Governor orders colleges and universities to stop in-person classes, TVCC goes online

Treasure Valley Community College will no longer hold in person classes starting Saturday, March 21, through Tuesday, April 28. (The Enterprise/File)

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ONTARIO – Gov. Kate Brown is prohibiting colleges and universities from conducting in-person classes starting Saturday, March 21, through Tuesday, April 28, due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. 

Treasure Valley Community College will deliver online classes during that time, and most college employees will be assigned to work from home starting Saturday.  

While the college is not entirely closed to the public, only essential buildings on campus will be open starting on Saturday, Anne-Marie Kelso, director of legal and human resources at Treasure Valley Community College said.

“If members of the public come on campus, they must comply with the social distancing recommendation of staying no less than 6 feet away from other people,” Kelso said.

“This is, of course, subject to change,” Kelso added.

Courses required for health care related degrees and other certificates licenses, or degrees that are essential to emergency response efforts are exempt.  


Additionally, campus operations are restricted to only critical functions, and student housing residents and employees are asked to follow social distancing measures consistent with guidance from the Oregon health Authority. 

Critical functions include operation of dormitories, dining services, general administrative services, and activities critical to emergency response efforts. 

Students and employees will receive more information from the college in the coming days. 

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