Coronavirus Communications

Message to the Community

July 9, 2020

In April, HCC appointed a Taskforce for Reopening Campus to develop a phased plan to reopen campus that aligns with federal and state guidelines and public health recommendations. The taskforce has submitted its report, the Executive Summary of which can be read here. HCC’s reopening plan consists of a series of stages (Stage 0 through Stage 3); each stage is accompanied by triggers (dependent on local, state, and federal guidelines) and actions/controls that the College must implement before moving into each stage (including physical distancing, administrative and engineering controls, and the use of personal protective equipment).

The College is currently in Stage 2A, and will remain in Stage 2A for the duration of the Fall 2020 semester. The majority of employees will continue to work from home, and the majority of courses will remain online, with the exception of some courses with a clinical, lab, or hands-on learning component. Accordingly, employees and students should plan for the continuation of an online-only learning and working environment through at least the end of the calendar year. All Fall 2020 courses listed as online-only will remain online-only for the entirety of the Fall 2020 semester. Those Fall 2020 courses listed as hybrid or face-to-face may need to transition to online-only at some point during Fall 2020 if public health conditions worsen and necessitate the College to return to an earlier stage of reopening (Stage 0 or Stage 1).

We understand this news may be difficult; however, these measures are necessary to protect the health and safety of our entire campus community. The College will continue to provide practical and material support to our students and employees throughout this remote learning and working period, with an emphasis on physical, emotional, and mental well-being. I want to thank our campus community for their continued dedication and hard work—not to mention their patience, understanding, and resilience in the face of these unprecedented circumstances. Regardless of whether we are online or on-campus, we will continue to focus our efforts on supporting our students, our employees, and our community.

Be well, and stay safe.

Dr. Jacqueline Jackson
Interim President