COVID-19 Response

Chancellor Announcement: Update on summer and fall 2021 semesters

Dear Peralta Community,

I’m writing to help us all in our planning for summer and fall 2021 semesters.

We continue to work closely with local public health officials and the State Chancellor’s Office while we serve the community and meet our mission. Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College will continue to offer the majority of the courses and services as online or hybrid this summer and fall semester.

Summer 2021

All course offerings will be 100% online except a limited number of Career Education and Athletic Conditioning courses that will be determined by the College leadership and will be conducted in alignment with all safety and social distancing protocols.

Student services will continue to be offered online, including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, and Counseling, to name a few.

The campuses at the four colleges and the District office will remain officially closed through the summer semester and the end of July 2021, with the same exceptions as we have now (individuals performing essential tasks on site, the limited classes with face-to-face instruction, and the coached athletic conditioning sessions).

Fall 2021

The majority of courses will continue to be offered 100% online with limited hybrid and face-to-face course offerings to include Career Education, Athletic Conditioning, Science Laboratories, and selected courses and/or programs to be determined by the College leadership. Additionally, the administration is considering offering limited Student Services face-to-face support for students, but no formal determination has been made.

The situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be changing for the better and on March 2 the Governor lifted the statewide “stay at home” order. However, the vaccination process is taking time and the Alameda County “shelter in place” order remains in effect. Rest assured, the health and safety of Peralta Community College District students, employees and community members has been and remains our top priority in this pandemic.

I want to thank all of you: faculty, classified professionals, and administrators, for your continued dedication to serving students during these challenging times. I also thank you for your patience as we navigate the many changes the pandemic presents us.

Visit https://safe.peralta.edu/ for the latest information about the COVID-19 pandemic and Peralta Community College District.

Thank you, stay and be well,

Dr. Carla Walter
Interim Chancellor
Peralta Community College District
www.peralta.edu


All four college campuses, including the District office, currently closed for Spring Break and will continue to be closed until further notice, as a result of the ever-changing situations due to Covid-19. Continue to monitor this site for updates as this date may change. Services for students will be available following Spring Break online, and not in-person. Use the Student Services tab for services and communication.

The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are always available at https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/.

Peralta Community College District will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).



The latest updates from Peralta regarding COVID-19 are also available at https://web.peralta.edu/health-services/coronavirus/. Peralta serves a diverse community of learners and we are committed to maintaining a welcoming environment of belonging. Please treat each other with respect and kindness in these challenging times. You are all important members of our community.

The health and safety of members of the Peralta community remains our top priority. Peralta Community College District will continue to follow the guidelines and best practices for institutions of higher education as recommended by the Alameda County Public Health Department, the California Department of Public Health, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the California Dept of Public Health for Spanish Speakers



  • BCC is on Spring Break during March 16 – 20, 2020; therefore, there are no classes held during this time.
  • Classes are cancelled between Monday, March 23 – April 5, 2020.
  • Classes will resume online or remotely beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020.
  • No businesses are held on campus at this point in time. Please see contact information for relevant offices.



  • Classes were cancelled for March 11, 12 and 13th, 2020. BCC is on Spring Break during Monday, March 16 – 20, 2020 and there are no classes during this time.
  • Classes are cancelled from Monday, March 23 – April 5, 2020 and will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020 online or remotely (no in person or fact-to-face classes).
  • Click here for resources students can use to prepare for online and hybrid classes: https://peralta.instructure.com/courses/442.



In light of the “shelter in place” directive by Alameda County, all classes at Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, and Merritt College are cancelled from March 23, 2020 to April 5, 2020. All four college campuses as well as the District office, currently closed for Spring Break, will continue to be closed to April 5, 2020. Classes will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020 in online format or remotely, there will be no face-to-fact classes at this point in time. Click here for resources students can use to prepare for online and hybrid classes: https://peralta.instructure.com/courses/442.



During the spring break between March 16 – 20, 2020, there are no laboratory classes held. All laboratory classes are also cancelled from March 23 through April 5, 2020. Lab Classes will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020 online or remotely. For more information regarding laboratory courses for particular disciplines will be provided shortly.



Sonic Three Free Months of Internet and Telephone Service: During the COVID-19 outbreak, Sonic is offering three months of free internet access and unlimited nationwide home telephone service to households with K-12, college students, or senior citizens 60 or older. Please visit their website for more information and details. Link here: https://www.sonic.com/cov19

 

Comcast Internet Essentials Free 60-Day Internet for Low-Income Families: Visit the website for more information and information on how to register. Call 855-846-8376 for English speakers or 855-765-6995 for Spanish speakers. Link here: https://www.internetessentials.com

 

Charter and Spectrum Two Months of Free Internet: Available to low-income households. WiFi hotspots will also be open for the public. Please call for more information: Charter and Spectrum: 1-844-488-8395·

 

California Connects: Affordable Broadband Mobile Internet: California Connects is an affordable broadband mobile internet program for the California Community Colleges. For $19.99 per month*, California community college students, faculty and staff can connect up to 10 devices to the California Connects mobile hotpot anytime and anywhere in the United States to study, work, create and stay connected. Service can be canceled and reactivated anytime without penalty. (*Please note: initial one-time device cost is not included in the monthly service cost).

 



BCC Food Pantry is offering FREE PRODUCE pick up starting May 4th at 1001 University Ave. 12-3pm and following Mondays. Please see our website for more information: https://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/wellness-center/food-pantry/.



To provide as much support for students as possible, here are the ways to access student service areas remotely. The email links go directly to a staff member:

 

Admissions and Records: BCC-Admissions&Records@peralta.edu for more information https://web.peralta.edu/admissions/

Financial Aid: Loan Nguyen, Financial Aid Supervisor | lnguyen@peralta.edu

Campus Life: John Nguyen, Campus Life Director | johnnguyen@peralta.edu or bcc-campuslife@peralta.edu

Counseling: counselingbcc@peralta.edu to schedule an appointment go to this link https://www.berkeleycitycollege.edu/wp/counseling/

Career and Transfer Center: bcc-careertransfercenter@peralta.edu

Wellness Center: Janine Greer, Mental Health Specialist | jgreer@peralta.edu

Learning Communities: bcc-learningcommunities@peralta.edu and 510-981-5083

Programs and Services for Students with Disabilities (PSSD): BCC-PSSD@peralta.edu

Undocumented Community Resource Center (UCRC): bcc-ucrc@peralta.edu

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) and Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE): eops-all@peralta.edu

Veteran Resource Center: BCC-VeteransAffairs@peralta.edu

NextUp: Ramona Butler, EOPS/CARE Coordinator rbutler@peralta.edu

CALWORKS: Ramona Butler, EOPS/CARE Coordinator rbutler@peralta.edu

Vice President of Student Services Office: Jasmine Martinez, Asst to VP of Student Services jmartinez@peralta.edu and Stacey Shears, VP of Student Services sshears@peralta.edu



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