Clark College announces plans for safe return to campus in fall

Clark College recently published its 2021 fall class schedule, which includes 430 classes with on-campus components. This is a major step by the college — which has been in remote operations since March 2020 — to safely return to campus this fall.

“This is an exciting moment for the college, as we prepare to safely welcome large numbers of students and employees back to a campus that has been too quiet for far too long,” said Clark College President Karin Edwards. “At the same time, it’s important to understand that we are not making this decision rashly. We will continue to follow the guidance of our state and local public health agencies to ensure that this return is done with everyone’s safety in mind.”

Fall term begins Sept. 20. The fall schedule is released early to give students ample time to consider their options and sign up for classes. Registration for both summer and fall terms opens Monday, May 10.

Currently, about 25 percent of Clark’s fall classes will be in-person — a much lower percentage than during pre-pandemic times, but much higher than the handful of lab classes that were being taught on campus during the 2020-21 academic year. More classes may be added over the next several months as the college closely monitors the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The college has already announced its plans to bring back athletic competition in the fall; athletic practice returned to campus in spring term. The college’s 2021 commencement ceremony will be held in-person, with capacity restrictions, on June 17.