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Going dark or online: North Bay colleges, universities take varying steps to stem coronavirus spread

The college is cancelling all public events until late April, including its homecoming weekend reunion of alumni originally set for mid-April.

“Campus leadership will continue monitoring the situation, but currently look forward to having everyone back on campus on April 27,” Ashley Eisele, director of marketing and communication.

Mendocino College noted that Mendocino and Lake counties currently have no confirmed COVID-19 cases. The institution also is not holding events of over 250 people, in keeping with state and county public health advisories.

Similarly, College of Marin, which has roughly 11,000 students at its Kentfield campus and about 2,000 at the Indian Valley campus, is taking a wait-and-see approach.

“We’re still taking the lead from our local public health department, which as of this morning is still not recommending school closures unless you’ve got a case on campus,” said Nicole Cruz, director of marketing and communications.

The college is following the local recommendation to not hold large events, so it has postponed its scheduled March 18 professional learning day and mini medical campus, Cruz said. The event typically brings about 600 people with challenged health for screenings, the kind of people the public health protective measures seek to protect, she said.

Dominican University of California in San Rafael plans to spend March 16-17 getting ready for classes to be conducted online, with classes moving largely into the virtual world starting March 18.

On Thursday, Santa Rosa Junior College suspended classes through the weekend, according to The Press Democrat.

Sonoma State University on Wednesday suspended classes through the weekend and plans to shift to distance learning systems for classes after spring break next week, according to the Santa Rosa newspaper.

Napa Valley College on Wednesday said it was following federal and state guidelines for mass gatherings but had no updates for future plans as of Thursday afternoon.

California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, part of the state university system, is making contingency plans should the situation change in Solano County, according to spokesman Bobby King.

“Due to the nature of our programs, there are many classes we anticipate we would not be able to offer in a virtual capacity,” he said. “However, we have teams reviewing our business continuity plans and preparing for the possible use of alternative modes of instruction where possible.”

The academy, which has about 950 students plus 350 staff and faculty, is one of a few schools in the U.S. to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in seagoing and port operations.

“The only distance learning we offer regularly is our master’s program in engineering and technology management. It is always conducted completely online,” King said.

The academy also has a Richmond satellite campus, the Maritime Safety and Security Center.

Correction: The provost of Touro University of California is Sarah Schweizer.

This story has been updated with the latest from Pacific Union College and California Maritime Academy.