile website.

Although we have not confirmed all eligibility criteria, we know only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. The requirements to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following: U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen; a valid Social Security number; registration with Selective Service (if the student is male); and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to demonstrate eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 the HEA.

We encourage you to follow these steps of selecting a refund selection or confirm your information is current on the BankMobile website and complete the FAFSA if you have not already done so.

Thank you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
6:45 PM

 

Dear San Jacinto College students and employees,

We hope this email finds you well. The health and safety of our entire College community is our top priority, and this has been the case throughout this altered operations period. The situation is dynamic and frequently changing, and today’s announcement from Harris County is no different.

Today, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued an order that requires anyone in Harris County who is out in public to wear a face covering. The order is in effect beginning this Monday, April 27, 2020, and will be in effect for 30 days. This means that all students and employees who come to campus during that time period will be required to verify at the campus entry point that they have a face covering and they will be required to wear it while on campus. This includes wearing a face covering inside all campus buildings and facilities unless sitting alone in an office. Failure to comply will result in the individual being asked by campus police or an employee to leave campus.

The CDC has provided guidance on the use of face coverings. It is important to note that the face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for health care workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. A face covering could include a homemade mask, bandana, scarf, or handkerchief.

We appreciate your understanding of this new development. We want to be able to return to campus for all of our classes and activities as soon as possible, and this is one more way to make that happen.

Thank you.

April 21, 2020
3 p.m.

Dear San Jacinto College Students,

We hope that your spring semester is going well and that you and your families are healthy. We know this is a tense time of the semester, and we encourage you to persist through this. We are very close to completion, so please hang in there! 

Below are a few updates for you today.

  • The San Jacinto College May Mini term will begin May 11, 2020, and registration for the May Mini term will continue through May 10, 2020. We are offering only those courses that can be delivered online in a 3-week term in order to continue to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff as our College continues to respond to COVID-19.  Classes that require time on campus (applied and lab courses) will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • The San Jacinto College Summer I and II terms will be held online as much as possible.  We will be converting to an online format those face-to-face classes that can be delivered fully online. For the Summer I term begining June 1, 2020, registration will continue through May 31, 2020. Summer II courses will also be online as much as possible.  Registration for classes beginning July 6, 2020, will continue through July 5, 2020. Some technical courses will be available on campus but they will be limited and social distancing and CDC guidelines will apply.
  • To ensure you have the latest information, please check the Summer schedule on the San Jacinto College website for the most up-to-date information. You should login to SOS to view your schedule, and continue to check your San Jac email frequently for updates.
  • If your course requires lab work and hands on instruction to complete, the College is working on a plan to bring a limited numbers of students on campus to complete this work.  More information about this will be forthcoming as we hear from the Harris County Judge and the City of Houston Mayor regarding the Stay Home - Work Safe Order. The College will follow social distancing practices as well as require employees and students to comply with CDC guidelines regarding face masks.
  • We are also working closely with the bookstore and with faculty to ensure you have access to textbooks and resources needed for these terms. You should reach out to your faculty member for assistance in obtaining the textbooks and resources necessary for continued success.  You can also contact the Bookstore directly to order course materials, and information is posted on the College website.

Please remember that we have many services and resources that are now available online, including tutoring, advising, and financial aid. We encourage you to continue to take advantage of these resources. Please monitor your San Jac email and the San Jac web page frequently for the most recent updates.

Stay safe and healthy!

Dear San Jacinto College Students,

We hope you had a restful and healthy weekend at home with your families. As we head into the fourth week of our altered operations, we know that some of you have been asking questions about San Jacinto College (the College) not offering a pass/fail or satisfactory/no credit reported (NCR) system during this altered operations schedule.  As previously communicated, the College has opted to proceed with a letter grade from your faculty member.

We are aware that some universities are making this option available to their current students, but they are also providing caution about how those pass/fail or satisfactory/no credit reported grades could affect the future of students at those colleges or universities.  Some universities have already stated that they will not accept pass/fail courses to transfer towards a degree.

With that in mind, the College made the decision to continue with the letter grade system with your future in mind.  The primary concerns that led to this decision include the following:

  1. You are working hard this semester, and it is imperative you receive credit for your hard work.  One of our primary concerns is whether or not your course will apply toward your degree when you transfer to a university.  Although the universities are stating they will accept the pass/fail or satisfactory/no credit reported as credit, we have not received confirmation from any of our transfer institutions that courses will count toward your degree. We do not want you to go through what you are going through now just to have to retake the course for a grade when you get to your transfer university (at a higher tuition rate).
  2. We do not have clarity on what will happen to the eligibility of student financial aid if we move to a pass/fail system.  We want to ensure that you are able to keep your financial aid when you need it the most.
  3. Veteran benefits are available for pass/fail system, but a “fail” grade would result in a reduction of benefits and possible debt for the veteran.  We need to ensure our Veterans have the best options to receive educational benefits they deserve.
  4. Lastly, for those of you who are working on a certification or degree leading to the workforce, we want to ensure that you have the skillset that employers need for entering the workforce. Your grade reflects the level of mastery you have achieved in performing tasks and operating equipment associated with your chosen career. San Jacinto College has long been a preferred provider of workforce training in this region, and your grades have meaning to the people who will be hiring you.

 We know this is a difficult time. We know many things have changed. To help you stay focused on your goals, we have made online and virtual resources available for you. We have tutoring, advising, financial aid assistance, and more. Your faculty are also available to you online.  We encourage you to reach out and utilize these resources to help you through the remainder of this semester.

We know that some of you may not agree with this decision, but it was made to ensure you can reach your educational and workforce goals.  Our commitment is to help you achieve a certificate or degree, to ensure that you are best prepared for the future, and we believe this is the best solution for you.

Monday, April 6, 2020

6:00 PM

Dear San Jacinto College students,

We hope that your semester is going well and that you and your families are healthy. We have a few updates for you today.

  • The San Jacinto College May Mini term will begin May 11, 2020 and registration for the May Mini term will continue through May 10, 2020. We are offering only those courses that can be delivered online in a 3-week term in order to continue to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff as our College continues to respond to COVID-19. Classes in the schedule shown as being taught on campus that can transition to an online course will transition to the online modality and are available for registration. Classes that require time on campus (applied and lab courses) will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date.
  • As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, San Jacinto College may also need to adjust upcoming Summer term courses. To ensure you have the latest information, please check the Summer schedule on the San Jacinto College website for changes and continue to check your San Jac email frequently for updates.
  • We are also working closely with the bookstore and with your faculty to ensure you have access to any textbooks and resources you may need for these terms.
  • One of the most frequently asked questions during the past two weeks has been about grading procedures. As you know, some colleges and universities are going to a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/No Credit Reported (NCR) system. Most are doing this as a student option.

    College leadership and the Faculty Senate have discussed this at length and have decided that we are going to continue our current grading procedures at San Jacinto College. We trust our faculty to make the decisions about grades that accurately address your learning. A faculty member’s letter grade is much more meaningful than a generic pass or fail. We also want these classes to count toward major courses or degrees. We have worked diligently over the years to ensure that our credits transfer and count toward university transfer degrees.

Please remember that we have many services and resources that are now available online, including tutoring, advising, and financial aid. We encourage you to continue to use them when you need them. And make sure you check the schedule online, your San Jac email and the San Jac web page frequently for the most recent updates.

Stay safe and healthy!

Thursday, April 2, 2020
5:30 PM

Dear San Jacinto College students,

We hope you are well. Yesterday, we sent an email with a reminder about the many services and resources that are now available online, including tutoring, advising, and financial aid. We encourage you to continue to use them when you need them.

We also want to let you know that our food markets are available to any currently enrolled student that may need food. It is preferred that you make an appointment to visit the food market, but walk-ins are accepted. If you plan to utilize the food markets on campus, you MUST complete the pre-screening questionnaire EACH DAY prior to your food market visit. You should enter campus through the designated campus entry point, and let the police officer know you are visiting the food market.  Shopping will be limited to two shoppers at one time, and shoppers will be assisted by a team member to prevent excess handling of products in the market. No family members, children, guests, or persons other than the shopper will be permitted inside the building on your appointment day.

The hours and locations for the food markets on each campus are as follows:

  • Central Campus (located in C14.218) - Tuesdays 1-4 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • North Campus (located in N12.211) - Wednesdays 12 p.m.–3 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 
  • South Campus (located in S11.111) - Wednesdays 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Thursdays 9 a.m.–12 p.m. 

Please keep in mind that we are limited to what food and supplies we receive from our partners at the Houston Food Bank. For this reason, we cannot guarantee the availability of any given item. Additionally, we may limit the quantities of certain high demand items that each student may be allowed to take. Students are able to shop once per week.

We are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your faculty members or student services if you have a question or need assistance. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our area and provide updates through SJC AlertMe, the College website, and our official social media accounts.

Thank you.

Dear San Jacinto College students,

We hope you had a restful weekend, a good start to the week, and that you and your families are healthy and safe. It has been a whirlwind couple of weeks under this altered operations period, and we thank you for your patience and flexibility in this transition. We know online classes are new to many of you, but please know that everyone at San Jacinto College is here to help you get through this semester. We have many services that are now available online, including tutoring, advising, and financial aid, and we encourage you to use them when you need them. You can find information on our San Jacinto College Coronavirus website. Our goal is to keep you safe as you complete your courses this semester.

We have a few updates for you today.

  • Yesterday, Harris County extended the Stay Home – Work Safe Order through April 30, 2020. We encourage you to follow the order and practice social distancing.
  • Right now, the plan for most of our classes is to complete all of the course work online by the end of the spring semester. For courses that may rely on the completion of labs or other hands-on instruction, completion of the courses may involve extending the semester in order to have time to safely participate in face-to-face learning. Due to the unique needs of each course, this process may vary program by program.
  • If you have technology needs at home, we may be able to help. If you need a computer, please visit this San Jacinto College ITS site for more information on resources that are available to you. If you need Internet access at home, visit this San Jacinto College ITS site for information and resources that are available.
  • Beginning Friday, April 3, limited Wi-Fi will be available in the parking lots outside of the ILC buildings on each campus. The Wi-Fi is available for San Jacinto College students only. If you plan to utilize the Wi-Fi on campus, you MUST complete the pre-screening questionnaire for EACH DAY you will be on campus. You will need to enter campus through the designated campus entry point, show your San Jacinto College student ID, and access the Wi-Fi (signed in to SJC Secure) while in your personal vehicle in the designated area. The Wi-Fi lots will be available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. To support social distancing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please do not travel to campus with multiple people in your vehicle.
  • The San Jacinto College Foundation has scholarship and other funding available to students who need additional financial assistance. To apply for scholarships, visit the San Jacinto College Foundation website

As a reminder, all College facilities remain closed unless otherwise noted. No visitors and no students other than those notified by their faculty or San Jacinto College administrator are allowed on campus. No other services are available on the campuses, including restrooms or access to buildings.

We know this is a difficult time right now and a very dynamic situation, but together we can do this! It is important for you to stay in touch with all of your instructors. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. Also, if you have not had a chance to touch base with any of your professors, please do so. They want to know that you are OK. When we have finalized plans for the hands-on courses, we will send additional communication, so please check Blackboard and your San Jacinto College email as often as possible.

We are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your faculty members or student services if you have a question or need assistance. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in our area and provide updates through SJC AlertMe, the College website, and our official social media accounts. We are all in this together, and together we will get through this!

Dear San Jacinto College students and employees,

As you are aware, the COVID-19 situation in our region and across the country has been fluid. New details have been emerging daily, and today is no different. Harris County announced this morning that the county will be under a Stay Home - Work Safe Order beginning at 11:59 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, March 24, and will be in place through April 3.

This is what the Harris County Stay Home - Work Safe Order means for San Jacinto College:

  • All College facilities remain closed unless otherwise noted. No visitors and no students other than those notified by their faculty, or other San Jacinto College administrator, are allowed.
  • All on-campus activities will take place as scheduled to allow for the facilitation of online course delivery. This includes equipment and supplies pick-up and document drop-off, as well as food markets. These activities are allowed by appointment only.
  • Online classes for students and remote work for employees will continue as planned under the College’s altered operations plan.
  • At this time, we are looking at April 6 as a possible start date for on-site instruction for labs and technical courses, as well as training offered through the Continuing and Professional Development Division. Students will be notified directly by faculty or an administrator regarding on-site instruction.

If you live in Harris County, or a surrounding county that has issued a similar order, we encourage you to follow the instructions to stay home. We understand that these are challenging times for all of us, but we are working closely with our local elected leaders and health department authorities to make the best decisions for our College community.

Starting Thursday, March 26, at 8 a.m., Student Success Center tutors will become available for online tutoring. Students will be able to schedule an appointment online through TutorTrac. Instructions for scheduling an appointment can be viewed here.

In addition, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the May commencement ceremony that was scheduled for Friday, May 15. We are exploring different options, and when a new date or other arrangements have been made, we will make an announcement and contact graduate candidates.

We know you are receiving a lot of information from many different sources. We have created a website specifically for San Jacinto College students and employees as it relates to this altered operations period during COVID-19. Please take time to review the site as well as the frequently asked questions (FAQs), as we are updating these daily to address your questions. You can bookmark the site, or access it directly from the College website homepage.

Thank you again for your continued patience. We are here for you and we will get through this together!

Dear San Jacinto College students,

Welcome back! We hope you were able to relax a bit and enjoy the weekend. We know you may feel overwhelmed by the numerous emails and updates, but this is a very unusual period for the College. We continue to address questions about our altered operations. The situation is evolving every day, and we are making decisions based on the information we have at the time and what is in the best interest of our students, employees, and community. We are here for you, and we are working hard to help you complete this semester.

We have created a website specifically for student information as it relates to this altered operations period during COVID-19. Please take time to review the site as well as the frequently asked questions (FAQs) as that is how we are addressing questions. You can bookmark the site or access it directly from the College website homepage.

We have a couple updates for you today:

  1. As of our last update on Friday afternoon, no student or employee has been confirmed with COVID-19.   
  2. College facilities are not available unless otherwise scheduled with College personnel. Visitors and students will ONLY be allowed on campus IF they have a direct appointment. For updated information about College operations, please visit https://www.sanjac.edu/coronavirus.
  3. San Jacinto College will remain in this altered operations period until the Federal, State, and Local Authorities change the status of the COVID-19 situation.
  4. The College Bookstores are fulfilling online orders for book requests and shipping books directly to students.  For more information, visit the San Jacinto College Coronavirus website - bookstore update web page.
  5. Students Services are now fully online.  Visit the San Jacinto College Coronavirus website - student resources web page for more information on how to access services such as advising, financial aid, testing, and more.
  6. Our Libraries have available online resources, except for the Paralegal Program.  For more information, visit the San Jacinto College Coronavirus website – library resources web page.
  7. The College Food Market will be open to limited operations to serve currently enrolled students by appointment only. Please visit the Food Market webpage for hours of operation and more information about requesting an appointment.
  8. Starting Thursday, March 26, at 8 a.m., Student Success Center tutors will become available for online tutoring. Students will be able to schedule an appointment online through TutorTrac. Instructions for scheduling an appointment can be viewed here.

These are unprecedented times for all of us. But we are making every effort to help you successfully complete this semester. We will get through this together just as we have done before!

Thank you.

Good afternoon San Jacinto College students,

Thank you again for your patience as we work through the details of the altered operations plan. The altered operations will begin on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will continue for the foreseeable future. As the COVID-19 situation develops, the College will make operational decisions about how to proceed at that time. 

As a reminder:

  • Please complete the Student Technology Survey as soon as possible to help our IT department determine what technology needs you have so that we can better understand what capabilities you have to access your courses online. If you have already taken the survey, please do not take it again.
  • All general academic courses will be conducted fully online. Please check Blackboard regularly as your faculty members will be communicating with you regarding details for these courses.
  • For classes that may require lab work and hands on training, we are working on a procedure for groups of no more than 10 individuals to come to the College for that piece of the coursework. If this pertains to you, your faculty member will contact you with details.
  • The campuses will be open for limited interactions, including those classes that require lab work and hands on training, as well as for dropping off items such as transcripts and other admissions and financial aid documents, and to pick up food from the campus food pantries. We are working through the details for these, and will communicate with you when final decisions are made.
  • You will not be able to drop Spring term classes unless you have an advising session – either via telephone or virtual – with an educational planner. To contact the student services team, visit the San Jacinto College website.

Bookstore Information

  • Barnes & Noble Bookstores will continue to process online orders. If you ordered your textbooks or classroom materials online and selected in-store pick up, a bookstore staff member will contact you to arrange for shipping. All deliveries via ground shipping are free to you.
  • If you are utilizing student financial aid as a method of payment, you should select “SFA” as the payment option when ordering your books online. You will also need to include your student ID number.
  • If you are using a voucher, your financial aid counselor will provide you with information on how to proceed online with a book voucher and provide you with the required code. You will enter the voucher credentials in the student ID field rather than your student ID number.

Library Information

  • The libraries will be open for online use, and librarians will be available online. Libraries will be closed for walk-ins. However, you may return your book via the campus library book drop. All library fines are waived for all books and library materials due after March 1, 2020, and will be waived until further notice.

Please continue to monitor the College website for information. This is a fluid situation, and details are rapidly changing, so it will be critical that you read all communications sent to you from the College and from your faculty members.

If you have not yet signed up for SJC AlertMe to receive voice and text messages from the College during an emergency situation such as COVID-19, now is a great time to do so. You can log in to SOS and click on the red SJC AlertMe tab to sign up or check your  contact information, or visit the SJC AlertMe website.

Our goal is to help you successfully finish this semester, and together we know we can achieve this goal.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
4:30 pm

Good afternoon San Jacinto College students,

As we continue working through the planning process to deal with this unprecedented situation that COVID-19 has presented, we are on track to reach our goal of being prepared by Monday, March 23, 2020, to begin completing the full semester through online and hybrid courses, as well as alternate classwork, depending on the actual course.

  1. All general academic courses will be conducted fully online. Please check Blackboard regularly as your faculty members are beginning to communicate with you regarding details for these courses.
  2. For classes that may require lab work and hands on training, we are working on a procedure for groups of no more than 10 individuals to come to the College for that piece of the coursework. If this pertains to you, your faculty member will contact you with details.
  3. We have received comments regarding the extension of the March 27, 2020, Installment Payment Plan. You are not required to wait until April 13 to make your payment. You may still make a payment on March 27. We were simply trying to extend that time if needed. However, we cannot extend the deadline beyond the April 27 date due to the end of the semester.
  4. We have created a student resources page on our Coronvirus website to help you navigate through the questions you have and may have in the coming days and weeks. We are also working on a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page regarding College Operations that will be housed on the same Coronavirus web page. We will update the FAQs and the College Chat feature as information is available and questions can be answered.

Please continue to monitor the College website for information. This is a fluid situation, and details are rapidly changing, so it will be critical that you read all communications sent to you from the College and from your faculty members.

If you have not yet signed up for SJC AlertMe to receive voice and text messages from the College during an emergency situation such as COVID-19, now is a great time to do so. For those who have signed up, you are encouraged to log in and make sure your contact information is up-to-date. To sign up or to check your contact information, log in to SOS and click on the red SJC AlertMe tab, or visit the SJC AlertMe website.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this extraordinary situation and move San Jacinto College into an Altered Operations period. Our goal is to help you successfully finish this semester, and together we know we can achieve this goal.

Monday, March 16, 2020
5:10 pm

>> Employees please refer to the Chancellor message on this page

Students

Good afternoon San Jacinto College students,

As we continue working through the planning process to deal with this unprecedented situation, we want to make you aware of our goal for this week. It is our goal to be prepared by Monday, March 23, 2020, to begin completing the full semester through online and hybrid courses, as well as alternate classwork, depending on the actual course.

We ask that you please continue to be patient and flexible as we work through all the complex issues surrounding this semester. It is like no other that any of us has experienced!

We know you have many questions for the College around the completion of this semester. We are receiving questions about deadlines, registration, clinical sites, and more. Please know that we have all employees on deck this week, and we are working through all the questions we are hearing. We will continue to keep you updated with daily messages.

We have changed the date for the Individual Payment Plan (IPP).  The next payment date is scheduled for March 30, 2020.  We are moving this date to April 13, 2020.  The final payment date will remain April 27.

We have created a website with additional information for you.  Please review at this link: https://www.sanjac.edu/about-san-jac/safety/communicable-diseases/coronavirus-covid-19/student-resources

We have started a general Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.  You can view it here: https://www.sanjac.edu/about-san-jac/safety/communicable-diseases/covid-19-faqs. We will continue adding to this FAQ and the Chat feature on the College website as information is available.

Please continue to monitor the College website for information.  This is a fluid situation, and details are rapidly changing, so it will be critical that you read all communications sent to you from the College.

If you have not yet signed up for SJC AlertMe to receive voice and text messages from the College during an emergency situation such as COVID-19, now is a great time to do so. For those who have signed up, you are encouraged to log in and make sure your contact information is up-to-date. To sign up or to check your contact information, log in to SOS and click on the red SJC AlertMe tab, or visit the SJC AlertMe website.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through the extraordinary details to ensure that you are able to complete this semester.

Sunday, March 15, 2020
12:10 pm

>> Employees please refer to the Chancellor message on this page

Students

Dear San Jacinto College students,

We are facing an unprecedented time as the entire country is feeling the challenges associated with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Your safety, and that of our employees and community, remains our top priority.

As a reminder, San Jacinto College will not hold classes, either in person or online, next week, Monday – Sunday, March 16 – 22, 2020. Our faculty and staff will be working on plans to prepare to offer classes and services online, in small groups, and by appointment. This follows the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing.

This means that students should not physically report to class in person and online classes will not be held. However, you should check the Blackboard on system Friday, March 20, 2020, for additional updates from your instructor(s).

The campuses will be closed next week to students and visitors. The child care centers on the Central and North Campuses will be open for faculty and staff clients only.

At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 within the San Jacinto College community, and the Texas Department of State Health Services has listed the probability of community spread as low.

We realize that this situation is quickly changing every day. College administration and the Office of Emergency Management are in frequent contact with HCPH, the City of Houston Health Department, and surrounding cities to monitor the virus as it pertains to our region. The College will continue to follow recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will assess any new information as it becomes available. The College will make informed decisions based on the facts received from local health department authorities.

The next College update will be on Wednesday, March 18 by 4 pm.

As a reminder, WHO and CDC prevention guidelines include:

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw any used tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

Other resources can be found online at:

Thank you

March 13, 2020
10 am

Students

The safety of our students, employees, and community is our top priority. Therefore, San Jacinto College will not hold classes Monday – Friday, March 16 – 20, 2020, to allow faculty and staff to prepare for providing classes and services online, and to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing.

This means that students should not physically report to class in person; however, all students are encouraged to check the Blackboard system Friday, March 20, 2020,  for additional updates from their respective instructor(s).

The campuses will be closed next week to students and visitors, with the exception of the child care centers on the Central and North Campuses. This means that students should not report to class in person or online next week.

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and the City of Houston Health Department (HHD) have declared a public health emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 within the San Jacinto College community, and the Texas Department of State Health Services has listed the probability of community spread as low.

We realize that this situation is quickly changing every day. College administration and the Office of Emergency Management are in frequent contact with HCPH, the City of Houston Health Department, and surrounding cities to monitor the virus as it pertains to our region. The College will continue to follow recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will assess any new information as it becomes available. The College will make informed decisions based on the facts received from local health department authorities.

The next College update will be on Sunday, March 15 by 2 p.m.

As a reminder, WHO and CDC prevention guidelines include:

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw any used tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

Other resources can be found online at:

 

Employees

The safety of our students, employees, and community is our top priority. Therefore, San Jacinto College will not hold classes Monday – Friday, March 16 – 20, 2020, to allow faculty and staff to prepare for providing classes and services online, in small groups and by appointment, in line with the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing. The campuses will be closed next week to students and visitors, with the exception of the child care centers on the Central and North Campuses. Employees are expected to report to work as outlined below.

College leadership consulted with the Faculty Senate President regarding the transition plan for next week. The following information is the plan for the week:

  • Students SHOULD NOT physically report to class in person; however, all students are encouraged to check the Blackboard system daily for additional updates from their respective instructor(s) beginning Friday, March 20, 2020.  
  • All full-time faculty are expected to report to work on Monday by 9 a.m., regardless of normal teaching schedules. If full-time faculty cannot report, they should contact their dean or department chair immediately. Additional information regarding the work week will be provided on Monday.
  • Part-time faculty will be contacted later in the week by their dean or department chair regarding when they should report.
  • All full-time staff should report to work as scheduled on Monday.
  • Part-time staff should report to work as scheduled on Monday. If part-time staff are unable to report, they should contact their supervisor immediately to discuss next steps.
  • All San Jacinto College sponsored travel, for students and employees, is cancelled until further notice.
  • All events, internal and external, are cancelled for the week of March 16 – 20, 2020, including scheduled athletics games.
  • Facilities will be maintained using aggressive sanitization and hygiene protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Employees are encouraged to also routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace. Access to buildings will be limited to certain entrances.
  • Updates will continue to be provided via SJC AlertMe, the San Jacinto College website, and via the official San Jacinto College social media sites.

For employees with school age children, we understand that most schools in the area are closed next week. We are asking employees to make every effort to find alternate care for your children so that you may report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020, so that we can prepare for providing classes and other services online. If employees are unable to report to work, they should immediately contact their leader.

For employees who are able to telecommute (or have been previously approved to telecommute), we are asking these employees to also report to work on Monday, March 16, 2020, so that we can prepare for providing classes and other services online. These employees will work with their leader to discuss next steps regarding the work schedule for the remainder of the week.

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and the City of Houston Health Department (HHD) have declared a public health emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 within the San Jacinto College community, and the Texas Department of State Health Services has listed the probability of community spread as low.

We are requesting that any San Jacinto College employee who has traveled to or plans to travel either domestically or to CDC classified Level 3 countries (China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea) and Level 2 countries (Japan), has traveled on or plans to travel on a cruise, or has traveled to an area within the U.S. or outside of the U.S. known to have high concentrations of COVID-19 cases, to complete this form to be sent to Human Resources. Prior to the employee returning to work, a member of the HR Benefits team will contact them for follow up and discussion of next steps. Level 2 and 3 countries are defined by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We realize that this situation is quickly changing every day. College administration and the Office of Emergency Management are in frequent contact with HCPH, the City of Houston Health Department, and surrounding cities to monitor the virus as it pertains to our region. The College will continue to follow recommendations from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will assess any new information as it becomes available. The College will make informed decisions based on the facts received from local health department authorities.

The next College update will be on Sunday, March 15 by 2 p.m.

As a reminder, WHO and CDC prevention guidelines include:

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw any used tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

Other resources can be found online at:

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and the City of Houston Health Department have declared a public health emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 within the San Jacinto College community. 

The safety of our students, staff, and community is our top priority, and we realize that the situation can quickly change. College administration and the Office of Emergency Management will participate in a conference call on Friday, March 13, 2020, with HCPH and the Harris County Office of Emergency Management to discuss strategic planning regarding the return of students after Spring Break. The College will make an informed decision based on recommendations from the health department, and will provide another update by noon on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

In addition, the San Jacinto College Office of Emergency Management will maintain frequent contact with Harris Public Health, the City of Houston Health Department, and surrounding cities to monitor the virus as it pertains to our region. The College will continue to follow recommendations from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will assess any new information as it becomes available. 

As a reminder, WHO and CDC prevention guidelines include:

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw any used tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

The College will provide weekly updates for as long as they are needed. Other resources can be found online at:

 

Thank you.

San Jacinto College administration and the Office of Emergency Management are continuing to monitor and assess the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The College will continue to follow recommendations from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will assess any new information as it becomes available. In addition, the San Jacinto College Office of Emergency Management is in regular contact with Harris Public Health, the City of Houston Health Department, and surrounding cities to monitor the virus as it pertains to our region.

As a reminder, prevention guidelines include:

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw any used tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
  • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.

The College will continue to provide weekly updates as needed. Other resources can be found online at:

Thank you.

March 5, 2020

Harris County Public Health (HCPH) is reporting its first two confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Harris County. The tests have been verified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A man and a woman from the unincorporated area of northwest Harris County, outside the City of Houston, tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, Fort Bend County reported a presumptive positive case on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. These cases are travel-related and, at this time, there is no evidence of community spread. 

As we approach Spring Break, we want to remind you that in some countries outside of the United States, the Coronavirus is prevalent. During the break, San Jacinto College administration and the Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the situation with the Coronavirus.

For anyone who may be traveling out of the country for Spring Break, it is recommended that you visit the CDC website to review the travel restrictions and guidance. For those traveling domestically (within the United States), please check with the local area health department for the latest information regarding the current spread of the Coronavirus.

The College will continue to follow recommendations from the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, the San Jacinto College Office of Emergency Management is in regular contact with Harris Public Health, the City of Houston Health Department, and surrounding cities, colleges, and universities to monitor the situation.

As a reminder, WHO and CDC prevention guidelines include:

  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw any used tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

The College will provide weekly updates for as long as they are needed. Other resources can be found online at:

Thank you.

San Jacinto College administration and the Office of Emergency Management are monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time there are no confirmed cases within Harris County or the City of Houston.

The College will continue to follow recommendations from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). In addition, the San Jacinto College Office of Emergency Management is in regular contact with Harris Public Health and surrounding cities to monitor the situation.

If the situation deteriorates, the College will engage its Pandemic Response Plan, which includes numerous hand sanitizer stations throughout the College. However, it will not be possible to provide hand sanitizer stations in every building; therefore it is recommended that employees and students provide their own personal hand sanitizer if possible.

WHO and CDC prevention guidance includes:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw any used tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • 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.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.

The College will provide weekly updates as needed. Other resources can be found online at:

 Thank you.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally including the United States.

At present, there are no cases at San Jacinto College, but we want to update the community on this emerging global health concern.

There is much more to learn about how the 2019-nCoV virus spreads, severity of associated illness, and other features of the virus. Investigations are ongoing. While the CDC considers this is a very serious public health threat, based on current information, the immediate health risk from 2019-nCoV to the general American public is considered low at this time.

There are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses.  Guard against all communicable diseases with the following:

  • frequent handwashing;
  • covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue; and
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

These precautions will help reduce your risk of many respiratory infections, including influenza, which is widespread across the nation.

Seasonal influenza activity in the United States and in Texas continues to be an ongoing concern.  The flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu.  Flu shots are available through primary care physicians and local pharmacies.

If you have a fever, with or without respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), you are advised to stay home.  Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain out of class, away from work, and avoid others for the duration of the illness and for 24 hours after symptoms abate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to safety@sjcd.edu or oem@sjcd.edu.

References

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html   

https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/  

http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus