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. 

Health & Safety Measures 


  • 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) 

COVID-19 Exposure Reporting & Notifications 

Exposure Reporting 

  • Students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, recently been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or recently traveled out of the State of Florida should complete the COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Form 

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 

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

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.
View required disclosures from the U.S. Department of Education.

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.

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.

We’ll be scheduling another Lakehawk Town Hall soon. Check back here or your email for details.


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.

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

Informational Posters

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Leesburg Campus
The Florida Department of Health – Lake County will conduct COVID-19 testing on LSSC’s Leesburg Campus on July 1, 2, and beginning July 6 until further notice. Drive-thru testing will occur in Lot A. Testing will begin at 9:00 am each day.

Student FAQ’s