Porterville College

Archive of COVID-19 Updates

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 11:30 AM Update

For Students looking for Internet Access

Spectrum is offering free broadband access for 60 days. Follow the link below for more information.
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Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 7:45 PM Update

California's Governor just issued a "shelter-at-home" executive order, effective tonight. As of right now, PC Spring Break continues to be extended Through March 27th and classes will resume online starting March 30. We will keep you posted as updates occur. Thank You.
 
El gobernador de California, ordenó que los residentes se queden en sus casas para contrarrestar la expansión del coronavirus. Porterville College continúa en receso y clases en línea comenzarán el 30 de Marzo. Más información saldrá la próxima semana.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 12:36 PM Update

Effective 3/18/2020, We will be operating our campus virtually for the remainder of the semester.

Spring Break has been extended until March 27th, 2020.

All classes resume the week of March 30th and will be moved to an online format.

Please contact your instructor or counselor directly via e-mail with course-related questions.

For immediate concerns, please call 791-2200
 
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 2:50 PM Update
 
Dear Porterville College Community,

Hello everyone.  I hope this message finds you in good health.  This is just a brief message to update you on Porterville College’s response to the current crisis.
First of all, I ask that you hang in there and lend me your patience, I know you are anxious to know how this will affect you, however because of this rapidly changing situation, we are moving cautiously to ensure that you get the most up to date information.

I have been so impressed with the professionalism and creativity of our staff in dealing with this unprecedented crisis.  The care with which you have supported and guided our students through this hard time is to be commended.

As I have stated in recent messages, my goal is to give our staff, our faculty, and our students the best possible chance for success in whatever situation we find ourselves.
We’re fortunate that we are closed for spring break, allowing us to adapt to the latest information and minimize contradictory updates, other schools do not have this privilege…
I want to be very clear, we are NOT implementing a closure, however, we will be moving all face-to-face classes to online or other alternative format beginning Monday, March 30, after a week of transition.

Further guidance from the governor and the district office is forthcoming. We will use this information to provide more concrete details to faculty, staff and students on logistics and work arrangements for next week.

Please be sure to check your emails regularly, so you can remain informed as details become available.   Rest assured, even though we have been focusing on the logistics of this response, our true focus continues to be on our student’s success…  Go Pirates!

Sincerely,
Dr. Claudia Habib
President
 
Thursday, March 14, 2020 - 8:30 AM Update
 
Tulare County Health Report

UPDATE 3/14/2020, 8:49 a.m.: Tulare County has two confirmed cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). There are 65 individuals in self-quarantine.

(CLICK HERE to download the press release).
 

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 6:30 AM Update

As per the California Community College Athletics Association: All Spring Sports will be postponed indefinitely.

From the CCCAA Office: Due to concerns over COVID-19, today, March 12, 2020, the California Community College Athletics Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors voted to postpone indefinitely, practices outside of regularly scheduled classes, and competition for all spring sports and those sports in their nontraditional seasons. The CCCAA Board understands the impact this will have on your student-athletes. The CCCAA will be working to minimize those impacts when it comes to student-athlete CCCAA eligibility, as well as at the four-year college level.  

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 6:30 PM Update

Dear Porterville College Community,

Today, Tulare County Health and Human Services announced the first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tulare County.  While the individual was treated at Sierra View Hospital, the individual has been released, and is isolated and recovering at home. 

It is important to note that the risk to students, faculty, and staff continues to be low, according to the Tulare County Department of Health and Human Services. 

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our utmost priority.  Our mission is to support student success and we will do everything within our power to minimize the impact of this crisis on our student's education.

All classes WILL CONTINUE as scheduled until spring break.  Please check your campus e-mail or our website for additional communication regarding instruction after spring break.

Out of an abundance of caution, and in the interest public safety, WE WILL be implementing steps to minimize exposure for the short term:

  • We will be CANCELLING all Porterville College related public and non-essential events through the end of the Semester.
    • This includes campus events, concerts, speakers, sponsored events such as CHAP and student group activities and meetings.
  • As per instructions from the Central Valley Conference Commissioner, we will be suspending the Baseball season for the next three weeks (we will be canceling practices AND games in that time period).
  • Unless otherwise advised we will be NOT BE CANCELLING softball or tennis events at this time, but the remainder of our home games will be played without spectators.
  • We ask that the public does not attend our athletic events as spectators so that we can provide the safest environment for our student-athletes.
  • We will address traditional end of the year celebrations, such as commencements and other graduations at a later date.
  • The Porterville College Foundation will postpone operations of the Porterville College Swap Meet until the end of April.

As an additional precaution to ensure the safety of staff and students, we will use the Spring Break scheduled for next week, March 16th through March 20th, to deep clean and disinfect classrooms, offices and other common and high traffic areas on campus.

We will remain in regular contact with local, county and state officials, including the Tulare County Department of Health and Human Services, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office and the Kern Community College District, concerning the appropriate practices and will continue to keep our community informed as developments arise.

Please keep checking this page for updates.

Thank You,

Dr. Claudia Habib,
President 

State of Emergency

Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency to Help State Prepare for Broader Spread of COVID-19

Tulare County Health Report: Tulare County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Haught has announced that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 in Tulare County. The individual is in stable condition. It is believed that the virus was contracted out of the area and the individual did enter public areas while showing symptoms. Tulare County Public Health Branch is currently conducting an investigation (as of March 11, 2020).
Tulare County HHSA will host a press conference on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Health officials are prepared to provide information about the virus, the current status locally, coordination efforts, and up-to-date and accurate public messaging. The press conference will stream live on HHSA Facebook.

Video Update from Chancellor Burke

A video message from Kern Community College District Chancellor Tom Burke has been posted to address the COVID-19 crisis.