Mid Michigan College is preparing for classes on campus as early as June and is scheduling students for classes on campus and online in the Fall.
The College is well positioned to restart classes on campus.Although the majority of Mid’s classes are offered remotely this Summer, a limited number of classes with labs and hands-on training are scheduled on campus beginning June 22. This phased approach will allow the College to roll out its COVID Response Plan on a small scale before campus-wide implementation for Fall classes.
“The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top concerns as we plan for summer and fall,” said Christine Hammond, President of Mid Michigan College. “With social distancing and appropriate safety precautions, we are hoping to bring students back to campus gradually throughout the summer.”
The College’s plan includes a variety of measures based on scientific and expert recommendations to limit exposure and maintain a clean environment. Social distancing measures will be enforced, along with the use of face coverings and an enhanced cleaning schedule across each campus. Classrooms will be reconfigured to facilitate social distancing and classroom equipment will be sanitized between classes.
“We are planning to take extraordinary measures to reduce risk,” said Hammond. “But we also recognize that not everyone will be ready to return to campus. We want to be sensitive to those concerns as well.”
Mid's course offerings for Fall 2020 include a mix of online, hybrid, and on-campus courses. The College’s plan also includes a mix of on campus and online resources, academic supports, and services to help students succeed.
Over the last few months, Mid has expanded the number of courses, programs, and services that are available online. From one-on-one help registering for courses to remote academic support, the College has made attending college remotely a much more robust experience.
“Mid eliminated any additional fees for online classes years ago,” said Hammond. “We recognize that students have varied needs and we didn’t want to penalize those students that may want the flexibility that comes with taking classes online.”
Despite the ability for students to return to campus, the College recognizes that students are still being impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. To help students during this difficult time, Mid is disbursing federal CARES Act funds to qualified students who take classes during the Summer and Fall semesters. Students who submit a FAFSA and meet other criteria will receive $100 in the Summer session and $200 in the Fall semester. Additional information can be found at midmich.edu/cares.
“These are trying and uncertain times,” noted Hammond. “We feel good about our path forward, but we are still planning and making adjustments.The College will continue to monitor the crisis and heed the advice of experts as we prepare for the Fall semester. We’ll finalize the plan by mid-July to allow students ample time for any necessary adjustments.”
Students and community members are encouraged to monitor midmich.edu/covid19 for updates and more information.