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Fall 2020 semester to be fully online

(graphic from The Oxford School)

The Los Rios Community College District will teach all courses online for the fall 2020 semester, Chancellor Brian King announced in a May 11 email to faculty and staff. 

The email was co-signed by City College President Michael Gutierrez along with presidents from each of the other three Los Rios colleges. 

According to King, the decision was a result of collaboration with faculty and classified leaders throughout the district. 

“We’ve worked closely to assess the impacts of the decisions we have faced,” King said in the email, citing concerns with safely putting social distancing standards into practice by fall. “As a result of these safety concerns, we have collectively made the decision to move to a fully online fall schedule.”

The schedule for the upcoming summer term includes some face-to-face courses, with extremely limited exceptions. According to King, this will continue to be the case in the fall since some courses cannot be fully converted to remote instruction. King also laid out a timeline that will continue to affect campus activity for part of the summer term.

“[We] do not take this decision lightly, which underscores why we must make this decision now,” King said. “Given the extremely slow phasing out of state and county stay-at-home orders, our physical campuses will remain entirely closed with 100% remote operations through at least the July 4 holiday.”

King said that limited essential staff will remain on campus in the coming weeks to arrange the return of equipment as needed. King emphasized that the safety and health of students, staff and faculty remain a high priority to him and the college presidents.

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“We also recognize that students are going to need strong support to be successful online, just as they rely on our support to be successful on-ground,” King said. “As we take these necessary measures to protect our community’s collective health, we remain committed to serving students in this new environment.”

The chancellor’s announcement came a few days after Gutierrez posted a brief video on City College’s Official YouTube page. The video, shared on May 8, came in response to a May 7 email announcement by King about state budget cuts to community colleges.

“The [chancellor’s] email provided distressing information about our budget. We all recognize that budget reductions are a reality we have to face,” said Gutierrez, asking staff, faculty, administrators and students to display compassion and care. “We’ll need these qualities as we freeze our hiring practices, reduce our workforce, and offer a smaller class schedule.”

Vice President of Instruction Albert Garcia also sent an email to faculty May 11 thanking them for their “patience and good spirit—and most of all for your dedication to our students through this challenging time.”

He thanked faculty, department chairs and deans working to adapt the fall class schedule. 

“It hasn’t been easy,” Garcia said in the email. “We’ve all been following the same news about COVID-19 and gauging our potential for teaching face-to-face in the fall. Now we have a decision, one that will not please everyone, but one that emphasizes the health and safety of all of us.

Gutierrez did not provide details about a smaller class schedule nor what departments or positions will be affected by the staff reduction. It is also unclear how long the hiring freeze might last. Gutierrez urged City College employees to talk to their supervisors or deans, adding that he will continue to hold Zoom office hours each Friday in May. 

“It’s a lot of information at one time,” Gutierrez said in his email. “You have remained strong and committed to our community and to the success of our students. We need to remain strong.”

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