COLORADO SPRINGS — Colleges around southern Colorado are making changes to their schedules and course offerings in order to encourage social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Colorado College announced Tuesday they will extend their spring break by a week – through March 29.
When students return to school on March 30, they will be doing online classes for Block 7, the next section of classes on the academic schedule. Colorado College will monitor the coronavirus and determine mid-block 7 if they can resume in-person classes for Block 8.
Colorado College operates on the block plan, in which students take, and professors teach, one class at a time in intensive 3½-week segments, followed by a four-day block break. There are four blocks in a semester, eight blocks in the academic year, with the same amount of course material covered in a block as in the semester system.
Also, Colorado College is canceling most, if not all, large campus events scheduled between now and the end of Block 7, including admission open houses.
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, COLORADO SPRINGS (UCCS)
UCCS will move to a remote learning and working environment for the rest of the semester, and the in-person spring commencement ceremony is canceled.
- Remote learning for the rest of the semester: UCCS will transition to remote learning for all courses for the rest of the spring semester. This includes all on-campus labs, with very few exceptions.
- Remote working for the rest of the semester: Employees will continue to work remotely from home for the rest of the semester. Only employees required to maintain campus safety and residential operations will continue to report to campus.
- Residence halls: Students living on campus must move out by noon Monday, March 23. The university will consider limited exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
- Commencement: Spring commencement for UCCS will not take place in person on May 15 due to safety concerns. UCCS is working on other ways to celebrate this milestone with graduates. Additional details will be forthcoming.
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY PUEBLO (CSU PUEBLO)
CSU Pueblo‘s March 10 update stated, “Planning is underway to prepare the university to continue normal or remote operations under a restricted environment. Any decisions that might limit campus wide social interactions, shift all or some face-to-face classes to online learning platforms, or to ask employees or students to work remotely will be made in close consultation with the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the CSU System under the guidance of local public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).”
CSU Pueblo said university-sponsored travel to countries with a “red warning level 3,” or higher, will not be approved. In the event approval was given to travel prior to this travel warning restriction, they say to contact your supervisor and respective travel companies, to process cancellations, reschedule, or receive reimbursements.
PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE (PPCC)
Pikes Peak Community College is open, and essential student services remain available. Spring break has been extended. It will take place March 16 through 27, with students returning on March 30.
On March 30, many classes will transition to online. Several classes, especially those with hands-on engagement like nursing and Law Enforcement Academy, will be held on campus, with as much social distancing between students as possible.
All campus events are cancelled until further notice.
PUEBLO COMMUNITY COLLEGE (PCC)
Pueblo Community College announced on March 12 that spring break will be extended by one week and will begin March 16. When students return, most courses will be conducted through remote learning.
“This extra week will allow us to transition most courses to remote learning so we can minimize the number of people on campus and practice social distancing with courses that will still need to be held in person,” the college said in a letter to students and staff. “We will begin this new format on Monday, March 30.”
Deans will contact faculty and staff regarding classes that don’t have a remote learning option, such as nursing clinical rotations and welding. All students will receive specific instructions about their classes by March 27.
All campuses will remain open with normal business hours. The GPA Dining Room and Recreation Center will be closed to the public effective March 16. Limitations will be placed on large group gatherings.
We will be updating this story with additional colleges as we receive more information.