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At High Desert Medical College Your Safety is Our Priority

Coronavirus Message

CURRENT STUDENT UPDATES

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Update June 25, 2020

Dear HDMC Bakersfield and Lancaster Students,

I hope this message finds you well and safe.  Congratulations on the amazing transition to online education.  We are doing well.  It is time to return for lab.  Effective Monday, July 6, 2020 you will be returning to campus on a limited basis for your lab only component on certain days.  Because your safety is our number one priority, we will adhere to all necessary safety precautions, including our increased standards of facility cleaning and disinfection.  It will be imperative that you are familiar with our safety protocols and guidance such as a daily self-screening that will be sent to you via CourseKey early each day before your arrival :

I’d like to share with you some changes you can expect when you return back to school:

  • You will be asked to complete a self-screening questionnaire found on CourseKey under “Assessments”.
  • If you answer “Yes” to ANY question, do NOT report to the campus. Contact your instructor immediately.
  • Prior to entering the building, all students will have their temperature taken with a Non-Contact Thermometer to protect you and those around you.
  • If you have a temperature of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, isolation protocols will be followed, and you will be asked to go home to follow the self-quarantine protocol.
  • The parking lot and sidewalks will be taped to maintain the social distancing requirement of 6 feet.
  • On your first day, all students will go through training on social distancing, COVID-19 signs and symptoms isolation protocols and preventative measures.
  • Our facility has been completely cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily.  We have a cleaning crew on-site to maintain this safety standard.
  • Each student will receive his or her own personal PPE Kit.

I understand there may be some fear and uncertainty, and we are sensitive to that and have adopted policies and procedures to be safe and compliant.  Our staff and instructors have already been going through this training this week.  We have a passionate and skilled team, I know will respond to these changes with renewed optimism for the future. We are ready.

We will provide another update before July 6.  If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to your Instructor or Campus Director.

Stay safe and Healthy,

LeeAnn R Rohmann

President/CEO


Update April 22, 2020

Hello HDMC UT Extern students,

XTRA XTRA Read all about it, we are pleased to announce that we have received approval from ACCET(our National Accreditor) for a temporary capstone project to include theory and simulation that will offer credit toward your externship hours. You will be required to complete 16 hours a week (starting 4/27/2020) in both simulation and theory coursework developed in the Moodle platform. Your extern course will be updated with additional content beginning, April 27, 2020. We will be holding a Ring Central Meeting conference to discuss the new course later this week. You will receive additional info on the conference today.

For externs that are currently on site and are comfortable and able to continue, please do so.

For students on LOA if you wish to return and complete the externship capstone please communicate with your campus Registrar’s office.

For extern students who have been enrolled in the online simulation SIMTICS course, you will receive credit for the hours that you have completed up to date.

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding through these unusual circumstances. We are committed to our mission to continue to offer quality education and training to students at every level of our institution and appreciate your continued dedication despite such difficult circumstances.

LeeAnn R Rohmann

President/CEO


Update March 29, 2020

Dear HDMC Students,

During  the weekend our Online Learning Management System, Moodle went down.  Classes will continue tomorrow as scheduled through Ring Central Meetings. Your instructor will be in contact with you via email or CourseKey chat to provide you with the link or meeting ID for Ring Central to get into class online. Your instructor has a plan and will provide you with instructions  regarding your weekly objectives, assignments, homework and testing. We sincerely apologize for this set back, we are moving quickly to restore the online instructional delivery and are confident we will maintain a quality delivery of education until we have Moodle restored. Please follow your instructors directions and thank you for your patience.

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO


Update March 24, 2020

Ultrasound Extern students,

In response to the COVID-19 “stay at home order” issued by the Governor Newsome of California we have partnered with a vendor called SIMTICS to provide simulated ultrasound practice in many different didactics for externs displaced from site. Not only does the platform provide simulation but other resources to further your education and training as an Ultrasound Technician to better prepare you for your future career.

High Desert Medical College will be providing training for UT Externs tomorrow, March 25, 2020 in order to help set up access to Moodle, which is the learning management system that you will access in order to get to the Simtics Simulations. We are able to determine how much time you have spent in each training resource in order to give you credit for each week.

If you are at a site that is considered “essential business” and want to remain, you may do so. If you are uncomfortable, feel unsafe or don’t feel well, you may leave and contact us to inquire about the SIMTICS Externship products.

We appreciate your continued dedication and passion for education and look forward to providing a quality education even during times like these.

Best,

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO


March 20, 2020

Dear HDMC Active Extern Students,

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are aware with the recent order issued for Statewide “Stay at Home” many facilities working with our extern students have closed, reduced their hours or are no longer taking our students.  If you are at a site that is considered “essential business” and want to remain, you may do so.  If you are uncomfortable, feel unsafe or don’t feel well, you may leave and contact us.

We are partnering with our curriculum vendors to purchase simulation software by program that we can create “Live simulation scenarios” that we can have you participate via online learning that will count toward your extern hours.  It will include assignments that you will need to submit as part of the virtual extern experience.  All assignments must be completed. When this “Stay at Home” order is lifted and you can return back to school, you will have to complete a competency test when you return.

Next Steps, Stay tuned for the next update when we will start scheduling training.  Your Program Directors and Assistant Directors of Career Services will be contacting you to organize training to shift to online.

Thank you for your passion, dedication and commitment.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the status of the situation rigorously and communicate any changes via email and text. Please refer to this website for the most recent updates:

https://www.hdmc.edu/coronavirus/

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO


Update March 19, 2020

Dear Students,

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and wanted to provide another update after the news conference from Governor Newsom.  As written in the Order from the Health Officer “Educational institutions (including  public and private k-12 schools, colleges and universities) for the purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions, provided that social distancing of 6-feet per person is maintaining the greatest extent as possible”

ALL STUDENTS have been trained on line. Students do not come to class tomorrow. Your assignment is to log in to Moodle and accustom yourself with the learning management system.  You can access it from www.legacycareer.learnpearson.com or if you go to www.hdmc.edu on the top banner click on the student learning login which will direct you to the Moodle login page.

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO


Update March 17, 2020

Dear Lancaster and Bakersfield, Students, Faculty and Staff,

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and wanted to provide another update.  For those of you attending classes, we have been following the CDC recommendations for sterilization and cleaning of classrooms and labs and common areas after each use.

We have taken the data you have provided relative to your online readiness and we have started scheduling training. We are working to get our programs online and train the students on how to shift to an online learning environment by Monday, March 23. We need you to come to class the rest of this week to get trained to take classes online.  The online training schedule has begun today in Lancaster for VN students and for all our students in Bakersfield.  We will continue with conducting training sessions through Friday of this week to prepare students to work online. As I have previously shared with you, the new learning environment will be “Live Online” where the faculty and students attend the classes in an online environment together at the regularly scheduled times.  Rather than the faculty being in front of the class, they will be in an online environment with the students.

I am sharing again – If your area has access to the following internet provider see the following notice:

Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households, click here: https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

IF YOU DON’T HAVE INTERNET GET THIS PROCESS STARTED NOW!


We will be prepared for theory classes to be conducted in an online environment beginning the week of March 23.

For labs, if we don’t go on any mandated lockdown, we will set a schedule for lab time during the time you are scheduled to be in lab with no more than 10 students at a time. Or we will move to online simulation for the lab experience.

Students in Extern for all programs except VN will not be disrupted unless the site instructs the students that they have cancelled. Then the student should contact their campus if they receive that notice and we will plan accordingly for their next steps.

All Staff and Faculty will continue working at the campus. We are also assessing their online capabilities to have them work from home should we go on lockdown, unless otherwise notified during this period.

We remain confident that we can maintain our institution through this COVID-19 crisis.  Thank you for your passion, dedication and commitment. We will be in touch as changes continue to occur.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the status of the situation rigorously and communicate any changes via email and text. Please refer to this website for the most recent updates:

https://www.hdmc.edu/coronavirus/

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO

Update May 20, 2020

Dear Temecula Students,

As you are aware from our communication last week, effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020 some of you will be returning to campus on a limited basis for your lab only component on certain days. Because your safety is our number one priority, we will adhere to all necessary safety precautions, including our increased standards of facility cleaning and disinfection. It will be imperative that you are familiar with our safety protocols and guidance such as a daily self-screening that will be sent to you via CourseKey early each day before your arrival :

I’d like to share with you some changes you can expect when you return back to school:

  • You will be asked to complete a self-screening questionnaire found on CourseKey under “Assessments”.
  • If you answer “Yes” to ANY question, do NOT report to the campus. Contact your instructor immediately.
  • Prior to entering the building, all students will have their temperature taken with a Non-Contact Thermometer to protect you and those around you.
  • If you have a temperature of 100.4ºF (38ºC) or higher, isolation protocols will be followed, and you will be asked to go home to follow the self-quarantine protocol.
  • The parking lot and sidewalks will be taped to maintain the social distancing requirement of 6 feet.
  • On your first day, all students will go through training on social distancing, COVID-19 signs and symptoms isolation protocols and preventative measures.
  • Our facility has been completely cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily. We have a cleaning crew on-site to maintain this safety standard.
  • Each student will receive his or her own personal PPE Kit.

I understand there may be some fear and uncertainty, and we are sensitive to that and have adopted policies and procedures to be safe and compliant. Our staff and instructors have already been going through this training this week. We have a passionate and skilled team, I know will respond to these changes with renewed optimism for the future. We are ready.

We will provide another update before Tuesday. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to reach out to your Instructor or Campus Director.

Stay safe and Healthy,

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO


Update April 22, 2020

Hello HDMC UT Extern students,

XTRA XTRA Read all about it, we are pleased to announce that we have received approval from ACCET(our National Accreditor) for a temporary capstone project to include theory and simulation that will offer credit toward your externship hours. You will be required to complete 16 hours a week (starting 4/27/2020) in both simulation and theory coursework developed in the Moodle platform. Your extern course will be updated with additional content beginning, April 27, 2020. We will be holding a Ring Central Meeting conference to discuss the new course later this week. You will receive additional info on the conference today.

For externs that are currently on site and are comfortable and able to continue, please do so.

For students on LOA if you wish to return and complete the externship capstone please communicate with your campus Registrar’s office.

For extern students who have been enrolled in the online simulation SIMTICS course, you will receive credit for the hours that you have completed up to date.

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding through these unusual circumstances. We are committed to our mission to continue to offer quality education and training to students at every level of our institution and appreciate your continued dedication despite such difficult circumstances.

LeeAnn R Rohmann

President/CEO


 


Update March 29, 2020

Dear HDMC Students,

During  the weekend our Online Learning Management System, Moodle went down.  Classes will continue tomorrow as scheduled through Ring Central Meetings. Your instructor will be in contact with you via email or CourseKey chat to provide you with the link or meeting ID for Ring Central to get into class online. Your instructor has a plan and will provide you with instructions  regarding your weekly objectives, assignments, homework and testing. We sincerely apologize for this set back, we are moving quickly to restore the online instructional delivery and are confident we will maintain a quality delivery of education until we have Moodle restored. Please follow your instructors directions and thank you for your patience.

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO


Update March 24, 2020

Ultrasound Extern students,

In response to the COVID-19 “stay at home order” issued by the Governor Newsome of California we have partnered with a vendor called SIMTICS to provide simulated ultrasound practice in many different didactics for externs displaced from site. Not only does the platform provide simulation but other resources to further your education and training as an Ultrasound Technician to better prepare you for your future career.

High Desert Medical College will be providing training for UT Externs tomorrow, March 25, 2020 in order to help set up access to Moodle, which is the learning management system that you will access in order to get to the Simtics Simulations. We are able to determine how much time you have spent in each training resource in order to give you credit for each week.

If you are at a site that is considered “essential business” and want to remain, you may do so. If you are uncomfortable, feel unsafe or don’t feel well, you may leave and contact us to inquire about the SIMTICS Externship products.

We appreciate your continued dedication and passion for education and look forward to providing a quality education even during times like these.

Best,

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO


Update March 20, 2020

Dear HDMC Active Extern Students,

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and are aware with the recent order issued for Statewide “Stay at Home” many facilities working with our extern students have closed, reduced their hours or are no longer taking our students.  If you are at a site that is considered “essential business” and want to remain, you may do so.  If you are uncomfortable, feel unsafe or don’t feel well, you may leave and contact us.

We are partnering with our curriculum vendors to purchase simulation software by program that we can create “Live simulation scenarios” that we can have you participate via online learning that will count toward your extern hours.  It will include assignments that you will need to submit as part of the virtual extern experience.  All assignments must be completed. When this “Stay at Home” order is lifted and you can return back to school, you will have to complete a competency test when you return.

Next Steps, Stay tuned for the next update when we will start scheduling training.  Your Program Directors and Assistant Directors of Career Services will be contacting you to organize training to shift to online.

Thank you for your passion, dedication and commitment.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the status of the situation rigorously and communicate any changes via email and text. Please refer to this website for the most recent updates:

https://www.hdmc.edu/coronavirus/

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO


Update March 19, 2020

Dear Students,

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and wanted to provide another update.

ALL STUDENTS have been trained on line. Your assignment is to log in to Moodle and accustom yourself with the learning management system.  You can access it from www.legacycareer.learnpearson.com or if you go to www.hdmc.edu or www.centralcoastcollege.edu on the top banner click on the student learning login which will direct you to the Moodle login page.

ALL CLASSES will resume online at your scheduled time starting March 23, 2020.

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO


Update March 17, 2020

Dear Temecula, Students, Faculty and Staff,

We have been monitoring the COVID-19 situation and wanted to provide another update.  For all our Weekday students you have been working with your Instructor to provide you daily prepared course resources and materials through email to each student. It has been a manual process for this week.  Program Directors and Faculty have been preparing and getting trained for the online curriculum delivery.

Weekend students we will be reaching out to you to get you ready for online this weekend. 

We have taken the data you have provided relative to your online readiness and we will be scheduling your online training. Our goal will be to train you, the students on how to shift to an online learning environment by Monday, March 23.  As I have previously shared with you, the new learning environment will be “Live Online” where the faculty and students attend the classes in an online environment together at the regularly scheduled times.  Rather than the faculty being in front of the class, they will be in an online environment with the students.

I am sharing again, If your area has access to the following internet provider see the following notice:

Charter to Offer Free Access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Student Households https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

IF YOU DON’T HAVE INTERNET GET THIS PROCESS STARTED NOW!

We will be prepared for theory classes to be conducted in an online environment beginning the week of March 23.

For labs, we will move to online simulation for the lab experience.

Students in Extern for all programs will not be disrupted unless the site instructs the students that they have cancelled. Then the student should contact their campus if they receive that notice and we will plan accordingly for their next steps.

All Staff and Faculty will continue working at the campus. We are also assessing their online capabilities to have them work from home should we go on lockdown, unless otherwise notified during this period.

We remain confident that we can maintain our institution through this COVID-19 crisis.  Thank you for your passion, dedication and commitment. We will be in touch as changes continue to occur.

We will continue to monitor and evaluate the status of the situation rigorously and communicate any changes via email and text. Please refer to this website for the most recent updates:

https://www.hdmc.edu/coronavirus/

LeeAnn R Rohmann
President/CEO

Dear Students,

Attention HDMC VN Students,

Starting Monday March 23 theory class will be held online. You will access your class via canvas each day. The link to the meeting will be in your assignments. Class time is the same as if you are in class.

Testing will be scheduled and timed in canvas. You must login on time to take the test.

Clinical for all students will be online. We have purchased Virtual Clinical Excursions which have been approved by the board. You will receive information about how to access them by Monday afternoon. These will include assignments that you will need to submit as part of the virtual clinical. All assignments must be completed. The board of nursing also requires that you will have competency testing when you return.

For term one students- you will have lecture only everyday for now. When you return to campus you will have skills only until we are able to get all the skills that had been scheduled up to date.

Remember attendance for class and clinical is mandatory even virtually and the attendance policy is still in effect. Do not miss more than 2 days and if you miss you will still have make up required.

If you have any questions please contact your instructor or the DON.

Michelle Welch
VP/Director of Nursing


For the most up to date information, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and California Department of Public Health websites below:

CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 website
CDPH’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website


Below are some guidelines of what you can do right now.

Wash your hands ─ thoroughly and constantly. Remind each other. Take pride in it. Make up silly songs that last the recommended 20 seconds so it won’t seem like such an eternity.

If you have symptoms including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your own doctor as soon as possible.

Stay home if you are sick. If you are at school and feel sick, we encourage you to go home. If you are unable to do so, each campus has a designated sick room. Please ask your instructor about the location.

Avoid personal travel, is possible, to any place where there is community spread of coronavirus, including in the U.S., because if you do so, it may become necessary for you to self-isolate before returning to class to avoid unwittingly spreading the virus to our community. You can find a constantly updated map of all reported cases by clicking here.