Many business, educational and political leaders are at work to shape an immediate post-pandemic world here in this area.

Administrators at Columbia-Greene Community College are taking a realistic look at how to prepare for what lies ahead in the next few months before the fall semester begins. It will be no small challenge.

College officials are evaluating three scenarios for the fall semester, and continuing the current online-only system remains an option.

Social distancing will likely still be in place into the fall, but officials are taking a wait-and-see approach.

In the second scenario, C-GCC could return to classroom learning if the ban on in-person classes is lifted, but this plan would require altering classrooms and placing desks six feet apart.

The third scenario calls for expanding the number of hybrid class offerings, which would enable C-GCC to reduce but not eliminate in-person learning. Having more hybrid classes, which combine on-campus and online learning, would reduce the density on campus.

There is no real substitute for face-to-face learning, although circumstances are far from normal, and drastic problems require drastic remedies. Students feel connected to their teachers and courses in a classroom in ways they couldn’t in their living rooms miles away.

During this crisis, Columbia-Greene Community College has done an admirable job under difficult conditions. College officials have a long summer ahead to choose and prepare a scenario that will be best for all concerned. This is the college’s most important teaching moment in its history. We think students, faculty and the community are in good hands.

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