Mask/Cloth Face Covering & Social Distancing Protocol & Compliance
A Message from the President
August 2, 2021
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Dear Seminole State Faculty, Staff, and Students;
The College decided to reinstate COVID-19 safety protocols on its campuses effective August 2nd in alignment with the updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People | CDC). I wanted to follow up on the email you received July 29th and thank you for your help and support in these efforts to protect the health and safety of all our community members—both those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated—while the current surge in cases continues.
We are hopeful that the reinstatement of safety measures, even for those who are vaccinated, will be temporary, but for now our area is defined as one with a high incidence of transmission. It is important for each of us to do what we can to protect our college community so that we can all enjoy on-campus learning and student activities and continue college operations.
What does this mean?
Since the onset of COVID-19 we have followed the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And, like the CDC, we are strongly recommending that ALL members of our community, including those who are fully vaccinated, take the following precautions:
- Wear a mask inside our buildings and classrooms. This is especially important for those who are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, and those who have someone in their household who meets these conditions.
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands with soap and water frequently. On campus we will continue to have hand sanitizing stations in high traffic areas.
- If a fully vaccinated person has a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, get tested 3-5 days after exposure and wear a mask in indoor settings for 14 days or until you receive a negative test result.
The most effective tool we have to combat COVID-19 is the vaccine. I encourage everyone who is eligible for the vaccine to seriously consider getting it. Seminole County continues to offer free vaccines for all individuals aged 12 and older in accordance with federal and state guidelines.
I want to thank you, Raiders, for showing your commitment to our Seminole State community. The resilience, persistence, and care you have demonstrated during the pandemic has been remarkable. Let’s keep doing all we can to take care of each other and protect our campus community so everyone can “Go State. Go Far.”
Georgia L. Lorenz, Ph.D.
Seminole State College of Florida