This landing page will share information and address concerns about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) but should not be considered as your primary source of information for coronavirus in our region.

Governor Jared Polis has Issued a Statewide Stay at Home Order Effective 6:00 am, March 26, 2020 – April 11, 2020

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

CENTENNIAL – Today Gov. Polis announced a statewide stay-at-home order beginning on Thursday, March 26 at 6:00 a.m. and will last until April 11, 2020. The Governor also provided an update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and actions taken to limit the spread of the virus.

“Coloradans are living through a global pandemic and this decision was made to help save lives,” said Governor Jared Polis. “We will continue doing everything we can to get the resources Colorado needs to address COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of all Coloradans. In true Colorado spirit, we’re seeing our friends, family and neighbors rise to the challenge, donating their time, money or extra supplies to support relief efforts at the state and local levels. We are in this together and this is the season to stay at home to save lives.” 

This executive order means Coloradans should not be leaving their homes except for critical activities including:

  • Obtaining food and other household necessities including medicine
  • Going to and from work if you are a critical employee
  • Seeking medical care
  • Caring for dependents or pets
  • Caring for a vulnerable person in another location
  • Cannabis and liquor stores will remain open
  • Or participating in outdoor recreation at a legally-mandated safe distance of six feet or more from other parties

Read the full order here. Read the FAQ here. Read the public health order here. Watch the press conference here.


Please use this page for your most current updates on decisions, actions, and communications from LCC. The college will also be using student email, text messaging, and AppArmor emergency alerts as warranted, to communicate with students and employees.

Lamar Community College is closely monitoring news and information related to COVID-19, the worldwide illness known as coronavirus. LCC has no known cases of COVID-19, but LCC leadership is in regular contact with local and state health officials to take precautions to protect our students, faculty, and staff.

Instruction – All Programs

  • Updated Mar. 26:  It is important for the faculty and staff to be able to communicate with students using multiple methods. Telephone calls and text messages can be used but only if the telephone number in the system is correct.  It is simple to verify and if needed, correct the information using Lopes Access and following these steps. 
    1. Once in Lope Access, Select the ‘Update Personal Information” icon. 
    2. On the following screen, find the selection ‘View or Update Addresses and Phones. 
    3. Check to see if the correct phone number is listed and if not, update it accordingly. 

           Thank you for helping us get critically important information to you.

  • Updated Mar. 25: Spring Break for students will be extended through Tuesday, March 24, to give the college time to transition all courses, where able, to be delivered by remote or online methods. Career and technical (CTE) courses which cannot be delivered through remote modalities will be structured to meet the Governor’s order, provide social distancing, and other responsible precautions. Students will receive additional information from their instructors regarding their courses and any accessibility needs prior to March 25.
  • Courses switching to remote learning will be taught using D2L and other technology. Resources on how to use D2L are available online. If you need assistance, please contact Learning Support Services at (719) 336-6662.
  • Updated Mar. 25: CTE Programs that will determine appropriate methods to continue instruction and meet the Governor’s order.
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Welding
    • Horse Training Management
    • Nursing, not including pre-nursing
  • Students, faculty and instructors should check their LCC email, D2L, and the LCC website for regular updates.

College Operations

  • Updated Mar. 27:  We anticipated the statewide stay-at-home order would be coming soon. Governor Polis issued such an order, effective 6:00 am March 26 until April 11. While the news came suddenly, I know many of you have been preparing for this eventuality. The governor’s order means that the college will remain operational, but will not be open to the public. All student service activities have shifted to a virtual or remote format. The LCC Campus is closed, and only personnel attending to emergent matters are on site. Please do not come to campus. Call Student Services at (719) 336-6662 for directions on how to access whatever help you need.Students needing internet access to complete online courses can drive to the LCC Campus, park in the main parking lot, and complete course assignments from their portable electronic device while remaining in their vehicle. This allows for the free use of LCC internet services while adhering to the requirements of the governor’s stay-at-home order.
  • Updated Mar. 25: The LCC campus will remain operational, but only essential personnel will be allowed entrance and only to deal with emergency or time-sensitive issues. All other employees will work remotely and can be contacted via email or phone between the hours of Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Updated Mar. 23: The Fitness Center will be closed to everyone as of March 24. Public members will receive a refund on their membership upon request. Employees will receive a credit to be used when the Fitness Center reopens.
  • Updated Mar. 25:The Student Services office will be open remotely to serve students 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and can be contacted via email or phone.
  • All external events scheduled for LCC facilities will be suspended or postponed until a future time. External organizations who have reserved LCC facilities will be contacted with this decision.
  • Updated Mar. 25: Registration for summer and fall classes will begin April 1, and advisors will be available to meet with students virtually via the MAP Center. See details below.
  • Updated Mar. 25: Library and Tutoring Services will be available virtually. Please see the Library Website. Staff is available via email or phone to assist you.
  • Updated Mar. 25: Computer labs will be closed, but students can access WI-FI in the parking lot north of Betz (NW corner) while remaining in their vehicle or seated in the lawn at least six feet from any other person. Students who do not have a computer or mobile device may contact LCC IT or the Library to request a short-term loaner. To access WI-Fi, navigate to the network  LCCGuest-CCC and connect with USERNAME: CCC\LCC S# and PASSWORD: your existing LCC password. To reset or update your password, please log into the Portal. If you have problems, contact the LCC Help Desk (numbers at https://www.lamarcc.edu/student-services/technology-services/).
  • Updated Mar. 25: The Innovate & Make Space (IMS) will be closed to students, employees, the general public, and master trainers until further notice.
  • Commencement looks less likely but we are planning to come up with alternative so students will still have a meaningful experience even if it’s not in-person. Once we decide we will let students know the details.
  • Updated Mar. 18: Federal Financial Aid information can be viewed at https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus

Updated Mar 18: International Students

  • If you left for spring break, please do not return until you complete a screening interview with Pat Christensen or a designated LCC staff member.
  • If you’re still here, please do not leave without coordinating with Amber Thompson or Jenna Davis.

Updated Mar. 25: Residence Hall Students

  • If you left for spring break, please do not return until you complete a screening interview with Pat Christensen or a designated LCC staff member.
  • The college is still operational, but if your classes are all remote, we strongly recommend you go/stay home. All in-person CTE classes will be shifted to a different delivery modality to meet the Governor’s order.
  • If you are currently in the dorms or plan to return, you’ll want to be prepared for closure if the Governor issues an order to do so.
  • If you decide not to return or if you’re here and decide to leave, you’ll want to coordinate your check out and move out with Pat Christensen. Please contact Pat to set up a time for your move-out. Please do not return without doing so.
  • Yes, we will issue pro-rated refunds for room and board. The financial team at the college is still working out those details. As soon as we have details someone will communicate with all Residence Hall students.
  • We are not refunding tuition because you’ll be completing your coursework and receiving grades. Please make sure to stay in contact with your instructors so you keep up. Also, we’ll have remote options for library and tutoring.

Updated Mar. 23: Advising and Registration 

  • Registration for summer and fall classes opens on April 1st and the MAP Center Navigators are here to help you select the classes you need to move forward toward your goals..  Also, if you are considering changing your current spring schedule, contact a Navigator first.  There are usually important consideration that need to be made that could impact your financial aid, athletic eligibility and/or VA benefits.
  • The MAP Center staff are available for virtual appointments during regular business hours.
  • To limit your potential exposure, we are not doing in-person advising. Please call ahead if you need accommodations.
  • Appointments can be scheduled online through Navigate or by emailing or calling the MAP Center.  For the virtual appointments, we encourage students to have access to the internet using their cell phone or computer when the advising appointment occurs.  Telephones are forwarded and you can reach the Navigator by calling:
  • Paul Kraft – (719) 336-1199
  • Jannet Martinez – (719) 336-1196
  • Sonia Hernandez (719) 336-1197
  • All students are urged to check their student email daily as messages are being sent with important registration information.

The virus is present in Colorado and the Governor has declared a state of emergency in order to activate emergency operations protocols to help prevent the spread of the virus. All institutions of higher education in Colorado have also enacted measures to protect students, employees and communities. As of March 25 there are no diagnosed cases at LCC.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the novel (or new) coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Here’s what you should know regarding the coronavirus:

  • This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily. The latest updates are available on CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website.

Here’s what you can do to stay healthy: 

As always, it is recommended that you follow such standard hygiene practices as:

  • Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not readily available
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Covering the nose and mouth with elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Following CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

What if I get sick?

If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and discuss how to proceed.

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.

What if I have traveled to an area with COVID-19 illness or been around someone who is sick?

Self-quarantine is recommended for people who have come in close contact with individuals confirmed to have COVID-19 illness or who have traveled from areas where transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is widespread or ongoing.

LCC strongly recommends that students and employees who are in this category self-quarantine for 14 days from the date they left the area or came in contact with individuals who were diagnosed with at least a presumptive case of COVID-19.

In addition, students and employees who are showing signs of COVID-19 illness (e.g., fever and lower respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath) are required to stay away from LCC campus.

CDC FAQs

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Additional information is also available from the Colorado Department of Health at and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


March 27, 2020

From Linda Lujan, LCC President

Dear LCC Student

We anticipated the statewide stay-at-home order would be coming soon. Governor Polis issued such an order, effective 6:00 am March 26 until April 11. While the news came suddenly, I know many of you have been preparing for this eventuality. The governor’s order means that the college will remain operational, but will not be open to the public. All student service activities have shifted to a virtual or remote format. The LCC Campus is closed, and only personnel attending to emergent matters are on site. Please do not come to campus. Call Student Services at (719) 336-6662 for directions on how to access whatever help you need.

Students needing internet access to complete online courses can drive to the LCC Campus, park in the main parking lot, and complete course assignments from their portable electronic device while remaining in their vehicle. This allows for the free use of LCC internet services while adhering to the requirements of the governor’s stay-at-home order.

We know this situation creates new opportunities and challenges for LCC students and staff. We also know it’s a good thing to keep our students, employees, and our communities safe. LCC will continue to take pro-active steps to flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We will learn new things. We will have bumps. We will keep our sense of humor and “can-do” spirit. We will focus relentlessly on helping you, our students, adapt and thrive. We will be #LopesStrong.

The most current, updated information on operational processes and resources is available on the COVID-19 Website. Check here often for updates about campus status and the date when we will reopen.

Thank you for your incredible and indomitable spirit. We will do this together.

Be well,
Dr. Lujan


March 25, 2020 – 10:59 p.m.

Dear LCC,

We had anticipated the statewide stay at home order would be coming soon. Today Governor Polis issued such an order, effective 6:00 am tomorrow until April 11. While the news came suddenly, I know many of you have been preparing for this eventuality. What this means is the college will remain operational but all our activities will shift to a virtual or remote format. Essential personnel have received a formal Letter of Access which they need to carry as they travel to and from the college. If you did not receive such a letter, but need a one-time access, please contact Shelly Tombleson 719-336-1572 or shelly.tombleson@lamarcc.edu for guidance and approval before coming to campus. If you are unable to reach Shelly, please contact VP Chad DeBono, 719-336-1517 or Facilities Director Sean Lirley ,719-336-1543. Do not come to campus without first contacting one of them for approval.

While we know this creates new opportunities and challenges, we also know it’s a good thing to keep our students, you, and our communities safe – and especially the most-vulnerable among us.

We will learn new things, we will have bumps, we will keep our sense of humor and “can-do” spirit, and we will focus relentlessly on helping our students adapt and thrive. We will be #LopesStrong.

Updated information about operational processes and resources is on the COVID-10 Website – we updated this in a hurry, so if we missed or misstated anything, please let me or Misti Fronterhouse (719-336-1511 or misti.fronterhouse@lamarcc.edu) know. Please also direct students and parents to this page for the most current information.

Thank you for your incredible and indomitable spirit. We will do this together.

Be well,
Linda Lujan, Ph.D.
College President


March 20, 2020 – 11:04 a.m.

Dear Colleagues,

As we end a Spring Break week like no other, I am in awe of your powerful resilience, adaptability, and willingness to go full throttle in an environment that’s changing weekly, daily, and hourly. “Thank you” does not seem enough for the gratitude I hold for each of you. I can’t think of a better group of people to do this with.

Next week as we welcome students back to a learning environment very different from the one they left, I have every confidence we will give them a student experience focused on success. I hope we can also spend time helping them process the magnitude of all that’s changed in our world. For them, this will be their defining moment. How can we help them not only learn what we teach in our courses, but the wisdom they will need to continue on their journeys after an event like this? I know you will help them do both.

The last few weeks have been a sprint — and now it’s time to adapt our stride to a marathon. The weeks, months, and possibly years ahead will require stamina. So this weekend, please make time to relax, reflect, reach out to those you love, and just take care of you and wash those hands as you keep a social distance.

Later today, the Master Calendar on Outlook will be updated to reflect the modified work schedules in each building because most of us will spend some time on campus and more time working remotely. And please  keep an eye on the COVID-19 page on the LCC website for ongoing updates. Finally – never hesitate to ask questions or offer advice. We’re all learning together on this one!

With immense gratitude,
Linda Lujan, Ph.D.
College President


March 20, 2020 – 8:38 a.m.

Dear Students,

What a Spring Break we’ve all had! The COVID coronavirus pandemic has disrupted so much in our world. But, like you, LCC is flexible, adaptable, and resilient and every employee at LCC is working to ensure your academic success despite disruptions. I am saddened for our spring student-athletes whose seasons were cut short and we will work closely with transferring and returning student-athletes to help each of you continue toward your goals after your season at LCC. And for all students, we are doing everything we can to support you.

As we prepare to resume classes on March 25, I want to update you on several things:

  1. For most of you, your classes have moved to a remote learning mode and your instructors will contact you with directions.
  2. For some of you in hands-on classes, your instructors have adapted to ensure appropriate social distance to ensure your safety. Your instructors will contact you with directions.
  3. If you haven’t heard from an instructor by March 25, please don’t hesitate to contact them.
  4. If you traveled during Spring Break please do not return to campus until you do a phone screening to ensure it’s safe for you to return. If you are not returning and will do all your classes remotely, you do not need to be screened.
  1. All offices will be open and staffed, but many employees are working remotely, so you may be asked to call or video chat with a specific person.
  2. In addition to checking D2L and your student email daily, please remember to check the LCC COVID-19 web page for the most current updates and information.
  3. Registration for summer and fall classes will begin April 1, and advisors will be available to meet with your virtually or in-person in the MAP Center.
  4. The Library & Tutoring services will remain open. For current hours please see the Library Website. Additionally, there are a number of remote services being made available for students not coming to campus.
  5. The LCC Bowman Building computer lab (located in Bowman 129) and the Library will remain open. The LCC Betz Building computer lab (located in Betz 103) will also remain open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  6. Federal Financial Aid information can be viewed at https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus
  7. We will issue pro-rated refunds for room and board. The Business Services team at the college is still working out those details. As soon as we have details someone will communicate with all Residence Hall students.
  8. We are not refunding tuition because you’ll be completing your coursework and receiving grades. Please make sure to stay in contact with your instructors so you keep up.
  9. Commencement looks less likely but we are planning to come up with an alternative so students will still have a meaningful experience even if it’s not in-person. Once we decide we will let students know the details.
  10. Facilities team members are working diligently to keep surfaces and other items clean and sanitized. You’ll also see wipes and hand sanitizer in various areas, please use them.
  11. Please remember to wash your hands, use a six-foot social distance, don’t touch your face, cough and sneeze into a tissue or your elbow, and stay home when you’re ill.

 Coping with COVID-19:

In an effort to assist our Lopes community, Lamar Community College has assembled resources for coping with stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We understand that COVID-19 could potentially bring many ripple effects to our community, including a disruption to business and stress related to the illness,” said Dr. Rosalind R. Smith, LCC Retention Counselor. “To assist our community, we are sharing resources related to coping with stress during this time of uncertainty.”

CDC: Managing Anxiety & Stress Regarding COVID-19

American Psychology Association: Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe

For more information on coping with stress related to COVID-19, please contact Dr. Rosalind R. Smith, LCC Retention Counselor at (719) 336-1527 or rosalind.smith@lamarcc.edu.

And students, while none of us know how long this current situation will last, I do know that we are #LopesStrong and will work together in creative and collaborative ways. Thank you for all you are doing to help keep yourself and your fellow students safe.

Warmest wishes,
Linda Lujan, Ph.D.
College President


March 18, 2020 – 1:12 p.m.

The LCC Innovate & Make Space is closed for the public and for Master Volunteers until further notice. All certification classes and project classes are cancelled as well.  Please contact, Laura Misenheimer, Innovate & Make Space Manager, at 719-336-1584 for more information.


March 16, 2020 – 5:12 p.m.

Dear LCC,

Thank you for your ongoing patience as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all of us. As noted before, this is a highly fluid situation and decisions are being made weekly, daily, and sometimes hourly. I know it’s challenging for all of us and even more challenging for our students. Thank you for staying focused on helping them continue their learning and complete their classes. Unfortunately for our student-athletes, NJCAA has suspended the entire spring season and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has postponed all competition until April 20.

Today we decided to move to a limited in-person staffing model with more of you working remotely where possible. VP DeBono, Dr. Schlotterhausen, Dr. Stagner-Stulp, and I will be working with stakeholders in each building to implement the new staffing structure by the end of the week. Once schedules are finalized, we will send an internal message. Please make sure your cell phone number is correctly listed in the LCC Portal* so you can receive any urgent alerts and updates. Also please remember to coordinate with Shelly Tombleson and your supervisor should you have concerns about your health or leave status. Finally, in light of all that’s happening, the dress code for now is “business casual” – I know you’ll dress comfortably and appropriately.

I’ve also heard those of you on hourly contracts are concerned about your work status. Please know we are not planning to reduce any hours for now. Our goal is to weather this challenge together. You may be asked to perform duties other than those for which you were hired, so I appreciate your flexibility when asked.

While each of you has demonstrated adaptability and resilience and great willingness to help for which I am very grateful, I want to offer a special thank you to Sean Lirley and his team for their extra work to keeps our spaces clean and sanitized and to Robert Vazquez and his team for their extra work to make sure everyone has the right technology to do their work no matter where they are.  I also offer a huge thank you to our amazing faculty and instructors for their innovative ideas for ensuring students can complete classes and demonstrate learning outcomes.

The following information will be posted on our COVID-19 webpage so I wanted to ensure you had each seen it before you start getting phone calls and emails.

Instruction – All Programs

  • Spring Break for students will be extended through Tuesday, March 24, to give the college time to transition all courses, where able, to be delivered by remote or online methods. Career and technical (CTE) courses which cannot be delivered through remote modalities will be structured to provide social distancing and other responsible precautions. Students will receive additional information from their instructors regarding their courses and any accessibility needs prior to March 25.
  • Courses switching to remote learning will be taught using D2L and other technology. Resources on how to use D2L are available online. If you need assistance, please contact Learning Support Services at (719) 336-6662.
  • Programs that will meet in-person with appropriate social distancing:
    • Early Childhood Education
    • Welding
    • Horse Training Management
    • Nursing, not including pre-nursing
  • Students, faculty and instructors should check their LCC email, D2L, and the LCC website for regular updates.

College Operations

  • The LCC campus will remain open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with limited in-person staffing and some employees working remotely.
  • The Fitness Center will be closed to all but Residence Hall students effective March 19. Public members will receive a refund on their membership upon request. Employees will receive a credit to be used when the Fitness Center reopens.
  • The Student Services office will be open to serve students 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with limited in-person staffing and some employees working remotely.
  • All external events scheduled for LCC facilities will be suspended or postponed until a future time. External organizations who have reserved LCC facilities will be contacted with this decision.
  • Internal college group gatherings will be limited to a maximum of 10 people or less, per official room occupancy.
  • Registration for summer and fall classes will begin April 1, and advisors will be available to meet with students virtually or in-person in the MAP Center.
  • The Library & Tutoring services will remain open. For current hours please see the Library Website. Additionally, there are a number of remote services being made available for students not coming to campus.
  • The LCC Bowman Building computer lab (located in Bowman 129) and the Library will remain open. The LCC Betz Building computer lab (located in Betz 103) will also remain open Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • No decision has been made yet regarding graduation ceremonies. We will keep you updated on any decisions.

I am infinitely appreciative of each one of you in this ever-changing time and I know you understand how difficult these decisions are because so many of them affect the “student experience” on which we pride ourselves. Stay #LopesStrong and thank you for helping us continue to #FlattenTheCurve.

Be well,

Linda Lujan, Ph.D.
College President

*Log into the LCC Portal with your S-number and password. The emergency update link is on the lower right.


 

March 16, 2020 – 2:58 p.m.

Coping with COVID-19:

In an effort to assist our Lopes community, Lamar Community College has assembled resources for coping with stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“We understand that COVID-19 could potentially bring many ripple effects to our community, including a disruption to business and stress related to the illness,” said Dr. Rosalind R. Smith, LCC Retention Counselor. “To assist our community, we are sharing resources related to coping with stress during this time of uncertainty.”

CDC: Managing Anxiety & Stress Regarding COVID-19

American Psychology Association: Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe

For more information on coping with stress related to COVID-19, please contact Dr. Rosalind R. Smith, LCC Retention Counselor at (719) 336-1527 or rosalind.smith@lamarcc.edu.


March 14, 2020 – 11:23 a.m.

Dear LCC Community,

Thank you all for your rapid response to quickly-evolving circumstances and for your help in reaching out to students to communicate information about classes, games, events, and other items affecting them – you’ve been remarkably resilient and adaptable as we deal with the ongoing changes.

Although it’s Saturday, the LCC leadership team continues to monitor updates from Prowers County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Health and Environmental Safety and continues to work towards making decisions that will help to keep students, employees, and our communities safe. As you know, our country’s goal is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within communities and that philosophy guides our actions and decisions.

For employees: we are actively looking at social distancing and telework options for employees during this time and will have further communications with you as we finalize those options. We will be following CCCS guidance for travel, illness, exposure, and leave – please see https://internal.cccs.edu/wp-content/uploads/documents/FAQs-for-employees_03132020.pdf for most current information and please reach out to HR Director Shelly Tombleson and your supervisor with questions.

For students: Residence Hall students should coordinate with Residence Life Director Pat Christensen if they have questions, concerns, or symptoms of cold, flu, or potential coronavirus. The cafeteria remains open and cleaning of all common areas continues. Please remind students to wash their hands frequently and follow other hygiene guidance from the Center for Disease Control. Commuter students are off-campus until March 25 and only certain CTE students will be returning. If any commuter students report illness to you, please remind them to contact their medical provider or the Prowers County Department of Public Health for guidance. We are working with Prowers County Public Health on the protocols to determine how to handle students who traveled during spring break and will have updates soon.

We are actively working on updating this page with the most current communications and we will also be developing a location on the Employee Portal where you can find communication regarding items specific to employees.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure you have updates and information about decisions being made. Thank you as well for your ideas and suggestions to help up improve our response.

I know this situation is taxing on a small college and a small community I cannot tell you how proud I am of all of you as we come together #LopesStrong and work collaboratively for the benefit of our students, each other, and our communities.

Be well,
Linda Lujan, Ph.D.
College President


March 13, 2020 12:59 p.m.

All NJCAA-sanctioned LCC Lopes athletic events are suspended until April 3 and NJCAA will re-evaluate. Additionally, LCC Rodeo competition is suspended until April 20.


March 12, 2020 5:01 p.m.

 Dear LCC,

Thank you for your continued attention to the safety of our students, each other, and our communities. This situation is fluid and ever-changing so, the College Emergency Management Team (CEMT) asks you to remain flexible and adaptable along with us. As promised, here is an update on actions and decisions made today. I appreciate your ongoing cooperation and your innovative ideas for serving our students, even as we have to adapt in how we accomplish that.

Next week is spring break, and with the exception of students remaining in the dorms and HTM students, all students will be gone. We’ve issued email guidance about return-to-campus for students and employees who traveled outside the area during spring break and we are working with Prowers County Public Health to help us determine when, and if, an individual needs to remain at home and/or self-quarantine.

For the week of March 23, we will cancel classes on Monday and Tuesday, to allow faculty to prepare for remote delivery and/or adapted labs and clinicals. We will also be holding some campus-wide update sessions for everyone to hear the latest news regarding travel, leave, remote work, social distancing, and preparedness activities.

Starting March 25, we will deliver the much of our coursework via remote delivery.  Each discipline will have flexibility on exactly how to deliver courses, but we anticipate most courses will use online delivery or videoconferencing.  We anticipate continuing remote delivery for the remainder of the semester, but we will continue to evaluate and adapt.

Certain CTE programs have made plans for social distancing, hybrid delivery, and other adaptations to ensure students can continue to learn in a safe environment. Again, we anticipate continuing in the manner for the remainder of the semester, but will continue to evaluate and adapt.

Allied Health and Nursing students may continue to complete their clinicals as deemed appropriate by Director of Nursing and Allied Health and in consultation with our health care partners.

Housing: While some residential students may not return (or be allowed to return) after Spring Break, others will. We have plans to continue to provide meals, housing, and campus-based activities to support their needs. Should any of them have symptoms or exposure, Prowers County Public Health has the capability to quarantine or isolate our students in a location where they will be cared for.

We also will continue to provide access to computers on campus to support students who do not have computers or internet access. We are finalizing details and will follow up in another communication to the campus community.

Student Services: At this point, we will continue to maintain student services at current levels, but we will begin evaluating that carefully this week.

Library and Tutoring will remain open at this time, but we will evaluate continuously and students will also have access to remote and/or virtual alternatives.

Very Important – Flexibility for Sick Students: We have directed students who are ill to stay home and contact their doctor, but may be concerned about their ability to complete coursework if they do so. For students who are ill and are not able to attend, even in in the remote delivery modality, please be able to share in your updated syllabus, and with your students, what options you will be providing them with to demonstrate competency for completion of your course.

Concurrent Enrollment: For the moment, we will plan to continue concurrent enrollment classes at the high schools, but that may change as K-12 receives updated guidance from CDPHE. Synchronous Distance Learning classes at the high schools will continue as well.

Instructors: During the days in which classes are cancelled, we will pay instructors for their normal class time, with the expectation that they use that time to transition to remote delivery.  We are developing a plan for supplemental compensation on a case-by-case basis if instructors need more time for training or other work.

Hourly Employees: For the moment, hourly employees should report to work as they would normally.  As we evaluate campus services we may need to change hours, but we have not made a decision yet. We know hourly employees are concerned about sick time and pay and we expect guidance from the state to minimize the impact. Please watch for emails from HR Director Shelly Tombleson for the latest information.

Travel:  Please see Shelly Tombleson’s March 10th email regarding international and domestic travel and leave guidelines. Also for the most current travel guidelines, always remember to check the CDC website for updated travel guidance.

Sick Employees:  If you are sick, please stay home and notify your supervisor. If you have symptoms of influenza or COVID-19, please make use of alternative choices before going to a medical provider. Employees covered through Anthem or United Health have telemedicine options as detailed in an email from Shelly Tombleson, please use those as your first choice. All other employees should call Prowers Medical Center or High Plains Community Health Center to see how they would like you to proceed. If the virus spreads as some expect, we will likely have higher illness rates than usual, so every department needs to make back up plans to cover essential services.

Events and Gatherings: We recognize that many student and community events are scheduled on our campus this spring. We will provide additional guidance soon, but have already canceled a couple of events and will be providing ongoing updates regarding upcoming events.

Athletics: We continue to monitor the NJCAA COVID-19 updates and will comply with their guidance unless state and local health officials direct a more stringent approach.

Cleaning will be enhanced during this time. However, doing so will tax the resources of our dedicated crew, so we are asking you to be responsible for emptying your own trash cans into common receptacles in each building. Facilities Director Sean Lirley will provide details on this and other measures to enhance cleanliness and safety.

While these are today’s decisions, we know there are still many decisions to make, especially as the situation evolves. We also know there are many unanswered questions. Please do not be shy about asking your questions or making suggestions. Our goal is to create a Frequently-Asked-Questions (FAQ) page, and your questions will help us do that. Thank you for all you do for students, each other, and our communities. It’s times like these that show the strength of a college and in working with all of you, I see LCC’s unique strengths shining through. Be well, wash those hands, and keep your questions and ideas coming.

Additional information is also available from the Colorado Department of Health at and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


March 12, 2020 – 3:03 p.m.

Dear LCC Community,

The number of COVID-19 cases in the USA continues to grow. Colleges and universities across the country have activated their pandemic plans, which includes steps to reduce risk and protect your safety. Be assured LCC and our Colorado Community College System is actively working to do the same.

The leadership team at LCC has made the following decisions that affect spring classes. Please be aware the situation is fluid and we will provide additional updates on an ongoing basis.

  1. LCC’s spring break is extended through Tuesday, March 24th.
  2. Classes will be delivered through remote instruction beginning Wednesday, March 25th. Students will receive information from instructors about what that means for classes.
  3. HTM, Welding, Cosmetology, Barbering, Nursing, and Allied Health classes will continue to meet in person, but may have some or all of their content delivered through remote instruction. Please contact the instructor for further information.
  4. Concurrent enrollment classes meeting at the high schools will continue to follow high school schedules and protocols.

Our goal is to work to ensure success occurs in classes even as we all adapt to reduce risk to you and our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Have a safe and enjoyable spring break and keep an eye on your LCC email for updates.

Sincerely,
Linda Lujan, Ph.D.


March 11, 2020

Dear LCC Students,

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation in following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for hand washing and other strategies to minimize risk to yourself and others. While there are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Southeast Colorado, as we all prepare for spring break, we also know circumstances could change quickly. The CDC is recommending colleges and businesses limit all non-essential travel. As we follow their guidance and after consulting Prowers County Department of Public Health, in an abundance of caution, to help you, your classmates, and others at LCC remain safe and healthy, we require the following:

  1. If you are planning to travel out of the area for spring break, please provide this information to LCC Student Services at StudentServices.LCC@lamarcc.edu or (719) 336-1590. Please provide this information no later than Monday, March 16, 2020.
  2. If you do travel to an area with known COVID-19 Coronavirus cases or if you experience symptoms while you are away, please notify Student Services (719) 336-1590 prior to your return to LCC so we can determine how to handle your return.

Depending on your individual circumstances, most of you will likely be able to return with no issues, but some of you may be asked to remain at your home and complete your spring courses through remote instruction. If you are in a program where you are not able to complete remotely, we will work with you to determine when it is safe for you to return to complete your courses. Please do not choose to remain at home without coordinating directly with LCC. This is not a “free pass” to leave early.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Amber Thompson (Registrar), VP DeBono (719) 336-1517, VP Schlotterhausen (719) 336-1516, Rosalind Smith (719) 336-1527, or Lopescares@lamarcc.edu

 


March 11, 2020 – 8:33 p.m.

Dear LCC,

This message will be short, but you can expect more-frequent updates going forward.

As we watch the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation continue in Colorado and across the globe, I want to thank the LCC College Emergency Management Team (CEMT) for their continued work in anticipating, planning, and acting in the best interest of the college. In the past few days, they, and I, have been involved in learning more about the situation and developing and implementing strategies to proactively minimize the impact of this virus and protect our students, each other, and our communities, especially the most vulnerable.

This is not a time to panic; it’s a time to prepare

This week institutions of higher education across Colorado have been engaged in activating their plans for dealing with situations like this. Tomorrow and Friday LCC and CCCS will have a continued series of communications, meetings, and decision-making to position us to best minimize risk. In doing so we will be relying on experts from the federal, state, and local government and our medical community. We are fortunate to be part of a system because the collective expertise of system staff and college presidents has proven to be very helpful. The situation is fluid, so you can expect things to change and evolve as we continue our work in the coming days and weeks. We will keep you updated.

Thank you for your continued safety practices and for your care for our students, each other, and our communities. While this situation will get worse before it gets better and is likely going to disrupt life as we know it for a period of time, possibly longer than any of us can predict, I am confident our Southeast Colorado can-do spirit and resilience will continue to carry us forward.

Thank you,
Linda Lujan, Ph.D.


March 10, 2020 – 2:31 p.m.

Dear LCC Residence Hall Students,

Thank you for your ongoing cooperation in following Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for hand washing and other strategies to minimize risk to yourself and others. While there are currently no reported cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Southeast Colorado, as we all prepare for spring break, we also know circumstances could change quickly. The CDC is recommending colleges and businesses limit all non-essential travel. As we follow their guidance and after consulting Prowers County Department of Public Health, in an abundance of caution, to help you, your classmates, and others at LCC remain safe and healthy, we require the following:

  1. If you are planning to travel out of the area for spring break, please complete the form below and return it to Pat Christensen in the Residence Halls OR see Pat in person to report your status before Thursday, March 12.
  2. If you were planning to travel, but have now decided to remain in the Residence Halls, please let Pat Christensen (719) 336-6660 know so we can ensure we have enough food and supplies for you and your fellow students.
  3. If you do travel to an area with known COVID-19 Coronavirus cases or if you experience symptoms while you are away, please notify Pat Christensen or Vice President Chad DeBono (719) 336-1517 or Amber Thompson (719) 336-1592 prior to your return to LCC so we can determine how to handle your return.

Depending on your individual circumstances, most of you will likely be able to return with no issues, but some of you may be asked to remain at your home and complete your spring courses through remote instruction. If you are in a program where you are not able to complete remotely, we will work with you to determine when it is safe for you to return to complete your courses. Please do not choose to remain at home without coordinating directly with LCC. This is not a “free pass” to leave early.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Pat, VP DeBono, VP Schlotterhausen (719) 336-1516, Rosalind Smith (719) 336-1527, or Lopescares@lamarcc.edu.

Sincerely,
Student Services and Residence Life

IF YOU ARE TRAVELING FOR SPRING BREAK PLEASE EMAIL THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO Lopescares@lamarcc.edu BY MARCH 12th.   

  • Name
  • Location Going to
  • Cell
  • Preferred Email Address

March 2, 2020 – 3:11 p.m.

Good Afternoon LCC,

I know that many of you have been following the news reports regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) incidents in the US and around the world.  I want to reassure you, LCC leadership has been monitoring the situation since January and has discussed this topic at both Executive Planning Team and President’s Leadership Council. VP Chad DeBono has already been in contact with Prowers County Health Department and SE Colorado Emergency Preparedness and will be convening a meeting of our College Emergency Management Team (CEMT) to stay abreast of the situation and to review our emergency plans for situations like this.  In addition, the Colorado Community College (CCCS) office also is monitoring reports and activity and will keep in communication with college presidents and emergency preparedness leads, who in our case, is VP DeBono.

We will continue to keep you in the loop with our discussions, any needed plans, changes in operation and/or additional information regarding the virus as we move forward.  In the meantime, please be mindful of the following recommendations from both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Health.  If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of either seasonal flu or Coronavirus, please call your healthcare provider for further recommendations and screening.  Please stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms.  Employees, please communicate with your supervisor if you are ill and not going to be able to come to work. Faculty and instructors please communicate with students and remember to utilize your D2L course shell to provide assignments and information.  Everyone, please advise students to stay in communication with their faculty members if they must miss class for illness.

You can also visit the CDC website for the most recent information on Coronavirus (019-nCoV)  and seasonal flu (influenza).  This site also includes helpful information you may print or share in a variety of languages.

Guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization:

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to either virus. However, as a reminder, experts always recommend everyday preventive actions to help minimize the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid handshakes and hugs.
  • Keep at least 3 feet away from anyone coughing or sneezing and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are ill.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • No tissue? Cough into your elbow or jacket. The goal is to not spray any droplets into the air.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to ask. And let’s look out for one another by regularly washing our hands and staying home when we are ill. A special thank you to our Facilities Team for keeping bathroom soap dispensers and hand sanitizer stations filled and for doing a great job of keeping surfaces cleaned!

Be well,
Linda Lujan, Ph.D.
College President