YCCC Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

July 9, 2020

Dear students,

First, let me say that I hope that you are safe and well.  I know you have been eager to learn about the fall semester and what you might expect when you get on campus this fall.  Given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and to keep you and the rest of our campus community safe, we are taking several measures and steps in order to reduce the number of people on campus this fall.

For instance, on-campus instruction will be limited to those students whose courses require hands-on learning in a shop or lab or demonstrations on equipment located on campus.  All courses that can be taught remotely will be. Your classes will be smaller. Shop and lab spaces will be set up to meet physical distancing requirements, and parts of the class, such as lectures, will be online.

We are in the process of updating our fall course schedule to reflect the mode of delivery to be used for each course and the days and times of any face-to-face lab instruction.  To find the details of your classes, please check the website at https://www.yccc.edu/academics/course-schedule/. The final schedule will be updated and completed by Wednesday, July 15. Please allow until that time for faculty to make decisions and update schedules as needed. We do not plan to alter the semester calendar, so holidays and breaks will be followed as usual.

We hope that by limiting access to campus, in addition to implementing and following public health measures, we will be able to expand the number of people on campus in the spring semester. That will depend on the course of the virus and our collective effort towards minimizing exposure to the virus.  While more detailed plans for re-opening in the fall and safety protocols will be available in the next few weeks, we want you to know that we will at a minimum:

  • Require everyone on campus to follow common-sense safety protocols, including wearing face coverings inside buildings and maintaining a safe physical distance from others. Details about those protocols are posted on campus entrances and on our COVID FAQ page.
  • Open the campus, but limit access to many buildings and facilities to only the people who must be on campus.
  • Limit seating and/or access altogether to common areas on campus.
  • Close dining operations on campus.
  • Offer any face-to-face student support services by appointment only.  Please be assured there will be plenty of opportunities to receive student support services remotely. More information on campus-based classes and meetings will also be coming out later this summer.
  • Work with the bookstore to offer online ordering and curbside pick-up of course materials.

I know this will make for a far different college experience than you may have wanted, but after a great deal of analysis, I am confident that this is the best way to provide you with the education and training you are seeking while keeping you and our entire community safe.  I firmly believe that we can truly do this if we are all in it together.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to develop our fall plans. Again, we will be updating this information in the upcoming weeks. I encourage you to regularly check the website for those updates as well as for how to access the services you need to be successful.

Sincerely,

Michael Fischer

President

Click HERE to view the full Maine Community College System press release.