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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Posted: March 23, 2020
UPDATED: March 23, 2020 12:10PM
Career Quest Students, Staff, and Faculty,
On Tuesday, March 10, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency as COVID-19 made its way into Michigan. On Mar 23, she announced a stay-at-home order for the state, effective through at least April 13. All Michigan businesses and operations are ordered to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. As of today, we are currently up to over 1,200 total cases. We realize the negative impacts that this situation has had on our students and staff. With this information, Career Quest Learning Centers are taking additional steps to address the health, safety, and concerns of our community.
Career Quest announced that as of Wednesday, March 18, all face-to-face classroom instruction is suspended, and our classrooms are moved to fully virtual instruction. This is temporary and until further notice as we continue to assess the situation. As of Mar 23, our physical locations are closed to the public, however, necessary campus operations will still be carried out remotely.
These past few weeks have taught us a lot about ourselves and each other. We know that everyone is carrying more on their shoulders and time with family is more important than ever. After careful consideration, Career Quest has made the decision to suspend all CQ Loan payments for students until further notice. We hope this will help alleviate some financial stress during these uncertain times. In addition, Career Quest has also decided to add an extra week to our students Spring Break. Spring Break will now begin March 30 and students will still return April 13. Classes for new students will now be starting on April 27. Career Quest’s local campus leadership will be providing additional guidance about this evolving process.
Employees are asked to coordinate with their supervisors to plan remote-work options. Our Admissions team will continue to work with new or interested students through various means of virtual communications for our next enrollment period. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our students, staff, faculty, and community employers. However, we are doing our best to be proactive in keeping everyone healthy and safe.
At this moment, students are to continue their coursework in Moodle (if applicable) and wait for further guidance from their instructors. They are not to attend classes or labs in person after March 17.
We encourage all students to communicate any additional concerns with their instructors and staff. While we continue to take preventative measures to minimize the spread of all communicable diseases, we want to remind you of the best ways to avoid the spread of germs:
- Washing your hands with soap and water. Lather for at least 20 seconds and rinse. Do this often, and any time before you eat.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home if you are sick or covered by any executive order to remain home. If you have any illness, contact your healthcare provider.
We ask for your cooperation as we all do our part in keeping everyone healthy. We will continue to assess the situation in partnership with our health experts, and will be sending out updates as needed. For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, refer to the following sources from national, state, and local officials:
Center for Disease Control
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
US Department of Education
World Health Organization
Ingham County Health Department
Central Michigan District Health Department
Bay County Health Department
Jackson County Health Department