COVID-19 Updates

Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - November 2020

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books or calculators, students will need to submit their request by Thursday, November 12, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check In/Out

Monday, November 16, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops, books and/or calculators. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Real College Survey

hope center logo

 

The San Diego Community College District (City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education) is participating in a study conducted by the Hope Center about student life. In prior years, the study has shown that six out of ten of our students experience housing insecurities, and about four out of ten experience food insecurities. 

We are conducting another study this fall so we can continue to gather important information about the basic needs of our students. 

·  Students who participate in the study can opt to be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift card.


Click HERE to complete HOPE Real College Survey 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:31 am

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #15

Greetings and welcome, again, to the “new normal” of online instruction, remote operations, Zoom meetings, and uncertain prognoses for returning to our former way of working together on site and in person.  You all continue to do an excellent job in making this new normal work for our students. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be grateful for your efforts and dedication.  I am writing to bring you up-to-date about a few matters.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION – UPDATED REPORT

Last week, the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA issued updated guidance for institutions of higher education, detailing how community colleges, universities, and four-year colleges are expected to operate with regard to any on-site instruction and operations. This guidance pertains to the current on-campus class components and limited onsite staffing, and also includes useful information for returning to onsite operations in the long term.  I have attached this document for your information.  However, let me share a few highlights, with which the San Diego Community College District is complying:

·        Face coverings are required (along with face shields in some disciplines).  Employers are responsible for supplying this equipment.  Employers must also be prepared to address “exemptions to the requirement for persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and for persons who are hearing impaired or communicating with persons who are hearing impaired.” (p.4)

·        COVID-19 Prevention Plan.  All institutions must establish “written, campus-specific COVID-19 prevention plan(s).”  (p. 5) 

·        Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation.  These practices must be intensified. (pp. 7-9)

·        Distancing on Campus.  San Diego is currently in the Red/Tier 2 category, basically limiting lecture groups to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.  The report includes suggested formats. (p. 10)

·        Communal Spaces.  There are limitations for the number and configuration of people in such spaces. (p. 11)

·        Food Service.  Grab-and-go, packaged items are the rule. (p. 12)

·        Training Programs for Staff and Students.  The report emphasizes thorough communication and training in CDC and other public health guidelines. (pp. 14-15)

·        Checking for Signs and Symptoms.  All people entering a campus or work site must be checked. (p. 16)

·        Response to Individuals who Become Sick.  Protocols are outlined for handling cases of individual illness. (p. 17)

·        Establishing Communication Systems.  Processes are recommended for communication with students, faculty, staff, health agencies, and the public. (p. 21)

·        Special Guidance and Protocols for Athletics.  The report includes extended guidance regarding athletic programs and student-athletes. (pp. 24 – 37)

This Guidance and other reports have provided a useful framework for us as we steer the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward.  We are definitely observing these protocols and will continue our efforts to ensure the health and safety of the few people who are teaching, learning, or working onsite.

SDCCD PLANS FOR THE COMING SEMESTER

As reported earlier, in the SDCCD, the Intersession and the Spring Semester 2021 classes will be online, with a few more hybrid options for students who need to complete their science lab work, clinical lab work, career-technical lab work, and first-responder classes on campus, along with a few student support functions. In the hope that the virus may have abated during the Spring, the campuses are making plans for in-person commencements in May, with the understanding that they may need to hold virtual commencements if the physical commencements are not safe.  Fingers crossed.

FUTURE SDCCD PLANS FOR 2021-22

We continue to receive questions about next year (Summer, Fall, etc.) and what plans will be implemented.  Right now, it is too soon to make any commitments, since we need to track the virus and also need to know what vaccine(s) may be developed and become available.  We certainly do hope to return to on-campus, in-person instruction and phased-in on-site operations, but we need much more information and guidance before that can happen.

OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION

As before, let me share with you the most recent update from the hospital consortium that makes regular reports to the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation, of which I am a member.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

 National/International

·Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday the U.S. could have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every American as early as March. Azar said the U.S. is currently manufacturing doses for all six potential vaccines backed by the U.S. government across more than 23 manufacturing facilities.

·There were at least 928 new COVID-19 deaths and 56,045 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Oct. 8, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 47,036 cases per day, which is an increase of 12% from the average two weeks earlier. 

 State

·This week, state officials introduced new guidelines to measure the impact the novel coronavirus is having on the most disadvantaged communities in counties across the state. The new health equity metric is in addition to the case and positivity rate metrics. Officials say the metric will only be used to help a county move to a less restrictive tier and allow the opening of further sectors of the economy, not to move backwards to more restrictive tiers.

·On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics:

o   California has 828,461 confirmed cases to date.

o   There were 1,677 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday.

o   The seven-day positivity rate is 2.6%; the 14-day positivity rate is 2.7%.

o   There have been 15,430,421 tests conducted in California, an increase of 128,740 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

 County/City

·Yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided the following COVID-19 data through Oct. 7:

o   Under the state monitoring metrics, San Diego County remains in tier 2, also known as the red tier.

o   San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

o   The county’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 6.2 and is in the red tier.

o   On Oct. 7, 19 new community outbreaks were confirmed: six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and one in a hair salon/barbershop setting.

o   In the past seven days (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7), 32 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o   The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.

o   The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3%. The target is less than 8%.

o   291 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 49,446.

o   Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 819.

o   More information about community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths can be found here on the Health and Human Services Agency’s website.

·The latest countywide data (as of Wednesday, Oct. 7) shows that the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals increased to 217, up from 187 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o   79 at Sharp HealthCare

o   68 at Scripps Health

o   10 at UC San Diego Health

o   19 at Kaiser Permanente

o   16 at Palomar Health

o   12 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

o   1 at Rady Children’s Hospital

o   12 at Tri-City Healthcare District

CONCLUSION

The Board of Trustees, the Presidents, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the governance leaders, and I are continuing to monitor this situation, which is complex and volatile.  I think we are doing our best to ensure that our two top priorities are met: 1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of instruction and operations.  Many thanks to all of our faculty, classified professionals, administrators, student leaders, and community supporters for your understanding and advice.

Stay well!


Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops and books from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books, students will need to submit their request by Sunday, October 11, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop and Book Check In/Out

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops and books. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:28 pm

SDCCD Chancellor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #13

It seems incredible that we are now in our sixth month of dealing with the coronavirus COVID-19.  I do not believe anyone could have predicted the longevity of this crisis. All of our faculty members, administrators, and classified professionals are continuing their excellent work teaching online, with a few on-campus demonstration components, and conducting operations remotely.  The Board of Trustees and I thank you all for your dedication above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. 

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION NATIONALLY

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. I am sure that by now you have read about the surges that have occurred as a number of universities and colleges reopened in the fall and saw surges in the rate of COVID infection within the student body.  The University of Alabama alone saw over 1,200 cases.  Even San Diego State University has reported cases in the hundreds. Clearly, more needs to be done in enforcing health protocols that prevent the spread of the virus, e.g., masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and thorough disinfecting efforts.

CALIFORNIA

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom stated his belief that California is making progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic but acknowledged that the State could see a spike in new cases from the Labor Day weekend.  California now has 760,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 14,451 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5% from Sunday's total of 14,385. The state has performed 12.9 million tests; and the rate of positive tests has decreased to 3.6% over both the past seven and 14-days. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across California, and the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU, both dropped 22% in the last 14 days.

Three counties – Marin, Inyo and Tehama – were able to move out of the highest, most restrictive Purple monitoring tier and into the Red tier. California Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said that more counties are expected to drop into lower tiers in the next few weeks, which could mean reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and religious services.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

As you know, San Diego County was recently removed from the Purple monitoring tier, which enabled some businesses and public facilities to reopen.  However, this situation is being closely monitored, especially in view of the crowds that emerged at beaches and other venues during the Labor Day weekend.  Many people were not observing the health protocols, and the fear is that a new surge could be seen.

INTERSESSION

As you may recall, going into the 2020-21 year, over 900 classes were cut as part of the budget-reduction process.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education chose to spread the remaining class sections across the year so that students who needed to complete classes in the summer could do so and so that students who need to complete or prepare for transfer could do so in a small intersession.  The intersession will be 100% online and class sections have been allocated, as follows:

SPRING SEMESTER

Since my last COVID Update, we have made a final decision about the spring semester.

·         The vast majority of classes will be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will be increased in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services will be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

·Remote operations will continue during the spring semester, and we hope to phase-in a return to work sites later in the semester.

·Events will continue to be offered in a virtual format.

We are hopeful that by the end of the semester, there may be more flexibility.  We definitely are hoping to hold our commencements in-person.

FUNDING ISSUES

The District, the Colleges, and Continuing Education have been working on the distribution of both remaining federal COVID-19 emergency funding and State COVID-19 funding.  I have attached this information for your review and I encourage you to contact your campus if you want additional information regarding how to apply for funding.

The Board of Trustees and I, the Presidents, and the governance leaders are all working together on our COVID-19 responses. However, your work is the key to our success in serving students in this enduring crisis.  Thank you again for your dedication and optimism.  We can do this!

Thank you and stay well!


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:14 pm

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #14

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #14

Some of you have asked me to share comprehensive information about the COVID-19 situation, which I am happy to do. This message will be informative, but will not introduce any new decisions regarding our District. The information below is provided by a hospital consortium that reports to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, an organization which I serve as a member of the Board of Directors. This report puts the COVID-19 situation in full perspective.

 NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL, STATE, COUNTY/CITY HEALTHCARE HIGHLIGHTS

 National/International

·The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reversed guidance issued last month about who should be tested for COVID-19. The CDC updated its recommendation to test anyone — including people without symptoms — who has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the disease.

·The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it was awarding $12 million for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support teams in 11 states that will focus on awareness and education research, especially among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians, populations that account for more than half of all reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

·There were at least 849 new COVID-19 deaths and 45,434 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Sept. 17, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 40,111 cases per day, which is a decrease of 1% from the average two weeks earlier.

·Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are reporting far lower numbers of influenza cases than in previous years, which could mean good news for the U.S. as flu season approaches. Health officials attribute the lower number of cases to measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

California

·The U.S.-Mexico border will not fully reopen Sept. 21 as planned, and will remain partially closed until mid-October, according to a report from the Mexican government. The temporary restrictions limit crossings to essential travel, emergency response and public health purposes related to the coronavirus pandemic.

··On Thursday, Sept. 17, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics for the Golden State:

·California has 766,201 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

·There were 3,238 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday, Sept. 16. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from additional days before Wednesday.

·The seven-day positivity rate is 3.4% and the 14-day positivity rate is 3.5%.

·There have been 13,080,037 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 79,515 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

San Diego County/City of San Diego

·California public health officials said yesterday that if San Diego County falls to the lowest tier of the state’s reopening system, schools in our region that have not yet reopened will lose their chance to reopen. The county is currently in the red tier (tier 2), and with the increase in cases, primarily among students at San Diego State University, the county is in danger of being moved to the purple tier. Being moved into the purple tier could also trigger more state-imposed restrictions on businesses.

·The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided a variety of updated COVID-19 statistics (through Sept. 15) on state metrics, community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths. Of note, the agency’s triggers dashboard shows two categories in the red: case rate is at 7.9 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days (the target is 6.9 or below); and there have been 20 community outbreaks over the past seven days (the target is below seven community outbreaks).

·As of Wednesday, Sept. 16, the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals decreased to 224, down from 234 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 is as follows:

·66 at Sharp HealthCare

·54 at Scripps Health

·12 at UC San Diego Health

·25 at Kaiser Permanente

·22 at Palomar Health

·26 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

·0 at Rady Children’s Hospital

·19 at Tri-City Healthcare District


Monday, September 21, 2020 - 4:03 pm

The CARES Act Grant Application is Open for Miramar College Students

The CARES Act Grant Application is open for Miramar College Students! Deadline to apply is Monday, September 28th @ 5:00pm.

 Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The purpose of the funds is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Please note that the information from the application will not be shared outside of the San Diego Community College District. It will not have a negative impact on your status. If you have any questions about the application, please reach out to us!

 To request a grant:

1.    Visit https://bit.ly/sdccdcaresapp to complete the Cares Act Fund Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

2.    You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  

3.    The deadline to submit the application is 09/28/2020 by 5:00pm.

 Applications will be reviewed starting September 30th.  You can check the status of your grant by logging into your mySDCCD Support Portal at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 


Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:56 am

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Students needing to borrow a laptop for the semester can apply before Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the following link or visit the San Diego Miramar Library page at  http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

 

Laptops will be distributed on the following days:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.

 

For more information please email avmira@sdccd.edu.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - Fall 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, San Diego Miramar College library will continue to shift and change in response to student and faculty need, and in response to the need for continued vigilance about safety concerns related to the spread of the corona-virus. 

San Diego Miramar College Library will be periodically hosting checkout services for Laptop and Library book/resources for Fall 2020 students.

Please continue to check our San Diego Miramar College Library website for updates.

To request a laptop or library book/resources, San Diego Miramar College students should go to the following link and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Navigate to the Miramar College Library website.
  2. Search for library materials in OneSearch.
    • To search for student laptops type "Laptop Acer" in the search box, then click on "Laptop, Acer Aspire 5" or follow this direct link.
    • Follow this link to search for textbooks on reserve.
    • To search for other print materials, type your search terms in the search box and refine your results by limiting to Library: San Diego Miramar College.
  3. Click the title of the laptop or library book/resource you wish to request.
  4. On the “Get It” section of the page, click on "mySDCCD Login."
  5. Log in with the following:
    • Username: your student 10-digit ID number.
    • Password: the password you use to log into your mySDCCD portal.
    • Only students who are enrolled in the current semester are able to place requests.
  6. Click "Request."
  7. Provide the following contact information in the comment field to assure that contact information is accurate within our library system:
    • Phone number
    • Email address

Please continue to check our Miramar College Library website for updates on when students are allowed to pick up their requested item.

Laptops and library books/resources are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar students may checkout laptops/resources. Please provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, Military ID) along with your college ID number during this event.

The health of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority.  For information about COVID-19 (Corona-virus) specifically, please visit http://sdmiramar.edu/covid-info.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10:45 am

Chancellor's Update for August 25, 2020

Now that the fall semester is underway, I thought I would bring you up-to-date regarding our activities and plans relative to the continuing coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It seems inconceivable that we are about to enter our sixth month of online instruction and remote operations. I hope that you are all well and that you are continuing to adjust to the many new practices that have been adopted. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be deeply grateful for the extraordinary work and the optimistic spirit that you have all brought to this unprecedented moment in time.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. The faculty’s continuing efforts to provide online instruction and the efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. In San Diego County, as of August 23, the total number of cases increased by 187 for a total of 36,727.  2,989 (8.1%) of the cases have required hospitalization and 733 (2.0%) of the  cases have required admission to an intensive care unit.  No new deaths for the County have been reported and the total remains at 660.  The recent “progress” we have seen has allowed the State to remove our County from the watch-list and has resulted in some easing of restrictions.

COUNTY GUIDANCE REGARDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Let me share with you the information we received on Friday from the San Diego County Public Health COVID-19 Education Sector Team:

Good afternoon to our College, University, Trade, and Vocational School Partners,

The Public Health order was updated!  The Public Health Order states that (IHEs) Institutions of Higher Education may open, which includes Vocational and Tech schools, in accordance with the States Reopening Guidance for IHEs. The COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education can be found here and the updated Public Health Order can be found here.

The Public Health Order amended section 4, which now states that “Institutions of higher education may hold classes or other school activities only under circumstances permitted by the State and in compliance with the COVID – 19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and as may be updated or superseded”.  The Public Health Order also amended section 16b, which now states to “Require temperature screening of all employees and prohibit entry to the workplace of employees with a temperature of 100 degrees or more, employees exhibiting COVID19 symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or employees who have recently been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either directly or through a breach of Personal Protective Equipment in the case of healthcare workers/first responders).”

We hope this assists you in planning and helps you to better prepare.  Please remember, you still must create, post, and share with employees/students/visitors your safe reopening plan and follow the Big 4, which are requiring facial coverings, social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and temp checks/screenings for volunteers/employees.

 Please join us Tuesday August 25th, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for the College, University, Trade, and Vocational Schools Telebriefing using the following link https://zoom.us/j/748315012, where we will provide guidance on the amended Public Health Order and answer any questions you may have. You can submit your questions here 24 hours prior to the telebriefing.

COVID-19 Education Sector Team

As you can see, there are still important restrictions, although there is a bit more flexibility.

THE FALL SEMESTER

This fall 2020, classes are being offered primarily online, but some components are being offered on campus in areas where the conversion to the online format has been difficult and/or inappropriate, such as science labs, clinical labs, and hands-on career/technical sessions. 

While there are still challenges, especially regarding Nursing and a few other programs, the semester is off to a solid beginning.  Another 10% to 14% of fall classes will be offered in an 8-week format later in the semester, followed by the intersession.

SPRING SEMESTER PLANNING

The big decision that we have to make is the determination of the format for the spring semester. All educational institutions are struggling with this decision and most are still debating the issues.  While the San Diego Community College District is still reviewing options, the College and Continuing Education Presidents and I want to respond to all of the questions we are receiving about this.  Until we announce a final decision, this is the direction we are moving toward:

 

·         Most classes will probably continue to be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will probably increase in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services may be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

Unless something changes definitively regarding COVID-19, which looks doubtful at this point, this is how we will be planning for the spring semester.

FUNDING ISSUES

Since my previous message on COVID-19 financial adjustments, we have been continuing to pursue other sources of funding, which is critical because of the ongoing impact of the virus and because of the enormous State deficit of $54 billion. We have had success in providing funding for students.  In addition to the federal stimulus funding, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education foundations have provided funding for students, primarily for the purchase of laptop computers.  As I also noted, the San Diego Foundation and the United Way of San Diego together have provided almost $500,000 for our students.  Recently, the San Diego Foundation has provided another $70,000 for students residing in City District 4. 

Federal stimulus dollars and a State block grant have also assisted in supporting institutional needs, such as equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  We are hopeful that Congress and the President will approve another stimulus package, which is sorely needed as the impact of COVID-19 increases.  We have been in touch with our Congressional representatives to urge them to support new stimulus funding along the lines already put forth by the House of Representatives.  Representative Susan Davis has been especially supportive.

CHANCELLOR’S FORUMS – COVID-19 DISCUSSSION OPPORTUNITY

As I mentioned at the recent Convocations, which were virtual, I will be holding Chancellor’s Forums for each of the institutions of our District.  Information will be provided on a variety of topics, including the state of COVID-19 planning and related issues, and there will be an opportunity for input and suggestions.  Please attend one of these sessions, which have been scheduled as follows (links will be provided a few days before the sessions):

Chancellor’s Forums (via Zoom)

Miramar College

September 23        

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Let me close by again saying that the Board of Trustees and I continue to be impressed by and grateful for your work, and for the advice we receive from our community supporters as we move through the COVID-19 landscape.  This is a longer journey than we anticipated, but we are making progress.

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - November 2020

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books or calculators, students will need to submit their request by Thursday, November 12, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check In/Out

Monday, November 16, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops, books and/or calculators. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Real College Survey

hope center logo

 

The San Diego Community College District (City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education) is participating in a study conducted by the Hope Center about student life. In prior years, the study has shown that six out of ten of our students experience housing insecurities, and about four out of ten experience food insecurities. 

We are conducting another study this fall so we can continue to gather important information about the basic needs of our students. 

·  Students who participate in the study can opt to be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift card.


Click HERE to complete HOPE Real College Survey 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:31 am

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #15

Greetings and welcome, again, to the “new normal” of online instruction, remote operations, Zoom meetings, and uncertain prognoses for returning to our former way of working together on site and in person.  You all continue to do an excellent job in making this new normal work for our students. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be grateful for your efforts and dedication.  I am writing to bring you up-to-date about a few matters.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION – UPDATED REPORT

Last week, the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA issued updated guidance for institutions of higher education, detailing how community colleges, universities, and four-year colleges are expected to operate with regard to any on-site instruction and operations. This guidance pertains to the current on-campus class components and limited onsite staffing, and also includes useful information for returning to onsite operations in the long term.  I have attached this document for your information.  However, let me share a few highlights, with which the San Diego Community College District is complying:

·        Face coverings are required (along with face shields in some disciplines).  Employers are responsible for supplying this equipment.  Employers must also be prepared to address “exemptions to the requirement for persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and for persons who are hearing impaired or communicating with persons who are hearing impaired.” (p.4)

·        COVID-19 Prevention Plan.  All institutions must establish “written, campus-specific COVID-19 prevention plan(s).”  (p. 5) 

·        Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation.  These practices must be intensified. (pp. 7-9)

·        Distancing on Campus.  San Diego is currently in the Red/Tier 2 category, basically limiting lecture groups to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.  The report includes suggested formats. (p. 10)

·        Communal Spaces.  There are limitations for the number and configuration of people in such spaces. (p. 11)

·        Food Service.  Grab-and-go, packaged items are the rule. (p. 12)

·        Training Programs for Staff and Students.  The report emphasizes thorough communication and training in CDC and other public health guidelines. (pp. 14-15)

·        Checking for Signs and Symptoms.  All people entering a campus or work site must be checked. (p. 16)

·        Response to Individuals who Become Sick.  Protocols are outlined for handling cases of individual illness. (p. 17)

·        Establishing Communication Systems.  Processes are recommended for communication with students, faculty, staff, health agencies, and the public. (p. 21)

·        Special Guidance and Protocols for Athletics.  The report includes extended guidance regarding athletic programs and student-athletes. (pp. 24 – 37)

This Guidance and other reports have provided a useful framework for us as we steer the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward.  We are definitely observing these protocols and will continue our efforts to ensure the health and safety of the few people who are teaching, learning, or working onsite.

SDCCD PLANS FOR THE COMING SEMESTER

As reported earlier, in the SDCCD, the Intersession and the Spring Semester 2021 classes will be online, with a few more hybrid options for students who need to complete their science lab work, clinical lab work, career-technical lab work, and first-responder classes on campus, along with a few student support functions. In the hope that the virus may have abated during the Spring, the campuses are making plans for in-person commencements in May, with the understanding that they may need to hold virtual commencements if the physical commencements are not safe.  Fingers crossed.

FUTURE SDCCD PLANS FOR 2021-22

We continue to receive questions about next year (Summer, Fall, etc.) and what plans will be implemented.  Right now, it is too soon to make any commitments, since we need to track the virus and also need to know what vaccine(s) may be developed and become available.  We certainly do hope to return to on-campus, in-person instruction and phased-in on-site operations, but we need much more information and guidance before that can happen.

OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION

As before, let me share with you the most recent update from the hospital consortium that makes regular reports to the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation, of which I am a member.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

 National/International

·Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday the U.S. could have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every American as early as March. Azar said the U.S. is currently manufacturing doses for all six potential vaccines backed by the U.S. government across more than 23 manufacturing facilities.

·There were at least 928 new COVID-19 deaths and 56,045 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Oct. 8, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 47,036 cases per day, which is an increase of 12% from the average two weeks earlier. 

 State

·This week, state officials introduced new guidelines to measure the impact the novel coronavirus is having on the most disadvantaged communities in counties across the state. The new health equity metric is in addition to the case and positivity rate metrics. Officials say the metric will only be used to help a county move to a less restrictive tier and allow the opening of further sectors of the economy, not to move backwards to more restrictive tiers.

·On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics:

o   California has 828,461 confirmed cases to date.

o   There were 1,677 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday.

o   The seven-day positivity rate is 2.6%; the 14-day positivity rate is 2.7%.

o   There have been 15,430,421 tests conducted in California, an increase of 128,740 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

 County/City

·Yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided the following COVID-19 data through Oct. 7:

o   Under the state monitoring metrics, San Diego County remains in tier 2, also known as the red tier.

o   San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

o   The county’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 6.2 and is in the red tier.

o   On Oct. 7, 19 new community outbreaks were confirmed: six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and one in a hair salon/barbershop setting.

o   In the past seven days (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7), 32 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o   The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.

o   The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3%. The target is less than 8%.

o   291 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 49,446.

o   Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 819.

o   More information about community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths can be found here on the Health and Human Services Agency’s website.

·The latest countywide data (as of Wednesday, Oct. 7) shows that the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals increased to 217, up from 187 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o   79 at Sharp HealthCare

o   68 at Scripps Health

o   10 at UC San Diego Health

o   19 at Kaiser Permanente

o   16 at Palomar Health

o   12 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

o   1 at Rady Children’s Hospital

o   12 at Tri-City Healthcare District

CONCLUSION

The Board of Trustees, the Presidents, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the governance leaders, and I are continuing to monitor this situation, which is complex and volatile.  I think we are doing our best to ensure that our two top priorities are met: 1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of instruction and operations.  Many thanks to all of our faculty, classified professionals, administrators, student leaders, and community supporters for your understanding and advice.

Stay well!


Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops and books from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books, students will need to submit their request by Sunday, October 11, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop and Book Check In/Out

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops and books. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:28 pm

SDCCD Chancellor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #13

It seems incredible that we are now in our sixth month of dealing with the coronavirus COVID-19.  I do not believe anyone could have predicted the longevity of this crisis. All of our faculty members, administrators, and classified professionals are continuing their excellent work teaching online, with a few on-campus demonstration components, and conducting operations remotely.  The Board of Trustees and I thank you all for your dedication above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. 

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION NATIONALLY

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. I am sure that by now you have read about the surges that have occurred as a number of universities and colleges reopened in the fall and saw surges in the rate of COVID infection within the student body.  The University of Alabama alone saw over 1,200 cases.  Even San Diego State University has reported cases in the hundreds. Clearly, more needs to be done in enforcing health protocols that prevent the spread of the virus, e.g., masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and thorough disinfecting efforts.

CALIFORNIA

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom stated his belief that California is making progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic but acknowledged that the State could see a spike in new cases from the Labor Day weekend.  California now has 760,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 14,451 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5% from Sunday's total of 14,385. The state has performed 12.9 million tests; and the rate of positive tests has decreased to 3.6% over both the past seven and 14-days. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across California, and the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU, both dropped 22% in the last 14 days.

Three counties – Marin, Inyo and Tehama – were able to move out of the highest, most restrictive Purple monitoring tier and into the Red tier. California Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said that more counties are expected to drop into lower tiers in the next few weeks, which could mean reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and religious services.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

As you know, San Diego County was recently removed from the Purple monitoring tier, which enabled some businesses and public facilities to reopen.  However, this situation is being closely monitored, especially in view of the crowds that emerged at beaches and other venues during the Labor Day weekend.  Many people were not observing the health protocols, and the fear is that a new surge could be seen.

INTERSESSION

As you may recall, going into the 2020-21 year, over 900 classes were cut as part of the budget-reduction process.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education chose to spread the remaining class sections across the year so that students who needed to complete classes in the summer could do so and so that students who need to complete or prepare for transfer could do so in a small intersession.  The intersession will be 100% online and class sections have been allocated, as follows:

SPRING SEMESTER

Since my last COVID Update, we have made a final decision about the spring semester.

·         The vast majority of classes will be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will be increased in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services will be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

·Remote operations will continue during the spring semester, and we hope to phase-in a return to work sites later in the semester.

·Events will continue to be offered in a virtual format.

We are hopeful that by the end of the semester, there may be more flexibility.  We definitely are hoping to hold our commencements in-person.

FUNDING ISSUES

The District, the Colleges, and Continuing Education have been working on the distribution of both remaining federal COVID-19 emergency funding and State COVID-19 funding.  I have attached this information for your review and I encourage you to contact your campus if you want additional information regarding how to apply for funding.

The Board of Trustees and I, the Presidents, and the governance leaders are all working together on our COVID-19 responses. However, your work is the key to our success in serving students in this enduring crisis.  Thank you again for your dedication and optimism.  We can do this!

Thank you and stay well!


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:14 pm

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #14

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #14

Some of you have asked me to share comprehensive information about the COVID-19 situation, which I am happy to do. This message will be informative, but will not introduce any new decisions regarding our District. The information below is provided by a hospital consortium that reports to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, an organization which I serve as a member of the Board of Directors. This report puts the COVID-19 situation in full perspective.

 NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL, STATE, COUNTY/CITY HEALTHCARE HIGHLIGHTS

 National/International

·The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reversed guidance issued last month about who should be tested for COVID-19. The CDC updated its recommendation to test anyone — including people without symptoms — who has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the disease.

·The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it was awarding $12 million for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support teams in 11 states that will focus on awareness and education research, especially among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians, populations that account for more than half of all reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

·There were at least 849 new COVID-19 deaths and 45,434 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Sept. 17, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 40,111 cases per day, which is a decrease of 1% from the average two weeks earlier.

·Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are reporting far lower numbers of influenza cases than in previous years, which could mean good news for the U.S. as flu season approaches. Health officials attribute the lower number of cases to measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

California

·The U.S.-Mexico border will not fully reopen Sept. 21 as planned, and will remain partially closed until mid-October, according to a report from the Mexican government. The temporary restrictions limit crossings to essential travel, emergency response and public health purposes related to the coronavirus pandemic.

··On Thursday, Sept. 17, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics for the Golden State:

·California has 766,201 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

·There were 3,238 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday, Sept. 16. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from additional days before Wednesday.

·The seven-day positivity rate is 3.4% and the 14-day positivity rate is 3.5%.

·There have been 13,080,037 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 79,515 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

San Diego County/City of San Diego

·California public health officials said yesterday that if San Diego County falls to the lowest tier of the state’s reopening system, schools in our region that have not yet reopened will lose their chance to reopen. The county is currently in the red tier (tier 2), and with the increase in cases, primarily among students at San Diego State University, the county is in danger of being moved to the purple tier. Being moved into the purple tier could also trigger more state-imposed restrictions on businesses.

·The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided a variety of updated COVID-19 statistics (through Sept. 15) on state metrics, community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths. Of note, the agency’s triggers dashboard shows two categories in the red: case rate is at 7.9 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days (the target is 6.9 or below); and there have been 20 community outbreaks over the past seven days (the target is below seven community outbreaks).

·As of Wednesday, Sept. 16, the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals decreased to 224, down from 234 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 is as follows:

·66 at Sharp HealthCare

·54 at Scripps Health

·12 at UC San Diego Health

·25 at Kaiser Permanente

·22 at Palomar Health

·26 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

·0 at Rady Children’s Hospital

·19 at Tri-City Healthcare District


Monday, September 21, 2020 - 4:03 pm

The CARES Act Grant Application is Open for Miramar College Students

The CARES Act Grant Application is open for Miramar College Students! Deadline to apply is Monday, September 28th @ 5:00pm.

 Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The purpose of the funds is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Please note that the information from the application will not be shared outside of the San Diego Community College District. It will not have a negative impact on your status. If you have any questions about the application, please reach out to us!

 To request a grant:

1.    Visit https://bit.ly/sdccdcaresapp to complete the Cares Act Fund Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

2.    You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  

3.    The deadline to submit the application is 09/28/2020 by 5:00pm.

 Applications will be reviewed starting September 30th.  You can check the status of your grant by logging into your mySDCCD Support Portal at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 


Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:56 am

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Students needing to borrow a laptop for the semester can apply before Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the following link or visit the San Diego Miramar Library page at  http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

 

Laptops will be distributed on the following days:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.

 

For more information please email avmira@sdccd.edu.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - Fall 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, San Diego Miramar College library will continue to shift and change in response to student and faculty need, and in response to the need for continued vigilance about safety concerns related to the spread of the corona-virus. 

San Diego Miramar College Library will be periodically hosting checkout services for Laptop and Library book/resources for Fall 2020 students.

Please continue to check our San Diego Miramar College Library website for updates.

To request a laptop or library book/resources, San Diego Miramar College students should go to the following link and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Navigate to the Miramar College Library website.
  2. Search for library materials in OneSearch.
    • To search for student laptops type "Laptop Acer" in the search box, then click on "Laptop, Acer Aspire 5" or follow this direct link.
    • Follow this link to search for textbooks on reserve.
    • To search for other print materials, type your search terms in the search box and refine your results by limiting to Library: San Diego Miramar College.
  3. Click the title of the laptop or library book/resource you wish to request.
  4. On the “Get It” section of the page, click on "mySDCCD Login."
  5. Log in with the following:
    • Username: your student 10-digit ID number.
    • Password: the password you use to log into your mySDCCD portal.
    • Only students who are enrolled in the current semester are able to place requests.
  6. Click "Request."
  7. Provide the following contact information in the comment field to assure that contact information is accurate within our library system:
    • Phone number
    • Email address

Please continue to check our Miramar College Library website for updates on when students are allowed to pick up their requested item.

Laptops and library books/resources are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar students may checkout laptops/resources. Please provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, Military ID) along with your college ID number during this event.

The health of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority.  For information about COVID-19 (Corona-virus) specifically, please visit http://sdmiramar.edu/covid-info.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10:45 am

Chancellor's Update for August 25, 2020

Now that the fall semester is underway, I thought I would bring you up-to-date regarding our activities and plans relative to the continuing coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It seems inconceivable that we are about to enter our sixth month of online instruction and remote operations. I hope that you are all well and that you are continuing to adjust to the many new practices that have been adopted. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be deeply grateful for the extraordinary work and the optimistic spirit that you have all brought to this unprecedented moment in time.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. The faculty’s continuing efforts to provide online instruction and the efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. In San Diego County, as of August 23, the total number of cases increased by 187 for a total of 36,727.  2,989 (8.1%) of the cases have required hospitalization and 733 (2.0%) of the  cases have required admission to an intensive care unit.  No new deaths for the County have been reported and the total remains at 660.  The recent “progress” we have seen has allowed the State to remove our County from the watch-list and has resulted in some easing of restrictions.

COUNTY GUIDANCE REGARDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Let me share with you the information we received on Friday from the San Diego County Public Health COVID-19 Education Sector Team:

Good afternoon to our College, University, Trade, and Vocational School Partners,

The Public Health order was updated!  The Public Health Order states that (IHEs) Institutions of Higher Education may open, which includes Vocational and Tech schools, in accordance with the States Reopening Guidance for IHEs. The COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education can be found here and the updated Public Health Order can be found here.

The Public Health Order amended section 4, which now states that “Institutions of higher education may hold classes or other school activities only under circumstances permitted by the State and in compliance with the COVID – 19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and as may be updated or superseded”.  The Public Health Order also amended section 16b, which now states to “Require temperature screening of all employees and prohibit entry to the workplace of employees with a temperature of 100 degrees or more, employees exhibiting COVID19 symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or employees who have recently been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either directly or through a breach of Personal Protective Equipment in the case of healthcare workers/first responders).”

We hope this assists you in planning and helps you to better prepare.  Please remember, you still must create, post, and share with employees/students/visitors your safe reopening plan and follow the Big 4, which are requiring facial coverings, social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and temp checks/screenings for volunteers/employees.

 Please join us Tuesday August 25th, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for the College, University, Trade, and Vocational Schools Telebriefing using the following link https://zoom.us/j/748315012, where we will provide guidance on the amended Public Health Order and answer any questions you may have. You can submit your questions here 24 hours prior to the telebriefing.

COVID-19 Education Sector Team

As you can see, there are still important restrictions, although there is a bit more flexibility.

THE FALL SEMESTER

This fall 2020, classes are being offered primarily online, but some components are being offered on campus in areas where the conversion to the online format has been difficult and/or inappropriate, such as science labs, clinical labs, and hands-on career/technical sessions. 

While there are still challenges, especially regarding Nursing and a few other programs, the semester is off to a solid beginning.  Another 10% to 14% of fall classes will be offered in an 8-week format later in the semester, followed by the intersession.

SPRING SEMESTER PLANNING

The big decision that we have to make is the determination of the format for the spring semester. All educational institutions are struggling with this decision and most are still debating the issues.  While the San Diego Community College District is still reviewing options, the College and Continuing Education Presidents and I want to respond to all of the questions we are receiving about this.  Until we announce a final decision, this is the direction we are moving toward:

 

·         Most classes will probably continue to be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will probably increase in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services may be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

Unless something changes definitively regarding COVID-19, which looks doubtful at this point, this is how we will be planning for the spring semester.

FUNDING ISSUES

Since my previous message on COVID-19 financial adjustments, we have been continuing to pursue other sources of funding, which is critical because of the ongoing impact of the virus and because of the enormous State deficit of $54 billion. We have had success in providing funding for students.  In addition to the federal stimulus funding, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education foundations have provided funding for students, primarily for the purchase of laptop computers.  As I also noted, the San Diego Foundation and the United Way of San Diego together have provided almost $500,000 for our students.  Recently, the San Diego Foundation has provided another $70,000 for students residing in City District 4. 

Federal stimulus dollars and a State block grant have also assisted in supporting institutional needs, such as equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  We are hopeful that Congress and the President will approve another stimulus package, which is sorely needed as the impact of COVID-19 increases.  We have been in touch with our Congressional representatives to urge them to support new stimulus funding along the lines already put forth by the House of Representatives.  Representative Susan Davis has been especially supportive.

CHANCELLOR’S FORUMS – COVID-19 DISCUSSSION OPPORTUNITY

As I mentioned at the recent Convocations, which were virtual, I will be holding Chancellor’s Forums for each of the institutions of our District.  Information will be provided on a variety of topics, including the state of COVID-19 planning and related issues, and there will be an opportunity for input and suggestions.  Please attend one of these sessions, which have been scheduled as follows (links will be provided a few days before the sessions):

Chancellor’s Forums (via Zoom)

Miramar College

September 23        

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Let me close by again saying that the Board of Trustees and I continue to be impressed by and grateful for your work, and for the advice we receive from our community supporters as we move through the COVID-19 landscape.  This is a longer journey than we anticipated, but we are making progress.

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - November 2020

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books or calculators, students will need to submit their request by Thursday, November 12, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check In/Out

Monday, November 16, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops, books and/or calculators. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Real College Survey

hope center logo

 

The San Diego Community College District (City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education) is participating in a study conducted by the Hope Center about student life. In prior years, the study has shown that six out of ten of our students experience housing insecurities, and about four out of ten experience food insecurities. 

We are conducting another study this fall so we can continue to gather important information about the basic needs of our students. 

·  Students who participate in the study can opt to be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift card.


Click HERE to complete HOPE Real College Survey 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:31 am

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #15

Greetings and welcome, again, to the “new normal” of online instruction, remote operations, Zoom meetings, and uncertain prognoses for returning to our former way of working together on site and in person.  You all continue to do an excellent job in making this new normal work for our students. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be grateful for your efforts and dedication.  I am writing to bring you up-to-date about a few matters.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION – UPDATED REPORT

Last week, the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA issued updated guidance for institutions of higher education, detailing how community colleges, universities, and four-year colleges are expected to operate with regard to any on-site instruction and operations. This guidance pertains to the current on-campus class components and limited onsite staffing, and also includes useful information for returning to onsite operations in the long term.  I have attached this document for your information.  However, let me share a few highlights, with which the San Diego Community College District is complying:

·        Face coverings are required (along with face shields in some disciplines).  Employers are responsible for supplying this equipment.  Employers must also be prepared to address “exemptions to the requirement for persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and for persons who are hearing impaired or communicating with persons who are hearing impaired.” (p.4)

·        COVID-19 Prevention Plan.  All institutions must establish “written, campus-specific COVID-19 prevention plan(s).”  (p. 5) 

·        Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation.  These practices must be intensified. (pp. 7-9)

·        Distancing on Campus.  San Diego is currently in the Red/Tier 2 category, basically limiting lecture groups to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.  The report includes suggested formats. (p. 10)

·        Communal Spaces.  There are limitations for the number and configuration of people in such spaces. (p. 11)

·        Food Service.  Grab-and-go, packaged items are the rule. (p. 12)

·        Training Programs for Staff and Students.  The report emphasizes thorough communication and training in CDC and other public health guidelines. (pp. 14-15)

·        Checking for Signs and Symptoms.  All people entering a campus or work site must be checked. (p. 16)

·        Response to Individuals who Become Sick.  Protocols are outlined for handling cases of individual illness. (p. 17)

·        Establishing Communication Systems.  Processes are recommended for communication with students, faculty, staff, health agencies, and the public. (p. 21)

·        Special Guidance and Protocols for Athletics.  The report includes extended guidance regarding athletic programs and student-athletes. (pp. 24 – 37)

This Guidance and other reports have provided a useful framework for us as we steer the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward.  We are definitely observing these protocols and will continue our efforts to ensure the health and safety of the few people who are teaching, learning, or working onsite.

SDCCD PLANS FOR THE COMING SEMESTER

As reported earlier, in the SDCCD, the Intersession and the Spring Semester 2021 classes will be online, with a few more hybrid options for students who need to complete their science lab work, clinical lab work, career-technical lab work, and first-responder classes on campus, along with a few student support functions. In the hope that the virus may have abated during the Spring, the campuses are making plans for in-person commencements in May, with the understanding that they may need to hold virtual commencements if the physical commencements are not safe.  Fingers crossed.

FUTURE SDCCD PLANS FOR 2021-22

We continue to receive questions about next year (Summer, Fall, etc.) and what plans will be implemented.  Right now, it is too soon to make any commitments, since we need to track the virus and also need to know what vaccine(s) may be developed and become available.  We certainly do hope to return to on-campus, in-person instruction and phased-in on-site operations, but we need much more information and guidance before that can happen.

OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION

As before, let me share with you the most recent update from the hospital consortium that makes regular reports to the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation, of which I am a member.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

 National/International

·Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday the U.S. could have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every American as early as March. Azar said the U.S. is currently manufacturing doses for all six potential vaccines backed by the U.S. government across more than 23 manufacturing facilities.

·There were at least 928 new COVID-19 deaths and 56,045 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Oct. 8, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 47,036 cases per day, which is an increase of 12% from the average two weeks earlier. 

 State

·This week, state officials introduced new guidelines to measure the impact the novel coronavirus is having on the most disadvantaged communities in counties across the state. The new health equity metric is in addition to the case and positivity rate metrics. Officials say the metric will only be used to help a county move to a less restrictive tier and allow the opening of further sectors of the economy, not to move backwards to more restrictive tiers.

·On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics:

o   California has 828,461 confirmed cases to date.

o   There were 1,677 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday.

o   The seven-day positivity rate is 2.6%; the 14-day positivity rate is 2.7%.

o   There have been 15,430,421 tests conducted in California, an increase of 128,740 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

 County/City

·Yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided the following COVID-19 data through Oct. 7:

o   Under the state monitoring metrics, San Diego County remains in tier 2, also known as the red tier.

o   San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

o   The county’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 6.2 and is in the red tier.

o   On Oct. 7, 19 new community outbreaks were confirmed: six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and one in a hair salon/barbershop setting.

o   In the past seven days (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7), 32 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o   The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.

o   The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3%. The target is less than 8%.

o   291 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 49,446.

o   Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 819.

o   More information about community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths can be found here on the Health and Human Services Agency’s website.

·The latest countywide data (as of Wednesday, Oct. 7) shows that the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals increased to 217, up from 187 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o   79 at Sharp HealthCare

o   68 at Scripps Health

o   10 at UC San Diego Health

o   19 at Kaiser Permanente

o   16 at Palomar Health

o   12 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

o   1 at Rady Children’s Hospital

o   12 at Tri-City Healthcare District

CONCLUSION

The Board of Trustees, the Presidents, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the governance leaders, and I are continuing to monitor this situation, which is complex and volatile.  I think we are doing our best to ensure that our two top priorities are met: 1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of instruction and operations.  Many thanks to all of our faculty, classified professionals, administrators, student leaders, and community supporters for your understanding and advice.

Stay well!


Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops and books from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books, students will need to submit their request by Sunday, October 11, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop and Book Check In/Out

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops and books. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:28 pm

SDCCD Chancellor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #13

It seems incredible that we are now in our sixth month of dealing with the coronavirus COVID-19.  I do not believe anyone could have predicted the longevity of this crisis. All of our faculty members, administrators, and classified professionals are continuing their excellent work teaching online, with a few on-campus demonstration components, and conducting operations remotely.  The Board of Trustees and I thank you all for your dedication above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. 

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION NATIONALLY

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. I am sure that by now you have read about the surges that have occurred as a number of universities and colleges reopened in the fall and saw surges in the rate of COVID infection within the student body.  The University of Alabama alone saw over 1,200 cases.  Even San Diego State University has reported cases in the hundreds. Clearly, more needs to be done in enforcing health protocols that prevent the spread of the virus, e.g., masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and thorough disinfecting efforts.

CALIFORNIA

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom stated his belief that California is making progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic but acknowledged that the State could see a spike in new cases from the Labor Day weekend.  California now has 760,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 14,451 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5% from Sunday's total of 14,385. The state has performed 12.9 million tests; and the rate of positive tests has decreased to 3.6% over both the past seven and 14-days. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across California, and the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU, both dropped 22% in the last 14 days.

Three counties – Marin, Inyo and Tehama – were able to move out of the highest, most restrictive Purple monitoring tier and into the Red tier. California Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said that more counties are expected to drop into lower tiers in the next few weeks, which could mean reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and religious services.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

As you know, San Diego County was recently removed from the Purple monitoring tier, which enabled some businesses and public facilities to reopen.  However, this situation is being closely monitored, especially in view of the crowds that emerged at beaches and other venues during the Labor Day weekend.  Many people were not observing the health protocols, and the fear is that a new surge could be seen.

INTERSESSION

As you may recall, going into the 2020-21 year, over 900 classes were cut as part of the budget-reduction process.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education chose to spread the remaining class sections across the year so that students who needed to complete classes in the summer could do so and so that students who need to complete or prepare for transfer could do so in a small intersession.  The intersession will be 100% online and class sections have been allocated, as follows:

SPRING SEMESTER

Since my last COVID Update, we have made a final decision about the spring semester.

·         The vast majority of classes will be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will be increased in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services will be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

·Remote operations will continue during the spring semester, and we hope to phase-in a return to work sites later in the semester.

·Events will continue to be offered in a virtual format.

We are hopeful that by the end of the semester, there may be more flexibility.  We definitely are hoping to hold our commencements in-person.

FUNDING ISSUES

The District, the Colleges, and Continuing Education have been working on the distribution of both remaining federal COVID-19 emergency funding and State COVID-19 funding.  I have attached this information for your review and I encourage you to contact your campus if you want additional information regarding how to apply for funding.

The Board of Trustees and I, the Presidents, and the governance leaders are all working together on our COVID-19 responses. However, your work is the key to our success in serving students in this enduring crisis.  Thank you again for your dedication and optimism.  We can do this!

Thank you and stay well!


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:14 pm

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #14

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #14

Some of you have asked me to share comprehensive information about the COVID-19 situation, which I am happy to do. This message will be informative, but will not introduce any new decisions regarding our District. The information below is provided by a hospital consortium that reports to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, an organization which I serve as a member of the Board of Directors. This report puts the COVID-19 situation in full perspective.

 NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL, STATE, COUNTY/CITY HEALTHCARE HIGHLIGHTS

 National/International

·The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reversed guidance issued last month about who should be tested for COVID-19. The CDC updated its recommendation to test anyone — including people without symptoms — who has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the disease.

·The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it was awarding $12 million for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support teams in 11 states that will focus on awareness and education research, especially among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians, populations that account for more than half of all reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

·There were at least 849 new COVID-19 deaths and 45,434 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Sept. 17, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 40,111 cases per day, which is a decrease of 1% from the average two weeks earlier.

·Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are reporting far lower numbers of influenza cases than in previous years, which could mean good news for the U.S. as flu season approaches. Health officials attribute the lower number of cases to measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

California

·The U.S.-Mexico border will not fully reopen Sept. 21 as planned, and will remain partially closed until mid-October, according to a report from the Mexican government. The temporary restrictions limit crossings to essential travel, emergency response and public health purposes related to the coronavirus pandemic.

··On Thursday, Sept. 17, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics for the Golden State:

·California has 766,201 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

·There were 3,238 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday, Sept. 16. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from additional days before Wednesday.

·The seven-day positivity rate is 3.4% and the 14-day positivity rate is 3.5%.

·There have been 13,080,037 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 79,515 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

San Diego County/City of San Diego

·California public health officials said yesterday that if San Diego County falls to the lowest tier of the state’s reopening system, schools in our region that have not yet reopened will lose their chance to reopen. The county is currently in the red tier (tier 2), and with the increase in cases, primarily among students at San Diego State University, the county is in danger of being moved to the purple tier. Being moved into the purple tier could also trigger more state-imposed restrictions on businesses.

·The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided a variety of updated COVID-19 statistics (through Sept. 15) on state metrics, community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths. Of note, the agency’s triggers dashboard shows two categories in the red: case rate is at 7.9 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days (the target is 6.9 or below); and there have been 20 community outbreaks over the past seven days (the target is below seven community outbreaks).

·As of Wednesday, Sept. 16, the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals decreased to 224, down from 234 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 is as follows:

·66 at Sharp HealthCare

·54 at Scripps Health

·12 at UC San Diego Health

·25 at Kaiser Permanente

·22 at Palomar Health

·26 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

·0 at Rady Children’s Hospital

·19 at Tri-City Healthcare District


Monday, September 21, 2020 - 4:03 pm

The CARES Act Grant Application is Open for Miramar College Students

The CARES Act Grant Application is open for Miramar College Students! Deadline to apply is Monday, September 28th @ 5:00pm.

 Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The purpose of the funds is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Please note that the information from the application will not be shared outside of the San Diego Community College District. It will not have a negative impact on your status. If you have any questions about the application, please reach out to us!

 To request a grant:

1.    Visit https://bit.ly/sdccdcaresapp to complete the Cares Act Fund Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

2.    You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  

3.    The deadline to submit the application is 09/28/2020 by 5:00pm.

 Applications will be reviewed starting September 30th.  You can check the status of your grant by logging into your mySDCCD Support Portal at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 


Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:56 am

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Students needing to borrow a laptop for the semester can apply before Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the following link or visit the San Diego Miramar Library page at  http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

 

Laptops will be distributed on the following days:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.

 

For more information please email avmira@sdccd.edu.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - Fall 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, San Diego Miramar College library will continue to shift and change in response to student and faculty need, and in response to the need for continued vigilance about safety concerns related to the spread of the corona-virus. 

San Diego Miramar College Library will be periodically hosting checkout services for Laptop and Library book/resources for Fall 2020 students.

Please continue to check our San Diego Miramar College Library website for updates.

To request a laptop or library book/resources, San Diego Miramar College students should go to the following link and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Navigate to the Miramar College Library website.
  2. Search for library materials in OneSearch.
    • To search for student laptops type "Laptop Acer" in the search box, then click on "Laptop, Acer Aspire 5" or follow this direct link.
    • Follow this link to search for textbooks on reserve.
    • To search for other print materials, type your search terms in the search box and refine your results by limiting to Library: San Diego Miramar College.
  3. Click the title of the laptop or library book/resource you wish to request.
  4. On the “Get It” section of the page, click on "mySDCCD Login."
  5. Log in with the following:
    • Username: your student 10-digit ID number.
    • Password: the password you use to log into your mySDCCD portal.
    • Only students who are enrolled in the current semester are able to place requests.
  6. Click "Request."
  7. Provide the following contact information in the comment field to assure that contact information is accurate within our library system:
    • Phone number
    • Email address

Please continue to check our Miramar College Library website for updates on when students are allowed to pick up their requested item.

Laptops and library books/resources are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar students may checkout laptops/resources. Please provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, Military ID) along with your college ID number during this event.

The health of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority.  For information about COVID-19 (Corona-virus) specifically, please visit http://sdmiramar.edu/covid-info.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10:45 am

Chancellor's Update for August 25, 2020

Now that the fall semester is underway, I thought I would bring you up-to-date regarding our activities and plans relative to the continuing coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It seems inconceivable that we are about to enter our sixth month of online instruction and remote operations. I hope that you are all well and that you are continuing to adjust to the many new practices that have been adopted. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be deeply grateful for the extraordinary work and the optimistic spirit that you have all brought to this unprecedented moment in time.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. The faculty’s continuing efforts to provide online instruction and the efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. In San Diego County, as of August 23, the total number of cases increased by 187 for a total of 36,727.  2,989 (8.1%) of the cases have required hospitalization and 733 (2.0%) of the  cases have required admission to an intensive care unit.  No new deaths for the County have been reported and the total remains at 660.  The recent “progress” we have seen has allowed the State to remove our County from the watch-list and has resulted in some easing of restrictions.

COUNTY GUIDANCE REGARDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Let me share with you the information we received on Friday from the San Diego County Public Health COVID-19 Education Sector Team:

Good afternoon to our College, University, Trade, and Vocational School Partners,

The Public Health order was updated!  The Public Health Order states that (IHEs) Institutions of Higher Education may open, which includes Vocational and Tech schools, in accordance with the States Reopening Guidance for IHEs. The COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education can be found here and the updated Public Health Order can be found here.

The Public Health Order amended section 4, which now states that “Institutions of higher education may hold classes or other school activities only under circumstances permitted by the State and in compliance with the COVID – 19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and as may be updated or superseded”.  The Public Health Order also amended section 16b, which now states to “Require temperature screening of all employees and prohibit entry to the workplace of employees with a temperature of 100 degrees or more, employees exhibiting COVID19 symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or employees who have recently been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either directly or through a breach of Personal Protective Equipment in the case of healthcare workers/first responders).”

We hope this assists you in planning and helps you to better prepare.  Please remember, you still must create, post, and share with employees/students/visitors your safe reopening plan and follow the Big 4, which are requiring facial coverings, social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and temp checks/screenings for volunteers/employees.

 Please join us Tuesday August 25th, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for the College, University, Trade, and Vocational Schools Telebriefing using the following link https://zoom.us/j/748315012, where we will provide guidance on the amended Public Health Order and answer any questions you may have. You can submit your questions here 24 hours prior to the telebriefing.

COVID-19 Education Sector Team

As you can see, there are still important restrictions, although there is a bit more flexibility.

THE FALL SEMESTER

This fall 2020, classes are being offered primarily online, but some components are being offered on campus in areas where the conversion to the online format has been difficult and/or inappropriate, such as science labs, clinical labs, and hands-on career/technical sessions. 

While there are still challenges, especially regarding Nursing and a few other programs, the semester is off to a solid beginning.  Another 10% to 14% of fall classes will be offered in an 8-week format later in the semester, followed by the intersession.

SPRING SEMESTER PLANNING

The big decision that we have to make is the determination of the format for the spring semester. All educational institutions are struggling with this decision and most are still debating the issues.  While the San Diego Community College District is still reviewing options, the College and Continuing Education Presidents and I want to respond to all of the questions we are receiving about this.  Until we announce a final decision, this is the direction we are moving toward:

 

·         Most classes will probably continue to be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will probably increase in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services may be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

Unless something changes definitively regarding COVID-19, which looks doubtful at this point, this is how we will be planning for the spring semester.

FUNDING ISSUES

Since my previous message on COVID-19 financial adjustments, we have been continuing to pursue other sources of funding, which is critical because of the ongoing impact of the virus and because of the enormous State deficit of $54 billion. We have had success in providing funding for students.  In addition to the federal stimulus funding, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education foundations have provided funding for students, primarily for the purchase of laptop computers.  As I also noted, the San Diego Foundation and the United Way of San Diego together have provided almost $500,000 for our students.  Recently, the San Diego Foundation has provided another $70,000 for students residing in City District 4. 

Federal stimulus dollars and a State block grant have also assisted in supporting institutional needs, such as equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  We are hopeful that Congress and the President will approve another stimulus package, which is sorely needed as the impact of COVID-19 increases.  We have been in touch with our Congressional representatives to urge them to support new stimulus funding along the lines already put forth by the House of Representatives.  Representative Susan Davis has been especially supportive.

CHANCELLOR’S FORUMS – COVID-19 DISCUSSSION OPPORTUNITY

As I mentioned at the recent Convocations, which were virtual, I will be holding Chancellor’s Forums for each of the institutions of our District.  Information will be provided on a variety of topics, including the state of COVID-19 planning and related issues, and there will be an opportunity for input and suggestions.  Please attend one of these sessions, which have been scheduled as follows (links will be provided a few days before the sessions):

Chancellor’s Forums (via Zoom)

Miramar College

September 23        

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Let me close by again saying that the Board of Trustees and I continue to be impressed by and grateful for your work, and for the advice we receive from our community supporters as we move through the COVID-19 landscape.  This is a longer journey than we anticipated, but we are making progress.

Thank you and stay well!


Monday, November 9, 2020 - 12:44 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - November 2020

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops, books, and calculators from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books or calculators, students will need to submit their request by Thursday, November 12, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop, Book and Calculator Check In/Out

Monday, November 16, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

 

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops, books and/or calculators. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Friday, October 16, 2020 - 12:55 pm

Real College Survey

hope center logo

 

The San Diego Community College District (City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education) is participating in a study conducted by the Hope Center about student life. In prior years, the study has shown that six out of ten of our students experience housing insecurities, and about four out of ten experience food insecurities. 

We are conducting another study this fall so we can continue to gather important information about the basic needs of our students. 

·  Students who participate in the study can opt to be entered in a drawing to receive a $100 gift card.


Click HERE to complete HOPE Real College Survey 


Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 10:31 am

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #15

Greetings and welcome, again, to the “new normal” of online instruction, remote operations, Zoom meetings, and uncertain prognoses for returning to our former way of working together on site and in person.  You all continue to do an excellent job in making this new normal work for our students. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be grateful for your efforts and dedication.  I am writing to bring you up-to-date about a few matters.

GUIDANCE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION – UPDATED REPORT

Last week, the California Department of Public Health and Cal OSHA issued updated guidance for institutions of higher education, detailing how community colleges, universities, and four-year colleges are expected to operate with regard to any on-site instruction and operations. This guidance pertains to the current on-campus class components and limited onsite staffing, and also includes useful information for returning to onsite operations in the long term.  I have attached this document for your information.  However, let me share a few highlights, with which the San Diego Community College District is complying:

·        Face coverings are required (along with face shields in some disciplines).  Employers are responsible for supplying this equipment.  Employers must also be prepared to address “exemptions to the requirement for persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, and for persons who are hearing impaired or communicating with persons who are hearing impaired.” (p.4)

·        COVID-19 Prevention Plan.  All institutions must establish “written, campus-specific COVID-19 prevention plan(s).”  (p. 5) 

·        Cleaning, Disinfection, and Ventilation.  These practices must be intensified. (pp. 7-9)

·        Distancing on Campus.  San Diego is currently in the Red/Tier 2 category, basically limiting lecture groups to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.  The report includes suggested formats. (p. 10)

·        Communal Spaces.  There are limitations for the number and configuration of people in such spaces. (p. 11)

·        Food Service.  Grab-and-go, packaged items are the rule. (p. 12)

·        Training Programs for Staff and Students.  The report emphasizes thorough communication and training in CDC and other public health guidelines. (pp. 14-15)

·        Checking for Signs and Symptoms.  All people entering a campus or work site must be checked. (p. 16)

·        Response to Individuals who Become Sick.  Protocols are outlined for handling cases of individual illness. (p. 17)

·        Establishing Communication Systems.  Processes are recommended for communication with students, faculty, staff, health agencies, and the public. (p. 21)

·        Special Guidance and Protocols for Athletics.  The report includes extended guidance regarding athletic programs and student-athletes. (pp. 24 – 37)

This Guidance and other reports have provided a useful framework for us as we steer the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education forward.  We are definitely observing these protocols and will continue our efforts to ensure the health and safety of the few people who are teaching, learning, or working onsite.

SDCCD PLANS FOR THE COMING SEMESTER

As reported earlier, in the SDCCD, the Intersession and the Spring Semester 2021 classes will be online, with a few more hybrid options for students who need to complete their science lab work, clinical lab work, career-technical lab work, and first-responder classes on campus, along with a few student support functions. In the hope that the virus may have abated during the Spring, the campuses are making plans for in-person commencements in May, with the understanding that they may need to hold virtual commencements if the physical commencements are not safe.  Fingers crossed.

FUTURE SDCCD PLANS FOR 2021-22

We continue to receive questions about next year (Summer, Fall, etc.) and what plans will be implemented.  Right now, it is too soon to make any commitments, since we need to track the virus and also need to know what vaccine(s) may be developed and become available.  We certainly do hope to return to on-campus, in-person instruction and phased-in on-site operations, but we need much more information and guidance before that can happen.

OVERVIEW OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH SITUATION

As before, let me share with you the most recent update from the hospital consortium that makes regular reports to the San Diego County Regional Economic Development Corporation, of which I am a member.

National/International, State, County/City HealthCare Highlights

 National/International

·Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday the U.S. could have enough COVID-19 vaccine doses for every American as early as March. Azar said the U.S. is currently manufacturing doses for all six potential vaccines backed by the U.S. government across more than 23 manufacturing facilities.

·There were at least 928 new COVID-19 deaths and 56,045 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Oct. 8, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 47,036 cases per day, which is an increase of 12% from the average two weeks earlier. 

 State

·This week, state officials introduced new guidelines to measure the impact the novel coronavirus is having on the most disadvantaged communities in counties across the state. The new health equity metric is in addition to the case and positivity rate metrics. Officials say the metric will only be used to help a county move to a less restrictive tier and allow the opening of further sectors of the economy, not to move backwards to more restrictive tiers.

·On Tuesday, Oct. 6, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics:

o   California has 828,461 confirmed cases to date.

o   There were 1,677 newly recorded confirmed cases Monday.

o   The seven-day positivity rate is 2.6%; the 14-day positivity rate is 2.7%.

o   There have been 15,430,421 tests conducted in California, an increase of 128,740 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

 County/City

·Yesterday, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided the following COVID-19 data through Oct. 7:

o   Under the state monitoring metrics, San Diego County remains in tier 2, also known as the red tier.

o   San Diego’s state-calculated, adjusted case rate is 6.5 per 100,000 residents, down from 6.7. The unadjusted case rate is 7.0, down from 7.2.

o   The county’s health equity testing positivity percentage is 6.2 and is in the red tier.

o   On Oct. 7, 19 new community outbreaks were confirmed: six in restaurant/bar settings, six in business settings, two in grocery settings, two in restaurants, one in a food processing setting, one in a residence and one in a hair salon/barbershop setting.

o   In the past seven days (Oct. 1 through Oct. 7), 32 community outbreaks were confirmed.

o   The number of community outbreaks remains above the trigger of seven or more in seven days.

o   The 14-day rolling average percentage of positive cases is 3%. The target is less than 8%.

o   291 new cases were confirmed among San Diego County residents Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 49,446.

o   Six new COVID-19 deaths were reported in San Diego County Oct. 7. The region’s total is now 819.

o   More information about community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths can be found here on the Health and Human Services Agency’s website.

·The latest countywide data (as of Wednesday, Oct. 7) shows that the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals increased to 217, up from 187 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 was as follows:

o   79 at Sharp HealthCare

o   68 at Scripps Health

o   10 at UC San Diego Health

o   19 at Kaiser Permanente

o   16 at Palomar Health

o   12 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

o   1 at Rady Children’s Hospital

o   12 at Tri-City Healthcare District

CONCLUSION

The Board of Trustees, the Presidents, the Chancellor’s Cabinet, the governance leaders, and I are continuing to monitor this situation, which is complex and volatile.  I think we are doing our best to ensure that our two top priorities are met: 1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of instruction and operations.  Many thanks to all of our faculty, classified professionals, administrators, student leaders, and community supporters for your understanding and advice.

Stay well!


Friday, October 9, 2020 - 3:24 pm

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Miramar students will once again have the opportunity to check in/out laptops and books from Miramar College.  To reserve laptops or books, students will need to submit their request by Sunday, October 11, 2020, using the Library instructions in the following link:

http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

Miramar College Laptop and Book Check In/Out

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

L-LLRC Garage (Northeast side of building)

Just a reminder that checkout will be on a first-come-first-served basis while supplies last. Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar College students may checkout laptops and books. Students must provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, high school ID) along with their college ID during this event. The check in/out location will be at the northeast side of the L-LLRC building (L-Library Learning Resource Center). Signs will be posted to direct pedestrian traffic towards the location under the Miramar College teal canopies.

 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10:28 pm

SDCCD Chancellor's CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #13

It seems incredible that we are now in our sixth month of dealing with the coronavirus COVID-19.  I do not believe anyone could have predicted the longevity of this crisis. All of our faculty members, administrators, and classified professionals are continuing their excellent work teaching online, with a few on-campus demonstration components, and conducting operations remotely.  The Board of Trustees and I thank you all for your dedication above-and-beyond-the-call-of-duty.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. 

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION NATIONALLY

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. I am sure that by now you have read about the surges that have occurred as a number of universities and colleges reopened in the fall and saw surges in the rate of COVID infection within the student body.  The University of Alabama alone saw over 1,200 cases.  Even San Diego State University has reported cases in the hundreds. Clearly, more needs to be done in enforcing health protocols that prevent the spread of the virus, e.g., masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and thorough disinfecting efforts.

CALIFORNIA

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom stated his belief that California is making progress in combating the coronavirus pandemic but acknowledged that the State could see a spike in new cases from the Labor Day weekend.  California now has 760,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19, resulting in 14,451 deaths. The number of COVID-related deaths increased by 0.5% from Sunday's total of 14,385. The state has performed 12.9 million tests; and the rate of positive tests has decreased to 3.6% over both the past seven and 14-days. The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized across California, and the number of COVID-19 patients in the ICU, both dropped 22% in the last 14 days.

Three counties – Marin, Inyo and Tehama – were able to move out of the highest, most restrictive Purple monitoring tier and into the Red tier. California Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mark Ghaly said that more counties are expected to drop into lower tiers in the next few weeks, which could mean reopening indoor dining, gyms, movie theaters and religious services.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY

As you know, San Diego County was recently removed from the Purple monitoring tier, which enabled some businesses and public facilities to reopen.  However, this situation is being closely monitored, especially in view of the crowds that emerged at beaches and other venues during the Labor Day weekend.  Many people were not observing the health protocols, and the fear is that a new surge could be seen.

INTERSESSION

As you may recall, going into the 2020-21 year, over 900 classes were cut as part of the budget-reduction process.  City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education chose to spread the remaining class sections across the year so that students who needed to complete classes in the summer could do so and so that students who need to complete or prepare for transfer could do so in a small intersession.  The intersession will be 100% online and class sections have been allocated, as follows:

SPRING SEMESTER

Since my last COVID Update, we have made a final decision about the spring semester.

·         The vast majority of classes will be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will be increased in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services will be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

·Remote operations will continue during the spring semester, and we hope to phase-in a return to work sites later in the semester.

·Events will continue to be offered in a virtual format.

We are hopeful that by the end of the semester, there may be more flexibility.  We definitely are hoping to hold our commencements in-person.

FUNDING ISSUES

The District, the Colleges, and Continuing Education have been working on the distribution of both remaining federal COVID-19 emergency funding and State COVID-19 funding.  I have attached this information for your review and I encourage you to contact your campus if you want additional information regarding how to apply for funding.

The Board of Trustees and I, the Presidents, and the governance leaders are all working together on our COVID-19 responses. However, your work is the key to our success in serving students in this enduring crisis.  Thank you again for your dedication and optimism.  We can do this!

Thank you and stay well!


Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:14 pm

Chancellor's Covid-19 Update #14

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: UPDATE #14

Some of you have asked me to share comprehensive information about the COVID-19 situation, which I am happy to do. This message will be informative, but will not introduce any new decisions regarding our District. The information below is provided by a hospital consortium that reports to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, an organization which I serve as a member of the Board of Directors. This report puts the COVID-19 situation in full perspective.

 NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL, STATE, COUNTY/CITY HEALTHCARE HIGHLIGHTS

 National/International

·The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reversed guidance issued last month about who should be tested for COVID-19. The CDC updated its recommendation to test anyone — including people without symptoms — who has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the disease.

·The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it was awarding $12 million for outreach and engagement efforts in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will support teams in 11 states that will focus on awareness and education research, especially among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians, populations that account for more than half of all reported COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

·There were at least 849 new COVID-19 deaths and 45,434 new cases reported in the U.S. Thursday, Sept. 17, according to data reported by The New York Times. Over the past week, there has been an average of 40,111 cases per day, which is a decrease of 1% from the average two weeks earlier.

·Countries in the Southern Hemisphere are reporting far lower numbers of influenza cases than in previous years, which could mean good news for the U.S. as flu season approaches. Health officials attribute the lower number of cases to measures taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

California

·The U.S.-Mexico border will not fully reopen Sept. 21 as planned, and will remain partially closed until mid-October, according to a report from the Mexican government. The temporary restrictions limit crossings to essential travel, emergency response and public health purposes related to the coronavirus pandemic.

··On Thursday, Sept. 17, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the following COVID-19 statistics for the Golden State:

·California has 766,201 confirmed cases to date. Numbers may not represent true day-over-day change as reporting of test results can be delayed.

·There were 3,238 newly recorded confirmed cases Wednesday, Sept. 16. Numbers do not represent true day-over-day change as these results include cases from additional days before Wednesday.

·The seven-day positivity rate is 3.4% and the 14-day positivity rate is 3.5%.

·There have been 13,080,037 tests conducted in California. This represents an increase of 79,515 over the prior 24-hour reporting period.

San Diego County/City of San Diego

·California public health officials said yesterday that if San Diego County falls to the lowest tier of the state’s reopening system, schools in our region that have not yet reopened will lose their chance to reopen. The county is currently in the red tier (tier 2), and with the increase in cases, primarily among students at San Diego State University, the county is in danger of being moved to the purple tier. Being moved into the purple tier could also trigger more state-imposed restrictions on businesses.

·The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency provided a variety of updated COVID-19 statistics (through Sept. 15) on state metrics, community setting outbreaks, testing, cases and deaths. Of note, the agency’s triggers dashboard shows two categories in the red: case rate is at 7.9 cases per 100,000 residents over the past seven days (the target is 6.9 or below); and there have been 20 community outbreaks over the past seven days (the target is below seven community outbreaks).

·As of Wednesday, Sept. 16, the number of COVID-19 patients in San Diego County hospitals decreased to 224, down from 234 the week prior. The distribution of patients with confirmed COVID-19 is as follows:

·66 at Sharp HealthCare

·54 at Scripps Health

·12 at UC San Diego Health

·25 at Kaiser Permanente

·22 at Palomar Health

·26 at Prime Healthcare Services (Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital)

·0 at Rady Children’s Hospital

·19 at Tri-City Healthcare District


Monday, September 21, 2020 - 4:03 pm

The CARES Act Grant Application is Open for Miramar College Students

The CARES Act Grant Application is open for Miramar College Students! Deadline to apply is Monday, September 28th @ 5:00pm.

 Through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, San Diego Miramar College is able to offer financial assistance to students in need. The purpose of the funds is to award emergency financial aid grants to students for specific expenses that are a direct result of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Please note that the information from the application will not be shared outside of the San Diego Community College District. It will not have a negative impact on your status. If you have any questions about the application, please reach out to us!

 To request a grant:

1.    Visit https://bit.ly/sdccdcaresapp to complete the Cares Act Fund Grant request form; be sure to review the form carefully.  

2.    You will receive a confirmation email once your request has been received.  

3.    The deadline to submit the application is 09/28/2020 by 5:00pm.

 Applications will be reviewed starting September 30th.  You can check the status of your grant by logging into your mySDCCD Support Portal at https://mysdccd.atlassian.net/servicedesk/customer/portals

 


Monday, August 31, 2020 - 11:56 am

Miramar College Student Laptop Check Out Event

Students needing to borrow a laptop for the semester can apply before Sunday, September 6, 2020 at the following link or visit the San Diego Miramar Library page at  http://www.sdmiramar.edu/library/

 

Laptops will be distributed on the following days:

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

12 noon to 6 p.m.

 

For more information please email avmira@sdccd.edu.


Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 8:21 pm

Laptop and Library Resources - Fall 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, San Diego Miramar College library will continue to shift and change in response to student and faculty need, and in response to the need for continued vigilance about safety concerns related to the spread of the corona-virus. 

San Diego Miramar College Library will be periodically hosting checkout services for Laptop and Library book/resources for Fall 2020 students.

Please continue to check our San Diego Miramar College Library website for updates.

To request a laptop or library book/resources, San Diego Miramar College students should go to the following link and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Navigate to the Miramar College Library website.
  2. Search for library materials in OneSearch.
    • To search for student laptops type "Laptop Acer" in the search box, then click on "Laptop, Acer Aspire 5" or follow this direct link.
    • Follow this link to search for textbooks on reserve.
    • To search for other print materials, type your search terms in the search box and refine your results by limiting to Library: San Diego Miramar College.
  3. Click the title of the laptop or library book/resource you wish to request.
  4. On the “Get It” section of the page, click on "mySDCCD Login."
  5. Log in with the following:
    • Username: your student 10-digit ID number.
    • Password: the password you use to log into your mySDCCD portal.
    • Only students who are enrolled in the current semester are able to place requests.
  6. Click "Request."
  7. Provide the following contact information in the comment field to assure that contact information is accurate within our library system:
    • Phone number
    • Email address

Please continue to check our Miramar College Library website for updates on when students are allowed to pick up their requested item.

Laptops and library books/resources are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Only currently enrolled San Diego Miramar students may checkout laptops/resources. Please provide a valid photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, Military ID) along with your college ID number during this event.

The health of our students, faculty, staff and the community are our top priority.  For information about COVID-19 (Corona-virus) specifically, please visit http://sdmiramar.edu/covid-info.


Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 10:45 am

Chancellor's Update for August 25, 2020

Now that the fall semester is underway, I thought I would bring you up-to-date regarding our activities and plans relative to the continuing coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis. It seems inconceivable that we are about to enter our sixth month of online instruction and remote operations. I hope that you are all well and that you are continuing to adjust to the many new practices that have been adopted. The Board of Trustees and I continue to be deeply grateful for the extraordinary work and the optimistic spirit that you have all brought to this unprecedented moment in time.

As always in my communications on this topic, let me remind us of the two imperatives that govern all of our decisions and plans affecting the District, City, Mesa, and Miramar colleges, and Continuing Education:  1) ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees; and 2) ensuring the continuity of our operations. The faculty’s continuing efforts to provide online instruction and the efforts by classified professionals, supervisors, and managers to work remotely have produced the results for which we strove. Thank you all!

STATUS OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION

Nationally, the virus has decreased somewhat in some areas while spreading to others, especially to rural communities. It is very clear that while there is some reason to celebrate decreasing numbers, COVID-19 is not abating and future surges may be seen. In San Diego County, as of August 23, the total number of cases increased by 187 for a total of 36,727.  2,989 (8.1%) of the cases have required hospitalization and 733 (2.0%) of the  cases have required admission to an intensive care unit.  No new deaths for the County have been reported and the total remains at 660.  The recent “progress” we have seen has allowed the State to remove our County from the watch-list and has resulted in some easing of restrictions.

COUNTY GUIDANCE REGARDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Let me share with you the information we received on Friday from the San Diego County Public Health COVID-19 Education Sector Team:

Good afternoon to our College, University, Trade, and Vocational School Partners,

The Public Health order was updated!  The Public Health Order states that (IHEs) Institutions of Higher Education may open, which includes Vocational and Tech schools, in accordance with the States Reopening Guidance for IHEs. The COVID-19 Industry Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education can be found here and the updated Public Health Order can be found here.

The Public Health Order amended section 4, which now states that “Institutions of higher education may hold classes or other school activities only under circumstances permitted by the State and in compliance with the COVID – 19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education and as may be updated or superseded”.  The Public Health Order also amended section 16b, which now states to “Require temperature screening of all employees and prohibit entry to the workplace of employees with a temperature of 100 degrees or more, employees exhibiting COVID19 symptoms as described by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or employees who have recently been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 (either directly or through a breach of Personal Protective Equipment in the case of healthcare workers/first responders).”

We hope this assists you in planning and helps you to better prepare.  Please remember, you still must create, post, and share with employees/students/visitors your safe reopening plan and follow the Big 4, which are requiring facial coverings, social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, and temp checks/screenings for volunteers/employees.

 Please join us Tuesday August 25th, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm for the College, University, Trade, and Vocational Schools Telebriefing using the following link https://zoom.us/j/748315012, where we will provide guidance on the amended Public Health Order and answer any questions you may have. You can submit your questions here 24 hours prior to the telebriefing.

COVID-19 Education Sector Team

As you can see, there are still important restrictions, although there is a bit more flexibility.

THE FALL SEMESTER

This fall 2020, classes are being offered primarily online, but some components are being offered on campus in areas where the conversion to the online format has been difficult and/or inappropriate, such as science labs, clinical labs, and hands-on career/technical sessions. 

While there are still challenges, especially regarding Nursing and a few other programs, the semester is off to a solid beginning.  Another 10% to 14% of fall classes will be offered in an 8-week format later in the semester, followed by the intersession.

SPRING SEMESTER PLANNING

The big decision that we have to make is the determination of the format for the spring semester. All educational institutions are struggling with this decision and most are still debating the issues.  While the San Diego Community College District is still reviewing options, the College and Continuing Education Presidents and I want to respond to all of the questions we are receiving about this.  Until we announce a final decision, this is the direction we are moving toward:

 

·         Most classes will probably continue to be scheduled and offered in the online format.

·         Hybrid classes will probably increase in number, especially in science laboratory, clinical, and career/technical areas.

·         A few student support services may be made available on campus.

·         Strict public health protocols will be followed for any class sections that are offered on campus.

Unless something changes definitively regarding COVID-19, which looks doubtful at this point, this is how we will be planning for the spring semester.

FUNDING ISSUES

Since my previous message on COVID-19 financial adjustments, we have been continuing to pursue other sources of funding, which is critical because of the ongoing impact of the virus and because of the enormous State deficit of $54 billion. We have had success in providing funding for students.  In addition to the federal stimulus funding, known as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which included a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the City College, Mesa College, Miramar College, and Continuing Education foundations have provided funding for students, primarily for the purchase of laptop computers.  As I also noted, the San Diego Foundation and the United Way of San Diego together have provided almost $500,000 for our students.  Recently, the San Diego Foundation has provided another $70,000 for students residing in City District 4. 

Federal stimulus dollars and a State block grant have also assisted in supporting institutional needs, such as equipment and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  We are hopeful that Congress and the President will approve another stimulus package, which is sorely needed as the impact of COVID-19 increases.  We have been in touch with our Congressional representatives to urge them to support new stimulus funding along the lines already put forth by the House of Representatives.  Representative Susan Davis has been especially supportive.

CHANCELLOR’S FORUMS – COVID-19 DISCUSSSION OPPORTUNITY

As I mentioned at the recent Convocations, which were virtual, I will be holding Chancellor’s Forums for each of the institutions of our District.  Information will be provided on a variety of topics, including the state of COVID-19 planning and related issues, and there will be an opportunity for input and suggestions.  Please attend one of these sessions, which have been scheduled as follows (links will be provided a few days before the sessions):

Chancellor’s Forums (via Zoom)

Miramar College

September 23        

2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Let me close by again saying that the Board of Trustees and I continue to be impressed by and grateful for your work, and for the advice we receive from our community supporters as we move through the COVID-19 landscape.  This is a longer journey than we anticipated, but we are making progress.

Thank you and stay well!


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