COVID-19 News

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STATE AND NATIONAL GUIDANCE/EXECUTIVE ORDERS/NEWS

Our country is suffering from two diseases. One that’s novel, COVID-19, and one that is historical, the scourge of racism. And both need a cure.” – Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, Skyline Community College

We are again using this space to stand with our Black students, staff, faculty, stakeholders, partners and communities. Please watch this webinar to learn how the California Community Colleges is taking action to address structural racism and ensure our students have access to equal educational opportunity.  

The COVID-19 Special Update now publishes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Gov. Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order declaring a statewide general election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and signed an executive order to ensure that Californians can exercise their right to vote in a safe, secure and accessible manner during the upcoming election. To curb the spread of COVID-19, today’s order ensures in-person voting opportunities are available in sufficient numbers to maintain physical distancing.

You can find the latest information on how the state is responding to the pandemic onCalifornia’s COVID-19 website.

The damage to America’s job market from the pandemic will come clearer on Friday with the release of the May jobs report. Economists estimate 8 million more jobs were lost last month, and believe the nation’s unemployment rate is around 20%.

A new report released today shows the coronavirus has infected at least 450,000 healthcare workers worldwide.

 

A new study shows hydroxychloroquine, the drug touted by President Trump, did not prevent healthy people exposed to COVID-19 from getting the disease.

 

This is what happens to us.’ How U.S. cities lost precious time to protect black residents from the coronavirus.

Protesting in a pandemic:Black and Latino families weigh COVID-19 risks and joining the cause.

SYSTEM GUIDANCE/NEWS

The Board of Governors and the Chancellor’s Office have an unwavering commitment to advance equitable and inclusive hiring practices across California’s community colleges. As such, the Chancellor’s Office is hosting a webinar, called Student Centered Institutions: Diverse Faculty Retention Strategies . This webinar will focus on the student voice and role in hiring practices, and showcase strategies and lessons learned from individuals leading cultural change at their college through diversity, equity and inclusion retention efforts. A panel of experts will share and discuss retention strategies aimed at retaining a diverse workforce and addressing cultural competency and unconscious bias, as well as a discussion on strategies for retention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar is tomorrow, Thursday, June 4 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.Register at this link.

Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley will participate in a webinar called The Future of Work: The Education-to-Employment Pipeline. CalMatters and the Milken Institute will host the virtual discussion about California’s response, recovery in the wake of the pandemic and what the “Future of Work” means now to educators, employers, college students and cities across the state. The webinar is tomorrow, Thursday, June 4 at 10:00 a.m.  Learn more and register at this link.

The Chancellor’s Office is committed to keeping everyone informed during this uncertain time. We encourage administrators, faculty, staff and students to regularly check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 resource page for ongoing executive orders, guidance memos and announcements. Current and prospective students can also get connected with their local college to find out specific resources and support services available as well as enroll in their local community college.

College practitioners can find past COVID-19 Weekly Webinar recordings and other COVID-19 information within the Vision Resource Center. Create an account or log in. Under the “Connect” menu, visit “All Communities” and look for the “CCC | COVID-19 Resources, Tools and Discussion” section. Click “Join Community” to access the content within.

ONLINE INSTRUCTION/WEBINARS

The California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) offers a number of online events to continue to help faculty and staff with the transition to virtual learning. You can find all upcoming events on the CVC-OEI Events page. For online instruction support requests, please contact CVC-OEI.

STUDENT SUPPORTS

If any of your students are uninsured and need medical advice, about the coronavirus or otherwise, the Medi-Nurse line is available 1-877-409-9052.

We know students are looking for extra support during this trying time. We have compiled a list of mental health support available to students and will continue to share them on a daily basis.

Ø  If students have Medi-Cal and are in need of mental health services, they can call the number on their health plan membership card, or call their local county mental health line. For help finding what services are covered, call the Medi-Cal Managed Care and Mental Health Office of the Ombudsman at 888-452-8609Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ø  If you are concerned about a family in need of food or assistance, or you need resources yourself, call 211, contact your local non-profit Family Resource Center, or apply for public benefits, which may include health care, cash aid, and food and nutrition assistance, through your county’s Social Services or Health and Human Services department.

Ø  Resources, tools, and trainings regarding health, mental health, wellness, basic needs and more designed for California community college students, faculty and staff are available on the California Community Colleges Health & Wellness website. Specific COVID-19 resources are available on the home page.

Ø  Wellness Central is a free online health and wellness resource that is available 24/7 in your space at your pace.

Ø  Each Mind Matters offers resources, tools and activation kits for mental health.

Ø  The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text COURAGE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

Ø  Our LGBTQ students can also contact the Trevor Project by calling 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 for 24/7 information. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline is available from 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. at 1-800-273-8255. Or call or text the Victims of Crime Resource Center at  1-800-842-8467 for help.

HOW TO HELP

The Foundation for California Community Colleges, in partnership with the California Community Colleges, has launched an effort to provide emergency aid, technology, connectivity and other essential supports to students. Click here for more on ways to support students through this campaign.

OTHER INFORMATION

Young adults are reporting their highest levels of psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins.

McClatchy tomorrow will host its second public webinar called COVID-19: Bending the Curve / The Path to a Vaccine. The livestream brings together top medical professionals, industry experts, patient advocates and policymakers to discuss the latest advancements for combating the novel coronavirus. The webinar is tomorrow, Thursday, June 4 at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Pacific time. Find more information and register here.

 

TIP OF THE DAY

Experts expect coronavirus cases to jump in the coming weeks due to the ongoing protests nationwide over the death of George Floyd. Here’s how to protest more safely during the pandemic.

More Tips of the Day

“Although it is true that only about 20 percent of American workers are in unions, that 20 percent sets the standards across the board in salaries, benefits and working conditions. If you are making a decent salary in a non-union company, you owe that to the unions.

One thing that corporations do not do is give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.”

MOLLY IVINS, attributed, “Labor’s Fight is OUR Fight”, Campaign for America’s Future

ONLINE INSTRUCTION

The California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI) offers a number of online events to continue to help faculty and staff with the transition to virtual learning. Upcoming events include:

Translating In-Person Strategies to be Effective in Online Tutoring Sessions. The session will be on Monday, April 13 from 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Find more information here

Faculty Support Drop-In Hours for Remote Teaching, on Monday, April 13; 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. These repeat every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and are designed for faculty teaching a course that is shifting online. Find more information here:

You can also find all upcoming events on the CVC-OEI Events page.

CVC-OEI also continues to offer expanded Tier 1 Support for Canvas. For additional online instruction support requests, please contact CVC-OEI.

RESOURCES

The California Department of Education and Wellness Together are offering a three-part webinar series that will facilitate an ongoing discussion to highlight practices, programs and policies to strengthen student supports in the midst of school closures. The second webinar in this series will be next Thursday, April 16, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. It’s a free event, but RSVP is required for attendance and space is limited. Find more information here.

College practitioners can find COVID-19 resources, information, and community within the Vision Resource Center. Create an account or log in. Under the “Connect” menu, visit “All Communities” and look for the “CCC | COVID-19 Resources, Tools and Discussion” section. Click “Join Community” to access the content within. 

STUDENT SUPPORTS

Calls to suicide hotlines across the country have increased during the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage everyone in need to reach out for help. The California Youth Crisis line runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 800-843-5200. The National Suicide Prevention Lifelineprovides confidential assistance to anyone in crisis and their loved ones through a live chat and free 24-hour hotline at 800-273-8255. You can also text the Crisis Text Line at 741741

CVC-OEI has a full page of resources dedicated to helping students transition to online learning. Resources include a number of videos on how to prepare for and succeed in a virtual classroom, as well as an overview of Canvas. The page also details the companies offering free or low-cost internet access across the state.

UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

California’s Employment Development Department maintains a list of resources that people can receive while going through the unemployment process. La página también está disponible en español.

Lost your job due to the coronavirus? Here are your health care options in California.

HOW TO HELP

Philanthropic and corporate partners, as well as those looking to make a major gift or grant, are encouraged to contact the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Individual donations are also being accepted through the Foundation and will be deployed to individual colleges supporting students impacted by lost wages, campus closures and the transition to distance education caused by COVID-19. Check here for more details on how to give now.

The California Volunteers website has a list of nonprofit organizations and food banks that are in dire need of volunteers, supplies and financial help.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a severe blood shortage across the country. If you’re able to donate, please visit the American Red Cross or your local blood bank to schedule a donation. Some restrictions have been loosened to increase the number of people who can donate.

OTHER INFORMATION

If you’re short on cash, here’s some good information on stretching a family budget right now. Among the suggestions: don’t just ignore the bills- reach out to companies to work on payment plans.

Apple and Google are teaming up to track the spread of coronavirus. Android and iPhone users will be alerted if they were close to an infected person.

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