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News Release

March 13, 2020

In-Person Instruction Suspended

In an effort to reduce exposure to coronavirus, College of the Canyons will suspend in-person instruction effective Monday, March 16.

The suspension will also be instrumental to the college’s current transition of all in-person classes to online learning formats.

“We have been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak since the very beginning to ensure the safety of our students and staff members,” said College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook. “The suspension of in-person classes will help us curb the spread of this virus throughout our campus communities and will give employees the time needed to transition to a remote-learning model.”

In-person classes will be transitioned to remote instructional delivery during the week of March 16 and will resume in their new format no later than Monday, March 23.

Online and hybrid classes will continue to be held online without disruption.

While the vast majority of classes will move to a remote-learning model, programs such as nursing, medical lab technology and emergency medical technician require mandated hours of instruction for program completion. These programs will continue to meet with modifications made to ensure social distancing so that students can comply with external accreditation requirements.

The college has also canceled many large college events in compliance with the state’s ban on large gatherings.

“I want to thank the collaborative efforts of our administrators, faculty members and support staff who have worked tirelessly during this rapidly changing situation, the likes of which our campus community has never encountered before.”

On March 13, the first case of coronavirus was detected in the Santa Clarita Valley when local health officials confirmed a positive test result.

College of the Canyons will continue to follow the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more updates and information, please monitor the college’s webpage and social media accounts.