SCS has begun Phase 1 of re-opening campus. As we begin this process, we wanted to share some answers to questions you may be asking:
- Is the campus open for visitors?
- In Phase 1, the campus is only open to select SCS personnel
- Are face masks required while on campus?
- We will not require face coverings on campus, but they will be encouraged
- What is being done to promote safety and cleanliness on campus?
- All personnel will complete a daily health screening
- Hand sanitizer is available
- Face-to-face meetings are limited
- Some rooms are locked to decrease shared surfaces
- Shared touch-points such as paper schedules and shared computers are being removed
- How often will the campus be cleaned?
- High-touch surfaces will be disinfected daily
- Regular cleaning will happen weekly
- Deep cleaning and disinfecting campus will happen quarterly
- Can groups rent the campus for meetings?
- Not until Phase 3 of the re-opening plan
- What are the procedures if someone with COVID-19 has been on campus?
- Notify local health officials immediately.
- Communicate with staff, volunteers, members and people we serve that there has been a confirmed case, while maintaining the confidentiality of the person with the confirmed case of the infectious disease.
- Instruct employees to work from home until further notice.
- Implement online services and cancel/postpone any events until further notice.
- Clean and disinfect all areas used by the ill person, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces (tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks).
Additional information about SCS’s response to COVID-19 can be found on the FAQ Page.
SCS is closing all offices May 11-17 for a Mental Health Break for the entire workforce. During these difficult times, SCS believes it is imperative to holistically support faculty and staff. SCS has increased the number of zoom meetings throughout the week to provide an opportunity for staff to share conversations and stories and pray for students. After completing the Spring semester, SCS is giving all staff a week off from work to renew their spirit and minds.
All campuses are closed to visitors until further notice. Faculty and staff are available via phone and email during our adjusted business hours of 8:30 to 5pm Monday through Thursday, closed on Fridays.
SCS will resume all classes after spring break on Monday, March 23 via at-home Zoom video connections and Google Classroom. Classes will continue to meet at regularly scheduled times. Classes will NOT meet on any campus, regardless of location. Please check your SCS email for further details and instructions from your professors.
Stark College & Seminary continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak. The administration, faculty, staff, and trustees have been in constant communication about different ways to respond. Thankfully at this time, no confirmed cases have been reported in either Nueces or Hidalgo County, and the latest statement from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services is that the risk of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading among residents is currently low.
All SCS campuses will be closed for the regularly scheduled Spring Break during March 16-20. Further closures or changes to classes will be announced as soon as decisions are made.
There is a common refrain throughout Scripture: “Do not be afraid.” Although Christian leaders are called to speak the truth in love, we must do so by decrying expressions of aggression and anxiety – i.e. panic. Nevertheless, we Christians should prepare out of love so that we will be prepared to serve out of love. As Andy Crouch posted recently, “we need to teach and practice the Christian disciplines of prayer, praise, petition, and lament that help us see Jesus in our sufferings, both real and anticipated, and place our trust in him.”
Therefore, SCS has already begun to enact changes in our plans. We do this as obedience to Jesus’ command to love others sacrificially and not as an act of fear or self-interest. It is wise and responsible Christian leadership to be prepared for these moments. With that in mind, SCS will heed these provisions and recommends church leaders take similar actions:
- Do not come to campus or go in public if you are sick or have any reason to think you have been exposed to COVID-19;
- Disinfect all shared surfaces before and after meetings;
- Wash your hands thoroughly (more than 20 seconds) upon arrival and after any interaction with others;
- Serve all food and drink (including Lord’s Supper elements) individually, and;
- Maintain distance between individuals and their belongings.
It is likely difficult days lay ahead for all of us, and there are some who are going to experience significant distress. But it is also true that God will be present throughout the difficulty, just as He has been throughout history.
At this time, all classes and events on Thursday, March 11 will continue at SCS. We will maintain our normal business and library hours through Friday, March 12.
SCS Campuses are closed for regularly scheduled Spring Break March 16-20.
No change in plans have been made thus far for Graduation.
The health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, and staff are a top priority for us at Stark College & Seminary. We are actively monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak and assessing the risk it poses to our community and churches. At this time, the virus has not impacted our plans for classes or graduation. We will continue to observe the responses of TAMUCC, Del Mar, UTRGV, Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, as well as local school districts.
In the meantime, we are providing the CDC’s fact page and recommendations to students and staff. We are taking extra precautions at all of our campuses by increasing cleaning measures and by providing hand sanitizer in each classroom. We specifically emphasize that anyone who is sick should stay home rather than come to campus. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with the virus, please visit your physician immediately.
Finally, we take seriously Paul’s words to the church in Philippi that we are not to be anxious about anything. Rather than increased anxiety or panic, we are taking a posture of prayer and responsible leadership as we move forward in this time of uncertainty. If you have any specific concerns in regards to your classes or campus events, we would be happy to discuss the issues with you and pray with you through this stressful time.