College Adjusts Schedule
Peralta Colleges move spring break in response to virus
At an emergency meeting on March 11, the Peralta Community College District Board of Trustees (PCCD) voted to approve changes to its academic calendar. Spring break, originally scheduled for the week of April 13, has been moved to this week. The changes, made with support of the Peralta Federation of Teachers, are a response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) intended to increase social distancing and better protect our community.
Chancellor Regina Stanback Stroud announced that face-to-face classes at College of Alameda and three other local colleges were canceled from March 11 to 14. This would allow instructional faculty to attend training sessions offered at their respective colleges and evaluate optional resources for potentially transitioning their classes to remote forms of instruction as needed.
“The health and safety of members of the Peralta Community remain our top priority,” stated a press release from the district. “PCCD will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
The district encouraged faculty to begin using remote forms of instruction following spring break on Monday, March 23, and continue through Saturday, April 4.
Resources for students regarding preparation for online and hybrid classes are available at https://peralta.instructure.com/courses/442.
The colleges and district offices will remain open. Administration and staff are expected to report to work unless they are ill. The college aims to maintain academic continuity while proactively taking steps to protect the community by reducing the number of people gathered in public spaces.