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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors are of utmost importance to the San Bernardino Community College District.  To that effect, we are providing regular updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) via e-mail as well as on this web page.  

Local COVID-19 Updates 

As of April 2, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health is recommending that people use face coverings when leaving home to conduct essential business such as grocery shopping, going to a medical appointment or visiting a pharmacy.  Face coverings may include coverings that secure to the ears or back of the head and encompass the mouth and nose.  Homemade cloth ear loop covers, bandannas and handkerchiefs, and neck gaiters may be used to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Please keep in mind that wearing a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing and frequent handwashing.  STAYING AT HOME is the single best way of protecting the health of yourself and others.

N95's and surgical masks should be reserved for use by sick individuals or those in close contact with the infected, such as healthcare professionals.  There continues to be a severe shortage of these items.

Recommendations for Students, Faculty & Staff on Campus

During this time, a limited number of students, faculty and staff members are on campus or District sites.  For everyone's health and safety, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Social Distancing - please keep at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Handwashing - wash your hands often, with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds each time.

  • Stay Home if You Are Sick - this is especially important to control the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.  You should also remain at home if someone in your household has been infected with COVID-19, or if you have recently returned from international travel (see Travel Updates below).

    Campus Updates

    Classes will resume on a virtual (online) basis starting March 30, with a few exceptions (see below).

    Students and Visitors Should Remain Off Campus Until the Remainder of the Academic Year, May 22

    Starting March 19, we ask all students and student workers to remain off campus for the rest of the academic year, which ends May 22. Some on-campus resources will be available to students during this time; please see below.  Please check your SBVC or CHC email account regularly for the latest campus updates.

    According to new guidelines from local, state and federal health experts and policymakers, we must drastically reduce the number of people on campus to lower the risk of infection to our students, employees, families, and communities.

    A Majority of Classes Will be Online, a Limited Number Will Meet In Person

    Right now, like many education providers, we are in the process of offering most of our courses online through Zoom, Canvas and other digital tools starting on March 30.  Our faculty are focused on maintaining a high-quality learning experience and will contact students on how their specific classes will meet.

    We have approved the following courses to continue meeting in-person while limiting classes to 10 people per session:

    •  Crafton Hills College - Emergency Medical Tech
    •  Crafton Hills College - Fire Academy

    •  Crafton Hills College - Paramedic

    •  Crafton Hills College - Radiologic Tech

    •  Crafton Hills College - Respiratory Tech

    •  San Bernardino Valley College - Extended Academy

    •  San Bernardino Valley College - Nursing

    •  San Bernardino Valley College - Pharmacy Tech

    •  San Bernardino Valley College - Police Academy

    •  San Bernardino Valley College - Psychiatric Tech

    Libraries

    Open to registered students with limited hours and services; not publicly accessible until further notice.  Social distancing will be in effect.

    Hours of Operation: 

    SBVC - 10:00 am - 7:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, until the end of May

    CHC - effective to the end of semester - Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00 am - 7:00 pm.  Computer access only.

    Food Pantries (C.O.A.C.H. Cupboard and Valley 360 Resource Center)

    Open to registered students with limited hours and services; not publicly accessible until further notice.  

    Hours of Operation:

    Valley 360 - 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, until the end of May

    C.O.A.C.H. Cupboard - effective to the end of semester - Mondays and Tuesdays 10am - 12pm - please note new location: Student Life Office (CCR 150)

    Child Development Centers

    SBVC - closed until further notice.

    CHC - closed until May 4.

    Bookstores

    SBVC - Only open on an appointment basis for order pick-up.  Order online at www.sbvccampusstore.com or by phone at (909) 384-4435.  Registered students only.

    CHC - Open Mondays and Tuesdays, 9am - 3pm to students only.

    Cafeteria/Food Services

    Will remain closed until the end of the academic year.

    Recreational facilities/gyms

    Will remain closed until the end of the academic year.


    Previous Update:

    Classes at Crafton Hills College and San Bernardino Valley College were suspended from March 22 to 28.  The colleges observed spring break from March 16 to 21, as originally scheduled.

    New Staffing Guidance for the Remainder of the Academic Year

    We are mobilizing resources to provide online education to our students while keeping vital functions up and running.

    Starting March 19, until the end of the academic year, only those staff members whose work is deemed critical to current operations will be expected to report in-person to work.  Staff not required to report to campus or the district office are expected to support the continuity of operations by working remotely from home.

    Department leaders will inform staff members where and how they should report to work.  Those who are unsure if they should report to campus or the district office should reach out to their managers directly.

    Travel Updates - General

    Please note that as of March 27, the CDC is placing all international travel under the Level 3 Travel Advisory.  ALL non-essential international travel should be avoided.

    If you are returning from international travel at this time, you are strongly advised to self-quarantine (stay at home) for 14 days and monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, even if you are not symptomatic upon return to the United States.  The list of Level 3 countries is being updated constantly.  Please check this list before traveling internationally.

    If you are planning to travel internationally for leisure, please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web page for a list of current travel advisories: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices

    If you are planning to travel via cruise ship, please be advised that as of March 8 the CDC is advising travelers, especially those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.  For more information, please visit this link: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/covid-19-cruise-ship

    Travel Updates for Faculty & Staff

    All employees are restricted from non-essential travel unless otherwise approved by SBCCD Interim Chancellor Jose F. Torres.  If you have made plans to travel domestically or internationally on approved campus-related business but no longer wish to go, the costs associated with your travel changes (e.g. flight or hotel cancellation fees) will be covered by SBCCD.  Please refer to the March 12th email sent to employees from Kelly Goodrich on behalf of Larry Strong, SBCCD Director of Fiscal Services for further instructions on travel reimbursement.

    Campus Events

    Per the guidance issued by San Bernardino County's acting public health officer on March 17, all public events on campus of any size will be cancelled until April 6 (this date is from the County and is subject to extension).  SBCCD will continue to monitor developments and follow the recommendations made by the State Chancellor's Office, the CDC and local and state health agencies.

    Preventative Measures

    Here are a few simple but effective steps you can take to prevent becoming ill and control the spread of viruses:

    • If you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, you are advised to stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness and contact your healthcare provider if symptoms become severe.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue if you cough or sneeze.  If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.  Discard the tissue and wash your hands.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
    • N95 masks are not recommended outside a healthcare setting.  Masks are recommended for individuals who are sick and are symptomatic.  However, the best way to prevent the spread of germs is to stay home if you are sick.

    Emergency Notifications and E-mail Updates

    Please note that SBCCD is using the Regroup emergency notification system to inform students, faculty and staff of campus closures, schedule changes and general COVID-19 updates.  You are strongly encouraged to log on to WebAdvisor and check that your emergency contact information is current.  For more information and to log in, please visit this link: SBCCD Emergency Preparedness

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Please visit this page for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the coronavirus: Coronavirus FAQs


    Last Updated: April 3, 2020