Colorado Mountain College announced Thursday all campuses will extend spring break until March 20 and hold classes online for three weeks starting March 23 as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19.
All credit, English as a second language and GED/HSE classes will move to an online format through April 12. All non-credit courses will be canceled for the rest of the semester, and refunds will be given to students.
The campus and residence halls will remain open, but officials encourage students to stay off campus if they can until face-to-face classes begin again.
“We believe this temporary change in our operations is in the best interest of our students, our employees and our community members,” Carrie Besnette Hauser, Colorado Mountain College president and CEO, said in a press release. “We are hopeful that normal operations will return shortly, but we will nonetheless remain cautious and attentive to changing conditions.”
Campus buildings will remain open to faculty, staff and students, though access to facilities will be for business purposes only, such as accessing the internet or to use the library.
“We will continue to monitor conditions in Colorado and in our communities,” Matt Gianneschi, Colorado Mountain College’s chief operating officer and chief of staff, said in the press release. “All campus leaders have been in contact with county health officials, and college leadership is in regular communication with departments at the state level. If conditions change locally or at the state level, we will be ready to act.”