Change in-class courses to online courses due to COVID-19 outbreak

Change in-class courses to online courses due to COVID-19 outbreak

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We, the students attending class in the San Diego Community Colleges district (Mesa College, City College, Miramar College) are concerned over the recent outbreak of the novel COVID-19 virus happening around the world and the likelihood of an outbreak occurring on campus. 

Due to the vast and continuous spread of the dangerous novel COVID-19 virus and California being the second most infected state with the COVID-19 virus with a number of 700+ total cases and counting reported in the United States of America and over 115 cases within the state of California alone, according to The CDC, we San Diego Community College District students see that it is vital for us to take precautions for our health and well-being as it is a priority, especially at such a critical time. Students and faculty do not see that it is fit to engage in regular physical classwork activities that could put us and our families potentially at risk of getting infected, given that all 3 SDDCD campuses are crowded and the San Diego weather is rapidly increasing the spread of the virus. No student wants to be held back in their achievements, which is why we propose that the SDCC officials seriously and kindly consider changing all in-class courses to online courses so no student feels neglected in terms of their own health and safety. Many universities and academic institutions worldwide have made amends to academic course schedules by transferring them to online courses. According to NPR.org, more than 20 U.S. colleges have canceled in-person classes due to the coronavirus, as of Monday, March 9th, this includes, Columbia University, Princeton University, Rice University, Stanford University, Hofstra University and the University of Southern California, plus the University of Washington and a clutch of community colleges in Washington state. And on Friday, San Diego State University staff was told to be ready to set up "virtual classrooms" to teach students online in case the coronavirus outbreak worsens. Faculty will be trained at upcoming workshops on how to teach online, according to Fox5 News San Diego.

The San Diego Community College District houses three different colleges, Mesa College, City College, and Miramar College. San Diego Mesa College is the biggest community college in all of San Diego and the 16th largest in all of California with over 25,000 students and a cumulative of over 50,000 in all of the San Diego Community College District. Many students commute from different parts of San Diego county and cross the border from Mexico daily to get to class. This puts a vast majority of SCCD students, faculty and their families at risk. 

Furthermore, students and faculty are feeling emotionally distressed, frightened, anxious and hesitant to leave our homes and attend a compacted environment which in turn, for some of us, is heavily affecting our academic performance. Please consider this request as the situation has surpassed from being a local virus to a California health emergency and worldwide pandemic that could potentially put our lives at risk.

https://www.npr.org/2020/03/09/813750481/more-than-20-colleges-cancel-in-person-classes-in-response-to-coronavirus 

https://fox5sandiego.com/news/local-news/coronavirus-causes-several-local-events-to-be-canceled-rescheduled/

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