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Governing Board approves emergency declaration

Posted on: Mar 18, 2020 12:00:00 AM

Contact: Anne Krueger

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board has approved an emergency declaration in response to the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

 The declaration provides Chancellor Lynn Neault with the authority to close the colleges and district offices if necessary; move to online instruction and telecommuting work arrangements, and within limits, to enter into contracts for supplies or services that are necessary during the crisis.

Instead of meeting in person on Wednesday evening, the Governing Board’s five elected members and two student representatives held a virtual meeting using the Zoom teleconferencing technology. The Brown Act has been modified to allow virtual meetings during the crisis situation.

The meeting was held online to comply with the recommendations of public health authorities to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people and to practice social distancing. The public was also able to watch the virtual meeting at Grossmont College Griffin Gate, 8800 Grossmont College Dr., in El Cajon, but no more than 10 people at a time were allowed in the room to abide by social distancing guidelines.

In an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have transitioned entirely to online and remote learning and the campuses are closed to students and the public until further notice. Starting March 18, all employees are working offsite except those deemed essential to the operation of the colleges.

“We are continuing to offer instruction and services to our students because we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that our students can complete their classes,” Neault said.

Enhanced cleaning protocols have also been put in place including closing areas in some buildings, providing disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer at district and college offices, and cleaning with hospital-grade cleansers.

 The district’s COVID-19 web page has the latest updates about the status of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District regarding coronavirus.
















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