Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

We appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor and provide updates regarding the COVID 19 situation. On this page, and the menu to the left (desktop users) and below, we will continue to keep everyone updated in this ever evolving situation.

If you have additional questions beyond our FAQ’s : Coronavirus (COVID-19) section, you can email : fgccovid19updates@fgc.edu

President Barrett


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3/30/20

FGC’s campus offices will not be open to students or the public from today until further notice. However, all student service offices will be open for students via email, phone and by mail. Students will be allowed to use the hot spot (internet connectivity) behind building 15, and at both FGC’s Dixie and Gilchrist centers during typical FGC hours (8:00-4:30), but they must stay in their vehicles. Please check the FGC website at www.fgc.edu for current information including a FAQ section.

Once again, the physical campus buildings and offices are closed to the public. Phone lines are open, and questions can be directed to 386-752-1822.

3/25/20

Recap of Previous Announcements

We hope this email finds you safe and well during this challenging time. To recap previous announcements, FGC will move to online learning for the rest of the Spring Semester, which will resume on Monday, March 30, 2020. There will be no face-to-face classes or campus events for the remainder of the semester, which includes postponement of Spring Commencement. In addition, campus offices will not open to serve students in person, but will continue to serve students via phone, email and through virtual meetings. For those students in clock hour programs or technology, you will be contacted by your Department Coordinators and Faculty in those programs with more information on how your classes will be handled.

Summer Registration

Summer registration that was set to begin on March 30th will be postponed until we learn more information and the summer schedule can be updated with necessary changes. We are reevaluating our summer schedule in light of the COVID19 situation and the possibility that online only learning will continue into the beginning of summer semester. We will learn more in the coming weeks and make decisions on the schedule of classes that we will be able to offer by April 7th, but it will take time to update the schedule accordingly. Thank you for your patience as we make every effort to ensure you have a schedule that you can rely on. We will notify you of the new registration begin date at your wolves email, through Canvas and on the college website.

Internet Service for Students

FGC is working to create a drive-in hotspot on campus where students can work up to two and a half hours per day in the protection of their vehicle. In addition, we are working to set up hotspots in the parking lot areas of FGC’s Dixie and Gilchrist Service Centers. We will notify you when these areas are available to students and provide more details on utilizing this service in a safe and efficient manner. In addition, internet providers are offering special deals and enhanced connectivity during this time, including free service for up to 60 days. Deals and offers vary by area, so we encourage you to reach out to providers in your area to learn more.

Student Support for Classes transitioning to online format

We want to reassure our students who have concerns about transitioning to the online format. We have been working with our faculty to put their courses online, and most professors will be incorporating videos and face-to-face video conferencing to help students complete their coursework. In addition, you can always reach out to your instructors via email. Our Student Success Center will be providing face-to-face tutoring with our current tutors via zoom. We are adding a Canvas Tutoring course to every students’ Canvas dashboard with instructions to access zoom and our tutors’ schedules for the subjects they tutor. You also have access to Tutor.com 24/7 for your course support. Student Success staff will return to campus March 30th and will be available via phone and email to guide you through any concerns you have. Please feel free to reach out to the following staff to discuss your concerns:

Sandi Tomlinson, Student Success Director, 386-754-4413, sandi.tomlinson@fgc.edu

Rob Dawson, Lab Manager, 386-754-4382, robert.dawsonjr@fgc.edu

Counseling Services

We know this time of uncertainty causes extra stress and anxiety. FGC partners with Baycare Student Assistance Program for free and confidential counseling services. Students can call (800) 878-5470 or visit BayCareSAP@BayCare.org to access this service. BayCare encourages the following strategies during this time:

  • Unplug:  Turn off the television and put down your phone. Non-stop media coverage can be overwhelming and have a negative impact on your emotional wellbeing. Use your time to practice mindfulness, take a walk, or talk to friends and family.
  • Practice Gratitude:  Take a moment to reflect on the positive. Gratitude doesn’t need to be reserved for momentous occasions like winning a prize. You can also be thankful for something as simple as a great cup of coffee or finding money in a pocket.
  • Reach Out:  Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself off from loved ones. Connect with friends and family on the phone or through social media to let them know you care. These contacts can soothe your spirit and theirs.

Please continue to check the FGC website and your wolves email account for the latest developments and information. We have dedicated a web page to COVID-19 updates and frequently asked questions that we encourage you to review at https://www.fgc.edu/coronavirus-covid-19-fgc-update/. Remember, FGC is with you every step.

Thank you,

President Barrett

3/17/20

We appreciate your patience as we continue to monitor and provide updates regarding the COVID 19 situation, as we have had numerous discussions and conference calls about this significant challenge. Per Governor DeSantis this evening, all colleges in the state of Florida will move immediately to online learning for the rest of the Spring Semester. FGC will resume its Spring Semester on Monday, March 30, 2020 with classes online. There will be no face-to-face classes at this time. For those students in clock hour programs or technologies, you will be contacted by your Department Coordinators and Faculty in those programs with more information on how your classes will be handled.

All campus events are canceled for the remainder of the Spring semester. In addition, unfortunately we will be postponing Spring graduation. The new commencement date has not been determined, but will be considered as we monitor the situation. If you have ordered a cap and gown, we will be working on refunding your money in the coming weeks.

Many of you have expressed questions regarding scheduled on-site testing. At this time, on-site testing is not possible, but we are working on a solution that will allow for future proctored testing.

Please continue to check the FGC website and your wolves email account for the latest developments and information. We will update the FGC website with additional information later this week. We know the importance of your education and how challenging this time is for everyone, and we are with you every step.

Thank you,

President Barrett


3/13/20

Florida Gateway College is taking every precaution in regards to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19, therefore we will be extending spring break for one week, through Sunday, March 29th. Classes will resume on Monday, March 30th. Nursing students should check with their nursing faculty regarding academic engagement during this period of time.

In order to allow time for completion of your spring courses, we will be adjusting the end of Spring term date from April 27th to May 4th. We will continue to monitor the situation and its impact to our students, as your health and safety is our greatest concern.

We will provide an update midweek next week (around March 18th) with any changes or updates. We also encourage you to check our website for any updates or additional information that is specifically FGC related.

President Barrett


3/12/20

We continue to monitor the novel coronavirus (COViD-19) situation and its impact to our students. Florida Gateway College (FGC) will be on Spring Break starting on Friday, March 13, 2020 and plans on re-opening on Monday, March 23, 2020. All classes and offices will be closed during spring break and we anticipate opening as scheduled on March 23, 2020.

We continue to encourage you to utilize the following websites for health related information:

We also encourage you to check our website for any updates or additional information that is specifically FGC related. All current students and staff will also receive updates via their FGC email accounts and through text messaging if necessary.

President Barrett

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