Clark College will delay the start of all classes for the upcoming spring quarter. The spring quarter will now start on April 20.
Clark College will move to remote operations beginning Tuesday, March 17 To slow the spread of Coronavirus and protect public health, Kelly Love spokeswoman for the college said in a news release Friday.
The announcement came after Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order instructing colleges in Washington to move all instruction online except when necessary starting March 17. The directive is currently in place until April 24.
“We appreciate the governor’s strong lead to protect the health and safety of people here in Washington, and we share that goal,” wrote Interim President Sandra Fowler-Hil in the news release. “We have spent the past two weeks putting as many of our 2,100 classes as possible online.”
Not all classes can be done online and the executive order does leave allowances for that. Although it is not yet clear exactly how that will work for each class or what classes will still be allowed to meet in person.
“We are grateful that students in our professional technical programs – like automotive technology and welding – are still allowed to come to campus for short periods of time to access labs and equipment needed for their studies. We will take every precaution to limit how many students are in the room at a time, and use social distancing. We will also make hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies available for their personal use.”
In addition to moving classes online all events through April 30. have been canceled, but essential operations including security, student affairs, facilities services, IT, computer labs, administrative services, human resources, the bookstore, and the childcare center will continue.