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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 – September 25, 2020

From Victor Valley College

covid testing

Victor Valley College continues to serve as a coronavirus testing site, as part of a partnership with San Bernardino County.

Effective Monday, September 28, 2020, the COVID-19 testing site on VVC’s lower campus will be open Mondays through Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The site is located at 71 Mojave Fish Hatchery Rd.

Testing is free and open to the general public by appointment only. All clients are required to wear a face covering during the appointment.

Click here to make an appointment online.

For more information, please visit: https://sbcovid19.com/.

UPDATE – September 21, 2020

From the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office:

This was the final COVID-19 Special Update from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, which has transitioned to a new publication, the weekly Vision in Action newsletter, that focuses on advancing the Vision for Success as well as providing important information related to the pandemic.

STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/NEWS 

California now has 781,694 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 15,018 deaths. The state has performed 13.6 million tests; the rate of positive tests decreased to 3.1% over the past 14 days and decreased to 2.8% over the past seven days.

Hospitalizations and ICU admissions are both declining at relatively consistent rates; hospitalizations are down 23% over the past 14 days and ICU admissions are down 25% over the same time period.

The majority of California counties remain in the most-restrictive purple level, though the governor said many are “right on the cusp” of moving to lower tiers as conditions improve across the state.

The United States will soon reach 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, according to the official tally, though experts say the number is likely much higher. The number of people worldwide who have died from the coronavirus is approaching 1 million. At least 30.9 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the U.S. contributing more than 6.7 million infections to that count.

A former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration warned Sunday that the United States faces “a lot of risk” of increased coronavirus spread as the fall and winter approach. This comes as health experts warn of a potential ‘twindemic’ as COVID-19 cases rise and flu seasons looms.

STUDENT SUPPORTS 

We know students are looking for extra support during this trying time. We have compiled a list of mental health and other support services available to students and we’ll continue to share them on a daily basis.

With new COVID-19 measures, it’s now easier than ever for eligible California community college students to sign up and receive FREE money every month from CalFresh to help buy groceries. The average eligible student receives $150 each month and it only takes a couple of minutes to apply. Call 1-877-847-3663 (FOOD) or click here to fill out an application.

If students have Medi-Cal and are in need of mental health services, they can call the number on their health plan membership card, or call their local county mental health line. For help finding what services are covered, call the Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman at 888-452-8609 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you are concerned about a family in need of food or assistance, or you need resources yourself, call 211, contact your local non-profit Family Resource Center, or apply for public benefits, which may include health care, cash aid, and food and nutrition assistance, through your county’s Social Services or Health and Human Services department.

Resources, tools, and trainings regarding health, mental health, wellness, basic needs and more designed for California community college students, faculty and staff are available on the California Community Colleges Health & Wellness website. Specific COVID-19 resources are available on the home page.

Wellness Central is a free online health and wellness resource that is available 24/7 in your space at your pace.

Each Mind Matters offers resources, tools and activation kits for mental health.

The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741. 

Our LGBTQ students can also contact the Trevor Project by calling 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline is available from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 

1-800-273-8255. Or call or text the Victims of Crime Resource Center at  1-800-842-8467 for help. 

UPDATE – August 31, 2020

From Victor Valley College:

Welcome to the Fall 2020 semester for our new and returning students. We are here to assist you.

View our Fall 2020 Semester Welcome Video here.

Additionally, please see the August 2020 Victor Valley College Newsletter, brought to you this month by the Associated Student Body. Each month we will share a newsletter filled with stories and information we hope will be interesting to read and of value to you. Read this month’s here.

Please do not hesitate to share back with thoughts and tips regarding future stories.

As a reminder, Fall semester classes are being conducted online or remotely. Important Note: Disregard all building and room info listed on your class schedule. Very few classes will include face-to-face labs, and your instructor will keep you informed directly.

From the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office:

STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/NEWS 

California now has 704,085 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 12,933 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.2 percent from Saturday’s total of 12,905.

The number of COVID-19 diagnostic test results in California reached a total of 11.3 million. The rate of positive tests over the last 14 days is 5.3%.

Following the announcement that California has signed a contract with a diagnostics company to increase the state’s capacity to test for COVID-19, Gov. Newsom late Friday signed an executive order to help the state build out its own laboratory capabilities. The order will expedite efforts by the Department of General Services and the Department of Public Health to establish and operate up to three sites for use as laboratories to increase the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity.

Another grim milestone as the U.S. today topped 6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has reported a million more coronavirus cases and about 21,000 more deaths in just the past three weeks.

SYSTEM GUIDANCE/NEWS

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to keeping everyone informed during this uncertain time. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page and the Chancellor’s Office Communications to Colleges section for ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college.

TIP OF THE DAY

Have you lost your job during the COVID-19 pandemic? The State of California is here to help! Onwardca.org is a one-stop resource for people whose jobs have been impacted.

From San Bernardino County:

Gov. Gavin Newsom today announced a move from the existing state Monitoring List to a four-tier, color-coded system that governs the ability of counties to reopen businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic. The new system is more gradual than before to guard against loosening restrictions too quickly and subsequent case surges.

Counties will move through the new, four-tier system based on two specific metrics: case rates and the percentage of positive tests.

San Bernardino County’s status would be unchanged in the new system, where we fall into the Purple Tier along with 37 other counties in the state, representing 87% of the state’s population. In this tier, the virus is considered “widespread” with more than 8 percent of tests coming back positive and more than 7 new cases daily per 100,000. The County’s current dashboard, which looks at cases over 14 days, does not yet reflect these new criteria.

Adding some positive news, the governor also announced an easing of restrictions on hair salons and barbers, allowing these businesses throughout the state to reopen indoors beginning Monday, August 31, with modifications. This applies to counties in all tiers, including purple.

Also able to open Monday are all indoor retail, shopping centers and malls, at maximum 25% capacity. Until this announcement, only retail stores with outside facing entrances were allowed to be open.

UPDATE – August 17, 2020

From Victor Valley College:

Greetings, new and returning VVC students!

Fall semester starts August 31st, with classes conducted online or remotely.

Important Note: Disregard all building and room info listed on your class schedule. Very few classes will include face-to-face labs, and your instructor will keep you informed directly.

While we know remote instruction isn’t everyone’s ideal learning environment, it’s the right step to take in the face of this ongoing pandemic.

We are grateful for your flexibility and patience as we navigate these changes. VVC administration, staff, and faculty are here to support you during this time.

Fall 2020 Updates & Remote Resources Webpage

Visit: http://vvcforme.com/pubinfomktg/2020/08/05/fall-2020-updates-remote-resources/

This webpage lists a menu with helpful links and information, from financial aid and counseling online tutoring and tech support.

From the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office:

STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/NEWS 

Gov. Gavin Newsom today opened his news conference by addressing the historic heat wave the state is facing, calling the rolling blackouts unacceptable and asking all residents to conserve power as much as possible. 

Turning to COVID-19, the governor announced California now has 621,562 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 11,224 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.7 percent from Friday’s total of 11,147.

There are now 42 counties on the state’s monitoring watch list, including Amador, Calaveras, Inyo, Mendocino and Sierra counties. Santa Cruz County was removed from the list. 

The state has performed 9.7 million COVID-19 tests; the rate of positive tests over the last 14 days increased slightly to 6.4 percent.

From San Bernardino County:

Coping with Heat During a Pandemic

We don’t need to tell you how hot it can get in San Bernardino County and throughout Southern California, and forecasters are saying this current triple-digit heat wave is unlikely to break within the next week to 10 days.

But the extreme weather does not eliminate the need to socially distance or to wear a mask when in close contact with others. At the same time, however, it’s important to recognize that wearing masks, while essential for mitigating the spread of coronavirus, can make things worse for some people.

Matthew Levy, D.O., M.Sc., an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, advises people to be especially cautious when going outside, particularly if they have a respiratory condition or other underlying health problems. He also said that people shouldn’t try to cool themselves by dousing their mask or face covering in water, since that can compromise their filtration capabilities.

The best idea is to stay inside as much as possible. It’s especially important to avoid being outside (or at least skip any strenuous activities) during the hottest time of day — generally between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Limit your exposure to the sun, and if you do go outside, take frequent breaks, find shade, wear light clothing and a hat, and use sunscreen.

Following are some additional tips for keeping cool while helping prevent the spread of COVID-19:

• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, even if you aren’t thirsty, and avoid dehydrating beverages such as caffeine and alcohol. And please don’t share water bottles or canteens, which can spread the virus.

• Take steps to prepare your home if you don’t have air conditioning. Cover any windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, or even sheets. You might consider making temporary window reflectors, such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to place between windows and drapes. Taking a cool bath or applying a wet towel to your forehead can help you stay cool when it’s hot indoors.

• Never leave children, pets or adults alone in closed vehicles. The temperature inside a parked vehicle can rapidly rise to a dangerous level for children, pets, and adults. Leaving the windows slightly open does not significantly decrease the heating rate.

• Recognize the potential dangers of excessive heat. Know the signs and symptoms of heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps, and call 9-1-1 if you or a loved one is experiencing them.

• Children, older adults and pets tend to be more vulnerable to extreme heat, so monitor family members and connect virtually with friends, family, and neighbors to make sure they’re okay. This is especially important for those that don’t have air conditioning.

• Extreme hot weather can be a real inconvenience at any time and can be particularly challenge during this pandemic. Be careful, and take the necessary steps to protect your health — and the health of others.

UPDATE – August 3, 2020:

From the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office:

STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/NEWS

Gov. Gavin Newsom reported overall encouraging news on the coronavirus fight across the state: the seven-day average of new cases is down more than 21% and hospitalizations are down 10% over the past two weeks.

California has 514,901 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 9,388 deaths. California is the first state to passthe 500,000 case mark. The number of COVID-19 related deaths across the state increased by 0.3.% from Saturday.

The state has performed more than 8.1 million tests. The rate of positive tests over the past 14 days has again decreased slightly to 7.0%.

The WHO also cautioned that the global coronavirus pandemic is not going away anytime soon, and could linger even after vaccines are available.

From San Bernardino County:

County Libraries Now Open for Summer with Limited Hours

Most San Bernardino County libraries have begun opening their doors with limited library services and modified hours. Although COVID-19 conditions are continually evolving, locations in the High Desert, Chino, and more will be operational Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some variations for some locations.

Libraries have implemented a variety of safety measures, including temperature testing for all employees, installation of sneeze guards at all service counters and removal of some furniture to ensure proper social distancing. In addition, computer sessions have been reduced to one hour and face coverings are required for all employees and visitors.

UPDATE – July 20, 2020:

From the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office:

STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/NEWS

Gov. Gavin Newsom today gave an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (All news conferences are streamed live at noon on his Twitter page and the California Governor Facebook page.) 

Among the headlines from today’s update:

California now has 391,538 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 7,694 deaths. Hospitalizations and ICU admissions have increased slightly over the past day.

The state has performed more than 6.4 million COVID-19 tests. The test positivity rate is holding at 7.4% over the past 14 days. Both Gov. Newsom and state Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly acknowledged the number of tests needs to increase and test results need to come more quickly.

SYSTEM GUIDANCE/NEWS

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to keeping everyone informed during this uncertain time. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page for ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college. 

STUDENT SUPPORTS 

If students have Medi-Cal and are in need of mental health services, they can call the number on their health plan membership card, or call their local county mental health line. For help finding what services are covered, call the Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman at 888-452-8609.

If you are concerned about a family in need of food or assistance, or you need resources yourself, call 211, contact your local non-profit Family Resource Center, or apply for public benefits, which may include health care, cash aid, and food and nutrition assistance, through your county’s Social Services or Health and Human Services department.

Resources, tools, and trainings regarding health, mental health, wellness, basic needs and more designed for California community college students, faculty and staff are available on the California Community Colleges Health & Wellness website. 

Wellness Central is a free online health and wellness resource that is available 24/7 in your space at your pace.

The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

OTHER INFORMATION

If you’re looking for more evidence as to why wearing a mask is so important, a new model from UC San Diego helps illustrate how respiratory droplets from a cough or sneeze can spread COVID-19 and other viruses.

HOW TO HELP

The Foundation for California Community Colleges, in partnership with the California Community Colleges, has launched an effort to provide emergency aid, technology, connectivity and other essential supports to students. Click here for more on ways to support students through this campaign.

UPDATE – May 27, 2020

From the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (COVID-19 Update No. 52)

STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/NEWS

Gov. Gavin Newsom and members of his Task Force on Business & Jobs Recovery today spoke with Californians in the fitness industry about what recovery can look like in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor said new guidelines for gyms should be coming within the next week. You can watch the roundtable discussion here.

The governor today also spoke with the Today Show on myriad topics surround the pandemic, including reopening schools, the state’s economy and his push for mail-in ballots for the November election.

You can find the latest information on the state’s response to the pandemic on California’s COVID-19 website.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today said it’s time for California companies to step up and help the state come up with $500 million to close the digital divide.

SYSTEM GUIDANCE/NEWS

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to keeping everyone informed during this uncertain time. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page for ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college.

STUDENT SUPPORTS

If any students are uninsured and need medical advice, about the coronavirus or otherwise, the Medi-Nurse line is available 1-877-409-9052.

We know students are looking for extra support during this trying time. We have compiled a list of mental health support available to students and will continue to share them on a daily basis.

  •  If students have Medi-Cal and are in need of mental health services, they can call the number on their health plan membership card, or call their local county mental health line. For help finding what services are covered, call the Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman at 888-452-8609 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  •  If you are concerned about a family in need of food or assistance, or you need resources yourself, call 211, contact your local non-profit Family Resource Center, or apply for public benefits, which may include health care, cash aid, and food and nutrition assistance, through your county’s Social Services or Health and Human Services department.
  • Resources, tools, and trainings regarding health, mental health, wellness, basic needs and more designed for California community college students, faculty and staff are available on the California Community Colleges Health & Wellness website. Specific COVID-19 resources are available on the home page.
  • Wellness Central is a free online health and wellness resource that is available 24/7 in your space at your pace.
  • Each Mind Matters offers resources, tools and activation kits for mental health.
  • The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
  • Our LGBTQ students can also contact the Trevor Project by calling 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline is available from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 1-800-273-8255. Or call or text the Victims of Crime Resource Center at  1-800-842-8467 for help.

The California Department of Public Health announced a specific web page with COVID-19 resources for Spanish speakers and their families.

UPDATE – May 20, 2020

From VVC Superintendent/President Dr. Daniel Walden

Hello Victor Valley College students,

I hope you are staying well and getting through your Spring classes successfully! I’d like to share some important updates with you about registration, financial aid, online support, and graduation.

Registration

Registration is now open for Summer 2020 and also Fall 2020. Numbers are already up — a lot of students are rushing to register online and get enrolled in their classes — so don’t delay. Let’s get you in these Summer and Fall terms so you can move forward with your educational, professional, and life goals.

Payments & Financial Aid

The payment deadline for Summer classes is June 14th and the payment deadline for Fall classes is August 9th. You can go online and work out a payment plan if you don’t have the money up front.

Also, take the time to apply for Financial Aid. Did you know that 85% of our VVC students receive Financial Aid (either state or federal)? So the question is, why not you? You can get your aid and not lose your classes, so we encourage you to apply for that right away.

CARES Act

The first phase of the CARES Act, which comes from the federal government, has just been dispersed and over $1.4 million in grants is going to over 3,000 students. Now we have a second phase in which you can apply for additional funds from the CARES Act. The distribution information and instructions on how to apply will be posted on the VVC website next week. I would like to remind you that students must have a FAFSA on file to receive CARES Act funding.

Excused Withdrawal

If there are any classes you cannot complete or are not planning to complete, you can file for an Excused Withdrawal (EW) and there will be no penalty for doing that. You must file for it by June 13th. We encourage you to finish your classes and do the best you can, but if you get right up to the end and feel you need to take a class over again, you have until June 13th to file for an EW grade.

Virtual Graduation

We have graduation coming up and it’s exciting to know that we have over 1,500 graduates in the 2019-2020 year. One of the things we’re bringing is a virtual graduation for all students graduating this year. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in the virtual live stream graduation on June 13th at 6 p.m.

You can reserve a cap and gown, which we’re paying for so it won’t cost you anything, and you can upload a graduation photo and quote for your personalized graduation page. You must submit the photo and quote by Monday, May 25th to have it included.

If you have any questions regarding graduating, please contact Robert Sewell at 760-245-4271 ext. 2395.

Drive-Thru Graduation

We’re also offering what we’re calling a “Drive by the Lake Celebration” on June 13th in the morning, starting around 8 a.m. We’re going to invite students who want to come up in their cars and drive around the lake for a drive-thru graduation ceremony. There’s going to be music and people waving you on to celebrate.

Unfortunately, you can’t have all of your family and friends cheering for you in the stands as with a traditional commencement, but you can bring whoever you want in your car. Although you can’t get out of your vehicle, you can roll down your windows and some of our staff will be on campus to cheer you on.

I will be there as well as the Board of Trustees, and we will be giving all of our participating graduates a medallion and a scroll so you still have that same experience of having someone hand you something you’ve earned at graduation. We’re very excited about this event and hope to have a great time getting to see many of our graduates driving through.

All are welcome to participate in both this and the virtual ceremony later that evening. More information about the drive-thru graduation will be going out next week and you will be asked to register online to participate, so continue checking your email.

2021 Commencement

As a third option for graduates, if you still want to walk across that big stage at the Glen Helen Amphitheater, you’re invited to come and participate with the Class of 2021 next year. You just need to stay in touch with the college and we’ll be reaching out to you again next year if that’s something you’d like to do. We surveyed our graduates ahead of time and about 16% said they’d like to do that, so we’re definitely allowing that opportunity.

Online Support

I want to conclude my remarks by saying that we’re still thinking about you. We have the support and we have the help that you need here at Victor Valley College, so please reach out. Go to the webpage, www.vvc.edu, and scroll down to see all of the online support that’s available to you — tutoring services, library resources, bookstore information, counseling — anything you need, we have it there for you.

We want to help you get through this Spring term and get signed up for Summer and Fall to continue your education. And if you are leaving us and you’re graduating, we’re excited for you. This is what the journey has all been about, and whether you’re transferring to a four-year university, going straight into the workforce, or whatever you’re doing, we’re proud that you’re one of our VVC alums. Thank you and have a great rest of the week.

UPDATE – May 14, 2020

From the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (COVID-19 Update No. 44) 

STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/NEWS 

Gov. Gavin Newsom today gave an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find more information on California’s COVID-19 website.

The governor today submitted his 2020-21 May Revision budget proposal to the Legislature, which aims to close the projected $54.3 billion budget gap brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In terms of education, the May Revision proposes $44.9 billion in General Fund support for schools and community colleges and $6 billion in additional federal funds to supplement state funding.

The May Revision does preserve community college free tuition waivers and maintains Cal Grants for college students, including the grants for students with dependent children established last year.

The Legislature is required to pass a balanced budget by June 15.  

STUDENT SUPPORTS

Students are encouraged to visit StayEnrolled.com to get the latest information and updates related to financial aid, transfer and career education. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college. 

Please reach out for help if you need it. The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Our LGBTQ students can also contact the Trevor Project by calling 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline is available from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 1-800-273-8255. Or call or text the Victims of Crime Resource Center at 1-800-842-8467 for help.

UPDATE – April 30, 2020

From San Bernardino County

Daily Stats

2,058 Confirmed Cases (up 6.7% from previous day)

93 Deaths (up 4.5% from previous day)   

19,964 Tested (up 2.6% from the previous day)

Testing Locations Week of May 4, 2020

• Monday through Friday – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, call 1-855-422-8029

• Monday through Friday – SAC Health Systems (IEHP Members only)

250 South G Street, San Bernardino

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, call (909) 771-2911

• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday – MCH Rural Health Clinic

29099 Hospital Road, Lake Arrowhead

8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointment ONLY, call (909) 336-9715

• Friday, May 1 – Hesperia Civic Plaza Park

15833 Smoke Tree St., Hesperia

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

• Monday, May 4 – Toyota Arena

4000 Ontario Center, Ontario

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

• Tuesday, May 5 – Needles Administration Building

1111 Bailey Ave., Needles

9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

• Wednesday, May 6 – Barstow Sports Park

2800 Mayor Katy Pkwy., Barstow

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

County Opens Up Criteria for Testing TODAY

Beginning today, at all testing locations, people age 65 and older as well as healthcare or public safety workers can get tested even if they are not experiencing any symptoms. This is in addition to residents who are experiencing at least one COVID-19 symptom (fever, cough, or shortness of breath).

New Webpage Coordinates Food Distribution Efforts

A webpage with information on when, where and how residents can obtain food to feed themselves and their families is now featured prominently on the County’s COVID-19 website, sbcovid19.com. The County established a Food Assistance Strike Force to address the skyrocketing demand for food assistance, and to coordinate the efforts of the charitable food providers in the County that are providing food at no cost to residents in need.

Cal Fresh Cleared for Limited Online Food Delivery

Thanks to waivers of federal regulations, San Bernardino County households that are on the CalFresh program can now purchase groceries online using their EBT card at Amazon and Walmart. If you receive CalWORKs, you may also be able to use your cash benefits to make purchases online at WalMart. The state is actively working to expand the number of stores that accept EBT online in the future. More info: www.c4yourself.com or (909) 388-0245.

UPDATE – APRIL 27, 2020

From San Bernardino County

This Daily Update (Monday through Friday) from the County of San Bernardino will share important news, information and resources related to how we are battling and getting through the coronavirus pandemic. We are here for you. #SBCountyTogether

Daily Stats

1,772 Confirmed Cases  |  82 Deaths   

4.6% Fatality Rate | 17,557 Tested 

Testing Locations Week of April 27, 2020

  • Monday through Friday – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, call 1(855) 422-8029

  • Monday through Friday – SAC Health Systems (IEHP Members only)

250 South G Street, San Bernardino

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Appointment ONLY, call (909) 771-2911

  • Tuesday, April 28 — Arroyo Valley High School

1881 West Baseline St., San Bernardino

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, all appointments filled 

  • Wednesday, April 29 – Citrus Valley High School

800 W. Pioneer Ave., Redlands

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

  • Thursday, April 30 – Civic Center Park

14999 Dale Evans Pkwy., Apple Valley

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

  • Friday, May 1 – Hesperia Civic Plaza Park

15833 Smoke Tree St., Hesperia

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Appointment ONLY, at http://sbcovid19.com/community-drive-through-events/

Important Reminder: Non Essential Businesses Remain CLOSED

In accordance with a County Health Order effective April 25, the County of San Bernardino has re-opened County-operated parks and lakes and is allowing the opening of city-owned and private parks, lakes, trails, and golf courses on a limited scale for passive recreation.

There are no changes in the Health Order regarding restrictions still in place on non-essential businesses. Essential businesses are allowed to remain open with restrictions. To read more on what is considered an essential or non-essential business, as well as more details on what comprises passive recreation, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the County’s COVID-19 website.

Tips for Helping Children Cope 

Everyday life has become much more challenging and stressful during this crisis. To help parents and others who engage with young people, we asked Dr. Veronica Kelley, director of the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health, to share tips for helping children cope:

-Stay calm and reassure your kids. Children look to their caregivers for clues on how to react to a particular situation, so remember it’s not only what you say, but how you say it.

-Limit screen time. Many young people are attending school remotely, so it’s not possible or desirable to ban all computer and smartphone use. However, encourage children to reduce online activity and engage in pursuits like reading, playing board/card games, cooking, helping around the house, playing a musical instrument or working on crafts.

-Avoid “blaming language.” A virus can make anyone sick — young or old, male or female, black or white. Those afflicted are not responsible for their condition. Avoid saying things that could lead to stigmas.

-Maintain open and honest communication. Let your children know that you want them to ask questions and to share their thoughts and feelings.

Get COVID-19 Daily Updates in your Email Inbox

You can now get daily COVID-19 news updates sent directly to your email. Click the “Get email updates on the latest COVID-19 news” link on the County’s homepage, http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/default.aspx, or the County’s COVID-19 page, sbcovid19.com, or sign up here.   

UPDATE – APRIL 20, 2020

Office of President

Dear VVC Community,

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you took this time to focus on yourselves and your families to enjoy a little downtime.

I wanted to share a few resources you might find useful now that you have returned (remotely). The college will send communications regularly as things progress through the spring semester and into summer and fall so you have the information you need as we move through this unusual time together.

Now that we are using technology more than ever with remote learning, you can head over to the IT webpage at the link below for valuable tutorials and training. IT Help Desk has implemented a new phone number with a new Call Menu, 760-372-7500.

For additional Technical Support, see this list of resources on the VVC website.

And here is a link to Zoom tutorials for all those Zoom meetings in your future.

And here is a link to Zoom tutorials for all those Zoom meetings in your future.

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has multiple resources and up-to-date information regarding the ever changing community college systems, including new developments, press releases, and guidance for students and staff.

The following Dashboard will keep you informed about COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County.

And of course, VVC’s COVID-19 Information and Resources page is linked at the top of the VVC homepage.

As always, continue to practice good personal health habits.

Good Health Habits

Superintendent/President Dr. Daniel Walden

UPDATE – April 17, 2020:

From the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office:

STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/NEWS 

On April 16, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order addressing a variety of issues in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including adjusting admissions requirements for the California State University system and providing flexibility for 60 days on background checks for critical infrastructure sectors.

SYSTEM GUIDANCE 

The Chancellor’s Office invites you to join our Virtual Town Hall, beginning at 9 a.m on Wednesday, April 22. Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, members of the Board and Chancellor’s Office staff will be advocating for system priorities, including additional funds and resources necessary in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, to support the California Community Colleges and our students.

The Virtual Town Hall will also feature members of the Legislature and a moderated student panel. Participants are required to register in advance at this link

ONLINE INSTRUCTION

The California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) offers a number of online events to continue to help faculty and staff with the transition to virtual learning. Upcoming seminars include: NetTutor: Translating In-Person Strategies to be Effective in Online Tutoring Sessions, to be held on Monday, April 20 at 1 p.m. Colleges can use NetTutor and Pisces together to provide 24/7 access to tutoring. For online instruction support requests, please contact CVC-OEI.

STUDENT SUPPORTS

We encourage everyone in need to reach out for help. Teens can talk to another teen by texting “TEEN” to 839863 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., or call 1-800-852-8336 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. 

For our LGBTQ students, contact the Trevor Project by calling 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information and suicide prevention resources. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline is available from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 1-800-273-8255. 

UPDATE – APRIL 7, 2020:

In an effort to protect the public from further spread of COVID-19, San Bernardino County’s Acting Health Officer has formally ordered everyone in the county to wear a face covering when leaving home.

Face coverings may include coverings that secure to the ears or back of the head and encompass the mouth and nose. Homemade cloth ear loop covers, bandannas and handkerchiefs, and neck gaiters may be used to reduce the spread of COVID-19 particularly among asymptomatic people. Surgical masks and N95 masks must be preserved for healthcare workers and emergency responders.

“Staying home, practicing social distancing and frequent handwashing are far more effective ways to combat the spread of COVID-19, and face coverings are not a substitute for those practices,” said Dr. Erin Gustafson, the County’s Acting Public Health Officer.

The Acting Health Officer’s order may be viewed here. For information about the coronavirus crisis, visit the County’s coronavirus website at sbcovid19.com. New information and resources are updated daily. The public can also contact the COVID-19 hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (909) 387-3911, or email the County at coronavirus@dph.sbcounty.gov.

UPDATE – APRIL 3, 2020:

I want to commend the Victor Valley College community for the spirit in which it has dealt with the coronavirus crisis.  Over the past several weeks I have seen so many truly inspiring examples of our VVC family coming together to ensure our mission to serve our students is continued.

But many of the challenges we face each day have nothing to do with work, but rather our state of well-being. Rest and self-care are so important, especially right now.

For this reason, VVC will still recognize its scheduled Spring Break.  From April 13 – 17, the campus is closed to all.  Except for a few exceptions, employees will not be working during this time.

I want each of us, VVC students and employees alike, to take this time for yourselves to replenish your spirit and focus on your well-being.  You deserve it. I am forever grateful to be a part of our college, and I am forever grateful for each of you.

Take care,

Superintendent/President Dr. Daniel Walden

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.