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Report COVID-19 diagnoses or positive test results to the SCC COVID Hotline: 856.351.2840.

The safety of students, employees and visitors remains at the forefront and guides every decision at your Salem Community College (SCC).

All in-person activities are rigorously monitored to comply with CDC and New Jersey public health guidelines. Everyone entering SCC buildings must wear a mask and practice social distancing. All occupied and/or actively utilized areas are subject to enhanced cleaning protocols.

Page last updated on 9/3/21.

 

Reported Cases

The table below shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the SCC community - students and employees, whether they study/work on campus or are remote. The data reflects test results we know of to date. Figures may change as we learn of results from individuals and out-of-county agencies. Due to federal patient - and student-confidentiality regulations, we cannot provide more details about the affected individuals.

Following medical protocols, we will continue to inform people in the SCC community who were in close contact with the infected individuals before and as they started showing symptoms. Although the risk of infection is low for those beyond the individuals' inner circles, we will continue to inform others and ask that they isolate themselves for up to 14 days, depending on the level of exposure.

  Latest case(s) reported 08/20/2021 Total cases since 9/1/2020
On Campus 1 7
Off Campus 0 3
Total 1 10

 

For further information, visit the COVID-19 Response Protocol (Appendix 3).

Health and Safety

Report COVID-19 diagnoses or postive test results to the SCC COVID Hotline: 856.351.2840.

Cooperate with contact tracers. SCC requires all students and employees to provide proof of vaccination. If you do not provide proof, the College must assume you are not vaccinated. Therefore, SCC will share that information with the Salem County Department of Health for contact-tracing purposes. While a COVID vaccination is not required to be on campus, it is highly recommended.


Students must complete the following two requirements by Friday, October 15, 2021:

COVID-19 Protocol Acknowledgement Form:

https://salemcc.docuware.cloud/Docuware/Forms/adm-covid-19-protocols-ack...

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Form:

https://salemcc.docuware.cloud/Docuware/Forms/adm-covid-19-vaccination-s...

Contact Student Services at (856) 351-2716 or admissions@salemcc.edu.

What are SCC’s COVID-19 health requirements?

Stay home when you are not feeling well or are sick.

Wash/sanitize your hands frequently, cover your cough and practice good personal hygiene.

Effective August 12, 2021: Salem Community College restored the indoor mask mandate for all employees, students and guests. This decision — recommended by the CDC and state and county health officials — comes as the Delta variant fuels a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Regardless of one’s vaccination status, SCC requires mask-wearing at all times, except when alone in an office. Outdoor mask-wearing remains optional. Please remember to maintain social distancing and stay home when not feeling well.

Please ensure that your mask fully covers your mouth and nose.

Extra masks are located in Public Safety (TIL-112).

Are there travel restrictions to or from New Jersey?

As of May 17, 2021, New Jersey's travel advisory is no longer in effect. For details, visit https://covid19.nj.gov/faqs/nj-information/travel-and-transportation/are...

 

Is the indoor capacity restriction still in place?

Following updated guidance from the CDC and New Jersey, indoor capacity restrictions are no longer required.

 

What is SCC doing to ensure that campus areas are safe?

Cleaning follows CDC guidelines and meets or exceeds those required by the Governor’s Office or the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Hand-sanitizer stations have been added, precautionary/regulatory signs have been posted and barrier systems have been installed at designated locations to reinforce proper precautionary behavior. The sharing of objects or communal property must be avoided (pens, highlighters, lab articles, office supplies, sign-in/registration sheets). The College employs contactless operation wherever feasible (doors, kiosks, paperwork, copiers, curbside).

In addition to nightly cleaning, high-touch areas in every campus building are currently disinfected between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., weekdays.

 

How often is the air recirculated in campus buildings?

SCC adheres to all New Jersey State IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) requirements. All of the HVAC and air circulation systems are set to bring in at a minimum, 10% fresh air. The system is checked daily to ensure proper ventilation and air flow is provided to all buildings and spaces and to ensure the system is working as it is intended to.

 

Are cleaning supplies provided?

SCC has installed 13 commercial-size, wipe stations throughout the buildings with at least one on each floor. Find disinfectant wipes placed in all common areas, like at copier machines and office suites. Additional hand sanitizing stations have been added throughout campus and are located throughout all buildings, entrance ways and by restrooms. Each classroom and lab is supplied with disinfecting supplies including wipes, aerosol disinfecting spray (where needed) or bottled disinfecting spray.
When you notice supplies are depleted or running low, request them from Campus Operations. Likewise, if you notice a hand-sanitizer station needs refilling, notify Campus Operations.


What should I do if my health condition makes me especially vulnerable to COVID-19?

Students should consult with Vice President and Dean of Enrollment Management Kevin Catalfamo at kcatalfamo@salemcc.edu.

Employees should consult with Human Resources.

 

What should I do if/when I feel sick?

Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (including cough, fever and shortness of breath) should self-quarantine and call their healthcare provider.

Individuals who become ill while on campus must inform Public Safety and leave immediately or arrange for someone to pick them up. While waiting, they should appropriately isolate themselves from others.

 

Should I still get a flu shot?

Yes. The flu vaccine is still one of the best protections against influenza, and health protocols are designed to minimize the risk of COVID-19 for those getting a flu shot.

 

Student Services (Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, EOF)

How do I register for the fall semester?

New students: Apply online at www.salemcc.edu/apply and request your official high school and college transcripts to be sent to Salem Community College. Admissions staff will contact students by email to advise on their next steps.

Current students: E-mail your advisor to set up an appointment to select courses. If you do not know your advisor’s name, please login to Self-Service and select View Schedule on the Home screen. Your advisor’s name is listed at the bottom of your schedule. If your advisor is not immediately available, current students may email advising@salemcc.edu to set up an appointment.

 

How can I access the fall course schedule?

You can view the fall course schedule at www.salemcc.edu/fall.

 

How do I contact someone in Student Services?

Student Services is open for walk-in service, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most Student Services also continue remotely for those who prefer that option. You may contact the departments listed below by email or phone:

To schedule an advising appointment, email advising@salemcc.edu.

To schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, please call 856.351.2699 or email financialaid@salemcc.edu.

To schedule an appointment with EOF (Educational Opportunity Fund), email eof@salemcc.edu.

To make payments or arrange payment plans, call 856.351.2606 or email studentaccounts@salemcc.edu.

For questions regarding admissions or your application status, email admissions@salemcc.edu.

To schedule an appointment to take the Accuplacer, email testingcenter@salemcc.edu.

For assistance with career services, email careerservices@salemcc.edu.

For assistance with disability support services, email disabilitysupport@salemcc.edu.

For all other departments in Student Services, please call 856.351.2716.

 

Academics

How will fall semester courses be delivered?

Four types of courses are available:

On-campus - These classes meet regularly on-campus. Classes will observe appropriate safety guidelines. These guidelines will be adapted for the current public health situation to protect the safety of students and staff. (Approximately 75% of courses are on-campus or hybrid.)

Hybrid - These classes usually meet on campus at scheduled days/times. Some on-campus meetings may be replaced by online meetings. Each instructor will communicate with students when a class meeting will take place online rather than on-campus. Many lab science courses will be offered in this format. (Approximately 75% of courses are on-campus or hybrid.)

Online - These online classes are conducted completely through Canvas asynchronously, meaning they have no required regular meeting times. They may have occasional live video conferences, but these will be recorded and available for students to view afterward. (Approximately 25% of courses are online or live remote.)

Live Remote/Online - These are online classes conducted completely through Canvas, and they have regular required meeting times online (typically using Zoom). The days/times of these online meetings are reflected on the schedule. (This type will be offered for very few courses.)

Since all class types will use the Canvas Learning Management System, all students need access to appropriate computer technology with internet access.

 

How is the nursing program operating this fall?

For fall 2021, SCC offers traditional lecture, lab and clinical. Clinical experiences for the PN and ADN programs are scheduled for acute-care facilities.

 

Additional Services

Is the library open?

The library is currently open to student walk-ins only. Hours of operation (listed at www.salemcc.edu/library/home) are subject to change without notice. All patrons may request curbside delivery during normal operating hours.

In accordance with Salem Community College guidelines, all individuals are required to wear appropriate face masks while inside the building.

Hand sanitation stations are available at the library’s entrances. Sanitizing wipes are available, and students are required to wipe down their workstation before and after each use.

Digital resources and databases (except ARTSTOR) are available 24/7 to students and employees. Inter-Library Loan has been restored with many libraries.

Contact the library at library@salemcc.edu or 856.351.2681.


What if I need tutoring for a class? Are the Academic Support Lab and computer labs open?

The Academic Support Lab is open, has permanently relocated to the library in Donaghay Hall and is providing both in-person and online assistance for most classes. For in-person tutoring, you can email tutoring@salemcc.edu, check Canvas, or just stop by the library for a walk-in appointment. For online assistance, check Canvas for details or email tutoring@salemcc.edu.

 

Employees

With the return of more employees, the following guidelines are designed to promote a safe and healthy work environment. Should you have additional questions and/or concerns, discuss them with your supervisor or Barbara Quaile in Human Resources.

Report COVID-19 diagnoses or positive test results to the SCC COVID Hotline: 856.351.2840.

Cooperate with contact tracers. SCC requires all employees and students to provide proof of vaccination. If you do not provide proof, the College must assume you are not vaccinated. Therefore, SCC will share that information with the Salem County Department of Health for contact-tracing purposes.

Please note that this is NOT a requirement to be vaccinated; however, it IS a requirement to provide vaccination status. Employees should contact Barbara Quaile at (856) 351-2707 or bquaile@salemcc.edu.

Please remember two guiding principles: (1) Wash your hands often and (2) If you are sick, stay home.

Effective August 12, 2021:

Salem Community College restored the indoor mask mandate for all employees, students and guests. This decision — recommended by the CDC and state and county health officials — comes as the Delta variant fuels a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Regardless of one’s vaccination status, SCC requires mask-wearing at all times, except when alone in an office. Outdoor mask-wearing remains optional. Please remember to maintain social distancing and stay home when not feeling well.

Please ensure that your mask fully covers your mouth and nose.

Extra masks are located in Public Safety (TIL-112).

 

Is a daily health screening required for employees?

All employees are still required to complete a COVID-19 self-assessment PRIOR to arriving to campus for work - every day. The platform for completing those assessments is called WorkSafe. DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS UNLESS YOU ARE CLEARED BY THE APP. You may also contact Barbara Quaile with any questions or concerns regarding the process.

If you are a full-time employee and are off (vacation, personal time), you do not have to answer the WorkSafe survey for the time period that you are off.

If you are an adjunct or part-time employee and are off from work, you do not have to answer the WorkSafe survey.

 

What else is new?

Water-filling stations are available across campus. The filling stations replace water coolers.

 

Athletics

All activities are held in accordance with latest CDC, State of New Jersey, Salem Community College, NJCAA and Region 19 COVID-19 protocols. Coaches are responsible for the education, monitoring and enforcement of those protocols.

Similarly, fall practices are held in accordance with the same protocols. Practices are held on-campus and at remote locations, and all are supervised by coaches, with the responsibility for enforcing protocols that may be in place at that time.

 

Events

Is SCC hosting special events?

Yes. In fall 2021, the SCC Foundation, the Salem County Chamber of Commerce and Music Around the County will hold public events. Contact these organizations for details.

 

Should I wear a mask when I’m attending an event on campus?

Effective August 12, 2021:

Salem Community College restored the indoor mask mandate for all employees, students and guests. This decision — recommended by the CDC and state and county health officials — comes as the Delta variant fuels a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Regardless of one’s vaccination status, SCC requires mask-wearing at all times, except when alone in an office. Outdoor mask-wearing remains optional. Please remember to maintain social distancing and stay home when not feeling well.

Miscellaneous

Is the College’s food pantry accessible?

Yes. Students may email foodpantry@salemcc.edu for details.

 

Are career services available?

Yes, the Career Services Office provides virtual meetings for students in career exploration, resume building, and job search. Email careerservices@salemcc.edu.

 

What if I have a question that isn’t addressed here?

Email info@salemcc.edu with general inquiries and someone will respond as quickly as possible.

Resources

Salem County Deptment of Health and Human Services

https://health.salemcountynj.gov/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

CDC: When You've Been Fully Vaccinated

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

New Jersey Office of the Governor 

https://nj.gov/governor/

New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

https://www.state.nj.us/highereducation/

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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

World Health Organization (WHO)

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

American College Health Association (ACHA)

https://www.acha.org/COVID-19