Guided by our data-informed approach, public health guidance, and input from our campus community, Lake-Sumter State College is implementing a flexible learning environment and campus experience designed to keep our community safe, ensure access and quality for our students, and move us forward on our goals for our community. 


Delivering flexible academic instruction 

  • We will continue offering four types of course delivery methods to maximize our online course offerings, maintain our instructional quality, allow interaction with instructors and peers, and reduce the campus population density. 
  • Although many of our courses will be online, our campuses will be open this fall. In addition to the virtual services we have been offering, we will resume student and academic support services on campus. 
  • Course Delivery Methods 
    • Traditional Online Courses – An online course with no scheduled meeting times and students complete work individually. 
    • Real-Time Online Courses – An online course that requires student attendance at virtual class meetings designated on the course schedule and in the syllabus. 
    • Hybrid Courses – A hybrid class blends online and face-to-face on campus delivery of the course content and instruction. A substantial proportion of the content is delivered online. 
    • Fully Seated – Course content and instruction is delivered in-person on campus. 

COVID-19 Exposure Reporting & Notifications 

Exposure Reporting 

Students and employees are required to submit the COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Form if:

  • They have tested positive for COVID-19
  • They have recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • They may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • They have traveled to a high-risk location (level 2 or 3) as identified by the CDC

After Reporting Exposure

The COVID-19 Reporting Action Plan has been developed to show the process through which an individual who reports an exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19 will follow.

Individuals should report their own exposures, but if someone may have been exposed then they would receive communications from the College to report their own exposure or consider getting tested for COVID-19.

Community Notifications 

  • Individuals who are at-risk for exposure based on reported exposures will be notified by the College 
  • If deemed necessary based on the reported exposures, the College will notify the entire College community of potential exposure

Confidentiality

All Lake-Sumter State College staff involved in the management and communication of COVID-19 cases and exposures will maintain the confidentiality of impacted parties, as consistent with applicable state and federal laws.

In accordance with Florida Statute, Lake-Sumter State College must report all positive tests to the Florida Department of Health.

Cleaning Infected Areas 

  • Areas exposed to COVID-19 by an infected or exposed individual will be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines 
  • Current cleaning & sanitization guidelines require closing off the areas used by the person who is sick or exposed. If they areas can be isolated, a full shut down is not necessary. 
  • These areas will be deep cleaned using a disinfecting machine fogger/sprayer

Health & Safety Measures 

General 

  • Required face coverings for all students, employees, and visitors to campus 
  • Reduce campus population density from normal operations 
  • Provide hand sanitizer stations across campus 
  • Implement building control measures for physical distancing in all classrooms, offices, and learning spaces 
  • Limit large events, meetings, and gatherings 
  • Limit capacity on elevators 
  • Regular cleaning and sanitization of all campus facilities with a focus on high-touch areas, including tabletop surfaces, copiers, door knobs and handles, light switches, desks, toilets, sinks, and faucets 
  • Use of VIREX II 256 for all cleaning and sanitization, an EPA-approved bactericidal, virucidal, and fungicidal disinfectant cleaner 
  • Mandatory training on all health and safety protocols put into place 

Classrooms, Math Emporium, & Laboratory Spaces 

  • Required face coverings for all students, employees, and visitors to campus 
  • Reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing 
  • Some workstations will be designated as unavailable 
  • Designated traffic flow patterns 
  • Stay seated at the end of class until dismissed 
  • Some courses or labs may have a staggered schedule to reduce classroom density, your instructor will provide those details 

Student Services & Academic Support Areas 

  • Required face coverings for all students, employees, and visitors to campus 
  • Required appointment or pre-registration, details available from each office 
  • Reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing 
  • Designated traffic flow patterns 
  • Plexiglass shields for in-person interactions 

Student Lounges & Recreation Areas 

  • Student lounges will be closed for Fall 2020 
  • Check Intramurals Schedule for outdoor recreation activities 
  • Check for new operating hours of Campus Cafes (Leesburg & South Lake) 

Student Resources

Student Emergency Assistance Programs

LSSC is currently offering student emergency assistance programs in response to the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These programs are available to students enrolled in spring or summer courses and will remain in place as long as they are needed and/or as long as funds are available.

LSSC has several assistance programs available from multiple funding sources. Award decisions and amounts will be made on a case-by-case basis determined by eligibility requirements for specific programs.
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Mental Health Counseling

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.


Travel

Student and Employee Personal Travel

Anyone who travels to a high-risk location (level 2 or 3) as identified by the CDC, should report possible exposure to COVID-19.

The College will review your information and plan appropriately for any necessary self-isolation periods.


COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Information

CDC Information on COVID-19
Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) COVID-19 Information
FLDOH 24/7 Call Center: (866) 779-6121
Lake County Health Department: (352) 589-6424
Sumter County Health Department: (352) 569-3102

COVID-19 Testing Sites

The Florida Department of Health has an interactive map of testing locations across the state of Florida. These testing sites are free.

Florida COVID-19 Testing Sites


Student FAQ’s