Coronavirus (COVID-19)

​​​​​​​​​​​​In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College and our educational centers will be holding Fall 2020 classes using a variety of online methods, with the majority being remote. Currently, all district and college services are also available remotely.

August 11, 2020

While working and learning remotely for the past four months, we have weathered this pandemic storm together, yet we must remain strong as it continues. The Board of Trustees, district administration, and our faculty senate have been working together with all employee groups and student representatives to determine the best path forward. We have also surveyed our students and employees to ensure their voices are part of the decision making process.

With the spike in coronavirus cases and deaths in Orange County, as a district we have made the difficult decision to hold the majority of our fall semester classes in a remote environment. While we understand that face-to-face teaching and learning is the ideal situation for all of us, we must always put your health and safety first. This means making these difficult decisions.

As we prepare to launch our fall semester, we will do so in two stages following national, state and local guidelines. For those of us on campus and in the district office, masks will be required and social distancing measures will be implemented in all classrooms, labs, and offices.

It is important to note that these stages are subject to change based on state and local guidelines.

Stage 1 – Begins August 24, 2020

Classes will be held using a variety of online methods, with the majority being remote. Offices will be open with key essential personnel. Masks will be worn and social distancing will remain in place.

The colleges will have facilities open so we can continue to provide access to computers and services for our students.

We know there are courses that cannot be delivered online and remotely. In-person instruction will take place for essential workers and industries such as water and wastewater, first responders, health care, and will also include labs and career education classes.

The colleges will continue to provide online support services including student technical support and a small level of on campus support services including Admissions and Records, Financial Aid, Health and Wellness Centers and access to the library and computer labs. These offices will have limited hours and require an appointment for on campus access.

Per direction from the California Community College Athletic Association, all fall semester intercollegiate athletics have been moved to the spring semester.
We are working closely with our Child Development Services staff to identify the best way forward to continue care, service and education for our youngest students in our care.

Stage II – To be determined by Governor Newsom and local public health agencies

Based on state and local guidelines, when we begin to consider moving into Stage II we will do so incrementally, increasing areas from Stage 1.

Administrators will evaluate opening more offices to additional employees, moving courses to hybrid or in-person modalities, increasing student services on campus, and more employees returning to offices on campus and at the district office.

It is important that we all continue practicing good hygiene to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds throughout the day with warm water and soap, specifically before eating. Cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Thank you for your commitment to health and safety and for being flexible and responsive as we navigate the changes we face on a daily basis. We are in this together and are honored to be part of the RSCCD family.

Should you have any questions or concerns, we invite you to submit them through our special email address specifically for COVID-19 related issues:

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Claudia Alvarez
President, Board of Trustees
Marvin Martinez

 June 19, ​2020

California Public Health Officials Release Guidance 
Requiring Californians to Wear Face Coverings 
in Most Settings Outside the Home

Californians Must Wear Face Coverings 
When in Higher-Risk Situations, Especially Indoors

Face Coverings Help Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 

Governor Newsom: “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease."

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health today released updated guidance that requires Californians to wear a face covering in high-risk settings. A growing body of scientific research has shown that people with no or few symptoms of COVID-19 can still spread the disease and that the use of face coverings, combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, will reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

“Science shows that face coverings and masks work," said Governor Gavin Newsom. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open and restarting our economy."

Governor Newsom also addressed why he took this action now. “Simply put, we are seeing too many people with faces uncovered – putting at risk the real progress we have made in fighting the disease. California's strategy to restart the economy and get people back to work will only be successful if people act safely and follow health recommendations. That means wearing a face covering, washing your hands and practicing physical distancing."

“As Californians venture into our communities more, wearing face coverings is another important way we can help protect one another," said Dr. Sonia Angell, State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. “Combined with physical distancing and frequent hand washing, wearing cloth face coverings when we are with others outside of our household will reduce the spread of COVID-19, which is still a very real threat across our state.

Today's guidance mandates the use of cloth face coverings by the general public statewide when outside the home, with limited exceptions.

Californians must wear face coverings when they are in the situations listed below:

  • Inside of, or in line to enter, any indoor public space;
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
  • Waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle;
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when:
    • Interacting in-person with any member of the public; 
    • Working in any space visited by members of the public, regardless of whether anyone from the public is present at the time; 
    • Working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others; 
    • Working in or walking through common areas, such as hallways, stairways, elevators, and parking facilities; 
    • In any room or enclosed area where other people (except for members of the person's own household or residence) are present when unable to physically distance.
  • Driving or operating any public transportation or paratransit vehicle, taxi, or private car service or ride-sharing vehicle when passengers are present. When no passengers are present, face coverings are strongly recommended.
  • While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of six feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible.

The following individuals are exempt from wearing a face covering:

  • Children aged two and under;
  • Persons with a medical, mental health, or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering;
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication;
  • Persons for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines. 
  • Persons who are obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service;
  • Persons who are seated at a restaurant or other establishment that offers food or beverage service, while they are eating or drinking, provided that they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet away from persons who are not members of the same household or residence;
  • Persons who are engaged in outdoor work or recreation such as swimming, walking, hiking, bicycling, or running, when alone or with household members, and when they are able to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others;
  • Persons who are incarcerated. Prisons and jails, as part of their mitigation plans, will have specific guidance on the wearing of face coverings of masks for both inmates and staff.

More information about the state's COVID-19 guidance is on the California Department of Public Health's Guidance web page.

More information about reopening California and what individuals can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19) in California.

June 9, 2020

Message from Chancellor Marvin Martinez



April 3, 2020

From Chancellor Marvin Martinez

Dear Colleagues,

I hope that each of you and your loved ones are safe and well. While this has been a trying time for all, you have truly risen to the occasion and together we have accomplished more than we ever thought possible in a mere two-and-a-half weeks. I could not be more proud of our faculty and staff’s extraordinary efforts to transition to temporary remote instruction, as well as the resiliency of our students to wholeheartedly continue their studies.

As we approach a much needed spring break next week, I wanted to inform you that following discussions with the college presidents and Academic Senates, we have made the decision to extend temporary remote instruction through the remainder of the Spring semester. Of course, no one knows exactly when Governor Newsom’s stay-at-home order will be lifted and when it will be safe to return to our normal activities. What we do know, however, is that based on our student and faculty surveys, the majority feel that temporary remote instruction is working. This does not mean it is working perfectly in all areas. We are reviewing and discussing the recommendations and concerns that our students and faculty voiced in the surveys and will continue to work towards making improvements every day.

Please note that we are carefully considering our plans for the summer session and will inform you of this decision once you return from spring break.

I hope you are able to enjoy the break next week. I know that we could all use a breather. Please stay safe and we will continue to get through this together.

April 1, 2020

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Apple has developed and released a free mobile app and website that can be used as screening tools to help answer your questions about COVID-19. If you're concerned that you may have been exposed or have symptoms, the app/website will take you through a series of questions about your health and exposure to determine if you should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms. Read more

District Messages

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 Health Information

Things You Should Know​

Coronavirus Updates

Health Agencies

Protect Yourself & Family​

The above Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) resources have been provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information on COVID-19 visit the CDC website by use the link below.

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