A: Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease. A novel (new) coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus that hasn’t been identified before in humans. More Info: LA County Dept. of Public Health
A: Like other respiratory illnesses, such as influenza, coronaviruses most commonly spread to others from an infected person who has symptoms through:
- Droplets produced through coughing and sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as caring for an infected person
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
A: Reported illnesses have ranged from people with mild symptoms to people becoming severely ill, requiring admission to the hospital, and dying. Symptoms include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe illness
A: Evidence suggests that, like the flu, most people will have mild symptoms and should stay home until 24 hours after fever. Certain people should call their doctor early, including the elderly, pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems or underlying medical problems. If you are having difficulty breathing or keeping fluids down, go to an emergency room or call 911, otherwise it is better to call your doctor before going in to seek care.
You should also call a doctor if you have had close contact with a person who has COVID-19.
A: The GCC Library is attempting to accommodate as many students as possible who do not have access to a computer. Unfortunately, all available laptops and ChromeBooks have been checked out. The Library has ordered more ChromeBooks, but there is no confirmed date of arrival. In the meantime, you can access Canvas from a smartphone or tablet. When possible, please use a smartphone or tablet to try to participate in your classes. If you would like to reserve a ChromeBook, you can email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-240-100 ext. 5586.
If you don’t have internet access, last week Comcast and Spectrum began offering free internet access for 60 days to eligible homes. Comcast: InternetEssentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English or 855-765-6995 for Spanish; Spectrum: Call 844-488-8395
A: Yes, students will need to officially withdraw from their Spring 2020 class(es) through MyGCC. Classes dropped on or after March 13, 2020 will be administratively converted to an Excused Withdrawal (EW). An EW notation will appear on the student’s academic record. An EW will not be counted in calculations for academic probation or dismissal, toward the permitted number of withdrawals, or as an enrollment attempt. Additionally, students will receive a refund of enrollment fees and all other related registration fees. Refunds on spring semester parking permits are yet to be determined.
You will not be required to submit a petition for the Excused Withdrawal (EW) or a refund.
A: Current state regulations stipulate that switching to pass/no pass must occur before 30% of instruction is complete. We are just over 50% of the semester, so, unless we receive specific direction from the Chancellor’s office to the contrary, we are not able to make this change. Additionally a transition from letter grades to pass /no pass may have significant ramifications for students that include their ability to transfer, the requirement that classes within a particular major be graded, financial aid eligibility, and more.
A: Before students change their current enrollment plans, they should contact the Financial Aid Office to speak with an advisor 818-240-1000 ext. 5916. Enrollment changes may affect their eligibility for financial aid this semester and in future terms. Students are encouraged to review the Financial Aid website at www.glendale.edu/fa for important dates, necessary documents, and other financial resources.
A: Verdugo and Garfield Libraries are closed until further notice. Remote reference services and online library workshops will continue as scheduled and laptops are available for student checkout by appointment. For latest library information click here.