College likely to remain in ‘stage one’
By Julie Newell
LCC created a resumption plan that follows Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Safe Start Plan, which was released in May in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are four stages in the resumption plan and LCC is currently in stage one.
In stage one, the majority of classes are held in multiple formats: a hybrid of online and face-to-face, traditional online, online in real-time, or a limited number of face-to-face classes.
According to LCC’s Executive Director for Administrative Services Chris MacKersie, LCC is likely to continue to be in stage one for the spring semester.
“LCC’s next deadline for reviewing plans/stage for the spring semester is Dec. 18,” MacKersie said. “That said, it would seem likely that the college would remain in stage one starting the spring semester.”
LCC Student Senator Amalia Gonzales shared her thoughts on having classes online again for the spring semester.
“I am completely OK with it,” Gonzales said. “I think it’s good because COVID cases are up right now. … But I think LCC should have at least the library open or the Learning Commons or the cafeteria in the Gannon Building. Those spaces are big enough to keep social distance and we could have a limited capacity and rules.”
Due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, MacKersie said it is difficult to know if LCC will continue to be in stage one by the end of the spring semester.
“Given the very fluid nature of the pandemic, it is difficult to forecast with certainty what things will look like moving through the spring semester,” MacKersie said. “However, we believe we will have a much better idea how the pandemic may progress after a couple of months into the distribution of the vaccine.”
To view the full resumption plan go to https://www.lcc.edu/coronavirus/safe-start.html.