From President Daniel Peck
Dear Students,
 
It is my sincere hope that this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well during this unprecedented time. Although I am confident the actions we are taking will result in saving lives in our community and across the globe, I also recognize that this is a time of great anxiety and uncertainty. Each of you are experiencing significant changes—both at home and in your learning experience with the college. 
 
I want to thank you for sticking with us and for your incredible patience and understanding. Please know that all of us at Mission College are committed to providing you with the highest quality instruction and service even with these significant changes. Please reach out to us: speak with a counselor; connect with online tutoring and library services; and take advantage of opportunities for food and technology support. Most importantly, let us know your questions and how we can support you.
 
I am writing to update you on the rest of the Spring Semester.
 
Transition of Classes to Online
First, classes that have moved online, will remain online through the remainder of the spring semester. If you have remaining classes that have not yet moved online, please continue to monitor your Canvas accounts and messages from your instructors.  Classes will continue to be moved online through the beginning of April. 
 
We realize that many of you have never taken an online class. We are here to help with your transition!  Please follow information on “Moving to Online Classes” located on our website.  You also can chat with a live person: our Welcome Center ambassadors and Tutoring Center support staff can both hop on a live chat and help you with the transition. Many of your instructors will share helpful information as well. 
 
If you are uncertain about learning online, we encourage you to speak with a counselor or your instructor before making any decisions. Our instructors will be supportive and do all they can to help you with this transition. 
 
Campus Facilities
Given recent shelter in place orders at both a state and local level, the campus will remain closed to students and the public until further notice.  All campus events, including athletics, are being postponed. Though our campus is closed to the public, our services remain open via phone, chat and online. That includes support with Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling, the Library, Tutoring and much more.
 
Additional Resources
We have put together  several resources  for you and your family, which we encourage you to look through. The state has also put together a  Coronavirus Student Resources page and specific information on  Reduced Cost and Free Internet programs .
 
Please join us on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11:00 to 1:00 for a free Grab-and-Go Lunch in Parking Lot B.  These will continue to be available during Spring Break week. Also, look for the Second Harvest Food Bank distribution to continue on April 8.
 
For those students without technology at home, we also are launching a program to loan laptops at no cost to you—more details to come next week.
 
Drop Deadlines and Refunds
The West Valley-Mission Community College District has approved a temporary policy change extending the deadline to drop classes through April 25. You may drop a class without a “W” and will receive funds for classed dropped between March 11 and April 25. Students who dropped classes before March 11 may petition for additional consideration. Note that our computer system may still provide warnings that you will receive a “W’—this warning notification is outdated and we are working to update the system.
 
Summer and Fall
We are excited for the upcoming semesters and are expecting to have our Summer schedule out in April and continue with Priority Registration, starting in mid-April. Summer will still start on June 8. Fall will start on August 28.
 
Graduation
For those graduating or earning their degrees, we simply don’t know what May will bring. We do know however, you should be extremely proud of your accomplishments and be congratulated. We will keep you posted. If you complete the work, you will receive credit and a grade.
 
Finally, we realize there are a lot of unknowns and questions out there. As soon as we know, we will relay them to our community. Thank you for your patience!

Daniel Peck
President, Mission College