CBD College COVID-19 Update as of 3/12/2020
From the desk of Alan Heshel, CBD College President:
I want to begin this message by expressing my gratitude to the entire CBD College community as we manage our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. You and your safety are our most important priorities at CBD. As mentioned yesterday, there is still absolutely no information indicating that we have, or have had, on our campus or in our building, any individual infected with COVID-19. Nevertheless, as CBD College looks ahead, our Operations Committee, in conjunction with campus administration and school stakeholders, reviewed the latest information provided by the CDC, WHO, and LA County Department of Public Health and have been carefully evaluating the current situation our community is facing in light of continuing challenges presented by the spread of this infection. I can assure you that the decisions we have reached are the result of careful and deliberate thought.
Consequently, CBD College will be taking the following steps:
Remote classes: The last day of scheduled in-person classes on campus will be Friday, March 13th. Classes will transition to remote online learning beginning on Monday, March 16th and will continue for two weeks until Friday, March 27th. As of today, we hope to resume normal on-ground class schedules on Monday, March 30th, but of course we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 guidelines and may have to extend this date. Faculty have been preparing for this possible outcome and will provide instruction via this remote alternative format on Monday. Information and additional details about your specific courses and their formats will be provided to you by your instructor(s) and/or Program Directors over the next few days.
Technology Support: As we embark on this new learning endeavor, we will have increased technology support for students and staff. Additional correspondence related to accessing classes will be forthcoming.
Externship/Clinical Experience: Students enrolled into Externship/Clinical Experience courses will continue at assigned locations unless otherwise directed by the affiliate site and/or CBD College. Specific questions or concerns about Externship/Clinical Experience should be directed to a student’s Program Director.
Faculty and staff: The College remains open and staff will continue to provide support during this period of academic transition to remote alternative instruction. There will be limited staff physically present on campus and all departments, including Admissions, Finance, Academics, Career Services, Student Affairs, and Administration will work remotely and be available during normal business hours. Additional details for staff will be forthcoming.
Given the rapidly unfolding developments with this outbreak, we cannot know fully what to expect, but we will work to resume normal operations as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to take the appropriate precautions to safeguard our community and do our part to protect the communities in our region.
We fully appreciate that these steps are inconvenient and unlike any we’ve ever had to take before. Please know these decisions are made with great care, and with your health and safety as our top priority. We are grateful for your understanding, patience, and perseverance through these troubled times.