Campus Reopening Information

Sussex County Community College is committed to protecting the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. We are monitoring the coronavirus pandemic as we move forward in opening for the fall semester. The College will continue to provide a quality academic experience and personal support for our students on campus.

COLLEGE HOURS: 
We encourage visitors and students to make an appointment

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Campus will close at 6 p.m.)
Friday: Offices will work remotely
Saturday/Sunday: Closed

  OFFICE   EMAIL   PHONE
  Admissions Office   admissions@sussex.edu   973-300-2223/2253
  Advising & Counseling Center   advising@sussex.edu   973-300-2207
  Bursar's Office   bursar@sussex.edu   973-300-2106
  Financial Aid Office   finaid@sussex.edu   973-300-2225
  Registrar's Office   registrar@sussex.edu   973-300-2218

 

Face Coverings: Face coverings must be worn by ALL persons on campus when in the presence of others (within six feet) and buildings in non-private enclosed settings (e.g., shared workspaces, workstations, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.).

  • Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others, as a person could spread COVID-19 to others even if the person does not feel sick. I
  • In the case of medical approval to forgo a mask, the College will utilize a Plexiglas shield barrier between the student and others.
  • Students seeking medical sanction will need to provide appropriate documentation to the ADA Coordinator. A release will be signed by the student so that the Coordinator can confirm whether or not the student applied for a medical exemption to forgo wearing a mask. The only individuals besides the students or instructors (or lab assistants as applicable) are personnel providing specific disability-related accommodation services to students. These individuals will be factored into maximum occupancy counts.  

Note that the face-covering is not a substitute for social distancing, and the primary purpose of masks is to protect others, not-self.

Visit the Community Safety page for additional information.

Using Restrooms: The use of restrooms should be limited to one person at a time. There is a lock on the outer door. Wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.

Using Elevators: When possible, avoid elevators and use stairs. When elevator use is unavoidable,

  • no more than two people should be in an elevator at a time;
  • the two people should be facing forward and at opposite corners to maximize the distance between people,
  • speaking/sneezing/coughing should be avoided.
  • avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers.
  • wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator.

Using Stairs: Where possible, designate stairs for "up" traffic or "down" traffic to minimize crossing traffic. Where this is not possible, wait on a floor or landing and allow cross traffic to pass.

CONTROLLING ACCESS AND CIRCULATION

Where crowding of entrances may occur, departments and building coordinators should be flexible on employee arrival and departure times to reduce congestion during typical "rush hours" of the business day. Some high-traffic buildings may have designated building access and egress doors, and floor markings identifying travel routes and/or distance markers, and employees shall obey all directional signage that may be in place.

Reception areas in high-traffic buildings may have explicit screening materials installed between the security/reception staff and the traffic area. Seating in lobbies or waiting areas may be removed to promote social distancing and clear lanes of travel.

Building lobbies may have signage installed describing required face-covering use, social distancing, and gathering protocols. Building lobbies may have hand sanitizer stations in strategic locations (to the extent that supply is available) as well as added trash receptacles to encourage appropriate mask disposal behavior.

Given that face coverings will be commonplace, SCCC ID cards must be worn at all times while on campus and/or in SCCC buildings.

Elevator lobbies may have hand sanitizer stations in strategic locations (to the extent that supply is available) as well as floor markings to encourage social distancing when queuing. Seating in lobbies, amenity spaces, or waiting areas may be removed or rearranged to promote social distancing and clear lanes of travel. Amenities spaces such as fitness facilities will remain out of service. Cafeteria and dining areas may have tables and chairs removed, to restrict the number of people in the room and encourage social distancing. Medium- and large-sized conference and meeting rooms may have revised maximum occupancies posted, and furniture removed or rearranged accordingly.

The area shall be limited to deliveries and appropriate staff, to minimize cross-circulation and to ensure that employees use the proper building entrance.

Visitors with no legitimate business purpose, and guests are not allowed in workplaces; this includes visitors who may be friends or family of employees.

Department heads must carefully consider the need for in-person meetings, and selectively invite visitors with legitimate business purpose. 

 All visitors must sign in using the host department’s sign-in log.  The log will contain:

  • Date and time
  • Name, affiliation, cell number and E-mail address of visitor
  • Name of person hosting visitor
  • Reason for visit

The records must be retained and be readily accessible. The following template may be used for this purpose.

Academic Information

The Library will remain closed. However, online access to the databases and collections remains available. The Library staff is accessible remotely and is conducting library services virtually for those who need assistance.

Strict quarantine and sanitization methods will follow for all returned materials (sanitizing when open and quarantining). Additionally, arrangements for “curbside pickup/library takeout” will be made for any resources students may need.

Preliminary discussions have begun to start to bring some of the Bibliographic Instruction content, traditionally offered as in-person as group presentations by library staff, into an online format.  Faculty for the fall will be informed that while no in-person class activities can be scheduled in the library, they can reach out to the library staff to explore virtual options. 

The library will remain closed to the general public until further notice. 

Lecture-based courses are required for students to earn their degree and transfer to a 4-year institution or find a job. A relatively small number of sections of these will be offered in the fall semester. This measure allows students that do not perform well online, have poor or no internet or do not own a laptop, the opportunity to complete their degrees in a timely fashion.

Classes will follow the required safety guidelines. To ensure social distancing, each classroom will keep maximum seating as 35% capacity. Airflow and proper ventilation will be maintained throughout the day. All students will be required to use face masks. The reduced number of sections taught on campus will result in a lower number of students per building, at any given time.   

Art & Photography Classes
All protocols for in-person art classes will follow the same principles of mask-wearing, social distancing, and disinfectant protocols, as stated previously in this report.  Everyone entering and exiting the studios will be required to sanitize their hands, and there will be strict enforcement of the use of masks. Workspaces will be arranged to be at least 6 feet apart, and instructors will suspend class activities that would not allow for social distancing.  Students will be required to use their own art supplies and personal items. The faculty will conduct small hybrid classes, which will allow for different students to attend each day. The use of the darkroom will be by appointment only, with a maximum of 1 student and 1 lab attendant at a time. The attendant will sanitize all equipment before and after every use.  

Computer Classes
All protocols for in-person computer classes will follow the same principles of mask-wearing, social distancing, and disinfectant protocols, as stated previously in this report. Everyone entering and exiting the studios will be required to sanitize their hands, and there will be strict enforcement of the use of masks.  Workspaces will be arranged to be at least 6 feet apart, and instructors will suspend class activities that would not allow for social distancing.  Students will be required to use their own art supplies and personal items. The faculty will conduct small hybrid classes, which will allow for different students to attend each day.

Cosmetology
All protocols for in-person cosmetology classes will follow the same principles of mask-wearing, social distancing, and disinfectant protocols, as stated previously in this report. In addition to masks, all students will be required to wear latex (or non-latex equivalent) gloves. Workspaces will be arranged to be at least 6 feet apart, and instructors will suspend class activities that would not allow for social distancing. There will be strict enforcement of cleaning equipment before and after use, as well as strict enforcement of students using their tools and personal items. Students will work on mannequins, so no live clients will be able to come to the lab. We will conduct small hybrid classes, which will allow for different students to attend each day. 

Culinary Classes
All protocols for in-person cosmetology classes will follow the same principles of mask-wearing, social distancing, and disinfectant protocols, as stated previously in this report. Students will be required to wear masks and latex (or equivalent non-latex) gloves. Workspaces will be arranged to be at least 6 feet apart and will suspend class activities that would not allow for social distancing. All culinary labs are located in a professional kitchen with excellent ventilation. There will be strict enforcement of cleaning equipment before and after use by each student or faculty member. Students will be required to bring their tools to class. Perishables will not be shared among students. 

Music & Theater Classes: All protocols for in-person music and theater classes will follow the same principles of mask-wearing, social distancing, and disinfectant protocols, as stated previously in this report.  Students will need to bring their own instruments, except for piano lessons. All keyboards will be sanitized before and after use.  Everyone entering and exiting the classroom will be required to sanitize their hands.  Students will be handed paper copies of sheet music, which will not be collected back.  Music stands, and pianos will be sanitized between each student.   Theater classes will be held outdoor as the weather permits or will be held in the classroom, which can comfortably accommodate their smaller class size.  There will be no use of shared props, costumes, or make-up. 

Technical Occupations

When arriving onsite for designated courses, students will wait in their vehicles until directed by staff to enter to prevent any clustering. The faculty will be attentive to enforcing social distancing and the use of PPE by all participants in the space. They will also monitor for maximum capacity guidelines.  Shop doors will be open at all times, weather permitting, and a plastic safety chain will be hung across the opening to deter entry. This can easily be removed in the event of an emergency. Entry and exit will be thru specific, labeled, and designated doors. Staff is exploring options for the use of spray guns with a 10:1 bleach solution on non-sensitive surfaced equipment and spaces. This could be easily used for in between classes. Students and staff will continue their disinfectant procedures, wiping all equipment before and after use.  Welding booths and Automotive work bays will be numbered and student locations in each recorded. To assist in tracking and tracing of students. Lab demonstrations will be recorded and posted. Additional drawings/guidelines for the specific shop days will also be displayed and added to CANVAS. Welding booths and Automotive work bays will be numbered and student locations in each recorded. To assist in tracking and tracing of students.

Automotive:
Developed PPE kits, glasses, and gloves will be available through the e-Campus to reduce the distribution and sharing of high contact PPE.  They will use a hybrid version of alternating weeks and web-based instruction. It also will continue the use of the e-based trainer/simulator. All classes will be moved to shop spaces and industrial spaces to allow maximum spacing and use, as able, of designated outdoor areas

Building Construction
Developed PPE kits will be available through e-Campus. The program will alternate groups in weekly shop sessions. Classes will be moved to industrial shops space areas to allow maximum spacing, as well as designate our entry and exit doors, and specified parking areas. One of the courses, BCST 112, now has an additional supplemental resource to the text, which allows at-home use of industry-approved design software.

Diesel
PPE kits will be available through e-Campus. The program will alternate groups in weekly shop sessions. Classes will be moved to industrial shops space areas to allow for maximum spacing, as well as designate our entry and exit doors, and specified parking areas.

Welding
High-contact equipment and consumables, as well as PPE kits, will be available thru the e-Campus. This will eliminate the sharing of high-touch, high-contact material during shops and labs. The program will alternate groups in weekly shop sessions. Classes will be moved to industrial shops space areas to allow for maximum spacing, as well as designate our entry and exit doors, and specified parking areas. The staff has also begun to add 4 feet to the existing 6-foot depth of each welding booth.

Advanced Manufacturing (Machine Tool Technology and Optics Technology)
Developed student lab kits will be available through e-Campus. This lab kit is an industry approved Machine Tool kit. Doing so now allows us to eliminate the need to share high contact items and provides for at-home use to reinforce skills and training.  In the event of a shutdown and full online migration, students can use that equipment, as well as packages of pre-made models and components, to supplement remote lectures.

Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) through 160 Driving School
160 Driving Academy is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) public health standards for distancing, sanitizing equipment, hand washing, and cleaning and disinfection. We are committed to working with state and local officials in addition to following the FMCSA guidelines from the US Department of Transportation to provide a safe and productive learning environment for students and staff.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Supplies

160 Driving Academy will maintain an adequate supply of PPE and provide the following PPE to each student and 160 Driving Academy staff member: • Disposable Gloves – provided daily • Face Mask – one face mask will be provided to the student; the student will take home and bring back daily • Students may offer or bring in their face mask  • Every instructor, and each student must wear all PPE provided during training  • Required use of face coverings for faculty, staff, students, and visitors, except when doing so would inhibit the individual’s health

Additional Safety Requirements 

  • Social distancing is required and is encouraged during class orientation and reinforced through posted signage • During the pre-trip inspection and range driving portions of the training, students and instructors will observe social distancing of 6 feet or more at all times • A physical barrier is provided between student and instructor while in-cab of tractor • Student to instructor ratio is 1:1 while in-cab and on-road • Students and instructors are not to assemble • The yard office trailer on site is available for employee use only; one employee permitted at a time • In-person classroom and permit training will continue to continue to occur via distance education until further notice

 Sanitation and Personal Hygiene

  • 160 Driving Academy will maintain an adequate supply of sanitation and cleaning products
  • Liquid & Gel Hand Sanitizer • Located onsite and in portable toilets for all student and instructor use • Lysol & Cleaning Towels • Located in each tractor and office • To be used be for every student or instructor drives the tractor • Sanitation practices will include, but are not limited to, the following: • Frequent cleaning and sanitization of high-touch areas, equipment and shared surfaces; • Yard instructors will also sanitize (daily) all surfaces including, but not limited to: door handles, steering wheel, and shifter • Branch Manager will also sanitize (daily) all surfaces including, but not limited to: doorknobs, laptops, desks, and chairs • Encouraged handwashing and information about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be posted in shared spaces and is also available upon request

 Student Health/Symptoms 

  • Students must check-in with 160 staff every day of training to complete the following: • Temperature check • Any temperature exceeding 100.4 will result in student or instructor being sent home until the fever has broken without medication for at least 24 hours • Student COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire  • Any student exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (within 72 hours of training) and that has come in contact with someone positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to train  • If a student is tested for and found positive for COVID-19, the student will not be allowed to prepare for 14 days  • If a student or instructor has come into direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, student or instructor will not be permitted to train for 14 days 

Employee Health/Symptoms 

  • 160 Driving Academy encourages employees to stay home or leave work if feeling ill or has been in close contact with confirmed positive COVID-19 case • If an employee develops symptoms of acute respiratory illness, they must seek medical attention and inform 160 Driving Academy – before returning to work • Regional Instructor Manager or Regional Branch Manager must be notified if an employee develops symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches, or new loss of taste or smell, etc.) • Any instructor exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (within 72 hours of training) and that has come in contact with someone positive for COVID-19 will not be permitted to train or instruct • If an instructor is tested for and is found positive for COVID-19, the instructor will not be allowed to teach for 14 days 
  • If an instructor has come in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID19, the instructor will not be permitted to instruct for 14 days • Failure of compliance with the guidelines stated will result in employees being sent home • If an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, 160 Driving Academy will inform other employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 160 Driving Academy will instruct all exposed employees about how to proceed based on the CDC Public Health Recommendations for Community Related

The rationale for in-person instruction

In-person lab instruction provides an enriching, life-changing experience for many students. In-person instruction provides labs that are conducive to collaborative learning and includes classroom opportunities to design experiments at the necessary level of research. Community colleges have a high percentage of experiential learning students. Students will lose a part of the lab experience of a lab science course with online or distance education.  Many of our students learn by doing rather than seeing or listening. For non-science majors, face-to-face labs are their only exposure to science labs; for science majors, face-to-face labs help build skills students need to succeed at transfer institutions.

Online and distance education do not address the needs of those students who cannot thrive in remote learning environments, or who cannot afford expensive home lab kits or digital lab manuals currently available in the market. Critical too is the need for special accommodations that can be more challenging to provide in remote instruction. Preliminary analyses from the spring semester show the number of withdrawals, incompletes, and grade appeals to be higher than pre-pandemic semesters. Student initial feedback from summer session I indicate that digital lab manuals and home lab kits do not provide an equivalent learning experience compared to face-to-face labs. Many students reported they could not have afforded the lab kits and digital lab manuals.

While we understand there is a place for a selected group of labs to be offered remotely, we recognized there is no substitute for another group of labs chosen to be provided face-to-face, in light of our current science lab curricula, programs, and College mission. Consequently, we are requesting that science labs be offered in a hybrid format, alternating on-campus instruction with remote/online instruction to minimize the number of students in the science labs and to provide the needed time to clean and disinfect lab surfaces and equipment between labs. Selected lab exercises and activities would be offered on a rotating basis to small groups of students at a pre-scheduled time to allow for the implementation and enforcement of CDC safety guidelines.

Lab safety is already part of the SCCC science lab culture.  The use of PPE, lab coats, goggles, and gloves by lab personnel, faculty, and students is mandatory. SCCC already has mechanisms in place that promote safety protocols and standard operating procedures for each science lab. Before each semester, science lab faculty, as well as lab personnel are trained face-to-face and online to ensure the science labs comply with state and federal mandates. Students undergo rigorous lab safety training, including a safety exam before attending labs that required the handling of chemicals and biological specimens. Trained lab assistants provide support to faculty and students for each lab. Lab assistants prep and clean up after each lab, putting everything away, and disposing of hazardous waste properly. Lab assistants would be trained to clean and sanitize lab equipment and lab surfaces and to assist faculty and students in implementing and enforcing CDC safety guidelines to minimize/eliminate exposure and enforce social distancing.

This fall, our goal is to offer some face-to-face labs for the following areas:

Biology
The study of life in a face-to-face lab involves looking at different types of organisms such as bacteria, protozoans, fungi, plants, and many kinds of animals to learn about life characteristics and how the evolution of life in our planet. Most students are not familiar with many of these organisms that are made available in a face-to-face lab such as sponges, hydrozoans, Platyhelminthes, leeches, hemichordates, and lower chordates, for example. For many students, this is their first time studying these invertebrates and lower vertebrates for the first time. Watching these living organisms in a video is valuable, but the learning experience of studying these organisms in person is irreplaceable. Biology faculty evaluated several home lab kits, and none includes living organisms. 

Chemistry
Chemistry labs require the handling of chemicals and expensive equipment such as a hazardous hood to run/study chemical reactions. Trained lab assistants prep all labs in advance and help with clean up and removal of hazardous waste.  Faculty are trained chemists that work directly with students in the laboratory setting. For many science majors, the face-to-face lab learning experience provides them with the knowledge and skills needed to move forward in their academic careers. Moving chemistry labs online would hinder the building of these practical hands-on lab skills.

Horticultural Science
Virtual labs, simulations, and demonstrations are no substitute for hands-on lab experiments on plant growth, plant propagation techniques. Face-to-face labs allow students to build skills directly associated with using specialized equipment such as hydroponics, and real-time problem solving needed for employment at local nurseries and other agricultural businesses. On-campus instruction for Horticultural Science will follow the standard guidelines required by other science labs. A larger class will be divided into smaller groups to ensure social distancing requirements are met while performing hands-on experiments in the lab, greenhouse, or outdoors. Students and faculty will be trained in lab safety in addition to pandemic related safety guidelines, including social distancing. The use of PPE, lab coat, gloves, as required by Material Safety Datasheets for each experiment, will be required. Also, a mandatory face mask will be needed to meet pandemic safety guidelines.  Equipment will be cleaned and disinfected between classes. Trained lab assistants will be on hand to prep and set up labs as well as to put away supplies.

Environmental Studies
Most labs in Environmental Studies courses have two components. The first is experiential learning of principles. This can be done online. The other component is Field Biology. There is no substitute for experiencing nature. Many of the environmental science and ecology labs are outdoors. Looking at the view together is informative and provoking. Watching nature shows is not intellectually stimulating to many.  A modified hybrid lab should be doable and should include some in-person field experiences under the guidance of a trained faculty member.  Physical Geology labs are often field visits to interesting geological sites. Small groups would make social distancing possible.

Physics, Electronics, and Engineering
According to faculty teaching the physics course, there is no substitute for doing labs in-person. Presently students are using a physics lab kit for the summer I session, with disappointing results based on initial faculty and student feedback. For the lecture, most students are just frustrated at the difficulty of the material and not being in class to ask questions.  Students are giving mixed responses about the lab kits.  However, the one thing they all agree upon is that if the College did not provide the home lab kit, they would not be able to afford it.  Since community colleges are facing funding cuts and anticipating decreased enrollment is not likely, the College will be able to fund lab kits in the-near-future. Therefore, many students will not have access to a physics lab.

 

If the State officially progresses to stage 3 of the OSHE Re-opening Plan by the start of the Fall semester, the College will offer open computer labs. In response, the College will schedule open labs during the various morning, afternoon, and evening time slots in order to accommodate our students.

By College guidance, Lab Facilitators will be trained on sanitation and disinfection processes to use as students enter and exit the labs.No student will be permitted in the lab without PPE, except any students medically sanctioned to forgo a mask. Students will be further educated about lab safety protocols before entering the computer lab through various student communication platforms and posters outside the door and around the room.

We will display steps for proper hand and respiratory hygiene as follows:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your sleeve, not your hands
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Wash often hands for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Stay home from class and work if you’re sick
  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects

Adequate supplies will be available to individuals to maintain respiratorily and hand hygiene, including close access to restrooms for handwashing. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be available in the rooms.  Individuals will be asked if they have respiratory symptoms before entering the classroom. If symptoms are present, they will be sent home. We will provide a safe place for them to wait for transportation if needed.

Everyone entering and exiting the classroom will be required to sanitize their hands. Students and staff will wear masks and will be required to maintain social distancing by limiting the number of individuals allowed to be in the computer lab at a given time, and by physically arraigning workspaces in a manner conducive to maintaining that spacing. Students will be required to clean computer stations before and after use with disinfectant wipes. We would limit the use of equipment (printers, scanners, 3D printers) to one person at a time, and enforce sanitizing before and after use. There will be strict enforcement of students using their own tools and personal items. 

The software will be installed that would allow instructors to monitor student computers from the front of the room. There would be no need for the instructor to go to the student to instruct them. The display screens at the front of the labs are ample enough to be easily viewed from any seat in the space.  This will allow students to remain in their positions for demonstrations.