STATEWISE — The president’s of Maine’s seven community colleges are considering whether to delay the start of in-person classes for the spring semester.
The Maine Community College System says this comes in the wake of the post-holiday surge of covid-19 cases in Maine.
Maine Community College System President David Daigler says the college presidents have the flexibility to adjust the spring semester based on local circumstances.
The system believes delaying in-person classes would cut down on face-to-face contact while infection rates are high as well as look out for the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff.
As of Thursday, Southern Maine Community College is the only community college to delay in-person classes.
Those will be delayed one week to January 24, with the first week of classes for the spring semester being held remotely.
The spring semester starts January 18.
Maine Community College students attending in-person classes or going to campus must be vaccinated and boosted, per the system’s Covid safety protocols.