I hope you are staying safe and finding ways to balance school, work, family, and other demands. With midterms and spring break approaching, I wanted to commend you for reaching week eight of the semester.
When Irvine Valley College shifted to online learning nearly a year ago, I don’t think most of us could have imagined where we would be now. However, we are slowly seeing signs of a return to the lives we lived pre-COVID. Our athletes have returned to campus, vaccines continue to become more readily available in the community, and we’re working toward a Fall 2021 schedule that will include some face-to-face offerings. The progress may feel slow, but positive changes are upon us. You are all to be congratulated for adapting so well in the face of this pandemic year.
While you prepare for your exams and midterm projects, I wanted to remind you that we are here to provide you with important academic and supportive resources to assist in your success. In addition, our Student Resources for Remote Learning webpage offers technical support, physical and mental health resources, library services, counseling appointments, food resources, and more. Our Student Services Virtual Help Desk is currently answering your questions related to financial aid, counseling, or other student support services.
You can also check out some upcoming health and wellness supportive events on the IVC calendar.
Are you planning to be with us in the upcoming semesters? IVC’s summer schedule is already in place. We will predominately be offering online classes with limited in-person classes or instructional activities. Fall 2021 registration opens May 10, 2021. The fall schedule will include a variety of instructional modalities including 100% online, hybrid (with some face-to-face and some online components), and 100% on-campus sections. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 guidance from local authorities and may make necessary changes to the mode of instruction should safety conditions shift. Students are advised to continue to monitor the Irvine Valley College website.
In closing, my wish is for you to stay connected with us, find opportunities during your break to recharge, and finish the spring semester strong! We will continue to carefully plan, adapt and navigate as situations warrant. At IVC, your health, safety, and academic success are paramount to us.
John Hernandez, PhD
Irvine Valley College