Based on guidelines provided by the Florida Department of Education and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all courses have shifted to online or remote learning as of March 30. Students are encouraged to reach out to their instructors if they need assistance with their courses. Please continue to monitor all college communication channels for the most up-to-date information and specifics regarding this evolving situation. The FAQ document below also contains answers to many general questions regarding current college operations and will be updated as needed during this time.
frequently asked questions
This FAQ document is the most current information regarding GCSC’s response to COVID-19. It is a fluid document that will be updated as needed with any new information, guidelines or regulations that may be implemented.
Messages from the President
A message from Dr. Holdnak, President 4/3/2020
A Message from Dr. Holdnak, President 3/27/2020
A Message from GCSC Faculty 3/26/2020
the health & wellbeing of the community is a top priority at gcsc
Gulf Coast State College is committed to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and it is our highest priority. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) are constantly monitoring conditions world-wide, and updating their guidelines and procedures – and we are closely monitoring the public health issues related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Florida Department of Health has stressed that “the overall immediate threat to the public remains low,” and that everyday good hygiene routines are the best way to avoid exposure to the virus.
According to the CDC, WHO and FDOH, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus and to practice everyday good hygiene routines. These include:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Cover your cough or sneeze into a tissue or use your sleeve
- Use hand sanitizer when you don’t have access to soap and running water
- Stay home when you are sick!
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask:
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in settings where very close contact is unavoidable.
Please refer to the CDC Guidelines regarding travel precautions and recommendations.
HELPFUL INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:
- FDOH: http://www.floridahealth.gov/
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/
- FDOE: http://fldoe.org/em-response/
- Please see this helpful flier from the CDC related to handwashing and hand sanitizer.
- Please see this helpful flier from the CDC related to stopping the spread of germs.
- COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
- Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
- Recent reports have stated that on average, symptoms of COVID-19 develop in 5 days.
- CDC said most confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported from China have occurred in adults, and infection among children was relatively uncommon.
- The CDC does not recommend that asymptomatic, healthy people wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).