Out of an abundance of caution and based on discussions with the District, State Chancellor's Office and Santa Clara Health Department, Mission College has decided to suspend in-person classes taught on its Santa Clara campus from March 11 to March 29, 2020. Spring Break will still occur from March 30 to April 5.

Online classes will continue as normal. The campus will remain open. 

When classes resume on April 6, they will be offered online to the extent they are possible.

Classes taught offsite through apprenticeship programs or as area high school CCAP courses taught at the high schools will continue as scheduled or until further notice. Separate guidance specific to Health Occupations clinical sites will come under separate email.

Further communication will be available at missioncollege.edu as well as via email to Mission College students before the resumption of classes.

The Child Development Center will remain open. Athletic events will continue, but fans are not allowed. Most other March events have been curtailed.

The College realizes some students have technological challenges, such as lack of wifi or a laptop, we will continue to have our Tutoring Center and Library open during this time and will work with students to remain successful.

During the suspension of classes, staff and faculty will work to place suspended classes into Canvas, its online classroom tool, as well as look at alternative approaches to providing course material. These will be both short term and long term guidelines for the Spring semester.

The committee on Distance Education, which works with online classes, has been working to develop a plan for students and faculty moving forward.

One tool in Canvas includes using Zoom, which can record and transcribe online lectures.

The College has also learned best practices from its colleagues who were affected by the California Wildfires and how to deal with a disrupted campus.

Classes are not canceled, and students who complete the semester will still receive credit and their grades, but the format for the rest of the semester will change. 

For more information and updates related to this virus, please follow  sccphd.org/coronavirus

Guidelines for Staying Healthy

  • Get a flu shot. While it will not prevent the coronavirus, influenza is currently in widespread circulation in California, and initial symptoms can be similar to novel coronavirus. You can contact the Student Health Center to receive a flu shot.

  • If you are sick, stay home. See a health care provider or talk to our Student Health Center for advice.

  • Inform your instructors if you are going to be out for an extended period of time.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Don’t share food and drinks.

  • If you can, avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

This guidance could change at any time, and we will update you as conditions change.

Please follow the Santa Clara County Health website on the Coronavirus for updates as well.

Definition of a "Mass Gathering" according to the SCCPHD  is  1000 or more people in a single room or single space at the same time, such as an arena, auditorium or confined space. Mission does not have something of this nature.

Those Most at Risk for Infection
From the CDPH: " Current evidence indicates that the risk of severe illness increases with age. The median age of reported cases has been 59 years and the median age of critically ill cases has been 66 years. People with underlying medical problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, and immuno suppression, are also likely at higher risk for severe illness."

Stronger Controls on Potential Carriers
  • Any faculty, staff or student who has traveled to any of the Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) in the last 14 days should not come to campus

  • Any faculty, staff or student who has had close contact (within 6 feet) of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should not come to campus for 14 days

Again, your health and safety is of utmost importance to all of us. 

Mission College