COCC board approves plan for in-person instruction this fall

Central Oregon Community College will offer in-person instruction at all its campuses this fall with remote and hybrid options available for students.

The COCC board approved a reopening plan after COVID concerns in late March closed the campus to nearly all in-person instruction and activities.

In mid-June, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) released guidance for the reopening of Oregon’s colleges and universities.

Among the higher education requirements was a mandate for every institution to secure board approval of a reopening operational plan prior to September 1.

With Wednesday’s board approval, COCC will prepare to resume in-person learning across its four campuses for the 2020 fall term beginning September 21, 2020.

To help students find the courses where they will feel most comfortable, the college has updated its credit class schedule so that students can search for classes filtered by campus or by modality (online or hybrid).

COCC is also prepared to move to fully remote or online instruction if directed to do so by the state.

One of COCC’s principles of community is “To Promote a Healthy and Safe Learning Environment.”

In the spirit of this principle, the college requires the use of face coverings across all campuses when in an indoor setting, or in outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained unless an exception per OHA guidelines is met.

To support this face coverings policy, COCC will provide free and widely available reusable and disposable face coverings to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to campus.

COCC’s reopening plans are available via its website, cocc.edu.

These plans will be updated regularly and consistently, according to current OHA guidance and to remain consistent with local, state, and national requirements.

The college will also launch a reopening website the week of July 20 which will further explain and make accessible the plan’s details and protocols, as well as provide FAQs for students, employees, and the community at large.

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