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Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates at LA Valley College

LAVC classes are moving to remote delivery, and academic support and services are moving online starting on March 30; All but one class section that cannot be moved online will be resume on Monday. Students are also advised to get familiar with Canvas before remote instruction begins on March 30.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates at LA Valley College

For the latest information from LACCD, visit the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Coronavirus website.

Coronavirus COVID-19 updates from Los Angeles Valley College

Posted: 03/24/2020 


Dear Student,

I want to express my appreciation for your resilience and flexibility this semester. The Coronavirus pandemic certainly required us all to make radical changes quickly to safeguard our communities.

Here at Valley College, our faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to move our classes and services to remote delivery or online. While it may not be possible to move all classes to remote delivery, below is an update:

  • All classes except one moving to remote delivery. All classes but one will be moved to online or remote delivery. Classes resume on Monday, March 30th. For students in the one class that cannot be done online, they will receive a message with more instructions.  For a few additional sections, a portion of the class cannot be moved online. Students in these sections also will receive additional instructions.
  • Student Services and Academic support is moving online.
  • Virtual Townhall for Students. I am holding a virtual YouTube townhall for students on Wednesday. March 25th at 4:00 pm to provide you with an update as well as answer some of the questions that you have. Go to:
  • Laptops may be available for students in need. The LACCD and LAVC has a very limited number of Chromebooks to lend to students in need. If you need a laptop, go to, click on the “Financial Aid and Scholarships” tile and then “Scholarships.”
  • Free Wireless Internet Services. Free wireless internet services are being offered to Valley College students for 60 days. For details, visit the LACCD Coronavirus Webpage for Students.
  • Books and materials for late-start classes. The Campus Store (LAVC Bookstore) is now accepting textbook orders through the LAVC Bookstore website. Your books and materials will be shipped to you through UPS.
  • Hotlines available to help you.
    • For help with Canvas, the SIS, or general questions, call the LACCD Online Learning Call Center at (844) 695-2223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or email
    • For help with Student Services (dropping classes, transcripts, etc.), call the Welcome Center at (818) 947-7218 or email

I will continue to provide updates to you with more information as it becomes available. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.

Stay well,

Barry Gribbons
Los Angeles Valley College


Posted: 03/24/2020


Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez announced today any class at all nine colleges, plus the South Gate Campus and the Van de Kamp Learning Center, that cannot be converted into an online learning platform for the onset of remote instruction March 30 will be temporarily postponed until at least May 4, 2020.

The overwhelming majority of classes are being converted to online platforms and online instruction is scheduled to begin March 30, however, the District has determined less than five percent of the thousands of classes offered still require in-person interaction in order to meet course and program learning objectives and requirements.  It is only this small percentage of classes that will be temporarily postponed.  For example, classes that include hands-on performance as learning outcomes, such as stage production and lighting classes, will be postponed.

NOTE: All but one course section at LA Valley College will resume on Monday, March 30

Summary to remember:

  • Those courses unable to transition to remote learning will be suspended through May 3, 2020 and will resume May 4, 2020.
  • The District is currently working on a plan regarding effective social distancing protocols so that these in-person classes can be done safely.
  • The Chancellor has directed an internal analysis and update on this action to occur no later than April 17, 2020 and updated information will be shared with all as soon as possible thereafter.

Early Withdrawal & Refunds for Students

State authority has now been granted to allow students to withdraw from classes because of the
current crisis. If a student wants to withdraw, the student will receive an excused withdrawal (EW)
on their transcript. The EW will not count against a student’s academic progress requirements. If
a student decides to withdraw at this time, a refund of enrollment fees and other related fees will
be made.

To withdraw from a class, students use the LACCD Student Portal, log in and click on the Manage Classes icon tile and select “drop classes” from the menu. Select the class, confirm and submit. Students should work with their college’s Financial Aid Office to determine the impact of dropping classes and if repayments might be required. Students who are U.S. Veterans receiving benefits must check with their Campus Certifying Officer first. Contact information is on the student portal.

If a student drops classes as a result of the COVID-19 health emergency, LACCD and the colleges will make sure a student’s academic record is not impacted. This will include the use of excused withdrawals, which do not impact your GPA for transfer or degree purposes. There is no need to make a request for this action. The college will convert your withdrawal (W) to an excused withdrawal (EW) automatically. This will also trigger a refund or credit to your student account, if applicable.

If you paid for your classes using cash, personal check or credit card and do withdraw from the class due to the coronavirus outbreak, a refund will be automatically processed for all excused withdrawal on or after March 20, 2020.

Additional information is being posted to the District’s website at -- including updated Frequently Asked Questions, and the main social media accounts, Facebook: and Twitter: Statewide information for the California Community College is at:

Download the LACCD Press Release - All Classes that Cannot be Moved Online will be Postponed to May 4, 2020; Early Withdrawl, Refund Info for Students Announced (PDF).


Posted: 03/25/2020


We are working to shift as many classes and support services as possible to online environments that will help provide students with a continuity of education and success effective March 30, 2020. All LAVC students are advised to become familiar with the Canvas learning platform before online learning starts March 30, 2020.

Students are advised to take the following steps now, before March 30:

  1. Click on the ”Getting Started” link,
  2. Review the online student guide for Canvas
  3. Visit the LAVC Virtual Valley Distance Learning webpage for additional resources.
  4. There are also many useful YouTube videos available on this topic, including

Meanwhile, key student services such as Financial Aid, DSPS/OSS, EOP&S, Admissions & Records, International Student Center and Counseling will be responding to your questions using instant messaging with virtual chat on your student portal.

To access a staff member or Academic Counselor, logon to the SIS student portal, Click on the “Online Counseling and Live Chat” tile. (If you forgot your passwor- to log on to your SIS portal, call the toll free number at (844) 695-2223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

  • Once on the portal, select the department you would like to contact from the left-hand menu. When the page opens, students will see the options available with the employee’s information on it. Additional services as quickly as possible, so check back frequently if you don’t find the person or department you need.
  • Once the student locates the person to chat with, click on the “Knock on Door” tab. The representative will be alerted that a student is waiting, or there will be a message letting you know if the person is online or offline. Hours of operation will vary by college and department. Continue to look online at for the latest updates from the District.

We are all in this together and we are here to help you. If any student is having any difficulty accessing the class materials or maintaining enrollment as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we want to know! Call the Help Desk info at (844) 695-2223 for help.

Please also click on the “Online Counseling & Live Chat” link and keep your Counselor and home college informed about your academic progress and any personal needs you may need help with resolving.


Posted: 03/24/2020


Read the LAVC President Gribbons Letter to Campus Community on COVID-19 (PDF)



Posted: 3/19/2020


Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez send a statement to all faculty and staff personnel on March 19, 2020 to update them on the “Safer At Home” orders by county health officials and elected leaders and what this means to the LACCD community.

Download the Chancellor Rodriguez Statement to the LACCD Community on Safer at Home Orders to Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus press release (PDF).


Posted: 3/15/2020


Dear Student,

I want to provide you with an update on Los Angeles Community College District’s plan for moving to online instruction at Los Angeles Valley College and the other college campuses.

Effectively immediately:

  • All classes will be suspended from instruction starting this Monday, March 16 through Saturday, March 21. 
  • Spring break will move to March 23-29; originally scheduled from April 6-10 
  • No instruction or in-person student support services will be available for the next two weeks. Instruction will resume on Monday March 30.
  • Essential safety and health services, such as the student health center, will still provide services next week.

The college will use this time to convert as many courses and student services as possible to remote delivery.  Also, during this time, we will thoroughly sanitize our facilities.

We apologize for this disruption, but your health and safety is our primary concern at this time of emergency.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact the college at: (818) 947-7218.


Barry Gribbons
Los Angeles Valley College

Read the LAVC News Blog's Urgent Update Regarding Classes and Student Services announcement.


Posted: 3/15/2020


Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Board of Trustees President Andra Hoffman today announced that the Board unanimously approved several changes to the District’s schedule to help protect the health and safety of students, faculty and staff against the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Effective immediately, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the following steps at its emergency meeting on March 14, including to:

  • Suspend all classes Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 29.
  • Move the District’s Spring Break to run Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29 instead of the currently scheduled break, April 6-11.
  • Suspend in-person services at the colleges, March 16-28.  During this time, there will be many offices at the colleges that will also be closed to the public and some staff will begin to work remotely throughout this period with supervisorial approval.
  • Begin remote learning (online education) and remote business operations on Monday, March 30 through the end of the spring semester.

Download the LACCD Board Approves Schedule Changes, Shift to Online Services & Online Learning to Help Combat Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 Press Release (PDF)


Posted: 3/11/2020


Dear Students,

I want to follow up with important information on Coronavirus/COVID-19 and information previously sent out to you. The health and safety of our campus community is of the highest priority. The following is updated information:

  • LA Valley College remains open.
  • For this week only, all classes will be on their regular schedule through Saturday, March 14.
  • All in-person classes held at the Valley College campus are canceled for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.
  • Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, the majority of classes will be moved online and accessed through Canvas.
  • Not all classes will be shifted to an online format.

We will share specific information with you no later than Monday, March 16 about which classes will be online and which classes will be kept in their original in-person format. All SSD (DSPS) students will be contacted separately with information on accommodations.

We understand that some of you have concerns about the change to online classes.  We will provide you with all of the assistance you need to make a successful transition. More information about these resources will be shared with you by Monday, March 16.  Please continue to look online at the LACCD Coronavirus Webpage for the latest updates from the District.

We will also have a special toll free Call Center at (844) My LACCD or (844-695-2223) to help you.  The Call Center will be open beginning Wednesday, March 18.

I want to express my appreciation for all those who are working diligently on this transition in these challenging times.  If you are having any difficulty accessing the class materials or maintaining enrollment as a result of the coronavirus, we want to know!  We are available to work through your specific concerns.  We will also continue to regularly communicate with you so please check for messages. Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety and your educational success.

Thank you.

Barry Gribbons
Los Angeles Valley College

Read the LAVC News Blog's LACCD to Transition to Online Education / COVID-19 Update announcement.


Posted: 3/11/2020


LOS ANGELES—Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today announced that as many classes as possible will be moved into an online education platform for all nine colleges, including Los Angeles City College, East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Harbor College, Los Angeles Mission College, Los Angeles Pierce College, Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Los Angeles Valley College and West Los Angeles College.

Online instruction is expected to begin on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  During this time, all LACCD colleges and the District will remain open, subject to the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) or the California Department of Public Health.  As of March 11, 2020, LACCD has no confirmed evidence or official notice from health officials about any coronavirus cases or exposure risks related to any of the District’s colleges or facilities.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Los Angeles Community College District is making these changes to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Rodriguez said.  “We stand united with our higher education colleagues locally and throughout the nation that safety is our top priority as part of our mission to provide excellent educational opportunities for our students.  Prudence needs to prevail here.”

On March 16-17, all classes at all colleges will be canceled to provide two days of professional development and training for faculty to access and teach in the online platform, Canvas, and other platforms such as Zoom.  Faculty may attend the training sessions at any LACCD college and will not be required to drive to their college of employment.

Effective March 16 through April 13, all public events and other activities estimated to draw more than 100 people at any of LACCD’s colleges and District facilities will be postponed, modified or possibly canceled.  This change is in accordance with LACDPH recommendations to increase social distancing and to limit large events.  All athletic events are also under review.  No decision has been made regarding cancellation, modification or postponement of graduation ceremonies for any of the colleges currently planned for June 9.

There will be some exceptions for courses that do not lend well to an online format, especially for career education programs.  Exceptions and other modifications are under review for hands-on labs, performance classes, adult education classes and physical education/kinesiology courses.

LACCD Board of Trustees President Andra Hoffman said the Board supports these changes. “The Board of Trustees fully supports the proactive leadership of the District and Colleges during this time of uncertainty.  We want to assure our students, faculty, staff and the entire campus community that their health and welfare is our primary concern,” Board President Hoffman said.

The changes will remain in effect until at least April 13.  LACCD officials will continuously evaluate the status of the transition to the online platform.  LACCD will also evaluate the ongoing impacts to the District due to the local public health emergency declared by LACDPH and the recent declaration made March 11 by the World Health Organization that the situation is now considered to be an official worldwide pandemic.

All updated information will continue to be posted on the District’s Coronavirus website.  All of the colleges’ websites have links directing viewers to this same webpage for the same information.

LACCD will activate an Online Learning Call Center to help students and faculty with specific online education questions or concerns.  The Online Learning Call Center will be open starting Wednesday, March 18 and will operate from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, using the toll free number: (844) MyLACCD or (844) 695-2223.

For all other calls regarding coronavirus and COVID-19 as it relates specifically to LACCD, the telephone number to call is (213) 221-5112.  Or, send an email to  For general information about the virus, county health officials ask the public to call 2-1-1.

Other measures already in place for LACCD include the suspension of all non-essential travel by District and College executives and deans.  The travel restrictions are currently under review for expansion to all LACCD personnel and students.

Additional information is being posted to the District’s main social media accounts, on Facebook and LACCD on Twitter.  Statewide information for the California Community College's Novel Coronavirus Webpage.

Prevention and Hygiene recommendations from LACDPH continues to be:

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
  • If sick, self-monitor and call your primary healthcare provider for advice.
  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath
  • Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay six feet or more from strangers and those who are ill
  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve, safely throw away used tissues

Download the LACCD Shifting Classes to Online Instruction Effective March 18 Press Release (PDF)


Posted: 3/10/2020


March 10, 2020

To the LACCD Community,

The health and safety of our campus communities, including our students, faculty, staff and visitors, is a top priority.  It is important for you to know that our status as of today, and for tomorrow, March 11, 2020, is:

  • We currently have no confirmed cases of, or exposures to, coronavirus or COVID-19 at any of our colleges, district facilities or with any of our students, faculty or staff
  • All LACCD colleges and facilities are open and we have no expectation right now that this will change this week related to the virus or health issues  (L.A. Harbor did close early today due to a power outage)
  • All business operations are normal
  • We have no reports of any high levels of absenteeism that would impact our operations
  • Health officials continue to say the risk to any individual remains low in Los Angeles County regarding exposure to, or illness from, the coronavirus

LACCD Coronavirus Website and Social Media Information

The latest information available for the LACCD community related to coronavirus and COVID-19 is now available online at the LACCD Coronavirus website.

All of the websites for the nine colleges will point to this one page for the same information to be shared by all. The website will be updated as frequently as possible. Additional information is being posted to the District’s main social media accounts on Facebook and on Twitter.

Statewide information for the California Community College's Novel Coronavirus Webpage.

LACCD Coronavirus Hotline Information

If you wish to report an issue or ask a question about coronavirus or COVID-19 related to the District or the colleges, you can call our new hotline telephone number.

The information hotline is (213) 221-5112

Please leave your name and phone number, your question or the nature of your call and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you prefer, you can contact the District by email at:

Lastly, if you want to report something specific to your college, call your college’s Office of the President.

  • East Los Angeles College   (323) 265-8662
  • Los Angeles City College   (323) 953-4010
  • Los Angeles Harbor College   (310) 233-4010
  • Los Angeles Mission College   (818) 364-7795
  • Los Angeles Pierce College   (818) 719-6408
  • Los Angeles Southwest College   (323) 241-5273
  • Los Angeles Trade-Technical College   (213) 763-7052
  • Los Angeles Valley College   (818) 947-2321
  • West Los Angeles College   (310) 287-4325

COVID-19 Response Team

LACCD leadership has been meeting daily to monitor and plan for any responses needed to COVID-19/Coronavirus.  Last week, the District formally established a COVID-19 Response Team, representing and working collaboratively with various LACCD constituencies.  This extensive work is in alignment with the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Prevention and Hygiene

LACDPH Health Officers continue to recommend:

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
  • If sick, self-monitor and call your primary healthcare provider for advice.
  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees; cough or shortness of breath
  • Practice good personal hygiene:
  • Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay six feet or more from strangers and those who are ill
  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and safely throw away used tissues

Alternative/Remote Learning Delivery

LACCD and our colleges are moving forward with plans for alternative/remote learning delivery if necessary due to this public health emergency.  With cooperation and support from our District Academic Senate and the Faculty Guild, LACCD is preparing to use Canvas, our content management system, to provide remote instruction.  We will have more to announce about this very soon.

Los Angeles Pierce College

Out of an abundance of caution, Los Angeles Pierce College and District officials have been in regular contact with five Pierce College students regarding their health status.  The students recently attended the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C. where two attendees from New York and one from Los Angeles have since tested positive for COVID-19.

NONE of the positive cases involved our students.  Our students were not contacted by LACDPH to self-quarantine or isolate.  LACDPH has said there is NO risk of public exposure from this L.A. county case and we have no directive from health officials that our students are at risk or should be quarantined.  Our students report they are healthy and they are self-monitoring per the official guidelines from health officials.  Our students have been advised they can self-quarantine and have been offered our full support.


All non-essential travel has been suspended for all senior level administrators, including the Chancellor, Deputy Chancellor, Vice Chancellors, College Presidents, District Senior Staff and College Deans.  The District is in consultation now about expanding this suspension to all LACCD personnel and students.  An updated announcement will be made as soon as possible.  Meanwhile, if you are sick for any reason, health officials urge you not to travel.


All events and event protocols are under review for all public gatherings at the colleges and District facilities.  Most events are currently proceeding, but the situation is dynamic and changing.  Should community spread of COVID-19 become more widespread in Los Angeles County, the Public Health Officer for the County of Los Angeles has the legal authority to close facilities and cancel events.  More information about events within LACCD will be made as soon as possible.

Thank you for the continued steps that you are taking to protect your own health and the health of the LACCD community.  We will continue to provide you with detailed messages.  Please check the LACCD Coronavirus website.

Please feel free to share this message.

William H. Boyer
Director of Communications & External Relations

770 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Direct: (213) 891-2247 | Cell: (213) 317-6691


Posted: 3/2/2020


Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D., today issued the following statement regarding the District’s preparedness and response for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 respiratory illness:

“Our shared concerns about the local, and worldwide, spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and the COVID-19 respiratory illness are real and understandable. I ask that we all work together in a calm and deliberate manner to protect and inform ourselves and our students. The health and safety of our students, staff and faculty remain a top priority for me, the Board of Trustees, our College Presidents and District Executive Staff.

Effective immediately, I have asked Interim Deputy Chancellor Dr. Melinda Nish to lead a COVID-19 Response Team with representatives from the District and our Colleges to help ensure we are proactively engaged at all levels of our organization for any significant impacts in the workplace and in our classrooms; to protect the health and safety of all who study and work at LACCD and to sustain a continuity of operations. Expect regular communications to the LACCD community about our efforts.

As already publicly announced by the White House, our Governor and many health officials, we can expect the number of COVID-19 cases to rise in California and other parts the U.S. For the past month, key personnel from the Los Angeles Community College District have been maintaining close, regular contact with state and Los Angeles County public health officials to stay informed of any directives from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control. We will remain vigilant and continue those efforts.

As of March 1, 2020, there are no school closures ordered in California; no official health orders to cancel public events in the U.S.; and no widespread quarantines. We can expect a continual assessment of these situations as conditions unfold. Meanwhile, we will stay alert and prepare to respond as needed.

Currently, the best advice and precautions from our public health and medical experts to prevent the spread of any virus includes:

  • Frequent, thorough hand-washing with soap and water for 20 to 30 seconds, especially after touching commonly used surfaces; or, use hand sanitizer with at least a 60-percent alcohol solution if soap and water not available
  • Cover all of your coughs and sneezes with a tissue that you properly dispose of; or cough/sneeze into your bent elbow; then wash hands
  • Stay home if you are sick; stay away from people who are sick
  • Stop touching your eyes, nose and mouth; if you need to touch them, wash your hands before and after
  • Make sure you are prepared for this or any other emergency with adequate supplies at home
  • Remember to get a flu shot; while it won’t protect against COVID-19, it can protect you from regular, seasonal flu

There continues to be no formal recommendation for healthy people to wear masks in public settings; the use of masks is a personal choice and generally reserved for people who are sick and for healthcare workers treating the ill. Preparing on a personal level at home is similar to preparing for any emergency. Make sure you have enough extra food, water, medicines and other emergency supplies for everyone in your household, including pets. Health officials advise that home quarantines can last up to two weeks.

It is important for everyone to stay informed with official information and not to overreact. Stigmatizing or blaming anyone, or any race, because of this situation is disrespectful and simply untrue, and will not be tolerated.

We ask that everyone remain flexible as the situation is dynamic and rapidly changing. All LACCD personnel are asked to direct any questions or concerns to Mr. William Ramirez, LACCD Safety and Emergency Services Manager, (213) 891-2071,

Thank you for your attention and help on this important health and safety matter.”

--Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Here are useful links to help stay informed:

Download the March 1, 2020 Statement by LACCD Chancellor Rodriguez on Coronavirus and COVID-19 (PDF)


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 3/15/2020 3:01:20 PM