March 10, 2020
To the San Mateo County Community College District Community:
The District continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on students, faculty, staff and the broader regional community. Tomorrow, March 11, Interim Chancellor Claire will provide additional information and guidance relating to alternative class delivery and operations. Please look out for that message.
As additional information and guidance, the District‘s COVID-19 Task Force announces the following changes to District procedures, effective immediately:
Per San Mateo County Health recommendations, all nonessential gatherings are suspended through April 5, 2020. Nonessential gatherings are defined as:
· Special events (guest lectures, performances, workshops, panel discussions, receptions, club meetings, workshops, etc.)
· Division, department, and committee meetings, unless COVID-19-related or social distancing protocols can be practiced.
Please see the District COVID-19 web page for further guidance on what are considered essential gatherings and functions vs. those that are nonessential.
For organizations who are renting college or District facilities, those events may continue at the discretion of the renting organization, but those entities should be aware of the San Mateo County Health Official’s guidance on this matter.
Sports practices and games will continue as scheduled. However, practices and games are now closed to spectators as nonessential gatherings. Games will be closed to spectators through May 30, 2020.
Effective immediately, all non-essential District-related travel is suspended until further notice. This includes in-state, out-of-state, and international travel. See incident travel guidelines web page.
CAMPUSES AND OFFICES
All campus and District offices are open. There are currently no plans to close offices. Facilities has increased cleaning of offices and buildings. Faculty, staff, and administrators should continue to work unless sick. Please observe the following:
· Implement social distancing guidelines (staying six feet away from other people) to the extent possible
· Stay home if you are sick or if you need to take care of loved ones
The District will provide additional guidance for managers and employees regarding telecommuting and alternate work locations later this week.
For latest updates, see: emergency.smccd.info
For all District COVID-19 related information: https://smccd.edu/covid-19/