Important Message from GCCCD
The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District has been closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in San Diego County. Based on guidance from public health authorities, we want to minimize large numbers of students and the public coming to our campuses to mitigate the spread of the virus.
As of today, March 12, 2020, we continue to have zero confirmed cases of students or employees with the coronavirus in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. However, the rapidly changing environment, particularly over the past 24 hours, has made it clear that we must take proactive steps to ensure the health of students and employees.
During the week of March 16-20, we are cancelling on-campus classes that cannot be held online and/or by other means of remote delivery. The only exception will be the first 8-week classes that have finals next week. Students completing 8-week classes should come to campus during their regularly scheduled time. For an added health precaution, we will practice social distancing.
Fully online courses will continue instruction as scheduled. Hybrid classes will continue with instruction for the online portion. Students in clinical programs at hospitals and health care facilities will take direction from the facility.
Your instructors will provide information about instruction and expectations for the next week. We ask for your patience with your instructors during this transition since moving to teaching remotely in a short time is not easy.
All District and college operations will remain open between March 16-20 and from March 23-26 (Spring Break).
- Designated open computer labs at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges will be available for students who do not have access to computers elsewhere. We will practice social distancing.
- All payment deadlines between March 16-26 will be temporarily suspended without penalty so that students are not compelled to come on campus.
- Students are encouraged to access academic and support services remotely (e.g., online, email or by phone.) However, support services will be available on campus. We will practice social distancing.
- A Student Help Desk for Canvas offers support to students who need assistance with the online course learning management system.
- Academic and support services for students can be found at the Grossmont College COVID-19 campus readiness web page and the Cuyamaca College Campus Response to COVID-19 web page.
- The Child Development Centers at both campuses will remain open.
All student events during the next two weeks have been cancelled. Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have suspended participation in intercollegiate athletics matches through March 29.
We must emphasize that the best way to protect your health and protect against the spread of viruses is to practice good hygiene by taking the following steps:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds each time. Watch this video from Grossmont College on the best way to wash your hands.
- If you feel ill or need to care for someone who is feeling ill, stay home. Please contact your medical provider if you have any concerns about whether you are healthy enough to return to work.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Reduce your contact when welcoming others, including handshakes, hugs and high fives.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Thank you for your support during these extraordinary times. Enabling you to complete the spring semester is our top priority. We are taking every reasonable measure to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and allay fears while continuing to support our students.
Lynn Ceresino Neault, Ed.D.
Nabil Abu-Ghazaleh, Ed.D.
President, Grossmont College
Julianna Barnes, Ed.D.
President, Cuyamaca College