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Eastern Gateway Community College develops COVID-19 response plan

STEUBENVILLE — Eastern Gateway Community College has developed a tentative COVID-19 responsive plan for on-campus instruction for the fall semester.

“While plans may change in response to the realities of the pandemic and the State of Ohio’s recommendations for higher education, our doors will be open,” Interim President and Chief Financial Officer Michael Geoghegan said. “We are taking a practical and responsible approach to ensure the health and safety of our staff, faculty and students remains our top priority.”

Geoghegan said the fall semester will replicate EGCC’s summer strategy, which emphasized online classes while allowing students on campus to make up labs held over from spring semester. For fall, the school said classes without hands-on components will be held online, with the exception of in-person labs that will meet on campus.

Clinicals will continue to be scheduled by the participating entity, not by the college.

EGCC classrooms will be structured in a way that ensures students and faculty are able to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from one another, and appropriate personal protective equipment will be provided, the school reported. Plans are subject to change based on status of the pandemic and guidance from the CDC and the state of Ohio.

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