It’s been nearly a year since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic sent Clark College into remote operations. Since then, a total of 11 positive COVID cases have been confirmed on Clark’s main campus.
Of the 11 confirmed positive cases, five of them were students and six were Clark employees.
Individuals visiting Clark’s main campus, for any reason, are required to pass a health screening, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing protocols. Following a confirmed case, Emergency Manager Jeff Kaliner said that the areas where the positive case had visited are cordoned off and closed for disinfection. The positive case is asked to self-isolate for 10 days.
“We send out that information as soon as we can to the larger community, because we may be taping off an area for like eight hours,” Kaliner said. “We want to let everybody know as soon as we can about what we’re doing so that we keep the anxiety levels low.”
On Feb. 11, Clark College President Dr. Karin Edwards, Ed.D, announced in an email that the majority of classes will remain under remote operations for the Summer term. Similarly to the past few quarters, the Summer term will offer online, remote and limited face-to-face options for specific career technical programs and labs with hands-on requirements.
“It has become increasingly evident that the COVID-19 vaccination efforts will continue through this spring and into summer,” Edwards said in the email. “Health experts have cautioned it may be fall before our community has acquired the immunity needed to resume all on-campus activities.”
Edwards said the school hopes to resume on-campus classes in Fall 2021 and will be making an official decision later this spring.