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Victor Valley College: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Click any of the following verified resources for the latest information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and recommended steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

•The Official California State Government Website has information on the State’s response to COVID-19, including the Executive Order given on March 19, 2020 for all residents to stay home until further notice.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office is monitoring COVID-19 and will continue to post regular updates here.

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 San Bernardino 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 is publishing state-specific information for the general public about COVID-19 cases and concerns here.

VVC has established protocol and procedures in response to the cornoavirus pandemic and is raising awareness of the necessary precautions that the community should follow.

The Victor Valley College District COVID-19 Protocol and Procedures can be viewed here.

UPDATE – MARCH 27, 2020:

During the past two weeks, there has been tremendous effort by our faculty and staff to convert our face-to-face classes to an online format. Classes were converted either to Blackboard or the Canvas learning management system. There will be no face-to-face classes at this time (see Special Notice below)

All students have been provided a Canvas account. If your class has been moved to Canvas, the following video will assist you in getting connected. A reminder that online instruction begins Monday, March 30th for those classes that have been converted to an online format .

http://www.vvc.edu/tutoring-services/Canvas.shtml  

If you have difficulty in getting connected, please contact the VVC HelpDeskPhone: (760) 245-4271 ext. 2740 or Email : Servicedesk@vvc.edu

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday: 7:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

SPECIAL NOTICE

*There are a number of courses that are not viable to continue at this time without face-to-face instruction.  Because face-to-face instruction has been suspended by the Chancellor, the college is suspending all courses that require face-to-face instruction until May 4th.  After May 4th, the college will explore the possibility of resuming face-to-face instruction for all these courses. You will be receiving further information from your faculty next week telling you about the next steps regarding suspended courses.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

**As you login to Canvas you will notice that you have access to VVC Tutoring and Academic Support (Acad 101). This area provides access to NetTutor, online tutoring 365 days a week and 24 hours a day. Select the NetTutor on the left side. Once there, press “Continue”. You will then see the various disciplines where tutoring is available.

In addition to NetTutor, you can access the websites for all of our campus tutoring centers. To access these websites and other resources, select the Modules tab on the left. Please don’t hesitate to take advantage of our resources on campus.

Select this link for a preview of Tutoring and Academic Support ( http://vvcforme.com/pubinfomktg/2020/03/26/vvc-tutoring-academic-support-march-2020/ )

 *** The Victor Valley College Guidance & Counseling webpage has resources for students to access their services online.

Select this link (  http://vvc.edu/offices/guidance_and_counseling/  )

**** There has been no delay in awarding or disbursing of Financial Aid or VA Educational Benefits. Disbursements will still go out in the scheduled time frame.

Select this link ( http://vvcforme.com/pubinfomktg/2020/03/19/vvc-financial-aid-va-benefits-info-march-2020/ )

UPDATE – MARCH 20, 2020:

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as decisions regarding college operations are being made following guidance from public health officials and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Recognizing California Governor Gavin Newsom’s Executive Order given on March 19, 2020, Victor Valley College directs all students to follow the current State public health directives by staying home or at their place of residence.

The Victor Valley College campus is closed to the public, effective immediately, until further notice. 

All on-campus events and activities are cancelled. A single vehicle entrance to campus has been established on Fish Hatchery Road and will be monitored by campus police.

Students should not come to campus except under extenuating circumstances, which would require prior approval by a campus official.

In-person classes are postponed at all Victor Valley College campuses until further notice, including the main campus in Victorville, the Regional Public Safety Training Center (RPSTC), the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA), Hesperia High School and Serrano High School.

To ensure the continuity of your education while reducing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Victor Valley College administration is working diligently to enhance all online learning and online student services.  

All student services are available online. Additional helpful information for students on how to access and navigate these online services will be provided very soon. 

As the college announced earlier this week, all face-to-face instruction is postponed and all lectures and labs (that are conducive to online delivery) are being transferred online.  

All classes already held online will continue as scheduled. For all classes currently transitioning to online, there will be no required coursework or assignments until after March 30, 2020. 

Your instructors will be contacting you via your @student.vvc.edu email address with information regarding online delivery.

If you need assistance with your student email, please see this webpage:

http://vvcforme.com/pubinfomktg/2020/03/18/victor-valley-college-student-email-information/

As VVC moves classes to an online format, we understand you may have questions regarding Financial Aid or Veterans Benefits. Please review our resources on this webpage:

http://vvcforme.com/pubinfomktg/2020/03/19/vvc-financial-aid-va-benefits-info-march-2020/

Our faculty and staff are working tirelessly to help you complete the Spring 2020 semester successfully. If you have specific questions regarding your courses, please email your instructors directly.  

Continue to check your student email and the Victor Valley College website for updates. 

VVC maintains this webpage with the latest information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), recommended steps you can take to protect your health and those around you, and all important updates from the college:

http://vvcforme.com/pubinfomktg/2020/03/09/victor-valley-college-coronavirus-covid-19-information/

Students, thank you again for your outstanding patience and support. VVC is committed to the health and safety of all students, staff, and faculty. We will get through this together.

UPDATE – MARCH 17, 2020:

At the Victor Valley College Board of Trustees’ special meeting on March 17, a resolution was approved to provide Superintendent/President Dr. Daniel Walden with full authorization to take all necessary actions that ensure the continuation of public education, as well as the health and safety of students and staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.

View the full resolution here.

For the health and well-being of the Victor Valley College community and in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), effective immediately, all in-person lectures and labs (that are conducive to online delivery) are being transferred online.

Your instructors will be contacting you via your @student.vvc.edu email address with information regarding online delivery. 

All campus classes currently held online will continue as scheduled.

At this time, Victor Valley College campus offices, the RAMs bookstore, the library, counseling and all student services are open.  Student services are also available online.

The health and safety of students, staff, and faculty is Victor Valley College’s top priority. Rest assured we are taking all the necessary steps to minimize the spread of the virus.

We thank our students, staff, faculty, and local community for their continued support and understanding as we navigate this situation together.

Additional updates will be forthcoming so be sure to check your @student.vvc.edu email regularly.At the Victor Valley College Board of Trustees’ special meeting on March 17, a resolution was approved to provide Superintendent/President Dr. Daniel Walden with full authorization to take all necessary actions that ensure the continuation of public education, as well as the health and safety of students and staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.

UPDATE – SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2020:

Victor Valley College will postpone all face-to-face instruction beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).All campus classes held online will continue as scheduled.

For the health and well-being of the Victor Valley College community, effective immediately, all in-person lectures and labs are suspended until Monday, March 30, 2020.

College administration is working diligently with campus leadership and unions while we move forward together for the health and safety of all.  We will be moving as many classes as possible to an online format.

During this time, the Victor Valley College campus offices will remain open.  Student services are available online.

Classes already held online will continue as scheduled.  The health and safety of students, staff, and faculty is Victor Valley College’s top priority.

We will take all necessary steps to minimize the spread of the virus. We thank our students, staff, faculty, and local community for the continued support and understanding as we navigate this situation together.
Additional updates will be forthcoming.

UPDATE – FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020:

While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County, including the High Desert communities and schools, Victor Valley College considers COVID-19 a serious public health concern and is actively monitoring the situation.

Victor Valley College administrators and faculty leadership are implementing a collaborative plan to temporarily transition from face-to-face instruction to remote-delivery of course content.

The Victor Valley College campus will remain open until further notice and any need for student services can be accessed by phone or email as well.

In addition to the college’s main campus in Victorville, the Regional Public Safety Training Center (RPSTC) in Apple Valley and Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) campus will remain open for regularly scheduled VVC courses

The VVC satellite campuses at Hesperia High School in Hesperia and Serrano High School in Phelan will also remain open for regularly scheduled VVC courses.

It is imperative to the college to ensure the continuity of education. As VVC administration works diligently with its unions to verify the best way to move forward, actions include enhancing online learning and distance learning options as feasible and appropriate.

Victor Valley College administrators are working in close collaboration with local health officials to ensure any necessary schedule changes.  The college’s partnerships with local health officials will determine what steps are needed for the VVC community. 

Other students support services such as online library services, phone- or internet-based counseling support, or study groups are enabled through digital media.  The college is continuously assessing types of services provided to students, staff, and faculty to adapt and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission while maintaining necessary services.

Group activities and large events, including the Community Job Fair and college campus tours directed by the VVC Transfer Center, are cancelled and/or postponed.  All athletic team practices and sporting events have been postponed.

We encourage all VVC students to follow the guidelines provided by the college and CDC.  We encourage students to visit the VVC website and read their college email daily in order to get the latest news and developments.

The college is dutifully and actively sharing updates as the situation develops.

Please look for emails and messages from your instructors with specific information on your individual classes and next steps.

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

-Washing hands with soap and water.

-Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

-Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of Infection with a number of different viruses.

If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness.

For the most up-to-date health information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, and other valid resources.

Victor Valley College will continue to share facts about COVID-19 through trusted sources.

The situation with COVID-19 is dynamic, and VVC has a responsibility to act in accordance with state and federal guidelines that support the health of students, faculty, and staff.  As the situation evolves, more information will be distributed about changes.