In order to keep our community updated on the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) developments, Cerro Coso is providing this webpage. Our goal is to provide you with resources and the latest news on the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As instructional activities shift to online or alternative environments, please stay in close contact with your professors for the most up-to-date information regarding your own classes.
As California and the counties of Kern, Mono, and Inyo continue to expand the reopening of business and services, Cerro Coso Community College is preparing now to offer face-to-face classes in the fall 2020 semester at all campus locations.
Cerro Coso is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment for students and staff. We will work closely with the local departments of public health in our three counties to ensure that reopening guidelines are adhered to, such as promoting healthy hygiene practices; intensifying cleaning, disinfection and ventilation; implementing distancing inside and outside the classroom; limiting sharing; and planning for when staff or students become sick; among others.
Due to the requirements of social distancing, class seat size has been reduced dramatically. Where a classroom typically fits 60 students, for example, it may fit only 15 this fall. Because of this we are using as many large classrooms as possible to maximize seats in classes. If you prefer face-to-face instruction, please register now to ensure your spot in on-ground classes.
Students taking face-to-face classes in the fall will be expected to take an active role in maintaining a healthy environment by
If for some reason you feel you cannot abide by these expectations, you should enroll in an online section.
Not all courses have online options--for example, art and science labs, hands-on instruction in the trades like welding and nursing, physical education classes, and other hard-to-convert sections. If you cannot abide by all expectations to maintain a healthy environment and your course(s) aren’t offered online, you should take it at a later time. Contact the counseling department for help to identify alternate course options so you can continue to make progress toward your educational goal.
The COVID-19 situation continues to evolve- departments and faculty are developing backup plans in the event the health crisis significantly deteriorates and it is necessary to transition once again into remote delivery. These backup plans range from transitioning the class into a fully online class, to the instructor delivering lectures real-time at a particular day and time through Zoom, to—in some very hard to convert courses—cancelling the section outright.
If it looks like the college may have to transition back again into remote delivery, we will communicate this prior to July 16 so that students have time to consult with a counselor or advisor on their best options or make adjustments as needed.