Sun., March 15, 2020
The safety of our students, employees, and community is our top priority. Therefore, Lee College will not hold classes Monday – Sunday, March 16 – 22, 2020, to allow faculty and staff to prepare for providing classes and services online, and to follow the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding social distancing. Although this may be a source of stress, please know we are working to try to ensure a seamless transition.
This means that students should not physically report to class in person; however, all students are encouraged to check the Blackboard system Friday, March 20, 2020, for additional updates from their respective instructor(s).
All Lee College locations will be closed next week to students and visitors. This means that students should not report to class in person or online next week.
Many of you have questions regarding these decisions. Please know that content requirements and due dates for required work in your courses will be adjusted as we navigate the virus situation. The situation with COVID-19 is continuously changing. Hopefully, a leveling of cases may occur and we will be able to return to a more normal schedule. However, at this time all faculty have been asked to plan for remote instruction. If you have classes in which you have labs (e.g., Biology) or where the learning is hands-on (e.g., Welding), you will hear from your specific instructors about how the labs and hands-on components will be conducted with social distancing best practices in place.
Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and the City of Houston Health Department (HHD) have declared a public health emergency due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). At this time, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 within the Lee College community, and the Texas Department of State Health Services has listed the probability of community spread as low.
We realize that this situation is quickly changing every day. College administration and the Office of Emergency Management are in frequent contact with HCPH, the City of Houston Health Department, and surrounding cities to monitor the virus as it pertains to our region. The College will continue to follow recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and will assess any new information as it becomes available. The College will make informed decisions based on the facts received from local health department authorities.
Please know your health and the health of all employees of Lee College is of the utmost importance while staying committed to our mission to serve you, the student. This is new territory for us all and we will get through this together!
The next College update will be on Monday, March 16 by 5 p.m.
As a reminder, WHO and CDC prevention guidelines include:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw any used tissue away immediately and wash hands.
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough.
- If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider.
- Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
Other resources can be found online at:
- World Health Organization (WHO) Fact Sheet
- U.S. Department of State
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Harris County Public Health
- City of Houston Health Department
President, Lee College