College of the Siskiyous

COVID-19 Students

The health and safety of our students is our number one priority. As we transition to remote instruction, we understand that students may have a number of questions. The FAQs below serve as a source of information and will be updated as changes occur. If students have questions not listed, feel free to email the Office of Academic Affairs at

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

(Edited March 20, 2020) College of the Siskiyous (Siskiyous) is closed to the public. Only essential personnel and students who live on campus are allowed entry.

  • Most classes will resume via remote instruction starting March 30 and will continue to be offered remotely until the end of the semester.
  • Siskiyous is severely limiting events through at least the end of April. Special events and activities, field trips, athletic events, and performances that are open to students and guests have been cancelled, modified, or postponed.

(Edited March 26, 2020) As much as possible.

  • Most classes will be provided via remote instruction when they resume on March 30. Classes taught via remote instruction will continue in that format until the end of the Spring Semester.
  • Individual instructors will communicate with students about the status of each class and how future classes will be conducted.
  • Some hands-on classes and labs cannot be transitioned online at this time. For more information, please see the response to the question, 'I am a POST, FIRE, EMS, Nursing or Welding Student. How will I be able to complete the hours required for my class?'
  • Student support services will be available online, including tutoring and counseling.

(April 17, 2020) For POST, FIRE, and EMS Students: Siskiyous tentative plan is to allow essential CTE programs to resume, in groups of no more than 10. Programs are working on finalizing safety protocols that would be implemented before, during and after attendance in courses. Continuation of essential CTE Programs is still dependent on the COVID-19 situation and directives set forth by the Siskiyou County of Public Health as well as the California Community College Chancellor's Office (CCCCO).

Additional information for POST Students: On March 19, Governor Gavin Newsom issued a mandatory "stay at home" order for California residents to help lessen the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The College of the Siskiyous Law Enforcement Academy training is regulated by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), which currently mandates all academy training must be taught in-person. Since there are currently no alternative instructional formats to pursue, all academy training has been suspended until further notice. College and academy personnel are closely monitoring the situation, and we will resume training when it is practical and safe for everyone.

Welding Students: Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the "shelter in place" order, College of the Siskiyous has decided to cancel the remainder of the semester for all of our welding classes. Since the governor has not deemed the welding program as essential, we must take into consideration the safety and health of all of our students, staff and faculty in a face to face "hands on" learning environment like our welding classes. Please understand we are not taking this decision lightly and have come up with options for all of the effected students to consider. We recommend you visit our website then proceed with the best option:

Nursing Students: Because many of your clinical sites have suspended direct patient care and, due to the directive to comply with social distancing guidelines, there will be no classwork in the labs or clinical experiences at this time. However, if there's an opportunity for students to return to a clinical site, the Nursing Program has developed safety protocols that would be implemented before, during and after a clinical experience. Please contact your Nursing Instructor for more information.

If we are unable to resume courses in a timely manner, the CCCCO has provided guidance on temporarily suspending CTE courses to a time where they can fully resume as well as allowing colleges to issue Emergency Incompletes.

All CTE Students should contact their instructor to obtain the most up-to-date information.

(March 20, 2020) Yes! Students have free access to a wide range of student success workshops. To access online resources, visit ( and follow the next steps:

  • Create an account
  • Fill out the information about who you are and where you study
  • Start utilizing online orientation and student success workshops

Here's a screencast that shows you how to log in and what’s included in the site.

(March 30, 2020) A step-by-step tutorial on accessing the Academic Success Center (ASC) Canvas shell can be accessed here: ASC Canvas modules include:

  • Tutoring: Zoom tutoring with the ASC tutors you know and love
  • Answers: Post your question to the subject-specific "Ask a Tutor" discussion boards, and receive a response within 24 hours Monday - Friday
  • Proctorio Guide: If you have access to a computer and a webcam, you can take Proctorio-enabled exams without the use of ASC Chromebooks. This guide helps prepare you and your technology.
  • Academic Resources: A collection of high-quality academic supports and resources for a host of subjects
  • Wellness Resources: A collection of resources to help each student navigate this challenging time and persevere
  • Campus Resources: Links to a variety of campus resources that remain available during the campus closure

(Edited March 26, 2020) For students who don't have access to a computer, please contact Basecamp HQ to learn about the College's laptop loaner program: (530) 938-5376 or Additionally, if you have a laptop or other technological device, you can access the College's WiFi from any of our Weed Campus parking lots.

There are also reduced cost or free internet access resources through the California Community College Chancellor's Office:

Mobile Hot Spots: (*Please note, depending on your location, the hot spot may not work)

(Edited March 20, 2020) Support in accessing Siskiyous email and Canvas is available through the Help Desk. Students can call the Student Help Desk at (530) 938-5523 or email at during the following hours starting March 30, 2020:
Monday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

(Edited March 19, 2020) Minimize contact, and avoid shaking hands and high-fiving. Stay at least 6 feet from sick individuals. It's recommended that you avoid any major city in the US, gatherings of more than 50 people, bars, clubs, arcades, shopping malls, nursing homes and hospitals.

(March 17, 2020) Each individual should do what is best for them and their unique needs. High risk individuals (individuals over 65 and those with underlying health conditions) require additional vigilance. In general, public health agencies say that the best preventative measures are simple good hygiene practices:

  • If you are sick, stay home. Anyone with even mild symptoms you should stay home.
  • Wash your hands often, especially before you eat, after using the restroom or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you cannot wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth in case your hands are not clean.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue handy and wash your hands. If you have these symptoms, stay away from campus.
  • Avoid sharing objects like cups, food and drinks.
  • Minimize contact, and avoid shaking hands and high-fiving. Stay at least 6 feet from sick individuals.
  • Practice healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, stay active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.

(March 30, 2020) Yes! The Library is able to connect students with free textbooks and online research help. We have also adjusted all Spring 2020 book due dates. You can watch a video overview at: Details are available by visiting:

(March 19, 2020) Yes!! The ASC is offering both NetTutor and Zoom tutoring online. ASC services can be accessed remotely via the ASC Canvas shell here:

(March 30, 2020) A step-by-step tutorial on accessing the Academic Success Center (ASC) Canvas shell can be accessed here:

(March 19, 2020) You can call the ASC Help Desk at (530) 938-5523 or

(March 24, 2020) The California Community Colleges have an online Wellness Resource for students with a 24/7 Crisis Hotline: The CDC has also provided a number of helplines and resources: Students also have the option to speak with their Instructor or reach out to Counseling Services / Phone: (530) 938-5353.

(April 1, 2020) Lodge residents who are not returning to campus for remote learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester must complete an Express Check Out form.

Residents will need to schedule time to pick up their belongings after the shelter-in-place order is lifted. If this requirement continues until May 22 an update will be sent to residents through email and text message.

(April 22, 2020) The majority of scheduled Summer courses are being offered via Distance Education. Face-to-Face classes are subject to cancellation or conversion to remote instruction. Specific face-to-face courses such as MUS, NURS and THEA will open for registration in mid-May if not canceled.

If you plan to register for Fall 2020 classes, face-to-face classes are subject to cancellation or conversion to remote instruction. If a face-to-face class is converted to remote instruction, you will still be expected to attend the course, remotely, on the days and times specified.

If you have never taken an online/remotely instructed course, please see the question 'I have never taken an online or remotely instructed class, is there anything that can help me prepare?'

If you do not have access to a computer and/or internet, please see the question 'I don't have access to a computer and/or internet. How do I participate in my classes?'