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A message from Dr. Lufkin

Tuesday March 17, 2020

As has been stated many times now, the situation we currently find ourselves in is a constantly and rapidly changing one. The Centers for Disease Control is frequently changing its recommendations for how the public should respond to this pandemic, and it is our responsibility as a leader in public health to adhere to those recommendations. That having been said, we find ourselves in a position that requires we further modify the way we conduct our business moving forward.

First and foremost, it is imperative I make it clear that Camp Community College is still open for business. It is mission critical that we remain poised to help students cross the finish line and successfully complete the spring semester. It is also crucial that we continue to recruit, register and retain new students. That will require all of us to remain active and productive. Our situation, however, dictates that beginning tomorrow, March 18, all faculty and staff outside of essential personnel will perform their job functions remotely from home. We will continue to do so until at least April 3, at which time we will have reevaluated the situation and made a decision about how to proceed moving forward.

As you prepare today to work remotely, please coordinate with your supervisor and the IT department to make sure you have access  to your work electronically. Also, do your best to pack whatever you may need to complete your job functions. If you leave something behind, the campus will remain open and if you have your ID badge you can return to pick things up at any time during our normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you need access after-hours, please contact Bobby Dodd at 569-6724 or Phillip Bradshaw at 569-6744.

Maintenance and housekeeping will remain on-campus to make sure the facilities are clean and safe. IT will remain on site to support your remote capabilities. The bookstore will remain operational as well, and orders can by placed by phone, email or online.

Another change that has been made is in regard to our commencement ceremonies. Earlier this morning, the VCCS system office announced that all May graduation ceremonies across the commonwealth were cancelled in accordance with the CDC’s request to limit large gatherings. While no decisions have been made yet, each college will have the opportunity to hold some type of student recognition at a later date. This decision was not arrived at lightly. Graduation is the highlight of our academic year, and I am reminded each year that as educators it is literally why we do what we do. While it is disappointing, it is the prudent thing to do.

I am sure that many of you will have questions as this situation continues to evolve. Please work through issues with your supervisors, and we will continue to update you as new information becomes available. I thank each of you for keeping our core mission in mind, and for the professionalism you bring to your job each and every day.

Warmest regards,

Dan Lufkin