Current Status & Frequently Asked Questions
Updated as of April 2, 2020 at 9:00 am
April 2, 2020 – 9:00 am: As of this morning there were a total of 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the service area of Yuba Community College District; one in Colusa County, zero in Lake County, 14 in Sutter County, 28 in Yolo County and eight in Yuba County. Statewide there are a total of 8,155 confirmed cases reported as of April 1, 2020 according to the California Department of Public Health.
- This week is Spring Break (March 30 – April 3) all campuses and the district office will be closed; please do not come to any of the campuses during Spring Break, there will not be any staff on site other than police services and maintenance/janitorial.
The Governor state-wide Shelter in Place order is in effect. The order provides an exemptions for higher education institutions for purposes of performing essential functions that maintain the continuity of instruction.
Social distancing – six feet distance – is being enforced in all facilities to the greatest extent possible.
- Remote instruction at all campuses of YCCD will continue through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
- Delivery of student services will continue in their present configuration either remotely, or on campus for those best provided in-person. Those services are: Library, Computer Labs, certain Instructional Labs, DSPS, Food Pantry, Wi-Fi access, police and facility maintenance.
- The Sutter County Campus and Beale AFB Center have suspended operations and are closed. Services from those campus are being consolidated on the main campus in Marysville.
- District and College leadership continues to meet daily to monitor the situation, connect with local health officials, and refine specific strategies for the programs and services that are provided to our students and the community.
How long will remote instruction continue?
Remote instruction is scheduled through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. District and college leadership are meeting on almost a daily basis to assess the conditions of the rapidly changing environment we find ourselves in. Discussions about extending remote education beyond the spring semester is part of those conversations. While our hope is summer session will be delivered traditionally, contingencies are already being considered.
How will I be notified if there is a change is course delivery?
The district and colleges will provide updates via Catapult EMS and the district website if there are any changes.
Please make sure your current contact information is updated for the YCCD Catapult Emergency Messaging System please follow the link: https://apps.yccd.edu/EMS/
Should students attend class?
As of March 18, classes have been transitioned to remote instruction with limited exceptions. If unsure of the status of your class please contact your instructor.
I am experiencing coronavirus symptoms. What do I do?
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please be advised to do the following:
1) Stay home and seek medical assistance.
a. Contact your health care provider by phone for assessment. It is recommended that you call ahead and not just show up at their offices.
b. If you do not have a health care provider, contact the college health services office by telephone.
• Woodland Community College: (530) 661-7758
• Yuba College: (530) 740-1749
c. If the college health services office is not available, you should contact the county public health office in which you reside.
• Colusa County Public Health: (530) 458-0250
• Glenn County Public Health: (530) 934-6588
• Lake County Public Health: (707) 263-1090
• Sutter County Public Health: (530) 822-7215
• Yolo County Public Health: (530) 666-8643
• Yuba County Public Health: (530) 749-6311
2) Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
3) Wear a face mask when you are around other individuals.
4) Continue to follow the recommended prevention measures.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Avoid sharing personal household items – dishes, cups, towels, bedding, etc…
• Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
Source: Center for Disease Control
5) Monitor your symptoms
• Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
• Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.
• If you have a medical emergency and call 911, notify the dispatcher that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive.
What events have cancelled at Woodland Community College?
3/18: Career Fair on WCC Campus
3/25: Career Fair at Colusa County Campus 4/23: Founders Day Dinner (postponed)
What events have been cancelled at Yuba College?
3/13: Baseball vs. Mendocino
3/14: Track and field @ Wildcat Invite
3/14: Spring Awakening - A Rock Musical
3/16: Track and Field @ ARC
3/16: ASYC: St. Patrick's Day
3/16: Softball vs. Lassen College
3/17:Track and Field @ ARC
3/17:Softball vs. Mendocino
I am having a difficult time reaching my instructor. What do I do?
Please be patient. Instructors are handling a significant number of emails from students while diligently trying to prepare for the transition of their class to remote instruction. If you do not hear from your instructor within 24 hours please contact the Dean. If you do not know who the Dean is contact the Executive Assistant for the Vice President at your college. For WCC that is Gema Diaz at firstname.lastname@example.org. For Yuba College it is Sara Gaytan at email@example.com.
I am thinking about dropping my classes due to the fear of contracting the Coronavirus. How will my financial aid be impacted?
We strongly encourage students to stick with their courses. With that said, we understand that many students are transitioning to a remote learning environment for the first time, and we hope that they will access the support services available to them in support of that transition. In the event that a student must withdrawal from a course due to the coronavirus crisis, we want to support that decision and provide a simplified process for them to follow.
1. Students can initiate an EW for any class due to the coronavirus pandemic and the transition to remote instruction. EWs will be accepted from March 20, the date of the State Chancellor’s Executive Order. A simple form is being developed, and will be available in a few days for students to request an EW.
2. An EW will not affect a student’s academic progress, will not be used to compute a student’s GPA, will not impact academic probation, and will not impact the ability to repeat a course.
3. For students receiving federal financial aid, March 27 is the deadline where if they withdrawal they will not need to return any of that aid.
What guidance should be provided to faculty if the student is under “self-quarantine” and unable to attend class for 14 days?
For classes that meet on campus, faculty members are encouraged to excuse the student's absence and work with the student to help them catch up on missed coursework. For classes that meet remotely, the student may be able to continue coursework, depending on the severity of illness.
What precautionary measures are college taking to protect students and employees?
All college custodial teams are following best-practice guidelines and taking extra steps to deep clean our campuses, particularly "high-touch" points such as door knobs, railings, door handles, bathroom push doors, and light switches. Additional materials are being sought, and extra temporary janitorial staff has been hired to assist in increasing the frequency of cleaning cycles throughout the colleges and district office.
How do we mitigate students or employees from being ostracized as a result of fear surrounding coronavirus?
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The risk of getting coronavirus disease 2019 is currently low in the US, due in part to quick action from health authorities. However, some people are worried about the disease. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma towards Chinese or other Asian-Americans. Stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease (for example, Chinese-Americans and other Asian-Americans living in the United States).
Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem. We can fight stigma and help not hurt others by providing social support. We can communicate the facts that being Chinese or Asian American does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19.