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Allan Hancock College declares state of emergency, extends spring break

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Posted at 5:52 PM, Mar 16, 2020

Allan Hancock College declared a campuswide state of emergency and is extending its Spring Break for an extra week in response to the coronavirus.

College officials say there will be no college courses, in-person or online, until March 30. This includes the college's credit and noncredit eight-week Spring online classes.

Alternate modality formats for in-person courses are being developed. Those include: online classes when possible; modifying lab-oriented Career Technical Education (CTE), and other in-person courses by limiting class sizes; social distancing and other safety protocols in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD).

"After extensive discussions with our faculty, staff, and student leaders, Allan Hancock College has determined that it is not feasible to offer all of our courses in an online format," said Allan Hancock College Superintendent/President Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D. "Many of our Career Technical Education courses require hands-on learning that simply cannot translate to an online modality. For such courses, we are making case-by-case determinations in how to effectively offer the courses while prioritizing the health and safety of our students and faculty."

Hancock students are encouraged to regularly check their college email for important communications from the college and their instructors.

For updates on closures and class schedules, visit the college website.