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GRCC classes canceled over growing concerns of COVID-19

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GRCC has canceled classes March 12-14 and states that beginning March 16, "most" classes will be held online.

Grand Rapids Community College has canceled classes for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 12-14 due to concerns over COVID-19. “Most” face-to-face classes will be held virtually beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 3. 

Staff and faculty are to report as scheduled the next three days as they will be receiving instructions for transitioning to online courses. 

In a statement released by the college, GRCC President Bill Pink said he has been in contact with state authorities, the Kent County Health Department and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. These discussions ultimately led to the decision that was announced Wednesday evening. Pink stated that the “health and safety of our GRCC family” remains the highest priority. 

“We know this will be disruptive and create challenges,” Pink stated. “But we also know our students, faculty and staff understand the necessity of preventing the spread of coronavirus. We will be creative and innovative as we continue to carry out our essential mission of providing our students the education they need.” 

As of now, the campus will remain open and services will continue, unless otherwise specified. The GRCC webpage has a new link created to consolidate all developments pertaining to the coronavirus in relation to the college.

There will also be limitations on gathering sizes that the college will host.

“Effective Monday, March 16, GRCC sponsored events that anticipate an attendance of more than 100 will be canceled or postponed,” read the release.

There are currently 336 confirmed cases of the virus in Michigan.

Editor’s Note: Updated March 19 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 17 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 16 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 15 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Updated March 12 to reflect the latest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.