Crowley’s Ridge College Update: Plans for this Summer and Fall - May 20, 2020
We are very happy that students at Crowley’s Ridge College (CRC) finished the spring semester successfully even though everyone had to quickly transition to an online learning environment after spring break due to the Coronavirus. Since then, regarding Covid-19, CRC has been closely following suggestions by our state and federal government, higher education, and medical experts.
You will find the majority of those suggestions at the following:
In addition to the above informational links, our administration and board members are discussing daily our plans as we offer CRC’s needed college classes this summer, and resume on-campus classes and activities this fall, and how to communicate this information to our students and the rest of our constituency. I hope you find this updated information helpful.
Student refunds/credit – Due to Covid-19, the majority of CRC students did not return to campus following spring break. CRC has already emailed information to those students regarding refunds/credits that we are providing them since they did not use CRC’s housing or food services following spring break. Additionally, other government grant funds are being made available to CRC, which is being distributed via a check mailed to each student. These funds are in addition to the refunds/credits that CRC provided and are meant to further help CRC students who have been negatively impacted by Covid-19.
Summer online classes – CRC has some of the lowest prices for our summer classes offered anywhere by public or private colleges. These are general education required classes that are transferable. A complete listing and pricing is available at crc.edu/wp/.
Plans for this fall semester – The number one priority of Crowley’s Ridge College as we plan for our students to be back on campus this fall is to keep everyone safe . . . our students, employees, and all campus guests. CRC must be prepared for traditional classes or online classes, large or small groups, and how to serve these groups while maintaining a safe campus environment.
As of today’s current practices and recommendations for keeping everyone safe in this pandemic, CRC will be planning this fall to make facial masks and hand sanitizers available for all employees, students, and guests. We plan to take temperatures before anyone enters our facilities with a non-contact infrared thermometer with auto-measurement. Anyone with an elevated temperature will be asked to submit to Coronavirus testing off-campus. CRC is in the process of coordinating the details for this type of testing. CRC will be prepared to quarantine anyone due to testing or coming from a high-risk area.
As has been the practice since spring break this year, CRC will continue sanitizing entrances, desks, equipment, and other areas on a regular basis. We anticipate that social distancing may still need to be implemented this fall to reduce risk as much as possible. This may mean larger classes will be divided and/or stagger class times to reduce the number of students together at the same time. It may also mean instead of larger traditional style classes, moving those to an online learning environment. The same may be necessary for our chapel by dividing into smaller groups or doing a virtual chapel as we did after spring break. We do not anticipate having large gatherings, including events on campus unless deemed safe to do so. While we anticipate having our collegiate teams compete again this fall, we must follow regulations by our athletic conference, the NAIA, and Governor Hutchinson of Arkansas. As of today, CRC has not received official notice regarding our collegiate sports having a regular season or perhaps a shortened season. CRC will post updates regarding these areas, as soon as we have them.
CRC will be monitoring this pandemic daily and take into account the advice and suggestions of the experts. Again, our main concern is to provide a quality Christian education in a safe environment as we look forward to welcoming our students back this fall.
Please direct any questions you have to these departments: • Student Refunds/Credits – Liz Brown, Vice President of Operations & CFO 870-236-6901 ext 148, email@example.com • Summer Classes – Trēka Clark, Registrar 870-236-6901 ext 136, firstname.lastname@example.org • Admissions for this Fall – Chris Hughes, Admissions Director 870-236-6901 ext 114, email@example.com
Once again, thanks for your patience and understanding,
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