Delta College is Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

The College is closely monitoring the situation and we want to make sure you have the best and most accurate information. Watch this page for any further updates.

What's new

What's new

Updated May 12, 2020  - 1:00 p.m.

The CARES Act recently signed into law provides funds to higher education institutions to distribute to students in the form of emergency grants. These grants will be awarded to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to corona virus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.

Details and eligibility information

  
Previous Announcements

  


For more information, please check out the tabs above for Faculty/Staff, Students, or Events. You may also want to watch the Just the Facts video and our set of questions and answers below.

For Faculty and Staff

For Faculty and Staff

Last Updated: April 10, 2020 

CAMPUS STATUS: Effective Wednesday, March 18, campus is closed for face-to-face classes and student services. This will continue until the public health threat posed by COVID-19 subsides.

ALL instruction, including labs, have moved to remote instruction. All student services functions are also in the process of remote support delivery.

Minimal staffing will be on campus to include Public Safety, Maintenance, Grounds, Custodians, Purchasing, IT, and other essential personnel. Managers are implementing appropriate plans for their areas and staff, which may include remote work. Minimally, all plans will allow for employees to perform their duties and still maintain ample social distancing from others.  On campus attendance excludes our at-risk population that must be in self-quarantine.

While not encouraged, employees are allowed to visit their instructional spaces or offices as necessary.  Please follow the social distancing guidelines while on campus.

District Police will be available 24/7 and will close and secure the campus between 7 PM and 7 AM.  If you plan to visit the campus during those hours, please notify the Police Dispatch (with your name and campus location) at policedeptdispatch@deltacollege.edu or call 1-209-954-5000. 

COMMENCEMENT:  A virtual Commencement has been scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. While we are not ruling out the possibility of holding an in-person ceremony at a much later date, we do not know when such a large gathering will once again be possible. That’s why we strongly recommend that students participate in this spring’s virtual ceremony. While a virtual ceremony cannot replace an in-person event, a virtual ceremony does offer some unique and exciting new features. Visit deltacollege.edu/commencement for updates.

OTHER EVENTS: Delta College has canceled or postponed all events, or moved them online, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please do not come to campus. Check the Delta Event's Calendar for any updated status. Please note the Event calendar is work in progress.

Events Calendar

PURCHASES: Consistent with general guidance from the Chancellor’s Office, all purchases and contracts are paused unless they are critical, including expenditures with Blanket orders and P-cards. This is the prudent thing to do in any crisis. We need to carefully watch our expenditures during these uncertain times.

TRAVEL: All District/Categorically-funded travel is canceled immediately.

INSTRUCTIONAL/STUDENT SERVICES: Shells have been set up in Canvas for all of our courses. All faculty now have accounts and we are training faculty who may not have used Canvas before. 

Faculty - Getting Started with Canvas

Check for a schedule to be sent to faculty who want to come to campus and record video of their lectures (allowing the use of white boards, equipment, etc.) and advanced screencasting. Equipment is also being ordered to allow faculty to record video from home and do advanced screencasting.

HOW TO GET IT HELP: IT Help Desk: https://www.deltacollege.edu/campus-offices/information-technology/it-and-facilities-help-desk

VOICEMAIL AND CALL FORWARDING: Instructions on how to access your voicemail can be found here: https://www.deltacollege.edu/campus-offices/information-technology/voicemail-user-login-instructions

Please note that due to the volume of calls we are receiving, we will not be able to utilize call forwarding. We encourage you to call in to check voicemail remotely using the instructions given above.

If you feel that you need a phone line to interact with students, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/6bGTJ8YUd67RsLRG9. We plan to use Google Voice and will offer training in the near future. More details to come. 

For departmental communication needs, we suggest utilizing Microsoft Teams. More information here: https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software

HOW DO I ACCESS VPN?: VPN Download and Instructions (PDF) 

USING ELMO WITH ZOOM:  Information using the ELMO camera with Zoom Conferencing tool: https://deltacollege.edu/campus-offices/information-technology/using-elmo-zoom

DELTA HUMAN RESOURCES: Coronavirus Guidance for Employees: https://deltacollege.edu/coronavirus/human-resource-information-coronavirus

REMOTE SERVICES: IT is moving to remote services with limited hours with on-site support (pick-up, etc.) by appointment only.  Please contact the IT Help Desk to arrange for an appointment. 

KEYBOARDS AND MONITORS: Keyboards and monitors can improve the home office space.  To reserve a monitor or a keyboard please contact the IT Help Desk.  Do not remove equipment from your workspace; we will pull from our inventory of monitors and keyboards.

SAVING FILES: All district employees have access to OneDrive through Microsoft office. This is a cloud service and does not require VPN to access.  For training on how to use OneDrive go to https://support.office.com/en-us/article/upload-and-save-files-and-folders-to-onedrive-for-business-a1397e56-61ec-4ed2-9dac-727bf8ac3357. Do not purchase external drives or save District files containing confidential information on personal or external hard drives.  

PROTECTION FROM BLUE LIGHT: Working long hours at a computer can cause visual eye strain and long exposure to blue light.  You can help your eyes by downloading  f.flux at https://justgetflux.com/ .  f.lux will adapt your computer display to the time of day. 

For more information, please check out the Just the Facts video and our set of general questions and answers (Q & A)  below.

 

For Students

For Students

Last Updated: May 1, 2020

We know there are many questions about the status of our campus and the transition of all classes and student services to online or remote access until the public health risk subsides.  Here are answers to some of the most common questions we are receiving.

If you don’t see your question here, please email coronavirus@deltacollege.edu.

How do I get started with online classes?
It’s very important to become familiar with and log onto our online learning tool, Canvas. You can find tutorials and videos here: https://deltacollege.edu/academics/online-regional-education/students-canvas-guides-and-videos

If you have a question about a particular class, please email your professor at firstname.lastname@deltacollege.edu.

What if I need help?
A new team of Delta employees known as student success coaches can help guide you through this transition. Learn more about them and the transition to online instruction at: https://deltacollege.edu/were-going-online

What if I need a computer or I don’t have Internet access?

Chromebooks and laptops are now being distributed to students. Most of these devices are available for borrowing, though some are also available through an approved voucher program. If you need one of these devices, please contact your student success coach and ask for a referral. You can find your success coach in Canvas, or you can email your success coach here. Once your referral has been processed, you will reeive an email with more information about how to pick up your device.

WIFI: Free Wifi is available in most Delta College parking lots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. This includes the South Campus at Mountain House. You do not need a parking permit. 

There are two WiFi networks for students:

  • DeltaStudentWifi
  • DeltaStudentWifi2

The new password for both networks is: 

            DeltaWiFi5151

Also, a limited number of hot spot devices are available for loan. If you think you would benefit from having a hot spot, alert your success coach.

Finally, we suggest you take a look at this list of low-cost and no-cost Internet providers: http://bit.ly/2xUunTh. Please note that we are not promoting or sponsoring any of these providers.

My classes require hands-on work. What’s going to happen?
All classes have moved online. However, the College is exploring options to provide students with learning opportunities for hands-on skills acquisition and career education, including early responder programs and those with external accreditation requirements (such as Nursing and Police Academy). 

How can I make a counseling appointment?
All counseling appointments have been moved to a phone or virtual format. If you have an existing appointment, please keep it. You can Make a New Counselor Appointment here or call 954-5151 Ext. 6276. Students can also Send a Question to a Counselor

Is Delta offering a "Pass/No Pass" grading option?

We want to support you as much as possible to cross the finish line and complete your academic goals. We highly encourage you to continue with your studies and seek out assistance from your professors, success coachescounselorsonline tutors and other support services.

In order to further promote flexibility and support, Delta College continues to offer new grading options, including a “Pass/No Pass” (P/NP) option for Summer 2020 for a majority of course offerings as well as an excused withdrawal (EW) option. Both of these options will be available for students to choose in MyDelta until the week prior to the course end date.

Click here to learn more about these options.

What if I need textbooks for my late-starting class?
Although the bookstore is closed, you can still order textbooks online and have them delivered to your home. Orders over $100 will receive free shipping. Get started here: https://bookstore.deltacollege.edu/Home

What if I need to return borrowed materials to the library?
You can hang onto library materials during the closure as long as you return them promptly once the library reopens. We will waive any fines or fees as long as we get the materials back.

Will I still get my financial aid disbursement?
Yes. We expect to continue our weekly financial aid disbursements as usual. If you have questions or concerns, please visit the Financial Aid webpage and utilize the live chat feature during business hours. Or you can email your financial aid specialist.

Will tutoring be available?
Yes. Delta College tutors are now online! Click here for full details.

Will the Student Food Pantry be open during the closure?
Unfortunately, to protect the health of students and staff, the Student Food Pantry is closed. In an effort to support students, bags of groceries were provided on Wednesday, March 25. We urge students to take advantage services provided by our community partners. A comprehensive list can be found on the #StocktonStrong website. For questions about the Student Food Pantry, please email studentfoodpantry@deltacollege.edu.

I have an item stored in a locker at Danner Hall. How can I retrieve it?
Call campus police at (209) 954-5000 and an officer will help you retrieve your belongings.

I am a dual enrollment student. Are my classes moving online, too?
Yes. Dual enrollment classes are moving online. Learn how to use our online learning tool, Canvas, by clicking here: https://deltacollege.edu/academics/online-regional-education/students-canvas-guides-and-videos. Also, don’t forget to check your Delta email for communications from instructors. Get help with email here: https://deltacollege.edu/student-services/delta-email.

I was planning to attend or participate in an event. Has it been canceled?
All events have been canceled. Check our events calendar for details on specific events: https://deltacollege.edu/events

Is the Child Development Center open?
No, the Child Development Center (CDC) will be closed until further notice. Please visit the list of licensed "quality" programs through First 5 San Joaquin, Raising Quality.  The sites are listed by city and zip code. 

Finding Quality Care 

The San Joaquin Resource and Referral Center's Child Care Referrals is also a good resource seeking alternative childcare: They can be reached at: 209-461-2908.

What about Commencement?

A virtual Commencement has been scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. While we are not ruling out the possibility of holding an in-person ceremony at a much later date, we do not know when such a large gathering will once again be possible. That’s why we strongly recommend that you participate in this spring’s virtual ceremony. While a virtual ceremony cannot replace an in-person event, a virtual ceremony does offer some unique and exciting new features. Visit deltacollege.edu/commencement for updates.

Are summer classes happening?
Yes. Registration is underway for summer session. Almost all classes are slated to be online. If we are able to later add in-person classes, we will expand. We encourage you to continue your education this summer despite these unfortunate circumstances, and we are still here to support you.

What about Fall 2020?

Delta is planning to offer as many classes as possible online in Fall 2020. Hands-on career technical education classes and some arts/music/drama classes will be scheduled as “hybrids”—partially online, partially in person—with plans to exercise specific social distancing guidelines.

What do i do if I am feeling anxious?
The outbreak of coronavirus may be stressful for students.. The fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming. For ways to help cope with the anxiety and stress, please read about Delta's Health and Wellness resources.

 

For more information, please check out the Just the facts video and our set of questions and answers below.

Events

Events

Last Updated: April 24, 2020

Delta College has canceled or postponed all events, or moved them online, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please do not come to campus. Check the Delta Event's Calendar for any updated status. Please note the Event calendar is work in progress.

A virtual Commencement has been scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. While we are not ruling out the possibility of holding an in-person ceremony at a much later date, we do not know when such a large gathering will once again be possible. That’s why we strongly recommend that you participate in this spring’s virtual ceremony. While a virtual ceremony cannot replace an in-person event, a virtual ceremony does offer some unique and exciting new features. Visit deltacollege.edu/commencement for updates.

For the most up-to-date information, please check the individual event listing for its schedule or the list below..

Delta Event's Calendar

 

Delta College Athletics Events

Athletic competitions are postponed indefinitely, For more information and updates, please visit https://www.deltacollegeathletics.com or @SJDCAthletics on Twitter.

 

 

 

Contact Information

Contact Information

Have questions or concerns?

A dedicated email address has been set up at coronavirus@deltacollege.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

Just the facts

This video from the California Department of Public Health corrects some of the misinformation about coronavirus:

 

Still have questions? Wondering how to protect yourself? This set of questions and answers is gleaned from health officials at the local, state and federal levels.

Is Delta College closed?

Delta College is providing instruction and support services remotely until the public health threat posted by COVID-19 subsides. Only essential personnel will report to campus. 

Are classes canceled?

No. All classes, including labs, have moved to online or remote access. Delta is also planning to offer as many classes as possible online in Fall 2020.

My classes require hands-on work. What’s going to happen?

All classes have moved online. However, the College is exploring options to provide students with learning opportunities for hands-on skills acquisition and career education, including early responder programs and those with external accreditation requirements (such as Nursing and Police Academy).

In the fall, hands-on career technical education classes and some arts/music/drama classes will be scheduled as “hybrids” — partially online, partially in person — with plans to exercise specific social distancing guidelines.

How do I take classes online?

Visit deltacollege.edu/were-going-online for important actions you can take to prepare. You can also familiarize yourself with online student resources by visiting https://deltacollege.edu/academics/online-regional-education/online-classes or learning how to start using Canvas by visiting  https://deltacollege.edu/academics/online-regional-education/students-canvas-guides-and-videos

Students - Canvas Guides and Videos

How do I teach classes online?

We are working to train faculty who have never taught online. You can also familiarize yourself with online student resources by visiting https://deltacollege.edu/academics/online-regional-education/online-classes

Faculty - Getting Started with Canvas

How long will the College continue providing instruction and student services remotely?

The College had originally hoped to return to normal operations on April 6. We have now extended that date indefinitely. Instruction and support services will continue to be provided remotely until the public health threat posed by COVID-19 subsides.

Delta is also planning to offer as many classes as possible online in Fall 2020. Hands-on career technical education classes and some arts/music/drama classes will be scheduled as “hybrids” — partially online, partially in person — with plans to exercise specific social distancing guidelines.

What about events?

Delta College has canceled or postponed all events, or moved them online, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please do not come to campus.

Check our Events Calendar or the specific event for additional updates. Please note the Events Calendar is a work in progress.

Events Calendar

What about Commencement?

A virtual Commencement has been scheduled for Saturday, June 6 at 10 a.m. While we are not ruling out the possibility of holding an in-person ceremony at a much later date, we do not know when such a large gathering will once again be possible. That’s why we strongly recommend that you participate in this spring’s virtual ceremony. While a virtual ceremony cannot replace an in-person event, a virtual ceremony does offer some unique and exciting new features. Visit deltacollege.edu/commencement for updates.

I am scheduled to travel to a conference or event. What should I do?

All travel on College business has been canceled.

What else is Delta College doing about coronavirus?

Additional disinfectant wipes have been deployed to high-traffic areas on campus, and hand sanitizer units have been ordered. The CDC recommends washing your hands to be among the most effective strategies.

The college has also posted signs on restroom mirrors with tips for effective hand-washing, as well as the phone number for our Maintenance and Operations office in the event that bathroom supplies need restocking.

How can I protect myself?

Public health officials recommend washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick.

More guidelines about hand-washing

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can range from mild to severe or even life-threatening. There are many types, some of which are common in animals and people. This particular type of coronavirus is new.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, experts recommend staying home from work or school.

If I feel sick, what should I do?

Anyone who is displaying flu-like symptoms should stay home and stay away from others as much as possible to avoid the potential spread of infection. If you are displaying flu-like symptoms and have traveled to China or believe that you may have been exposed to someone who is at a high risk for coronavirus, then we encourage you to contact your primary care provider or San Joaquin County Public Health's Clinical Services at (209) 468-3411.

How is coronavirus spread?

The coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is thought to spread via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

It may be possible that a person can get the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

What can we do about stigma?

The risk of getting coronavirus is currently low in the US, due in part to quick action from health authorities. However, some people are worried about the disease. Fear and anxiety can lead to social stigma towards Chinese or other Asian-Americans. Stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate an infectious disease with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease (for example, Chinese-Americans and other Asian-Americans living in the United States).

Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger toward ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem. We can fight stigma by providing social support. We can communicate the facts that being Chinese or Asian American does not increase the chance of getting or spreading coronavirus.

Should I wear a mask?

The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Information on wearing and cleaning regularly a cloth face covering

I've never taken an online course. What should I do?

Visit deltacollege.edu/were-going-online for first steps. Look for instructions on how to continue your classes through our online learning tool, Canvas, by clicking here: https://deltacollege.edu/academics/online-regional-education/students-canvas-guides-and-videos

Can students without Internet access or computers take online courses?

Chromebooks and laptops are now being distributed to students! Most of these devices are available for borrowing, though some are also available through an approved voucher program.  To determine which option you are eligible for, please click here and complete our Technology Survey. If you need one of these devices, please contact your student success coach and ask for a referral. You can find your success coach in Canvas, or you can email your success coach here. Once your referral has been processed, you will be emailed with a day and time to pick up your device.

WIFI: Starting Monday, April 13, free WiFi will be available in most Delta College parking lots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You do not need a parking permit. 

There are two WiFi networks for students:

  • DeltaStudentWifi
  • DeltaStudentWifi2

The new password for both networks is: 

            DeltaWiFi5151

Also, a limited number of hot spot devices are available for loan. If you think you would benefit from having a hot spot, alert your success coach.

Finally, we suggest you take a look at this list of low-cost and no-cost Internet providers: http://bit.ly/2xUunTh. Please note that we are not promoting or sponsoring any of these providers.

I need help!

Don’t worry! We have arranged for a new team of Delta employees known as student success coaches to guide you through this transition. Each class you are taking will have a success coach assigned. If you are having trouble logging into your class, or need other assistance, you’ll be able to reach out to your student success coach for help. Meet your student success coaches by clicking on the following link: https://deltacollege.edu/delta-pathway-success-coaches. Feel free to reach out to them with any questions you might have.

What about Delta classes that are taught at high schools?

Those classes will also move online.

Are summer classes happening?

Yes. Registration is underway for summer session. Almost all classes are slated to be online. If we are able to later add in-person classes, we will expand. We encourage you to continue your education this summer despite these unfortunate circumstances, and we are still here to support you.

 

  

 

 

Previous Announcements
May 1, 2020 - 2:30 p.m.

Delta College is scheduling Fall Semester classes to be mostly online. Hands-on career technical education classes and some arts/music/drama classes will be scheduled as “hybrids” — partially online, partially in person — with plans to exercise specific social distancing guidelines. This plan will enable all students to complete their classes on time.
 
You can view the preliminary Fall 2020 schedule in MyDelta. Please note that the schedule is a work in progress and will be updated significantly in the days to come.
 
We will provide more updates as Fall Semester approaches.  In the meantime, we will continue to respond to students' needs, especially basic needs such as housing, food, and access to technology.  We are working to provide a safe, secure and productive learning environment, and to ensure that students have the tools they need to achieve their goals at Delta.
 
We know the sudden shift to online and remote access learning has been difficult. We are proud of students' accomplishments this spring semester. Keep moving forward! We will work through this together.

April 14, 2020  - 4:45 p.m.

Due to the recent COVID-19 health pandemic and the shift to remote learning and services, Delta College wants to support you as much as possible to cross the finish line and complete your academic goals.

We highly encourage you to continue with your studies and seek out assistance from your professors, success coachescounselorsonline tutors and other support services.

In order to further promote flexibility and support, Delta College is sharing information today about new grading options, including a “Pass/No Pass” (P/NP) option for Spring 2020 for a majority of course offerings as well as an excused withdrawal (EW) option.

Click here to learn more about these options, and please let us know if you have any questions.

April 10, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.

Students

CHROMEBOOKS/LAPTOPS: Chromebooks and laptops are now being distributed to students. Most of these devices are available for borrowing, though some are also available through an approved voucher program.  To determine which option you are eligible for, please click here and complete our Technology Survey.

If you need one of these devices, please contact your student success coach and ask for a referral. You can find your success coach in Canvas, or you can email your success coach here. Once your referral has been processed, you will be emailed with a day and time to pick up your device.

WIFI: Starting Monday, April 13, free WiFi will be available in most Delta College parking lots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You do not need a parking permit. 

There are two WiFi networks for students:

  • DeltaStudentWifi
  • DeltaStudentWifi2

The new password for both networks is: 

            DeltaWiFi5151

MUSTANG TECH SQUAD: If you have difficulty with your Chromebook or laptop, reach out to our new student technology help desk – recently named the “Mustang Tech Squad” -- during any of the following days and times:

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can reach the Tech Squad at (209) 565-1407 (text or call), or through chat. Additional contact information will be added to deltacollege.edu/techsquad.

Faculty/Staff

REMOTE SERVICES: IT is moving to remote services with limited hours with on-site support (pick-up, etc.) by appointment only.  Please contact the IT Help Desk to arrange for an appointment. 

SAVING FILES: All district employees have access to OneDrive through Microsoft office. This is a cloud service and does not require VPN to access.  For training on how to use OneDrive go to https://support.office.com/en-us/article/upload-and-save-files-and-folders-to-onedrive-for-business-a1397e56-61ec-4ed2-9dac-727bf8ac3357. Do not purchase external drives or save District files containing confidential information on personal or external hard drives.  

PROTECTION FROM BLUE LIGHT: Working long hours at a computer can cause visual eye strain and long exposure to blue light.  You can help your eyes by downloading  f.flux at https://justgetflux.com/ .  f.lux will adapt your computer display to the time of day. 

April 8, 2020  - 4:00 p.m.

Chromebooks and laptops are now available for students. A total of 1,250 devices are available, most of them for loan but some for purchase through an approved voucher program.

Students who need a laptop should ask their success coach for a referral. Students can contact their success coaches through Canvas, or they can email them directly by clicking here.

March 26, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.

San Joaquin Delta College will continue to provide instruction and support services remotely until the public health threat posed by COVID-19 subsides. 

The College will extend its stay at home and remote work practice for employees, with the exception of essential operations personnel. 

All classes, including labs, have shifted online or to other remote access. At the same time, the College is exploring options to provide students with learning opportunities for hands-on skills acquisition and career education, including early responder programs and those with external accreditation requirements (such as Nursing and Police Academy). 

The College had previously hoped for a return to on-campus instruction on April 6. This announcement extends that date indefinitely until the public health risk subsides.

"I know this transition has been difficult for students and staff alike,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Omid Pourzanjani. “Please bear with us. We're working hard to get students access to the technology they need to complete courses, including laptops, and to make services like virtual tutoring available. We will continue to announce progress on these and other initiatives.”

Click here to read the full press release

March 19, 2020 - 4:30 p.m.

Delta College today released updated information for students and staff regarding the status of campus. All classes and student services are transitioning to online or remote access until further notice. Please see “For Faculty and Staff” and “For Students” tabs above for more details

March 17, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.

Delta College President/Superintendent Dr. Omid Pourzanjani sent the following message:

As you may know, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors met this morning to discuss local responses to the coronavirus situation.  After listening to a group of experts, including the County Public Health officials, they decided that the current situation, at this moment in time, does not necessitate a county-wide shut-down.

However, here at Delta, we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect the wellbeing of our employees and students. To that end, I would like to outline some of the proactive steps we are taking:

  1. Effective Wednesday morning, March 18th, the campus will be closed for face-to-face instruction and student services until Monday, April 6, 2020.
  2. ALL instruction, including labs, will be moved to remote instruction. Additional instructions will be provided via a follow-up email from Dr. Todd.
  3. All student services functions are in the process of remote support delivery. This Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll have a dry-run of this change to resolve any issues.
  4. All District/Categorically-funded travel is being canceled immediately.
  5. All campus-sponsored events and large gatherings will be canceled or offered via alternative meeting delivery (i.e. telephone/video conferencing/online).
  6. Consistent with general guidance from the Chancellor’s Office, all purchases and contracts are paused unless they are critical, including expenditures with Blanket orders and P-cards. This is the prudent thing to do in any crisis. We need to carefully watch our expenditures during these uncertain times.
  7. Minimal staffing will be on campus to include Public Safety, Maintenance, Grounds, Custodians, Purchasing, IT, and other essential personnel. Managers are implementing appropriate plans for their areas and staff, which may include remote work. Minimally, all plans will allow for employees to perform their duties and still maintain ample socialdistancing from others.  On campus attendance excludes our at-risk population that must be in self-quarantine.
  8. We will do our best to redeploy and retrain our short-term staff and student employees for alternative tasks and assignments.
  9. We will be purchasing a large number of laptops for check-out to students that do not have one.
  10. While not encouraged, employees are allowed to visit their instructional spaces or offices as necessary.  Please follow the social distancing guidelines while on campus.
  11. It is natural for these unprecedented events to cause fear and anxiety. If you need help coping with these emotions, please look at the resources available on our Health and Wellness webpage, which may be helpful for both students and staff: https://deltacollege.edu/student-life/health-and-wellness/health-wellness-resources
  12. District Police will be available 24/7 and will close and secure the campus between 7 PM and 7 AM.  If you plan to visit the campus during those hours, please notify the Police Dispatch (with your name and campus location) at policedeptdispatch@deltacollege.edu or call 1-209-954-5000.  

Please be assured that we are monitoring all communications at the national, state, and local levels in addition to communications from the Chancellor’s Office. We will release more information as it becomes available. Check https://www.deltacollege.edu/coronavirus for more information and send any questions you might have to coronavirus@deltacollege.edu.

Wishing you health and peace during these challenging times.

 

Dr. Omid Pourzanjani, Superintendent/ President

March 13, 2020 - 2:30 p.m.

Delta College released additional information today about the transition of lecture classes to online/alternative forms of instruction.

Transition Timeline


March 16-20: Spring Break.

Monday, March 23: Hands-on labs that must occur in person will resume as usual.

Monday, March 23 - Tuesday, March 24: Preparations continue to move all lecture classes online.

Wednesday, March 25: Online lecture classes will launch no later than Wednesday, March 25.


 
The Delta College team will work hard to provide as many resources as possible to faculty, staff and students during and after this transition. In sum:

  • The Goleman Library will be closed for spring break but will remain open for the rest of the semester so students can access reserve books, reference materials, and computers. We also intend to keep at least two computer labs open as conditions allow.
     
  • Delta is working to acquire more laptops which students can check out if they do not have a computer at home. The College is also ordering hotspots for students who do not have WiFi. Delta cannot provide every student with these resources, but between the labs, library, and resources to be checked out that we can cover the need. 
     
  • Staff will set up appointments for faculty who want to come to campus and record video of their lectures (allowing the use of white boards, equipment, etc.) and advanced screencasting. Equipment is also being ordered to allow faculty to record video from home and do advanced screencasting.
     
  • Student Services locations will also be open and available to provide in-person support.  Similar to Instruction, Student Services will be working over Spring Break to ensure that both in-person and remote support are available to our students beginning the week of March 23. 
     
  • Maintenance personnel are working to provide sanitizing stations for areas that will remain open, such as Delta’s shops and labs.
     
  • Delta is arranging for a number of students who are confident with our online learning tools to tutor/teach other students.
     
  • Finally, the College is looking to embed tutor services within these online classes.

We will continue to provide updates on this page as conditions change. In the tabs area, please find information that pertains directly to students and staff, as well as the status of College events, and contact information.

March 12, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

Delta College President/Superintendent Dr. Omid Pourzanjani sent the following message:

As you are undoubtedly aware, the situation with the Coronavirus has been elevated to a national pandemic. Accordingly, we are raising our alert level and providing you with additional information.  Please read this information carefully.

There are no confirmed coronavirus cases at the College and public health experts consider the risk to our college very low. The College will continue to stay open and no classes are being canceled. I request your help in achieving two milestones: 1) Let’s please finish this week of instruction, and  2) When we come back from spring break, let’s work together to get our students to the end of the semester and to graduation!

We are taking additional steps to lower the risk to you and our students:

  • Faculty will be working with deans and support staff to move as many classes as possible to online using our Canvas learning management system. I ask for your patience and flexibility as we go through this transition.
     
  • Instructional activities that require face-to-face and hands-on assignments such as science or career education labs will continue to meet on campus as we explore alternatives.
     
  • More information will be shared with you regarding training opportunities and material for teaching and learning online at deltacollege.edu/department/online-regional-education
     
  • All major events scheduled for the next three weeks are either canceled, postponed, or will be closed to the public. This is an extremely difficult decision as we are moving into a very busy time of year with many important events. For example, all athletic events and graduation ceremonies (such as the Post Academy graduation) will be held without an audience.  We will look for internet streaming opportunities for these events whenever possible.
     
  • Employee and student travel on college business may continue. However, we want to make it clear that no one is compelled to travel. If you were planning to travel to a conference or event and no longer feel comfortable doing so, please cancel your trip immediately.
     
  • We encourage staff to work remotely when possible with a manager’s approval, giving priority to those at-risk employees as described by the Centers for Disease Control. We will work to make needed equipment available. We want to be as flexible as possible while still ensuring we can operate the college and provide students with the services they need. Please, if you feel sick, do not come to work! If you have a fever, per California Department of Public Health guidelines, remain at home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines. 
     
  • Since campus will remain open, students are welcome to use computers in designated labs, study in the library, or apply for financial aid, among myriad other actions.  We are merely shifting classes online to decrease the number of people who are on campus at any particular time.
     

I’m sure you have many additional questions. We are still figuring out the details of these measures, and will provide additional information as soon as possible. You can find updates and frequently asked questions at deltacollege.edu/coronavirus. A dedicated email address has also been set up at coronavirus@deltacollege.edu.

I believe we don’t have much control over what the universe may send our way, but we have control over how we react to it.  The one thing that I have learned about our Delta family in the past eight months is that you are resilient! When times get tough, you stick together and work through the issues.  This situation is no different.  Let’s support each other, stay calm, and keep our focus on our well-being and our mission!

Dr. Omid Pourzanjani, Superintendent/ President

March 10, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.

Delta’s Emergency Response Team has met to discuss the continually evolving coronavirus situation. 

There remain no known confirmed coronavirus cases on our campus and the risk to the general public is considered lowAs such, consistent with new guidelines issued on Saturday by the California Department of Public Health, Delta College remains open.

CAMPUS STATUS: As mentioned above, the College remains open. The new California Department of Public Health guidelines recommend that colleges and universities consider closing their campuses when certain conditions are met. Delta does not meet those conditions. These guidelines represent the best and most current information from public health experts. We encourage you to read the guidelines themselves by clicking on this link.

INSTRUCTIONAL/STUDENT SERVICES UPDATE:  We are making plans for all of our courses in the event that we need to provide additional instruction online. We are preparing to train faculty. Student services continue to be provided.

EVENTS AND TRAVEL: As long as campus remains open, all events and activities will take place as scheduled. Stay home if you are sick! Employee travel and student field trips may also proceed as planned. For more information on coronavirus and mass gatherings, read the latest state Public Health guidelines.

SPRING BREAK: We know many of you have personal travel plans for the upcoming Spring Break. We encourage you to check with the Centers for Disease Control to learn more about the coronavirus situation at your destination, and review any restrictions or necessary protocol upon your return. 

CLEANING: A delivery of hand wipes arrived Monday, and we expect our hand sanitizer units to arrive today. These will be placed in high-traffic areas. We are asking all employees to help wipe down areas commonly used on a daily basis. We are still working on bringing in additional cleaning staff. In the meantime, please understand that the cleaning and sanitizing being done by our maintenance staff may delay the completion of other tasks. 

CALLING IN SICK: We continue to encourage you to take common-sense actions such as thoroughly washing your hands and staying home if you feel sick. If you have a fever, per California Department of Public Health guidelines, remain at home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.

Delta family, we want to be as flexible as possible during these difficult times, and ask that you extend the same flexibility to students who may have concerns. This is a challenging situation, but we are not alone, and we are thankful for the guidance from public health experts whom we have relied upon and will continue to rely upon moving forward.

March 6, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

The Delta College student who was exposed to coronavirus at a medical facility outside of our county is in self-isolation and is not showing any symptoms of the virus. There are no confirmed coronavirus cases on Delta's campus.

While the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health considers the risk to Delta's campus to be very low, it is more important than ever to take basic preventative steps to remain healthy. We encourage you to watch and share the videos below, which present facts about coronavirus and proper hand-washing techniques.

Maintenance personnel continue working to sanitize and disinfect the campus. Delta is also working to acquire disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer units which will be deployed as soon as possible.

Have questions or concerns? A dedicated email address has been set up at coronavirus@deltacollege.edu.

 

March 4, 2020 - 3:30 p.m.

This morning, Delta College learned that a health sciences student working at a medical facility outside of San Joaquin County was exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The student is showing no symptoms of the virus and, out of an abundance of caution, is now in 14-day self-isolation, per guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control.

This is an exposure only. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus within the Delta College community.

The exposure happened while the student was treating a patient at the medical facility on Sunday. The patient had not tested positive for coronavirus at that time. The health sciences student was on the Delta College campus on Monday before it was known that the student had been exposed.

Delta College understands that this might cause concern; however, the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health says that the risk to Delta College students, staff and faculty is very low. Again, out of an abundance of caution, the College is sanitizing all relevant areas on campus.

As per guidance from public health experts, there are no plans to close campus or cancel classes or events. The College recognize this is a fluid situation and will continue to work closely with expert partners in the public health field.

March 4, 2020 - 9:00 a.m.

Delta College has ordered hand sanitizer units and disinfectant wipes for high-traffic areas on campus. The College expects to receive the wipes on Thursday, March 5. However, due to high demand, the hand sanitizer units are not expected to arrive until Monday, March 9. They are being shipped from a distributor in Tennessee. Please keep in mind that CDC recommends washing your hands to be among the most effective strategies.

The College is also posting signs on restroom mirrors with tips for effective hand-washing, as well as the phone number for our Maintenance and Operations office in the event that bathroom supplies need restocking.

The California Department of Public Health considers the risk to the general public to be low, and as such there are no plans to close campus or cancel classes or events. However, we recognize this is a fluid situation and we will continue to work closely with our expert partners in the public health field.