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COVID Vaccination & Testing Requirement for Students

District's Vaccination & Testing Requirement

Masks are still required for all students, employees, visitors and guests until June 12, 2022 (Board Policy 2800). In addition, there is a health screening and check-in process for visiting the campus.

Students are no longer required to provide proof of vaccination or have an approved exemption to enroll in in-person classes and to access campus facilties (Board Policy 2900).

Learn more about the District's Vaccination, Testing & Screening Requirements.


On-Campus Vaccination Events

COVID-19 Vaccination Pop-Ups at LAVC

(Updated 5/6/22)

LAVC is partnering with Care Ambulance Service and Fulgent Genetics to hold weekly On-Campus Vaccination Clinics for students, employees and the public to get their first, second, or third or booster dose of the vaccine.

The Pfizer (ages 12+) and Moderna (ages 18+) vaccines are available at all vaccination events, and the Johnson & Johnson (ages 18+) vaccine is also available on selected dates.

Walk-ups are welcome, or you can make an appointment online with Fulgent Genetics. Learn what to bring with you to your appointment.
 


Online Campus Services

LAVC is still offering a menu of online/remote campus services and academic support to you so you can stay on top of your educational goals. 

From counseling and special programs to tutoring and library services, we’re here and ready to help you online:

Want to learn on how to use the different features on the LACCD SIS Portal? Visit LACCD SIS Portal Student Help.


Contact Us

While in-person services have reopened at LAVC in some areas, remote/virtual services and instruction continues. We encourage you to reach out to us for assistance.

One way to do that is to contact us directly via email, or contact departments through Cranium Cafe.

Here are the different ways in which you can contact us:


Educational Needs Resources & Grants

LAVC is committed to supporting student success while on-campus instruction and services remain online, including online/remote support services as well as laptop and technology grants for students in need. 

Please select from the menu of links below to learn more:


EMERGENCY FEDERAL STIMULUS AWARDS

LAVC students enrolled in spring 2022 classes may be eligible to receive up to $1000 in federal stimulus funds for emergency basic needs. To qualify, the students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have LAVC as their home campus,
  • Be enrolled at Valley College for Spring 2022, and
  • Be eligible for the California College Promise Grant or CA Dream Act, or demonstrate economic hardship resulting from COVID-19

If you need assistance or have questions, contact our Welcome Center for help in-person, on Zoom, by email or phone.

If you haven't enrolled for Spring 2022, just follow these steps:

  1. Register online for a Spring class on the myCollege.laccd.edu Student Portal,
  2. Complete your Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA) application (LAVC code is 001228)
    - or -
    Complete the 2021-2022 California College Promise Grant Application (English) or 2021-2022 California College Promise Grant Application (Spanish).

If you are already enrolled, please follow this steps:

  1. Complete your FAFSA application (LAVC code is 001228)
    - or -
    Complete the 2021-2022 California College Promise Grant Application (English) or 2021-2022 California College Promise Grant Application (Spanish).

EMERGENCY BASIC NEEDS, LAPTOP/TABLET & TECHNOLOGY GRANTS

LA Valley College provides grants to students with identified financial needs that compromise their ability to continue their studies or successfully engage in their classes.

Grant awards (up to $500) are one-time only and will be determined on a need basis. Eligibility will be determined using the following criteria:

  • LAVC is your home campus,
  • Be enrolled in six units or more, and
  • Demonstrate financial need.

Student can apply for both of the awards noted below. A panel will review your application and will determine eligibility. You will be notified of your award via email.

The following are the two award application process:

Emergency Laptop/Tablet Award

To apply:

  1. Go to the mycollege.laccd.edu Student Portal
  2. Navigate to Scholarship Tile
  3. Proceed to Explore Scholarship: Search Scholarships
  4. Use the Keyword: Emergency Laptop Scholarship 

Emergency Technology (Hot Spot or Internet Service) & Basic Needs Grant Award 

To apply: 

  1. Complete the Spring 2022 Emergency Funds Application Form online.

If you have any questions about your application, email the Student Services Office at hurwitfa@lavc.edu.


EDQUITY BASIC NEEDS GRANTS

The LA Community College District and LAVC is partnered with a company called Edquity to emergency funding award grants based on need. Awards of up $3000.00 will be given to students with demonstrated need.

LAVC students can apply for emergency funding through one convenient online platform. Emergency funds can help you with childcare, food, housing, learning materials, transportation and other health/safety needs. To be eligible for these funds, you must submit an application through Edquity and be actively enrolled in credit or noncredit courses.

Follow the easy steps below to submit your application: 

  1. Download the Edquity app.  Download from the App store or Google Play. If you don’t have a mobile device, visit Edquity to apply for emergency funds online.   
  2. Create an Edquity account.  You will be asked if you are a student. Select “Yes” then enter your home college name in the space provided. Once your account has been created, you can submit an application.   
  3. Complete the application.  The application takes less than 10 minutes to complete. You will be notified of your application decision within a few days via the email you used when creating your Edquity account. 

If you have any questions about submitting your application, please reach out to support@edquity.co and an Edquity support representative will be in touch.


FREE WI-FI ACCESS FOR STUDENTS

Los Angeles Valley College is offering free wi-fi access to enrolled students, who need reliable wireless internet connect.

Students can access free wi-fi on campus to complete their coursework in Parking Lot F (Monday-Sunday from 5 a.m.-10 p.m.) from their personal vehicle. Access to Parking Lot F is available from the Ethel Avenue entrance at Burbank Boulevard.

All students on campus must follow LAVC/LA County Health Protocols, stay in their vehicle, wear a mask, and always practice physical distancing. Note: restrooms are not available and there is no access for recharging devices.

Find out how to access campus Wi-Fi.


LOW-COST INTERNET OPTIONS

$50 Monthly Broadband Internet Discount for Low-Income Students

Consumers can begin applying and enrolling for the Emergency Broadband Benefit, an FCC program which help families and households to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible households are able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Only one monthly service discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

If your household is eligible, you can receive:

  • Up to a $50/month discount on your broadband service and associated equipment rentals
  • Up to a $75/month discount if your household is on qualifying Tribal lands
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of more than $10 but less than $50)

There are three ways for eligible households to apply:

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742.
     

Additional Low-Cost Internet Options for Students

As the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) LACCD continues to offer the majority of courses remotely in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Internet access will be required for participation in many class activities. Several organizations provide low-cost Internet access to students. As a courtesy, contact information for several providers is provided below for your consideration. Download the Low-cost Internet Options for Students Guide [PDF].


BOOK LOANS

LAVC Monarch College Store Financial Aid Book Loan Program

A financial aid book loan has been established in the College Monarch Store to allow qualified financial aid students to purchase the required instructional materials at the store. 

The loan amount due will be automatically deducted from the student's grant refund. Should the student become ineligible for their grant, the loan is owed immediately and is a responsibility of the student. A hold will be placed on your record if funds are not collected. These funds are limited.

All students who qualified for the Book Loan will receive an email from Los Angeles Valley College with details on how to place their order.


FREE GROUND SHIPPING ON TEXTBOOK ORDERS

Free Ground Shipping at the LAVC Monarch College Store on Student Textbook Orders for Spring 2022

For a limited time, LAVC students can receive free ground shipping on their Fall 2021 textbooks from the LAVC Monarch Campus Store (Bookstore) until April 15, 2022

The LAVC Monarch Store is currently closed to in-person service, but you can still get your textbooks, LAVC gear and supplies using our convenient online website. Simply select your items at the LAVC Monarch Campus Store, and we will provide free ground shipping. 

Download the LAVC Monarch Campus Store Textbook Order Guide [PDF].


EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

LAVC Library

The LAVC Library offers in-person book checkout and study spaces, with 24/7 access to online help via their “Ask A Librarian” page, Research Guides, and FAQs.

Free Online Tutoring from the Academic Resource Center

The LAVC Academic Resource Center offers FREE online tutoring in Math, Statistics, English and other many other classes, test reviews, and study jams. In-person services include weekly workshops, guides and support for using online tutoring, and access to computers through the Computer Commons

LA County Library Access from Home

The LA County Library Access from Home program has many digital resources you can access 24/7, no matter where you are using your computer or device. All you need is your library card number and PIN.


Basic Needs Resources

In an effort to help connect our students who may be stuggling or facing difficulties, LAVC has complied a list of local basic need resources that are available.

Please select from the menu of links below to learn more:


HELPING HANDS / BASIC NEEDS CENTER

The Helping Hands/Basic Needs Center at Los Angeles Valley College is now offering an expansion of basic needs services that includes support for food, housing, technology, financial, transportation, personal hygiene, childcare, mental, physical, medical resources, and any related needs.

If you are a student in need at Los Angeles Valley College and would like to get connected to campus and community based resources, please fill out the LAVC Basic Needs Form.


FOOD RESOURCES

LA Food Bank Pantry Locator

To find a local food pantry in your area, visit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Pantry Locator.
 

Local Food Pantry/Resources

The CalWORKs/LAVC Helping Hands Project has compiled a list of local food banks:

Open Monday-Friday
  • Salvation Army San Fernando Valley Corps
    14917 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys CA, 91411
    Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • Eliza Shanks Homes, Inc.
    13055 Weidner Street, Pacoima CA, 91331
    Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-6:00 PM

  • SOVA Community Food and Resource Program
    16439 Vanowen Street, Van Nuys CA, 91406
    Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-1:30 PM

  • SOVA Community Food and Resource Program
    6605 Odessa Avenue, Van Nuys CA, 91406
    Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 AM-1:30 PM

  • Congregational Church of Chatsworth
    20440 Lassen Street, Chatsworth CA, 91311
    Hours: Monday-Friday 3:00-5:00 PM

Only Open on Selected Days of the Week
  • Wild Horse Children’s Foundation
    828 Harding Avenue, San Fernando CA, 91340
    Hours: Monday & Thursday 8:00 AM-2:00 PM

  • Lutheran Social Services of Southern California
    7400 Tujunga Dr., North Hollywood, CA 91605
    Hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9:00 AM-12:30 PM

  • Apostolic Worship Center
    12541 Van Nuys Blvd, Pacoima CA, 91331
    Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

  • Redeemer Lutheran Outreach
    20025 Chase Street, Winnetka CA, 91306
    Hours: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

Only Open on Mondays
  • MFP-Central Lutheran Church
    6425 Tyrone Ave, Van Nuys CA, 91401
    Hours: 2nd & 4th Monday 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

Only Open on Tuesdays
  • SFV Japanese American Community Center
    12953 Branford St., Arleta CA, 91331
    Hours: Tuesday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • One Generation
    18255 Victory Blvd., Reseda CA, 91335
    Hours: Tuesday 11:00 AM (Until Supplies Are Gone)

Only Open on Wednesdays
  • Centro de Vida International Church Movement
    9251 Burnet Avenue, North Hills CA, 91343
    Hours: Wednesday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • RCCG Victory House of California
    16730 Schoeborn Street, North Hills CA, 91343
    Hours: Wednesday 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

  • Houses of Light Church Corporation
    19359 Londelius Street, Northridge CA, 91324
    Hours: Wednesday 1:00 PM-1:30 PM

  • Iglesia Bautista Renacer
    10000 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills CA. 91345
    Hours: Wednesday 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Only Open on Thursdays
  • Church on the Way
    14300 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91405
    Hours: Thursday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

Only Open on Fridays
  • MFP-St. Ferdinand Church
    1109 Coronel Street, San Fernando CA, 91340
    Hours: 2nd & 4th Friday 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

  • North Valley Caring Services
    15453 Rayen Street, North Hills CA, 91343
    Hours: Friday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

  • Khalsa Care Foundation
    9989 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Pacoima CA, 91331
    Hours: Friday 6:00 PM-7:00 PM

For additional resources, visit the LAVC Helping Hands Food Pantry.


HOUSING / SHELTER RESOURCES

COVID-19 Renter Protections Information

Information on COVID-19 Renter Protections from evictions and rent increases is available at the Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department Covid-19 Renter Protections.
 

Homeless Services

  • LA Family Housing
    7843 Lankershim Blvd
    North Hollywood, CA 91605
    (818) 982-4091
    Hours: 8am-5pm
     
  • Burbank Temporary Aid Center
    1304 W Burbank Blvd
    Burbank, CA 91506
    (818) 848-2822
    Hours: 9am-12noon,1:30-5pm
     

Campus Peer Navigator Program

Community college students (ages 18-25) experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness can contact the Campus Peer Navigator Program for resources. Download the Campus Peer Navigator Program Flyer [PDF]

Referral services are also available for students 25 years and older. 

Contact:
Brigette Zarazua Quintero, Campus Peer Navigator 
The Village Family Services
818.755.8786 
Email Brigette Zarazua
 

Continuum of Care / Point of Contact for Unhoused Individuals

Individuals experiencing homelessness can find the point of contact for unhoused individuals by viewing the State of California Continuum of Care List [PDF]. 

Contacts:
Elsa Fraire Contreras, 213-233-4761, efcontreras@lahsa.org 
Peter Lynn, 213-683-3333, plynn@lahsa.org
 

Los Angeles Room & Board Pilot Program

Current low-income LACCD students who are experiencing homelessness can apply for the Los Angeles Room & Board (LARNB) Pilot Program, which will provide with transitional housing, meals and other student support services in a large, single dwelling building in Westwood, near UCLA. Due to COVID-19, the program will start now with only about 35 students. 

Students interested in the program are encouraged to fill out the LARNB Opportunity House application


SHOWERS & HYGIENE SERVICES

Expanded Hygiene Services for People Experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City and County of Los Angeles have deployed expanded hygiene services to better support our unsheltered neighbors.

For a link of these services and a guide to proper handwashing written by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, download the Expanded Hygiene Services for People Experiencing Homelessness in Los Angeles Guide [PDF].


MEDICAL/HEALTH & TESTING RESOURCES

LAVC Student Health Center & Psychological Services

The LA Valley College Student Health Center is available to help you with medical services via telephone at (818) 763-8836, press option #4, or visit the Valley Community Healthcare's Patient Services.
 

COVID-19 Medi-Nurse Line

California has launched an advice line that can connect you with a nurse (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to talk about COVID-19 symptoms and help connect you with local resources in your area. Call the COVID-19 Medi-Nurse Line at 1-877-409-9052.
 

Free COVID-19 Testing for LA County Residents

Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles offers COVID-19 testing all Los Angeles County residents. For COVID-19 testing information, go to the City of Los Angeles Free COVID-19 Testing.
 

Substance Abuse Helpline

People struggling with substance abuse can reach out to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline:

SAMHSA Distress Helpline
Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
Text: TalkWithUs to 66746
TTY: 1-800-846-8517


MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

LA County Mental Health Access Line

If you are feeling stressed, d​expressed, or anxious and need to talk with someone ​contact @lacdmh

LA County Dept. of Mental Health 24/7
Access Line: 1-800-854-7771
Text: "LA" to 741741
 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources. Call 800-273-8255 or text “Hope” to 916-668-ICAN).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Hotline (4/9/2020): Access 24/7 video relay service by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TTY 1-800-799-4889).
 

Emotional & Community Support Resources

LAVC Student Health Center's Psychological Services

The LA Valley College Student Health Center is available to you 5 days a week via telephone to handle all of your mental health needs. Therapists are available for phone sessions if you are finding yourself upset, depressed, worried, scared, or anxious about the current pandemic, or any other stress in your life.

Call Valley Community Healthcare at (818) 763-8836, press option #4, to speak with a case manager dial extension 1455, or visit the Valley Community Healthcare's Patient Services webpage.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

LAVC Domestic Violence Resource

LAVC has certified staff who are available to talk with students who are experiencing domestic violence to provide resources and support. 

Contact:
Ellie Rabani
email Ellie Rabani
 

National Domestic Violence Hotline

If you or a loved one are in need of support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 anytime, 24/7, for free and confidential support. You are not alone.
 

LA City Text - 911 

Mobile users in LA now have the ability to send text messages to 911, giving hearing and speech impaired residents, or those in situations where it is too dangerous to dial 911, a potentially life-saving option.
 

Domestic Violence Shelter

If you need to locate a Domestic Violence Shelter, please call the DV Hotline at (800) 978-3600 or through 2-1-1.


IMMIGRATION RESOURCES

CHIRLA is offering one-on-one appointments every other Friday through a virtual platform for our students, faculty and staff who need legal immigration services. For more information, visit the LAVC Dream Resource Center webpage.


UNEMPLOYMENT RESOURCES

Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Angelenos

If you were laid off, furloughed or had your hours reduced, you may be eligible to receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits from the State of California’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Read the Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Angelenos Guide [PDF]
 

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance for "Gig" Workers, Freelancers, and the Self-Employed

If you are out of work or had your hours reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits from the new federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program. Read the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Guide [PDF].


OTHER SERVICES & RESOURCES

Resources for LAVC Student

The Family Resource Center has complied an online Google Folder with numerous resources for students.

Income Benefits for College Students

The LAVC CalWORKs Office has posted a Student Income Resources for College students [PDF].

 


LAVC Student Town Halls

LAVC VIRTUAL STUDENT TOWN HALL - JANUARY 31, 2022

LAVC President Dr. Barry Gribbons holds regular Student Town Halls on YouTube to share the latest Valley College updates with students and answer questions. Below is the link to the next Student Town Hall:

To view the recording of past Student Town Halls, visit the LAVC President's Student Town Hall webpage. A complete list of LAVC videos on the Los Angeles Valley College YouTube channel.

Looking for an answer to a question from a past student town hall? Please check our list of the student questions and answers from Past Student Town Halls [PDF].
 

LAVC COVID-19 VACCINE QUESTIONS & ANSWERS - NOVEMBER 18, 2021

LAVC held a COVID-19 Vaccine Questions & Answers Session with Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and a panel of local Armenian doctors to answer people's questions about the vaccinations.


Updates for Student

The following are the latest campus and District updates for students at Los Angeles Valley College:

Posted: 1/4/2022

Welcome to Winter Session at LA Valley College

We are looking forward to helping you reach your academic goals this term. To get you started on your first day of class, here’s some helpful info on how to access your class, get assistance and much more:

Online Classes

Accessing Your Online Class

To log into your online class through the SIS/Canvas: 

Help with Canvas 

To access help in Canvas, log into the Student Portal. Click the "Help" (question mark icon) and select your main college campus. The "Canvas Support" link will take you to a page that allows you to:  

  • Search in the Canvas area for questions related to using Canvas 
  • Search your college area for other questions  
  • If you still can't find the answers you need, there will also be a link to start an online chat with Canvas Support. 

In-Person or Hybrid Classes

On-Campus Safety Check-In for In-Person Classes & Services

If you are taking in-person classes or seeking in-person services:  

  • Take the Cleared4 Self-Check questionnaire before you arrive on campus each day, and check-in with your QR code at a campus scanning station.  
  • Mask are required during in-person classes and while receiving in-person services. 
  • Wear a surgical grade or higher mask, or double cloth masks (highly recommended to wear medical mask and cloth mask together.) FREE masks are available at the entrance of your classroom building.
  • If you feel sick, do not come to campus and contact your instructor.  
  • Free on-campus testing is available on Mondays & Tuesdays from 10am-2pm in Engineering 100.
Campus Map & Parking 

Check the campus map to help you locate your classroom location, and where to access campus parking lot. On-campus student parking is FREE.

How to Add a Class

Adding Classes & Permission Numbers 

Class enrollment on the first day of class is by permission number only. If you wish to add a class, go on the first day of an in-person class or contact the instructor to request a permission number. Learn how to email instructors through the LACCD SIS Class Search.

Once you receive a permission number, use the Student Portal to enter that number by that class's add deadline to be officially enrolled. 

More Useful Info

Get Your FREE Metro GoPass! 

All enrolled LAVC students are eligible to receive a FREE Metro GoPass. This pass can be used to take any Metro bus or train at no charge—until the end of 2022! Stop by the Business Office in the Student Union (view campus map) with your picture ID to pick up your GoPass.

Buying Textbooks & Food

Our LAVC Bookstore is open so you can buy your textbooks, school supplies, snacks and college gear. To search and buy your required textbooks and supplies, go to Buy Textbooks. Your order can be picked up in-person, or free shipping is available (for textbooks only). 

Food is available at our Monarch Café (Cafeteria), the Lion Café (Coffee Bar), and at vending machines on campus. Check LAVC Food Services for the menus, locations and hours. 

Academic Support & Library Resources 

The LAVC Academic Resource Center offers FREE online tutoring in Math, Statistics, English and other many other classes, test reviews, and study jams. In-person services include weekly workshops, guides and support for using online tutoring, and access to computers through the Computer Commons

The LAVC Library offers in-person book checkout and study spaces, with 24/7 access to online help via their “Ask A Librarian” page, Research Guides, and FAQs.

Student Support & Campus Life 

We can help you succeed! Student Services has a variety of student support programs and student services to support you. Please see the attached flyer, or check our LAVC Student Services page.  

Got Other Questions or Need Assistance?

Let the LAVC Welcome Center help you. Stop by the Student Services Center (view campus map), or email, call or chat live with the Welcome Center.

Sincerely,
Los Angeles Valley College 


Posted: 1/4/2022

Important Message from LACCD's Emergency Operations Center

January 4, 2022

This message is being sent to all LACCD students from the District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in follow-up to the Chancellor’s message sent yesterday, January 3, 2022. Please make sure you fully review the highlighted sections of this EOC message.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) issued new Health Orders effective December 31, 2021, but is not currently mandating any closures for schools districts, colleges or universitiesIn addition to the new Health Officer Order, LACDPH has changed the local Isolation Order and the Quarantine Order to help bring alignment with federal and state changes.  It is the responsibility of all persons in Los Angeles County to read, understand and follow the Health Orders, plus the COVID-19: Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19 webpage and for COVID-19: Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts webpage.  If you are sick stay home.  If you are sick and also have an in-person class at one of the LACCD colleges for the Winter Session, contact your instruction as soon as possible about your situation.

Isolation

Effectively immediately, all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection or lack of symptoms, who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who have tested positive for, or been diagnosed with, COVID-19 are required to isolate themselves and follow all instructions in the new Isolation Order.  Other pertinent information on isolation can be found on the COVID-19: Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19 webpage.

You are considered to have COVID-19 if you have a positive viral test for COVID-19 and/or a healthcare provider thinks that you have COVID-19.  Everyone diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate for at least five (5) days, but how long you have to isolate after that depends on whether you have symptoms and if you get a negative follow-up viral test on Day 5 or later.  If you test on Day 5 or later, it is better to use an antigen test because NAAT/PCR tests can stay positive even after you are no longer infectious.

Quarantine

Effective immediately, all individuals who reside in the Los Angeles County Health Jurisdiction who become aware of being in close contact with a person who was diagnosed with COVID-19 (based on a positive viral COVID-19 test result) are required to quarantine for between five (5) days to 10 days, unless you meet specific exempt criteria and follow the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's instructions for self-quarantine found on the COVID-19: Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts webpage.

You are not required to quarantine if you do not have symptoms AND you are up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines.  Up to date on your COVID-19 vaccines mean that you are either:

  • Fully vaccinated and boosted, or
  • Fully vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible.

“Close contact” means you were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test while they were infectious if:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  • You had unprotected contact with body fluids and/or secretions from someone with COVID-19. For example, you were coughed or sneezed on, you shared a drinking cup or eating utensils, you kissed, or you provided care to them without wearing the right protective equipment.

If you are not exempt, you must quarantine, stay home and away from others.  You can end quarantine after Day 5 if you have no symptoms and you have a negative diagnostic test that was collected on Day 5 or later.  If you do not test, you can end quarantine on Day 10 as long as you do not have symptoms.

Note: Day 0 is the day of your last contact (exposure) with the infected person.  Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure

To recap other information sent to you:

  • Our Winter Session will continue with the existing schedule as planned for each college.  More than 88 percent of our Winter Session instruction schedule is already in remote platforms and the rest are scheduled as hybrid and/or in-person.
  • Mandatory compliance by everyone is required who plans to be in person at any college, satellite site and/or District facilities regarding masking; health screening and check-in; adherence to Board Policy 2800 for masking; Board Policy 2900 for vaccinations, exemptions and testing, and the new, prevailing Health Orders from LACDPH.
  • Free surgical-grade and 95-series masks will be available for all employees and students at all locations and must be worn at all times while indoors.  It is strongly recommended masks be worn outdoors while on District property and everyone use sensible social distancing.
  • Free weekly testing for all employees and students, regardless of your vaccination status, is encouraged and testing is available twice per week at each college, through February 6, 2022, per the attached schedule.
  • Non-compliance with the District’s policies and/or the County’s prevailing health and safety measures by anyone in person at a college or other District property means they will be asked to leave, with follow-up as appropriate.
  • Full regular cleaning will continue to occur at all sites.

Sincerely,

Los Angeles Community College District Administration


Posted: 1/3/2022

Dear Student,

Update on Winter Classes at LA Valley College

We are looking forward to you joining us for in-person, hybrid or online Winter classes starting tomorrow.

As a follow up to the District email message sent earlier today, we wanted to highlight some important info:

  • Stay home if sick. Contact your instructor if you are unable to attend your class due to illness.
  • Face mask are required during in-person classes or for receiving in-person services. Wear a surgical-grade or higher mask, or double masks (wear medical mask and cloth mask together).
  • Free surgical grade masks are available at the entrance of every classroom building.
  • COVID-19 testing is available on campus. Free on-campus testing is available on Mondays & Tuesdays from 10am-2pm in Engineering 100; make an appointment using your private Cleared4 link.
  • If you haven’t done so, please get vaccinated to protect yourself. Get a $150 Bookstore Gift Card with your vaccine or booster dose recieved at our on-campus vaccine clinics on Wednesdays, January 5, 12 & 19 from 10:30 am-6:30 pm in Parking Lot A.

If you have questions or need virtual assistance, please contact our Welcome Center Virtual Lobby (Open Monday-Thursday 9 am-7pm and Friday, 9 am-1 pm, except on holidays).

Sincerely,
Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 1/3/2022

Important Winter Session Message from Chancellor Rodriguez

January 3, 2022

Dear LACCD Students,

Happy New Year 2022!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break with family, loved ones and friends during our traditional year-end celebrations.  The ongoing pandemic continues to present many challenges and the first part of 2022 appears to be similarly impacted.

Your health and safety remain our priority.  I am writing to share some very important messages about the start of our new calendar year and our plans for moving forward with the Winter Session, scheduled to begin Tuesday, January 4.

LACCD Winter Session

Our Winter Session will continue with the existing schedule as planned for each college, which includes a variety of in-person, hybrid and remote learning classes, plus a mix of in-person and remote student services and business operations.  More than 88 percent of our Winter Session instruction schedule is being taught through remote platforms and the rest are scheduled as hybrid or in-person for required course completion.  We will remain flexible, nimble and responsive, and continue to closely monitor the situation.

New County Health Orders

  • The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) issued new Health Orders, effective December 31, 2021, and is not currently mandating any closures for schools districts, colleges or universities.  For the health and safety of all students and employees, we expect full, mandatory compliance by everyone who plans to be in person at any college, satellite site and/or District facilities regarding masking; health screening and check-in; adherence to Board Policy 2800 for masking; Board Policy 2900 for vaccinations, exemptions and testing, and the new, prevailing Health Orders from LACDPH.
  • Free surgical-grade and 95-series masks are available for all students at all locations and must be worn at all times while indoors.  We strongly recommend masks be worn outdoors while on District property and everyone to use sensible social distancing.
  • Free weekly testing for all students, regardless of your vaccination status, is strongly encouraged and testing is available twice per week at each college, through February 6, 2022, per the attached schedule.
  • Non-compliance with the District’s policies and/or the County’s prevailing health and safety measures by anyone in person at a college or other District property means they will be asked to leave, with follow-up as appropriate.
  • Full regular cleaning and sanitization will continue to occur at all sites.

The District’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is fully operational and remains in frequent, direct contact with the LACDPH.  The District EOC has also been working through the holidays for reporting compliance with health officials due to an increase of new cases within our community.  The colleges will work and the EOC regarding any new cases and what, if any, impacts there are to the small number of in-person classes or operations for the Winter Session.  We are making alternative plans to ensure any transitions as needed.

Thank you all for your continued support and flexibility.  I recognize and appreciate your uncommon dedication to the success of our students and to doing your part to maintain safe and healthy work and learning environments.

With my deep respect and admiration,

Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Los Angeles Community College District