OCC Covid

Coast Community College District Chancellor John Weispfenning announced that the district will not be reopening its departments and offices four days a week on Oct. 4 as previously hoped. Instead, the district will be maintaining its current two-day-a-week schedule until Oct. 15.

“Each of these decisions is being made based on the spread of COVID-19, vaccinations rates, and the safety and welfare of our employees and students- all balanced against our mission of educating residents of the Coast District,” Weispfenning said in a news brief emailed last week by the Public Affairs office.

In the month of September, Orange Coast College reported 41 positive cases and Golden West College reported one case. Coastline College reported no positive cases, in data available through Sept. 10.  

Student services and hubs like the Student Union Center will be impacted by this order, forced to maintain their current schedule of being open only Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

“Until the district tells us we can do otherwise, we’re pretty restricted,” said April Margol, an office assistant for the Associated Students of Orange Coast College. Margol added that the district is “reassessing,” and the Student Union may be able to expand its hours in a couple of weeks. 

The district will now consider opening three days a week beginning Oct. 18. If CCCD decides colleges can open their campuses three days a week on this date, it will maintain the current limit of 50% capacity for any given office. 

Weispfenning ended the brief by reassuring students that as the district moves towards its spring 2022 reopening goal, each campus will continue to offer both in-person and online classes in order to meet the needs of all students. 

“Our district was proudly online and in-person prior to the pandemic,” Weispfenning said in the press brief. “We will confidently maintain our blended offerings to meet our community and students where they need us.”

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