Clark College plans for in-person classes, won’t require vaccine

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Clark College will gradually restore in-person activities and operations with some employees, services and events returning for the fall term as the college plans to welcome students back to its campus.

A news release stated more than 500 classes are expected to be held with on-campus components, after the college switched to remote learning in March 2020.

Additional on-site activities are expected to resume for the 2022 winter term, stated the release.

As part of the announcement made by President Karin Edwards, Clark College strongly encourages students, faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus, however, it will not be required, the release stated.

As of July 20, everyone on campus must wear face coverings and follow social distancing requirements, which means maintaining 3 feet of space from others.

“Our students and our employees need to know the college’s way forward in order to plan for the future,” Edwards said. “At the same time, we need to remain ready to adapt to the ever-evolving realities of this pandemic and its effects. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation and provide information about fall term as we further develop our plans always with a focus on equity, access and the safety of our whole community.”  

College administration followed guidance from Gov. Jay Inslee’s higher education proclamation on June 30, which was then revised July 12, stated the release. Staff also collected feedback from the college’s faculty and staff unions, student government and planning groups. 

For more information about fall term, visit www.clark.edu/covid-19

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