In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the shelter-in-place guidance from Governor J.B. Pritzker, all locations of Spoon River College will remain operational but closed to students and the public starting Monday, March 23. Campus facilities will be locked and unavailable for walk-in services.
“The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests remains our primary concern as we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19,” said SRC President Curt Oldfield. “As much as possible, we have put processes in place so that college faculty, staff and administrators can work at home, and all employees will be paid for their regularly scheduled hours.”
Effective Monday, March 23, spring semester classes will be moved online or in an alternative delivery for the remainder of the term. Additional details regarding the format of classes will be sent to students via Canvas or student email.
SRC’s technology help desk can assist with any students who need help understanding how online classes work. Students may contact them by sending an email to [email protected]. Students who have not heard from their instructor should email [email protected] with their name, the class they are taking, and the instructor’s name.
All Adult Education programs (GED and English as a Second Language) and all Community Outreach classes have been suspended until further notice. This includes all personal enrichment and professional development classes.
Support services including academic advising, success coaching, mental health counseling, tutoring, and others will be available remotely. To connect with the college, email [email protected] or call the main line at (309) 647-4645 and leave a voicemail.
To access up-to-date information about the college, visit the SRC home page at http://www.src.edu/. Information will be added as it becomes available.
In addition, spring events have been cancelled or postponed, and a section has been created on the home page of the Spoon River College website listing those events.
“Unfortunately, this list does include our 2020 spring commencement,” said Oldfield. “This decision was not made lightly and we recognize the disappointment our students and their families and friends will feel.
“We are disappointed also. Graduation is the most celebrated, exciting, and meaningful event on campus and we look forward to it every year, but based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we felt it was the responsible thing to do.”
Refunds will be issued for cap and gown purchases. Students should make sure their current address is on file.
“This is an unprecedented situation for the country, state, communitie, and our college, and we are working to ensure college operations continue as much as possible while still being safe,” said Oldfield.