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Library Services Online

Galveston College Hunt Memorial Library offers virtual services

Did you know the Galveston College David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library services are accessible online?

Students, faculty and staff can access academic eBooks to support curriculum, reference eBooks, leisure eBooks, article databases, eJournals, eMagazines, research guides, video tutorials and eCourse reserves. The library also has a live chat service available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students can schedule individual online reference appointments, as well. All virtual services are accessible in one place for students, faculty and staff.

The Distance Education Library Resources Online Guide is designed to help students at a distance or taking online courses locate and use Galveston College library’s online resources and research tools. Students can access the guide at https://library.gc.edu/distance-education-library-resources.

Library hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For assistance, contact gclibrary@gc.edu or view the library’s FAQ page https://gc.libanswers.com/.

Face-to-Face Tutoring

Career Readiness and Student Success Center reopens with face-to-face tutoring

The Galveston College Career Readiness and Student Success Center has reopened and is offering face-to-face tutoring services.

NetTutor is also available for online students to access 24 hours a day.

Students, faculty and staff are asked to be mindful of the following sanitation and safety precautions observed in the center:

• All students who enter the center must be wearing a wristband signifying they have completed a Galveston College COVID-19 screening.
• In an effort to ensure social distancing, the center has condensed itself to 12 study stations with eight of those being computer stations.
• No more than three tutors will be on duty at a given time.
• Each tutor can only tutor one student at a time. (There are two stations that can accommodate a group of two students.)
• Students will be tutored in 60-minute sessions, if there is no wait, a student can restart a new 60 minutes.
• All stations will be sanitized after every use.

For hours and more information, click here.

Coronavirus Dashboard

Students with mask at Galveston College

Galveston College understands the importance of COVID-19 testing and the critical nature of sharing the data with the Whitecaps community. The COVID-19 cases and testing reported on the Galveston College campus will be posted here each week, though the data is monitored daily by our health experts and administration. We thank you in helping to keep Whitecaps healthy and well because that is what will allow us to keep our classrooms open.

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevension (CDC) is currently recommending that everyone wear a face covering over the mouth and nose in a public setting.

• If you are on campus, you are expected to use an appropriate face covering while walking to and from your class or work location, during classes or labs, and/or at other times. It is also recommended that even with a mask you maintain an appropriate social distance.

• Cloth face coverings, as recommended by the CDC, are perfectly acceptable. You may wear a N95 or surgical mask if you already have one in your personal possession.
However, these supplies are considered critical supplies and are not necessary to meet the face covering guidelines. Your cloth face covering should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. Regular machine washing and drying should be sufficient.

• Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing your cloth face covering. Wash your hands immediately after removing and handling prior to laundering.

• Faculty may lecture in face shields if desired. Face coverings must be worn elsewhere on campus, including but not limited to, the hallways, outer offices, and while entering and exiting the building.

• The requirement for wearing a face covering on the GC campus will continue until further notice.

• Limit occupancy in classrooms, laboratories, and/or campus dining rooms to no more than 50% of normal capacity or ensure that each classroom or instructional area allows for at least 40 to 50 square feet per student.
• To help promote social distancing, the class schedule will be altered to extend the passing period between classes.
• A revised/updated course schedule with new start and stop times and revised room assignments should be available online by Monday, July 20.

Travel

• Students and/or employees who have traveled to a country for which the CDC
has issued a Level 3 or Level 2 warning related to COVID-19 are expected to selfquarantine for 14 days, as recommended by the CDC, prior to returning to campus.
• Student Travel – All Galveston College sponsored student travel is suspended through
the fall 2020 semester. The College will continue to monitor the pandemic and adjust
travel restrictions, including travel for athletic purposes, as warranted and/or directed
by state and local officials.
• Employee Travel – All travel for Galveston College employees is suspended through
the fall semester, unless it is determined to be mission-critical or health-critical
and has been approved by the College leadership. Employees are responsible for
canceling all travel plans and reservations. Please note that the College will work with
faculty and staff regarding incurred expenses for conferences or events that have
been canceled or for conferences or events where the College has suspended travel.

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Overall Covid-19 Testing Positivity at Galveston College

“Positivity (%) is the proportion of all positive test results provided to Galveston College since August of 2020. Tests are not processed by Galveston College. The data reflects testing performed by clinical providers or Testing sites outside of Galveston College and reported by students, faculty and staff.”

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Negative

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Positive

Overall Covid-19 Reporting Data

Galveston College understands the importance of COVID-19 testing and the critical nature of sharing the data with the Whitecaps community. The COVID-19 cases and testing reported on the Galveston College campus will be posted here each week, though the data is monitored daily by our health experts and administration. We thank you in helping to keep Whitecaps healthy and well because that is what will allow us to keep our classrooms open.

 

Date
 

Person Reporting
 

Level of exposure
 

Result

August 11, 2020
 

Faculty

Moderate

Sonography Program reported that a student received phone call during class, informing her of a positive COVID test. The student was asymptotic with no fever. She got tested as a prescreened at a doctor’s visit for an unrelated issue. 

Student got retested 48 hrs later and was negative. Class Quarantine was lifted.

July 23, 2020

Faculty

Low

Daniel Fink reported a potential exposure for the radiography program. He has received information that one of his students had been exposed to someone with covid-19 and was on campus with him and other students last Monday.  The student does not have symptoms. The CDC website recommends the following on who needs to quarantine:

 

Who needs to quarantine?

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

This includes people who previously had COVID-19 and people who have taken a serologic (antibody) test and have antibodies to the virus.

What counts as close contact?

You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes
You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them)
You shared eating or drinking utensils
They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

According to my interpretation of this information, he nor his class would need to quarantine as the exposure was third person.

July 14, 2020

Faculty

Moderate

The Surgical Tech class was sent home as well as the program director, due to a Covid-19 exposure by a student in the class.

Final result. All students and program director tested negative. Quarantine was lifted early.

July 14, 2020

Staff

Moderate

Facilities night crew was sent home upon arriving to work due to exposure to Covid-19. The screeners called it in when he answered yes to being around someone that tested positive. Facilities night crew explained that a co-worker at his other job that he works closely with without a mask tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday.

Facilities night crew was required to quarantine and stay off campus for 14 days without symptoms or get tested and provide results of a negative test before he can return to campus.

KNOWN CASES

4

 

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DEATHS

00

+0 reported Aug 31

On-campus registration is Friday and Saturday

Galveston College will resume on-campus operations on Friday, Aug. 28, at 8 a.m.

On-campus registration is set for Friday, Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students can register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu.

Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 31.

Late registration will be Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Late fees will be waived.

Student housing move-in is slated to begin Friday, Aug. 28, by appointment only. Resident students should contact Jose Martinez at jmartinez@gc.edu to schedule an appointment.

Go Whitecaps!

Galveston College resumes operations Friday

Galveston College will resume on-campus and online services and operations on Friday, Aug. 28, at 8 a.m.

Registration is set for Friday, Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 31.

Late registration will be Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Late fees will be waived.

Student housing move-in is slated to begin Friday, Aug. 28, by appointment only. Resident students should contact Jose Martinez at jmartinez@gc.edu to schedule an appointment.

Galveston College suspends operations for evacuation

Galveston College will suspend all on-campus and remote operations, effective Tuesday, Aug. 25, to allow all students, faculty and staff who reside on the island to evacuate safely. College operations will be reinstated when it is safe to do so.

The City of Galveston has issued a mandatory evacuation instructing all Galveston residents to begin leaving the island for safety after overnight models shifted the landfall of Hurricane Laura westward. City services will be suspended today at 12 p.m. People should be getting their plans together this morning for an evacuation. It is urgent that residents heed this mandatory evacuation and leave with all family members and pets.

Following the forecasted storm, Galveston College will announce additional information for the continuation of fall 2020 registration, student housing move-in and the beginning of classes.

Be Storm Ready

Operations go remote; registration continues online

Galveston College officials continue to monitor Tropical Storms Laura and Marco as they develop in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Out of an abundance of caution for students, faculty and staff, all academic and campus operations will take place remotely beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25. On-campus classes and operations will resume once it is determined safe to do so.

Students, faculty and staff should be prepared to evacuate should conditions warrant.

Students can register for fall 2020 classes online via their Whitecaps portal or by contacting the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu or (409) 944-4242.

As conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website, gc.edu, Galveston College social media and the local news media.

Be Storm Ready

Galveston College to go remote Tuesday, Aug. 25

Galveston College officials continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Laura and Hurricane Marco as they continue to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Although Hurricane Marco does not appear to be much of threat to Galveston at this time, Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen to a hurricane and could impact the Texas Coast.

Therefore, today (Monday, Aug. 24) campus operations will continue as normal. And, out of an abundance of caution for our students, faculty and staff, all academic and campus operations will take place remotely beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25. On-campus operations will resume once it is determined safe to do so.

Students, faculty and staff should be prepared to evacuate should conditions warrant. As forecasted conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website, Galveston College social media and the local news media.

Storm Alerts

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Update: Thursday, Aug. 27, 12 p.m. – Galveston College to Resume  On-campus  Services Friday, Aug. 28

Galveston College will resume on-campus and online services and operations on Friday, Aug. 28, at 8 a.m.

Registration is set for Friday, Aug. 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 31.

Late registration will be Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1. Late fees will be waived.

Student housing move-in is slated to begin Friday, Aug. 28, by appointment only. Resident students should contact Jose Martinez at jmartinez@gc.edu to schedule an appointment.


Update: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 9 a.m.
– Galveston College Suspends Operations Due to Forecast of Storm

Galveston College will suspend all on-campus and remote operations, effective Tuesday, Aug. 25, to allow all students, faculty and staff who reside on the island to evacuate safely. College operations will be reinstated when it is safe to do so.

 The City of Galveston has issued a mandatory evacuation instructing all Galveston residents to begin leaving the island for safety after overnight models shifted the landfall of Hurricane Laura westward. City services will be suspended today at 12 p.m. People should be getting their plans together this morning for an evacuation. It is urgent that residents heed this mandatory evacuation and leave with all family members and pets.

 Following the forecasted storm, Galveston College will announce additional information for the continuation of fall 2020 registration, student housing move-in and the beginning of classes.

 As conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website, gc.edu, Galveston College social media and the local news media.

Update: Monday, Aug. 24, 5 p.m. – Galveston College Operations Go Remote Tuesday, Aug. 25, Will Reopen When Safe

Galveston College officials continue to monitor Tropical Storms Laura and Marco as they develop in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

 Out of an abundance of caution for students, faculty and staff, all academic and campus operations will take place remotely beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25. On-campus classes and operations will resume once it is determined safe to do so.

Students, faculty and staff should be prepared to evacuate should conditions warrant.

Students can register for fall 2020 classes online via their Whitecaps portal or by contacting the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu or (409) 944-4242.

As conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website, gc.edu, Galveston College social media and the local news media.

 

Update: Monday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m. – Galveston College Operations Go Remote Tuesday, Aug. 25, Will Reopen When Safe

Galveston College officials continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Laura and Hurricane Marco as they continue to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Although Hurricane Marco does not appear to be much of threat to Galveston at this time, Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen to a hurricane and could impact the Texas Coast.

Therefore, today (Monday, Aug. 24) campus operations will continue as normal. And, out of an abundance of caution for our students, faculty and staff, all academic and campus operations will take place remotely beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25. On-campus operations will resume once it is determined safe to do so.

Students, faculty and staff should be prepared to evacuate should conditions warrant. As forecasted conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website, Galveston College social media and the local news media.

Update: Monday, Aug. 24, 8 a.m.

The safety, protection and well-being of Galveston College students, faculty, staff and the community are of the utmost importance as we prepare for severe weather and other emergencies.

Preparedness Tips:

Stock your home with supplies that may be needed during a severe weather emergency. At a minimum, these supplies should include:

  • Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person)
  • A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food
  • A first-aid kit and manual
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries
  • Sleeping bags or extra blankets (at least 1 per person)
  • Water-purifying supplies, such as chlorine or iodine tablets or unscented, ordinary household chlorine bleach
  • Prescription medicines and special medical needs
  • Non-prescription medicines, such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
  • Baby food and/or prepared formula, diapers and other baby supplies
  • Disposable cleaning cloths, such as “baby wipes,” for the whole family to use in case bathing facilities are not available
  • Personal hygiene supplies, such as body soap, toothpaste, etc.
  • Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
  • Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
  • Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
  • Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • An emergency kit for your car with food, flares, booster cables, maps, tools, a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher, sleeping bags, etc.

 

The following sites are also important to severe weather preparedness:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/prepare/ready.php

https://www.weather.gov/media/mob/pdf/GulfCoastHurricanePrep.pdf

https://www.weather.gov/media/crp/Hurricane_Guide_Final_English.pdf

https://www.galvestontx.gov/491/Hurricane-Preparedness

https://gcoem.org/x-hurricanes/

https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane

https://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/safety/weather/hurricane.html

https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

https://namigulfcoast.org/hurricane-preparedness/

 

 Update: Sunday, Aug. 23, 9 p.m.

The Galveston College administration continues to monitor Tropical Storms Laura and Marco. Tropical Storm Laura’s projected path brings the system somewhere in between Houston and Southeastern Louisiana Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Houston is currently on the far left side of the cone of uncertainty. The center of the cone is right along the Texas/Louisiana state line.

Communication Information:

Communication plays a key role during any severe weather emergency. College information will be communicated through the Blackboard Connect emergency alert system, the college website and social media.

To enhance communication efforts, please review the following checklist:

  • To ensure notification through Blackboard Connect, please make sure your cell phone, home phone and email addresses are up-to-date in your Whitecaps portal at gc.edu.

  • You will receive emergency information as a text message, as a telephone call/voicemail, and/or as an email message.

  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check the website and the Galveston College Facebook page and to follow the college’s Twitter feed and/or Instagram for periodic college updates during severe weather situations.

  • The college’s emergency phone line (866) 483-4242 will be updated to reflect any updates pertaining to campus closures for severe weather incidents.

  • If evacuation becomes necessary, students, faculty and staff who evacuate will find important updates through local television, radio, newspapers and social media platforms.

 Update: Friday, Aug. 21, 3:30 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting for two tropical depressions to possibly reach hurricane strength, with both sharing the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. If the forecast holds true, it would be the third time in recorded history there are two named tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico concurrently.

Tropical Depression 14, which will become Tropical Storm Marcos if it develops as forecasters expect, will likely arrive first. It is predicted to become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, but the National Hurricane Center says it could weaken a bit before hitting the Texas coastline, possibly by Tuesday morning.

Please remain alert and check your Whitecaps email, the Galveston College website, social media and regional media for updates from the college and the community.

Thank you and stay safe, Whitecaps!

#BeStormReady

#GalvestonCollegeBeStormReady

#WhitecapsBeStormReady #TropicalStormLaura

#TropicalStormMarco