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PCC To Convert Most Classes To Remote Instruction During Spring Break

College to remain open for now

Published on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | 5:14 am
 

Pasadena City College will convert most in-person classes to offer temporary remote instruction wherever possible from March 18 through the end of Spring Break on April 20.

“The college is not closing,” said Alex Boekelheide, college spokesperson, in response to concerns about the coronavirus.

“College facilities will remain open, and many operations will continue normally. Unless they are actively sick, employees should report to work as normal. Facilities Services has been increasing cleaning and sanitization efforts, and increased supplies of hand sanitizer, soap, and other cleaning products are being distributed.”

No changes will be made to courses that require face-to-face instruction, including performing arts, lab courses, and physical education.

The college will also cancel or postpone events where 100 or more people congregate. Sporting events will be conducted wherever possible without spectators, while college arts performances will be postponed until later in the semester.

Community events will be canceled or postponed.

Local schools moved to Scenario II of the state’s COVID-19 guidelines on Tuesday. Scenario II applies to cases where two confirmed cases of community spread have occurred. There are now two cases in Los Angeles County.

According to city officials, who have not released exact quarantine numbers, there are no cases of the virus in Pasadena.

Since Feb. 3, more than 50 people have been asked to self-quarantine. It is not known how many people remain under self-isolation.

Under the stat’s proscribed Scenario II contact is limited and large events are curbed.

“This emergency will continue to have impacts, and we will continue to respond accordingly,” wrote Boekelheide.

“Throughout this emergency, we have been balancing our educational mission with our imperative to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. As more information about this outbreak has become evident, these actions represent prudent steps we can take to respond effectively to a rapidly changing situation. We appreciate your flexibility, commitment, and professionalism as we navigate this challenging time together.”

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