Should students attend class?
Yes, but only via remote instruction. Your professor has already begun communicating with you on how to proceed in a remote delivery format. If not, please contact your professor immediately for further information and direction.
Are all classes moving to a remote delivery format?
We are moving as many classes and support services as possible into a remote delivery format. On Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, we are closing the colleges to students, suspending all face-to-face classes and face-to-face student interactions. Staff will work on implementation plans for the 100 percent remote operations for students. Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, remote operations for students will begin, and all college sites will continue to be closed to students until further notice.
Will college events and athletic games be cancelled?
Yes. Based on County Health Services guidance, all events where 50 or more people are at arms-length of each other should be cancelled or delayed. The guidance includes all athletic events, performing arts shows, celebratory events, and any other non-essential gatherings meeting the above criteria. In addition, the California Community College Athletic Association has canceled all games and practices effective immediately.
Can employees or students travel on official college or district business?
All non-essential travel has been frozen effective immediately. The public health status of different communities, even within the state of California, is evolving rapidly and it is imperative that we do everything we can to mitigate unnecessary risk. If there is travel scheduled and you believe it is urgent and essential, please discuss with your supervisor for a possible exception.
What will happen to essential job functions and services to students that cannot be replicated through remote delivery?
We recognize that there will be certain functions of our colleges and district – including some classes – that cannot be replicated remotely. We are asking all faculty and staff in every department to identify a plan no later than March 17 for what can and cannot be offered remotely and how we would implement such a transition. If we are unable to provide a particular class online, we may have no choice but to cancel that class. Once again, our goal is to mitigate the risks associated with the coronavirus epidemic, while continuing to serve our students in ways that are least disruptive to their educational success.
How can we move everything to remote delivery when some students might not have access ?
We understand that not all students have access to the technology tools (including computers and high-speed internet) to participate remotely with classes and services. We are asking faculty and staff to be as flexible as possible when considering this historic circumstance.
We are also exploring other available resources to provide support for students to help close technology gaps that might interfere with their ability to participate in an online environment.
The transition to fully remote operations will be challenging for all of us, but moving all possible instruction and operations to remote delivery will at least provide the opportunity to continue classes and educational services for many if not all of our students.
Students who do not have access to the technology tools needed to participate in classes and services offered in a remote delivery format should notify their professor immediately for assistance.
What about labs, clinicals, practicums, and Work Experience? Can we make exceptions to allow those to be taught on ground?
We understand that some classes – like on-ground labs, practicums, and work-experience classes – are difficult or impossible to transition to online. Given the direction from the Governor and County Health Department related to social distancing, and the recognition that the circumstances in our communities are changing rapidly (particularly with limited testing to accurately assess our community's health), it is important that we do our part to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
As such, any lab, clinical, practicum, work experience, or other class that is facility-dependent should stop immediately unless our faculty and their deans can come up with creative and innovative solutions to continue instruction remotely. Students enrolled in these classes will receive additional information from their professors.
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