Coronavirus Update - March 27, 2020

Posted on: 3/24/2020


Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Official Resources

*** Updated March 27, 2020 ***

FREE, LIMITED-TERM INTERNET FOR STUDENTS  

In response to the effort to move education online, Spectrum and Comcast / Xfinity have announced they will provide students and others with free internet access for 60 days. All have different processes as noted below.
 
Please Note: The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) is providing this information as a courtesy to our students, faculty, staff and the public.  LACCD does not endorse, recommend or in any way profit from this information and cannot be held liable for its accuracy or the terms for such services, whether free or charged thereafter.  All faculty, students, staff and the public should make their own informed decision by carefully reading the information on the companies’ websites or call them for more details.
Internet Service Providers with Available Options
 
Charter/Spectrum

Information Link: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

Qualification and Details

Available for households with K-12 or college students
Limited to new accounts not already using a Spectrum Internet Subscription
Installation fees will be waived

Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely. Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.

How to Apply: Students/Faculty will need to call to apply 1-844-488-8395

Note: Wait times are high right now. 45min to 1.5 hours

 
Internet Essentials by Comcast:

Internet Essentials by Comcast

Information Link: https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

New Internet Essentials customers will receive two free months of Internet service, which is available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month plus tax.

Apply by April 30, 2020.

Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program's Internet service has increased to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect automatically for no additional fee and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.

Qualification and Details

You are eligible for public assistance programs such as the National School Lunch Program, Housing Assistance, Medicaid, SNAP, SSI and others.
You do not have outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than a year old. Families with outstanding debt more than one year old may still be eligible.
You live in an area where Comcast Internet service is available.
You are not an existing Xfinity Internet customer and have not subscribed to Xfinity Internet in the last 90 days.

Click Here to Apply

Xfinity – Wi-Fi by Comcast

All Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone on the “xfinitywifi” SSID.

Public hotspots can be found in small/medium businesses and outdoors in commercial areas.

Non-Xfinity subscribers need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access. Please refer to the map below for available public hotspots.

How to find a hotspot:

Go to: https://wifi.xfinity.com/
Enter your Zip Code or City
A map will show the closest locations

Instructions on how to connect are provided under the “Ready to Connect?” Section under the map 

 
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*** Updated March 24, 2020 ***

ALL CLASSES THAT CANNOT BE MOVED ONLINE WILL BE POSTPONED TO MAY 4, 2020; EARLY WITHDRAWAL, REFUND INFO FOR STUDENTS ANNOUNCED

 LOS ANGELES–Los Angeles Community College District Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez announced today any class that cannot be converted into an online learning platform by March 30 will be temporarily postponed until at least May 4, 2020.

The overwhelming majority of classes are being converted to online platforms and online instruction is scheduled to begin March 30, however, the District has determined less than five percent of the thousands of classes offered still require in-person interaction in order to meet course and program learning objectives and requirements.  It is only this small percentage of classes that will be temporarily postponed.  For example, classes that include hands-on performance as learning outcomes, such as stage production and lighting classes, will be postponed.

The District and the Colleges are working with faculty to finalize a list of those classes that have cannot be done online and all affected faculty and students will be notified as soon as possible. 

Summary to remember:

  • Those courses unable to transition to remote learning will be suspended through May 3, 2020 and will resume May 4, 2020.
  • The District is currently working on a plan regarding effective social distancing protocols so that these in-person classes can be done safely.
  • The Chancellor has directed an internal analysis and update on this action to occur no later than April 17, 2020 and updated information will be shared with all as soon as possible thereafter. 

Early Withdrawal & Refunds for Students

State authority has now been granted to allow students to withdraw from classes because of the current crisis.  If a student wants to withdraw, the student will receive an excused withdrawal (EW) on their transcript.  The EW will not count against a student’s academic progress requirements.  If a student decides to withdraw at this time, a refund of enrollment fees and other related fees will be made. 

“We encourage all students to stay enrolled and finish their classes, starting March 30.  We will recover from this global health emergency.  It is essential that our students take advantage of our online learning environment and achieve their higher education goals.   Don’t let this current situation take you off your path–hang with us, as we are doing everything we can to position you for success,” LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez, Ph.D., said. 

To withdraw from a class, students use the LACCD Student Portal, log in and click on the Manage Classes icon tile and select “drop classes” from the menu.  Select the class, confirm and submit.  Students should work with their college’s Financial Aid Office to determine the impact of dropping classes and if repayments might be required.  Students who are U.S. Veterans receiving benefits must check with their Campus Certifying Officer first. Contact information is on the student portal. 

If a student drops classes as a result of the COVID-19 health emergency, LACCD and the colleges will make sure a student’s academic record is not impacted.  This will include the use of excused withdrawals, which do not impact your GPA for transfer or degree purposes.  There is no need to make a request for this action.  The college will convert your withdrawal (W) to an excused withdrawal (EW) automatically.  This will also trigger a refund or credit to your student account, if applicable.  

If you paid for your classes using cash, personal check or credit card and do withdraw from the class due to the coronavirus outbreak, a refund will be automatically processed for all excused withdrawal on or after March 20, 2020. 

Additional information is being posted to the District’s website at www.laccd.edu/coronavirus -- including updatedFrequently Asked Questions, and the main social media accounts, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LACCD/and Twitter: https://twitter.com/laccd.  Statewide information for the California Community College is at:https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Communications-and-Marketing/Novel-Coronavirus 

Prevention and Hygiene recommendations from LACDPH continues to be:

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
  • Call your doctor or healthcare provider for direction
  • Follow all Health Orders, including the “Safer at Home” order from state and local officials
  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath
  • Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay six feet or more away from strangers and those who are ill
  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve, safely throw away used tissues 

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Message from President Monte E. Perez (updated March, 14, 2020)

Dear Students,

After much deliberation, and in keeping with the trend across the Nation to take steps to prevent community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Los Angeles Community College District has suspended all classes,beginning Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22. Also, Spring Break has been moved and will now take place from Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29

Therefore, no classes and no in-person student support services will be available for the next two weeks (March 16 - March 29). We expect online instruction to begin for most courses on Monday, March 30. A follow-up email will be sent to students announcing which classes will go online.

Essential safety and health services, such as the Student Health Center, and the Child Development Center, will still provide services next week. Please get in contact with those offices for specific information. 

The college will use this time to convert as many courses and student services possible to remote delivery. Also, during this time, we will thoroughly sanitize our facilities. We apologize for this disruption, but your health and safety is our primary concern at this time of national emergency.

Please know that the entire LAMC family of faculty and staff are here to support you through this challenging time. Should you have questions or concerns, please call 818-833-3431 or email Alejandro Guzman.

Thank you for your commitment to your education and adapting to this rapidly changing situation.

Sincerely,

President Monte E. Perez, PhD
Los Angeles Mission College

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Message from from President Monte E. Perez (updated March 13, 2020)
 
Dear Students,
 
I know these are difficult times, but I want to reassure you that Los Angeles Mission College is here for you. We encourage you to continue your education and persevere. It’s true that we will have to be flexible and adapt, but there is still nothing keeping you from completing your courses. The college remains open and ready to serve. Our goal is to make sure you finish your classes with the highest academic and vocational outcomes you were promised.
 
Below are some important updates:  
  • The campus is open. All classes from now until Sunday, March 15 will occur face to face. You can still come in for tutoring, student support services, and other needs.
  • On Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 classes will be canceled for faculty training.
  • On Wednesday, March 18 many of our courses will go online. We will send a follow-up email on Monday, March 16 with a list of courses that will go online.
  • Computer labs are open on campus. You can use them to participate in online classes. Tutors will be there to help you log on and use the online formats.
  • If you are sick, please stay home.  Arrangements with faculty will be made.
  • The campus is going through a deep cleaning. Every part of the campus will be sanitized on a daily basis.
  • If you don't feel well, the campus Health Center will meet with you and prescribe a procedure to make sure you are well. Visit the Health Center's website for information.
  • All campus support services (Counseling, Admissions and Records, Business Office, Tutoring Labs, and more) will remain open and accessible to you.

Please remember to stay healthy and safe. If you have any questions, please visit the Student Success Center in Campus Center, Lower Level or call 818-364-7700.

Sincerely,

President Monte E. Perez

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President Monte E. Perez, PhD?Los Angeles Mission College
President Monte E. Perez, PhD?Los Angeles Mission College

 

*** Updated March 11, 2020 ***

Switch to Online Classes will Begin Wednesday, March 18

This Week’s Classes Will Go On As Scheduled

Please be advised that classes will go on as scheduled for the remainder of this week. The switch to online classes will begin on Wednesday, March 18. Also, classes will be canceled on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 to provide faculty with two days of training.

Please be on the lookout for additional emails from Los Angeles Mission College for announcements regarding which classes will go online and how the college will accommodate students with no experience or access to technology or online learning platforms.

For more information, please contact the Student Success Center at 818-364-7700.

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LACCD Shifting Classes to Online Instruction Effective March 18, 2020 

LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today announced that as many classes as possible will be moved into an online education platform for all nine colleges, including Los Angeles City CollegeEast Los Angeles CollegeLos Angeles Harbor College,Los Angeles Mission CollegeLos Angeles Pierce CollegeLos Angeles Southwest CollegeLos Angeles Trade-Technical CollegeLos Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.

Online instruction is expected to begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  During this time, all LACCD colleges and the District will remain open, subject to the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) or the California Department of Public Health.  As of March 11, 2020, LACCD has no confirmed evidence or official notice from health officials about any coronavirus cases or exposure risks related to any of the District’s colleges or facilities.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Los Angeles Community College District is making these changes to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Rodriguez said.  “We stand united with our higher education colleagues locally and throughout the nation that safety is our top priority as part of our mission to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students.  Prudence needs to prevail here.”

On March 16-17, all classes at all colleges will be canceled to provide two days of professional development and training for faculty to access and teach in the online platform, Canvas, and other platforms such as Zoom.  Faculty may attend the training sessions at any LACCD college and will not be required to drive to their college of employment.

Effective March 16 through April 13, all public events and other activities estimated to draw more than 100 people at any of LACCD’s colleges and District facilities will be postponed, modified or possibly canceled.  This change is in accordance with LACDPH recommendations to increase social distancing and to limit large events.  All athletic events are also under review.  No decision has been made regarding cancellation, modification or postponement of graduation ceremonies for any of the colleges currently planned for June 9.

There will be some exceptions for courses that do not lend well to an online format, especially for career education programs.  Exceptions and other modifications are under review for hands-on labs, performance classes, adult education classes and physical education/kinesiology courses.

LACCD Board of Trustees President Andra Hoffman said the Board supports these changes. “The Board of Trustees fully supports the proactive leadership of the District and Colleges during this time of uncertainty.  We want to assure our students, faculty, staff and the entire campus community that their health and welfare is our primary concern,” Board President Hoffman said.

The changes will remain in effect until at least April 13.  LACCD officials will continuously evaluate the status of the transition to the online platform.  LACCD will also evaluate the ongoing impacts to the District due to the local public health emergency declared by LACDPH and the recent declaration made March 11 by the World Health Organization that the situation is now considered to be an official worldwide pandemic.

All updated information will continue to be posted on the District’s website: www.laccd.edu/coronavirus.  All of the colleges’ websites have links directing viewers to this same webpage for the same information.

LACCD will activate an Online Learning Call Center to help students and faculty with specific online education questions or concerns.  The Online Learning Call Center will be open starting Wednesday, March 18 and will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, using the toll free number: (844) MyLACCD or (844) 695-2223.

For all other calls regarding coronavirus and COVID-19 as it relates specifically to LACCD, the telephone number to call is (213) 221-5112.  Or, send an email to coronavirusinfo@laccd.edu.  For general information about the virus, county health officials ask the public to call 2-1-1.

Other measures already in place for LACCD include the suspension of all non-essential travel by District and College executives and deans.  The travel restrictions are currently under review for expansion to all LACCD personnel and students.

Additional information is being posted to the District’s main social media accounts, Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/LACCD/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/laccd.  Statewide information for the California Community College system on this situation can be found at: https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Communications-andMarketing/Novel-Coronavirus.

Prevention and Hygiene recommendations from LACDPH continues to be:

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
  • If sick, self-monitor and call your primary healthcare provider for advice.
  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath
  • Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay six feet or more from strangers and those who are ill
  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve, safely throw away used tissues

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