September 15, 2020 LOOKING AHEAD TO SPRING 2021
The pandemic continues to generate a great amount of uncertainty in our state and nation as businesses and organizations are still restricted from operating at full capacity. MiraCosta College will extend primarily online teaching and learning through the spring 2021 semester in very much the same manner as we are conducting operations this fall.
Courses will continue to primarily be offered through an online modality. There may be some courses that require in-person instruction, such as those with hands-on labs or clinical placements, and we will continue to work alongside faculty and staff in these areas to offer in-person instruction, utilizing social distancing and safety protocols.
In addition, most MiraCosta College employees will continue to work primarily online and remotely this spring. Events, meetings, and social gatherings will continue to be held in virtual formats, rather than on campus, to curb the spread of the virus. We ask for your patience and support as we continue to keep the safety of our employees, students, and community a top priority while improving our services.
The decision about spring 2021 was not taken lightly. It is my hope that by communicating this plan just weeks into the fall semester, it will allow time for faculty and staff to continue their participation in professional development on best practices to engage, challenge, and support our students in this virtual environment. Professional learning aimed at helping faculty enrich student engagement in the online environment will continue to be provided, and I urge you to participate in these opportunities. Additional planning is in the works to support faculty as they continue to engage deeply with their curriculum and classroom practices from an equity-minded lens. There is a great deal of professional development through webinar formats that is available on a variety of topics, and I would encourage you to review these opportunities carefully to foster professional growth since professional travel will continue to be limited.
Our students come to us with busy and complex lives, so clarifying the plans for spring also allows them to make plans for themselves and their families during this time of uncertainty. They need our support, responsiveness, and clear communication now more than ever.
Robust student, academic, and business support services will continue to be conducted in primarily remote format. Our student success teams will continue to support students and faculty within our Academic and Career Pathways and we will take a holistic, team approach to ensure that students have the resources needed during these challenging times.
On Wednesday, September 16 at 12:30 p.m., please join me and our college vice presidents as we talk about planning for spring 2021. The webinar login information will be provided the morning of September 16. Wednesday’s webinar will be the first in a series of monthly districtwide webinars in providing updates and highlights from around the college. Recordings will also be made available for those that cannot attend during the scheduled time.
Thank you for your continued dedication to our students. Our collective courage, agility, and resilience are crucial in our efforts to reduce the risk of illness, promote the health of our community, and provide an exceptional learning environment.
My best to all of you,
Dr. Sunita V. Cooke
August 26, 2020 MiraCosta College Return To Work Plan
MiraCosta College is taking every precaution to ensure our workplaces are safe. The
District is following federal and county health and safety guidelines as well as guidance
from state and local governments. We have implemented practices for disinfection and
social distancing, among others, and will continue to modify these practices as the
As this situation continues to evolve, MiraCosta College will continue to evaluate the situation as new information arises. The best source for up-to-date information as it relates to MiraCosta College, visit: www.miracosta.edu/covid. Thank you for your attention, and be safe and well.
Frequently Asked Questions for Employees
I have Human Resources (HR) and Business Administrative questions. Where can I go
for more information?
Please review the following FAQ for HR and Business Administrative related responses to answer your questions and ease some confusion.
Where can I find information about FERPA and working from home?
Please review the following document on things you should about FERPA and working from home.
What should I do when canceling my business travel?
Please review the following travel cancellation process prior to submitting your travel documentations.
Are we adjusting the add/drop deadlines for 2nd 8 week classes?
Yes, A & R is modifying those deadlines based on the percentage of the session. Look for information in the next few days about this. You will have the dates before March 30.
Is Program Review still due for the departments scheduled for Spring?
The IPRC co-chairs will be providing an update in the coming days.
Questions about Instructional Continuity at MiraCosta College?
Submit your question about the transition to remote instruction for the Spring 2020 semester