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Cypress College moving to facilitate online courses in response to COVID-19

While there are currently no known cases of COVID-19/Coronavirus affecting Cypress College, due to continuing concerns, the campus will transition as many courses as possible away from in-person class meetings. Please read the announcements below:

COVID-19/Coronavirus Update and Changes to Instruction

Because of continuing concerns about COVID-19/Coronavirus, Cypress College will transition as many courses as possible away from in-person class meetings. It is important to note that there are no substantiated cases of COVID-19 related to our campus nor in the North Orange County Community College District,and that the change is being made to align with new direction from state officials to stem community spread.

In order to facilitate this change, Cypress College will cancel classes from March 13 to March 17. Instruction will resume on Wednesday, March 18,using alternate delivery methods,including online and real-time teleconferencing. Faculty and staff will use March 16 and March 17 for planning, implementation, and staff development.Students should expect to hear specific plans from the campus and their instructors in the coming days. Events, travel, and field trips are being cancelled or postponed for the immediate future.

The campus operations will not be closing. Some lab classes that cannot be taught either online or through teleconferencing will still meet on campus using an abundance of caution; these courses include lab instruction for our health sciences, physical sciences, career and technical courses,athletics, and performing arts. Services will remain open for students who require assistance.

In addition, limited labs will be available on campus for students who need access to use computers and WiFi. This plan is congruent with health officials’ requests for “social distancing”and Gov. Newsom’s guidance today related to community gatherings. The plan ensures the continuation of all instruction for the spring semester, including those courses that must meet in person for accreditation, technical, or other required reasons.The approach also allows the college to make every effort to continue providing quality education during this public health crisis.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Update From the Chancellor

The past few days have been spent planning and adjusting to the rapid changes in the spread of COVID-19 across our state. While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our District, we are preparing for various levels of a pandemic response. It is critical to protect our students, peers, and communities by reducing the number of close interactions that occur at our sites. At the same time, we want to minimize the impact to the education of our students. To achieve this balance, our campuses will continue to remain open as we take immediate steps to limit the number of gatherings to help protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Instruction: On the advice of state and local officials, NOCCCD will limit in-person classes as appropriate, and explore various alternative delivery methods for instruction. Cypress College and Fullerton College will cancel classes Friday, March 13; Monday, March 16; and Tuesday, March 17 for planning, implementation, and training staff on online platforms. Instruction will begin again on Wednesday, March 18 for Cypress College and Fullerton College. Students should expect to hear course-specific plans from the campuses and their instructors in the coming days. NOCE will cancel the majority of in-person classes for the Winter Term beginning on Monday, March 16. An adapted plan for NOCE’s Spring Term will be released soon.

Communication: Both colleges and NOCE have launched COVID-19 update webpages: Cypress College’s can be accessed at https://www.cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus/; Fullerton College’s is at https://coronavirus.fullcoll.edu/; and NOCE’s is at https://noce.edu/coronavirus. The District page can be found at https://www.nocccd.edu/coronavirus. Regular communications will continue at the campus and District level throughout this crisis. As a best practice, all employees should make sure that their emergency contact information is correct on myGateway.

Events: Per Governor Newsom’s memo, all campus or District gatherings over 250 people will be postponed or cancelled. At the local level, all meetings are being assessed and, where possible, will be conducted via Zoom or conference call or, if non-essential, be postponed or cancelled.

Travel: All non-essential travel is suspended for District employees until further notice. The Accounting department will soon send out a travel reimbursement form that can be used if you have a trip scheduled/cancelled and have expended your own funds. All travel deemed essential will need to be approved by campus CEOs, Vice Chancellors, or the Chancellor directly.

Offices to Remain Open: At this time, all District and campus offices are to remain open and operational—all permanent employees should report to duty as normal. Staff who believe they are at high-risk should speak to their direct supervisor for more direction. Employee issues will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as the situation develops. Please contact your direct supervisor and/or Human Resources for more direction.

The Board of Trustees, myself, along with District Services staff, are committed to supporting all our employees, students, and the community in responding responsibly for the safety of all. We will get through this crisis together.

The article above was released by Cypress College and the North Orange County Community College District.

From the North Orange County Community College District

While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the North Orange County Community College District or its campuses—Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education—we are actively planning for various levels of a pandemic response.

On the advice of state and local officials, the decision was made today for all NOCCCD entities to limit in-person classes, and to explore various alternative delivery methods for instruction. We are also postponing or canceling non-essential mass gatherings to help protect public health and slow the spread of COVID-19.

Cypress College and Fullerton College will cancel classes Friday, March 13; Monday, March 16; and Tuesday, March 17 for planning, implementation, and staff training in online platforms. Classes will resume Wednesday, March 18. Students can expect to hear specific plans from the campuses and their instructors in the coming days. For the limited amount of classes that will continue to be taught in-person, measures will be taken to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff through appropriate social distancing and sanitation methods. NOCE will cancel the majority of in-person classes for the Winter Term beginning on Monday, March 16. NOCE’s 2020 Spring Term will start the week of April 13, 2020 utilizing remote (online) methods, as feasible.

Both colleges and NOCE have launched COVID-19 update webpages: Cypress College’s can be accessed at https://www.cypresscollege.edu/coronavirus/; Fullerton College’s is at https://coronavirus.fullcoll.edu/; and NOCE’s is at https://noce.edu/coronavirus. NOCCCD’s COVID-19 webpages can be found at https://www.nocccd.edu/coronavirus. Regular communications will continue at the campus and District level throughout this crisis.

At this time, all District and campus offices will remain open, and employees will report to duty as normal. NOCCCD has suspended all non-essential travel for its employees until further notice and expanded online meeting capabilities to reduce in-person contact.

“We stand united with our staff, faculty, employees, and community to respond responsibly for the safety of all while continuing to provide quality education for our 77,000 students,” said NOCCCD Chancellor Cheryl Marshall. “We will get through this crisis together.”

NOCCCD Background

Two of the state’s premier colleges and most extensive continuing education program combine to provide the quality educational programming of the North Orange County Community College District (NOCCCD). Nearly 78,000 students enroll annually at Cypress College, Fullerton College, and North Orange Continuing Education. College students are able to shape their futures in programs leading to associate degrees, vocational certificates, and transfer opportunities. Life-long learning also is possible in continuing education programs that range from high school completion and basic skills mastery through an array of vocational training and self-development courses. The NOCCCD campuses serve an area of over one million diverse people – each pursuing their own, unique ambitions.