Last Updated: July 31, 2020 at 10:08 a.m.
To date, ten members of the El Camino College community have tested positive for COVID-19. To honor the privacy rights afforded to medical patients, any identifying information about these individuals is considered confidential and will not be disclosed.
Students and employees who may have been exposed to the affected individuals are identified, notified, and advised on the appropriate actions to take, including self-isolating and watching for symptoms. Areas these individuals are known to have visited before testing positive for COVID-19 are identified so they can undergo thorough disinfection.
Every aspect of El Camino College’s response to the outbreak is guided by protocol from public health agencies, including the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.
2020 Fall Semester courses at El Camino College will be held online for the duration of the semester. Likewise, courses for the 2021 Winter Intersession will be delivered remotely for the entirety of the Intersession period.
Students who are uncertain about their plans for graduation or transfer should consult with a counselor. Online counseling appointments are available here. Tutoring services are also being offered online. The Writing Center is available here. The Math Study Center is available here.
The Learning Resources Center (LRC) is available here.
The majority of campus employees are working remotely, with only select essential personnel, such as Campus Police, allowed on site. Students, all other employees, and the public must remain off campus.
Even though we remain in an online mode of instruction, Governor Newsom has issued directives regarding training and staffing of essential sectors during the pandemic. That means a limited number of programs that prepare students for employment in essential industries will be allowed to hold face-to-face classes on campus during the 2020 Fall Semester. These classes will be held following all appropriate social distancing and safety protocols.
El Camino College programs that are defined as essential under current state directives include the following sectors: Allied Health and Public Health, Emergency Services, and Critical Manufacturing. Specific courses that will be offered face-to-face can be found here.
Yes. Student Health Services is offering drop-in Nurse Practitioner Advice hours and drop-in mental health “check-ins” to currently enrolled students who have paid their student health fee for the semester. Learn more here.
Yes, the California Community College Athletic Association has suspended competition in all sports. Practices are suspended temporarily as well.
Yes, the Center for the Arts has suspended the entirety of its performance season. The Center is working to reschedule performances, when possible, and the Ticket Office is actively contacting ticket holders to exchange or refund tickets. A full list of cancelled events is available here.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the State of California have prohibited all public gatherings.
We are under orders from both Los Angeles County and the State of California to remain at home. Employees, including managers and supervisors, are not to come to campus unless there is an absolutely critical need. This is limited to:
- Picking up medication from your office
- Picking up your paycheck
- At the request of your supervisor, performing necessary essential tasks
Unauthorized visits to campus compromise our custodial crews’ efforts to clean and sanitize offices and buildings. Our priority is to clean these spaces and then shut the buildings. If you need to come to the campus, contact your manager to coordinate your visit. Be sure to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet from others.
The majority of campus employees are now working remotely, with only select essential personnel, such as Campus Police, allowed on site. Students, all other employees, and the public must remain off campus. Speak with your supervisor for additional information.
Some jobs cannot be converted to a full telecommuting arrangement. In some cases, supervisors/managers are arranging staggered, on-site work schedules to ensure that employees have access to the systems/equipment necessary to keep campus operations moving forward.
If there is no work for a staff employee to do at home or on campus in their regular position, staff may be reassigned temporarily, in inverse order of seniority, to other jobs in a lower or equal pay range and maintain their regular class pay rate and work schedule. Management and the employee will consult on the alternate placement based on District operational needs. Classified staff who are reassigned to another job will be provided at least 5 business days’ notice unless another number of days is mutually agreed to prior to the job reassignment and will be provided training as needed.
Managers will work with employees to determine if telecommuting can be arranged so that employees can work from home and be paid for their regularly scheduled work hours. If the nature of a job does not allow for a telecommuting arrangement and an employee needs to stay home to care for children who cannot be home alone and no other childcare arrangements are available due to COVID-19 related school closures, those employees may use up to 80 hours of paid time off charged to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) before using any accrued sick leave or vacation hours. FFCRA hours should be recorded on timesheets.
Employees who live with an elderly family member should discuss with their manager the option of a telecommuting work arrangement during their regularly scheduled work hours. If the nature of a job does not allow for a telecommuting arrangement and the elderly family member that the employee lives with is over 65 years of age and a healthcare provider makes a medical determination that the risk factor of scheduling such employee to work on campus cannot be safely accommodated by the employer, the employee may use up to 80 hours of paid time off charged to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) before using any accrued sick leave or vacation hours. FFCRA hours should be recorded on timesheets.
If a part-time, hourly paid worker is needed for mission-critical functions, whether on campus or via a telecommuting arrangement, supervisors will schedule the individual to perform work. In such cases, the individual will be paid for their time as scheduled by the supervisor.
Search committee chairs are assessing the status of each recruitment and deciding on a case-by-case basis whether a search needs to move forward. Search committee members will be informed by their chairs once a decision has been made.
Adjunct and Probationary Faculty evaluations are postponed for the Fall 2020 semester and the term for the Part-Time Faculty Rehire Priority List or for Tenure has been extended for one year. Tenured Faculty evaluations are postponed for the Fall 2020 semester and will resume in Fall 2021.
Yes, Human Resources, Professional Development & Learning, and the Office of Staff & Student Diversity are all available via phone, email, and Zoom.
Stay home. Inform your supervisor and follow the health care instructions provided by your medical practitioner. Depending on when you were last on campus and when you tested positive, a Pandemic Coordinator from the College may or may not need to contact you for more information.