Several more Southland colleges Thursday joined the growing list of local campuses making the transition to largely online classes.
Cal Poly Pomona officials said Thursday that in-person classes will not meet March 13-17 to allow faculty to finalize preparation for virtual modes of instruction. Between March 18 and March 27, the majority of classes will move to a virtual format.
Some courses will continue to meet in person if alternative modes of instruction are not appropriate, such as some laboratory, activity, studio, performing arts, and physical education classes. All students should receive communications from their instructors regarding how instruction will proceed starting March 18.
The campus will remain open during this time, including student housing and dining facilities, but all events and gatherings with more than 100 participants are canceled through May 31, officials said. Sports and performing arts events will continue as scheduled but will do so without live spectators.
“We have been in close conversations with local public health officials, and while there aren’t any cases linked to Cal Poly Pomona and the risk remains low, we’re taking all possible actions and precautions to keep our university and community safe,” Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya Coley said.
Santa Monica College said in a statement that it transitioned to temporary remote instruction Wednesday.
Student Services, computer labs, the library, and other resources will remain open. Select courses that require in-person instruction, some performing arts, lab, and physical education courses, will continue to meet on campus as scheduled, according to the statement.
The college administered a survey to students Thursday to assess their technology and support needs. Many students lack technology resources and SMC seeks to ensure that no students are left behind during this transition.
Classes will be canceled Friday through Tuesday, March 17 at Santa Monica College to provide time for faculty members, staff, and students to prepare for the transition to remote teaching and learning modalities. The college remains open for business and most college operations will continue during this time.
Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson also announced the temporary suspension of in-person, on-campus classes beginning Thursday through March 17 to allow faculty to make final preparations for alternative delivery of instruction. Alternative instruction will take place from March 18 through Sunday, April 12, with face-to-face classes expected to resume Monday, April 13.
“The university is not closing and campus operations will continue throughout,” CSUDH officials said.
No cases of COVID-19 have been reported among CSUDH students or faculty.
And at El Camino College, all instructors have been asked to move their lecture classes online. Classes will be canceled March 13-17, and using course delivery software, instructors will move their sections online and begin teaching remotely. Some classes may also be conducted via teleconferencing, officials said Thursday.
All lecture courses will be moved online by March 20, with remote instruction remaining in effect until at least April 20. This situation will then be reassessed over Spring Break, with further direction to follow, El Camino officials said.
Also Thursday, all North Orange County community colleges announced that they are canceling classes Friday through Tuesday to plan for a shift to online education.
There have been no cases of COVID-19 on the campuses of the North Orange County Community College District, but officials say they were joining the trend among Southland higher education schools to educate students through the web instead of in classrooms.
The district includes Cypress College, Fullerton College and North Orange Continuing Education.
Cypress and Fullerton colleges will cancel classes Friday through Tuesday for “planning, implementation, and staff training in online platforms,” according to a statement from the school district.
Most of the continuing education classes will be canceled for the winter term, starting on Monday. The campus offices will remain open and full-time employees will report to duty as usual.
Concordia University Irvine will begin offering all classes online starting March 18 until the end of the spring semester. Students may remain in the dorms, but on-campus events will be canceled from Friday through next Tuesday. Five Concordia students studying abroad in Europe will be returning home, the university reported.
Irvine Valley College will begin offering classes online starting March 23 through May 1.
Vanguard University in Costa Mesa has extended spring break for another week, beginning Friday through March 27. All theatrical and other previously planned events will be postponed.
Vanguard may move to online-only classes after spring break, but that decision will be made closer to the end of the break, officials said.
Other Southland universities transitioning to online instruction include Chapman, Pepperdine, Cal State Long Beach, Coast Community College District schools, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA and USC.