Remote Instruction Continues in the 2020 Summer Term

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Provost and Executive Vice President Paul Jarrell

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Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 10:11am

Hello everyone,

I hope this email finds you and yours safe and healthy. So many of us have had our lives affected in many disparate ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is important that as this pandemic continues, we remain vigilant in our practice of social distancing and other healthy habits. 

As you are likely aware, the Governor’s Executive Orders closing non-essential businesses and enforcing strict social distancing remain in effect. It is not clear at this point, when these will be relaxed or lifted. As such, we will be continuing to restrict access to campus until further notice. Even as restrictions are lifted, there will likely be some modified social distancing safety practices that must be in place.  As restrictions change, we will begin returning to campus in ways that adhere to any new executive orders and support the health and safety of our employees. At this point, there is no established target date.

After discussions with college administrators, and a variety of other stakeholders, we have decided that remote instruction will need to continue through the 2020 summer term. Certain health professions programs (as deemed essential by the Governor) will be permitted to meet in-person for lab and clinical instruction and activities.  We are hopeful and optimistic that other CTE programs may be permitted to hold modified in-person instruction at some point this summer if/when restrictions are lessened by state authorities. We will continue to follow executive orders from the state and seek advice and guidance from local public health officials. It is our goal to have a robust summer schedule to allow you to get caught up, stay on track, and get ahead!

We understand that the decision to continue remote instruction through the summer is not ideal and will be disappointing to some. Our intent is to make decisions that are in the best interest of our college and the community at large. We are making this decision now so that students, faculty, staff, and others who might be affected can plan accordingly for the summer. 

As you continue your studies in this modified format, please remember that we are here to help you be successful. A comprehensive list of resources available to you can be found at this link: Lane Online: Keep Learning

We also realize that many of you may have limited access to technology and WiFi. Please complete this survey (if you haven’t already) to help us address your needs: Student Technology Needs Survey

In addition to the previous mentioned resources, we will also continue to offer tutoring services for many of your classes. The sessions will be modified to be delivered in a remote setting. You can find information regarding Spring term tutoring here: Academic and Tutoring Services

As always, please do not hesitate to let us know how we can better serve you.

Stay home, stay safe.

All my best,

Paul Jarrell
Provost and Executive Vice President