COVID-19-Related Safety Protocols at EFSC
Mask Wearing Optional, Strongly Encouraged; 6-Foot Social Distancing Requirement Remains in Place; Reporting Positive Cases or Contacts Required
Updated September 2021: Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), masks are optional but still strongly encouraged as an effective way to stop the spread of the virus. Based on Florida legislation and executive orders from the governor, masks are optional and not mandatory for students, faculty, staff and guests at all our campuses and facilities, effective May 19, 2021. A six-foot social distancing requirement remains in effect inside all EFSC buildings and classrooms have been adjusted to support this requiement.
Vaccination Not Required, Strongly Encouraged
The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine as the best way to prevent severe illness, hospitalizations and death. We understand it may take time for all persons wanting a vaccine to obtain one. As a result, we have set up our EFSC classrooms and Student Services areas to continue to accommodate social distancing.
Faculty and staff should continue to allow mask wearing for anyone who wants to wear one. In addition, faculty and staff should refrain from requiring proof of vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available in Brevard County and the CDC continues to urge those who have not been vaccinated to do so. Students, faculty and staff who still need to be vaccinated can view vaccination locations and can also visit the 211 Brevard information website for local vaccine options and other Covid-related resources.
Individuals are considered fully vaccinated at two weeks after the second shot in a two-dose regimen or two weeks after a one-shot regimen COVID vaccine. According to CDC guidance, those not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are recommended to continue wearing masks, and the CDC also advises that those who have been fully vaccinated can continue wearing masks to enhance protection. View the current CDC guidelines.
While we are encouraged by the progress we are making at EFSC, we will continue to closely monitor the pandemic and take any steps necessary to safeguard our college community should it become necessary.
How to Report Postive Cases and Return to Campus Approval Process
Eastern Florida State College has developed a COVID-19 Case Reporting, Tracking & Return to Campus Procedure to assist College officials with ensuring the proper direction and guidance to students, staff, or faculty who are diagnosed with, test positive for, develop symptoms of, or have close contact with someone having COVID-19. The procedure explains reporting requirements and return to campus guidelines. IMPORTANT NOTICE: A student will NOT BE ALLOWED BACK in class until they have the "Authorization to Return to Campus Form" completed by security.
Under the EFSC Student Code of Conduct, students agree to obey reasonable orders of College officials, including health and safety requirements related to COVID-19. Refusal to comply with safety protocols could be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Remember, the goal of the safety protocols is to avoid disease spread and keep campuses open, so it's in everyone's best interest to comply.
Students, faculty and staff may be required to wear gloves in specialized classroom environments, such as those for public safety training, health sciences education or workforce training, in which social distancing recommendations cannot be consistently followed. Examples include defensive tactics during a law enforcement course, working as a team on a health care mannequin or training that requires individuals to touch one another or share a piece of equipment. Disposable, latex-free gloves provided by the College will be available in classroom settings as needed.
You can review FAQ pages about the Reopening Plan for additional details. Thank you for helping us keep our campuses safe and open during this pandemic.