Laguna College of Art + Design will move classes online for the rest of the semester starting March 30 amid the coronavirus scare, college administrators said in a statement Monday.
The college had planned to shift its approximately 700 students to online courses by March 23. Instead, administrators decided to extend spring break by one week to provide faculty members with extra time to prepare an online curriculum conveyed via live streaming services such as Zoom and Moodle.
“We understand that the delivery method may be new and uncomfortable at first, but rest assured that our faculty, staff and support team are all working to bring you the best possible learning experience we can,” LCAD Chief Operating Officer Helene Garrison wrote in an email to students
Universities and colleges across the county took similar action last week to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
LCAD’s senior studios, the photo lab, and the stop-motion studio will be open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday but other campus buildings will be closed. Campus housing remains open for students wishing to stay through the end of the semester but the college’s shuttles will suspend service.
The majority of LCAD support staffers are working from home and phone calls will be routed to them as needed. A small cadre of employees will remain on the college grounds, including campus security guards.
Additionally, the college counseling office will continue to operate remotely. Students can schedule sessions with the counselors via Skype or Zoom. Contact [email protected] to schedule an appointment.
“We appreciate your patience, hard work and understanding,” Garrison wrote to students. “This crisis will soon pass and we hope to be back to business as usual this summer.”