COVID-19 Updates

Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:02 am

State Chancellor Makes Changes to Grading Policies in Response to COVID-19

 

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Friday instituted changes to various grading regulations throughout the 115-college system in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the latest in a series of measures to help students adjust to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:58 am

Important Student Update - Changes with Excused Withdrawals

Information Update for Students regarding Business Practices -  March 26, 2020 


This Informational Update will be provided weekly to communicate the status of decisions regarding changes to business processes as it relates to COVID‐19. 


Excused Withdrawal 

Previous Deadline: April 17, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May8,2020 (primary term) 

Any student who withdraws from classes between March 9 and May 8, 2020 will have their W changed to an Excused Withdrawal (EW). After May 8, 2020, a petition will be required. The EW symbol will show on a student’s official transcript but will be annotated with ‘COVID‐19’ to indicate the reason. It does not count against the student for academic standing purposes or as a repeat for enrollment purposes. Students are being notified via email of this new process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  •  Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  •  Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  •  May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation. 

Next Steps: 

  •  Detailed instruction regarding the process will be ready in the next few weeks.
  •  Students are encouraged to consult with the counseling and financial aid offices prior to dropping a class.

 


 

 

Refunds

 

Previous Deadline: February 18, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May 8,2020 (primary term) 

 

Students with the EW grade will be given a refund of enrollment fees and non‐resident tuition. There will not be a refund of the student health/accident fees, student representation fees, dosimetry fees, golf fees, Associated Student membership or parking permits for classes that have already begun. 

 

Next Steps: 

  • Refunds will be processed in alignment with the Excused Withdraw process.

 


Class Cancellation

 

Some classes may need to be cancelled as there is not a remote teaching methodology permitted (e.g. Nursing). These can be treated the same as other classes and student may receive an EW and a refund (assuming the class was in session). 

 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  • Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  • Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.

 

Next Steps: 

 

  • Classes will be cancelled and students notified. If the class has not started, students will receive a drop and a refund. 

 

Incomplete Grade 

Title 5 section 55023 (e) states:


Incomplete: Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered in the student's record. The condition for the removal of the “I” shall be stated by the instructor in a written record. This record shall contain the conditions for the removal of the “I” and the grade assigned in lieu of its removal. This record must be given to the student with a copy on file with the registrar until the “I” is made up or the time limit has passed. A final grade shall be assigned when the work stipulated has been completed and evaluated, or when the time limit for completing the work has passed. There is no change to this process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted:

  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.


Extend P/NP Deadline

 

Previous Deadline: March 9, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 17, 2020

 

The Chancellor’s office is currently discussing options to allow the extension of the Pass/No Pass deadline for approved courses. It is typically set at the 30% point 


Extend Grades Due Deadline for 1st 8-Week Session

 

Previous Deadline: April 11, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 30, 2020

 

Due to the classes moving to remote methodology and the staff working from home, more time is needed to finalize student grades. 

 

Forms and Petition Processing 

Due to the current situation with COVID‐19 (Coronavirus) and campus closure, we are piloting an online submission process for student petitions and forms through the mySDCCD Support Desk system – JIRA. The following forms may be submitted by students: 

  • ·  Recency/Code of W's (10+ Years) 
  • ·  Excused Withdrawal Petition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal with Course Repetition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal without Course Repetition 
  • ·  Petition for Appeal of Enrollment Priority and/or Loss of CCPG 
  • ·  Modification of Graduation Requirements 
  • ·  Reinstatement After Disqualification 
  • ·  Proof of Prerequisites or Corequisites 
  • ·  Student Academic Contract 
  • ·  Student Petition (also used for Unit Overrides) 

Resources

 

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has additional resources for faculty and staff with daily updates. 

https://www.cccco.edu/About‐Us/Chancellors‐Office/Divisions/Communications‐and‐Marketing/Novel‐ Coronavirus/ 

https://cvc.edu/about‐the‐oei/resources/ 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:28 pm

President's Letter to the Community

Sent on Behalf of Interim President Gable

I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment to responding to the challenges that are emerging on a daily basis as our lives continue to be affected by COVID-19.  While we practice healthy precautions, such as going into a remote environment, the tool of social distancing is the most powerful measure we can employ to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In anticipation of Spring Break next week, and in an effort to keep members of our community safe and healthy, below are some reminders and helpful information:

Spring Break Recommendations

Spring Break takes place the week of March 30th to April 3rd. We encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs.  Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times.  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

Marsha

#inthistogether

---------------------------------

Marsha V. Gable, Ed.D.

Interim President

San Diego Miramar College

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:21 am

District to Continue Online Instruction Through the Remainder of the Spring and Summer

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), which transitioned 60,000 students to all online classes on March 23, announced it expects to continue with online classes through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, the district — which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges as well as San Diego Continuing Education — will offer all online classes this summer.

SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll says the decision to continue online only classes through the rest of spring and summer will assist with academic planning efforts and is necessary at time of great uncertainty in terms of when the current crisis and social distancing directive will end. She applauded district faculty and staff for a smooth transition to online instruction and remote operations after being given very short notice.

“It was a herculean task to move more than 6,000 class sections to alternative modes of instruction,” said Chancellor Carroll. “But district faculty and staff understand what’s at stake for our students and for our community as we all collectively work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Effective March 23, the district closed all campuses and facilities and instructed its 5,000 employees to begin working remotely. In addition, all district events have been canceled right up to commencement ceremonies in late May and early June. Chancellor Carroll says the district’s colleges and Continuing Education are delaying decisions on commencement ceremonies as long as possible in the hope that the situation in San Diego County improves.

“While our campuses are closed, essential services such as counseling, tutoring, and health services are being provided to students remotely,” said Chancellor Carroll. “In addition, we are working to ensure some of our most vulnerable students are taken care of. This includes meeting their basic needs and ensuring they receive financial aid, even if they don’t have a permanent mailing address.”

This week, the district announced a fundraising effort to assist students who are in need of laptops, Wi-Fi access, and other emergency resources. While hundreds of laptops have been provided to students, resources are limited. Online donations can be made securely at: sdccd.edu/coronavirus/covid19-how-you-can-help.aspxFor district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:55 pm

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:00AM-11:00AM (PST); 1:00PM-2:00PM (EST).
Where: Zoom Meeting: Register now at ASPPH.org/event/2020virtualannualmeeting (link to be provided upon registration),
 or dial based on your location, US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866
 

Overview

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a rapidly emerging and evolving situation. In an effort to promote the health and safety of universities, college students, and young person(s), as well as HELP REDUCE community spread of the COVID-19, join us on March 26th, 2020, 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST), for a free webinar on What you Absolutely Need to Know as a College Student about COVID-19. This webinar will provide important information to stay healthy and most importantly, provide comfort in challenging and uncertain times.

Objectives

This webinar will educate students on:

• How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what young adults should know

• Best ways to practice social distancing and what it means

• Discuss and provide examples of ways to take care of your health

 Moderator

Hala Madanat, PhD 

Director and Professor School of Public Health 

San Diego State University 

Plenary Speaker

Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides MD, MPH

Physician, Chief Medical Officer

San Diego County

Dr. Nick’s Biography Information

Dr. Nick Yphantides MD, MPH is an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. For nine years, Dr. Nick served as Chief Medical Officer of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County.  Ultimately, he took his advocacy into politics serving as the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Pomerado Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California. Dr. Nick has served the last 11 years as the Chief Medical Officer for the County of San Diego.  For the last 13 years, he has also been the National Director of Health and Wellness for Axene Health Partners, LLC. 

Dr. Nick is also the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, and a Board Member of Palomar Pomerado Health System. He was on the Executive Board of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Board Member of the Health Care Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Physician Chair of the Medical Board of the Council of Community Clinics. 

Dr. Nick’s life story to address his own personal health needs and achieving an enduring transformation of his personal health has been featured in People Magazine, Reader’s Digest,  Washington Post, New York Times and on CNN, Fox News, Discovery Channel and even in the National Enquirer. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor, has been to as many countries as he is old and is always willing to lend a helping hand where it is needed the most. 

We look forward to connecting with you on-line Thursday!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 1:28 pm

Covid-19 Beware of Scams

Message from Don Bertram, Acting Director, Information Services

Cases of fraud and phishing are on the rise as the COVID-19 makes its course. Scammers have even gone as far as to dress in white lab coats and masks, impersonating Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers. From text messages, to phone calls, to elaborate schemes — scammers are using COVID-19 as a new way to steal people's money and personal information. Two ingredients of a good scam are fear and confusion, and we have both of those right now. It is a prime time for a playground for people who want to take advantage of others. Sadly, scammers never stop trying to make a dishonest dollar—not even amid a pandemic.


If you receive an unsolicited text message, email, phone call or any other communication claiming a cash payment, government benefit or other COVID-19 related offers, be very suspicious.


Below are recent examples to exploit the pandemic and are just the beginning of a tsunami of fraud and identity theft.

  • The authentic looking email from the World Health Organization (WHO) isn’t real at all but rather clever spam meant to steal personal information.
  •  Callers claiming to be Medicaid and Medicare representatives are offering so-called free COVID-19 tests — as long as you pay with a credit card for shipping. The goal in these scams is to get credit card information.
  •  Fake Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking for donations, except it’s not the CDC, but a fake website.
  •  Phishing emails related to charitable contributions, general financial relief, airline refunds and fake cures, testing kits and vaccines.
  • Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money.


Most importantly take care of yourself, your family, friends and colleagues and exercise additional caution within the vast digital world to protect all of us.

 


Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:46 am

Health Services Update - March 20, 2020

DUE TO THE CAMPUS CLOSURE


Miramar Student Health Services will take student calls only for medical, nursing and mental health questions,

 619-388-7881.

Starting Monday, March 23rd Call Center hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:39 am

Chancellor's Update - March 20, 2020

This morning, SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll was interviewed on the KUSI Morning News to share how the District, its colleges, and Continuing Education have prepared for the closure of all District campuses and facilities and the transition to alternative modes of instruction for all classes starting Monday, March 23. Below is a link to the interview on YouTube.

 


Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 4:56 pm

State of California COVID-19 Information

California has launched a website to provide useful COVID-19 information to all state residents. It highlights critical steps people can take to stay healthy and includes public service announcements from state health leaders.


Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:10 am

Low Cost Computers

With the recent school closures amid the coronavirus outbreak,

C2K recognizes that not everyone will have access to technology and the internet that is needed to continue their studies. 

We are here to help.

 Computer2Kids


Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:02 am

State Chancellor Makes Changes to Grading Policies in Response to COVID-19

 

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Friday instituted changes to various grading regulations throughout the 115-college system in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the latest in a series of measures to help students adjust to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:58 am

Important Student Update - Changes with Excused Withdrawals

Information Update for Students regarding Business Practices -  March 26, 2020 


This Informational Update will be provided weekly to communicate the status of decisions regarding changes to business processes as it relates to COVID‐19. 


Excused Withdrawal 

Previous Deadline: April 17, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May8,2020 (primary term) 

Any student who withdraws from classes between March 9 and May 8, 2020 will have their W changed to an Excused Withdrawal (EW). After May 8, 2020, a petition will be required. The EW symbol will show on a student’s official transcript but will be annotated with ‘COVID‐19’ to indicate the reason. It does not count against the student for academic standing purposes or as a repeat for enrollment purposes. Students are being notified via email of this new process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  •  Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  •  Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  •  May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation. 

Next Steps: 

  •  Detailed instruction regarding the process will be ready in the next few weeks.
  •  Students are encouraged to consult with the counseling and financial aid offices prior to dropping a class.

 


 

 

Refunds

 

Previous Deadline: February 18, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May 8,2020 (primary term) 

 

Students with the EW grade will be given a refund of enrollment fees and non‐resident tuition. There will not be a refund of the student health/accident fees, student representation fees, dosimetry fees, golf fees, Associated Student membership or parking permits for classes that have already begun. 

 

Next Steps: 

  • Refunds will be processed in alignment with the Excused Withdraw process.

 


Class Cancellation

 

Some classes may need to be cancelled as there is not a remote teaching methodology permitted (e.g. Nursing). These can be treated the same as other classes and student may receive an EW and a refund (assuming the class was in session). 

 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  • Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  • Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.

 

Next Steps: 

 

  • Classes will be cancelled and students notified. If the class has not started, students will receive a drop and a refund. 

 

Incomplete Grade 

Title 5 section 55023 (e) states:


Incomplete: Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered in the student's record. The condition for the removal of the “I” shall be stated by the instructor in a written record. This record shall contain the conditions for the removal of the “I” and the grade assigned in lieu of its removal. This record must be given to the student with a copy on file with the registrar until the “I” is made up or the time limit has passed. A final grade shall be assigned when the work stipulated has been completed and evaluated, or when the time limit for completing the work has passed. There is no change to this process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted:

  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.


Extend P/NP Deadline

 

Previous Deadline: March 9, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 17, 2020

 

The Chancellor’s office is currently discussing options to allow the extension of the Pass/No Pass deadline for approved courses. It is typically set at the 30% point 


Extend Grades Due Deadline for 1st 8-Week Session

 

Previous Deadline: April 11, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 30, 2020

 

Due to the classes moving to remote methodology and the staff working from home, more time is needed to finalize student grades. 

 

Forms and Petition Processing 

Due to the current situation with COVID‐19 (Coronavirus) and campus closure, we are piloting an online submission process for student petitions and forms through the mySDCCD Support Desk system – JIRA. The following forms may be submitted by students: 

  • ·  Recency/Code of W's (10+ Years) 
  • ·  Excused Withdrawal Petition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal with Course Repetition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal without Course Repetition 
  • ·  Petition for Appeal of Enrollment Priority and/or Loss of CCPG 
  • ·  Modification of Graduation Requirements 
  • ·  Reinstatement After Disqualification 
  • ·  Proof of Prerequisites or Corequisites 
  • ·  Student Academic Contract 
  • ·  Student Petition (also used for Unit Overrides) 

Resources

 

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has additional resources for faculty and staff with daily updates. 

https://www.cccco.edu/About‐Us/Chancellors‐Office/Divisions/Communications‐and‐Marketing/Novel‐ Coronavirus/ 

https://cvc.edu/about‐the‐oei/resources/ 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:28 pm

President's Letter to the Community

Sent on Behalf of Interim President Gable

I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment to responding to the challenges that are emerging on a daily basis as our lives continue to be affected by COVID-19.  While we practice healthy precautions, such as going into a remote environment, the tool of social distancing is the most powerful measure we can employ to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In anticipation of Spring Break next week, and in an effort to keep members of our community safe and healthy, below are some reminders and helpful information:

Spring Break Recommendations

Spring Break takes place the week of March 30th to April 3rd. We encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs.  Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times.  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

Marsha

#inthistogether

---------------------------------

Marsha V. Gable, Ed.D.

Interim President

San Diego Miramar College

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:21 am

District to Continue Online Instruction Through the Remainder of the Spring and Summer

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), which transitioned 60,000 students to all online classes on March 23, announced it expects to continue with online classes through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, the district — which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges as well as San Diego Continuing Education — will offer all online classes this summer.

SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll says the decision to continue online only classes through the rest of spring and summer will assist with academic planning efforts and is necessary at time of great uncertainty in terms of when the current crisis and social distancing directive will end. She applauded district faculty and staff for a smooth transition to online instruction and remote operations after being given very short notice.

“It was a herculean task to move more than 6,000 class sections to alternative modes of instruction,” said Chancellor Carroll. “But district faculty and staff understand what’s at stake for our students and for our community as we all collectively work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Effective March 23, the district closed all campuses and facilities and instructed its 5,000 employees to begin working remotely. In addition, all district events have been canceled right up to commencement ceremonies in late May and early June. Chancellor Carroll says the district’s colleges and Continuing Education are delaying decisions on commencement ceremonies as long as possible in the hope that the situation in San Diego County improves.

“While our campuses are closed, essential services such as counseling, tutoring, and health services are being provided to students remotely,” said Chancellor Carroll. “In addition, we are working to ensure some of our most vulnerable students are taken care of. This includes meeting their basic needs and ensuring they receive financial aid, even if they don’t have a permanent mailing address.”

This week, the district announced a fundraising effort to assist students who are in need of laptops, Wi-Fi access, and other emergency resources. While hundreds of laptops have been provided to students, resources are limited. Online donations can be made securely at: sdccd.edu/coronavirus/covid19-how-you-can-help.aspxFor district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:55 pm

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:00AM-11:00AM (PST); 1:00PM-2:00PM (EST).
Where: Zoom Meeting: Register now at ASPPH.org/event/2020virtualannualmeeting (link to be provided upon registration),
 or dial based on your location, US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866
 

Overview

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a rapidly emerging and evolving situation. In an effort to promote the health and safety of universities, college students, and young person(s), as well as HELP REDUCE community spread of the COVID-19, join us on March 26th, 2020, 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST), for a free webinar on What you Absolutely Need to Know as a College Student about COVID-19. This webinar will provide important information to stay healthy and most importantly, provide comfort in challenging and uncertain times.

Objectives

This webinar will educate students on:

• How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what young adults should know

• Best ways to practice social distancing and what it means

• Discuss and provide examples of ways to take care of your health

 Moderator

Hala Madanat, PhD 

Director and Professor School of Public Health 

San Diego State University 

Plenary Speaker

Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides MD, MPH

Physician, Chief Medical Officer

San Diego County

Dr. Nick’s Biography Information

Dr. Nick Yphantides MD, MPH is an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. For nine years, Dr. Nick served as Chief Medical Officer of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County.  Ultimately, he took his advocacy into politics serving as the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Pomerado Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California. Dr. Nick has served the last 11 years as the Chief Medical Officer for the County of San Diego.  For the last 13 years, he has also been the National Director of Health and Wellness for Axene Health Partners, LLC. 

Dr. Nick is also the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, and a Board Member of Palomar Pomerado Health System. He was on the Executive Board of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Board Member of the Health Care Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Physician Chair of the Medical Board of the Council of Community Clinics. 

Dr. Nick’s life story to address his own personal health needs and achieving an enduring transformation of his personal health has been featured in People Magazine, Reader’s Digest,  Washington Post, New York Times and on CNN, Fox News, Discovery Channel and even in the National Enquirer. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor, has been to as many countries as he is old and is always willing to lend a helping hand where it is needed the most. 

We look forward to connecting with you on-line Thursday!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 1:28 pm

Covid-19 Beware of Scams

Message from Don Bertram, Acting Director, Information Services

Cases of fraud and phishing are on the rise as the COVID-19 makes its course. Scammers have even gone as far as to dress in white lab coats and masks, impersonating Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers. From text messages, to phone calls, to elaborate schemes — scammers are using COVID-19 as a new way to steal people's money and personal information. Two ingredients of a good scam are fear and confusion, and we have both of those right now. It is a prime time for a playground for people who want to take advantage of others. Sadly, scammers never stop trying to make a dishonest dollar—not even amid a pandemic.


If you receive an unsolicited text message, email, phone call or any other communication claiming a cash payment, government benefit or other COVID-19 related offers, be very suspicious.


Below are recent examples to exploit the pandemic and are just the beginning of a tsunami of fraud and identity theft.

  • The authentic looking email from the World Health Organization (WHO) isn’t real at all but rather clever spam meant to steal personal information.
  •  Callers claiming to be Medicaid and Medicare representatives are offering so-called free COVID-19 tests — as long as you pay with a credit card for shipping. The goal in these scams is to get credit card information.
  •  Fake Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking for donations, except it’s not the CDC, but a fake website.
  •  Phishing emails related to charitable contributions, general financial relief, airline refunds and fake cures, testing kits and vaccines.
  • Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money.


Most importantly take care of yourself, your family, friends and colleagues and exercise additional caution within the vast digital world to protect all of us.

 


Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:46 am

Health Services Update - March 20, 2020

DUE TO THE CAMPUS CLOSURE


Miramar Student Health Services will take student calls only for medical, nursing and mental health questions,

 619-388-7881.

Starting Monday, March 23rd Call Center hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:39 am

Chancellor's Update - March 20, 2020

This morning, SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll was interviewed on the KUSI Morning News to share how the District, its colleges, and Continuing Education have prepared for the closure of all District campuses and facilities and the transition to alternative modes of instruction for all classes starting Monday, March 23. Below is a link to the interview on YouTube.

 


Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 4:56 pm

State of California COVID-19 Information

California has launched a website to provide useful COVID-19 information to all state residents. It highlights critical steps people can take to stay healthy and includes public service announcements from state health leaders.


Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:10 am

Low Cost Computers

With the recent school closures amid the coronavirus outbreak,

C2K recognizes that not everyone will have access to technology and the internet that is needed to continue their studies. 

We are here to help.

 Computer2Kids


Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:02 am

State Chancellor Makes Changes to Grading Policies in Response to COVID-19

 

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Friday instituted changes to various grading regulations throughout the 115-college system in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the latest in a series of measures to help students adjust to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:58 am

Important Student Update - Changes with Excused Withdrawals

Information Update for Students regarding Business Practices -  March 26, 2020 


This Informational Update will be provided weekly to communicate the status of decisions regarding changes to business processes as it relates to COVID‐19. 


Excused Withdrawal 

Previous Deadline: April 17, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May8,2020 (primary term) 

Any student who withdraws from classes between March 9 and May 8, 2020 will have their W changed to an Excused Withdrawal (EW). After May 8, 2020, a petition will be required. The EW symbol will show on a student’s official transcript but will be annotated with ‘COVID‐19’ to indicate the reason. It does not count against the student for academic standing purposes or as a repeat for enrollment purposes. Students are being notified via email of this new process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  •  Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  •  Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  •  May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation. 

Next Steps: 

  •  Detailed instruction regarding the process will be ready in the next few weeks.
  •  Students are encouraged to consult with the counseling and financial aid offices prior to dropping a class.

 


 

 

Refunds

 

Previous Deadline: February 18, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May 8,2020 (primary term) 

 

Students with the EW grade will be given a refund of enrollment fees and non‐resident tuition. There will not be a refund of the student health/accident fees, student representation fees, dosimetry fees, golf fees, Associated Student membership or parking permits for classes that have already begun. 

 

Next Steps: 

  • Refunds will be processed in alignment with the Excused Withdraw process.

 


Class Cancellation

 

Some classes may need to be cancelled as there is not a remote teaching methodology permitted (e.g. Nursing). These can be treated the same as other classes and student may receive an EW and a refund (assuming the class was in session). 

 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  • Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  • Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.

 

Next Steps: 

 

  • Classes will be cancelled and students notified. If the class has not started, students will receive a drop and a refund. 

 

Incomplete Grade 

Title 5 section 55023 (e) states:


Incomplete: Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered in the student's record. The condition for the removal of the “I” shall be stated by the instructor in a written record. This record shall contain the conditions for the removal of the “I” and the grade assigned in lieu of its removal. This record must be given to the student with a copy on file with the registrar until the “I” is made up or the time limit has passed. A final grade shall be assigned when the work stipulated has been completed and evaluated, or when the time limit for completing the work has passed. There is no change to this process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted:

  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.


Extend P/NP Deadline

 

Previous Deadline: March 9, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 17, 2020

 

The Chancellor’s office is currently discussing options to allow the extension of the Pass/No Pass deadline for approved courses. It is typically set at the 30% point 


Extend Grades Due Deadline for 1st 8-Week Session

 

Previous Deadline: April 11, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 30, 2020

 

Due to the classes moving to remote methodology and the staff working from home, more time is needed to finalize student grades. 

 

Forms and Petition Processing 

Due to the current situation with COVID‐19 (Coronavirus) and campus closure, we are piloting an online submission process for student petitions and forms through the mySDCCD Support Desk system – JIRA. The following forms may be submitted by students: 

  • ·  Recency/Code of W's (10+ Years) 
  • ·  Excused Withdrawal Petition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal with Course Repetition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal without Course Repetition 
  • ·  Petition for Appeal of Enrollment Priority and/or Loss of CCPG 
  • ·  Modification of Graduation Requirements 
  • ·  Reinstatement After Disqualification 
  • ·  Proof of Prerequisites or Corequisites 
  • ·  Student Academic Contract 
  • ·  Student Petition (also used for Unit Overrides) 

Resources

 

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has additional resources for faculty and staff with daily updates. 

https://www.cccco.edu/About‐Us/Chancellors‐Office/Divisions/Communications‐and‐Marketing/Novel‐ Coronavirus/ 

https://cvc.edu/about‐the‐oei/resources/ 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:28 pm

President's Letter to the Community

Sent on Behalf of Interim President Gable

I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment to responding to the challenges that are emerging on a daily basis as our lives continue to be affected by COVID-19.  While we practice healthy precautions, such as going into a remote environment, the tool of social distancing is the most powerful measure we can employ to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In anticipation of Spring Break next week, and in an effort to keep members of our community safe and healthy, below are some reminders and helpful information:

Spring Break Recommendations

Spring Break takes place the week of March 30th to April 3rd. We encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs.  Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times.  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

Marsha

#inthistogether

---------------------------------

Marsha V. Gable, Ed.D.

Interim President

San Diego Miramar College

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:21 am

District to Continue Online Instruction Through the Remainder of the Spring and Summer

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), which transitioned 60,000 students to all online classes on March 23, announced it expects to continue with online classes through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, the district — which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges as well as San Diego Continuing Education — will offer all online classes this summer.

SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll says the decision to continue online only classes through the rest of spring and summer will assist with academic planning efforts and is necessary at time of great uncertainty in terms of when the current crisis and social distancing directive will end. She applauded district faculty and staff for a smooth transition to online instruction and remote operations after being given very short notice.

“It was a herculean task to move more than 6,000 class sections to alternative modes of instruction,” said Chancellor Carroll. “But district faculty and staff understand what’s at stake for our students and for our community as we all collectively work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Effective March 23, the district closed all campuses and facilities and instructed its 5,000 employees to begin working remotely. In addition, all district events have been canceled right up to commencement ceremonies in late May and early June. Chancellor Carroll says the district’s colleges and Continuing Education are delaying decisions on commencement ceremonies as long as possible in the hope that the situation in San Diego County improves.

“While our campuses are closed, essential services such as counseling, tutoring, and health services are being provided to students remotely,” said Chancellor Carroll. “In addition, we are working to ensure some of our most vulnerable students are taken care of. This includes meeting their basic needs and ensuring they receive financial aid, even if they don’t have a permanent mailing address.”

This week, the district announced a fundraising effort to assist students who are in need of laptops, Wi-Fi access, and other emergency resources. While hundreds of laptops have been provided to students, resources are limited. Online donations can be made securely at: sdccd.edu/coronavirus/covid19-how-you-can-help.aspxFor district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:55 pm

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:00AM-11:00AM (PST); 1:00PM-2:00PM (EST).
Where: Zoom Meeting: Register now at ASPPH.org/event/2020virtualannualmeeting (link to be provided upon registration),
 or dial based on your location, US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866
 

Overview

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a rapidly emerging and evolving situation. In an effort to promote the health and safety of universities, college students, and young person(s), as well as HELP REDUCE community spread of the COVID-19, join us on March 26th, 2020, 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST), for a free webinar on What you Absolutely Need to Know as a College Student about COVID-19. This webinar will provide important information to stay healthy and most importantly, provide comfort in challenging and uncertain times.

Objectives

This webinar will educate students on:

• How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what young adults should know

• Best ways to practice social distancing and what it means

• Discuss and provide examples of ways to take care of your health

 Moderator

Hala Madanat, PhD 

Director and Professor School of Public Health 

San Diego State University 

Plenary Speaker

Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides MD, MPH

Physician, Chief Medical Officer

San Diego County

Dr. Nick’s Biography Information

Dr. Nick Yphantides MD, MPH is an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. For nine years, Dr. Nick served as Chief Medical Officer of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County.  Ultimately, he took his advocacy into politics serving as the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Pomerado Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California. Dr. Nick has served the last 11 years as the Chief Medical Officer for the County of San Diego.  For the last 13 years, he has also been the National Director of Health and Wellness for Axene Health Partners, LLC. 

Dr. Nick is also the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, and a Board Member of Palomar Pomerado Health System. He was on the Executive Board of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Board Member of the Health Care Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Physician Chair of the Medical Board of the Council of Community Clinics. 

Dr. Nick’s life story to address his own personal health needs and achieving an enduring transformation of his personal health has been featured in People Magazine, Reader’s Digest,  Washington Post, New York Times and on CNN, Fox News, Discovery Channel and even in the National Enquirer. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor, has been to as many countries as he is old and is always willing to lend a helping hand where it is needed the most. 

We look forward to connecting with you on-line Thursday!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 1:28 pm

Covid-19 Beware of Scams

Message from Don Bertram, Acting Director, Information Services

Cases of fraud and phishing are on the rise as the COVID-19 makes its course. Scammers have even gone as far as to dress in white lab coats and masks, impersonating Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers. From text messages, to phone calls, to elaborate schemes — scammers are using COVID-19 as a new way to steal people's money and personal information. Two ingredients of a good scam are fear and confusion, and we have both of those right now. It is a prime time for a playground for people who want to take advantage of others. Sadly, scammers never stop trying to make a dishonest dollar—not even amid a pandemic.


If you receive an unsolicited text message, email, phone call or any other communication claiming a cash payment, government benefit or other COVID-19 related offers, be very suspicious.


Below are recent examples to exploit the pandemic and are just the beginning of a tsunami of fraud and identity theft.

  • The authentic looking email from the World Health Organization (WHO) isn’t real at all but rather clever spam meant to steal personal information.
  •  Callers claiming to be Medicaid and Medicare representatives are offering so-called free COVID-19 tests — as long as you pay with a credit card for shipping. The goal in these scams is to get credit card information.
  •  Fake Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking for donations, except it’s not the CDC, but a fake website.
  •  Phishing emails related to charitable contributions, general financial relief, airline refunds and fake cures, testing kits and vaccines.
  • Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money.


Most importantly take care of yourself, your family, friends and colleagues and exercise additional caution within the vast digital world to protect all of us.

 


Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:46 am

Health Services Update - March 20, 2020

DUE TO THE CAMPUS CLOSURE


Miramar Student Health Services will take student calls only for medical, nursing and mental health questions,

 619-388-7881.

Starting Monday, March 23rd Call Center hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:39 am

Chancellor's Update - March 20, 2020

This morning, SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll was interviewed on the KUSI Morning News to share how the District, its colleges, and Continuing Education have prepared for the closure of all District campuses and facilities and the transition to alternative modes of instruction for all classes starting Monday, March 23. Below is a link to the interview on YouTube.

 


Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 4:56 pm

State of California COVID-19 Information

California has launched a website to provide useful COVID-19 information to all state residents. It highlights critical steps people can take to stay healthy and includes public service announcements from state health leaders.


Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:10 am

Low Cost Computers

With the recent school closures amid the coronavirus outbreak,

C2K recognizes that not everyone will have access to technology and the internet that is needed to continue their studies. 

We are here to help.

 Computer2Kids


Monday, March 30, 2020 - 9:02 am

State Chancellor Makes Changes to Grading Policies in Response to COVID-19

 

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office Friday instituted changes to various grading regulations throughout the 115-college system in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the latest in a series of measures to help students adjust to disruptions caused by the pandemic.

 

 


Friday, March 27, 2020 - 11:58 am

Important Student Update - Changes with Excused Withdrawals

Information Update for Students regarding Business Practices -  March 26, 2020 


This Informational Update will be provided weekly to communicate the status of decisions regarding changes to business processes as it relates to COVID‐19. 


Excused Withdrawal 

Previous Deadline: April 17, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May8,2020 (primary term) 

Any student who withdraws from classes between March 9 and May 8, 2020 will have their W changed to an Excused Withdrawal (EW). After May 8, 2020, a petition will be required. The EW symbol will show on a student’s official transcript but will be annotated with ‘COVID‐19’ to indicate the reason. It does not count against the student for academic standing purposes or as a repeat for enrollment purposes. Students are being notified via email of this new process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  •  Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  •  Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  •  May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation. 

Next Steps: 

  •  Detailed instruction regarding the process will be ready in the next few weeks.
  •  Students are encouraged to consult with the counseling and financial aid offices prior to dropping a class.

 


 

 

Refunds

 

Previous Deadline: February 18, 2020 
Approved New Deadline: May 8,2020 (primary term) 

 

Students with the EW grade will be given a refund of enrollment fees and non‐resident tuition. There will not be a refund of the student health/accident fees, student representation fees, dosimetry fees, golf fees, Associated Student membership or parking permits for classes that have already begun. 

 

Next Steps: 

  • Refunds will be processed in alignment with the Excused Withdraw process.

 


Class Cancellation

 

Some classes may need to be cancelled as there is not a remote teaching methodology permitted (e.g. Nursing). These can be treated the same as other classes and student may receive an EW and a refund (assuming the class was in session). 

 

Financial Aid students may be impacted: 

  • Loans may be reduced if units enrolled drops below half‐time (6 units) prior to the disbursement 
  • Repayment of Federal funds may apply* 
  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.

 

Next Steps: 

 

  • Classes will be cancelled and students notified. If the class has not started, students will receive a drop and a refund. 

 

Incomplete Grade 

Title 5 section 55023 (e) states:


Incomplete: Incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency and justifiable reasons at the end of the term may result in an “I” symbol being entered in the student's record. The condition for the removal of the “I” shall be stated by the instructor in a written record. This record shall contain the conditions for the removal of the “I” and the grade assigned in lieu of its removal. This record must be given to the student with a copy on file with the registrar until the “I” is made up or the time limit has passed. A final grade shall be assigned when the work stipulated has been completed and evaluated, or when the time limit for completing the work has passed. There is no change to this process. 

Financial Aid students may be impacted:

  • May affect Satisfactory Academic Progress status for the 2020‐2021 aid year* 

 

*Note: This is subject to change due to pending legislation.


Extend P/NP Deadline

 

Previous Deadline: March 9, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 17, 2020

 

The Chancellor’s office is currently discussing options to allow the extension of the Pass/No Pass deadline for approved courses. It is typically set at the 30% point 


Extend Grades Due Deadline for 1st 8-Week Session

 

Previous Deadline: April 11, 2020

Approved New Deadline: April 30, 2020

 

Due to the classes moving to remote methodology and the staff working from home, more time is needed to finalize student grades. 

 

Forms and Petition Processing 

Due to the current situation with COVID‐19 (Coronavirus) and campus closure, we are piloting an online submission process for student petitions and forms through the mySDCCD Support Desk system – JIRA. The following forms may be submitted by students: 

  • ·  Recency/Code of W's (10+ Years) 
  • ·  Excused Withdrawal Petition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal with Course Repetition 
  • ·  Academic Renewal without Course Repetition 
  • ·  Petition for Appeal of Enrollment Priority and/or Loss of CCPG 
  • ·  Modification of Graduation Requirements 
  • ·  Reinstatement After Disqualification 
  • ·  Proof of Prerequisites or Corequisites 
  • ·  Student Academic Contract 
  • ·  Student Petition (also used for Unit Overrides) 

Resources

 

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office has additional resources for faculty and staff with daily updates. 

https://www.cccco.edu/About‐Us/Chancellors‐Office/Divisions/Communications‐and‐Marketing/Novel‐ Coronavirus/ 

https://cvc.edu/about‐the‐oei/resources/ 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 4:28 pm

President's Letter to the Community

Sent on Behalf of Interim President Gable

I would like to thank everyone for their continued commitment to responding to the challenges that are emerging on a daily basis as our lives continue to be affected by COVID-19.  While we practice healthy precautions, such as going into a remote environment, the tool of social distancing is the most powerful measure we can employ to combat the spread of COVID-19.

In anticipation of Spring Break next week, and in an effort to keep members of our community safe and healthy, below are some reminders and helpful information:

Spring Break Recommendations

Spring Break takes place the week of March 30th to April 3rd. We encourage all students and staff to enjoy the virtual time off and to make their health and safety a priority.

To our students in particular, we want to make sure you are aware of a number of recent developments to ensure that you are able to make an educated decision about your plans during spring break:

§  California Governor Newsom issued a “stay at home” order for Californians to remain home except for urgent or essential needs.  Gatherings of 10 or more are not allowed, and it is strongly recommended to social distance at all times.  https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/19/governor-gavin-newsom-issues-stay-at-home-order/

§  The U.S. Department of State has imposed a Level 4 Travel Advisory related to COVID-19, encouraging those in the U.S. not to travel internationally.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html

§  The White House issued updated guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the United States.  https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf

With guidance from the California Community College Chancellors Office, we strongly advise students and staff do the following to maintain a safe and healthy Spring Break:

§  If in California or another region that has issued a shelter-in-place “stay at home” order, abide by that restriction except for essential needs (such as medical).

§  Reconsider plans that involve any air travel, with a particular emphasis on avoiding travel to any states or countries with recent travel restriction or where COVID-19 is active and/or evolving.

§  Stay up-to-date on the latest CDC travel advisories, the U.S. State Department travel advisories, as well as the SD Miramar College website on COVID-19 as the situation continues to evolve rapidly.  https://www.sdmiramar.edu/covid-info

§  Continue to practice healthy habits and good hygiene, particularly rigorous hand washing with soap and water.

Community of Care

While Miramar has moved into virtual educational modalities and employees are teleworking, our primary concern remains with the health and well-being of everyone in our college community: students, faculty and staff.

We continue to engage with public health experts, state authorities and California Community College officials about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also any next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events.

Enjoy your virtual Spring Break.  Stay safe and healthy!

Marsha

#inthistogether

---------------------------------

Marsha V. Gable, Ed.D.

Interim President

San Diego Miramar College

 


Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 10:21 am

District to Continue Online Instruction Through the Remainder of the Spring and Summer

The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), which transitioned 60,000 students to all online classes on March 23, announced it expects to continue with online classes through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, the district — which includes San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges as well as San Diego Continuing Education — will offer all online classes this summer.

SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll says the decision to continue online only classes through the rest of spring and summer will assist with academic planning efforts and is necessary at time of great uncertainty in terms of when the current crisis and social distancing directive will end. She applauded district faculty and staff for a smooth transition to online instruction and remote operations after being given very short notice.

“It was a herculean task to move more than 6,000 class sections to alternative modes of instruction,” said Chancellor Carroll. “But district faculty and staff understand what’s at stake for our students and for our community as we all collectively work to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

Effective March 23, the district closed all campuses and facilities and instructed its 5,000 employees to begin working remotely. In addition, all district events have been canceled right up to commencement ceremonies in late May and early June. Chancellor Carroll says the district’s colleges and Continuing Education are delaying decisions on commencement ceremonies as long as possible in the hope that the situation in San Diego County improves.

“While our campuses are closed, essential services such as counseling, tutoring, and health services are being provided to students remotely,” said Chancellor Carroll. “In addition, we are working to ensure some of our most vulnerable students are taken care of. This includes meeting their basic needs and ensuring they receive financial aid, even if they don’t have a permanent mailing address.”

This week, the district announced a fundraising effort to assist students who are in need of laptops, Wi-Fi access, and other emergency resources. While hundreds of laptops have been provided to students, resources are limited. Online donations can be made securely at: sdccd.edu/coronavirus/covid19-how-you-can-help.aspxFor district updates on the COVID-19 situation, visit sdccd.edu/coronavirus or call 619-388-6980.

 


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:55 pm

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

COVID-19 and College Students: What you Absolutely Need to Know

When: Thursday, March 26, 2020, 10:00AM-11:00AM (PST); 1:00PM-2:00PM (EST).
Where: Zoom Meeting: Register now at ASPPH.org/event/2020virtualannualmeeting (link to be provided upon registration),
 or dial based on your location, US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 929 436 2866
 

Overview

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus is a rapidly emerging and evolving situation. In an effort to promote the health and safety of universities, college students, and young person(s), as well as HELP REDUCE community spread of the COVID-19, join us on March 26th, 2020, 10:00am PST (1:00pm EST), for a free webinar on What you Absolutely Need to Know as a College Student about COVID-19. This webinar will provide important information to stay healthy and most importantly, provide comfort in challenging and uncertain times.

Objectives

This webinar will educate students on:

• How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what young adults should know

• Best ways to practice social distancing and what it means

• Discuss and provide examples of ways to take care of your health

 Moderator

Hala Madanat, PhD 

Director and Professor School of Public Health 

San Diego State University 

Plenary Speaker

Nicholas “Dr. Nick” Yphantides MD, MPH

Physician, Chief Medical Officer

San Diego County

Dr. Nick’s Biography Information

Dr. Nick Yphantides MD, MPH is an advocate for those in his community who need it the most. For nine years, Dr. Nick served as Chief Medical Officer of one the largest network of Community Clinics in San Diego County.  Ultimately, he took his advocacy into politics serving as the publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Pomerado Health, the largest Public Hospital District in California. Dr. Nick has served the last 11 years as the Chief Medical Officer for the County of San Diego.  For the last 13 years, he has also been the National Director of Health and Wellness for Axene Health Partners, LLC. 

Dr. Nick is also the Founding Co-Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative, the Chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Task Force, and a Board Member of Palomar Pomerado Health System. He was on the Executive Board of the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, Board Member of the Health Care Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Physician Chair of the Medical Board of the Council of Community Clinics. 

Dr. Nick’s life story to address his own personal health needs and achieving an enduring transformation of his personal health has been featured in People Magazine, Reader’s Digest,  Washington Post, New York Times and on CNN, Fox News, Discovery Channel and even in the National Enquirer. Dr. Nick is a cancer survivor, has been to as many countries as he is old and is always willing to lend a helping hand where it is needed the most. 

We look forward to connecting with you on-line Thursday!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 1:28 pm

Covid-19 Beware of Scams

Message from Don Bertram, Acting Director, Information Services

Cases of fraud and phishing are on the rise as the COVID-19 makes its course. Scammers have even gone as far as to dress in white lab coats and masks, impersonating Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers. From text messages, to phone calls, to elaborate schemes — scammers are using COVID-19 as a new way to steal people's money and personal information. Two ingredients of a good scam are fear and confusion, and we have both of those right now. It is a prime time for a playground for people who want to take advantage of others. Sadly, scammers never stop trying to make a dishonest dollar—not even amid a pandemic.


If you receive an unsolicited text message, email, phone call or any other communication claiming a cash payment, government benefit or other COVID-19 related offers, be very suspicious.


Below are recent examples to exploit the pandemic and are just the beginning of a tsunami of fraud and identity theft.

  • The authentic looking email from the World Health Organization (WHO) isn’t real at all but rather clever spam meant to steal personal information.
  •  Callers claiming to be Medicaid and Medicare representatives are offering so-called free COVID-19 tests — as long as you pay with a credit card for shipping. The goal in these scams is to get credit card information.
  •  Fake Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asking for donations, except it’s not the CDC, but a fake website.
  •  Phishing emails related to charitable contributions, general financial relief, airline refunds and fake cures, testing kits and vaccines.
  • Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money.


Most importantly take care of yourself, your family, friends and colleagues and exercise additional caution within the vast digital world to protect all of us.

 


Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:46 am

Health Services Update - March 20, 2020

DUE TO THE CAMPUS CLOSURE


Miramar Student Health Services will take student calls only for medical, nursing and mental health questions,

 619-388-7881.

Starting Monday, March 23rd Call Center hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Friday, March 20, 2020 - 10:39 am

Chancellor's Update - March 20, 2020

This morning, SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll was interviewed on the KUSI Morning News to share how the District, its colleges, and Continuing Education have prepared for the closure of all District campuses and facilities and the transition to alternative modes of instruction for all classes starting Monday, March 23. Below is a link to the interview on YouTube.

 


Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 4:56 pm

State of California COVID-19 Information

California has launched a website to provide useful COVID-19 information to all state residents. It highlights critical steps people can take to stay healthy and includes public service announcements from state health leaders.


Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:10 am

Low Cost Computers

With the recent school closures amid the coronavirus outbreak,

C2K recognizes that not everyone will have access to technology and the internet that is needed to continue their studies. 

We are here to help.

 Computer2Kids


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