Interim President Larry Lundblad welcomes students, faculty, and staff
As fall semester begins, Interim President Larry Lundblad is welcoming everyone back to college and encouraging students, faculty, and staff to follow guidelines to keep our campuses safe.
"I'd like to extend a warm welcome to all our students as we begin a new academic year, he said. "We've been anticipating this day for some time. The faculty and staff have been working hard to get ready for the year."
MSC Southeast has developed a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan which lays out the college's plans for a safe opening of the Red Wing and Winona campuses. (Download COVID-19 Preparedness Plan PDF)
The MSC Southeast COVID-19 Preparedness Plan calls for students, employees, and campus visitors to:
- Pass the online COVID-19 Self-Assessment before entering buildings
- Wear face masks or cloth face coverings inside campus buildings
- Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more
- Observe proper handwashing and respiratory etiquette
- Keep an eye on campus email for important updates
Classes and programs that require hands-on learning experiences will be taught on campus, with measures in place to assure physical distancing and enhanced cleaning and disinfectant routines. Every academic program that requires instruction on campus has developed its own specific return-to-campus plan.
To reduce the number of people on campus, many general education and theory classes will be available online or in a hybrid format.
"We want to keep our campuses open for this semester. So we need everyone's help, students, faculty, staff, to make this happen by following the rules," said Interim President Lundblad. "We're all in this together. Together we can make this year a great one, despite the pandemic."
Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Preparedness Plan is subject to revision. The college's Emergency Response Team will meet regularly to make updates as needed following direction from Minnesota State, the Office of Higher Education, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the CDC.
In the video below - see how our band instrument instructors learned how to weld this summer so they could build 9 vise stands, which will help them safely spread out students in the shops this fall.