Classrooms are closed at Las Positas College with most classes taking place online this fall due to the pandemic but campus leaders said its staff "remains resilient and continues to provide educational opportunities and support for students to succeed, no matter the medium of delivery."
"I am confident that Las Positas College, despite the challenges, continues to be accessible, equitable and resilient in our support of our students," said Dyrell Foster, president of LPC.
Instruction starts Monday (Aug. 17), with approximately 8,000 students enrolled in courses that will mostly be held online. Some courses considered essential by the state, however, will be in hybrid format. LPC officials said most classes this fall "will be formatted as a mixture of virtual content with scheduled instruction times via an online meeting platform."
Guisselle Nunez, LPC spokesperson, told the Weekly that some of the hybrid classes that will meet in person include General Zoology and Human Anatomy, which is required for nursing transfer and dental students at Chabot College at Hayward and will have three weeks of in person labs with a maximum of 12 students at each lab session.
A horticulture class called Fall Plant Material ID will have in-person labs that are held outdoors with physical distancing, and several automotive courses will have in-person classes twice a week for 75 minutes and practice physical distancing, with one class limited to 50% of enrolled students for each night in attendance.
Leading up to the new semester, LPC faculty and staff have spent "countless hours" preparing for a number of potential challenges during this unprecedented period of time, including making sure that students stay safe, enrolled in classes, and on course with their academic career.
Many student support services for LPC students are available online and can be used to help them stay on track and complete their assignments, such as online learning assistance and tutoring, a computer center, student health center, Canvas technical support, the LPC library, Reading & Writing (RAW) Center, Math Help and programs and services for disabled students.
Registration is still open for the fall 2020 semester; updated courses can be viewed at laspositascollege.edu/onlinelearning. Students can also access a full list of resources available at laspositascollege.edu/onlinecollege/resources.