Holyoke Community College to suspend in-person classes for a week

  • The Holyoke Community College Campus Center last month. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • The Holyoke Community College Campus Center last month. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff Writer
Published: 3/14/2020 1:56:12 PM

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College will suspend in-person classes and shift to online learning for the week following spring break due to COVID-19 concerns.

In an email to students, HCC President Christina Royal said the suspension, which will take effect from March 23 to March 27, will “enable faculty to spend that week preparing to move their in-person classes online, should that be necessary during subsequent weeks.”

The college is increasing its supply of Chromebooks and hotspots to lend to students who do not have internet access, and is also asking faculty members to prepare offline work for students, Royal wrote in the email.

Campus will remain open, with computer labs at DON 142/144 “open, available, and frequently cleaned.” The library, the Center for Academic Program Support, the Thrive Center, the HCC Food Pantry, P.O.D. Express dining and college offices will also remain open.

All college-sponsored domestic and foreign travel is canceled through at least April 30, along with participation in external events, and the college is strongly discouraging international travel and personal domestic air travel.

Students who are feeling sick or believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should not come to campus, Royal wrote, and students should not bring guests or family to campus.

Royal encouraged students to reach out to the college’s 24/7 hotline or in-person counseling through the college's free WellConnect Student Assistance Program if they are struggling.

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