According to the CDC, the immediate health risk to the American public is considered low at this time.
To keep our campuses safe and healthy, Lake-Sumter State College is actively monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials regarding the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
As information continues to evolve, LSSC will continue to work with local and state health departments and follow the latest state and federal guidelines. This site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.
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College Communications & Updates
- Article: LSSC continues to respond to COVID-19 pandemic
- LSSC makes difficult decision to postpone Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremonies
- Update on LSSC’s Response to Coronavirus/COVID-19 (March 26)
- Update on LSSC’s response to COVID-19 (March 17)
- Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update: Courses moving to online delivery (3/23-4/05) and other updates
Respect & Understanding in our Community
Lake-Sumter State College is an inclusive community that respects individuals and diversity. There have been media reports that indicate people of certain ethnicities or those from specific countries or regions have been the target of inappropriate statements and behavior. LSSC will not tolerate stereotyping, discrimination, or harassing behavior, and we expect all members of our community to engage in a manner that is respectful and inclusive.
Courses Moving Online (Spring Semester)
Beginning on 3/23/20, all courses will be conducted remotely/online for the remainder of the Spring semester.
Faculty will communicate course specific information with their students. Faculty will conduct their office hours virtually during this time. Please be patient while your instructors transition face-to-face coursework to an online environment.
Continuing Education and Corporate Training Programs
Continuing Education and Corporate Training courses will continue as scheduled, unless otherwise notified.
Virtual College Services & Resources
To encourage social distancing and to limit the spread of the virus on our campuses, all locations are closed to students, faculty, and staff.
We are continuing to expand our virtual services in support of your success as a student. The link below provides details on how you can interact with our campus during this time.
Canvas, LOIS, Libraries, virtual tutoring, online services and resources, will remain available and will not be impacted.
Campus Bookstores on the Leesburg and South Lake campuses will not be open on campus during this time.
The Bookstore website (www.lakesumtershop.com) is offering free ground shipping on all orders. The Bookstore will continue to focus on providing textbooks for academic courses.
The Bookstore will also introduce additional flexibility regarding textbook rental returns. Everyone with a rental book will receive an email with a free shipping label to send back the books when the course is over.
Planned Campus Events
Most large scale events have been cancelled or postponed between now and April 6. Event organizers will communicate about their individual events.
Athletics – Spring Season Canceled
In coordination with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA), all Athletics competitions have been suspended for the spring season. More information at lakehawksports.com.
Performing Arts Series – Foundation Events
The producers of the Golden Dragon Acrobats show have canceled their upcoming shows. The Foundation is working to identify a reschedule date in 2021. The Foundation will be reaching out by April 1 with additional information.
Please check this page or www.lssc.edu/pas for any additional show updates.
Protection and Prevention
While it’s unclear exactly how it’s transmitted, COVID-19 is thought to spread through person-to-person contact and through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms range from mild to serious and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing.
Individuals in close proximity to such persons, or who contact objects that have been contaminated with the virus, are also at risk of illness.
Steps to prevent the spread of germs
- Wash hands often with soap and water. You should spend at least 10-20 seconds washing. More information about proper hand washing is available at cdc.gov/handwashing.
- As much as possible, avoid touching your face — especially your eyes, nose and mouth — with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- Flu vaccines are highly recommended, as it is flu season.
- Hand sanitizer stations are available across our campuses, and we are adding more to high-traffic areas to encourage use during flu season.
Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure. Anyone who has traveled in the past 14 days and is experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Student and Employee Personal Travel
Effective immediately, we are asking all members of our College community (students, employees and on-campus partners) to self-report their travel and possible exposure to COVID-19.
Anyone who travels by airplane to any destination, travels out-of-state, travels to a high-risk location identified by the CDC, travels on a cruise ship, or believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should report this to LSSC through this online form.
The College will review your information and plan appropriately for any necessary self-isolation periods.
The CDC continues to update its travel notices and recommendations. The CDC currently recommends avoiding all non-essential travel to affected geographical areas to include China, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy.
Effective immediately, the College is limiting non-essential travel and reviewing all travel plans to limit the spread and risk of exposure to COVID-19. College-sponsored student travel and all out-of-district employee travel will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Study Abroad Programs
At this time, therze are no study abroad trips planned to the affected areas.
Who can I talk to about the emotional impact of the COVID-19 outbreak?
Mental Health Counseling, including phone counseling, is provided on a temporary basis to all LSSC students who request it through the Student Assistance Program (SAP). LSSC contracts with a local private mental health provider for up to five free counseling sessions.
Emergency Dean Support: LSSC has mobilized a team of Student Affairs staff as Emergency Deans during times of crisis. These Emergency Deans are available to directly assist individual students who are in distress due to issues related to COVID-19. Please email email@example.com to communicate directly with an Emergency Dean for support.
Lakehawk Town Halls
Join College faculty & staff for a virtual town hall meeting on Zoom. We’ll provide important updates related to COVID-19 and answer any questions you may have about remote learning, virtual services, or any other topic on your mind.
Drop in during the town hall if you can!
Monday, March 30 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/274422707
Thursday, April 2 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/445706447
Lake-Sumter State College will continue to be open and continue routine business. Faculty and staff will perform their duties while working from home. This is expected to continue through, at least, April 15. We will continue to review available information and guidance to determine if this date will need to be extended.
Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) COVID-19 Information
FLDOH 24/7 Call Center: (866) 779-6121
Local Childcare Options
Information on available childcare options can be obtained by contacting the Early Learning Coalition of Lake County at (352) 435-0566.
CareerSource Central Florida
CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) services are currently being provided virtually as all locations are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19. Call 1-800-757-4598 for virtual assistance or visit the Coronavirus Support page for career seeker and employer resources.