Alamo Colleges Ensures Resources are Available For Student Success During Times of Social Distancing
Over one hundred years ago, a global pandemic had similar results. The virus led to the closing of churches, halted social gatherings, and caused a great deal of anxiety. Over 500 million people would be affected around the world. The virus, known as the Spanish Flu, was responsible for an estimated death toll of between 50 – 100 million people.
Today’s virus, COVID-19 has the same dangerous potential. Therefore, steps must be taken in order to limit the spread of this highly contagious virus. Mayor Nirenberg issued a stay at home order, has asked that we practice social distancing, self-quarantine, and wash your hands regularly for twenty seconds.
Despite these precautions, COVID-19 SHOULD NOT stop us from living or derail our community from moving forward. Alamo Colleges is in the business of producing an educated workforce and the business of educating our community must continue.
During this crisis, Alamo Colleges will be continuing with classes through distance learning. Utilizing cell phones, laptops, ipads, etc., to get class instruction to our students. The intent is to finish the Spring semester and Summer Sessions without a hitch. We do anticipate some obstacles. District Administrators have projected that over 6,000 students may be impacted by this new mode of instruction.
This means 6,000 students may not have the tools (a laptop) or access to the internet in order to complete their course work. I plan to evaluate where most students without access or resources to the internet come from. In the future it will be important to build support for students in need of resources, but that is a battle for another day.
If you are one of those 6,000 students impacted, please contact your Professor/Instructor and make them aware of your situation. Alamo Colleges is working aggressively to provide loaner laptops for students in need. Don’t have internet access? Comcast and Spectrum are offering FREE internet to all students for 60 days.
Student success is the most important deliverable of these efforts. I have personally been very impressed with our Administration’s planning to ensure every measure is taken to support our students at St Philip’s College and across the district.
Dr. Flores, Chancellor for Alamo Colleges District, has candidly remarked that this is not a perfect process, and that adjustments will be needed as we maneuver through this extraordinary circumstance. There is just no precedence for this. We will be working hard to guarantee student success is achieved through this difficult period.
For the most current Alamo Colleges District updates and FAQ’s regarding COVID-19 please visit: www.Alamo.edu/coronavirus
On March 25th and April 1st, a Student Food Distribution will be held at the Eastside Education and Training Center - 4551 Dietrich Rd, San Antonio, TX 78219 from 1pm – 3pm, or until supplies last.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said,
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Today we are being challenged, but we are well prepared to rise above this crisis.