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Alert: VCCCD is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. Check this page for updates on instruction and operations as we are adapting to rapidly changing events and want to keep you informed. Frequently asked questions are addressed here

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) HEALTH CARE AGENCY INFORMATION  For  general questions about COVID-19 visit www.vcemergency.com or join the County of Ventura on Facebook. You may also call 2-1-1. If you have questions about your symptoms or possible exposure to the virus, your primary care provider is the best person to help you. Please call your primary care clinic, unless you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms such as difficulty breathing. If you do not have a primary care provider, call the clinic or provider listed on your medical card if you have insurance. If you do not have insurance, click here to search for a clinic near you. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Español - Para preguntas generales sobre COVID-19, visite http://www.vcemergency.com/homepage-es o únase al Condado de Ventura en Facebook. También puede llamar al 2-1-1. Si tiene preguntas sobre sus síntomas o la posible exposición al virus, su proveedor de atención primaria es la mejor persona para ayudarlo. Llame a su clínica de atención primaria, a menos que tenga síntomas que pongan en peligro su vida, como dificultad para respirar. Si no tiene un proveedor de atención primaria, llame a la clínica o al proveedor que figura en su tarjeta médica si tiene seguro de salud. Si no tiene seguro de salud, haga clic aquí para buscar una clínica cerca de usted. Si tiene una emergencia médica, llame al 9-1-1 o vaya a la sala de emergencias más cercana.

Ambulatory Care Clinics - All clinics are currently open and providing services.

VCMC and Santa Paula Hospital

Telehealth Resources for Patients - Risks and Benefits of Virtual (Telehealth) Visits


March 28, 2020 

Local Doctors Ask Community Members to Stay Home

County of Ventura Doctors: Daniel Cox, MD, Palliative Care, Nessa Meshkaty, MD, Infectious Disease, Melissa Barger, MD, Infectious Disease

In the near future we are going to experience a coronavirus surge here in Ventura County. We don’t know exactly what it will look like or feel like, but it will affect all of us. Here’s what we all need to understand: this virus is dangerous. For many of us – including younger people who are indeed contracting the virus at a high rate – coronavirus will feel like a bad flu. With luck, rest, and fluids, one could ride out the fever, cough, and body aches and start to improve over a period of weeks. However, if our experience in Ventura County is similar to other areas, up to twenty percent of confirmed cases will have a different experience.

Let’s put this in perspective for our county, population ~850,000. In a worst-case scenario, 1 in 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 will progress to serious illness requiring hospitalization. One quarter of those hospitalized patients with COVID-19 will further decline to the point where they need a ventilator and life support to survive. Using an epidemiologic model recommended by the California Department of Public Health, we find that without strict social distancing, we will need 18,000 ventilators to take care of the sickest patients at the peak of the surge on day 58 of the outbreak. Yet we have only an estimated 180 ventilators across the eight hospitals in Ventura County. Hospitals in Italy, Iran and now New York City have been overwhelmed when the infection rate spiked, and many have died that would otherwise have had a chance at surviving.

We realize that what we are saying is difficult to hear, but we also want to be very clear. These patients are not going to remain abstract statistics. This may well be someone you love, someone you know. Nonetheless, as your community health care providers, we wish to share this message: we are here for you. We are preparing for the surge every second of every day. We will care for you. We take our responsibility to the community seriously. But you have a responsibility to our community as well. Ultimately, despite our best efforts, we cannot adequately care for a sick population that exceeds our capacity. If the rates of coronavirus spike and our county residents all need acute care simultaneously – there will not be enough beds, and many will be denied the care that we would all expect to receive, leading to loss of life. We understand why most people struggle with the idea of sheltering in place. It imposes limits on our basic freedoms. We are social animals by nature and our joy is tied to our interpersonal connections. Layer on top of that the real need to earn a living to support our families and it can feel like an impossible ask to stay at home. And yet human interaction is the fuel that spreads this virus. Everything we do and everywhere we go – the sum of our normal activities – are like dry brush in a forest fire for coronavirus. But by staying home – when we deny the virus pathways and carriers to spread – the virus starves. Ironically, after weeks of sheltering in place, if we see that nothing much has happened – that’s when we’ll know that our sacrifice made all the difference.

So here is the good news. If we are able to sustainably reduce social contact by 60%-70% and improve testing and treatment, the aforementioned epidemiologic model suggests we could improve from that worst-case scenario of 18,000 ventilators needed on day 58 to a much more manageable peak of 475 ventilators on day 170 of the outbreak. That extra time is critical for our hospitals to build ventilator capacity and allow for the developments of novel treatments. Thousands of lives would be saved. The key is sustaining the recommended reduction in social contact for that prolonged period of time. As your physicians in Ventura County, we care deeply about our community and providing the best care possible to our patients. That is why we are asking you to honor Governor Newsom’s order to stay home. Each week that we shelter in place gives our health care system a chance to adapt and build our defenses to better prepare for the coronavirus surge. Your efforts and sacrifice now will save lives of people you know and love in the future.

We thank you.


March 22, 2020 9:00 a.m. 

Dear VCCCD Students and Colleagues,

Yesterday we learned that a Moorpark College student recently tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. This is the first and only known confirmed case of COVID-19 at Moorpark College and within the Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD). This student last attended classes at Moorpark College on Monday, March 9th, and has since received medical care in Los Angeles County. Students, faculty, and classified professionals who may have been in close contact with the student have been notified. We have also been in communication with Ventura County Public Health (VCPH). The incubation period for COVID-19 is 14 days. Today, Sunday, March 22st, marks 13 days since possible exposure. VCPH indicates that if you have not developed symptoms yet, it is unlikely that you will at this point. However, please be alert to symptoms and contact health providers, instructors or supervisors if COVID-19 symptoms arise. Please keep our Moorpark College student in your thoughts for a swift recovery.

We recognize this news will understandably cause concern. We have prepared for COVID-19 and will continue to do everything possible to minimize its impact in our community. We remain in close contact with local and state public health officials to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep you safe and healthy. Students transitioning to online courses should continue communicating with faculty and classified professionals with questions - we are here to help.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Chair Perez offers profound thanks and appreciation to you, our students, faculty, classified professionals, and administrators, for your efforts to move nearly our entire organization to online/virtual teaching environments so that everyone remains safe and healthy. “An effort like this has been colossal and could have only happened by the dedication and deep commitment to each other and our community. This is at the heart of who we are.”

Know that every decision we make is guided by our priority of protecting the health and safety of you and our community, in what continues to be a rapidly evolving environment. Our decisions on matters such as remote learning are driven by what science tells us: the reduction of population density helps slow the spread of the virus. We remain committed to transparency and open communication on this issue. We continue to update VCCCD Alerts. There are many valuable resources listed on this page, including college Student Health Centers, who continue to be available.

Sending you sincere appreciation for everything you are doing to keep each other and our community safe and strong.

Greg Gillespie, Ph.D., Chancellor


March 20. 2020 6:30 p.m. 

Good Afternoon VCCCD Employees,

We are all adapting to the statewide Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Newsom last night

Thank you for your cooperation, flexibility, and compassion as we have all transitioned to work differently.  The pace of change and adjustment to dynamic circumstances have been both challenging and unprecedented.  Two weeks ago, we were functioning as we had all year...and now fourteen days later, we have three virtual colleges with most of you working remotely and students receiving instruction and support from a distance.  I am inspired by the creative spirit demonstrated by so many of you as we navigate this path together - not without some adjustments along the way.  Where and how we work is different now.

You will continue to be supported in your remote work.  This is also a time where we can coordinate some online and remote training and professional development on a number of topics. Don't forget about some great resources like the Lynda.com online learning resources in the portal. We continue to provide updates at VCCCD Alerts. You can receive county updates by signing up at Ventura County alerts.

Only limited and essential operations will be occurring at our locations now.  “Designated Essential Personnel” remain on-site for critical services and operations.  I would like to extend gratitude to these employees who continue to staff our sites during this emergency so that remote instruction, student support, and work can occur; our locations remain safe and maintained; and needed business operations continue. 

In addition to the work changes, we all have our own personal thoughts about the pandemic and concerns for loved ones and people worldwide. It is important to stay connected with each other and students, especially now. We have created a Facebook group for you to share positive stories and stay connected. I look forward to joining the group. I invite you to follow the colleges on social media to provide students and each other with support and encouragement.

Moorpark College

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Ventura College

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On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you so much for all that you are doing.  I wish each of you a restful weekend.

With Gratitude,

Greg Gillespie, Ph.D., Chancellor


March 20, 2020 4:26 p.m.

We are sorry that there was an error in the system-generated registration dates. We are fixing the problem now - check back soon. You will also receive a new email with the correct registration date and your portal date will be updated. 


March 20, 2020 12:00 p.m.

Hey students –

We have some important information to share with you about registration, dropping classes, free resources, and signing up for alerts. Check it out below.

Important Change in Summer/Fall Registration Dates

Summer and Fall registration dates have changed! You will be receiving a system-generated email today notifying you of your new date. If you don’t receive an email, log into my.vcccd.edu to see what your registration date is. Updated registration information is on the Map Your Future page.

Wait Before you Drop

We know these are challenging times and are working to help you through the transitions. If you are thinking about dropping a class, take a deep breath and wait. If you drop now, your financial aid might be impacted. We don’t want that to happen. Before you do anything, let us help you make the best decision for your situation. Contact us – we are here for you. Our goal is your success – now and in the future. Check out the Map Your Future page for information and links to critical student services. We are here for you.

FREE Resources

Free e-textbook access to students. VitalSource and Publishers to Provide Free Access to eTextbooks to Students Affected by COVID-19 Campus Closures. Students can access class materials through VitalSource’s Bookshelf app at no cost. VitalSource® has joined leading publishers to help ensure students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will have free access to quality digital learning materials through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Beginning March 16 through May 25, 2020, access to an expansive catalog of eTexts will be available for free to students at semester-calendar institutions who have been impacted by recent campus closures. Students simply log in to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can then view course materials from participating publishers via VitalSource’s Explore capabilities within Bookshelf. “With colleges and universities making the difficult decision to move to online learning in the wake of the global pandemic, we join the community in a shared commitment to help provide students access to the immediate resources they need to adapt to a new way of learning” said Kent Freeman, President of VitalSource. “At VitalSource, we know successful digital learning means that every learner can access the materials they need to succeed – anytime, anywhere. Through this initiative, we are adhering to that promise and helping to support students, faculty, and postsecondary institutions under these extraordinary circumstances.” To view a list of publishers and resellers who are supporting this effort, visit https://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps. Students who need assistance accessing free eTexts can visit https://get.vitalsource.com/vitalsource-helps. VitalSource is the leading education technology solutions provider committed to helping partners create, deliver, and distribute affordable, accessible, and impactful learning experiences worldwide. As a recognized innovator in the digital course materials market, VitalSource is best known for partnering with more than 1,000 publishers and resellers to deliver extraordinary learning experiences to millions of active users globally– and today we’re also powering new, cutting-edge technologies designed to optimize teaching and learning for maximum results. Learn more at https://get.vitalsource.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Free Internet

The Federal Communications Commission has an agreement which states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots for increased accessibility to the internet. Visit this site for information.

Please visit the following websites for the latest details on how to sign-up and use these services.

Emergency Notifications

Make sure you are signed up to receive emergency communications. Log in to my.vcccd.edu. Under Self Service, click on Personal Information. Under the Personal Information Menu, click on Maintain Emergency Alert Information.  Update phone numbers listed under the Notification Phone Numbers on File. Then click Save Changes.


March 19, 2020 9:05 p.m. 

Dear VCCCD Employees,

Please see the notice below from State Chancellor Oakley regarding how the Community College system is seen in light of Governor Newsom’s new order. Our colleges are seen as essential services. Telecommuting and remote instruction will  continue as only virtual instruction can occur at this time. Many of you are already set-up and working remotely and some of you are in the transition stages of getting the access and set-up that you require.  Those needed to be on-site tomorrow to complete the transition to working remotely can do so.

College Presidents and Vice Chancellors will be providing me with a list of “Designated Essential Personnel” by the end of the day tomorrow and will be notified by their supervisors. Only these individuals will be allowed to work on-site during the duration of the Governor’s Order.

Everyone has worked hard to adapt quickly to new ways of teaching and supporting our students along with changing where and how we work.  The work that all of us do is deemed essential by the state and I am inspired by the many creative ways you are continuing our important work in support of students.  Thank you for your continued understanding and flexibility.

Additional details will be provided tomorrow. 

Take care and my best to all of you in this unprecedented time.

Greg Gillespie, Chancellor


Colleagues,

Many of you just heard that Governor Newsom has issued a STAY AT HOME order for the State of California. This order is similar to orders issued by many counties. As I stated in my email earlier this evening, you must reduce your campus operations to a bare minimum of essential functions. Only “Essential Personnel” can be allowed on campus. You and your boards determine who is designated as “Essential” based on your Emergency Operations Plans. All non-essential personnel must be sent home and teleworking protocols initiated for them. You are asked to continue to provide remote instruction. As I have mentioned previously, move all of your instruction to a remote learning platform immediately or implement other measures that eliminate person-to-person contact. It is imperative that we maintain continuity of instruction. Expect that we will get additional guidance for all employers in the coming days related to this order. We will have more information on tomorrow’s webinar so stay tuned. Thanks!

Eloy Ortiz Oakley

Chancellor, California Community Colleges


March 19, 2020 7:30 a.m. 

Hey students - have you checked the FAQs page? There is information there to help you navigate through the process. If you don't find the answer you are looking for, click on the button above to submit a question. We are here to help!

The Federal Communications Commission has an agreement which states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots for increased accessibility to the internet. Visit this site for information.

Please visit the following websites for the latest details on how to sign-up and use these services.

March 18, 2020 6:15 a.m. 

Here's another way to stay informed: Moorpark Reporter is a student-led news website covering news and events at Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges and the community. Thanks to students, faculty, and classified staff who keep us informed through this awesome resource. 


March 17, 2020 4:00 p.m. 

Classified Staff, Faculty, Supervisors, and Administrators:

The Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting today and passed a Resolution Declaring Emergency Conditions Exist at VCCCD and Authorization to Take Action Related to COVID-19. In this resolution, the Board also authorized up to $2 million to be used for emergency purposes during this situation. Trustees expressed their support and appreciation for the efforts everyone is making during this transition.

All VCCCD locations (MC, OC, VC, VCEC, and DAC) have suspended all non-essential on-site functions through Friday, April 10th.  Many employees are transitioning to remote work.  Only employees who are required to maintain essential operations and support will be at our work locations. 

For faculty, staff, student workers, and probationary and provisional employees, your supervisor and location leadership will provide you with details and work with all employees to establish remote work or alternate schedules, along with staffing needed to maintain essential operations and support.  We recognize that working remotely will result in work being different in many instances.  You will be provided information and support to help this transition.  Thank you for your cooperation as we reduce the number of employees at our locations to only essential personnel. 

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 for this week and moving forward will be communicated directly to you by your supervisor.

Student workers will be paid this week and supervisors will work directly with student workers to ensure there are appropriate work assignments for them to complete for the remainder of the semester either on-site or remotely. See the VCCCD Alerts page for information on student paychecks.

Please note four resources to stay informed:

  1. Check out the IT Remote Access Information page. Thank you to the whole IT team for facilitating the move to remote and virtual workspaces.
  2. Bookmark VCCCD Alerts in your browser. We update this page regularly and when new information becomes available.
  3. Sign up for County of Ventura alerts. https://www.readyventuracounty.org/
  4. Blackboard Connect VCCCD Notifications. 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.

NOTE: WE WILL BE CONDUCTING A TEXT OF THE BLACKBOARD CONNECT SYSTEM THIS AFTERNOON FOR ALL EMPLOYEES.

It is imperative that we stay connected and informed and we will continue to provide you with communications. Thank you again for everything you are doing to support students and each other during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Greg Gillespie, Ph.D., Chancellor


March 17, 2020 3:47 p.m. 

All Employees:

In order to comply with the explicit declarations of Federal, State, and County officials and to further act in accord with the known and accepted scientific efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the following guidelines are provided to District Managers, Supervisors, and Employees. It is desired that to the greatest extent possible, District operations are accomplished by having employees work remotely from home (telecommute) beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, April 10.  This may extended depending upon the COVID-19 situation and local circumstances.

The colleges and District Office will identify and determine locally the essential functions and essential personnel needed to maintain basic operations.  All locations have suspended on-site and in-person access to services by students and the general public at this time.

Current Situation during COVID-19 Pandemic Medical Emergency – General

All VCCCD locations (colleges, East Campus, and district office) have suspended all non-essential on-campus/site functions through Friday, April 10th.  Many employees are transitioning to working remotely.  Only employees who are required to maintain essential operations and support will be on locations. 

For faculty, staff , student workers, and provisional and probationary employees, your supervisor and location leadership will provide the details and work with all employees to establish working remotely or alternate schedules along with staffing needed to maintain essential operations and support.  We recognize that working remotely will result in work being different in many instances.  You will be provided information and support to help this transition.  Thank you for your cooperation as we reduce the number of employees on at our locations to only essential personnel. 

All employees (faculty, staff , student workers, and provisional and probationary employees), whether working on-site or working remotely from their home, will continue to get paid for their normal hours throughout the duration of this situation. Details and work plans for this week and moving forward will be communicated directly to employees by their supervisors.

Student workers will be paid this week and supervisors will work directly with student assistant employees to ensure there are appropriate work assignments for them to complete for the remainder of the semester either on-site or remotely.

Working Remotely from Home

Supervision/Management, in discussion and communication with each employee will determine the extent of remote work or telecommuting from home versus essential work on-site on a regular or alternate schedule.  Some employees may be required to work both remotely and on-site on a rotating basis.

  • All of our locations remain open so that essential operations and services continue with the minimal level of staffing needed.  On-site services are suspended for students at the general public.
  • Employees will at minimum work remotely via email and phone.  IT will work to help employees requiring specialized access to get that set up for work at home where possible.
  • The type of work that occurs remotely may be different and all specific job functions may not be able to be met through remote work.  This is understood and we appreciate flexibility from supervisors and employees.
  • Many meetings will occur in a remote format.
  • Employee numbers on-site will be reduced to allow for proper social distancing.
  • For employees working on-site remember to:
    • WASH hands frequently;
    • NOT TOUCH eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands;
    • Fist/Elbow “BUMP” instead of shaking hands or hugging;
    • SNEEZE/COUGH into a tissue covering the nose & mouth or into a sleeved elbow
    • Keep a safe “SOCIAL DISTANCE“ of 6’ from others;

Employees Over 65 Years Old and/or Employees with Health Conditions that Cause Increased Vulnerability to COVID-19

The District has accepted the recommendation of Governor Newsome and until further notice, employees over 65 years old and/or those who have verified health conditions that cause increased vulnerability to COVID-19 are to be off-site and, if possible, working from home.  Please reference the “Working Remotely from Home” section above. 

Illness and Leave for Employees Working On-site or Become Ill at Home and are Unable to Work Remotely

1. Any employee who feels ill/sick is to simply stay away from the workplace.

  • If sick leave is available, s/he is to use it.
  • If sick leave is exhausted and s/he has other leave, s/he may use the other leave to cover the absence.
  • If there are no other leaves available, only then will s/he be placed on unpaid leave of absence.

2. If in the estimation of Supervision/Management an employee appears at work and, appears to be obviously ill/sick, and in particular if the employee is showing the symptoms of COVID-19 (see attached), Supervision/Management is to:

  • Send the employee away from the workplace on Paid Sick Leave (if available) or other paid leave (if available) or as a last resort, unpaid leave (if no leave is available); and,
  • Inform the employee s/he is not to return to work unless certified to do so by a Doctor.

Should you have any questions or comments regarding any of the foregoing, or any questions as to what changes are occurring as the District Copes with the impacts of the COVID-19 virus, please do not hesitate to contact us in Human Resources:

Laura Barroso, Director Employee Relations and Human Resource Operations at 805-652-5506 or LBarroso@vcccd.edu
Jim Dembowski, Vice-Chancellor – Human Resources at 805-652-5512 or JDembowski@vcccd.edu


March 16, 2020 5:33 p.m.

Subject line: An update regarding Child Development Centers at VCCCD campuses

Dear CDC families at Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges,

The Ventura County Community College District (VCCCD) has made the difficult decision to temporarily close our Child Development Centers (CDC) on the Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges. The CDCs at our campuses will be closed from Tuesday, March 17th through Friday, April 10th. In making this decision, we weighed the many needs of our community as well as our responsibilities to the public health of Ventura County residents. To be clear, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at any of our facilities and we view these closures as a responsible way to help limit the spread of coronavirus in our region. We will continue to monitor this situation and confer with local officials and public health organizations in the weeks ahead.

We understand this is a challenging time for everyone and apologize for the inconvenience this decision may create for your families. Please know that we reluctantly came to this decision with the goal of protecting your children’s health and safety. We understand there will be many questions still. Please know that we are addressing them as quickly as we can and please feel free to contact our facilities directly.

Here are several resources that may be useful during this period:

Thank you for your understanding and support as we all work to keep our community healthy and safe. Please be safe and we’ll be in touch with updates before Friday, April 10th.

Best regards,

Child Development Centers at Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura Colleges


March 16, 2020 4:00 p.m.

Comcast/ Spectrum is offering free Internet for 2 months for students who can not afford internet.

Students, as your classes go online, please contact Comcast/Spectrum to see if you qualify for free internet. Follow the link above for more information.           


March 16, 2020 3:50 p.m. 

Dear Students:

The COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency continues to be dynamic and fluid.  Thank you for patience as we continue to make operational adjustments based upon guidelines and directives from federal, state, and local authorities.  Recent updates and restrictions from the California Governor’s Office and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) were reviewed by College and District Leadership this morning.  There has been no change in actual COVID-19 cases in Ventura County and we continue to have zero presumptive or confirmed COVID-19 cases at any of our VCCCD locations. 

Based upon the latest recommended actions from the CCCCO, directives from Governor Newsom, and consideration of Ventura County K-12 school closures, we are accelerating the implementation of intensive social distancing protocols.  The following actions will be taken to further reduce the number of individuals at VCCCD locations and safeguard our employees, students, and communities:

  • The Board of Trustees will hold a Special Board Meeting tomorrow to Approve a Resolution Declaring Emergency Conditions Exist the VCCCD and Authorization to Take Action Related to COVID-19. The meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Please follow the link to join the meeting remotely.
  • Students and the general public can access college or district on-site services by email, phone, or virtually beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through April 10, 2020 (end of spring break).  The colleges and District Office remain open for your virtual access.  The status of this action will be reassessed as April 10th approaches.
  • Virtual instruction for all programs and courses begins on March 23, 2020 as currently planned and will now occur through May 14, 2020, the end of Spring semester.  No face-to-face instruction will be occurring at any of the colleges through the end of the semester at this time. Faculty teaching laboratory, performance, activity, and specialized career education courses are to transition to virtual instruction to the extent possible. Please address your questions to your professors.
  • The 2020 summer session will consist only of online/virtual instruction classes.
  • Child care centers will be closed during this period and college leadership will communicate any additional service closures specific to individual locations.  The status of this action will be reassessed as April 10th approaches.  Please note that this could change should a mandatory closure be ordered.
  • Consistent with many other colleges and universities across the state and nation, college commencements and other recognition ceremonies and events have been cancelled.  Each college will provide detailed information on event cancellations/postponements.

We will continue to provide up-to-date information at VCCCD Alerts and through emails and other announcements to help you through this unprecedented time. 

I recognize that these constant changes can add to the stress and anxiety of this situation.  We are taking these decisions seriously with careful evaluation of available information and input from the Board of Trustees, health, governmental, and educational agencies, and college and district leadership. 

With regards,

Greg Gillespie, Ph.D., Chancellor


March 16, 2020 1:30 pm 

Good afternoon Classified Staff, Faculty, Supervisors, and Administrators:

The COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency continues to be dynamic and fluid.  Thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to make operational adjustments based upon guidelines and directives from federal, state, and local authorities.  Recent updates and restrictions from the California Governor’s Office and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) were reviewed by College and District Leadership this morning.  There has been no change in actual COVID-19 cases in Ventura County and we continue to have zero presumptive or confirmed COVID-19 cases at any of our VCCCD locations. 

Based upon the latest recommended actions from the CCCCO, directives from Governor Newsom, and consideration of Ventura County K-12 school closures, we are accelerating the implementation of intensive social distancing protocols.  The following actions will be taken to further reduce the number of individuals at VCCCD locations and safeguard our employees, students, and communities:

  • The Board of Trustees will hold a Special Board Meeting tomorrow to Approve a Resolution Declaring Emergency Conditions Exist the VCCCD and Authorization to Take Action Related to COVID-19. The meeting is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Please follow the link to join the meeting remotely.
  • Students and the general public will not have access to college or district on-site services beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through April 10, 2020 (end of spring break).  The colleges and District Office remain open so that students and the general public can obtain information and assistance by email, phone, and other virtual methods of communication.  The status of this action will be reassessed as April 10th approaches.
  • Virtual instruction for all programs and courses begins on March 23, 2020 as currently planned and will now occur through May 14, 2020, the end of Spring semester.  Faculty teaching laboratory, performance, activity, and specialized career education courses are to transition to virtual instruction to the extent possible.  Faculty with specific concerns regarding these courses should work with college academic leadership to develop solutions that may include extending the semester if other alternatives are not available.  No face-to-face instruction will be occurring at any of the colleges through the end of the semester at this time. 
  • The 2020 summer session will consist only of online/virtual instruction classes.
  • Employees 65 and older as well as others vulnerable to COVID-19 are to self-isolate and not be at the colleges or District Office per the Governor’s March 15th announcement.  These employees are to work with their supervisors regarding remote work from home per the guidelines in the earlier email announcement from the VCCCD this morning.
  • Beginning Tuesday, March 17, and through April 10, 2020, the colleges and District Office managers will implement plans to reduce the number of classified employees, supervisors, student workers, faculty, and administrators on-site to minimal levels to keep offices and locations open.  This will involve remote work from home and alternate work schedules.  Detailed information will be forthcoming to assist employees in remote work.  It is important that our sites remain open and essential operations and services continue.  Child care centers will be closed during this period and college leadership will communicate any additional service closures specific to individual locations.  The status of this action will be reassessed as April 10th approaches.  Please note that this could change should a mandatory closure be ordered.
  • There will be no non-essential travel.
  • College commencements and other recognition ceremonies and events have been cancelled.  Each college will provide detailed information on event cancellations/postponements.
  • A number of search committees have active processes occurring.  First round interviews will be done using remote access.  Final round interviews will occur either face to face with social distancing and will include remote access as an option.  Specific details will be provided to search committee members. 
  • District Information Technology (IT) is finalizing plans to provide remote access to our software and systems. IT staff are increasing District VPN licensing and laptop installations for the current model and piloting an alternative. It will take some time to ramp-up and support a fully remote workforce and we do understand the urgency. Currently you can communicate and collaborate using our O365 environment on your home computers and/or mobile devices by logging into Outlook Webmail from the MyVCCCD portal. We will continue to communicate with all employees via email on which applications we recommend using from home and posting links in the portal with frequently asked questions, documentation, and training. Questions should be directed to Campus IT Directors. IT is currently building a webpage to provide information on remote access.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we appreciate everything that you are doing to support each other and our students.  Thank you for communicating with students to help them navigate this tremendous change in our instruction and support.  We will continue to provide up to date information at VCCCD Alerts and through emails and other announcements to help all of us through this unprecedented and taxing time. 

I recognize that these constant changes can add to the stress and anxiety of this situation.  The decisions to make these adjustments and significant changes are taken seriously with careful evaluation of available information and input from the Board of Trustees, health, governmental, and educational agencies, and college and district  leadership. 

With regards,

Greg Gillespie, Ph.D.


March 16, 2020 8:00 am 

All Employees:  California Governor Newsom calls for the following people to stay at home:

  • over the age of 65.
  • underlying health issues, such as blood disorders, chronic kidney disease, asthma, chronic liver disease, compromised immune systems, pregnancies in the last two weeks of the last trimester, metabolic disorders, heart disease, and other serious health conditions that may make you more susceptible to serious illness from the coronavirus.

Dr. Gillespie requests that if you are in any of these categories, please contact your supervisor immediately to make arrangements for working remotely.


March 15, 2020 

Good afternoon Students, 

I hope that you, your families, and friends are doing well and taking the necessary precautions with regard to COVID-19. This is an unprecedented time and things are changing daily, if not hourly. Fortunately, there continues to be no known social transmission case of COVID-19 in our county; however, it is important that we take these steps to significantly reduce the number of students on campus and prevent community transmission. In light of local and global concerns, as well as the national and state spread of the coronavirus, please note the following:

  • There will be NO face-to-face classes at any of our campuses from Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18. Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 are scheduled faculty flex days with no classes. 
  • Contact your professors about lab and performance classes - as there will be no classes this week on campus. 
  • Faculty will use this week to move all classes and many student support services to virtual platforms (though there will be some exceptions - contact your professor for information).
  • Instruction will continue this week for all online classes and for hybrid and lecture courses that have already transitioned to the virtual format. Faculty will communicate with you directly regarding this transition.
  • All student services and support offices are open, including counseling. Students who come to the campuses will be assisted using social distancing practices.  We could not manage this challenging process without your patience, the tireless efforts of faculty working to assist you, and our classified staff who are facilitating this transition with dedication. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we offer our thanks to you as we implement these necessary changes.

We recognize this is a challenging situation and we will continue to keep you updated through VCCCD Alerts, text messaging, and emails.

My best to you during this challenging time,

Greg Gillespie, Ph.D., Chancellor


Good afternoon Classified Staff and Faculty, 

I hope that you, your families, and friends are doing well and taking the necessary precautions with regard to COVID-19. This is an unprecedented time and things are changing daily, if not hourly. I have been in conversation with the three college Presidents and Board Chair Perez this afternoon. In light of local and global concerns, as well as the national and state spread of the coronavirus, please note the following:
  • Our colleges and the District office will continue to be open. Employees are expected to be at work and practice VCCCD social distancing and enhanced hygiene precautions recommended by public health authorities to reduce the potential for virus spread. Please discuss with your supervisor should accommodation be needed due to risk factors for yourself or members of your family.
  • There will be no face-to-face classes at any of our campuses from Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, March 18. Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 are scheduled flex days with no classes.
  • Faculty will use this week to move all classes and many student support services to virtual platforms (though there will be some exceptions). Faculty should participate in any needed trainings and access available support in order to have face-to-face classes moved to virtual instruction effective Monday, March 23.
  • Instruction will continue this week for all online classes and for hybrid and lecture courses that have already transitioned to the virtual format. Faculty will communicate with their students directly regarding the transition status of their particular courses.
  • All student services and support offices are open including counseling. Employees should take steps to work in their offices and engage with students through email, phone, and other remote formats. Students who come to the campuses will be assisted using social distancing practices.  

There continues to be no known social transmission case of COVID-19 in our county; however, it is important that we take these actions to significantly reduce the number of students on campus and further community transmission. I have been in communication throughout the weekend with Trustees and Cabinet Members, monitoring actions taken at other community colleges, and reviewing information from public health, government, and news sources. These steps are being taken in coordination with efforts at CSUCI through conversation with President Beck.

We could not manage this challenging process without the efforts of faculty who working tirelessly to assist students and our classified staff at the colleges and also District Office, who are facilitating the transition with their expertise, support, and dedication. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we offer appreciation for everything you are doing in support of students. Your efforts are a testament of your dedication, resiliency, and professionalism that define faculty and staff within our District. Our District and college leadership teams, with our employee bargaining groups and District Academic and Classified Senate leaders, have worked endless hours to bring clarity to this unprecedented situation. I appreciate their guidance and consultation, and commend the work being accomplished in support of students and each other.

We recognize this is a challenging situation and we will continue to keep you updated through VCCCD Alerts, text messaging, and emails.

With my sincere thanks during this challenging time,

Greg Gillespie, Chancellor


Today's 1:30 pm performance of ROMEO AND JULIET was CANCELED. If you purchased your ticket online, a refund will be issued later today. If you purchased your tickets at the Box Office, please stop by the Box Office next week for a refund.

The animals at America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College decided to follow social distancing protocols and provide you with the first ever Virtual Spring Spectacular because the 30 year tradition of Spring Spectular was canceled. If you follow the zoo (America's Teaching Zoo) on Instagram, you will be able to see the cool animals and the cool students! Follow the zoo on Facebook to see the shows Sunday at 12pm and 2pm. Click here to help support the program and the animals.

If you are a student and want to know what to do about your class, the first best thing, if you haven't already, is to contact your professor to learn about any changes to your class.

Are campuses open this coming up week? Yes. Our dedicated classified staff and faculty are doing everything they can to transition classes to virtual platforms. Students services will continue to be available to answer your questions and help you in any way to make the changes easier (see links below). We are taking steps to reduce the number of students on campus. Access your classes and services remotely as you are able to help in this effort. We encourage you to access faculty and services through email or phone. Laboratory, performance, physical activity, and other specialized courses are meeting this week. Please contact your faculty if you have any questions or concerns about your classes. Nearly all classes will be moved on virtual platforms by Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice.

There are no classes scheduled on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 for previously scheduled faculty flex days.

If you are classified staff and have questions about your work schedule or any other items, please contact your supervisor.

Moorpark College Student Services

Oxnard College Student Services 

Ventura College Student Services

Ventura College East Campus Student Services  


March 14, 2020 

The animals at America's Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College decided to follow social distancing protocols and provide you with the first ever Virtual Spring Spectacular because the 30 year tradition of Spring Spectular was canceled. If you follow the zoo (America's Teaching Zoo) on Instagram, you will be able to see the cool animals and the cool students! Follow the zoo on Facebook to see the shows Sunday at 12pm and 2pm. Click here to help support the program and the animals.

If you are a student and want to know what to do about your class, the first best thing, if you haven't already, is to contact your professor to learn about any changes to your class. Our dedicated classified staff and faculty are doing everything they can to transition classes to virtual platforms. Colleges continue to be open. Students services will continue to be available to answer your questions and help you in any way to make the changes easier. College and District leadership and the Board of Trustees are keeping informed of the national, state, and local news and information. Please know that we care deeply about you and will continue to keep you updated on this page, text messages, emails, and the student portal as information becomes available.

If you are classified staff and have questions about your work schedule or any other items, please contact your supervisor.
 


March 13, 2020 

Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges and Ventura College East Campus are OPEN. Classes continue and will be transitioning to virtual classes during the next week. Please contact your faculty or student services if you have any questions . Employees should check with your supervisors if you have any questions about work schedules. We will update this VCCCD Alerts page if any new information becomes available. Thank you.

March 12, 2020 

VCCCD (Moorpark, Oxnard, Ventura colleges and the District Office)

ATTENTION STUDENTS 

Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges and Ventura College East Campus are OPEN. Classes continue.

During the week of March 16, classes are in session at the campuses and online. Faculty are preparing to deliver classes virtually, beginning March 23 through April 6. Colleges will remain fully staffed during this time so students can have access to  student services, support resources (e.g. libraries and computer labs). Virtual training will be available to student services classified staff and faculty. Students are encouraged to access online services when possible. Students will be receiving communication from faculty and college administrators with detailed information. If you have a question about your class, please contact your faculty.

Spring break is scheduled April 6 - 10. We plan to resume on campus classes beginning April 13; however, this may change.

Continue to check this page for updated information. If you have a specific campus question, you can access valuable resources here:

Moorpark College Student Services

Oxnard College Student Services 

Ventura College Student Services

Ventura College East Campus Student Services  


A Message from VCCCD Chancellor Gillespie

March 12, 2020 6:44 p.m.

VCCCD Classified Staff, Faculty, and Administrators,

Ventura County Public Health has declared a local public health emergency due to a confirmed third travel-related COVID-19 case in Ventura county.  Community transmission of the virus in neighboring Los Angeles County is also occurring.  By making this declaration, officials are taking a proactive approach that will enable the County to access state funds to assist with mitigation. It will also help educational institutions access state and federal dollars to help cover emergency-related expenses.  This is not an indication of increased health risk to our students and employees at our college and district locations where we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

We will continue to provide regular updates and be in communication with public health and education leaders in Ventura County.  Our ongoing monitoring of the situation will continue and appropriate actions will be taken, as warranted.

Stay updated through the VCCCD Alerts page. Continued thanks for your efforts in supporting each other, students, and our community members as we work through this situation.

Greg Gillespie, Chancellor


A Message from VCCCD Chancellor Gillespie

March 12, 2020 12:02 p.m.
We have been monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic daily in consultation with Ventura County Public Health (VCPH), the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO) and other resources including the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The VCCCD is now moving to the second step of our social distancing protocol

All VCCCD colleges and district locations continue to have zero presumptive and no confirmed cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The latest VCPH information has one confirmed COVID-19 case and one new presumptive case.  However, out of an abundance of caution and in consultation with VCPH, our educational partners in the community, the Chancellor’s Office, and our academic and student leadership, Moorpark, Oxnard, Ventura colleges and Ventura College – East Campus will begin to transition to virtual and alternate modalities of learning for lecture classes beginning the next week, Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20st.  Following the week-long transition, lecture classes will no longer meet and will continue in virtual and alternative instructional modes beginning Monday, March 23rd.  Student Services and other support resources (e.g. libraries and computer labs) will continue to be open and available.

There will be some exceptions for courses that do not readily fit into a virtual format, especially in the career education areas and other specialized disciplines.  At this time, laboratory classes, performance courses, and activity (physical education/kinesiology) courses will continue as scheduled while implementing social distancing practices.  Some room assignments may change to provide larger spaces.  Courses currently offered online and dual enrollment classes in the high schools will continue as usual.

In order to provide time for faculty and the colleges to make this significant shift, instructors who are prepared and willing to teach virtually are encouraged to begin voluntary virtual instruction for all in-person lecture classes beginning Monday, March 16th.  Faculty will notify students directly how, and if, classes will be adjusted during this specific week.  This will also be the time for interested faculty to participate in virtual training in preparation for this change. 

Virtual instruction trainings have been occurring at the colleges.  The colleges will be scheduling additional training sessions next week, including scheduled flex days, Thursday, March 19th and Friday, March 20th.  Discussions have occurred between the AFT and the District in preparation of a memorandum of understanding to compensate faculty for this emergency training and details will be provided soon.  Faculty will also receive communications from college leadership regarding the training, resources, and support details.  

Virtual instruction will begin Monday, March 23rd and continue up to Spring Break (Monday, April 6th), at which time we will reassess and communicate whether or not to continue with virtual instruction beyond this date. 

Timeline Summary

  • March 16-20: Voluntary, but encouraged virtual instruction of lecture classes begins for faculty who are ready to implement.  Training occurs and will be available to all faculty throughout the week, including the March 19th and 20th flex days.
  • March 23: Virtual instruction of lecture courses begins through Monday, April 6th.
  • April 6 to 10: No classes for Spring Break. 
  • April 13:  Classes resume through the end of the semester; finals will occur.

We continue to monitor the status of COVID-19. Ongoing assessment is taking place with regard to how long we will need to continue virtual instruction.

All VCCCD colleges and locations will remain staffed during every phase of these efforts and students will continue to have access to all student services, support resources (e.g. libraries and computer labs), and attendance to classes still occurring in a face-to-face format. Virtual training will be available to student services classified staff and faculty. Students are encouraged to access online services when possible.

Concerned students are free to limit their physical engagement with the campus. Offices and buildings remain staffed with uninterrupted operations; classified staff and management will continue to work onsite. 

Information about upcoming campus events will be communicated to you directly by college leadership.  All of our locations are following the latest guidelines from CDPH on events and gatherings.  Effective March 16th through April 13th, all public events and other activities expected to draw 250 or more people to any of our locations will be postponed, modified, or cancelled.  Students meeting requirements will receive certificates and/or degrees this semester.  Decisions regarding commencement ceremonies will be made at a later date.

Faculty, if you have questions about training, moving your class to a virtual format, or need additional support, please discuss these items with your respective academic leadership (Vice Presidents and Deans). We appreciate your efforts in providing guidance and assistance to students as we navigate this changing situation.

Students, please check with your instructors and look for communication from them for their plans in the courses you are enrolled in. If you have questions, please contact your instructors directly. Please know that we are working diligently on your behalf to minimize any impact to your education.

We realize change in the local status of COVID-19 may occur that result in some classified staff working remotely or on alternate work schedules should we move to higher levels of social distancing measures.  Please communicate with your supervisor if you have any questions or concerns. We support classified staff and appreciate your efforts to help facilitate the impact of this situation.  

We continue to monitor any spread of COVID-19 in our local community and issue additional notices as necessary. Information is available and will also be regularly updated on VCCCD Alerts

We understand that situations like this can be distressing and cause anxiety for many of you. Our focus is to help our students and employees stay healthy and safe through this developing situation. 

We may need to reevaluate classified staff schedules and will assist employees through the changes. Details in the timeline and described actions may be adjusted depending upon local circumstances and directives from public health authorities. College leadership teams will continue to communicate with college communities.

I want to thank you for all that you are doing to support and care for each other as we take prudent and responsible measures to protect students, classified staff, faculty, and our community. Your efforts and working together will demonstrate the value we have for our students and each other. I appreciate everything you are doing as we work through this unprecedented time.

With appreciation,

Greg Gillespie, Ph.D., Chancellor


March 12 2020 

CCCAA State Basketball Championship-Moorpark College and Ventura College

Citing the health and well-being of the student-athletes, coaching staffs, support staff, and fans over COVID-19, the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) announced that all upcoming Men’s and Women’s State Championship games have been cancelled.


Ventura County Director of Public Health Speaks at Board of Trustees Meeting

Ventura County Health Director Rigoberto Vargas provided public comment during the March 10, 2020 Board of Trustees Meeting (livestream minute 54:56). Chancellor Gillespie is continuing to meet with state and local leaders and the VCCCD, Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges to monitor COVID-19 and any impacts to our colleges and community.


March 9, 2020 

VCCCD COVID-19 Response Plan - Social Distancing

The VCCCD COVID-19 Response Plan - Social Distancing provides detailed information on social distancing strategies, notification, and implementation. Please be informed. Employees should contact their supervisor with questions. We continue to monitor this situation and will provide you with any new information that may impact students, faculty, and staff. 


March 9, 2020 

A Message from Chancellor Greg Gillespie

Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We understand your concerns related to the Coronavirus and would like you to know that we are meeting with Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges’ leadership teams to stay informed and discuss action plans in the event the Coronavirus is detected in Ventura County. Your health and safety is a primary concern of not only mine, but also the Board of Trustees and District and College leadership. As of today, March 3, 2020, there are no school closures in California; Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura colleges are open. Officials expect the number of COVID-19 cases to rise in California with cases already increasing in other parts the United States. We are maintaining close, regular contact with state and Ventura County public health officials to stay informed. I am meeting with local school, college, and county leaders this week to discuss county coordination of communications and organized response efforts. Vice Chancellor El Fattal will be meeting with our Districtwide Emergency Preparedness Committee to plan any necessary action steps.

The most important thing you can do is to be actively informed. There is no vaccine currently available to prevent the Coronavirus but you can take preventative steps, such as:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick to avoid exposing others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Handwashing can help prevent illness. It involves five simple and effective steps (Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, Dry) you can take to reduce the spread of illness so you can stay healthy. Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick and simple and can keep us all from getting sick. 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. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If you have questions or concerns, students can visit the College Health Center for more information. Whether you are a student, faculty, or staff, if you feel sick, you should contact your health provider immediately. We want you to be appropriately cared for.

We will be updating the VCCCD Alerts page. Stay informed with this changing situation. Know that we will be working to get you the most current information available in this rapidly changing situation. We ask that you remain flexible as we process this situation and collaborate together in making important decisions to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe.

Greg Gillespie, Ph.D.
Chancellor

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