SMCC to offer online and limited in-person classes for Spring Semester with strengthened safety protocols

Southern Maine Community College will offer most of its courses online during the Spring Semester, with a limited number of in-person classes for academic programs that require hands-on learning.

The Spring Semester will be similar to the Fall Semester, with on-campus classes offered to limited numbers of students in designated trade programs where hands-on learning is required for students to meet designated learning standards. Online courses will be offered in programs where hands-on learning isn’t deemed essential.

SMCC has also strengthened its health and safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the well-being of people who are on campus. In aligning with Governor Janet Mills’ Executive Order, SMCC is requiring all people who are on campus to wear face coverings in all public settings both indoors and outdoors, no matter where they are. The governor issued her Executive Order in response to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases reported statewide in recent weeks.

“Our top priority continues to be to protect everyone’s safety while delivering a robust education for our students,” SMCC President Joe Cassidy said. “Keeping our College both healthy and educationally vibrant is a goal we all share.”

Some of the key elements of the Spring Semester include:

  • Housing.  Spring Point Residence Hall on the South Portland Campus will be available for the spring, but will be limited for the most part to students who have to take-in-person classes on campus. All residents will be assigned single rooms.
  • Athletics. The winter seasons for men’s and women’s basketball will not be played following a decision by the Yankee Small College Conference to cancel winter sports.
  • Employees. Most employees will continue working from home. Only those who cannot do their jobs remotely will be asked to work on campus.
  • Dining. Oceanview Dining Hall on the South Portland Campus will remain open for students and employees.