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Corona Virus

Pandemic and Mission College

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Updated: 1 p.m. • April 9, 2020

COVID-19 Case at Mission College

On April 9, Mission College's President's Office informed the campus about being recently informed that a Mission College associate faculty member tested positive for COVID-19.  To our knowledge, this is the first confirmed positive case from within the West Valley-Mission Community College District. This individual was last on campus March 8 and tested positive on March 23, since which time they have been in quarantine. We have no other information at this time. The important and positive news is that this individual is recovering well in both body and spirit. Please contact Dr. Omar Murillo if you believe you have been exposed or test positive to the coronavirus.

Previous Message

The campus is currently closed to the public. We will do our best to answer students concerns remotely. Spring classes will continue as they transition online in Canvas and remain online for the Spring semester.

In-person classes resumed in phases from Mid-March to early April.

Please check your WVM email address and/or personal address regularly, as well as your Canvas account. Some tips on using Canvas are available at

Although this is a difficult situation we know that students and faculty will proceed with patience, flexibility, and ongoing communication. We are Mission!

Resources for Students

We have developed a number of links for students around mental health, medical resources, housing, domestic abuse, food insecurity and more. Students can go to or this link for additional resources.

Students Without Wifi or Laptops

The College realizes some students have technological challenges, such as lack of wifi or a laptop we are looking for alternatives on campus for students.

The computer labs on campus are closed, unfortunately. 

Library resources can be accessed online 

Many who don't have printers can write down the answers on their own paper and upload them using CamScanner to Canvas. The student will need to check with their professor to see if this is a good option for them.

Students can download the Canvas App to their phones.

Wifi options due to the pandemic

Offsite Classes

Classes taught offsite through apprenticeship programs or as area high school CCAP courses taught at the high schools are suspended. Please contact those individual areas for instruction.

Child Development Center

The Child Development Center is closed.


Spring sports Baseball, women's badminton, men's tennis and softball have been canceled and Spring sport eligiblity has been restored for Spring sport athletes. Events have been canceled for March and April.

More Information

For more information and updates related to this virus, please follow

What the Campus is Doing
What the Campus Is Doing

Mission College is taking preventive measures to ensure a healthy campus. It includes additional cleaning, as well as limiting contact.

In-Person Classes
In-person classes will remain online for the Spring semeter. We will work with faculty on best practices and creating Canvas shells for classes and roll out options over the coming weeks.

Online Classes
Online classes will continue to meet on Canvas.

Campus Operations
Campus operations are closed to the public, but open online for answer questions.

Mission Bistro and VITA Free Tax Prep
Both the Bistro and VITA Free Tax Prep are suspended.

Athletics events have been canceled for Spring

Board of Trustee Meetings
We will proceed as normal, though we will take measures to stream the meetings online and encourage remote participation via Zoom or other technologies.

Non-Essential Employee Travel
Non-essential employee travel outside of the area is suspended until the end of March.

Study Abroad
Unfortunately, our two study abroad trips to Denmark and Costa Rica had to be canceled. 

Events in March and April
The following larger events have been canceled and/or adjusted for a future date. We will keep you posted on updates or check

Testing for Coronavirus

Mission College Student Health Services does not offer testing for the COVID-19 virus.

We would recommend you proceed to the:

  • Santa Clara County Public Health Department
  • Santa Clara Valley Health Center
  • The California Department of Public Health Laboratory in Richmond, CA
  • Your Primary Care Provider. 
Outside Health Services
We have assembled a number of Health Services that you may be interested in contacting. That list is here.
How to Stay Healthy
Stay Healthy

In order to help protect yourself against this or any other virus, there are several precautions that are recommended:

  • Get a flu shot. While it will not prevent the coronavirus, influenza is currently in widespread circulation in California, and initial symptoms can be similar to novel coronavirus. Any illness right now can increase anxiety and concerns and there can be serious health concerns as the result of the flu. Members of the Mission Community can contact the Student Health Center to receive a flu shot.
  • If you are sick, stay home.  As is advised by the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, anyone with respiratory symptoms, such as a cough, sort throat, or fever should stay home and limit contact with other people.  
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Don’t share food and drinks.
  • Clean and disinfect shared surfaces and objects that are touched frequently (e.g. door knobs, desks, phones).
  • If you can, avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms

Previous Warnings

March 11, 2020

12 a.m. | March 11, 2020

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Out of an abundance of caution and based on discussions with the District, State Chancellor's Office and Santa Clara Health Department, Mission College has decided to suspend in-person classes taught on the Mission campus starting on March 11 and continuing into April.

Classes will resume in waves on March 16, March 23, and April 6 as online courses or with alterations.  Lists of classes will be published on the college website and through direct communications from instructors. Spring Break will still occur from March 30 to April 5.

Online classes will continue as normal. The campus will remain open.

When classes resume, they will be offered online to the extent they are possible.

Classes taught offsite through apprenticeship programs or as area high school CCAP courses taught at the high schools will continue as scheduled or until further notice. Separate guidance specific to Health Occupations clinical sites will come under separate email.

Further communication will be available at as well as via email to Mission College students before the resumption of classes.

The Child Development Center will remain open. Athletic events will continue, but fans are not allowed. Most other March events have been curtailed.

The College realizes some students have technological challenges, such as lack of wifi or a laptop, we will continue to have our Tutoring Center and Library open during this time and will work with students to remain successful.

During the suspension of classes, staff and faculty will work to place suspended classes into Canvas, its online classroom tool, as well as look at alternative approaches to providing course material. These will be both short term and long term guidelines for the Spring semester.

The committee on Distance Education, which works with online classes, has been working to develop a plan for students and faculty moving forward.

One tool in Canvas includes using Zoom, which can record and transcribe online lectures.

The College has also learned best practices from its colleagues who were affected by the California Wildfires and how to deal with a disrupted campus.

Classes are not canceled, and students who complete the semester will still receive credit and their grades, but the format for the rest of the semester will change.

Commencement for the Spring Semester is May 22.

March 10, 2020

Midnight • March 10, 2020

As of this time, Mission College classes are in session based on CDC Guidelines for Higher Education, however, events have been canceled for the remainder of March as we look to lessen the spread of the disease. 

Events at the Mission Bistro and Athletics events continue.

We continue to encourage our community to stay aware of the situation and follow the guidelines below. If students do become sick for an extended period, please notify your instructors.

March 2, 2020

March 2, 2020

As you are aware, occurrences of COVID-19 (also referred to as the Coronavirus) have increased in our region and in different areas across the United States. Mission College and the District are coordinating with both the Department of Public Health and with the state chancellor’s office for the latest information and appropriate responses.

The latest guidance for all California agencies continues to come from the California Department of Public Health

For local information, please continue to go to the Santa Clara County Health Department.

At this point in time, the guidance does not involve cancellation of public events or classes. Actions are specific to contain outbreaks on direct locations of exposure. 

If you are sick, please stay home.

This guidance could change at any time, and we will update you as conditions change. For now, we ask that you continue to focus on best practices of disease prevention and hygiene. Further, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, please reach out to your local health care provider or contact campus Health Services.

As a district and as a college, we are engaged in contingency planning activities to prepare for further outbreaks.  We ask that you also begin planning for your own areas. Start thinking about family preparedness and how to take care of sick family members while not getting infected. For instructors and service area leaders, please think about when and how classes could be moved online, taking advantage of resources such as Proctorio for online test proctoring, and other ways we may be able to shift support and access.

Again, your health and safety is of utmost importance to all of us.  We will continue to provide updates and will share updated information and guidelines as situations develop.

February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020

As you are likely aware, there is an emerging health concern regarding the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), a respiratory illness centered in Wuhan, China.  Your health and safety and the safety of the entire campus is of the highest importance.  Know that we are closely monitoring this situation and are working with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to receive the latest information as it becomes available.

It is important to recognize that the health risk to Californians and to the Mission College Community, in particular, remains low.  As of this writing, the Santa Clara Public Health Department has received confirmation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of two cases in Santa Clara County, however there are no known cases on our campus.