Return to Campus Information - Coronavirus-COVID-19

SCF Return to Campus Hotline: 941-752-5015

SCF Safety Precautions | Additional Helpful Information | Reported COVID-19 Cases | Previous Updates

July 23, 2021

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

We are eagerly preparing for the start of our Fall 2021 semester and it is our intention to resume normal operations.

Effective August 9:

  • Masks are optional but recommended for those not fully vaccinated or if preferred by the individual.
  • Classrooms will operate at 100% capacity for in-person learning.
  • On-campus events are open, including musical performances and intercollegiate athletics. Event attendees should review event descriptions for any precautions or restrictions in place prior to the day of the event.
  • SCF campuses will be open to the public.
  • SCF faculty, staff and students can resume travel, both in district and out of district.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine is highly recommended but is not required. SCF will be hosting vaccination clinics and will provide lists below of vaccination sites.

We will continue to meet regularly to assess and take into consideration the recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Department of Education. The personal safety of students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and we will provide regular updates regarding our campus services and COVID-19 safety precautions.

Our campuses are still undergoing diligent cleaning on a regular basis and hand sanitizer is available in areas with high volumes of personal interactions. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms at any time, please stay home and self-quarantine regardless of if you are vaccinated. 

Please continue to review the important information below for SCF’s safety precautions and how to access additional resources.

Be well,


Coronavirus Self-Checker Tool from the CDC
Student and Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form
CARES Act Information Reporting

Please check back for updated FAQs, student and employee COVID-19 decision trees, and international travel requirements, which will be posted by Friday, July 30.

SCF Safety Precautions

The personal safety of students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. Students and employees should follow the recommendations of the CDC and DOH.

When a case has been confirmed on campus, SCF will immediately reach out to local public health officials. These officials will help SCF determine the appropriate subsequent course of action. 

It is the responsibility of individuals to self-monitor their health every day. SCF will not track the health status or daily temperatures of all employees or students. Please take the preventative actions and adhere to the common guidelines as it relates to any illness or the coronavirus.

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Carry and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Monitor your symptoms.

The following additional tools and resources are also available:

  • Flier from the CDC related to hand washing and the use of alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Flier from the CDC related to stopping the spread of germs.

Additional Helpful information

For reliable, up-to-date information, visit:

Centerstone CareLine

It’s common to feel stressed or anxious during these challenging times. Many people are experiencing increased levels of stress, fear and anxiety. The need for social distancing makes it harder to access our normal social supports. 

Being in contact with people who can relate to your experiences is comforting. Centerstone’s CareLine can help you learn about coping skills, find resources, and feel supported.

If you or someone you know needs to talk, the team at Centerstone is available to help.

Free and Confidential 24/7 CareLine: 941-782-4300

Manatee Health Department Health Line

The Manatee Health Department has set up the Manatee Health Line, a phone number that residents are asked to call first if they believe they may have coronavirus. The Manatee Health Line number is 941-242-6649. Subject-matter experts are on duty 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Manatee residents who believe they may have COVID-19 are asked to call the Manatee Health Line before visiting health care providers.

The Department of Health runs a hotline that anyone who believes they may have coronavirus can call, as well. The number is 866-779-6121 and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days week.

Community Hope Line

Beginning April 14, social workers, chaplains and grief counselors are joining forces to help meet the emotional-health needs of our communities through this 24/7 service. The Community Hope Line number can be reached at 941-556-HOPE (4673), toll-free at 855-930-HOPE (4673)  or via email at The service is also available to Spanish-speaking callers. (La Línea de Esperanza para La Comunidad esta disponible en Español.)

Reported COVID-19 Cases

As the spread of COVID-19 continues throughout our community, we want to update you on the number of individuals from SCF who have self-reported that they have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus during the exposure period. The College is notifying anyone who may have been in contact with these individuals during their time on campus. The figures are updated Monday through Friday by 1 p.m. and include the cumulative total since the return to campus on August 10, 2020.

As of July 23:

Campus Employees Students
SCF Bradenton 20 138
SCF Lakewood Ranch 2 19
SCF Venice 6 29

CARES Act Information Reporting



Please continue to monitor all communications channels, including the College’s emergency alert system through email, telephone and text for updates.

For questions, concerns or additional information, please contact the Return to Campus Hotline at 941-752-5015.

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