As lockdown measures begin to ease in some areas, people are experiencing different comfort levels with the idea of returning to public activities—including entering a classroom. But just because returning to school might look different this fall doesn’t mean your educational goals have to be put on hold.
“As we put together our Fall schedule, it was important that we prioritize our students’ preferences and feelings of safety,” said Dr. Chris Gray, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development at McHenry County College (MCC). “What we landed on was a solution that offered classes in a way unique to current events and catered to everyone’s needs.”
The College created five different modes of instruction that range from on-campus delivery to learning in an entirely online format:
- In Person classes meet on campus and if needed, will transition to an online format.
- Flexible Lecture classes allow students to choose to come to campus, stay home and watch a live stream, or watch the recorded class before the next course session.
- Blended Classes meet partially on MCC’s campus and partially online.
- Scheduled Online Classes are conducted online and will take place at a specific time.
- Flexible Online Classes are conducted exclusively online.
“These options are great for our existing students, but also for students who might not be comfortable returning to a four-year university this fall,” said Gray.
The College is taking extensive health and safety measures to protect those who choose to come on campus as well. Students, employees, and visitors will undergo daily health screenings and temperature checks upon entrance, and face masks must be worn at all times within the building. The College has also installed more than 80 hand sanitation stations around the buildings and has increased the frequency of daily deep cleaning.