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May 11, 2020
I hope that you and your families are healthy and well. These past two months have been incredibly challenging for us all. While the pandemic has generated a great amount of uncertainty, MiraCosta College is steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the safety of our students, employees, and community.
As MiraCosta College prepares for the fall semester, a number of protocols are being put into place to support a primarily online fall schedule. There may be some courses that require in-person instruction, such as those with hands-on labs or clinical placements, so we are working alongside faculty and staff in these areas to offer in-person instruction, utilizing social distancing and safety protocols. SURF will continue to be updated as these revisions are finalized, with plans for the updates to be completed by the end of May.
Currently, a taskforce of faculty and staff are preparing a Distance Education (DE) Blanket Addendum which, when submitted to the state Chancellor’s Office, will permit us to offer courses in the summer and fall in an online format that do not currently have distance education approval. Simultaneously, our Courses and Programs Committee (CPC) is hard at work processing a number of courses that have been submitted by faculty who are requesting DE approvals through our local process. Faculty who need assistance in submitting DE approvals are encouraged to connect with their department chairs, the CPC Chair, Angela Senigaglia, and/or their dean. Deans are working closely with department chairs and faculty to determine which courses will be offered in each of the three formats listed below:
Online - These courses will be fully online and flexible based on the student schedule.
Scheduled Online - These courses are fully online and include scheduled online meetings at designated times. These meeting times will be published in the schedule, and will need to stay within the existing meeting times published in the current schedule, but need not completely match those currently published times.
Hybrid - These courses are online or scheduled online, but will also include some scheduled in-person meetings (on campus) at designated times. Hybrid courses will be reserved for hard-to-convert and/or impossible to convert classes that require students to perform a skill or exhibit competency in some hands-on activity in a clinical or lab setting.
Our spring transition week, which was dedicated to extensive workshops, training, and mentoring, laid a strong foundation for professional development related to online instruction. However, part of the work of the taskforce will be to prepare additional professional development opportunities that will continue to support faculty in all stages of online instructional expertise, as well as ensuring a continued commitment to centering equity in online instruction. These professional development opportunities will be occurring during the summer and throughout the fall semester.
Professional development for classified professionals will also be available to strengthen and support the needs of our employees as they continue to work in a primarily remote capacity. Classified staff may be asked to slowly return to campus when health conditions allow and student needs warrant it.
Robust student support services, library services, academic support services such as embedded tutoring and other forms of tutoring, and most of the district’s business operations will continue to be conducted in similar remote service environments.
Since we will continue to be operating in a primarily online and remote working environment, events, meetings and social gatherings will continue to be held in virtual formats, rather than on campus. Therefore, please refrain from submitting facility reservations for classrooms and meeting spaces.
We ask for your patience and support as we work through these issues.
Thank you for your continued commitment to our students. By working together, we can continue to reduce the risk of illness in our community.
Sunny Cooke, Ph.D.
If you are sick, please stay home from school or work. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, please follow these important tips as follows:
An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified starting in Wuhan, China. Some patients have had mild illness, while others have been more severe, and some have died.
Although coronaviruses are a group of viruses that aren’t new, this is a new type of coronavirus and we are still learning about it. However, the health risk to the general public in California remains low.
Typically, human coronaviruses cause mild-to-moderate respiratory illness. Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including:
In some cases, COVID-19 can cause more severe respiratory illness.
MiraCosta College, the County of San Diego’s Public Health Services, the California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are all carefully assessing the situation as it evolves.
For the latest information on repatriation and federal management, please see this statement from the CDC. There is also helpful information on the California Department of Public Health website.
If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, and has reason to believe they may have been exposed, they should call their health care provider or the County of San Diego Public Health Services before seeking care. Contacting them in advance will make sure that people can get the care they need without putting others at risk. Please be sure to tell your health care provider about your travel history. You can also take the following precautionary measures: avoid contact with sick individuals, wash hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and get a flu shot.
If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911. If you are feeling ill while on campus, please go to Health Services at the Oceanside Campus (OC 3326) or the San Elijo Campus (SAN 922). If students are off-campus or at the Community Learning Center, and would like to speak with a nurse, please call Health Services at 760.795.6675.
Additional questions? Contact Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most people with illnesses due to common coronavirus infections recover on their own; there are no specific treatments for coronavirus infections. For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care. We are continuing to learn more about this novel coronavirus and treatment may change over time.