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SNC students sport a new look this fall: masked superheroes!

The New Academic Year Is One for the Ages

Masks, sanitizer, cleaning kit – check! SNC students are meeting the challenges of a COVID-conscious campus with flexibility and resilience, and they’re finding that 2020-21 brings the same slew of new opportunities that typically attend the new academic year.

The college’s faculty and staff worked hard all summer to create a campus environment that prioritizes the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff. Returning students now join in the shared responsibility for following all safety protocols. With this in mind, here’s a peek into some of the changes your student is experiencing this semester. 

Every member of the SNC campus community is self-monitoring their daily health, and an app like #CampusClear makes it easy to do. This new app, which comes with a reminder setting, allows users to enter any physical symptoms they may have, then tells them whether it’s safe to attend class or go to work. Widespread use of this app is helping the college monitor illness trends and manage any emerging risks. #CampusClear is available in mobile and desktop versions.

Faculty office hours
Faculty continue to offer these valuable touchpoints to your students. Your student can find office hours for each of their professors listed on their syllabi. Virtual appointments are strongly encouraged!

Community internships are allowed at local organizations that follow the CDC guidelines regarding universal masking and physical distancing.

Student teaching
Education majors with placements in school districts that are offering virtual instruction are able to take advantage of this experience by teaching remotely.

Student travel and study abroad
Students, along with faculty and staff, are encouraged to limit their travel. The hope is that students will remain on campus as much as possible. Opportunities for students to study abroad are being made on a program-by-program basis, with the spring semester in mind. There are no students studying abroad this semester or during J-term. 

Performances continue, with the audience capacity for various performances reduced to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing rule. Some performances will be live-streamed – a nice additional opportunity for family and friends at some distance from campus.

Other campus events
Campus events are limited to the college community for the time being, with any members of the general public in attendance by invitation only.

Fitness center
The fitness center is open to students, faculty and staff by appointment. The pool is open to the college community at open swim times.

Moving about campus
Students have ready access to all academic and student-services facilities, using their swipe cards to gain building access. Where needed, one-way hallways and stairways have been designated, along with specific entries and exits. Elevators have a limited capacity. 

OpenTable, a popular consumer app for making dining reservations, is available to the SNC community for use in reserving seats in various indoor dining areas. Students also can use the Nutrislice app to pre-order food from Phil’s, Dale’s and Ed’s. Both are available in mobile and web-based versions. With current public-health guidelines top-of-mind, SNC dining venues are offering plated salads and additional fresh fruit options at Ruth's. All outlets are providing grab-and-go options. Dining hours have been extended. And, pizza is back!

Positive COVID-19 cases and their contacts
Our COVID-19 case response plan indicates that students should quarantine or isolate at home whenever possible. All of their contacts also will return home to self-isolate, assuming it’s safe to do so. New positive cases on campus are tracked via a COVID-19 dashboard, currently updated on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Sept. 10, 2020