Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE

June 22, 2020

Two Snead State Community College employees have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. At this time, Snead State confirms the employees are currently quarantined and receiving medical treatment. In contact tracing, we have determined that no employees or students were in direct contact with the employees who have tested positive. 

Health and safety remain a priority for Snead State Community College. Snead State has implemented protocols in cleaning and sanitizing all areas on campus, especially the areas where the employees with the positive test work. The College is following medical recommendations from state and national health authorities and has implemented recommended guidelines in relation to social distancing, hygiene, travel, and visits to the College.

June 10, 2020

A student at Snead State Community College has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This is the first positive test to be reported on the Snead State campus since precautionary measures were taken for the protection of the students and employees in mid-March. 

At this time, Snead State said the student is currently quarantined and receiving medical treatment. Those, who may have come in contact with the student who tested positive, were contacted and notified of the healthcare measures they need to take, such as being in self-quarantine for 14 days.


Health and safety remain a priority for Snead State Community College. Snead State has employed protocols in cleaning and sanitizing all areas on campus, especially the areas where the student with the positive test was reported to be. The College is following medical procedures from state and national health authorities and has implemented recommended guidelines in relation to social distancing, hygiene, travel and visits to the College. The College is requesting anyone who has visited the area in question to self-isolate for 14 days from the last date the individual visited the location.


CARES ACT

Snead State Community College signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for CARES funds on Friday April 24, 2020. Checks will be mailed to all eligible students during the week of May 18. 

How much in CARES Act funds was Snead State Community College awarded for emergency student aid?
$619,599

Who is eligible for CARES Act funds?

  • Students who meet all of the following criteria as defined by the U.S. Department of Education guidelines:
  • Students enrolled in the Spring Semester at Snead State Community College. (Exception: students registered for the Mini I term only are not eligible.)
  • Students working towards a degree or certificate program at Snead State Community College.
  • Students enrolled in at least one traditional on campus course at Snead State Community College.
  • Students with a valid 2019-2020 FAFSA on file or students eligible to apply for a FAFSA.
  • Students who have satisfactory academic progress (SAP) status.
  • Students who are required to and are registered with Selective Services.
Who is not eligible for CARES Act funds?

  • Students with any of the following are not eligible to receive CARES funds:
  • Students enrolled exclusively in online courses.
  • Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders).
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.
  • Dual enrollment high school students.
  • Students who do not have a valid high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Incarcerated students.
  • Students enrolled exclusively in Spring Mini I term.
  • Students who withdrew from all classes prior to March 16, 2020.
How will eligible student receive CARES Act funds?
A check will be mailed to the student address on file as of May 19, 2020.

Are there guidelines/requirements on how students can spend CARES Act funds?
No, there are no limitations.

How many Snead State Community College students were eligible to receive CARES Act funds?
979 students (44% of spring semester enrollment) 

How will Snead State Community College spend/disburse CARES Act funds?
Because dorm students were required to vacate the dorm due to the COVID-19 closure, those students will receive a pro-rated refund based on the number of weeks that remained in the semester.  Sixty students were issued refunds totaling $40,827.

Students with board tickets will receive a pro-rated refund based on the number of weeks that remained in the semester after the COVID-19 closure.  Sixty students were issued refunds totaling $22,920.

The remainder of the CARES student emergency aid was disbursed to eligible students as Technology grants.  The total number of students were 979, and they were issued $564.84 each for a total of $552,978.36.

Who can students contact if they have questions concerning their eligibility of CARES Act funds?


Information on Operations


All Snead State classes will remain online for the Summer Semester, and the College will continue to conduct regular business operations. College facilities will remain closed to the public. Snead State is abiding by the Safer at Home guidelines released by Gov. Kay Ivey. Click here to review those guidelines.  

You may also continue to direct your general questions to us by calling (256) 840-4107 or emailing studentservices@snead.edu. If you have questions about your courses, please contact your instructors through Blackboard. Any issues with Blackboard may be directed to DL@snead.edu. You may also contact your advisor directly to schedule a time for advisement. Currently, classes being offered for the Fall Semester will include both online and on campus classes. 

Snead State Community College and the Alabama Community College System are closely monitoring the COVID-19 information. Our students and our employees are our highest priority, so we are taking precautions to safeguard their health and safety. We will update this webpage continually to ensure that relevant information and guidance are available for our students, faculty and staff.

Please review this information regularly, so you have the most up-to-date information regarding Snead State Community College. 



STUDENT INFORMATION  |  FACULTY AND STAFF INFORMATION  |  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Latest Updates from the Alabama Community College System

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Click this link to access Frequently Asked Questions regarding ACCS colleges. 

Student Information

Effective Monday, March 16, Snead State Community College transitioned all on-campus classes to completely online instruction for the remainder of the Spring Semester and for the Summer Semester. Online courses will continue as normal. 

College facilities will remain closed to the public, including students. All course lesson content - including assignments and exams - will be posted in Blackboard. Students should check their Blackboard sections and contact their instructor through Blackboard e-mail or by their office phone with questions and concerns.


Currently, the schedule of classes for the Fall 2020 Semester includes both online and on campus classes. Registration for returning students (who have completed 12 credit hours prior to the summer 2020 semester) opened May 13. Registration for First-Time students opens July 23. Parson Days New Student Orientation (required for first-time students) is July 23-28. More details regarding Parson Days will be sent to students at a later time.

Additional guidance for students to follow includes:

Continue to monitor Snead State COVID-19 messages. We will share accurate, timely and relevant information as it becomes available.

  • Stay healthy by practicing good hygiene, getting plenty of sleep, exercising routinely and focus on eating healthy foods.

  • What you know works to prevent the flu, also works for COVID-19. Please follow these precautions.

  • Avoid people who are coughing and sneezing.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Sanitize your phone, other devices and computers regularly.

  • Please wear a face mask in public to safeguard the health of others.

  • Do not travel to COVID-19 hot spots.

  • Develop a personal plan for staying on track with your studies.


Aviation Students


Aviation students should NOT report to the Aviation College beginning Monday, March 16, for the remainder of the Spring Semester and during the Summer Semester. During this time, all instructional material will be made available in an online format through Blackboard. Any material or instruction that needs to be done in-person will be conducted when student return to their on-campus classes. Aviation students will be notified on completing their face-to-face program requirements once the campus reopens.

Nursing Students


The Nursing Program will provide recorded lectures, exams, lab instructions and quizzes online. Students will maintain a log of the amount of time they spent practicing that will be used for validation. Clinical hours will be completed through virtual assignments and evaluated upon return to on-campus classes.

Dual Enrollment Students


Instructors teaching Dual Enrollment classes will post lectures, tests, and assignments into Blackboard for students to complete beginning Monday, March 16. Dual enrollment students may direct their questions to Tristin Callahan at tcallahan@snead.edu or Dr. Annette Cederholm at acederholm@snead.edu.

Student Housing

Student housing has closed, and access to the cafeteria has also closed until the campus opens back up to students and the public. Extra diligence is being paid to deep cleaning and sanitation practices. Regular College policies regarding eligibility for refund of deposits will apply, and pro-rated refunds will be made available as needed. Students who resided in the dorm during the Spring Semester were allowed to pick up their belongings Monday, June 1, through Wednesday, June 3, and on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Please review the Move-Out Procedures prior to coming to campus. Contact Paul Gore at pgore@snead.edu or Amy Stone at amy.stone@snead.edu for more information.

Student Events

All on-campus social events have been cancelled effective Monday, March 16, through the following eight weeks. Commencement has been postponed until Saturday, August 1, in the Bevill Center. This date is tentative pending new guidelines and mandates regarding COVID-19. More information will be made available once we are able to finalize details. College officials are continually monitoring COVID-19 information and will communicate any changes to our plans. You may click here for more information regarding Commencement.


Athletics



Click this link for the latest updates from the Alabama Community College Conference.

Click this link for the latest information from the NJCAA.

Faculty and Staff Information


Click this link to access information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Effective immediately until further notice, all out-of-state travel is cancelled for students and employees. In-state travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine if alternate meeting methods may be utilized. 

Effective Monday, March 16, through the remainder of the Spring Semester and for the Summer Semester, on-campus and blended classes will be held completely online. During this time, the College will conduct normal business operations. Employees will work remotely as much as possible, but will work in staggered shifts to complete operations that must be done in office. No classes will be held on campus during this time, and all coursework and exams will need to be assigned through Blackboard. Faculty should monitor their Blackboard sessions regularly and continue to respond to any student questions in a timely fashion.

Most importantly, remember: Don’t panic. Remain calm and cooperative. Continue to monitor any communication from the College regarding COVID-19. College officials are continually monitoring the situation, and plans will be updated and communicated as the situation changes. Other tips to guard yourself and your families include:

  • Stay healthy. Practice good hygiene, get plenty of rest sleep and focus on good nutrition.

  • What prevents flu works for COVID-19. Make sure to practice those precautions.

  • Avoid people who are coughing and sneezing.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Sanitize your phone and other electronic devices.

  • Visit a medical facility if you become ill – call ahead.

  • If you become ill, notify your supervisor as soon as possible.

  • Do not travel to COVID-19 hot spots.


FAQs

Who do I contact for assistance?


General inquiries should be directed to studentservices@snead.edu. You may also call (256) 840-4107 and leave a voicemail. Make sure to leave your name, student number (A#), and detailed information regarding your inquiry.

You can also contact the following in regard to more specific inquiries:
Snead State is practicing social distancing for the safety and health of our student and employees. We will respond to inquiries in a timely fashion, but please expect one to two business days for inquiries to be addresses as we are receiving a large volume of emails and phone calls. We appreciate your patience as we all work through the transition during this time.

Are Classes Canceled?



Snead State Community College has not canceled classes. The College is transitioning all on-campus classes to completely online beginning Monday, March 16, through the remainder of the spring semester and for the summer semester. All course content - including assignments and exams - will be available through Blackboard. Online classes will continue as normal. Students should direct their questions about their classes to their instructors via Blackboard. Make sure to check your classes on Blackboard regularly (once or more per day) to stay up-to-date on assignments and communications.

What if I don't have access to WiFi at home?


You may drive to the campus and use the WiFi accessible from the parking lot. Please, if you choose to do this, remain in your car at all times, and practice social distancing to safeguard your own health and well-being as well as the health and well-being of others. You may click here to access of list of libraries that have WiFi access from their parking lots.

Are Events Canceled?


Effective Monday, March 16, all campus social events have been canceled in compliance with the social distancing recommendations from the CDC. The annual spring Commencement ceremony has been postponed from its original date of Thursday, May 7 until Saturday, August 1. This date is tentative pending guidelines and mandates regardin COVID-19. More details will be released at a later time.

Are Athletic Events Canceled?


All competitive sporting events have been canceled.

Are transcripts still being processed?


Yes. Students should visit this page  for directions on how to request Snead transcripts.

If I've submitted a FAFSA application, when will it be processed?


FAFSAs for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years continue to be processed each day. Students who complete a FAFSA will receive an email from Snead State outlining their next steps within 7-10 business days after the FAFSA is submitted. We will also continue to process verification as documentation is received. Students may continue to send requested documents via email (finaid@snead.edu), fax (256-593-7180), or postal mail (PO Box 734, Boaz, AL 35957). 

Will my admission application still be processed?


Yes, the Admissions Offices are processing applications each day. Please keep checking the email address you provided on your application for any updates or document requests. Students should be notified regarding their next steps within 7-10 business days. You may continue to send requested documents via email (admissions@snead.edu), fax (256-593-7180) or postal mail (PO Box 734, Boaz, AL 35957).

When will I know if I receive a scholarship for 2020-2021?


Our scholarship committee is working and meeting remotely to meet our original deadlines. We plan to notify class of 2020 incoming freshmen of their scholarship offers in mid to late April as we do each year. No priority or payment deadlines have changed at this time, should those dates change that information will be posted to our website. If you received notification of a scholarship award, please return your acceptance form ASAP to the Financial Aid Office.


Is Graduation Canceled?


Graduation has been postponed from its original date of Thursday, May 7, to Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. The College will release plans for graduation at a later time once details have been finalized. Students do not need to pick up their caps and gowns from the Bookstore at this time. The Graduation Fair scheduled for April 7 has been postponed tentatively to July 7-10. Click here for more information regarding the Commencement ceremony.

Do I still need to pick up my cap and gown from the Bookstore?



The Graduation Fair scheduled for April 7 has been postponed tentatively to July 7-10, so students will not need to come by the Bookstore to pick up their caps and gowns until that time. We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and we will adjust our plans as needed.

Does a Snead State student have COVID-19?


A student at Snead State Community College has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This is the first positive test to be reported on the Snead State campus since precautionary measures were taken for the protection of the students and employees in mid-March. 

At this time, Snead State said the student is currently quarantined and receiving medical treatment. Those, who may have come in contact with the student who tested positive, were contacted and notified of the healthcare measures they need to take, such as being in self-quarantine for 14 days.

Health and safety remain a priority for Snead State Community College. Snead State has employed protocols in cleaning and sanitizing all areas on campus, especially the areas where the student with the positive test was reported to be. The College is following medical procedures from state and national health authorities and has implemented recommended guidelines in relation to social distancing, hygiene, travel and visits to the College. The College is requesting anyone who has visited the area in question to self-isolate for 14 days from the last date the individual visited the location.


Will I be updated?


Yes, Snead State will provide updates through the website and Blackboard.

Should I move out of the dorm?


Student housing has closed to students effective Wednesday, March 18. The dining hall has also closed. Students who resided in the dorm during the spring semester were allowed to pick up their belongings Monday, June 1, through Wednesday, June 3, and on Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7. Please review the Dorm Move-Out Procedures prior to coming to campus. Please contact pgore@snead.edu or astone@snead.edu for more details.

Will I be able to use the library or computer labs?


The library and computer labs are currently closed to the public. Access to WiFi is available in parking lots on the Snead State campus, but anyone choosing to come to access WiFi this way are asked to stay in their cars the entire time and to practice social distancing to safeguard their own health and well-being as well as the health and well-being of others. 

What if I need to go to the Bookstore?


The Snead Bookstore has temporarily closed beginning Tuesday, March 24. The Bookstore will continue to serve customers via the eCommerce platform. Visit the bookstore website for more information.

Should I cancel  any travel plans?


The College would like to ask that you avoid travel to locations where COVID-19 cases have been reported. We say this because many domestic travelers across the nation have found themselves in situations where they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Due to that possible exposure, they return from the trip with work or school restrictions and self-quarantine recommendations. Students should monitor the CDC and State Department websites for travel advisories. 

What should I do if I become sick?


If you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019, or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.