Clark College restricts activities on campus

Limit in place for persons on campus to slow spread of COVID-19

VANCOUVER — To slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health, Clark College will move to remote operations beginning Tue., March 17. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order restricting activity at all community colleges statewide. The restrictions are in place beginning March 17 through April 24, 2020.

To slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health, Clark College will move to remote operations beginning Tue., March 17. Photo courtesy of Clark College
To slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health, Clark College will move to remote operations beginning Tue., March 17. Photo courtesy of Clark College

Under the governor’s directive, in-person finals must be complete by the end of day Mon., March 16.  Online finals can continue throughout the week. Friday was the last day of spring quarter classes at Clark.

Some classes that are career-technical and require hands-on learning may meet in person this week, but will be required to practice social distancing to minimize exposure to COVID-19. 

Essential college operations will continue. “Essential college operations” include Security, Student Affairs, Facilities Services, IT, computer labs, Administrative Services, Human Resources, the Bookstore, and the childcare center (CFS). Other employees who can work remotely will do so.

As part of the Governor’s Executive Order, all athletics and college activities will be canceled through Fri., April 24.

The college has cancelled all spring events through April 30 including Sakura and Celebración de Mi Gente. Where possible the college will reschedule events to be held at a later date.

Clark College is in the process of developing contingency plans for spring quarter, utilizing online learning.  More details will be released soon.

“We appreciate the governor’s strong lead to protect the health and safety of people here in Washington, and we share that goal,” said Interim President Sandra Fowler-Hill.  “We have spent the past two weeks putting as many of our 2,100 classes as possible on-line to help us complete winter quarter and to gear up for spring quarter as we navigate through this public health crisis.”

A total of 9,500 part-time and full-time students currently attend Clark College. As part of student communications, the college will provide phone contacts and resources to help students connect with advisors, and support services during a period of time.

Information provided by Clark College Communications.

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