ELY – Vermilion Community College is preparing to welcome students back to campus this fall, after the campus closed early this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.In a letter to students …
ELY – Vermilion Community College is preparing to welcome students back to campus this fall, after the campus closed early this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to students this week, VCC Provost Shawn Bina provided an update on plans in the works by VCC staff.
“There is still a lot that we don’t know about what the future will bring, but this much is certain: Vermilion will be open and ready to welcome you for the start of the fall semester,” he said. The fall semester starts on Monday, Aug. 24.
Bina said school officials will make adaptations as necessary in accordance with ongoing Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance to safely serve VCC students.
“We are working to continue to provide the unique educational experiences for which Vermilion is known,” he added.
At this point VCC’s plans include allowing residential living within the school’s dorms, offering on-campus food service, and providing academic instruction with a blend of face-to-face learning and remote learning while maintaining social distancing through small in-person class sizes.
“Because we know that there will be some remote learning involved at VCC this fall, we recommend that all students bring a laptop or tablet with them to campus,” Bina said.
“But make no mistake, the safety, security, and health of our students, faculty, and staff continues to be our top priority. To that end, we are making plans to ensure proper social distancing within all classes. Residence hall capacity will be reduced in an attempt to mitigate risk of (coronavirus) transmission,” he said.
VCC will reconfigure the campus cafeteria meal services and will take actions regarding protocols for cleaning and sanitizing the campus, according to Bina.
“We will provide additional details in the coming weeks regarding what you should expect for fall as we continue our plans for the fall semester,” Bina said.
Bina can be contacted at 218-235-2170, or by email at email@example.com.