COVID-19 Updates

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 2:37 pm

Emergency Grants Available to Help CA College Students Stay in School

This fund is no longer accepting applications as of Friday, April 3, 2020.

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to help the most vulnerable students stay in school, earn their degrees, and build a better future for themselves and our communities.

The California College Student Emergency Support Fund has launched to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students. Administered by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), the Fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state’s low-income college students, including undocumented immigrants, foster youth, and those who are housing insecure.

As colleges and universities respond to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, students find themselves facing a wide variety of challenges and costs. The Fund was created to cover unplanned financial expenses such as housing, technology, and more to support educational continuity, persistence, and degree completion for California’s college students through this crisis.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the California College Student Emergency Support Fund, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time (12+ units) as an undergraduate at a California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus
  • Have earned at least 24 semester units or 36 quarter units (i.e., one academic year of coursework)
  • Be low-income, with a maximum Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,576 (equivalent to eligibility for Pell Grant) or eligible for a California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver (formerly known as the BOG fee waiver)

After approval, students can expect to receive the money via electronic transfer within 72 hours.

How Can I Apply?

Students can apply for a grant online at bit.ly/covid-student-grant.

Applications and grant payments to students will be processed by MAF. MAF is a well-established non-profit organization that carried out a similar emergency fund effort in 2017 to pay for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients’ renewal fees.

We encourage interested students to apply as quickly as possible as these funds will go fast.

It will help to have the following items at the ready: your transcript, financial aid eligibility (any financial aid statement or award letter that shows EFC or California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver), and electronic banking login information (not required).

Major Donors to The California College Student Emergency Support Fund Include:

College Futures Foundation - Ballmer Group - Stuart Foundation

Tipping Point Community - Weingart Foundation

 

 


Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 10:57 am

UC Temporarily Adjusts Admissions Requirements

The University of California acted on March 31st to implement temporary measures which relax undergraduate admissions requirements for students looking to enroll at UC for fall 2020 and future years as applicable. These measures will help mitigate some of the extraordinary challenges students and their families face in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 4:01 pm

Commencement Ceremony Postponed

As public health experts continue to indicate that we are likely to be impacted by COVID-19 throughout this semester, San Diego Miramar College, along with all the other San Diego Community College District colleges and Continuing Education have made the difficult decision to postpone the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony to be held May 29, 2020 inside Hourglass Fieldhouse.

It was a disheartening decision, but in an effort to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities, we feel this is the best course of action. Plans for rescheduling have not been made at this time, but you will be informed of future commencement plans as they become available. 

We will continue to work remotely to process all graduation applications for spring and summer 2020 graduates.  Upon completion of the Associate Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement requirements, awards will be recorded to a student’s transcript and diploma(s)/certificates will be mailed to the students address on record.

Spring graduates can anticipate receiving their awards by early August and summer graduates   can anticipate receiving their diploma/s by the middle of October. 

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times, and we wish you good health and  safety.                                      


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 3:11 pm

COVID-19 Update (includes postponement of commencement)

From:  Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor

Hello to everyone.  It’s Spring Break this week, but I am still working from home every day, as I am sure many of you are as well.  I do hope that members of our faculty, classified professionals, and administrators are able to take some time off.  It is so important to balance work time with personal time, even though there are limitations on what one can do.  As always, thank you for your flexibility and resilience as we work through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The members of our Board of Trustees extend their appreciation for everyone’s willingness to put students first during this challenging time. 

In general, things seem to be progressing as well as can be expected in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD).  Enrollment is stable and on track, despite the spring semester disruption by transitioning to online instruction. The overall transition to remote instruction and operations has also gone well, and everyone seems to be mastering the art of meetings via Zoom. Over 850 high school students have already applied to the San Diego Promise program in the fall semester, indicating their optimism about the future educational opportunities we offer.  To my knowledge, no COVID-19 cases have been reported among members of our faculty, classified professionals, or administrators.  We have much for which to be thankful.

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR ONLINE/ DISTANCE EDUCATION

As you know, there are multiple avenues and sites to support faculty and students during this transition to online education.  I will not reprint them in this message since I know that these opportunities are being conveyed by other sources.  We are still working with the State on how best to handle the laboratory and clinical demands of some of our programs.  I will add that we are involved in an extensive effort to obtain laptops with Internet connectivity for our students. City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education have already distributed hundreds of laptops to students, with the assistance of their foundations.  Our San Diego Promise program is continuing its fundraising campaign and I am coordinating a fundraising effort for our San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA) colleges in the region to see if we can obtain funding from a major foundation.  One of the worst possible outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis is the widening of the “digital divide” because disadvantaged students cannot afford to participate in the world of online instruction, since they do not possess computer equipment or Internet connectivity.  We cannot let that happen.

MAJOR FUTURE PLANNING ISSUE

While stabilizing instructional delivery and adjusting to the new formats required by the COVID-19 situation, there is another issue looming before all institutions of higher education, especially community colleges.  As we all know, the relationship between the economy and student enrollment is countercyclical. When the economy is weak, student enrollments are high, as people turn to community colleges for job training or retraining; when the economy is strong, student enrollments drop, as people become employed instead of taking classes.  It is now projected that the economy will continue to slump and national unemployment may climb as high as 32%.  Thus, we will need a strategy for accommodating increasing numbers of students in the coming fall or spring, no matter what the instructional modality may be.  This is something we should discuss very soon so that we are prepared for another change in the enrollment pattern.

COMMENCEMENTS POSTPONED

After waiting as long as we could, the campus presidents and I have reached a decision regarding commencements.  The City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education commencements, which were scheduled to take place in late May and early June, are being postponed due to the prohibition against large group assemblies and due to the need for us to give timely notice to the vendors who provide the academic regalia and other items for these events.  The commencements will be postponed to summer or fall, or they may even be recast in a digital format, all depending upon the evolutions of the COVID-19 situation. This was a very difficult decision, which we made most reluctantly, because commencements are extremely important to our students and their families since they celebrate years of academic commitment and personal sacrifice in pursuit of a better life.  Lots of students have been contacting us, both inquiring about the commencements and urging us not to cancel them. Unfortunately, concerns about health and safety must prevail.  All graduating students will be notified today regarding this decision.  We are deeply sorry to disappoint them.

EARLY SCHOLARSHIPS

Recognizing that some students have lost their jobs and have urgent financial needs, we are exploring with scholarship donors the possibility of distributing scholarships early, preferably during the week of April 13.  Since the scholarship awards luncheons and dinners have all been canceled, the goal would be to provide these funds to students as soon as possible.  Mesa College initiated this idea and the other institutions felt it would be a good thing to do for our students.

FUNDING

As I am sure you can imagine, despite budget constraints this year, the San Diego Community College District has joined other colleges and universities in dramatically increasing expenditures in order to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.  It has already cost the SDCCD millions of dollars in transitioning classes to the online/distance education format and in transitioning all administrative and support operations to remote locations, with almost 100% of employees working from home.  These expenditures will definitely increase, even though projections are that next year’s State budget for community colleges will be even more constrained than the current budget. To take advantage of reimbursement possibilities, the SDCCD has reactivated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and we are tracking all expenditures related to the COVID-19 situation so that we will be able to qualify for reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  We are also closely monitoring all State and foundation grants in a search for support.

In addition, we are closely monitoring federal relief funding. The Cabinet and I are reviewing the federal Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress on March 25 and 27 (S. 3548 and H.R. 748), and signed by the President.  The bill addresses all aspects of necessary relief and establishes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which includes $13.9 billion in “flexible funding” to help institutions defray expenses and impacts such as “lost revenue, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, and grants to students for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.” The funding levels for colleges and universities are indexed to Pell grant levels.  The Act further specifies that these funds must be used (50%) for direct emergency aid to students, “including grants to students for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care.”  We are studying the bill to determine what our flexibility is in this funding mechanism, including how Continuing Education and District functions should be addressed.  Based on Pell levels, the following distribution authorizations would occur:

·City College                      $4,974,000

·Mesa College                    $6,379,000

·Miramar College               $3,266,000

Total District                           $14,619,000

Even with welcome relief funding from these and other sources, the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis is enormous and the entire higher education community is in for somewhat of a “rough ride” regarding budgets. 

ERGONOMIC EQUIPMENT

A reminder from Human Resources: Working at home is challenging in many ways, including physical support.  As we all learn how to work from home more effectively, it is important to be good to our bodies by observing basic rules of ergonomics to the greatest extent possible. The District’s Risk Management department has recently provided important guidance regarding ergonomic safety while working from home, which can be accessed online.  The ergonomic guidance document contains links to useful resources for ergonomic health and safety that are available to all employees.  Please be observant regarding your physical needs and take frequent breaks to stretch. Risk Management has published a guide to proper stretching at the desk or computer.  Everyone is encouraged to make use of these helpful resources and techniques. If you need additional assistance with ergonomics at home, please contact your supervisor – your supervisor may be able to assist you in borrowing lightweight items from your workplace, such as ergonomic keyboards, ergonomic mice, and even your desk chair if it can be transported safely.

FUTURE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

As part of the transition away from in-person and group interaction, the SDCCD Board of Trustees will also be moving their required public meetings to a virtual format.  Effective with the April 9 Board meeting, Board meetings will be held using Zoom videoconferencing, with the public invited to participate via a You Tube live-stream. SDCCD Board members, the Chancellor, Cabinet members, and governance leaders will participate in the Board meeting from their homes. Individuals who wish to provide public comment may do so via email or online formats.  Additional information and details about the new Board meeting format will be provided this Thursday, April 2, when the Board agenda is published.

Let me close by thanking you again for your dedication and flexibility during this crisis.  Also thank you for the helpful suggestions that you have been making. The San Diego region is truly fortunate to have such caring professionals and community supporters.

Stay well.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 3:12 pm

Spring Break Recommendations

With Spring Break now underway through April 3rd we encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs. Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times. https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

 


Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:02 am

State Chancellor Makes Changes to Grading Policies in Response to COVID-19

 

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Friday instituted changes to various grading regulations throughout the 115-college system in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the latest in a series of measures to help students adjust to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:58 am

Important Student Update - Changes with Excused Withdrawals

Information Update for Students regarding Business Practices -  March 26, 2020 


This Informational Update will be provided weekly to communicate the status of decisions regarding changes to business processes as it relates to COVID‐19. 


Excused Withdrawal 

Previous Deadline: April 17, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May8,2020 (primary term) 

Any student who withdraws from classes between March 9 and May 8, 2020 will have their W changed to an Excused Withdrawal (EW). After May 8, 2020, a petition will be required. The EW symbol will show on a student’s official transcript but will be annotated with ‘COVID‐19’ to indicate the reason. It does not count against the student for academic standing purposes or as a repeat for enrollment purposes. Students are being notified via email of this new process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  •  Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  •  Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  •  May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation. 

Next Steps: 

  •  Detailed instruction regarding the process will be ready in the next few weeks.
  •  Students are encouraged to consult with the counseling and financial aid offices prior to dropping a class.

 


 

 

Refunds

 

Previous Deadline: February 18, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May 8,2020 (primary term) 

 

Students with the EW grade will be given a refund of enrollment fees and non‐resident tuition. There will not be a refund of the student health/accident fees, student representation fees, dosimetry fees, golf fees, Associated Student membership or parking permits for classes that have already begun. 

 

Next Steps: 

  • Refunds will be processed in alignment with the Excused Withdraw process.

 


Class Cancellation

 

Some classes may need to be cancelled as there is not a remote teaching methodology permitted (e.g. Nursing). These can be treated the same as other classes and student may receive an EW and a refund (assuming the class was in session). 

 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  • Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  • Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.

 

Next Steps: 

 

  • Classes will be cancelled and students notified. If the class has not started, students will receive a drop and a refund. 

 

Incomplete Grade 

Title 5 section 55023 (e) states:


Incomplete: Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered in the student's record. The condition for the removal of the “I” shall be stated by the instructor in a written record. This record shall contain the conditions for the removal of the “I” and the grade assigned in lieu of its removal. This record must be given to the student with a copy on file with the registrar until the “I” is made up or the time limit has passed. A final grade shall be assigned when the work stipulated has been completed and evaluated, or when the time limit for completing the work has passed. There is no change to this process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted:

  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.


Extend P/NP Deadline

 

Previous Deadline: March 9, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 17, 2020

 

The Chancellor’s office is currently discussing options to allow the extension of the Pass/No Pass deadline for approved courses. It is typically set at the 30% point 


Extend Grades Due Deadline for 1st 8-Week Session

 

Previous Deadline: April 11, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 30, 2020

 

Due to the classes moving to remote methodology and the staff working from home, more time is needed to finalize student grades. 

 

Forms and Petition Processing 

Due to the current situation with COVID‐19 (Coronavirus) and campus closure, we are piloting an online submission process for student petitions and forms through the mySDCCD Support Desk system – JIRA. The following forms may be submitted by students: 

  • ·  Recency/Code of W's (10+ Years) 
  • ·  Excused Withdrawal Petition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal with Course Repetition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal without Course Repetition 
  • ·  Petition for Appeal of Enrollment Priority and/or Loss of CCPG 
  • ·  Modification of Graduation Requirements 
  • ·  Reinstatement After Disqualification 
  • ·  Proof of Prerequisites or Corequisites 
  • ·  Student Academic Contract 
  • ·  Student Petition (also used for Unit Overrides) 

Resources

 

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has additional resources for faculty and staff with daily updates. 

https://www.cccco.edu/About‐Us/Chancellors‐Office/Divisions/Communications‐and‐Marketing/Novel‐ Coronavirus/ 

https://cvc.edu/about‐the‐oei/resources/ 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:28 pm

President's Letter to the Community

Sent on Behalf of Interim President Gable

I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment to responding to the challenges that are emerging on a daily basis as our lives continue to be affected by COVID-19.  While we practice healthy precautions, such as going into a remote environment, the tool of social distancing is the most powerful measure we can employ to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In anticipation of Spring Break next week, and in an effort to keep members of our community safe and healthy, below are some reminders and helpful information:

Spring Break Recommendations

Spring Break takes place the week of March 30th to April 3rd. We encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs.  Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times.  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

Marsha

#inthistogether

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Marsha V. Gable, Ed.D.

Interim President

San Diego Miramar College

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:21 am

District to Continue Online Instruction Through the Remainder of the Spring and Summer

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), which transitioned 60,000 students to all online classes on March 23, announced it expects to continue with online classes through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, the district — which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges as well as San Diego Continuing Education — will offer all online classes this summer.

SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll says the decision to continue online only classes through the rest of spring and summer will assist with academic planning efforts and is necessary at time of great uncertainty in terms of when the current crisis and social distancing directive will end. She applauded district faculty and staff for a smooth transition to online instruction and remote operations after being given very short notice.

“It was a herculean task to move more than 6,000 class sections to alternative modes of instruction,” said Chancellor Carroll. “But district faculty and staff understand what’s at stake for our students and for our community as we all collectively work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Effective March 23, the district closed all campuses and facilities and instructed its 5,000 employees to begin working remotely. In addition, all district events have been canceled right up to commencement ceremonies in late May and early June. Chancellor Carroll says the district’s colleges and Continuing Education are delaying decisions on commencement ceremonies as long as possible in the hope that the situation in San Diego County improves.

“While our campuses are closed, essential services such as counseling, tutoring, and health services are being provided to students remotely,” said Chancellor Carroll. “In addition, we are working to ensure some of our most vulnerable students are taken care of. This includes meeting their basic needs and ensuring they receive financial aid, even if they don’t have a permanent mailing address.”

This week, the district announced a fundraising effort to assist students who are in need of laptops, Wi-Fi access, and other emergency resources. While hundreds of laptops have been provided to students, resources are limited. Online donations can be made securely at: sdccd.edu/coronavirus/covid19-how-you-can-help.aspxFor district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:55 pm

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:00AM-11:00AM (PST); 1:00PM-2:00PM (EST).
Where: Zoom Meeting: Register now at ASPPH.org/event/2020virtualannualmeeting (link to be provided upon registration),
 or dial based on your location, US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866
 

Overview

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a rapidly emerging and evolving situation. In an effort to promote the health and safety of universities, college students, and young person(s), as well as HELP REDUCE community spread of the COVID-19, join us on March 26th, 2020, 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST), for a free webinar on What you Absolutely Need to Know as a College Student about COVID-19. This webinar will provide important information to stay healthy and most importantly, provide comfort in challenging and uncertain times.

Objectives

This webinar will educate students on:

• How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what young adults should know

• Best ways to practice social distancing and what it means

• Discuss and provide examples of ways to take care of your health

 Moderator

Hala Madanat, PhD 

Director and Professor School of Public Health 

San Diego State University 

Plenary Speaker

Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides MD, MPH

Physician, Chief Medical Officer

San Diego County

Dr. Nick’s Biography Information

Dr. Nick Yphantides MD, MPH is an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. For nine years, Dr. Nick served as Chief Medical Officer of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County.  Ultimately, he took his advocacy into politics serving as the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Pomerado Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California. Dr. Nick has served the last 11 years as the Chief Medical Officer for the County of San Diego.  For the last 13 years, he has also been the National Director of Health and Wellness for Axene Health Partners, LLC. 

Dr. Nick is also the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, and a Board Member of Palomar Pomerado Health System. He was on the Executive Board of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Board Member of the Health Care Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Physician Chair of the Medical Board of the Council of Community Clinics. 

Dr. Nick’s life story to address his own personal health needs and achieving an enduring transformation of his personal health has been featured in People Magazine, Reader’s Digest,  Washington Post, New York Times and on CNN, Fox News, Discovery Channel and even in the National Enquirer. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor, has been to as many countries as he is old and is always willing to lend a helping hand where it is needed the most. 

We look forward to connecting with you on-line Thursday!


Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 2:37 pm

Emergency Grants Available to Help CA College Students Stay in School

This fund is no longer accepting applications as of Friday, April 3, 2020.

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to help the most vulnerable students stay in school, earn their degrees, and build a better future for themselves and our communities.

The California College Student Emergency Support Fund has launched to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students. Administered by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), the Fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state’s low-income college students, including undocumented immigrants, foster youth, and those who are housing insecure.

As colleges and universities respond to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, students find themselves facing a wide variety of challenges and costs. The Fund was created to cover unplanned financial expenses such as housing, technology, and more to support educational continuity, persistence, and degree completion for California’s college students through this crisis.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the California College Student Emergency Support Fund, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time (12+ units) as an undergraduate at a California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus
  • Have earned at least 24 semester units or 36 quarter units (i.e., one academic year of coursework)
  • Be low-income, with a maximum Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,576 (equivalent to eligibility for Pell Grant) or eligible for a California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver (formerly known as the BOG fee waiver)

After approval, students can expect to receive the money via electronic transfer within 72 hours.

How Can I Apply?

Students can apply for a grant online at bit.ly/covid-student-grant.

Applications and grant payments to students will be processed by MAF. MAF is a well-established non-profit organization that carried out a similar emergency fund effort in 2017 to pay for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients’ renewal fees.

We encourage interested students to apply as quickly as possible as these funds will go fast.

It will help to have the following items at the ready: your transcript, financial aid eligibility (any financial aid statement or award letter that shows EFC or California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver), and electronic banking login information (not required).

Major Donors to The California College Student Emergency Support Fund Include:

College Futures Foundation - Ballmer Group - Stuart Foundation

Tipping Point Community - Weingart Foundation

 

 


Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 10:57 am

UC Temporarily Adjusts Admissions Requirements

The University of California acted on March 31st to implement temporary measures which relax undergraduate admissions requirements for students looking to enroll at UC for fall 2020 and future years as applicable. These measures will help mitigate some of the extraordinary challenges students and their families face in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 4:01 pm

Commencement Ceremony Postponed

As public health experts continue to indicate that we are likely to be impacted by COVID-19 throughout this semester, San Diego Miramar College, along with all the other San Diego Community College District colleges and Continuing Education have made the difficult decision to postpone the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony to be held May 29, 2020 inside Hourglass Fieldhouse.

It was a disheartening decision, but in an effort to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities, we feel this is the best course of action. Plans for rescheduling have not been made at this time, but you will be informed of future commencement plans as they become available. 

We will continue to work remotely to process all graduation applications for spring and summer 2020 graduates.  Upon completion of the Associate Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement requirements, awards will be recorded to a student’s transcript and diploma(s)/certificates will be mailed to the students address on record.

Spring graduates can anticipate receiving their awards by early August and summer graduates   can anticipate receiving their diploma/s by the middle of October. 

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times, and we wish you good health and  safety.                                      


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 3:11 pm

COVID-19 Update (includes postponement of commencement)

From:  Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor

Hello to everyone.  It’s Spring Break this week, but I am still working from home every day, as I am sure many of you are as well.  I do hope that members of our faculty, classified professionals, and administrators are able to take some time off.  It is so important to balance work time with personal time, even though there are limitations on what one can do.  As always, thank you for your flexibility and resilience as we work through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The members of our Board of Trustees extend their appreciation for everyone’s willingness to put students first during this challenging time. 

In general, things seem to be progressing as well as can be expected in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD).  Enrollment is stable and on track, despite the spring semester disruption by transitioning to online instruction. The overall transition to remote instruction and operations has also gone well, and everyone seems to be mastering the art of meetings via Zoom. Over 850 high school students have already applied to the San Diego Promise program in the fall semester, indicating their optimism about the future educational opportunities we offer.  To my knowledge, no COVID-19 cases have been reported among members of our faculty, classified professionals, or administrators.  We have much for which to be thankful.

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR ONLINE/ DISTANCE EDUCATION

As you know, there are multiple avenues and sites to support faculty and students during this transition to online education.  I will not reprint them in this message since I know that these opportunities are being conveyed by other sources.  We are still working with the State on how best to handle the laboratory and clinical demands of some of our programs.  I will add that we are involved in an extensive effort to obtain laptops with Internet connectivity for our students. City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education have already distributed hundreds of laptops to students, with the assistance of their foundations.  Our San Diego Promise program is continuing its fundraising campaign and I am coordinating a fundraising effort for our San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA) colleges in the region to see if we can obtain funding from a major foundation.  One of the worst possible outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis is the widening of the “digital divide” because disadvantaged students cannot afford to participate in the world of online instruction, since they do not possess computer equipment or Internet connectivity.  We cannot let that happen.

MAJOR FUTURE PLANNING ISSUE

While stabilizing instructional delivery and adjusting to the new formats required by the COVID-19 situation, there is another issue looming before all institutions of higher education, especially community colleges.  As we all know, the relationship between the economy and student enrollment is countercyclical. When the economy is weak, student enrollments are high, as people turn to community colleges for job training or retraining; when the economy is strong, student enrollments drop, as people become employed instead of taking classes.  It is now projected that the economy will continue to slump and national unemployment may climb as high as 32%.  Thus, we will need a strategy for accommodating increasing numbers of students in the coming fall or spring, no matter what the instructional modality may be.  This is something we should discuss very soon so that we are prepared for another change in the enrollment pattern.

COMMENCEMENTS POSTPONED

After waiting as long as we could, the campus presidents and I have reached a decision regarding commencements.  The City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education commencements, which were scheduled to take place in late May and early June, are being postponed due to the prohibition against large group assemblies and due to the need for us to give timely notice to the vendors who provide the academic regalia and other items for these events.  The commencements will be postponed to summer or fall, or they may even be recast in a digital format, all depending upon the evolutions of the COVID-19 situation. This was a very difficult decision, which we made most reluctantly, because commencements are extremely important to our students and their families since they celebrate years of academic commitment and personal sacrifice in pursuit of a better life.  Lots of students have been contacting us, both inquiring about the commencements and urging us not to cancel them. Unfortunately, concerns about health and safety must prevail.  All graduating students will be notified today regarding this decision.  We are deeply sorry to disappoint them.

EARLY SCHOLARSHIPS

Recognizing that some students have lost their jobs and have urgent financial needs, we are exploring with scholarship donors the possibility of distributing scholarships early, preferably during the week of April 13.  Since the scholarship awards luncheons and dinners have all been canceled, the goal would be to provide these funds to students as soon as possible.  Mesa College initiated this idea and the other institutions felt it would be a good thing to do for our students.

FUNDING

As I am sure you can imagine, despite budget constraints this year, the San Diego Community College District has joined other colleges and universities in dramatically increasing expenditures in order to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.  It has already cost the SDCCD millions of dollars in transitioning classes to the online/distance education format and in transitioning all administrative and support operations to remote locations, with almost 100% of employees working from home.  These expenditures will definitely increase, even though projections are that next year’s State budget for community colleges will be even more constrained than the current budget. To take advantage of reimbursement possibilities, the SDCCD has reactivated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and we are tracking all expenditures related to the COVID-19 situation so that we will be able to qualify for reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  We are also closely monitoring all State and foundation grants in a search for support.

In addition, we are closely monitoring federal relief funding. The Cabinet and I are reviewing the federal Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress on March 25 and 27 (S. 3548 and H.R. 748), and signed by the President.  The bill addresses all aspects of necessary relief and establishes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which includes $13.9 billion in “flexible funding” to help institutions defray expenses and impacts such as “lost revenue, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, and grants to students for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.” The funding levels for colleges and universities are indexed to Pell grant levels.  The Act further specifies that these funds must be used (50%) for direct emergency aid to students, “including grants to students for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care.”  We are studying the bill to determine what our flexibility is in this funding mechanism, including how Continuing Education and District functions should be addressed.  Based on Pell levels, the following distribution authorizations would occur:

·City College                      $4,974,000

·Mesa College                    $6,379,000

·Miramar College               $3,266,000

Total District                           $14,619,000

Even with welcome relief funding from these and other sources, the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis is enormous and the entire higher education community is in for somewhat of a “rough ride” regarding budgets. 

ERGONOMIC EQUIPMENT

A reminder from Human Resources: Working at home is challenging in many ways, including physical support.  As we all learn how to work from home more effectively, it is important to be good to our bodies by observing basic rules of ergonomics to the greatest extent possible. The District’s Risk Management department has recently provided important guidance regarding ergonomic safety while working from home, which can be accessed online.  The ergonomic guidance document contains links to useful resources for ergonomic health and safety that are available to all employees.  Please be observant regarding your physical needs and take frequent breaks to stretch. Risk Management has published a guide to proper stretching at the desk or computer.  Everyone is encouraged to make use of these helpful resources and techniques. If you need additional assistance with ergonomics at home, please contact your supervisor – your supervisor may be able to assist you in borrowing lightweight items from your workplace, such as ergonomic keyboards, ergonomic mice, and even your desk chair if it can be transported safely.

FUTURE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

As part of the transition away from in-person and group interaction, the SDCCD Board of Trustees will also be moving their required public meetings to a virtual format.  Effective with the April 9 Board meeting, Board meetings will be held using Zoom videoconferencing, with the public invited to participate via a You Tube live-stream. SDCCD Board members, the Chancellor, Cabinet members, and governance leaders will participate in the Board meeting from their homes. Individuals who wish to provide public comment may do so via email or online formats.  Additional information and details about the new Board meeting format will be provided this Thursday, April 2, when the Board agenda is published.

Let me close by thanking you again for your dedication and flexibility during this crisis.  Also thank you for the helpful suggestions that you have been making. The San Diego region is truly fortunate to have such caring professionals and community supporters.

Stay well.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 3:12 pm

Spring Break Recommendations

With Spring Break now underway through April 3rd we encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs. Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times. https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

 


Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:02 am

State Chancellor Makes Changes to Grading Policies in Response to COVID-19

 

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Friday instituted changes to various grading regulations throughout the 115-college system in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the latest in a series of measures to help students adjust to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:58 am

Important Student Update - Changes with Excused Withdrawals

Information Update for Students regarding Business Practices -  March 26, 2020 


This Informational Update will be provided weekly to communicate the status of decisions regarding changes to business processes as it relates to COVID‐19. 


Excused Withdrawal 

Previous Deadline: April 17, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May8,2020 (primary term) 

Any student who withdraws from classes between March 9 and May 8, 2020 will have their W changed to an Excused Withdrawal (EW). After May 8, 2020, a petition will be required. The EW symbol will show on a student’s official transcript but will be annotated with ‘COVID‐19’ to indicate the reason. It does not count against the student for academic standing purposes or as a repeat for enrollment purposes. Students are being notified via email of this new process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  •  Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  •  Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  •  May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation. 

Next Steps: 

  •  Detailed instruction regarding the process will be ready in the next few weeks.
  •  Students are encouraged to consult with the counseling and financial aid offices prior to dropping a class.

 


 

 

Refunds

 

Previous Deadline: February 18, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May 8,2020 (primary term) 

 

Students with the EW grade will be given a refund of enrollment fees and non‐resident tuition. There will not be a refund of the student health/accident fees, student representation fees, dosimetry fees, golf fees, Associated Student membership or parking permits for classes that have already begun. 

 

Next Steps: 

  • Refunds will be processed in alignment with the Excused Withdraw process.

 


Class Cancellation

 

Some classes may need to be cancelled as there is not a remote teaching methodology permitted (e.g. Nursing). These can be treated the same as other classes and student may receive an EW and a refund (assuming the class was in session). 

 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  • Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  • Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.

 

Next Steps: 

 

  • Classes will be cancelled and students notified. If the class has not started, students will receive a drop and a refund. 

 

Incomplete Grade 

Title 5 section 55023 (e) states:


Incomplete: Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered in the student's record. The condition for the removal of the “I” shall be stated by the instructor in a written record. This record shall contain the conditions for the removal of the “I” and the grade assigned in lieu of its removal. This record must be given to the student with a copy on file with the registrar until the “I” is made up or the time limit has passed. A final grade shall be assigned when the work stipulated has been completed and evaluated, or when the time limit for completing the work has passed. There is no change to this process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted:

  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.


Extend P/NP Deadline

 

Previous Deadline: March 9, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 17, 2020

 

The Chancellor’s office is currently discussing options to allow the extension of the Pass/No Pass deadline for approved courses. It is typically set at the 30% point 


Extend Grades Due Deadline for 1st 8-Week Session

 

Previous Deadline: April 11, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 30, 2020

 

Due to the classes moving to remote methodology and the staff working from home, more time is needed to finalize student grades. 

 

Forms and Petition Processing 

Due to the current situation with COVID‐19 (Coronavirus) and campus closure, we are piloting an online submission process for student petitions and forms through the mySDCCD Support Desk system – JIRA. The following forms may be submitted by students: 

  • ·  Recency/Code of W's (10+ Years) 
  • ·  Excused Withdrawal Petition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal with Course Repetition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal without Course Repetition 
  • ·  Petition for Appeal of Enrollment Priority and/or Loss of CCPG 
  • ·  Modification of Graduation Requirements 
  • ·  Reinstatement After Disqualification 
  • ·  Proof of Prerequisites or Corequisites 
  • ·  Student Academic Contract 
  • ·  Student Petition (also used for Unit Overrides) 

Resources

 

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has additional resources for faculty and staff with daily updates. 

https://www.cccco.edu/About‐Us/Chancellors‐Office/Divisions/Communications‐and‐Marketing/Novel‐ Coronavirus/ 

https://cvc.edu/about‐the‐oei/resources/ 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:28 pm

President's Letter to the Community

Sent on Behalf of Interim President Gable

I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment to responding to the challenges that are emerging on a daily basis as our lives continue to be affected by COVID-19.  While we practice healthy precautions, such as going into a remote environment, the tool of social distancing is the most powerful measure we can employ to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In anticipation of Spring Break next week, and in an effort to keep members of our community safe and healthy, below are some reminders and helpful information:

Spring Break Recommendations

Spring Break takes place the week of March 30th to April 3rd. We encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs.  Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times.  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

Marsha

#inthistogether

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Marsha V. Gable, Ed.D.

Interim President

San Diego Miramar College

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:21 am

District to Continue Online Instruction Through the Remainder of the Spring and Summer

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), which transitioned 60,000 students to all online classes on March 23, announced it expects to continue with online classes through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, the district — which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges as well as San Diego Continuing Education — will offer all online classes this summer.

SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll says the decision to continue online only classes through the rest of spring and summer will assist with academic planning efforts and is necessary at time of great uncertainty in terms of when the current crisis and social distancing directive will end. She applauded district faculty and staff for a smooth transition to online instruction and remote operations after being given very short notice.

“It was a herculean task to move more than 6,000 class sections to alternative modes of instruction,” said Chancellor Carroll. “But district faculty and staff understand what’s at stake for our students and for our community as we all collectively work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Effective March 23, the district closed all campuses and facilities and instructed its 5,000 employees to begin working remotely. In addition, all district events have been canceled right up to commencement ceremonies in late May and early June. Chancellor Carroll says the district’s colleges and Continuing Education are delaying decisions on commencement ceremonies as long as possible in the hope that the situation in San Diego County improves.

“While our campuses are closed, essential services such as counseling, tutoring, and health services are being provided to students remotely,” said Chancellor Carroll. “In addition, we are working to ensure some of our most vulnerable students are taken care of. This includes meeting their basic needs and ensuring they receive financial aid, even if they don’t have a permanent mailing address.”

This week, the district announced a fundraising effort to assist students who are in need of laptops, Wi-Fi access, and other emergency resources. While hundreds of laptops have been provided to students, resources are limited. Online donations can be made securely at: sdccd.edu/coronavirus/covid19-how-you-can-help.aspxFor district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:55 pm

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:00AM-11:00AM (PST); 1:00PM-2:00PM (EST).
Where: Zoom Meeting: Register now at ASPPH.org/event/2020virtualannualmeeting (link to be provided upon registration),
 or dial based on your location, US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866
 

Overview

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a rapidly emerging and evolving situation. In an effort to promote the health and safety of universities, college students, and young person(s), as well as HELP REDUCE community spread of the COVID-19, join us on March 26th, 2020, 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST), for a free webinar on What you Absolutely Need to Know as a College Student about COVID-19. This webinar will provide important information to stay healthy and most importantly, provide comfort in challenging and uncertain times.

Objectives

This webinar will educate students on:

• How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what young adults should know

• Best ways to practice social distancing and what it means

• Discuss and provide examples of ways to take care of your health

 Moderator

Hala Madanat, PhD 

Director and Professor School of Public Health 

San Diego State University 

Plenary Speaker

Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides MD, MPH

Physician, Chief Medical Officer

San Diego County

Dr. Nick’s Biography Information

Dr. Nick Yphantides MD, MPH is an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. For nine years, Dr. Nick served as Chief Medical Officer of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County.  Ultimately, he took his advocacy into politics serving as the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Pomerado Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California. Dr. Nick has served the last 11 years as the Chief Medical Officer for the County of San Diego.  For the last 13 years, he has also been the National Director of Health and Wellness for Axene Health Partners, LLC. 

Dr. Nick is also the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, and a Board Member of Palomar Pomerado Health System. He was on the Executive Board of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Board Member of the Health Care Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Physician Chair of the Medical Board of the Council of Community Clinics. 

Dr. Nick’s life story to address his own personal health needs and achieving an enduring transformation of his personal health has been featured in People Magazine, Reader’s Digest,  Washington Post, New York Times and on CNN, Fox News, Discovery Channel and even in the National Enquirer. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor, has been to as many countries as he is old and is always willing to lend a helping hand where it is needed the most. 

We look forward to connecting with you on-line Thursday!


Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 2:37 pm

Emergency Grants Available to Help CA College Students Stay in School

This fund is no longer accepting applications as of Friday, April 3, 2020.

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to help the most vulnerable students stay in school, earn their degrees, and build a better future for themselves and our communities.

The California College Student Emergency Support Fund has launched to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students. Administered by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), the Fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state’s low-income college students, including undocumented immigrants, foster youth, and those who are housing insecure.

As colleges and universities respond to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, students find themselves facing a wide variety of challenges and costs. The Fund was created to cover unplanned financial expenses such as housing, technology, and more to support educational continuity, persistence, and degree completion for California’s college students through this crisis.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the California College Student Emergency Support Fund, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time (12+ units) as an undergraduate at a California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus
  • Have earned at least 24 semester units or 36 quarter units (i.e., one academic year of coursework)
  • Be low-income, with a maximum Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,576 (equivalent to eligibility for Pell Grant) or eligible for a California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver (formerly known as the BOG fee waiver)

After approval, students can expect to receive the money via electronic transfer within 72 hours.

How Can I Apply?

Students can apply for a grant online at bit.ly/covid-student-grant.

Applications and grant payments to students will be processed by MAF. MAF is a well-established non-profit organization that carried out a similar emergency fund effort in 2017 to pay for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients’ renewal fees.

We encourage interested students to apply as quickly as possible as these funds will go fast.

It will help to have the following items at the ready: your transcript, financial aid eligibility (any financial aid statement or award letter that shows EFC or California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver), and electronic banking login information (not required).

Major Donors to The California College Student Emergency Support Fund Include:

College Futures Foundation - Ballmer Group - Stuart Foundation

Tipping Point Community - Weingart Foundation

 

 


Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 10:57 am

UC Temporarily Adjusts Admissions Requirements

The University of California acted on March 31st to implement temporary measures which relax undergraduate admissions requirements for students looking to enroll at UC for fall 2020 and future years as applicable. These measures will help mitigate some of the extraordinary challenges students and their families face in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 4:01 pm

Commencement Ceremony Postponed

As public health experts continue to indicate that we are likely to be impacted by COVID-19 throughout this semester, San Diego Miramar College, along with all the other San Diego Community College District colleges and Continuing Education have made the difficult decision to postpone the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony to be held May 29, 2020 inside Hourglass Fieldhouse.

It was a disheartening decision, but in an effort to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities, we feel this is the best course of action. Plans for rescheduling have not been made at this time, but you will be informed of future commencement plans as they become available. 

We will continue to work remotely to process all graduation applications for spring and summer 2020 graduates.  Upon completion of the Associate Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement requirements, awards will be recorded to a student’s transcript and diploma(s)/certificates will be mailed to the students address on record.

Spring graduates can anticipate receiving their awards by early August and summer graduates   can anticipate receiving their diploma/s by the middle of October. 

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times, and we wish you good health and  safety.                                      


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 3:11 pm

COVID-19 Update (includes postponement of commencement)

From:  Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor

Hello to everyone.  It’s Spring Break this week, but I am still working from home every day, as I am sure many of you are as well.  I do hope that members of our faculty, classified professionals, and administrators are able to take some time off.  It is so important to balance work time with personal time, even though there are limitations on what one can do.  As always, thank you for your flexibility and resilience as we work through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The members of our Board of Trustees extend their appreciation for everyone’s willingness to put students first during this challenging time. 

In general, things seem to be progressing as well as can be expected in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD).  Enrollment is stable and on track, despite the spring semester disruption by transitioning to online instruction. The overall transition to remote instruction and operations has also gone well, and everyone seems to be mastering the art of meetings via Zoom. Over 850 high school students have already applied to the San Diego Promise program in the fall semester, indicating their optimism about the future educational opportunities we offer.  To my knowledge, no COVID-19 cases have been reported among members of our faculty, classified professionals, or administrators.  We have much for which to be thankful.

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR ONLINE/ DISTANCE EDUCATION

As you know, there are multiple avenues and sites to support faculty and students during this transition to online education.  I will not reprint them in this message since I know that these opportunities are being conveyed by other sources.  We are still working with the State on how best to handle the laboratory and clinical demands of some of our programs.  I will add that we are involved in an extensive effort to obtain laptops with Internet connectivity for our students. City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education have already distributed hundreds of laptops to students, with the assistance of their foundations.  Our San Diego Promise program is continuing its fundraising campaign and I am coordinating a fundraising effort for our San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA) colleges in the region to see if we can obtain funding from a major foundation.  One of the worst possible outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis is the widening of the “digital divide” because disadvantaged students cannot afford to participate in the world of online instruction, since they do not possess computer equipment or Internet connectivity.  We cannot let that happen.

MAJOR FUTURE PLANNING ISSUE

While stabilizing instructional delivery and adjusting to the new formats required by the COVID-19 situation, there is another issue looming before all institutions of higher education, especially community colleges.  As we all know, the relationship between the economy and student enrollment is countercyclical. When the economy is weak, student enrollments are high, as people turn to community colleges for job training or retraining; when the economy is strong, student enrollments drop, as people become employed instead of taking classes.  It is now projected that the economy will continue to slump and national unemployment may climb as high as 32%.  Thus, we will need a strategy for accommodating increasing numbers of students in the coming fall or spring, no matter what the instructional modality may be.  This is something we should discuss very soon so that we are prepared for another change in the enrollment pattern.

COMMENCEMENTS POSTPONED

After waiting as long as we could, the campus presidents and I have reached a decision regarding commencements.  The City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education commencements, which were scheduled to take place in late May and early June, are being postponed due to the prohibition against large group assemblies and due to the need for us to give timely notice to the vendors who provide the academic regalia and other items for these events.  The commencements will be postponed to summer or fall, or they may even be recast in a digital format, all depending upon the evolutions of the COVID-19 situation. This was a very difficult decision, which we made most reluctantly, because commencements are extremely important to our students and their families since they celebrate years of academic commitment and personal sacrifice in pursuit of a better life.  Lots of students have been contacting us, both inquiring about the commencements and urging us not to cancel them. Unfortunately, concerns about health and safety must prevail.  All graduating students will be notified today regarding this decision.  We are deeply sorry to disappoint them.

EARLY SCHOLARSHIPS

Recognizing that some students have lost their jobs and have urgent financial needs, we are exploring with scholarship donors the possibility of distributing scholarships early, preferably during the week of April 13.  Since the scholarship awards luncheons and dinners have all been canceled, the goal would be to provide these funds to students as soon as possible.  Mesa College initiated this idea and the other institutions felt it would be a good thing to do for our students.

FUNDING

As I am sure you can imagine, despite budget constraints this year, the San Diego Community College District has joined other colleges and universities in dramatically increasing expenditures in order to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.  It has already cost the SDCCD millions of dollars in transitioning classes to the online/distance education format and in transitioning all administrative and support operations to remote locations, with almost 100% of employees working from home.  These expenditures will definitely increase, even though projections are that next year’s State budget for community colleges will be even more constrained than the current budget. To take advantage of reimbursement possibilities, the SDCCD has reactivated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and we are tracking all expenditures related to the COVID-19 situation so that we will be able to qualify for reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  We are also closely monitoring all State and foundation grants in a search for support.

In addition, we are closely monitoring federal relief funding. The Cabinet and I are reviewing the federal Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress on March 25 and 27 (S. 3548 and H.R. 748), and signed by the President.  The bill addresses all aspects of necessary relief and establishes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which includes $13.9 billion in “flexible funding” to help institutions defray expenses and impacts such as “lost revenue, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, and grants to students for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.” The funding levels for colleges and universities are indexed to Pell grant levels.  The Act further specifies that these funds must be used (50%) for direct emergency aid to students, “including grants to students for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care.”  We are studying the bill to determine what our flexibility is in this funding mechanism, including how Continuing Education and District functions should be addressed.  Based on Pell levels, the following distribution authorizations would occur:

·City College                      $4,974,000

·Mesa College                    $6,379,000

·Miramar College               $3,266,000

Total District                           $14,619,000

Even with welcome relief funding from these and other sources, the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis is enormous and the entire higher education community is in for somewhat of a “rough ride” regarding budgets. 

ERGONOMIC EQUIPMENT

A reminder from Human Resources: Working at home is challenging in many ways, including physical support.  As we all learn how to work from home more effectively, it is important to be good to our bodies by observing basic rules of ergonomics to the greatest extent possible. The District’s Risk Management department has recently provided important guidance regarding ergonomic safety while working from home, which can be accessed online.  The ergonomic guidance document contains links to useful resources for ergonomic health and safety that are available to all employees.  Please be observant regarding your physical needs and take frequent breaks to stretch. Risk Management has published a guide to proper stretching at the desk or computer.  Everyone is encouraged to make use of these helpful resources and techniques. If you need additional assistance with ergonomics at home, please contact your supervisor – your supervisor may be able to assist you in borrowing lightweight items from your workplace, such as ergonomic keyboards, ergonomic mice, and even your desk chair if it can be transported safely.

FUTURE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

As part of the transition away from in-person and group interaction, the SDCCD Board of Trustees will also be moving their required public meetings to a virtual format.  Effective with the April 9 Board meeting, Board meetings will be held using Zoom videoconferencing, with the public invited to participate via a You Tube live-stream. SDCCD Board members, the Chancellor, Cabinet members, and governance leaders will participate in the Board meeting from their homes. Individuals who wish to provide public comment may do so via email or online formats.  Additional information and details about the new Board meeting format will be provided this Thursday, April 2, when the Board agenda is published.

Let me close by thanking you again for your dedication and flexibility during this crisis.  Also thank you for the helpful suggestions that you have been making. The San Diego region is truly fortunate to have such caring professionals and community supporters.

Stay well.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 3:12 pm

Spring Break Recommendations

With Spring Break now underway through April 3rd we encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs. Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times. https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

 


Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:02 am

State Chancellor Makes Changes to Grading Policies in Response to COVID-19

 

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Friday instituted changes to various grading regulations throughout the 115-college system in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the latest in a series of measures to help students adjust to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:58 am

Important Student Update - Changes with Excused Withdrawals

Information Update for Students regarding Business Practices -  March 26, 2020 


This Informational Update will be provided weekly to communicate the status of decisions regarding changes to business processes as it relates to COVID‐19. 


Excused Withdrawal 

Previous Deadline: April 17, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May8,2020 (primary term) 

Any student who withdraws from classes between March 9 and May 8, 2020 will have their W changed to an Excused Withdrawal (EW). After May 8, 2020, a petition will be required. The EW symbol will show on a student’s official transcript but will be annotated with ‘COVID‐19’ to indicate the reason. It does not count against the student for academic standing purposes or as a repeat for enrollment purposes. Students are being notified via email of this new process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  •  Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  •  Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  •  May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation. 

Next Steps: 

  •  Detailed instruction regarding the process will be ready in the next few weeks.
  •  Students are encouraged to consult with the counseling and financial aid offices prior to dropping a class.

 


 

 

Refunds

 

Previous Deadline: February 18, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May 8,2020 (primary term) 

 

Students with the EW grade will be given a refund of enrollment fees and non‐resident tuition. There will not be a refund of the student health/accident fees, student representation fees, dosimetry fees, golf fees, Associated Student membership or parking permits for classes that have already begun. 

 

Next Steps: 

  • Refunds will be processed in alignment with the Excused Withdraw process.

 


Class Cancellation

 

Some classes may need to be cancelled as there is not a remote teaching methodology permitted (e.g. Nursing). These can be treated the same as other classes and student may receive an EW and a refund (assuming the class was in session). 

 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  • Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  • Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.

 

Next Steps: 

 

  • Classes will be cancelled and students notified. If the class has not started, students will receive a drop and a refund. 

 

Incomplete Grade 

Title 5 section 55023 (e) states:


Incomplete: Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered in the student's record. The condition for the removal of the “I” shall be stated by the instructor in a written record. This record shall contain the conditions for the removal of the “I” and the grade assigned in lieu of its removal. This record must be given to the student with a copy on file with the registrar until the “I” is made up or the time limit has passed. A final grade shall be assigned when the work stipulated has been completed and evaluated, or when the time limit for completing the work has passed. There is no change to this process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted:

  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.


Extend P/NP Deadline

 

Previous Deadline: March 9, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 17, 2020

 

The Chancellor’s office is currently discussing options to allow the extension of the Pass/No Pass deadline for approved courses. It is typically set at the 30% point 


Extend Grades Due Deadline for 1st 8-Week Session

 

Previous Deadline: April 11, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 30, 2020

 

Due to the classes moving to remote methodology and the staff working from home, more time is needed to finalize student grades. 

 

Forms and Petition Processing 

Due to the current situation with COVID‐19 (Coronavirus) and campus closure, we are piloting an online submission process for student petitions and forms through the mySDCCD Support Desk system – JIRA. The following forms may be submitted by students: 

  • ·  Recency/Code of W's (10+ Years) 
  • ·  Excused Withdrawal Petition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal with Course Repetition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal without Course Repetition 
  • ·  Petition for Appeal of Enrollment Priority and/or Loss of CCPG 
  • ·  Modification of Graduation Requirements 
  • ·  Reinstatement After Disqualification 
  • ·  Proof of Prerequisites or Corequisites 
  • ·  Student Academic Contract 
  • ·  Student Petition (also used for Unit Overrides) 

Resources

 

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has additional resources for faculty and staff with daily updates. 

https://www.cccco.edu/About‐Us/Chancellors‐Office/Divisions/Communications‐and‐Marketing/Novel‐ Coronavirus/ 

https://cvc.edu/about‐the‐oei/resources/ 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:28 pm

President's Letter to the Community

Sent on Behalf of Interim President Gable

I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment to responding to the challenges that are emerging on a daily basis as our lives continue to be affected by COVID-19.  While we practice healthy precautions, such as going into a remote environment, the tool of social distancing is the most powerful measure we can employ to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In anticipation of Spring Break next week, and in an effort to keep members of our community safe and healthy, below are some reminders and helpful information:

Spring Break Recommendations

Spring Break takes place the week of March 30th to April 3rd. We encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs.  Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times.  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

Marsha

#inthistogether

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Marsha V. Gable, Ed.D.

Interim President

San Diego Miramar College

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:21 am

District to Continue Online Instruction Through the Remainder of the Spring and Summer

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), which transitioned 60,000 students to all online classes on March 23, announced it expects to continue with online classes through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, the district — which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges as well as San Diego Continuing Education — will offer all online classes this summer.

SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll says the decision to continue online only classes through the rest of spring and summer will assist with academic planning efforts and is necessary at time of great uncertainty in terms of when the current crisis and social distancing directive will end. She applauded district faculty and staff for a smooth transition to online instruction and remote operations after being given very short notice.

“It was a herculean task to move more than 6,000 class sections to alternative modes of instruction,” said Chancellor Carroll. “But district faculty and staff understand what’s at stake for our students and for our community as we all collectively work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Effective March 23, the district closed all campuses and facilities and instructed its 5,000 employees to begin working remotely. In addition, all district events have been canceled right up to commencement ceremonies in late May and early June. Chancellor Carroll says the district’s colleges and Continuing Education are delaying decisions on commencement ceremonies as long as possible in the hope that the situation in San Diego County improves.

“While our campuses are closed, essential services such as counseling, tutoring, and health services are being provided to students remotely,” said Chancellor Carroll. “In addition, we are working to ensure some of our most vulnerable students are taken care of. This includes meeting their basic needs and ensuring they receive financial aid, even if they don’t have a permanent mailing address.”

This week, the district announced a fundraising effort to assist students who are in need of laptops, Wi-Fi access, and other emergency resources. While hundreds of laptops have been provided to students, resources are limited. Online donations can be made securely at: sdccd.edu/coronavirus/covid19-how-you-can-help.aspxFor district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:55 pm

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:00AM-11:00AM (PST); 1:00PM-2:00PM (EST).
Where: Zoom Meeting: Register now at ASPPH.org/event/2020virtualannualmeeting (link to be provided upon registration),
 or dial based on your location, US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866
 

Overview

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a rapidly emerging and evolving situation. In an effort to promote the health and safety of universities, college students, and young person(s), as well as HELP REDUCE community spread of the COVID-19, join us on March 26th, 2020, 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST), for a free webinar on What you Absolutely Need to Know as a College Student about COVID-19. This webinar will provide important information to stay healthy and most importantly, provide comfort in challenging and uncertain times.

Objectives

This webinar will educate students on:

• How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what young adults should know

• Best ways to practice social distancing and what it means

• Discuss and provide examples of ways to take care of your health

 Moderator

Hala Madanat, PhD 

Director and Professor School of Public Health 

San Diego State University 

Plenary Speaker

Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides MD, MPH

Physician, Chief Medical Officer

San Diego County

Dr. Nick’s Biography Information

Dr. Nick Yphantides MD, MPH is an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. For nine years, Dr. Nick served as Chief Medical Officer of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County.  Ultimately, he took his advocacy into politics serving as the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Pomerado Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California. Dr. Nick has served the last 11 years as the Chief Medical Officer for the County of San Diego.  For the last 13 years, he has also been the National Director of Health and Wellness for Axene Health Partners, LLC. 

Dr. Nick is also the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, and a Board Member of Palomar Pomerado Health System. He was on the Executive Board of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Board Member of the Health Care Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Physician Chair of the Medical Board of the Council of Community Clinics. 

Dr. Nick’s life story to address his own personal health needs and achieving an enduring transformation of his personal health has been featured in People Magazine, Reader’s Digest,  Washington Post, New York Times and on CNN, Fox News, Discovery Channel and even in the National Enquirer. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor, has been to as many countries as he is old and is always willing to lend a helping hand where it is needed the most. 

We look forward to connecting with you on-line Thursday!


Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 2:37 pm

Emergency Grants Available to Help CA College Students Stay in School

This fund is no longer accepting applications as of Friday, April 3, 2020.

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever to help the most vulnerable students stay in school, earn their degrees, and build a better future for themselves and our communities.

The California College Student Emergency Support Fund has launched to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students. Administered by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), the Fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state’s low-income college students, including undocumented immigrants, foster youth, and those who are housing insecure.

As colleges and universities respond to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, students find themselves facing a wide variety of challenges and costs. The Fund was created to cover unplanned financial expenses such as housing, technology, and more to support educational continuity, persistence, and degree completion for California’s college students through this crisis.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the California College Student Emergency Support Fund, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time (12+ units) as an undergraduate at a California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus
  • Have earned at least 24 semester units or 36 quarter units (i.e., one academic year of coursework)
  • Be low-income, with a maximum Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $5,576 (equivalent to eligibility for Pell Grant) or eligible for a California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver (formerly known as the BOG fee waiver)

After approval, students can expect to receive the money via electronic transfer within 72 hours.

How Can I Apply?

Students can apply for a grant online at bit.ly/covid-student-grant.

Applications and grant payments to students will be processed by MAF. MAF is a well-established non-profit organization that carried out a similar emergency fund effort in 2017 to pay for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients’ renewal fees.

We encourage interested students to apply as quickly as possible as these funds will go fast.

It will help to have the following items at the ready: your transcript, financial aid eligibility (any financial aid statement or award letter that shows EFC or California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver), and electronic banking login information (not required).

Major Donors to The California College Student Emergency Support Fund Include:

College Futures Foundation - Ballmer Group - Stuart Foundation

Tipping Point Community - Weingart Foundation

 

 


Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 10:57 am

UC Temporarily Adjusts Admissions Requirements

The University of California acted on March 31st to implement temporary measures which relax undergraduate admissions requirements for students looking to enroll at UC for fall 2020 and future years as applicable. These measures will help mitigate some of the extraordinary challenges students and their families face in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 4:01 pm

Commencement Ceremony Postponed

As public health experts continue to indicate that we are likely to be impacted by COVID-19 throughout this semester, San Diego Miramar College, along with all the other San Diego Community College District colleges and Continuing Education have made the difficult decision to postpone the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony to be held May 29, 2020 inside Hourglass Fieldhouse.

It was a disheartening decision, but in an effort to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and communities, we feel this is the best course of action. Plans for rescheduling have not been made at this time, but you will be informed of future commencement plans as they become available. 

We will continue to work remotely to process all graduation applications for spring and summer 2020 graduates.  Upon completion of the Associate Degree and/or Certificate of Achievement requirements, awards will be recorded to a student’s transcript and diploma(s)/certificates will be mailed to the students address on record.

Spring graduates can anticipate receiving their awards by early August and summer graduates   can anticipate receiving their diploma/s by the middle of October. 

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times, and we wish you good health and  safety.                                      


Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 3:11 pm

COVID-19 Update (includes postponement of commencement)

From:  Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor

Hello to everyone.  It’s Spring Break this week, but I am still working from home every day, as I am sure many of you are as well.  I do hope that members of our faculty, classified professionals, and administrators are able to take some time off.  It is so important to balance work time with personal time, even though there are limitations on what one can do.  As always, thank you for your flexibility and resilience as we work through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The members of our Board of Trustees extend their appreciation for everyone’s willingness to put students first during this challenging time. 

In general, things seem to be progressing as well as can be expected in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD).  Enrollment is stable and on track, despite the spring semester disruption by transitioning to online instruction. The overall transition to remote instruction and operations has also gone well, and everyone seems to be mastering the art of meetings via Zoom. Over 850 high school students have already applied to the San Diego Promise program in the fall semester, indicating their optimism about the future educational opportunities we offer.  To my knowledge, no COVID-19 cases have been reported among members of our faculty, classified professionals, or administrators.  We have much for which to be thankful.

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR ONLINE/ DISTANCE EDUCATION

As you know, there are multiple avenues and sites to support faculty and students during this transition to online education.  I will not reprint them in this message since I know that these opportunities are being conveyed by other sources.  We are still working with the State on how best to handle the laboratory and clinical demands of some of our programs.  I will add that we are involved in an extensive effort to obtain laptops with Internet connectivity for our students. City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education have already distributed hundreds of laptops to students, with the assistance of their foundations.  Our San Diego Promise program is continuing its fundraising campaign and I am coordinating a fundraising effort for our San Diego and Imperial Counties Community Colleges Association (SDICCCA) colleges in the region to see if we can obtain funding from a major foundation.  One of the worst possible outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis is the widening of the “digital divide” because disadvantaged students cannot afford to participate in the world of online instruction, since they do not possess computer equipment or Internet connectivity.  We cannot let that happen.

MAJOR FUTURE PLANNING ISSUE

While stabilizing instructional delivery and adjusting to the new formats required by the COVID-19 situation, there is another issue looming before all institutions of higher education, especially community colleges.  As we all know, the relationship between the economy and student enrollment is countercyclical. When the economy is weak, student enrollments are high, as people turn to community colleges for job training or retraining; when the economy is strong, student enrollments drop, as people become employed instead of taking classes.  It is now projected that the economy will continue to slump and national unemployment may climb as high as 32%.  Thus, we will need a strategy for accommodating increasing numbers of students in the coming fall or spring, no matter what the instructional modality may be.  This is something we should discuss very soon so that we are prepared for another change in the enrollment pattern.

COMMENCEMENTS POSTPONED

After waiting as long as we could, the campus presidents and I have reached a decision regarding commencements.  The City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education commencements, which were scheduled to take place in late May and early June, are being postponed due to the prohibition against large group assemblies and due to the need for us to give timely notice to the vendors who provide the academic regalia and other items for these events.  The commencements will be postponed to summer or fall, or they may even be recast in a digital format, all depending upon the evolutions of the COVID-19 situation. This was a very difficult decision, which we made most reluctantly, because commencements are extremely important to our students and their families since they celebrate years of academic commitment and personal sacrifice in pursuit of a better life.  Lots of students have been contacting us, both inquiring about the commencements and urging us not to cancel them. Unfortunately, concerns about health and safety must prevail.  All graduating students will be notified today regarding this decision.  We are deeply sorry to disappoint them.

EARLY SCHOLARSHIPS

Recognizing that some students have lost their jobs and have urgent financial needs, we are exploring with scholarship donors the possibility of distributing scholarships early, preferably during the week of April 13.  Since the scholarship awards luncheons and dinners have all been canceled, the goal would be to provide these funds to students as soon as possible.  Mesa College initiated this idea and the other institutions felt it would be a good thing to do for our students.

FUNDING

As I am sure you can imagine, despite budget constraints this year, the San Diego Community College District has joined other colleges and universities in dramatically increasing expenditures in order to cope with the COVID-19 crisis.  It has already cost the SDCCD millions of dollars in transitioning classes to the online/distance education format and in transitioning all administrative and support operations to remote locations, with almost 100% of employees working from home.  These expenditures will definitely increase, even though projections are that next year’s State budget for community colleges will be even more constrained than the current budget. To take advantage of reimbursement possibilities, the SDCCD has reactivated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and we are tracking all expenditures related to the COVID-19 situation so that we will be able to qualify for reimbursement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  We are also closely monitoring all State and foundation grants in a search for support.

In addition, we are closely monitoring federal relief funding. The Cabinet and I are reviewing the federal Corona Virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress on March 25 and 27 (S. 3548 and H.R. 748), and signed by the President.  The bill addresses all aspects of necessary relief and establishes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which includes $13.9 billion in “flexible funding” to help institutions defray expenses and impacts such as “lost revenue, technology costs associated with a transition to distance education, and grants to students for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.” The funding levels for colleges and universities are indexed to Pell grant levels.  The Act further specifies that these funds must be used (50%) for direct emergency aid to students, “including grants to students for food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and child care.”  We are studying the bill to determine what our flexibility is in this funding mechanism, including how Continuing Education and District functions should be addressed.  Based on Pell levels, the following distribution authorizations would occur:

·City College                      $4,974,000

·Mesa College                    $6,379,000

·Miramar College               $3,266,000

Total District                           $14,619,000

Even with welcome relief funding from these and other sources, the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis is enormous and the entire higher education community is in for somewhat of a “rough ride” regarding budgets. 

ERGONOMIC EQUIPMENT

A reminder from Human Resources: Working at home is challenging in many ways, including physical support.  As we all learn how to work from home more effectively, it is important to be good to our bodies by observing basic rules of ergonomics to the greatest extent possible. The District’s Risk Management department has recently provided important guidance regarding ergonomic safety while working from home, which can be accessed online.  The ergonomic guidance document contains links to useful resources for ergonomic health and safety that are available to all employees.  Please be observant regarding your physical needs and take frequent breaks to stretch. Risk Management has published a guide to proper stretching at the desk or computer.  Everyone is encouraged to make use of these helpful resources and techniques. If you need additional assistance with ergonomics at home, please contact your supervisor – your supervisor may be able to assist you in borrowing lightweight items from your workplace, such as ergonomic keyboards, ergonomic mice, and even your desk chair if it can be transported safely.

FUTURE MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

As part of the transition away from in-person and group interaction, the SDCCD Board of Trustees will also be moving their required public meetings to a virtual format.  Effective with the April 9 Board meeting, Board meetings will be held using Zoom videoconferencing, with the public invited to participate via a You Tube live-stream. SDCCD Board members, the Chancellor, Cabinet members, and governance leaders will participate in the Board meeting from their homes. Individuals who wish to provide public comment may do so via email or online formats.  Additional information and details about the new Board meeting format will be provided this Thursday, April 2, when the Board agenda is published.

Let me close by thanking you again for your dedication and flexibility during this crisis.  Also thank you for the helpful suggestions that you have been making. The San Diego region is truly fortunate to have such caring professionals and community supporters.

Stay well.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 3:12 pm

Spring Break Recommendations

With Spring Break now underway through April 3rd we encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs. Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times. https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

 


Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:02 am

State Chancellor Makes Changes to Grading Policies in Response to COVID-19

 

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Friday instituted changes to various grading regulations throughout the 115-college system in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the latest in a series of measures to help students adjust to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:58 am

Important Student Update - Changes with Excused Withdrawals

Information Update for Students regarding Business Practices -  March 26, 2020 


This Informational Update will be provided weekly to communicate the status of decisions regarding changes to business processes as it relates to COVID‐19. 


Excused Withdrawal 

Previous Deadline: April 17, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May8,2020 (primary term) 

Any student who withdraws from classes between March 9 and May 8, 2020 will have their W changed to an Excused Withdrawal (EW). After May 8, 2020, a petition will be required. The EW symbol will show on a student’s official transcript but will be annotated with ‘COVID‐19’ to indicate the reason. It does not count against the student for academic standing purposes or as a repeat for enrollment purposes. Students are being notified via email of this new process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  •  Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  •  Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  •  May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation. 

Next Steps: 

  •  Detailed instruction regarding the process will be ready in the next few weeks.
  •  Students are encouraged to consult with the counseling and financial aid offices prior to dropping a class.

 


 

 

Refunds

 

Previous Deadline: February 18, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May 8,2020 (primary term) 

 

Students with the EW grade will be given a refund of enrollment fees and non‐resident tuition. There will not be a refund of the student health/accident fees, student representation fees, dosimetry fees, golf fees, Associated Student membership or parking permits for classes that have already begun. 

 

Next Steps: 

  • Refunds will be processed in alignment with the Excused Withdraw process.

 


Class Cancellation

 

Some classes may need to be cancelled as there is not a remote teaching methodology permitted (e.g. Nursing). These can be treated the same as other classes and student may receive an EW and a refund (assuming the class was in session). 

 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  • Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  • Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.

 

Next Steps: 

 

  • Classes will be cancelled and students notified. If the class has not started, students will receive a drop and a refund. 

 

Incomplete Grade 

Title 5 section 55023 (e) states:


Incomplete: Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered in the student's record. The condition for the removal of the “I” shall be stated by the instructor in a written record. This record shall contain the conditions for the removal of the “I” and the grade assigned in lieu of its removal. This record must be given to the student with a copy on file with the registrar until the “I” is made up or the time limit has passed. A final grade shall be assigned when the work stipulated has been completed and evaluated, or when the time limit for completing the work has passed. There is no change to this process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted:

  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.


Extend P/NP Deadline

 

Previous Deadline: March 9, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 17, 2020

 

The Chancellor’s office is currently discussing options to allow the extension of the Pass/No Pass deadline for approved courses. It is typically set at the 30% point 


Extend Grades Due Deadline for 1st 8-Week Session

 

Previous Deadline: April 11, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 30, 2020

 

Due to the classes moving to remote methodology and the staff working from home, more time is needed to finalize student grades. 

 

Forms and Petition Processing 

Due to the current situation with COVID‐19 (Coronavirus) and campus closure, we are piloting an online submission process for student petitions and forms through the mySDCCD Support Desk system – JIRA. The following forms may be submitted by students: 

  • ·  Recency/Code of W's (10+ Years) 
  • ·  Excused Withdrawal Petition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal with Course Repetition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal without Course Repetition 
  • ·  Petition for Appeal of Enrollment Priority and/or Loss of CCPG 
  • ·  Modification of Graduation Requirements 
  • ·  Reinstatement After Disqualification 
  • ·  Proof of Prerequisites or Corequisites 
  • ·  Student Academic Contract 
  • ·  Student Petition (also used for Unit Overrides) 

Resources

 

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has additional resources for faculty and staff with daily updates. 

https://www.cccco.edu/About‐Us/Chancellors‐Office/Divisions/Communications‐and‐Marketing/Novel‐ Coronavirus/ 

https://cvc.edu/about‐the‐oei/resources/ 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:28 pm

President's Letter to the Community

Sent on Behalf of Interim President Gable

I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment to responding to the challenges that are emerging on a daily basis as our lives continue to be affected by COVID-19.  While we practice healthy precautions, such as going into a remote environment, the tool of social distancing is the most powerful measure we can employ to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In anticipation of Spring Break next week, and in an effort to keep members of our community safe and healthy, below are some reminders and helpful information:

Spring Break Recommendations

Spring Break takes place the week of March 30th to April 3rd. We encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs.  Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times.  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

Marsha

#inthistogether

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Marsha V. Gable, Ed.D.

Interim President

San Diego Miramar College

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:21 am

District to Continue Online Instruction Through the Remainder of the Spring and Summer

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), which transitioned 60,000 students to all online classes on March 23, announced it expects to continue with online classes through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, the district — which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges as well as San Diego Continuing Education — will offer all online classes this summer.

SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll says the decision to continue online only classes through the rest of spring and summer will assist with academic planning efforts and is necessary at time of great uncertainty in terms of when the current crisis and social distancing directive will end. She applauded district faculty and staff for a smooth transition to online instruction and remote operations after being given very short notice.

“It was a herculean task to move more than 6,000 class sections to alternative modes of instruction,” said Chancellor Carroll. “But district faculty and staff understand what’s at stake for our students and for our community as we all collectively work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Effective March 23, the district closed all campuses and facilities and instructed its 5,000 employees to begin working remotely. In addition, all district events have been canceled right up to commencement ceremonies in late May and early June. Chancellor Carroll says the district’s colleges and Continuing Education are delaying decisions on commencement ceremonies as long as possible in the hope that the situation in San Diego County improves.

“While our campuses are closed, essential services such as counseling, tutoring, and health services are being provided to students remotely,” said Chancellor Carroll. “In addition, we are working to ensure some of our most vulnerable students are taken care of. This includes meeting their basic needs and ensuring they receive financial aid, even if they don’t have a permanent mailing address.”

This week, the district announced a fundraising effort to assist students who are in need of laptops, Wi-Fi access, and other emergency resources. While hundreds of laptops have been provided to students, resources are limited. Online donations can be made securely at: sdccd.edu/coronavirus/covid19-how-you-can-help.aspxFor district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:55 pm

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:00AM-11:00AM (PST); 1:00PM-2:00PM (EST).
Where: Zoom Meeting: Register now at ASPPH.org/event/2020virtualannualmeeting (link to be provided upon registration),
 or dial based on your location, US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866
 

Overview

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a rapidly emerging and evolving situation. In an effort to promote the health and safety of universities, college students, and young person(s), as well as HELP REDUCE community spread of the COVID-19, join us on March 26th, 2020, 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST), for a free webinar on What you Absolutely Need to Know as a College Student about COVID-19. This webinar will provide important information to stay healthy and most importantly, provide comfort in challenging and uncertain times.

Objectives

This webinar will educate students on:

• How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what young adults should know

• Best ways to practice social distancing and what it means

• Discuss and provide examples of ways to take care of your health

 Moderator

Hala Madanat, PhD 

Director and Professor School of Public Health 

San Diego State University 

Plenary Speaker

Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides MD, MPH

Physician, Chief Medical Officer

San Diego County

Dr. Nick’s Biography Information

Dr. Nick Yphantides MD, MPH is an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. For nine years, Dr. Nick served as Chief Medical Officer of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County.  Ultimately, he took his advocacy into politics serving as the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Pomerado Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California. Dr. Nick has served the last 11 years as the Chief Medical Officer for the County of San Diego.  For the last 13 years, he has also been the National Director of Health and Wellness for Axene Health Partners, LLC. 

Dr. Nick is also the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, and a Board Member of Palomar Pomerado Health System. He was on the Executive Board of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Board Member of the Health Care Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Physician Chair of the Medical Board of the Council of Community Clinics. 

Dr. Nick’s life story to address his own personal health needs and achieving an enduring transformation of his personal health has been featured in People Magazine, Reader’s Digest,  Washington Post, New York Times and on CNN, Fox News, Discovery Channel and even in the National Enquirer. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor, has been to as many countries as he is old and is always willing to lend a helping hand where it is needed the most. 

We look forward to connecting with you on-line Thursday!


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