2020 Coronavirus Update
Pioneers don’t back down from the unknown or shy away from challenges that confront them on their journey. The resources below will not only help you stay the course, they will help you forge ahead in true Pioneer spirit.
Be sure to check this page often for updates.
CARES Act Funding Information
On May 12, Indian River State College launched the process for distribution of Federal CARES Act grant monies to assist eligible students impacted by the by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. Funds are currently designated for students that attended IRSC in the spring 2020 semester, and will be disbursed on a first-come, first-serve basis, until exhausted. Students who meet grant criteria will be notified by the College through email and/or text messaging on how to proceed with the application process.
The College followed the strict guidance of the U.S. Department of Education in their interpretation of the CARES Act funding, particularly with respect to eligibility of the awards. Award amounts were determined in alignment with student anticipated need, per Expected Family Contribution, and based upon both the total number of eligible students and total amount of funding made available to IRSC. For more information, visit the CARES Act web page.
Spring 2020 Graduation
Commencement is a special time for IRSC graduates and guests. While Spring Commencement ceremonies have been postponed until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are working to ensure that graduates who want to take part in Commencement exercises have a future opportunity to do so. We’ll keep you posted on the Commencement webpage. Meanwhile, graduates who have paid their $50 fee will be refunded. Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates.
Tips for those Newly Enrolled at IRSC
We look forward to having you as an IRSC student. Be sure to complete your onboarding tasks, including Virtual New Student Orientation, so that you can register for classes. Log into MyPioneerPortal frequently to check Workday and RiverMail for onboarding tasks, communication from advisors, and general messaging from IRSC.
Assistance for those Enrolling for Summer or Fall 2020
Starting IRSC this Summer or Fall? Register for a Virtual Admit One: Virtual Admissions Workshops and get answers to your questions, receive help completing your IRSC application and filling out financial aid forms, and more.
Dual Enrollment Students
The Indian River State College Dual Enrollment program allows eligible students to simultaneously earn high school credit (toward their high school diploma) and college credit toward an Associate Degree or Baccalaureate Degree, or credit toward a career training certificate for an eligible course. Eligible students may take Dual Enrollment courses, free of charge.
Books and Book BuyBack Program
Beginning Monday, April 27, IRSC students can order and pay for books online through the River Shop website and either pick them up at Main Campus store (Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., observing CDC social distancing guidelines, and no more than 20 people in the shop), or arrange for curbside pick-up at any of the IRSC campuses. For ordering instructions, refer to the River Shop website.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, BuyBack events hosted on site at IRSC campuses have been canceled. The College has instead partnered with Nebraska Book Company to bring you a Virtual Book Buyback program. The process is simple, easy to understand and can be done from the safety of your home.
Students who applied for financial aid for the 2019–2020 academic year and were not eligible, but now have extenuating circumstance due to the Coronavirus, should read and complete the estimated income guidelines and estimated income worksheet for a reconsideration.
Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
PERT Testing Update
Updated May 29, 2020: Florida has suspended PERT testing for Summer B and Fall 2020 classes.
Current dual enrollment students who enrolled in SLS1101 for Summer A, and were successful in that course can take CGS1060 for Summer B with approval from their high school. All new dual enrollment students with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher may enroll in SLS1101 (required) and CGS1060 (optional) for Summer B with approval from their high school.
SB1720 Exempt Students
In the absence of a current PERT, SAT or ACT assessment, IRSC is working on an alternative placement plan for students who do not meet the Senate Bill 1720 exemption mentioned above. Once the alternative placement plan is complete it will be posted here.
Testing/Assessment for Summer Term
All Indian River State College (IRSC) Summer 2020 classes will have one proctored exam. This exam will be proctored online by Honorlock, which is a remote proctoring service that requires the Google Chrome browser. Honorlock is fully integrated within Blackboard, which means you can access Honorlock directly from Blackboard without needing an additional username and password. All Honorlock proctoring fees for Summer 2020 will be paid by Indian River State College.
When you become a student of IRSC, the College creates a RiverMail account for you. RiverMail is the official electronic means of communication between you and the College about all things related to your student record. Important information such as application status, financial aid status and scholarship information is communicated through RiverMail. It is important that you activate your RiverMail account as soon as it is assigned and check it often.
Students should also check this IRSC website, and messages within Blackboard, Workday Student and Riverlife. You can also keep up with IRSC news and events by following our official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.
Posted April 15, 2020
Virtual courses for Summer Session “B” (June 24 – August 5) open for enrollment on April 15. If CDC restrictions are lifted and conditions are safe to resume normal operations, additional courses may be offered in face-to-face and hybrid formats. Meanwhile, all of IRSC’s physical locations remain closed to students (with very limited exceptions for workforce programs) and the public until further notice.
The IRSC Presidential Search Committee has extended its Presidential Search application deadline to Tuesday, May 26, 2020, due to extenuating circumstances resulting from the broad impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Those who had applied by the original April 13 deadline were notified of the extension, and assured that they remain in the applicant pool for consideration.
Academic Support Center introduces virtual breakout rooms for study groups. Students can study for exams online with their friends in personalized ASC virtual breakout room, using audio/video chat and e-learning tools. Moderators and tutors are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to assist study groups and answer questions.
Posted April 2, 2020
Governor DeSantis has issued Executive Order Number 20-91 extending “Safer At Home” precautions to be effective statewide. Indian River State College has reviewed this important order and determined that our current operational precautions are in compliance. Remote instruction will continue for the remainder of the Spring term and the College is well-positioned to ensure a safe and successful Summer term for our students.
Summer Term Update
With the advancement of COVID-19, the Governor’s latest Executive Order, and the President’s recent extension of CDC social distancing guidelines through April 30, Indian River State College is taking the following precautions to ensure a safe and successful summer semester for our learning community:
- All Summer Session “A” (May 6 – June 17, 2020) and Full-Term Summer “A+B” (May 6 – August 5, 2020) courses will be conducted entirely online.
- A decision on Summer Session “B” (June 24 – August 5) courses will be made at a later date; if CDC restrictions are lifted and conditions are safe to resume normal operations, courses may be offered in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats.
- All of IRSC’s physical locations remain closed to students (with very limited exceptions for workforce programs) and the public until further notice.
Registration for Summer semester (Session “A” and Full-Term only) begins on Monday, April 6.
The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) confirmed that employees needed to maintain operations may continue to be present on site as long as they maintain CDC distancing and health guidelines.
Further guidance is provided in an FAQ from the FLDOE.
The safety and security of all IRSC employees remains paramount and the following measures will remain in place at this time:
- All physical locations remain closed to students and the public until further notice.
- The College will remain open for employees needing to be present for operational purposes, as long as they are adhering to CDC distancing guidelines and health protocol.
- Employees should NOT visit any IRSC physical location if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness.
- Employees who have transitioned into remote work plans are encouraged to continue working in this capacity under the guidance of their immediate supervisor.
- All employees are asked to communicate frequently with their immediate supervisor as we move the College’s operations forward.
Posted April 1, 2020
Students who applied for financial aid for the 2019–2020 academic year and were not eligible, but now have extenuating circumstance due to the Coronavirus, should read and complete the estimated income guidelines and estimated income worksheet for a reconsideration.
Posted March 27, 2020
- Indian River State College physical locations will remain closed to the public and students (with very few exceptions in workforce programs) next week and until further notice.
- Hybrid and face-to-face courses resume as virtual courses on Monday, March 30.
- The College is open to only our employees for needs related to their position. Any employee visiting the College must adhere to CDC distancing guidelines and health protocol.
- Students are encouraged to communicate with faculty, advisors and staff via phone and email.
- Registration for summer term will begin April 6.
Posted March 26, 2020
All performing arts events scheduled for the McAlpin and Wynne Black Box theatres are cancelled through at least April due to concerns about Coronavirus.
IRSC is presently contacting our patrons about the cancellations, but we are experiencing a high volume of incoming phone calls at this time. We appreciate your patience.
In lieu of a refund, ticket holders can automatically donate the value of their ticket to the College; a large portion of season ticketing revenue goes toward student scholarships. Ticket holders requesting a refund should contact the box office Monday through Friday by sending email to email@example.com.
Posted March 25, 2020
Summer registration has been moved to April 6 to give our students and instructors more time to adjust to the recent changes necessitated by the Coronavirus outbreak. Additionally, the date for students to withdraw from spring full-term and express classes has moved to April 10.
The Academic Support Center is presently migrating services to Blackboard Collaborate. Virtual tutors will be available in math, biology/AP, chemistry/physics, English and reading. The IRSC libraries have launched real-time research labs and "chat with a librarian" services. More information about these services will be posted on the Remote Access Resources for Students page.
Posted March 20, 2020
At the conclusion of Spring Break, Indian River State College will maintain operations remotely with limited services onsite. In order to observe to the latest guidelines by the CDC, IRSC is implementing the following measures to keep students, employees, and others safe.
Here are a few reminders of steps previously announced:
- All online classes will continue as scheduled on March 23.
- All hybrid and face-to-face courses will adjust to fully online formats and resume on March 30.
- Workforce programs and courses that rely on significant contact hours will have alternative plans developed, and faculty will reach out to students in these areas. These courses will also resume on March 30.
- All IRSC athletic events, planetarium shows, fine arts performances, and public pool hours have been suspended indefinitely.
- The IRSC Child Development Center is closed until further notice.
Additional steps IRSC is initiating at this time:
- No IRSC events of any kind are to take place with 10 or more individuals until at least April 15, 2020, or in the event the CDC deems gatherings safe again.
- IRSC will evaluate all future events on a rolling schedule, determining the status of an event no later than two weeks prior to the event.
- Any meeting of 10 or more individuals that is necessary must be done so in an online/virtual format.
- IRSC’s Spring Commencement ceremonies have been postponed until further notice. Graduates who have paid their $50 fee will be refunded. Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates. The College is evaluating alternative means to celebrate our spring graduates, and working to ensure graduates who want to take part in Commencement exercises have a future opportunity to do so.
- In addition to the continuation of most classes in virtual format, IRSC will offer student services virtually where possible.
- IRSC employees will use the week of March 23 to 27 to develop alternative delivery methods for the libraries, ASC labs, testing centers, and more.
- IRSC is committed to ensure continuation of its student and support services. Any service that must maintain a limited opening will do so with respect to the CDC’s social gathering and social distancing guidelines.
- The College will be closed to students during the week of transition above (3/23 to 27); however, students are encouraged to reach out to their instructors and/or assigned advisors if there are questions or concerns regarding the adjustment to online learning.
River Hammock is closing to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus.
- All Florida residents residing in the River Hammock must leave the premises no later than 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23.
- Out-of-state and international students will be required to leave the premises by 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.
- River Hammock residents are required to remove all personal belongings and leave room and card swipe keys on your individual desk. Lock your individual room door as you exit.
- Pursuant to the lease terms, and due to the mandatory evacuation, the rental payment shall be pro-rated. Refunds and deposits will be processed at the end of the spring semester.
Employees Returning to Work:
- Indian River State College continues to shift its operations online to the extent possible.
- Employees need to work with their immediate supervisor in advance of March 23 to establish an alternating work schedule on site or a remote work plan. Employees should also work with their supervisor to properly retrieve equipment, technology, or necessary materials to maintain operations.
- Any employee visiting campus must strictly follow CDC distancing guidelines and health protocol.
REMINDER: Employees should NOT return to any IRSC physical location if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, if they have been asked to isolate due to exposure to an individual with a positive COVID-19 test, nor if they feel age or underlying health conditions put them at an increased risk for exposure. Safety is our utmost concern, so please do not put others or yourself at risk.
Posted March 16, 2020
The spread of Coronavirus has elevated safety precautions to unprecedented levels across the nation, and Indian River State College will continue doing its part to ensure the safety of its students, employees, and supporters.
Employees are expected to return to work as scheduled on March 23rd to ensure the continuation of services to students throughout the entirety of the spring semester. This will be accomplished through the implementation of the measures below:
- Classes currently being taught online will continue as scheduled on March 23rd.
- Hybrid classes (blend of online & face-to-face) will be delayed for one week and shift to completely online on March 30th.
- Face-to-face classes will be delayed for one week and be adjusted to an online format where possible on March 30th.
- Workforce programs that require in-person contact hours (such as Cosmetology, Construction, and Industrial Education programs) will resume March 30th with alternative plans so students may complete the semester. Faculty members will be contacting students in these programs.
- In accordance with the CDC guidance as of March 15th, IRSC will begin working to postpone or cancel events in the near future that consist of 50 or more people. Please continue to check the IRSC website calendar for updates on event status.
The Coronavirus situation is still very unpredictable and fluid, and further measures may be required as a result of the virus spread or at the request of state leadership. Please know IRSC will provide updates as soon as possible in the event more steps are needed.
For more information, continue to check your IRSC email and this webpage.
Posted March 13, 2020; updated March 16, 2020
In accordance with guidance issued by the Florida Department of Health, and out of the highest concern for the health and well-being of its students, employees, and visitors, Indian River State College (IRSC) is immediately postponing or cancelling the following events due to coronavirus concerns:
- Planetarium shows are suspended until at least April. This includes the Evening Star shows for tonight and tomorrow, as well as Kids Space activities scheduled for this weekend. In lieu of a refund, ticket holders can automatically donate the value of their ticket to the College. Ticket holders requesting a refund should contact the box office Monday through Friday by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 772-462-4750 or 1-800-220-9915.
- All athletic events are suspended until at least March 28.
- All performing arts events scheduled for the McAlpin and Wynne Black Box theatres are canceled through at least March 28. In lieu of a refund, ticket holders can automatically donate the value of their ticket to the College; a large portion of ticketing revenue goes toward student scholarships. Ticket holders requesting a refund should contact the box office Monday through Friday by sending email to email@example.com or by calling 772-462-4750 or 1-800-220-9915.
- Public pool hours are canceled indefinitely.
- The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) session for March 26 is canceled.
- Project Easter Smile has been postponed indefinitely.
- The 2020 Florida Hope Exercise planned for April 1 to 6 is canceled.
- The Graduate School Fair scheduled for April 1 is postponed and is expected to be rescheduled for a future date.
- A Job Fair planned for April 9 is postponed and is expected to be rescheduled for a future date.
- All other college events and activities currently scheduled are being evaluated at this time.
- The IRSC Child Development Center is closed indefinitely.
Yesterday, the College suspended all IRSC professional international and out-of-state travel, as well as all IRSC pre-approved student activity travel, effective March 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. until further notice. Earlier in the week, students were notified that Study Abroad trips for 2020 were canceled.
Indian River State College closes for Spring Break today at 5:00 p.m. and plans to reopen on Monday, March 23, 2020. The College will disseminate information regarding the coronavirus throughout Spring Break via College email, the College website at www.irsc.edu, and IRSC social media channels.
Posted Thursday, March 12, 2020
We continue to monitor the Coronavirus outbreak closely and want to keep you informed on recent developments here at IRSC.
Please see the latest memorandum and FAQ document regarding the Coronavirus from Dr. Kathy Hebda, Florida College System Chancellor. These documents have hotlinks that will also assist in keeping you up-to-date and answer possible questions you may have about the Coronavirus.
If traveling to any of the European countries included in the CDC link on personal business, https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-europe#countries, please be aware and follow the CDC recommendations and requirements. Additionally, please be aware that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Federal Register notices have announced that the Department of Homeland Security may direct operators of aircraft to airports with enhanced public health services and protocols for flights carrying persons (including U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who have recently traveled from, or were otherwise present within, the European countries indicated in the link.
As a result of the Coronavirus, all IRSC professional international and out-of-state travel, and all IRSC pre-approved student activity travel, is suspended effective March 13, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. until further notice.
The College will continue to disseminate information regarding the Coronavirus. Please monitor your College email, the College website at www.irsc.edu, and IRSC social media channels throughout Spring Break for any further updates.
Posted Monday, March 9, 2020
Indian River State College continues to closely monitor the evolving Coronavirus outbreak. The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is the highest priority and IRSC officials are working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to share the most updated information.
Based on the Governor's Executive Order, IRSC requires all students, faculty, administration, and staff who have traveled to impacted Level 3 countries (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) within the past two weeks/14 days, to self-quarantine at home and avoid contact with others for 14 days.
Members of the IRSC community are strongly encouraged to consider deferring non-essential international travel during spring break and in the months ahead.
- Conditions can change rapidly in other countries and could impact ability to re-enter the United States.
- The Coronavirus will continue to spread and new countries are experiencing outbreaks every week.
- Other countries may decide to implement travel restrictions with very little notice.
- Airlines may cancel/limit flights.
- Employees who travel to impacted Level 3 countries (indicated above) over Spring Break or in the months ahead will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days. For employees impacted by this self-quarantine, please contact Human Resources, (772) 462-7280 or myself at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible in order to discuss the use of time off.
- Students who travel to impacted Level 3 countries (indicated above) over Spring Break or in the months ahead will be required to self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days after arriving home. They must also contact the local Department of Health, as well as the IRSC Health and Wellness Center and the Vice President of Student Affairs at 772-462-4706.
- Additional quarantine measures by the U.S. or other countries may be applied as situations change.
IRSC will continue to follow travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and suspend College-related travel to countries issued a Level 3 warning.
Before traveling for business or pleasure, please pay attention to the risk levels of any country and understand that risk assessments may change from day-to-day. The International Air Transport Association website is a valuable resource for travelers. The CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel at this time. The following CDC link has additional information regarding the Coronavirus and cruise ship travel: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/covid-19-cruise-ship.
If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), see your health care provider immediately. Call ahead to advise the doctor’s office of recent travel. If you have symptoms consistent with the Coronavirus, wear a facemask when you are in the same room with other people and when you visit your healthcare provider. The CDC expects that person-to-person spread of Coronavirus will eventually occur more widely.
Faculty, staff, and administrators with health concerns should contact their healthcare provider. Anyone with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of Coronavirus will be guided by the treating physician and the Florida Department of Health on steps for treatment.
IRSC is increasing cleaning activities to help prevent the spread of germs. A few simple steps to protect yourself and those around you include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
- Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, particularly if you have been in contact with someone who is sick
- Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Although widespread use of face masks for asymptomatic people outside clinical settings is not recommended, remember that it is a social norm in many countries to wear a face mask during cold and flu season. Do not assume that a person wearing a face mask is infectious, or that they should be avoided.
We will continue to closely monitor the evolving Coronavirus outbreak and will continue to keep you informed.
Posted Tuesday, March 3, 2020; updated March 6, 2020
The CDC and state Health Departments are responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in the United States. The risk to residents of Florida remains low; however, there is an ongoing investigation to determine more about this outbreak. At IRSC, we are asking that all employees and students who have recently returned from travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea to self-isolate and not return to campus for 14 days after arriving home and contact the local Department of Health, as well as the IRSC Health and Wellness Center and the Vice President of Student Affairs at 772-462-4706.
Please contact Patti Corey-Souza, Ph.D., R.N., in the Health and Wellness Center (Building U) by phone at 772-462-7825 or by email at email@example.com if you have any questions, concerns, or if you suspect you or someone you know has been exposed to, or diagnosed with, coronavirus.
For employees, if you suspect a possible infection (student, staff, visitor etc.) notify the Health and Wellness Center immediately. The Health and Wellness Center can help with precautionary strategies such as hand sanitizer and other protective equipment at no cost.
The Health and Wellness Center works closely with infectious disease personnel at the Florida Department of Health. We will keep the College community updated as new information from the CDC and the Department of Health is released. Your wellbeing is our priority.
According to the Florida Department of Health the community at large, as well as our College community, should be aware of the following coronavirus information:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person by droplets:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are the sickest.
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
- It may be possible that a person can get coronavirus by touching a surface containing droplets.
The symptoms of coronavirus may appear 2 to 4 days after exposure. See your health care practitioner if you have:
- Shortness of breath
Most people recover without needing special treatment. However, the elderly and people with underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and an impaired immune system are more prone to develop a serious illness.
Be Aware of How to Prevent Transmission of the Coronavirus:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with persons in poor health.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately. Coughing into a bent elbow may not prevent the spread of droplets.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. Wash with soap and water ASAP.
What not to do:
- The CDC does not recommend that healthy, asymptomatic people wear a facemask. Facemasks should be used by people who have symptoms, health workers, and people who are caring for an infected person.
According to Dr. Scott Rivkees, Florida State Surgeon General, “The department is moving forward with the appropriate plans, and we are working directly with the CDC and local medical providers to ensure (infected) individuals the proper treatment and that anyone who has come into contact with them is following the necessary protocols, limiting or stopping any further spread.”
This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Florida Department of Health, March 1, 2020.
Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center:
The Call Center is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
Visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/ebola/_documents/ebola-response-to-emerging-infectious-disease.pdf to view Florida's Response to Emerging Infectious Disease.
Visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/all-county-locations.html to locate and obtain contact information for your local CHD.
The CDC also has a website with information related to coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.