COC to suspend in-person classes for spring semester

The Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.
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College of the Canyons announced Thursday it will cancel classes on March 18 and 19, as well as transition in-person classes to online formats for the duration of the spring semester amid coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions.

Classes are to remain as usual until Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, and instructors will contact their students with information on how to move forward, according to COC in a news release Thursday. 

“Protecting the health of students and employees is our top priority,” College of the Canyons Chancellor Dianne G. Van Hook said in the release. “As this remains a rapidly changing situation, we are prioritizing smart preparation, prevention, communication and flexibility.”

Throughout the duration of canceled classes, both the Valencia and Canyon Country campuses are expected to remain open throughout the semester. All student services departments will be closed on March 18 and 19, the college said. 

As of Thursday, COC has postponed the Silver Spur Celebration (March 14), Canyons Promise information session (March 17) and the Women’s Conference (March 21). Other events, including athletic events, remain under review.

There have been no known cases of COVID-19 on the school’s campus as of Thursday, per the news release. Spring break at COC will be observed the week of April 6 to 12.

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