YCCC Return to Campus Plan – Fall 2020
Message from President Michael Fischer
September 4, 2020
Students, Faculty and Staff,
First, let me say that I am hopeful and thankful for each and every day that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I also want to personally offer a heart-felt thank you to all the essential and health care workers who have given so much of themselves to keep the rest of us safe and well. During this still challenging time, in order to thank them for their tireless work, please let us consciously work every day to keep each other safe and healthy.
Next, this fall, as we have discussed, York County Community College will offer on campus instruction to only those students whose instruction is essential that it be delivered as hands-on instruction. All of our other course offerings that can be delivered on-line will be delivered on-line. This is not the information that I nor any of my colleagues in the Maine Community College System hoped to deliver. It is, however, the best way to protect the health and safety of all who work and learn at YCCC.
In the Return to Campus Plan that follows, you will learn what we have been doing over the last few weeks and months to plan for a safe return to campus. We have listened to the experts across the country and officials from the Maine CDC, as well as held numerous hours of meetings with the Maine Community College leadership, and YCCC faculty and staff to ensure we have ordered and gathered resources, researched health and safety protocols and developed academic plans that provide for learning while ensuring all Maine CDC guidelines for the protection against the spread of the COVID 19 virus. We have created work and study at home policies and an environment to ensure we provide a quality education in a safe and responsible manner.
The plan offers instructions and guidance on what to do when returning to campus and how to keep yourself and others safe such as cleaning and disinfecting the campus, guidance on hand washing, sanitation and proper use of face masks. If we practice these and other guidelines offered by the Maine CDC, we will be in the best shape to protect our social and emotional health. Of course, things will change, and I want you to be assured so will the plan. And, if and when it does, we will notify you of those changes.
Lastly, I have come to know that all of us are in the company of some exceptional students, faculty and staff at this College. Please know that I am moved and encouraged every time we come together as a college and a community and find a different way to help each other work and learn and get through these difficult times. I believe that not only will we get through all of this, but watching us work and learn together, I know we will get through it as a stronger family and community.
Michael Fischer, Ed.D.
President, York County Community College