Coronavirus Updates

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

District Announces Spring 2021 Will Be Online

The remainder of the 2020-21 academic year will be predominantly online due to the pandemic.

 

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    4CD Logo PRESS RELEASE 

    Contra Costa Community College District
    500 Court Street
    Martinez, CA  94553
    www.4cd.edu

    Friday, April 10, 2020

    Contact:
    Timothy Leong, Public Information Officer

    District Extends Remote Operations through End of Semester

    Martinez, CA– The Contra Costa Community College District (District) has extended the remote delivery of instruction and student services at its colleges – Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College-Pleasant Hill and San Ramon Campus, Los Medanos College and Brentwood Center – for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

    On March 31, 2020, Contra Costa Public Health (CCPH) updated its shelter-in-place order through at least May 3, 2020. The District’s decision to continue remote operations through the end of the spring semester is necessary to be in alignment with the shelter-in-place extension, and provides greater clarity in meeting the higher education goals of its students. 

    “We are trying to do our part to minimize the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) by suspending face-to-face interactions with our students,” said interim chancellor Gene Huff. “This has been a challenging time for both our students and staff as we transitioned to remote operations. We want to thank our students for their perseverance and flexibility, and our staff for their tremendous effort to transition to a fully remote operation. We believe this decision balances the need to stay safe and healthy during this time, and informs students and staff on what to expect for the rest of this semester.”

    The CCPH shelter-in-place extension acknowledges social distancing as the most powerful weapon in slowing the spread of COVID-19. CCPH continues to encourage the following practices to stay safe and healthy during this time:

    • Stay home and limit essential activities where possible.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Wear face coverings when out in public (not medical-grade masks).
    • Adhere closely to social distancing guidelines.
    • Contact your doctor or healthcare provider if you experience any symptoms such as fever,   cough, or difficulty breathing. 

    The District will be offering a summer session of instruction and student services remotely, with a plan to offer face-to-face classes should the shelter-in-place order is lifted and deemed safe to do so. Summer course registration will begin on Monday, April 20, 2020. 

    To view what classes may be offered at each college, or to understand operational changes made as a result of COVID-19, visit the college website of your choice or the District website at www.4cd.edu for more information. 


     

    Update: April 2, 2020

    All LMC classes and student support services continue to be delivered remotely. College facilities remain closed to students until further notice.

    In keeping with the “shelter-at-home” order extended on March 31 by Contra Costa and neighboring counties, Los Medanos College facilities – the Pittsburg Campus and Brentwood Center – remain closed to students, the public, and most employees to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. All face-to-face instruction and face-to-face support services have been suspended. Aside from a limited number of personnel related to certain on-campus operations, employees are working remotely to deliver ALL classes and support services via online format to students. This will remain in effect until the County order is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended.

    Information for Students:

    • Please check your College email account often for any updates, and stay in touch with your professor via Canvas.
    • To reach one of our support services, please call (925) 473-7434 for assistance.  

    There have been zero confirmed cases of students or employees with the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Los Medanos College or within the Contra Costa Community College District.

    We will continue to provide regular updates, including frequently asked questions, on the District Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates website. 

     

     

     

    Update: March 18, 2020

     

    As of March 18, 2020, all LMC classes and student support services will be delivered remotely. College facilities remain closed to students until further notice.

    In keeping with the “shelter-at-home” order issued on March 16 by Contra Costa and neighboring counties, Los Medanos College facilities – the Pittsburg Campus and Brentwood Center – will be closed to students, the public, and most employees to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure. All face-to-face instruction and face-to-face support services have been suspended. Aside from a limited number of personnel related to certain on-campus operations, employees will be working remotely to deliver ALL classes and support services via online format to students. This will remain in effect from March 18 through April 7, or until the County order is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended.

    Information for Students:

    • If your professors haven't done so already, they will be reaching out to you via email and/or Canvas to provide further guidance.  Please be sure to check your College email account often for any updates, and contact your professor right away via Canvas if you have not been contacted yet.
    • To reach one of our support services, please call (925) 473-7434 for assistance.  

    There have been zero confirmed cases of students or employees with the coronavirus (COVID-19) at Los Medanos College or within the Contra Costa Community College District.

    We will continue to provide regular updates, including frequently asked questions, on the District Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates website.

     

     

    March 15, 2020

     

    All Face-to-Face Classes and Support Services Suspended for March 16 & 17

    Dear Los Medanos College Students,

    In response to the emergency declarations from the State of California and Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa Community College District (District) and its colleges – Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College-Pleasant Hill and San Ramon Campus, and Los Medanos College Pittsburg Campus and Brentwood Center – have suspended all face-to-face classes and face-to-face student interactions beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. All campus locations will be closed to students to minimize the spread of the coronavirus until further notice.

    These actions will allow administrators, faculty, and staff to develop and implement transition plans for a remote format delivery of classes and student support services. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the colleges will start the process to deliver classes and student support services remotely.    

    Your professors will be reaching out to you in the next few days via your Insite email and/or Canvas to provide further guidance. Please be sure to check your college email account often for any updates, and contact your professor if you do not hear anything by Tuesday, March 17, 5:00 p.m..  If you have questions related to student services (i.e. Financial Aid, Admissions, and/or DSS/DSPS), please email the appropriate office. Contact information can be found on your college website.

    As of today, March 15, 2020, we continue to have zero confirmed cases of students or employees with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Contra Costa Community College District. However, the rapidly changing community dynamics, particularly over the past 24 hours, and the lack of adequate testing to verify our communities’ health status, have made it clear that we must take proactive steps to ensure the health of students and employees.

    We will continue to provide regular updates, including updated frequently asked questions, on the District Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates website.

     


     

    March 12, 2020

     

     

     

    All Lecture-Based Classes Moving to Remote Instruction Effective Monday, March 16, 2020

    Dear Los Medanos College Students,

    Your health and safety is of utmost importance to us. As we continuously monitor the situation and assess the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, we strive to balance health and safety concerns with our students’ goals to complete courses in their educational pathway. In doing so, we follow the expert guidance from the California Department of Public Health and our county health agency. Utilizing the guidelines provided for social distancing from Contra Costa Health Services, and to mitigate risk of exposure, we are moving forward with the following measures:

    Beginning March 16, 2020, all lecture-based classes will be moving to remote instruction. Your professors will be reaching out to you in the next few days via email and/or Canvas to provide further guidance. Please be sure to check your college email account often for any updates, and contact your professor right away if you do not hear anything. Lab, activity, and performance classes that require specialized spaces and equipment will meet on site, as regularly scheduled, unless your professor instructs you otherwise.

    All colleges and centers within the Contra Costa Community College District are and will remain open, and instruction and support operations continue with these temporary modifications. As of today, March 13, 2020, we continue to have zero confirmed cases of students or employees with COVID-19.

     


      March 11, 2020

     

    PRESS RELEASE -- CONTRA COSTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

     

    Contra Costa Community College District Update on Coronavirus: Related Actions

    Martinez, CA – As more cases of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are identified in California, the Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) has provided additional guidance to its three colleges, two centers and District Office in an effort to protect students, faculty, employees and visitors. To date, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus at any CCCCD location.

    Consistent with guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health and Contra Costa Health Services, CCCCD confirmed that all colleges and centers will remain open, and instruction and operations will continue, with modifications, as listed below.

    Effective immediately, and through April 30, 2020, unless otherwise noted, CCCCD is taking action in the following areas:

    Travel

    CCCCD  is curtailing all non-essential travel for students, faculty and employees.

    Events

    CCCCD locations will cancel or postpone gatherings of 50 or more people, especially events attended by older adults and people of all ages with compromised immune systems.

    Employee Leave

    CCCCD is encouraging students, faculty and employees to stay home if they are sick and adhere to any quarantine guidance provided by a physician in consultation with county health services.

    Instruction

    CCCCD, in consultation with the Academic Senate and United Faculty leadership, is reviewing remote instruction options for lecture-based classes targeted for March 16, 2020, with evaluations and adjustments made accordingly thereafter.

    Student Services

    Student Services will continue on-site at campuses, and CCCCD is reviewing technologies and tools to provide remote access as necessary.

    “We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to provide updates to our campus communities when any new relevant information warrants a change in our response to this issue,” said Eugene Huff, Interim Chancellor. Additionally, a centralized District Coronavirus web page is now available at www.4cd.edu/covid19 and will be updated regularly to reflect the latest public health guidance.”

     


    March 5, 2020

    Contra Costa Community College District COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

     

    The Contra Costa Community College District continues to monitor developments related to the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. There are currently no known positive cases of the virus at any of our colleges, centers, or at the District Office.

    New information about COVID-19 is being released daily and we will provide updates as needed. The health and safety of our District and college community are of the utmost importance, and the Chancellor’s Cabinet continues to prepare for decisions and actions to minimize the spread of this virus, keep everyone healthy, and reduce the impact COVID-19 may have on our programs and services.  To that end, some examples of current actions include:

    • The decision was made, in collaboration with our consortium partners, to return all of the District’s study abroad students and faculty from Italy now.
    • Academic Senate and Chancellor’s Cabinet leadership will be meeting on March 13 to further discussions of and plans for continuation of instruction, should we have a major disruption.
    • District Police Services and Risk Management, in consultation with Public Relations and Instructional leaders, continue to update and add specificity to our existing heath emergency response action plans and checklists, and will brief Chancellor’s Cabinet on March 10.     

    Since there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends taking preventative actions similar to those you should take during cold and flu season, including:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your mouth or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

    The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and difficulty breathing, and could appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. If you have these symptoms, it would be prudent to seek medical care right away. Call ahead before going to see a doctor or emergency room, or call Contra Costa Public Health at (925) 313-6740 for instructions about where to go if you do not have a healthcare provider.

    Below are links to agencies providing up-to-date information on COVID-19: