San Diego Community College District announced that the fall semester of 2020 will be taken “primarily” online, according to a letter by Chancellor Constance Carroll.
There will be some exceptions, but most of the faculty should be preparing to offer remote instructions next semester.
The letter, Coronavirus/COVID-19 -Update #9, was made available to City Times upon request.
According to the letter, the district is planning to have some classes in person with restrictions.
“We are also planning for and hope to achieve several exceptions, which will be offered on-campus, observing social-distancing and all other health protocols, via hybrid approaches,” wrote Carroll in the letter.
The classes that are so far planning to be taught partially online are science labs, nursing and Allied Health Clinical labs and career-technical labs.
After the transition to remote learning was announced, faculty and staff were trained for one week to prepare for it.
The district plans to expand workshops and programs to improve distance education.
“City College is working with our Professional Development Coordinator to develop a train-the-trainer series of workshops,” according to City College president, Ricky Shabazz, as communicated in the letter from Chancellor Carroll.
The workshops will be to aid faculty members who need assistance in online teaching as well as how to improve online services. Information on workshops can be found here.
Chancellor Carroll had originally announced in a COVID-19 Update that a decision regarding the fall semester will be made by July 31, but in her most recent letter she said she has receive responses asking for an official decision “as soon as possible so that people can make concrete plans.”
Students should prepare for a remote semester. President Shabazz will host an Instructional Town Hall on Thursday at 2:30, via Youtube Live.
@sdcitycollege, everyone is invited to our Instructional Town Hall on Thursday, May 7 from 2:30-3:30pm. Join us on YouTube Live to learn about all the efforts to support our students and college during this pandemic pic.twitter.com/RveEv7CE4g
— Ricky Shabazz (@DrRickyShabazz) May 6, 2020
This story will be updated as more information is available.
Staff writer Jovani Juarez contributed to this story.