Yesterday’s paper shared a story describing the critical situation that has now arisen in our local hospitals due to increasing COVID cases. Likewise, our executive leadership team is working closely with our local health authorities as this situation continues to evolve in our community.
As we all have experienced, the guidelines around personal vs. public vs. organizational authority and decision-making are complex, changing... and sometimes frustrating. Our college is committed to doing its best to follow the orders of our health authorities and governing bodies in order to keep us all safe -- and we are also working with our sister colleges to make the right decisions for our communities when the call is up to us. It's really challenging, and we want to thank you for bearing with all the changes and new parameters that we must communicate regularly.
Which brings us to this fall: We are staying the course when it comes to offering more in-person learning opportunities than we have in the last year and a half and are very excited to welcome people back to the classroom whenever possible! But in order to ensure those educational opportunities are protected, we have also made the difficult decision to cancel or modify other events that might pose controllable risks. Therefore for fall term, all in-person college special events outside of the classroom that gather more than 10 people together will be either postponed or moved to a remote format. Division and department meetings will need to be held remotely as well. Our one exception is Welcome Day, which is our traditional event to greet new students and help them find their way around LBCC as a critical first step in their college journeys -- however, this event is being greatly modified to stagger crowds, eliminate eating and drinking, and reduce contact.
Colleagues, we know this is hard. We can only say thank you for your continued vigilance and understanding. It is likely that more restrictions / modifications might be coming, so we also thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this changing new world.