March 11, 2020
The Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (LCCTC) has monitored the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak within Pennsylvania for the past several weeks. Today, one of our high school clinical partners, out of an abundance of caution, notified us that they are not accepting our high school students at their facility at this time. As a result of that development, the LCCTC is initiating several prudent and preventative steps to reduce our high school students’ time and interaction in the broader community.
Starting Thursday, March 12, the LCCTC will suspend or postpone the following activities and events until further notice:
- Offsite clinical instruction and observational experience for high school students in medical, dental, veterinary, and early childhood education programs. High school students in a number of programs take part in value-added clinical instruction and observational experience at non-LCCTC facilities throughout Lancaster County.In most instances, this clinical instruction or observation experience is not mandated by the state to complete the requirements of the program. In those cases where it is mandated, the LCCTC is reaching out to the respective authorities to obtain waivers or guidance for programs impacted by this action.
- The Capstone Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op) for high school medical, dental, veterinary, and early childhood education programs will suspend operations and the students will attend classes at the CTC until further notice.Co-Op students in other LCCTC programs will have the option, should they and their families choose, to suspend their Co-Op studies with the affiliated businesses and attend regular classes at the LCCTC until further notice. Should students opt out of Co-Op, the LCCTC will work with the students to arrange this with their employers.
- The public Dental Hygiene Clinic at our Willow Street campus will suspend operations until further notice.
- All non-essential field trips will be cancelled or postponed.
The steps being taken affect our high school programs, not our adult programs at this time. The LCCTC will continue to monitor the situation and make any additional determinations for our adult programs if and when necessary.
This suspension of activities is not a result of a recommendation from the state. We chose to do this so that our students are not exposed to higher-risk environments. We will follow state recommendations regarding the operation of the LCCTC and inform our students, families, and staff whenever appropriate.