Delta College COVID-19 updates
Updated April 21, 2021 - 12:00 p.m.
We are excited to share that Delta College, in partnership with Community Medical Centers, will offer free COVID-19 vaccination clinics exclusively for Delta students beginning May 4, 2021.
We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to get your shots and end this pandemic!
The first clinic will take place on May 4, 2021 on the Stockton campus. Walk-ups are welcome! You do not need to register and make an appointment in advance. For more information, please visit the Delta College Health Center web site.
Delta College safety checklists, COVID - 19 protocols, training, and other resources are available
No. However, Delta College is providing instruction and support services remotely until the public health threat posted by COVID-19 subsides. Only essential personnel will report to campus.
No, the vast majority of classes are offered remote or online, though some courses in subject areas that are considered essential to California's health and well-being will be offered partially in person following public health and CDC guidelines. Student services are also online. This will continue until the public health threat posed by COVID-19 subsides.
Visit deltacollege.edu/were-going-online for important actions you can take to prepare. You can also familiarize yourself with online student resources by visiting https://deltacollege.edu/academics/online-regional-education/online-classes or learning how to start using Canvas by visiting https://deltacollege.edu/academics/online-regional-education/students-canvas-guides-and-videos
Instruction and support services will continue to be provided remotely until the public health threat posed by COVID-19 subsides.
Coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can range from mild to severe or even life-threatening. There are many types, some of which are common in animals and people. This particular type of coronavirus, COVID-19, is new.
Wear a mask or face covering. They are required on the Delta College campus. Public health officials also recommend washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and avoiding close contact with anyone who is sick.
Symptoms are very similar to the flu, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, experts recommend staying home from work or school.
Anyone who is displaying flu-like symptoms should stay home and stay away from others as much as possible to avoid the potential spread of infection. If you are displaying flu-like symptoms, we encourage you to contact your primary care provider or San Joaquin County Public Health's Clinical Services at (209) 468-3411.
The coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). It is thought to spread via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
It may be possible that a person can get the virus by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
The federal Centers for Disease Control recommends wearing masks or cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Masks or cloth face coverings are required on the Delta College campus.
Want to learn more? Extensive resources are available:
Delta College is pleased to announce that COVID-19 vaccinations are now available in the Shima 1 parking lot
Please do not simply show up for a vaccination. No walk-ups will be accepted.
To view available appointments, visit sjready.org/events/covid19/vaccines.html.
Vaccinations will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Shima 1 parking lot.
For full details and important info on traffic and parking lot closures: https://www.deltacollege.edu/article/delta-college-serve-covid-19-vaccination-site.
Delta College continues to offer the EW as a grading option to give you more flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic. An EW allows you to drop a course without harming your GPA.
However, effective immediately, the deadlines for requesting an EW in MyDelta have been updated.
You must now request an EW in MyDelta no later than halfway through your class session. For full-term classes, the halfway date is March 15. For shorter class sessions, the date varies. For those deadlines, see Key Dates for Full and Non-Full Term Courses
If you do not request an EW prior to the halfway date for your class, you will need to petition for a change to your academic record.
If you are enrolled in a class for which the halfway point has already passed, and you wish an EW, you will need to go through the petition process. Likewise, if you wish to seek an EW for a class from a previous term, you will need to file a petition.
This change is being made to comply with Delta College’s standard policy on EWs.
We sincerely apologize for any added stress or anxiety that this may cause you. If you have any questions, you can chat live with a representative from Admissions and Records during business hours.
(Please note: Deadlines to request an EW have changed. Please see Feb. 17 update for more information)
To help students reach their academic goals during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Delta College will once again offer flexible grading options for Spring Semester.
These options include "Pass/No Pass" (P/NP) for a majority of course offerings, and Excused Withdrawal (EW).
The deadline to select Pass/No Pass or an Excused Withdrawal in MyDelta is one week before the end of the class. However, students can request an Excused Withdrawal after a class ends by filling out this form.
To learn more about either of these grading options, please visit our web page on COVID-19 Related Pass/No Pass Grading Option
Governor Gavin Newsom has issued a regional stay at home order that takes effect in San Joaquin County at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6.
As permitted by the Governor's order, all in-person classes at Delta College will continue as scheduled. Essential personnel will continue to report to work on campus.
We ask that students and employees carefully follow the health and safety guidelines that are already in place, including wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing. As always, if you feel unwell, please do not come to campus.
The District’s top priority is the health and safety of our community. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic with public health experts.
Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in our community, effective Nov. 30 the Delta College Bookstore will be operating out of the Cottage in the Locke 2 parking lot, near Buffalo Wild Wings and Target.
A campus map is available here.
Book buyback and rental return is now underway at Danner Hall and will move to the Cottage on Nov. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday through Dec. 17, 2020.
All textbook orders for Spring Semester must be placed online. Books will be shipped directly to students’ homes free of charge. To ensure that students receive their books in a timely manner before classes start, they should place their orders as soon as possible! Textbooks will not be available for in-person purchase or pickup.
Students coming to the Cottage should bring their student ID numbers, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing. Students can check the value of their books ahead of time at bookstore.deltacollege.edu.
We ask students to stay strong and to stay on track. You are doing the right thing.
Delta College announced today that classes will remain mostly online for Spring Semester.
As is the case this fall, some courses in subject areas considered essential to California’s health and well-being will be offered partially in person, with strict rules to protect public health.
The vast majority of courses will be online. The spring schedule, posted earlier this week, is now available in MyDelta.
We know this may be disappointing news. But the reality is we do not know when the public health risk posed by COVID-19 will subside. We felt it best to make a decision now so that students can plan ahead.
We will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and will keep you updated on any changes. We will evaluate whether it is possible to adjust our plans and offer more in-person classes and services next semester depending upon careful consideration of the pandemic’s current impact on our community’s health.
We are working hard to create the best possible Delta College experience, even in this time of separation. And we will strive to do even better as we move from fall into spring.
We ask students to stay strong and to stay on track. You are doing the right thing.
Delta College today posted new frequently asked questions about Fall Semester.
While classes and activities on campus will be limited this semester, Delta College faculty, staff and managers are ready to serve students.
Tutoring, counseling, library services, financial aid and many other services are available remotely. The vast majority of classes are also being offered online, though some courses in subject areas that are considered essential to California's health and well-being will be offered partially in person following public health and CDC guidelines. These subject areas are described in the questions and answers at deltacollege.edu/term-resources.
Strict safety measures are in place to protect the health of any students attending classes on campus.
We wish all of our students much success in their classes!
The Delta College Bookstore has reopened. You can visit the Bookstore between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Staff will assist you at two temporary windows set up at the entrance.
We ask that you:
- Consider ordering online the day before you need to pick up. This will help us maintain social distancing and reduce your time in line.
- Pay by credit card if possible.
- Wear a mask.
If you have questions, please call (209) 954-5086.
The CARES Act recently signed into law provides funds to higher education institutions to distribute to students in the form of emergency grants. These grants will be awarded to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to corona virus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare.
Delta College is scheduling Fall Semester classes to be mostly online. Hands-on career technical education classes and some arts/music/drama classes will be scheduled as “hybrids” — partially online, partially in person — with plans to exercise specific social distancing guidelines. This plan will enable all students to complete their classes on time.
You can view the preliminary Fall 2020 schedule in MyDelta. Please note that the schedule is a work in progress and will be updated significantly in the days to come.
We will provide more updates as Fall Semester approaches. In the meantime, we will continue to respond to students' needs, especially basic needs such as housing, food, and access to technology. We are working to provide a safe, secure and productive learning environment, and to ensure that students have the tools they need to achieve their goals at Delta.
We know the sudden shift to online and remote access learning has been difficult. We are proud of students' accomplishments this spring semester. Keep moving forward! We will work through this together.
Due to the recent COVID-19 health pandemic and the shift to remote learning and services, Delta College wants to support you as much as possible to cross the finish line and complete your academic goals.
In order to further promote flexibility and support, Delta College is sharing information today about new grading options, including a “Pass/No Pass” (P/NP) option for Spring 2020 for a majority of course offerings as well as an excused withdrawal (EW) option.
Click here to learn more about these options, and please let us know if you have any questions.
CHROMEBOOKS/LAPTOPS: Chromebooks and laptops are now being distributed to students. Most of these devices are available for borrowing, though some are also available through an approved voucher program. To determine which option you are eligible for, please click here and complete our Technology Survey.
If you need one of these devices, please contact your student success coach and ask for a referral. You can find your success coach in Canvas, or you can email your success coach here. Once your referral has been processed, you will be emailed with a day and time to pick up your device.
WIFI: Starting Monday, April 13, free WiFi will be available in most Delta College parking lots from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You do not need a parking permit.
There are two WiFi networks for students:
The new password for both networks is:
MUSTANG TECH SQUAD: If you have difficulty with your Chromebook or laptop, reach out to our new student technology help desk – recently named the “Mustang Tech Squad” -- during any of the following days and times:
- Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
REMOTE SERVICES: IT is moving to remote services with limited hours with on-site support (pick-up, etc.) by appointment only. Please contact the IT Help Desk to arrange for an appointment.
SAVING FILES: All district employees have access to OneDrive through Microsoft office. This is a cloud service and does not require VPN to access. For training on how to use OneDrive go to https://support.office.com/en-us/article/upload-and-save-files-and-folders-to-onedrive-for-business-a1397e56-61ec-4ed2-9dac-727bf8ac3357. Do not purchase external drives or save District files containing confidential information on personal or external hard drives.
PROTECTION FROM BLUE LIGHT: Working long hours at a computer can cause visual eye strain and long exposure to blue light. You can help your eyes by downloading f.flux at https://justgetflux.com/ . f.lux will adapt your computer display to the time of day.
Chromebooks and laptops are now available for students. A total of 1,250 devices are available, most of them for loan but some for purchase through an approved voucher program.
Students who need a laptop should ask their success coach for a referral. Students can contact their success coaches through Canvas, or they can email them directly by clicking here.
San Joaquin Delta College will continue to provide instruction and support services remotely until the public health threat posed by COVID-19 subsides.
The College will extend its stay at home and remote work practice for employees, with the exception of essential operations personnel.
All classes, including labs, have shifted online or to other remote access. At the same time, the College is exploring options to provide students with learning opportunities for hands-on skills acquisition and career education, including early responder programs and those with external accreditation requirements (such as Nursing and Police Academy).
The College had previously hoped for a return to on-campus instruction on April 6. This announcement extends that date indefinitely until the public health risk subsides.
"I know this transition has been difficult for students and staff alike,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Omid Pourzanjani. “Please bear with us. We're working hard to get students access to the technology they need to complete courses, including laptops, and to make services like virtual tutoring available. We will continue to announce progress on these and other initiatives.”
Delta College today released updated information for students and staff regarding the status of campus. All classes and student services are transitioning to online or remote access until further notice. Please see “For Faculty and Staff” and “For Students” tabs above for more details
Delta College President/Superintendent Dr. Omid Pourzanjani sent the following message:
As you may know, the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors met this morning to discuss local responses to the coronavirus situation. After listening to a group of experts, including the County Public Health officials, they decided that the current situation, at this moment in time, does not necessitate a county-wide shut-down.
However, here at Delta, we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to protect the wellbeing of our employees and students. To that end, I would like to outline some of the proactive steps we are taking:
- Effective Wednesday morning, March 18th, the campus will be closed for face-to-face instruction and student services until Monday, April 6, 2020.
- ALL instruction, including labs, will be moved to remote instruction. Additional instructions will be provided via a follow-up email from Dr. Todd.
- All student services functions are in the process of remote support delivery. This Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll have a dry-run of this change to resolve any issues.
- All District/Categorically-funded travel is being canceled immediately.
- All campus-sponsored events and large gatherings will be canceled or offered via alternative meeting delivery (i.e. telephone/video conferencing/online).
- Consistent with general guidance from the Chancellor’s Office, all purchases and contracts are paused unless they are critical, including expenditures with Blanket orders and P-cards. This is the prudent thing to do in any crisis. We need to carefully watch our expenditures during these uncertain times.
- Minimal staffing will be on campus to include Public Safety, Maintenance, Grounds, Custodians, Purchasing, IT, and other essential personnel. Managers are implementing appropriate plans for their areas and staff, which may include remote work. Minimally, all plans will allow for employees to perform their duties and still maintain ample socialdistancing from others. On campus attendance excludes our at-risk population that must be in self-quarantine.
- We will do our best to redeploy and retrain our short-term staff and student employees for alternative tasks and assignments.
- We will be purchasing a large number of laptops for check-out to students that do not have one.
- While not encouraged, employees are allowed to visit their instructional spaces or offices as necessary. Please follow the social distancing guidelines while on campus.
- It is natural for these unprecedented events to cause fear and anxiety. If you need help coping with these emotions, please look at the resources available on our Health and Wellness webpage, which may be helpful for both students and staff: https://deltacollege.edu/student-life/health-and-wellness/health-wellness-resources
- District Police will be available 24/7 and will close and secure the campus between 7 PM and 7 AM. If you plan to visit the campus during those hours, please notify the Police Dispatch (with your name and campus location) at email@example.com or call 1-209-954-5000.
Please be assured that we are monitoring all communications at the national, state, and local levels in addition to communications from the Chancellor’s Office. We will release more information as it becomes available. Check https://www.deltacollege.edu/coronavirus for more information and send any questions you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wishing you health and peace during these challenging times.
Dr. Omid Pourzanjani, Superintendent/ President
Delta College released additional information today about the transition of lecture classes to online/alternative forms of instruction.
March 16-20: Spring Break.
Monday, March 23: Hands-on labs that must occur in person will resume as usual.
Monday, March 23 - Tuesday, March 24: Preparations continue to move all lecture classes online.
Wednesday, March 25: Online lecture classes will launch no later than Wednesday, March 25.
The Delta College team will work hard to provide as many resources as possible to faculty, staff and students during and after this transition. In sum:
- The Goleman Library will be closed for spring break but will remain open for the rest of the semester so students can access reserve books, reference materials, and computers. We also intend to keep at least two computer labs open as conditions allow.
- Delta is working to acquire more laptops which students can check out if they do not have a computer at home. The College is also ordering hotspots for students who do not have WiFi. Delta cannot provide every student with these resources, but between the labs, library, and resources to be checked out that we can cover the need.
- Staff will set up appointments for faculty who want to come to campus and record video of their lectures (allowing the use of white boards, equipment, etc.) and advanced screencasting. Equipment is also being ordered to allow faculty to record video from home and do advanced screencasting.
- Student Services locations will also be open and available to provide in-person support. Similar to Instruction, Student Services will be working over Spring Break to ensure that both in-person and remote support are available to our students beginning the week of March 23.
- Maintenance personnel are working to provide sanitizing stations for areas that will remain open, such as Delta’s shops and labs.
- Delta is arranging for a number of students who are confident with our online learning tools to tutor/teach other students.
- Finally, the College is looking to embed tutor services within these online classes.
We will continue to provide updates on this page as conditions change. In the tabs area, please find information that pertains directly to students and staff, as well as the status of College events, and contact information.
Delta College President/Superintendent Dr. Omid Pourzanjani sent the following message:
As you are undoubtedly aware, the situation with the Coronavirus has been elevated to a national pandemic. Accordingly, we are raising our alert level and providing you with additional information. Please read this information carefully.
There are no confirmed coronavirus cases at the College and public health experts consider the risk to our college very low. The College will continue to stay open and no classes are being canceled. I request your help in achieving two milestones: 1) Let’s please finish this week of instruction, and 2) When we come back from spring break, let’s work together to get our students to the end of the semester and to graduation!
We are taking additional steps to lower the risk to you and our students:
- Faculty will be working with deans and support staff to move as many classes as possible to online using our Canvas learning management system. I ask for your patience and flexibility as we go through this transition.
- Instructional activities that require face-to-face and hands-on assignments such as science or career education labs will continue to meet on campus as we explore alternatives.
- More information will be shared with you regarding training opportunities and material for teaching and learning online at deltacollege.edu/department/online-regional-education.
- All major events scheduled for the next three weeks are either canceled, postponed, or will be closed to the public. This is an extremely difficult decision as we are moving into a very busy time of year with many important events. For example, all athletic events and graduation ceremonies (such as the Post Academy graduation) will be held without an audience. We will look for internet streaming opportunities for these events whenever possible.
- Employee and student travel on college business may continue. However, we want to make it clear that no one is compelled to travel. If you were planning to travel to a conference or event and no longer feel comfortable doing so, please cancel your trip immediately.
- We encourage staff to work remotely when possible with a manager’s approval, giving priority to those at-risk employees as described by the Centers for Disease Control. We will work to make needed equipment available. We want to be as flexible as possible while still ensuring we can operate the college and provide students with the services they need. Please, if you feel sick, do not come to work! If you have a fever, per California Department of Public Health guidelines, remain at home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
- Since campus will remain open, students are welcome to use computers in designated labs, study in the library, or apply for financial aid, among myriad other actions. We are merely shifting classes online to decrease the number of people who are on campus at any particular time.
I’m sure you have many additional questions. We are still figuring out the details of these measures, and will provide additional information as soon as possible. You can find updates and frequently asked questions at deltacollege.edu/coronavirus. A dedicated email address has also been set up at email@example.com.
I believe we don’t have much control over what the universe may send our way, but we have control over how we react to it. The one thing that I have learned about our Delta family in the past eight months is that you are resilient! When times get tough, you stick together and work through the issues. This situation is no different. Let’s support each other, stay calm, and keep our focus on our well-being and our mission!
Dr. Omid Pourzanjani, Superintendent/ President
Delta’s Emergency Response Team has met to discuss the continually evolving coronavirus situation.
There remain no known confirmed coronavirus cases on our campus and the risk to the general public is considered low. As such, consistent with new guidelines issued on Saturday by the California Department of Public Health, Delta College remains open.
CAMPUS STATUS: As mentioned above, the College remains open. The new California Department of Public Health guidelines recommend that colleges and universities consider closing their campuses when certain conditions are met. Delta does not meet those conditions. These guidelines represent the best and most current information from public health experts. We encourage you to read the guidelines themselves by clicking on this link.
INSTRUCTIONAL/STUDENT SERVICES UPDATE: We are making plans for all of our courses in the event that we need to provide additional instruction online. We are preparing to train faculty. Student services continue to be provided.
EVENTS AND TRAVEL: As long as campus remains open, all events and activities will take place as scheduled. Stay home if you are sick! Employee travel and student field trips may also proceed as planned. For more information on coronavirus and mass gatherings, read the latest state Public Health guidelines.
SPRING BREAK: We know many of you have personal travel plans for the upcoming Spring Break. We encourage you to check with the Centers for Disease Control to learn more about the coronavirus situation at your destination, and review any restrictions or necessary protocol upon your return.
CLEANING: A delivery of hand wipes arrived Monday, and we expect our hand sanitizer units to arrive today. These will be placed in high-traffic areas. We are asking all employees to help wipe down areas commonly used on a daily basis. We are still working on bringing in additional cleaning staff. In the meantime, please understand that the cleaning and sanitizing being done by our maintenance staff may delay the completion of other tasks.
CALLING IN SICK: We continue to encourage you to take common-sense actions such as thoroughly washing your hands and staying home if you feel sick. If you have a fever, per California Department of Public Health guidelines, remain at home until the fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
Delta family, we want to be as flexible as possible during these difficult times, and ask that you extend the same flexibility to students who may have concerns. This is a challenging situation, but we are not alone, and we are thankful for the guidance from public health experts whom we have relied upon and will continue to rely upon moving forward.
The Delta College student who was exposed to coronavirus at a medical facility outside of our county is in self-isolation and is not showing any symptoms of the virus. There are no confirmed coronavirus cases on Delta's campus.
While the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health considers the risk to Delta's campus to be very low, it is more important than ever to take basic preventative steps to remain healthy. We encourage you to watch and share the videos below, which present facts about coronavirus and proper hand-washing techniques.
Maintenance personnel continue working to sanitize and disinfect the campus. Delta is also working to acquire disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer units which will be deployed as soon as possible.
Have questions or concerns? A dedicated email address has been set up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This morning, Delta College learned that a health sciences student working at a medical facility outside of San Joaquin County was exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19).
The student is showing no symptoms of the virus and, out of an abundance of caution, is now in 14-day self-isolation, per guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control.
This is an exposure only. There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus within the Delta College community.
The exposure happened while the student was treating a patient at the medical facility on Sunday. The patient had not tested positive for coronavirus at that time. The health sciences student was on the Delta College campus on Monday before it was known that the student had been exposed.
Delta College understands that this might cause concern; however, the San Joaquin County Department of Public Health says that the risk to Delta College students, staff and faculty is very low. Again, out of an abundance of caution, the College is sanitizing all relevant areas on campus.
As per guidance from public health experts, there are no plans to close campus or cancel classes or events. The College recognize this is a fluid situation and will continue to work closely with expert partners in the public health field.
Delta College has ordered hand sanitizer units and disinfectant wipes for high-traffic areas on campus. The College expects to receive the wipes on Thursday, March 5. However, due to high demand, the hand sanitizer units are not expected to arrive until Monday, March 9. They are being shipped from a distributor in Tennessee. Please keep in mind that CDC recommends washing your hands to be among the most effective strategies.
The College is also posting signs on restroom mirrors with tips for effective hand-washing, as well as the phone number for our Maintenance and Operations office in the event that bathroom supplies need restocking.
The California Department of Public Health considers the risk to the general public to be low, and as such there are no plans to close campus or cancel classes or events. However, we recognize this is a fluid situation and we will continue to work closely with our expert partners in the public health field.