Lake Michigan College has issued a formal public statement regarding the coronoavirus COVID-19, and will join many four year institutions in shutting down face-to-face classes. Here is what they say this afternoon:
At Lake Michigan College, safety and health are our top priorities. Currently there are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 on our campuses or in our service district and we’re doing everything we can to protect our students, employees and visitors from this threat.
Lake Michigan College administration is constantly monitoring this situation and working closely with other area institutions, K-12 partners, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and our district county health departments.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we implement cohesive prevention and response plans that allow us to continue delivering high quality education while protecting public health.
The coronavirus outbreak is rapidly evolving, and information and decisions are subject to change at any time. We will continue to follow recommended guidelines by our public health authorities and publish regular updates to www.lakemichigancollege.edu/covid19.
The following decisions will take effect immediately:
Campus Closure and Cancellations
On Friday, March 13, all Lake Michigan College campuses will be closed to students and non-essential staff. All classes will be cancelled.
On Monday, March 16, the college will re-open and employees will resume regular business hours until further notice.
From Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, all face-to-face, in-person classes will be canceled. Classes that are currently delivered online will continue as normal.
On Monday, March 23, all classes will be delivered via distance learning if possible. Some courses may not be able to be delivered via distance learning. Detailed information and instructions pertaining to each individual class will be communicated to students directly from college faculty.
On April 13, we are planning to resume all classes as usual.
Exceptions to this closure protocol include Allegan County Area Technical & Education Center, Brandywine High School, and Van Buren Technology Center. Students and employees in these locations will be subject to directives from those respective school systems.
As of today, we plan to keep our on-campus housing facility, Beckwith Hall, open. Students who choose to move out of the residence hall will receive a prorated discount for the remainder of the semester.
Mendel Center and Other College Activities and Events
Effective immediately, any events scheduled through April 13, that have more than 100 attendees will be canceled or rescheduled.
Visit www.lakemichigancollege.edu/calendar and www.themendelcenter.com for updates about individual events.
Effective immediately, all college-sponsored employee travel scheduled between now and April 13 that requires the use of mass transit has been or will be canceled.
Employees are strongly discouraged from using mass transit and traveling to regions determined high risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If employees choose to personally travel out of the country or have had known contact with a COVID-19 positive person, they will be required to self-quarantine for 14 calendar days and work remotely.