COVID-19 Updates

Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:48 am

Spring 2021 CARES ACT EMERGENCY FUNDS

 

 Now Available

SPRING 2021 CARES Act Grant Application

 

The Spring 2021 CARES Act Grant Application is open

For Currently Enrolled Students! 

 

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 5:00pm.

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The CARES Act provides financial assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19.  These funds are meant to help currently enrolled students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this semester.

To request a grant:

  1. Visit http://bit.ly/SDCCDEmergencyGrants

Fill out the SDCCD Student Relief Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

  1. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  
  1. You can track the status of your request by clicking on the link in the confirmation email or visiting the mySDCCD Support Center at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals
  1. The deadline to submit the application is 03/12/2021 by 5:00pm.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 15th. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee awarding of funds. 

San Diego Miramar Colleges remain committed to your success and we are here to help. We hope that these funds will provide some measure of relief during these unprecedented times.

 


Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:43 am

CARES ACT Funding Now Available

CARES Act funds are now available to students who qualify.

The federal government passed a law called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides financial assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19. 

Miramar Colleges is using a portion of CARES Act funds to provide student relief grants directly to students.  These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this semester.

In order to ensure we provide financial support to as many students as possible, we only ask that you apply if your studies have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To request a grant:

  1. Visit http://bit.ly/SDCCDEmergencyGrants

Fill out the SDCCD Student Relief Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully. 

 

  1. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received. 

 

  1. You can track the status of your request by clicking on the link in the confirmation email or visiting the mySDCCD Support Center at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 

  1. The deadline to submit the application is 03/12/2021 by 5:00pm.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 15th. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee awarding of funds.

Miramar College remains committed to your success and we are here to help. We hope that these funds will provide some measure of relief during these unprecedented times.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 9:31 am

LapTop Loan Opportunity

 

Miramar students will have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators as follows:

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check in/out Event

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

The check-in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies. Please check the following link for details: 

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/


Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:13 am

COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Student Health Services

The Nurses at Student Health Services would like to share with you some new COVID-19 Vaccine Updates:

1) According to the recent California Department Public Health bulletin, starting March 15, Covid vaccines can be administered to people 16 and older suffering from medical conditions or developmental disabilities or other high-risk disability that leaves a person more susceptible to severe illness or death from the virus. To learn more visit this link to a recent news 8 article.  You may still have questions on whether a health concern falls into one of these vaccine tiers. If so, our nurses encourage you to ask your primary care provider who knows your health best, to help decide eligibility, we know providers will be happy to and eager to help reach out to those in this widening tier.   (also read #4 below)

2) See real mothers talk via YouTube in English and Spanish about COVID-19 and explain why they want loved ones to get vaccinated.

3) The California Department of Health has also updated phase 1A to include “informal” caregivers to elderly and people with disabilities.  Informal caregivers are often an unpaid family member or another person who regularly aids or supervises the daily care of an elderly or disabled person, but does not have to live in the same house.  Specific information about the appropriate documentation for an informal caregiver can be found at the following link to the most recent update:  

4) Don't forget to sign up for a new California pilot website that helps Californian’s find out when it's their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  The site is called My Turn (https://myturn.ca.gov) and it lets user register to be notified via text or email when they become eligible, if they are eligible at the time they sign in it shows the users schedules for vaccination appointments in their area as well. These sites will typically be following the state guidelines and may have wider options to offer.

Changes happen quickly in these systems but these all have the same goal…to get you vaccines. Feel comfortable to reach out to your Primary Care Physician, or one of the many community vaccine sites at the county web page, and the new centralized My Turn site.  

The Miramar Student Health Services Team

For appointments or questions 619-388-7881 on Remote Health Services leave your voice message for call back.

All are invited to Canvas pages for Student Health:

Physical Care https://sdccd.instructure.com/enroll/BBKDKY

Mental Health  https://sdccd.instructure.com/enroll/8Y7966

Stay Well and Practice Your Best Prevention:

MASKs-choose and wear the most effective cover availavble. Be diligent Be

HANDS- clean frequently, clean after removing a facial covering, always prior to touching your face

DISTANCing_ 6 ft minimal -preferabley more and mask/covers required

STAY home at any early sign of illness, and days past symptoms. Ask 211, CDC or your Care Provider

 


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 11:55 am

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINES & COVID-19 DURING COUNTY’S LIVE TOWN HALL

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINES & COVID-19 DURING COUNTY’S LIVE TOWN HALL

On a weekly basis, starting this Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. Chair Nathan Fletcher, Vice-Chair Nora Vargas, Dr. Wilma Wooten, and Nick Machionne will be hosting a virtual town hall on Facebook Live.
You can watch on any of these Facebook accounts:

@SanDiegoCounty
@nathan.fletcher
@SupNoraVargas

We are inviting the community to submit any questions they have via this form. We will answer as many questions as possible during the live town hall.

¿TIENE PREGUNTAS PARA EL CONDADO SOBRE LAS VACUNAS Y COVID-19?

El miércoles 10 de febrero de 2021, el presidente Nathan Fletcher, la vicepresidenta Nora Vargas, la Dra. Wilma Wooten y Nick Machionne organizarán un foro comunitario virtual en Facebook Live. Para sintonizar pueden usar estas paginas de Facebook:
@SanDiegoCounty
@nathan.fletcher
@SupNoraVargas

Este foro virtual se llevará a cabo semanalmente. Invitamos a la comunidad a enviar cualquier pregunta que tengan a través de este formulario. Responderemos tantas preguntas como sea posible durante el foro virtual en vivo.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 11:51 am

Chancellor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #18

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #18

From:  Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor

I visited my office last Friday to pick up some essential items. I looked around wistfully at the office that I have known and used for almost 17 years but which I have not worked in since March 13, 2020. It struck me, too, that I will probably never work in this office again since I will be retiring at the end of June. COVID-19 has upended so many patterns and plans, including mine. However, while wistful, I was also proud, proud of the manner in which all of us working together have adapted to the pandemic crisis and made sensible plans for the future, always putting the health and safety of our students and employees first.

As I have said before, the Board of Trustees and I are grateful for the extraordinary efforts made by the faculty, administrators, and classified professionals within our District in moving swiftly and effectively to online instruction and remote operations. We are also grateful to our community supporters who have contributed much-needed funding to support our students’ needs (especially for laptops and Internet connectivity) during this difficult period of time. We offer special thanks to The San Diego Foundation, the United Way of San Diego, the College Foundations, and scores of individual donors who came forward with hundreds of thousands of dollars to help our students succeed. We are fortunate to work and live in a community that is so generous.

I join many others in being cautiously optimistic about the future. With several vaccines now being administered and others being developed, we are sailing more surely into safe harbors where a return to normalcy will be possible, albeit accomplished in incremental stages. Also, the Biden/Harris Administration has worked successfully with Congress to pass another, enormous stimulus package in the amount of $1.9 trillion, which will provide a strong boost for our economy in general, with significant benefits for small businesses, individuals, and educational institutions among others.

In the next few pages, I will provide the latest information about our current situation and future prospects in the world of Coronavirus COVID-19.

NEW FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE

As noted above, the Biden/Harris Administration has worked successfully with Congress to assure the passage of the next federal stimulus funding package in the amount of $1.9 trillion. $40 billion is earmarked for postsecondary education, in the category called Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). The American Council on Education (ACE) has published a simulation of how this funding will be allocated to all universities and colleges in the nation, along with the estimated amounts of HEERF II funding they will be receiving. The funding is based upon student participation in Pell Grants, which is why it will be distributed via Financial Aid. That is also why it is addressed to credit institutions, with a designated amount required to be allocated directly to students. The SDCCD is slated to receive $35,060,102, based upon this formula. However, as was the case with the previous CARES Act funding, we will need to provide a percentage of these funds to benefit noncredit operations, as well as noncredit students. The breakdown of anticipated funding, as found in the ACE analysis, follows:

Institution         Simulated Total Allocation     

City College                $11,923,790                           

Mesa College              $13,992,119                           

Miramar College         $9,144,193                             

Executive Vice Chancellor Bonnie Dowd, the Cabinet, and I will be working on the institutional distribution of these funds, and the colleges will follow their own internal distribution processes. The District’s plan also includes a consideration for additional support for employees in the form of stipends to offset the expenses they have incurred and are still incurring as the result of converting to remote instruction and operations. This matter is being discussed right now with our labor unions and meet-and-confer groups. We hope to have an agreement soon.

SURVEY RESULTS

Recently, District Human Resources distributed a survey to all employees requesting feedback and recommendations regarding our remote operations.  Many thanks to everyone who responded, since this has provided useful information and perceptions to help with improving the current situation and with planning for a return to in-person, on-site operations.  The rather extensive survey results are attached, including comments. Here is a basic summary provided by HR Vice Chancellor Greg Smith:

City College: 158 responses                                                   Faculty:                                   421 (51.34%)

Mesa College: 221 responses                                                Classified Professionals:         270 (32.93%)

Miramar College: 155 responses                                            Managers/Supervisors            129 (15.73%)                                    

College of Continuing Education: 142 responses

District: 144 responses

Total: 820 responses

The results generally suggest that people are able to be productive while working remotely, maintain their physical well-being, find ways to stay connected with colleagues, and have the resources need to work remotely: 

  • 77.6% of respondents agree or strongly agree they can work productively in their remote environment.
  • 79.3% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have been able to maintain their physical health since working remotely.
  • 63.9% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have found ways to stay connected with colleagues.
  • 66.9% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have the resources they need to work remotely.

Two widely shared concerns with returning to work in-person were cited in the survey: being exposed to COVID-19 while at work (85% of respondents) and losing the flexibilities of working remotely (61% of respondents).

A number of considerations for returning to work in-person were highlighted as priorities by respondents, including the availability of vaccines, limiting public access to facilities, continued wearing of face coverings, and other protective equipment, and continued cleaning and sanitation measures.

Many respondents provided feedback on the challenges of working remotely, such as reliable internet service, additional equipment and resources, managing increases in email volume, ergonomics, and training needs.

This survey and the extensive and very candid comments are most helpful.

COVID-19 CASES TRACKED IN THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

As has been reported before, classes at City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges remained online for the intersession and are continuing online for the current spring semester. A few hybrid exceptions have been made, as in the fall semester, for classes that require on-campus components, such as science and clinical labs, some career technical program labs, and courses for first responders, especially in the Police and Fire Academies.  Summer classes will also be primarily on line, with on-campus/hybrid components. No decision has as yet been made regarding the fall semester. Everyone is hoping that there can be a return to on-campus instruction in the fall, but only if it is safe to do so and complies with State and County requirements. There will definitely be more online with hybrid components. Fall schedules should be planned flexibly to accommodate whatever the final decision will be.

In the meantime, COVID-19 cases are being tracked on a weekly basis.  The present records show the following:

NATIONAL, STATE, COUNTY & LOCAL OVERVIEW

Let me share with you the most recent (February 8) update on the COVID-19 situation, which a hospital consortium regularly prepares for the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which I receive as a member of the EDC Board of Directors.  I find it to be succinct, informative, and useful in following the contours of this pandemic.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

National/International

· On Friday, the Biden administration announced that it was sending 1,110 active-duty troops to 5 federal COVID-19 vaccination centers across the country. Troops will arrive in California within 10 days to begin operating around Feb. 15.

· Johnson & Johnson submitted its emergency use authorization application to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday for the company's single-dose vaccine. The company says if emergency use is granted, it aims to supply 100 million doses in the first half of 2021. Unlike Pfizer and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine can be stored for at least 3 months at 36 to 46° F, compatible with standard vaccine distribution channels.

· The COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford protects people against the new, more contagious coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 with 74.6% efficacy, according to a story in the New York Times. The preliminary findings suggest that all 5 of the leading vaccines may offer at least some protection against new variants of the virus as well as significant protection against hospitalization and death. San Diego County has California’s largest cluster of known cases caused by B.1.1.7.

· At least 5,116 new COVID-19 deaths and 126,842 new cases were reported in the U.S. Feb. 4. Over the past week, there has been an average of 130,953 cases per day, a decrease of 30% from the average 2 weeks earlier. As of Friday afternoon, more than 26,768,200 people in the U.S. have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a New York Times database.

State

 · This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he believes schools can begin to reopen, even if all teachers are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, provided that proper safety measures and supports are in place.

 · The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics this week:

o   There were 13,176 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday.

o   The 7-day positivity rate is 6.1% and the 14-day positivity rate is 6.9%.

o   There have been 43,235,327 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 168,094 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.

o   As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 42,466 COVID-19 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.

o   As of Feb. 4, providers have reported administering a total of 3,984,752 vaccine doses statewide. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.

o   As of Feb. 2, 2021, 54 counties are in the purple tier, 1 county is in the red tier (Mariposa), 3 counties are in the orange tier (Alpine, Sierra and Trinity) and no counties are in the yellow tier.

County/City

· On Tuesday, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Administration (HHSA) provided the following COVID-19 statistics:

o    San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 42.5 cases per 100,000 residents and the region is in the purple tier, or tier 1.

o    The testing positivity percentage is 10.5%, placing the county in tier 1, or the purple tier.

o    The county’s health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, is 14% and it’s in the purple tier, or tier 1. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers, but is required to advance to a less restrictive tier.

o    In the past 7 days (Jan. 26 through Feb. 1), 57 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o    9,955 tests were reported to the county Feb. 1, and the percentage of new positive cases was 9%.

o    The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 8%. The target is less than 8%.

o    The 7-day, daily average of tests is 18,691.

o    926 cases were reported to the county Feb. 1. The last time a daily case total was under 1,000 was Nov. 29 when 959 cases were reported. The region’s total is now 240,050.

o    10,255 or 4.3% of all cases have required hospitalization.

o    1,464 or 0.6% of all cases and 14.3% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

o    10 new COVID-19 deaths were reported Feb.1; 4 people who died were 80 years or older, 7 people were in their 70s and 1 person was in their 60s. All had underlying medical conditions.

· Countywide data shows the number of patients with COVID-19 in San Diego County hospitals decreased to 1,139, an improvement over the prior week’s number of 1,343. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o    369 at Sharp HealthCare

o    299 at Scripps Health

o    133 at Palomar Health

o    110 at Kaiser Permanente

o    81 at UC San Diego Health

o    57 at Tri-City Healthcare District

o    22 at Naval Medical Center San Diego

o    19 at Alvarado Medical Center

o    18 at Paradise Valley Hospital

o    12 at VA San Diego Healthcare System

o    1 at Select Specialty Hospital

THANK YOU

 As always, let me close by thanking our faculty, administrators, and classified professionals for your hard work during this unprecedented time of crisis due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  Our online classes have maintained high quality and the remote working format has enabled City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges, and the District to move forward in a successful manner.  The Board of Trustees and I are grateful for your efforts and we are confident that we are meeting our two primary goals in ensuring: 1) the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) the continuity of instruction and operations. 

 Stay well!


Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 3:29 pm

A COVID VACCINE INFORMATIONAL Friday Dec.11- 9am and 9:30am

Do you have questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine?  We are presenting an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns with Miramar Student Health Services Dr. Calvin Wong. There will be two informal sessions back to back. Just log into the zoom meeting below to get the latest vaccine information.

GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE AND JOIN THE HEATLH SERVICES TEAM in one of the following presentations:

Time: Dec 11, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time & repeated

Time: Dec 11, 2020 09:30 AM Pacific Time

Join https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/95340972332


Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - November 2020

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books or calculators, students will need to submit their request by Thursday, November 12, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check In/Out

Monday, November 16, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops, books and/or calculators. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Real College Survey

hope center logo

 

The San Diego Community College District (City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education) is participating in a study conducted by the Hope Center about student life. In prior years, the study has shown that six out of ten of our students experience housing insecurities, and about four out of ten experience food insecurities. 

We are conducting another study this fall so we can continue to gather important information about the basic needs of our students. 

·  Students who participate in the study can opt to be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift card.


Click HERE to complete HOPE Real College Survey 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:31 am

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #15

Greetings and welcome, again, to the “new normal” of online instruction, remote operations, Zoom meetings, and uncertain prognoses for returning to our former way of working together on site and in person.  You all continue to do an excellent job in making this new normal work for our students. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be grateful for your efforts and dedication.  I am writing to bring you up-to-date about a few matters.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION – UPDATED REPORT

Last week, the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA issued updated guidance for institutions of higher education, detailing how community colleges, universities, and four-year colleges are expected to operate with regard to any on-site instruction and operations. This guidance pertains to the current on-campus class components and limited onsite staffing, and also includes useful information for returning to onsite operations in the long term.  I have attached this document for your information.  However, let me share a few highlights, with which the San Diego Community College District is complying:

·        Face coverings are required (along with face shields in some disciplines).  Employers are responsible for supplying this equipment.  Employers must also be prepared to address “exemptions to the requirement for persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and for persons who are hearing impaired or communicating with persons who are hearing impaired.” (p.4)

·        COVID-19 Prevention Plan.  All institutions must establish “written, campus-specific COVID-19 prevention plan(s).”  (p. 5) 

·        Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation.  These practices must be intensified. (pp. 7-9)

·        Distancing on Campus.  San Diego is currently in the Red/Tier 2 category, basically limiting lecture groups to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.  The report includes suggested formats. (p. 10)

·        Communal Spaces.  There are limitations for the number and configuration of people in such spaces. (p. 11)

·        Food Service.  Grab-and-go, packaged items are the rule. (p. 12)

·        Training Programs for Staff and Students.  The report emphasizes thorough communication and training in CDC and other public health guidelines. (pp. 14-15)

·        Checking for Signs and Symptoms.  All people entering a campus or work site must be checked. (p. 16)

·        Response to Individuals who Become Sick.  Protocols are outlined for handling cases of individual illness. (p. 17)

·        Establishing Communication Systems.  Processes are recommended for communication with students, faculty, staff, health agencies, and the public. (p. 21)

·        Special Guidance and Protocols for Athletics.  The report includes extended guidance regarding athletic programs and student-athletes. (pp. 24 – 37)

This Guidance and other reports have provided a useful framework for us as we steer the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward.  We are definitely observing these protocols and will continue our efforts to ensure the health and safety of the few people who are teaching, learning, or working onsite.

SDCCD PLANS FOR THE COMING SEMESTER

As reported earlier, in the SDCCD, the Intersession and the Spring Semester 2021 classes will be online, with a few more hybrid options for students who need to complete their science lab work, clinical lab work, career-technical lab work, and first-responder classes on campus, along with a few student support functions. In the hope that the virus may have abated during the Spring, the campuses are making plans for in-person commencements in May, with the understanding that they may need to hold virtual commencements if the physical commencements are not safe.  Fingers crossed.

FUTURE SDCCD PLANS FOR 2021-22

We continue to receive questions about next year (Summer, Fall, etc.) and what plans will be implemented.  Right now, it is too soon to make any commitments, since we need to track the virus and also need to know what vaccine(s) may be developed and become available.  We certainly do hope to return to on-campus, in-person instruction and phased-in on-site operations, but we need much more information and guidance before that can happen.

OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION

As before, let me share with you the most recent update from the hospital consortium that makes regular reports to the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation, of which I am a member.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

 National/International

·Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday the U.S. could have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every American as early as March. Azar said the U.S. is currently manufacturing doses for all six potential vaccines backed by the U.S. government across more than 23 manufacturing facilities.

·There were at least 928 new COVID-19 deaths and 56,045 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Oct. 8, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 47,036 cases per day, which is an increase of 12% from the average two weeks earlier. 

 State

·This week, state officials introduced new guidelines to measure the impact the novel coronavirus is having on the most disadvantaged communities in counties across the state. The new health equity metric is in addition to the case and positivity rate metrics. Officials say the metric will only be used to help a county move to a less restrictive tier and allow the opening of further sectors of the economy, not to move backwards to more restrictive tiers.

·On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics:

o   California has 828,461 confirmed cases to date.

o   There were 1,677 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday.

o   The seven-day positivity rate is 2.6%; the 14-day positivity rate is 2.7%.

o   There have been 15,430,421 tests conducted in California, an increase of 128,740 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

 County/City

·Yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided the following COVID-19 data through Oct. 7:

o   Under the state monitoring metrics, San Diego County remains in tier 2, also known as the red tier.

o   San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

o   The county’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 6.2 and is in the red tier.

o   On Oct. 7, 19 new community outbreaks were confirmed: six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and one in a hair salon/barbershop setting.

o   In the past seven days (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7), 32 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o   The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.

o   The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3%. The target is less than 8%.

o   291 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 49,446.

o   Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 819.

o   More information about community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths can be found here on the Health and Human Services Agency’s website.

·The latest countywide data (as of Wednesday, Oct. 7) shows that the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals increased to 217, up from 187 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o   79 at Sharp HealthCare

o   68 at Scripps Health

o   10 at UC San Diego Health

o   19 at Kaiser Permanente

o   16 at Palomar Health

o   12 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

o   1 at Rady Children’s Hospital

o   12 at Tri-City Healthcare District

CONCLUSION

The Board of Trustees, the Presidents, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the governance leaders, and I are continuing to monitor this situation, which is complex and volatile.  I think we are doing our best to ensure that our two top priorities are met: 1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of instruction and operations.  Many thanks to all of our faculty, classified professionals, administrators, student leaders, and community supporters for your understanding and advice.

Stay well!


Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:48 am

Spring 2021 CARES ACT EMERGENCY FUNDS

 

 Now Available

SPRING 2021 CARES Act Grant Application

 

The Spring 2021 CARES Act Grant Application is open

For Currently Enrolled Students! 

 

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 5:00pm.

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The CARES Act provides financial assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19.  These funds are meant to help currently enrolled students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this semester.

To request a grant:

  1. Visit http://bit.ly/SDCCDEmergencyGrants

Fill out the SDCCD Student Relief Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

  1. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  
  1. You can track the status of your request by clicking on the link in the confirmation email or visiting the mySDCCD Support Center at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals
  1. The deadline to submit the application is 03/12/2021 by 5:00pm.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 15th. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee awarding of funds. 

San Diego Miramar Colleges remain committed to your success and we are here to help. We hope that these funds will provide some measure of relief during these unprecedented times.

 


Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:43 am

CARES ACT Funding Now Available

CARES Act funds are now available to students who qualify.

The federal government passed a law called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides financial assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19. 

Miramar Colleges is using a portion of CARES Act funds to provide student relief grants directly to students.  These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this semester.

In order to ensure we provide financial support to as many students as possible, we only ask that you apply if your studies have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To request a grant:

  1. Visit http://bit.ly/SDCCDEmergencyGrants

Fill out the SDCCD Student Relief Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully. 

 

  1. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received. 

 

  1. You can track the status of your request by clicking on the link in the confirmation email or visiting the mySDCCD Support Center at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 

  1. The deadline to submit the application is 03/12/2021 by 5:00pm.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 15th. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee awarding of funds.

Miramar College remains committed to your success and we are here to help. We hope that these funds will provide some measure of relief during these unprecedented times.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 9:31 am

LapTop Loan Opportunity

 

Miramar students will have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators as follows:

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check in/out Event

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

The check-in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies. Please check the following link for details: 

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/


Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:13 am

COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Student Health Services

The Nurses at Student Health Services would like to share with you some new COVID-19 Vaccine Updates:

1) According to the recent California Department Public Health bulletin, starting March 15, Covid vaccines can be administered to people 16 and older suffering from medical conditions or developmental disabilities or other high-risk disability that leaves a person more susceptible to severe illness or death from the virus. To learn more visit this link to a recent news 8 article.  You may still have questions on whether a health concern falls into one of these vaccine tiers. If so, our nurses encourage you to ask your primary care provider who knows your health best, to help decide eligibility, we know providers will be happy to and eager to help reach out to those in this widening tier.   (also read #4 below)

2) See real mothers talk via YouTube in English and Spanish about COVID-19 and explain why they want loved ones to get vaccinated.

3) The California Department of Health has also updated phase 1A to include “informal” caregivers to elderly and people with disabilities.  Informal caregivers are often an unpaid family member or another person who regularly aids or supervises the daily care of an elderly or disabled person, but does not have to live in the same house.  Specific information about the appropriate documentation for an informal caregiver can be found at the following link to the most recent update:  

4) Don't forget to sign up for a new California pilot website that helps Californian’s find out when it's their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  The site is called My Turn (https://myturn.ca.gov) and it lets user register to be notified via text or email when they become eligible, if they are eligible at the time they sign in it shows the users schedules for vaccination appointments in their area as well. These sites will typically be following the state guidelines and may have wider options to offer.

Changes happen quickly in these systems but these all have the same goal…to get you vaccines. Feel comfortable to reach out to your Primary Care Physician, or one of the many community vaccine sites at the county web page, and the new centralized My Turn site.  

The Miramar Student Health Services Team

For appointments or questions 619-388-7881 on Remote Health Services leave your voice message for call back.

All are invited to Canvas pages for Student Health:

Physical Care https://sdccd.instructure.com/enroll/BBKDKY

Mental Health  https://sdccd.instructure.com/enroll/8Y7966

Stay Well and Practice Your Best Prevention:

MASKs-choose and wear the most effective cover availavble. Be diligent Be

HANDS- clean frequently, clean after removing a facial covering, always prior to touching your face

DISTANCing_ 6 ft minimal -preferabley more and mask/covers required

STAY home at any early sign of illness, and days past symptoms. Ask 211, CDC or your Care Provider

 


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 11:55 am

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINES & COVID-19 DURING COUNTY’S LIVE TOWN HALL

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINES & COVID-19 DURING COUNTY’S LIVE TOWN HALL

On a weekly basis, starting this Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. Chair Nathan Fletcher, Vice-Chair Nora Vargas, Dr. Wilma Wooten, and Nick Machionne will be hosting a virtual town hall on Facebook Live.
You can watch on any of these Facebook accounts:

@SanDiegoCounty
@nathan.fletcher
@SupNoraVargas

We are inviting the community to submit any questions they have via this form. We will answer as many questions as possible during the live town hall.

¿TIENE PREGUNTAS PARA EL CONDADO SOBRE LAS VACUNAS Y COVID-19?

El miércoles 10 de febrero de 2021, el presidente Nathan Fletcher, la vicepresidenta Nora Vargas, la Dra. Wilma Wooten y Nick Machionne organizarán un foro comunitario virtual en Facebook Live. Para sintonizar pueden usar estas paginas de Facebook:
@SanDiegoCounty
@nathan.fletcher
@SupNoraVargas

Este foro virtual se llevará a cabo semanalmente. Invitamos a la comunidad a enviar cualquier pregunta que tengan a través de este formulario. Responderemos tantas preguntas como sea posible durante el foro virtual en vivo.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 11:51 am

Chancellor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #18

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #18

From:  Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor

I visited my office last Friday to pick up some essential items. I looked around wistfully at the office that I have known and used for almost 17 years but which I have not worked in since March 13, 2020. It struck me, too, that I will probably never work in this office again since I will be retiring at the end of June. COVID-19 has upended so many patterns and plans, including mine. However, while wistful, I was also proud, proud of the manner in which all of us working together have adapted to the pandemic crisis and made sensible plans for the future, always putting the health and safety of our students and employees first.

As I have said before, the Board of Trustees and I are grateful for the extraordinary efforts made by the faculty, administrators, and classified professionals within our District in moving swiftly and effectively to online instruction and remote operations. We are also grateful to our community supporters who have contributed much-needed funding to support our students’ needs (especially for laptops and Internet connectivity) during this difficult period of time. We offer special thanks to The San Diego Foundation, the United Way of San Diego, the College Foundations, and scores of individual donors who came forward with hundreds of thousands of dollars to help our students succeed. We are fortunate to work and live in a community that is so generous.

I join many others in being cautiously optimistic about the future. With several vaccines now being administered and others being developed, we are sailing more surely into safe harbors where a return to normalcy will be possible, albeit accomplished in incremental stages. Also, the Biden/Harris Administration has worked successfully with Congress to pass another, enormous stimulus package in the amount of $1.9 trillion, which will provide a strong boost for our economy in general, with significant benefits for small businesses, individuals, and educational institutions among others.

In the next few pages, I will provide the latest information about our current situation and future prospects in the world of Coronavirus COVID-19.

NEW FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE

As noted above, the Biden/Harris Administration has worked successfully with Congress to assure the passage of the next federal stimulus funding package in the amount of $1.9 trillion. $40 billion is earmarked for postsecondary education, in the category called Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). The American Council on Education (ACE) has published a simulation of how this funding will be allocated to all universities and colleges in the nation, along with the estimated amounts of HEERF II funding they will be receiving. The funding is based upon student participation in Pell Grants, which is why it will be distributed via Financial Aid. That is also why it is addressed to credit institutions, with a designated amount required to be allocated directly to students. The SDCCD is slated to receive $35,060,102, based upon this formula. However, as was the case with the previous CARES Act funding, we will need to provide a percentage of these funds to benefit noncredit operations, as well as noncredit students. The breakdown of anticipated funding, as found in the ACE analysis, follows:

Institution         Simulated Total Allocation     

City College                $11,923,790                           

Mesa College              $13,992,119                           

Miramar College         $9,144,193                             

Executive Vice Chancellor Bonnie Dowd, the Cabinet, and I will be working on the institutional distribution of these funds, and the colleges will follow their own internal distribution processes. The District’s plan also includes a consideration for additional support for employees in the form of stipends to offset the expenses they have incurred and are still incurring as the result of converting to remote instruction and operations. This matter is being discussed right now with our labor unions and meet-and-confer groups. We hope to have an agreement soon.

SURVEY RESULTS

Recently, District Human Resources distributed a survey to all employees requesting feedback and recommendations regarding our remote operations.  Many thanks to everyone who responded, since this has provided useful information and perceptions to help with improving the current situation and with planning for a return to in-person, on-site operations.  The rather extensive survey results are attached, including comments. Here is a basic summary provided by HR Vice Chancellor Greg Smith:

City College: 158 responses                                                   Faculty:                                   421 (51.34%)

Mesa College: 221 responses                                                Classified Professionals:         270 (32.93%)

Miramar College: 155 responses                                            Managers/Supervisors            129 (15.73%)                                    

College of Continuing Education: 142 responses

District: 144 responses

Total: 820 responses

The results generally suggest that people are able to be productive while working remotely, maintain their physical well-being, find ways to stay connected with colleagues, and have the resources need to work remotely: 

  • 77.6% of respondents agree or strongly agree they can work productively in their remote environment.
  • 79.3% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have been able to maintain their physical health since working remotely.
  • 63.9% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have found ways to stay connected with colleagues.
  • 66.9% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have the resources they need to work remotely.

Two widely shared concerns with returning to work in-person were cited in the survey: being exposed to COVID-19 while at work (85% of respondents) and losing the flexibilities of working remotely (61% of respondents).

A number of considerations for returning to work in-person were highlighted as priorities by respondents, including the availability of vaccines, limiting public access to facilities, continued wearing of face coverings, and other protective equipment, and continued cleaning and sanitation measures.

Many respondents provided feedback on the challenges of working remotely, such as reliable internet service, additional equipment and resources, managing increases in email volume, ergonomics, and training needs.

This survey and the extensive and very candid comments are most helpful.

COVID-19 CASES TRACKED IN THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

As has been reported before, classes at City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges remained online for the intersession and are continuing online for the current spring semester. A few hybrid exceptions have been made, as in the fall semester, for classes that require on-campus components, such as science and clinical labs, some career technical program labs, and courses for first responders, especially in the Police and Fire Academies.  Summer classes will also be primarily on line, with on-campus/hybrid components. No decision has as yet been made regarding the fall semester. Everyone is hoping that there can be a return to on-campus instruction in the fall, but only if it is safe to do so and complies with State and County requirements. There will definitely be more online with hybrid components. Fall schedules should be planned flexibly to accommodate whatever the final decision will be.

In the meantime, COVID-19 cases are being tracked on a weekly basis.  The present records show the following:

NATIONAL, STATE, COUNTY & LOCAL OVERVIEW

Let me share with you the most recent (February 8) update on the COVID-19 situation, which a hospital consortium regularly prepares for the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which I receive as a member of the EDC Board of Directors.  I find it to be succinct, informative, and useful in following the contours of this pandemic.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

National/International

· On Friday, the Biden administration announced that it was sending 1,110 active-duty troops to 5 federal COVID-19 vaccination centers across the country. Troops will arrive in California within 10 days to begin operating around Feb. 15.

· Johnson & Johnson submitted its emergency use authorization application to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday for the company's single-dose vaccine. The company says if emergency use is granted, it aims to supply 100 million doses in the first half of 2021. Unlike Pfizer and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine can be stored for at least 3 months at 36 to 46° F, compatible with standard vaccine distribution channels.

· The COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford protects people against the new, more contagious coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 with 74.6% efficacy, according to a story in the New York Times. The preliminary findings suggest that all 5 of the leading vaccines may offer at least some protection against new variants of the virus as well as significant protection against hospitalization and death. San Diego County has California’s largest cluster of known cases caused by B.1.1.7.

· At least 5,116 new COVID-19 deaths and 126,842 new cases were reported in the U.S. Feb. 4. Over the past week, there has been an average of 130,953 cases per day, a decrease of 30% from the average 2 weeks earlier. As of Friday afternoon, more than 26,768,200 people in the U.S. have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a New York Times database.

State

 · This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he believes schools can begin to reopen, even if all teachers are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, provided that proper safety measures and supports are in place.

 · The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics this week:

o   There were 13,176 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday.

o   The 7-day positivity rate is 6.1% and the 14-day positivity rate is 6.9%.

o   There have been 43,235,327 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 168,094 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.

o   As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 42,466 COVID-19 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.

o   As of Feb. 4, providers have reported administering a total of 3,984,752 vaccine doses statewide. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.

o   As of Feb. 2, 2021, 54 counties are in the purple tier, 1 county is in the red tier (Mariposa), 3 counties are in the orange tier (Alpine, Sierra and Trinity) and no counties are in the yellow tier.

County/City

· On Tuesday, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Administration (HHSA) provided the following COVID-19 statistics:

o    San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 42.5 cases per 100,000 residents and the region is in the purple tier, or tier 1.

o    The testing positivity percentage is 10.5%, placing the county in tier 1, or the purple tier.

o    The county’s health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, is 14% and it’s in the purple tier, or tier 1. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers, but is required to advance to a less restrictive tier.

o    In the past 7 days (Jan. 26 through Feb. 1), 57 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o    9,955 tests were reported to the county Feb. 1, and the percentage of new positive cases was 9%.

o    The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 8%. The target is less than 8%.

o    The 7-day, daily average of tests is 18,691.

o    926 cases were reported to the county Feb. 1. The last time a daily case total was under 1,000 was Nov. 29 when 959 cases were reported. The region’s total is now 240,050.

o    10,255 or 4.3% of all cases have required hospitalization.

o    1,464 or 0.6% of all cases and 14.3% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

o    10 new COVID-19 deaths were reported Feb.1; 4 people who died were 80 years or older, 7 people were in their 70s and 1 person was in their 60s. All had underlying medical conditions.

· Countywide data shows the number of patients with COVID-19 in San Diego County hospitals decreased to 1,139, an improvement over the prior week’s number of 1,343. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o    369 at Sharp HealthCare

o    299 at Scripps Health

o    133 at Palomar Health

o    110 at Kaiser Permanente

o    81 at UC San Diego Health

o    57 at Tri-City Healthcare District

o    22 at Naval Medical Center San Diego

o    19 at Alvarado Medical Center

o    18 at Paradise Valley Hospital

o    12 at VA San Diego Healthcare System

o    1 at Select Specialty Hospital

THANK YOU

 As always, let me close by thanking our faculty, administrators, and classified professionals for your hard work during this unprecedented time of crisis due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  Our online classes have maintained high quality and the remote working format has enabled City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges, and the District to move forward in a successful manner.  The Board of Trustees and I are grateful for your efforts and we are confident that we are meeting our two primary goals in ensuring: 1) the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) the continuity of instruction and operations. 

 Stay well!


Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 3:29 pm

A COVID VACCINE INFORMATIONAL Friday Dec.11- 9am and 9:30am

Do you have questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine?  We are presenting an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns with Miramar Student Health Services Dr. Calvin Wong. There will be two informal sessions back to back. Just log into the zoom meeting below to get the latest vaccine information.

GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE AND JOIN THE HEATLH SERVICES TEAM in one of the following presentations:

Time: Dec 11, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time & repeated

Time: Dec 11, 2020 09:30 AM Pacific Time

Join https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/95340972332


Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - November 2020

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books or calculators, students will need to submit their request by Thursday, November 12, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check In/Out

Monday, November 16, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops, books and/or calculators. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Real College Survey

hope center logo

 

The San Diego Community College District (City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education) is participating in a study conducted by the Hope Center about student life. In prior years, the study has shown that six out of ten of our students experience housing insecurities, and about four out of ten experience food insecurities. 

We are conducting another study this fall so we can continue to gather important information about the basic needs of our students. 

·  Students who participate in the study can opt to be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift card.


Click HERE to complete HOPE Real College Survey 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:31 am

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #15

Greetings and welcome, again, to the “new normal” of online instruction, remote operations, Zoom meetings, and uncertain prognoses for returning to our former way of working together on site and in person.  You all continue to do an excellent job in making this new normal work for our students. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be grateful for your efforts and dedication.  I am writing to bring you up-to-date about a few matters.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION – UPDATED REPORT

Last week, the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA issued updated guidance for institutions of higher education, detailing how community colleges, universities, and four-year colleges are expected to operate with regard to any on-site instruction and operations. This guidance pertains to the current on-campus class components and limited onsite staffing, and also includes useful information for returning to onsite operations in the long term.  I have attached this document for your information.  However, let me share a few highlights, with which the San Diego Community College District is complying:

·        Face coverings are required (along with face shields in some disciplines).  Employers are responsible for supplying this equipment.  Employers must also be prepared to address “exemptions to the requirement for persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and for persons who are hearing impaired or communicating with persons who are hearing impaired.” (p.4)

·        COVID-19 Prevention Plan.  All institutions must establish “written, campus-specific COVID-19 prevention plan(s).”  (p. 5) 

·        Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation.  These practices must be intensified. (pp. 7-9)

·        Distancing on Campus.  San Diego is currently in the Red/Tier 2 category, basically limiting lecture groups to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.  The report includes suggested formats. (p. 10)

·        Communal Spaces.  There are limitations for the number and configuration of people in such spaces. (p. 11)

·        Food Service.  Grab-and-go, packaged items are the rule. (p. 12)

·        Training Programs for Staff and Students.  The report emphasizes thorough communication and training in CDC and other public health guidelines. (pp. 14-15)

·        Checking for Signs and Symptoms.  All people entering a campus or work site must be checked. (p. 16)

·        Response to Individuals who Become Sick.  Protocols are outlined for handling cases of individual illness. (p. 17)

·        Establishing Communication Systems.  Processes are recommended for communication with students, faculty, staff, health agencies, and the public. (p. 21)

·        Special Guidance and Protocols for Athletics.  The report includes extended guidance regarding athletic programs and student-athletes. (pp. 24 – 37)

This Guidance and other reports have provided a useful framework for us as we steer the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward.  We are definitely observing these protocols and will continue our efforts to ensure the health and safety of the few people who are teaching, learning, or working onsite.

SDCCD PLANS FOR THE COMING SEMESTER

As reported earlier, in the SDCCD, the Intersession and the Spring Semester 2021 classes will be online, with a few more hybrid options for students who need to complete their science lab work, clinical lab work, career-technical lab work, and first-responder classes on campus, along with a few student support functions. In the hope that the virus may have abated during the Spring, the campuses are making plans for in-person commencements in May, with the understanding that they may need to hold virtual commencements if the physical commencements are not safe.  Fingers crossed.

FUTURE SDCCD PLANS FOR 2021-22

We continue to receive questions about next year (Summer, Fall, etc.) and what plans will be implemented.  Right now, it is too soon to make any commitments, since we need to track the virus and also need to know what vaccine(s) may be developed and become available.  We certainly do hope to return to on-campus, in-person instruction and phased-in on-site operations, but we need much more information and guidance before that can happen.

OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION

As before, let me share with you the most recent update from the hospital consortium that makes regular reports to the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation, of which I am a member.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

 National/International

·Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday the U.S. could have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every American as early as March. Azar said the U.S. is currently manufacturing doses for all six potential vaccines backed by the U.S. government across more than 23 manufacturing facilities.

·There were at least 928 new COVID-19 deaths and 56,045 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Oct. 8, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 47,036 cases per day, which is an increase of 12% from the average two weeks earlier. 

 State

·This week, state officials introduced new guidelines to measure the impact the novel coronavirus is having on the most disadvantaged communities in counties across the state. The new health equity metric is in addition to the case and positivity rate metrics. Officials say the metric will only be used to help a county move to a less restrictive tier and allow the opening of further sectors of the economy, not to move backwards to more restrictive tiers.

·On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics:

o   California has 828,461 confirmed cases to date.

o   There were 1,677 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday.

o   The seven-day positivity rate is 2.6%; the 14-day positivity rate is 2.7%.

o   There have been 15,430,421 tests conducted in California, an increase of 128,740 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

 County/City

·Yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided the following COVID-19 data through Oct. 7:

o   Under the state monitoring metrics, San Diego County remains in tier 2, also known as the red tier.

o   San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

o   The county’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 6.2 and is in the red tier.

o   On Oct. 7, 19 new community outbreaks were confirmed: six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and one in a hair salon/barbershop setting.

o   In the past seven days (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7), 32 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o   The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.

o   The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3%. The target is less than 8%.

o   291 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 49,446.

o   Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 819.

o   More information about community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths can be found here on the Health and Human Services Agency’s website.

·The latest countywide data (as of Wednesday, Oct. 7) shows that the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals increased to 217, up from 187 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o   79 at Sharp HealthCare

o   68 at Scripps Health

o   10 at UC San Diego Health

o   19 at Kaiser Permanente

o   16 at Palomar Health

o   12 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

o   1 at Rady Children’s Hospital

o   12 at Tri-City Healthcare District

CONCLUSION

The Board of Trustees, the Presidents, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the governance leaders, and I are continuing to monitor this situation, which is complex and volatile.  I think we are doing our best to ensure that our two top priorities are met: 1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of instruction and operations.  Many thanks to all of our faculty, classified professionals, administrators, student leaders, and community supporters for your understanding and advice.

Stay well!


Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:48 am

Spring 2021 CARES ACT EMERGENCY FUNDS

 

 Now Available

SPRING 2021 CARES Act Grant Application

 

The Spring 2021 CARES Act Grant Application is open

For Currently Enrolled Students! 

 

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 5:00pm.

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The CARES Act provides financial assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19.  These funds are meant to help currently enrolled students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this semester.

To request a grant:

  1. Visit http://bit.ly/SDCCDEmergencyGrants

Fill out the SDCCD Student Relief Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

  1. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  
  1. You can track the status of your request by clicking on the link in the confirmation email or visiting the mySDCCD Support Center at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals
  1. The deadline to submit the application is 03/12/2021 by 5:00pm.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 15th. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee awarding of funds. 

San Diego Miramar Colleges remain committed to your success and we are here to help. We hope that these funds will provide some measure of relief during these unprecedented times.

 


Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:43 am

CARES ACT Funding Now Available

CARES Act funds are now available to students who qualify.

The federal government passed a law called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides financial assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19. 

Miramar Colleges is using a portion of CARES Act funds to provide student relief grants directly to students.  These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this semester.

In order to ensure we provide financial support to as many students as possible, we only ask that you apply if your studies have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To request a grant:

  1. Visit http://bit.ly/SDCCDEmergencyGrants

Fill out the SDCCD Student Relief Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully. 

 

  1. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received. 

 

  1. You can track the status of your request by clicking on the link in the confirmation email or visiting the mySDCCD Support Center at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 

  1. The deadline to submit the application is 03/12/2021 by 5:00pm.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 15th. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee awarding of funds.

Miramar College remains committed to your success and we are here to help. We hope that these funds will provide some measure of relief during these unprecedented times.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 9:31 am

LapTop Loan Opportunity

 

Miramar students will have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators as follows:

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check in/out Event

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

The check-in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies. Please check the following link for details: 

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/


Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:13 am

COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Student Health Services

The Nurses at Student Health Services would like to share with you some new COVID-19 Vaccine Updates:

1) According to the recent California Department Public Health bulletin, starting March 15, Covid vaccines can be administered to people 16 and older suffering from medical conditions or developmental disabilities or other high-risk disability that leaves a person more susceptible to severe illness or death from the virus. To learn more visit this link to a recent news 8 article.  You may still have questions on whether a health concern falls into one of these vaccine tiers. If so, our nurses encourage you to ask your primary care provider who knows your health best, to help decide eligibility, we know providers will be happy to and eager to help reach out to those in this widening tier.   (also read #4 below)

2) See real mothers talk via YouTube in English and Spanish about COVID-19 and explain why they want loved ones to get vaccinated.

3) The California Department of Health has also updated phase 1A to include “informal” caregivers to elderly and people with disabilities.  Informal caregivers are often an unpaid family member or another person who regularly aids or supervises the daily care of an elderly or disabled person, but does not have to live in the same house.  Specific information about the appropriate documentation for an informal caregiver can be found at the following link to the most recent update:  

4) Don't forget to sign up for a new California pilot website that helps Californian’s find out when it's their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  The site is called My Turn (https://myturn.ca.gov) and it lets user register to be notified via text or email when they become eligible, if they are eligible at the time they sign in it shows the users schedules for vaccination appointments in their area as well. These sites will typically be following the state guidelines and may have wider options to offer.

Changes happen quickly in these systems but these all have the same goal…to get you vaccines. Feel comfortable to reach out to your Primary Care Physician, or one of the many community vaccine sites at the county web page, and the new centralized My Turn site.  

The Miramar Student Health Services Team

For appointments or questions 619-388-7881 on Remote Health Services leave your voice message for call back.

All are invited to Canvas pages for Student Health:

Physical Care https://sdccd.instructure.com/enroll/BBKDKY

Mental Health  https://sdccd.instructure.com/enroll/8Y7966

Stay Well and Practice Your Best Prevention:

MASKs-choose and wear the most effective cover availavble. Be diligent Be

HANDS- clean frequently, clean after removing a facial covering, always prior to touching your face

DISTANCing_ 6 ft minimal -preferabley more and mask/covers required

STAY home at any early sign of illness, and days past symptoms. Ask 211, CDC or your Care Provider

 


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 11:55 am

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINES & COVID-19 DURING COUNTY’S LIVE TOWN HALL

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINES & COVID-19 DURING COUNTY’S LIVE TOWN HALL

On a weekly basis, starting this Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. Chair Nathan Fletcher, Vice-Chair Nora Vargas, Dr. Wilma Wooten, and Nick Machionne will be hosting a virtual town hall on Facebook Live.
You can watch on any of these Facebook accounts:

@SanDiegoCounty
@nathan.fletcher
@SupNoraVargas

We are inviting the community to submit any questions they have via this form. We will answer as many questions as possible during the live town hall.

¿TIENE PREGUNTAS PARA EL CONDADO SOBRE LAS VACUNAS Y COVID-19?

El miércoles 10 de febrero de 2021, el presidente Nathan Fletcher, la vicepresidenta Nora Vargas, la Dra. Wilma Wooten y Nick Machionne organizarán un foro comunitario virtual en Facebook Live. Para sintonizar pueden usar estas paginas de Facebook:
@SanDiegoCounty
@nathan.fletcher
@SupNoraVargas

Este foro virtual se llevará a cabo semanalmente. Invitamos a la comunidad a enviar cualquier pregunta que tengan a través de este formulario. Responderemos tantas preguntas como sea posible durante el foro virtual en vivo.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 11:51 am

Chancellor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #18

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #18

From:  Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor

I visited my office last Friday to pick up some essential items. I looked around wistfully at the office that I have known and used for almost 17 years but which I have not worked in since March 13, 2020. It struck me, too, that I will probably never work in this office again since I will be retiring at the end of June. COVID-19 has upended so many patterns and plans, including mine. However, while wistful, I was also proud, proud of the manner in which all of us working together have adapted to the pandemic crisis and made sensible plans for the future, always putting the health and safety of our students and employees first.

As I have said before, the Board of Trustees and I are grateful for the extraordinary efforts made by the faculty, administrators, and classified professionals within our District in moving swiftly and effectively to online instruction and remote operations. We are also grateful to our community supporters who have contributed much-needed funding to support our students’ needs (especially for laptops and Internet connectivity) during this difficult period of time. We offer special thanks to The San Diego Foundation, the United Way of San Diego, the College Foundations, and scores of individual donors who came forward with hundreds of thousands of dollars to help our students succeed. We are fortunate to work and live in a community that is so generous.

I join many others in being cautiously optimistic about the future. With several vaccines now being administered and others being developed, we are sailing more surely into safe harbors where a return to normalcy will be possible, albeit accomplished in incremental stages. Also, the Biden/Harris Administration has worked successfully with Congress to pass another, enormous stimulus package in the amount of $1.9 trillion, which will provide a strong boost for our economy in general, with significant benefits for small businesses, individuals, and educational institutions among others.

In the next few pages, I will provide the latest information about our current situation and future prospects in the world of Coronavirus COVID-19.

NEW FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE

As noted above, the Biden/Harris Administration has worked successfully with Congress to assure the passage of the next federal stimulus funding package in the amount of $1.9 trillion. $40 billion is earmarked for postsecondary education, in the category called Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). The American Council on Education (ACE) has published a simulation of how this funding will be allocated to all universities and colleges in the nation, along with the estimated amounts of HEERF II funding they will be receiving. The funding is based upon student participation in Pell Grants, which is why it will be distributed via Financial Aid. That is also why it is addressed to credit institutions, with a designated amount required to be allocated directly to students. The SDCCD is slated to receive $35,060,102, based upon this formula. However, as was the case with the previous CARES Act funding, we will need to provide a percentage of these funds to benefit noncredit operations, as well as noncredit students. The breakdown of anticipated funding, as found in the ACE analysis, follows:

Institution         Simulated Total Allocation     

City College                $11,923,790                           

Mesa College              $13,992,119                           

Miramar College         $9,144,193                             

Executive Vice Chancellor Bonnie Dowd, the Cabinet, and I will be working on the institutional distribution of these funds, and the colleges will follow their own internal distribution processes. The District’s plan also includes a consideration for additional support for employees in the form of stipends to offset the expenses they have incurred and are still incurring as the result of converting to remote instruction and operations. This matter is being discussed right now with our labor unions and meet-and-confer groups. We hope to have an agreement soon.

SURVEY RESULTS

Recently, District Human Resources distributed a survey to all employees requesting feedback and recommendations regarding our remote operations.  Many thanks to everyone who responded, since this has provided useful information and perceptions to help with improving the current situation and with planning for a return to in-person, on-site operations.  The rather extensive survey results are attached, including comments. Here is a basic summary provided by HR Vice Chancellor Greg Smith:

City College: 158 responses                                                   Faculty:                                   421 (51.34%)

Mesa College: 221 responses                                                Classified Professionals:         270 (32.93%)

Miramar College: 155 responses                                            Managers/Supervisors            129 (15.73%)                                    

College of Continuing Education: 142 responses

District: 144 responses

Total: 820 responses

The results generally suggest that people are able to be productive while working remotely, maintain their physical well-being, find ways to stay connected with colleagues, and have the resources need to work remotely: 

  • 77.6% of respondents agree or strongly agree they can work productively in their remote environment.
  • 79.3% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have been able to maintain their physical health since working remotely.
  • 63.9% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have found ways to stay connected with colleagues.
  • 66.9% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have the resources they need to work remotely.

Two widely shared concerns with returning to work in-person were cited in the survey: being exposed to COVID-19 while at work (85% of respondents) and losing the flexibilities of working remotely (61% of respondents).

A number of considerations for returning to work in-person were highlighted as priorities by respondents, including the availability of vaccines, limiting public access to facilities, continued wearing of face coverings, and other protective equipment, and continued cleaning and sanitation measures.

Many respondents provided feedback on the challenges of working remotely, such as reliable internet service, additional equipment and resources, managing increases in email volume, ergonomics, and training needs.

This survey and the extensive and very candid comments are most helpful.

COVID-19 CASES TRACKED IN THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

As has been reported before, classes at City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges remained online for the intersession and are continuing online for the current spring semester. A few hybrid exceptions have been made, as in the fall semester, for classes that require on-campus components, such as science and clinical labs, some career technical program labs, and courses for first responders, especially in the Police and Fire Academies.  Summer classes will also be primarily on line, with on-campus/hybrid components. No decision has as yet been made regarding the fall semester. Everyone is hoping that there can be a return to on-campus instruction in the fall, but only if it is safe to do so and complies with State and County requirements. There will definitely be more online with hybrid components. Fall schedules should be planned flexibly to accommodate whatever the final decision will be.

In the meantime, COVID-19 cases are being tracked on a weekly basis.  The present records show the following:

NATIONAL, STATE, COUNTY & LOCAL OVERVIEW

Let me share with you the most recent (February 8) update on the COVID-19 situation, which a hospital consortium regularly prepares for the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which I receive as a member of the EDC Board of Directors.  I find it to be succinct, informative, and useful in following the contours of this pandemic.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

National/International

· On Friday, the Biden administration announced that it was sending 1,110 active-duty troops to 5 federal COVID-19 vaccination centers across the country. Troops will arrive in California within 10 days to begin operating around Feb. 15.

· Johnson & Johnson submitted its emergency use authorization application to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday for the company's single-dose vaccine. The company says if emergency use is granted, it aims to supply 100 million doses in the first half of 2021. Unlike Pfizer and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine can be stored for at least 3 months at 36 to 46° F, compatible with standard vaccine distribution channels.

· The COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford protects people against the new, more contagious coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 with 74.6% efficacy, according to a story in the New York Times. The preliminary findings suggest that all 5 of the leading vaccines may offer at least some protection against new variants of the virus as well as significant protection against hospitalization and death. San Diego County has California’s largest cluster of known cases caused by B.1.1.7.

· At least 5,116 new COVID-19 deaths and 126,842 new cases were reported in the U.S. Feb. 4. Over the past week, there has been an average of 130,953 cases per day, a decrease of 30% from the average 2 weeks earlier. As of Friday afternoon, more than 26,768,200 people in the U.S. have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a New York Times database.

State

 · This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he believes schools can begin to reopen, even if all teachers are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, provided that proper safety measures and supports are in place.

 · The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics this week:

o   There were 13,176 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday.

o   The 7-day positivity rate is 6.1% and the 14-day positivity rate is 6.9%.

o   There have been 43,235,327 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 168,094 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.

o   As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 42,466 COVID-19 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.

o   As of Feb. 4, providers have reported administering a total of 3,984,752 vaccine doses statewide. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.

o   As of Feb. 2, 2021, 54 counties are in the purple tier, 1 county is in the red tier (Mariposa), 3 counties are in the orange tier (Alpine, Sierra and Trinity) and no counties are in the yellow tier.

County/City

· On Tuesday, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Administration (HHSA) provided the following COVID-19 statistics:

o    San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 42.5 cases per 100,000 residents and the region is in the purple tier, or tier 1.

o    The testing positivity percentage is 10.5%, placing the county in tier 1, or the purple tier.

o    The county’s health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, is 14% and it’s in the purple tier, or tier 1. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers, but is required to advance to a less restrictive tier.

o    In the past 7 days (Jan. 26 through Feb. 1), 57 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o    9,955 tests were reported to the county Feb. 1, and the percentage of new positive cases was 9%.

o    The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 8%. The target is less than 8%.

o    The 7-day, daily average of tests is 18,691.

o    926 cases were reported to the county Feb. 1. The last time a daily case total was under 1,000 was Nov. 29 when 959 cases were reported. The region’s total is now 240,050.

o    10,255 or 4.3% of all cases have required hospitalization.

o    1,464 or 0.6% of all cases and 14.3% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

o    10 new COVID-19 deaths were reported Feb.1; 4 people who died were 80 years or older, 7 people were in their 70s and 1 person was in their 60s. All had underlying medical conditions.

· Countywide data shows the number of patients with COVID-19 in San Diego County hospitals decreased to 1,139, an improvement over the prior week’s number of 1,343. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o    369 at Sharp HealthCare

o    299 at Scripps Health

o    133 at Palomar Health

o    110 at Kaiser Permanente

o    81 at UC San Diego Health

o    57 at Tri-City Healthcare District

o    22 at Naval Medical Center San Diego

o    19 at Alvarado Medical Center

o    18 at Paradise Valley Hospital

o    12 at VA San Diego Healthcare System

o    1 at Select Specialty Hospital

THANK YOU

 As always, let me close by thanking our faculty, administrators, and classified professionals for your hard work during this unprecedented time of crisis due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  Our online classes have maintained high quality and the remote working format has enabled City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges, and the District to move forward in a successful manner.  The Board of Trustees and I are grateful for your efforts and we are confident that we are meeting our two primary goals in ensuring: 1) the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) the continuity of instruction and operations. 

 Stay well!


Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 3:29 pm

A COVID VACCINE INFORMATIONAL Friday Dec.11- 9am and 9:30am

Do you have questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine?  We are presenting an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns with Miramar Student Health Services Dr. Calvin Wong. There will be two informal sessions back to back. Just log into the zoom meeting below to get the latest vaccine information.

GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE AND JOIN THE HEATLH SERVICES TEAM in one of the following presentations:

Time: Dec 11, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time & repeated

Time: Dec 11, 2020 09:30 AM Pacific Time

Join https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/95340972332


Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - November 2020

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books or calculators, students will need to submit their request by Thursday, November 12, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check In/Out

Monday, November 16, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops, books and/or calculators. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Real College Survey

hope center logo

 

The San Diego Community College District (City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education) is participating in a study conducted by the Hope Center about student life. In prior years, the study has shown that six out of ten of our students experience housing insecurities, and about four out of ten experience food insecurities. 

We are conducting another study this fall so we can continue to gather important information about the basic needs of our students. 

·  Students who participate in the study can opt to be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift card.


Click HERE to complete HOPE Real College Survey 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:31 am

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #15

Greetings and welcome, again, to the “new normal” of online instruction, remote operations, Zoom meetings, and uncertain prognoses for returning to our former way of working together on site and in person.  You all continue to do an excellent job in making this new normal work for our students. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be grateful for your efforts and dedication.  I am writing to bring you up-to-date about a few matters.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION – UPDATED REPORT

Last week, the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA issued updated guidance for institutions of higher education, detailing how community colleges, universities, and four-year colleges are expected to operate with regard to any on-site instruction and operations. This guidance pertains to the current on-campus class components and limited onsite staffing, and also includes useful information for returning to onsite operations in the long term.  I have attached this document for your information.  However, let me share a few highlights, with which the San Diego Community College District is complying:

·        Face coverings are required (along with face shields in some disciplines).  Employers are responsible for supplying this equipment.  Employers must also be prepared to address “exemptions to the requirement for persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and for persons who are hearing impaired or communicating with persons who are hearing impaired.” (p.4)

·        COVID-19 Prevention Plan.  All institutions must establish “written, campus-specific COVID-19 prevention plan(s).”  (p. 5) 

·        Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation.  These practices must be intensified. (pp. 7-9)

·        Distancing on Campus.  San Diego is currently in the Red/Tier 2 category, basically limiting lecture groups to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.  The report includes suggested formats. (p. 10)

·        Communal Spaces.  There are limitations for the number and configuration of people in such spaces. (p. 11)

·        Food Service.  Grab-and-go, packaged items are the rule. (p. 12)

·        Training Programs for Staff and Students.  The report emphasizes thorough communication and training in CDC and other public health guidelines. (pp. 14-15)

·        Checking for Signs and Symptoms.  All people entering a campus or work site must be checked. (p. 16)

·        Response to Individuals who Become Sick.  Protocols are outlined for handling cases of individual illness. (p. 17)

·        Establishing Communication Systems.  Processes are recommended for communication with students, faculty, staff, health agencies, and the public. (p. 21)

·        Special Guidance and Protocols for Athletics.  The report includes extended guidance regarding athletic programs and student-athletes. (pp. 24 – 37)

This Guidance and other reports have provided a useful framework for us as we steer the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward.  We are definitely observing these protocols and will continue our efforts to ensure the health and safety of the few people who are teaching, learning, or working onsite.

SDCCD PLANS FOR THE COMING SEMESTER

As reported earlier, in the SDCCD, the Intersession and the Spring Semester 2021 classes will be online, with a few more hybrid options for students who need to complete their science lab work, clinical lab work, career-technical lab work, and first-responder classes on campus, along with a few student support functions. In the hope that the virus may have abated during the Spring, the campuses are making plans for in-person commencements in May, with the understanding that they may need to hold virtual commencements if the physical commencements are not safe.  Fingers crossed.

FUTURE SDCCD PLANS FOR 2021-22

We continue to receive questions about next year (Summer, Fall, etc.) and what plans will be implemented.  Right now, it is too soon to make any commitments, since we need to track the virus and also need to know what vaccine(s) may be developed and become available.  We certainly do hope to return to on-campus, in-person instruction and phased-in on-site operations, but we need much more information and guidance before that can happen.

OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION

As before, let me share with you the most recent update from the hospital consortium that makes regular reports to the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation, of which I am a member.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

 National/International

·Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday the U.S. could have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every American as early as March. Azar said the U.S. is currently manufacturing doses for all six potential vaccines backed by the U.S. government across more than 23 manufacturing facilities.

·There were at least 928 new COVID-19 deaths and 56,045 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Oct. 8, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 47,036 cases per day, which is an increase of 12% from the average two weeks earlier. 

 State

·This week, state officials introduced new guidelines to measure the impact the novel coronavirus is having on the most disadvantaged communities in counties across the state. The new health equity metric is in addition to the case and positivity rate metrics. Officials say the metric will only be used to help a county move to a less restrictive tier and allow the opening of further sectors of the economy, not to move backwards to more restrictive tiers.

·On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics:

o   California has 828,461 confirmed cases to date.

o   There were 1,677 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday.

o   The seven-day positivity rate is 2.6%; the 14-day positivity rate is 2.7%.

o   There have been 15,430,421 tests conducted in California, an increase of 128,740 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

 County/City

·Yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided the following COVID-19 data through Oct. 7:

o   Under the state monitoring metrics, San Diego County remains in tier 2, also known as the red tier.

o   San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

o   The county’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 6.2 and is in the red tier.

o   On Oct. 7, 19 new community outbreaks were confirmed: six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and one in a hair salon/barbershop setting.

o   In the past seven days (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7), 32 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o   The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.

o   The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3%. The target is less than 8%.

o   291 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 49,446.

o   Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 819.

o   More information about community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths can be found here on the Health and Human Services Agency’s website.

·The latest countywide data (as of Wednesday, Oct. 7) shows that the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals increased to 217, up from 187 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o   79 at Sharp HealthCare

o   68 at Scripps Health

o   10 at UC San Diego Health

o   19 at Kaiser Permanente

o   16 at Palomar Health

o   12 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

o   1 at Rady Children’s Hospital

o   12 at Tri-City Healthcare District

CONCLUSION

The Board of Trustees, the Presidents, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the governance leaders, and I are continuing to monitor this situation, which is complex and volatile.  I think we are doing our best to ensure that our two top priorities are met: 1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of instruction and operations.  Many thanks to all of our faculty, classified professionals, administrators, student leaders, and community supporters for your understanding and advice.

Stay well!


Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:48 am

Spring 2021 CARES ACT EMERGENCY FUNDS

 

 Now Available

SPRING 2021 CARES Act Grant Application

 

The Spring 2021 CARES Act Grant Application is open

For Currently Enrolled Students! 

 

Deadline to apply is Friday, March 12, 2021 @ 5:00pm.

Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The CARES Act provides financial assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19.  These funds are meant to help currently enrolled students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this semester.

To request a grant:

  1. Visit http://bit.ly/SDCCDEmergencyGrants

Fill out the SDCCD Student Relief Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

  1. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  
  1. You can track the status of your request by clicking on the link in the confirmation email or visiting the mySDCCD Support Center at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals
  1. The deadline to submit the application is 03/12/2021 by 5:00pm.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 15th. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee awarding of funds. 

San Diego Miramar Colleges remain committed to your success and we are here to help. We hope that these funds will provide some measure of relief during these unprecedented times.

 


Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 10:43 am

CARES ACT Funding Now Available

CARES Act funds are now available to students who qualify.

The federal government passed a law called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides financial assistance to students for expenses related to the disruption of their studies due to COVID-19. 

Miramar Colleges is using a portion of CARES Act funds to provide student relief grants directly to students.  These funds are meant to help students pay expenses for technology, health care, childcare, course materials, rent, food, moving or other expenses incurred this semester.

In order to ensure we provide financial support to as many students as possible, we only ask that you apply if your studies have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To request a grant:

  1. Visit http://bit.ly/SDCCDEmergencyGrants

Fill out the SDCCD Student Relief Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully. 

 

  1. You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received. 

 

  1. You can track the status of your request by clicking on the link in the confirmation email or visiting the mySDCCD Support Center at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 

  1. The deadline to submit the application is 03/12/2021 by 5:00pm.

Applications will be reviewed starting March 15th. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee awarding of funds.

Miramar College remains committed to your success and we are here to help. We hope that these funds will provide some measure of relief during these unprecedented times.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 9:31 am

LapTop Loan Opportunity

 

Miramar students will have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators as follows:

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check in/out Event

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

The check-in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies. Please check the following link for details: 

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/


Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:13 am

COVID-19 Vaccine Update from Student Health Services

The Nurses at Student Health Services would like to share with you some new COVID-19 Vaccine Updates:

1) According to the recent California Department Public Health bulletin, starting March 15, Covid vaccines can be administered to people 16 and older suffering from medical conditions or developmental disabilities or other high-risk disability that leaves a person more susceptible to severe illness or death from the virus. To learn more visit this link to a recent news 8 article.  You may still have questions on whether a health concern falls into one of these vaccine tiers. If so, our nurses encourage you to ask your primary care provider who knows your health best, to help decide eligibility, we know providers will be happy to and eager to help reach out to those in this widening tier.   (also read #4 below)

2) See real mothers talk via YouTube in English and Spanish about COVID-19 and explain why they want loved ones to get vaccinated.

3) The California Department of Health has also updated phase 1A to include “informal” caregivers to elderly and people with disabilities.  Informal caregivers are often an unpaid family member or another person who regularly aids or supervises the daily care of an elderly or disabled person, but does not have to live in the same house.  Specific information about the appropriate documentation for an informal caregiver can be found at the following link to the most recent update:  

4) Don't forget to sign up for a new California pilot website that helps Californian’s find out when it's their turn to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  The site is called My Turn (https://myturn.ca.gov) and it lets user register to be notified via text or email when they become eligible, if they are eligible at the time they sign in it shows the users schedules for vaccination appointments in their area as well. These sites will typically be following the state guidelines and may have wider options to offer.

Changes happen quickly in these systems but these all have the same goal…to get you vaccines. Feel comfortable to reach out to your Primary Care Physician, or one of the many community vaccine sites at the county web page, and the new centralized My Turn site.  

The Miramar Student Health Services Team

For appointments or questions 619-388-7881 on Remote Health Services leave your voice message for call back.

All are invited to Canvas pages for Student Health:

Physical Care https://sdccd.instructure.com/enroll/BBKDKY

Mental Health  https://sdccd.instructure.com/enroll/8Y7966

Stay Well and Practice Your Best Prevention:

MASKs-choose and wear the most effective cover availavble. Be diligent Be

HANDS- clean frequently, clean after removing a facial covering, always prior to touching your face

DISTANCing_ 6 ft minimal -preferabley more and mask/covers required

STAY home at any early sign of illness, and days past symptoms. Ask 211, CDC or your Care Provider

 


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 11:55 am

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINES & COVID-19 DURING COUNTY’S LIVE TOWN HALL

ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT VACCINES & COVID-19 DURING COUNTY’S LIVE TOWN HALL

On a weekly basis, starting this Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. Chair Nathan Fletcher, Vice-Chair Nora Vargas, Dr. Wilma Wooten, and Nick Machionne will be hosting a virtual town hall on Facebook Live.
You can watch on any of these Facebook accounts:

@SanDiegoCounty
@nathan.fletcher
@SupNoraVargas

We are inviting the community to submit any questions they have via this form. We will answer as many questions as possible during the live town hall.

¿TIENE PREGUNTAS PARA EL CONDADO SOBRE LAS VACUNAS Y COVID-19?

El miércoles 10 de febrero de 2021, el presidente Nathan Fletcher, la vicepresidenta Nora Vargas, la Dra. Wilma Wooten y Nick Machionne organizarán un foro comunitario virtual en Facebook Live. Para sintonizar pueden usar estas paginas de Facebook:
@SanDiegoCounty
@nathan.fletcher
@SupNoraVargas

Este foro virtual se llevará a cabo semanalmente. Invitamos a la comunidad a enviar cualquier pregunta que tengan a través de este formulario. Responderemos tantas preguntas como sea posible durante el foro virtual en vivo.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021 - 11:51 am

Chancellor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #18

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #18

From:  Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor

I visited my office last Friday to pick up some essential items. I looked around wistfully at the office that I have known and used for almost 17 years but which I have not worked in since March 13, 2020. It struck me, too, that I will probably never work in this office again since I will be retiring at the end of June. COVID-19 has upended so many patterns and plans, including mine. However, while wistful, I was also proud, proud of the manner in which all of us working together have adapted to the pandemic crisis and made sensible plans for the future, always putting the health and safety of our students and employees first.

As I have said before, the Board of Trustees and I are grateful for the extraordinary efforts made by the faculty, administrators, and classified professionals within our District in moving swiftly and effectively to online instruction and remote operations. We are also grateful to our community supporters who have contributed much-needed funding to support our students’ needs (especially for laptops and Internet connectivity) during this difficult period of time. We offer special thanks to The San Diego Foundation, the United Way of San Diego, the College Foundations, and scores of individual donors who came forward with hundreds of thousands of dollars to help our students succeed. We are fortunate to work and live in a community that is so generous.

I join many others in being cautiously optimistic about the future. With several vaccines now being administered and others being developed, we are sailing more surely into safe harbors where a return to normalcy will be possible, albeit accomplished in incremental stages. Also, the Biden/Harris Administration has worked successfully with Congress to pass another, enormous stimulus package in the amount of $1.9 trillion, which will provide a strong boost for our economy in general, with significant benefits for small businesses, individuals, and educational institutions among others.

In the next few pages, I will provide the latest information about our current situation and future prospects in the world of Coronavirus COVID-19.

NEW FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE

As noted above, the Biden/Harris Administration has worked successfully with Congress to assure the passage of the next federal stimulus funding package in the amount of $1.9 trillion. $40 billion is earmarked for postsecondary education, in the category called Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II). The American Council on Education (ACE) has published a simulation of how this funding will be allocated to all universities and colleges in the nation, along with the estimated amounts of HEERF II funding they will be receiving. The funding is based upon student participation in Pell Grants, which is why it will be distributed via Financial Aid. That is also why it is addressed to credit institutions, with a designated amount required to be allocated directly to students. The SDCCD is slated to receive $35,060,102, based upon this formula. However, as was the case with the previous CARES Act funding, we will need to provide a percentage of these funds to benefit noncredit operations, as well as noncredit students. The breakdown of anticipated funding, as found in the ACE analysis, follows:

Institution         Simulated Total Allocation     

City College                $11,923,790                           

Mesa College              $13,992,119                           

Miramar College         $9,144,193                             

Executive Vice Chancellor Bonnie Dowd, the Cabinet, and I will be working on the institutional distribution of these funds, and the colleges will follow their own internal distribution processes. The District’s plan also includes a consideration for additional support for employees in the form of stipends to offset the expenses they have incurred and are still incurring as the result of converting to remote instruction and operations. This matter is being discussed right now with our labor unions and meet-and-confer groups. We hope to have an agreement soon.

SURVEY RESULTS

Recently, District Human Resources distributed a survey to all employees requesting feedback and recommendations regarding our remote operations.  Many thanks to everyone who responded, since this has provided useful information and perceptions to help with improving the current situation and with planning for a return to in-person, on-site operations.  The rather extensive survey results are attached, including comments. Here is a basic summary provided by HR Vice Chancellor Greg Smith:

City College: 158 responses                                                   Faculty:                                   421 (51.34%)

Mesa College: 221 responses                                                Classified Professionals:         270 (32.93%)

Miramar College: 155 responses                                            Managers/Supervisors            129 (15.73%)                                    

College of Continuing Education: 142 responses

District: 144 responses

Total: 820 responses

The results generally suggest that people are able to be productive while working remotely, maintain their physical well-being, find ways to stay connected with colleagues, and have the resources need to work remotely: 

  • 77.6% of respondents agree or strongly agree they can work productively in their remote environment.
  • 79.3% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have been able to maintain their physical health since working remotely.
  • 63.9% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have found ways to stay connected with colleagues.
  • 66.9% of respondents agree or strongly agree they have the resources they need to work remotely.

Two widely shared concerns with returning to work in-person were cited in the survey: being exposed to COVID-19 while at work (85% of respondents) and losing the flexibilities of working remotely (61% of respondents).

A number of considerations for returning to work in-person were highlighted as priorities by respondents, including the availability of vaccines, limiting public access to facilities, continued wearing of face coverings, and other protective equipment, and continued cleaning and sanitation measures.

Many respondents provided feedback on the challenges of working remotely, such as reliable internet service, additional equipment and resources, managing increases in email volume, ergonomics, and training needs.

This survey and the extensive and very candid comments are most helpful.

COVID-19 CASES TRACKED IN THE SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT

As has been reported before, classes at City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges remained online for the intersession and are continuing online for the current spring semester. A few hybrid exceptions have been made, as in the fall semester, for classes that require on-campus components, such as science and clinical labs, some career technical program labs, and courses for first responders, especially in the Police and Fire Academies.  Summer classes will also be primarily on line, with on-campus/hybrid components. No decision has as yet been made regarding the fall semester. Everyone is hoping that there can be a return to on-campus instruction in the fall, but only if it is safe to do so and complies with State and County requirements. There will definitely be more online with hybrid components. Fall schedules should be planned flexibly to accommodate whatever the final decision will be.

In the meantime, COVID-19 cases are being tracked on a weekly basis.  The present records show the following:

NATIONAL, STATE, COUNTY & LOCAL OVERVIEW

Let me share with you the most recent (February 8) update on the COVID-19 situation, which a hospital consortium regularly prepares for the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC), which I receive as a member of the EDC Board of Directors.  I find it to be succinct, informative, and useful in following the contours of this pandemic.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

National/International

· On Friday, the Biden administration announced that it was sending 1,110 active-duty troops to 5 federal COVID-19 vaccination centers across the country. Troops will arrive in California within 10 days to begin operating around Feb. 15.

· Johnson & Johnson submitted its emergency use authorization application to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday for the company's single-dose vaccine. The company says if emergency use is granted, it aims to supply 100 million doses in the first half of 2021. Unlike Pfizer and Moderna, Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine can be stored for at least 3 months at 36 to 46° F, compatible with standard vaccine distribution channels.

· The COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford protects people against the new, more contagious coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 with 74.6% efficacy, according to a story in the New York Times. The preliminary findings suggest that all 5 of the leading vaccines may offer at least some protection against new variants of the virus as well as significant protection against hospitalization and death. San Diego County has California’s largest cluster of known cases caused by B.1.1.7.

· At least 5,116 new COVID-19 deaths and 126,842 new cases were reported in the U.S. Feb. 4. Over the past week, there has been an average of 130,953 cases per day, a decrease of 30% from the average 2 weeks earlier. As of Friday afternoon, more than 26,768,200 people in the U.S. have been infected with the novel coronavirus, according to a New York Times database.

State

 · This week, Gov. Gavin Newsom said he believes schools can begin to reopen, even if all teachers are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19, provided that proper safety measures and supports are in place.

 · The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics this week:

o   There were 13,176 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday.

o   The 7-day positivity rate is 6.1% and the 14-day positivity rate is 6.9%.

o   There have been 43,235,327 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 168,094 during the prior 24-hour reporting period.

o   As case numbers continue to rise in California, the total number of individuals who will have serious outcomes will also increase. There have been 42,466 COVID-19 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.

o   As of Feb. 4, providers have reported administering a total of 3,984,752 vaccine doses statewide. Numbers do not represent true day-to-day change as reporting may be delayed.

o   As of Feb. 2, 2021, 54 counties are in the purple tier, 1 county is in the red tier (Mariposa), 3 counties are in the orange tier (Alpine, Sierra and Trinity) and no counties are in the yellow tier.

County/City

· On Tuesday, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Administration (HHSA) provided the following COVID-19 statistics:

o    San Diego County’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is currently 42.5 cases per 100,000 residents and the region is in the purple tier, or tier 1.

o    The testing positivity percentage is 10.5%, placing the county in tier 1, or the purple tier.

o    The county’s health equity metric, which looks at the testing positivity for areas with the lowest healthy conditions, is 14% and it’s in the purple tier, or tier 1. This metric does not move counties to more restrictive tiers, but is required to advance to a less restrictive tier.

o    In the past 7 days (Jan. 26 through Feb. 1), 57 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o    9,955 tests were reported to the county Feb. 1, and the percentage of new positive cases was 9%.

o    The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 8%. The target is less than 8%.

o    The 7-day, daily average of tests is 18,691.

o    926 cases were reported to the county Feb. 1. The last time a daily case total was under 1,000 was Nov. 29 when 959 cases were reported. The region’s total is now 240,050.

o    10,255 or 4.3% of all cases have required hospitalization.

o    1,464 or 0.6% of all cases and 14.3% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

o    10 new COVID-19 deaths were reported Feb.1; 4 people who died were 80 years or older, 7 people were in their 70s and 1 person was in their 60s. All had underlying medical conditions.

· Countywide data shows the number of patients with COVID-19 in San Diego County hospitals decreased to 1,139, an improvement over the prior week’s number of 1,343. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o    369 at Sharp HealthCare

o    299 at Scripps Health

o    133 at Palomar Health

o    110 at Kaiser Permanente

o    81 at UC San Diego Health

o    57 at Tri-City Healthcare District

o    22 at Naval Medical Center San Diego

o    19 at Alvarado Medical Center

o    18 at Paradise Valley Hospital

o    12 at VA San Diego Healthcare System

o    1 at Select Specialty Hospital

THANK YOU

 As always, let me close by thanking our faculty, administrators, and classified professionals for your hard work during this unprecedented time of crisis due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  Our online classes have maintained high quality and the remote working format has enabled City, Mesa, Miramar, and Continuing Education colleges, and the District to move forward in a successful manner.  The Board of Trustees and I are grateful for your efforts and we are confident that we are meeting our two primary goals in ensuring: 1) the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) the continuity of instruction and operations. 

 Stay well!


Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 3:29 pm

A COVID VACCINE INFORMATIONAL Friday Dec.11- 9am and 9:30am

Do you have questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine?  We are presenting an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns with Miramar Student Health Services Dr. Calvin Wong. There will be two informal sessions back to back. Just log into the zoom meeting below to get the latest vaccine information.

GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE AND JOIN THE HEATLH SERVICES TEAM in one of the following presentations:

Time: Dec 11, 2020 09:00 AM Pacific Time & repeated

Time: Dec 11, 2020 09:30 AM Pacific Time

Join https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/95340972332


Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - November 2020

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books or calculators, students will need to submit their request by Thursday, November 12, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check In/Out

Monday, November 16, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops, books and/or calculators. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Real College Survey

hope center logo

 

The San Diego Community College District (City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education) is participating in a study conducted by the Hope Center about student life. In prior years, the study has shown that six out of ten of our students experience housing insecurities, and about four out of ten experience food insecurities. 

We are conducting another study this fall so we can continue to gather important information about the basic needs of our students. 

·  Students who participate in the study can opt to be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift card.


Click HERE to complete HOPE Real College Survey 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:31 am

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #15

Greetings and welcome, again, to the “new normal” of online instruction, remote operations, Zoom meetings, and uncertain prognoses for returning to our former way of working together on site and in person.  You all continue to do an excellent job in making this new normal work for our students. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be grateful for your efforts and dedication.  I am writing to bring you up-to-date about a few matters.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION – UPDATED REPORT

Last week, the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA issued updated guidance for institutions of higher education, detailing how community colleges, universities, and four-year colleges are expected to operate with regard to any on-site instruction and operations. This guidance pertains to the current on-campus class components and limited onsite staffing, and also includes useful information for returning to onsite operations in the long term.  I have attached this document for your information.  However, let me share a few highlights, with which the San Diego Community College District is complying:

·        Face coverings are required (along with face shields in some disciplines).  Employers are responsible for supplying this equipment.  Employers must also be prepared to address “exemptions to the requirement for persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and for persons who are hearing impaired or communicating with persons who are hearing impaired.” (p.4)

·        COVID-19 Prevention Plan.  All institutions must establish “written, campus-specific COVID-19 prevention plan(s).”  (p. 5) 

·        Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation.  These practices must be intensified. (pp. 7-9)

·        Distancing on Campus.  San Diego is currently in the Red/Tier 2 category, basically limiting lecture groups to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.  The report includes suggested formats. (p. 10)

·        Communal Spaces.  There are limitations for the number and configuration of people in such spaces. (p. 11)

·        Food Service.  Grab-and-go, packaged items are the rule. (p. 12)

·        Training Programs for Staff and Students.  The report emphasizes thorough communication and training in CDC and other public health guidelines. (pp. 14-15)

·        Checking for Signs and Symptoms.  All people entering a campus or work site must be checked. (p. 16)

·        Response to Individuals who Become Sick.  Protocols are outlined for handling cases of individual illness. (p. 17)

·        Establishing Communication Systems.  Processes are recommended for communication with students, faculty, staff, health agencies, and the public. (p. 21)

·        Special Guidance and Protocols for Athletics.  The report includes extended guidance regarding athletic programs and student-athletes. (pp. 24 – 37)

This Guidance and other reports have provided a useful framework for us as we steer the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward.  We are definitely observing these protocols and will continue our efforts to ensure the health and safety of the few people who are teaching, learning, or working onsite.

SDCCD PLANS FOR THE COMING SEMESTER

As reported earlier, in the SDCCD, the Intersession and the Spring Semester 2021 classes will be online, with a few more hybrid options for students who need to complete their science lab work, clinical lab work, career-technical lab work, and first-responder classes on campus, along with a few student support functions. In the hope that the virus may have abated during the Spring, the campuses are making plans for in-person commencements in May, with the understanding that they may need to hold virtual commencements if the physical commencements are not safe.  Fingers crossed.

FUTURE SDCCD PLANS FOR 2021-22

We continue to receive questions about next year (Summer, Fall, etc.) and what plans will be implemented.  Right now, it is too soon to make any commitments, since we need to track the virus and also need to know what vaccine(s) may be developed and become available.  We certainly do hope to return to on-campus, in-person instruction and phased-in on-site operations, but we need much more information and guidance before that can happen.

OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION

As before, let me share with you the most recent update from the hospital consortium that makes regular reports to the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation, of which I am a member.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

 National/International

·Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday the U.S. could have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every American as early as March. Azar said the U.S. is currently manufacturing doses for all six potential vaccines backed by the U.S. government across more than 23 manufacturing facilities.

·There were at least 928 new COVID-19 deaths and 56,045 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Oct. 8, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 47,036 cases per day, which is an increase of 12% from the average two weeks earlier. 

 State

·This week, state officials introduced new guidelines to measure the impact the novel coronavirus is having on the most disadvantaged communities in counties across the state. The new health equity metric is in addition to the case and positivity rate metrics. Officials say the metric will only be used to help a county move to a less restrictive tier and allow the opening of further sectors of the economy, not to move backwards to more restrictive tiers.

·On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics:

o   California has 828,461 confirmed cases to date.

o   There were 1,677 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday.

o   The seven-day positivity rate is 2.6%; the 14-day positivity rate is 2.7%.

o   There have been 15,430,421 tests conducted in California, an increase of 128,740 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

 County/City

·Yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided the following COVID-19 data through Oct. 7:

o   Under the state monitoring metrics, San Diego County remains in tier 2, also known as the red tier.

o   San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

o   The county’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 6.2 and is in the red tier.

o   On Oct. 7, 19 new community outbreaks were confirmed: six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and one in a hair salon/barbershop setting.

o   In the past seven days (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7), 32 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o   The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.

o   The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3%. The target is less than 8%.

o   291 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 49,446.

o   Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 819.

o   More information about community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths can be found here on the Health and Human Services Agency’s website.

·The latest countywide data (as of Wednesday, Oct. 7) shows that the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals increased to 217, up from 187 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o   79 at Sharp HealthCare

o   68 at Scripps Health

o   10 at UC San Diego Health

o   19 at Kaiser Permanente

o   16 at Palomar Health

o   12 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

o   1 at Rady Children’s Hospital

o   12 at Tri-City Healthcare District

CONCLUSION

The Board of Trustees, the Presidents, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the governance leaders, and I are continuing to monitor this situation, which is complex and volatile.  I think we are doing our best to ensure that our two top priorities are met: 1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of instruction and operations.  Many thanks to all of our faculty, classified professionals, administrators, student leaders, and community supporters for your understanding and advice.

Stay well!


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