As you begin your first day of Fall 2021 classes at Irvine Valley College (IVC), please know that two factors are guiding our decision-making at IVC:
- Keeping students, faculty, staff, and our communities safe.
- Helping students achieve their academic goals.
While we have recently taken steps to reduce the number of students and staff on campus due to the Delta variant, we are still diligently working to safely offer labs, athletics, and other activity courses in person, including opening the IVC Library and other support services to assist you. We will continue to closely monitor guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state, and the county.
Whether you will be with us virtually, in person, or a combination of the two, we want you to feel supported. We have a few important reminders and tips for your success:
- IVC strongly recommends but does not require, that students be vaccinated
- The college requires that face masks or two-layer face gaiters be worn at all times in all indoor locations on campus. You will need to wear a face mask indoors even if you are vaccinated. This requirement is subject to student disciplinary action, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, and will be enforced.
- Free face masks are available across campus.
- Masks are not required outdoors.
- If you are unable to wear a mask and need an accommodation due to a verified disability, please contact the Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSPS).
- Accommodations will require either the use of a clear face shield with a full drape to the chest or switching to all-online classes.
- All students should complete IVC’s self-screening each day before coming to class and familiarize themselves with COVID-19 protocols. Visit our COVID-19 page for more details, along with resources if you need testing or vaccine information.
- If you feel sick, stay home to keep yourself and others safe and notify your instructor. Check your syllabus or contact your instructor to find out what to do to stay on top of your missed class.
- Hand-washing stations, hand sanitizer, and sanitizing wipes are available in learning spaces throughout campus. We ask that you keep yourself and your classmates safe by cleaning your surfaces, such as desks and keyboards, before and after use.
- No food or drink, including water, can be consumed inside classrooms.
- Check our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on bookstore hours, food and beverage sales on campus, and other questions.
Please keep in mind that health and safety rules continue to evolve. IVC plans to expand and return to more in-person offerings as soon as we learn that Orange County’s metrics have sufficiently improved.
Additionally, I would like to invite all students to a Virtual Student Town Hall from 2 pm to 3:30 pm Monday, August 30 to hear an update from me, along with your IVC and ASIVC leadership.
My best wishes for a successful, safe, and healthy semester!
John Hernandez, PhD
Irvine Valley College