Planning for a Safe Return to Campus

student with pink scarf, lying on stomach with laptopThe guiding principle for the Welcome Back to Campus Plan is maintaining – to the fullest extent possible – the health and safety of De Anza College students, faculty members, classified professionals and administrators during the evolving pandemic. Equity is a critical consideration at all points of the plan.

The De Anza College plan is

  • Dynamic
  • An evolving iterative draft
  • Subject to change based on conditions
  • Interconnected with the district's plan

three students in seats with masksIt is based on the phased return of on-campus Instructional programs and developed in consultation with Instructional deans, with Student Services and Administrative Services programs in support.

Some essential College Operations have remained on campus for the entirety of the pandemic, including Custodial, Grounds and the Bookstore.

All involved constituency groups, including senates and bargaining units, are being consulted early in the development of the plan. 

Draft Phases: Updated July 19

Updates are marked by an asterisk (*), with more details provided at the bottom of this webpage.


Phase I 

Draft: Phase I

The college is operating remotely. A minimal number of programs are operating at least partially on campus.


Instruction

(Allied Health programs with regulatory and licensure requirements)

  • Nursing
  • Health Technologies

Administrative Services

  • Custodial
  • Grounds
  • Child Development Center – limited hours
  • Bookstore – fulfillment of online orders
  • Printing Services – limited hours
  • Postal Services – limited hours
  • Construction/Facilities/Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) – on as-needed basis

Student Services

  • Student Services provided remotely
  • Mobile Food Pantry visits the campus twice monthly

nursing students


Phase II – Current Stage

Draft: Phase II

The college continues to operate mostly remotely. The following programs move at least partially on campus, in addition to those in Phase I.


Instruction *

(Including limited programs with hands-on components)

  • Career Technical Education (CTE) programs requiring hands-on work – Design and Manufacturing Technologies (DMT) and Auto Tech
  • Creative Arts – limited classes requiring hands on-work, beginning in mid-May* 
  • Athletics conditioning classes – beginning in early May*
  • Library
    • limited access to Computer Lab, by reservation under strict guidelines, for students in certain programs beginning in late May*
    • offering on-campus pickup for textbooks and materials when requested online in advance, during first two weeks of summer session*

For these classes or services, students will need to follow the rules outlined on the Instructions for Coming to Campus webpage.


Administrative Services

  • Services listed in Phase I continue

Student Services

  • Student Services continue to operate remotely

Planning for Fall 2021*

Plans for fall quarter are being developed while taking into consideration student needs and preferences expressed in the May survey.

  • Almost 20% of fall class sections will be taught fully or partly on campus. As of July 12, this includes 245 classes on campus and 49 "hybrid" classes that combine on-campus and online instruction.
  • Learning Communities including FYE (First Year Experience), FLOW (Future Leaders of the World), IMPACT AAPI, Puente and Umoja will hold classes on campus once a week.
  • Student Services programs are planning to provide limited on-campus services in fall 2021, with a few exceptions, while continuing to offer online services similar to those available in recent quarters.

Campus Access Requests *

  • Faculty members, classified professionals and administrators may request to use their office space on an occasional or recurring basis by submitting an online request form.
  • Employees visiting campus for a one-time purpose don't need to submit the request form, but must follow the same safety rules for coming to campus. 
  • See the Instructions for Coming to Campus webpage.

young woman in front of machine


Phase III

Draft: Phase III

The college continues to operate mostly remotely. The following programs move at least partially on campus, in addition to those in Phase I and II.


Instruction

(Safely-distanced activities courses)

  • Physical Education activity classes
  • Dance/Theater

Administrative Services

  • Facility rentals – limited to pool and fields only

Student Services

  • Adapted Physical Education (APE)

dance students


Phase IV

Draft: Phase IV

The college continues to operate mostly remotely. The following programs move at least partially on campus, in addition to those in Phases I, II and III.


Instruction

  • Required science lab courses
  • Career Technical Education lecture/labs 
  • Learning Communities 

Student Services

  • Food Pantry – by appointment only
  • Health Services – by appointment only 

Administrative Services

  • Dining Services – possibly offered at limited capacity depending on the number of people on campus
  • Additional facility rentals – classrooms (chiefly on weekends; instructional needs always prioritized)

Community Education

  • Planetarium events – community events on a percentage of capacity basis; field trips on percentage of capacity basis in alignment with regional school district plans

student in lab with protective gear


Phase V

Draft: Phase V

More of the college is moving on campus during this phase. The following programs move at least partially on campus, in addition to those in Phases I-IV.


Instruction

  • Lecture classes – on size and percentage basis and facilities capacity
  • Library

Student Services

Staggered staffing and/or limited capacity for each given space limitations; additional services continue online

  • Admissions and Records services
  • Assessment – dependent on ESL decision on in-person assessment
  • Cashiering services
  • College Life Office
  • Counseling – General, Transfer and Retention
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) – as needed for in-person classes
  • DSPS Services – mobility cart services as needed for in-person classes; accommodated testing as needed; tutoring services in person per request; alternative media in person per request
  • DSS Counseling
  • EOPS
  • Financial Aid services
  • Flea Market
  • International Student Programs (ISP)
  • Men of Color Community
  • Middle College
  • OTI – CompTechS, CalWORKs
  • Outreach
  • Psychological Services
  • Veteran Services

Administrative Services

  • Dining Services – expanded capacity

students seated with masks


Phase VI

Draft: Phase VI

The college’s on-campus classes and services are fully operational, with any necessary remaining modifications.

  • Expanded online courses provide additional flexibility and options for students, as does the continuation of selected student services.
  • Lessons learned collegewide during the pandemic period inform all decisions and planning, as does the equity focus underpinning the return-to-campus planning.

teacher with mask and students raising hands



Coming to Campus in Summer 2021

De Anza is allowing a limited number of students and employees on campus, subject to health and safety rules. This includes

  • Students and instructors in a small number of classes that have been approved to meet on campus
  • Faculty members, classified professionals and administrators who have been approved to use their office space on an occasional or recurring basis
  • Employees visiting campus for a one-time, approved purpose

All students and employees who come to campus for one of these purposes must follow important safety rules. For more information, including instructions for using Optimum HQ and the request form for employees who wish to use their office, please visit the Instructions for Coming to Campus webpage.

Instructions for Coming to Campus



Additional Resources

Messages From President Holmes

These messages were sent to all De Anza College employees by President Lloyd A. Holmes

Messages From Chancellor Miner

Foothill-De Anza District Information

Previous De Anza Planning Documents

Here you will find earlier documents and presentations developed as part of planning for the return to campus.


* Updates to the Draft Plan

  • July 19, 2021: Added in Phase II that Student Services programs are planning to provide limited on-campus services in fall 2021, with a few exceptions, while continuing to offer online services.
  • July 12, 2021: Added in Phase II that plans for fall quarter include almost 20% of classes being taught fully or partly on campus, including several Learning Communities that plan to hold classes on campus once a week.
  • July 12, 2021: Removed Library Lab from Phase III because this was previously added to Phase II.
  • June 28, 2021: Added in Phase II that the Library is offering on-campus pickup for textbooks and materials when requested online in advance, during first two weeks of summer session. 
  • May 28, 2021: Added in Phase II that the Library Computer Lab will begin allowing limited access, by reservation under strict guidelines, for students in certain programs beginning in late May. 
  • April 13, 2021: Added in Phase II that certain Athletics conditioning classes were approved to be held in the main gym, beginning in May
  • April 5, 2021: Added Campus Access Requests to draft for Phase II
  • April 5, 2021: Added additional clarification to draft for Phase II, indicating that Athletics conditioning classes may be held outdoors beginning in early May and that a limited number of Creative Arts classes requiring hands-on work may be held beginning in mid-May 
  • March 22, 2021: Removed Library Services lobby checkouts from draft for Phase II, after it was determined the original item was not workable under current circumstances
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