Hartnell Communications Regarding Coronavirus

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.

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