*Updated* San Juan College Classes to Remain Online, Graduation Postponed

The San Juan College campus will remain closed to visitors and students, through Friday, April 10, including mandating that all nonessential employees continue to work remotely. 

From San Juan College:

Friday, March 27, 2020

San Juan College has extended the delivery of online classes through the end of the spring, 2020 semester.

This decision follows the announcement made today by New Mexico Public Education Secretary Stewart. Stewart announced that all public schools in the state will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year. Public colleges and universities are not included in the order. However, the governor is strongly urging regents and governing boards to move to online models to the greatest extent possible. Nearly all public higher education institutions in New Mexico are shifting to an online learning model at this time.

The San Juan College campus will remain closed to visitors and students, through Friday, April 10, including mandating that all nonessential employees continue to work remotely. 

The College is following the New Mexico Governor’s stay-at-home instructions and the public health order that suspends all nonessential public and private businesses and requires all of the state’s nonessential workforce to work from home until April 10. 

San Juan College graduation ceremonies are also being postponed until further notice. While the campus is currently closed, advisors will be available by phone and online for students to begin registering April 20 for summer and fall classes.

“We understand that the situation has raised many questions and concerns,” said Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass, president of San Juan College. “We want students and our community to know that San Juan College is doing everything we can to reduce stress and identify options for our students’ educational success.”  

“As we journey through this new environment of online instruction, I encourage students to reach out to their advisor, coach, instructor or whomever they have connected with at San Juan College to ask questions and get support for their individual needs,” Dr. Pendergrass continued. “I want students to know that we believe in them, and that we are available to provide individualized support to help them successfully complete the semester.”

Students needing additional assistance are encouraged to contact the San Juan College Student Achievement Center at achievement@sanjuancollege.edu, and check their San Juan College emails for information regarding the extended closure, their class structure, tutoring and other support services. 

San Juan College continues to work closely with local and state health care entities to monitor the COVID-19 situation.

The College encourages everyone to stay at home and continue to utilize precautionary and preventive measures to keep our community safe. For a listing of canceled San Juan College events, as well as COVID-19 resource links, and other information, visit sanjuancollege.edu/coronavirus.  

Friday, March 13, 2020

                San Juan College is enacting plans to move courses online for two weeks following Spring Break. In addition, the college is following the New Mexico Governor’s recommendation and New Mexico Higher Education Department guidance to cancel or postpone events to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. To maintain social distancing protocols, the college has chosen to cancel events through Friday, April 17.

“We have two priorities – one is the health and safety of our college community and second to fulfill our mission to educate individuals,” said San Juan College President Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass. “The College is working closely with local and state health care entities to closely monitor the situation.”

San Juan College will be closed to students and visitors March 15 – April 5, and currently plans to reopen April 6.  This includes the main campus, the Health and Human Performance Center, as well as San Juan College East, San Juan College West, 30th Street Education Center and Hutton Street Complex. Throughout this closure, employees also will be encouraged to work remotely where possible. Employees who are unable to work remotely, will be able to assume their duties at the College. Student and employee college-related travel is being restricted through April 17. These proactive measures will be evaluated as this situation with the coronavirus continues to evolve.

Students are encouraged to contact their instructors and check their San Juan College emails for information regarding the closure, their class structure, tutoring and other support services. 

For a listing of canceled San Juan College events, as well as COVID-19 resource links, and other information, visit sanjuancollege.edu/coronavirus.  

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