University of Houston-Clear Lake cancels all classes next week, transitions to remote learning ‘until further notice’

(Courtesy Shutterstock)
(Courtesy Shutterstock)

(Courtesy Shutterstock)

University of Houston-Clear Lake, UH-Clear Lake at Pearland and all off-campus locations will not hold in-person or online classes next week, according to a news release sent to the campus community around 10 p.m. March 11.

When classes resume March 23, they will be offered remotely “until further notice,” UHCL President Ira Blake said in the release. Events and programming funded and sponsored by UH-Clear Lake are also cancelled through April 30, per the release.

All UHCL campuses, offices and services, as well as research labs and related services, will continue to operate.

The decision, Blake added, was made in an effort to allow faculty, staff and students to address professional and personal matters in response to city of Houston and Harris County emergency health declarations, as well as helping to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“I understand that these precautionary measures may be inconvenient and disappointing to you, but we hope that these efforts can help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Blake said in the release. “Your health and safety are our priority.”


There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at UH-Clear Lake or any other system university, the release said. Approximately 14 cases have been confirmed in the Greater Houston area. None have been reported in Galveston County, which is continuing to operate as usual, according the the Galveston County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Facilities will be maintained using sanitation and hygiene protocols as recommended by authorities, including increased custodial cleaning and hand sanitizer dispensers at all entrances, common areas and elevators.

Students are asked to stay at home. Hunter Hall and Dining Services will be open for student residents who need it. Faculty and staff can work from home to the extent that they are able to perform their functions remotely, per the release.

Further communications for the UHCL community are expected to come some time March 12, per the release. More information from UHCL can be found here or by emailing healthalert@uhcl.edu.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

<

MOST RECENT

Imperio Wine & Spirits sells a variety of liquor, beer, wine and spirits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Imperio Wine & Spirits opens in Katy; Montgomery Chick-fil-A to open dining room and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area.

The flood gauges will help monitor rainfall and stream levels in specific areas during heavy-rainfall events. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
League City installs 6 flood gauges in Clear Creek, Dickinson Bayou watersheds

Once installed and operational, data from the gauges will be published online so residents can track water levels during high-rainfall events.

The art classes are split into kindergarten through fifth graders and sixth through 12th graders. (Courtesy of University of Houston-Clear Lake)
University of Houston-Clear Lake expands offerings at Art School for Children

The school's first classes geared specifically towards children on the autism spectrum will be offered May 22 for grades K-12.

See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year

While some school districts in the Greater Houston area are doing away with face mask requirements and virtual schooling completely, others are pivoting to continue offering online learning options for students and plan to require face masks.

(Courtesy city of Houston)
BREAKING: Collins Aerospace coming to Houston Spaceport

Houston officials have announced another company slated for the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport in Clear Lake.

masks
CDC ends all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

The guidance states fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Dan Seal, League City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Bay Area economy, BAHEP, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Economic official: Bay Area economy chugging along

Despite hurricanes, COVID-19, the February freeze and other hurdles, economic development in the Bay Area continues to move ahead in several industries.

Special Strong offers personal, group and virtual adaptive fitness programs for those with mental, physical and cognitive challenges who want to socialize and improve their health and wellness. (Courtesy Mike Lutey)
IMPACTS ROUNDUP: Adaptive fitness program now open in southeast Houston and more

Here is a roundup of recent business and community news in the Bay Area.

The beaches along the lagoon have been deepened, offering about triple the amount of beach area to accommodate an expected increase in visitors and still allow for social distancing. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Crystal Lagoons to debut Houston's longest swim-up bar May 28

New features and activities will include a five-story waterslide, catapult swing and Houston's longest swim-up bar.

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to last April with 9,105 units sold versus 6,175 a year earlier. (Courtesy Houston Association of Realtors)
HAR: Houston-area home sales in April up 47% compared to last year

Single-family home sales were up 47.4% compared to April 2020.

House Bill 1024, signed into law May 12, allows restaurants and bars to permanently sell alcoholic beverages to-go. (Courtesy Pexels)
Cocktails to-go are here to stay in Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott signs change into law May 12

Supporters say the change will help restaurants continue to recover from the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.