FRCC President’s Update on COVID–19 

We continue to monitor the status of the novel Coronavirus. As you probably know, there are now 11 presumed cases in Colorado and a growing number of cases nationwide. The FRCC leadership teams are meeting almost daily to review the latest developments and make contingency plans. You can see updates on the situation in Colorado from the Department of Public Health.

Our cleaning crews are taking extra steps to disinfect high-touch areas, following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

Instructional leaders and faculty are refining our plans to deliver instruction online, through videoconference or other methods, in the event we need to limit classes on campus. While I hope that we can sustain normal campus operations, we are also making sure we are prepared if we cannot.

We are also reviewing our institutional travel policy to advise employees not to travel to areas with high virus activity.

I also asked faculty and instructors Monday to carefully review their syllabi and find ways to give alternative assignments to students who are sick during this period of high coronavirus concern.

You can help. If you are sick for any reason, or if you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please don’t come to campus. If you are concerned you have COVID-19, please see the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf. If you do test positive for the virus, please let the college know ASAP.

On campus, please continue to promote good health. While hand sanitizers are a convenient option, good handwashing hygiene is still among the best ways to help prevent the spread of germs and viruses. This is especially true for COVID-19 given how it is believed to be transmitted. For more information on handwashing, visit CDC’s handwashing-website: www.cdc.gov/handwashing. In addition to handwashing, please be sure to follow these other everyday actions that will help to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

All of the FRCC staff want you to be able to complete your semester in a safe manner. We will continue to keep you informed as we learn more.

Sincerely,
Andy Dorsey
Andy Dorsey
President


We understand that making the choice to continue your education can be difficult given the flexibility you need in order to adapt to the ongoing effects of COVID-19. With your safety and success in mind, we have developed course delivery types to enable you to pursue your educational goals this fall. 

Now, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our faculty, we’re ready to share detailed meeting time and location information for every course section that is available this fall. We have created an easy-to-search database that will tell you exactly what to expect from the courses you may want to take.

If you’re not sure which classes to register for this fall, make an appointment with your Pathways Advisor to plan your fall schedule and learn more about how fall classes will be taught. 

If you already know which courses you want to take,

  1. check out our Fall 2020 Course Offerings webpage to see how the courses you are interested in taking are being delivered this fall;
  2. use the Class Search to find course sections or schedule your course sections in Navigate;
  3. search for the course CRNs or Prefix (the three-letter subject abbreviation) on our Course Section Details webpage to make sure any real-time remote or on-campus meetings work with your schedule; and
  4. use the CRNs to register for your courses through eWOLF or Navigate.

Please note that our traditional online courses do not have any real-time remote or in-person meetings, so these courses are not included on the Course Section Details webpage. You can search and register for online classes as usual through eWOLF or Navigate.

I know that the pandemic has had an impact on so many of our students, and I am glad to share that the COVID-19 Educational Impact Grand II for Fall 2020 is open for applications. Applications are open until August 30, 2020 and would provide recipients a $500 support grant. Find more information and eligibility requirements on our Financial Aid webpage.

Campuses are open for limited in-person services. Make sure to check with the area you would like to meet with for specific hours of service or to make an appointment. If you do need to be on campus, you can also see the safety precautions we’re taking and asking you to take in order to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. 

You are a valuable part of our FRCC family, and we look forward to seeing you this fall, whether online or in person with extra safety precautions for a lab, clinical, or in-person services.

Sincerely,

Andy Dorsey

Andy Dorsey

President, Front Range Community College

 

Whether this is your first or last semester with us, or somewhere in between, we are glad you are attending Front Range Community College. This fall semester will be different than any other semester we’ve had—but we are ready to help you succeed. Our faculty and staff have put in a tremendous amount of time and energy over the summer to make sure you have a positive experience.

We also want to make sure you’re as prepared as possible for the start of fall semester. Here are four steps you can take now:

  1. Check your courses. Almost all courses are different than they were originally scheduled. We have created an easy-to-search database that will tell you what to expect from your courses.
  2. Log into D2L ASAP. Please log in to D2L to check for a message from your faculty or instructor about how to attend your first day of class (see instructions on how to log in to D2L). Many classes will be remote, and many of you will be joining us for the first day of fall semester on Zoom or Webex. If you have questions about how to attend your class, please email your faculty member or instructor. 
  3. Help us keep you safe. If you are on campus this fall, you will need to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. Some campus areas may look a little different to help you keep your distance from faculty, staff, and other students. Please review this safety video carefully.
  4. Ask for help if you need it. Our Student Affairs areas are offering their services on campus and remotely. If you need to meet with an area like Financial Aid, Pathways Advising, or Student Life, please contact the area directly to learn how and when services will be offered. Visit our website to find departmental contact information. 

We’re excited to have you with us for classes this fall semester. We are ready to help, whether you are connecting with us remotely or in person. We’re proud to have you as part of our FRCC family.

Sincerely,

Andy Dorsey

Andy Dorsey

President, Front Range Community College