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COVID UPDATES AND FALL/SPRING SEMESTER PLANS

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Updated Nov. 25, 2020

Lake County reached "purple" Risk Level 4 on Nov. 25 after continuing to meet six of the seven indicators that are part of Ohio's COVID-19 Public Health Advisory System.

Lakeland Community College already made the decision to transition all classes with an in-person component to remote learning after Thanksgiving, and later directed an early transition to remote learning, with the exception of some lab and skills courses, by Nov. 13.

This earlier-than-expected transition also meant that nearly all college employees are now working remotely. The change in risk level status does not impact those employees who are still reporting to campus to perform essential services. The academic administration will consult with program directors and chairs to determine what adjustments can be made to accommodate the few in-person educational experiences previously approved to take place beyond Thanksgiving.  

As a result of this change in Risk Level status, Lake County General Health District makes the following recommendations to all businesses and residents:

  • All individuals are advised to stay at home and only leave home as necessary for:
    • Health and safety (seeking services and/or obtaining medication or medical supplies, including for pets),
    • Going to work,
    • Obtaining necessary supplies and services,
    • Outdoor activity (walking, hiking, running, biking, walking the dog, going to the park), and
    • Providing care for others in need.
  • Community events and activities are recommended to be canceled or postponed.
  • All individuals are advised to avoid hosting or attending events and gatherings of any size, including social gatherings and family get-togethers.
  • Lake County workplaces are strongly encouraged to allow as many employees as possible to work from home via teleworking and video conferencing.
  • Individuals are advised to seek medical care as needed, but are strongly encouraged to engage in telehealth whenever possible and avoid all unnecessary in-person visits.

Ohio Department of Health issued a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. statewide curfew beginning on Thursday, November 19 and lasting for 21 days. The curfew does not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to a pharmacy. Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery is permitted, but serving food and drink in person must cease at 10 p.m.

We'd like to remind anyone needing to come to campus of the college's Code of Personal Responsibility (available on the COVID Updates page), which requires wearing masks, maintaining appropriate social distancing, and following handwashing and sanitizing protocols. These measures are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

Please contact Cathy Bush via e-mail at cbush@lakelandcc.edu if you have questions or concerns.

Updated Nov. 16, 2020

Lakeland Community College has suspended its participation in NJCAA-sanctioned sports for the indoor 2020-21 season, affecting men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball.  This decision was driven largely by concerns over the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic in the coming months and the impact this has on our ability to ensure our athletes' safety.

This was a difficult decision because athletics are a vital part of recruitment and student success initiatives.  However, Lakeland is not alone - several other Ohio community colleges have also suspended all or some sport programs, including Cuyahoga Community College, Columbus State Community College, Lorain County Community College, Sinclair Community College, and Owens Community College. 

Scholarship commitments to new or returning indoor sport student-athletes will be honored in 2020-21.  Student-athletes on athletic scholarships enrolled for the Spring 2021 semester will be required to maintain academic progress and follow our academic retention program throughout the year. 

Updated Nov. 14, 2020

As previously announced, the college has made an early transition to remote learning, with the exception of some lab courses.

Beginning Monday, Nov. 16, Breakers, the Athletic and Fitness Center, and the computer labs on main campus and at the Holden University Center will be closed for the remainder of the fall semester.

With significantly reduced foot traffic on campus, the four entrances that will remain open during normal business hours between now and Wednesday, December 23 are: 

  • A-2 – the entrance just beyond and to the right of the clocktower leading to the Student Service Center
  • H-4 – the northwest entrance to the Health Technologies Building
  • E-4 – the south facing entrance of the Engineering Building where buses drop off students, closest to the welding lab
  • B-2 – the entrance from the Handicapped Parking Lot closest to the C-Building vestibule

Additionally, we are temporarily suspending the presence of temperature scanning monitors.  While the monitors will not be present, the scanners will be operating and we ask that anyone coming to campus use them to confirm the absence of a fever. 

The rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout Northeast Ohio serves as a reminder of the importance of complying with the code of personal responsibility found in the Announcement section of myLakeland.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus safe.

Updated Nov. 6, 2020

As you know, we had hoped to get to the Thanksgiving holiday before converting to remote instruction. Unfortunately, there has been a significant increase in exposures and confirmed cases among our students and employees. While these are still coming from off-campus exposures, we want to keep our campus community safe by further reducing the number of people on campus.

Faculty are advised to eliminate on-campus meetings for courses with a face-to-face component beginning Saturday, Nov. 7 or as soon as possible, preferably no later than the next class meeting or next Friday, Nov. 13 (whichever comes first), unless an exception has been discussed with their dean. 

Knowing there was potential that we might not be able to sustain in-person instruction through to Thanksgiving, instructors teaching courses with a face-to-face component have ​been preparing for this moment and have their course material on Blackboard sites​ and/or are ready to teach via WebEx. Faculty will receive more information about instructional technology support.

Students will be notified by their instructor/s of the exact date when the transition of their class/es will occur. Learn how students may borrow a Chromebook at no cost.

Human Resources will be providing more information about what this means for on-campus operations and staffing, both prior to and after Thanksgiving.

  • The Student Service Center and Bookstore will maintain their current schedule of on-campus and remote hours, as registration for spring semester will begin as planned on Nov. 9.
  • The computer labs on main campus and at the Holden University Center, Learning Center, Athletic and Fitness Center, and BUZZ cafe will be closed starting Monday, Nov. 9.
  • The Test Center will not be accepting any new on-campus appointments. More information will be provided.
  • Breakers will be open Monday, Nov. 9 through Thursday, Nov. 12 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It will be closed starting Nov. 13.
  • The Teaching and Learning Center and Campus Kids will be open through Friday, Nov. 13.

We'd like to remind those coming to campus of the college's Code of Personal Responsibility (available on the COVID Updates page), which requires wearing masks, maintaining appropriate social distancing, and following handwashing and sanitizing protocols. These measures are working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus.

Cathy Bush, Senior Vice President for Institutional Development & Effectiveness

Laura Barnard, Executive Vice President and Provost 

Updated Oct. 23, 2020

Lakeland Community College will start the spring semester one week later and cancel its spring break to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus. 

Lakeland's spring semester will begin on Jan. 16 and classes will take place through a mix of in-person, remote and blended teaching. The one-week delay will allow more time between New Year's Eve and the start of classes. 

The cancellation of spring break, originally scheduled March 7-13, 2021, will reduce travel-related exposures. 

The semester will end as planned with final exams given on May 2-8, 2021. With the later start, students will have the same amount of days off throughout the spring semester. 

Commencement is expected to take place on May 8, however the format of graduation hasn't been determined yet. 

Health officials are predicting an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases as the approaching colder weather and holiday season equate to a heightened risk of contracting and transmitting the virus while traveling or attending indoor gatherings. 

College administrators collaborated with Lakeland Faculty Association leadership on this solution to address the safe return of students and employees to campus following holidays and spring break. Lakeland's board of trustees approved the academic calendar change Oct. 29. 

These changes to the academic calendar reduce the likelihood of an increase in COVID-19 cases on campus during spring semester, while still allowing the college to end the semester as planned. 

Until further notice, all students, faculty and staff should expect the same safety measures in place this fall — including face masks, physical distancing and handwashing, and reporting of exposure. 

Registration for the spring 2021 semester opens Nov. 9, 2020.

Updated Oct. 23, 2020

As of October 22, 2020, Lake County has reached Risk Level 3, or Red Alert Level, on Ohio's COVID-19 Public Health Advisory System. Risk Level 3 indicates that Lake County is experiencing high levels of exposure and spread of the virus, and residents are instructed to limit activities as much as possible. 

At this time, Lakeland Community College will continue with our current schedule of in-person, hybrid and remote classes.  We feel this is possible because of the many safety, sanitizing, and social distancing protocols implemented at the start of fall semester to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus.  As of today, there have been only a few confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our student population.  These exposures came from outside the college and were reported in a timely manner, thereby enabling us to take swift action and limit further exposure to other students.  

Protecting the health and safety of our students, employees, and community remains our top priority. We must continue to be vigilant if we are to keep our campus environment as safe as possible while still in the midst of a pandemic. This ​includes adhering to our shared code of personal responsibility (located on the ‘Home' page of myLakeland under ‘Announcements').  

If you've been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, and/or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please refrain from coming to campus, notify your instructor/supervisor of your absence, and notify Cathy Bush (cbush@lakelandcc.edu) as soon as possible.  This notification is important so that we can consistently establish appropriate quarantine periods while ensuring we are able to contact other members of our community as needed.

It is our sincere desire to get to Thanksgiving without an interruption to our current manner of delivering instruction and serving our students, but this requires that we all do our part. We will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation, and if it becomes necessary, we will transition to remote learning before Thanksgiving. Students are encouraged to prepare now for what that means for you.

Unfortunately, the winter flu season is also upon us, and the CDC recommends that people over the age of six months get vaccinated to reduce the likelihood of contracting and spreading influenza at a time when our healthcare system may be strained to deal with an increased number of COVID-19 cases.  The website, www.vaccinefinder.org, is a quick and easy way to find conveniently located providers (e.g., drugstores, general health districts, etc.) offering the flu vaccine.  

Thank you, and let's keep up the good work we've done to date and continue to be a role model for Lake County!

Updated Oct. 14, 2020

Based on guidance from the Lake County General Health District, Lakeland students having a household member who attends, works, or volunteers at Jefferson Elementary or Longfellow Elementary in the Willoughby-Eastlake School District may return to classes next Monday, October 19 SO LONG AS the household member has NOT been contacted by the Health District to tell them they were in close contact with an infected student or teacher.

Begin original post from Oct. 11, 2020
The following information was emailed to students and employees.

We were made aware that the Willoughby-Eastlake School District had exposures to COVID-19 impacting several staff members and students in multiple classrooms of Longfellow Elementary School and Jefferson Elementary School.  It is our understanding that the Lake County General Health District is working with the school district to conduct contact tracing and will notify individuals identified as having been in close contact with the infected persons.  As a result of this outbreak, we understand that all Willoughby-Eastlake School District school buildings will be closed until further notice and that all students will transition to virtual learning. 
 
Because we don't know who else may be impacted - for example, a Lakeland student or employee who is the parent of a child enrolled in one of the above-noted schools - we are asking Lakeland students, employees and visitors who live with someone who attends, works or volunteers at either Longfellow Elementary or Jefferson Elementary to refrain from coming to Lakeland's campus until further notice. 

If this applies to you, please notify your instructor(s) or supervisor of your absence. Additionally, please notify Cathy Bush, Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President for Institutional Development and Effectiveness, at 440-525-7112 or cbush@lakelandcc.edu immediately if a member of your household is contacted by the health district because they were determined to have been in close contact with an infected person. 
 
As we head into the fall and winter months, it's likely that there may be more shutdowns due to COVID-19 exposure. For example, other schools and employers may shut down due to an outbreak within their buildings.  In such situations, students, employees and visitors should stay home if someone in their household is impacted.  (This does not apply to isolated cases or general precautionary shutdowns.)

Posted Aug. 20, 2020

In This Update:

  • Express Counseling for Fall Semester
  • Reserving a Computer Lab Station
  • Safety Measures for Fall Semester
  • Campus Entrances and Temperature Checks
  • One-way Stairwells
  • Study and Lounge Areas
  • Shuttle Buses
  • Lakeland Health Clinic
  • Athletic & Fitness Center Safety Measures
  • Crash's Camp for Remote Learning
Express Counseling for Fall Semester

Lakeland is offering Express Counseling and Advising sessions the weeks of Aug. 17 and Aug. 24, which are specially designed to help you move through the registration process quickly.

  • Register for a session through Schedule It! Access Schedule It through the Student tab in myLakeland.
  • You will register for a one-hour time slot and your counselor will call at some point during that hour.
  • Leave with a plan to get you started for fall.

Express Counseling and Advising hours are:

  • Monday and Tuesday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.  (last time slot is 7-8 p.m.)
  • Wednesday and Thursday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (last time slot is 5-6 p.m.)
  • Friday 8 a.m. -5 p.m. (last time slot is 4-5 p.m.)   

New students must complete New Student Orientation (NSO) and be sure your high school transcript and placement scores have been sent to us prior to this scheduled meeting.

Reserving a Computer Lab Station

The main computer lab on campus in A-1046 will be open to students beginning Saturday, Aug. 22. The computer stations will follow recommended social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. There are 32 Windows stations and 2 Mac stations. To reserve a computer station, log in to myLakeland and use Schedule It.

Main campus computer lab hours by appointment:

  • Monday - Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – noon
  • Sunday – closed

The computer labs in the Holden University Center, U-105 and U-118 will be open to students beginning Saturday, Aug. 22. There are 21 Windows stations available.  The computer stations will follow recommended social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols.  To reserve a computer station, log in to myLakeland and use Schedule It. Students can also contact the Holden University Center staff by calling 440.525.7535 or by sending an email to uc@lakelandcc.edu to reserve a time. 

HUC Computer Lab Hours by appointment:

  • Monday/Wednesday | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday/Saturday | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Safety Measures for Fall Semester

As we prepare to start the academic semester, a tremendous amount of work was done to implement safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus. This video shows some of the changes you will see on campus.

Campus Entrances and Temperature Checks

All employees, students and visitors coming on campus must wear a mask and undergo a fast, contactless temperature check at the building entrances. A Lakeland team member will at there to assist you. Keep your mask on and follow social distancing signs. A thermal scan tablet will take your skin (forehead) temperature and confirm that you are wearing a mask.

If your temperature is greater than 100.4 degrees, you will be asked to leave campus and be provided with additional information. To protect your privacy, the college will not keep a record of temperature check results or share them with others.

To effectively manage this safety measure, only specific entrances will be open. See this map of available entrances. Please note that no doors will be open from the courtyard.

One-way Stairwells

Stairwells throughout campus have been signed as one-way up or one-way down to support social distancing. This may be confusing at first, so your patience and understanding is appreciated. Based on traffic flow, these signs may be adjusted.

Study and Lounge Areas

Furniture in study and lounge areas has been removed to support social distancing. Due to limited storage room, you may see furniture being stored in the hallways and study spaces.

Study space is available in Breakers Dining Hall, BUZZ café in H-Building, designated rooms at the Holden University Center, and outdoors by HIVE.

Shuttle Buses

Campus shuttle bus service will resume Aug. 24. The shuttle route is available here and posted at the shuttle stops.

Lakeland Health Clinic

The Lakeland Health Clinic will be closed for the fall semester to avoid the risk of having employees or students who think they might have COVID-19 in campus buildings.

Athletic & Fitness Center (AFC) Safety Measures

Lakeland's Athletic & Fitness Center must follow additional state safety guidelines required for gyms. Employees and patrons wanting to use the AFC must check in at Breakers on the Run and are required to take a COVID self-assessment prior to using

  • This involves answering a few questions about your health symptoms (e.g., have you had a cough in the last 24 hours?)
  • The Self-Assessment form may be completed in the Lakeland Safe Smartphone App (available from the App Store or Google Play).
  • If you don't have a Smartphone, you can print the form at lakelandcc.edu/self-assessment.
  • Satisfactory completion of your self-assessment will provide you with a time-sensitive badge that you show at the check-in. If you complete your self-assessment with an unsatisfactory result, you will instantly receive information on how to best protect yourself, loved ones and community members from COVID-19.

Additional AFC guidelines for employees and patrons, include:

  • Maximum capacity 40 persons at a time (excluding scheduled practices)
  • Wear a face covering at all times other than when actively exercising with social distancing
  • Wipe down equipment after use, including pins, plates, and dumbbells
  • Follow one-way directions on running track
  • Follow social distancing when using equipment
  • Gyms and racquetball courts closed
  • Limited locker room space assigned
  • No showers or towels
  • Swipe out when leaving

Fitness Center Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. - noon
  • Saturday and Sunday  Closed
Crash's Camp for Remote Learning

"Crash's Camp for Remote Learning," a series of five short video modules, was created to prepare students for success this fall. Topics include strategies for success, getting organized, an overview of Blackboard, tips from professors and students, and a review of resources available at Lakeland.  View the training videos at this Youtube playlist.

Posted Aug. 3, 2020

Work has continued throughout the summer to implement plans for everyone's gradual and safe return to campus in August. The "COVID Updates and Fall Semester Plans" notice on Lakeland's website now links to an enhanced COVID-19 Response web page with additional resources for faculty and staff, students and future students. Check this page frequently to stay informed with the latest COVID-19 campus updates, guidance and support.

New Hours of Operation

Beginning Aug. 3, the following college departments will resume limited on-campus hours of operation to prepare for the start of fall semester, in addition to their continued remote hours.

  • Student Service Center - Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for admissions, registration and financial aid
  • Cashier - Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for students' cashier needs
  • Bookstore - Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for online order pick-up and in-store purchases
  • Transfer Center: Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Human Resources: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Shipping & Receiving: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Lakeland Foundation Office: Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The college's Current Hours of Operation listing has been updated, and notes when other departments will resume limited on-campus hours of operations.

For the fall semester, most college departments will continue having increased hours of operation Mondays through Thursdays, when the majority of our students are taking courses and may need assistance (virtual or in-person), and will close Fridays at noon to allow more time for deep cleaning.

Lakeland Smart, Six Feet Apart

All classrooms and learning spaces have been measured to determine the maximum occupancy to meet six-foot social distancing guidelines. In each room, there will be signage indicating the occupancy limits, where to sit, and where furniture should remain.

Plexiglass shields have been installed at high traffic contact areas. Thanks to HIVE Lead Maker Owen Schoeniger and engineering faculty Carl Ellefsen and Tom Sopko for taking the lead role in making the plexiglass shields. HIVE staff have also been making face shields for faculty members.

Food and Beverages

Consuming food and beverages is prohibited in campus buildings with the exception of the first and second floors of Breakers and the designated area on the ground floor of H Building. Because it is necessary to take off a mask to eat and drink, employees may not eat at their work stations unless they have a private office with a door.

This fall, Normandy will be bringing prepared salads, wraps, cold sides, and more to serve in Breakers and the BUZZ kiosk in H-Building. Most vending machines will be off-line to discourage eating in public spaces.

In future updates, we'll discuss other ways that the college is working to keep everyone safe. In the meantime, check out our "Here's How We're Keeping You Safe" document.

Posted June 18, 2020
Fall Semester Update for Employees, Students and the Campus Community

Lakeland Community College is moving forward with plans to offer in-person classes this fall, along with a variety of remote and hybrid options.

The fall semester will begin Aug. 22, but in-person classes will end Nov. 25, with the remainder of the semester's instruction - including final exams - being delivered remotely when classes resume after Thanksgiving break on Nov. 30. This revised schedule is intended to limit the number of people on campus following Thanksgiving holiday travel.

Over 500 traditional in-person classes are available for fall semester. This represents 39% of the college's total course offerings. In-person classes can be found by searching the college's online class schedule at lakelandcc.edu/schedule with "lecture" as the schedule type.

The safety and well-being of our students and employees is our top priority. The guiding principles of the college's "Lakeland Smart, Safe, Strong" task force are to: follow guidance from federal, state and local health experts (Lakeland Smart); accept social responsibility for the safety of ourselves and others (Lakeland Safe); and adapt to change with empathy and creativity (Lakeland Strong).

As such, there will be notable differences during fall semester to support physical distancing and hand hygiene:

  • Students, staff and faculty will be required to wear a mask or face covering.
  • Entrances and exits of buildings with multiple doors will be marked as one-way.
  • Chairs and desks will be arranged at least six feet apart in classrooms, conference rooms and study areas.
  • Restrooms and elevators will have limited occupancy.
  • Hand-sanitizer stations will be located at entrances and high-traffic areas.
  • Employees and students will have access to cleaning products to wipe desks and counters as needed. High-touch surfaces will be sanitized throughout the day, and individual room and area cleaning will be conducted during closed hours.
  • Frequently visited office areas and some instructional settings will have plexiglass barriers.
  • Signage and visual cues will indicate where to stand and wait for service.

Before returning to campus, all employees and students will be asked to sign a Code of Personal Responsibility acknowledging their commitment to safety. More information on each of these requirements will be available soon. 

The task force is developing a phased transition back to on-campus operations. Detailed guidelines for students, faculty, staff and supervisors will be provided shortly.

Posted June 9, 2020
Email Sent to Graduates June 9, 2020

Congratulations to our 765 Lakeland graduates and 151 Holden University partner graduates who finished their degrees and certificates during unprecedented times.

A few weeks ago, we surveyed graduates to determine their interest in participating in a "Social Distance Graduation" as one of our commencement celebrations. The number of responses received was low, so we will not be holding a "drive-thru" event on campus this summer. All 2019-2020 Lakeland and Holden University Center partner graduates will still be invited to participate in the May 8, 2021 traditional commencement ceremony.

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates this month, along with a printed Commencement Program. Please note the special message from Lakeland President Morris W. Beverage Jr., acknowledging the resilience of this year's graduating class.

As promised, below are links to the printed program, our virtual social media celebration, and advertisements placed in the News-Herald honoring our graduates and outstanding students. These links are also available at lakelandcc.edu/commencement.

May 2020 Commencement Program
Lakeland Graduates advertisement
Outstanding Students advertisement
Holden University Center Graduates advertisement
Social media on: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Please feel free to share these links with your family and friends.

Regards,
Richard Novotny
Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

Posted May 13, 2020
Summer Hours of Operation

Summer classes are being delivered remotely, and non-teaching employees will continue to work remotely through July 31, staying safer at home. While the operating hours for departments will vary slightly, most are available remotely Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon. See the college's Current Hours of Operation listed under Latest News on the Lakeland website.

Fall Semester Update

As Ohio returns to work, we are planning to resume face-to-face classes on campus this fall, with protecting the health and safety of our students and employees as our top priority. We will also continue to offer robust remote offerings and hybrid learning opportunities.

The college has formed a Safe Return to Campus Task Force to coordinate our gradual and safe transition to on-campus instruction and support services. We will follow guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State of Ohio and Lake County General Health District.

The task force will develop guidelines, protocols and timelines for safely returning to campus, recognizing that these plans may change as information about the virus continues to evolve. We also recognize the critical need to be flexible, and we will have contingency plans for remote instruction.

While it is our plan and intention to provide face-to-face instruction this fall, we will comply with any state restrictions and follow the expertise of health officials to guide our decisions.

We will share regular updates and decisions as the task force's work progresses over the summer. If you have suggestions for the task force, Dr. Laura Barnard, Executive Vice President and Provost, would be happy to hear them (lbarnard@lakelandcc.edu)

Posted May 4, 2020
Fuel for Finals: 20% off McDonald's for Lakeland Students

Since campus is closed and we are unable to offer our usual free pizza and hotdogs to students during finals week, we still want to provide you with an opportunity to receive Fuel for Finals. We're pleased to announce that we're partnering with Mandovi Enterprises to offer students a discount at participating McDonald's restaurants.

Students who present their Lakeland IDs at the drive-thru will receive a 20% discount off their entire purchase from Saturday, May 2 through Sunday, May 31 at the following locations. This discount may be used multiple times.

  • 8380 Broadmoor Road (Rt. 306/I-90), Mentor
  • 8775 Mentor Avenue, Mentor
  • 31115 Vine Street, Willowick
  • 7575 Auburn Road, Concord
  • 559 River Street (Rt. 528/I-90), Madison

Also, for those interested, McDonald's is currently hiring at these locations. Work 15 hours per week for 90 days and McDonald's will pay up to $2,500 for tuition. Inquire at the locations above. Good luck on finals everyone!

Chromebook Returns

Students who borrowed a Chromebook for Spring, and have not enrolled for Summer or Fall, will need to return the Chromebook by June 4. As long as you remain enrolled in a Summer or Fall term class, you may continue to use the device. Otherwise, we will expect your Chromebook to be returned within a week of unenrolling.

Chromebooks may be returned:

  • Wednesday, 5/20 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 5/26 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 6/2 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, 6/4 from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.

We are asking students to please wear a mask, make sure to include both the Chromebook and power charger, and be prepared to show their (Lakeland, Driver's License, or State Issued) ID. If you kept the box, then you can return it in the box. When you return the unit, an email receipt will be sent to your student account. Returns will be accepted outside behind the Athletic & Fitness Center by the softball field.

Chromebook Reservations for Summer Classes

Chromebooks are available for students enrolled in summer classes to borrow. The college has Chromebooks that can be borrowed at no cost for the summer semester on a first come, first serve basis. These Chromebooks can only be reserved by students who had enrolled in Summer classes and do not have a device available to use at home to complete coursework. They have web cameras, audio, microphones, and pre-installed applications needed to participate in online learning.

To reserve a Chromebook:

Commencement Update

Although Lakeland will not be holding an in-person commencement ceremony this year due to the pandemic, we are pleased to announce other exciting opportunities to celebrate our students' degree attainment – including a "Social Distance Graduation" this summer!

Visit Lakeland's Commencement page for full details.

Posted April 2, 2020
Ohio's Stay at Home order extended until May 1

Governor Mike DeWine has extended the state's stay-at-home order until May 1. Employees previously authorized to work from home should continue working remotely. Lakeland's campus facilities will remain closed during that time. Students and the public should not come to campus until further notice.

New COVID-19 information channel for employees

There have been many communications related to changes due to COVID-19 and working remotely. To help you locate the most up-to-date information, we created a COVID-19 channel on myLakeland under the Employee tab. Look there for information and resources about:

  • Access to Campus
  • Continuity of College Operations
  • Remote Working Resources and Tips
Graduation application deadline extended to April 13

In order to receive a diploma or certificate from the college, students must apply. The application deadline has been extended. Graduation applications are now due April 13. Applications can be completed online through myLakeland:

  • Log in to myLakeland
  • Click on 'Student' tab
  • Go to 'myRecords'
  • Click on 'Graduation Application'
  • Click on 'Apply Now'

The $40 graduate application fee, which is discounted $5 if a student completes the graduate survey, is required to help defray the cost of reviewing students' transcripts to ensure they have completed all the requirements for the degree for which they are applying, plus the cost of the diploma and cover. All students pay this fee regardless of whether or not they participate in the commencement ceremony when it is held. This year, all students who have applied for graduation will have their diploma and cover mailed to their home.

Plans for virtual commencement celebration underway

All of us at Lakeland share in the disappointment of commencement being cancelled due to the Coronavirus, as we know how important this celebration is to our students and their loved ones. Please remember that the degree is what you have been working for and the diploma is the symbol of that. 

Although Lakeland will not be holding a commencement ceremony this year, we will be exploring other ways to help students celebrate their degree attainment.  If you have any ideas on how we might be able to help students celebrate virtually, please email Rich Novotny, dean of students, at rnovotny@lakelandcc.edu.

All Summer classes will now be delivered remotely; registration reopens April 4

All classes offered during the summer term – first summer session(P1), full summer session (F) or second summer session (P2) – will be offered in a remote format for summer 2020.

Summer registration was suspended for the first week of April, as all summer classes are transitioned to a distance learning format, and will reopen Saturday, April 4.

Students who have already enrolled in a summer session class do not need to take any action. Students already enrolled in a summer class will automatically be re-enrolled in the remote version of the class and need to take no further action. For more information on summer registration, visit lakelandcc.edu/summer.

Fall semester registration opens April 6

Fall 2020 semester registration opens Monday, April 6. Lakeland's Counseling and Advising Center is standing by to help you map out the best plan for your academic program. They can help you select the classes which will move you toward your goal! Call 440.525.7200 to make a phone or virtual appointment with a counselor. For more information on fall registration, visit lakelandcc.edu/fall.

Learning Center Update: Tutoring and student success navigators taking appointments online

Tutoring, study tables and coaching is available online. Tutoring for math, accounting, biology, chemistry, computers and IT, English, nursing, physics, psychology and the writing center, is available to all students using Webex. When you make an appointment to meet with a tutor online, you'll receive an email confirmation in your student email account with a link to join the meeting. 

The steps to make an online appointment are the same as when you make an in-person appointment. Log in to myLakeland, click the Student Tab, click Schedule It, click Schedule a Tutoring or Writing Center Appointment, and follow the prompts.

Student success navigators will continue taking appointments online through Webex. To make an appointment with a navigator, or if you have a question or problem scheduling a tutor appointment, call 440.525.7019.

More information

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented public health crisis together. Check for the latest campus updates at lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus.

 

Posted March 27, 2020
Campus Notification

Dear Lakeland Campus Community:

We have been made aware that a second employee has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately, as the virus spreads throughout our community, these are not likely to be the only employees who are diagnosed with the virus.

Federal health privacy law does not allow us to share the identity of any individual patient, nor are any employees required to inform us if they have the virus. As such, it is impossible and misleading for us to attempt to accurately report the number of employee confirmed cases on an ongoing basis.

As we know from the first employee testing positive, the county health district attempts to contact individuals considered close contacts to the employee. The health district offers the following guidance to everyone: practice social distancing, wash hands, follow all other CDC guidelines, and self-monitor for symptoms. For those who are told by an employee that they may have been in direct contact with the employee, the health district recommends to self-quarantine for 14 days. 

If you have additional concerns, the Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions about COVID-19. The call center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

These are unprecedented times, and we are all concerned for the health and well-being of our colleagues and other members of the Lakeland family. We would ask that you treat those suffering illness with kindness and compassion, and that you respect their privacy.

We wish our employees, and others effected by this pandemic, a full recovery. We will get through this together. Stay informed of the latest campus updates at http://lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus 

Posted March 27, 2020
Remote learning is off to a strong start!

Thank you to our students, faculty and staff for making the transition to remote learning a success. During this first week, we're hearing about good engagement by students and faculty in the virtual learning environment. Go, Lakers! Check out this video message Lakeland President Morris W. Beverage Jr. shared with students.

Tuition Payment Plan deadline extended

For students participating in the Tuition Payment Plan for spring semester, we are extending the third and final payment due date to May 8. Payments may be made any time before May 8 online through myLakeland or mailed to the Cashier's Office (7700 Clocktower Dr., Kirtland, OH 44094). For more information, contact the Student Service Center at 440.525.7050 or sscenter@lakelandcc.edu.

Online book buyback available

The Lakeland Bookstore has partnered with MBS Textbook Exchange, the nation's largest textbook wholesaler, to offer you the best prices for your used books. Students can get a quote through the bookstore website, print a free shipping label to send their books to MBS, and get a check in the mail. Learn more at: http://onlinebuyback.mbsbooks.com/index.php?jde=4502

Are you concerned about making the grade this semester due to unexpected challenges? See if Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory is right for you.

We realize that some students are facing personal, family and financial challenges as a result of this unprecedented pandemic. Therefore, we are giving students the opportunity to choose to take some courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) basis by April 24. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to determine if taking a course as an S/U is a good option for them. To schedule an appointment with a counselor via telephone or web conference, call 440.525.7200. To learn more about this option, click here .

Immediate Needs Fund available

The Immediate Needs Grant may be available to Lakeland students who have encountered an unexpected financial hardship that is preventing them from completing the semester. Learn more and apply for a grant at: https://myportal.lakelandcc.edu/portal/needs

Chromebooks still available for students to borrow 

The college still has a limited number of Chromebooks that can be borrowed at no cost for the remainder of the semester on a first come, first serve basis. These Chromebooks can only be reserved by students who had enrolled in on-campus classes and do not have a device available to use at home to complete coursework. They have web cameras, audio, microphones, and pre-installed applications needed to participate in online learning.

To reserve a Chromebook:

Career Services available

The Career Services Center is delivering services remotely Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

A listing of employers that have immediate hiring needs is available here. The Lakeland Career Board will continue to function normally. We are working to ensure that all listings are current and up to date.

Handouts and documents relative to the job seeking process are now located in an easy to access cloud folder. They are available for download here.

Career coaching appointments such as resume critiques and interview preparation are continuing to be offered remotely using Webex or telephone. To schedule an appointment, students and job seekers should contact the Career Services front desk at 440.525.7222 or email careerservices@lakelandcc.edu and provide 3 days and times of availability along with the communication preference of either telephone or video chat. Accommodations will be made upon request for individuals needing services outside of our departmental hours of operation.

More Information

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented public health crisis together. Check for the latest campus updates at https://www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus

 

Posted March 23, 2020
Campus Notification

Dear Lakeland Campus Community:

As you know, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Ohio and Lake County continues to increase, and unfortunately it was only a matter of time before the Lakeland family was impacted. An employee has reported to us that they have tested positive for the Coronavirus by the Cleveland Clinic.

We appreciate that this employee notified the college of this information. When a person is informed that they have the virus, they are instructed by healthcare professionals to self-report to those they may have had contact with over a certain period of time. They are also instructed to self-isolate for 14 days, which the employee is doing.

We are sharing this with you because the employee was last on campus on March 16 and began to feel ill late that day. The size of our campus and the extent to which each of us interacts with others makes it difficult to be certain of everyone that may have interacted with the employee, but the employee indicated having little, if any, interaction outside of the H-Building. 

Students were on spring break March 7 to 13, and classes were suspended March 14 to 20 to transition to remote delivery.

We have contacted the Lake County Health District, and they offered some guidance to pass along to everyone who has been on campus: practice social distancing, wash hands, all other CDC guidelines, and self-monitor for symptoms. If you have additional concerns, the Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions about COVID-19. The call center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-427-5634.

For those who were told by the employee that they may have been in direct contact with the employee, the Health District recommends to self-quarantine. Out of an abundance of caution, all employees working in H-Building may be well advised to self-quarantine and pay close attention to physical symptoms.

We wish our employee, and others effected by this pandemic, a full recovery. Stay informed of the latest campus updates at http://lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus . We will get through this together.

 

Posted March 22, 2020
Campus Facilities Closed Effective Tuesday, March 24

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued a Stay at Home order effective Monday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. until April 6. Lakeland's campus facilities will be closed during that time. Beginning Tuesday, March 24, students and the public should not come to campus until further notice.

All Lakeland classes will continue through remote delivery for the remainder of the spring semester.

Employee Access to Offices

As mandated under the shutdown order, only a limited number of employees will be regularly allowed on campus as part of their job responsibilities. Employees should contact their supervisor for more information.

Employees should get any remaining technology and other items needed to work at home out of their offices by Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. Please e-mail your supervisor with a list of the equipment and items you took home. Also, please consider which computer applications you need in order to perform your responsibilities for the foreseeable future and request equipment, software, or access from your supervisor accordingly.

The Help Desk will be on campus Monday, March 23 until 7 p.m. for equipment needs. Beginning March 24, the Help Desk will be staffed 24 hours a day, with Lakeland staff working remotely Monday through Thursday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call 440.525.7570 (available 24 hours) or visit lakelandcc.edu/help. Live Chat is available during Lakeland staffed hours.

Faculty and staff needing to access their offices after Monday, March 23 must get approval from their vice president (who will alert Campus Police), enter campus by the Handicapped parking lot outside B-Building, and use the phone marked "police" on the wall to notify Campus Police.

Further information on mail delivery/pickup and production center requests will be provided shortly.

Computer Lab Closed Beginning March 24

The computer lab in A-1046 will be closed effective Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. To reserve a computer station on Monday, March 23, log in to myLakeland and use Schedule It.

The lab is limited to 10 people at a time and reservations are required. We're taking extra safety precautions in the lab and signs have been posted.

Do not use the computer lab if you experience these symptoms: fever (take your temperature before coming to campus), shortness of breath, cough.

Laptops Available to Borrow at No Cost

The college has purchased a limited number of Chromebooks that can be borrowed at no cost for the remainder of the semester on a first come, first serve basis. These Chromebooks can only be reserved by students who had enrolled in on-campus classes and do not have a device available to use at home to complete coursework. They have web cameras, audio, microphones, and pre-installed applications needed to participate in online learning.

To reserve a Chromebook:

  • Complete the Chromebook Reservation form and agree to the terms of use at: https://myportal.lakelandcc.edu/portal/chromebook.
  • Select a date/time for drive-thru pickup:
    • Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • At your scheduled time, come to our drive-thru pickup location at the back of the Athletic & Fitness Center. Signs will be posted.
  • Remain in your car, show your Lakeland ID (or driver's license/state ID card), and a gloved assistant will place the laptop in your car.

Any student needing to borrow a laptop after Monday, March 23 should contact the Help Desk at 440.525.7570 or email lcchelpdesk@lakelandcc.edu.

 

Posted March 20, 2020
Classes Resume Remotely March 21

All classes previously scheduled on campus and in-person will resume on Saturday, March 21 by remote delivery. Students should see their Lakeland email and/or contact their instructor for more information.

Current Hours of Operation

Nearly all campus departments are open but operating remotely. An up-to-date list of department hours and operations is posted on the college website under "Current Hours of Operation." This list will be updated daily.

Building Closures

The following buildings will be closed, with the exterior doors locked, beginning Monday, March 23:

  • Holden University Center
  • Athletic & Fitness Center
  • T-Building
  • E-Building
  • D-Building
  • S-Building

Faculty and staff needing to access these buildings should notify at Campus Police at 440.525.7241.

As a precaution, Facilities Management will be cleaning and sanitizing these rooms and then preventing access. Signs will be posted.

Reserving a Computer Lab Station

The main computer lab on campus in A-1046 will be open to students beginning Saturday, March 21. The computer stations will follow recommended social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. There are 32 Windows stations and 2 Mac stations. To reserve a computer station, log in to myLakeland and use Schedule It.

Do not use the computer lab if you experience these symptoms: fever (take your temperature before coming to campus), shortness of breath, cough.

The computer lab hours have been updated:

  • Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Laptops Available to Borrow at No Cost

The college has purchased a limited number of Chromebooks that can be borrowed at no cost for the remainder of the semester on a first come, first serve basis. These Chromebooks can only be reserved by students who had enrolled in on-campus classes and do not have a device available to use at home to complete coursework. They have web cameras, audio, microphones, and pre-installed applications needed to participate in online learning.

To reserve a Chromebook:

  • Complete the Chromebook Reservation form and agree to the terms of use at: https://myportal.lakelandcc.edu/portal/chromebook.
  • Select a date/time for drive-thru pickup:
    • Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon
    • Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • At your scheduled time, come to our drive-thru pickup location at the back of the Athletic & Fitness Center. Signs will be posted.
  • Remain in your car, show your Lakeland ID (or driver's license/state ID card), and a gloved assistant will place the laptop in your car.

 

Posted March 18, 2020

We are committed to helping students adapt to online learning and complete the spring semester successfully. We also realize that not all students have access to a personal computer/laptop or the Internet/WiFi at home. Here's what we're doing to help those students get set up for online classes:

Laptops

The college has purchased a limited number of Chromebooks that can be borrowed at no cost for the remainder of the semester on a first come, first serve basis. These Chromebooks can only be reserved by students who had enrolled in on-campus classes and do not have a device available to use at home to complete coursework. They have web cameras, audio, microphones, and pre-installed applications needed to participate in online learning.

To reserve a Chromebook:

  • Complete the Chromebook Reservation form and agree to the terms of use at: https://myportal.lakelandcc.edu/portal/chromebook.
  • Select a date/time for drive-thru pickup:
    • Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon
    • Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • At your scheduled time, come to our drive-thru pickup location at the back of the Athletic & Fitness Center. Signs will be posted.
  • Remain in your car, show your Lakeland ID (or driver's license/state ID card), and a gloved assistant will place the laptop in your car.
Internet/WiFi

Students without Internet at home may be able to qualify for free or discounted internet service through various Internet providers. We've pulled together a list of resources about how to get Internet service View those resources and more information on available Internet services here.

During the pandemic, this extra service would qualify as an "immediate need" and may be paid through the college's Immediate Needs Fund. Read about and apply for the Immediate Needs Fund here.

On-Campus Computer Lab

The main computer lab on campus in A-1046 will be open to students. The computer stations will follow recommended social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. The computer lab hours are:

  • Mondays through Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

These hours are subject to change. Check the website for updates.

Help Desk

For assistance or more information, please contact the Help Desk at 440-525-7570 or email lcchelpdesk@lakelandcc.edu.

 

Posted March 17, 2020

The COVID-19 Coronavirus public health crisis is continuing to evolve rapidly. We're working hard to keep you informed as new information becomes available and college decisions are made. Here are a few updates.

In-person Meetings and Events Cancelled through May 10

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance to postpone or cancel all mass gatherings and public events of 50 or more for the next 8 weeks. Lakeland is cancelling or postponing all in-person events and meetings scheduled through Sunday, May 10. Unfortunately, this means that Commencement (May 9) and all year-end ceremonies, including the Employee Service Awards, Part-time Faculty Reception, and all student recognition ceremonies will be cancelled. We share in the disappointment this announcement brings and will arrange to mail diplomas, certificates and awards to recipients, as well as caps, gowns and tassels to those who request them. More information will be provided.

Student Service Center Moves to Cashier's Office and Changes Hours

The Student Service Center has moved to the Cashier's Office to allow proper social distancing and will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday (updated March 19, 2020).

During this period, we will not be accepting payments at the Cashier windows or collecting deposits. If you do not have a safety deposit box or secure location for cash, please contact Mike Bottesch at 440-525-7720 to coordinate for a deposit. The business services office will be reaching out to areas impacted by this change in process.

Library Closed

The Lakeland Library is closed for face-to-face service and circulation of print and technology items until further notice. Digital services will be available through the remainder of the spring semester. If you have materials currently checked out, please keep them until the end of the semester. No fines will be assessed during this time. If you have questions, contact Circulation at lakelandlibrary@lakelandcc.edu or 440-525-7424.

For all other inquiries and full access to the library's electronic resources off campus (databases, e-books, research guides), login to myLakeland and go to the library homepage.

Bookstore Change in Hours

The Bookstore will be shortening its hours to 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, effective Friday, March 20.

Athletic & Fitness Center Closed, Spring Sports Cancelled

The Athletic & Fitness Center is closed. The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has cancelled all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately. As a result, the men's basketball team's trip to Nationals and Lakeland's baseball and softball team's practices, scrimmages and games are cancelled for the spring season. The Athletic Department administration will notify faculty about any changes in procedure for ongoing attendance reporting for the college's athletes.

Teaching Learning Center & Campus Kids Closed

Out of an abundance of caution, we have closed the college's Teaching Learning Center and Campus Kids until further notice. Our TLC staff is committed to providing parents with teaching and learning options that they can do at home and will be maintaining regular communications with families.

Breakers Dining Hall Open for Carry Out Only

In compliance with Governor DeWine's order to close all restaurants, with the exception of carryout and delivery business, Breakers Dining Hall will be open for carry out only. Breakers will be open for "grab and go" type foods through March 20 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The seating area has been closed to prevent food from being consumed in that space, but you may take it back to your work areas. We will continue to assess the feasibility and necessity of keeping Breakers open in the coming weeks.

Delivery of Mail and Production Center Requests

To support social distancing, the college mailroom will suspend individual office-to-office delivery and pick up of mail delivery and Production Center requests until further notice. Beginning Tuesday, March 17, employees may pick up and drop off mail and Production Center requests daily at the Production Center/Mailroom (C-10) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. These hours may be adjusted as needed. Departments working remotely may opt to have someone pick up their mail during these hours or contact the mailroom at ext. 7013 to make other arrangements, including having their mail held. Nearby parking is available in the lot outside the Production Center (between the AFC and the Handicapped Lot).

Department Office Hour Changes

In addition to the closings and changes to office hours noted above, many departments are reducing their on-campus, in-person hours of operation. We are gathering this information and will make it available on the website.

Rental of Work Computers and Remote Access to Applications

Employees who are approved to work from home, but lack a suitable personal computer, may take their college desktop computer out on loan. Contact Lakeland's Help Desk (440-525-7570) to request an authorization form or if you need remote access to applications that you use.

More Information

As this situation continues to evolve rapidly, we will keep you informed and make other decisions as necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Check for the latest campus updates at https://www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented public health crisis together.

 

Posted March 13, 2020

Hopefully by now you have seen our email and text alert that Lakeland is moving in-person classes to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester to help stop the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Status of Classes

Saturday, March 14 through Friday, March 20
On campus (in-person) classes are postponed. Fully online classes will continue as scheduled.

Saturday, March 21
On campus (in-person) classes will resume online or through an alternative method of delivery that incorporates appropriate social distancing protocols.

Adapting to Online Learning

We realize that those of you who are suddenly entering the world of online learning may be nervous or hesitant. Please know we are here to help you complete the spring semester successfully.

Your instructor will contact you by email to explain how your class will be set up, how you can connect to it, how lectures and labs will work, how to communicate with your instructor and classmates, how you will take tests, how office hours will be held, and more. 

Online classes offer an incredible amount of flexibility and convenience. While online learning may feel "different" at first, you'll still be engaged with your instructor and classmates, just as you would in a face-to-face class. Typically, online courses require the same amount of time as a traditional course and are just as rigorous and challenging.

You'll only need some basic technical skills for online learning, like how to connect to the internet or navigate a browser. Lakeland's 24-hour Help Desk (440-525-7570) is available to assist you with any technology issues.

We understand that not all students have access to a personal computer or laptop and/or the Internet. We plan to keep some computer labs open on campus, with appropriate social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting protocols. We are also planning to loan students laptops, tablets and mobile hotspots to use at no cost. 

Online Learning Comfort Level and Needs Survey

Please tell us how we can make this transition to online learning easier for you, by completing our Online Learning Comfort Level and Needs Survey. The short survey should only take a minute.

Check your Lakeland email frequently for more updates as information becomes available. Again, we're here to help you be successful!

 

Posted March 11, 2020

Lakeland is committed to the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff, and visitors. There are currently three confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio, all in Cuyahoga County. Following the recommendations of Governor Mike DeWine, the college is working quickly to develop plans to ensure that students stay successful in their classes and are able to meet their educational goals, while ensuring the health and safety of our campus.

We have already made several decisions consistent with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state health officials to protect the campus community:

Classroom Teaching
  • Fully online classes will continue as scheduled, resuming Saturday, March 14, after spring break.
  • On-campus classroom instruction has been suspended for the period Saturday, March 14, through Friday, March 20. During this time, faculty will be preparing their courses to be moved to online, remote, or other manner of delivery that incorporates appropriate social distancing measures.
    • All classes that were previously conducted on-campus and in-person will be converted to an alternative mode of delivery and will resume Saturday, March 21. Faculty are expected to contact their students by email or Blackboard to identify how classes will continue.
    • While the start of on-campus and in-person classes will be delayed one week, we expect that spring semester classes will end as scheduled by May, 8, 2020.
    • For students who do not have access to computers or internet, the college will be providing accommodations. More information will be provided.
    • The test center will be closed for academic testing after Friday, March 13.
    • Health Care Clinicals:
      • Impacted individuals should contact the Program Director or Dean for up to date information.
    • College Credit Plus:
      • If a course is taught in the high school by a teacher employed by the high school, there is no change.
      • If the course is taught by a Lakeland paid faculty member (not a high school teacher), it will be suspended March 16-20 and resume March 21 with remote learning.
    • Holden University Center:
      • HUC partnership students with in-person classes held at Lakeland should check with the partner university or instructor for information about the status of their class.
College Operations

At this time, the plan is for all college offices to remain open (including during the week of March 16) with the goal of continuing essential services in a manner that is both effective and safe for our employees and students. This means that:

  • Individual college departments may work modified or limited schedules, adopt alternative means of service delivery, or even support employees working from home during this time. Please be assured that departmental webpages as well as the college's dedicated coronavirus page will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the most current information.
  • Our Facilities team will continue to clean the campus and disinfect public areas on an ongoing basis.
  • The Teaching Learning Center will remain open and follow the guidance provided by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. In the event of a closure, TLC parents will be notified as soon as possible via their regular process.
  • College partners located on campus (e.g., Cardinal Credit Union, LEAF, etc.) with questions should contact their college liaison.
Travel
  • Employees and students who return from a cruise or a country at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice during their visit are asked to contact their physician to be screened for the virus, stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left the area at risk, and practice social distancing. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for the CDC travel guidelines.
  • All college-sponsored/paid travel by employees and students requires the approval of the appropriate vice president and/or president who will evaluate it for necessity and safety.
Public Events
  • The college is currently reviewing large gatherings and public events hosted on campus and will provide guidance shortly.
  • A few college events have already been canceled or postponed, including the President's Coffees, Woman of Achievement Awards ceremony (March 22), Wellness Days (week of March 23), and Brain Awareness Week.
Persons at Risk
  • If you are sick, or are caring for a person who is ill or quarantined, stay home.
  • We are developing plans to follow CDC guidelines for individuals who the CDC considers to be at higher risk.

As this situation continues to evolve rapidly, we will keep you informed and make other decisions as necessary to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Visit www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus for the latest campus updates.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this unprecedented public health challenge together.

 

Posted March 6, 2020

Lakeland Community College is committed to your safety and is following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice) and practice social distancing. Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice currently include China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.

If you plan to travel outside of the area in the immediate future, you should first refer to the CDC website for the most updated country-specific risk levels for COVID-19 at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Employees returning from countries at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice during their visit should contact Human Resources, who will consult with their supervisor to determine if the employee is responsible for essential functions that only he or she can perform; if these functions can be performed securely from their home; and/or if they have access to the systems and equipment necessary to perform these functions, in which case the supervisor can assign the tasks and indicate the number of work hours per day the employee is authorized to work from home. Employees whose work does not lend itself to working remotely should contact Human Resources for a discussion of the options available to them.

Students returning from these countries should notify their instructors. The Office of Academic Affairs is leading efforts to provide academic accommodations during the period when students are in isolation.

The college will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of State and may enhance travel restrictions if necessary.

 

Posted March 5, 2020
About Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S. There are no confirmed cases in Ohio at this time.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV (2014) and SARS-CoV (2003), have caused severe illness.

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Symptoms and Transmission

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it's unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

When and How to Seek Treatment

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days traveled to China or had close contact with someone who had traveled to China, you should seek medical care right away. Call ahead before arriving at the health center, emergency room, etc.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Currently there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public to take. However, as a reminder, CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get a flu vaccine.

These are every day habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. In the U.S., flu is currently a far bigger threat than coronavirus. CDC also has specific guidance for travelers at cdc.gov.

Campus Response

The college is following guidance offered by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as local and state health departments.

The college community will be informed with the latest health and campus information at http://www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus

Lakeland has a Pandemic Response Team to plan for the impact of a pandemic on the college, employees and students. The team will address various scenarios and resources required to maintain business operations and academic instruction in the event of a pandemic emergency.

Currently, there is no basis for changing business as usual regarding campus events and other circumstances under which large groups of people will be gathering. There is no indication for use of masks by the general public at this time.

Facilities Management purchased and installed 20 Purell automated hand sanitizing stations throughout the college.

Managing Fear and Anxiety

As information about Coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions. Below is some helpful information and resources to manage fears and anxieties.

  • Get the facts. Stay informed with the latest health and campus information at http://www.lakelandcc.edu/web/about/notices/coronavirus. For further information, see the dedicated CDC website at www.cdc.gov.
  • Keep things in perspective. Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you spend watching or listening to upsetting media coverage. Although you'll want to keep informed, remember to take a break from watching the news and focus on the things that are positive in your life and things you have control over.
  • Be mindful of your assumptions about others. We cannot assume that someone who appears to be of Asian descent is from China or has been exposed to the virus. Also, someone who has a cough or a fever does not necessarily have coronavirus. Self-awareness is important in not stigmatizing others in our community.
  • Stay healthy. Adopt healthy hygienic habits such as washing your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, frequently. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid contact with others who are sick and stay home while sick, being certain to follow protocols established by your instructor or supervisor for providing notice of your absence due to illness, making up exams or in-class work, and meeting deadlines for submission of work.
  • Keep connected. Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy, and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress.
  • Seek additional help. Students may contact the Counseling Department to make an appointment with any of the licensed counselors or campus psychologist, Dr. Ken Browner.
Additional Resources

 

Posted Jan. 30, 2020

On Monday, January 27, 2020, Miami University of Ohio announced two possible cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in two students who had recently returned from China. The students have been isolated and tested and are awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There are no confirmed cases in Ohio at this time.

There are currently no suspected cases at Lakeland Community College. The threat to the general public, including students at Lakeland is still considered low.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), in coordination with the CDC, is closely monitoring 2019-nCoV, first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

The first case in the United States was announced January 21, 2020, in Washington state, and cases have been confirmed in multiple states since then. There are ongoing investigations by the CDC and ODH to learn more. ODH is providing guidance to local health districts, healthcare providers, and state partners.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people, and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people, such as has been seen with Middle East respiratory syndrome ( MERS) in 2014 and severe acute respiratory syndrome ( SARS) in 2003, and now with 2019-nCoV.

The United States started screening travelers arriving from Wuhan on January 17, 2020. Currently, CDC staff are conducting screening of travelers from China at 20 U.S. airports with quarantine stations.

If you are a student, faculty, or staff member planning to travel overseas (to China but also to other places), please follow the CDC Traveler's Health guidance here.

If you have recently been to Wuhan, or other areas affected by the outbreak, or have come into contact with an infected individual, please contact a healthcare provider if you experience these symptoms:

  • Fever.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Cough.

Call the center before visiting to tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.

If you are sick, always avoid contact with others to stop the spread of the virus and do not travel.

The best preventive steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine, especially during flu season:

  • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a healthcare professional), and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

Administrators throughout Lakeland Community College will continue to work closely with partners at both the Ohio Department of Health and our local health department to prevent the spread of illness and keep our community safe. If the situation warrants, we will follow up with additional communication.

As we learn more, please remember to always treat other students and community members with respect and compassion if they are suffering illness, whatever the cause.


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