Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

March 30, 2020

Given the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, AVC leadership met March 30 and determined that in the best interest of our college community, beginning April 6, all AVC courses will be provided online until the end of the spring semester, which is May 29, 2020.

Students are expected to continue their studies through online instruction by communicating with their instructors and seeking internet or technology support as needed through the college. Students should contact the IT Help Desk (help@avc.edu or 661-722-6535), available Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm, if they need technology support. If students do not hear from their instructors, they should contact info@avc.edu.

Please note that access to our Lancaster and Palmdale campuses is extremely limited and provided on a case-by-case basis only. Should faculty or staff have an imminent need to visit campus, they should contact their immediate supervisor. All events on campus are canceled until further notice.

Student, staff and faculty resources are continuously posted on the COVID-19 webpage on the AVC website. Information about online tutoring and access to counselors can be found on that page, as well as resources for food distribution, and other services.

All employees will continue to be paid during this time period. Faculty are expected to provide instruction online and maintain continuous communication with students. A return to work date for non-essential staff will be shared once social distancing precautions are lifted by the appropriate officials. If classified staff is needed to work remotely or on campus, they will be contacted by their supervisors. Please do not report to work or work remotely without having approved arrangements with your supervisor first.

We continue to look at plans for commencement and will announce said plans once decisions are made and definitive.

We are here to support you as you continue your education, your teaching and navigating your work during these uncertain times. Be safe. Stay home and follow the safety and preventative measures.

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak and related college campus closure, following is a list of resources regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Antelope Valley College is monitoring the situation daily and will continue to update this page. Please check back often.

Please email all Student Services related questions to Student_Services_COVID19@avc.edu. Email is checked daily.

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update – March 30, 2020

Given the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, AVC leadership met March 30 and determined that in the best interest of our college community, beginning April 6, all AVC courses will be provided online until the end of the spring semester, which is May 29, 2020.

Students are expected to continue their studies through online instruction by communicating with their instructors and seeking internet or technology support as needed through the college. Students should contact the IT Help Desk (help@avc.edu or 661-722-6535), available Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm, if they need technology support. If students do not hear from their instructors, they should contact info@avc.edu.

Please note that access to our Lancaster and Palmdale campuses is extremely limited and provided on a case-by-case basis only. Should faculty or staff have an imminent need to visit campus, they should contact their immediate supervisor. All events on campus are canceled until further notice.

Student, staff and faculty resources are continuously posted on the COVID-19 webpage on the AVC website. Information about online tutoring and access to counselors can be found on that page, as well as resources for food distribution, and other services.

All employees will continue to be paid during this time period. Faculty are expected to provide instruction online and maintain continuous communication with students. A return to work date for non-essential staff will be shared once social distancing precautions are lifted by the appropriate officials. If classified staff is needed to work remotely or on campus, they will be contacted by their supervisors. Please do not report to work or work remotely without having approved arrangements with your supervisor first.

We continue to look at plans for commencement and will announce said plans once decisions are made and definitive.

We are here to support you as you continue your education, your teaching and navigating your work during these uncertain times. Be safe. Stay home and follow the safety and preventative measures.

March 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update – March 27, 2020

We will be holding an Executive Council meeting with all the Deans this Monday, March 30 at 9am. On Monday afternoon, I will inform the college community of next steps in our response to these challenges.

Please remember that next week, March 30-April 4 is our scheduled Spring Break, and is a non-instructional week. This past week also was a non-instructional week. The week of April 6 is instructional with alternate assignments.

It is imperative that faculty stay in touch with their students and provide instruction as best as possible, which I know will be amazing. Students, it is imperative that you stay engaged and in touch with your instructors. As a reminder, faculty, please keep a record of all student interactions (Canvas, email exchanges, instructional material distributions, assignments, etc.). Electronic records are sufficient.

I am extremely proud of the care our students are receiving. Yesterday, Dean Jill Zimmerman, ASO President Jack Danielson, the events staff, and a host of volunteers, including staff and students, distributed food to approximately 150 students in drive/walk-up line. The food included fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as some packaged and canned food from the pantry. Another 150 bags were shared with AV Partners for Health for further distribution today. Our next food distribution will be Thursday, April 9. Please check the website and social media for other food distribution efforts.

Over the past few days, we have continued to make outstanding progress.

I have been very gratified with the collegial work of faculty. In a matter of just two weeks, our course offerings have been almost entirely flipped from in-person offerings to on-line or remote, alternative offerings. We are working on the necessary hands-on laboratory experiences in our programs and curricula. I hope to have some answers from the Chancellor and Governor in the next week.

Our custodial staff completed cleaning the campus yesterday. The entire campus has been deep cleaned and sanitized. My personal thanks for this truly great work and effort.

The Information Technology Services crew has provided remote access to students, staff and faculty. Additionally, a deal was negotiated with Staples to acquire Chrome Books and hotspots to provide connectivity for students who have no access. We will develop protocols and a distribution plan early next week.

The second distribution of financial aid has been prepared for our students and is on time. A tip of the hat to Nichelle Williams and her staff for making this possible.

All payroll has been processed and will be delivered on time. My thanks to Human Resources and Payroll for completing this arduous task both on-site and remotely.

Business Services is processing all accounts payable, paying our bills, and has engaged in making sure we can acquire the material and equipment we need to support the change in instructional and support services delivery.

I have been involved in statewide conversations concerning next steps and budget outlook for the coming year. As you can imagine, there is a great deal of uncertainty in the system. The community colleges are of course, answering the call.

Remember to practice all the safety and preventive measures. Please visit the website for ongoing updates and resources. All updates will be published on the website and through social media outlets. RAVE Alerts will only be used when it is very compelling and necessary.

Have a good weekend and take care of yourselves and your families.

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Update – March 25, 2020

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 26, the Marauder Market will be open in Lot 13 (Ave. J-8 and 30th St. West) to provide food distribution for our food insecure students. Line-up begins at 9:30 am and distribution begins at 10 am continuing until supplies last. Students need to show their student IDs.

College leadership will meet on Monday, March 30. After that meeting, I will inform you about the decision on the future status of the college's online only instruction and the return to our campuses.

I am thankful that we continue to make progress on expanding access for our students. The Information Technology Services team has been working hard to expand student connectivity, as well as developing enhanced access for staff so that the business of the District can continue to be conducted. As a result, graduation checks are proceeding, transcripts are being processed, and summer and fall schedules are being finished. Even the college catalog is in review for production. Further, all the bills are being paid, and payroll will be issued on time. Construction is continuing as planned and it is encouraging to watch the progress being made. At week’s end, I will share budget news and a report on the continued progress we have made in increasing student access.

As of yesterday's reporting through the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, there were 8 positive COVID-19 cases in Lancaster, with 1 presumed death, although that case is being investigated by the CDC, and there are 2 cases in Palmdale.

We continue to collaborate with statewide officials and local communities on everything from sharing ideas for communications strategies, to increasing student access, to advocacy for mitigation of state requirements regarding nursing requirements, the load limits for adjunct faculty, and researching how we can better offer lab classes that require direct contact.

Everyone is pulling together to protect our students, communities and institutions.

Please stay safe. Practice all the preventive measures, this virus can affect everyone, so please be vigilant.

Take good care.

March 23, 2020

COVID-19 Update – March 23, 2020

This morning the Executive Council and Deans met to get updates and set priorities and actions for at least the next week. It was a productive meeting and I am very pleased with the optimism, confidence and proactive thoughts. Below are some key takeaways from the meeting.

At the time of this email, the mayor of Lancaster reported that there are 6 cases in Lancaster, however the paper this morning reported 4, and 1 at the prison. The Lancaster number includes the Edwards Air Force Base case, as the person is being treated in Lancaster. There are no diagnosed in Palmdale.

A RAVE Alert was sent this afternoon to reiterate to students that instruction has not been suspended until April 13 though the campus is closed. Apparently, there was some of this sentiment being passed along from students to staff. To reiterate, last week (March 16-20) was instructional via online or other alternative means as deemed by the instructor. This week (March 23-27) is non-instructional except there were 8-week online classes that may complete their instruction, there are other 8-week classes that can complete this week, albeit via online or alternative means. Next week, (March 30 – April 4) is our scheduled spring break and is non-instructional. Beginning with the week of April 6 instruction continues, and second 8-week classes will begin. All classes will be online or through alternative means.

It is imperative that contact be made with instructors and that students follow their directions for course progression.

Los Angeles County school districts extended their closure until Tuesday, May 5. We are gathering more information and analyzing impacts on student completions. A decision on extending our campus closure and online/alternative instruction modes will be made on Monday, March 30. We again will have a meeting of the Executive Council and Deans on that day.

We are planning to create an outdoor food distribution center for this Thursday, March 26. We will have more on this in the next 48 hours. Please check the website and social media for details. This food distribution is only for our students who are food insecure. We will be checking student IDs.

Faculty members are being asked to communicate with their students to determine those who lack a computer and or internet connectivity. This information will greatly assist us in providing support services.

The publishing of the web-based summer and fall schedules is delayed until Friday, April 3. Registration will still begin on Tuesday, May 5 as planned.

The effort to clean the campus will be completed by Wednesday morning this week and we will meet on the progression of the construction at the end of this week.

We are coordinating with the cities and at the state level through the Chancellor's office. We have received some exceptions and supports, and we continue to communicate system-wide. The Chancellor’s office is moving to purchase a platform for virtual laboratory courses. We will keep you posted on this progress.

Please practice the preventive measures, and stay safe. Check the website and social media for updates. More within the next 48 hours.

March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update – March 21, 2020

Given the news received last evening, and in the paper this morning, regarding the continuation of the closure of local K-12 and K-8 school districts until May 5, we will be having a meeting of the Executive Council and Deans on Monday morning, March 23. We will discuss our options and plans for future events.

Immediately following the meeting, we will publish next steps and information on the website, through the e-mail Stay.Healthy@avc.edu and all social media outlets. Please continue to follow the directives and guidelines to assist preventive measures.

Have a good weekend and take care of yourselves and your families.

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update – March 20, 2020

I am sending this update to everyone this week because the work we are doing is general in nature and applies to us all.

As I am sure you all are aware, the Governor has imposed a stay at home order for non-essential personnel for the next month. We are honoring this. We have not altered our timeline as published on Monday, March 16 and is posted on the website.

On Wednesday evening, we activated our Emergency Operations Center. This is not to alarm you, but to protect the institution and to align with the cities and state. This action established specific protocols and may put the institution in position to share in any emergency funding that becomes available. We are in touch with the Chancellor’s Office, public officials and local school districts. We will do what we can to align with their directives and plans.

Further, at the time of this email, the first two cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed here in the AV and the patients are being treated at AV Hospital.

I need to emphasize that campus is closed to all except essential personnel. Construction is continuing. These are outside contractors; they work outside and in small groups. We have custodial crews on campus. These crews are deep cleaning and sanitizing the entire campus. All the common areas of the campus, all touch points, all classrooms, meeting spaces and restrooms will have been sanitized. This work will be completed by the end of next week.

Only a very few people will be on campus the week of March 30. We have personnel processing payroll and paying the bills. These are very limited and staggered crews, but the work is essential. Financial aid is being processed as are applications for graduation. We are still planning for commencement on May 29. We will also be ready for summer and fall registration as those dates arrive in April and May.

The next two weeks March 23-29; and March 30-April 5, are non-instructional weeks, however, faculty may be asking for work to be completed or some catch-up work, as we were transitioning this past week. Note that our spring break was not scheduled to begin until March 30.

Remember to employ all the preventive measures: wash your hands often and thoroughly; don’t shake hands; practice social distancing as best you can; if you feel ill, seek medical advice; eat well; hydrate; and get good rest. Please stay calm, I am confident we will get through this challenging time.

Please watch the website and social media for ongoing information. There are several links for resources and information on the website. RAVE alerts will only be employed under the most compelling circumstances.

March 17, 2020

Instructional Update

I know that many of you have ongoing questions and uncertainty about how the semester will progress. We will endeavor to keep you informed about actions here on campus. By the end of the week, we will have a full series of FAQ’s posted on the website for you.

During this week, March 16 – 20, please contact your instructors for alternate assignments and how to deliver them. It is imperative that you stay engaged with your instructors.

On campus, we are deep cleaning everything, and preparing for alternate methods of instruction.

Financial aid disbursements will be made on time and as previously published.

Student workers will be paid according to their regular schedule.

The week of March 23 – 27 is a non-instructional week. The week of March 30 – April 3 is our scheduled Spring Break and is a non-instructional week.

The week of April 6 – April 10 is an instructional week but it will be with alternate assignments, as students please do not come to campus.

April 13 we are planning to fully reopen, but we are reviewing this daily. Please check the website and social media for updates.

In the meantime, stay calm. Wash your hands thoroughly and often. If you feel ill, check with your medical professionals and stay home. Eat well, hydrate, and get good rest.

We are posting resources for you on the website. These will tell you how to find medical services and if you are food or housing insecure, where you can get assistance.

Stay safe and take care of yourselves.

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Campus Update

First, thank you all for your patience, understanding and diligence as we progress through this challenging situation. I truly appreciate it.

Today, the cleaning of the campus began. All locations will be deep cleaned and sanitized prior to the return of all employees on April 6. Other staff are here making sure payroll is processed, financial aid disbursements are on time, that our bills are being paid and vendors can make deliveries.

Students will not return until April 13 when we expect to be fully reopened. We are however, monitoring the situation daily and closely as it changes continuously.

We are compiling a FAQ resource for the website. We will also be posting changes on the website, social media, and through email. You will receive email updates from Stay.Healthy@avc.edu. This is a no-reply email that is used for distribution of information only.

To reinforce the message of yesterday, everyone will be paid during this closure, if someone works during this time, they will be paid at the overtime rate. Working during this closure will be voluntary and optional.

Please follow the preventive measures we have previously published. Stay hydrated and get good rest. Take care of your families.

March 14, 2020

Important Announcement:

All AVC classes at Lancaster and Palmdale campuses are cancelled Monday, March 16, 2020. College leadership will meet that day to determine next steps in light of the various school and college closures/changes to online instruction due to the COVID-19 outbreak. New information is expected to be posted by 3 p.m. Monday, March 16.

March 13, 2020

Campus Closed Monday, March 16, 2020

In light of the actions this afternoon of the AVUHSD and PSD, Antelope Valley College will be closed for all classes on Monday March 16, 2020. We will treat this day as a "snow" day special closure. All faculty and staff are released except those included in the following events.

The Special Board Meeting scheduled for 8:30 a.m. will be held.

The special Executive Council meeting with campus leadership will be held at 9:00 a.m. as planned. Further alternatives will be planned and decided. LASD presence on campus required as scheduled.

Future actions will be published no later than 3:00p.m. Monday, March 16.

Please check website and alert communications for further updates.

As always, follow the preventive measures, stay in touch with the college and instructors, check email and website for updates. Stay hydrated, get rest, protect yourself and your families.

March 12, 2020

Fwd: Update – COVID-19

I am forwarding a communication that the Superintendent of the AVUHSD sent to all students and their parents. We have been in conversation with area districts on a regular basis (click here to open the email from Superintendent David J. Vierra Ph.D.).

Further, there have been several rumors floating about that are harmful. No one at AVC has been diagnosed with the virus. As of this writing, and to our knowledge, there is no diagnosed case of COVID-19 in the AV. We are taking similar measures as Victor Valley, Cerro Coso and Barstow Colleges. There are several Los Angeles area CCs that are transitioning to online instruction. Many conferences and athletic events in the CCs have been postponed or cancelled.

We are having a meeting Monday, March 16 to plan future actions and contingencies given the new information that has surfaced in the past 24 hours. There are many issues that directly impact our students in making the decision to change a method of instruction, among the most important; ensuring that statutory requirements are met so credit can be awarded; planning so completion and graduation can be achieved on time; determining the impact on financial aid and scholarships; determining the level of access for all students (not every student has internet access); researching other modes of instruction that may be available; protecting our students who are food and housing insecure; and the list grows.

We will have another communication on the afternoon of March 16.

March 11, 2020

New Changes in COVID-19 Progression

There are many changes in the last 24 hours in the situation concerning the COVID-19 virus. We have engaged in multiple conversations in the last 24 hours with leaders across the state and on campus. We are fortunate in the AV as there are still no diagnosed cases of this particular coronavirus. Influenza continues to be the most prolific problem.

Having said that however, we are aware of the movement of the LACCD to online only, aware of the NBA and NCAA actions, and aware of the latest guidelines from public health officials. The Universities that have moved to online only are residential universities where a large population of students not only attend classes on campus, but live there in residential living facilities and have extracurricular activities on campus in large groups.

On Monday morning, March 16, I will be meeting with campus and student leaders to develop a progressive response to the growing potential threat to our community. The results of that meeting will be published and distributed on Monday afternoon. This is not an open meeting in the interests of being able to move to action plans. The group is a representative group of all constituent groups.

Among the several options available:

  • Rescheduling or extending Spring Break
  • Cessation of all travel
  • No-spectators at athletic events
  • Cessation of performances and on-campus gatherings of students and off-campus visitors
  • Multi-modality class delivery of instruction
I have contacted the Chancellor's office on academic calendar options so all students graduate on time. And, I have contacted the programs, accredited by outside agencies, where completion is critically dependent upon hours attended and laboratory experiences.

Again, we will have a comprehensive report for all on Monday March 16th. In the meantime, please follow all the preventive measures we have distributed on multiple occasions, most important among them are: staying hydrated, sipping water every 15 minutes; washing your hands frequently and thoroughly. If you feel ill or are ill stay home and see a health professional; eat well; cough into your sleeve at the elbow; don't shake hands; don't touch your mouth, nose and face, and get enough rest.

Please take care all.

 

March 8, 2020

New COVID-19 Guidelines for Higher Education Institutions

Given the conversation that has started within the Senate, and in a recent e-mail stream, I am forwarding the following e-mail from the Chancellor of the system. I received this last night. In addition we have distributed multiple e-mail with information links and guidelines beginning on February 27. In the attachments (listed below) there are several scenarios outlined. We have met the conditions of Scenario One, and are closely monitoring the events and following the dictates of public health agencies and professionals. We have hand sanitizers in every building, Clorox wipes for all computer labs and the Library and are doing intensive cleaning every night. Lab techs are wiping down keyboards at least twice per day. Cleaning supplies are at a premium right now from not only our wholesale vendors, but the retail outlets as well.

Closing down the college for an extended period is not being advised now as we haven't reached that level of exposure, and if we do reach that level extended closure has to be coordinated through the system office to ensure that credit issued is protected and funding arranged for alternative operations. Having said that it would be a good plan if all faculty would prepare to be able to use Canvas in the short term. This is not a requirement, but a suggestion. Alex and Greg can assist with this for interested faculty.

Influenza has had a greater impact than the Coronavirus at this time. There are no diagnosed cases of Corona in the AV at this time. Testing kits are being made available to all public agencies now, with a focus on those areas most greatly affected.

I strongly encourage everyone to remain calm. We will continuously update all of you via e-mail, just as we have since February 27. In the meantime, please follow the guidelines as we have distributed them over the past two weeks.

Thank you all for you cooperation. Take good care.

Attachments: CDPH Higher Education Guidance   |   CDPH Guidance for Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events   |   Coronavirus (LA County)   |   Coronavirus Telebriefing Notes

March 3, 2020

More Information on Coronavirus

There is continued reporting on the spread of the Coronavirus within the United States and Internationally. I am attaching a piece written by faculty member, here at AVC, Dr. Bassam Salameh, a microbiologist and an expert on public health issues (attachment located below). He wrote the piece at the request of Dean Christos Valiotis. I believe the shared information will be helpful.

As a reminder, if you are ill stay home. Students please inform your instructors. Faculty and staff please inform the appropriate supervisor. If you are exhibiting symptoms, please seek medical services. Students there are medical services here on campus at CSUB - AV. For the time being, do not shake hands directly; do not touch your face and mouth; cough into your sleeve at the elbow not into your hands; wash your hands frequently and often with warm water and for a minimum of 20 seconds. We are distributing hand sanitizers for all buildings on campus.

We are continuing to monitor the progression of information, and are following the directives of the public health agencies. The following link will provide you all with up to date information.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html

Attachments: Coronavirus Explanation

February 27, 2020

Coronavirus Information

AVC wants you to stay healthy and to provide everyone with information concerning the flu and coronavirus. They are two different things but the symptoms are similar:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
The Coronavirus has not been diagnosed in our area and has had limited diagnosis across the country. The flu this year is particularly strong. There are some precautions that we all should take to help prevent the spread of these two diseases, and some services here at the college may be helpful.

If you are ill, please stay home. Students, be sure to email your instructors. There are medical services available to all students on the CSUB-AV campus Monday-Friday. The center provides flu shots, as do most pharmacies. Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If you have a cough, cough into your sleeve at the elbow, not into your hand.

For more information please click on the link below.
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCOV2019.aspx

If you have any other medical questions, please contact CSUB-AV Medical Health Services at 661-952-5604. Additionally, there are hand sanitizer dispensers being distributed across campus. We are monitoring the situation carefully and following the direction of the public health agencies, local officials and monitoring changes as they occur. We will take every step necessary to protect the college community. At this stage, there has been no call to close facilities, postpone or cancel public events, or restrict public gatherings.

There is active planning occuring at the statewide level of the community college system and preparing for any escalation of the virus. We actively discussed alternatives and planning methods at our statewide CEO meeting this past weekend. We will keep you all informed as changes occur.
 

 

March 31, 2020

Payroll Checks Will Be Mailed

For the health of all our staff here at AVC, all payroll checks will be mailed out rather than allowing for pickup over the next two months

Hourly and student workers pay checks issued on Friday April 10th and on Friday May 8th: Checks will be mailed the day BEFORE the issue date to help ensure you receive your checks on or as close to the actual issue date as possible.

Please go into MyAVC and verify your mailing address is correct as this is what is printed on the check.

If you have any questions please contact your payroll specialist/technician or Debby Hackenberg (ext. 6825) and we will assist you.

Thank you everyone.

March 30, 2020

Important Information

Given the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, beginning April 6, all Antelope Valley College courses will be online until the end of the spring semester, which is May 29, 2020.

Students are expected to continue their studies through online instruction. In-person services are suspended until further notice.

Student Services

Please email all Student Services related questions to Student_Services_COVID19@avc.edu. Email is checked daily.

Emergency Food Assistance

We understand that these times are very challenging for all of us. We are all having to change how we do things and how we are going to take care of ourselves and our families. We want to make sure you are aware of additional support services you might need for food. Please check these out and apply for CalFresh if you have not done so already.

As always AVC is here to help us all get through this crisis. Don't hesitate to reach out to us at any time at Student_Services_COVID19@avc.edu.

Additional resources are being added daily to help out our community. Check our AVC website for additional local food banks.

Counselors Are Available During The Following Times:

  • Spring Break Online Counseling Hours: Monday - Thursday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Regular Hours after Spring Break: Monday - Thursday 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 7:30 to 11:30 am.

Update From Mayor Parris – FREE Spectrum Internet


March 23, 2020

Dear Lancaster Community Members,

In an effort to make sure our community stays informed, first I will provide an update on COVID-19. As of close of business today, there are seven (7) confirmed cases in the Antelope Valley. We are continuing to maintain contact with our team of doctors so that we always have the most up-to-date information readily available for you.

The City, in partnership with AV Partners for Health, has launched a new program effective today. Feed the Need will supply dietician-approved meals to seniors (62+) and homeless families at designated sites experiencing isolation and food insecurity due to the COVID-19 crisis. The goal is to serve no fewer than 100 seniors and up to 50 homeless families with one hot meal per person each weekday and two frozen meals and one grocery bag on the weekends. For more information, please contact AVPH at 661-942-4719.

We understand that many folks in our community will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19. Many of us rely on the internet in nearly every aspect of our lives. Spectrum (owned by Charter Communications) will be offering the following within the City of Lancaster:

  • Free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.

  • Partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

  • For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps

  • Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use

  • Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees

We encourage everyone to take advantage of the interactive map with FREE Hotspots, allowing residents to zoom down to the City and street level where you can search and find the closest hotspot. For more information please read Charter's press release here.

#COVID19AV

Be Well, Stay Informed, Stand Strong,
Mayor R. Rex Parris

Textbook Option – Free Online Resource

Dear students,

In light of the ongoing disruption to on-campus learning, we’ve partnered with our digital course materials platform, VitalSource, and leading publishers to launch VitalSource Helps, a program offering free access to ebooks for students who may have lost access to course materials.

If you previously accessed textbooks via the library, or shared a book with a classmate, visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com to access free ebooks through May 25. VitalSource Helps provides access to an expansive catalog of ebooks, but some content may not be available.

Getting Started

To access free materials, you must use your avc.edu email address to log in or create an account. Before you get started, we encourage you to review this student FAQ. You can get started today at bookshelf.vitalsource.com by signing up or logging with our institution-provided email address.

We hope this will be of assistance to you as you continue your studies online.

Sincerely,

The Marauder Bookstore

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

If you are feeling alone and/or anxious during this time, county residents can call Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Helpline at (800) 854-7771 for mental health support, resources and referrals.

Free Mindfulness Exercises, Meditations & Courses

Browse the collection of free mindfulness trainings, meditation scripts and mindfulness worksheets from www.mindfulnessexercises.com.

Additional Resources:

Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event

During and after a disaster, it is natural to experience different and strong emotions. Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. Connect with family, friends, and others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to seek help.

People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment plans during an emergency and monitor for any new symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSAexternal icon) website.

Click here to explore resources to help cope and take care of yourself and each other during an emergency.

Grace Resources Center – No Cost Safe Child Custody Exchange Service

Our friends at Grace Resources Center offer a No Cost Safe Child Custody Exchange Service to the community. Below you'll find their brochure, as well as the referral application. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to Helen Asaro, SCCE Program Manager at 661-940-5272.

Student Resources From The Chancellor's Office

The Chancellor's Office is committed to providing resources to support individual community colleges and their students that are now working in a whole new way - online only. Some common questions are answered here.

Student Veterans & Dependents

We hope you are all doing well. We just want you all to know that those of you whose benefits have already been certified, you will still receive your BAH as normal.

Anyone who is taking late starting classes ONLY and is not yet certified, please access the request for benefits form from avc.edu/studentservices/veterans and email it to Ajohnson168@avc.edu, and you will be certified.

If you have any questions or need to contact Ashley for any reason, please do not hesitate to reach out (Email: Student_Services_COVID19@avc.edu).

CA Colleges Foster and Former Foster Youth Students

Writing Center – Online Resources

Quick Links to information can be found on the right sidebar of the Writing Center website.

Examples:

  • Writing a Research Paper (explains the steps in the process)
  • Research Checklist (handy for following each step in a timely manner)
  • MLA Documentation, Sample 1st Page, Sample Works Cited Page, Quotation Handout
  • APA (6th ed. ) Documentation, Sample paper, etc.

Health & Wellness Resources

For Online Health and Wellness Resources please visit Wellness Central.

Online Counseling Services Available During Spring Break

Online counseling services will be available to students who need it during spring break, March 30 – April 3. Click here to schedule your appointment.

Resources for Undocumented Students

CSU Bakersfield Information

Accelerating to Virtual Instruction and Social Distancing for Students and Employees (March 17, 2020 – PDF)

NLSLA Emergency Protocols

In the face of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, NLSLA is enacting emergency protocols to provide additional safety precautions for our staff, clients and community members. Like many of you, this has required us to make some very difficult decisions. Our goal is to continue providing critical legal services while practicing social distancing as recommended by the CDC. Therefore, NLSLA has made the following changes, effective 03/16/2020:

» NLSLA program offices will be open for business but closed to the public. If someone is in need of legal help, please ask them to call our hotline:

  • General Help Line: 1 (800) 433-6251
  • Health Help Line: 1 (800) 896-3202
» The following NLSLA clinics will be cancelled for March and April:
  • Glendale Housing Rights Clinic
  • El Monte Housing Clinic
  • Pacoima Housing Clinic
  • Naturalization Clinic
The following NLSLA clinics will continue remote services by appointment only:
  • Lancaster Reentry Clinic
  • Palmdale Reentry Clinic
  • Education Rights Clinic
» NLSLA participation in all outreach events will be suspended through April 30, 2020. Staff have been directed to hold virtual workshops or trainings. If this is not a viable option, the workshop or training must be postponed.

» Staff may not participate in in-person meetings, but may participate remotely.

» With very few exceptions, NLSLA staff and personnel will no longer report to remote sites.

If you have any questions regarding how these protocols impact existing commitments, please contact me. I truly regret any inconvenience this causes your organization and community members. We are closely monitoring the situation and are updating policies and protocols for our staff accordingly. We will keep you posted as things change.

We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

 

Employee Rights

Employee rights for paid Sick Leave and expanded FMLA under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (PDF)

March 30, 2020

CVC-OEI

To All Faculty,

CVC-OEI/@ONE has just published three instructional continuity resources on the @ONE website. All three can be accessed via Instructional Continuity in our main website menu and will also be linked from the main CVC-OEI Emergency Preparedness site soon.

Please note, these pages were developed quickly in an effort to provide just-in-time support during this dynamic situation. If you identify any errors or have suggestions for improvement, please email me directly. We want these resources to be as helpful as possible.

If you have any questions or need help making this transition DETC has committee members ready and willing to assist faculty as needed.

Sent on behalf of DETC

March 30, 2020

A Basic Canvas Design Strategy

A short video (2:49) on a basic course design strategy – Watch on YouTube

March 19, 2020

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

If you are feeling alone and/or anxious during this time, county residents can call Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Helpline at (800) 854-7771 for mental health support, resources and referrals.

March 19, 2020

Mailroom Needs

USPS will not deliver or pick up until April 6. Because of this, you will need to ensure letter(s) are in the mailroom prior to 10:00 a.m. or it will not go until the following scheduled date. If it is a package, and is being sent via UPS or FedEx, please have it to the warehouse prior to 9:00 a.m.

We will stamp and take mail on these dates:

  • Wednesday, March 18
  • Friday, March 20
  • Wednesday, March 25
  • Tuesday, March 31
  • Friday, April 3

March 19, 2020

Emergency Purchase Requisitions

For "Emergency" Purchase Requisitions please see this link:
https://www.avc.edu/administration/busserv/urgentrequest

If there is a determined emergency/urgent need, please contact BOTH Dawn McIntosh and Angela Musial and we will look at the requisition as soon as possible.

If you have a contract for a vendor that was scheduled between now and the time we return, please contact that vendor and let them know the event has been cancelled. If we need to amend a contract, please reach out to me via email and we will work as quickly as possible to get an amendment turned around.

For Mailroom needs we will be open from 8:00 to Noon Monday through Thursday. We will be closed Friday's. We can process outgoing mail during that time. If something is critical and must go out, you will need to ensure the letter(s) is in the mailroom prior to 10:00 a.m. or it will not go until the following day. If it is a package, and goes by UPS or FedEx, please have it to the warehouse or mail room prior to 9:00 a.m.

For Warehouse needs. We are open from 8 - 4 to accept deliveries and will deliver as much as possible throughout each day. We will also send out packages via UPS and FEDEX as we normally do.

March 17, 2020

Canvas & Instructional Tech Support

A reminder that Greg and Alex have scheduled sessions through the week for group and one-on-one trainings.

Greg is doing his Canvas Basics. Alex is taking on everything from Accessible Design to Zoom.

You can sign up for sessions via a google sheet – Online Support Sign-up

Also Help Desk is up from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. M-Th at 661-722-6535

Justin and Dan are there to help you with password, software access, phone/voicemail, etc.

And Dean and Rick are monitoring email, for those bigger picture issues. Please reach out.

March 16, 2020

OL Tutoring Available for AVC

Here are Quick Start Guides for two OL Tutoring systems AVC already has available through your Canvas shells.

Smarthinking is a Pearson resource. This is a tutoring system that as MOST--maybe not all--subjects we teach on campus. The subjects are anything from Art History to Fire Science. 90% of their tutors has Master's degrees or PhDs. We opened this system to ALL subjects and classes across the campus a year or so ago. You may be less familiar with it then NetTutor; if you spend some time with it, however, you may find it to be of great use to your students. It is available through your Canvas shell already.

Additionally attached is a document that contains a quick start guide for both NetTutor and Smarthinking. NetTutor is the system used by all California Community Colleges. You may already be familiar with it as it has been around for a number of years. Again, there is tutoring for most subject areas here too. It is also available through your Canvas shell already.

We also have Learning Express Library. This resource does have tutoring, but it also has study skills tutorials as well as test prep for a variety of licenses. https://www.learningexpresshub.com/ProductEngine/LELIndex.html#/prepstepacademic/libraryhome

See AVC's Learning Center faculty resource page for additional information. https://www.avc.edu/lc/facultyres

 

ITS Support Information

Faculty and Staff can open a support ticket two ways.

  • Send email to help@avc.edu. Provide a brief summary of your needs. You will get an automated response with a reference number and your issue will be prioritized and addressed as soon as possible.

  • For more urgent issues, for both ITS and IMC, call the Help Desk at x6535.
Our hours of operations for all support services during the campus closure are Monday – Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm.

 

Employee Rights

Employee rights for paid Sick Leave and expanded FMLA under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (PDF)

Free In-Shape Classes for AVC Employees

In-Shape is offering a great variety of on demand exercise options and resources to all AVC employees for free – even if you are not a member of In-Shape. Click here to view all free classes.

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

If you are feeling alone and/or anxious during this time, county residents can call Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Helpline at (800) 854-7771 for mental health support, resources and referrals.

March 19, 2020

Mailroom Needs

USPS will not deliver or pick up until April 6. Because of this, you will need to ensure letter(s) are in the mailroom prior to 10:00 a.m. or it will not go until the following scheduled date. If it is a package, and is being sent via UPS or FedEx, please have it to the warehouse prior to 9:00 a.m.

We will stamp and take mail on these dates:

  • Wednesday, March 18
  • Friday, March 20
  • Wednesday, March 25
  • Tuesday, March 31
  • Friday, April 3

March 19, 2020

Emergency Purchase Requisitions

For "Emergency" Purchase Requisitions please see this link:
https://www.avc.edu/administration/busserv/urgentrequest

If there is a determined emergency/urgent need, please contact BOTH Dawn McIntosh and Angela Musial and we will look at the requisition as soon as possible.

If you have a contract for a vendor that was scheduled between now and the time we return, please contact that vendor and let them know the event has been cancelled. If we need to amend a contract, please reach out to me via email and we will work as quickly as possible to get an amendment turned around.

For Mailroom needs we will be open from 8:00 to Noon Monday through Thursday. We will be closed Friday's. We can process outgoing mail during that time. If something is critical and must go out, you will need to ensure the letter(s) is in the mailroom prior to 10:00 a.m. or it will not go until the following day. If it is a package, and goes by UPS or FedEx, please have it to the warehouse or mail room prior to 9:00 a.m.

For Warehouse needs. We are open from 8 - 4 to accept deliveries and will deliver as much as possible throughout each day. We will also send out packages via UPS and FEDEX as we normally do.

American Fidelity

American Fidelity understands the coronavirus is impacting the daily lives of our customers and is causing disruptions to the employers we serve. We are prepared to handle circumstances related to the coronavirus through our business continuity protocols. Ensuring continuous service for our customers is our top priority.

Continuing Our High Level of Service

To continue providing a high level of service, we have nearly all our colleagues working securely in remote locations and practicing social distancing in order to:

  • Process Claims
  • Answer Calls & Emails
In preparation for the unexpected, such as delays in mail service, we recommend the following:

Employees should submit claims through the fastest option with their online account and sign up for direct deposit to avoid mail delays.

Shop for Medical Supplies Online

We understand that many people are trying to limit their exposure by practicing social distancing, which may prevent them from being able to conveniently shop for medical supplies. Our partner, Health E-Commerce, offers exclusive coupons for American Fidelity customers on their online stores. Use the code AF5OFF for $5.00 off: Even if you don't have an FSA or HSA, you can still shop for health products at these stores.

 

Health Benefits/Virtual Care

$0 Flu Vaccines

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Members – $0 flu shots are available at participating pharmacies. Members may call Navitus at 1-866-333-2757 for more information.
  • Kaiser Members – $0 Flu Shots are available in the lobby of most Kaiser facilities.
Virtual Health Care
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield members may access MDLive Virtual Urgent Care for $0. See the flyer below for details.
    EAP Coronavirus
  • Kaiser provides $0 telemedicine options. See the flyer below for details.
    Kaiser Telemedicine Southern CAL
SISC EAP
  • Employees are likely dealing with a range of emotions during this time. The SISC EAP is here to help. See the flyer below for details.
    SISC MDlive $0 Copay

 

Social Distancing Guidelines at Work

Social Distancing Guidelines at Work flyer from the Society for Human Resource Management.

ITS Support Information

Faculty and Staff can open a support ticket two ways.

  • Send email to help@avc.edu. Provide a brief summary of your needs. You will get an automated response with a reference number and your issue will be prioritized and addressed as soon as possible.

  • For more urgent issues, for both ITS and IMC, call the Help Desk at x6535.
Our hours of operations for all support services during the campus closure are Monday – Thursday 8:00am - 5:00pm.

 

Emergency Food Assistance

We understand that these times are very challenging for all of us. We are all having to change how we do things and how we are going to take care of ourselves and our families. We want to make sure you are aware of additional support services you might need for food. Please check these out and apply for CalFresh if you have not done so already.

As always AVC is here to help us all get through this crisis. Don't hesitate to reach out to us at any time at Student_Services_COVID19@avc.edu.

Additional resources are being added daily to help out our community. Check our AVC website for additional local food banks.

The Hope Center

Read "Beyond The Food Pantry" from The Hope Center.

NLSLA Emergency Protocols

In the face of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, NLSLA is enacting emergency protocols to provide additional safety precautions for our staff, clients and community members. Like many of you, this has required us to make some very difficult decisions. Our goal is to continue providing critical legal services while practicing social distancing as recommended by the CDC. Therefore, NLSLA has made the following changes, effective 03/16/2020:

» NLSLA program offices will be open for business but closed to the public. If someone is in need of legal help, please ask them to call our hotline:

  • General Help Line: 1 (800) 433-6251
  • Health Help Line: 1 (800) 896-3202
» The following NLSLA clinics will be cancelled for March and April:
  • Glendale Housing Rights Clinic
  • El Monte Housing Clinic
  • Pacoima Housing Clinic
  • Naturalization Clinic
The following NLSLA clinics will continue remote services by appointment only:
  • Lancaster Reentry Clinic
  • Palmdale Reentry Clinic
  • Education Rights Clinic
» NLSLA participation in all outreach events will be suspended through April 30, 2020. Staff have been directed to hold virtual workshops or trainings. If this is not a viable option, the workshop or training must be postponed.

» Staff may not participate in in-person meetings, but may participate remotely.

» With very few exceptions, NLSLA staff and personnel will no longer report to remote sites.

If you have any questions regarding how these protocols impact existing commitments, please contact me. I truly regret any inconvenience this causes your organization and community members. We are closely monitoring the situation and are updating policies and protocols for our staff accordingly. We will keep you posted as things change.

We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

 

Contact AVC

Email inquiries and invoices to accounts_payable@avc.edu.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is keeping residents of the region informed about COVID-19 and how to stay healthy here.

The California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health is responsible for public health in California and enforces some of the laws In the California Health and Safety Codes. Daily updates on the latest cases in California and what the state is doing to protect the public as well as answers to commonly asked questions about the virus are available on the California Department of Public Health website. Information on state guidance for colleges and universities is provided in the Higher Education Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 document.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a webpage dedicated to situation updates, information for schools and professionals, and what citizens should know about COVID-19, available here.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is working closely with the governor’s office, the California Department of Public Health and local colleges to mitigate effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The Chancellor’s Office is committed to providing accurate and timely information during this crisis.

Updates

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States and has information including virus facts that cover symptoms and what to do if you're sick, tips on preventing spread, answers to commonly asked questions and updates on cases in the United States.

The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that is concerned with world public health. They have both up-to-date situation reports on cases around the globe, plus a list of widely circulating Coronavirus myths.

Credit: California Community Colleges

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States and has information including virus facts that cover symptoms and what to do if you're sick, tips on preventing spread, answers to commonly asked questions and updates on cases in the United States.

Credit: California Community Colleges

State of Emergency

Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency to Help State Prepare for Broader Spread of COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has resources and tools for professional communicators through its Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication program.

Credit: California Community Colleges

Last updated: April 1, 2020