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2020 Coronavirus Update

FALL REGISTRATION OPENS JUNE 29

VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSIONS:
Indian River State College invites prospective and continuing students to participate in Virtual Information Sessions on topics that include Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Advising, Career and Transfer Services, Dual Enrollment and Assessment Services. View the schedule.

**NEW** TIPS FOR STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND GUESTS VISITING IRSC CAMPUSES

REMOTE ACCESS RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

RIVERLIFE VIRTUAL—UPCOMING STUDENT ACTIVITIES

REMOTE INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES FOR FACULTY

Fall Registration 2020—What You Need to Know

Indian River State College opens registration for Fall semester on June 29.

Fall term at IRSC includes hybrid courses, which blend both face-to-face and online instruction, alongside a robust schedule of wholly online courses available through our Virtual Campus. 

  • The hybrid option couples online learning with in-person instruction—including hands-on labs and workforce training programs—with class sizes and safety precautions aligned with CDC guidelines. This fall, you will see hybrid offerings expanded to include subjects such as cosmetology, culinary, math, English, performing arts, human services, accounting, digital media,  and physical sciences.
  • Fall term also features hundreds of remote learning options for students who prefer the flexibility of online learning or who feel safer at home.
  • Some remote courses meet with an established pattern—lectures, discussions and presentations take place at specific hours—while others allow students more flexibility to complete work on their own time. When registering for class, students can check the “Delivery Method” field in the course description to see what is expected.
  • All online classes will require verification of your identification as per the instructor’s syllabus. A desktop computer or laptop with a working webcam and microphone will be required in all online classes. Classes requiring proctored exams will be proctored online by Honorlock, which is a remote proctoring service. Please review the Honorlock Information for Students page to ensure your equipment is compatible, and for additional Honorlock details.

All admitted students may now begin registering for Fall classes online via MyPioneerPortal.

IRSC Enrollment and Student Services staff at all campuses are ready to assist you both virtually and face-to-face. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign into the Virtual Welcome Desk at the campus nearest you. (Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m)
  2. Indicate the purpose of your visit.
  3. Identify your preference for virtual or face-to-face services.
  4. Someone will assist you based on your preference and in the order you were logged on.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Many issues can be resolved without a visit to a campus, so it is recommended that students connect virtually first to determine if a face-to-face session is necessary. 

Indian River State College also invites prospective and continuing students to participate in Virtual Information Sessions on topics that include Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Advising, Career and Transfer Services, Dual Enrollment and Assessment Services. View the schedule.

Those returning to campus during the Fall term will notice that IRSC has established an abundance of safety practices. Expect to see decals on many floors reminding us to stand six feet apart, a plethora of hand sanitizing stations, familiar faces sporting masks and face shields, plexiglass at service counter spaces and other precautions that ensure the ongoing health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Students and employees should NOT visit any IRSC physical location if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness. 

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.

July 16, 2020 Update:

IRSC is pleased to announce plans to begin its next round of awarding CARES Act dollars to students.  With our remaining award from the Department of Education, we will extend CARES Act funding to students attending courses in the Summer (to include Summer A, B, and / or full summer terms).

Eligibility requirements and award amounts are unchanged, and are outlined below.

Students will receive information via email notifying them of their eligibility and next steps. Any students who believe they may be eligible but have yet to complete a FAFSA should do so as soon as possible. As a reminder, money will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. This round of funding will end on August 6 or whenever all funds are disbursed.

June 24, 2020 Update:

There are still 2,565 IRSC students from Spring 2020 who can claim $1.2 million in CARES funding, but they need to act by June 30! Check your Rivermail and Workday accounts to view your status and submit your claim. Through our website, social media, calls, emails, texts, and more, IRSC was able to provide emergency CARES Act grants to more than 4,750 students over the past two months. 

June 30 concludes the current round of emergency funding. IRSC will be moving forward with additional opportunities for students to receive CARES Act grant funding in July 2020.

June 18, 2020 Update:

On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education published an interim federal rule (IFR) rescinding CARES Act funding eligibility for students in non-Title IV eligible programs and/or not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. Indian River State College is disappointed with the timing of the IFR as it conflicts with our recently approved expansion of CARES Act emergency grants to these students from the Spring 2020 semester. A few states have already challenged the IFR in court, however, it is unclear if the status will be challenged in the State of Florida.

At this time, IRSC will honor the awards for students enrolled in non-Title IV programs or students not meeting SAP requirements during Spring 2020 who have completed their application and are awaiting disbursement. The College must pause its fulfillment of any CARES Act awards to this group of students moving forward.

June 11, 2020 Update:
With updated guidance from the U. S. Department of Education IRSC has removed the requirement that students be enrolled in a Title IV program (one that qualifies for financial aid funding). All students who attended IRSC during the spring 2020 semester may now apply for CARES Act funds provided they meet all other eligibility requirements. Eligibility criteria may now be demonstrated and verified by submission of either the 2019–2020 or 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
 
June 3, 2020 Update:
With updated guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, IRSC has adjusted its process and will now permit students to apply for CARES Act funds regardless of SAP status, provided they meet all other eligibility requirements.

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.

Financial Aid

Updated June 23, 2020 

Financial Aid sessions will be held online twice each week: Mondays at 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. To join:

https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/1fa20e81f0d84e43bcc3b08283ef594d

Or, call in anonymously:

Dial-in: 1-571-392-7650
PIN: 8177835685

Attendees using this PIN appear as anonymous callers in the session.

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.

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. 

IRSC has scheduled a number of virtual Dual Enrollment Information Sessions. View the July schedule.

P.E.R.T. Testing

Florida has suspended the PERT test for Summer and Fall enrollment until the end of the year, so there's no better time for high school students to get a head start with Dual Enrollment.

June 11, 2020 update:

Indian River State College has finalized the placement standards for Dual Enrollment students in the absence of common placement testing. These methods will go into effect immediately and will be used through December 31, 2020, or until common placement exams are made available.

New Dual Enrollment students with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher may enroll in SLS1101 (required) and CGS1060 (optional) for Summer B and Fall 2020 semesters with approval from their high school.

Continuing Dual Enrollment students who maintain an unweighted 3.0 GPA should be placed in appropriate academic courses by using these alternative placement methods.

Contact us at info@irsc.edu, or reach out to your school guidance counselor, for more information.  Learn more about Dual Enrollment for High School Students.

Books and Book BuyBack Program

Beginning Monday, August 3, IRSC students can order and pay for books online through the River Shop website and have them delivered to their home for $7. On Monday, August 10, curbside delivery options will be available for all campus locations. For ordering and pick-up instructions, refer to the River Shop website and make note of the information in all of the announcement blocks.

The River Shop on Main Campus will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for in-store purchases starting Monday, August 10. Branch campuses locations are closed until further notice.

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.

Spring 2020 Graduation

View the special web section honoring this year’s graduates.

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.

IRSC Child Development Center

The Child Development Center is scheduled to reopen on Monday , August 10, practicing CDC guidelines and a new safe process for entering and exiting the facility. 

Performing Arts and Planetarium Update

The Indian River State College Box Office has suspended all performances through December 2020. This includes all shows in the McAlpin Theatre, Wynne Black Box Theatre and the Hallstrom Planetarium. The health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, students, faculty and staff is paramount. The College continues to carefully monitor the situation and will inform patrons when performances can safely resume with precautions aligned with CDC guidelines.

PERT Testing Update

Updated May 29, 2020: Florida has suspended PERT testing for Summer B and Fall 2020 classes. 

Dual Enrollment

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

Florida Statutes (Senate Bill 1720) exempts certain students from placement testing.  Students who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-2004 school year or after and earned a Florida standard high school diploma, or students who are serving as active duty members of any branch of the United States armed services are no longer required – but are strongly encouraged – to complete mandatory placement testing to ensure success.  Students must provide official high school transcripts or documentation of military status to be exempt from placement testing. 

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 Fall 2020 Term

All IRSC online classes will require verification of your identification as per the instructor’s syllabus. A desktop computer or laptop with a working webcam and microphone will be required in all online classes. Classes requiring proctored exams will be proctored online by Honorlock, which is a remote proctoring service. Please review the Honorlock Information for Students page to ensure your equipment is compatible, and for additional Honorlock details.

Stay Connected

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 BlackboardWorkday Student and Riverlife. You can also keep up with IRSC news and events by following our official FacebookTwitter and Instagram channels.

 

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