COVID-19 Information for Students

Check back frequently for updated information.

This page last updated on April 29, 2020.

Among other essential academic necessities, we are working on procedures for students to remotely apply, access Financial Aid distribution and Higher Education checks. Continue to check this page for updates.

Campus Update

COVID-19 Emergency Student Funding

The COVID-19 Emergency Funding is available to you as a student to help pay for food, housing, Internet access, and other needs that are impacting your need to work on your education. We have a limited amount of money available, and there is a review committee that will determine how to distribute these funds. Completing this application does NOT mean that you will receive funding.

COVID-19 Emergency Funding Application Form

Forgot your student ID number? You can find it by logging into ecampus.skc.edu. Click "Personal Info" next to your name and then click "Biographical Info" or "Academic Info" to get your student ID number.

Update from the President

Congratulations you have successfully completed your 4th week of classes for Spring Quarter, thank you for all you are doing to ensure that you are successful and healthy. We have begun to experience some beautiful Spring weather and the pull to be outside and gather is becoming strong. While we might want to begin to return to our lives before COVID-19, now is not the time, it is important that everyone continues to be safe and healthy.

The Tribal Council has not lifted the stay at home order.

The stay at home order will remain in effect at SKC indefinitely as we continue to learn more about this virus. Given the nature of the information that we have around COVID-19, current infection rates, and predicted second wave infections, we must hope for the best and plan for the worst. That is the best that we can do at this point in time. To honor our commitment to keeping our students informed to the best of our ability during this time, there is some important information that you need to know.

  • Salish Kootenai College will continue to deliver instruction on-line (at distance) until the end of Spring Quarter 2020.
  • SKC will be receiving Emergency Student Assistance funding very soon. An application process and tracking systems are under development.
  • The Spring Quarter will most likely need to be extended in order for some programs to accommodate the need for hands-on, competency-based instruction. Discussions are being held with the faculty in the programs that are impacted.
  • The Golf Course will remain closed
  • Graduation 2020 - The 2020 Graduation Ceremony will be Virtual.

Over the next few weeks and possibly months, everyone must wear a mask when on campus. We will maintain social distancing at all times, both indoors and outdoors.

Again, we will continue to work from home and restrict on-campus interaction.

This will not be easy, we all want to return to our usual activities, but we need to continue the efforts to keep our community safe and well. We want to make sure that when we all come together again, no one is missing because of COVID-19.

We will make every effort to communicate with everyone to ensure that students can meet their educational goals with as few barriers as possible. Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation as we work together to navigate these difficult times.

~ President Boham

How to Be Successful with Online Classes

  • Time Management
  • Have a Study Space
    • Have an area that you always work from that allows you to be focused on your work
  • Schoology Support
  • Schoology Webinars: SKC will be hosting 4 webinars for students on how to access and use our Learning Management Program “Schoology”.  We will also embed tips for taking online courses as well as other smaller tech tips. Sessions will be:
      • Tuesday, March 24th @ 5:00 PM

      • Tuesday, March 24th @ 7:00 PM

      • Wednesday, March 25th @ 5:00 PM

      • Wednesday, March 25th @ 7:00 PM

    • Register for the Schoology Webinar of your choice at https://forms.gle/BrDxJMvBCSsBRagLA
  • Use video
  • Text Books
    • You can order your books at  https://bncvirtual.com/skc or at any other place that sells textbooks.
    • Contact Dawn Benson at the SKC Bookstore for help in ordering and getting your books.
      • dawn_benson@skc.edu
        406-275-4832
  • Communication with your advisor and instructors
    • Please communicate a lot with your advisor and course instructors.
    • You can see your instructors name on your course schedule
    • You can always look up people's email addresses and phone numbers at SKC's Directory at DIRECTORY.skc.edu
  • Library Curbside Pick-up
    • The SKC Library will provide a curbside pickup service of requested books for students enrolled for Spring Quarter 2020.
    • To minimize person-to-person contact this service is provided only for library materials needed to complete class projects, research papers and presentations (not entertainment dvd’s, books for other family members, etc.).
    • Materials will be checked out for the quarter.
    • Interlibrary Loan will not be available.
    • See the Library's Collection Here.
    • Visit the Library's Website Here.

Pass/Fail Policy

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Salish Kootenai College will be delivering courses at distance (on-line) Spring Quarter 2020. Spring Quarter Courses will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020.

As part of our efforts to ensure that students continue to receive the best possible education with the least number of barriers to success, SKC is implementing an expanded Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option for all courses, effective for Spring 2020 Quarter.

Colleges across the country are implementing this measure because it is the right thing to do for students and for faculty during this time of exponential change in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These temporary emergency accommodations to the SKC pass/fail policy will allow students the option to request a P/F grade at the end of the quarter. Students not wishing to receive a P/F grade will still receive the letter grade assigned by their instructor.

Students who choose to receive a P/F grade for one or more of their courses can do so by submitting a form available from the SKC Registrar, no later than five calendar days after final grades have been posted. A revised P/F request form and specific guidelines for these emergency accommodations will be available on the SKC web page at least two weeks prior to the end of the Spring Quarter.

Additional details regarding these emergency grading accommodations will be published in the 2019-2020 catalog addendum and include:

  • Faculty will grade students as usual per their syllabi grading structure during the quarter with an understanding that the transition to remote learning might impact each student differently.
  • The default option for students is the traditional A-F letter grade. Students may choose to receive a P/F grade in place of a letter gradefor any number of their courses. The P/F grade option can be requested by a student no later than five calendar days after final grades have been posted by the Registrar.
  • For students who request a P/F grade, the SKC Registrar will record the P/F designation using a rubric in which all grades of C or higher earn a Pass.
  • Course grades converted to a Pass grade in this temporary P/F option for Spring 2020 will count towards curricular, major, minor, prerequisite, progress toward a degree, graduation requirements, transfer requirements, scholarships, and financial aid requirements.
  • SKC’s regional accreditor, NWCCU, has endorsed this modified P/F grading system for our use this quarter. Students that are enrolled in discipline-specific accrediting bodies and professional licensing agencies, such as Social Work, Education, and Nursing are subject to program-specific requirements and are not eligible for this policy. Under the P/F option, neither pass nor fail grades will be factored into students’ Grade Point Average (GPA). Pass grades will count towards earned quarter hours. An F grade will not count towards earned quarter hours in either the A-F or P/F options.
  • SKC will include a designation on students’ transcripts, indicating the extraordinary circumstances of the global public health emergency during Spring 2020. It appears this will be common practice at most universities in the United States.

Given the extraordinary circumstances we currently face, and after extensive consideration, this amended pass/fail policy will provide a good balance to student and faculty needs in both the short and longer terms. Faculty will continue working closely with you remotely for the remainder of this academic year to ensure that they successfully provide you the body of knowledge that you have come to expect in all of your courses at Salish Kootenai College.

If you have any questions about how this expanded P/F grading option affects your individual situation, please contact your faculty advisor.

DIGITAL PASS/FAIL GRADE REQUEST FORM

 

 

 

 

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The first priority of SKC is the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and families. In response to the Coronavirus pandemic and guidance from public health and governmental entities, SKC will begin spring quarter classes and services in an online environment. The campus is closed during spring break, students will continue to have access to their dorms and family housing. SKC is still providing critical student services on-line such as financial aid, registrar, admissions, housing, business office, health services, and counseling services.

Students, please plan to attend your spring courses on-line. Although the campus will be closed to begin the quarter, we recommend that you return to the area as if you were going to attend courses in person, this allows SKC to provide you the support and services needed for your academic success. Course delivery will evolve as the situation with coronavirus changes, SKC may transition from on-line only delivery to limited face-to-face instruction. As we are transitioning to on-line delivery it is important to plan how you will access those classes. If you have technology limitations, please notify your advisor as soon as possible.

Watch your email and frequently check this web page for up-to-date information. We know that this is a difficult time for everyone. Please ensure that you take care of yourself and your families. The college has emotional support services available with the Center for Prevention and Wellness, additionally, you may seek assistance with Tribal health and/or your primary care provider.