A message from Dr. Lufkin
Tuesday May 22, 2020
There is no question that the past few months have presented challenges for almost every business, maybe none more so than the business of educating students. Professional educators have, by and large, done a tremendous job adapting to the hand we have all been dealt and worked diligently to achieve the best possible outcomes for their students. I am proud to say that our team here at Paul D. Camp Community College is no exception.
COVID-19 has certainly changed our business model, and I will outline a few of those changes in a moment. But on this point let me be clear: Camp Community College is, and will remain, open for business.
Our commitment to providing a quality post-secondary education has never been more important than it is today. Due to a couple of primary reasons, parents and students that previously did not consider community college an option in their planning process are now giving us serious consideration. First, there are questions as to whether many four-year institutions will allow students to live on campus in the fall and, for those that do, parents and students are concerned about the safety of doing so. Secondly, economic conditions have made the affordability of a community college education more appealing than ever, especially given the fact that many students planning to take classes at those four-year colleges may be doing so online and at home.
Our top priority has always been the safety and wellbeing of our faculty, staff and students. Since the beginning of this pandemic, our college has practiced an abundance of caution and social distancing in addition to following state and federal safety guidelines. We will continue to do so, and will only return to our previous teaching models once government and health officials deem it safe to do so. It is in that spirit that we will operate under the following conditions for our summer and fall semesters:
Asynchronous and synchronous online courses, including dual enrollment courses, will remain online.
Most currently scheduled face-to-face classes will become synchronous hybrid courses. If we must limit the number of students on campus for safety reasons, students would be assigned a day(s) each week to come to campus, participating in the course by Zoom on the other days the class meets. If we must convert classes to completely online later in the semester, students and faculty will be better prepared
Classes that require face-to-face, hands-on experiences like welding, HVAC, clinicals, etc. will be offered in a hybrid setting with required social distancing practices observed. In short, our goal is to offer as much as we can in online and hybrid settings, and offer the hands-on courses in a responsible way that prioritizes the health and safety of our community.
It is our sincere hope that things return to normal as soon as possible, not just for the good of the college but for the benefit of our entire community. Until that time, Camp Community College remains poised to serve our students and the community by providing a high-quality college education at an affordable price.
Thank you for your continued support of Camp Community College and, as always, please feel free to reach out to me to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
Phase One of the reopening of Virginia, with the exception of Northern Virginia, Accomack County and Richmond, begins today, May 15:
- 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Updates & Information)
- Department of Public Safety
- Camp Alert
- CARES Act Emergency Financial Aid Grants for Students
- Community Resources Toolkit
- Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under Families First Coronavirus Response Act, visit the Department of Labor at www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/ffcra.
- United Way of South Hampton Roads: To help those in our community that need non-medical assistance, the United Way of South Hampton Roads has created a coronavirus response hotline at 757-858-7777.
- For families are in need of immediate assistance with issues resulting from coronavirus crisis: https://unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus/
- Locations for free lunches in all cities: https://unitedwayshr.org/coronavirus/
- Child Care Referral and Resource: 1-866-KIDS-TLC (Child Care Aware)
- Southside Health Departments Regional Coronavirus Customer Call Center: 757-683-2745
- Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 3 national credit reporting companies are offering free weekly online credit reports through April 2021.