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COVID-19 — Closures and Updates

Bethesda foodpantry closure  The food pantry at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 4089 Bethesda Rd., Crystal Springs, will be closed during the month of March.

Container gardening program cancelled The container gardening program scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at 1 p.m. at the Recreational Outreach Center (ROC) of First Baptist Church in Crystal Springs has been cancelled by Chautauqua Garden Club.

Copiah forestry program cancelled Due to concerns over the rapid spread of Coronavirus, the Copiah County Forestry Association has decided to cancel their spring meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26. This was not a move taken lightly, but was made out of an abundance of caution for the health and well being of the citizens of Copiah County. The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date. The Copiah County Forestry Association apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation.

Co-Lin releases statement regarding COVID-19 / updated 3-18 Hello Co-Lin Family, I wanted to reassure you that we are working tirelessly to ensure that our students and employees are taken care of during this uncertain time for our country, our state, and our local communities. The administrative team has been constantly monitoring the current COVID-19 situation in the U.S. and the State of Mississippi. We have been in regular communication with each other as well as with other institutions to ensure that our Co-Lin plan is reasonable, consistent, appropriate, and flexible. The recent decision to extend the break was not an easy one; however, I do believe it was the right call. In order for the college to limit potential future exposure, we have made the decision to implement policies and practices that promote social distancing. I would like to thank the administration and faculty for their work to begin preparing for an online shift of instructional delivery for academic courses along with an alternate, limited access delivery plan for our CTE programs. This shift will be implemented beginning Monday, March 23 and remain in place indefinitely. Student should access Canvas to begin working on their assignments. Also, on March 23, the professional and support staff will have limited access to offices and work an alternate schedule in small teams to ensure there is no interruption in normal workflow i.e. mail is being processed and bills are getting paid. • Residential Students should not return to campus until further notice. If students have essential items they need to retrieve from their residence hall they must do so by Saturday, March 21 by 3 p.m. • All college travel has been suspended indefinitely. • All events hosted by Co-Lin or in a Co-Lin facility have been suspended indefinitely. • The Co-Lin Daycare will remain closed indefinitely. • Golf Course Operations will remain closed indefinitely. • All Spring Athletics have been canceled by NJCAA. • Current Adult Education students should access online materials. High School Equivalency testing has been suspended indefinitely. Campus Police and Maintenance Personnel will have differing schedules to ensure the safety and security of our campuses. It is the college’s desire to maintain employment/wages for all employees during this time. Our plan is for all regular, benefits-eligible employees, including exempt and non-exempt, both full-time and part-time status, to continue to receive their regular pay during this period of uncertainty. Thank you for your patience and understanding as Co-Lin seeks to serve its students, employees, and public the best way it can during these challenging times.

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