Delaware Technical Community College will continue in a virtual mode this spring, with a few labs continuing running face to face, following full coronavirus restrictions.
“I have determined that the spring 2021 academic semester will remain in our current format, primarily distance learning with select sections of skills labs on campus,” Mark T. Brainard, the college president, wrote in a letter to the campus community, posted on Thursday.
“Delaware Tech will continue to provide targeted student support services on our campuses for those who need to access that assistance in person and we will continue to support our faculty, through professional development and additional resources, to enable them to provide the highest quality distance learning experience for our students.”
“While this is clearly disappointing and frustrating to many students, their families, and college employees, this decision is being made with health and safety, first and foremost, being our primary consideration,” he continued.”
“Over the next few months, however, a couple of realities require us to be prudent and consider elements that are beyond our control as we plan for next year,” he said.
“First, the weather will continue to bring cooler temperatures and bring some activities and larger numbers of people indoors. This is clearly a risk factor for new COVID cases.”
“As a complicating factor, the traditional flu season is already upon us (flu shots are being administered on our campuses this week and next) and history shows that influenza cases have peaked during the month of January in prior years.”