Yavapai College announced its COVID-19 return to campus plan Wednesday on its website and through a video message from College President, Dr. Lisa Rhine. Beginning on August 3rd, Yavapai College will implement this plan and start in the orange phase. The plan features a set of five phases for which the College can move forward or backward. The phases are red, orange, yellow, green, and clear, and each has its own stipulations and protocols for how classes and college operations will function. In the orange phase, most credit classes and all lectures will be taught in a virtual environment; however, in-person classes will be held for those programs that require hands-on learning opportunities, such as lab-based or experiential. These classes will operate in groups of ten people and will adhere to all safety protocols established by the department and College. Dr. Rhine says “the goal of this plan is to help keep our students, faculty, staff, and visitors as safe as possible by mitigating the spread of COVID-19.” She adds: “I believe that this plan will not only help keep everyone safe but also allows our students to continue to receive high-quality educational opportunities in all of our programs.” Classes will begin on August 17th. Registration is open, log onto yc.edu for more information.