Camp Community College moves to online courses amid coronavirus concerns

Published 1:57 pm Thursday, March 12, 2020

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In an effort to protect students and slow the spread of the coronavirus in Virginia, Camp Community College announced earlier today that it would close all three of its campuses to students and visitors starting on Friday, March 13. Campuses will remain closed to students and visitors through April 3, with all classes being taught remotely beginning on Wednesday, March 18.

Camp has also suspended all college athletic events, group activities and special events. All other functions of the college will remain operational, however, meaning faculty, staff and employees are to report to campus as usual.

“Faculty and staff will work with their dean and the IT department to help facilitate the migration of classes to online platforms,” said college President Dr. Dan Lufkin via email to all faculty, staff, students and board members. “Provisions for students without devices suitable for online learning are being explored, and options will be communicated as soon as possible. Pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act, students with special needs will also be accommodated.”

“It should also go without saying that if a staff member either feels ill or is uncomfortable coming on campus, they should contact their supervisor and make arrangements for staying at home,” Lufkin added. “This situation is very fluid, and new details regarding this pandemic are emerging on an almost moment-by-moment basis. The plans we have outlined here are certainly subject to change, and we will do our best to keep you informed as the situation evolves.”

Camp plans to create a dedicated page on its website solely for information related to updates on the coronavirus and Camp’s response.

The Virginia Department of Health identified the first cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in Hampton Roads yesterday, announcing two travel-related cases in Virginia Beach. So far, nine cases have been identified statewide.