Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Galveston College is monitoring national, state, and local developments of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Please visit this page for updates from the College.
Galveston College Update: May 27, 2020
Galveston College Update: May 21, 2020
Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act” or the “Act”)), Pub. L. No. 116-136, 134 Stat. 281 (March 27, 2020), directs institutions receiving funds under Section 18004 of the Act to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”). On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education posted their reporting requirements for HEERF participating institutions. Each HEERF participating institution is responsible for providing this information in report format (the “30-day Fund Report”). In addition, these participating institutions are required to post the information listed below on the institution’s primary website. Accordingly, the following information will be easily accessible to the public and made available 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter.
Galveston College Update: April 23, 2020
Message from the President
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:
During the rapidly changing circumstances of the last several weeks, our country, state, and community took actions that were designed to protect us from COVID-19. And it was no different at Galveston College as we worked to create the opportunities for teaching and learning to continue while also working to keep you safe during this pandemic. Not that long ago, all classes at Galveston College moved online for the remainder of the spring semester. And now, as we approach the end of the spring semester and as we look forward to the summer and fall semesters, it is time for us to consider and make decisions about our next steps as we seek to continue to confront COVID-19 and to work to make sure that teaching and learning continue at Galveston College in the safest way possible.
However, before we talk about next steps, I first want to commend you, our students, our faculty, and our staff for your flexibility, your adaptability, and your perseverance this semester. I want you to know that I am proud of our faculty and staff as they have continued to work to help you, our students, succeed. And to our students, I am especially proud of you as you have continued in your studies and as you have committed yourselves to completing your programs of study even in the face of the hurdles and curves that you have encountered as a result of COVID-19. I commend your strength and your courage. #GCStrong
Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with state and local directives, and out of our continuing concern for you, our students, faculty, and staff, we announce the following decisions for all May mini-semester and summer classes (credit and Continuing Education classes).
All May mini-semester and summer classes (both credit and noncredit) will be delivered online, with the exception of certain technical courses and programs that require hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered online, but can be delivered face to face in accordance with CDC guidelines. Examples include shop, laboratory, and/or clinical segments of courses and programs in health science, nursing, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and other applied technology areas.
Registration for summer and fall classes will continue online through May. Then, one week prior to the beginning of the first summer session, limited in person admissions, financial aid, and registration services will be available on campus. Other academic and student support services will continue to be available online.
For the early part of the summer and continuing through July 31, employees where possible will continue to work remotely. For those individuals who must come to campus and/or work from campus, the College will allow flexible schedules and/or shifts, as approved by the immediate supervisor and the vice president responsible for that area of the College.
Beginning on Monday, May 18, as we begin to reopen the campus for students who need to complete clinicals and laboratory assignments in technical programs or technical courses, we will be working to comply with all appropriate CDC guidelines as well as the directives of state and local officials. All individuals entering campus facilities are expected to use a facial mask or face covering, as appropriate. (See FAQs for additional information concerning facial masks or face coverings.) In addition, as students, faculty, staff, and visitors enter the facilities, there will be screening stations to check for signs of COVID-19. Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students, and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings, as appropriate and in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Although we are looking forward to August, the fall semester, and a return to the normal operations of the College, we know that the COVID-19 situation is continuing to evolve and change on almost a daily basis. Consequently, we must plan for classes as scheduled in the fall and for normal operations while at the same time planning for the hurdles and curves that COVID-19 might still throw at us.
As we begin the process of reopening the campus and before I close this letter, let me again say how proud I am of each of you. And, although this is just the first stage in the reopening process, I know the Galveston College family is strong and up to the challenges of these uncertain times. I know our faculty and staff are continuing to help you, our students, succeed. And I am confident that you, our students, will continue to be strong and courageous as you work to continue your studies. #GCStrong
Dr. W. Myles Shelton
- Galveston College spring semester classes will be completed online. Although the College had originally indicated that it intended to resume face-to-face classes on Monday, April 6, that no longer appears to be a realistic expectation. Consequently, all spring semester classes are being scheduled to be completed strictly online. For students who do not currently have access to campus laboratories/facilities or access to their clinical sites, instructors will provide additional information and instructions, as appropriate. Academic and student support services will continue to be available online. In addition, registration for summer and fall classes will open online on Monday, April 13. In order to plan coursework for the fall and spring, current students and prospective students should plan to contact their adviser by email or phone for instructions for registering online. As soon as the campus can be safely opened to students and the general public, the College will open for in-person registration.
- As it is anticipated that students will not be able to come to campus at the end of this semester, online final exams and/or other mechanisms for the end-of-semester assessment of student learning will be announced by the faculty to their individual classes.
- The May graduation/commencement ceremonies will be postponed. The degrees and/or certificates for students who are completing their degrees or certificates in May will be mailed at the end of the semester. However, all students graduating in May as well as those students completing their studies during the summer will be invited to participate in a summer commencement ceremony on Friday, August 21.
Galveston College Update: March 20, 2020, 5 p.m.
Beginning Monday, March 23, all Galveston College classes will be online. Galveston College academic and student support services will also be available online, by email and/or by teleconference. All campus facilities will be closed to students and the general public.
- Phone number
- Galveston College ID number
- Description of the issue in Canvas
Galveston College Update: March 19, 2020, 1 p.m.
Remote Student Services
Out of an abundance of caution regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Galveston College has shifted to providing remote student services.
All incoming calls and messages to Galveston College office numbers will be received via email. Student Services team members have been assigned schedules to monitor and return emails and phone calls.
Counseling and Advising Center – firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Aid – email@example.com
Testing Center – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutoring – Student Success Center – email@example.com
Accessibility/Special Needs – firstname.lastname@example.org
Upward Bound – email@example.com
Building Bridges to Success – BBS@gc.edu
Academic Advising – The Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center will continue to offer academic advising services for students via telephone and email. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org . For questions related to a particular program, please reach out to the instructor or the department coordinator for more information.
Student Activities – All student activities and special events have been postponed. Spring semester athletic events have been canceled.
Student Housing – Student housing applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply online, visit https://gc.edu/student-housing/ . Deposits may be mailed to Galveston College Business Services, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77554 or paid by credit card via telephone at ( 409) 944-1215 . (Please leave a call-back number.)
Technology – Galveston College Student Services is working to find solutions to assist students who have needs related to computer hardware and internet access. wifi.xfinity.com hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, students should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. (It works best if students download the app.) Galveston has a number of hotspots: https://hotspots.wifi.comcast.com/mobile/.
Two other low-cost options:
Please contact Financial Aid at email@example.com with technology needs questions.
Testing – Galveston College has secured a new test-proctoring platform called Respondus , which allows staff to lock down the students’ browsers as they are proctored in a virtual environment to help maintain test integrity. It also allows the College to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Students with testing questions should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tutoring Services – Galveston College students will be able to receive tutoring through NetTutor, which is a 24-hour virtual tutoring service available to all students through their Canvas learning management system portals.
Upward Bound – Upward Bound team members will be reaching out to participants regarding remote access to TRIO program services (academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, FAFSA assistance, financial literacy, etc.). For information, contact Priselda Perez at email@example.com.
Veterans Services – The Financial Aid office offers assistance with VA benefits. Students will continue to have support through a variety of communication methods, such as phone calls, emails and virtual appointments. For assistance, contact Nikki Montoya at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whitecaps Email – Galveston College students should check their Whitecaps email several times daily. The College will make official announcements via Whitecaps email first. Students must use their Whitecaps email address to contact Galveston College advisers and staff. For help with email, contact email@example.com or visit https://gc.edu/student-services/access-your-student-email/.
Galveston College Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced the suspension of all junior college athletic events for the remainder of the spring semester. This effectively ends the Galveston College 2020 spring baseball and softball seasons. In anticipation of next year’s season, student athletes should consult their coaching leadership regarding continued training and preparation for next year.
Galveston College Update: Friday, March 13, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Although there are no cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Galveston College, there are a number of cases that have been reported in the greater Houston area and now one in Galveston County. Consequently, out of an abundance of concern for our students, faculty, staff, and our community, Galveston College has determined to extend the 2020 spring break for students for one week, March 16-20. (No online or in-person classes will be held during this week.) This time will allow faculty and staff to prepare and coordinate planning for the remainder of the semester.
On Monday, March 23, Galveston College classes will resume, strictly in an online environment. It is hoped that face-to-face classes will resume on April 6. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend online classes depending on the situation at that time. A determination will be made in the coming weeks about the ability to continue face-to-face classes for the remainder of the semester, hold final exams in person/on campus, and the ability to hold commencement as currently scheduled.
The Galveston College Board of Regents will meet as scheduled on Wednesday, March 18.
Faculty and Staff
Although students will receive an additional week of spring break (March 16-20), all full-time faculty and staff should report to campus on Monday, March 16. The week of March 16-20 will be used for faculty and staff to prepare and coordinate planning for the remainder of the semester. Galveston College leadership will advise faculty and staff on additional protocols via Galveston College email. Part-time employees are not to report to work unless contacted and instructed to do so by their supervisor.
Student workers are not expected to return to campus to work until Monday, April 6. The College will continue to monitor this situation and confirm this date or extend the date depending on the situation.
Self-Monitoring / Self-Isolation / Self-Quarantine
If a student or an employee who has traveled outside of the U.S. during the last 14 days or who has traveled to an area in the U.S. that has had reported COVID-19 cases, this individual may need to self-isolate or self-quarantine and should follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Students who choose to self-isolate should notify their instructor. Employees electing to self-isolate should notify their supervisor and Human Resources.
All Galveston College sponsored student travel (including athletic travel) is suspended until Monday, April 6. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend the suspension of travel depending on the situation at that time.
All travel for Galveston College employees is suspended until Monday, April 6, 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.
Precautions to Continue to Take
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer
- Avoid shaking hands
- Maintain a good “social distance” between you and others
- Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
College leadership will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation. The College will issue additional updates as the situation evolves. We greatly appreciate your support as we continue to work with health and government officials to protect your safety and health.
Galveston College Update: Thursday, March 12, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Galveston College is working with local, state and federal partners to closely monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), formerly known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation. For up-to-date information and available resources, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County or the Galveston College community.
The safety of our Galveston College students, faculty, staff and community is paramount, and we realize that the situation can quickly change.
Galveston College officials will meet on Friday, March 13, to discuss strategic planning regarding the return of students after spring break. The college will make an informed decision based on recommendations from health officials, and we will provide another update.
Read and follow information posted on campus explaining hand washing techniques and other signage about healthy habits to help prevent viruses from spreading.
Utilize on campus hand sanitation stations.
On the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control, anyone who begins experiencing fever, cough or difficulty breathing is reminded to contact their primary healthcare provider and remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication.
The college is monitoring CDC travel alerts. At this time, no study-abroad programs for summer 2020 are impacted. We are prepared to make adjustments to our approach as circumstances warrant.
Check this web page regularly for updates.
COVID-19 Cases in the U.S.
The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. Cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the U.S. The link below will direct you to a map that represents cases detected and tested in the U.S. through U.S. public health surveillance systems since January 21, 2020. This includes both confirmed and presumptive positive cases reported to the CDC.
You can use this section to see live updates