COVID-19 Update

Sampson Community College — COVID-19 Update

The purpose of this form is to self-report the following COVID-19 related concerns: testing positive for COVID-19, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or having been in close contact with a confirmed person diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Information submitted on this form will be shared only with limited College officials.

Sampson Community College is open to employees, students, and visitors, Monday – Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM and Friday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. All individuals are expected to practice social distancing. Additionally, in compliance with state and county suggestions, all individuals are required to wear a face mask if social distancing cannot be maintained.

Wear a Mask, Save a Life

Additionally, the College is promoting the utilization of virtual services. The College’s plant operation staff are following cleaning and sanitation guidelines provided by the CDC.  While on campus, please observe directional signs and utilize hand sanitizer dispensers located in high-traffic areas. Students and employees are encouraged to stay home if they are sick or display any symptoms of COVID-19. The College continues to follow the recommendations of the Sampson County Health Department for monitoring employees and students who report symptoms or exposure to COVID-19.

The procedures below are being followed:

If an employee or student has received the COVID-19 vaccine, they do not need to quarantine if all three conditions are satisfied.

  1.  Fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks AND 

  2. Experiencing no symptoms since exposure 

If an employee or student has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they should submit the COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.  The individual will be excluded from work or class until: 

  • No fever for at least 24 hours since recovery (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) AND 
  • Other symptoms have improved (e.g., coughing, shortness of breath) AND 
  • At least 10 days have passed since the first symptoms 

Unless considered a close contact, other students and employees can remain on campus but should self-monitor for 14 days per Sampson County Health Department recommendations. If symptoms develop, contact your primary care provider, a Goshen Medical Center, or local health department. 

If an employee or student resides with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they should submit the COVID-19 Self-Reporting form.  The individual should be excluded from work or class and self-monitor for 14 days after last contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.  

If symptoms develop, contact your primary care provider, Goshen Medical Center, or local health department. 

In the event of contact by contact, an employee or student can remain on campus but should self-monitor for 14 days per Sampson County Health Department recommendations. 

If symptoms develop, contact your primary care provider, Goshen Medical Center, or local health department. 

If an employee or student has been in close contact with an individual exhibiting COVID-19 symptom(s) and/or the individual is awaiting test results, the employee or student can remain on campus per Sampson County Health Department. If the results return positive, the employee or student should submit the COVID-19 Self-Reporting form with the updated information and refrain from campus. 

What is 'Close Contact'?

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more 
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19 
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them) 
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you 

CARES Act: Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Sampson Community College has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Funding Certification and Agreement for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. No less than 50% of the total funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) will be awarded directly to students.

Sampson Community College has received $516,966 from the Department of Education for emergency financial aid grants to students.

As of October 7, 2020, the College distributed $516,966 to students for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus”. 466 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

For the Spring 2020 semester, there are 797 curriculum students eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.  Additional federal regulations require that the student be enrolled in at least one face-to-face, web-assisted, or blended class in order to qualify for CARES Act funding.

As of Monday, July 6, 466 students have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

In the College’s first phase of awarding, funds were automatically distributed to students to students who met the following criteria:

  • Enrolled or received a grade of WE for face-to-face, web-assisted, and blended classes that transitioned to online due to COVID-19
  • Enrolled in a Title IV eligible program at SCC during Spring 2020
  • Filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA
  • Not in overpayment or default status with Title IV funds, and no fraudulent loans
  • US Citizen or National or Permanent Resident
  • Registered with Selective Service (if applicable)
  • Valid Social Security Number
  • Verification of Financial Aid V5 and V6 requirements
  • No federal or state drug charges
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

The College used a formula allocation method that was driven by the credit hours impacted and EFC need as determined by the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Department of Education. The allocation amount for this population of students ranged between $275.25 – $1,663.25.

The College identified an additional 96 students who may be eligible but did not have a 2019-2020 FAFSA on file. These students were emailed on Tuesday, May 12 and encouraged to complete a 2019-2020 FAFSA by June 15, 2020.  Once received, the College will review and verify the FAFSA using the same eligibility criteria defined in the first disbursement and will automatically award eligible students using the same allocation formula.

For the Fall 2020 semester, the College provided an equal distribution of remaining CARES funds to students who met the eligibility criteria in Spring 2020 and remained enrolled and eligible as of October 1, 2020; 270 students met this criteria. 269 students received $331.08 and one randomly selected student received $331.73.

The source of funds used to provide these awards was provided at the time that the College awarded or marketed to all eligible participants.

CARES Institutional Portion

COVID-19 Vector 2

What Is the College Doing?

  • Sampson Community College housekeeping staff disinfect and clean frequently touched surfaces and objects around campus.
  • We collaborate and communicate with our local health department and state officials in order to stay updated on current plans and emergency operations.
  • We intend to keep students, faculty and staff updated through effective communication.
  • Most of all, public health and student safety are our number one priority.

What Can You Do?

For specific guidance about COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread of the virus, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

COVID-19 Vector 1

Visit the CDC website if you have any other questions:

CDC Flyer 1, Stopping the Spread of Germs