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4/1 Coronavirus Update: Continuing Education Classes at Harper College

April 1, 2020

Dear CE Students,

Harper College recently announced a second phase of response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are now taking the following proactive measures to minimize our risk of exposure.

Here is what you should know:

All Continuing Education classes, regardless of the location of the class, will not have in-person meetings through the end of the spring semester (May 15). Some classes will be cancelled. We are currently exploring an online option for many spring classes that have not yet completed.

For classes that are moved to an online format we will intend to resume classes beginning on Monday, April 13. Students will not attend any Harper College Continuing Education classes either at Harper College facilities or at partner locations throughout the community. You will be notified by email when a decision on your class has been made. It will include information about if and how the class will continue. For those classes that do migrate to an online format, instructors will provide specific information on how they will conduct the class.

The college is providing instructors and students with three tools to utilize: Blackboard, Blackboard Collaborate and WebEx. You do not need to own any software to participate and in the case of Collaborate and WebEx the minimum requirement is a telephone. However, a connection to the internet will help you to fully take advantage of the options provided by your instructors.

Continuing Education employees will continue to maintain our regular work schedule though we will comply with social distancing requirements through May 15. There will not be staff on campus during this period, however, online registration will continue. During this time, you may email specific questions to ce@harpercollege.edu .

We have created an FAQ page for Continuing Education students to address the most common questions.

Please continue to visit the Harper College Advisory webpage for information on prevention, resources and actions you can take related to COVID-19.

Please continue reading below to see Harper College President Avis Proctor’s latest message to our community. Please note that in addition to the spring semester plan that I have outlined above, we hope to announce a plan for Continuing Education summer classes soon.

Best,

Scott Cashman, Ph.D.

Manager Continuing Education

Continuing Education Web site: ce.harpercollege.edu


From: Avis Proctor
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2020 1:17 PM
Subject: Update: Online learning and remote working

Dear Harper College Community,
It is our responsibility to do all we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of our campus community, particularly those who are most vulnerable. While I’m hopeful that physical distancing measures will begin to flatten the curve, it’s clear that the alarming surge in coronavirus cases both in Illinois and throughout the U.S. requires us to postpone the reopening of campus and take additional action.
  • All spring semester AND summer session credit courses will be converted to online instruction. Independent, flexible learning will continue the next two weeks as originally planned. Fully online instruction will begin April 13. We continue to explore options for lab courses, internships and clinicals.
  • Employees will continue to work remotely through May 15. If we change this date, we will provide you with a week’s notice.
  • All active employees scheduled to work during spring semester, including regular part-time and student workers, will be paid for their regularly scheduled work hours through May 15.
This pandemic has brought us to uncomfortable spaces in many ways, and our shift to online learning and remote working present a variety of challenges. However, based on current knowledge I believe these steps are necessary and in the best interest of our entire community. This is an ever-evolving situation, and plans may be adjusted if everyone’s safety can be ensured.
Through this uncertainty, the college is committed to supporting you. We will coordinate Harper’s benefits with the federal emergency paid-leave benefits program outlined in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, should you need this coverage. In addition, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed recently includes direct payments to most families and offers other assistance.
This is uncharted territory, and I appreciate your patience as we work on solutions – both to help our students successfully complete their coursework and to meet the needs of our employees and community. The resiliency you’ve demonstrated these past few weeks gives me great confidence in our ability to be nimble and adapt in the wake of trying circumstances. Together, we will come through this stronger and more deeply connected than ever before.
I look forward to addressing many of your questions during tomorrow’s virtual town hall.
Sincerely,

 

Dr. Avis Proctor

President

William Rainey Harper College


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