Southwest Tennessee Community College to move online post-Labor Day to prevent COVID outbreak

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Southwest Tennessee Community College announced Thursday it will go fully virtual with classes and operations for five days immediately following the Labor Day holiday “to lessen the risk of coronavirus infection associated with holiday activities.”

The college said it hopes the 5 days will give those who may have contracted the coronavirus over the holiday weekend a chance to possibly present symptoms and take appropriate measures to get tested, care for themselves and protect others before returning to in-person classes.

“This is a prudent measure designed to protect life and prevent a more serious disruption in our students’ academic progress,” President Tracy D. Hall said. “Since the outset of the pandemic, our priorities have been the health and welfare of students, employees and the broader community. While we hold fast to our mission of student success, this proactive approach to preventing the transmission of the virus after a major holiday when families and the public may celebrate in close quarters is prudent and necessary. I am confident our students and employees can pivot and keep moving forward to success.”

All on-campus classes and operations are set to resume Monday, Sept. 13.