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Gulf Coast State College seeing students return and preparing for fall

Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 10:37 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -

The Summer C session at Gulf Coast State College starts Thursday and officials say most classes will be online but some are available in person.

“A lot of the lab courses or our health science programs. There are state requirements and things those kids have to do within a lab setting or clinical setting to be able to meet the requirements of those courses,” said Executive Director of Community Engagement Katie McCurdy.

Officials say masks are required in buildings as well as classrooms where social distancing isn’t possible.

They say in February they started a strict disinfecting practice and are expanding it as students return.

“The instructors will ask the students to wipe down their area when they’re entering the classroom and leaving the classroom as well just for extra precaution,” said McCurdy. “Our staff also has a fog machine that they’re using in the classrooms as well to help disinfect.”

Officials with Gulf Coast State College say they’re keeping an eye on CDC guidelines and recommendations from the state and still plan on holding classes in the fall.

“Registration is open for fall. Obviously our top goal would be to have our students back on campus, we have missed them terribly,” said McCurdy. “A lot of kids say they want to come back on campus, they want to learn in that environment.”

Across the way at FSU PC, officials say the Board of Trustees is meeting Thursday to go over a proposed plan for the fall semester.

For a link to view the draft of FSU’s fall plan click here.

To register for Gulf Coast State College in the fall, click here

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