The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) has announced it will begin many in-person classes in an online format for the first three weeks of the spring semester. The semester begins January 31 at San Diego City College, Mesa College, and Miramar College and February 2 at the College of Continuing Education. The decision will only affect classes at the colleges which can be temporarily transitioned to online. Specific information on individual courses will be provided by each college.
In addition, the district announced it would extend its remote operations for most employees until February 22. The district had planned for employees to return to work full-time on January 3 but previously announced a delay to counter the rapid spread of COVID-19 in San Diego County. Many employees will now return to working on-site three days per week from February 22 to March 4 and then return full-time starting March 7.
In an email to the district’s 4,500 employees sent earlier today, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Gregory Smith emphasized the importance of remaining flexible during the pandemic.
“While there are positive signs we are approaching the peak of the spread of the omicron variant in our region and this will be the final delay in our timeline for the spring semester, our flexibility remains a critical component in continuing to serve our communities during the pandemic. Thank you for your continued caution and efforts to keep your families and communities safe.”
Meanwhile, registration is continuing for the spring semester with classes scheduled to be offered in-person, hybrid, and online. For students who need more flexibility, many classes have late start dates throughout the term. Class information is available at http://classschedule.sdccd.edu/ with new class sections are added weekly to accommodate student demand.
Face coverings will be required for everyone at indoor locations, and students will be required to be vaccinated before they can enroll in in-person classes.
To assist those with financial need, emergency funding and support services, such as relief grants and laptops, are available. Collectively, the district’s colleges have distributed over $20 million in direct aid. Students are encouraged to apply when they register for classes.