Archived COVID-19 Student Communications (2021)

This page contains archived email messages sent to students beginning 1/1/2021 related to decisions regarding COVID-19. For older communications, please visit Archived COVID-19 Student Communications (2020).

9/3/2021 2:45pm

Please click the image below to view a COVID-19 update from FSW President Dr. Jeff Allbritten.

8/23/2021 1:45pm

BUC$ for BUCS Vaccine Incentive Program for Students





If you are currently enrolled at FSW, you are eligible to participate in a voluntary COVID-19 vaccine incentive program: BUC$ for BUCS! 

BUC$ for BUCS! 

A COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Program for Currently Enrolled FSW Students 

How To Participate: 

1. Get fully vaccinated! 

"Fully vaccinated” means you received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. You can find vaccination locations on FSW’s COVID-19 Resources page.

2. Show us Proof!

Upload a copy of your official vaccine card using the BUC$ for Bucs Vaccine Incentive Program form by the deadline below. If it is determined that you are ineligible, you can re-submit the form by the deadline for future consideration.

Date of Full Vaccination* Deadline to Submit Form

Before 8/23/2021

8/26/2021 at Noon

On or After 8/23/2021

10/29/2021

*The "Date of Full Vaccination" refers to the date on which you receive either the second dose of the Pfizer/Moderna vaccines or the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

3. Get $100 added to your BUC Card!

Within 14 business days of receiving proof of vaccination, we will send you an email letting you know that $100 in campus BUC$ have been added to your BUC Card! These campus BUC$ can be used at the bookstore and any food outlets on campus! If it has been more than 14 business days, email cv19info@fsw.edu to check on the status of your BUC$.

Why Should You Participate?  

We want our FSW family to be safe and to decrease your chances of missing class due to illness. 

Benefits of a Vaccinated FSW Community

  • Keep you and our faculty and staff safe
  • Social gatherings and events can occur much more freely
  • Reduce the spread of the virus locally and globally

We are striving for a high vaccination rate for all FSW students to ensure the safest learning environment on each of our campuses/centers.

Questions?

Email us at cv19info@fsw.edu 

Sincerely,  

COVID-19 Case Management Team  Florida SouthWestern State College  cv19info@fsw.edu 


8/11/2021 12:30pm

A Message from FSW President Dr. Jeff Allbritten

To the FSW Community, 

The COVID 19 pandemic has forced us all to make difficult decisions regarding the health and safety of our families, our workplace, and the health and wellness of those we love.  I fully appreciate everyone’s thoughtful consideration of their own individual situation and can assure you I feel the weight of the decisions that I am making as we embark on the Fall 2021 semester at FSW 

The regional health data indicate we could be in for another challenging fall. FSW is recommending that students, faculty and staff wear face coverings while inside our buildings.*  New face coverings will be readily available at all FSW campuses/centers for student and staff use if they choose to wear them.  We have plexiglass shields installed at faculty podiums as well as at our student service areas for added protection.  We continue to rigorously clean our campuses to keep our students, faculty and staff as safe as possible.  

Unlike last fall, we have a new tool in the fight against the virus. The 3 different vaccines that received the Emergency Use Authorization from the federal government are widely available now.  I urge you to consider being vaccinated as it is the surest way to protect yourself and to help us ensure the academic continuity for our college. 

It’s been a long and difficult 15 months and the stress and strain are wearing on us all.  I ask that we uphold our civility towards each other even higher than we do our personal views.  We need to show each other respect and grace and we will get through this challenge and again provide vital learning opportunities for students across southwest Florida. 

Sincerely,  Dr. Jeff S. Allbritten President 

*Certain courses may include practicum or clinical experiences at partner sites (e.g. hospital system) that require face coverings or other mitigation measures. 

8/3/2021 11:13am

Face Coverings Recommended Inside FSW Buildings 

The wearing of face coverings inside buildings is recommended on FSW campuses and locations effective August 3rd, 2021. 

In preparation for the fall semester, the FSW leadership team continues to monitor the status of COVID-19 as well as the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

As always, FSW policies and procedures are informed by federal and state decisions and changes in regional data, the Florida Department of Education and Florida College System guidelines, and CDC recommendations. 

Providing academic continuity while maintaining the health and safety of the FSW community remains our priority, and we will continue to inform through the FSW homepage and all FSW communication channels as we finalize plans for the fall semester

7/29/2021 10:57am

FSW Continues to Monitor the Status of COVID-19 

In preparation for the fall semester, the FSW leadership team continues to monitor the status of COVID-19 and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As always, FSW policies and procedures are informed by federal and state decisions, the Florida Department of Education and Florida College System guidelines, and CDC recommendations. 

Providing academic continuity while maintaining the health and safety of the FSW community remains our priority, and we will continue to inform through the FSW homepage and all FSW communication channels as we finalize plans for the fall semester.

5/28/2021 2:00pm

Face Covering Update  Effective June 23, 2021 

The following update is effective June 23, 2021: In light of the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for fully-vaccinated people, the wearing of face coverings and social distancing will be optional for fully-vaccinated students, employees and visitors at all FSW campuses and locations effective June 23, 2021 (First Day of Classes, Summer Mini-B). FSW values personal safety and personal choice and encourages those who prefer to continue to wear face coverings to do so. For additional CDC guidance regarding COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/guidance.html.

4/26/2021 4:33pm & 4/28/2021 11:12am

ANNOUNCING FSW COVID 19 Vaccination Clinics

1/8/2021 12:18pm

Mental Health Assistance

Hello FSW Bucs,

We recognize that things could feel very heavy right now with everything going on; this includes anxiety caused by the start of classes, fear, and concern over the continued unrest in our communities, as well as the shared struggle of the pandemic. In addition to our Wednesday Wellness Chats, we wanted to remind you of some additional resources FSW has available to support mental health.

  • Counseling Service through the Dean of Students office

    • Charlotte: Walk-in or appointment basis, J-115, to make an appointment, please call 941-833-5329
    • Collier: By appointment or walk-in, M-114, Please call 239-732-3414
    • Hendry/Glades: Virtual appointments only. Please call 863-674-6003
    • Lee: By appointment, S-204, please call 239-489-9046
  • FSW hosts a chapter of the national organization ACTIVE MINDS, and they have also shared some resources to provide support

    • Students can turn to the Crisis Line by texting "BRAVE" to 741-741
    • You can also call the Lifeline at (800)-273-TALK(8255)
    • Or if you are simply looking for a bit of positive encouragement, you can also text "Hello" to (202)-350-0299

We're excited to share our Weekly Events Calendar for the first full week of the Spring semester. We encourage you to join us as your schedule permits and look forward to seeing you all online and on-campus throughout this semester!

1/6/2021 8:30am

Welcome Buccaneers to the Spring Semester 2021!

We are excited to start off the new semester with you as part of the FSW family. At FSW, we are committed to your safety and health while providing an excellent academic experience. Although you may not see as many student activities and in-person experiences happening, we are still committed to providing a virtual college experience that will make you feel a part of our FSW community.

At FSW, we are requiring face coverings, which cover your mouth and nose, inside all buildings, including classrooms, and following all CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19. We ask that you wash and/or sanitize your hands numerous times throughout the day and, especially after touching surfaces. FSW has also implemented extra cleaning and sanitizing throughout campus to help keep you safe. We also ask that if you feel sick, please stay home and communicate either by phone or by email with your professors to let them know that you are not feeling well and cannot come to campus; this helps protect the entire FSW community.

If you test positive for COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have had close first-hand contact (a total of 15 minutes at less than 6 feet) with someone who is COVID-19 positive, please complete the COVID-19 reporting form found at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?FLSouthWestern&layout_id=22.

Once completed, a staff member from the COVID-19 Case Management Team will contact you to discuss the next steps. It is important that you stay off-campus at this time until further direction from the college.

We look forward to welcoming you back to campus, either in-person or virtually, beginning January 6! Whether you are a returning student or a brand new Buccaneer, we hope that your educational journey with FSW will be rewarding, meaningful, and will become an important step in your life’s path.

Go Bucs!

Dr. Mark Bukowski Dean of Students mbukowski@fsw.edu 239-489-9067