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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 12/21/21.

 

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.

 

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...

 

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.

 

Does SCC provide cleaning supplies?

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. SCC has also added hand-sanitizing stations throughout campus. Each classroom and lab has 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/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 spring 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 spring course schedule?

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

 

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 SCC deliver spring semester courses?

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.

 

SCC announces new partnership on textbooks

Salem Community College and publisher Cengage offer easy access to textbooks at a discount in many courses starting in the 2022 spring semester. If a student registers for a class that uses a book from Cengage, the Cengage subscription will automatically appear on the student’s tuition bill. This one subscription fee of $125 covers ALL Cengage textbooks used in the spring semester.

As a bonus, the ebook and other online resources will be automatically loaded into the Canvas course, which will make the materials easier to use. In addition, if a student wants to rent a printed book in addition to the ebook, the printed book rental will be an additional $8.

Please note that not every course uses a book from Cengage. Some courses don’t require any book, and other courses require a book from a different publisher. Books from other publishers can still be purchased at the campus bookstore.

Direct questions about the Cengage program to Mary Eklund at meklund@salemcc.edu.

 

Additional Services

Is the library open?

The library is now fully open.  For hours, visit www.salemcc.edu/library/home.  Hours 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 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.

 

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.

 

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, 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.  All special events adhere to health and safety protocols. 

 

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

 

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, 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.