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 Wed., March 18, LBCC will convert most in-person classes to temporary remote instruction wherever possible through Canvas, ConferZoom, and other modalities. The anticipated date of return to campus is Mon., April 13. However, this date may change as this health crisis continues to evolve. LBCC will update the campus community on the date of return.
  • From Thurs., March 12, through Sun., April 12, events sponsored by Long Beach City College where the public have 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. Exceptions to this is the March 16 Personnel Commission meeting, and the March 25 Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees meeting. 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.

Is LBCC closing? Do I attend classes in-person?

As of Tue, March 17, the two campuses are closed to students and members of the public.

By Wed, March 18, LBCC will convert most in-person classes to temporary online instruction wherever possible through Canvas and ConferZoom. Some classes cannot be moved to temporary remote instruction. They are being temporarily postponed. More information on these classes will follow.

The anticipated date of return to campus is Mon, April 13. However, this date may change as this health crisis evolves.

A list of classes that have been moved to temporary remote instruction/online or have been temporarily postponed is available here and on https://www.lbcc.edu/cornavirus.

Will classes be offered online?

Most classes will begin taking place online by March 18, 2020. A list of classes that will NOT be held online will be listed on the website.

Why are we moving to temporary remote instruction/online classes?

The decision to move most classes to temporary remote instruction was made after consultation and direction from health officials, the Chancellor’s Office and Governor Newsom.

Are events scheduled at LBCC all canceled?

From Thurs., March 12, through Sun., April 12, events sponsored by Long Beach City College where the public have 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.

Exceptions to this is the March 16 Personnel Commission meeting, and the March 25 Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees meeting.

Postponement or cancellation of non-LBCC sponsored events will occur based on the decision of the off-campus organizer.

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?

The Facilities team continues to disinfect and clean both campuses. Examples of the work our custodial staff completes during this time:

  • High-traffic/high-touch areas such as the A Building, the libraries and computer labs are cleaned three times a day
  • Kitchens are cleaned twice a week (sinks, counters, refrigerator handles, microwaves, etc.)
  • Increased cleaning of stairwells and handrails daily
  • Routine custodial services are still happening daily

Much of this cleaning occurs during the time when most of the campus community are not on campus.

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.

Can I travel during Spring Break?

At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people avoid all nonessential travel to countries that are most affected to COVID-19. Check the CDC COVID-19 Information for Travel webpage for up-to-date recommendations. The CDC is also recommending that travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.

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.

However, both Comcast and Charter (Spectrum) Communications are offering free internet access to low-income students.