COVID-19 Update May 25, 2021

COVID-19 Update May 25, 2021

The college will move to voluntary face coverings for vaccinated individuals beginning Thursday, June 3. This is in line with recent recommendations from the CDC and follows state guidelines. The college will maintain social distancing in classroom seating and other mitigation practices during the Summer Term, and begin work this summer to transition spaces back to normal, pre-pandemic distances for the Fall Term. Note that some clinical, lab and studio spaces will continue masking and will be marked as such.

Please note that SPC will not be requiring any employees or students to provide proof of vaccination and encourages all of those who work at, learn in or visit our campus buildings to follow the voluntary face covering protocol. This means that those who have not yet been fully vaccinated (including the two-week waiting period after your last injection) must continue to wear face coverings at this time.

The college is holding a portion of classes on campus this summer, with the remainder in the fully online or LIVE Online formats. Student services will be held in a combination of virtual and on-campus formats. We expect to greatly expand our on-site courses, services and events for the fall term and more information will be forthcoming.

Please remember – if you test positive for COVID-19, are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or have had contact with a known COVID-19 patient within the last 14 days and have been on an SPC campus or site, you should contact your professor(s). Additional resources, including latest announcements, hours for student services and FAQs, can be found at, which is the college’s COVID-19 Information Hub. Please continue to follow CDC prevention guidelines as we work together to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Current protocols and on-campus safety measures are outlined in SPC’s COVID-19 Comeback Plan and include usage of the college’s symptom checker self-assessment.

Hurricane Season (June 1 – Nov. 30)

Hurricane Season (June 1 – Nov. 30)

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. During this time, SPC officials closely monitor Pinellas County Emergency Management bulletins and official weather forecasts when SPC falls within the National Hurricane Center’s zone of landfall probability. By doing so, SPC will have time to activate the college’s Emergency Management Plan, alert campus personnel, recommend protective actions, including evacuations, and communicate emergency notifications.

To prepare, you should:

Types of messages

Emergency communications during hurricane season could include:

  • Recommended actions to take when the college is monitoring a storm
  • Recommended actions to take when the college is preparing for a storm
  • What to do when an evacuation is ordered
  • Ways to stay in touch with the college during a storm
  • When the college anticipates reopening
  • What to do if the college is closed for an extended period

In the event of a closure, campuses will reopen only after the college damage assessment and recovery teams have surveyed the damage and re-powered critical systems.

Information regarding re-openings will be provided through:

  • this blog
  • the college toll-free number: 866-822-3978
  • SPC e-mail
  • local media outlets.

The college president has authority to close the college or cancel classes. The college is required to close when an official state or local governmental agency issues a mandatory evacuation order for Pinellas County. Beginning in 2010, the evacuation zones for 73,000 property parcels in Pinellas County changed because of new ways of collecting storm data.