March 16, 2020
I want to thank each of you for your hard work and patience as we address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. The concerns and ideas you’ve shared have been invaluable as we work to keep our campus community safe, and we’re grateful for the collaboration of our bargaining units and Academic Senate in this process as well. The update below provides important information regarding the plans ahead for all employee groups. Thank you for working together and watching out for each other during these challenging times.
Dena P. Maloney, Ed.D.
El Camino College
As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak is continuing to expand. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health currently reports 94 confirmed cases in the county, and the California Department of Public Health reports 335 confirmed cases statewide.
Guided by updated direction from these agencies, the Centers for Disease Control, and the State Chancellor regarding the elevated need for social distancing, the COVID-19 Task Force at El Camino College has accelerated the implementation of our institutional pandemic plan as follow in accordance with Level 3 of our Pandemic Plan.
Online Instruction in Place through Spring Semester
The State Chancellor’s Office has asked that colleges expand their planning horizon and continue to move instruction to remote learning platforms through Spring Semester. Here is what that looks like at El Camino College over the next few days:
Because the transition to online course delivery is still underway for some classes, students should look for directions from their instructors on how to proceed over the next few days. Instructors will also be communicating plans for labs and other hands-on courses. If students have questions about the status of a class, they will contact their instructor.
The State Chancellor’s Office has also asked that colleges consider moving all classes in its course schedule to Canvas for fall 2020, and we are reviewing that. In the meantime, El Camino College’s summer session classes must be offered online.
Currently, the Library plans to remains open to provide students with needed services including computer labs for those without access to a laptop or internet. The LLR staff has reconfigured the spaces to be used in order to support social distancing. A training video has been prepared to help students use the Canvas online course software.
Student Services will begin offering counseling and other services online on Wednesday, March 18.
Further information regarding Board of Trustees meetings, the 2020 Commencement, and other events will be forthcoming.
The State Chancellor’s Office has asked that colleges substantially limit in-person interaction on campuses through June. We are instituting remote working protocols for eligible employees, in consultation with our local bargaining units. At El Camino College:
Ongoing Disinfection of Campus Facilities
For those who are currently working on campus, it’s important to know that cleaning and disinfection of restrooms and other areas is ongoing. The Facilities Department will divide the campus into quadrants to organize cleaning efforts, with particular emphasis on high-traffic areas.
Custodial staff receive regular training on proper cleaning techniques but more training on cleaning methods, frequency, and recommended cleaning products has been requested as well. We will follow up on this request. Facilities has also placed additional orders for paper goods, soap, hand sanitizer, goggles, wipes, spray sanitizers, and protective suits. These are scheduled for delivery on March 23.
Continued Emphasis on Individual Hygiene
Although we are implementing heightened measures regarding social distancing, the need for individual hygiene is more important than ever. Please continue to follow these guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health: