Instructional Plan - Spring 2022

During the Second Week of the Semester (Jan. 24-30, 2022)

Faculty teaching face-to-face courses will inform students if their class will continue another week online based on the following criteria:

  • Lecture-lab courses will use a hybrid format to deliver content and hold in-person sessions for required hands-on activities. Such courses include Nursing and Allied Health, Sciences and Technology, Workforce and Public Safety, Art, Drama, Music, Sign Language Interpreter, and Kinesiology beginning Jan. 24, 2022.
  • Lecture-only face-to-face courses will continue online for an additional week and return to campus on Jan. 31, 2022.

Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of all South Texas College students, faculty, and staff. The South Texas College Safety Committee will continue to monitor evolving guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local mandates, and public health guidance surrounding COVID-19, therefore, changes to this instructional plan may be modified as needed.

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.

In light of the current COVID-19 Omicron variant surge, South Texas College has implemented the following safety measures to best protect our community:

General Campus Requirements:

  • The College strongly encourages individuals returning to campus to diligently practice social distancing and mask wearing whenever possible.
  • On a daily basis, prior to arriving on campus, employees and students must self-screen themselves for new or worsening symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • The College continues to follow cleaning and disinfecting recommendations, including daily routine cleaning of high-touch surfaces and shared objects.

Safety Guidelines for In-Person Classes:

  • Enrollment in on-campus face-to-face courses is reduced to 70% capacity to reduce classroom density.
  • Face-to-face sections of large enrollment will be converted to an In-Person hybrid model to increase social distancing in classrooms.
  • The Governor’s order does not allow the College to mandate the use of face coverings; however, South Texas College strongly encourages the use of facial coverings.
  • The Governor’s order does not allow the College to require individuals to get vaccinated; however, the College strongly encourages individuals to get vaccinated. The College is hosting vaccination clinics for students, employees, and the community. The vaccination clinic schedule is located at southtexascollege.edu/coronavirus
  • Finally, the College is working to make COVID-19 tests available to employees. Details on this to come soon.

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:

  • Dual Credit courses taught at the ISDs will continue to meet face-to-face as planned, unless otherwise determined by the ISD.
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