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Friday, March 27 UPDATE: Daytona State College to offer all Summer Term college credit classes online

Dear Students,

Daytona State College remains fully committed to you and your safety, and we are here to support you in achieving your academic goals. So that you can continue to make progress, all college credit classes (non-vocational) for the Summer Term (includes Summer 10-week and Summer A & B) will be completely online. Classes are scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 13. The ability to offer face-to-face and hybrid courses for the summer will be continually evaluated.

This extension of remote instruction is meant to further reduce the introduction and spread of COVID-19, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If the situation changes, we will add face-to-face and hybrid courses.

A decision about vocational programs will be made at a later date, and we will send you email updates as well as continue to post updates to www.DaytonaState.edu/COVID-19. The College has also cancelled the Commencement ceremony scheduled for May 11, 2020.

Registration for current students begins April 1, and we encourage you to continue your academic path by setting up a (virtual) meeting with your academic advisor. Please visit www.DaytonaState.edu and use the Live Chat feature to contact an advisor now to lock in your schedule.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility, and please see a video message from President Tom LoBasso.

Sincerely,
Amy Locklear, Ph.D., Provost
(03/27/2020 – 3 p.m.)

Friday, March 20 Update to Students, Faculty & Staff: A Message from President Thomas LoBasso

 

Dear students,

Across the nation, we are facing unforeseen challenges we could have never predicted just a few weeks ago. As we continue to move forward through this unpredictable time, I am grateful for all of you who make up the Daytona State family. Despite the circumstances, what remains clear is that we are all committed to doing what is best for the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

We have all been tested in ways we could never imagine just a short time ago, including asking students to not come to any DSC campus to help limit the spread of the virus. This week began the effort to transition the College (academic and support services) to online and virtual operations.

We are nationally recognized for our online programs, so we have the expertise and staff to transition our face-to-face classes into the online environment. We know you understand this is a major undertaking, so thank you for your patience as your instructors continue to move courses online. In the coming days and weeks as we practice social distancing and self-isolation, stay engaged in your coursework – keep communicating with your instructors and classmates. March 23 is not only the date for the online transition, but it is also the 7-week mark for the full spring term. You’ve successfully reached this point, so stay strong, communicate with your instructors, and finish strong.

Each of us might need a little help coping or figuring out what to do in these uncertain times, so please call or email our Student Development Services, which include the Center for Women and Men, Counseling and Accessibility Services, and the Student Advocate.  Visit www.DaytonaState.edu/COVID-19 for college updates, the Student FAQ, and contact information for student support departments. 

Again, thank you for your patience, we know this is a trying time for everyone. Stay safe and remember to reach out to someone – you're not alone! If you have any other questions, please contact the StudentAdvocate@DaytonaState.edu.

 

Thomas LoBasso, Ed. D.

President, Daytona State College

(03/20/2020 – 2 p.m.)

 

Dear faculty & staff,

Across the nation, we are facing unforeseen challenges we could have never predicted just a few weeks ago. As we continue to move forward through this unpredictable time, I am grateful for all of you who make up the Daytona State family. Despite the circumstances, what remains clear is that we are all committed to doing what is best for the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

We have been and will continue to be tested in ways we could never imagine, yet you have risen to the occasion. The effort to protect our students and ourselves began this week with moving the College (academic and support services) to online and virtual operations.

We are nationally recognized for our online programs, so we have the expertise and staff to transition our face-to-face classes into the online environment. We realize this has not been easy and that the work will continue into the coming weeks and months. Rest assured, we’re all in this together and will continue to support each other. As reiterated by Dr. Locklear in a recent meeting, individual faculty, academic support staff, department chairs and the FIC staff have gone above and beyond to ensure instructors and students are making the transition as smoothly as possible.  

Staff has taken huge strides to move our day-to-day operations online and transition as many people as possible to telecommute from home on a temporary basis. Due to your actions this week, we’re able to serve our current and prospective students effectively while significantly reducing the number of staff remaining on campus. Kudos to the support staff as they manage the deluge of questions coming through the phones, emails and live chat, the custodial staff for wiping down and sanitizing our work areas throughout the day, and IT for distributing laptops and keeping the network up and running. A special thanks to the Campus Safety and custodial staff for coming in over Spring Break to deep clean and disinfect the campuses.

The new reality of social distancing is summed up in a new hashtag – #AloneTogether. Each of us might need a little help coping or figuring out what to do, so keep in mind that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to you and your family as part of our DSC benefits. This free service is confidential, and the assistance is immediate, personal and available when you need it. Our Benefits Department sent an email earlier in the week with the EAP brochure, and feel free to call them for additional information.

The words to live by this week were “flexibility” and “creativity”, and you have all proven just how flexible and creative we can be. Thank you for your patience – with each other, and with our students. Your professionalism is the proverbial calm in the storm, and as always, lifts Daytona State College to new levels of success.

 

Thomas LoBasso, Ed. D.

President, Daytona State College

(03/20/2020 – 2 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 17 Update to Students, Faculty & Staff:A Message from President Thomas LoBasso

 

Dear Students,

Based on the latest updates from state and national officials, students are not to come to any Daytona State College campus until further notice. This is part of the larger effort to limit personal contact per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/CDC and the President’s Guidelines. Students can conduct college business through other means, including phone, email or via live chat.

All face-to-face and hybrid classes will start as online classes on March 23 as previously stated.

However, please note that vocational programs will not meet face-to-face on March 23 as planned. Students in those classes should check their course shells on March 23 for further information about these courses. Please be patient as instructors build online content in preparation to begin March 23.

All students are encouraged to continue checking their college email and online course shells for specific class updates and information.

The Bookstore is also closed for students, however you may order your textbooks online from Follett with free shipping. For other questions about books you may have already ordered, or any other textbook-related questions, please call the Bookstore at (386) 506-3234. 

All business with the college (for example Admissions, Financial Aid, Assessment, Student Accounts, Advising, etc.) will be conducted remotely until further notice. All of our student support services will now be completely online. Please see “Student Resources” below for more details, links to live chats, department phone numbers and emails.

For other questions, please contact the StudentAdvocate@DaytonaState.edu.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this unprecedented situation.

 

Thomas LoBasso, Ed.D.

President, Daytona State College

(03/17/2020, 1 p.m.)

 

Dear Faculty & Staff,

Based on the latest updates from state and national officials, students are not to come to any Daytona State College campus until further notice. This is part of the larger effort to limit personal contact per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/CDC and the President’s Guidelines. The regional campuses will be closed starting tomorrow, March 18, and DSC staff may be temporarily reassigned to the Daytona Beach Campus as needed.

All business with students will be conducted remotely, utilizing phone, email or via live chat, until further notice. All student support services will now be completely online, by phone, or live chat. Students needing to utilize the Library, Academic Support Center, Writing Center, links to live chats, department phone numbers and emails are being directed to www.DaytonaState.edu/COVID-19. Critical staff have been identified and will continue to be identified to come to campus as the situation changes to maintain college operations.

As stated previously, the College is working to minimize the number of staff on campus as we work to incorporate CDC guidelines. Each Vice President will work with their staff to ensure services are available while managing the need to have employees, where appropriate, temporarily perform some work from home.

All face-to-face and hybrid classes will start as online classes on March 23 as previously stated.

However, please note that vocational programs will not meet face-to-face on March 23 as planned. Students in those classes have been advised to check their course shells on March 23 for further information about these courses as instructors build online content in preparation to begin March 23.

Please stay home if you are sick, exhibiting flu-like symptoms, or meet any of the high-risk criteria as determined by the CDC.

Thank you for your continued patience as we work through this unprecedented situation.

 

Thomas LoBasso, Ed.D.

President, Daytona State College

(03/17/2020, 1 p.m.)

Sunday, March 15 Update to Students, Faculty & Staff:

Daytona State College Will Remain Closed for Two Days to Assist with the Transition to Online Courses

Dear Students,

Daytona State College will remain closed for two days (Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17) to assist with the transition to online courses and to develop a plan to continue operations and provide services while keeping students, faculty and staff safe.

As mentioned in the previous update, face-to-face and hybrid classes are transitioning to a fully online format in order to help students and faculty achieve the kind of social distancing needed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Classes with hands-on curriculum will offer some material online and some in small group settings. The following information will direct you to where to find information about the online work associated with your class.

If you are already enrolled in a fully online class, your class will continue as usual on Monday, March 16.

If you are in a face-to-face or hybrid course, information about your course will be available by Monday March 23. Faculty are working on creating this content, so please be patient if you do not see anything in your course shell yet.

If you do not have a computer or an internet connection at home you can come to a computer lab (starting Wednesday, March 18) on any of our campuses and use one, with safe social distancing in a hygienic, sanitized setting.

When you’re at the college’s website, click on the Falcon Online button towards the bottom left of the homepage. This will take you to our online class shells (or virtual classrooms). 

You'll log into Falcon Online, with the same username and password as for Falcon Mail. If you don't remember what that is, try reseting your password or contact the Help Desk (helpdesk@daytonastate.edu). 

All classes, even face-to-face classes, have an online class shell associated with them. You'll need to scroll down past some initial announcements, and under My Courses you'll find the SP20 tab.  This will provide you with your Spring 2020 class shells. You may already be somewhat familiar with the Falcon Online landing page if you have ever needed to view your class syllabus and grades online.

Once you’ve clicked on a class shell, you may see an announcement from your instructor, contact information, and other course details. To navigate the course, click on the blue navigation bar at the top. There you’ll find Content (course materials/files), Assignments (where you’ll submit your work), Discussions, Classlist, Quizzes, Grades, and more. To get acclimated, please click through the Falcon Online InfoGuide, and watch this initial video (4:47 min) on getting started.

Again, please remember that your instructor will be working for the next week (beginning March 16) to move class materials into these Falcon Online shells. Also remember to reach out to your instructors with questions and concerns. You can find your instructor's email address in the Classlist (in the blue navigation bar).

Also, please note, work-study students and any other student workers should not report for work this week.

If you have any other questions, you can reach out to your instructors or the Student Advocate at studentadvocate@daytonastate.edu.

We appreciate your patience during this time. Daytona State College has a strong commitment to our students, and your safety and health are a top priority. We are working hard to maintain a safe, robust, and caring learning community.

Thomas LoBasso, Ed.D.

President, Daytona State College

(03/15/2020, 6 p.m.)

Dear Faculty & Staff,

Daytona State College will remain closed for two days (Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17) to assist with the transition to online courses and to develop a plan to continue operations by identifying critical staff that need to be on campus and those who may be able to work remotely. The plan is to provide services while keeping students, faculty and staff safe. Details are as follows:

  • The College is closed for students and the community on Monday and Tuesday, and non-essential staff will not report to work (unless otherwise directed by their supervisor).
  • Tomorrow, Monday, March 16, the Critical Incident Management Team will report at 8:30 a.m. to the Board Room, with a follow-up meeting that includes Administrators and Academic Department Chairs at the Event Center (L. Gale Lemerand Student Center) at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided.
  • Faculty who are working to transition their courses may still come to campus starting Tuesday to work on their curriculum.
  • Work-study students and other student workers should not report to work this week.
  • New employee orientation, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, has been postponed (date to be determined).

We will continue to provide regular updates through email, alert texts and at (www.DaytonaState.edu/COVID-19).

Thomas LoBasso, Ed.D.

President, Daytona State College

(03/15/2020, 6 p.m.)

  

Friday, March 13 Update:

Daytona State College Transitioning to Online Classes/Remote Instruction

 

Friday, March 13 UPDATE – In response to the latest developments and in order to assist in slowing the spread of COVID-19, Daytona State College is modifying the semester as follows:

  • Classes currently being taught online will continue as scheduled, resuming March 16.
  • Face-to-face classes will be delayed for one week and resume as online classes on March 23. This includes hybrid classes which will be completely online March 23.
  • For programs that require in-person contact hours (such as Cosmetology, Construction, or Welding Technology), classes will resume March 23 with small group alternatives available for students who wish to complete the semester.
  • The College will reopen for employees March 16 for faculty and staff to prepare for the transition for online instruction.

Students will receive information about how to access the online versions of their classes. For students without computer or internet access at home, computer labs will be open on all campuses for students who wish to use them. Students, please monitor your online D2L course shell and DSC email for any updates faculty may send regarding your specific courses. In addition, all athletic events have been canceled until further notice.

All other services at Daytona State remain open, including Records, Registration, Libraries and Academic Support Centers. The College will continue increased cleaning and disinfecting efforts on our campuses as a preventative measure, and continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. Please see our FAQ page (www.DaytonaState.edu/COVID-19) for additional information.

Employees with flu-like symptoms are encouraged to remain at home. Employees who have been exposed to COVID-19, have traveled to locations identified by the CDC as high-risk (now including Europe), or have been exposed to someone who has traveled to these locations, are requested to self-isolate for 14 days. Following the DOE and DOH recommendation, if you have been on a cruise anywhere in the last two weeks you are to self-isolate for 14 days. Monitor your health, limit interactions with others and practice social distancing.

Thank you for your support and patience as we all work through this challenging time to help protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

 

Thomas LoBasso, Ed.D.

President, Daytona State College

(03/13/2020, 3:45 p.m.)

MARCH 6, 2020 - With the flu season (influenza) still active, we are encouraging everyone to keep practicing preventative measures such as frequent handwashing, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and staying home if you are sick. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has excellent resources related to things you can do to help prevent the spread of viruses, including influenza and COVID-19.

  • Get a flu shot, and take flu antivirals if prescribed.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Immediately dispose of used tissue.
  • Monitor your symptoms. If you experience flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), please call ahead before visiting your doctor for further guidance.

The Florida Department of Health is also now available Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to take your questions at (866) 779-6121 or via email at COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The World Health Organization also has resources and tips, including COVID-19 “Myth-Busters”.

Daytona State College will officially close for Spring Break on Monday, March 9 and will reopen on Monday, March 16 (classes will be held on Saturday, March 7, but not on Saturday, March 14).

If you are traveling out of the country during the break, please continue to check the CDC’s list of affected countries before returning to campus. Please check to see if any new countries are added to the restricted list during the break (currently, the restricted list includes China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea). If you have recently visited (or plan to visit) any listed country, please email Keith Kennedy, Vice President of Student Development, at Keith.Kennedy@DaytonaState.edu. In addition to contacting Mr. Kennedy, you will also be required to self-isolate and not come to campus for 14 days after returning from these countries.

DSC Campus Safety

(03/06/2020, 9:30 a.m.)

MARCH 4, 2020 -- Out of an abundance of caution and following guidance from Governor Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, Daytona State College is requiring, effective March 3, 2020, that all employees and students who return from traveling to China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea, self-isolate and not come to campus for 14 days after their return. Guidance from state officials also recommends canceling college-related travel plans to the aforementioned countries, however, there are no planned DSC college-sponsored international trips or study abroad programs to those areas within the immediate future. The College will continue to evaluate the list of affected countries and areas on a daily basis, and adjust accordingly based on information from state and national officials.

With Spring Break less than a week away, DSC is encouraging travelers to be mindful of COVID-19’s potential impact on their plans. If you plan on traveling to any of the countries listed above in the next few weeks, please email Keith Kennedy, Vice President of Student Development, at Keith.Kennedy@DaytonaState.edu for further instructions. If you are planning to visit other locations both domestic and international not listed above, please review the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s information about traveling. Destinations with large, confined groups of people pose a higher risk of transmission, and travelers should thoroughly research their destination.

Please continue to stay informed about COVID-19 through the CDC and Florida Department of Health websites, and Daytona State College updates through Campus Safety’s Timely Warnings webpage. And as a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions and good hygiene practices that can help limit the spread of the virus.

DSC Campus Safety

(03/04/2020, 7:00 a.m.)

FEB. 28, 2020 -- Daytona State College is continuing to monitor the current outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19. So far, no coronavirus cases have been reported in Florida. However, College officials have procedures in place to respond to student, faculty and staff needs should the situation change.

The Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring the situation and are working to ensure that the most up-to-date guidance is quickly and accurately disseminated to local partners, including DSC.

The CDC website is a good source of information for best practices for preventing or containing the spread of COVID-19 as well as the flu. Some of those steps include:

  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at 60% alcohol. (It is especially important to clean your hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.)
  • Avoiding close contact with those who are sick.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Staying at home when you are sick.

Finally, as we approach spring break, please be aware if you are traveling and take precautions as necessary. The College will continue to communicate with you regarding this matter as needed, and you can find more information from the CDC resources and the World Health Organization.

DSC Campus Safety

(02/28/2020, 8:00 a.m.)

Student FAQ 

Please refer to this Student FAQ page as it will be updated on a regular basis with information concerning Admissions, Financial Aid, Assessment, Student Accounts, Records & Registration, and more. 

  


Student Resources 

As part of the larger effort to limit personal contact, students can conduct college business via phone, email or live chat. 

 

The "Live Chat" feature can be found in the upper, right-hand side of this page. 

 

Enrollment Services

Admissions – (386) 506-3642 | Admissions@DaytonaState.edu 
Academic Advising – (386) 506-3661 | Advising@daytonaState.edu 
Dual Enrollment – (386) 506-3661 | DualEnrollment@DaytonaState.edu  
Assessment Services – (386) 506-3067 | Assessment@DaytonaState.edu 
Financial Aid – (386) 506-3015 | FinancialAid@DaytonaState.edu 
Records & Registration – (386) 506-3136 | Records@DaytonaState.edu  / Registration@DaytonaState.edu 
Student Accounts – (386) 506-3024 | StudentAccounts@DaytonaState.edu 

 

Student Development

Center for Women & Men (386) 506-3068 | https://daytonastate.edu/centerforwomenandmen/ 
Counseling & Accessibility Services – (386) 506-3238 | https://www.daytonastate.edu/cas/ 
Student Advocate – (386) 506-3381 | StudentAdvocate@DaytonaState.edu 
Veterans Center – (386) 506-3653 | Veterans@DaytonaState.edu

 

Academic Resources

Academic Support Center – (386) 506-4217 | ASC@DaytonaState.edu 
Library – (386) 506-3518 / Email 
Writing Center – (386) 506-3297 | CWC@DaytonaState.edu 

 

Bookstore / Follett

(386) 506-3234 https://www.bkstr.com/daytonastatedaytonastore/home  

  


Protecting Yourself, Prevention and Treatment

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms range from mild to serious and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, contact a healthcare professional to determine whether testing or treatment is needed.

Here are some tips from the CDC to reduce your chances of becoming ill:

  • Wash your hands frequently to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the Coronavirus.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • If you are experiencing a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, contact a healthcare professional to determine whether testing or treatment is needed.

More details on preventing COVID-19 are available at the CDC.

 


Campus Information

  • All athletic events have been canceled until further notice.
  • All non-essential gatherings, large meetings and events on campus are canceled/postponed until further notice. Event organizers are encouraged to consider holding them online, postponing or canceling them as appropriate.
  • All international travel as well as non-essential travel (in-state and out-of-state) is suspended until further notice.

  


Travel Advisory

 For those who have traveled over the last few weeks, we are following the CDC International Travel Advisory Guidelines, per the Florida Department of Health, which is advising all individuals who have traveled internationally to follow the new CDC guidelines, summarized below:

If you have traveled to China, Iran, South Korea and/or Europe (Warning Level 3): CDC recommends 14-day self-isolation and social distancing upon return to the United States. Social distancing includes avoiding going out in public and close personal interactions. A person who experiences a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from China, Iran, South Korea, or Europe and any other destination under a CDC travel advisory should call ahead to their healthcare provider and local county health department (CHD) and mention their recent travel or close contact.

If you have traveled to Japan (Alert Level 2): CDC recommends that travelers should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the United States. If you become symptomatic, immediately self-isolate and contact your county health department before visiting your healthcare provider. If a person has had close contact with an individual who has recently traveled to these destinations and has shown symptoms, they should also call their county health department and healthcare provider. The healthcare provider will work with the Department of Health to determine if that person should be tested for COVID-19.

Cruises: the CDC recommends travelers defer all cruise ship travel worldwide. If you have returned from ANY international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days and you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your county’s health department for guidance.

As stated in previous messages, if you have traveled out of the country during the break, please continue to check the CDC’s list of affected countries before returning to campus. Please check to see if any new countries are added to the restricted list during the break (China, Iran, South Korea, Europe, Japan – listed above). If you have recently visited (or plan to visit) any listed country, please email Keith Kennedy, Vice President of Student Development, at Keith.Kennedy@DaytonaState.edu. In addition to contacting Mr. Kennedy, you will also be required to self-isolate and not come to campus for 14 days after returning from these countries.

 


International Students and Study Abroad

DSC officials are monitoring outbound and inbound travel for international students. At this time, there are no study abroad trips planned, and all non-essential travel by plane (domestic and international) has been suspended until further notice.

Please see the CDC’s Information for Travel pages for the updated list of affected countries, travel warnings, and travel FAQs.

 

Questions?

The Florida Department of Health has launched a dedicated call center for questions related to COVID-19. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, please call 866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The COVID-19 Call Center is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

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