The surge in Covid-19 cases in Lane County has prompted Lane Community College to move to mostly remote classes this fall. The announcement came Tuesday.
Dr. Paul Jarrell is provost and executive vice president at Lane Community College. He says they previously planned to resume more on-campus instruction. But they’re now looking to only have in person classes for programs that require hands-on instruction like health professions, career technical education and some lab classes.
“So we’re really trying to get through this surge with as few folks on campus as we can so that we can again preserve that integrity of the in-person instruction for those areas that really need it,” Jarrell said.
Jarrell said they’ll re-evaluate their plans in late October, when many public health experts believe the surge may be waning.
“I really hope that this doesn’t derail student plans to continue their educational paths with us. I realize it’s another bump in the road,” Jarrell said. “But, hopefully, we can provide the support and instruction they need to continue on that journey whether it’s in career development or preparing for transfer.”
The college is also eliminating the philosophical exemption for its Covid-19 vaccine requirement for students, staff, and faculty. The college will only allow exemptions for religious or health reasons.
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