Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

All Snead State classes will remain online for the remainder of the Spring Semester, and the College will continue to conduct regular business operations. College facilities will remain closed to the public, including students. If you have any general questions, please contact us at (256) 840-4107 or studentservices@snead.edu. If you have questions about your courses, please contact your instructors through Blackboard. Any issues with Blackboard may be directed to DL@snead.edu. To read more about the Alabama Community College System’s announcement, click here

Snead State Community College and the Alabama Community College System are closely monitoring the COVID-19 information. Our students and our employees are our highest priority, so we are taking precautions to safeguard their health and safety. We will update this webpage continually to ensure that relevant information and guidance are available for our students, faculty and staff.

Please review this information regularly, so you have the most up-to-date information regarding Snead State Community College. 

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Latest Updates from the Alabama Community College System

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Student Information

Effective Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3, Snead State Community College will transition all on-campus classes to completely online instruction. Online courses will continue as normal. The College will remain open for normal business operations, but students with on-campus classes should not come to campus during this designated time. All course lesson content - including assignments and exams - will be posted in Blackboard for ALL campus classes. Students should check their Blackboard sections and contact their instructor through Blackboard e-mail or by their office phone with questions and concerns.

Snead State continues to operate remotely, so applications, requests and inquiries are being handled by our staff during regular operating hours Monday through Friday. 

Additional guidance for students to follow includes:

Continue to monitor Snead State COVID-19 messages. We will share accurate, timely and relevant information as it becomes available.

  • Stay healthy by practicing good hygiene, getting plenty of sleep, exercising routinely and focus on eating healthy foods.

  • What you know works to prevent the flu, also works for COVID-19. Please follow these precautions.

  • Avoid people who are coughing and sneezing.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Sanitize your phone regularly.

  • Do not travel to COVID-19 hot spots.

  • Develop a personal plan for staying on track with your studies.


Aviation Students


Aviation students should NOT report to the Aviation College beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3. During this time, all instructional material will be made available in an online format through Blackboard. Any material or instruction that needs to be done in-person will be conducted when student return to their on-campus classes.

Nursing Students


The Nursing Program will provide recorded lectures, exams, lab instructions and quizzes online. Students will maintain a log of the amount of time they spent practicing that will be used for validation. Clinical hours will be completed through virtual assignments and evaluated upon return to on-campus classes.

Dual Enrollment Students


Instructors teaching Dual Enrollment classes will post lectures, tests, and assignments into Blackboard for students to complete beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, April 3. 

Student Housing

Student housing has closed, and access to the cafeteria has also closed until the campus opens back up to students and the public. Extra diligence is being paid to deep cleaning and sanitation practices. Regular College policies regarding eligibility for refund of deposits will apply, and pro-rated refunds will be made available as needed.

Student Events

All on-campus social events have been cancelled effective Monday, March 16, through the following eight weeks. Commencement has been postponed, and information will be made available when the ceremony has been rescheduled. College officials are continually monitoring COVID-19 information and will communicate any changes to our plans.


Athletics



Click this link for the latest updates from the Alabama Community College Conference.

Click this link for the latest information from the NJCAA.


Faculty and Staff Information


Click this link to access information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Effective immediately until further notice, all out-of-state travel is cancelled for students and employees. In-state travel will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine if alternate meeting methods may be utilized. 

Effective Monday, March 16, through the remainder of the Spring Semester, on-campus and blended classes will be held completely online. During this time, the College will conduct normal business operations. Employees will work remotely as much as possible, but will work in staggered shifts to complete operations that must be done in office. No classes will be held on campus during this time, and all coursework and exams will need to be assigned through Blackboard. Faculty should monitor their Blackboard sessions regularly and continue to respond to any student questions in a timely fashion.

Most importantly, remember: Don’t panic. Remain calm and cooperative. Continue to monitor any communication from the College regarding COVID-19. College officials are continually monitoring the situation, and plans will be updated and communicated as the situation changes. Other tips to guard yourself and your families include:

  • Stay healthy. Practice good hygiene, get plenty of rest sleep and focus on good nutrition.

  • What prevents flu works for COVID-19. Make sure to practice those precautions.

  • Avoid people who are coughing and sneezing.

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Sanitize your phone and other electronic devices.

  • Visit a medical facility if you become ill – call ahead.

  • If you become ill, notify your supervisor as soon as possible.

  • Do not travel to COVID-19 hot spots.


FAQs

Who do I contact for assistance?


General inquiries should be directed to studentservices@snead.edu. You may also call (256) 840-4107 and leave a voicemail. Make sure to leave your name, student number (A#), and detailed information regarding your inquiry.
You can also contact the following in regard to more specific inquiries:
Snead State is practicing social distancing for the safety and health of our student and employees. We will respond to inquiries in a timely fashion. We appreciate your patience as we all work through the transition during this time.

Are Classes Canceled?



Snead State Community College has not canceled classes. The College is transitioning all on-campus classes to completely online beginning Monday, March 16, through the remainder of the spring semester. All course content - including assignments and exams - will be available through Blackboard. Online classes will continue as normal. Students should direct their questions about their classes to their instructors via Blackboard. Students with on-campus classes should NOT come to campus for their classes. They should monitor their classes through Blackboard. Make sure to check your classes on Blackboard regularly (once or more per day) to stay up-to-date on assignments and communications.

What if I don't have access to WiFi at home?


You may drive to the campus and use the WiFi accessible from the parking lot. Please, if you choose to do this, remain in your car at all times, and practice social distancing to safeguard your own health and well-being as well as the health and well-being of others.

Are Events Canceled?


Effective Monday, March 16, through the following eight weeks, all campus social events have been canceled in compliance with the social distancing recommendations from the CDC. The annual spring Commencement ceremony has been postponed from its original date of Thursday, May 7. More details will be released at a later time.

Are Athletic Events Canceled?


All competitive sporting events have been canceled.

Are transcripts still being processed?


Yes. Students should visit this page  for directions on how to request Snead transcripts.

If I've submitted a FAFSA application, when will it be processed?


The Financial Aid offices continues to operate remotely. FAFSAs for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years continue to be processed each day. Students who complete a FAFSA will receive an email from Snead State outlining their next steps within 7-10 business days after the FAFSA is submitted. We will also continue to process verification as documentation is received. Students may continue to send requested documents via email, fax, or postal mail. 

Will my admission application still be processed?


Yes, the Admissions Offices are working remotely and processing applications each day. Please keep checking the email address you provided on your application for any updates or document requests. Students should be notified regarding their next steps within 7-10 business days. You may continue to send requested documents via email, fax or postal mail.

When will I know if I receive a scholarship for 2020-2021?


Our scholarship committee is working and meeting remotely to meet our original deadlines. We plan to notify class of 2020 incoming freshmen of their scholarship offers in mid to late April as we do each year. No priority or payment deadlines have changed at this time, should those dates change that information will be posted to our website. 


Is Graduation Canceled?


Graduation has been postponed from its original date of Thursday, May 7. The College will release plans for graduation at a later time once details have been finalized. Students do not need to pick up their caps and gowns from the Bookstore at this time. The Graduation Fair scheduled for April 7 has been postponed.

Do I still need to pick up my cap and gown from the Bookstore?



The Graduation Fair scheduled for April 7 has been postponed, so students will not need to come by the Bookstore to pick up their caps and gowns. Once plans have been finalized regarding graduation, students will be notified of a new date and time to pick up their caps and gowns.

Does a Snead State student have COVID-19?


No reported cases of COVID-19 involving a Snead State student have been reported.

Will I be updated?


Yes, Snead State will provide updates through the website and Blackboard.

Should I move out of the dorm?


Student housing has closed to students effective Wednesday, March 18. The dining hall has also closed. 

Will I be able to use the library or computer labs?


No. In order to safeguard the safety and health of employees and students, access to the library and on-campus computers labs, including those at the Arab Instructional Site, have been closed effective March 18 through April 3. Access to WiFi is available in parking lots on the Snead State campus, but anyone choosing to come to access WiFi this way are asked to stay in their cars the entire time and to practice social distancing to safeguard their own health and well-being as well as the health and well-being of others. 

What if I need to go to the Bookstore?


The Snead Bookstore has temporarily closed beginning Tuesday, March 24. The Bookstore will continue to serve customers via the website or the app.

Should I cancel my Spring Break plans or any travel plans?


The College wants you to have a safe and restful break. We would like to ask that, while on Spring Break, you avoid travel to locations where COVID-19 cases have been reported. We say this because many domestic travelers across the nation have found themselves in situations where they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Due to that possible exposure, they return from the trip with work or school restrictions and self-quarantine recommendations. Students should monitor the CDC and State Department websites for travel advisories. 

What should I do if I become sick?


If you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019, or suspected of being infected with it, follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community.