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SSCC readies COVID-safe classrooms, so great education can continue safely

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Southern State Community College
Published 6:02 a.m. ET Oct. 12, 2020

“We don’t want students to give up on their dreams”, SSCC Coordinator says.

Volunteers demonstrate social distancing at Southern State Community College in Hillsboro. (Photo: Courtesy of Elizabeth Burkard)

Amid the drastic changes COVID-19 has brought to daily life, many prospective college students in the area have been left uncertain about classes this fall — but Southern State Community College officials say the pandemic won’t force students to give up their dreams. 

As community college classes resume in Hillsboro, Mt. Orab and Washington Court House in a matter of days, SSCC President Dr. Kevin Boys said the college’s goal is to meet or exceed best health practices while continuing to provide accessible, affordable and high-quality education to area residents. 

“We’ve now survived a most unusual spring semester and the ‘Summer of COVID-19,’” Boys said in a letter to students. “Now it’s time for us to responsibly restart our face-to-face classes, but we must do so in the safest way possible.”

While some classes will be face-to-face, the college is also offering a variety of online and hybrid learning courses. Where virtual learning is not possible, face-to-face courses will take place in classrooms reconfigured to accommodate social distancing practices with masks required at all times.

The college has also hired a COVID-19 coordinator to implement the college’s health plan.

Susan Morris, an adjunct faculty member in the college’s nursing department, took the coordinator role Aug. 1. She said her position is evolving as the college’s health protocols expand in alignment with Ohio’s Responsible Restart program for higher learning institutions. 

“I am here to coordinate any activities related to the college’s