Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated 7/20/2020

To All SCIT Students:

SCIT is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and is taking precautionary steps to keep the school environment safe for all students, staff and faculty. In light of the recent situation and in an effort to keep our community safe, the school is transitioning all courses to an online learning environment. If you have questions about your class schedule or are unable to attend school, please contact the Student Services Office by emailing studentservices@scitech.edu. Please take note of the following guidance during this time:

  • The school’s administration will continue to operate, but at a limited, essential capacity. The hours of the administration are now from 9am to 6pm, Mondays through Fridays, until further notice. School Office Directory and Contact Info.
  • If possible, please communicate with school offices via phone, email or text rather than scheduling in-person meetings. The school will be limiting in-person appointments with students throughout this time.
  • The school’s educational facilities, instructional laboratories, classrooms, Library and student spaces will not be available for students to access until further notice. Administrative offices are available to students to visit (please make an appointment if possible).
  • Students and visitors are urged to practice social distancing when entering the school to see the administration. Please maintain a distance of at least 6ft with others to the best of your abilities. Please use hand sanitizers when entering (located at all entrances). Face masks are required when entering the school.

Thank you for your patience as we make this temporary shift to online learning. Please be safe and heed the direction of health officials to the best of your abilities throughout these challenging times.

SCIT Administration

Accessing Online Courses

Students will need access to a computer connected to the internet to access online course material. Guidance and direction for students to access online course material will be provided by instructors, as they may vary from course to course. Students who have limited access to a computer connected to the internet should contact the Student Services Office by emailing studentservices@scitech.edu. Due to the developing situation and actions taken by the State of California, the school’s Library and computer classrooms will unfortunately not be available for students to utilize until further notice.

View Online Course FAQ & Resources Site

Material Lending & Pickup

Materials for all courses are normally distributed during the first week of the term. Some lab based courses may lend students trainers or other materials to work on lab projects at home. Materials that are lent to students must be returned during the final week of the term (normally by Wednesday of the last week). The Student Services Office will notify students the designated days materials are ready to be picked up by making an announcement to each respective class. Students may pick up material from the school on designated days by entering in the front lobby of the building and following the posted directions. Face masks are required to enter the building. Any student who does not have a mask will be asked to wait outside. Students who are feeling ill or are symptomatic (e.g. fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headaches, body aches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, etc.) should not enter the building and should instead arrange with the Student Services Office for curbside pickup of material (including textbooks).

Limited Campus Access

Courses will remain fully online for the time being due to the COVID-19 situation. Certain lab courses may have an option for students to make appointments to visit the school for in-person tutoring and support with their coursework. Appointments will be limited in numbers and will be managed by the instructors of the courses that will have designated instructional areas for in-person tutoring. Students enrolled in courses that are permitted to offer in-person tutoring should observe the following guidance:

  • The school may suspend in-person tutoring at any time depending on situational developments or regulatory requirements. Instructors will inform students when in-person tutoring appointments are not available.
  • Students are not required to attend in-person tutoring and support sessions. Attending in-person tutoring and support sessions are optional and not required to complete the course.
  • In order to attend an in-person tutoring session, you must make an appointment with your instructor for a specific time slot. Students who do not make appointments will not be permitted to enter the campus.
  • Details on how to sign up for in-person tutoring and support sessions will be provided by your instructor.
  • Students who visit the school must follow the Student Rules for Entry at all times.

All students having appointments to attend an in-person tutoring and support session must check in at the check-in counter located in the Corner Café (Mondays-Thursdays) or the front entrance lobby on Fridays. Park in the student parking lot and enter in through the Corner Café to check-in at the check-in counter. After you check-in, you will be directed where to go. If the Corner Café entrance is closed, please go around to the front entrance lobby and press the button in the entrance lobby to speak with the front desk for further instructions.

Questions regarding the limited campus access guidelines above can be direct to the Student Services Office by emailing studentservices@scitech.edu.

CARES Act and HEERF Grants

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to provide emergency financial aid grants (HEERF Grants) to eligible students impacted by the COVID-19 situation. SCIT is participating in this program to provide financial relief to eligible students who were unexpectedly transitioned to online instruction and who may have experienced other financial hardships resulting from the COVID-19 situation. SCIT students who are eligible and qualify to receive an HEERF grant, which is money that does not need to be paid back, will receive the grant in the form of a check (or multiple checks) mailed to the student directly. Please visit the CARES Act - HEERF Grant Information Site for more details about the method and manner by which HEERF Grants are awarded to students, including statistics about the awarded amounts.

Students must apply via an online application in order to be considered for receiving an HEERF grant. The school may have multiple rounds that students can apply for the grant, depending on the availability of grant funds. The first round of applications ended on Jun 22, 2020. The second round of applications opened as of July 20, 2020 and will close on August 21, 2020. Students who applied for the first HEERF grant round may still apply for additional HEERF grants in the second round. To apply for the HEERF grant of the current round, please click on the application link below. Please note, the application is only accessible when logged in with your school email account (i.e. your @student.scitech.edu email address). All students are encouraged to apply for the HEERF grant, including students who may be on an approved leave of absence. The following criteria must be met in order to apply for the HEERF Grant:

  • You must be considered an enrolled students as of the date you submit your application.
  • You must be eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs. Please note, you are not required to receive any federal student financial aid, you simply need to be eligible to participate.
  • Students who have been withdrawn from the school are not eligible to apply.
  • Students on an approved leave of absence may apply for the HEERF grant during the start and end dates of their leave so as long as they have not withdrawn from the school.
  • Students who apply during the time they considered not in attendance (i.e. those who did not attend during the first week of courses or who did not complete any of their courses by receiving an “incomplete” grade in all of them) must submit an appeal and be approved to continue their studies in order to be eligible to apply for the HEERF grant

If you have questions regarding the application, please contact the Financial Aid Office by emailing financialaid@scitech.edu.

CARES Act - HEERF Grant Application

Stay Informed

The Coronavirus situation is an evolving situation and the school will continue to monitor it closely. Any new update will be posted to this webpage as needed and students will be notified via email of any new updates. Please make sure to check your email regularly. The following are official sources to stay up to date on COVID-19: