GCC Extends Spring Break through March 27; Reduced Access to Campus through May 15

March 13, 2020

As Greenfield Community College (GCC) students begin their spring break, the GCC leadership team is actively engaged in preemptive measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. GCC is committed to keeping its campus community healthy and to manage the effect of the pandemic from the perspective of the College’s student-centered mission. The College will observe an extended spring break that will conclude on March 27, 2020.

At this time, there are still no known positive cases in Franklin County or on the campus. GCC officials continue to follow the progression of COVID-19 daily from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and have decided to take additional steps to reduce the on-campus population and better accommodate social distancing. “At this time, we are taking precautionary measures that allow us to continue to serve our students. We are grateful for the faculty and staff’s commitment to helping students meet their college completion and career goals.”

Effective Monday, March 16, GCC will be open on a limited basis allowing access only to GCC faculty, staff, and students to provide resources necessary to ensure program requirements will be met for program completion. Students enrolled in face-to-face classes will be contacted by their faculty or department chair no later than March 30. Students currently enrolled in online courses or courses scheduled to start on March 23 will hear sooner from their faculty. The College is supplying its faculty the tools and support to provide remote instruction and will accommodate students with technology needs. On-campus staff will be provided with the tools to work remotely, as appropriate.  Students should check their student email, MyGCC or Moodle for instructions on how to proceed from faculty.

Additional accommodations will be made for classes that require labs, clinicals, teaching practica and internships with social distancing in mind. Information regarding such meetings will be provided to students from their faculty. Faculty, staff, and work-study students should communicate with their supervisors for details regarding their work on campus.

All measures are evaluated and updated daily and will be adjusted as circumstances dictate. Please visit www.gcc.mass.edu for the latest updates and to review information from the Massachusetts Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

For further inquiries, contact covid-19@gcc.mass.edu.

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