Chancellor Byron D. Breland announced that Evergreen Valley College and San Jose City College will continue remote learning throughout the Spring 2020 semester.
Chancellor Breland shared this information in a district email on Friday, September 25, which the SJCC Associated Student Government received.
I hope this message finds everyone doing well and that the fall term is off to a great start. There is much uncertainty regarding when and how we will be able to return to normal operations. We continue to monitor updates and recommendations from local, state, and national public health agencies as well as news coverage of the outbreaks that have been experienced throughout the nation by colleges and universities that have returned to in-person instruction and services. Based on the best information and recommendations available at this time, as well as input and feedback from many within our District, I have determined that our best course of action is to maintain remote instruction and services through spring term 2021.
In the email, Chancellor Breland shares that he made the final decision to continue to place students, employees, and broader community's health as a top priority.
The decision was made with the health and safety of our students, employees, and broader community as the top priority and after consulting with district leadership and taking into account data and reports from public health experts. If the situation changes dramatically and guidance from local, state, and federal public health departments indicates that we can safely resume in-person operations, we will be able to transition back while the term is underway, but for right now, we must plan for the winter intersession and spring 2021 terms to be delivered via the same remote environment we are currently experiencing.
Chancellor Breland stated that this announcement is a precautionary measure and subject to change if the COVID19 infection rate improves.
This announcement extends our existing operational changes through May 21, 2021, which is the end of spring term. To reiterate: if public health departments determine that it is safe to return to in-person operations before this date, we will begin to transition back to in-person instruction and services prior to the end of the term, but we must be prepared to continue remote operations for the entirety of spring term.
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