Coronavirus Resources District information pertaining to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Chancellor's Memo to our Community Partners

Mar 19, 2020

To the State Center Community College District Community,

This is a very challenging time, as the higher educational system responds to COVID-19.  As a valued partner we want to let you know about the changes that are taking place.

First and foremost is that the well-being of State Center Community College District students, faculty, staff and community is a top priority. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. Please see the updates below to learn more about how Fresno City College, Reedley College, Clovis Community College, Madera Community College Center and Oakhurst Community College Center are working to mitigate the virus’ impact on our communities. We have created a District Coronavirus website which we continue to update as changes occur.

SCCCD has transitioned from in-person to remote instruction through April 24, 2020.  Starting March 20, students will receive discussion courses through remote instruction, and few of our hands-on classes will be adapted to allow social distancing. Clinical rotations at off-campus locations will continue. These clinicals are for our emergency responders which the state is in dire need of graduates.

On March 15, 2020 the District notified employees 65 years of age or older and those with health conditions to work from home.  In addition, self-distancing was implemented throughout the District.

As we all adjust to a new way of life to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), our commitment to student success has not changed. To help students transition to learning remotely, many support services remain available online.

Our colleges have acquired and repurposed a limited number of computers that were loaned to our students and faculty who need them during this challenging time. We recognize that the need is greater than the available resources but we are committed to finding those resources and providing the needed training.

All large events and meetings are canceled.  In addition, our Board of Trustee meetings will no longer be face-to-face.

On March 18, 2020, the City of Fresno issued a “Shelter in Place” order from midnight until Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  In order to be part of the solution in reducing the potential spread of the virus, the entire District will now be conducting business online only beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020 through April 24, 2020, with the exception of essential staff.  The plan is to resume face-to-face interactions April 27, 2020However, that date is subject to change based on recommendations from our health departments and our elected officials.

We have taken these actions for one reason, to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community.  We look forward to the day our health situation stabilizes and we can once again open our doors.  Until then, we are available via email.  We would like to thank you for all of your support and hope that you and your families stay safe.

Lastly, we will continue to collaborate with our community partners, Fresno State, Fresno Pacific, all of our K-12s, as well as our city, county, state and federal representatives. We know that our daily communications will guide us through this extreme crisis.

Dr. Paul Parnell signature

State Center Community College District
(559) 243-7101