With the COVID-19 omicron variant driving higher Orange County case counts and hospitalization numbers, the Coast Community College District – comprised of Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College – announced two immediate steps to reduce the number of in-person interactions across all district sites.
Spring 2022 will go "live online" for the first two weeks of the semester – January 31 through February 14 – for the approximately 60 percent of classes planned to be in person. Some classes unable to be conducted online – e.g. science laboratories, CTE/skills building, performance, and activity classes – will continue in person.
All employees not teaching/supporting winter intersession classes or designated essential will be working remotely, tentatively returning January 18 after the MLK holiday – pending further developments in the COVID-19 spread.
"We are taking these immediate steps out of concern for the health and safety of all those who teach, learn, live, and work at our colleges' and district's sites," said Coast District Chancellor John Weispfenning. "We will continue to be flexible as we strive to give students quality education and support service, while also safeguarding public health."
Classes for winter intersession, in progress beginning January 3, 2022, were already scheduled to be primarily online. The few necessary exceptions will continue in person under enhanced health and safety protocols (i.e. face covering mandate, social distancing requirements, enhanced cleaning practices, and enhanced air flow).
Coast District students, faculty, and staff were notified of these actions on January 4, 2022.
ABOUT THE COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT
The Coast Community College District is located in Orange County and is among the largest districts in the United States. The District's three colleges – Coastline College, Golden West College, and Orange Coast College – provide traditional degree and transfer opportunities, career and technical training, basic skills, English as a Second Language, and other community programs. Thanks to the Measure M community bond funding approved by voters in 2012, the Coast Colleges are in the midst of a $698 million revitalization of educational and student support infrastructure.