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Corona Virus Announcements
LACCD Updated Safety Advisory
July 21, 2021
To: All LACCD Employees
From: Mercedes C. Gutierrez, Interim Vice Chancellor, Human Resources Division
Date: July 21, 2021
Subject: VIOLATIONS OF LACCD SAFETY PROTOCOLS & COUNTY HEALTH ORDER
Please remember that wearing facial coverings and following all District Safety Advisories and current Health Orders from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health during the COVID-19 pandemic is mandatory.
Failure to comply with the District’s mandatory safety protocols can constitute insubordination and can result in progressive intervention/discipline, which can lead to dismissal. The County’s Health Orders clearly state that failure to comply is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both (California Health and Safety Code Section 120295; Los Angeles County Code Section 11.02.080).
All District Safety Advisories are on the website at: http://laccd.edu/About/News/Pages/Safety-Advisories.aspx
Report violations of the District’s Safety Advisories to the COVID-19 Hotline at (213) 221- 5112.
Your health and life, as well as the health, safety, and lives of your co-workers, family, friends, and students, depend on everybody following the basic protocols of using face coverings, frequent hand washing, social distancing, and quarantine/self-isolation when needed.
All full and part-time employees are directly accountable, including all approved volunteers of the District, for thoroughly reading and following all Safety Advisories. Speak directly with your supervisor if you are unclear about how to comply. If you need to access District facilities you must follow the approved screening and check-in processes and use Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). If you do not have PPE, contact your supervisor before arriving at any District property or college campus. The District will provide PPE to all employees/volunteers who work or volunteer at District sites.
The Human Resources Division has received prior reports of employees at the colleges who were observed not wearing facial coverings, inappropriately congregating and eating together without social distancing, riding in golf carts or other vehicles together, and committing other violations. Conduct such as this must not occur on District sites.
The rules are very simple:
- When in public wear a mask; wear a mask at all times while indoors at LACCD colleges, property and facilities
- Do not congregate with other people
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water and/or use appropriate hand sanitizer
The life you save could be yours AND another’s. Thank you.
Corona Virus Announcements
November 17th, 2020
New cases of COVID-19 are surging in Los Angeles County, in much of California and throughout the United States. Direct from LA County Public Health: “Over the weekend, Public Health reported a total of 6,841 new cases; 3,780 new cases for Saturday and 3,061 new cases for Sunday. The County has not experienced daily numbers like this since late July, during the last surge that resulted in many people becoming very seriously ill and losing their lives to COVID-19.” On Monday—usually the day of the week with the lowest numbers reported—nearly 2,800 new cases were reported. We currently have had a total of nearly 343,000 cases and 7,300 deaths since the pandemic began in March. The new cases are putting a significant strain on hospitals and medical resources.
TRAVEL WARNINGS ISSUED
The Governors of California, Oregon and Washington last week jointly issued strong warnings against travel for the Thanksgiving Holiday next week. While certainly disappointing news for thousands of people, the messages from the West Coast were echoed by governors and mayors across the nation as “warning bells and whistles” are sounding on increase cases and the impact on hospitals to deal with the surge.
Newsom’s message can be found here. His warning is based on the statewide Health Advisory from the California Department of Public Health. The Health Advisory is effective immediately and remains valid until further notice, according to the state’s Health Department. The official Travel Advisory states:
Persons arriving in California from other states or Californians returning from other states or countries could increase the risk of COVID-19 spread. In addition, travel itself can be a risk for exposure to COVID-19, particularly travel through shared conveyance such as air, bus or rail travel.
Travel Advisory for Non-Essential Travel.
1. Persons arriving in California from other states or countries, including returning California residents, should practice self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household. This recommendation does not apply to individuals who cross state or country borders for essential travel.
2. Californians are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non-essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to California.
“Non-essential travel” includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. “Essential travel” includes: work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services and supply chains, health, immediate medical care, and safety and security.
EMERGENCY BRAKES ARE ON
Most of California has now returned to the Purple / Tier 1 Status of restrictions due to COVID-19 effective immediately per the Governor. The status change impacts business operations and public access to them. L.A. County has never gotten out of Tier 1 and now city, county and state officials say they are looking into even more restrictive curfews or other measures for L.A. County and elsewhere—stay alert and be prepared for those developments.
MASKS: LIKE THEM OR NOT, PLEASE WEAR TO SAVE LIVES
The State has now updated its guidance mandates that a face covering is required at all times when outside of the home. Some exceptions apply and the full 4-1-1 is here to read, please. Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings
A RAY OF HOPE & GOOD NEWS
Both Moderna and Pfizer say test results show effective rates exceeding more than 90 percent for their COVID-19 vaccines. (Moderna at nearly 95 percent and Pfizer more than 90 percent). The L.A. Times quoted Dr. Anthony Fauci saying the results are “truly striking.” Fauci, the U.S. government’s top infectious diseases expert, said the vaccines “are really the light at the end of the tunnel.” Good, and welcome news, to be sure, however, more testing is needed and mass quantities of any vaccine is still several months away for the general population. Distribution and other logistics remain and priority will be given to healthcare workers and the most vulnerable populations first.
Health Officials urge:
· Re-think your holiday plans and cancel any plans for travel outside the region in the coming weeks.
· If you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with others not in your household, celebrate outdoors with only two other households and use social distancing for eating.
· Stay home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks, except for accessing essential services, especially older people and anyone with serious underlying health conditions. When possible, try to use delivery services for groceries and medicines.
· Wear masks and keep your distance both indoors and outdoors as much as possible.
· If you are positive or a close contact of someone who is positive, follow Public Health Orders to isolate or quarantine.
· If you have engaged in risky activities where you may have been exposed in a crowd with people who weren’t wearing masks and distancing, please self-quarantine for 14 days.
· Frequently wash or sanitize your hands.
· Practice safe handling for raw meats and poultry.
LACCD Safety Advisories
October 8th, 2020
Please be advised that the LACCD EOC Recovery Policy - Equipment Loan has been updated effective Oct. 6 and is posted online. Here is the link and it is also attached here as a PDF. Please be sure to read.
As a reminder, please, all of the Recovery Policies are posted online at:
September 11, 2020
Chancellor's Communication: Winter and Spring 2021
Dear LACCD Colleagues,
I am writing to provide an important announcement regarding the upcoming Winter session and Spring 2021 semester.
We remain in a declared public health emergency at the national, state and local level, and, given the current health orders, safety protocols and restrictions, our best health experts agree that we are still far from full recovery without a vaccine or responsive therapeutics.
Therefore, LACCD will deliver all classes for the Winter session and the Spring 2021 Semester in primarily remote/online learning environments for the remainder of the academic year.
We will continue to work with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to provide limited access, on-campus instruction for classes that support the Essential Infrastructure Workforce, but what can be taught remotely and online will remain so for both of these upcoming terms.
I appreciate the consultation with our District Academic Senate, our Faculty Guild, college presidents and senior administration, and support from our Board of Trustees that led to this decision.
August 17, 2020
STUDENT GUIDANCE TO ACCESS COLLEGES FOR COMPLETION OF SPRING 2020 AND FALL 2020 CLASSES
INTRODUCTION The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has confirmed the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) can move forward with on-campus instruction at its nine colleges to complete classes from the Spring 2020 Semester and for the Fall 2020 Semester that support California’s essential services workforce infrastructure. This means that only those students who are enrolled in such classes will be allowed to return to their respective college for limited, in-person instruction on or after July 27, 2020. The following are the safety requirements for the limited in-person instruction that students must follow to gain access to their colleges. This Safety Advisory supersedes a similar advisory issued only for Spring 2020 classes to now include Fall 2020.
August 17, 2020
FACULTY GUIDANCE REGARDING FACIAL COVERINGS AND PPE FOR COMPLETION OF SPRING 2020 AND FALL 2020 CLASSES
INTRODUCTION The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has confirmed the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) can move forward with on-campus instruction to complete classes from the Spring 2020 Semester and for the Fall 2020 Semester that supports California’s essential services workforce infrastructure. The following are the safety requirements for the limited in-person instruction that are planned on or after July 27, 2020. Faculty may want to include specific items as an addendum to their syllabus.
August 17, 2020
LACCD EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER SAFETY ADVISORY FACULTY AND STAFF GUIDANCE TO ACCESS COLLEGES OR DISTRICT FACILITIES FOR FALL 2020
BACKGROUND The approval for limited in-person classes at the nine colleges and District facilities for Essential Services Workforce Infrastructure instruction has been finalized for Stage 3 Recovery for the Fall 2020 semester Hard to convert Fall 2020 and confirmed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. All District and college policies and practices for the return to on-campus instruction and access to the colleges and/or District facilities for such purposes must align with restrictions and guidelines for the health and safety of faculty, staff and students.
August 17, 2020
VEHICLE CURBSIDE PICK UP/DROP-OFF PROTOCOL
In order to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 at the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) colleges, satellite campus facilities and District facilities, the District is enforcing this Vehicle Curbside Pick Up and Drop-off Protocol, which is adopted from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Protocol for Vehicle-Based Parade published May 25, 2020. County Health Orders and Guidance are subject to change.
March 10, 2020
To the LACCD Community,
The health and safety of our campus communities, including our students, faculty, staff and visitors, is a top priority. It is important for you to know that our status as of today, and for tomorrow, March 11, 2020, is:
- We currently have no confirmed cases of, or exposures to, corona virus or COVID-19 at any of our colleges, district facilities or with any of our students, faculty or staff
- All LACCD colleges and facilities are open and we have no expectation right now that this will change this week related to the virus or health issues (L.A. Harbor did close early today due to a power outage)
- All business operations are normal
- We have no reports of any high levels of absenteeism that would impact our operations
- Health officials continue to say the risk to any individual remains low in Los Angeles County regarding exposure to, or illness from, the corona virus
LACCD Corona virus Website and Social Media Information
The latest information available for the LACCD community related to corona virus and COVID-19 is now available online at: www.laccd.edu/coronavirus
All of the websites for the nine colleges will point to this one page for the same information to be shared by all. The website will be updated as frequently as possible. Additional information is being posted to the District’s main social media accounts.
Statewide information for the California Community College system on this situation can be found at: https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Communications-and-Marketing/Novel-Coronavirus
LACCD Corona virus Hotline Information
If you wish to report an issue or ask a question about corona virus or COVID-19 related to the District or the colleges, you can call our new hotline telephone number.
The information hotline is (213) 221-5112
Please leave your name and phone number, your question or the nature of your call and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
If you prefer, you can contact the District by email at: email@example.com
Lastly, if you want to report something specific to your college, call your college’s Office of the President.
- East Los Angeles College (323) 265-8662
- Los Angeles City College (323) 953-4010
- Los Angeles Harbor College (310) 233-4010
- Los Angeles Mission College (818) 364-7795
- Los Angeles Pierce College (818) 719-6408
- Los Angeles Southwest College (323) 241-5273
- Los Angeles Trade-Technical College (213) 763-7052
- Los Angeles Valley College (818) 947-2321
- West Los Angeles College (310) 287-4325
COVID-19 Response Team
LACCD leadership has been meeting daily to monitor and plan for any responses needed to COVID-19/Coronavirus. Last week, the District formally established a COVID-19 Response Team, representing and working collaboratively with various LACCD constituencies. This extensive work is in alignment with the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Prevention and Hygiene
LACDPH Health Officers continue to recommend:
- If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
- If sick, self-monitor and call your primary healthcare provider for advice.
- Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath
- Practice good personal hygiene:
- Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds
- Stay six feet or more from strangers and those who are ill
- Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands
- Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve
- Wash your hands thoroughly and safely throw away used tissues
Alternative/Remote Learning Delivery
LACCD and our colleges are moving forward with plans for alternative/remote learning delivery if necessary due to this public health emergency. With cooperation and support from our District Academic Senate and the Faculty Guild, LACCD is preparing to use Canvas, our content management system, to provide remote instruction. We will have more to announce about this very soon.
Los Angeles Pierce College
Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles Pierce College and District officials have been in regular contact with five Pierce College students regarding their health status. The students recently attended the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. where two attendees from New York and one from Los Angeles have since tested positive for COVID-19.
NONE of the positive cases involved our students. Our students were not contacted by LACDPH to self-quarantine or isolate. LACDPH has said there is NO risk of public exposure from this L.A. county case and we have no directive from health officials that our students are at risk or should be quarantined. Our students report they are healthy and they are self-monitoring per the official guidelines from health officials. Our students have been advised they can self-quarantine and have been offered our full support.
All non-essential travel has been suspended for all senior level administrators, including the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, College Presidents, District Senior Staff and College Deans. The District is in consultation now about expanding this suspension to all LACCD personnel and students. An updated announcement will be made as soon as possible. Meanwhile, if you are sick for any reason, health officials urge you not to travel.
All events and event protocols are under review for all public gatherings at the colleges and District facilities. Most events are currently proceeding, but the situation is dynamic and changing. Should community spread of COVID-19 become more widespread in Los Angeles County, the Public Health Officer for the County of Los Angeles has the legal authority to close facilities and cancel events. More information about events within LACCD will be made as soon as possible.
Thank you for the continued steps that you are taking to protect your own health and the health of the LACCD community. We will continue to provide you with detailed messages. Please check the website, www.laccd.edu/coronavirus.
Please feel free to share this message.
William H. Boyer
Director of Communications & External Relations
MARCH 10, 2020 -- Updates to the page will be posted
- All LACCD Colleges and District facilities are open
- No LACCD classes or events have been canceled in connection with corona virus or COVID-19
- All business operations are normal
- No reports of high absenteeism
- The risk of infection or illness to an individual remains low in Los Angeles County, according to health officials
- The situation is dynamic and continues to change
Officials from the District and all nine colleges are working together, in conjunction with local public health authorities and all appropriate state and federal agencies, regarding response plans should the corona virus and COVID-19 outbreak impact LACCD.
Students, faculty and staff are advised to follow the current travel advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) announced March 9, 2020 that there are now 16 confirmed cases of corona virus within its jurisdiction of Los Angeles County. The City of Long Beach Public Health also said on March 9 that it now has three confirmed cases, bringing the total to 19 cases out of a population of more than 10 million people in the county.
Date Updated 3/6/2020 - L.A. Marathon
Many of us in the LACCD Community will be participating in the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon (and/or its associated events) this weekend, either as runners or spectators/supporters. The L.A. County Department of Public Health—our official source of information and guidance on all things corona virus and COVID-19—has NOT ordered the cancellation of the event. The event(s) will go on as planned.
PLEASE NOTE / EYES ON THIS --- The L.A. County Department of Public Health has issued official guidance / guidelines for runners and spectators. Please see the attached official public health information. Please share with anyone within the LACCD community, including students, as please feel free to share with family, neighbors or other colleagues as appropriate.
Here are the highlights:
Spectators Public Health recommends that spectators who are sick with even mild illness remain at home. Those planning to attend should engage in social distancing – a term used to stop or slow the spread of a contagious disease – and keep a distance of at least 6 feet between you and another person who is not your family member or friend. Please do not share food or water bottles, avoid shaking hands, and frequently wash hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, particularly before eating, after using the restroom and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Runners For runners planning to participate in the marathon, if you feel sick even with mild illness on the day of the marathon, please do not participate. The recommendations are that you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to the start of the race, and do not shake hands with other participants or the public along the course. Please do not share water or food with other runners and frequently use hand sanitizer provided to you along the course.
William H. Boyer
Director of Communications & External Relations
Date Updated: 02/27/2020
COVID-19 Update for LACCD Faculty, Staff and Students
We want to provide you with updated information on the Novel Corona virus, now referred to as COVID-19. Please share this information with all students, faculty and staff at your college.
Federal, state and local health experts together with government leaders continue to closely monitor and respond to the situation in California and the nation regarding COVID-19. It is important for everyone to stay informed; use common sense and not overreact.
Currently, the health risk to the general public from COVID-19 remains low in the U.S., including in California, according to top medical officials from the Centers for Disease Control, California’s Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
As of February 27, 2020, there are nine (9) confirmed cases in California, plus 24 additional cases among the Americans who are currently quarantined here from the “repatriation flights” that occurred earlier this month, according to the state Health Department. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx
One of the nine cases in California occurred this week in Northern California, possibly of an undetermined transmission origin, and remains under investigation. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR20-006.aspx
Health officials continue to advise the best prevention strategy is similar to fighting a cold, including:
- Frequently wash hands with soap and water
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissues
- Stay home from work or school if you are sick; avoid others who are sick with a respiratory illness
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
The President of the United States and California’s Governor both held public briefings this week with health officials to reaffirm these additional key message points, including:
- Individual risks in the U.S. remain low, but it is likely we will see more cases here in the near future
- Now is the time for all of us to prepare—at home and work—should the situation become worse
- Stay informed (see links below)
- Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many countries, this is not a virus exclusive only to Chinese or Asian people
There continues to be no recommendation to wear masks in public settings; the use of masks is a personal choice. Currently, there are no school closures ordered in California or the rest of the U.S.; no health orders to cancel public events and no widespread quarantines.
LACCD and the nine colleges, meanwhile, are also actively monitoring the situation and updating our emergency response plans due to possible disruptions from a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. Preparing on a personal level is similar to preparing for any emergency. Make sure you have enough extra food, water, medicines and other emergency supplies for everyone in your household, including pets, for at least a week.
In addition, health officials remind everyone to still get a seasonal flu shot if you have not done so already and to make sure you have pre-identified a primary care physician to call first if you or a household member gets sick. Health officials also caution the public not to fall prey to rumors and unofficial speculation circulating on the Internet and social media platforms. Instead, stay informed by regularly checking these official public health websites:
L.A. County Department of Public Health
L.A. County Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools
Multi language outreach for schools
California Department of Public Health
California Department of Public Health Guidance for Schools and School District
Centers for Disease Control - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html