• Hawai‘i Community College - Preparing for a safe and successful return to campuses for Fall 2020

    July 01, 2020
     Preparing for a safe and successful return to campuses for Fall 2020

    As Hawai‘i Community College looks forward to re-opening campuses this fall, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community is our top priority. Without that, we cannot deliver the high-quality academic programs and services that will help students advance their lives through higher education and in turn contribute to the economic renewal we so badly need.

    This fall, Hawai‘i CC will offer both online and in-person classes, as well as certain hybrid
    classes that are a combination of both. Though we will be delivering some instruction and
    services in-person, it will not be a return to business as usual. Hawai‘i CC will deploy a COVID-
    19-aware approach to providing a safe, high-quality education for new and returning students.

    We will be aligning our practices with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational
    Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines and following federal, state, county, and
    university directives designed to keep our community safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.
    Preparing for fall is a big task, and all areas of our college are involved. We have established a
    Steering Committee and Working Groups focused on the central coordination of key planning

    So, what are some of the specific things Hawai‘i CC is doing to get ready for a safe and
    successful return to campus?
    Here are a few examples:
    ● Developing guidelines and information for the campus community in order to stay safe.
    ● Reconfiguring classrooms, labs and service areas to follow 6-foot social distancing
    ● Converting classes and services to allow for more delivery through technology rather
    than in-person instruction and meetings.
    ● Purchasing equipment and supplies to facilitate socially distanced delivery of instruction
    and services.
    ● Supporting professional development for faculty to ensure successful delivery of online
    and hybrid classes.
    ● Procuring sanitation equipment and supplies that will allow us to implement extra
    sanitation measures to maintain a safe campus environment.
    ● Procuring personal protective equipment (PPE).
    Fortunately, the above purchases are supported by funding from the federal CARES Act.

    As a college that engages in so much hands-on learning, it’s important to continue providing
    that kind of instruction. There are many creative ways, both large and small, to deliver hands-on
    instruction that keep our campus ‘ohana safe. Not sharing equipment, extra sanitation, hand-
    washing and social distancing are examples of how we can do this. One specific example can
    be found in the Automotive Mechanics program, which will offer in-person instruction this fall. To
    increase social distancing the program plans to provide individual kits for some lessons to
    students to allow them to work hands-on at safe distances.

    Though we aren’t able to simply go back to the way things were before, we can and will remain
    true to our core principles and our commitment to safely delivering a high-quality education with
    pride and aloha.

    If you know of someone who would benefit from attending college, tell them we’re ready to have
    them enroll. They can start by applying online at https://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/apply. The
    application deadline is August 1.

    I look forward to sharing more information as we progress toward fall. You may also find
    updated information at our COVID-19 webpage. https://hawaii.hawaii.edu/palamanui

    Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas

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