Hartnell Communications Regarding Coronavirus

As we enter the final weeks of the Fall 2020 semester, I sincerely thank each of you for the concern and extra effort you continue to extend to our students amid the challenges of COVID-19. Since last spring, our college has used a variety of strategies for virtual instruction and to sustain students’ academic success and overall learning experience. None of those would be possible without your creativity and dedication.

We also know from our students that the pandemic has made things difficult for them on a number of levels. Many still struggle with inadequate WiFi, an unreliable computer and the lack of a suitable place to study at home. To help remove these obstacles, we have developed a plan to host in-person study areas on a limited basis. This plan has been approved by the Monterey County Health Department and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and will follow their established guidelines.  

Our first in-person study area will open Monday, Nov. 30, in the Main Gym on our Main Campus in Salinas. We will offer three-hour, in-person study periods – with wireless service – from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m. Students will use this online appointment form to reserve one or more of these in-person slots. We can accommodate up to 50 students at a time, with generous spacing for physical distancing and careful sanitizing of surfaces and required use of face coverings. Depending on demand, we may open additional study areas during the Spring 2021 semester, possibly including evening hours as well.

Because this study area requires monitoring by staff, we are asking for your voluntary assistance. Each day, we will have two three-hour shifts that you can sign up for. The college will ensure that a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) is available for employees who participate. You may sign up using this online sheet, which includes the available time slots 

Your support is essential to the success of this effort. Please meet with your supervisor to schedule at least one three-hour shift. No cleaning or sanitizing will be required of any staff participating. Our maintenance department will manage that task. Students will complete health screening and acknowledgment of risk before coming onto campus. Any on-site health screening will be managed by a college administrator.

Next to everyone's safety and well-being, our highest priority is to make sure our students continue to achieve their educational and career goals. We are determined to do all we can to keep them on track. I wish all of you and your families a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving break next week. Thank you all for your caring dedication!

I am sharing the guidelines, procedures and practices that Hartnell College continues to follow whenever individual employees know or suspect they have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of whether they are working remotely or on campus. Adherence to these is critical for the health and safety of our workers, their families and the greater community – and also required under state and county public health mandates.

The trigger for these subsequent actions is when any employee is known to have been exposed, or potentially exposed, to the coronavirus through “close contact” with an infected person or persons.

Definition of “Close Contact”:

 “Close contact” is defined as any of the following, in relation to someone who is known to have COVID-19:

  • Being within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes without a mask.
  • Caring for them at home.
  • Direct physical contact (e.g., touched, hugged or kissed).
  • Sharing eating or drinking utensils.
  • Exposure to respiratory droplets via sneeze, cough or other transmission method.

Managing Exposure Risk – Off Campus and On Campus

The response to an employee’s exposure to COVID-19 varies based on whether that exposure occurred at a Hartnell facility or away from campus.

Suspected Exposure OFF Campus

Employee Steps:

 If an employee has been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact at home or in the community but NOT at Hartnell, that individual must take the following steps:

  • Self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
  • Get tested for COVID-19 by their health provider.
  • Remain away from Hartnell until either (a) being released by a health provider, (b) providing proof of negative test results for COVID-19 or (c) remaining free of all symptoms (without use of symptom-reducing medication) for 7 days.
  • Use appropriate employee leave for non-working days. (Note: In consultation with immediate supervisor, the employee may be able to work from home if task(s) can be performed remotely.)

College Steps:

  • Facilities: Office/facility closure is not necessary in the event of an employee’s suspected off-campus exposure. Regular cleaning and disinfection of all high-touch surfaces in college facilities should continue. All remaining employees must wear face coverings, social distance and regularly wash/sanitize hands.
  • Notification to other employees: If the person exposed to COVID-19 has not been on campus since the time of exposure, notification to other employees is not required. In the event that an affected employee has been on campus since their exposure, the following will occur:

o   Hartnell Human Resources (HR), upon learning of exposure, will inform employees who were in close contact with that person of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Confidentiality will be maintained, as required by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

o   Those employees will continue working as long as they are asymptomatic.

o   Encourage remote work, for employees who are identified as high-risk.

o   Employees who are identified as high risk but have had close contact while continuing to work on campus should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, muscle and body aches) prior to coming to campus.

Suspected Exposure ON Campus

Employee Steps:

The steps for an employee with suspected exposure to COVID-19 are the same regardless of whether their potential exposure occurred at Hartnell or away from Hartnell.

College Steps:

Facilities: In most cases, the office/facility where an affected employee worked will not need to be closed. HR will work with Facilities staff to determine appropriate measures:

  • If it has been less than 7 days since the affected employee has been in the workspace, any areas used for prolonged periods of time by that person will be closed off and:

o   Facilities staff will wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting to minimize potential for other employees being exposed to respiratory droplets. If waiting 24 hours is not feasible, they will delay as long as possible.

o   During this waiting period, Facilities staff will open outside doors and windows to the extent possible in order to increase air circulation in these areas.

  • If it has been 7 days or more since the infected employee used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Regular cleaning and disinfecting of all high-touch surfaces in the facility will continue.
  • Other employees: HR will inform employees who were in close contact with the affected person of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace. Confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will be maintained. Notification of all employees is not required. Affected employees will be asked to take the following precautions:

o   Stay home for 14 days, telework if possible, and self-monitor for symptoms.

o   Get tested for COVID-19 by their health provider.


Confirmed or Apparent COVID-19 Case

Employee Steps:

An employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should:

  • Notify supervisor and, if working on campus, leave work immediately or not report to work if at home.
  • Get tested (if not already tested) by their own healthcare provider.
  • Remain away from work until released by a healthcare provider and/or having been free of all symptoms (without use of symptom-reducing medication) for 7 days.

College Steps:

The college will notify all employees in the event that an employee working on campus – whether briefly or regularly – has tested positive of COVID-19.

Thank you for your interest in these policies, practices and procedures related to suspected and confirmed employee cases of COVID-19. Hartnell continues to take every reasonable precaution to protect employees and students while we cope with this pandemic. Do not hesitate to contact me if you would like further clarification or additional information.

You may reach me at dscott@hartnell.edu or at (831) 770-7013.

As we prepare for the start of fall classes on Aug. 24, I am providing this detailed update on Hartnell College's response to COVID-19 in my role as Hartnell's director of public safety and emergency management. On behalf of Interim Superintendent/President Dr. Raul Rodriguez and the entire Executive Cabinet, I sincerely thank all employees for going above and beyond to ensure that Hartnell students are able to keep moving toward their educational goals. 

Hartnell will continue to deliver classes online until government restrictions are lifted and we have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a safe learning environment. At this time, only employees whose duties require them to work on campus are doing so, within strict physical distancing. All other employees are working remotely.

Dr. Rodriguez has assigned me to lead a work group for return-to-campus planning, which this fall will become a reconstituted Safety Committee with ongoing responsibility for prevention of illness and injury at Hartnell facilities. The work group, representing all campus constituencies, has met three times since May, and I expect we will meet regularly in anticipation of a phased return to on-campus activity.

The following is a high-level summary of Hartnell's immediate outlook in response to COVID-19:

  • Employees' return to campus: Only when we are ready and authorized to do so, the college will ask additional employees to resume their on-campus work. This is not likely to occur until local schools resume in-person instruction, freeing parents from weekday supervision of their school-aged children. Individuals deemed to be at especially high risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus will be allowed to continue working remotely. 
  • Safety measures: Preparations for workplace safety have included acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use as needed. Employees will be instructed on cleaning their personal work areas to support and complement the efforts of custodial staff. As is already the case, employees will be asked not to come to work if they are ill. Physical barriers, primarily clear plastic shields, are being installed in work areas where needed, and floor markings are being applied to designate required six-foot distancing.
  • Face-to-face instruction: Planning also will continue for a time when faculty and students may resume face-to-face instruction. This will occur only when government health officials advise that it can be done safely, with face coverings and social distancing required as long as the virus remains a threat. Even then, many courses likely will continue to be taught online or in a hybrid fashion to ensure that safety requirements are adhered to.
  • Student and employee resources: Hartnell continues to loan Chromebook laptops, mobile wireless hotspots and headsets to students who need them in order to effectively participate in online courses. With help from generous donors and grantors, we are providing emergency financial assistance to individual students in need. Students who lack suitable technology tools can request them online, and they will be informed how they can pick their items up on scheduled days. Students who have emergency financial needs can apply for help here. Employees also can request technology and other items they need to work effectively from home by contacting their immediate supervisors.

Thank you all for your cooperation and understanding as we manage our way through this unprecedented situation. If you have specific questions or concerns, please email me at dscott@hartnell.edu or share them with your immediate supervisor. I will provide future email updates on a regular basis.

When COVID-19 forced Hartnell College and other schools to jump from face-to-face learning into internet instruction, students in physical activity courses came to a surprising realization. 

They really can study yoga, self-defense, Zumba aerobics and introduction to weight training – for college credit, from the comfort and privacy of home. These and other popular activity classes will continue to be taught online through the Fall 2020 semester, which begins Aug. 24 and continues for 16 weeks. Registration is underway now.

New this semester is a hybrid version of beginners’ golf, which allows students to learn skills online and practice them at Salinas Fairways Golf Course or a course of their choice

The courses provide 1.5 units of course credit toward a degree. They are also open to community members who simply want affordable access to fitness and wellness training that they can complete at home. Those individuals can also repeat the cost as often as they want by paying a low audit fee

“We make it fun,” said Steve Terry, who will teach self-defense/martial arts, using both videos and live teaching via online applications such as Zoom.

“My idea is to teach some techniques live, share some videos of similar style of content with the student and then have them practice the technique and last share with me some technique mastery,” said Terry, who also is an assistant Hartnell men’s basketball coach.

“They will use either Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok, or any app where the student can send me a video that’s less than a minute long.”

Kinesiology instructor Jamie Pedroza, who also is the college’s head volleyball coach, said students in her yoga classes don’t even need to buy a mat.

“Honestly you don't have to have one to enjoy the class,” she said. “It is a comfort thing, but I tell my students that the hardwood floor and your bare feet work great. You don’t need books or other materials at all.”

Pedroza, who also expects to combine both live sessions and videos uploaded to an online teaching system called Canvas, said she will make sure students are checking in on days when class is scheduled.

“We will be flexible,” she said. “My class will be open so first-time students can ask questions and enjoy the class.” 

One of the students in Pedroza’s yoga class agreed that flexibility is essential, no pun intended.

“In personal training, there’s a big push to online, so I’ve seen a lot of personal training videos on YouTube and everything like that,” said student Michael Taylor. “So why shouldn’t the college be able to do something like that?”

Taylor, who is majoring in kinesiology with a goal of becoming a personal trainer, also has experienced an online course in weight training.

In that course, he said, “We’ve just transitioned from actually lifting weights to more pushups, air squats – doing calisthenics, but without the weights. It’s a common misunderstanding that weight training has to deal with weights, because the body has its own weight to it.”

In yoga class, students have been able to watch Pedroza demonstrate a pose on video and then work to perfect the technique on their own, Taylor said.

“When we were in class, Jamie showed us how to do it first before she did it, and she does the same thing in the video, so it’s easy to follow,” he said.

Whether offered online or in person, these activity classes are an important part of the college’s service to its district, said Aurelio Salazar Jr., president of the Hartnell Community College District Governing Board.

“Just as with our courses in the visual and performing arts, we welcome community members who want to pursue and develop their interests and knowledge through Hartnell,” Salazar said.

For fall and spring classes, the per-course cost is $79. Students who wish to repeat a course without receiving credit – known as “auditing” the class – only have to pay $32.50. That compares to fitness centers, which typically cost $40 or more a month, equivalent to $160 a semester.

To learn more about physical activity courses or other kinesiology classes available this summer and fall, email Joanne Venegas (jvenegas@hartnell.edu) or Cristina Westfall (cwestfall@hartnell.edu) on the physical education staff.

To register, visit www.hartnell.edu.

PE Classes

The Department of Supportive Programs & Services (DSPS) at Hartnell College has continued to serve students during online instruction.

In fact, its services for students with physical disabilities and learning challenges are more crucial than ever, said Michelle Peters, director of student affairs and supportive programs and services.

“DSPS continues to be here to support our students as they navigate classes and programs,” Peters said. “Whether via website, email or phone, we are happy to connect with them.”

The sudden move to all-online learning in late March gave DSPS staff an opportunity to rethink how and why they provide services to students, while at the same time maximizing access and success, she said. Providing seamless services under dramatically different circumstances required creativity, flexibility and a commitment. 

“I am proud and appreciate my staff and counselors who collaborate and put extra effort to work together to provide seamless services for and about students with disabilities,” Peters said. “Weekly meetings allow us to be prepared to provide the best service possible.”

Through it all, the DSPS office is keeping students involved and engaged by sending positive messages to inspire them to stay on course, she said, as well as through coaching and leading by example.

Those extra efforts are greatly appreciated and essential, said Aurelio Salazar Jr., president of the Hartnell Community College District Governing Board.

“As a former student diagnosed with ADHD, I fully support and understand the impact DSPS staff have on our students’ success,” Salazar said.  “Academic accommodations provide our students the resources to learn according to their particular learning strengths.”

However, not everything can be replicated online, Peters said.

“Due to the technical nature of the psycho-educational tools used in the assessment of learning disabilities, we aren't able to offer this service online, although there may be temporary services available at Hartnell,” she said.  “Students should contact DSPS for further information.” 

The DSPS team has been working remotely to support students with additional resources and tools, such as laptops, iPads and other electronic devices available on loan for the students, to support them in fully participating in online classes and student services.

“Our model is, we will work through this together,” Peters said.

For the DSPS office, daily operations involve serving three main groups: continuing students who are already registered, new students or those looking to become students, and faculty/staff seeking help in supporting students.

“We message DSPS students who are active and inactive with DSPS, to ensure they have information on how DSPS is available to support them,” Peters said. “We have shared that DSPS team members are continuing to work remotely, to provide accommodation eligibility and counseling services, as well as note-taking, and alternative media for their books.”

DSPS students have a new set of challenges with online learning that requires new types of support and accommodation. For example, they may need additional time to complete exams and quizzes.

College staff also are reaching out to meet the specific needs of incoming students who will be taking college-level courses in an online-only environment.

“We have been working with high schools and community agencies to prep the incoming students for fall semester,” Peters said. “At the same time, the DSPS team is promoting success and retention, helping to design a well-balanced coursework for each student.”

During the 2020-21 academic year, DSPS will offer its own learning-skills classes, designed for students with disabilities that focus on learning strategies, memory skill building and awareness of how emotions can impact decision-making.

DSPS also is working with College Readiness staff and area high schools to support students participating in dual enrollment. This collaboration is intended to promote a smoother transition to college, when students graduate and decide to enroll at Hartnell. DSPS is also collaborating with Cal State Monterey Bay, in support of DSPS students completing their Hartnell degrees and transferring to the four-year university on the former Fort Ord Army Base.

Recently, a student sent this note of appreciation to the DSPS staff: “Thank you so much, DSPS team. You are always there for us. Please take care of yourselves."

To reach DSPS counselors, visit hartnell.edu and click on Support Services. Students may also call (831) 755-6760 for an appointment or for inquiries. 

The below Community Newsletter is being shared for your information and reference to the County's clarification of COVID-19 guidelines, including close contact exposure steps to follow
The newsletter also contains a link to the "State Guidelines" web page which lists total positive cases and total positive test results to-date.  
I hope having this information at your fingertips helps to more easily be informed and stay abreast of local and State COVID-19 guidelines and information.
Community Newsletter (English/Spanish)
As we enter a fourth month of online instruction and shelter-in-place, I am profoundly grateful for your ongoing commitment to Hartnell's students in these unprecedented circumstances, whether you are working from home or on campus. Thanks to you, our students have been able to continue learning and progressing toward their life goals. Summer enrollment is up, and fall is also looking good. To keep you up to date, the college will share important information through video messages, email and our coronavirus webpage.
Between the COVID-19 pandemic and a crucial national discourse on racism and policing, this remains a very unsettled time. As Vice President of Human Resources Lyle Engeldinger has communicated, two Hartnell employees on the Main Campus were treated for the coronavirus, and coworkers who came in contact with them were tested before returning to work. Despite our many efforts, we know some of our students have struggled with the transition to online instruction. Nothing about this has been easy, especially the concern we naturally feel for our own health and the safety of our families and friends.
Supporting our students
Because of your shared commitment to putting "Students First," the emergency steps we took in March to teach and support students online have become the norm, even if they are far from normal. You keep finding new ways to serve students as they grapple with their own challenges. Your generosity as donors to the Hartnell College Foundation has enabled us to loan 311 Chromebooks and 257 wireless hotspots to students, as well as providing laptops this summer to 700 new Salinas Valley Promise students. The COVID-19 Student Emergency Response Fund also has gone toward increased crisis counseling services and $500 in emergency assistance to 126 students not eligible for CARES Act support. Information Technology Resources staff have also distributed 51 Chromebooks or laptops and 85 hotspots to employees who needed them to work from home.
Hartnell as COVID testing site
For a brief period beginning in late July or early August, if approved by the Hartnell College Governing Board, Monterey County public health officials will use a single classroom with external access in the Willard Lewallen STEM Center as a COVID-19 testing site. Including careful routing of individuals who arrive for testing, they will follow rigorous procedures to prevent any health threat to the general public and our employees. If the plan goes forward, all of us can share pride in this service to our community.
Planning to safely reopen
We fully expect online instruction to continue through the Fall 2020 semester, as noted in the fall class schedule, with isolated exceptions for hard-to-convert courses. But a group of faculty, staff and administrators is meeting regularly to determine how we can safely begin to bring employees back to campus as needed to serve current and prospective students. We recognize the need to strictly follow social-distancing requirements, require face coverings in shared spaces and maintain an intensive cleaning regimen, as well as other steps, such as installing plastic shields where needed.
Careful safeguards may allow us to invite small groups of students to campus for limited co-curricular activities. Meanwhile, we look toward a possible return to face-to-face instruction in the Spring 2021 semester, including the scheduled January opening of Hartnell's new education center in Soledad and expanded center in King City. Even if we are cleared to do so by state and county health officials, it can only happen if we employ a full range of best practices and procedures to ensure individual health.
Restoring our campuses to full operation, however long that takes, will require us all to go out of our way to protect one another and our students. I am confident we have the expertise and determination to do that safely and effectively. Thank you!
An employee informed the college administration this morning about receiving a positive test result for COVID-19.  No determination has yet been made whether this employee contracted the virus on the job at Hartnell.
Based on the information provided by this employee, we have identified individuals who may have been exposed to infection on a day when the employee was working on campus. We have encouraged those employees to test for the virus and to self-guarantee at home pending the test results. 
We have no reason to believe that other employees are at risk because of this situation. Hartnell continues to operate with only essential workers on campus, while also observing shelter-in-place guidelines, use of face covering, social distancing, and cleaning regimens for meeting and workspaces.
We will provide additional information about this situation as appropriate while doing all we can as a college to keep and maintain a safe environment for individuals who are working on campus.
We hope you and your loved ones are well and have enjoyed the recent sunny weather.  
Following is a friendly reminder to essential employees who have been working on campus, and an informational notification to others who may have an occasion to be on campus in the future:
In accordance with the County of Monterey requirements, the attached notification of Social Distancing Protocol outlines the preventative measure in place to protect District employees and other individuals on campus.   
The protocol is posted at the main entrances of occupied buildings of the Main Campus soall individuals on campus are informed of and adhere to the Social Distancing Protocol. 
Please note: To support self-monitoring for illness, symptom checks are also to be conducted before entering the work space.  You may use the CDC symptom checker linked here:  https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/ symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.  
Do not come to work if you are sick. 
The following safety procedures are also in place:
Administrators are to report the names of any remote work employee who subsequently is cleared to be on campus. 
An employee reporting to work on campus may call Campus Safety at (831) 755-6888 for assistance with access to assigned work buildings. 
Employees who report to work on campus should be prepared to show an ID to Campus Safety officers, who will check the "on-campus" personnel list before providing access to assigned buildings. 
Employees who arrive to work on campus without a face covering may acquire a face covering from the Security Kiosk.
A Hartnell employee who had been working both at home and on campus is being treated for COVID-19 and will not return to campus until medically cleared to do so. The employee reported that the infection did not occur on campus. 
A handful of employees with whom this person had contact were quarantined pending the results of their COVID-19 tests, which were negative for all.
Based on guidance from Monterey County health officials, the college has no reason to believe any other employees are at risk as a result of this situation. We are sharing this information in the interest of awareness and transparency, while being respectful of the employee's privacy.

When COVID-19 forced Hartnell College and other schools to suddenly jump from face-to-face learning into internet instruction in late March, students in physical activity courses came to a surprising realization.

They really can study yoga, self-defense and strength conditioning – for college credit –from the comfort and privacy of home. These and other popular activity classes will continue to be taught online through the eight-week summer term, which runs June 15-July 25. Registration is underway now.

This summer’s introductory classes provide one unit of course credit toward a degree. They also are open to community members who simply want affordable access to fitness and wellness training that they can complete at home. Those individuals can also repeat the cost as often as they want by paying a low audit fee.

“We make it fun,” said Steve Terry, who will teach self-defense/martial arts, using both videos and live teaching via online applications such as Zoom.

“My idea is to teach some techniques live, share some videos of similar style of content with the student and then have them practice the technique and last share with me some technique mastery,” said Terry, who also is an assistant Hartnell men’s basketball coach.

“They will use either Snapchat, Instagram, Tik Tok, or any app where the student can send me a video that’s less than a minute long.”

Kinesiology instructor Jamie Pedroza, who also is the college’s head volleyball coach, said students in her yoga classes don’t even need to buy a mat.

“Honestly you don't have to have one to enjoy the class,” she said. “It is a comfort thing, but I tell my students that the hardwood floor and your bare feet work great. You don’t need books or other materials at all.”

Pedroza, who also expects to combine both live sessions and videos uploaded to an online teaching system called Canvas, said she will make sure students are checking in on days when class is scheduled.

“We will be flexible,” she said. “My class will be open so first-time students can ask questions and enjoy the class.” 

One of the students in Pedroza’s spring yoga class agreed that flexibility is essential, no pun intended.

“In personal training, there’s a big push to online, so I’ve seen a lot of personal training videos on YouTube and everything like that,” said student Michael Taylor. “So why shouldn’t the college be able to do something like that?”

Taylor, who is majoring in kinesiology with a goal of becoming a personal trainer, also has experienced this spring’s online switch in an introductory course in weight training.

In that course, he said, “We’ve just transitioned from actually lifting weights to more pushups, air squats – doing calisthenics, but without the weights. It’s a common misunderstanding that weight training has to deal with weights, because the body has its own weight to it.”

In yoga class, students have been able to watch Pedroza demonstrate a pose on video and then work to perfect the technique on their own, Taylor said.

“When we were in class, Jamie showed us how to do it first before she did it, and she does the same thing in the video, so it’s easy to follow,” he said.

Whether offered online or in person, these activity classes are an important part of college’s service to its district, said Aurelio Salazar Jr., president of the Hartnell Community College District Governing Board.

“Just as with our courses in the visual and performing arts, we welcome community members who want to pursue and develop their interests and knowledge through Hartnell,” Salazar said.

For this summer, the cost for new students is $46 per class, plus a $10 student activity fee. Students who wish to repeat a course without receiving credit – known as “auditing” the class – only have to pay $25.

For fall and spring classes, which are worth 1.5 credits, the cost is $79. For students who want to audit a 16-week class for fall or spring, the cost is $32.50. That compares to fitness centers, which typically cost $40 or more a month, equivalent to $160 a semester.

To learn more about physical activity courses or other kinesiology classes available this summer and fall, email Joanne Venegas (jvenegas@hartnell.edu) or Cristina Westfall (cwestfall@hartnell.edu) on the physical education staff.

To register, visit www.hartnell.edu.

We are excited to announce a wide array of courses that will allow you to continue your education with Hartnell College this summer and fall. Summer registration is underway, and fall priority registration for continuing students will begin at 6:00 a.m. this Friday, May 8. Fall registration will continue through Aug. 23. The six-week summer session starts June 15, and the 16-week fall semester begins Aug. 24.
I want you to know that we expect to continue with online instruction through the Fall 2020 semester. This is also the case for the summer term. Our knowledgeable and supportive faculty and staff will do all they can to help you accomplish your objectives, now and in the future. PAWS will be available for priority registration starting at midnight tonight, and the full Schedule of Classes will be posted on the Hartnell website on Monday, May 11. 
Classes are listed with specific campus locations and meeting times, but that is only to meet a state requirement under an emergency distance education plan within the California Community Colleges System. All classes will be taught online with the exception of a few that are particularly hard to convert to online instruction. Individual students will be notified if their courses will be taught through an alternative means of instruction. 
Thank you for being a Hartnell student. We want you to stay safe, healthy and on track to achieve your educational and career goals!
Effective April 30, 2020, in accord with the Monterey County order, those employees whose roles and duties require them to keep working on our campuses will wear face coverings as directed while continuing to maintain social distancing. 
The district does have a limited supply of face-coverings (masks) and should you need a mask while on campus, please stop by the main campus security kiosk where you can receive a mask. The district's supply of masks is limited so please if you have a face covering we ask that for now you use your own.
Please talk with your supervisor should you have questions about having or wearing a face covering while on campus.

Money donated to help Hartnell College students cope with the impacts of COVID-19 has been quickly depleted by scores of requests for help with basic needs, ranging from rent and food to medical bills and personal hygiene products.

But the need persists.

As of April 28, Hartnell’s COVID-19 Student Emergency Response Fund had received 109 applications and distributed emergency scholarships of $500 to 63 students, with 10 students on a waiting list and about 45 more applications still in process.

“There are so many students in need,” said Dr. Nancy Reyes, a Hartnell counselor who is serving on a committee overseeing the assistance effort. “Although this does by no mean solve all of their struggles, it definitely helps and allows all of us to be more hopeful about the weeks to come, at least.”

Fundraising efforts continue through the crowdfunding website GoFundMe. The campaign, called “Keep Our Students Learning,” was publicly launched April 13 by the Hartnell College Foundation, a non-profit auxiliary of the Salinas-based community college.

So far, the fund has received almost $150,000 in individual and business contributions, on top of $150,000 in seed money approved by the foundation Board of Directors on April 7. Of that total, $31,000 has so far been spent on emergency scholarships, with remaining funds used to increase the availability of crisis counseling for students, as well as to buy Chromebook laptops and mobile internet hotspots for student facing technological challenges with online instruction.

Media coverage of the federal CARES Act funding may create the impression that all students’ needs are being met, when that is far from the truth, said Jackie Cruz, vice president of advancement and development for Hartnell and executive director of its foundation.

Hartnell will distribute $1.8 million of the federal funds in $500 payments directly to 3,600 students with the greatest need, based on their financial aid applications. But Hartnell enrolls approximately 17,000 students a year, 85 percent of who are low-income. The foundation campaign invites donors to help address that unmet need, Cruz said.

“Crowdfunding is about the collective power of people making a difference,” she said. “It’s not so much about the huge amounts of dollars, rather what each of us can do. If it’s a dollar, if it’s five bucks or if it’s two bucks, it doesn’t matter. It really is about all of us joining together, so anybody can help out with this.”

Hartnell Superintendent/President Dr. Patricia Hsieh expressed her gratitude to all who have contributed to the emergency fund and are planning to do so.

“We are seeing support from our employees, from our alums and from our friends across the district,” Dr. Hsieh said. “Among the many needs at this time, it’s essential that we continue to educate our students and prepare them for the changing workforce.”

In her counseling role, Dr. Reyes has communicated with students seeking help from the COVID-19 fund, including many who share anxiety about both their finances and the threat of the coronavirus itself.

“We’ve had students working at Olive Garden, Macy’s and other restaurants and retail,” she said. “A lot of students have been laid off, and also the parents. They’re just really trying to make ends meet, and they also want to continue attending college.”

One student said that $500 in emergency assistance from the foundation fund would allow her to quit her job delivering restaurant meals for DoorDash.

Recalled Reyes: “She said, I’m so afraid of continuing to deliver food. I don’t know what to do. If I’m awarded this emergency scholarship, this is going to help me out because I will have some money coming in and I can pay the rent for this month and be able to stay here and be with my kids.’”

Such examples exemplify the socioeconomic challenges experienced by many Hartnell students, with or without COVID-19.

“This situation underscores the essential nature of our mission to educate students and help them complete their degrees and certificates,” Salazar said. “We understand how the current environment can have an effect on their academics and economic stability at home, and we will do everything within our capacity to make sure our students are resilient.”

The foundation’s COVID-19 fund has provided $270,000 for purchase of 500 Chromebook laptop computers, which so far have been loaned out to about 100 students who lack reliable access to a device for their online classes. More will be distributed in coming weeks as additional students request one.

A student who received a Chromebook sent an email to Dave Phillips, vice president of information technology resources, to thank him for the help.

“I just want to say thank you so much for the letting us students borrow the Chromebooks,” wrote the student, Stephanie Hernandez. “A few weeks ago my computer starting giving me problems. Then it crashed. Last week I got laid off from a job I worked for the last 12 1/2 years. … I really do appreciate this and I will forever remember what Hartnell does to help me towards my future!”

“A lot of students are still doing work on their smartphones,” Cruz said. “That can get you through some reading assignments, but we want out students to have devices so they can complete their assignments, whether it’s essays or Excel spreadsheets or presentations.”

Another $50,000 from the fund has gone to purchase mobile hotspots, which are expected to be delivered in the next few days and distributed to 100 students who have applied for one.

The combination of support for basic needs and technology is intentional, Cruz said, and designed to fulfill the goal spelled out in the name of the campaign – to “keep students learning.”

“We don’t want to make our students pick between, ‘Hey, I have 500 bucks: Am I going to pay my rent or am I going to buy myself a laptop? Or I need to pay the PG&E bill or buy some food?’ We don’t want our students stuck with those really heart-wrenching decisions where they are discouraged from continuing on with their education.”


Although a majority of you continue to work from home under the statewide shelter-in-place order, I wanted you to assure you that Hartnell College is complying with a new order from the Monterey County Health Officer that requires use of face coverings in the workplace and in public places.
Effective today, April 30, those employees whose roles and duties require them to keep working on our campuses will wear face coverings as directed while continuing to maintain social distancing. Specifically, this includes use of the face covering when interacting with any member of the public and when working in or walking through common areas such as hallways, stairways and parking facilities, or in any room when other people are present.
Because medical-grade masks are in short supply, and not required by the order, we are encouraging employees to provide and wear a clean face covering of their own, but we are providing masks as needed to ensure that everyone is safe and in compliance.
As you probably are aware, the county health order also directs everyone over age 12 to wear a face covering when outside their home, such as when standing in line or when conducting business through a car window or at a walk-up counter at any essential business or service, such as supermarkets and healthcare facilities, or when waiting for or riding on public transportation, including a ride-sharing vehicle.
A variety of coverings are acceptable, as long as they cover the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. Examples include a scarf or bandana, a neck gaiter and a homemade covering made from a T-shirt, sweatshirt or towel. You will find many ideas for making your own mask online, including at the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019- ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy- cloth-face-coverings.html
As we conclude the spring semester and prepare for all-online instruction this summer, Hartnell will continue to closely follow and respond to the latest public safety recommendations and requirements. 
Thank you all for the steps you are taking to keep yourselves, your families, our students and other members of the public as safe as possible from coronavirus infection.

Hartnell College is extending the opportunity for Salinas-area high school seniors to participate in its “Panther Prep Pledge” priority registration program for Fall 2020 classes to April 24 rather than an original deadline of April 17.

By pledging online to attend Hartnell this fall, students will receive individualized assistance from the College Pathways Team and guidance from academic counselors to be prepared for priority registration on May 18. If they wait, they may find that courses they want are already full.

The pledge culminates outreach that began last October at 19 school sites across the Hartnell Community College District. During a series of high school workshops, the College Pathways Team led students through the Steps to Success, which include applying for admission, placement for English and math, online orientation and setting up a Hartnell email account.

Since 2013, Hartnell has held Panther Prep Day, a freshman welcome event to enroll and engage seniors, on its Main Campus in Salinas and its King City Education Center. In 2019, the event drew 550 participants in Salinas and 350 in King City. The COVID-19 outbreak required conversion to an online experience, including a virtual resource fair to showcase support services and enrichment opportunities for students.

The purpose is unchanged: to help students continue their education after high school and either go on to complete a four-year degree or prepare to begin an immediate career in a technical field.

“Panther Prep has been a great success in the past, and we were determined to provide all of its key benefits for students and their families, despite the challenges presented by the current situation,” said HCCD Superintendent/President Dr. Patricia Hsieh. “Our administrators and staff have been very creative in making that adjustment.”

Beginning the last week of April through May 15, Panther Pledge students will be able to participate in online guidance workshops with a counselor and select their first-semester courses. Parents can listen in on those sessions, and they can watch videos that help them prepare to better support their students. Parents can also tune in to a podcast that will be produced in May by the Academic Counseling staff.

“We really take them through the whole experience and take all the guesswork out of it,” said Ariana Rodriguez, the school’s College Pathways Coordinator. “We walk them through the entire process of enrollment, step by step.”

So far, about 800 of this year’s seniors have already completed the Panther Prep Pledge, but Hartnell wants to match or exceed last year’s total of 900 for the in-person events.

Combined with the benefits of the Salinas Valley Promise ― a new program of free tuition, mentoring and leadership training for first-time, full-time students ― has allowed Hartnell to consistently enroll more than 40 percent of graduating seniors at its feeder high schools.

“Whenever we go out to the schools, our Pathways Team staff always reiterate to students that we’re there to present an option, and the reason we do this across the county is so that all students have a path to college,” Rodriguez said. “Completing steps with us ensures that Hartnell is an option for them if they decide to continue with us after graduation.”

High school counselors are essential and valued partners for the Panther Prep program, she said, because they coordinate with teachers to make sure all students can take part in the workshops during their regular school day and provide ongoing support and follow-up with their students participating in the program.

Aurelio Salazar Jr., HCCD Governing Board president, said the partnership with local schools and school districts is key to Panther Prep’s ongoing impact.

“All of us share the goal of providing as much educational and career opportunity for our children and young adults as possible,” Salazar said. “Panther Prep is an expression of that team effort, and we are grateful to everyone’s support.”

Once students complete the Panther Prep Pledge, available on the college website at www.hartnell.edu/pantherprep, they will be invited to an online workshop with a Hartnell counselor to guide them through registration. 

The Hartnell College Office of Equity Programs, best known as Mi CASA on the main Salinas campus, is striving to remain a one-stop-shop for students, especially since all classes and services moved online in late March.

“We are here to support students navigate through the transitions,” said Bronwyn Moreno, director of student affairs and equity programs. “We have new systems in place to be proactive.”

The Office of Equity Programs is equipped with counselors, administrative staff and student ambassadors to create a welcoming environment for all who seek guidance on financial aid, academic planning, transfer information, advocacy, referrals and much more.

“Students can call us, email us or fill out a simple form online, and we will get back to them within the hour,” Moreno said.

Student ambassadors are trained to help fellow students navigate through Canvas, the Educational Self-Planner tool, Zoom, PAWS and other tools, which increases their ability to quickly respond to questions.

As the move to online learning triggered other challenges, the equity programs staff initiated a telephone campaign to contact more than 1,000 students and assist them as needed. This group includes all participants in all equity programs: AC (the Academy for College Excellence), MILE (the Men’s Institute for Leadership and Education), WELI (the Women’s Education and Leadership Institute), Salinas Valley Promise, RSN (Rising Scholars Network) and Mi CASA (Center for Advancement and Student Achievement).

“With this campaign, we are checking on all of these students and asking them what they need,” Moreno said. “Do they need a Chromebook, do they need counseling, any other tools, resources or anything else.”

The objective of this holistic approach is to make sure Hartnell students realize Mi CASA and other Equity Programs are ready to serve them.

“Students are so appreciative when they get the call from one of our team members,” Moreno said. “They feel special when someone is calling them personally and feel it’s a nice gesture.”

Mi CASA serves DACA and other undocumented students. It is the on-campus hub where students, employees and community members can go for the latest in immigration resources.

Mi CASA’s immigration legal services resumed April 10. Students, faculty and staff can access the appointment portal to book a date with an immigration attorney, thanks to Hartnell’s partnership with the UFW Foundation.

“As a low-income DACA student, I do not always have the money to pay for a legal consultation,” said one second-year Hartnell student, who asked to remain anonymous. As a full-time student who spends most of her time on her coursework, she said it is hard for her to make time to seek legal advice elsewhere.

“This is why having the UFW on campus offering free legal services for students like me is perfect, mostly now that we do not know the certainty of DACA moving forward,” she said.

The partnership between the UFW and Hartnell College is vital because it provides help for students who have questions, need assistance with forms or simply need advice, Moreno said.

Hartnell Community College District Governing Board President Aurelio Salazar Jr. said the combined services of equity programs send a powerful signal to students and the greater community.

“Ensuring equity is central to our educational mission at Hartnell,” Salazar Jr. said. “Programs like Mi CASA and WELI provide benefits that benefit current students and future generations.”

Hartnell’s superintendent/president, Dr. Patricia Hsieh, said it is especially important that equity programs remain fully available and accessible while students are taking online classes.

“Our college is working very hard to maintain equity in learning opportunities, regardless of how we deliver instruction,” Dr. Hsieh said. “The Office of Equity Programs plays an instrumental role in that effort.”

Contact the Hartnell College Office of Equity Programs by calling (831) 755-6723, email to micasa@hartnell.edu or visit https://www.hartnell.edu/students/programs/mi-casa-hartnell-college-dreamer-center.html.

Thank you for all your efforts to make this unexpected adjustment to online learning because of COVID-19.

Here are a few immediate and important updates:

  • Student resource videos: Hartnell has begun sharing a series of short informational videos how to access and use academic and student support services. Here is the first video, in which Maria Ceja, dean of student affairs and enrollment services at Hartnell College, provides an overview of Admissions & Records resources and assistance for online students.  We will share additional videos on the Online Learning resource webpages through email and college social media channels.


  • Zoom chat for transfer applicants: The Academic Counseling Office is starting a series of online information chats via Zoom at 3 p.m. TODAY (April 8). Mercedes Del Real, transfer center coordinator, will share changes being made by the UC and CSU to assist transferring students. If you're planning to transfer this fall or next spring, be sure to join us at https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/390304587
  • Tutoring with Panther Learning Lab: The Panther Learning Lab has tutoring and Supplemental Instruction sessions happening now, including extra help with homework, online education and study skills. Click on the link below to join our Canvas page. After you join, you will be able to see the schedule and you can start attending tutoring sessions. If you have any questions please email them at pll@hartnell.edu. Also, your Canvasshell gives you access to NetTutor. Use the "NetTutor" button in your course through Canvas to access free online tutoring.

Main Campus - STEM Lab - Click here to join

Main Campus - Writing- Click here to join 

Alisal Campus - Click here to join

King City Education Center- Click here to join

Supplemental Instruction Sessions for Students (SI Leaders)- Click here to join

  • Online Counseling: The Academic Counseling Office has moved its serves online and over the phone. You can reach them by submitting a Counseling Appointment Request Form, calling (831) 755-6820 and leaving a detailed message, or by email at counseling@hartnell.edu. A staff member will contact you to set up an appointment.
  • Spring semester: The Spring 2020 semester will conclude on May 30 as originally scheduled, with continuing all-online instruction.
  • 2020 Commencement: Hartnell's 2020 Commencement will be presented online on the originally scheduled date, Friday, May 29, starting at 5:30 p.m. We encourage all graduates to order caps, gowns and Centennial stoles from the Panther Bookstore so they can celebrate and take photos with family and friends while watching the ceremony online. Items will be shipped to students free of charge.We will share more details and links to order items online as soon as possible. If you have an urgent bookstore question, contact manager Lashanta Mitchell via email:  lmitchell@follett.com
  • Summer 2020 registration: Priority registration for all continuing students is April 23 through May 1, depending on the number of credits you have already completed. Visit https://www.hartnell.edu/students/admissions/registration/index.htmlfor more information. Classes begin June 15, with one six-week summer term, ending July 25. They will be taught entirely online.
  • Reminder on survey on summer plans: If you haven't already done so, please take two minutes and answer a few quick questions to help the college assess demand for 2020 Summer Session classes: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PZF3RMV
  • Free wireless at Hartnell campuses: Free wireless service is now available to students from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Parking Lot 4 on the Main Campus in Salinas (off of Alisal Street, between pool and tennis courts) and at the King City Education Center along Second Street. A third wireless hotspot should be activated this week in the main parking lot of the Alisal Campus.  
  • Financial aid chatbot: The Financial Aid webpage now features a chatbot that allows you to ask questions and get answers from staff online.

Please continue to check your Hartnell Gmail regularly for further official information and updates. Thank you again!

 Dear Hartnell students, 

We hope you are staying healthy and safe. 

To assist all students during this challenging time, the California Community College Chancellor's Office has authorized all colleges to extend the following deadlines for Spring 2020 courses: 

  1. Petition for a Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grade: Please be aware that there may be adverse student implications. A P/NP grade may not be accepted by a university or four-year college when transferring, applying for a license, etc. 
    • Pass/No Pass forms can be submitted to admissions@hartnell.edu anytime up to May 18, 2020. Include P/NP in the subject line. 
  2. Excused Withdraw (EW) from courses for Spring 2020 due to COVID-19 may be accepted until May 1, 2020, via PAWs. The EW will not be counted in the number of repeats allowed. 

Prior to petitioning for a P/NP or Excused Withdraw students should: 

  • Contact Academic Counseling to speak with an academic counselor to determine the best options and resources available to support you. 
  • Contact the Financial Aid Department at (831) 755-6806 or finaid@hartnell.edu for more information on how a P/NP or EW could impact your award eligibility. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions and Records Office at admissions@hartnell.edu.


Hartnell College is directly contributing to COVID-19 treatment and other patient care through a loan of 13 ventilators from its respiratory care program; the donation of such critical supplies as masks, gowns and gloves; and the participation of 88 Hartnell registered nursing students at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

Since the week before last, the college has loaned ventilators to SVMH, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Natividad Medical Center, said Debra Kaczmar, dean of academic affairs, nursing and allied health at Hartnell. All the ventilators are in good working order, and one was brand new, still in the box.

There also is the prospect for students in the college’s respiratory care, nursing and emergency medical technician programs to be recruited as part of California’s Health Corps group being organized to supplement shorthanded health care staffs across the state. That effort was announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 30.

Kaczmar said the pressing demand for registered nursing help in non-COVID roles at SVMH will fulfill remaining clinical requirements for 2020 RN graduates and enable other students to continue their hands-on learning, despite COVID-19’s impact on classroom simulation. The students are at the hospital on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

“We’re incredibly fortunate, because many schools don’t have that, and their students have been displaced,” she said.

Vocational nursing students have been less fortunate, Kaczmar said, because local skilled-nursing facilities have restricted opportunities for them to accumulate patient-care hours at this time. Respiratory care students also have been displaced from clinical postings, but the program’s upcoming graduates already have sufficient experience to begin working, she said, and several have job waiting at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

Many of the RN and respiratory students, in particular, expressed a determination to contribute during the pandemic, Kaczmar said.

“It’s like, ‘Yes, this is what I want.’ ‘This is what I should be doing.’ ‘What can I do to help?’ and so on,” she said.

Panther Learning Lab Provides Tutoring for Online Students

Hartnell College’s Panther Learning Lab went online March 25, the same day students began all-online classes as a safety precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While getting ready was a race against time, the delivery of online-only tutoring will continue to be refined in coming weeks, said Jay Singh, director of academic and student support services.

“It is important for all students to know that we are changing the approaches to tutoring, but keeping access the same in all campuses, from King City, to the Alisal Campus, to Main Campus,” Singh said.

A commitment to student success remains a constant.

“I miss seeing the students and can only imagine how they are doing through all these challenges,” said Academic Support Specialist Valerie Provencio, who made it a point to reach out to regular Panther Learning Lab (PLL) students the day before the transition to make sure they knew about the change. 

On a typical day before students were asked to stay home, between 40 and 80 students would visit the lab for English and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) tutoring, said Academic Support Specialist Joanna Ledesma, and the tutoring team is hoping to build back to assisting that many students online.

“One of the biggest challenges will be for students to find us online,” Ledesma said. “Here is where faculty need to help us by promoting us to their students.”

Added Singh, “It is really important to make sure we are operating well to provide students with the academic support to help them succeed in class. The partnership with faculty will be key in letting them know we are here for them.”

A slow start immediately after the switch has enabled the team to practice their ability to guide students via webcam. 

The Online Panther Learning Lab team say they’re trying to be creative in their use of technology. They are connecting with students via phone, but they are also using video cam and a whiteboard behind them to explain complex concepts. For English, for example, the student sends a shared Word Doc and the tutor is able to help edit it in real time.

When students reach out to the lab, their query will be answered by the next available tutor.

“Most of our regular students that visit the lab are used to working with certain tutors,” said Academic Support Specialist Samuel Kirkland. “We are in the process of moving towards reaching that point so all feel comfortable.”

Singh said student workers who serve as supplemental instructors and tutors will be back on a regular schedule in early April. They are as instrumental to the success of the PLL as the regular instructors, he said.

“We will continue to be flexible and adapt to where students are,” Singh said. “Everyone wants to make sure students know that we are here to help. We want to make sure no student is left behind.”

Carla Gonzalez, also an academic support specialist, had a clear message to share with all students: “We’ve got you, and you’ve got this.”

The Online Panther Learning Lab is accessed through the Canvas online learning management system. Students can also schedule an appointment or get academic support by emailing PLL@hartnell.edu

Because of the ongoing public health threat from COVID-19 and expectation that safety precautions will extend at least into June, Hartnell College will continue all-online instruction throughout the Summer 2020 session. We also will continue to deliver a full array of student support services using online tools.
The six-week session will run June 15 through July 25. Watch your Hartnell Gmail account and Canvas for more information soon on registration dates and class schedules. We encourage you to further improve your ability to compete in a changing job market or accelerate your transfer to a four-year university.
Be sure to seek help from an academic counselor and your instructors if you have questions about which summer courses will best help you achieve your educational goals.
Here is a link to make sure you are prepared for online learning: https://www. hartnell.edu/students/online- learning/canvas-help-students. html
This self-paced Quest for Success Canvas course may also be helpful.
We wish you continued success in your spring classes and good health to you and your loved ones, and we hope you will continue your studies this summer and beyond.
Effective immediately, Hartnell College is providing wireless internet service in Parking Lot 4 on the Main Campus in Salinas. This is intended to assist students who lack reliable home internet service.
Wireless service will be available daily from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Parking Lot 4 is on the south side of Building J (visual arts) and adjacent to the tennis courts. It is accessible only from West Alisal Street.
Please remain in your vehicles and observe social distancing while using this service.
Hartnell is working to also provide this service on the Alisal Campus and at the King City Education Center and will inform students when it becomes available.
The Department of Human Resources has launched a webpage with information for all Hartnell employees affected by COVID-19, including its impact both on their jobs and on your families and daily lives. The page covers such things as the Employee Assistance Program and recommendations for working from home. 
Here is the full URL if you wish to share it: 
We will do our best to regularly updated this page, so I encourage you to check back from time to time. We also will share significant updates with you directly. I also have attached several supplemental resources you may find helpful.
Hartnell provides basic information about the coronavirus, an archive of related college communications and links to official public health resources at hartnell.edu/coronavirus. Information related to online instruction and support services is available on the Online Learning pages, also accessible from Hartnell.edu.
Thank you for the many adjustments and extra effort you are making to provide outstanding education and support to our students at this difficult time.

Hartnell College will no longer look to April 7 as an anticipated end date for online instruction and student services.

Instead, please plan to remain in all-online mode UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE from Hartnell.

We continue to review and respond to government public health orders and recommendations from the county, state and federal levels.

As I have repeatedly emphasized, the health and safety of our college community and the greater community are our highest priority.

For Carol Kimbrough and her team in Crisis Counseling and Emotional Wellness Services at Hartnell College, the goal is always to help as many students as possible navigate life while moving forward with their education.

Since the college switched to all-online instruction on March 25 as a precaution against COVID-19, the counselors’ work is more in demand – and more urgent – than ever.

“I am amazed with our students,” said Kimbrough, a psychology instructor who serves as Hartnell’s clinical supervisor for crisis counseling. “They want to have that bright future, and we are going to do anything possible to get them there.”

Even without the added stress of shelter-in-place and the unfamiliarity of online instruction, college is a mental health challenge for many students.

Seventy-five percent of Hartnell students are the first in their family to go to college, which produce high expectations from parents who may not fully appreciate the demands of higher education, Kimbrough said. Some families even expect students to work a set amount in support of the household.

These realities produce stress in young adults who feel unable to fulfill all the duties imposed onto them, academically and personally, she said.

Although Hartnell campuses are otherwise closed to students, and most employees are working from home, the Crisis Counseling and Emotional Wellness Center is still available for all Hartnell students with extended hours, five therapists (including bilingual) and expanded telephone counseling hours. In addition, its offices in Building D on the Main Campus in Salinas remain open for walk-ins, while observing social distancing.

Students can see a therapist for 10 sessions, and once those are exhausted, their case is evaluated for a possible extension.

“Some individuals take longer to heal than others,” said Kimbrough, who has counseled Hartnell students for 40 years. “This is why we want to make sure everyone is aware we are here to get them through the tough times.”

Childhood abuse or neglect is one factor that can lead students to seek help. Addressing those issues through counseling can enable them to stay engaged in their academics, learn to connect with positive influences and discover that long-term therapy is available, she said.

Kimbrough recounts the case of a female student with three children who was homeless, living in a car and worried about both safety and food. The student was taking a full-time course load and ready to give up. She couldn’t find work – and was anxious, desperate and suicidal. The woman’s own childhood trauma exacerbated her depression and pessimism for her future.

With just a few sessions of crisis counseling at Hartnell, she saw her future in a different light. The student found a safe haven at Hartnell and found power within herself to graduate and continue on to a four-year university.

Kimbrough said COVID-19 poses specific new challenges for students who find themselves trying to keep up with course content while struggling with online technology, and either social isolation or crowded conditions at home.

She recommends limited television viewing to get away from the news, taking a walk and similar healthful activities, establishing a daily routine, attending to personal hygiene, listening to music and staying connected with friends, as well as reading and writing daily affirmations in a journal.

“We encourage students to stay safe,” Kimbrough said. “Let us know how to help you.”

The Crisis Counseling and Emotional Wellness Services at Hartnell College encourages students who feel stressed, anxious, overwhelmed or insecure to seek support by calling (831) 770-7019. Details about center services also are available on the college website at: https://www.hartnell.edu/students/programs/crisis-counseling-services.html.

 Tomorrow, March 25, all of us at Hartnell College begin an endeavor that few could have forseen just a few months ago -- the complete conversion of students to online instruction. Regardlesss of how long we remain under a shelter-in-place order, this "new normal" of teaching and supporting our students remotely will likely continue through this semester, quite probably through summer and possibly into fall. As difficult as this is for us, the challenge is far greater for our students. 

Of course we understand why this change in necessary: for the health and safety of everyone at our college and in the greater community. The question I ask today is "how" we will accomplish it. I don't mean Canvas or Zoom or Cranium Cafe. Rather, I refer to the personal commitment each of us will bring to this true test of our highest shared value, always putting "Students First."
Turning to the teachings of Confucious for wisdom, I find this quotation: "Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart." Please, go with all your heart into the mission of helping our students succeed despite this unwelcome circumstance. Whether your role is that of instructor, counselor or any of the myriad other ways we serve our students, measure your own efforts by the light of their future.
In two years or 20, we may ask ourselves, or be asked by others: "What did you do to help students during the coronavirus pandemic? Surely the only answer can be, " I did everything I possibly could, and then I did a litttle bit more." 

Hartnell College is working on several strategies to provide free WiFi to students who need it, including establishing "drive-up" locations at our campuses and partnering with Salinas Valley cities and school districts and Monterey-Salinas Transit to provide hotspots or additional in-home service. We will provide details on those opportunities as soon as they are ready.

Here is information on how to take advantage of existing options available in different areas of the Hartnell Community College District:

COMCAST: Internet Essentials Free to New Customers
Low-income families who live in a Comcast service area can sign-up for Internet Essentials from Comcast. New customers will receive 60 days of free Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, for all new and existing Internet Essentials customers, the speed of the program's internet service has been increased from 3 to 25 Mbps downstream and 3 Mbps upstream. That increase will go into effect for no additional fee, and it will become the new base speed for the program going forward.

Comcast: Pausing Data Plans
With so many people working and educating from home, Comcast wants customers to access the internet without thinking about data plans. Therefore, they are pausing their data plans for 60 days, giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.

Comcast: No Disconnects or Late Fees
Comcast will not disconnect a customer's internet service or assess late fees if they contact Comcast and let them know that they can't pay their bills during this period. The company says its "care teams" will be available to offer flexible payment options and can help find other solutions.

AT&T or SPRINT: California Connects Mobile Internet
California Community Colleges students are eligible for the California Connects Mobile Internet service. This new mobile hotspot service, powered by AT&T or Sprint, offers nationwide 4G LTE connectivity and allows users to connect up to 10 WiFi enabled devices for up to 10 hours on a single charge, no contract required, for $19.99 a month. More information is available at https://foundationccc.org/What-We-Do/Student-Success/California-Connects

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. See a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots in Salinas, Gonzales and King City at https://www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the "xfinitywifi" network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.


Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband and WiFi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. More information is available here: https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-internet-offer-students/ 

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Charter/Spectrum hotspots are located in Gonzales and King City. The full coverage map is here: https://spectrum.cellmaps.com/charter-fullscreen.html#/#c=36.207462234580845,-121.13485545501709&z=15&term=King%20City,%20CA,%20USA


The City of Gonzales will distribute free hotspots to city residents this Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Toots Vosti Memorial Recreation Center, 107 Centennial Drive, Gonzales. Proof of residency at a Gonzales mailing address is required (no P.O. boxes). To contact the city, visit https://gonzalesca.gov/ or call (831) 675-5000.


HARTNELL: More Free Access Coming Soon
As I said at the beginning of this email, Hartnell intends to establish its own free campus hotspots and is working with partners around Monterey County with plans to provide low- or no-cost rentals of cellular hotspots. MST may use its buses to create mobile hotspots in various locations around the county.

On Monday, Hartnell launched new Online Learning pages on its website that include extensive STUDENT RESOURCES on such subjects as academic support, student services and crisis counseling. Please continue to visit these pages as we add new information on a daily basis. The Online Learning pages are also accessible from the Hartnell homepage (www.hartnell.edu).

We realize this switch to online instruction is a big change -- and it comes at an especially difficult time, as we all work together to limit the spread of COVID-19. Continue to watch your Hartnell College email account for further updates.


Dear Hartnell students,

We realize this sudden switch from classroom learning to online learning presents a challenge to you as learners. Hartnell College is working hard to assist you in any way we can, and we will continue to provide you with as much useful information as possible.

Thank you for your continued commitment to your education in spite of adjustments needed to prevent spread of the coronavirus in our college community and in the greater community. Your health and safety are our highest priority.


New Dates for the Start of Online Instruction -- March 25-April 7

In response to an order from Monterey County for all county residents to "shelter in place" through April 7, Hartnell College is asking its students and faculty to use this coming Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24, as time to prepare for online instruction that will start on Wednesday, March 25. We earlier announced that instruction would be from March 23-April 5, so this is a change.


Other important information regarding ONLINE INSTRUCTION:

  • Students are asked NOT to come to campus facilities, including Main Campus, Alisal Campus, and King City Education Center, until further notice.
  • Online instruction will continue through Monday, April 7 (not April 5 as earlier stated). Information about instruction after April 7 will be provided to you next week.
  • Watch for information from your instructor(s) about how to participate in an online class through Canvas, and for orientation to online learning. 
  • For Dual Enrollment (AB288-CCAP) courses, instructors will reach out to students with information specific to each school district.
  • These specific courses will not be offered online. Students in these classes should await further information.



As we make this transition together, the college is seeking to assist all students, not only with your classes, but also with managing with all the changes you are experiencing.


Academic Counseling 

To make an academic counseling appointment:

  • You may reach the Counseling Office by email to counseling@Hartnell.edu or call (831) 755-6820. Leave a voice message with your name, contact information and the purpose of your call. A staff member will get back to you as soon as possible.

Access to Student Services (admissions, financial aid, transcripts) will be announced. Technology assistance will be announced.


Tutoring and Academic Support

Tutoring and Academic Support Services will be available online from the Panther Learning Lab beginning March 23.  Reach the Panther Learning Lab at https://www.hartnell.edu/students/programs/tutoring/drop-tutoring.html 

Or, you can contact the Tutorial Services Coordinator at PLL@hartnell.edu or call (831) 755-6738 or -6832.


Enrollment Services

Access to Enrollment Services (Admissions, Financial Aid, Registration, Transcripts) will be conducted by phone and email only. 

To contact the office of Enrollment Services on the Main Campus please call (831) 755-6711 or send us information by Fax: (831) 759-6014 or email us at admissions@hartnell.edu or finaid@hartnell.edu. 


Department of Supportive Programs & Services (DSPS)

Support for students with disabilities is available by contacting the DSPS office at 831-755-6760 and via email at dsps@hartnell.edu for assistance with accommodations and assistive technology.  


Crisis Counseling

For information on how to access available Crisis Counseling services, please refer to the following:
https://www.hartnell.edu/students/programs/crisis-counseling-services.html Please contact Crisis Counseling for more information by phone at 831-770-7019.   Please leave a message and we'll get back to you.


We Are With You!

Everyone at Hartnell College is working to support you and all of our students. as well as joining with you to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Watch for more information coming soon about how you can access wireless internet services, if that is a concern for you.

We continue to add information to Hartnell's coronavirus webpages. Those are available at hartnell.edu/coronavirus. We also are rushing to develop new website pages to help you with your online learning.

We also plan to send regular informational emails to students at a recurring time of day. Although email is the college's official means of communication with students, and our best way to send information to every student, we will explore how to best use other channels of communication during this challenging time.




Vice President | Academic Affairs

Dear Hartnell College Community,

 As we confront the COVID-19 crisis and comply with orders from the State of California and Monterey County orders to increase social distancing and limit the number of individuals on our campuses, Hartnell continues to make a number of changes.

By moving to online instruction, asking most employees to work from home and closing our offices, we have effectively closed our college to the public. This requires us to closely manage who is coming on and off our campuses. To accomplish that, we have developed a system to provide access to those employees whose duties and responsibilities require them to be physically on campus.

If you have not been given clearance to be on campus by your supervisor, you are expected to remain off campus until further notice. If you have been given clearance to be on campus and have difficulty getting into your assigned building, please call Campus Safety for assistance at (831) 755-6888.. Be prepared show your college ID to Campus Safety officers. They will check the personnel list provided by vice presidents before providing you access.

As we continue to work through this very fluid and restrictive situation, it is imperative that everyone work together for the good of the entire Hartnell community. Please share any questions with me at (831) 770-7013 or by email to dscott@hartnell.edu.

Thank you for your understanding and partnership.

Daniel Scott

Daniel Scott, M.A., CEM®, NEMEA.

Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management

Hartnell Prepares to Support Online Learning While Upholding Shelter-in-Place Order
Dear Hartnell College employees,
The Hartnell Community College District (HCCD) Board of Trustees today expressed its powerful commitment to our students' education and the well-being of our employees while we all work together to cope with the evolving local impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
During an emergency meeting at noon on Hartnell's Main Campus, the board voted unanimously to authorize me as HCCD superintendent/president to "take any and all actions necessary to ensure the continuation of public education, and the health and safety of the students and employees" across our district. 
This will allow us to close our campuses except for a few essential operations on the Main Campus, in compliance with the shelter-in-place order issued March 17 for all Monterey County residents.
Following a closed session to discuss labor relations, the board also voted unanimously to continue paying all of our employees as budgeted while the shelter-in-place order remains in effect, through April 7. 
During this period, Hartnell employees will receive their normal pay regardless of whether they are (1.) continuing to report to work for necessary on-campus duties, (2.) able to complete their work while telecommuting from home, or (3.) not required to work on campus but unable to do their jobs from home. Employees who remain at home and are not able to telecommute will remain “on call” during their regular work hours and be subject to administrative direction to return to work as needed, or to be assigned work to do at home.  
The board's first resolution, titled "Declaring Emergency Conditions and Taking Additional Action in Response to the Threat of COVID-19," will allow us to move all instruction online, with the exception of a limited number of courses to be announced by deans. Faculty will begin teaching students through distance education starting March 23. Likewise, student services teams will provide counseling, tutoring, disability and other vital support services using online technology and tools.
Because the Monterey County shelter-in-place order runs through April 7, we will extend our plan for online education and student support at least through that date, not April 5 as earlier announced. A decision on whether to continue distance education beyond April 7 will depend on the status of the county order and what we determine is best for our students.
In closing, I want to express my sincere appreciation to our Board of Trustees members for their unequivocal support for our students, our employees and the educational mission of Hartnell College.
Before today's meeting ended, shortly after 2 p.m., Trustee Candi DePauw thanked all of you, and her fellow trustees, for working through this transition to online education. Board President Aurelio Salazar Jr. voiced complete confidence in our college team as we seek to minimize the impact on our students while helping them navigate the educational system. 
Trustee Erica Padilla-Chavez offered these remarks, as well:
"The action that the board took demonstrates our commitment to employees and their families. We recognize that we don't just employ individuals; we employ families. Given the public health emergency, it's going to require that we apply virtues that we don't necessarily carry every day, because we're going to be tested in ways that we've never been tested before. We're going to be asked to maintain a level of patience and collaboration, on the part of everyone in our awesome Hartnell family. That's how we're going to get through this."
I thank our trustees for their thoughtfulness and leadership in this uncertain time. 
I thank each and every one of our employees for your belief in the enormous importance of the work we do.
And, most of all, I am grateful to our wonderful students for their commitment to learning and for making unexpected adjustments as they continue their spring classes.

Patricia C. Hsieh, Ed.D.

Superintendent/President | Office of the Superintendent/President

Dear Hartnell College Community,

I am writing with a further update in light of the latest developments in the response to the COVID-19 health situation.  This afternoon, Monterey County officials announced a shelter in place order that will take effect after midnight on March 18, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020.  The County’s Order and Frequently Asked Questions are accessible here on the County’s website: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-a-h/health/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

While we are still reviewing the full implications of the County’s Order, the District is able to provide the following information:

  1. Your health and safety, and that of our community, are of paramount concern.
  1. The District is not aware of any COVID-19 cases among our students or employees.
  1. As provided in the County’s Order, the District is considered an essential business.  Therefore, we are permitted to continue to have designated employees on site for either of the following purposes: facilitating distance learning, or to perform essential functions.

Unless you received notice from a supervisor or manager to come to work to perform either of these functions, you should not come to work at a District facility starting March 18, 2020, until the County’s Order is modified or lifted, or we notify you otherwise. 

If you have been notified to come to work for these identified reasons, the District will maintain social distancing of six feet per person to the greatest extent possible, as required by the County’s order.   

  1. The District is working with union representatives to address the effects on employees of the County’s shelter in place order. 

We recognize the COVID-19 health situation continues to create stressful conditions for you and your family members. This is a new, unprecedented situation, and information continues to evolve and change rapidly.  We will continue to work with our employees and employee representatives to address these challenges, and will keep you informed of any developments. 

Thank you for your ongoing attention and commitment to our District and community in these challenging times

Patricia Hsieh

Patricia C. Hsieh, Ed.D.

Superintendent/President | Office of the Superintendent/President

Dear Hartnell College Community,

Implementation of Hartnell's social distancing plan began Monday, March 16, and it went well thanks to administrators' thorough planning and coordination and the cooperation of fellow employees.

I am sharing this additional communication to provide additional details on implementation of the Hartnell College Social Distancing Plan.  In this update you will receive information regarding all divisions of Hartnell College including our educational centers.

Note to students: Although all Hartnell instruction is moving online starting March 23, students are included in this communication because social-distancing practices also apply to student workers. (See item 7)

  • All employees are practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet in accordance with CDC standards effective 3/15/2020. 
  • Some employees will be relocated to areas vacated by students and otherwise equipped with necessary computer access and workspace.  This action will provide the necessary social distance for other groups of employees.
  • All face-to-face meetings scheduled for 10 or more participants will be converted to Zoom meetings in accordance with CDC guidelines. 
  • To the extent possible, all employee gatherings will be limited in an effort to maintain the si- foot separation standard, relying on telephone and other electronic resources to accommodate inter-employee communication needs. 
  • Effective immediately, all requests for college-related travel outside Monterey County will be restricted to essential travel and require approval in advance by the appropriate supervisor.  Travel will only be approved if social distance can be maintained. 
  • In workspaces that allow for rearranging employee area assignments, supervisors will separate employees to allow for workspace distancing.  Employees’ workspace assignments are being rotated in certain instances to allow for public access and to allow employees to complete their work assignments without undue exposure.
  • Supervisors will afford student workers the same workspace considerations as other staff in order to maintain the current social distancing standards.
  • As necessary, in accord with assigned job duties, and to create appropriate work area distance, some supervisors may temporarily relocate employees to other work sites within the district.
  • To the extent possible current office space may be made accessible on a temporary basis for employee use with the six foot social distance standard maintained.
  • To help create additional work space, college lab spaces with computers will be available as needed for use as a workstation to maintain a 6 foot separation space requirement.
  • To the extent possible, all scheduled meetings for employees will be arranged via Confer Zoom, email and phone calls.


As conditions continue to evolve, we will provide further employees and students with further updates about district plans.


Patricia C. Hsieh, Ed.D.

Superintendent/President | Office of the Superintendent/President

Dear Hartnell College Community,
First of all, thank you all for your ongoing attention to college-wide communications about our response to the coronavirus pandemic and its rapidly expanding impact. Our commitment is to give you essential information in a timely way, and we continue to explore the most effective means of providing that for all college audiences. 
Please continue to share your questions. Replies to these emails from Hartnell Communications go to Scott Faust, director of communications and marketing, who reviews and shares them with appropriate individuals, providing a reply where appropriate.
My updates, below, concern these topics:
  • Social distancing in effect
  • Employees who are at increased risk
  • All employee paychecks on direct deposit
  • Employee travel restrictions for 2020
  • Hartnell Library and Panther Learning Labs
Social Distancing is In Effect
Social-distancing guidelines are in effect for all employee work stations on Hartnell campuses. Individuals are asked to maintain at least six (6) feet of separation with others. Supervisors/managers have reviewed their work areas and are relocating employees as needed to meet that standard of separation.
Supervisors/managers should switch ALL MEETINGS to an online format, using such digital tools as ZOOM and Skype or simply the telephone. For essential meetings requiring face-to-face discussion, exceptions will be made for small groups of people, 10 or fewer.
Guidelines for Employees Age 65 or Older and Those With Underlying Conditions
Because of their increased risk from the coronavirus COVID-19, employees age 65 or older or those with specific underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease (according to the CDC) may elect to stay home from work, using their available sick days -- or vacation days if needed.
All Employees Asked to Set Up Direct Paycheck Deposit
Hartnell Controller David Techaira requests that ALL employees not already enrolled in direct paycheck deposit do so immediately.
To set up direct deposit, please complete the attached direct deposit form and return it to the Business Office in Building E, room 108. The completed form must be submitted by March 24 to ensure that your automatic deposit is available to you on March 31.
From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 31, paychecks and paystubs will be available for pickup at the Cashier's Office in Building B, room 117. After 12 p.m., all documents will be mailed out. For this reason, it is important that your mailing address on file is correct and/or updated as soon as possible. Updates to your mailing address must be received by March 24 to ensure that your paycheck or paystub is mailed out to you correctly. 
The college also is looking into emailing paystubs and paychecks in the future. If you have questions about this change, please email David Techaira at dtechair@hartnell.edu.
Non-Essential Employee Travel is Discontinued 
Because of statewide and nationwide restrictions on public gatherings, the college assumes that all upcoming conferences are already cancelled. Effective immediately, all non-essential employee travel outside of the Hartnell Community College District or the remainder of Monterey County is prohibited at least through the end of the 2020 calendar year, Dec. 31. 
Library/Learning Resource Center and Panther Learning Labs are Moving Online 
Neither the Hartnell Library & Learning Resource Center nor Panther Learning Labs are providing services to students this week, during Spring Break.
When the Spring 2020 semester resumes on March 23, both the library and Panther Learning Labs will switch to online and/or telephone services in order to maintain social distancing. Further information will be provided later this week about those methods of service delivery, both through campus-wide email and on the library and Panther Learning Labs websites.
Library staffing will continue, but the library will not be open to patrons, including members of the public, until further notice. Students and other library users may return books through an exterior depository located to the right of the main entry doors.
Thank you again to all for your attention and your concern. Your health and safety remains Hartnell's highest priority.

Patricia C. Hsieh, Ed.D.

Superintendent/President | Office of the Superintendent/President

Dear Hartnell College employees,
To ensure widespread awareness, I am sharing information about current cleaning and sanitization practices for Hartnell College facilities under the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic.
As demanded by a threat to public health from communicable illness, Hartnell has examined its cleaning regimen and consulted best-practice recommendations. We have begun taking additional steps to make our campuses as clean and safe as possible, within the limits of staffing and other resources.
Since March 9, following concern over the case of a possibly infected student (since ruled out through testing), Hartnell custodial staff have been directed to follow these revised cleaning guidelines:
  • Nightly, disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as computer keyboards, tables, desktops, chairs and door handles in both instructional and non-instructional areas.
  • Every other night, clean and disinfect hard-surface floors.
  • Nightly, clean and disinfect restroom floors.
  • Nightly, empty wastebaskets.
Also, facilities staff:
  • Provide hand-sanitizer dispensers at entrances to campus buildings on a priority basis, as supplies are available.
  • Provide paper towels and a spray bottle containing a sanitizing solution of bleach and water in all classrooms and additional campus areas. This is in place of sanitizing wipes, which are currently unavailable for purchase because of a worldwide shortage.
Although hand sanitizer is also hard to find, the college has procured an additional supply of sanitizer gel and dispenser stands. These will be placed in more building entrances as soon as they arrive, late this coming week or early the following week.
All of these cleaning practices will continue until further notice.
In addition, the college has:
  • Repeatedly reminded members of the entire college community not to come onto Hartnell campuses if they are ill, through email and via the college's coronavirus webpages.
We will continually review and reassess our practices and follow guidelines and recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease and Control, the California Department of Public Health and other agencies.
With all respect,
Linda Wilczewski
Vice-President of Administrative Services

Dear Colleagues:

Regarding  COVID-19 and the District's response,  we continue to work with the local health officials, and to monitor local, state, and federal guidelines pertaining to the virus. We are taking appropriate and necessary steps to protect our staff and students in accordance with these guidelines.


  • The District is not aware of any COVID-19 positive tests for District employees or students. 
  • The District has established the following website to keep employees, students, and our community updated: https://www.hartnell.edu/about/safety/emergency/coronavirus.html
  • Spring Break is from March 16 through March 22, 2020 and the campus is scheduled to remain open at this time. Accordingly, employees who are not on vacation or other leave are expected to attend work. Employees who are ill should stay home.
  • The District has implemented updated cleaning protocols to address COVID-19 related challenges, including more frequent disinfecting of high-touch areas and additional strategic placement of hand sanitizers and supplies for employee access and use.  
  • The District will implement enhanced social distancing protocols, tailored to particular work sites and situations. 

If there are changes, the District will notify the Unions and all employees. Employees who have questions or concerns, are encouraged to contact their supervisor or Human Resources at extension 6103, in addition to their representatives.

Working together we will find our way through this and protect each other and all that is important to us.


Lyle Engeldinger

Interim Vice President of Human Resources and EEO

Dear Hartnell College Faculty,

Hartnell College is preparing to make a college-wide announcement later today of several steps being taken in response to coronavirus COVID-19, both to minimize the risk to our students, employees and visitors and in support of society-wide efforts to inhibit the transmission of the virus from person to person. One of these steps is a move to online course delivery starting March 23 through at least April 5.

The Chancellor’s Office will be activating our emergency authorization to move all courses online, except for a small number of STEM and nursing courses.  Deans will work with faculty for necessary alternate arrangements. Student services, including counseling, will be provided to the best of our ability through online formats.  Training for faculty is available at https://www.hartnell.edu/pdc/ canvas/onlinetraining.html where we have posted a quick-start guide for online formats.  The Professional Development Center in the Main Campus Library will assist faculty from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Requests for help may also be sent to ithelp@hartnell.edu

With the exception of specific classes for which online instruction is not practical, as determined in consultation with your area dean, all face-to-face Hartnell College courses will be delivered in an online format, to the extent possible, and continue in this alternate mode of delivery through at least April 5. Instructors are responsible for contacting students and directing them how to participate fully through online instruction. Updates will be shared via campus-wide email and posted at: https://www.hartnell.edu/ about/safety/emergency/ coronavirus.html

Thank you for your continuing commitment to our students during this challenging situation. 



Vice President| Academic Affairs

Dear Hartnell College students,

As we continue to assess and respond to the evolving public health threat from coronavirus COVID-19, Hartnell College is preparing several immediate steps – both to minimize the risk to our students, employees and visitors and in support of society-wide efforts to inhibit the transmission of the virus from person to person. 

We would like to alert all students to continue to check your official Hartnell email accounts and follow updates on the coronavirus webpage for Hartnell College Plans are being developed to move more instruction online, and we will keep you informed. Your instructors will be asked to reach out to you with specific information for your courses.  

Coronavirus COVID-19 is an unprecedented public health event for our state, nation and the entire world. We continue to put students first and will use all available resources to support student learning and student success.


Patricia Hsieh

Patricia C. Hsieh, Ed.D.

Superintendent/President | Office of the Superintendent/President

This message is to describe the preparations our district has made and faculty roles in the event that as many classes as possible will be moved into an online education platform. The determination to move classes online will be made by the Superintendent/President on the recommendation of the Monterey County Department of Health and Chancellor’s Office advisories.

Click here for more information.


Dear Hartnell College Community, 

As we all work together amid widening concern about the coronavirus COVID-19, I want to share information I provided Tuesday evening, March 10, to the Hartnell Community College District Board of Trustees. I gave the board an overview of our efforts we are making in all areas of our college to ensure the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors.

Hartnell continues to follow recommendations from the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges system and the California Department of Public Health. One of their recommended steps is for us to work closely with local health officials. We remain in close and regular contact with the Monterey County Health Department, which continues to report that there has been no confirmed case COVID-19 in our county. As we communicated via campus-wide email Monday night, March 9, this includes the instance of a Hartnell student who became ill but tested negative for the coronavirus.

Following an emergency meeting of Hartnell's Executive Cabinet on Monday morning, cabinet members are following through on these major action items with regard to COVID-19:

  • The college is reviewing and updating its Emergency Operations Plan. 
  • Per the state Chancellor's guidance, if circumstances require, we are preparing to switch to distance delivery of nearly all courses on a temporary basis. This is doable, but it also presents challenges we must plan for and overcome. I appreciate the communication and support of  the Academic Senate, Hartnell College Faculty Association and the CSEA, as well as the teamwork and leadership of cabinet members, during this challenging time for us all.
  • For student services and staff meetings, Hartnell provides online counseling and ConferZoom, which individuals can use to meet remotely. 

The following are the specific tasks that cabinet members are leading to complete:

  1. Academic Affairs andInformation Technology Resources: Requesting that the state Chancellor's Office approve an Emergency Blanket Distance Education Addendum and implementing a training plan for those faculty who have never used Canvas and other online tools for teaching basics such as class assignments, communications, grading, etc. Dr. Cathryn Wilkinson, vice president of academic affairs, will provide more detailed information to faculty about ongoing preparations for a possible transition to online learning later today, March 12.
  1. Student Affairs: Training more counselors in the use of the online counseling tool known as Cranium Cafe and providing remote student services in TRiO, EOPS, DSPS, etc.
  1. Administrative Services: Focusing on completing payroll/check runs remotely (including financial aid) and implementing an enhanced regimen for cleaning campus facilities, including disinfecting floors and high-touch surfaces, etc.
  1. Human Resources: Preparing communication to employees, including updated information for employees, such as how to stay healthy and advisories for sick employees not to come to work, etc.
  1. Information Technology Resources: Providing virtual desktops, faculty/staff support, Chromebooks, and training for faculty/staff on Canvas and Zoom.
  1. Hartnell College Foundation: Reviewing planned campus events to ensure that all participants are aware of health precautions and, as needed, postponing or modifying events.
  1. Communications and Marketing: Developing communication plans for various possible scenarios, including a possible move to primarily online learning. A COVID-19 website has been created and continually updated to share the useful, timely information with the college community and general public.


There are many things for all of us to do and many details involved, but what's important is that our college has developed a preliminary plan and is taking immediate steps to protect the health and safety of all, both on our campuses and in the greater community. This will remain the Hartnell Community College District's highest priority.

Thank you,

Patricia Hsieh

Patricia C. Hsieh, Ed.D.

Superintendent/President | Office of the Superintendent/President

County Health Department Tells College: No Current Coronavirus Cases, None Pending

(click here for Press Release)

Dear Hartnell College Community,

This message is an additional follow-up to the Campus Safety Message sent on the morning of March 8, 2020.
The Monterey County Health Department this afternoon, March 9, informed Hartnell College that it has received no positive test results for the coronavirus (COVID-19) and is not anticipating any such results at the current time. This means there are no known cases of the virus in Monterey County and no suspected cases, according to county health officials.
Despite this encouraging news, all of us should continue to take every precaution to protect ourselves, our families and the entire Hartnell College Community from the spread of sickness, whether the cold, influenza (the flu) or other illnesses.
For the well-being of all, please do not come to campus if you are sick. The safety and health of Hartnell students and employees are always the top priority for our college.
Following these common-sense steps will minimize the risk of contracting all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, and promote respiratory health:
  • If you are ill, take steps to limit exposure to others. Stay home from work or school until the sickness has cleared and there is no longer a chance of exposing others.
  • Get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids and eat a nutritious diet.
  • Keep your hands clean, washing them frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Do not share cups, straws or anything else you put in your mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. Try to use a tissue, trash immediately.
  • Get a flu shot – it’s not too late – available at most pharmacies.
Earlier today, the college today posted information about the COVID-19 coronavirus and general recommendations for respiratory health on its website, including a page with answers to Frequently Asked Questions for students and employees. We will continue to use these pages to provide the best information available.
Please share any questions with me at (831) 770-7013 or by email to dscott@hartnell.edu.

Thank you for your attention to this situation.

Daniel Scott

Daniel Scott, M.A., 

Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management

Good Morning,
I would like to take a moment to assure you all that we here at Hartnell Starbucks are taking every precaution possible to ensure clean and safe interactions for both our staff and our guests. 
As always, Starbucks adheres to strict regulations on health and safety. In light of the cold and flu season and in addition to the potential COVID-19 case here on campus, we have increased our cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
As stated by Rossann Williams, Starbucks evp and president, U.S. company-operated business and Canada, " First and foremost, the health and well-being of our partners (employees) and customers remains top of mind and our highest priority, and we will continue to act thoughtfully and courageously despite the disruption and uncertainty COVID-19 brings to our daily lives. As part of communities worldwide, we are navigating this situation with nimbleness, learning and adapting as new information is made available. Our focus remains on two key priorities: Caring for the health and well-being of our partners and customers and playing a constructive role in supporting local health officials and government leaders as they work to contain the virus." [CDC Link]
Here at Hartnell Starbucks we have:
  • Temporarily stopped accepting personal cups
  • Temporarily stopped food/bev. sampling
  • Cleared off the condiment bar and are keeping all single use items as well as condiments behind the counter. If an item is requested and used by a customer we immediately sanitize that item
  • Set hand wash timers to ensure everyone's hands are being washed frequently
We will continue to:
  • Use gloves or tongs to handle any food items
  • Sanitize credit card machines, touch screens, and pens regularly
  • Sanitize all tables and surfaces in our cafe area
  • Follow our smallwares sanitation routine (we always have timers set for this)
  • Change our sanitizing solution and cleaning towels frequently (we always have timers set for this)
  • Put our customer's and staff's safety first
  • Remain vigilant and on the lookout for areas that can impact the health and safety of our customers and staff
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. Thank you for your continued support of our Hartnell owned Starbucks!


Lea Miller

Food Services Supervisor | Starbucks Manager

Thank you to all who have shared questions and comments in response to this morning's Campus Safety Message concerning the testing of a Hartnell College student for the coronavirus, with test results still pending.
In addition to providing this information and reminding members of our community to follow recommended health precautions, the college also has undertaken preliminary preventive measures to minimize any potential health threat. 
As we await further information regarding our student, we continue to follow recommendations issued by the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges system and the California Department of Public Health, in particular this March 7 memo titled "Higher Education Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19". You may also find additional helpful information on this coronavirus page from the federal Centers Disease Control website.
The health and safety of Hartnell students, employees and visitors remain our highest priority. We will continue to share timely updates as they become available.
Daniel Scott

Daniel Scott, M.A., CEM®, NEMEA.

Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management

This safety message is intended to inform the Hartnell College Community of a potential case of Coronavirus COVID-19 in a Hartnell student. Our college has learned that one of our students has become ill and is being tested for this coronavirus. Results of that testing are still pending.

For this reason, and also because this is cold and flu season, we urge all members of our college community to continue taking precautionary steps to protect yourselves, your families and others from the spread of contagious illness:

Precautions: Steps to minimize the risk of contracting influenza or the coronavirus are the same as those recommended to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses – and for general good health:

  • Get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious.
  • Keep your hands clean, wash them frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Do not share cups, straws or anything else you put in your mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Get a flu shot – it’s not too late – available at most pharmacies
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve. Try to use a tissue, trash immediately.
  • If you are ill, you take steps to limit exposure to others.  This would include all the previous steps as well as staying home from work or school until the sickness has cleared and there is no longer a chance of exposing others.

The illness identified as a coronavirus developed in China and has spread to other countries, including the United States. Numerous cases have been confirmed in California, but so far none on the Central Coast. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday declared a State of Emergency in response to the first documented death from the coronavirus in California. 

Coronavirus: Coronaviruses are common viruses in humans. The infectious virus that emerged these past months in China – commonly known as COVID-19 – is a new one, and doctors and researchers are working to better understand its contagiousness and severity.

Influenza (FLU):  It is important to note that it is just as important that we take steps in preventing the spread of the common cold and Flu as well. 

Travel advisory: The presumption is that any school, unit or individual that had been planning academic or other travel to China has cancelled those plans, and the cancellation will remain in place until the guidance changes. 

Scheduled events: Large gatherings are being cautioned against and many planned events throughout the county are being canceled or postponed.  It is recommended that if attending a large event, that one practice social distancing.

Thank you for your attention to this situation. We will continue to provide appropriate additional information to our college community as it becomes available. The safety and health of Hartnell students and employees are always the top priority for our college.


Daniel Scott

Daniel Scott, M.A., CEM®, NEMEA.

Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management