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The Alabama Community College System will temporarily discontinue on-campus instruction at 23 institutions across the state for the period of Tuesday, March 17, to April 3.

Wallace Community College still plans to have class on Monday, March 16, and conduct normal operations.

“Concerning the information released today by the ACCS, Wallace will release detailed information regarding a modified instructional calendar and modified instructional delivery methods on Monday, March 16,” a news statement from Wallace reads.

“Many ACCS institutions have a scheduled spring break during this time, and students may be asked to extend this break period. This will allow the colleges faculty, staff and administration to develop a plan for alternative instructional efforts,” a news release from ACCS read.

All events scheduled at the state’s community colleges during this time also are cancelled.

While classes will not be taking place on campus, the colleges will continue normal operations. Colleges with dormitories will continue to provide basic services to the students who are housed on-campus with no alternative options.

“Our students are our No. 1 priority, and while our decision today to suspend courses is unprecedented, it is a necessary precaution to ensure the health and safety of the more than 174,000 students we serve across the state,” said ACCS Chancellor Jimmy H. Baker. “Our ACCS response team continues to work closely with the Alabama Department of Public Health on this evolving issue and will continue to do everything we can to help stop the potential spread of COVID-19 in the state of Alabama.”

Other ACCS actions related to COVID-19 include:

All college-sponsored or -supported or work-related out-of-state travel and all system office work-related out-of-state travel is canceled until further notice.

If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 or the employee’s child or dependent tests positive and the employee must stay home to provide care, then that employee should stay at home for 14 days and should not be charged sick, annual or personal leave.

The Alabama Community College Conference has announced the suspension of all regular season competition for all teams, effective March 13 through April 3.

For continued updates and to view already issued directives to ACCS colleges visit accs.edu/coronavirus.

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