Dear IVC Students:
The fall 2021 semester is off to a solid start, and hopefully, everyone enjoyed the first ten days of the semester. It is so nice to see faculty, staff, and students on campus. I must admit the beginning of a semester and graduation are perhaps the best days of my life. In the beginning, I get to see young, ambitious, and often nervous students, and at graduation, I get to see thriving leaders who are ready to take on the world!
Yesterday, we had our back-to-school bash, and it was simply amazing! Great food, live entertainment in Lucha Libre, and motivated students excited for the new academic year! Also, over 180 students and community members got a COVID-19 vaccination shot at the event. Incredible! Thank you all for keeping Imperial County Safe! Great job Associated Student Government (ASG), for coordinating and sponsoring the event, and thank you all who have contributed or participated in this wonderful event. A special shout-out goes to the Student Health Center, Student Affairs, Pioneers Memorial Hospital, and Trustee Solis, and all the organizations that came out to welcome our students!
The past 18 months have been very challenging for all, and we continue to deal with the ever-changing environment. We are hopeful that the pandemic will end soon, but unfortunately, COVID-19 will be with us for some time. With the return of all faculty and staff to campus on September 7, we want to ensure everyone is fully informed and provide a safe environment, which facilitates a safe return. As your newly appointed Interim Superintendent President, I wanted to take the time to provide you with our most current data and updated COVID-19 protocols. All of the protocols identified in this email follow the latest California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Occupational Health and Safety (Cal-OSHA), and the Local Imperial County Public Health Department.
COVID-19 Data for Employees:
Return to Campus timeline: The College will be fully open for all services as of September 7. All faculty and staff are expected to return to campus on September 7 unless otherwise directed, have an approved accommodation to work from home, are under quarantine, or have an excused absence. If the local mandates change things, we will immediately communicate this to the college community and make adjustments as necessary. The modality of instruction for fall 2021 will not change unless it becomes necessary to move face-to-face classes online due to an unexpected outbreak. On Fridays, some departments may have limited staff onsite; however, all departments will assist students who come on campus.
Face Mask Requirements: Under the current county mandate, face coverings are required for all employees and students indoors, with some exceptions noted below. Masks are not required outdoors or during outdoor activities where there are 10,000 or fewer people, or if there is a major outbreak on the campus of 20 cases or more.
Exceptions to wearing a mask:
Temporary exceptions to wearing a mask:
Any employee or student who desires to wear a face-covering will not be harassed, coerced, or humiliated for doing so.
Social Distancing Requirements: All social distancing requirements have been lifted. In the event of an outbreak or if an employee/student has been exposed, social distancing requirements will apply. It is recommended to practice social distancing still when possible.
Screening and Contact Tracing: Starting September 7, we will restart entrance pre-screening for all persons who come on campus. Employees and students will be required to use the "Ready Education" application for pre-screening to gain access to the campus. Employees and students are also encouraged to utilize the contact tracing function on the application.
Testing and Quarantine:
Vaccinated employees and students are not required to test or quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 unless they show symptoms. If a vaccinated person is exposed, they should monitor for symptoms for up to 14 days after the exposure, but they are not required to quarantine unless they start showing symptoms. Please refer to the attached flowchart for additional information and steps concerning exposure, testing positive, and/or showing symptoms. Anyone who experiences symptoms must be tested and quarantine. Testing for employees with district insurance will be covered by the insurance. Testing for all other employees and students will be covered by the District.
Unvaccinated employees and students are required to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19. If an unvaccinated person is showing symptoms, they must get tested. If an unvaccinated person is not showing symptoms, they are not required to be tested, but it is encouraged.
For an easy reference, please refer to the attached decision tree to determine the proper protocol if exposed. Exposed means you have been in close contact (within 6 ft.) with an unmasked person who has exhibited symptoms or is COVID-19 positive, and the close contact was for 15 minutes or longer in duration.
Vaccination: The District is not mandating the COVID-19 vaccination at this time; however, we strongly encourage everyone to get vaccination unless they have a medical reason why they cannot. The District is offering incentives to both employees and students to get the vaccination. The District will cover the cost of the COVID-19 vaccination of an employee or student. The District is also working with healthcare providers to make weekly or bi-weekly vaccination and testing available onsite.
COVID-19 Prevention: The College has procured personal protective equipment (masks, respirators, face shields, gloves) for anyone who needs them. The college is installing or has installed automatic soap dispensers, towel dispensers, water stations, plexi-glass barriers, and other equipment for the purpose of reducing the spread of the virus. Any employee or student, who has a specific request, please see your immediate supervisor or faculty respectively to make your request.
The safety of employees and students is our number one priority. Should the conditions of the pandemic or requirements change, the District will send out an update as soon as possible. Thank you for everything you do and for getting us through this pandemic together.
Imperial Valley College, like other colleges and organizations, is actively engaged in efforts to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. Our top priority is to support the health and wellbeing of our community as we continue to advance teaching and learning.
Imperial Valley College continues to align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Imperial County Public Health Department and other city, state, and federal agencies.
The Chief Human Resources Officer has overall authority and responsibility for implementing the provisions of this CPP in our workplace. In addition, all administrators are responsible for implementing and maintaining the CPP in their assigned work areas and for ensuring employees receive answers to questions about the program in a language they understand. All employees are responsible for using safe work practices, following all directives, policies and procedures, and assisting in maintaining a safe work environment.
Click here to read our COVID-19 Prevention Plan
IMPERIAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
COVID-19 RECOVERY/RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAN
Click Here to read our Return to Campus Plan
The COVID-19 recovery and return to campus plan is designed to provide employees and students the criteria, actions, and measures required for a gradual and safe return to campus.
Admissions and Records held their virtual forum on May 5 where they discussed graduation, transcripts, withdrawals, etc. Please click here for their virtual presentation.
Please refer to A&R's FAQ's for any and all questions regarding Admissions and Records.
Imperial Valley College is now open remotely after returning from Spring Break. Normal business hours have resumed remotely, meaning, all offices are available either via telephone or through Zoom.
Imperial Valley College will be closed for Spring Recess April 13th - 18th. Normal business hours will resume remotely on Monday, April 20th, 2020. The County of Imperial and Imperial County Public Health Department recently released a Health Officer Order that requires the use of face coverings in public spaces or risk being fined. Please click here for additional information on face coverings, as recommended by the CDC.
Imperial Valley College will return to a modified Level 2 closure effective April 7, 2020. After careful consideration, Imperial Valley College Leadership determined to continue to offer instruction online for the remainder of Spring 2020 and Summer 2020. This decision is made in alignment with the recommendations from the federal government, state government and the California Community College Chancellor's Office. In addition, the Imperial County Health Officer issued an "Amended Stay at Home ORder" on April 1, 2020, which will remain in effect until further notice. Click here to read the additional information.
Vice President of Student Services, Dr. Johnson and a panel of hosts held a Live Student Virtual Forum. The panel provided an overview of student services available to students remotely as well as academic questions or concerns. The panel consisted of Vikki Carr of A&R, Norma Nava of DSP&S, Dr. Covarrubias of Counseling, Lupita Castro of Student Health Center, Dr. Tafoya of Instruction, Lisa Seals of Financial Aid and Josue Verduzco of Tutoring.
Please click here to watch the live virtual student forum.
Please check back later for updated FAQs
In response to California Governor Gavin Newsom's stay-at-home order, Imperial Valley College (IVC) Leadership has determined to transition to a full campus closure, Level 3 effective Friday, March 20. This will continue until further notice. Click here to read additional information
Today has been the first day of the campus closure. We want to express sincere gratitude to the faculty, staff and leadership team for working so hard to teach and serve our students during this challenging period. Click here to read additional information.
As the situation evolved this week, your college leadership tried to keep you informed and enhanced preventive measures to minimize the spread of the virus. Our main goal is to protect our campus community while maintaining on our core purpose, which is to educate our students. Click here to read additional information
I hope you are well. I am grateful to all of you for remaining calm and being patient. Please know that I understand that you have concerns about the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). IVC leadership shares those concerns and considers the health and safety of our entire campus community a top priority. We are preparing now in case a full or partial campus closure is necessary. While we want to be prepared in the event of the need for campus closure, it is important to emphasize that as of today, there have been no positive cases of Coronavirus at Imperial Valley College. Click here for additional information.
Imperial Valley College has developed a preliminary emergency action plan in connection with the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). As of right now, the campus is open and offering instruction and services. The Emergency Action Plan stipulates that the campus will close up to three weeks and transition to offer most instruction online should a student, faculty or staff be confirmed with COVID-19. The college is communicating with the campus community and following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention health guidelines on practicing good hygiene throughout the campus. Click here for additional information.
How can I obtain more information?
Center for Disease Control
California Department of Public Health
Imperial County Public Health Department
Imperial Valley College
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