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Emergency Preparedness

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Otero Junior College has developed this page to provide OJC faculty, staff, students and families with information and resources about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and actions taken by the College to prepare for potential impact. 

The situation regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, and OJC will continue to provide updates as information is available.

CDC Guidance to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

UPDATED: March 27, 2020
  March 27, 11:17 a.m. - Crowley/Otero Update: Public Health Order Highlights (pdf)  
  March 27, 7:31 a.m. - Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (pdf)  
  March 26, 10:42 a.m. - Otero Update: 2nd POSITIVE COVID-19 Case In Otero County (pdf)  
  March 25, 6:50 p.m. - Gov. Polis Stay-At-Home Order FAQ (pdf)  
  March 25, 6:50 p.m. - Gov. Polis Announces Statewide Stay-At-Home Order (pdf)  
  March 24, 6:02 p.m. - Otero Update #2: POSITIVE COVID-19 Case In Otero County (pdf)  
  March 24, 5:43 p.m. - OJC Press Release: Coronavirus Update (pdf)  
  March 24, 9:50 a.m. - Otero Update: POSITIVE COVID-19 Case In Otero County (pdf)  
  March 23, 1:09 p.m. - COVID-19 Impact on Veterans: GI Bill of Rights (pdf)  

  March 20, 11:30 a.m. - National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Coronavirus Update (pdf)  
  March 19, 6:40 p.m. - SBDC Coronavirus Update (pdf)  
  March 19, 2:06 p.m. - Crowley/Otero County COVID-19 Update (pdf)  
  March 19, 11:45 a.m. - Instructions for Students Needing to Pay Their Bill Online (pdf)  
  March 19, 8:10 a.m. - Work Study Employment Information (pdf)  
  March 19, 7:53 a.m. - Colo: Public Health Orders Through 3/18/2020  
  March 18, 7:10 p.m. - Governor Polis: Colorado Takes Further Action (pdf)  
  March 18, 2:23 p.m. - Press Release: OJC Spring Semester Status  
  March 18, 12:49 p.m. - OJC Residence Hall Closing Letter & Instructions (pdf)  
  March 18, 12:13 p.m. - Update From Public Health Director: Local Covid-19 (pdf)  
  March 18, 10:37 a.m. - Dr. Alvarez Update: OJC Spring Semester Status  
  March 17, 5:58 p.m. - SBDC COVID-19 Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Guide  
  March 16, 6:44 p.m. - Governor Polis Update on State’s Response to COVID-19 (pdf)  
  March 16, 11:59 a.m. - NJCAA National Office Communication About Spring Athletics (pdf)  
  March 15, 11:18 a.m. - Public Health Director Crowley and Otero Counties - What's the Plan (pdf)  
  March 13, 3:21 p.m. - Governor Polis Update on Coronavirus (pdf)  
  March 13, 3:03 p.m. - Colo SBDC Coronavirus Update (pdf)  
  March 13, 2:10 p.m. - NJCAA National Office Communication About Coronavirus (pdf)  
  March 13, 10:15 a.m. - Update from Public Health Director Crowley and Otero Counties (pdf)  
  March 13, 9:47 a.m. - Important Learning Commons Updates for Student Success  
  March 12, 10:31 a.m. - OJC Extending Spring Break  
  March 12, 9:30 a.m. - CCCS Prepares Transition to Remote Instruction  
  March 11, 9:20 p.m. - Dr. Alvarez OJC COVID-19 Update  
  March 11, 7:43 p.m. - Governor Polis Update on Coronavirus  
  March 11, 5:00 p.m. - Otero County Health Department Update (pdf)  
  March 11, 4:35 p.m. - Health Emergency Guidelines  
  March 04, 11:47 a.m. - Dr. Alvarez E-Mail to Campus  

How the College is Responding to COVID-19

The College is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation, and as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is taking action to address a potential future outbreak in the U.S. that could impact daily College operations, athletics, and other educational, personal, and business travel for students, faculty, and staff.

The College has convened its Emergency Management Operations Group and is planning for different scenarios in the event it becomes necessary to implement emergency operations. We are in communication with county and state health officials to monitor the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We are also working closely with the Colorado Community College System Emergency Management Office for guidance and updates.

Otero Junior College has been making numerous adjustments to our daily activities as we have responded to the mandates and recommendations associated with the Coronavirus. 

OJC faculty has returned to campus and will utilize the extra time transitioning appropriate courses from in-person to remote instruction and exams, and implement risk reduction plans tailored specifically for Otero Junior College.

As of Monday, March 30, 2020, all courses at Otero Junior College will be transitioned to remote learning formats. Over the past few weeks OJC administrators have been making numerous adjustments as they are responding to mandates and recommendations associated with the Coronavirus. At this time, OJC will still have employees on campus but will be proactive about social distancing as recommended

The OJC administration continues to meet to further outline how Otero Junior College will move forward in what we are calling our Phase I response to this on-going situation.  We are preparing ourselves to cope with additional challenges, should they become necessary. These are the steps we have defined up to this point:

March 18, 10:37 a.m. - Dr. Alvarez Update: OJC Spring Semester Status