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


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:

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
LACCD Update 
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.



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.



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.



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



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. 

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 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.

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August 17, 2020



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.

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August 17, 2020

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.

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August 17, 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.

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August 17, 2020  


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.

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August 12, 2020
COVID-19 Continues to Spread in L.A. County; Colleges and Universities Must Continue Distance Learning

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced it will adhere to guidance from the California Department of Public Health, which recommends that counties with high levels of community transmission of COVID-19 limit the reopening of colleges and universities.

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August 7, 2020


The following guidance has been developed to ensure consistency in PPE distribution


  1. Disposable face covering available to be distributed daily if student/employee fails to provide their own covering.
  2. Check-in personnel are required to wear a face covering and face shield at all times. Gloves to be distributed upon request.

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July 23, 2020


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 that support California’s essential services workforce infrastructure. This means that a limited, predetermined number of students and faculty will have access to the nine colleges on or after July 27, 2020 until August 31, 2020. Accordingly, the LACCD Emergency Operations Center has established specified signage for use at the colleges and District facilities that directs students, faculty and employees on best practices for social distancing, facial coverings and other steps to reduce exposure to, and the spread of, the COVID-19 corona virus.

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July 22, 2020


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 that support California’s essential services workforce infrastructure. This means that only those students who were 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.

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July 21, 2020


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 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.

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July 17, 2020


The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated under declared emergency situations to support the overall LACCD mission and the needs of the District’s nine colleges, including Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.

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July 17, 2020


The Safety Officer’s responsibilities are based on the basic concepts as outlined under FEMA’s National Incident Management System / Incident Command System (NIMS/ICS) ICS 100 Training, specifically that a Safety Officer “monitors incident operations and advises the Incident Commander on all matters relating to safety, including the health and safety of incident management personnel.”

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July 17, 2020


The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) is requiring all Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) to conduct symptom checks in order to restart classes on campus. This Safety Advisory, effective July 27, 2020, outlines the requirements for all LACCD personnel and students to follow in order to enter any LACCD college or facility.

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July 7, 2020


The return of classes to in-person modalities for the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) will occur when allowed per current Health Orders from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, mostly likely during Stage 3 of the Los Angeles County Recovery Plan. All District and college policies and practices must align with restrictions and guidelines within that stage as a minimum standard for the safety of all faculty, students and staff. Bringing classes back to campus will be challenging and require coordination and resources.

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June 22, 2020


Pandemic preparedness and response became a priority for both the United States and World Health Organization following the outbreak of the 1997 H5N1 virus. This Pandemic Plan was originally created as a result of that outbreak and has been periodically revised, including in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 15, 2020


The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) currently supports Child Development Centers (CDCs) at all nine colleges, including a Family Resource Center (FRC) at Los Angeles Valley College. This policy supports the re-opening of the CDCs and FRC in safe and healthy environments that will continue the mission of the CDCs and FRC while following all of the health, safety and economic guidelines set forth by the State of California, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and LACCD.

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June 15, 2020


The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and its nine colleges support athletics programs at each college, recognizing the value that these programs and sports activities bring to the student experience and with the understanding that athletics plays a key role in equity initiatives across the entire District.

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June 15, 2020


There are five middle college high schools and/or high schools located on LACCD college property or District sites, including middle college high schools at Los Angeles Harbor College and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College; a middle college high school and a high school at Los Angeles Southwest College; and a high school at the Van de Kamp Innovation Center.

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June 15, 2020


During the COVID-19 public health emergency, the faculty, staff and unclassified employees of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) have been working from home or other remote locations for the continuation of academic and business operations.

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June 15, 2020


Many of the nine colleges of the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD), as well as District-operated facilities, engage with outside groups, organizations, businesses or other enterprises to conduct both non-profit and for-profit activities on District property and the college campuses.

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June 15, 2020


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 Pickup 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:

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June 5, 2020


In order to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the Los Angeles Community College District, including the nine (9) colleges and all District property, the District is enforcing these Protocols for Reporting COVID-19 Exposure Incidents. These reporting protocols will assist all LACCD employees who are contacted by individuals who report COVID-19 health concerns regarding:

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April 28, 2020


Effective: May 1, 2020

No on-campus activities/events will be available at any of the nine LACCD colleges, including City, East, Harbor, Mission, Pierce, Southwest, Trade-Tech, Valley and West, plus the ELAC South Gate Campus, the Van de Kamp Innovation Center, Mission’s Sunland-Tujunga Satellite and the District Office. There will be no gatherings of more than two (2) people and those people are expected to exercise social distancing of at least six (6) feet apart.

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April 27, 2020

Hello Students,

We hoped you found the newsletter helpful as it has a multitude of resources. It can be found on the front page of our newsletter. Please remember to check your Student Information System (SIS) portal. You can apply for laptop and food cards through your portal. Remember to go back and check for the status of any scholarships or awards. If you need to contact your professor there is a directory on our website with their phone number. We also have several more messages and resources to share with you.

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April 17, 2020


In order to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 among the Los Angeles Community District’s facilities and colleges, including satellite campus facilities and the District’s Educational Services Center, the District is enforcing this Essential Worker Social Distancing Protocol, which is adopted from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Social Distancing Guide published April 6, 2020 online at:

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News Media Contact: William H. Boyer, Director of Communications, (213) 891-2247 office |

Spring Semester, Summer Session Updates; Pass, No Pass Info Announced

LOS ANGELES–Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today announced that in response to the ongoing COVID-19 health emergency, the District’s Spring 2020 classes at all nine colleges will continue in remote platforms for the remainder of the semester currently scheduled to end June 8, 2020. Summer session classes scheduled to begin June 15, 2020, as well as student support services and most of the District’s business operations, will be conducted in similar remote environments.

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April 9, 2020


Safety Advisory - Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Public to Reduce COVID-19 Exposure


In order to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the City of Los Angeles, a “Public Order under City of Los Angeles Emergency Authority” was issued on April 7, 2020. This “Worker Protection Order” provides instruction to the City’s essential workers that are engaged in “non-medical” activities to wear “non-medical grade cloth face coverings”, which should help curb the spread of COVID-19, by preventing the transmission of respiratory droplets (aerosols) that may contain the virus.

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April 03, 2020

The California College Student Emergency Support Fund has launched to give one-time $500 hardship grants to students. Administered by Mission Asset Fund (MAF), the Fund is a statewide philanthropic response to address emergency needs for the state’s low-income college students, including undocumented immigrants, foster youth, and those who are housing insecure.

Please refer to the following PDFs for information about eligibility and signing up.

  Emergency Grants Available to Help CA College Students Stay in School

  FAQ for Students The California College Student Emergency Support Fund

April 03, 2020

COVID-19 Testing is now available. Please refer to the testing information provided by the City of Los Angeles and visit the following link for more information about scheduling a test.

Information about COVID-19 Testing

For the moment, these tests are strictly limited to residents of Los Angeles County who are in the most high-risk categories and most vulnerable.

Individuals eligible for testing at this time include:

  1. Those with symptoms who are 65 and older
  2. Those with symptoms who have underlying chronic health conditions
  3. Those who are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine period due to a confirmed COVID-19 exposure (with more than 7 days of quarantine remaining)

March 25, 2020

Guide to Access the Laptop Application for LACCD Students

From within the LACCD SIS Application:

  1. Click Key Links & Help”, then “Scholarship”.

    Key, links & help thumbnail

    Drop down menu with highlight Scholarship

  2. On the LACCD Foundation Page, click “Login Here”

    Login here button

  3. Click on the “Laptop Application” and complete.

    Highlight last row applicaton

These steps have been tested from mobile phones and verified that they work.

March 24, 2020

LACCD announces all classes that cannot be moved online will be postponed to May 4, 2020; early withdrawal, refund info for students announced


LOS ANGELES–Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez announced today any class at all nine colleges, plus the South Gate Campus and the Van de Kamp Learning Center, that cannot be converted into an online learning platform for the onset of remote instruction March 30 will be temporarily postponed until at least May 4, 2020.

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March 24, 2020

Procedural Change: When faculty visits any LACCD college campus there will be only one entrance and one parking lot or structure to park in. This will allow for increased efficiency when it comes to monitoring those who belong on campus, increased security and will make it even safer for each of you.

Entry/Exit Point: East LA College Faculty will park on the first level of Parking Structure 4 only off of Floral Drive. All other parking levels will be closed, along with all other public parking on campus. Signs and barriers will be posted throughout campus blocking public access to other public parking areas.

What To Expect: When you drive up towards the parking area, you can expect to see a Sheriff’s employee. While being mindful of social distancing, he/she will ask you a series of questions they will be writing down to track personnel on campus (i.e. your name, which building you will be in, how long you estimate your visit to last, etc). This Sheriff’s employee will also be logging when you leave. You can always contact ELAC Sheriff’s Station at 323-265-8800.

Dates and Times of Access: Until further notice, college campus access for faculty to retrieve their instructional materials will be between 7am-5pm, Monday-Friday and closed on weekends. The only exceptions are essential campus staff (i.e. Custodial Staff, Facilities Maintenance, Admin. Staff, etc.).

March 22, 2020

Dear East Los Angeles College Community,

Today, Sunday, March 22, 2020, we received confirmation of an ELAC student who tested positive on March 21, 2020 for COVID-19. The student reported feeling possible symptoms the week prior and was tested on Thursday, March 19. The student is in quarantine and reported to us to be doing well and is recovering. We are doing all we can to support the student during this time.

Out of an abundance of caution and guidance from public health protocols, all faculty and staff at East Los Angeles College who were previously scheduled to be on campus Monday, March 23 are now directed to work from home unless first contacted by their direct supervisor to report, as part of the college’s essential functions team. All faculty and staff who are already working remotely should continue to do so.

The student appears to have been exposed to the virus while at UCLA sometime during the week of March 8. According to the student, they were last at the ELAC campus 10 days ago on March 12—from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 11a.m. in G5-103 room with computers and may have also visited F5-Bookstore.

We are in the process of notifying other students and faculty who may have had direct contact with the student during this time. In addition, we will close G5 and the Student Store until further notice for cleaning and sanitization.

We wanted to share this information with you as quickly as possible for your protection and to help reduce rumors or false information. We will continue to keep you informed for any other developments.
We will do all that we can to help any of our students, faculty and staff who become ill during this pandemic emergency.

We urge everyone to follow the “Safer At Home” orders from California Gov. Newsom and our local public health officials. Even at home, always practice good hygiene. If you are sick, immediately call your doctor or healthcare provider for advice before going to a hospital or urgent care.

The best source of public health information is available from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We will also continue to update our official Districtwide corona virus website at

Again, if you are sick, or if you believe you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact your primary healthcare provider as soon as possible. If you do test positive, you need to call the ELAC Office of the President immediately at (323) 265-8662

Thank you.
Raúl Rodríguez, Ph.D.


March 19, 2020

Dear LACCD Colleagues,

Late this afternoon, the Health Officer from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in conjunction with the top elected leaders for Los Angeles County, the Cities of Los Angeles, Pasadena and Long Beach, gave the order for all residents within the County of Los Angeles to stay home until April 19, 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom also announced this evening that “Safer at Home” orders are now expanded statewide until further notice.


Effective immediately, I am directing that all LACCD faculty, staff and students to follow the “Safer At Home” health orders issued today to limit the community spread of COVID-19. While we are still technically “open,” the vast majority of services and buildings are closed to the public as we transition to a remote work and learning environment.

During this time, the only personnel, including faculty and staff, who are engaged in “essential functions” for the academic and business continuity of the District are required to come to their workplace using social distancing guidelines.

For now, these essential services are defined as follows:

  1. Accounts Payable
  2. College Incident Command Centers
  3. Custodial Services
  4. Emergency Operations Center
  5. Farm Staff at Los Angeles Pierce College
  6. Information Technology
  7. Legal
  8. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Community College Bureau personnel
  9. Maintenance & Operations
  10. Payroll
  11. Presidents & Executive Staff at the District and the Colleges
  12. Procurement & Contracts
  13. Receiving

We have shifted rapidly into a remote work and learning environment where there will be a minimum of essential functions with personnel on each campus and the District Office. Please check-in with your supervisor to make arrangements to recover any personal items or necessary materials at your office in order to work remotely.


We will continue to keep you informed through our website,, telephone, Zoom and emails. We are reviewing the health orders now for additional clarification, but the orders become effective by midnight.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the College Presidents and our Executive Team, thank you for your patience and professionalism as we navigate together through this fluid public health emergency. I am extremely proud of how we have risen to meet these unprecedented challenges.

Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

March 19, 2020

Please note the following announcements from ELAC Libraries:

There are a variety of different resources for you to use to continue your education during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Students can get access to eTextbooks, Adobe Creative Suite, and Charter internet to assist with the upcoming transition to online only instruction.

There are also the following updates from the ELAC Library:

  1. ELAC Libraries (Monterey Park and South Gate) remain closed until further notice.
  2. Due dates for library materials have been extended to Monday, June 8, and overdue fines will be waived.
  3. Remote/online research help is available!
  4. Email your questions to
  5. Call or text us at 323-387-3133
  6. Check the library homepage for updates and our online research guide for 24/7 resources to help you succeed!


To support the sudden move to online learning, many major publishers are making eTextbooks freely available through May 25, 2020. These eTextbooks are available through an application called VitalSource. They include books used in GE courses like Math 125, Math 227, Math 261, Health 11, Anatomy 1, Biology 3, and more.

Students and faculty can login to the VitalSource Bookshelf app using their school email address and can add up to 7 eTextbooks to their account from participating publishers at no cost. Once you have downloaded the app and created an account, you can also access the eTextbook resources online through a browser at

For more information about how to get started with VitalSource visit their Help or FAQ page. You can also view a step-by-step guide about accessing Vital Source books online put together by Aleah Kropholler of Cabrillo College.

Adobe Creative Suite

Adobe is currently giving at home Creative Cloud Suite access to students who currently have access to the Creative Cloud via an on campus lab until May 31, 2020. More information on how ELAC students can access this will be coming in the next day or two.

Free Charter Internet

Students also can have access to free internet from Charter. Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps.

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

March 17, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

You may have received email late last night stating that the scheduled in-person trainings have been canceled in order to mitigate the spread of Corona virus. We apologize for the late notice but it is necessary to be extra cautious considering our evolving situation In lieu of these trainings, the District has compiled a list of virtual (online) training options below. We are planning to develop additional trainings to support you during this time and will relay any information as it becomes available.

Subject Time Led By ConferZoom Link to Join
ConferZoom/Canvas Conferences Webconferencing 9 – 10 am West
Canvas Modules, Files, and Announcements 9 – 10 am West
Canvas Basics 9:30 – 11:30 am Harbor
Canvas Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes 10 - 11 am Valley
Canvas Basics 10 am – 12 pm West
Canvas Basics 10 am – 12 pm West
Canvas Course Navigation, Announcements, Settings, and Modules 11 am – 12 pm Valley
Canvas Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes 12 – 1 pm Pierce
Canvas Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes 12:30 - 1:30 West
Canvas Basics 1 – 3 pm West
Canvas Assignments, Discussions, and Quizzes 1:30 – 2:30 pm West
Canvas Course Navigation, Modules and Settings 2 – 3 pm Pierce
Canvas Modules, Files, and Announcements 2:30 – 3:30 pm West
Canvas Basics 2 – 4 pm Pierce
Canvas Course Navigation, Modules, and Settings 3:30 – 4:30 pm West
Canvas Course Navigation, Modules, and Settings 4:30 – 5:30 pm West
ConferZoom / Canvas Conferences (Web-Conferencing) 5 – 6 pm West
Canvas Basics 5 – 7 pm Valley
Canvas Basics 6-8 pm Southwest

March 16, 2020

The Everytable food company has offered a Helpline for any students or individuals struggling with access to food at this time. This is not limited to ELAC students only.

Everytable Helpline: (323) 458 - 6487

  1. If you are a senior who needs food brought to your home, call us.
  2. If the food service at your health care center or senior center has been interrupted, call us.
  3. If your school district is unsure about how your students, families and teachers will eat, call us.
  4. If you want to ensure your employees have access to healthy meals, call us.
  5. If you are an individual struggling with access to food during this time, please call us.
  6. If you need 10 meals or 10,000 meals, call us.

Grab & Go Stores

Our stores will remain open to provide meals for pick up only. We encourage all of our guests to order ahead online and call the store for curbside pick up. Our team will bring your meals to your car when you arrive. We're also encouraging our guests to choose delivery for their one-time orders or subscription service.

As we head towards limited social contact across our city, we want you to know that everyone is always welcome at our table. We will find a way to get you food if you need it. If you want to purchase meals for someone who needs them, we can help you Pay It Forward. We are in this together and we are here for you.

March 16, 2020

Dear Student,

All classes will be suspended from instruction starting this Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21. Spring break will move to March 23 – March 29. Therefore, no instruction or in-person student support services will be available for the next two weeks. Instruction will resume on Monday March 30.

Essential safety and health services, such as the student health center, will still provide services next week.

The college will use this time to convert as many courses and student services possible to remote delivery. Also, during this time, we will thoroughly sanitize our facilities.

We apologize for this disruption, but your health and safety is our primary concern at this time of national emergency.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the college at 323-265-8662. Thank you.

Dr. Raúl Rodríguez
ELAC Interim President

March 13, 2020

The California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) has just made the decision this evening to suspend all athletic competition and contests for the remainder of Spring. This means that effective immediately, all East Los Angeles College teams will cease to continue with their current game, event and practice schedules. This decision was made due to the growing threat of the COVID-19 Corona virus that has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

The sports world in general has quickly moved to suspend or cancel contests all over in an overall effort to limit public exposure to the virus and to protect athletes from infection as much as possible. On our level, this movement has happened quickly as well: as of this past Tuesday morning, we were finalizing hotel plans for school officials that had planned to attend the CCCAA Basketball championships that was scheduled in Lemoore this weekend. But early that afternoon, we began to hear word that attendance in Lemoore would be restricted to just the participating teams, coaches, and trainers. No fans, no students, no school officials. This decision was confirmed later that day via a release on the CCCAA site.
We were initially disappointed to not be able to join our men's basketball team to support them on their championship quest, but still the same, we saw them off this morning at 9am on their charter bus to Lemoore.

They only made it halfway before having to turn around...

At around 11:15am today, we received word that the State championship was cancelled. And soonafter, we began to hear whispers that all CCCAA-sanctioned Spring sporting events would soon be affected. Some time after 7pm tonight we received word via an email from Keith Curry, President of the CCCAA Executive Board, that the CCCAA Board of Directors "...voted to postpone indefinitely, practices outside of regularly scheduled classes, and competition for all spring sports and those sports in their nontraditional seasons".

ELAC Athletics

March 12, 2020

ELAC Corona virus Town Hall

ELAC Interim President Dr. Raúl Rodríguez and LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez are joined by two special guest speakers from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to host a town hall meeting to address concerns about the Coronavirus/COVID-19.

From: Vice President of Academic Affairs Ruben Arenas
March 12, 2020

Dear colleagues,

We are writing to provide an update to our Academic Continuity Plan and its implementation. As of Wednesday, March 18th, we will be moving all class sections that do not require in-person interaction online. Although there have been no confirmed cases of infection within the LACCD, we are following the lead of sister institutions and limiting the number of students who will be on campus out of an abundance of caution. We must stress that both the Monterey Park and South Gate campuses remain open – we will simply be moving the majority of instruction online.

A full list of sections that will not be transitioning to the online modality will be made available by tomorrow (Friday) evening. This list will be sent to students, but we ask the help of instructors and staff in further communicating this important information to students.

Monday, March 16th, and Tuesday, March 17th, will be non-instructional days so that faculty may come on campus to receive Canvas and Zoom training. No classes will meet on Monday and Tuesday of next week, including dual enrollment and offsite sections.

We want to thank each of you for your patience and cooperation during this difficult time. We want to be clear that we do not have all the answers, but with so many of you stepping up to help and support our students and our colleagues we will surely get through this together.

The remainder of this message details critical information for the Monday and Tuesday training days as well as some information for what will occur during the period the College is primarily offering classes online. Please read this entire message in its entirety.


Julie Benavides, Vice President, Student Services

Dr. Armida Ornelas, Vice President, Continuing Education and Workforce Development

Ruben Arenas, Vice President, Liberal Arts and Sciences

Canvas and Zoom In-Person Training

Monday, March 16th, and Tuesday, March 17th, are non-instructional days that are being set aside for faculty training in Canvas and Zoom. Training will be provided from 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM on both days in the Language Lab and the Learning Assistance Center located in the E3 building. Faculty are welcome to come in at any time and do not need to make an appointment. Distance education experts will be on-hand to work with faculty individually and in-groups. All nine colleges will be hosting similar trainings on Monday and Tuesday, and faculty are welcome to attend at whichever college they prefer. (Please call Academic Affairs at the local college for training locations.) Trainings will emphasize the use of Zoom within Canvas for synchronous (“live”) instruction, but other topics such as how to give quizzes and assignments, how to upload content, and how to moderate class discussions will also be covered.

If you answer “No” to any of the following questions you should come in for training:

  1. Put your course materials online
    Yes No Question
        I have a Canvas course for each of my courses that contains the most current course information.
        I have a way to distribute assignments to my students online through the Canvas course site.
        I use audio or video materials in class, and I know how to share these with my students.
        I use the Canvas LMS to make materials available to my students.
  2. Establish channels of communication with your students and colleagues
    Yes No Question
        My students know how to contact me remotely if they have a question.
        I have a way to facilitate discussion with groups of students remotely.
        Students have a way to contact each other and collaborate online.
  3. Establish ways to conduct your class at a distance
    Yes No Question
        My students can read, listen to, and/or watch my lectures online.
        My students can turn in homework and take exams online.
        I have a way to respond to student work and securely publish grades online.
        I know how to submit final grades to the Registrar online.
  4. Set up remote access to important resources
    Yes No Question
        I have a computer or laptop at home that has the software and Internet connectivity I need to work remotely.

Campus Operations

As stressed above, both ELAC campuses remain open even though most classes are moving online. Services such as the Library, tutoring, supplemental instruction, Admissions and Records, and the SPARC Center will remain open. Classified staff, student workers, administrators, and department chairs should continue to come to campus as usual. During this period of transition, we can expect that many of our students and faculty will have questions, so it is important that we all make ourselves available so that we can help them with kindness and sensitivity.

Spaces where Students can take their Online Classes

We recognize that not all students will have access to computers and Wi-Fi at home. For this reason, we are designating a number of spaces on both campuses where students can come in and take their online classes using college computers. These spaces are:

  1. The Library (Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.)

All other spaces will be open Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Friday 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

  1. The Writing Center
  2. The Language Lab
  3. The Math Lab
  4. E7 4th floor – Rooms 405, 406, 415, 416, and 418
  5. The South Gate Center Library
  6. South Gate Room 122

Additional staff will be on-hand in these locations to assist students as needed. Given the need for social distancing, students will be spaced one computer apart from each other. We are also limiting capacity in large spaces to no more than 100 individuals, including staff, at any one time.

By limiting to these locations our facilities and operations staff will be much better able to provide targeted sanitization services throughout the day.

LACCD Online Learning Call Center

LACCD will activate an Online Learning Call Center to help students and faculty with specific online education questions or concerns. The Online Learning Call Center will be open starting Wednesday, March 18th, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, using the toll free number: (844) MyLACCD or (844) 695-2223.

Offsite Classes (Dual Enrollment, Adult Education, and Classes at Partner Locations)

Offsite classes will continue as planned as long as those locations remain open to ELAC. This includes dual enrollment classes at middle and high schools, adult education classes at community centers, and clinical classes.

Instructors with No Access to a Webcam

Information Technology is in the process of making an emergency purchase of webcams for instructor use. Any instructor who needs one can sign one out from Academic Affairs beginning Monday afternoon. If possible, departments should consider setting up webcams for department adjunct spaces that can be used by any faculty in the department.

Student Absenteeism

We anticipate that even with all the above measures that some students will not be able to participate in either a face-to-face class or a class that has been converted to the online modality. We are asking instructors to encourage those students to visit the SPARC Center, located in the Student Services building near the Admissions Office, so that staff can help them to assess their best options for completing the semester.

Students who Appear Ill

Instructors and staff may not exclude or remove students from class or services even if they appear ill. You may suggest that the student visit our campus Student Health Center, which remains open. We hope that all faculty and staff will treat all our students with sensitivity during this difficult time.

Office Hours

Office hours may proceed on campus or via Canvas at the instructor’s discretion. However an instructor chooses, the required number of office hours still need to be completed each week.


DSPS Accommodations

The DSPS Office continues to be open and serving students. Test-taking and other accommodations will continue to be coordinated through that office.

Midterm and other Exams

At the discretion of the supervising vice president, midterm exams and other high-stake exams for courses moved online may be administered on campus during the usual class meeting period and in the usual classroom. Requests to offer a midterm on campus should be made to your chair at least three working days prior to the exam. Your chair will communicate requests in batches to the dean and VP for a decision. Quizzes and other lower value assessments should proceed online.

Faculty Evaluations

Faculty evaluations will be put on hold until at least April 13th. The Administration and AFT 1521 will discuss how to move forward once normal operations resume.

Departmental Meetings and Clubs

Departments can continue to meet as normal, as long as no more than 100 individuals are gathering in a single space. We are cancelling club meetings until at least April 13th.

Athletics Events

Athletics events will continue to proceed as normal with no restrictions on the number of spectators present.

Performances (Theater, Music, Dance, etc.)

Artistic performances may continue as planned with a limit of 100 tickets issued to spectators.

Messaging to Students

A message that is specific to students will be sent out soon after this message. That message will be blind copied to all faculty and staff so that you are aware of what students are being told, and so that you can help support them if they have questions.

Canvas and Zoom Online Training Resources

Instructors--Resources for Using Canvas

  1. Video: Accessing Canvas through PeopleSoft(Tip: It’s best to use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox when using Canvas)
  2. Canvas Overview (Instructors)
  3. Modules Overview (Instructors
  4. Announcements Overview (Instructors)
  5. Assignments Overview (Instructors)
  6. Quizzes Overview (Instructors)
  7. Discussions Overview (Instructors)
  8. Gradebook Overview (Instructors)
  9. Chat Overview (Instructors)
  10. Publishing a Canvas Course (Instructors)

Options for Synchronous (Real-Time) Interaction through Web-Conferencing

  1. ConferZoom
    1. Utilizing Zoom
    2. Canvas Instructor Guide for Zoom
    3. ConferZoom Video Tutorial--Setting Up an Account and Web-Conferencing
  2. Canvas Conferences
    1. Canvas Conferences Overview (Instructors)
    2. Canvas Conferences Video Tutorial
    3. Conferences Detailed (Instructors)

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:

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:

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:

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,

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.

For more public health information go to:

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.

One of the nine cases in California occurred this week in Northern California, possibly of an undetermined transmission origin, and remains under investigation.

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