To the College Community:
As we anticipate a partial return to campus-based instruction in September, we will, of necessity, continue to offer all academic instruction, except for a limited number of on-campus programs and laboratories, either remotely or online throughout the Fall 2020 semester.
In accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order No. 155, New Jersey colleges and universities are required to submit a restart plan to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education at least fourteen days prior to the return of students to campus. Last week, I submitted the attached Ocean County College Restart Plan for the Fall 2020 semester, COVID-19 – The Road Back.
The College will schedule a limited number of on-campus laboratories for courses that require significant hands-on instruction in order to complete the courses satisfactorily, such as Nursing, Chemistry, Biology, Forensic Science, Painting, TV Studio Production, and Continuing and Professional Education allied health programs. The College’s Restart Plan includes detailed information on the precautions that will be taken to keep students and staff safe and healthy when they return to campus for these programs only. The first group to return for laboratory instruction will be Nursing students on August 24, 2020.
We will distribute the Restart Plan to all students and employees as well as post it prominently on the OCC website. Appendix A, Safety Information Plan and Protocols for Students, is of significant importance. This document outlines the facilities modifications, enhanced cleaning and disinfection processes, personal protective equipment, and other precautions, all of which will minimize the risk of transmission for any illness. In addition to required employee training, all employees, students, and visitors will be required to complete a questionnaire each time they intend to be on campus. There will also be temperature checks in designated buildings that will be required as part of the campus process for returning. Except for personnel considered essential to the operation of the College, all employees will continue to perform their responsibilities remotely.
As has been the case since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the basis of all College decisions is first and foremost the health and safety of all our students, faculty, and staff. Our Restart Plan continues to demonstrate our long-standing deep concern for all our colleagues and students and our commitment to academic excellence at Ocean County College.
Jon H. Larson, Ph.D.
Full Report: Ocean County College Restart Plan - COVID-19, The Road Back - Fall 2020