Glen Oaks CC Plans For Safe Reopening In Phases
By: Mike Stiles - Friday, May 29, 2020

Glen Oaks Community College (photo courtesy of GOCC)

(CENTREVILLE) – Glen Oaks Community College is preparing to reopen and have their employees come back to work on campus.

Glen Oaks President Dr. David Devier says as Governor Whitmer's Executive Order is lifted, the plan is to have employees start to come back to work in phases, beginning June 15. Devier says they take this seriously and want to be sure the school is taking the necessary precautions to protect the health and safety of their students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Devier says Glen Oaks has a team that created a “Return To Work” plan that incorporates best practices. The plan takes into consideration recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. He says the work environment at the school will look different as Glen Oaks addresses new safe work measures.

The main points of the plan calls for a phased reopening ranging from Phase I (now campus closure), which is where the school is at now; to Phase 2 (limited campus access as governor’s executive orders are lifted, and employee training and campus disinfection is complete); then to Phase 3 (campus is open to public following safety protocols); and eventually Phase 4 (campus returns to normal operations).

The plan addresses personal protective equipment, social distancing, and workplace sanitization, among other things. Face masks are still required in enclosed public spaces per State Executive Order and can be a fabric face covering from home, or surgical type mask. The college will make them available in the main campus entrance area for persons needing them.

Students and guests will be required to make appointments in advance prior to visiting campus and may do so by calling 269-294-4253. The college continues to serve students with online instruction and support services for the summer semester which began earlier this month.

Devier says the school will welcome back their students for face-to-face instruction for the fall 2020 semester. He did say that Glen Oaks is converting many face-to-face classes to a hybrid format, which is less than 50 percent on line. Plus the school will offer a greater number of online courses.


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