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Coronavirus / COVID-19

For up to date information including FAQs and other resources for students, faculty & staff, and the community, please go to

safe.peralta.edu

Current Status Summary as of Monday March 30, 2020:

  • All Classes cancelled March 23-April 5, 2020
  • Classes that can be conducted remotely are scheduled to resume Monday April 6, 2020
  • College campuses and district office closed through June 30, 2020
  • Alameda County and State of California “shelter-in-place” is in effect with employees working remotely
  • Travel on behalf of the District is suspended

 

Update From March 27, 2020: Campuses to remain closed through June 30, 2020

In an email to students and employees, Chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud announced that 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.  

Click here to read the full message.

Student Town Hall details for April 1, 2020

student town hall flyer

COVID-19 is impacting us all.  You have questions about how it is impacting your college classes. We are hosting a virtual town hall to get your questions answered.

Wednesday, April 1st from 11 a.m. to noon is the virtual Town Hall Meeting.

For those who have questions, you can join the Town Hall Meeting to ask questions here: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/159377605

We hope you can participate and thank you for your patience during this ever-changing situation.

Update From March 25, 2020 – Save the Date: Student Town Hall scheduled for April 1, 2020

A virtual town hall meeting focused on answering student questions about the  impact of COVID-19 college classes at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 11am to noon.  Speakers will include Chancellor Dr. Regina Stanback Stroud, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Dr. Siri Brown, Director of Health Services Dr. Mia Kelly, and others.

Update From March 23, 2020 – Chancellor Email to Employees

A PCCD Announcement email from Chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud was sent to Peralta employees on Monday, March 23, 2020. The message reiterated that employees should work from home when possible. The Chancellor also noted that in order to maintain continuity of operations and instruction, managers will be directing employees who cannot work from home to come to the campuses in order to perform their essential duties, following all appropriate social distancing protocols. A PDF of that email announcement is available here.

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

An announcement email from Chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud was sent to the Peralta community on Friday morning, March 20, 2020. The text of the email can be found here and on the Peralta blog: https://web.peralta.edu/blog/covid-19-march-20-2020-update-from-chancellor-stanback-stroud/

Update From March 18, 2020 – Information for Students

Dr. Siri Brown, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Success, provided students with detailed information about the shift to remote instruction and learning when classes resume on April 6, 2020.  You can read the email sent to students here and the blog post here.

Update from March 17, 2020 – FAQ

The responses to the questions below are based on information available as of March 17, 2020.  COVID-19 continues to be a dynamic public health emergency and the Chancellor and the Emergency Management Team are making decisions based on current advice from government authorities and public health officials.


Does the cancellation apply to my class?

Yes.  All classes are cancelled from Monday, March 23, through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

I'm Part-Time Faculty. Will I still be paid for the two-weeks of cancelled classes?

Yes.

I'm a student employee. Will I still be paid for the two-weeks of cancelled classes?

Yes. Employees (including student workers) will maintain their respective schedule remotely and continue to be paid during this time.

Are we extending the Spring Semester into June 2020?

The district and PFT have not negotiated a change in the Academic calendar.  We will consider it as the situation unfolds.

When do classes resume?

Monday, April 6, 2020.

When will the campuses open again?

The college campuses and the district office will remain closed to effectuate the Order of the Health Officer of Alameda County to shelter in place (see  http://www.acgov.org/documents/Final-Order-to-Shelter-In-Place.pdf)

Since the campuses are closed, how can I pick up my paycheck?

The Payroll Department will mail checks to the employee’s home address. Please contact the Payroll Department at DistrictPayroll@peralta.edu if you have questions or concerns.

Update from March 16, 2020 – Classes Cancelled to April 6, 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.

Update from March 16, 2020: Emergency Board of Trustees Meeting Scheduled

There will be an Emergency Meeting of the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 3:15pm.  The agenda is available here.  This will be a conference call.  Members of the public are invited to join. Here are the call details:

Topic: Peralta Special Board Meeting – March 17, 2020
Time: Mar 17, 2020 03:15 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/717913031

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16699006833,717913031#  or +13462487799,717913031#

Or Telephone:
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Meeting ID: 717 913 031

Update from March 13, 2020 – Chancellor announces campus closures

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 of this announcement is available here.

Update from March 12, 2020 – notice of event cancellations

On Thursday, March 12, 2020, Presidents from the four colleges notified faculty, staff, and administrators at the college campuses of changes regarding events.

Effective now through April 10 the following conditions will be put into place in order to protect our students, staff, and community from the COVID-19 infection and reduce the possibility of community transmission:

Event Cancellations/Postponements
Following guidance from the Alameda County Public Health Department, all upcoming college and district related medium-sized gatherings (more than 100 people) where students, staff, and outside community members come together in close proximity to one another will be cancelled and/or postponed.

Specific upcoming events between March 11 and April 10 that are now cancelled/postponed include:

  • Professional learning events greater than 100 people and/or when the district/college cannot ensure that students and staff are beyond arm’s length of one another due to the venue or planned activity;
  • All college-sponsored performances, including vocal, instrumental, dramatic, and dance concerts.

Additional Restrictions

To the extent possible, and in an effort to limit the exposure in our community, the following restrictions are now in place:

  • Outside rentals of facilities where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another will be cancelled.
    • Staff will coordinate with individual organizations regarding communication and possible rescheduling.
  • College athletic events will be limited to 100 people in attendance and must be held in the largest venues on campus to accommodate guidance on increased social distancing (arms-length distance in seating/spectating). Ticketing protocols will be determined by college administrators.
    • Please note, that athletic event restrictions may be changed if additional guidance and/or restrictions are provided by the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCA) or the health department.

Update from March 11, 2020

Spring Break is moved to March 16-21, 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.

Update from March 10, 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 follothe 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.    

Update from March 6, 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.

Update from March 4, 2020
Update from March 2, 2020

As we know the situation with COVID-19 is rapidly evolving.  The Peralta leadership is committed to keeping you updated with the most current information and we will continue to send email, post in Peralta Gems, and update the Health Services website with the latest information.

Please see below for recommendations from Peralta Medical Affiliate Partners:

  • Noha Aboelata, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Roots Clinic
  • Aisha Mays, MD, Peralta Physician for the Health Clinics

Resources:

Local Agency—Alameda County Public Health Department

http://www.acphd.org

CDC Guidelines:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html/

Guidance for all students and staff:

  1. Practice frequent hand washing (20 seconds with soap).
  2. Avoid touching your face, especially mouth, nose, and eyes.
  3. Sneeze and cough into your sleeved elbow or into a tissue that is discarded into a closed, hands-free trash receptacle (then wash hands again!)
  4. If you have symptoms of a cold, stay home to recuperate! Seek medical attention as needed for worsening or severe symptoms like difficulty breathing.
  5. Do not wear a mask if you’re not sick. And if you are sick, see #4 above and stay home! If you must go out (like to see your doctor), you can wear a mask to protect others. Otherwise there is no indication for wearing a mask at this time. The CDC does not recommend wearing masks at this time.
  6. Do not hoard masks. Suppliers are struggling to keep up with the demand, raising the concern that healthcare workers, hospitals, etc. won’t be able to replenish their supply. This could lead to the danger of exposure and poor infection control where it’s needed most. Besides, you don’t need to wear a mask (see #5 above).
  7. Do not panic! Panic has negative consequences on your health and mental health and does no good in this situation. Self-care = self-preservation. Take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually!

Symptoms of COVID-19 are: cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Unfortunately these are essentially the same symptoms of cold and flu, and we are still in cold and flu season.

Travel health notices are being updated as the situation evolves, but are currently in effect for China, Iran, Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Patients with COVID-19 symptoms and a history of travel to these areas within the past 14 days or contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 are considered PUIs or Persons Under Investigation for Coronavirus

A helpful table with guidance on PUIs, as well as travel health notices are being updated on the CDC website here.

For Reporting or Consultation regarding COVID-19 in Alameda County please contact the Acute Communicable Disease Section:

M-F 8:30-5: (510) 267-3250

After hours and weekends call (925) 422-7595 and ask for the Public Health Duty Officer on-call.

A couple of other things to note:

  1. The vast majority of people with cough and fever do not have COVID-19! The clinic providers will provide anyone who is coughing at our sites a face mask. This does not mean that they have Coronavirus, it just means that we don’t want them spreading a cough or cold to anyone else.
  2. This is allergy season and people are sneezing. Sneezing is not a sign of Coronavirus! Everyone should sneeze into their elbow as described above, both to reduce the spread of germs and to reduce panic.
  3. Please advise your patients, family and friends who have not already done so, to get the flu vaccine. This will not only avoid the flu, but also unnecessary testing of people for Coronavirus as we are already experiencing challenges in scaling up testing capacity nationwide.

Our leadership and clinical teams will continue to monitor the situation closely and do our absolute best to ensure that we are as prepared as possible in the midst of this health crisis.

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  • Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District - comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College - has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 25,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.
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