Delgado's response to the coronavirus disease outbreak

What is the most recent coronavirus information for Delgado Community College students, faculty, and staff?

Delgado Community College Fall 2020: We’re Ready!

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These are definitely unprecedented times of uncertainty, but there is no need to be uncertain about pursuing and continuing your education.  Delgado Community College is ready to welcome you this fall!  We have an array of instructional options, scholarships available, online and out of state fees removed, and the college is making certain the campus is a safe environment by adhering to CDC guidelines and cleaning protocols.

New Student to the College

To enroll, visit www.dcc.edu and click Apply Now on the home page.  Our enrollment support services have gone completely virtual.  You can visit our Online Welcome Desk to find help with all things related to enrollment by visiting http://www.dcc.edu/student-services/answer-center/locations/online.aspx.
In addition, Delgado now offers Live Chat and Virtual Appointments in addition to email and phone options to assist with choosing and scheduling classes for Fall Semester, applying and checking on the status of your Financial Aid, checking on the status of your Admissions application, and registering for classes through LoLA.

screen shot of virtual welcome center webpage  welcome center

Changes to the placement testing are in place, and as a new student you are not required to take the Accuplacer exam. Instead, you are automatically eligible for placement into several of our foundational courses.  Options are still available if you have qualifying ACT scores or if you have documentation that may make you eligible for higher placement.  Please see your advisor to discuss your options by clicking the following link and selecting your desired campus and program of interest: http://www.dcc.edu/student-services/advising/default.aspx

Continuing Delgado Community College Student

We are excited to welcome you back for the Fall Semester! Fall registration is open now. Log into LoLA and create the schedule that works for you. Now is the time to get everything in order to start in August. Academic Advisors are available to assist you with your course selections.  

Take advantage of our online and virtual services at our Online Welcome Desk.  For all available services please visit http://www.dcc.edu/student-services/answer-center/locations/online.aspx.  New this semester, we have replaced physical lines and waiting rooms with virtual, mobile lines. Receive a text message from wherever you are when your turn is approaching using our online kiosk, QLess.  To schedule your appointment or reserve your place in line for all of our enrollment management services, please visit https://kiosk.na4.qless.com/kiosk/app/home/109

Fall 2020 Instruction

We are offering a variety of instructional options that provide you with the flexibility you need to succeed!

computer iconOnline--Online courses are not new to Delgado Community College.  The college has been a leader in online classes for more than 15 years, and we have numerous classes that can be taken online. Will allow you to do all your work online and will not meet at scheduled class times. Identify online sections by looking for a W in the section. (Ex. ENGL 101-W01).

gears & face iconHybrid Face to Face--Will allow you to meet face-to-face for part of the instructional time on campus. The rest of the course work will be completed online. Identify hybrid face-to-face sections by looking for an H in the section number and note the day of the week and time students will attend class on campus. (Ex. ENGL 101-1H1, M 11:00 am-12:15 pm, CP01, 210W). 

calendar iconVirtual “Live” Classes--Will allow you to attend class virtually and interact with the instructor and other students during the scheduled class time online. Identify virtual sections by looking for a V in the section number and note the days of the week and times for students to be online in the virtual classroom. (EX. ENGL 101-V01, MW 11:00 am-12:15 pm).

computer iconHybrid Virtual “Live” Classes--Will allow you to attend classes virtually and interact with the instructor and other students during scheduled times. The rest of the course work will be completed online. Identify hybrid virtual sections by looking for VH in the section number and note the day and time of the week for students to be online in the virtual classroom. (Ex. ENGL 101-VH1, M 11:00 am-12:15 pm). 

Allied Health, Nursing and Technical and Lab courses are being offered by hybrid design: some coursework is virtual or online, with face-to-face sessions held that follow all safety protocols.

Because we want your academic journey during these times of uncertainty to be a successful one, Delgado Community College has created a laptop loan program, Delgado Open Access for Scholars (DOARS), to decrease barriers affecting students who lack access to technology and knowledge of how to utilize technological devices.   Students who are enrolled in credit programs taking 6 credit hours or more can apply for a laptop with free wi-fi access via a mobile hotspot.  As the number of devices for the DOARS Program is limited, devices will be loaned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scholarships Available

The Fall 2020 Semester also offers several scholarship opportunities:

  • If you are continuing with us this Fall, enroll in 15 hours and earn a $600 Think 30 Award.
  • Are you a returning student, or have you been away from Delgado Community College for 1 year or more? Now is the time for you to complete your academic journey.  Enroll in 15 hours and receive $600 towards tuition and fees as a part of the Welcome Back program.  
  • Interested a Technical Program? Enroll in 15 hours in a technical program and earn a $600 Delgado Tech Success Award.
  • Did you recently complete your HiSET? If so, you are eligible for a Delgado Community College Achiever Scholarship Award towards Fall 2020 classes.  Enroll in 12 credit hours, earn $500; enroll in 6 credit hours, earn $250.

Removal of Non-Resident and Online Fees- Not a Louisiana resident, not a problem! We have removed non-resident fees, which can save you money that you can invest in your education.  All online fees have been removed, thereby providing you the flexibility of taking more classes online.

Safety Protocols

custodian cleaning a chairDelgado has instituted a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting schedule using commercially available solutions in line with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. We ensure that high-touch areas are cleaned multiple times throughout the day, including bathrooms, light switches, doors, counters, and shared areas. Surfaces in libraries, labs and other settings with “hands-on” materials and equipment are cleaned and disinfected before and after use. Immediate and intense protocols for isolating, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and items suspected of contamination are also in place to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staffing.

small class room with social distancingAdditionally, Face-to-face class size will cap at 50% occupancy and students will remain at least six feet apart in the classroom. Everyone on campus is required to wear a mask or appropriate face covering. Students, faculty, and staff are required to visit a Campus Police checkpoint on campus for temperature and general health screenings. Plexiglass barriers are also present in key locations for extra protection. To learn more about our safety protocols, please visit: https://www.dcc.edu/fall-2020-reopening/safety-measures.aspx

 

How is Delgado Community College sharing information about COVID-19 with students, faculty, staff, and visitors?

Updates about the disease and ongoing efforts to keep our community healthy and our students well-served are being posted as needed on the Delgado website. You are now on the page where this information is presented.

This is a quickly evolving situation and this page will be updated, as well as our social media pages, when new information emerges. Follow Delgado on Facebook, Twitter @delgadocc, YouTube, and on Instagram at delgadonola.

Useful online resources for current and potential students, faculty and staff are linked on the left side of this page. Live chat is possible with representatives of academic units including librarians. 

Students with questions may communicate with a Student Services representative through the online chat button located on the right side of the Delgado homepage. If the chat button does not appear, the Student Services representative is unavailable.

In the event that Delgado needs to communicate emergency information, the fastest way to receive that information is by a message from Delgado Alert. Register now for Delgado Alert so that important information can be provided directly to you in times of emergency. 

If you have already registered, log on to Delgado Alert now and make certain your registration is still active. Re-registration is required periodically.

What is Delgado Community College doing in response to the coronavirus disease outbreak?

Delgado Community College has convened a workgroup to manage the impact on community health and activities by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The workgroup is meeting continually to plan for contingencies related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Task forces are working on instructional and business activities, information technology, facilities management, and communications.

Plans are now being implemented to manage effects of the coronavirus disease outbreak on activities for the Summer Session, Fall Semester, and beyond. These plans include remote instructional delivery and work-from-home. See the Important Documents and Communications list below for more specific information.

COVID-19 originated in China late last year and has spread around the world. In Louisiana, the number of cases is tracked by the Louisiana Department of Health. 

Information about keeping healthy and Delgado's response to the COVID-19 outbreak is presented below.

What is the coronavirus disease and how do I avoid it?

See the COVID-19 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) and answers posted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Louisiana Department of Health website contains detailed information about COVID-19 and precautions you can take to avoid becoming sick from this or any other virus, including influenza:

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common throughout the world. These viruses, at times, can evolve and infect people, then spread through human-to-human contact. Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold—through the air by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands; by touching an object or surface with the viruses on it; and occasionally, through fecal contamination.

Ways to protect yourself from illnesses such as the cold, flu, and the coronavirus:

  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones and other frequently touched areas.
  • If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

Delgado maintenance and housekeeping staff are providing additional quantities of soap and hand sanitizer in restrooms and workplaces, and they are using anti-viral cleaning chemicals.

Where can I learn more about the coronavirus disease and its potential effects?

The latest information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the U.S. and worldwide can be found online at the Louisiana Department of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you have questions about the coronavirus, please contact the Louisiana Department of Health coronavirus general information line at 1-855-523-2652 during business hours, 8 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

People with legitimate concerns about the possibility of having or being exposed to COVID-19 should not walk into a doctor's office, health department office, hospital emergency department, urgent care, or other health care facility to seek testing or treatment. Instead, they should call their healthcare provider and tell them that you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s staff take steps to prepare for your arrival or to provide further instructions. In an emergency, they should contact Emergency Medical Services at 911 and tell them that you may have COVID-19.

The City of New Orleans is responding to cases of COVID-19. Text COVIDNOLA to 888777 to receive alerts.  The NOLA Ready website is a useful resource for city residents and visitors.

Cares Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Delgado Community College has been awarded the following stimulus funds from the Cares Act Higher Education Emergency Relief:

  • Institutional Portion - $5,655,190. These funds are being used for Software, Technology Upgrades, Equipment and Lost Revenue.
  • Minority Serving Institution - $716,518. These funds are being used to cover loss revenue related to COVID-19, which includes Childcare Center, Fitness Center, SELF Funds and Non-Credit.

Instructional delivery, personal protection, and campus safety during the COVID-19 pandemic 

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We’re Ready.  Delgado Community College stands ready to welcome back our students, faculty, and staff for the Fall Semester, albeit with some changes to our regular routine. Like many other educational institutions, we’ve had to adjust the way we do things to meet our students’ needs. Here is a brief overview of some of the initiatives planned for Fall 2020. 

 Academic changes:

Delgado intends to begin the Fall 2020 Semester on schedule with classes beginning Saturday, August 15. Due to the "new normal" and social distancing protocols, we’re introducing some new methods of instruction that will provide students with options.  We know that not all students thrive in every type of learning environment, so we're offering classes in different ways. Learn more about course types.

 Course descriptions with icons. See http://www.dcc.edu/fall-2020-reopening/default.aspx

Faculty members are learning how to use remote teaching technologies effectively, and they are available to assist our students, wherever they may be. All academic courses this Fall Semester will have some form of online component. Remember, because your instructors and college staff are online with you, every day, there’s no distance between you and your success.

Fall registration is open and students are encouraged to register early. Please note the different types of courses when you register and make sure you’re choosing the option that is the best fit for you. Student Services staff and academic advisors are available to assist with questions or concerns. This fall, the college will launch an app that maintains the waiting queue with no lines for visits to student service areas. Additionally, an internal referral system will virtually connect students with staff members in-person and off campus.

Protective measures:

When you arrive on campus, please remember that due to local and state guidelines, a face covering is mandatory at all times when inside the buildings. This is to protect you and others around you. Please remember to keep a minimum distance of six feet between you and other people. If you are ill or have recently been in contact with a person who was ill from COVID-19, please stay home.

Safety and wellness:

Since the college closed its campuses and sites in March, our staff has been hard at work to ensure we have measures in place to keep you safe. This includes enhanced sanitation techniques using CDC-approved equipment and chemicals. In addition, hundreds of hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout our buildings to help prevent the spread of germs. In addition, protective shields now surround some areas that host frequent interaction, such as the Student Services. While many offices and services will be open on campus this fall, we encourage everyone to continue scheduling virtual meetings whenever possible.

Learn more about protective, safety, and wellness measures.

Since 1921, in good times and during challenging times, Delgado has been here for you. Our stability is our strength, and our strength is in our college family. Despite changes, our mission to improve lives remains our motivation.

We’re Delgado Community College. We’re ready for you.

Important documents and communications about COVID-19 and the Delgado response.

July 8, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

June 19, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

 

June 4, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

May 21, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

May 14, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

May 13, 2020: Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds UPDATED

May 12, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

May 8, 2020: Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds FAQ’s

April 30, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

April 21, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

April 20, 2020: Writing Center Goes Virtual

April 9, 2020: LCTCS Emergency Telecommuting Policy

April 6, 2020: TOPS relief signed by Governor John Bel Edwards: Here is what that means for students

April 6, 2020: What you need to know about economic impact payments

April 3, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 2, 2020: Louisiana Division of Administration FAQ Update

March 3, 2020: Letter to State Employees from Gov. Edwards

March 3, 2020: What you need to know about COVID-19 (CDC)

March 6, 2020: Delgado Infectious Diseases Policy

March 6, 2020: Delgado Guidelines for Persons Returning from COVID-19 Alert Areas

March 6, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 9, 2020: New Orleans Health Department COVID-19 Info Sheet

March 9, 2020: Communication from Chancellor Steib

March 11, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 12, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 13, 2020: Information for Students Enrolled in Science Labs

March 13, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 15, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 16, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 17, 2020: Information for Students Enrolled in Science Labs

March 17, 2020: Delgado Employee Telecommuting Policy

March 18, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 19, 2020: Connecting Students to Volunteer Opportunities

March 20, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib

March 23, 2020: Letter to Delgado Community from Chancellor Steib