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Carl Sandburg College Announces Reopening Plan

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Students from Carl Sandburg College in the fall of 2019.

Students picking courses for the fall at Carl Sandburg College will have more to consider than which teacher they prefer. As part of its reopening plan, the college will offer three class structures: in-person instruction, virtual meetings at scheduled class times, and fully online coursework.  

Associate Vice President of Academic and Student Planning, Misty Lyon says each instructor will decide on the structure of their own course.  

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"For example, if we have English courses, we may have some English courses that are offering a face-to-face component, some would offer online, some would be blended. So, the students do have some options to choose what format, but the course itself is determined by the instructor." 

Lyon also says that for students without stable access to the Internet, the campus will be open to accommodate them. 

"We also have a lending program. We have loaned out some of our chrome books... In Galesburg, we have free bus passes, so if they need to come to campus, and they don't have transportation. We can provide them a free bus pass, as a Sandburg student, they can come out and use our technology here." 

If there's a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, Carl Sandburg College has a contingency plan to resume distance learning, with the exception of classes that require in-person instruction. In those cases, Lyon says the college will comply with the state of Illinois's guidelines.  

Registration ends Aug. 14, and classes begin Aug. 17. 

Marianna Bacallao is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2020-2021 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism and served as Editor-in-Chief for the student newspaper, The Cluster.
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