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Greetings, IVC Students:
I hope you are doing well and enjoying this fine weather. The heat is behind us and the holiday season is on the horizon. I am sure you are all looking forward to spending quality time with family and friends and planning some nice "getaways." I am.
 
Free Tuition for Winter/Spring 2022
We are excited to announce that we will be providing free tuition for new and incoming students for Winter/Spring 2022 Semester. This was the last time we will be able to provide this opportunity to students, so we highly encourage you to register, attend IVC, and spread the word! Now's the time to really invest in your future. For more information, visit www.imperial.edu/free
 
State of the College Townhall
It was a pleasure to see many of you at the town hall meeting last week. I hope it was informative and provided a comprehensive update on where the college is and is headed. I have attached the presentation for your review. It will also be posted on the website.
 
Below are items I would like to highlight from the town hall:
  • COVID-19: Our goal is to keep you safe to the best of our ability, and we are constantly looking for ways to enhance safety while maintaining the operation. If you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact your supervisor or me directly. At this time, we do not plan to issue a vaccination mandate since most of our county residents have been fully vaccinated, and those who have not may never due to their current situation or beliefs. The estimated return on such action may not grant us the result we are looking for. However, this will be an ongoing conversation and consideration with faculty, staff, students, and administration and may change in the future.
 
COVID-19 update
On Tuesday, October 26, the County Board of Supervisors voted to end the facemask mandate for vaccinated people indoors and align Imperial County's guidelines with the state. An official statement from the Health Department is attached. As we have done in the past, we will continue to follow the guidelines prescribed by federal, state, and county officials. Therefore, IVC will end the facemask mandate for vaccinated individuals indoors, effective Monday, November 1, 2021. However, we strongly encourage all persons to wear a facemask indoors and especially when close to others. This will help keep us safe and prevent spread.
 
Imperial County Daily COVID-19 Data webpage reports 508 active cases in Imperial County as of 7 p.m. on October 27, 2021. For more information, go here. As of October 27, 2021, 85.7% of the County eligible residents are fully vaccinated, which is one of the highest vaccination rates in the state. For detailed vaccine information, go here. Currently, 83.2% of our faculty and staff have been fully vaccinated.
 
I am pleased to announce we have a COVID-19 Support Team providing services to students. Therefore, I take this opportunity to introduce our COVID-19 Support Team members: Angelica Garcia, Melissa Chavez, Naila Vazques, and Jazmin Espinoza. Students having questions about the IVC Safe App, Contact Tracing, COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Clinics, COVID-19 Guidelines and Resources, and Gift Card Incentives, please contact them at 760-355-5704 or the following link https://forms.imperial.edu/view.php?id=801643
 
Upcoming Events:
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 (1:00-4:00 p.m.) in room #804.
• Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines (1st, 2nd, and boosters as approved).
• Please RSVP; spaces are limited! https://forms.imperial.edu/view.php?id=807813
• Currently, registered students are eligible for a $50 gift card (sponsored by HEERF) if vaccinated during this clinic.
 
IVC Students:
• You may qualify for receiving a $100 Gift Card (one-time incentive sponsored by HEERF). Upload your COVID-19 fully vaccinated record on the IVC Safe App and schedule your gift card pick-up time at https://forms.imperial.edu/view.php?id=776037 (See attached flyer and registration).
• COVID-19 testing on Mondays & Thursdays (10:00-11:30 a.m.) in room #1307.
 
What happens if students do not have a phone or smartphone?
• Students can complete their COVID-19 pre-screening on paper form and receive a "Campus Pass" at the IVC Screening Station at all campus entrances.
 
Final thoughts
I recognize there are many concerns regarding returning to campus in the spring, and I take your concerns very seriously. That is why we are gradually returning to campus instead of being fully onsite in the spring. In the fall semester, roughly 25 percent of our courses were onsite. In the spring, roughly 48% will be onsite, 41% online, and 11% hybrid or hyflex.
 
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.
My door is open! We Are IVC!
 

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