I hope you're enjoying your summer. I wanted to update you on preparations that are currently underway for the Fall 2021 semester, where we are anticipating having more students physically returning to campus. We are actively scheduling in-person classes, student support services, activities, events, and some beloved IVC traditions as we move into the new academic year with health and safety remaining first and foremost as our top priority.
If you are not quite ready to come back in person, that’s okay too. IVC offers plenty of online and hybrid options for you. Just a reminder, it’s not too late to register for additional classes. IVC’s fall schedule has the complete list of open classes and the faculty are ready to engage with you in whatever learning style you prefer.
In preparation for the fall semester, please see the following updates:
- IVC strongly recommends, but does not require, that students be vaccinated.
- The college is offering students the Get the Vax incentive program through August 30. We understand the decision to get vaccinated is a personal one, still those who are unvaccinated remain vulnerable to the growing and highly transmissible Delta variant.
- Masks are not required outdoors.
- The college will require that masks (free masks available across campus) or two-layer gators be worn at all times in all indoor locations on campus with only one exception:
- When eating and drinking in designated dining areas, where unvaccinated students should maintain 6’ social distance from others.
- If you are unable to wear a mask indoors because of a medical or psychological condition, you must wear an approved clear face shield with a full drape from the bottom of the shield to your chest. For information about disability accommodations, contact IVC’s Disabled Student Programs and Services (DSPS).
- Hand washing stations, hand sanitizers, and sanitizing wipes are available in learning spaces throughout campus. We ask that you keep yourself and classmates safe by cleaning surfaces, such as keyboards and desktops before and after use.
- The college is here to support you both on-campus and online. Consult the website for more information about appointments and online access to student services and resources.
Please keep in mind, these health and safety rules could evolve during the semester as conditions warrant or guidelines from the CDC, the State Department of Health, or the Orange County Health Care Agency change.
I would like to invite all students to a Virtual Student Town Hall on August 30 from 2-3:00 pm to hear an update from me, along with your IVC and ASIVC leadership, and to answer questions about the fall semester.
As we begin the new academic year, you will notice our beautiful new flagpole banners across the campus with the message “All Are Welcome Here”. This communication is truly at the heart of our Caring Campus community. Whether you are with us in person, virtually, or a combination of the two, we want you to feel supported in achieving your academic goals and maintaining your physical and mental well-being. As it has been since the start of the pandemic, our primary focus remains to keep our students, faculty, and staff safe and healthy.
Let’s do our part when returning to campus by offering compassion and empathy to each other. It is up to each of us to do our part in re-affirming mutual respect for one another.
Wishing you a successful semester!
John Hernandez, PhD
Irvine Valley College