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SFBC COVID-19 Message – Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 11:00 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommends 14 days of quarantine after exposure.  However, they have announced an acceptable alternative length of quarantine after exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19 as well as redefining close contact exposure.

The CDC defines exposure as “close contact” with a COVID-19-positive individual in “multiple exposures adding up to a total of 15 minutes spent six feet or closer to an infected person.”

Latest Recommended Quarantine Lengths:

Preferred is still a full 14 days of quarantine.  Below are the “acceptable alternatives.”

(1) People who have come in contact with a COVID-19-positive individual and show no symptoms and have not been tested can resume normal activity after 10 days of the initial contact.

(2) People who receive a negative COVID-19-test result and show no symptoms can resume normal activity after 7 days of their exposure to a COVID-19-positive individual.

(3) People who have tested positive for COVID-19 can resume normal activity after 10 days of exposure, plus 2 days symptom free, and AFTER they receive a NEGATIVE COVID-19 test.

IF YOU ARE AN SFBC&TS STUDENT:  If you are tested positive for COVID-19, contact Student Services.

IF YOU ARE AN SFBC&TS EMPLOYEE:  If you are tested positive for COVID-19, contact Human Resources.

For more information go to:   CDC Contact Tracing Information

Testing Sites in Palm Beach and Broward Counties:

CLICK HERE for PALM BEACH COUNTY

CLICK HERE for BROWARD COUNTY

CLICK HERE for CVS MINUTE CLINICS

For more information:  CDC Contact Tracing Information

SFBC COVID-19 Message – Monday, November 30, 2020, 9:00 AM

COVID-19 Testing Sites

PALM BEACH COUNTY

BROWARD COUNTY

CVS MINUTE CLINICS

CDC Contact Tracing Information

SFBC COVID-19 Message – Friday, August 14, 2020, 8:00 AM

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Recently, the U.S. Congress allocated funding to colleges and universities to assist students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) was created to enable colleges and universities to provide cash grants to current eligible students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19.

To access the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), SFBC signed and submitted to the Department of Education a certification affirming the university will distribute no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The Secretary of Education advises colleges and universities to prioritize students with the greatest need, but also establish a maximum funding threshold for each student to ensure the widest possible distribution of funds.

Students seeking consideration for assistance from the HEERF are advised to complete the SFBC HEERF application. Students who apply have to attest, under penalty of the law, that the expenses detailed in the application are true and accurate and have to be able to produce documentation of expenses incurred, if requested.

Eligibility Criteria

For consideration, students must meet the following federally established eligibility criteria at the time of applying:

  1. Must be enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester for which the student was requesting aid
  2. Must be a U.S. Citizen who is a degree-seeking student
  3. Must NOT be enrolled in a fully online program (does not apply to those taking their courses online due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  4. Must be an aid applicant that is eligible for Title IV aid (undergraduate AND graduate)
  5. Enrollment has been impacted by COVID-19
  6. MUST complete the application form before 12:00 NOON on Friday, September 4, 2020.

Eligibility Expenses

Funding may be awarded to cover expenses related to:

  • Course materials
  • Technology
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Health care
  • Childcare

Students could not have received funding for costs already reimbursed/funded by SFBC.

Application 

To apply for aid assistance, please complete the HEERF APPLICATION.


SFBC COVID-19 Message – Friday, August 7, 2020,  11:00 a.m.

FALL CLASSES BEGIN MONDAY AUGUST 17th ONLINE

ALL Fall 2020-2021 classes will be online – that includes graduate, undergraduate, and EAP classes.  Please check the schedule on Populi to get details about each class will function.

PHASED RE-OPENING OF BROWARD COUNTY

We are closely following State of Florida and Broward County three-phased re-opening.  Any and all changes to SFBC&TS classes, activities, and building accesses will follow the Phase I, II, and III guidelines.  We will keep students informed both on this web page and in Populi.

LATEST SFBC&TS SCHEDULE UPDATES

Follow the medical advice you are given.  Self-quarantine for 14 days.  Please advise us at SFBC&TS:

If you have questions about your potential exposure to the virus, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Self-Assessment and Guidelines.

CDC Covid-19 Information & Guidance.

Following recommendations from the CDC and the State of Florida, South Florida Bible College will continue to hold classes in online learning environments for Fall 2020 semester  Please check Populi for class schedules and details about how each class will function.

  • Currently, all previously scheduled on-campus events are canceled or postponed.
  • Fall Orientation will be held online.   Check Populi for details. If you have questions, contact StudentServices@sfbc.edu.

SFBC offices are closed to the public. Campus offices continue to serve students, faculty, and staff through phone, email and online methods. Most staff members are working remotely, and helpful contact information can be found below. We trust that you will receive the same quality of service during business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.  If you need to come on campus, please call 954-637-2268 to make an appointment.

We will continue to hold chapel services online for Fall 2020 semester; however, they will be asynchronous.  You may access the chapels online through your Populi account or on Facebook.

  • The Steven R. Sylvester Memorial Library is CLOSED to SFBC students who wish to come to the on-campus Library.  However, access to check out books is available online HERE.  Students will be contacted when to pick up those books at SFBC&TS in the front of the building.   Please check Populi for the online order form.

The bookstore continues to function as normal, collecting orders online via the Populi bookstore, which can be directly shipped to your home.

IF you need required pre-registration or post-registration testing, please call 954-637-2268 to make an appointment, Admissions staff members are available to assist prospective students virtually. For more information, check out their webpage at https://www.sfbc.edu/admissions/

During this time, SFBC will be communicating regularly via:

  • The college’s website
  • SFBC email
  • SFBC’s main social media channels
  • Populi

We are praying that we can get through this period and season quickly so that life can return to normal. May we all continue to reach out and help each other in this difficult time. Reach out to your fellow students and lend a helping hand to those in need. Let us never forget our call to care for the others in this world and let us be a beacon of light to those around us in all that we do.

Previous Alerts

SFBC COVID-19 Message – Friday, April 17, 2020,  5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT NOTICE RE:   SUMMER 2019-2020 CLASSES

ALL summer 2019-2020 classes will be online – that includes Summer A, Summer B and Summer C sessions.  Please check the schedule on Populi to get details about how the classes will function.

IMPORTANT NOTICE RE:  May Graduation and Alumni Luncheon

May graduation ceremony, alumni luncheon, and related graduation activities are POSTPONED until further notice.  We will advise of new dates.  Please contact the Registrar’s office with any questions.

Quick Update:  There have been no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 among SFBC&TS students, staff, and faculty.

SFBC COVID-19 Message – Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 4:00 PM

Thank you to our students, faculty, and staff for responding so positively to all of the changes that have affected the college and seminary’s daily operations as we work together to follow the standards released by the CDC and appropriate government agencies. While it has been challenging for everyone, you can be assured that your cooperation and efforts contribute to safeguarding the health of everyone as we all work to decrease the spread of the virus through social distancing.

There have been two confirmed cases of SFBC students who tested positive for COVID-19.  One has not been on campus since March 5th; the other has no symptoms but we have notified anyone who was in direct contact with that individual.

LATEST SFBC&TS SCHEDULE UPDATES

Follow the medical advice you are given.  Self-quarantine for 14 days.  Please advise us at SFBC&TS:

If you have questions about your potential exposure to the virus, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Self-Assessment and Guidelines.

CDC Covid-19 Information & Guidance.

SFBC Health Alert – March 27, 2020 4:00 PM

God is good – Still no cases of COVID-19 at SFBC among students, staff or faculty.

Classes will remain online until at least April 10th.

SFBC offices are closed to the public, but we continue to serve students, faculty and staff via phone, email and online methods during normal business hours 9am-6pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-3pm on Friday.

Library hours for students in need of computer/Internet access Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm.

Chapel will remain live-streamed via Facebook through April 21st.  Next chapel is Monday, March 30 at 3pm.

Bookstore is functioning via our Populi bookstore, as usual.

Communication will continue via SFBC.edu, email, social media, and Populi.

SFBC HEALTH ALERT – Thursday MARCH 19, 2019, 10:00 a.m.

  • ALL SFBC classes will continue to be conducted ONLINE through Friday, April 10th.
  • SFBC Offices are open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
  • SFBC Library will be open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday.  It will be closed evenings, Fridays, and Weekends.
  • ALL group gatherings and special events have been cancelled through April 10th.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 activities. and make adjustments as needed.

We are praying for each of you and your families to be well and remain in the knowledge that our precious Lord is still on the throne and in control of all things.

March 19, 2020 Email to SFBC Family from SFBC Executive Vice President

SFBC HEALTH ALERT – March 14, 2020 @ 8:00 a.m.

URGENT INFORMATION:  

SFBC WILL BE TRANSITIONING ALL CLASSES TO ONLINE FOR THE NEXT WEEK – Monday, March 16 to Monday, March 23.  All of our business offices and the Library will be open as usual.  We will be evaluating the situation on a weekly basis.

Below is all relevant information about UPDATED CLASS SCHEDULES EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 16thas a result of COVID-19-related governmental and local school schedules.

Firstly, we want to reassure you that there are NO CASES of COVID-19 at SFBC, either among students, staff, or faculty.

In light of all of the school closures in the tri-county area announced yesterday, coupled with the amount of SFBC students with children whose schools will be closed for two weeks, SFBC will be transitioning  ALL classes to an online modality beginning this Monday, March 16th.  Therefore, there will be NO ON-CAMPUS CLASSES at SFBC before Monday, March 23, 2020.

  • If you should have difficulty using or understanding the online software (Zoom or Populi) for your class(es), SFBC offices are open and available to help you learn how to utilize these systems for online classes.
  • You may also “attend” your live online class via Zoom on SFBC premises with approval from your professor(s).

If you are enrolled in online class(es), nothing will change for you.

If you are enrolled in on-campus class(es),those class(es) will meet online via Zoom, or another digital or online modality. Please note that you will be contacted by your professor(s) who will advise you about your specific class(es) on or before Monday, March 16th.

All on-campus, in-person classes are tentatively scheduled to resume on Monday, March 23rd.  We will keep you advised of updates as they occur, but at this time, we are planning to resume normal class schedules on 3/23.

SFBC Offices are will be openduring regular business hours during this period of time.

Essential services will be provided (Library and Offices) during this time unless you are notified otherwise.

Chapel:  All Chapels scheduled for this next week are CANCELLED.

Upcoming Events:  SFBC continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will keep you informed via email, text, and Populi about any and all changes to scheduled upcoming events.  Our first priority is your health, safety, and well-being.

These decisions were made by the administrative/executive staff out of an abundance of caution for our students, and a prayerful decision that we believe honors God and protects you and your loved ones during this coronavirus outbreak in the USA.

Please know that we pray for you every day – for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health – that you would be blessed, protected, comforted, healed, and used by our precious and perfect God.

Check back often for updates.

SFBC HEALTH ALERT – March 12, 2020 @ 3:00 p.m.

CLASSES RESUME:  All Classes Will Resume Their Normal Schedules on Monday, March 16th.

CHAPELS LIVE-STREAMED:  Being overly cautious with regard to large group gatherings, Chapels will no longer be open to students in Founders Hall but will be live-streamed into each classroom until further notice.  

STAY HOME IF/WHEN YOU ARE SICK OR FEEL LIKE YOU ARE GETTING SICK.  

We are looking forward to resuming classes on Monday and seeing you all.  But, PLEASE, if you are sick or feeling like you are getting sick – whether it’s the flu, a cold, or anything else that might be contagious – stay home until you are well!! If you or someone in your household contracts COVID-19, follow the appropriate protocol and self-quarantine, and advise us of your progress.

SFBC&TS  continues to closely monitor what is happening with COVID-19 and its impact on our community, our staff, our students, and our faculty.  We will keep you informed of measures we are taking and decisions being made about classes and events at SFBC.

Today The State University System of Florida announced:  “Effective immediately, all universities will make plans to transition to remote instruction as soon as possible.  Campuses will remain open, and operations will continue, although some adjustments may be made as determined by each university.”

SFBC is not a State of Florida university.  Private colleges and universities are at liberty to make appropriate decisions regarding their institutions as they see fit.  Large universities and colleges are often the size of towns or cities with oncampus dormitories and housing.  Their students come from around the globe and all 50 states.  They travel frequently in and out of the state and the country, especially for Spring Break.  Their vulnerability to exposure to the virus is greatly increased because of these factors.

SFBC is a relatively small and contained community with no oncampus housing.  At this time, we do not feel the necessity to move all of our campus classes to online courses.  However, we are working with staff and faculty to make certain that, should that decision become necessary, we are trained and equipped to do so.  Should that occur, students will be notified via email, text, and Populi, with detailed instructions.

Meanwhile, SFBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and keep you informed with updates as they become available.  Know that we are praying everyday for you and your families.

USEFUL LINKS:

State of Florida Information on COVID-19 (FloridaHealth.gov)
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control Travel Warnings
Coronavirus Prevent and Treatment (CDC.gov)
Florida Department of Health – Broward County
Florida Department of Health – Palm Beach County

SFBC HEALTH ALERT – March 2, 2020 @ 4:00 p.m.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees have declared a state of Public Health Emergency in the state of Florida due to the two cases of COVID-19 (one in Hillsborough County and one in Manatee County) that have been confirmed and verified in Florida.  At this point in time this is a precautionary measure.  Please read the attached March 2, 2020 Florida Declaration of Public Health Emergency COVID-19 for details.

To read Governor DeSantis’s Executive Order setting forth this Public Health Declaration, you can read March 2, 2020 Executive Order 20 51-COVID-19.  Governor DeSantis has also advised all colleges and universities in his Travel Caution Memo about traveling to and from restricted countries:  China, Iran, Japan, Italy and South Korea.  Read details here:   March 2, 2020 COVID-19 Travel Precaution Memo (Universities).

You can access the website at Florida Health Site – COVID-19 Information to get up-to-date information on the COVID-19 virus.

Should you have a question that is specific to COVID-19 and SFBC, please email us at healthalerts@sfbc.edu.  Your question will be reviewed and forwarded to the most appropriate person for a response.

SFBC will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and keep you informed with regular updates as needed, including during Spring Break.

USEFUL LINKS:

State of Florida Information on COVID-19 (FloridaHealth.gov)
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Disease Control Travel Warnings
Coronavirus Prevent and Treatment (CDC.gov)
Florida Department of Health – Broward County
Florida Department of Health – Palm Beach County