Lincoln College delays Spring Semester start one week
Postponement due to COVID-19 concerns

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[January 06, 2022]   Lincoln College will delay the start of the spring semester one week amid a surge of coronavirus cases in Logan County.

All traditional courses will be delivered in-person beginning January 18. Accelerated Bridge to Education (ABE) courses will begin January 10 online via webcam, as previously scheduled. Lincoln College offices and facilities will remain open with normal operating hours. Spring Break and commencement ceremonies will not be impacted by the delay.

Illinois health officials are reporting the highest infection and hospitalization metrics since the beginning of the pandemic. Lincoln College is monitoring the data closely and will continue following guidelines and weekly testing procedures established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“We have significant concerns the highly-transmissible Omicron variant could overwhelm our campus community,” said David Gerlach, President of Lincoln College. “Our number one priority is the health and safety of our students and employees.”

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All Lincoln College faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, continue wearing appropriate face coverings, and practice good health habits. Individuals displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or who have tested positive are expected to follow recommended isolation and quarantine periods outlined by the CDC and notify Lincoln College Health Services.

“We are committed to remaining in-person for the spring semester, so we must take the necessary steps to ensure a smooth transition for students as they return to campus,” added Gerlach. “I anticipate the adjusted date will provide a more desirable start to the spring semester.”

[Lauren D. Grenlund]

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