The Central University of the Caribbean (UCC) will start tomorrow Monday the new academic semester with a modality of hybrid classes as a preventive measure against COVID-19 announced the president of that institution, Dra. Waleska Crespo.
Students from all UCC academic programs will take their courses virtually, except when educational objectives can only be achieved in person, such as classes that require the use of clinical skills, anatomy, and chiropractic adjustments . For these courses, additional sessions will be opened, so that the physical distance requirement in the laboratories can be met.
The UCC academic programs will begin in a phased manner, starting tomorrow Monday with the School of Medicine . The first year students of the Chiropractic Program also start their semester tomorrow Monday; while the second year begin on Monday, August 10 and the third year, on Monday, August 24. The Substance Abuse Counseling Program begins Tuesday, August 4. On Monday, August 10, the students of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences begin. And the students of the Medical Imaging Program will begin their semester on August 17 and 31.
“Starting the semester in a staggered manner is part of the plan that we have designed at UCC to ensure the continuity of academic activity in a safe way for the entire university community. Also, during the past months, we have made investments to strengthen our technological infrastructure and the faculty has been trained in the use of various platforms and programs to support virtual courses, "said Dr. Crespo in writing.
“The health and safety of our students is extremely important to us. For this reason, and as part of our prevention plan, we will limit the number of people in the classrooms, laboratories, library and other spaces to guarantee the required distance. These measures join those that we have already established to require the use of masks in our institution at all times, the use of hand sanitizer and hand washing, as well as the frequent cleaning and disinfection of all areas of our compound ", added the President of the UCC.