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Sussex shares plans for reopening this Fall

7/15/2020 9:17:18 AM

With much anticipation, Sussex County Community College will begin to reopen the campus for the start of the fall semester. With an emphasis on safety and health, the College’s reopening plan for repopulating the College spaces was created to address any concerns and offer viable solutions.

The announcement comes at the recommendation of the College's Pandemic Taskforce, an appointed group of faculty and staff charged with determining the College's best course of action for a safe return. The team discussed a range of scenarios, taking into account guidance provided by the State of New Jersey, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The College leadership reviewed the recommendations of the Taskforce and approved moving forward with the plan. The reopening plan was subsequently filed with the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education late last week, which will allow the College to begin the process of reopening the campus.

 “This plan is indeed a milestone that involved the input of countless individuals from all areas of the College, but hard work still lies before us in terms of putting this plan into action,” stated Dr. Jon Connolly, president of SCCC.  “It will be the responsibility of each individual to maintain self-regulation in terms of practicing good hygiene, social distancing, communication, and continuous care for one another’s well-being.”

The following groups, which include faculty and staff, developed plans that address each area of campus life, including:

Interior of the cafeteria set up for a classroom setting with keeping chairs separated. Interior of the cafeteria set up for a classroom setting with keeping chairs separated. Interior of the tent set up for a classroom setting with keeping chairs separated.

Pictured: The cafeteria has been transformed into a temporary classroom to keep students at a safe distance. Two new tented classrooms have also been set up to utilize fresh air circulation. 

As Sussex moves toward reopening this fall, the College will focus on creating a culture of cooperation and safety for both employees and students. Preparation for campus occupancy will be a phased-in rotation approach to increased occupancy.

The following steps will be taken towards this goal:

The College will be offering classes in many different modalities; this coming fall, in-person, remote online, live online, and hybrid instruction will all be available. New classrooms have been set up in the cafeteria, library, and two tented areas outside of the Academic Building.

The College will utilize the website to share the SCCC reopening plan with the campus community and the community at large. These plans will be posted on the College website at sussex.edu/readytoreturn.