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St. Petersburg College’s study aboard trip to Italy is on hold due to the increased threat level of the coronavirus COVID-19. Students also have been advised that there is a strong possibility the college’s Japan trip will not take place.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of State have raised their travel alerts for Italy from level 2 to level 3, advising citizens to avoid or reconsider their travel plans at this time. Currently, the Japan travel advisory is at level 2 with travelers advised to exercise increased caution.

SPC’s Italy trip was scheduled for May 14 – 25, with June 1- 11 set as the travel dates for the Japan trip.

Decisions about these trips were made in response to country travel warnings, advisories and/or public announcements set forward by the State Department or other agencies such as the World Health Organization and the CDC. The SPC Center for International Programs Office will continue to monitor these reports. If a travel advisory or alert is in effect for the date of any intended college-sponsored and/or arranged travel, the college will further review the plans as the departure date nears.

SPC will continue to communicate updates regarding this matter as needed.

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St. Petersburg College is working in conjunction with the Pinellas County Health Department to monitor the current outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19.

College officials will be meeting with Pinellas County Emergency Management officials, including the Pinellas County Health Department Tuesday, March 3, and other local colleges and universities on Wednesday, March 4. Further updates will be provided as needed.

The SPC Emergency Management Council has procedures in place to respond to student, faculty and staff needs should the county be affected. These include:

  • Communications – The Marketing Department and other college leaders are sending updates as needed through email, the college’s Emergency Preparedness website, and social media channels. The Pinellas County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assists in providing information for updates. Specific updates are also being shared with students enrolled in Study Abroad programs and members of our athletic programs.
  • Infection Control – The Facilities Planning and Institutional Services Department is using disinfectant cleaners in all high exposure areas, including restrooms. The department is also confirming that pre-existing hand sanitizing dispensers in all campus buildings are full and functional and, if not, will be working on replacement units.
  • Containment – Faculty, staff and students are being encouraged to adhere to CDC guidelines for prevention and containment.
  • Continuity of Operations – The SPC Continuity of Operations Plan has been reviewed and provides for Instructional (Academic) Continuity and Continuation of Pay guidelines should an event close or suspend activities on campuses. (Please note: there is no plan to close any campuses or office buildings at this time.)

The college will continue to communicate updates regarding this matter as needed.

 

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