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Statement by the President of the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees

21 June 2020

As President of the Peralta Board of Trustees, I want to acknowledge that the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees is aware of the allegation of racist remarks by an instructor to a student at Laney College regarding the pronunciation of the student’s name. Consistent with his rights to due process, the instructor has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into this matter.

 

The Board does not take these allegations lightly. We understand the need to challenge and eliminate racism and white supremacy in all of its insidious forms, including the suppression of native cultures and languages and its demands that people of color conform to norms of “whiteness.” We remain steadfast in our commitment to stand against any and all racist and xenophobic acts as they are antithetical to our principles as individuals, our professional duty as Trustees, and closely held values to honor and support all students in the Peralta Colleges in their quest to better their lives and their communities through higher education.

 

We remain committed to upholding the mission and values of the Peralta Community College District: we recognize and celebrate the strengths of  the diverse students, communities, and colleagues we serve; and we provide the diverse students and communities with equitable access to the educational resources, experiences, and life-long opportunities to meet and exceed their goals.

 

In Service,

 

Julina Bonilla

Peralta Board of Trustees, Board President

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud

Chancellor – Board Secretary

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Peralta Executive Leadership Statement

31 May 2020

The world watched as Mr. George Floyd lay dying an excruciatingly slow death as a Police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds – an eternity if you are simply trying to breathe.  By now, most of us have seen this video and have had the experience of watching someone die – invoking a kind of anguish that is inconsolable.

We want to acknowledge that pain and anguish.  As a community, we are in the midst of responding to a pandemic that has already killed more than 100,000 people in the United States (disproportionately, black and brown people) and we have mobilized our institutional resources to continue to carry out the mission of the district – to continue to empower and transform the community through education.

However, the killing of Mr. Floyd reminds us that long before the COVID-19 pandemic, we had another epidemic, the legally sanctioned and systematically structured brutality and destruction of black people – people of the African diaspora.  And each “outbreak” of this epidemic – whether it is started by being black and jogging, shopping, driving, or birdwatching, re-opens the wounds and intractable pain of longstanding racism.

We invite you to share ideas you may have that support us all in learning and growing in this space of racial literacy and critical consciousness.  We are committed to the responsible use of our positions to support the Peralta Community College District family and we invite you to do the same.  You may consider:

  • Using your professional or academic expertise to convene forums and panels that provide discussion, exploration, and reflection on structural, historical, and systemic racism.
  • Sharing a list of helpful resources.
  • Sharing ideas on how we may support the community and engage in anti-racist efforts.
  • Accessing your MHN Employee Assistance Program (Company code: Peralta) services.

Ms. Kaitlin Smith, marketing and communications writer for Facing History and Ourselves, recently posted a Facing History Blog entitled “Bearing Witness: The Death of George Floyd”.  In it, she invites one to “…explore the resources below as you process this tragedy and the broader histories of violence in which it is embedded:”

Our students and community deserve the leadership that we all can bring to bear on this challenge.  Reach out to your respective leaders if you need us or have ideas for us.  We want you to know, that with every ounce of our being, we are here with and for you as members of the Peralta Community College District family.

Signed,

  • Dr. Siri Brown
  • Dr. Angélica Garcia
  • Dr. Tammeil Gilkerson
  • Dr. David Johnson
  • Mr. Mark Johnson
  • Dr. Tim Karas
  • Mr. Antoine Mehouelly
  • Dr. Leigh Sata
  • Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud
  • Delisle Warden, JD
  • Chanelle Whittaker, JD

Additionally, across the district messages were shared responding to this terrible tragedy, touching on the larger issues that it raises. Below are letters sent from the chancellor and the four college presidents.

Chancellor Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud
Berkeley City College President Dr. Angélica Garcia
College of Alameda President Dr. Timothy Karas
Laney College President Dr. Tammeil Y. Gilkerson
Merritt College President Dr. David M. Johnson

Filed under: Announcements, Peralta News, Press Release

College Campuses and District Office to remain closed through June 2020

27 March 2020

The Peralta Community College District college campuses and the district office will remain closed through June 30, 2020.  Personnel performing essential functions may be required to work on site.   

 

Classes that can be conducted remotely will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020. Faculty will continue the excellent work of converting face-to-face classes into remote instructional formats. Also, important student services will be provided remotely.  Classes and servicethat cannot be transitioned to a remote format will not be able to proceed until the campuses reopen.  We will continue to explore the possibility of resuming instruction of programs that prepare essential sector critical infrastructure workers identified in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-33-20 but cannot be converted to a remote modality.  

 

Thank you to the many administrators, faculty and staff who have been working tirelessly to transition on this unprecedented scale.   

 

I realize this is a difficult situation. We will do all we can to keep this community safe and support student educational needs, during this pandemic and into the future.  

 

Take good care, 

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor 

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COVID-19: March 20, 2020 Update from Chancellor Stanback Stroud

20 March 2020

Following Alameda County’s “Shelter-in-Place” order, Governor Newsom has now issued the same directive statewide.  The PCCD Emergency Management Team has been convening via Zoom every day to respond to the emergency and facilitate institutional and academic continuity.

I would like to thank those of you who have stepped up in support of the effort.  Your flexibility in these uncertain times has been invaluable as we navigate these paths. Your commitment and perseverance in service to students and the community is inspirational.

Please be reminded, all classes are canceled March 23-April 5, 2020. Remote instruction is scheduled to resume on April 6, 2020.

Over the next two weeks, faculty will continue the excellent work of converting face-to-face classes into remote instructional formats. Non-instructional faculty and staff will continue to provide important student services using remote formats.

Thank you to the many faculty and staff who have been working with us to transition on this unprecedented scale.  We will continue to disseminate information related to the many details that are being worked out in order to maintain institutional and academic continuity.

The health and safety of members of the Peralta community remains our top priority. We will continue to make sure our decisions are informed by the latest information from local, state, and national health authorities as well as the state chancellor’s office.

Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley has projected, based on data from the California Department of Public Health, that the need for social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 will continue well into June and perhaps beyond.   Vice Chancellor Siri Brown and her team, the college Vice Presidents of Instruction, the District and College Academic Senate leaders, Distance Education coordinators and leads are exploring options for laboratory, career education, and activity classes.  Thank you to the more than 35 science discipline faculty who participated in the Labster demonstration as they consider remote laboratory instruction.

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are available at https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus.

Peralta serves a diverse community of learners and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment of belonging. Please treat each other with respect and kindness in these challenging times. You are all important members of our community.

Thank you for the incredible job you are doing as we respond to the emerging information.

Take good care,

Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Chancellor

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COVID-19 Update: Information For Students

18 March 2020

Dear Students,

As the majority of Peralta Colleges faculty (College of Alameda, Berkeley City College, Laney and Merritt College) prepare to transition their classes to a remote delivery format, please know that you have options and support during the challenging times we face with the COVID-19 public health crisis.  Note that this information applies to partial closure and full closure conditions for our college communities.

The latest information about COVID-19 at the Peralta District always available here: https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/

Classes Resume April 6, 2020

  • We are working hard to convert as many classes to a remote form of instruction by April 6th. The majority of the classes will be taught through “Canvas”. Canvas is the name of the online classroom software that is used at the Peralta Colleges. Prior to April 6th, faculty are receiving training, preparing to teach online and we are exploring ways to convert as many disciplines as possible to an online format.
  • For classes that CANNOT be moved to a remote form of instruction, you will receive notification with details and next steps before April 6th.

 

Student Support for Learning Online

  • Student Resources for Distance Education: Canvas https://peralta.instructure.com/courses/442
  • Low Cost Internet: https://foundationccc.org/What-We-Do/Student-Success/California-Connects
  • Comcast is offering 2 months free internet to low-income households https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
  • Be sure to communicate with your faculty if you are not familiar with online learning or need additional support to be successful in the class
  • Make sure you check your Peralta email daily. To forward your Peralta email to your gmail or yahoo see here for instructions
  • Check your email daily so that you don’t miss communication from your instructors or other key announcements
  • We are working to increase our online accessibility and support for DSPS students who may have concerns about moving to remote forms of instruction. Please email your counselor and instructor with concerns

Online Tutoring

  • Peralta’s Online Learning Platform (Canvas) has free Online Tutoring that may help students be successful in the transition to online learning

Pass/No Pass Grading Option

Many classes can allow a student to change to a Pass/No Pass grade option. This may provide you with a sense of ease in this transition. Please contact your instructor(s) to see if this is an option for your course. Note that choosing this option may impact whether or not the UC or other 4-year colleges accept a course for transfer. It is recommended that you contact your counselor who can assist you in making this decision. For the current spring 2020 corona virus related emergency, this option may only be available for late start classes.

Excused Withdrawal

Our hope is that each student can successfully finish this semester. If not, please consider the following options and know that you can attend classes this summer and fall—enrollment begins April 6, 2020.

  • “Excused Withdrawal” (EW) occurs when a student is permitted to withdraw from a course(s) due to specific events beyond the control of the student affecting his or her ability to complete a course(s). This can include illness of the student or someone they care for (documentation is required). It can also include a student statement that they are unable to transition from a face-to-face class to an online learning format
  • Excused withdrawals are not counted in progress probation and dismissal calculations.
  • Excused withdrawals are not counted toward the permitted number of withdrawals or counted as an enrollment attempt
  • Excused withdrawals do not result as F grades on student transcripts. Instead an “EW” will be on the students’ permanent record and transcript

Incomplete Grade:

Incomplete Grades (I) may be provided to students where faculty agree and if you have successfully (C or better) completed this class by (2/3 or 75% of the semester).  If the faculty agrees to give an I grade, there is a form that must be completed and signed by the faculty and student. The form must describe what course work the student is to complete to replace the I grade with a final course grade. An I grade allows students one year to complete the work. Remember, that not all faculty can or will agree to give an I grade.

Waiving of Some Financial Aid Regulations

The federal government has relaxed Financial Aid penalties in light of the COVID-19 health crisis. Absence and a decrease in units due to illness and/or COVID-19 related issues might not negatively impact a students’ financial aid. For more information or for questions about your particular situation, please go to the financial aid office at your college. More information is also here.

Graduation and Transfer

More information will be sent about alternative formats for graduation ceremonies and the impact of the emergency on students seeking to transfer this fall.

For additional information on any of the above items, please email Dr. Siri Brown, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, at sbrown@peralta.edu.

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COVID-19 Update: Classes cancelled to April 6, 2020

16 March 2020

In light of the “shelter in place” directive issued earlier today by Alameda County, all classes at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College are cancelled from March 23, 2020 to April 6, 2020. All four college campuses as well as the District office, currently closed for Spring Break, will continue to be closed to April 6, 2020.

All employees will continue to work remotely while the college campuses and district offices are closed. Employees (including student workers) will maintain their respective schedule and continue to be paid during this time.

Additionally, travel on behalf of the district is now suspended, including previously approved travel plans.

Services for students will be available following Spring Break, beginning on March 23 through the April 6 campus closure period, but are offered online and not via in-person contact.

The health and safety of members of the Peralta community remains our top priority. Peralta Community College District will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are always available at https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/. Peralta serves a diverse community of learners and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment of belonging. Please treat each other with respect and kindness in these challenging times. You are all important members of our community.

Thank you for the incredible job you are doing as we respond to the emerging information.

If you have questions, please contact Mark Johnson at markjohnson@peralta.edu.

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COVID-19 Update: Campuses Closed March 14-21, 2020

13 March 2020

A Message from Chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud to the Peralta Community:

Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College, and the District office will be closed starting tomorrow, Saturday March 14, 2020 through Saturday, March 21, 2020.  All employees are asked to work remotely while the college campuses and district offices are closed. All employees (including student workers) will maintain their respective schedule and continue to be paid during this time. 

 

I recognize that there are some jobs that cannot be done remotely. If this applies to you, please contact your manager promptly for guidance and instruction. 

 

Student services will continue to be available remotely (online or via telephone) during the campus closures. 

 

The health and safety of members of the Peralta community remains our top priority. Peralta Community College District will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

 

The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are always available at https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/. Peralta serves a diverse community of learners and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment of belonging. Please treat each other with respect and kindness in these challenging times. You are all important members of our community. 

 

Thank you for the incredible job you are doing as we respond to the emerging information.  

A PDF version of this announcement is available here.

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COVID-19 Update: Spring Break Moved to March 16-21, 2020

11 March 2020

At an Emergency Meeting on March 11, 2020, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees voted to approve the following changes to the academic calendar:

  • Spring Break (originally scheduled as the week of April 13-18) has been moved to the week of March 16-21, 2020.
  • Flex Day (a faculty training day originally scheduled March 19, 2020) will now be held on Monday, March 30, 2020.

These changes, made with appreciated support of the Peralta Federation of Teachers (PFT), are a response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) intended to increase social distancing and better protect our community.

Yesterday, on March 10, 2020, Chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud announced that face-to-Face classes at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College are cancelled on Wednesday, March 11, Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Cancelling classes March 11-14 allows instructional faculty to attend trainings offered at their respective college and evaluate optional resources for potentially transitioning their classes to remote forms of instruction as needed. College administration will communicate times and locations for trainings.

The health and safety of members of the Peralta Community remains our top priority. PCCD will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Faculty opting to use remote forms of instruction will begin doing so following Spring Break on Monday, March 23, 2020, and continue through Saturday, April 4, 2020 (faculty may continue to teach face-to-face, however, we strongly encourage faculty who can opt to use remote forms of instruction to do so).

Resources for faculty regarding remote methods of instruction are available at:

Resources for students regarding preparation for online and hybrid classes are available at https://peralta.instructure.com/courses/442.

Please note:  The Colleges and District Offices will remain open.  Administration and staff are expected to report to work unless they are ill. The aim of this approach is to maintain academic continuity and proactively take steps to protect the community by reducing the number of people gathered in public spaces.

The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are always available at https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/. Peralta serves a diverse community of learners and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment of belonging. Please treat each other with respect and kindness in these challenging times. You are all important members of our community.

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COVID-19 Update – March 10, 2020

11 March 2020

Face-to-Face classes at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College are cancelled on Wednesday, March 11, Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 2020.  

 

Cancelling classes on the above stated dates will allow instructional faculty to attend trainings offered at their respective college and evaluate optional resources for potentially transitioning their classes to remote forms of instruction as needed. College administration will communicate times and locations for trainings.   

 

The health and safety of members of the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) continue to be our top priority. Information regarding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving.  PCCD will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Healththe California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

 

The PCCD Board of Trustees has scheduled an Emergency Meeting on Wednesday, March 10,2020 to consider recommended changes to the academic calendar.  The  

Chancellor recommends:  

  • the scheduled Spring Break during the week of April 13-17 be moved to the week of March 16-20, 2020.   
  • the scheduled March 19, 2020 Flex Day be changed to Monday, March 30, 2020.  

 

Faculty opting to use remote forms of instruction will begin doing so on Monday, March 23, 2020, and continue through Saturday, April 4, 2020 (faculty may continue to teach face-to-face, however, we strongly encourage faculty who can opt to use remote forms of instruction to do so). 

 

Resources for faculty regarding remote methods of instruction are available at: 

 

Resources for students regarding preparation for online and hybrid classes are available at https://peralta.instructure.com/courses/442. 

   

Please note:  The Colleges and District Offices will remain open.  Administration and staff are expected to report to work unless they are ill. The aim of this approach is to maintain academic continuity and proactively take steps to protect the community by reducing the number of people gathered in public spaces.    

 

We will continue to update you.    

 

 

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Coronavirus Update – March 6, 2020

6 March 2020

The health and safety of members of the Peralta community continues to be our top priority.  In response to emerging information regarding the transmission of COVID-19 in the State of California, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency. While there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alameda County, there are no confirmed cases in the Peralta Community College District (“Peralta CCD”).

On March 6, 2020, the Chancellor’s office was notified that a person employed at an off-campus facility where Peralta CCD has a clinical course came into contact with a healthcare worker that provided services to a patient that had a confirmed case of COVID-19. The healthcare worker’s exposure happened while performing professional medical duties. Per District protocol, Peralta CCD leadership convened its Emergency Operations Center (“EOC”). Subsequently, the EOC contacted the Alameda County Public Health Department to apprise them of this information and to seek guidance on best practices for its response.

The Alameda County Public Health Department advised the EOC of the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (“CDC”) most recent guidance on COVID-19. The CDC risk level for the type of contact described above is “low risk” (for additional information on Risk Levels see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html).

We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to provide updates via the Peralta Health Services COVID-19 page. Additionally, the Department of General Services will distribute hand sanitizer in high use areas around the campuses, and instruct custodial teams on best practices for cleaning high touch areas (such as door handles and elevator buttons) on campuses.

Based on presently available information, Peralta CCD courses, operations, and activities will continue to occur as scheduled. That said, the District is also developing contingency plans in the event that we need to suspend operations or close the college campuses or district offices.

Students, faculty, or staff with questions about COVID-19 should contact Peralta Health Services or their local campus health and wellness center.

Berkeley City College Wellness Center

College of Alameda Health & Wellness Services

Laney College Wellness Center

Merritt College Health Services Center

Peralta serves a diverse community of learners and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment of belonging. Please treat each other with respect and kindness in these challenging times. You are all important members of our community.

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