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You can scroll through this page for general FAQs, student related FAQs, employee FAQs, and virus-related FAQs. Scroll down for general FAQs or follow the below links to jump to other sections.

 

General FAQs

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Office of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management (SHERM) have been tasked by the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) to give the College’s response to COVID-19. The SLT is updated and meets regularly to discuss and review the rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of COVID-19.

The College has activated its emergency management plan and convened its response team to coordinate preparedness and response activities. Policies, procedures and processes are also being reviewed and updated to meet the needs of the College and community.

Here are some of the ways San Jac is working to keep the College safe for our students, employees, and the community:

The College’s Health & Safety Precautions:

  • Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
  • Face Covering Required
  • Social Distancing Required
  • Reduced Capacity Classrooms
  • Protect Yourself Signage
  • Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire
  • Verifying Approval to Enter Campus
  • Restricted Entrances at Buildings
  • Hand Sanitizing Stations throughout Buildings
  • PPE Kits for Employees 
  • Suspected/Positive Case Protocol 
  • Case Tracing & Close Contact Notifications 

Members of the team continue to closely monitor the situation, relying on local and state health officials, as well as members of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of State Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness and the World Health Organization to ensure a consistent and coordinated response. The College coordinates with internal and external partners to ensure that issues related to campus communities are appropriately addressed.

The College will continue to address questions and concerns through regular communications and updates of this page.

The College has a thorough case tracing process which tracks all possible cases associated with the College.  While people connected to the College, on campus and off, have tested positive for COVID-19 the trends have followed that of Harris County in general.  Additionally, no case transmission has been linked directly to College sponsored activities.

San Jacinto College follows the guidance of local health department in regards to testing and case tracing. We screen students, employees, contractors, and visitors daily for risk before allowing them on campus. When the College learns of a suspected or confirmed case involving someone who accessed a campus facility, the Positive Case Protocol is activated to immediately address the affected areas, students, and employees and to help stop the spread:

The College’s Positive Case Protocol:

  • A student/employee tests positive for COVID-19 or is awaiting test results
  • The student/employee informs their instructor (for students) or leader and HR Benefits (for employees)
  • The student/employee fills out the Daily Pre-Screening Form to trigger the Positive Case Protocol
  • The student/employee remains at home
  • The student/employee is contacted for more information
  • Areas where student/employee visited are disinfected
  • Case tracing is conducted 
  • Email notifications are sent to any students or employees who may have come into close contact with the positive student/employee
  • The student/employee recovers at home & must provide a physician’s note or proof of negative test results before being cleared to return to a College facility

San Jac uses a CDC/EPA approved viricidal agent to routinely and frequently disinfect common areas, touch points and high-risk areas.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Harris County, San Jacinto College is requiring face coverings at ALL times on campus, at the district offices, or at any of our facilities. This applies to all employees, students, contractors, and campus visitors. 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.

Appropriate use of face coverings is essential to minimizing risks to others near you, though it is not a substitute for social distancing. San Jacinto College also has PPE kits available for employees, but students, contractors, and visitors will need to bring their own face covering. 

Please note the following recommendations for proper use and care of face coverings: 

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face cover. 
  • Ensure the face cover fits over the nose and mouth. 
  • Avoid touching the front of the face cover. 
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face cover and wash your hands immediately after removing. 
  • Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent and should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged, or contaminated. 
  • A limited number of disposable masks are available to leaders to distribute to employees to facilitate compliance with face coverings.

Please be aware that campus entry points have been reduced as part of our response to the COVID-19 concerns. This decision was made to help guide the College population to identified entry points where can manage exposure concerns. We will continue to monitor and adjust as needed. Below please find maps and more information on entrances for each campus.

The College’s student support services and resources—including advising—are moving to an online format for the foreseeable future. To schedule a virtual appointment, visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/. The below student services departments are available to assist you: Admissions, Career Services, Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion, Financial Aid, Recruiting, Student Engagement- Food Distribution, and Veteran Services.

As the College conducts altered operations, campuses are closed to the public, but a select group of on-campus resources remain open for students, and small groups of students will be attending hybrid, on-campus course training by appointment. Students will be notified by their faculty as this applies to their specific courses.

San Jacinto College is conducting altered operations for the foreseeable future due to the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Summer courses will be delivered online as much as possible. Some technical courses may be available on campus, following social distancing and CDC guidelines.

Everyone MUST complete the Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire for EACH day you intend to come to campus or the District offices. A completed form triggers your approval to enter campus and will be verified by College ID and/or G# at all building entrances.

Students: Student Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire

Visitors: Visitor Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire

Contractors: Contractor Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire

Employees: Inform your leader of your plans & complete the Employee Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire


Student FAQs - Academic Classes

San Jacinto College has launched San Jac My Way for fall 2020, with four flexible course options, keeping health and safety a top priority. Learn more about the different course options and find additional information for the fall term here: www.sanjac.edu/sjc-my-way.

Dual credit and ECHS students are being treated the same as every other SJC student. They should check the website and Blackboard for announcements from their instructors regarding their classes. They are also subject to whatever restrictions their schools have in place.

Online instruction is being tailored to existing student platforms like Blackboard, and optimized to be mobile-friendly so students can participate via cell phone. Additionally, the College’s IT department is working hard to make sure everyone has access to the equipment they need during these altered operations. Please reach out to your instructor if you have specific course-related concerns.

Please visit https://www.sanjacits.org/need-computer for additional information.

 

Please visit https://www.sanjacits.org/access-courses if you are having problems accessing your course materials on Blackboard Learn or need access to software or lab equipment to complete your coursework.

Please visit https://www.sanjacits.org/student-account for assistance with your student username and password.

Contact our Call Center (281) 998-6150 or Tech Support (281) 998-6137. We will verify your identification and provide you with your G# Number. For additional information please visit https://www.sanjacits.org/forgot-g-number

Student FAQs - Accessibility Services

The accessibility services office is closed to visitors, but accessibility counselors are still available to help meet the needs of our students. To schedule a phone appointment or virtual meeting, contact us at accessibility.services@sjcd.edu or educational.planning@sjcd.edu.

Students can email Accessibility.Services@sjcd.edu or Educational.Planning@sjcd.edu and it will be forwarded to the correct individual.

This will be determined via case-by-case review. Students should wait to hear from their instructors before emailing the Accessibility counselors in regards to their course format. Students can email their questions or concerns to Accessibility.Services@sjcd.edu.

Student FAQs - Admissions Office

The College’s student support services and resources—including advising—are moving to an online format for the foreseeable future. To schedule a virtual appointment, visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/. These student services departments are available online to assist you: Admissions, Career Services, Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion, Financial Aid, International Student Services, Recruiting, Student Engagement – Food Distribution, and Veteran Services. To contact admissions, email admissions@sjcd.edu.

To contact admissions, email admissions@sjcd.edu.The College’s student support services and resources—including advising—are moving to an online format for the foreseeable future. To schedule a virtual appointment, visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/. These student services departments are available online to assist you: Admissions, Career Services, Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion, Financial Aid, Recruiting, Student Engagement – Food Distribution, and Veteran Services.

The College’s student support services and resources—including advising—are moving to an online format for the foreseeable future. To schedule a virtual appointment, visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/. These student services departments are available online to assist you: Admissions, Career Services, Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion, Financial Aid, Recruiting, Student Engagement – Food Distribution, and Veteran Services. To contact admissions, email admissions@sjcd.edu.

Meningitis forms can be sent via email: meningitis.docs@sjcd.edu. Other university and college transcripts, and high school transcripts can be submitted via email: admissions@sjcd.edu

Other university and college transcripts, and high school transcripts can be submitted via email: admissions@sjcd.edu.Questions concerning the admission process or to schedule a remote advising session, please email: admissions@sjcd.edu.

Current SJC students can request transcripts through their SOS account. Information about this process can be found at: www.sanjac.edu/students-services/records-transcripts. At this time, students cannot pick up a transcript from the College. An unofficial transcript can be accessed through students’ SOS account.

Web Drop capability has been removed for parts of term that have already started. This means students are not able to drop on their own through their SOS account. Students requesting to be withdrawn from class(es) can schedule an appointment with an advisor. To schedule a virtual appointment, students can visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/ or use the Advising Chat feature for general questions on the EPCC webpage. To contact an Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion advisor email educational.planning@sjcd.edu or call 281-998-6150 Central Campus: x1014, North Campus: x2306, and South Campus: x3444.

For questions concerning the admissions application process or to schedule an online advising session, please email: admissions@sjcd.edu.The College’s student support services and resources—including advising—are moving to an online format for the foreseeable future. To schedule a virtual appointment, visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/. These student services departments are available online to assist you: Admissions, Career Services, Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion, Financial Aid, Recruiting, Student Engagement – Food Distribution, and Veteran Services.

Students who need to discuss dropping courses must contact an Admissions advisor if they are first-semster/ first-time-in-college students at admissions@sjcd.edu. Students in their second semester and beyond should contact an Educational Planning advisor at educational.planning@sjcd.edu or call 281-998-6150 Central Campus: x1014, North Campus: x2306, and South Campus: x3444.

Student FAQs - Bookstore

Beginning July 27, the bookstores on each campus will be open with limited hours.

  • The hours of operation for the on-site operations are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Beginning Wednesday, July 29, the bookstores will have prepackaged lunch options for employees and students on the campuses who may need food items.
  • As has been the case throughout the altered operations period, books can still be ordered online and delivered to students.
  • 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.
Student FAQs - Business Office

Beginning July 27, the Campus Business Offices will be open:

  • Mondays – Wednesdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Fridays, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Students can also reach the College’s contact center at 281-998-6150. If the representatives can’t answer your question, they will share your request with business office employees, who will reach out to you as soon as possible.

More information on payments and individual payment plans (IPP) can be found on the students resource page FAQ under Payments & Individual Payment Plan (IPP)

If you’re currently still enrolled in a course/courses, you still must pay. The day you register, you need to make sure tuition is covered that same day.

More information on payments and individual payment plans (IPP) can be found on the students resource page FAQ under Payments & Individual Payment Plan (IPP)

We are not taking phone payments, but you may pay online through SOS. If you would like to mail a check, money order, or cashier check, please send to San Jacinto College District, Attn: Business Office, 4620 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX 77504.

More information on payments and individual payment plans (IPP) can be found on the students resource page FAQ under Payments & Individual Payment Plan (IPP)

 

More information on payments and individual payment plans (IPP) can be found on the students resource page FAQ under Payments & Individual Payment Plan (IPP)

It depends on your situation. Please check the Academic Calendar.

More information on payments and individual payment plans (IPP) can be found on the students resource page FAQ under Payments & Individual Payment Plan (IPP)

Visit https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/payments/methods-payment.

More information on payments and individual payment plans (IPP) can be found on the students resource page FAQ under Payments & Individual Payment Plan (IPP)

More information on payments and individual payment plans (IPP) can be found on the students resource page FAQ under Payments & Individual Payment Plan (IPP)

Call the College’s contact center at 281-998-6150. If the representatives can’t answer your question, they will share your request with business office employees who will reach out to you as soon as possible.

More information on payments and individual payment plans (IPP) can be found on the students resource page FAQ under Payments & Individual Payment Plan (IPP)

Please speak with an advisor/educational planner to find out your options. For now, advising will be provided online. To schedule a virtual appointment, visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/ or use the Live Chat feature on the EPCC webpage. You may also email your advising questions to educational.planning@sjcd.edu.

Please speak with an advisor/educational planner to find out your options. For now, advising will be provided online. To schedule a virtual appointment, visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/ or use the Live Chat feature on the EPCC webpage. You may also email your advising questions to educational.planning@sjcd.edu.

You can change your refund preference at any time. To update your preference:

  • Go to “Refunds” in the navigation bar
  • Select “Refund Preferences”
  • Select your new refund preference and hit “update” at the bottom of the page
  • Follow the prompts on the screen to confirm your new refund preference

You must make any desired changes to your refund selection preference at least 24 hours prior to an anticipated refund. When possible, we will honor a change made within 24 hours of a refund receipt but in the event that we are unable to do so, your requested change will only be effective for future refunds.

For more information visit the FAQ page for BankMobile:

https://bankmobile.custhelp.com/app/home?cb=9

Student FAQs - Career Services

Career services advising and programming will continue to be available through an online platform. To schedule a virtual appointment, students can visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/ or use the Advising Chat feature on the Career Services webpage.

Contact information: career.centers@sjcd.edu

Student FAQs - Continuing & Professional Development Courses

During the College’s altered operations, some CPD classes will be cancelled, but not all. You will be notified as to whether your course has been cancelled or if it is moving online. If you still need assistance, please refer to our webpage https://www.sanjac.edu/continuing-professional-development or call 281-542-2020 to speak with CPD registration representatives.

During the College’s altered operations, some CPD classes will be cancelled, but not all. You will be notified as to whether your course has been cancelled or if it is moving online. If you still need assistance, please refer to our webpage https://www.sanjac.edu/continuing-professional-development or call 281-542-2020 to speak with CPD registration representatives.

CPD is still determining if labs are possible during the College’s period of altered operations. Most labs will be cancelled or postponed. If you are already enrolled, the CPD program staff will contact you with specific details.

Student FAQs - EPCC

Currently, Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion is still available to answer phone calls and emails. Students can contact us at 281-998-6150 or Educational.Planning@sjcd.edu. For general information, students can use the EPCC chat on our page during regular hours of operation: https://www.sanjac.edu/student-services/student-support/educational-pla…

At this time, students can call 281-998-6150 for advising or email Educational.Planning@sjcd.edu. Advisors/counselors can set up video meetings via Zoom with the student or work with the student via phone.

At this time, students can call 281-998-6150 or email Educational.Planning@sjcd.edu for registration assistance or advising.

Students can request official/unofficial transcripts through their SOS accounts. They can also request transcripts by completing the transcript request form, attaching a photo ID, and emailing Transcripts@sjcd.edu. The form and instructions can be found here: https://www.sanjac.edu/student-services/records-transcripts

Students can call Educational Planning, Counseling and Completion at 281-998-6150 or email Educational.Planning@sjcd.edu to discuss their situation with an advisor/counselor who will be able to assist them.

Students that require academic appeals should be referred to their email for the appeal online submission link. Students that have sat out at least a semester (due to academic standing) and are returning can contact Educational, Planning and Counseling at 281-998-6150 or email Educational.Planning@sjcd.eduFor more information on academic standing students can visit: https://www.sanjac.edu/student-services/student-support/ed-planning-cou…

At this time scheduled appointments will not be cancelled and the students with scheduled services will be contacted to complete their meeting via Zoom, Skype, or alternate distance meeting arrangement.

Mental health counseling services have been moved to an online format and will continue for the foreseeable future. Counseling will now be provided online. To schedule a virtual appointment, students can visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/ or use the Advising Chat feature on the EPCC webpage.

Contact information: educational.planning@sjcd.edu

281-998-6150
Central: x1014
North: x2306
South: x3444

Student FAQs - Financial Aid Office

The Financial Aid Office is not physically open, however all Financial Aid services are now available online at https://www.sanjac.edu/financial-aid.

A Financial Aid representative can be reached via email at finaid@sjcd.edu, contact center at 281.998.6150, online chat, or by scheduling a virtual meeting online at https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/….

The next two financial aid disbursements will be processed as normal. Students can expect their funds to be transferred to their BankMobile selection on or before March 30 and on or before April 20.

Students can submit their documents online through the SOS document upload feature. Instructions on this process can be found at https://www.sanjac.edu/sites/default/files/Financial%2520Aid%2520Upload…. They may also be submitted during/following a meeting scheduled virtually with a Financial Aid representative. Additional options are being considered to be able to assist those without printing/scanning capabilities.

Verification forms can be found online at https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/…. Additional options are being considered to be able to assist those without printing/scanning capabilities.

Professional judgements will be considered if a student’s household income situation has changed. For more details, students should set up an Appeal Inquiry appointment online with a Financial Aid representative. You can book an appointment here: https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/….

Appeal appointments can be set up through the online Appeal Inquiry appointment feature located on the San Jac website: https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/…

All previously scheduled Financial Aid appeal appointments can be rescheduled through the San Jac appointment confirmation email or through the San Jac website at https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/…. Additionally, students with a previously scheduled appeal appointment may receive a call from San Jac staff for rescheduling purposes.

Yes, attendance is required to maintain financial aid eligibility. Please be aware, online courses may record attendance through various means, so it is important that students communicate with their instructor on how attendance will be recorded.

It is recommended that students speak with a Financial Aid representative before withdrawing from any courses, as attendance is important to the calculation of a student’s financial aid eligibility.

We have changed the PFE Financial Literacy component and all students are now required to complete this component online. The last campaign process reminder will be sent on Tuesday, March 24, and the three (3) remaining campus workshops have been cancelled (3/18, 3/30, and 4/08). All students should be directed to the Program for Financial Education (PFE) link, which can be found under the Financial Aid tab on the San Jac website (https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/…) and follow the instructions provided. Additionally, we have extended the deadline to Thursday, April 30, 2020. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the instructor (Elena Olivier) at 281-991-2645.

Part-time work study employees will be paid a minimum of 15 hours per week for anyone who was paid for the pay cycle from February 24 through March 8 (pay date March 18) and is available for work. Part-time staff, including work study, will not receive 15 hours pay for spring break week.

Any student who is eligible or has questions pertaining to a special circumstance appeal request should set up an Appeal Inquiry appointment and discuss their situation in detail with a Financial Aid representative. Make an appointment here: https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/…

Financial Aid now has an option to set up a Loan Inquiry using the online scheduler feature located under the Financial Aid tab on the San Jac website: https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/….

Students interested in any type of a loan request should set up an a Loan Inquiry appointment using the online scheduler feature located under the Financial Aid tab on the San Jac website: https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/….

Yes. Verification documents can now be submitted by setting up a Verification appointment using the online scheduler feature located under the Financial Aid tab on the San Jac website (https://www.sanjac.edu/apply-register-pay/paying-college/financial-aid/…) or through your SOS account. The following link has step-by-step instructions on how to upload a verification document using 

SOS: https://www.sanjac.edu/sites/default/files/Financial%2520Aid%2520Upload…

San Jacinto College is now providing emergency grants to students with funding from the Federal CARES Act. Students will be able to use the grant funds for food, housing, and other costs related to the disruption of campus operations during the pandemic.

To apply for a grant, please visit: https://www.sanjac.edu/cares-act

The San Jacinto College Foundation is now accepting applications for emergency funding scholaships. The Foundation could award up to $250 per student to assist with financial needs for the Spring 2020 semester as a result of a COVID-19 hardship. Students should visit the San Jacinto College Foundation scholarship application website and login to apply. Questions should be directed to Scholarship.Info@sjcd.edu.

Student FAQs - Food Markets

Yes, the College understands that many students are still in need of assistance during this time. We are keeping the Food Markets open at each campus, with altered operations, in collaboration with the Houston Food Bank. For full details and updated Food Market hours, visit: https://www.sanjac.edu/student-services/campus-life/student-engagement-….

Student FAQs - International Students

You should contact your personal physician for further instructions.

San Jacinto College is currently closed to students and the community. International Student Services Office is available via email (International.Services@sjcd.edu) and phone (281.998.6150 ext. 4636) to answer questions and provide support.

Contact the international services office if you’re considering returning home. Reach us at international.services@sjcd.edu or 281-998-6150 x4636 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m

Contact the international services office for an extension of your status. Reach us at international.services@sjcd.edu or 281-998-6150 x4636 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m

During this evolving situation, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is allowing schools to make temporary procedural adaptations, so online classes will not affect your international/visa status. If you have concerns, contact us at international.services@sjcd.edu or 281-998-6150 x4636 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Every student’s situation is unique, so we’re here to help! Contact the international services office at international.services@sjcd.edu or 281-998-6150 x4636 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Every student’s situation is unique, so we’re here to help! Contact the international services office at international.services@sjcd.edu or 281-998-6150 x4636. We’re available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Every student’s situation is unique, so we’re here to help! Contact the international services office at international.services@sjcd.edu or 281-998-6150 x4636. We’re available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Every student’s situation is unique, so we’re here to help! Contact the international services office at international.services@sjcd.edu or 281-998-6150 x4636. We’re available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student FAQs - Library

Library fines are waived for all books and library materials due after March 1, 2020 to August 7, 2020. Books may be returned via your campus library book drop. 

Book drop locations:

Central: Building 21 near either entrance 

North: Building 14 on the South side near Circle drive

South: Building 10 near the entrance

Yes!  The library is now offering Curbside Pickup at all three Campus libraries!  

More information about this program can be found at https://sjcd.libguides.com/curbside

We are now offering this service through August 7th.  Please check back here or https://sanjac.edu/library for future offerings of this program.

Library books can be returned to any campus library book drop.  Please do not deposit books into any drop but the library's book drop. 

Please be sure to refer to the COMING TO CAMPUS page in our FAQs before heading to campus and make sure you have filled out the Daily Pre-screening Questionnaire.

For more information on returns please refer to https://bit.ly.com/SJCLReturns

Please Note:  Fines will begin accruing again on un-returned materials starting August 10, 2020.

Student FAQs - Orientation

Yes, orientation is available online during the College's altered operations.

When you receive your acceptance letter from the college, you will be able to claim your SOS account and sign up for orientation.

Student FAQs - Recruiting

Send TSI scores to shannon.oreilly@sjcd.edu

Send SAT scores to shannon.oreilly@sjcd.edu

All on-campus orientations are cancelled for the foreseeable future. Students who have completed the application process may complete New Student Orientation via the online portal in SOS. For the most up-to-date information, continue to check: https://www.sanjac.edu/student-services/orientation-campus-tours.

Students can contact Orientation & Campus Tours through the following email addresses:

Outreach and Recruitment services have been moved to an online format and will continue for the foreseeable future. Outreach advising will now be provided online. To schedule a virtual appointment, students can visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/ or use the Advising Chat feature on the Recruiting webpage.

Contact information: student.recruitment@sjcd.edu

281-998-6150 x1078

Student FAQs - Testing Center

The testing center is currently closed. Please visit www.sanjac.edu/testing for updates.

You can reach your campus testing center by emailing TestingCenter-South@sjcd.edu, TestingCenter-North@sjcd.edu, or TestingCenter-Central@sjcd.edu.

The testing center is still determining the best method to deliver TSI testing during this altered operations period. Please check www.sanjac.edu/testing for updates.

The testing center is currently closed and has cancelled all scheduled tests. Please contact the College program for which you’re applying for more information about application requirements during this period of altered operations.

The testing center is still determining the best method to deliver ESL testing during this altered operations period. Please check www.sanjac.edu/testing for updates.

The testing center is currently closed and has cancelled all scheduled tests. Please contact the person or institution that has set up your test to determine your next steps. You may also contact the testing center where you have an appointment.

The testing center is currently closed and has cancelled all scheduled tests. Please visit clep.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates for updates on testing options.

The testing center is currently closed and has cancelled all scheduled tests. Expect an email from GED and/or HiSET advising you on your next steps. You can also receive updates here: GED: https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update • HiSET: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/hiset/the-americas/

The testing center is currently closed and has cancelled all scheduled tests. Please contact the person or institution that has set up your test to determine your next steps.

The testing center is currently closed and has cancelled all scheduled tests. Please contact the person or institution that has set up your test to determine your next steps. You can also contact the testing center where you have an appointment.

The testing center has already cancelled all tests currently scheduled and has notified testers. If you have questions or concerns, you can reach the testing center at your campus by emailing TestingCenter-South@sjcd.edu, TestingCenter-North@sjcd.edu, or TestingCenter-Central@sjcd.edu.

If you have paid any test fees with San Jac and were unable to take your test, please email the testing center at your campus to request a refund (TestingCenter-South@sjcd.edu, TestingCenter-North@sjcd.edu, or TestingCenter-Central@sjcd.edu). Provide your name, student G#, and a copy of your receipt. We will forward your request for processing. If you have paid any fees to another institution and were unable to take your test, please contact the person or institution that set up your test to determine your next steps regarding refunds. If you paid any fees through your GED.com account, please contact GED through your account regarding refunds.

You can submit a request for San Jac to retrieve your TSI scores through a Cross-Institutional Score Report using this form and process: www.sanjac.edu/apply-register/overview/testing/forms.

The testing center is still determining the best method to deliver testing for students with accommodations or students who need to complete a make-up test for a San Jac class during this altered operations period. Please check www.sanjac.edu/testing for updates.

Student FAQs - Other

During this period of altered operations, the College’s Student Success Centers staff are still available to support students with online tutoring. Students will be able to schedule an appointment online through TutorTrac by using this link: http://sjctutortrac.sanjac.edu/. Instructions for scheduling an appointment are available here (link PDF). Questions can be emailed to ssctutoringsouth@sjcd.edu.

Visit the San Jacinto College Cap & Gown page for the most up to date information on regalia.

Spring Commencement has been rescheduled for August 7, 2020 @ 7 p.m. -  a virtual event that will be live streamed on YouTube. Visit the commencement page for more details. 

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.

Please continue to monitor the College website for information. This is a fluid situation, and details are rapidly changing. Below are additional resources available:

Free Internet Service during COVID-19 (*Note, these third-party services are subject to change)

Financial Management

Food Resources

Foster Care Alumni

General Resources

Healthcare Resources

Housing Resources

Mental Health Resources

To report an incident or complaint, complete an incident report at www.sanjac.edu/incident-report.  This includes incidents related, but not limited to: behavioral concerns, general complaints, sexual misconduct, and discrimination.  If you have an emergency, please call Campus Police immediately at 281-476-9128.

Complaints related to behavioral concerns could include, but are not limited to endangerment, harassment, stalking, disruption, hazing, misuse of property, failure to comply, and retaliation.

General complaints include a College-related problem, decision, or condition that a student believes to be unfair, inequitable, or to adversely affect their education.  Examples include poor customer service in College office, a complaint against faculty or staff or administrator, etc.

Sexual misconduct complaints include, but are not limited to sexual harassment, sexual violence, dating violence, intimate partner violence, domestic violence or stalking.  These behaviors are prohibited against a student by other students, College employees, College contractors, or third parties who are visiting the College or participating in a College activity.

Discrimination-related complaints could be based on race, creed, color, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, pregnancy, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, marital or veteran status is prohibited against students and any agent or employee of the College.

Students needing to drop off paperwork can do so in the lobbies of the following buildings. Note that you will have to complete the “Student Information Sheet” for all requests. This sheet is available at all drop off locations. Please see a list of locations below:

CENTRAL   SOUTH  NORTH 

Building C-27
Welcome Center
8060 Spencer Hwy.
Pasadena, TX 77505 

Building S-14
HVAC
13735 Beamer Rd.
Houston, TX 77089 

Building  N-24
Cosmetology & Culinary Center
5800 Uvalde Rd.
Houston, TX 77049 

We understand you may have a lot of questions during "altered operations".  Remote advising is available. Go to http://www.sanjac.edu/veterans to schedule a remote advising session with a Veteran Services team member.

VETERANS’ GI BILL BENEFITS TO CONTINUE DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The President of the United States signed S. 3503 into law, which clarifies how the Department of Veterans Affairs should treat in-person courses of study that convert to distance learning formats due to health-related situations and other emergencies. This means that GI Bill benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic will be protected as classes move to online formats.

Visit the Dept of Veteran Affairs’ website often to receive the most recent information regarding your benefits.

Students are not required to take any action. Benefits will continue automatically.

Student with specific questions should contact the VA Education Call Center at 888-442-4551, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (EST), Monday – Friday.

VA INFORMATION FOR COVID-19
https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/?utm_source=Homepage&utm_campaign=Coronavirus 

VA DEBT MANAGEMENT CENTER (DMC) ANNOUNCEMENT
Attention Veterans and Family members who have a VBA overpayment.

If you are affected by the COVID-19 (CORONA VIRUS), have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief, please contact DMC at 1-800-827-0648 to request assistance.

HAVE YOU BEEN ACTIVATED?
The federal government may activate some National Guard units for service during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are activated and currently using VA Chapter or Hazelwood benefits, please contact the Veterans Center for assistance.  After you drop your classes, submit a copy of your orders to veterans@sjcd.edu.  Include your student “G number” and a contact e-mail and telephone number. Current active duty veterans who deploy to another area and cannot complete courses, should contact the Veteran Services by emailing Veterans@sjcd.edu to submit orders.

Graduation

The deadline to apply to graduation for your name to appear in the program has been extended to April 30, 2020.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in our region, San Jacinto College will postpone its May 15 Commencement ceremony.

Advising will now be provided online. To schedule a virtual appointment, students can visit http://appointments.sjcd.edu/ or use the Advising Chat feature on the EPCC webpage

Students can email educational.planning@sjcd.edu for graduation related inquiries.

 


Employee FAQs - Campus Reopening

Yes. The College has taken necessary precautions to provide for a safe return to campuses for all students and employees. We have also implemented enhanced touch point cleaning at routine intervals throughout the day using CDC approved guidelines and disinfectant cleaning chemicals. More thorough cleaning will take place each night throughout the College.

The College has announced an approach to phase in employees in a safe manner. We have been deliberate in being responsible, assessing risks, and addressing health and safety concerns for both employees and students.

All administrators and those employees currently identified as serving in critical functions to meet student needs will return to on-site operations on a rotating basis beginning July 27, 2020. All administrators will be expected to work on site at least 50 percent of the work week. The percentage may be measured in two-week increments. Effective August 3, 2020, Department Chairs and other designated employees will return to on-site operations. Plans to reopen other departments on site will be made and shared as we move forward and identify additional functions that need to be provided on site, either to serve our students better or to move the College forward more efficiently.

An on-site work location is a designated work location either on College Property or other location authorized by leadership where normal work, meetings, or related business activities are performed on behalf of the College.

Working 100% remotely was a temporary work arrangement that was granted to comply with the state and local mandates.

Yes. Employees may be asked to work on site more than 50% of their work schedule at any phase when returning to on-site operations. Assigned work schedules are still driven by the needs and expectations of our students and operational needs of the College. In all situations, health and safety protocols will be followed.

All employees should plan to return to on-site work for a minimum of 50% of time no later than July 27, 2020. The percentage may be measured in two-week increments. Some employees are already working onsite, but ALL employees should plan for the July 27 date.

Employees should work with their leaders to review their return to work plans specific to their department. A schedule may allow for the 50% minimum to be measured in two-week increments, such as working on site for two days in week one and three days in week two. For example, an employee may be scheduled to work on site Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in week one and Tuesday and Thursday in week two. The flexibility in these schedules is subject to leader approval. Some positions will require all on-site work to meet the needs our students, employees, and community. With all scheduling arrangements, health and safety protocols will be followed.

On site is a designated work location either on College Property or other location authorized by leadership where routine work, meetings, or related business activities are performed on behalf of the College.

Property, whether indoors or outdoors, located within the State of Texas that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the College. This includes but is not limited to all buildings, classrooms, laboratories, auditoriums, library buildings, offices, athletic facilities, any other structures, grounds, sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, and attached parking structures owned or controlled by the College.

As part of the phased-in return to on-site operations, each leader will work with their leadership chain and employees to determine a schedule that recognizes social distancing and addresses the needs of the College. Departments could also consider staggering reporting and departure times by 30 minutes to reduce traffic in common areas.

We understand this is a concern of many employees. Each department and office setting are arranged differently. Department leadership should work with employees to determine the best possible seating and work arrangements for their specific office setting to encourage social distancing. Face coverings must be worn when an employee is in the same general area as another individual (employee, student, visitor), but are not necessary when working at your desk. In departments where employees are working in shared cubicles, it would be best to develop an alternating schedule that limits overlap. There is also an option that an employee could be moved to another space, if one is available.

San Jacinto College – a Work Safe Company:  To maintain a safe work environment for on-site employees, San Jacinto College has created a complaint channel for employees to report unsafe practices or violations of protocol during this period.  If you have something to report, please visit the San Jacinto College Ethics and Fraud Reporting site to provide information.

If there is a room or meeting space large enough for employees to have seating in between them and be mindful of the six-foot social distancing recommendations, in-person meetings can take place. However, Zoom and Microsoft Teams are still good options for connecting with team members, other College employees, and visitors.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Harris County, San Jacinto College is requiring face coverings at ALL times on campus, at the district offices, or at any of our facilities. This applies to all employees, students, contractors, and campus visitors. 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.

Appropriate use of face coverings is essential to minimizing risks to others near you, though it is not a substitute for social distancing. We hope you will bring your own face covering, but San Jacinto College also has PPE kits available for employees. You can request a PPE kit through your respective campus Dean of Administration or AVC of Facilities for District.

Please note the following recommendations for proper use and care of face coverings: 

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face cover. 
  • Ensure the face cover fits over the nose and mouth. 
  • Avoid touching the front of the face cover. 
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face cover and wash your hands immediately after removing. 
  • Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent and should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged, or contaminated. 
  • A limited number of disposable masks are available to leaders to distribute to employees to facilitate compliance with face coverings.

We hope you will bring your own face covering, but San Jacinto College also has PPE kits available for employees. You can request a PPE kit through your respective campus Dean of Administration or AVC of Facilities for District.

PPE kits contain two cloth face coverings, a bottle of disinfectant, a microfiber cloth, and instructional information.

SJC has implemented multiple layers of protective measures including Plexiglas shields where they are appropriate. All decisions regarding protective measures are taken after visiting the affected area and in consultation with subject matter experts. Like any prevention strategy, a single measure is rarely effective, SJC staff study and devise individualized plans for each area that include multiple overlapping measures to maximize the safety of our staff, students and visitors.

Employees need to contact their leader to get permission to return to campus. Leaders need to contact their SLT member for approval.

Employees are expected to dress in a professional manner in line with their duties and the work they perform at the College.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides expanded leave for employees who have difficulty finding childcare. The FFCRA allows for up to 12 weeks of leave for employees at 2/3 pay when employees cannot return to work due to the unavailability of childcare. Employees must provide documentation from their provider and have Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) time available in order to qualify. Employees should contact HR Benefits to discuss their benefits under FFCRA.

Employees need to check with their leader to determine if the prior telecommuting arrangement is still valid or if there needs to be a modification to that schedule.

You can access the College’s telecommuting procedure and request form by clicking on the links.

No. Transportation expenses, including mileage, between your residence and assigned campus or primary work location are personal commuting expenses and not reimbursable. Mileage reimbursement only applies when traveling from the assigned campus or work location to a separate campus, College facility, or assigned work location. Employees who receive a travel stipend will not receive mileage reimbursement for travel between college campuses or assigned work locations.

San Jacinto College libraries will support the Revised Instructional Recovery Plan with online access to databases and online access to the libraries’ chat service.   The libraries will be closed to students and the public while the College maintains its closure.  Library closures are posted on the library websites.

  • Reference Services:  Chat and text enables students to consult with librarians online in real time.  Chat access will be limited to the hours during which librarians normally would be on campus.  Chat service hours are 7:30am - 5pm, Monday through Thursday and Friday 7:30am through 3pm. Closed on Saturday and Sunday.  The Ask-A-Librarian email service is also available. 
  • Electronic Resources: All electronic resources are available and some vendors are adding additional ebook resources.   These are all available via the Library’s webpage.
  • New Vendor Resources: Many of our library vendors are offering new and expanded online resources. Please visit our Vendor page for more information.
  • Library instruction sessions: Faculty can schedule library instruction with their campus librarians.  We highly recommend tying library instruction to a specific assignment.  Instruction sessions will be held in Blackboard using the Collaborate module.  All sessions must be scheduled in advance as faculty will need to add the Librarian as a Teaching Assistant in Bb.  Collaborate instructions are available here.
  • Interlibrary Loan Services: Interlibrary loan operations will be restricted to journal articles only and will be satisfied via email only.  ILL books already on loan may be returned through your campus library book drop.
  • Faculty Library Services: Faculty can contact librarians via chat, email, or phone for assistance in discovering OER content. Contact information can be found on the library’s homepage: https://www.sanjac.edu/library.
  • Library Fines: Library fines are waived for all books and library materials due after March 1, 2020 and will be waived until August 7, 2020.  To view your account, log on to My Account from the library's catalog.  Books may be returned via your campus library book drop.
  • Social Distancing and Limiting Exposure: All library employees will follow College procedures for social distancing and limiting contact exposure.
  • District Student Success Centers: Information on tutoring is forthcoming and will be shared by the Student Success Center Directors.

If an employee cannot wear a face covering because of a medical condition they need to provide documentation from their physician to HR Benefits. Only in documented cases will the employee be allowed to wear a face shield instead of a face covering. Face shields offer limited protection, therefore it is imperative that the use of face shields be closely monitored and permitted only in rare exceptions when a face covering is not permissible due to health concerns.

Employee FAQs - Employee Health

Employees who believe they may have had contact with someone diagnosed with or under investigation for COVID-19 should contact HR Benefits at HRBenefits@sjcd.edu.

Employees should first contact their personal physician to determine a course of action appropriate for their health condition. The employee should then contact HR Benefits to discuss the protocols and should not report to campus until they have been advised by HR Benefits to do so.

Throughout this pandemic and our altered operations, the College has established processes and procedures that are vetted and implemented at a College-wide level. There are many considerations that go into making these decisions. We recognize that there will be isolated situations where processes will need to be customized (i.e. children’s center). Modifications to established processes will need to be approved by the OEM team and SLT.

While we understand the concern for the well-being of our employees, we recommend that individuals who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or who feel they should be tested to consult their personal physician. There are also many testing locations throughout the Harris County / Houston and Galveston areas that are providing free testing to residents.

No. The College will not check individuals’ temperatures upon entry to the campus or a building. If an individual is feeling sick or has been in contact with someone who is ill, or has had COVID-19, they should disclose that in the Daily Pre-Screening Questionnaire, stay home and consult a physician.

Employees should contact HR Benefits to discuss their health concerns. The employees’ attending physician will need to complete documentation to state the employee cannot return to work due to their current health condition. The employee may be eligible for FMLA and could use available leave time.

Please contact the HR Benefits team at HRBenefits@sjcd.edu

An employee who is concerned about returning to work because they provide daily care for a family member will need to contact HR Benefits and provide documentation from the family member’s physician. The employee may take FMLA, if applicable, and use available leave time.

Yes, if you are available for work. If you are ill, use the appropriate leave.

If an employee is unable to work for more than 5 days due to injury or illness, HR Benefits requires a return to work note from a physician. If an employee is going to miss more than 5 days of work, then they should contact HR Benefits to discuss FMLA.

Contact your leader to use vacation or personal business. If you are ill, code your time as sick and let your leader know that you are not available for work.

Good Afternoon San Jacinto College Employees:

In a continued effort to meet the changing needs of the college, we have listed the guidelines for time tracking in Web time entry (WTE) beginning with the pay period starting on Monday, March 23rd.

  • Part Time non-exempt employees (including student workers and work study):
    • Use your WTE timesheet to record actual time worked (clock in/clock out) if working on site OR at home.
    • If you did not work, do not open or submit your timesheet.
    • Payroll will make any necessary adjustments due to Covid-19.
  • Full Time non-exempt employees:
    • A new earning code has been added and is labeled “Alternate Operations.”
    • You should use the new Alternate Operations code to manually enter your time based on your standard hours, to record your total time of 40 hours per week.
    • Absences due to sick, scheduled vacation time or personal business leave should be reported as you normally would using the appropriate category.  If using leave time, the Alternate Operations code will only be used for you to reach 40 hours.
    • Certain areas will clock in and out as usual and will not use the Alternate operations code.  You will be notified by your leader if you are in this group of employees.
  • Full Time exempt staff, faculty and administrators:
    • Absences due to sick, scheduled vacation time or personal business leave should be reported as you normally would using the appropriate category using the end of month leave report.
  • Leaders and Approvers:
    • It is more important than ever that you adhere to the payroll submission and approval deadlines. This will allow payroll the time necessary to process payments for full and part time Covid-19 hours. 

Thank you,

Payroll Office

Denise Segelquist - Payroll Manager – Ext 6143
Lisa Swafford – Assistant Payroll Manager - Ext 6149
Jenny Kallies - Payroll Specialist – Ext 6309
Tina Erdman - Payroll Specialist – Ext 2512
Sonia Roque - Payroll Specialist – Ext 2511
Caryn Hays – Payroll Specialist – Ext 6428

Yes, inform HR Benefits in the event the employee is asked to report onsite while waiting on results. Once test results have been received, contact HR Benefits to discuss next steps. 

Employee FAQs - Cleaning

The College facilities and ABM teams (the College's contracted vendor) are using a variety of cleaning products that meet CDC guidelines.

In addition to the cleaning that the College’s contracted vendor will conduct, employees are encouraged to also clean and disinfect their personal work spaces at least once per day. Employees will be provided with disinfectant and a microfiber cloth as part of their PPE kit. Particular attention should be paid to areas which come in frequent contact with your hands, mouth and nose such as your telephone, keyboard, computer mouse, and door knobs.

Disinfecting supplies and equipment will be obtained by the Purchasing department for college-wide use. Departments should not make purchases with their P-cards for disinfecting supplies, equipment, hand sanitizer, or other related items. Those instructional departments that regularly purchase specialized PPE for use in their programs may continue to do so.

We have implemented enhanced touch point cleaning at routine intervals throughout the day using CDC approved guidelines and disinfectant cleaning chemicals. More thorough cleaning will take place each night throughout the College. It is also recommended that employees clean and disinfect their personal work spaces at least once per day. Employees will be provided with disinfectant and a microfiber cloth as part of their PPE kit. Particular attention should be paid to areas which come in frequent contact with your hands, mouth, and nose such as your telephone, keyboard, computer mouse, and door knobs.

Elevator occupancy should be limited to no more than two individuals at once. Where possible, occupants should practice social distancing and use face coverings while in an elevator with others. Employees should avoid touching the elevator buttons with exposed fingers, if possible, and should clean their hands with hand sanitizer upon exiting the elevator. 

Breakrooms and common areas are a great way to step aside from our important work and re-energize. However, employees should still be mindful to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. There should be a six-foot distance between each employee while in the breakroom. Congregating should be avoided in common areas where possible. If the area is a small space, only one person at a time should enter.

Use of restrooms should be limited based on size to ensure at least a six-foot distance between individuals. It would be best to use a paper towel when touching door handles upon exit of the restroom. Employees and students should wash their hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds to reduce the potential transmission of any viruses and germs. Restrooms will be cleaned as necessary during normal business hours with enhanced spot cleaning. Detailed cleaning and disinfection activities will occur nightly. 

Employee FAQs - Other

If you are needed for work as an essential employee, your leader will contact you.

Not with college funds. All PPE purchased by the college must fall within FEMA guidelines. Cloth masks are considered a PPE item and a reimbursable expense by FEMA unless they are personalized in which case they become promotional items and therefore not reimbursable. The College is exercising fiscal responsibility by staying within the FEMA guidelines so that some of that cost can be recovered.

Cornerstone Learning is the College’s learning management system for employees to search, register and track training and professional development activities. This portal provides on-demand access to a variety of curated learning options (including courses, videos, etc.) designed to help employees develop skills that are critical for success during this time.

Direct employees to the San Jacinto College COVID-19 website at sanjac.edu/coronavirus.

Direct employees to the San Jacinto College COVID-19 website at sanjac.edu/coronoavirus.

No. You will be able to teach these assigned courses remotely over the summer.

Employee FAQs - Technical Issues

 


Virus-Related FAQs

To find out if there are cases of reported COVID-19 in Harris County, please visit the Harris County Public Health website.

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus, which can cause illness in humans and animals. Those who have become sick are reported to suffer coughs, fever, breathing difficulties and tiredness. In severe cases, organ failure has been reported.

  • What experts know about COVID-19, a relatively new virus, is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The World Health Organization named this illness “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated COVID-19).
  • Person-to-person: The CDC says that the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person, which means those who are in close contact with one another, and/or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • CDC officials say that it is possible a person can contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or an object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes, but they said this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

A multi-specialty group of people across the globe are working on developing a viable vaccine and curative treatment for COVID-19. However, there is not one at this time. The disease is viral, which means antibiotics will not help; the antiviral drugs that work against the flu do not work against coronavirus. Those with a weak immune system and those who already are sick are urged to be especially cautious.

The CDC says people are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic – the sickest. Still, it’s possible to spread the disease before showing symptoms, so a person can feel fine and still have it, just as with other viruses. Such cases have been reported, but are not thought to be the main way it spreads. The WHO reports that most people – roughly 80 percent – recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Seek medical advice from your doctor, stay indoors and avoid contact with others, just as you would with the flu. Those with contagious diseases should stay home from work or school until they are well. People with fever, cough and respiratory issues should seek immediate medical attention.  Consider aleternatives to the emergency room like teledocs, convenient care and urgent care locations. Remember that the risk for Texas contracting COVID-19 are still low.  We are in the middle of cold/flu season and the odds of infection from the flu are much higher than COVID-19.

The WHO recommends staying three feet away from a person who is sick. The main way this disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching it from someone with no symptoms at all or by touching surfaces is very low.

Stay educated on the disease by reading the CDC website. Most people who become infected experience a mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.

Take care of yourself by doing the following:

  • Stay home if you don’t feel well. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for 20 seconds. This helps kill viruses that might be on your hand.
  • Stay at least three feet away from someone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Follow good respiratory hygiene, which means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of the tissue immediately.

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Harris County, San Jacinto College is requiring face coverings at ALL times on campus, at the district offices, or at any of our facilities. This applies to all employees, students, contractors, and campus visitors. 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.

Appropriate use of face coverings is essential to minimizing risks to others near you, though it is not a substitute for social distancing. San Jacinto College also has PPE kits available for employees, but students, contractors, and visitors will need to bring their own face covering. 

Please note the following recommendations for proper use and care of face coverings: 

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face cover. 
  • Ensure the face cover fits over the nose and mouth. 
  • Avoid touching the front of the face cover. 
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face cover and wash your hands immediately after removing. 
  • Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent and should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged, or contaminated. 
  • A limited number of disposable masks are available to leaders to distribute to employees to facilitate compliance with face coverings.

Please refer to the DSHS website for information.

Continue to 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; avoid shaking hands; clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

College sponsored international travel is now suspended.  Local travel must be reviewed and approved by the SLT.

Restrictions and precautions recommended by the CDC are based on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 meaning exercise normal precautions and 4 meaning do not travel to that location.

Please refer to the CDC website for the specific countries that are affected.

CDC website global map of affected locations.

Travelers from At-Risk countries are being screened at the Point of Entry to the U.S. If you were in a country with a COVID-19 outbreak and have felt sick with fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing, within 14 days after you left, you should do the following:

  • Seek medical advice – Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 percent to 95 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Read about the differences between isolation and quarantine.

Staying informed is the best way to fight anxiety. Get information from credible sources like the CDCTDSHS and HCPH.

San Jacinto College is NOT providing Coronavirus testing.

While we understand the concern for the well-being of our employees, we recommend that individuals who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms or who feel they should be tested to consult their personal physician. There are also many testing locations throughout the Harris County / Houston and Galveston areas that are providing free testing to residents.

Harris County Public Health is currently conducting drive-through COVID-19 testing on the San Jacinto College Central Campus daily through July 31, 2020. Testing is available 7 am-2 pm daily, with a daily capacity limit, so pre-registration and early arrival is suggested.

A Coronavirus self-checker is also available from the CDC.

State and local public health departments have received tests from CDC while medical providers are getting tests developed by commercial manufacturers. All of these tests are Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panels, that can provide results in 4 to 6 hours. More information is available on the CDC website.