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COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

The Chipola College campus is closed but the college is operating virtually until further notice. Online instruction for all classes will resume on March 30.

Chipola College officials are closely monitoring the current outbreak of COVID-19 and are making plans to keep the students and staff safe. 

Some safety precautions have been put in place to educate students, staff, and the public in general as to what to do in case someone is sick.  The recommendation is to self-quarantine for 14 days, if you think you have been exposed.

If you are sick - pictorial of symptoms

CALL YOUR LOCAL HEALTHCARE PROVIDER OR THE JACKSON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT (850)526-2412 IMMEDIATELY!

As further actions need to be taken, the Chipola Administration will post them here (latest first).


May 4, 2020
Chipola College is now offering remote PERT testing effective May 3. For those High school students wanting to pursue Dual Enrollment, please contact your guidance counselor to start the process. For all other prospective students, please go to the following link to schedule your test day. https://www2.registerblast.com/chipola/Exam/List
For any additional questions regarding signing up to take the PERT test please contact the Testing Center either by email or by phone. 
Testing Center can be reached at 850-718-2207 or by email at testingcenter@chipola.edu

Instructions on How to take the PERT test from Home, click here (*.pdf)


April 16, 2020
For more information about the remote operations of the Business Office, Financial Aid Office and the Bookstore (including book vouchers), click here (*.pdf)


April 6, 2020

Dear staff and students

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this very challenging time. I remember we worked and prayed hard after Hurricane Michael for things to get better. We promptly returned to campus and embarked on an ambitious plan to attain normalcy. We were compassionate, caring, persistent, and flexible and we were successful.

A year and a half later, we face an invisible enemy requiring us again to be very intentional in our actions to overcome its obstacles. We must stay home, follow CDC guidelines, teach or learn remotely, use technology to solve problems, and stay connected through phone and internet. I look forward to looking back when this is over knowing our actions made things better.

Although our campus is closed, we are behind the scene working tirelessly with new technology, agencies’ new guidelines, evolving procedures, and a renewed sense of purpose to make things better.

Thank you for doing your best during this very difficult time. Let us know if you need assistance.

Stay safe and strong.

Sarah Clemmons, Ph.D.
President
Chipola College

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March 30, 2020

How to use ACE @ Home - Instructions on how to utilize ACE at Home for some courses.
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March 26 - updated Apr. 17, 2020

List of Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) have been compiled.
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March 23, 2020

eMail from Dr. Clemmons - Chipola President

Chipola College students and staff,

I truly pray that each and everyone of you is staying healthy and safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Employees at Chipola are working remotely and staying in contact with supervisors, even though the campus is closed to in -person services from March 30, after spring break, through the remainder of the semester. You can reach us through phone or email.

Instruction has shifted to online and you can contact instructors in canvas. We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions and answers and provided an office directory for more information on our website

All student and campus activities are cancelled for this semester in accordance with the Governor’s Order and CDC guidelines. Likewise, the NJCAA cancelled all athletics for the semester.

However, we are doing our very best to implement processes to enable you to complete the semester successfully. Please help accomplish this goal by staying in contact with each other and checking canvas, emails and phones daily and responding quickly.

I know you are struggling with challenges and disappointments in this unprecedented situation, but I have every confidence that we can all work together to finish the semester successfully.

Dr. Sarah Clemmons
President



March 20, 2020

eMail to students from Dr.Pam Rentz -

Students,

As you know by now, the college will be migrating to remote instruction beginning March 30. As we make the change, we would like to provide you with the following information, knowing that things can change at any moment. The administration and Executive Council of the College are continuing to participate in phone and conference calls, as well as communicating by email. If changes are made, they will be posted on the college website and Canvas.

Things to know:
  • The college is truly closed, which means that no one is to be on campus. You must complete your work from a remote location. If you absolutely cannot work remotely to complete your assignments, you should contact your instructor(s) as soon as possible on March 30th. They will work with you to explore possible alternatives. One suggestion is to drive to campus and use the Wi-Fi in the parking lot of the library. You must stay in your vehicle to separate from any others. Security will monitor this area.
  •  No college resources will be open for students during the rest of the spring semester. The library, testing center, ACE, etc. will be closed. If this changes, your instructors will let you know.
  •  Please monitor your college email and Canvas on a daily basis for any updates or instructions regarding work assignments, deadlines, etc.
  •  Remote teaching includes methods other than online: some faculty may use synchronous teaching, which allows them to meet your class at the appointed day and time through virtual means. Your instructor will communicate with you the means of completing the course.
  •  A Canvas course called ACE has been created and every student has been enrolled in the course. You can access tutoring assistance through this course by communicating with tutors and some instructors.
  •  Please be mindful about security. Your computers may not have the level of security that we have on campus, so you need to be careful of what you put online.
  •  Final exams are to be conducted per the exam schedule as of now.
  •  Our goal is to finish the semester on time to the extent possible. A grade of incomplete calculates as an F in the grade point average and could be detrimental to you. Please work with instructors to finish coursework by the end of the semester. An incomplete may be given after communication and agreement of your instructor. In the case of an incomplete grade, you will have the summer semester to complete the work and have a grade change issued.
  •  Updated information concerning college operations can be found on the Chipola College website. You will also find a Frequently Asked Questions section that will address many of your concerns.

As we move to complete the semester, you will have many questions. We may not have answers right away because we cannot possibly anticipate every issue. But please know that the administration and faculty of the college are working to support you as you complete the semester. Your instructors will be your point of contact, and he/she will be checking email often and will respond as soon as possible, so please email with concerns.

Thank you so much for your patience and cooperation during an unprecedented event.

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March 17, 2020

Students and Employees,

Today, Governor DeSantis and Commissioner Corcoran ordered the Florida College System campuses to close and go fully online with instruction for the remainder of the semester. Students can contact instructors and access all courses in Canvas on March 30. We will provide phone numbers and emails for answering your questions or concerns on March 30. Our goal is to provide the opportunity for students to complete their courses by the end of the semester, but we understand we have to meet challenges to accomplish this. Employees will work remotely and should contact their supervisors by phone or email for further information.

Let us know how we can support you as we all do our very best at Chipola to stay safe and keep learning going. Please do your best to protect yourself, family, and the community.

Sarah Clemmons
President
Chipola College

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March 17, 2020

Good morning,

Just a reminder the Withdrawal and Resignation Dates for Spring Term A have been extended. Please help us remind students to contact Beverly Hambright in Financial Aid at hambrightb@chipola.edu  for information regarding Financial Aid consequences for Course Withdrawals and Resignations (#5 below).

Spring Term A Withdrawal deadline has been extended to Monday, April 6th .

Spring Term A Resignation from all classes deadline has been extended to Monday, April 13th .

To withdraw or resign students should email admissions at admissions@chipola.edu 
Be sure to include the following in the email:

1. Student Name and Student ID number
2. The course prefix, course number and section to withdraw from.
3. Students desiring to resign from all classes should include the course prefix, course number and course section for all classes
4. Include a copy of driver’s license or student ID in the email
5. Financial Aid Questions regarding Withdrawals and Resignations should be directed to Beverly Hambright at hambrightb@chipola.edu 

Thank you,

Melissa Cauley
Chipola College
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
cauleym@chipola.edu
850-718-2451

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March 16, 2020

Graduation scheduled for May 7, 2020 has been postponed

Dear Student:

Chipola College continues to monitor closely the COVID-19 situation. Our highest priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. After much consideration, the Chipola College Spring Commencement set for May 7, 2020 has been postponed until further notice.

Spring Term candidates will have degrees conferred on their transcripts on May 6, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on the Application for Diploma/Graduation within 3-4 weeks after degrees are conferred. If you are graduating during the Summer Term, your degree will be posted to your transcript and your diploma sent after all graduation requirements are met.

Students requiring an official end of term transcript are encouraged to complete a transcript request by May 6th.

Request forms are available online at http://www.chipola.edu/registrar/transreq.pdf. Requests will be processed in order of receipt, but may take up to seven business days.

Thank you for your patience as we work together to promote the health and safety of the Chipola community. If you have questions, please contact the Chipola Office of Admissions and Records at 850-718-2311 or email admissions@chipola.edu.

Regards,

Shannon C. Mercer
Director of Enrollment Services
Chipola College

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March 13, 2020 - 5:00p.m.

Chipola College will be closed to students and employees March 16-30.

This decision was made in accordance with a directive received at 5 p.m. CST on Friday, March 13, from the Governor and the Education Commissioner to close all Florida K-12 Schools.

Chipola College classes will resume Monday, March 30. The decision as to whether classes will meet face-to-face or online, will be made at a later date.



March 13, 2020 - 1:00p.m.
 
  • In accordance with the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA), Chipola Athletics will suspend all competition from March 13-29. Softball and Baseball games will not be played during this time, either home or away.
  • Questions about any student events, other than classes, being scheduled or held on campus should be directed to the Department Dean or the Associate Vice President of Student Services Melissa Cauley.
  • If a student, faculty, or staff has been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19, please do not come to campus, but notify your health care provider and phone the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Melissa Cauley or Associate Vice President of Human Resources Wendy Pippen.


March 12, 2020

Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Chipola College continues to monitor closely the COVID-19 outbreak. Our highest priority remains the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. We have directed them to stay home if sick and to phone the Health Department or healthcare provider if a fever, cough, or shortness of breath are present. Students should contact their instructor by email or phone so instructors can work online with affected students in their courses.

At this time, the College is restricting College-related international and domestic travel to protect not only our campus community but also the larger community as well. The College is continuing to monitor COVID-19 developments with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Florida Department of Education (FDOE), Florida College System (FCS), and Florida Department of Health (FDH). Because CDC recommends travelers defer all cruise ship travel worldwide, and FDOE is recommending that state colleges and K-12 school districts temporarily postpone all out-of-state plane travel, the college is issuing further guidance. Students who plan personal travel by plane or ship during Spring Break need to self-report to the Associate Vice President of Student Activities Melissa Cauley. Employees must report this travel to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources Wendy Pippen. Students and employees should report travel plans before Tuesday, March 17, to receive information regarding the self-isolation for 14 days, the return-to-work requirements, and instructions for working or learning remotely.

The College will respond daily to cancel events or shift to online instruction for all courses if recommended by the Florida College System. Updates will be provided on the college website and on Canvas.

Thank you for your diligence and patience in working together to meet the challenges
presented by COVID-19.

Sarah Clemmons, Ph.D.
President
Chipola College