As the number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Colorado continue to increase, FRCC leadership, in conjunction with the Colorado Community College System, are taking steps to minimize risks to students, staff and faculty and provide a way for students to successfully compete their coursework.
Transition to Remote Teaching and Learning
We are cancelling most classes the week of March 16, 2020 at the Westminster and Boulder County Campuses, and the week of March 23, 2020 at the Larimer Campus. This will allow time for faculty and instructors to transition classes to remote access and work out the details of how we will continue instruction in hands-on programs like welding and machining.
Spring breaks will continue as usual on all campuses; essentially most students on all campuses will now have a two-week spring break.
Important: Online classes will continue as originally scheduled without additional breaks. Some lab classes may continue during the weeks other classes are cancelled. Your instructor will contact you about that.
All of our campus buildings will remain open during this time.
Beginning March 30, 2020, classes on all campuses will resume, mostly using online learning or videoconferencing. Some classes will continue with a combination of remote access and campus-based lab time where social distance can be maintained. (The CDC defines social distance as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.”)
Your instructor should be reaching out to you with specific plans, but please contact them if you have questions.
We expect that classes will continue with remote access for the remainder of the semester, but will continue to evaluate the spread of the virus.
Clinicals and Internships
Note that scheduled clinicals for health care programs and other off site work may still continue during the weeks that other classes are scheduled. We will update students in affected programs individually.
We are still working out the details of what will happen with classes at high school sites. For the moment we are planning to continue those in a face-to-face modality, but we are focusing immediately on alternatives.
Events and Services
Essential campus services will remain open and available to you. This also includes access to computers and computer labs on campus. There will, however, be limits to the number of students able to access any individual computer labs in order to maintain social distance.
Student gatherings and on-site classes will typically be limited to roughly 8 individuals total, who will be asked to maintain a distance of 6 feet apart. There will be some limited exceptions for previously scheduled events. Large events will likely cancelled unless they are able to be held virtually, but we are still evaluating our events policy.
We are still evaluating graduation and will provide more information in the next two weeks.
Student employees should continue to work at your normal work location until further notice. Should any changes arise, your supervisor will communicate with you directly.
Questions and Information
Please continue to stay up to date by visiting the FRCC COVID-19 Updates Website, and check your email and FRCC’s social media channels for information on this constantly evolving situation. Should you have any additional questions, please email us at FRCC.COVID19@frontrange.edu. We will be monitoring that address to answer any questions.
This a challenging time for all of us. I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we find the right balance of reducing risk and allowing all of you to have a successful semester. I know that there are still issues we have not yet addressed, so please do not hesitate to share your questions or concerns.