Instructional Plan - Spring 2021

Important: First week of all classes (1/19 - 1/23) will be Online.

Spring Semester classes begin January 19, 2021

Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of all South Texas College students, faculty, and staff. Therefore, the instructional plan summarized below may be modified should new state or federal guidelines be released regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before classes begin, all instructional spaces and buildings will undergo a thorough deep cleaning, and disinfecting will be ongoing throughout the semester. Preventive protocols to reduce risk of transmission have been implemented across campuses.

The College will be offering courses through multiple modalities including: In-Person and Traditional Hybrid, Asynchronous and Synchronous Online, as well as Traditional Face-to-Face formats. The College will make extensive use of technology, while preserving the most important elements of the in-person required activities, as guidelines and safety precautions allow.

Additional offerings for Spring 2021:

  • Synchronous Online Courses
  • Face-to-Face Courses

General Campus Requirements:

  • The College requires face coverings (e.g. masks) on campus in all campus buildings, classrooms, laboratories, computer labs, and libraries.
  • Practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from other individuals.
  • Do not visit the campus if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, such as coughing, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath.
  • Do not visit the campus if within the past 14 days you have knowingly been in contact with someone who is under investigation for or confirmed to have COVID-19.

Safety Guidelines for In-Person Classes:

  • The College will determine the density for each building and classroom based on recommended guidelines.
  • The College will limit the number of classes in each building to lessen student foot traffic at any given time.
  • The College will maintain social distancing in classrooms and labs.
  • The College will clean and disinfect classrooms and labs after each face-to-face meeting.
  • The College will require face masks on campus in all campus buildings, classrooms, laboratories, computer labs, and libraries. Faculty will have the option of wearing a face mask, or a face mask plus a face shield. Face shields will be provided to faculty who request them.
  • Face coverings are not required in one’s personal office space, as long as 6-foot distancing can be maintained.

In-Person Hybrid Classes:

  • The first week of classes will be online to provide students with orientation and to organize students into cohorts for the face-to-face (F2F) meeting times.
  • In-person classes will have reduced seat time and will be supplemented with the College’s online learning management system (Blackboard).
  • In-person lecture classes will be capped at 25 students. Each F2F meeting will have no more than 12-13 students.
  • Faculty will have the option of wearing a face mask, or a face mask plus a face shield. Face shields will be provided to faculty who request them.
  • During the first week of online instruction, faculty will divide the 25 students into two cohorts and inform each student through Blackboard which day they should attend the F2F meeting. There will be a once-a-week F2F meeting time for each cohort.
  • In-person meeting times will be dedicated to the most important elements of the in-person required activities.
  • Most major assignments, quizzes, and assessments will be submitted through Blackboard.
  • Nursing & Allied Health, Sciences & Information Technology, Workforce & Public Safety, Art, Drama & Kinesiology courses will use this hybrid format by using technology to deliver content and hold in-person sessions for required hands-on activities.
  • Instructional courses with hands-on requirements will have a reduced seat time. Faculty will rotate students into the space to conduct in-person activities while maintaining social distancing for each F2F meeting time.
  • Please note that all office hours will be conducted online.

Programs with Required Hands-on Activities:

Business, Public Safety & Technology

  • Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Architectural & Engineering Design Technology
  • Automotive Technology
  • Construction Supervision Program
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diesel Technology
  • Electrician Technology
  • Fire Science
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning
  • Law Enforcement
  • Welding

Liberal Arts

  • Art - Studio 
  • Developmental Reading and Writing
  • Drama - Practicum 
  • Music - Applied 
  • Music - Ensemble 
  • Sign Language Interpreter Studies

Math & Science

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering

Nursing & Allied Health

  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Emergency Medical Technology
  • Health & Medical Administrative Services
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Patient Care Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Vocational Nursing

Social & Behavioral Sciences

  • Kinesiology

Online Classes:

  • Totally online courses have been designed to incorporate best practices with many opportunities for students to engage with each other and the instructor.
  • Content is accessible virtually, through video, students can even let a page reader read the content to them.
  • Students are supported online seven days a week and can schedule online office hours with instructors.
  • Faculty who teach our online courses have been certified through a rigorous program that prepares them to use the tools of modern online education.
    • Asynchronous - courses do not have specific required meeting times
    • Synchronous - courses in which lectures are scheduled at a specific day and time through an online platform

Dual Credit Courses:

  • Online Course Offerings: Most dual credit courses “S” sections will be offered through online delivery. All online courses will require adherence to security measures currently in place to protect faculty and students while learning in an online environment.
  • Limited In-Person-Hybrid Offerings: Career and Technical Education and/or Academic courses which require hands-on activities will be offered as hybrid courses. Dual Credit courses held at approved High School Sites must submit a Safety Plan no later than January 5, 2021.

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