In an effort to maximize student safety and preserve high-quality learning opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ozarks Technical Community College is adjusting its fall semester.
The college will begin the semester as originally planned on Aug. 24, and the last day of final exams will be Dec. 18. However, the following changes have been made to the academic calendar:
- Fall Break, scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13, is canceled. Classes will be in session those days.
- Thanksgiving Break is extended from Sunday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 29. Classes scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21 will be held as scheduled.
“These adjustments to the calendar will allow the college to maximize in-person class time before a possible surge in COVID-19 infections could force the college to adjust class offerings late in the semester,” said Hal Higdon, OTC chancellor.
Masks or face coverings will be required for all students, employees and visitors when they are in any common area of the college. Common areas include, but are not limited to: classrooms, laboratories, libraries and large public gathering spaces (for example, the atrium at the Springfield campus). Masks may be removed in private offices, office clusters or outside. The college expects students to provide their own masks. If a student does not have a mask, they will be provided with a disposable one.
The college will also employ enhanced cleaning protocols, including the use of unique disinfectants that continue to disinfect for several hours, even after contact by multiple people. Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be available in every classroom for students and employees.
“The college has spent a great deal of time examining all possibilities for the fall semester, and we’ve determined that mask wearing is the best way to offer in-person classes while minimizing risk of coronavirus spread,” said Tracy McGrady, OTC provost. “OTC is ready to handle whatever scenario might present itself this fall, and students will have the resources they need to have a successful semester.”
For answers to frequently asked questions regarding OTC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit otc.edu/covid.