General COVID-19 FAQs
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What steps is the College taking to respond?
The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has a list of resources regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus COVID-19).
- LBCC has created a COVID-19 Response Team and a Coronavirus COVID-19 website to update the campus community. LBCC has been communicating with the campus community via the website, emails, text messages, social media and the media to provide updates.
- In order to limit the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on LBCC campuses, and in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff – by June 10, LBCC will convert most in-person classes to temporary remote instruction wherever possible through Canvas, ConferZoom, and other modalities. LBCC will update the campus community on the date of return.
- Events sponsored by Long Beach City College where the public has been invited will be postponed. This action is to reduce the number of events where a large mass of people are gathering to help slow the COVID-19 outbreak. Please visit www.LBCC.edu/Coronavirus for a full list of events that have been postponed. Rescheduled events will be announced at a later date. Postponement or cancellation of non-LBCC sponsored events will occur based on the decision of the off-campus organizer.
- Both campuses are being thoroughly deep cleaned in high-impact/high traffic areas.
- Extra cleaning crews have been brought in to perform a weekly deep clean of areas, objects, or surfaces that members of the campus community frequently touch.
- Cleaning crews have also increased the frequency of disinfecting high-touch areas on a daily basis, such as door knobs and push bars, light switches, elevator call buttons, restrooms, and handrails.
- LBCC has increased service to ensure that all restrooms are continuously stocked with soap and paper goods.
- LBCC has confirmed sufficient supply of hand soap, cleansers, and paper goods through the end of the fiscal year (June 30) and also ordered additional cleaning supplies to have on-hand.
- For District Staff: LBCC has modified departments’ open purchase orders with Office Depot to allow purchase of items such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, facial tissues, and disposable nitrile gloves, dependent upon Office Depot’s capacity to fulfill orders. LBCC recommends that staff use fragrance-free, alcohol-based cleaners to sanitize personal workspaces and exercise extreme caution if using or storing bleach-based products.
What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19?
Your best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 includes: staying at home when you are sick; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Click here for additional tips, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) infograph available in English and Spanish.
What is the cleaning schedule at LBCC?
During the campus closure, Facilities staff is busy deep cleaning all buildings so that all students, faculty, and staff will return to a sanitized and safe environment when LBCC re-opens. Facilities also will be disposing of any food that is left out in offices, classrooms, kitchens, or other spaces to prevent potential pest issues.
Where is LBCC getting information about COVID-19?
LBCC is in contact with the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and the City of Long Beach’s Health and Human Services Department. Any major decision LBCC would take would be under the direction of one of these entities.
Where can I find the latest updates on COVID-19 and the LBCC response?
Please visit www.LBCC.edu/Coronavirus. This page also has break out areas for specific information for students, faculty and staff. Please check this site often as it is updated frequently.
What is the status of the LBCC Child Development Centers?
The LBCC Child Development Centers will close starting Tues., March 17, 2020.
I do not have Wi-fi at home. Can I bring my laptop and come to campus to take my class online?
No. Both campuses are closed to students and members of the public.
I received permission to be on campus. Do I need to wear face coverings?
Anyone who comes to campus during the closure should wear a cloth face covering, including faculty or staff who have received authorization to pick up equipment or files from their office; and students picking up Chromebooks, Hot Spots, other technology equipment, or items from the Viking Vault.
The Los Angeles County Department of Health has issued the following guidance: “Members of the general public should use a clean face-covering anytime they will be in contact with other people who are not household members in public or private spaces.” The City of Long Beach Health Department has issued a revised order (4/10/20) requiring that everyone wear a face covering when visiting an essential business, which includes LBCC.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the LA County Department of Health, and the City of Long Beach for more information. The CDC also has posted this video showing how to make an easy, no-sew face covering.