DSC extends e-learning
Dominica State College’s academic calendar required that students resume face-to-face learning in October 2021. However, at a meeting of the college administration, a decision was made to extend online courses until as of October 29, 2021. This decision results from the information received. stakeholders. Data indicated that a significant number of students had contracted COVID-19. Some were in home isolation, and others were in COVID hospital. Against this volatile backdrop, it was decided to adhere to a safer and less disruptive learning environment by maintaining online learning, as the country continues to experience a relatively high prevalence of COVID-19.
College President Dr. Donald Peters informed that several factors are being explored for resuming face-to-face learning.
âRight now, the safety of all our students, faculty and staff is the most important variable driving this decision. The Order does not have the power to make vaccination or testing compulsory. As a result, the risk of resuming the face-to-face would be significant and could lead to an escalation of COVID-19 cases, âsaid Dr Peters. âWe envisioned November 9, 2021 as another possible date for face-to-face learning, but this decision to open would depend on the number of students vaccinated, the number of domestic live cases and the institution’s ability to mandate COVID-19 guidelines and protocols. We do hope, however, that by November 1, 2021, the country will hopefully see a significant reduction in new cases of COVID-19. “
The College encourages students and employees to continue to follow the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Department of Health and to benefit from the vaccination campaign. These responsible measures will facilitate the reopening of their campus.