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Harvey Update September 4, 2017

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Monday, September 4, 2017

10:40 AM

 

Dear San Jacinto College students,

I hope that you are all holding up after the magnitude of this last week. As your chancellor, I want to provide you with information about the re-opening of San Jacinto College and the first day of the fall semester.

First, classes will begin on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Second, I know many of you have questions and I have been advised of several that have been received on our College social media sites and at our contact center. I have asked our staff to draft a list of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) along with answers to those questions as we know them right now. I know that some of the responses to the FAQs ask you to contact us and discuss the questions in greater detail. We will have student services, financial aid, and  business office personnel available for your questions on Tuesday, September 5 from 1 to 8 p.m.  Please be patient as they work to help each student.

For students who cannot make it to a campus, you can speak with a contact center agent by calling 281-998-6150 or by email at information@sjcd.edu. Again, I ask that you please be patient as there could be longer than usual wait times due to an anticipated high call volume.

I know that the weeks ahead are going to be difficult for many of you, but as a student of San Jacinto College, you are important to us! As you return to campus, please speak with our College employees as you continue to work through the recovery process.

In order to help our employees and students who have been affected by Harvey, we have established an emergency relief fund through the San Jacinto College Foundation. Any amount you can donate will assist in providing relief during these difficult times. Information about how to apply for grants and the amount to be distributed will be posted contingent upon donations received.

We are all in this together and together we will overcome the obstacles in front of us. We look forward to having you back on campus on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Brenda Hellyer

Chancellor, San Jacinto College

Harvey Student Update 9-1-2017

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SJC Students

Friday, September 1, 2017
3:30 PM

Dear San Jacinto College students,

As we continue to work through the clean-up on the campuses and assess the impact on our employees and students, we want to provide you with information about the re-opening of San Jacinto College and the first day of the fall semester.

Please note that:

·      The College is closed through Sunday, September 3, 2017.

·      Monday is a scheduled holiday, and the College is closed.

·      Classes will now begin on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

We know many of you have concerns about registration and enrollment. Staff from the registration, enrollment, and campus business offices will be available to speak and meet with you between 1 and 8 p.m., on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

For students who cannot make it to a campus, you can speak with a contact center agent by contacting the contact center at 281-998-6150 or by email at information@sjcd.edu. Please be patient as there could be longer than usual wait times due to an anticipated high volume of calls, as well as an increase in in-person requests.

If you have children at the child care centers on the North and Central campuses, we understand that the care of your children is critical so you can attend class. We are planning to open the child care centers on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

The weeks ahead are going to be difficult for many of you, but as a student of San Jacinto College, you are important to us! As you return to campus, please speak with our College employees as you continue to work through the recovery process. We will provide resources, if available.

In order to help our employees and students who have been affected by Harvey, we have established an emergency relief fund through the San Jacinto College Foundation. Any amount you can donate will assist in providing relief during these difficult times. Information about how to apply for grants and the amount to be distributed will be posted contingent upon donations received.

Any additional communication regarding this situation and the impact it may have on College operations, including class schedules and fall registration, will be distributed through email, and SJC AlertMe will be activated. Information will also be provided on the College website, on the emergency notification line at 1-888-845-5288, and through the College’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Employees should log in to your SJC AlertMe account and verify that their contact information is correct.

Please take care and be safe! We look forward to having you back on campus on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

Thank you.

Harvey Employee Update 9-1-2017

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*** SJC Employee Information Update ***

Friday, September 1, 2017
3:15 PM

Dear San Jacinto College employees,

As we continue to work through the clean-up on our campuses and assess the impact on our employees and students, we want to provide you with additional information about the re-opening of San Jacinto College and the start of the fall semester.

Please note the following:

  • The College is closed through Sunday as teams continue to prepare the facilities and systems for your return.
  • Monday is a scheduled holiday, and the College is closed.
  • Employees are expected to return to work on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

We know employees have varying degrees of impact from Harvey, and we will continue to be sensitive to your needs. Please know that we are identifying resources that can assist through this recovery process. If you are unable to report to work on Tuesday, please notify your leader/supervisor if you have not already done so. We are also asking all part-time faculty members and staff personnel assigned for this fall semester to make contact with their department chair or supervisor about status and continued availability. 

To allow our employees time to get settled in and be briefed on process changes:

  • We will ask students to return to campus on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 for the start of classes.
  • Personnel from student services and campus business offices will be available to speak or meet with students between 1 and 8 p.m., on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

For students who cannot make it to campus, we are asking them to call the contact center at 281-998-6150 or email at information@sjcd.edu with their questions. Please be aware that this could cause longer than usual wait times due to an anticipated high volume of calls, as well as an increase in in-person requests.

If you have children at the child care centers on the North and Central Campuses, we understand that the care of your children is critical. We are planning to open the child care centers on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

We know the weeks ahead will be difficult, but we are San Jacinto College and we will get through this as we support each other! Many of you are already weary, yet there is more to be done as our region recovers from this unprecedented storm, so please know that we want to assist however we can. Thank you for your patience with each other and with students as we work to tackle this together.

In order to help our employees and students that have been affected by Harvey, we have established an emergency relief fund through the San Jacinto College Foundation. Any amount you can donate will assist in providing relief during these difficult times. Information about how to apply for grants and the amount to be distributed will be posted contingent upon donations received.

Any additional communication regarding this situation and the impact it may have on College operations, including class schedules and fall registration, will be distributed through email, and SJC AlertMe will be activated. Information will also be provided on the College website, on the emergency notification line at 1-888-845-5288, and through the College’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Employees should log in to your SJC AlertMe account and verify that their contact information is correct.

Please take care and be safe! We look forward to seeing you back at San Jacinto College on Tuesday.

Thank you.

Harvey Employee Update 8-31-2017

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*** SJC Employee Announcement ***

Thursday, August 31, 2017
10:30 AM

Dear San Jacinto College employees,

The Houston region is still feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Harvey, and will continue to feel them for weeks and months to come. We understand that many of you have been impacted, as well as many of our students. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Employees who have not contacted and checked-in with their immediate leader / supervisor to let them know their current situation should do so today by 8 p.m., if at all possible. We want to understand our employees’ personal situation and availability to return to work on Tuesday, September 5. Please use the chain of leadership so that respective Strategic Leadership Team members can assess the status of all employees.

Any communication regarding the weather and the impact it may have on College operations, including class schedules and fall registration, will be distributed through email, and SJC AlertMe will be activated. Information will also be provided on the College website, on the emergency notification line at 1-888-845-5288, and through the College’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Employees should log in to your SJC AlertMe account and verify that their contact information is correct.

Thank you.

Harvey Update 8-30-2017

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
12:43 PM

Dear San Jac Family,

San Jacinto College has been in communication with a number of agencies to determine how we can serve our communities best. At this time, local agencies have chosen other sites. We have offered our facilities where it was feasible, and we have made those facilities ready. We are waiting for confirmation about the use of the Central Campus as a temporary Red Cross/National Guard staging facility to shelter families who may be relocated elsewhere, but it appears that other arrangements have been made. At South Campus, we have assisted community members with the shelter at Dobie High School when our campus was inaccessible. At North Campus, we still do not have electrical power but are in communication with other local shelters.

I want to be very clear: Volunteering your personal time is in no way connected to your job, nor are your efforts eligible for any compensation by San Jacinto College.  This call is for community volunteers. Using email is a way to access a large number of you who may be looking for ways to serve.

Baker-Ripley (formerly Neighborhood Centers) is in need of volunteers to help at their NRG site. They need volunteers to work shifts around the clock. Evenings and late nights are the hardest times to find volunteers. We have offered to tell our SJC family of this opportunity to serve.

Many of you are still unable to leave your neighborhoods, but if you are able to travel safely, I am told that 610 is clear from 45 to NRG. If you are looking for ways to serve and are able to go to NRG, follow these instructions:

1.      Enter at Gate 10 off of Kirby at McNee

2.      Park in Red Lot 4

3.      Enter through West end of NRG

4.      Process through the station set up for Volunteers

5.      Identify yourself as San Jacinto College staff. (You might want to wear a San Jac t-shirt or shirt).

6.      Tell volunteer staffing that San Jacinto College is a partner of Baker Ripley and you have come to help.

We know we have employees and students with need, and we are working to be in a position to address some of those.

There will be opportunities to volunteer at other locations as well, even closer to home. Local communities are working to coordinate efforts. But the opportunity to serve at NRG is available now and will continue for a while.

Stay tuned.

Harvey Employee Update 8-30-2017

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*** SJC Employee Announcement ***

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
2:30 PM

Dear San Jacinto College Employees,

Good afternoon! We understand that many of you are anxious to get back to the college facilities to check on the status of your areas and begin preparing for the upcoming semester, especially now that the sun is shining, but please remember that the College and all facilities are closed. We continue to evaluate and assess the facilities and clean up where needed, so it is important that all campus properties remain closed for this process. No one should be on any college location unless directed to do so by their Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) member. The SLT members are following a communication process.

We hope to begin allowing essential employees back on college properties in a phased approach once the assessment and clean up period has been completed. If requested to work, employees will be notified through their leadership after obtaining approval from their respective SLT member.  We know employees are anxious to check their offices, classrooms, and labs, but that cannot occur until we complete the cleanup period.

As a reminder, Thursday, August 31 is the end of the College’s fiscal year end. This requires the Banner system to be taken down. To this regard, please note that Banner will not be available on August 31, from noon until 1:59 a.m., on Friday, September 1. Banner will be opened for registration again at 2 a.m., on September 1, 2017.

Thank you all for your concerns and dedication to San Jacinto College. Part of the culture of the San Jacinto College community is the desire to help and serve others.  We know many of our employees have been impacted by Harvey so feel free to reach out to other employees to personally assist them if you can safely. Additionally, there are volunteer opportunities in our surrounding communities.  Additional information has been emailed to you and will be posted on our website about those opportunities.

Finally, later today, the San Jacinto College Foundation will be rolling out the SJC Student and Employee Emergency Relief Fund to provide an opportunity for others to help those affected by this devastating storm. As the Foundation receives donations, a process for application for and disbursement of  funds will be developed with the understanding that the entire process is  contingent on how much is collected  through the donation process.

Stay safe!

Thank you.

Harvey Update 8-29-2017

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017
6:31 PM

This is a reminder from San Jacinto College. San Jacinto College remains closed through Monday, September 4, 2017, due to the heavy rains and immense floods affecting Southeast Texas. The first day of classes is Tuesday, September 5. We understand that our students, employees and communities have been affected by this devastating flood event, and we want to allow time for them to recover from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Through September 4, 2017, all San Jacinto College campuses will remain closed. No one should be on campus during this time.

Since we have postponed the start of the semester, students are able to register and pay for fall classes online through September 11. After September 5, payment will be required on the day of registration. Registration is open for Take 2 classes that begin September 11.

Due to end of year processing, SOS access will be disabled beginning at noon on Thursday, August 31. It will be accessible again starting at 2 a.m., on Friday, September 1. Students will not be able to register or pay for classes during this brief down period.

Any communication regarding the weather and the impact it may have on College operations, including class schedules and fall registration, will be distributed through email, and SJC AlertMe will be activated. Information will also be provided on the College website, on the emergency notification line at 1-888-845-5288, and through the College’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Students are reminded to log in to your SJC Alert Me account and verify that your contact information is correct.

Please continue to monitor the forecast and have an individual plan for flooding for you and your families. Do not drive through flooded roadways. We want you to be safe and to take care of yourselves and your families. Please stay safe and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities.

Below are resources where you can learn more.

All-Hazard Preparedness Information

National Hurricane Center

Houston-Galveston National Weather Service Office

Harris County Flood Control District

Download the Harris County ReadyHarris Mobile App

Flood Safety

Report Flooding in Harris County

FEMA Assistance

Fort Bend County Information

Red Cross Shelter Locations

Please do not rely solely on the local media for updates. The San Jacinto College website is the best source for the most up-to-date information regarding the College.

Thank you and please be safe.

Harvey Employee Update 8-29-2017

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***SJC EMPLOYEE ANNOUNCEMENT ***

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
6:31 PM

San Jacinto College Employees,

We are hopeful that Harvey will soon allow the entire Gulf Coast Region to begin recovery efforts.  We know the recovery process will be difficult for many of you. Please know that our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you.  We will continue to send you updates and identify available resources that may assist you with your efforts.

While police and maintenance personnel have been staged at the campuses during the storm, we have not been able to mobilize crews or pull in additional resources to begin repairs.  We hope that will begin tomorrow. While the campuses have some damage, it is limited, and the goal is to be ready to open for the first day of classes on September 5, 2017.

During this closure period, employees may only be called in to work or work remotely with the approval from their respective Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) member. Approval must be granted in writing via email from the SLT member.

If requested to work, employees will be notified through their leadership after obtaining approval from their respective SLT member.

Employees may access the policy and procedures related to unscheduled closures available on the following links:

Policy V-L: Policy on College Emergencies/Natural Disasters/Business Continuity

http://www.sanjac.edu/policy-v-l-college-emergenciesnatural-disastersbusiness-continuity

Procedure 3-17-b: Payroll During an Unscheduled Closure

http://www.sanjac.edu/procedure-3-17-b-payroll-during-unscheduled-closure

Procedure 3-17-a: Unscheduled School Closures

http://www.sanjac.edu/procedure-3-17-unscheduled-school-closures

Any questions related to pay for employees working during this closure period should be directed to payroll@sjcd.edu for response. Please note that the payroll department has limited staffing during this closure period and your questions will be addressed as promptly as possible.

Thursday, August 31 is the end of the College’s fiscal year end. This requires the Banner system to be taken down. To this regard, please note that Banner will not be available on August 31, from noon until 1:59 a.m., on Friday, September 1. Banner will be opened for registration again at 2 am on September 1, 2017.

In closing, please take care of yourself and stay safe!

Harvey Update 8-27-2017

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
11:10 AM

San Jacinto College will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, August 28 and 29, 2017, due to the flooding situation affecting our region. College administration will meet daily to discuss current conditions and plans. San Jacinto College will continue to consult with our partners on school and college closings as this weather and flooding event continues.

Students can still register and pay for fall classes online through Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Registration is also open for Take 2 classes that begin on Monday, September 11, 2017.

Employees should contact and check-in with their immediate leader / supervisor to let them know their current situation. Leaders / supervisors should let their respective Strategic Leadership Team member know the status of our employees.

At this time, the National Weather Service in Houston – Galveston is still predicting heavy rainfall and flooding across portions of Southeast Texas for the remainder of the week. San Jacinto College students should exercise extreme caution during this serious flooding event.

Any communication regarding the weather and the impact it may have on College operations, including class schedules and fall registration, will be distributed through email, and SJC AlertMe will be activated. Information will also be provided on the College website, on the emergency notification line at 1-888-845-5288, and through the College’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Students should log in to your SJC AlertMe account and verify that their contact information is correct in order to receive notifications.

Students should closely monitor this forecast daily and have an individual plan for tropical weather and flooding for themselves and their families. Do not drive through flooded roadways. Below are resources where you can learn more.

All-Hazard Preparedness Information

National Hurricane Center

Houston-Galveston National Weather Service Office

Harris County Flood Control District

Download the Harris County ReadyHarris Mobile App

Flood Safety

Report Flooding in Harris County

FEMA Assistance for Hurricane Harvey

Fort Bend County Information

Local television and radio

 

Thank you and be safe.

Harvey Update 8-27-2017

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
5:40 p.m.

This is a revised closure message from San Jacinto College. Due to the heavy rains and immense floods affecting Southeast Texas, San Jacinto College will be closed through Monday, September 4, 2017. We understand that our students, employees and communities have been affected by this devastating flood event, and we want to allow time for them to recover from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Through September 4, 2017, all San Jacinto College campuses will remain closed. No one should be on campus during this time.

Classes will begin on September 5. Since we have postponed the start of the semester, students will be able to  register and pay for fall classes online through September 11. After September 5, payment will be required on the day of registration. Registration is open for Take 2 classes that begin September 11, 2017.

Employees should contact and check-in with their immediate leader / supervisor to let them know their current situation. Leaders / supervisors should let your respective Strategic Leadership Team member know the status of our employees. We already know that some have been impacted and want to obtain a better understanding of their status.

Any communication regarding the weather and the impact it may have on College operations, including class schedules and fall registration, will be distributed through email, and SJC AlertMe will be activated. Information will also be provided on the College website, on the emergency notification line at 1-888-845-5288, and through the College’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Employees should log in to your SJC AlertMe account and verify that their contact information is correct in order to receive notifications.

Please closely monitor the forecast as it changes daily, and have an individual plan for flooding for you and your families. Do not drive through flooded roadways. We want you to be safe and to take care of yourselves and your families. Please stay safe and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities.

Below are resources where you can learn more.

All-Hazard Preparedness Information

National Hurricane Center

Houston-Galveston National Weather Service Office

Harris County Flood Control District

Download the Harris County ReadyHarris Mobile App

Flood Safety

Report Flooding in Harris County

FEMA Assistance

Fort Bend County Information

Red Cross Shelter Locations

Local television and radio

 

Thank you and be safe.