Welcome to the fall semester! We are committed to protect the health and safety of students, employees, and visitors. All student services and most classes are taking place online.
If you are registered for an on-campus class, visit Healthy Return to Campus for information about the MyVCCCD mobile app and health screening. Don't forget to wear your face mask when you are on campus. We want to make sure you stay safe and COVID-19 free!
VCCCD Announces Spring Semester Will Be Remote
Hello Students and VCCCD Employees,
The spring semester schedules of classes are being finalized and will be available in the next week. We want to let you know that Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges will continue offering mostly remote instruction and student support services. It is important to communicate this information early to allow you to plan accordingly. Employee remote work will continue with only designated essential employees on-site. Thanks for all of the discussions and planning to prepare for spring semester instruction, student support, and employee work.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to persist and the decision to continue with remote instruction and work aligns with state and local guidelines and orders. California Community Colleges Chancellor, Eloy Oakley, recently communicated support for California community colleges to continue with online instruction into spring semester. The California State University system recently announced that their colleges will operate remotely throughout the remainder of the academic year; the University of California system is expected to make a similar announcement. Many community college districts across the state have also announced the continuation of remote instruction, student support, and work through this academic year, including neighboring Los Angeles Community College District.
The current status of remote work for employees will continue through the remainder of this academic year unless changes in pandemic conditions and orders from state and local government and public health change. Only designated essential employees will be working on-site. Each location will update the list as needed to accommodate more personnel on campus necessary for the limited on-site instruction that will be occurring. As we continue working differently, there may also be adjustments to work responsibilities to meet priorities and needs. Administration at each location will work with employees, Union representatives, and Human Resources as needed to address any unique individual circumstances.
Please take time to review the VCCCD Operational Guidelines. This document has been reviewed by representatives of our various District constituent groups, the Board of Trustees, and legal counsel. The guidelines were further revised to align with the recent California Department of Public Health COVID-19 Guidelines for Higher Education and incorporate current Ventura County Public Health requirements. The guidelines provide the foundational operating details we are using to protect your health and safety. The document also describes steps in the re-opening process that we are working towards. We will be updating the document when needed to reflect important changes from state and local public health departments and the State Chancellor’s Office. Please download and check out the MyVCCCD mobile app to see the Healthy Return to Campus feature that has been added. If you are working remotely, you might not need to use this tool now, but the mobile app also provides you with another source of helpful District and college information.
The following key points have been shared earlier and will continue into spring semester and until further notice:
1. Most courses and programs are being offered in online/virtual formats for fall semester 2020 with limited exceptions.
2. Some courses and programs that require on-site instruction due to certification/accreditation requirements or have no virtual alternative to provide required skill development may have limited in-person activities.
3. Any courses and programs requiring limited on-site instruction must complete a plan for approval. The plan must address how appropriate safety and health precautions will be met. Plan components will include personal protective equipment, physical distancing, limits on group size, and cleaning/disinfecting measures that will be incorporated with the instructional activities. The plans must also comply with the standards in current state and local government and public health orders. The plans must be approved by the college President and brought forward to Chancellor’s Cabinet for review. Plans approved by Chancellor’s Cabinet will be forwarded to Ventura County Public Health. Courses/programs that have already been approved by Cabinet Members and submitted to Public Health may continue.
4. Counseling and all student services operations will continue to primarily work remotely.
5. Computer and learning labs may provide limited student access as long as operations address safety and health precautions as described in item 3 above.
6. College Child Development Centers will not be open due to current restrictions on the number of children per staffing requirements.
7. College libraries will continue to operate mainly remotely.
8. Student Health Centers will operate according to their current plans.
9. Only designated essential employees will continue to work on-site to ensure the safe operation, maintenance, and cleaning of our facilities and the continuance of essential business services. In accordance with State and local orders, all employees and students on-site are required to wear facemasks.
10. Colleges and the District Office will immediately begin evaluating work and service areas and install appropriate protective barriers and social distancing demarcations at student and public-facing counters and work areas in preparation for a phased-in increase of employees and students on-site that may occur later in the new school year.
11. Community markets at Oxnard and Ventura colleges may reopen with a reduced number of vendors and implementation of social distancing policies.
12. No fall semester sports seasons are occurring. No decision has been made regarding status of sports for spring semester at this time.
“We appreciate the ongoing support of the community as we continue to take steps to protect the safety and health of our students and employees while providing educational instruction and student support,” said Board Chair Bernardo M. Perez. “We are committed to helping our students fulfill their educational and career goals.”
The Board of Trustees and I thank you for your dedication and concerted efforts to provide quality instruction and support services to students and ongoing essential business, facilities, and maintenance operations. The pandemic has brought each of us a different set of challenges and we appreciate all you are doing.
Thanks for your efforts and please stay healthy!
Greg Gillespie, Ph.D.
Ventura County Community College District
VCCCD Fall 2020 Operational Guidelines
The VCCCD Fall 2020 Operational Guidelines are meant to assist in the planning process and are intended to provide broad principles and protocols to ensure the best level of best practices, consistency in application, and minimum requirements to campus leaders as they prepare for the 2020-2021 academic year.
This guidance is provisional, subject to change, and is based on the best available current public health data, national and international best practices, and the practical realities of managing campus operations. As new data and practices emerge, guidance will be updated. Additionally, these guidelines and considerations reflect the full scope of issues that campus communities need to address, ranging from day-to-day site-based logistics to the social and emotional well-being of students, faculty & staff, instructional methodology, and campus-based sports & extracurricular activities.
Implementation of this guidance relies upon local public health conditions. If Ventura County experiences a relatively low incidence of COVID-19, and campuses demonstrate adequate preparedness, the guidance described below will be fully implemented, to the degree possible, as outlined, over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year.
Implementation of this guidance should be adhered to throughout the District, with exceptions to be approved by the Chancellor, giving adequate consideration to instructional and service program operating needs at each campus. District Human Resources and/or Administrative Services will engage with collective bargaining groups to ensure consistency in the interpretation and implementation of Collective Bargaining Agreements. Campus leaders should support relevant stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, staff, and community partners) as we formulate and implement these guidelines while considering the following:
- Student, Faculty, and Staff Population: Which student, faculty, and staff populations will be impacted by, or can serve as partners in, implementing any of the following measures?
- Ability to Implement and Adhere to Measures: Do staff, faculty, and students have the tools, information, resources and ability to successfully implement and adhere to these measures?
- Define Negative or Unintended Consequences: What negative or unintended consequences to staff, faculty, and students by the implementation of these measures can be foreseen, and how can those consequences be mitigated?
These guidelines are not intended to revoke or repeal employee or student rights, either statutory, regulatory or collectively bargained. These guidelines are not exhaustive, as they do not include County health orders, nor is it a substitute for any existing safety and health-related regulatory requirements such as those of Cal/OSHA.
Social Distancing and Workplace Safety
Here's the dos and don'ts of social distancing and safety at work and class.
- DO contact your supervisor or Human Resources if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. DON’T come to work if you have any symptoms.
- DO wave and say hello. DON’T shake hands or hug.
- DO wear a face covering while in public or shared areas of the District. DON’T wear a face covering that is no longer in good repair.
- DO stay six feet away from others at all times. DON’T think that’s all you have to do to comply with our protocols.
- DO comply with all signs about one-way hallways, entrances, exits, and limits on elevators. DON’T go your usual route if it does not comply or squeeze in one more.
- DO ask yourself, “Can I accomplish this task with an email, phone call or videoconference?” DON’T have in-person meetings unless you really have to.
- DO wipe down anything you touch with the disinfectant products provided. DON’T rely on others to do it for you.
- DO wash your hands for at least 20 seconds at least every 60 minutes. DON’T wait 60 minutes if you use the restroom, sneeze, touch your face, blow your nose, clean, disinfect, sweep or mop, smoke, eat, drink, enter the campus or leave the campus – wash immediately after.
- DO use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available. DON’T make this substitution a habit.
- DO remove any pens or items touched by public visitors from circulation. DON’T use them again until they are sanitized.
- DO take separate District vehicles if possible. DON’T remove your face covering if carpooling.
- DO stay connected with friends and family during this challenging time. DON’T have them visit you at work.
- DO ask your supervisor if you have any questions about your responsibilities. DON’T rely on guesses or rumors.
Student Screening Checklist, Protocols, and Return to Campus Form
Protocols for Employee Leave, Compensation, and Accommodation of High Risk Employees
2020 08.07 California Department of Health COVID-19 Industry Guidance
2020 07.30 Message to Employees from Chancellor Gillespie
I hope that you have been having a good summer even under these unique and challenging circumstances. I have missed the usual influx of summer visitors and the ability to travel and see relatives and friends…mainly keep in touch with grandchildren via FaceTime these days. We are all getting used to connecting via technology for work and other aspects of daily life. I look forward to when we will be able to meet and visit in person again.
The start of fall semester will be here soon. Thanks for all of the intense effort and engagement in discussions and planning for fall semester instruction, student support, and employee work. A VCCCD Operational Framework document to address operations within the constraints of the pandemic is nearly finalized. Vice Chancellor Buckley has prepared the document and incorporated review and input from representatives of our various constituent groups across the District. The Trustees were provided the document for review as well and it will be discussed at the August 4th Special Board Meeting. The framework is also being reviewed by legal counsel and Ventura County Public Health. Once the document has been finalized, it will be posted on the VCCCD and college websites. Each college is also preparing detailed response and operational plans aligned with the unique aspects of each location. The intensity of the level of COVID-19 infections continues to increase. There continues to be ongoing adjustments to federal, state, and local orders as the status of and response to the COVID-19 pandemic changes. New guidelines/orders from the California Governor’s office specific to higher education are expected any day. We will comply with specific requirements in these orders and review all recommended guidelines from governmental and public health agencies. We have carefully considered data and information to develop an operational framework for this year that balances health and safety of students and employees with our mission to provide students with access to comprehensive quality educational opportunities that support student learning and student success.
The following key points shared earlier have been updated to reflect recent adjustments. Fall semester will continue with nearly all of our students engaging in instruction and student support services remotely.
- Most courses and programs will be offered in online/virtual formats for fall semester 2020 with limited exceptions.
- Some courses and programs that require on-site instruction due to certification/accreditation requirements or have no virtual alternative to provide required skill development may have limited in-person activities.
- Any courses and programs requiring limited on-site instruction must complete a plan for approval. The plan must address how appropriate safety and health precautions will be met. Plan components will include personal protective equipment, physical distancing, limits on group size, and cleaning/disinfecting measures that will be incorporated with the instructional activities. The plans must also comply with the standards in current state and local government and public health orders. The plans must be approved by the college President and brought forward to Chancellor’s Cabinet for review. Plans approved by Chancellor’s Cabinet will be forwarded to Ventura County Public Health for review. Courses/programs that have already been approved by Cabinet and submitted to Public Health may continue.
- Counseling and all student services operations will continue to primarily work remotely.
- Computer and learning labs may provide limited student access as long as operations address safety and health precautions as described in item 3 above.
- College Child Development Centers will not be open due to current restrictions on the number of children per staffing requirements.
- College libraries will continue to operate mainly remotely.
- Student Health Centers will operate according to their current plans.
- Only designated essential employees will continue to work on-site to ensure the safe operation, maintenance, and cleaning of our facilities and the continuance of essential business services. In accordance with state and local orders, all employees and students on-site are required to wear facemasks.
- Colleges and the District Office will immediately begin evaluating work and service areas and install appropriate protective barriers and social distancing demarcations at student and public facing counters and work areas in preparation for a phased-in increase of employees and students on-site that may occur later in the new school year.
- Community markets at Oxnard and Ventura colleges may reopen with reduced number of vendors and implementation of social distancing policies.
- No fall semester sports seasons will be held.
These decisions have been thoughtfully considered. Our goal for any instruction and work on-site is that activities occur in a manner that reduces the potential for COVID-19 infections at our locations and prevents disruptions that could occur should we open in-person instruction, services, and work too soon.
The current status of remote work for employees will continue through fall semester unless changes in pandemic conditions and orders from state and local government and public health change. Only Designated Essential employees will be working on-site. Each location will update the list as needed to accommodate more personnel on campus necessary for the limited on-site instruction that will be occurring. As we continue working differently, there may also be adjustments to work responsibilities to meet priorities and needs. Administration at each location will work with employees, Union representatives, and Human Resources as needed to address any unique individual circumstances.
We all look forward to when we will be able to all be back working together in-person with each other and our students. In the meantime, we will continue to monitor local pandemic conditions; work with our local government, education, and health partners; and adjust to changes in public health and governmental orders as we move forward.
Please continue to regularly view VCCCD Alerts for the latest information.
Even though we will be starting fall semester differently, I know we will all work together to provide an encouraging and supportive start for our new and returning students!
Greg Gillespie, Chancellor
2020 05.29 Message to Employees from Chancellor Gillespie
Dear VCCCD Employees,
The District and College leadership teams met yesterday and agreed to continue remote work through July 31, 2020, except for designated essential employees already working on-site. This decision aligns with current state and local stay at home orders and the fact that summer classes are being offered only online. Students and the public will continue to have only remote access to college and District services.
We are continuing to develop plans for the fall semester and regularly monitor both the local and state situations related to the pandemic. We will be providing more detailed information regarding fall semester operational plans next week.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your service in support of students and each other.
Greg Gillespie, Chancellor
2020 05.15 Message to Employees from Chancellor Gillespie
May 15, 2020 3:30 p.m.
Dear VCCCD Employees,
Another school year completed…one we will always remember. Congratulations to our thousands of degree and certificate graduates! Our students were able to complete this year under challenging circumstances thanks to classified professionals, faculty, and administrators working in creative, adaptable, and supportive ways. You should all feel proud about accomplishing the transition to remote instruction, student support, and work.
As spring semester ends…summer sessions begin. Summer session consists of online classes. Employees will continue to work remotely except for the designated essential employees currently working on-site. Remote work for employees is extended through the end of May. We will evaluate state and local stay-at-home orders later in the month and communicate any changes to work status at that time. Our colleges and the District Office remain closed to students and community members throughout this period as well.
We are all working together to finalize plans for fall semester. Faculty at our three colleges have been asked to voluntarily move classes to online for fall and are encouraged to do so. Distance Education (DE) certification and recertification classes have been occurring since March and will continue through the summer to help faculty prepare for online/remote instruction. Administrators are working with faculty and staff to determine classes and programs that have no alternative to on-site instruction for fall. We are continuing to review information and coordinate actions with our education and local government partners. I will share the outcomes of these planning efforts and a framework for fall semester by the beginning of June. Faculty are encouraged to plan for online/remote instruction and be prepared for a shift of our fall schedule classes to that format. At this time, any classes with instruction that will be occurring at our colleges will require plans addressing safety and training for employees and students with approval by Ventura County Public Health. College leadership will continue to provide updates.
Our strength in meeting the challenges of the pandemic is through the collaborative efforts of our classified professionals, faculty, students, and administrators. All plans and actions to move forward will prioritize the health and safety of students and employees as we pursue our focused mission to serve students. We are dedicated to the equitable success of students through the adjustments that will continue into the new academic year. We will continue to serve both the instructional and support needs of students, many of who struggle with food and housing insecurities along with technology limitations.
The upcoming year will also bring economic and budget challenges for the California community college system. We will continue to evaluate revenue projections and work together to manage expenses and operations to maintain financial stability. We are fortunate to have reserves to help provide additional flexibility in anticipated revenue changes.
Regardless of how instruction and work will occur in the coming year, we are all part of a community - three colleges and a District Office - committed to serve students first. Our creativity and dedication will support the success of each student, and each other, as we strive to meet community and educational goals. The pandemic has brought a challenge unlike any other we have faced. Together we will successfully push forward.
Please continue to obtain the latest updates through VCCCD Alerts.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for all you do. Your dedication and commitment make a difference every day, in everything you do. Have a wonderful summer, and please stay healthy!
Greg Gillespie, Chancellor
2020 04.10 Message to Employees from Chancellor Gillespie
April 10, 2020 7:50 a.m.
Faculty, Classified Professionals, and Administrators,
I hope you and your families continue to be safe and healthy. As we finish Spring Break, please remember that classes will continue to be offered online and virtually/remotely through the remainder of spring semester. No on-site services are available to students or community members. Information and services continue to be available by phone and online. Only assigned designated essential personnel are working on-site and other employees will continue working remotely. Changes to remote assignments will be made when the current Ventura County Stay at Home Order and California Stay at Home Order are modified. Stay informed by visiting VC Emergency and VCCCD Alerts.
We will continue to hold classes online and virtually/remotely during all summer sessions. An email will be sent to all students today with this message and will also include summer and fall registration, college services, and withdrawal information.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thanks to each of you for doing your part to keep yourself, your families, students, and our community safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Best regards and take care,
Greg Gillespie, Ph.D.
2020 04.10 A Message to Students from Chancellor Gillespie
April 10, 2020 1:22 p.m.
Moorpark, Oxnard, Ventura College, and Ventura College East Campus Students,
We hope you and your families continue to be safe and healthy. As we finish Spring Break, please remember that classes will continue to be offered online and virtually/remotely through the remainder of spring semester. Information and services are available to you by phone and online. Changes to campus schedules will be made when the current Ventura County Stay at Home Order and California Stay at Home Order are modified. Stay informed by visiting VC Emergency and VCCCD Alerts.
Summer and Fall Registration:
Summer and Fall registration is coming up. Log into my.vcccd.edu for your registration date or you can check out the Map Your Future page for the updated registration schedule.
College services continue to be available. We are here to help. Don’t hesitate to give us a call or email.
We are here to help you if you are experiencing difficulty with your classes. If you have circumstances that may prevent you from completing the spring semester and need to withdraw from a class(es) or want to excuse a withdrawal you have already made, click COVID-19 Excused Withdrawal to complete the online form. Refunds will apply only to enrollment fees (per unit fee) and nonresident tuition. Contact the Veterans Resource Center, Counseling, Financial Aid, or the Career Transfer Center/Transfer offices to understand the potential consequences of an Excused Withdrawal or if you have any questions.
The current COVID-19 will prevent us from holding commencements so we are making plans to celebrate our 2020 graduates virtually. Graduates, look for communication from your college in the next week or two with information on how you can be a part of the first-ever graduation webpage. We are working on the page and will highlight your successes and plans for the future. We are also creating some very cool graphics that you can use to take your photo and use on the graduation page. Your campus community, fellow students, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators look forward to acknowledging your achievements on all the college webpages and social media.
We will continue to hold classes online and virtually/remotely during all summer sessions.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thanks to each of you for doing your part to keep yourself, your families, students, and our community safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Best regards and take care,
Greg Gillespie, Chancellor
2020 04.02 Message to Employees from Chancellor Gillespie
April 2, 2020 4:04 p.m.
Dear VCCCD Students, Faculty, Classified Professionals, and Administrators -
A lot has happened in one month. If we think back to where we were last month, we can see how tremendous the change in our lives has been. On March 13, in response to the threat of the COVID-19 virus, Governor Newsom announced a statewide shelter-in-place order, closing most businesses and public places and moving as many people as possible to working remotely, with some exceptions for essential services. Education was identified as an essential service but clearly we were going to have to work differently.
The state went through a rapid process to limit public and student access to campuses and move all instruction, and nearly all other operations and services, to online/virtual/remote platforms. In 10 days, our VCCCD system moved more than 30,000 students and 1,700 VCCCD employed faculty, the majority of our classified professionals, and administrators to teaching and learning and providing services remotely. All locations offer no on-site services for students or members of the public. These conditions will now continue as long as directives from the state and county require them.
To our students and faculty: we will continue to do everything we can to facilitate learning as the world, nation, state, and county work through the impacts of COVID-19. Distance learning can provide expanded resources and unique learning experiences, as well as challenges. Please reach out to each other through email, phone, text, and social media. Share good news and successes. Check in with someone who might be struggling or need encouragement, and be open when you need help. The learning taking place during this time creates a unique and important part of a person’s educational experience, and I hope you are able to access the richness of these even if it takes more effort now. I wish you all the best for Spring Break as a time to catch your breath and prepare to finish the semester.
To our classified staff and administrators: I am acutely aware of how important everyone’s efforts every day are to ensure technology works, bills are paid, paychecks go out, materials flow, facilities and grounds are clean and secure, legal requirements are met, and accreditation standards are followed. This makes it possible for faculty to focus on supporting students and for teaching and learning to continue. Though we do not get time off for Spring break, hopefully this will be a less hectic time and we will also have a slower pace.
While a majority of our employees are able to work remotely, there are certain activities that require some people to be onsite in order for the colleges to provide essential services to our communities. We have identified “Designated Essential Personnel” who are authorized to be on campus in key areas such as maintenance and operations, information technology, police, administration, and other areas supporting operations. Efforts are made by everyone in this category to follow distancing and enhanced hygiene practices as directed by health authorities. I am very grateful to these individuals as they continue to conduct work that otherwise could not be accomplished remotely.
To everyone: some resources are emerging to help us through this difficult time. The Families First Coronavirus Recovery Act, passed by the federal government, should soon be available to provide financial support to eligible individuals. Please use this link to find out more information.
The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and health experts predict a surge in cases in the coming weeks. Some of these cases will be extremely serious, and some will most likely affect people we know. Please do everything you can to keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. It is up to all of us to do everything we can to flatten the curve by severely limiting movement outside of our homes and follow the now well-known distancing and hygiene practices that make an impact on how far and how fast the virus will spread. To stay informed about what is happening in our communities please visit vcemergency.org and VCCCD Alerts regularly.
Let us all keep in mind the struggles many of our students, community members, and our families as workers are laid off, businesses are temporary closed, bills cannot be paid, and so many struggle with the immeasurable impacts of the pandemic. We are all in this together.
Societies can learn a lot as they respond to crises like the one we are now facing. Our greatest accomplishments will emerge from what we are able to do for and with each other. We do our best work when we are thoughtful, strategic, collaborative, mutually kind and compassionate with each other. I am very thankful for your continued efforts.
Best regards and good health to you and your families.
Greg Gillespie, Ph.D., Chancellor
A Message to Students about Early Withdrawal and Pass/No Pass Options
Following is information that may be helpful.
While we anticipate a return to traditional instruction for the Fall 2020 session, in the event that the COVID-19 outbreak prevents in-person class meetings, some classes may be converted to a remote learning format. A few classes may need to be canceled if remote learning is not possible.
Pass/No Pass Grading Option*
The State of California’ Community College Chancellor’s Office issued a directive on March 27, 2020 that waives timelines and other restrictions related to students’ abilities to request Pass/No Pass (P/NP) as a grading option. For the Spring 2020 term, VCCCD will lift the restriction on the number of courses/units students can take for P/NP. These courses will not count towards the maximum number of P/NP limits applied to a certificate or degree, including major courses. All classes can be taken either as graded or as P/NP. Courses already designated as P/NP remain P/NP only. Students may request a change from a letter grade (A-F) to a P/NP (pass / no pass) symbol up to, and including, the last day of the Spring, 2020 semester. Students are encouraged to speak with an Academic Counselor to discuss these options and the impact it may have on their academic standing, admissions, financial aid and transfer to a CSU, UC or private universities.
VCCCD Colleges P/NP Request
Excused Withdrawals (EW) and Refunds due to Extraordinary Conditions*
- Students who have already dropped their class are eligible to request a withdrawal due to extraordinary conditions, by completing the VCCCD COVID-19 Excused Withdrawal form in the student portal. Excused Withdrawals will not negatively impact GPA, financial aid eligibility, or transfer.
- Students may select to receive a transcript notation of Excused Withdrawal (EW) and a refund of their enrollment fees or no transcript notation (a complete drop) and a refund of their enrollment fees. By the student selecting a Withdrawal Due to Extraordinary Circumstance, their previous drop will be removed and replaced with the type of drop the student requests on their form. Students will have until May 14, 2021, to opt in to this withdrawal option.
- Students who are currently still enrolled in their Spring 2020 classes may to request a withdrawal due to extraordinary conditions, by completing the CCCD COVID-19 Excused Withdrawal form in the student portal. Excused Withdrawals will not negatively impact GPA, financial aid eligibility, or transfer.
- All students currently still enrolled may select this option, even if the withdrawal deadline for their class has passed. Students may select to receive a transcript notation of Excused Withdrawal (EW) and a refund of their enrollment fees or no transcript notation (a complete drop) and a refund of their enrollment fees. Students will have until May 14, 2021, to opt in to this withdrawal option.
*Students who already withdrew from classes and want to return to your class and change to a Pass/No Pass Grading Option should contact your faculty to begin your reinstatement process.
A Message from District and College Leadership
Students, Faculty, Classified Professionals, and Administrators;
We are working tirelessly to make it as easy as possible for you to stay enrolled during the COVID-19 crisis. Learning online may seem overwhelming, but we have MANY resources to help you transition AND succeed. These are challenging times, but your success is our top priority. Visit your college student services page for information and tips, and access the resources you need - we are waiting to help.
We will continue to keep you updated about COVID-19 and its impact on our college community. This page is where you will find current information about our colleges, learning and work environments, local, state, and federal information, and proactive steps we are taking to be responsible community members and keep you safe. We also use the following communication tools to inform you about important information and activities:
- Email (vcccd.edu; my.vcccd.edu; and personal accounts).
- Text messaging (students, faculty, classified professionals, administrators)
- BlackBoard Connect - Emergency Alerts (students, faculty, classified professionals, administrators). Check the portal under the "Personal Information" tab, Maintain Emergency Alert Information to verify we have your current information.
- Telephone Calls (students, faculty, classified professionals, administrators)
- Canvas (students and faculty)
If you need to communicate with us, here is the best way:
- Students - email your professor
- Employees - email your supervisor, department chair, or dean.
- Anyone - click on "Ask me a Question" on the websites to submit a question. We are reading and answering every question!
With everything going on, staying enrolled may seem challenging or even impossible, but by learning, growing and working together, we can make the impossible, possible.
Be safe and keep informed,
Greg Gillespie, Chancellor
Julius Sokenu, Moorpark College President
Luis Sanchez, Oxnard College President
Kim Hoffmans, Ventura College President
Resources and Other Information
Ventura County Information and Public Health Orders
- July 16, 2020 – Ventura County Public Health Officer Order
- July 13, 2020 – Ventura County Public Health Officer Order | Statewide Public Health Officer Order
- July 2, 2020 – Ventura County Public Health Officer Order – Bar Closures
July 2, 2020 – Ventura County Public Health Officer Order – Beach Closures
- June 25, 2020 – Ventura County Public Health Department issues modified health order Allows for reopening of additional sectors
- June 11, 2020 – Updated Public Health Order – Effective at 11:59 p.m. on June 11, 2020 | Español
- May 29, 2020 – STAY WELL VC Order – Safely Reopening Ventura County shall become effective at 11:59 p.m. on May 29, 2020
- May 22, 2020 – STAY WELL VC Order – Safely Reopening Ventura County (Amended May 22, 2020) | Additional Amendments
- May 20, 2020 – STAY WELL VC Order – Safely Reopening Ventura County (Amended May 20, 2020)
- May 12, 2020 – More Business Permitted to Reopen in County of Ventura
- May 7, 2020 – STAY WELL VC Order – Safely Reopening Ventura County
- April 22, 2020 – Eviction Prevention Resolution (Ordinance 4563)
- April 20, 2020 – Stay Well at Home Order – Updated | Essential Business List
- April 9, 2020 – Stay Well at Home Order – Updated | Appendix A Social Distancing Protocol Form
- March 31, 2020 – Modified Stay Well At Home Public Health Order
- March 20, 2020 – Stay Well at Home Order
- March 17, 2020 – Public Health Order
- March 12, 2020 – Declaration of Local Health Emergency
VCCCD Social Distancing
VCCCD COVID-19 Response Plan – Social Distancing
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, according to the World Health Organization.
Many people infected with the COVID-19 virus can experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19.
For up-to-date information regarding the novel coronavirus including number of cases in the United States, see:
Social distancing is a public health safety intervention used to reduce the likelihood of transmitting communicable disease. Social distancing involves minimizing exposure to infected individuals by avoiding large public gathering venues, adhering to spacing requirements in the workplace, and following proper personal hygiene practices.
Step 1. Standard Strategies for Effective Social Distancing:
Practice at All Times
The goal of social distancing is to limit exposure to infectious bacteria and viruses during a communicable disease outbreak. The following strategies may be useful in conducting social distancing:
Adhere to public health hygienic recommendations by washing your hands after touching commonly used items or coming into contact with someone who is sick.
- Stay home when sick.
- Remain at home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
- Seek immediate medical care if symptoms become more severe, e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing
- Use “respiratory etiquette”.
- Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. See CDC’s Cover Your Cough page.
- Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.
- Wash hands frequently.
- Encourage hand washing (at least 20 seconds with soap and water) by students and staff through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces. Daily cleaning and disinfecting of high traffic areas.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth and avoid rubbing your eyes.
- Properly dispose of anything that comes in contact with your mouth such as tissues or plastic eating utensils.
- Students and staff who start to develop symptoms on site will immediately go home and should contact their own physician or health care provider depending upon level of discomfort and type of symptoms.
- For students using the college Student Health Centers for primary care, please call the Student Health Center for advice and referral for care. Wear a mask covering your nose, mouth and chin when out in public. Avoid coming in contact with individuals displaying symptoms of illness.
- Stay at least six feet from the nearest person when out in public.
Step 2. Notification of VCCCD Implementation of Social Distancing Protocol:
Occurs Following Ventura County Public Health Notification of a Health Emergency based upon Confirmed Community Transmission of COVID-19 in Ventura County or Cases Occurring in Surrounding Counties
Implementation of the VCCCD Social Distancing Protocol will continue to be communicated to employees and students by the VCCCD based on recommendations of public health authorities and assessment of circumstances
Classes and Work
- To the extent possible, maintain a minimum distance between people of at least six feet. Adjust work and classroom spaces as needed.
- Message and format consistent informational flyers and posters will be distributed for posting at all VCCCD sites.
- Classes have moved to web-based and/or distance learning modes to continue instruction. Employees and students will continue to be notified of changes in advance.
- Colleges have obtained blanket exception from the CCCCO to offer additional classes in an online format.
- Employees may be required to participate in an alternate work schedule or alternate work mode. This includes working from home remotely using phone and computer or staggering work shifts to reduce the number of employees on site. These actions may occur depending upon local circumstances and directives from public health authorities. VCCCD employees will be notified should implementation of alternate work schedules and/or modes be implemented.
- Employees with identified critical functions to maintain District/College operations will be provided technology and access for remote work as needed.
The colleges and District office have closed due to circumstances and recommendations or directives from public health authorities. Closures will continue to be communicated to students and employees on the VCCCD website.
- The consideration of closures of locations or services at locations (e.g. childcare centers, libraries) has been discussed among District and College leadership. This ensured that decisions were made in a consistent manner across all District locations evaluating similar criteria and communicating actions in a timely manner to all students and employees.
- Venues where large amounts of people may congregate have been closed. Information on cancellation of college events and closings of any specific services will be regularly updated on the VCCCD website.
- Individuals should consult public health entities for closings on any public or private venues in their area.
- The colleges and District office have closed to the public due to circumstances and recommendations or directives from public health authorities. Closures will continue to be communicated to students and employees on the VCCCD website.
Personal Protective Equipment
- Recommendations for wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves or masks have been issued by public health authorities. If used correctly, PPE may limit some exposures; however, they should not take the place of other preventative interventions, such as proper hygiene practices.
Consult with a physician for recommendations on obtaining medical prophylaxis.
Immunocompromised and Other High Risk Individuals
Individuals with compromised immune systems, heart disease, pulmonary conditions, diabetes, and other medical conditions, are encouraged to consult with their personal physician to assess the safety of their workplace during an event that warrants social distancing. They can then work with their supervisor and Human Resources regarding required absences or accommodations.
Step 3. Implementation of High Intensity Social Distancing Measures:
Occurs Following Increased Community Transmission of COVID-19 Indicating a Growing Risk to the General Public and the Need for Additional Precautions to Contain Local Community Transmission. These additional actions have been implemented:
- Communicate the implementation of high-intensity social distancing measures with faculty, staff, students and the community.
- Employees will be allowed to stay home if someone in their house is sick or school closures have occurred.
- Healthcare provider’s note will not be required for employees or students who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work. Healthcare provider officers and medical facilities will be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
- Classes have been suspended and public areas or large gathering areas closed.
- Further expansion of alternative work schedules and modes to minimize the number of employees on site has occurred.
- Events where people are in close contact with others for an extended period have been cancelled. Ventura County Public Health authorities has called for the cancellation of many different types of public events.
- Maximized actions to ensure continuity of education services through digital and distance learning options as feasible and appropriate.
- Provided alternative grading mechanisms including grades based upon work to date. CCCCO has provided these types of accommodations in past emergency situations requiring closures of colleges.
Frequently Asked Questions
On-Campus Classes and Events
Are my classes still taking place on campus?
The 2020 summer session will consist exclusively of online/virtual instruction classes. Information about the Fall semester will be posted as soon as it is available.
When will classes resume?
All Summer 2020 summer classes will be online/virtual as well. No classes will physically take place on campus from March 16 through the end of the Summer 2020 session. To help us provide you with additional updates, we highly suggest that all students and employees update their emergency contact information. See the RESOURCES section at the bottom of this page.
Are Moorpark College, Oxnard College, Ventura College, Ventura College East Campus, and the District Office still open?
No. Although classes are continuing online/virtually, our campuses and the District office are not open to students or the public. But our employees are still here to help you so please call or email us.
Is the Child Development Center closed?
Yes. The Child Development Centers on the Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura College campuses are closed at this time.
I'm feeling anxious and stressed about everything that's going on. With the Student Health Center no longer open on campus, can I still call them?
Yes. If you have medical questions or need mental health services, you can call your Student Health Centers. If you have a medical or mental health emergency, please call 911. Our Student Health Centers or other community resources can be reached at:
- Moorpark College: 805-378-1413
- Oxnard College: 805-678-5832
- Ventura College: 805-289-6346
- Ventura County Behavioral Health Crisis Team: 866-998-2243
- Didi Hirsch 24-hour Suicide Hotline 877-727-4747
- USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work Tele-Mental Health
- Text "Courage" to 741741for FREE 24/7 for mental health support.
With campus and the libraries closed, what can I do to access the internet?
Comcast is offering two months of free internet to households with students participating in online classes. Click here to learn more. You can also call our campus libraries for additional tips.
What if I need help with an assignment or research paper?
Librarian services are still available. Contact them at:
Is my campus bookstore open?
All of our bookstores are closed to the general public, but you can shop online and enjoy free ground shipping on all orders. Visit your campus bookstore website
Is tutoring still available?
All tutoring services are available online.
Visit your college website for more information
What if I’ve never taken an online class before?
There are many resources and tutorials on how to use Canvas, the platform for online classes. Learn more here.
Are there still events planned on campus?
No. All events have been canceled at this time.
Will registration for fall classes continue?
Yes, Register through MyVCCCD. Please call our counseling or admissions offices for help, do not come to campus.
I'm a Nursing student. What happens to my rotations and upcoming testing?
All nursing students are encouraged to contact their dean and faculty to receive the most up-to-date information.
I'm an International Student - how does this affect me?
SEVP has allowed our schools to move the F2F courses to online as a temporary measure, without penalty to F1 students. Students are allowed to travel as they would under normal circumstances, but they must be aware of the consequences of traveling. Travel restrictions are being implemented daily. We encourage international students to stay put until further notice especially if they are planning to continue their studies in the US.
General Health Information
Has there been an outbreak of COVID-19 at any of your campuses or offices?
Yes. On March 21 we learned that a Moorpark College student had tested positive for COVID-19 (i.e., Coronavirus). This is the first and only known confirmed case of COVID-19 at Moorpark College. This student last visited the MC campus on Monday, March 9, and has since received medical care in Los Angeles County. On March 26 we learned that a Ventura College student recently tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first and only known confirmed case of COVID-19 at Ventura College and the second within the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD). This student last visited the VC campus on Tuesday, March 10. VC Public Health is aware of this case.
How do I know if I’m sick and what should I do if I’m not feeling well?
If you’re not feeling well, please avoid public places and contact your primary care provider or clinic. If you begin feeling any flu-like symptoms (like a fever, cough, or shortness of breath), contact your local emergency room. Our Student Health Center is available for phone evaluations. Meanwhile, be sure to email your professor and keep them updated. It is generally advised that you not spend time in public spaces until you’ve gone at least 24 hours without a fever (and that 24 hours should also be without the help of any fever-reducing medication).
Employees and Student Workers
I’m a VCCCD employee and I’m 65+ years old and/or have underlying health issues (e.g., blood disorders, chronic kidney disease, asthma, chronic liver disease, compromised immune system, pregnancy in the last two weeks, metabolic disorders, heart disease, and other serious health conditions) that make me more susceptible to the coronavirus. Do I need to report to my office for work?
No. In line with Governor Newsom’s March 15th announcement, you should work with your supervisor regarding remote work options from home. You are not required to report to campus.
If I'm working remotely, will I still get paid?
All employees (faculty, staff, student workers, and probationary and provisional employees), whether working on-site or working remotely from home, will continue to get paid for normal work hours throughout the duration of this situation. Details and work-plans will be communicated directly to you by your supervisor.
I’m a VCCCD employee with travel plans for work. Can I still go?
All non-essential travel has been canceled for now.
How do I update my Emergency Alerts contact information?
- Students may update their ALERTS information on the MyVCCCD portal
- Once you are in the portal, click the MyCollege tab then click on Maintain Emergency Alert Information.
- On the next screen, click on Maintain Emergency Alert Information and update your information
- Employees may update their ALERTS information on the MyVCCCD portal
- Go to MyVCCCD portal
- Visit the Work Life tab – click on Personal Information.
- On the next screen, click on Maintain Emergency Alert Information and update your information
Can I get FREE Internet?
We know that many students are challenged with finding the necessary tools that are needed in order to succeed with online classes. We understand that both Comcast and Spectrum are now offering free internet service for students who are not current customers. Visit their web page https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 or call 1-844-488-8395 for more information
What else should I be doing?
- Remember to keep an eye out for emails from faculty, the college or Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD).
- Keep taking regular precautions to avoid getting sick. Wash your hands, avoid being around people who are sick, avoid touching your face, cough/sneeze into your arm, and wipe down regularly-touched objects and surfaces with disinfecting wipes and sprays.
- There’s always more information to follow at the Ventura County Public Health office and the VCCCD alerts page.
College Health Centers
If you’re not feeling well, please don't come to campus - contact your primary care provider or clinic. If you begin feeling any flu-like symptoms (like a fever, cough, or shortness of breath), contact your local emergency room. Student Health Centers are available for phone evaluations.
Be sure to email your professor and keep them updated. Please do not return to campus until you’ve gone at least 24 hours without a fever (and that 24 hours should also be without the help of any fever-reducing medication).
Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves from all respiratory illnesses:
- Stay home when you are sick. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wearing a mask may help prevent people from spreading illness to others and protect people around you.
- Practice physical distancing – stay 6 feet away from people.
- Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
For more information, please call Ventura County Public Health Communicable Diseases at (805) 981-5101.
College Student Health Centers
Deanna L. McFadden, Coordinator
(805) 678-5832 / (805) 678-5932
Mary Jones, Coordinator
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