Majority of College of Alameda classes will be held online

Last week, the Peralta Community College District (PCCD), which includes College of Alameda, announced that the majority of coursework and student services for the Fall 2020 semester will be offered online. The district said some courses will include limited face-to-face class time. 

On Monday, May 18, the Alameda Unified Board of Education announced that online instruction would be shortened by six days. The new official last day of instruction will be May 29 instead of June 8.

The decision was made after 79.8 percent of Alameda teachers voted in favor of ending the school year earlier than planned.

“Given the circumstances, I think it was a fair decision,” said Joshua Linville, who teaches English at Encinal High School. “Virtual attendance and work completion was down. Sadly, very few students were actually fully participating in distance learning.”

An otherwise quiet, gated community on Bay Farm Island became the site of a festive Teacher Appreciation Week parade on May 7. The home of Ms. Kelly, a longtime kindergarten teacher at Earhart Elementary School, saw families from her class pass by one at time with balloons, signs and the general message that she is missed. This year marks Kelly’s last at Earhart, so the kids represented her last class, their year together cut short by the COVID-19.

Mindful of the loss of senior year celebrations this spring, a group of families and high school staff from across the district have planned “Alameda Senior Signing Day,” tomorrow, Friday, May 1. 

Personalized yard signs will be delivered to every senior across the district this week. From 10 to 10:44 a.m., the Mayor, Superintendent, president of the Board of Education, Alameda’s four high school principals and other special guests will speak live on KJTZ (96.1 FM or to congratulate the Class of 2020. 

As Encinal High School’s publication design instructor Joshua Linville thought about all that the class of 2020 would miss out on, he realized their was one time-honored tradition they could still celebrate: the yearbook. With the Horizon staff completing the book and sending it off for publication, Linville reached out to the Alameda community.

“I thought that some families have been hit hard by this virus and may not be able to afford a book,” said Linville. “In such a unique year, every senior should be able to have a yearbook.”