Otero Junior College has extended its Spring Break an additional week due to concerns of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) spread.

Spring Break will begin for students on Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Unless otherwise notified, students will not be expect back to campus until March 30. OJC intends to keep all offices open and the college will continue to operate within the remote instruction model if the situation is deemed necessary by March 27. Faculty will be expected to return to campus on Monday, March 23.

Additional implementations could include limitations on large group gatherings, and implementation of restrictive travel policies. OJC will continue to work on the details of these implications and remain in contact with those affected.

OJC President, Tim Alvarez, said, “Since OJC is a student-focused, learning organization, I am confident that we will manage this disruption, while providing a rigorous and quality educational experience for our students. Adversity does not define our character, it reveals it and I know our community will be prepared. I will be communicating with our campus community as more details are finalized.”

OJC will be initiating a landing webpage with the latest information by the end of the day (March 12). A link to this site will be found on OJC’s homepage www.ojc.edu. Preparation continues to receive the highest level of attention. OJC has been in contact with the Otero County Health Department (OCHD), the CO Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the Governor’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Guidance provided by these entities helped to guide the decision making process.