Fall 2020 FAQs

Information about the start of the Fall 2020 semester can also be found on the updates page.

All classes will still begin on August 17, 2020 as currently shown on the course schedule and will conclude with final exams November 20-24.

Students will be checking into the dorms the weekend before classes begin. Check back for specific dates soon. 

Yes, students will be able to eat in the cafeteria. Our food service contractor, Great Western Dining, is making arrangements for serving meals through the serving line and will have a modified salad bar to provide serving as well. Take-out food packaging will be available if students choose to take their food and eat in their room. Dining space is established to allow for social distancing.

Masks will be required when entering the cafeteria and while in line. Individuals will not be required to wear the mask while seated to eat.

Yes, the bookstore will be open with normal business hours on each campus. If students are not able to come to campus prior to the start of classes, instructors will be flexible with course readings and will attempt to access the information in a digital format. Textbooks and other usual supplies will continue to be available in each bookstore.

Please utilize our technology needs reporting form to let us know if you are having technology issues. Our staff will do everything we can to assist you and make sure you can access your classes.

A student who is demonstrating symptoms or has exposed contact with someone who has a confirmed case, can choose to go home if it is safe to do so or they may get tested at a local medical facility for COVID 19. The student would quarantine in their room until they received a result. Based on results, Residence Life staff will work with their student and their family according to our isolation/quarantine plan.

Yes, the college has developed a plan and designated apartments on the SouthWest College for the Deaf campus that will be made available for students that need to isolate or quarantine. Meals and transportation will be provided for students. Students in isolation or quarantine will also have access to outdoor space and yet will remain away from other students. Residence Life staff will remain in virtual contact with the students on a regular schedule. Students will have the option to return to their home for isolation or quarantine if they so choose.

In order to reduce risk to the HC/SWCD community, we ask students to limit travel out of Big Spring and off campus. Students are required to notify Residence Life staff if they travel out of Big Spring.

SWCD Announcements

Health Services
Together in partnership, Howard College and Family Medical Center (432-267-5531) are providing HC and SWCD students access to quality healthcare. For those students who do not have health insurance, a $30 physician fee per visit will be charged (x-ray, laboratory, shots and other ancillary testing fees will be extra). The student will have to pay the physician fee and any applicable fees at the time of the visit. Students who have health insurance will be required to pay the co-pay payment as specified by their respective insurance company.

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