Coronavirus & College Operations: OCCC Update

Last Updated Tuesday, Feb. 16

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Summary: Operations in place effective until further notice

  • College hours of operation 
  • College is open to students only through the pandemic
  • On-site staffing is further reduced to promote community health. Except for limited custodial and/or IT, there will be no on-site work on closed days.

Instructional Plan for 2020-2021

Click here to read the plan that Oregon Coast Community College has crafted to guide its programming. The plan places first and foremost the health and safety of OCCC students and employees, and provides a framework that offers robust and effective course delivery, access to vital student services and supports, and allows for student connectivity and interaction so vital to the College experience. Designed to guide the Fall 2020 term, the plan applies to Spring 2021 and, perhaps, beyond. Watch for updated version when and if policies and procedures are adjusted for Summer 2021 term.

Spring Term 2021 Outlook

Stay on track for your academic goals! If a four-year degree is in your plans, don’t let the Covid-19 situation derail those plans. Oregon Coast Community College can help you stay on track – earn your transfer degree from home. OCCC will offer safe, socially-distanced opportunities throughout the school year for student gatherings and activities. Your academic advisors and instructors are here on the coast, able to assist you and meet with you one-on-one via Zoom at your request. OCCC also offers safe, clean study spaces with robust Internet access available to students weekdays throughout the term. The College can also provide hardware such as Chromebooks for those students who lack equipment necessary to study from home. College locations offer safe spaces for small student study groups to gather to prepare for assignments and exams. Check with Student Services for details.

Spring Term 2021 courses will largely be delivered via live-stream. Some will be offered in more traditional online formats, while still other classes (including science lab courses) will be delivered in hybrid format, with some on-campus work. Face coverings will be provided students who lack their own and strict social distancing and other safety protocols will be enforced to ensure a supportive, healthy, and enjoyable learning environment.

To Begin Your OCCC Career in the Spring Term, contact your Academic Advisor early to discuss your academic plan, strategies for college success, and to discuss life after OCCC. An appointment can be made by accessing this link.  (Don’t wait! Advisors are available throughout the Fall to help you get ready for the Spring term. Registration for Spring Term opened in January.)




Birgitte Ryslinge

Dr. Birgitte Ryslinge, OCCC President

Reopening framework

The onset of the Coronavirus Pandemic in March brought about a sudden shift in our operations, and a halting by Executive Order of all but “essential” in-person activities. As our county and state public health restrictions and guidance evolve, OCCC must adapt within this new set of conditions. The following statement provides the reopening framework and planning assumptions of OCCC:

Going forward until such time as pandemic conditions cease to exist, OCCC will strive for mission fulfillment by prioritizing resources (people, facilities, fiscal) to support quality face-to-face and remote learning experiences in the following areas: Credit Instruction, Adult Basic Skills & ESOL, Community Education, and Small Business Development. This will include supporting functions that promote high quality outcomes for students and fiscal strength of the college. Such activities will include student-centered formal and informal group gatherings.

In order to promote the safety and wellness of students and employees, and to align limited resources needed for face-to-face experiences and remote instruction, we will also:

  • adhere to county and state guidelines regarding public health and where there is uncertainty and we have discretion, skew towards the conservative application of guidelines,
  • rely upon remote instruction and services wherever practical,
  • limit or deny some community partner activities, including those we have supported in the past,
  • to achieve strong fiscal sustainability and strategic capacity to meet our mission during the pandemic and beyond, we will control costs, invest where needed, and seek to increase revenue where possible.
Planning Assumptions
  1. Our vision, mission, core themes, values and strategic plan remain achievable within this pandemic and continue to steer our actions.
  2. A strong positive college culture, based in equity for students and employees and cura personalis*, remains foundational, even as we adapt to our new circumstances.
  3. We must continue our modified operations until either a vaccine or immunity becomes widespread. This likely creates a planning horizon of summer, fall, and winter—potentially the entire 20-21 academic year.
  4. Fiscal stress due to the pandemic and accumulated unfunded cost escalators already have, and will continue to, reduce the capacity of our staff (classified, faculty, and administrative).
  5. Some aspects of our response to the pandemic and fiscal limitations may show us better ways of doing our work, and we may choose to retain those approaches after conditions change. Therefore, our responses to current conditions will be designed with possible longevity in mind.
  6. Being all things to all people has always been a challenge and will be even more so when we must decline some peripheral activities we were able to accomplish for the community in less constrained circumstances. We will strive to communicate well with community partners as to why and for how long these changes are necessary.

* a Latin phrase used by the order of the Jesuits. It denotes care for all aspects of a person’s health, placing value on holistic well-being for our students, for our community, and for ourselves.




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