Reedley College Remains Open, But Moves Instruction to Alternate Formats

Mar 13, 2020

To: Students, Faculty, Staff, K12 Education Partners, and Community Members-

Next week, from Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19, Reedley College will cancel its classes (with a few exceptions to be defined by the Vice President of Instruction in a future email) in order to prepare for a conversion to alternate methods of delivery. The start of the second nine week session will therefore be delayed until March 23, 2020.

In light of recent developments surrounding COVID-19, effective immediately, Reedley College will temporarily move most of its face-to-face classes to alternate formats (online, email, Zoom, etc) from Monday, March 23, 2020 until at least Monday, April 27, 2020. While the District remains in Scenario I status as defined by the CDC, our College nevertheless believes the prudent action at this time is to limit the congregation of large groups of people in one area. This action has been encouraged by Governor Newsom in this morning’s communication found here and by our State Chancellor’s Office. I want to emphasize that our campus will remain open for normal business. The College's goal is to continue instruction while limiting the number of people on campus.

Between March 16 and 19, Student Services will offer limited hours to support students (specific information will follow). Online classes will continue without interruption, and students should communicate directly with faculty regarding their courses. For those classes currently meeting face-to-face, instructors will be providing their students with additional information.

After March 23, there will be select classes (labs, clinicals, small groups) that may proceed with face-to-face sessions for at least a portion of their normal meeting times. Instructors who wish to do this are advised to work with their Dean to develop the proper course of action and then email their students with details of these meeting times. It is understood that in many cases, this transition to alternate modes of instruction will take the next week to accomplish.

District Travel
Our District is suspending all student travel at this time. Non-essential staff travel is also suspended through April 27 and will be reassessed at that time.

Large Gatherings
In accordance with the Governor’s mandate, all gatherings in excess of 250 people or smaller groups where social distancing of at least six feet cannot be accomplished are being suspended or cancelled through at least April 27.

Guidance for Faculty and Staff
Reedley College has developed guidance for Instructional Continuity Plan. Please work with your Dean and faculty leaders for developing alternate methods of instruction.

Dual Enrollment
Because K12 education is compulsory, these classes will continue as normal until otherwise notified. Some K12 districts, however, may elect to go to an alternate format. The College’s Interim Dean of Student Success and Achievement will be in contact with K12 districts and dual enrollment instructors.

Please continue to monitor District and College email, the College website, and College social media for further developments and information.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Jerry L. Buckley, President
Reedley College

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