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Some Classes That Cannot Be Taught Online Postponed To May 4

Posted on: 03/25/2020

Los  Angeles  Community  College District (LACCD) Chancellor  Francisco Rodriguez has announced any class at Los Angeles Southwest College and all nine LACCD colleges, plus the South Gate Campus and the Van de Kamp  Learning  Center, that cannot be converted into an online learning platform for the onset of remote instruction March 30 will be temporarily postponed until at least May 4, 2020.

The overwhelming majority of classes are being converted to online platforms and online instruction is scheduled to begin March 30, however, the District has determined less than five percent of the thousands of classes offered still require in-person interaction in order to meet course and program learning objectives and requirements. It is only this small percentage of classes that will be temporarily postponed.

For example, classes that include hands-on performance as learning outcomes,  such as stage production and lighting classes, will be postponed.

The District and the Colleges are working with faculty to finalize a list of those classes that have cannot be done online and all affected faculty and students will be notified as soon as possible. The classes that cannot be converted online run on various schedules, so the resumption date of Monday, May 4, 2020, was identified to sustain and complete the academic calendar to the extent possible and to help keep LACCD  in sync with recommendations from Los Angeles  County  Office of Education (LACOE) Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo, who recommended an extended closure of all Los Angeles  County public schools until Tuesday, May 5, 2020, and also with the announcement by Los Angeles  Unified School District Superintendent  Austin Buetner, who extended LAUSD’s school closure date to May 1, 2020.

Those courses unable to transition to remote learning will be suspended through May 3, 2020, and will resume May 4, 2020. The District is currently working on a plan regarding effective social distancing protocols so that these in-person classes can be done safely.

The Chancellor has directed an internal analysis and updates on this action to occur no later than April 17, 2020, and updated information will be shared with all as soon as possible thereafter.Early Withdrawal& Refundsfor StudentsState authority has now been granted to allow students to withdraw from classes because of the current crisis. If a student wants to withdraw,  the student will receive an excused withdrawal  (EW) on their transcript. This will not count against a student’s academic progress requirements.

If a student decides to withdraw at this time, a refund of enrollment fees and other related fees will be made.

“We encourage all students to stay enrolled and finish their classes, starting March 30.  We will recover from this global health emergency.   It is essential that our students take advantage of our online learning environment and achieve their higher education goals. Don’t let this current situation take you off your path–hang with us, as we are doing everything we can to position you for success,” LACCD  Chancellor  Rodriguez,  Ph.D., said.

To withdraw from a class, students use the LACCD Student Portal, log in and click on the Manage Classes icon tile and select “drop classes” from the menu.  Select the class, confirm and submit.  Students should work with their college’s Financial Aid Office to determine the impact of dropping classes and if repayments might be required.

Students who are U.S. Veterans receiving benefits must check with their Campus  Certifying Officer first.

If a student drops classes as a result of the COVID-19  health emergency,  LACCD  and the colleges will make sure a student’s academic record is not impacted. This will include the use of excused withdrawals,  which do not impact your GPA  for transfer or degree purposes. There is no need to make a request for this action.

The college will convert your withdrawal  (W) to an excused withdrawal  (EW) automatically. This will also trigger a refund or credit to your student account, if applicable. If you paid for your classes using cash, personal check or credit card and do withdraw from the class due to the coronavirus outbreak,  a refund will be automatically processed for all excused withdrawal on or after March 20, 2020.

Additional information is being posted to the District’s website at www.laccd.edu/coronavirus.