Coronavirus prompts move to online for all LACCD colleges

By Luis Castilla

All nine Los Angeles Community College District colleges, including East Los Angeles College, will move most classes online starting Wednesday and remain online until at least April 18.

LACCD chancellor Francisco Rodriguez announced today that due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, “as many classes as possible will be moved into an online education platform for all nine colleges.”

These include all lecture courses with the exception of those that require in-person participation like hands-on labs, performance classes or physical education courses.

The chancellor also announced that Monday and Tuesday will be non-instructional days so that faculty can receive training on Canvas.

Interim president of ELAC Raul Rodriguez will discuss ELAC’s plan for shifting into online education during the President’s Town Hall Meeting tomorrow at 12:15 pm in the F5-201 multi-purpose room.

Vice president of academic affairs Ruben Arenas said that even though there have been no cases of the novel coronavirus on any of the nine LACCD campuses, the district is being extremely cautious and trying to prevent it from spreading.

“We are following the lead of many of our sister colleges,” Arenas said.

Arenas said that administration is working on a plan for students without internet or computer access to still be able to keep up with their classes.

Arenas said that even though most classes will be moved online, there are no plans to permanently cancel any classes.

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