Current Status, Summer Term & CARES Act information
As of June 2, 2020
Current Status of COVID-19 in YCCD Service Area
June 1, 2020, – 8:00 am:
As of Sunday, May 31 there are a total of 313 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the communities served by the Yuba Community College District. Colusa – 5; Lake – 21; Sutter – 46; Yolo – 211 (96 in Woodland); and Yuba – 30. A total of 12,481 people have been tested in Lake, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties (Colusa data is not available). Currently there is one patient hospitalized in the District.
Statewide there are a total of 110,583 confirmed cases. A total of 1,944,848 tests have been completed. Statewide data from the California Department of Public Health can be found at: https://data.chhs.ca.gov/
Campus Reopening Protocols
On Thursday, May 28 the District submitted a Draft of the proposed reopening protocols to the local county public health departments. The following is a link to that document.
Summer Term Update
A More than 190 courses will be offered this summer throughout the District in more than 40 academic fields. The majority of classes will be delivered online, although a limited number might be provided on-campus, conditions permitting.
The college is in regular contact with local public health officials to monitor community conditions related to the coronavirus. Based on guidance from local officials, Yuba College may need to convert the limited number of on-campus courses to online format if necessary. That decision will be made on June 1, two weeks prior to the term.
To prepare for the possibility of a limited number of courses being delivered on campus, the colleges are preparing to provide a safe environment for the return of students to the campuses. Some specific actions that have been completed, or are currently underway include: ensuring enough masks are available for staff if county health orders require them, or if a staff member feels more comfortable with a mask; deep cleaning of facilities has been completed and an elevated level of cleaning will be maintained moving forward; social distancing protocols and additional safety measures are being installed including: signage, floor markings, hand sanitizing dispensers; changing configuration of classrooms, office and common student spaces; procuring additional IT needs; template language on social distancing and face covering protocols are being prepared for inclusion in course syllabus; and rotation of employee schedules are being analyzed to provide proper distancing. As we start to reopen campuses it is important that we adhere to the guidance from local public health officials.
CARES Act Student Assistance
As part of the Federal Government CARES Act a provision has been made to provide emergency financial support to students in the district. YCCD has $2,988,867 from the CARES Act that will be distributed to YCCD students as direct financial assistance to help cover emergency costs that they have incurred because of the disruption of campus operations related to the coronavirus. A task force, has developed a plan for distribution of funds based on financial need and enrolled units. Awards range from $250 to $500 for eligible students. The criteria used for the award modeling emphasized financial need and broad distribution.
Undocumented/DACA students and non-credit ESL students will receive the same award amounts from AB 19 funds. Funds will be distributed to students by May 22.
05.14.2020 Emergency Student Grant Distributions Email
Local County Public Health Guidance
- Attestation, a document outlining local efforts to prepare for reopening, was approved by the California Department of Health on Wednesday, which, among other things, allows the reopening of dine-in restaurants and shopping malls under phase two of the state’s COVID-19 recovery plan.
- Effective May 14, 2020 Yolo County amended their Shelter-in-Place order to now allow childcare for non-essential workers, select services, and outdoor museums and open gallery spaces to re-open while non-essential office-based businesses must remain closed. This amendment aligns the County with some recent modifications to the State’s Stay-at-Home Order, which allows for all of these activities, including office-based businesses, to resume in a limited capacity under Phase Two of the State’s four-phase reopening plan. The County’s Shelter-in-Place order is still in effect through May 31.
- Additional information can be found in the following release from Yolo County Department of Public Health. Yolo County Allows Additional Activities Prohibits Office Re-Openings 05.14.2020
California Community College Chancellor’s Website
Will summer classes be in-person or online?
The colleges are planning to return to in-person classes for those that are scheduled to be delivered in-person. In addition there are numerous classes that were already planned for online instruction and those will be delivered online. Faculty and staff are working to make ensure that we provide a safe space for students through maintaining social distancing, increasing cleaning and disinfecting of class spaces, and if necessary providing masks.
Faculty for in-person classes are also preparing contingencies just in case classes will need to be delivered through online distance education.
Colleges are consultation with local county health officials and we are using their guidance to help guide our decision making, along with the California Department of Public Health. We will reassess our decision on June 1 and if we cannot move forward with in-person instruction based on the guidance received and that time we will move as classes to an online format.
How will I be notified if there is a change is course delivery?
The district and colleges will provide updates via Catapult EMS, College Apps 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/
What are the plans for the Fall Term? I see many other colleges are moving everything online?
In consultation with the guidance received from local county health officials we are planning to provide a combination of online and in-person classes in the fall.
We will have in-person classes as long as we can ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff through maintaining social distancing, increasing cleaning and disinfecting of class spaces, and if necessary providing masks.
We understand that some students prefer in-person instruction and/or have difficulty with online classes. It is our hope that we accommodate the needs of all students and their desired instructional needs.
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 precautionary measures will the college take to protect students and employees?
To provide an environment that ensures the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff the following steps are being taken at the campuses:
• Deep cleaning of facilities has been conducted, and ongoing elevated cleaning will be maintained
• Social Distancing Cues will be added throughout the campuses including signage, floor markings, change in configuration of classroom and other spaces.
• Standardized language for in-person courses syllabi related to social distancing and face covering protocols will be provided to all faculty.
• Line management software is being researched
• Rotation of employee schedules is being analyzed
• Protocols are being written
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.
Will an EW affect my financial aid?
No, the deadline has passed for any negative financial aid impact.
Is the summer and fall schedule posted?
yes it is posted and available through WebAdvisor.
Other schools have moved lab to an online format. When are we going to do so?
Faculty are being encouraged to determine procedure to do so and are becoming familiar with programs such as Labster, which we hope to add to canvas.
Are we going to move to virtual libraries?
At this time libraries are serving students that need wifi or computer access. Strict social distancing is in place.