Remote learning will continue at Clark College through March, the community college announced Tuesday.
Winter quarter, which begins Jan. 6, will be held remotely due to the novel coronavirus. A small number of laboratory classes that require hands-on instruction will meet in person.
Colleges around the state have also announced their plans to remain online through the winter.
President Karin Edwards said announcing the continuation of remote learning early will allow students and faculty time to prepare for the winter and improve distance learning. Fall classes began at Clark on Sept. 21.
“I realize we just began fall term, but registration for winter term is quickly approaching,” Edwards said in a college news release. “It is time to make the next decision in a series of difficult ones regarding how we will deliver education in such an unpredictable environment as this pandemic.”
Clark College has already had its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus. A culinary student was confirmed to have the virus on Friday, prompting a one-day cancellation of cooking classes.
“As a large institution with thousands of students and more than 1,000 employees, there remains a significant risk of exposure to COVID-19,” the college said in a news release.