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COVID-19 Update from President Joe Lee 3/9

Dear Spring Hill family,

I know there are some concerns among you regarding the coronavirus outbreak and what the College is doing to address the safety of our students, staff and faculty. I completely understand that this is causing some anxiety, especially after the news that we had to suspend our semester in Bologna at the Italy Center.

Let me outline some of the many steps we are undertaking to prepare and share our planning:

  • The Spring Hill College Emergency Management Team (EMT) – which consists of administrators and faculty leaders – have been meeting for weeks, planning and implementing strategies to ensure the safety of everyone on campus as it relates to COVID-19. I want to assure you, we are constantly planning for and having conversations about these scenarios.
  • The EMT is also in daily contact with federal, state and city health authorities regarding this rapidly-changing issue. We will continue to send alerts and messages as new information becomes available.
  • Starting tomorrow at 8:00 a.m., the College will cover the co-pay fee for students exhibiting flu-like or upper respiratory symptoms who want to visit Greater Mobile Urgent Care (Old Shell Road location). Authorization is needed from Student Affairs.  That office will be sharing more details with students today.
  • Additional antibacterial and cleaning supplies are in place throughout the campus. Housekeeping schedules have doubled in high-traffic areas and Aramark staff also has a preparedness plan for this kind of health situation.
  • Should COVID-19 make its way to our area, we are building processes and scenarios to take classes online as well as how we’ll operate as a College. Final answers are not possible at this time but we are constantly planning for and having conversations about these scenarios.
  • For the community’s well-being, we will also post alerts as needed on the SHC.edu website homepage or in the News and Events article section.
  • While we will continue to update you on College issues, I urge you to get the most up-to-date and reliable health information about COVID-19 from reputable sources like the CDC.

Your safety and well-being is our number one priority.  My door is open to anyone who needs to talk through this issue. 


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