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BRIEF: Summer, fall semesters and commencement online

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez updated faculty, staff and administrators on the district’s plans in the wake of COVID-19 in an email on Tuesday.

Summer and fall semester plans

Nearly 95% of classes are online, and the spring 2020 semester will continue to be remote until its scheduled end on June 8.

The summer and fall sessions will be online. Some “hard to convert” courses may be offered in person if health and safety restrictions allow it at any point in the semester.


The LACCD Virtual Graduation Planning Committee was formed on April 1. The committee will release their final proposal by May 1 to plan and potentially organize a “virtual recognition” of the graduates. A survey has been sent out to upcoming graduates to gauge their support for a virtual commencement.

COVID-19 cases 

LACCD has the following number of self-reported cases regarding staff, faculty and students reported to the Emergency Operations Center as of April 28:

  • 42 self-reported testing positive for COVID-19
  • 22 self-reported symptomatic, but not tested
  • 26 self-reported case of possible exposure
  • 1 fatality (included in the 42 testing positive)

Cases are being reported to the information hotline at (213) 221-5112 and by email at coronavirusinfo@laccd.edu

Financial help

LACCD has raised more than $1.5 million to support the basic needs of students. The District will also distribute funds from the CARES Act for direct student assistance as soon as the federal aid is received.

Staying informed

LACCD offers the following resources to stay informed. 

Statewide information, California Community Colleges: https://www.cccco.edu/About-Us/Chancellors-Office/Divisions/Communications-and-Marketing/Novel-Coronavirus

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