Messages to Faculty and Staff


Update on Instance of COVID-19 at Foothill-De Anza (Posted July 6, 2020)
Instance of COVID-19 at Foothill-De Anza (Posted June 29, 2020)
Remote Work and Breaking News (Posted June 18, 2020)
In Recognition of Juneteenth (Posted June 18, 2020)
Affordable housing survey - please participate! (Posted June 10, 2020)
Welcome, President Holmes! (Posted June 3, 2020)
Thoughts on Recent Events (Posted June 1, 2020)
Continuation of Remote Work (Posted June 1, 2020)
Fourth President of De Anza College (Posted June 1, 2020)
Updates on Fall 2020, Budget, and a Lawsuit (Posted May 14, 2020)
Finalists for De Anza President (Posted May 8, 2020)
Extension of Shelter-in-Place (Posted May 4, 2020)
Class Schedules for Summer and Fall 2020 (Posted April 20, 2020)
COVID-19 Update for March 30 (Posted March 30, 2020)
COVID-19 Update for March 18 (Posted March 19, 2020)
COVID-19 Update for March 16 (Posted March 16, 2020)
COVID-19 Update for March 14 (Posted March 16, 2020)
COVID-19 Update for March 13 (Posted March 16, 2020)
Transition from Face-to-Face to Alternative Methods (Posted March 11, 2020)
Update on Continuity of Instruction Planning (Posted March 11, 2020)
COVID-19 update of March 9, 2020 (Posted March 10, 2020)
Followup to Postponement of March 9 celebrations (Posted March 10, 2020)
Postponement of March 9 celebrations (Posted March 10, 2020)
Election results for Measures G&H as of March 4, 2020 (Posted March 10, 2020)
District update on novel coronavirus, COVID-19 (Posted March 10, 2020)
COVID-19 Update from Chancellor Eloy Oakley (Posted June 29, 2020)
Coronavirus Update (Posted February 4, 2020)
Coronavirus (Posted February 3, 2020)
Historic Board Actions of November 25, 2019 (Posted November 26, 2019)
Interim results of assessment & visioning process posted (Posted November 15, 2019)
Vice Chancellor of Business Services (Posted November 15, 2019)
Special Board of Trustees Meeting to Consider a Bond and Parcel Tax (Posted November 15, 2019)
Assessment and Visioning Process for De Anza Presidential Search (Posted October 9, 2019)
Homebuying Assistance Program (Posted October 9, 2019)
Community Polling Results (Posted October 9, 2019)
District Opening Day is Sept. 19 at Smithwick Theatre! (Posted September 17, 2019)
Archived messages from academic years 2014-15 through 2018-19

Update on Instance of COVID-19 at Foothill-De Anza

Dear Colleagues,

We've received several questions related to the districtwide email I sent this weekend notifying you that an employee was confirmed to have COVID-19.  

Here are answers to some of those questions:

  • The district continues communicating with the Santa Clara County Health Department.

  • HR has contacted employees who could have been exposed as a result of the employee's illness, and they are currently in self-quarantine/isolation for a 14-day period. If you have not been contacted by HR, then you have not been identified as at-risk.

  • Deep cleaning will be taking place as needed in the locations at Foothill and De Anza where the employee had spent time, and signs have been posted on all affected buildings. The new district office building was not affected.

Employees may contact Myisha Washington in HR with additional questions or refer to HR's webpage for COVID-19 related resources:

Wishing you and yours a safe holiday weekend,

July 2, 2020

Instance of COVID-19 at Foothill-De Anza

Dear Colleagues,

Today we had confirmation of our first Foothill-De Anza employee with COVID-19.  We have daily logs of meetings and buildings where the individual had been and can report that the buildings were at both Foothill and De Anza.  We are immediately taking steps to ensure the safety of our students and employees and ask for your cooperation with the following:




We do not yet know the total impact on staff due to quarantining and sanitization so we ask for your patience as we prioritize public health over other considerations.

Be well,

June 27, 2020

Remote Work and Breaking News

Dear Colleagues, 

Working together, we are successfully completing a truly unprecedented spring quarter and continue to navigate through one of the most tumultuous times ever. Thank you for everything you have done to help us move forward and let your loved ones know that we appreciate their support of you as this is definitely an extended family effort! 

To help you plan, I want you to know that the colleges and district offices will remain closed at least through Labor Day, Sept. 7. ­This means we will continue working from home and that summer instruction and student services will continue remotely, as previously announced.

There will be extremely few exceptions to the work-from-home rule during this period, primarily involving police, grounds, custodial, and facilities staff who will work onsite on a very limited basis after training and with all safety precautions in place.

The decision to continue remote operations is driven by our desire to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff, particularly given the continuing lack of adequate availability of supplies and equipment needed for maximum safety. Santa Clara County Public Health has not yet cleared colleges and universities to re-open, and in California and across the nation, we are seeing resurgences in COVID-19 infections after re-opening.

I know that people also are eager to have answers about the possibility of onsite classes and services for the fall, and we are working on that. We do not currently have all the information we need to tell you with certainty the extent to which we can safely reopen at that time. To be prepared for the possible continuation of remote work, we are planning a virtual program for district and college opening days that could be modified if circumstances warrant.

Fortunately, your creativity, persistence, and teamwork during this transition have shown that we can get our work done remotely.  People are working diligently and productively. With the opportunity to connect through Zoom and other online platforms, communication is probably at an all-time high, and that is a wonderful development that contributes to our success.

If you have additional needs to continue working remotely, please speak with your manager. We will do our best to accommodate you and will continue to schedule periodic opportunities to return to your worksite for essential equipment and supplies.

I am deeply grateful for all you have done and continue to do in support of student success.

As I write this, there is breaking news that the Supreme Court of the United States has blocked the attempts to end DACA.  This follows the equally good news from the court on Monday that LGBTQ Americans are protected under the Civil Rights Act.  May these decisions be a source of increased vigor and determination to prove that Black Lives Matter.

In solidarity,

June 18, 2020 

In Recognition of Juneteenth

Dear Colleagues,

The tragedies and pain of the past few weeks deserve a dedicated time for reflection. This is why I’m asking all of you to take some time away from work this Friday for introspection, contemplation, study, dialogue, or any other activity in honor of Juneteenth . This is an opportunity for all of us to help pave the way from words to action.

Pat Hyland in Human Resources has assembled a collection of resources about equity and racism, and during my open office hour today, Karen Chow and Denica Kelly offered these Juneteenth links:

A Bay Area collective’s collection of Juneteenth resources (Denica)

Dr. Louis Henry Gates Jr. on Juneteenth (Karen)

If you would like to share any of your thoughts or experiences during my open office hour on June 24, please contact Paula Norsell so that I will know to call on you.  I look forward to us learning from each other.

In solidarity,
June 17, 2020

Affordable housing survey - please participate!

Dear Colleagues,

As we continue to look for ways to address the high cost of housing for students, faculty, and staff, I am writing to ask your help in advancing an affordable housing development on county-owned land in Palo Alto that is being built especially for school employees. All you need to do to help is to take this short survey.

Deadline for completing the survey is Friday, June 19.

Our district was one of the early collaborators in this project, which is now moving forward under the direction of non-profit housing developers. Four other local school districts also are participating in partnership with Santa Clara County, county Supervisor Joe Simitian’s office, and Facebook.

A new kind of financing model is being used to fund this development, and the information you provide will help determine how rents for apartments are priced and who will be eligible to live in the units based on household income. By taking the survey, you will help ensure that these approximately 93 rental units, located in a prime spot in Palo Alto, will be affordable for Foothill-De Anza employees.

Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete the survey

If you have any questions, please direct them to Becky Bartindale in my office.

Warm regards,

June 3, 2020

Welcome, President Holmes!

Dear Colleagues,

I am so pleased to report that our Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Lloyd A. Holmes as the fourth president of De Anza College! You can read the press release on the president search webpage.

Lloyd is joining us just in time to engage in a conversation during my open office hour on Wednesday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to noon. As your chancellor, I look forward to hearing how I can support and amplify the equity work you do at the colleges and in Central Services. I welcome your participation.

Warmest regards,

June 2, 2020

Thoughts on Recent Events

Dear Colleagues,

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police is one more tragic chapter in the centuries old story of black lives not mattering.  Both the lawful protests and the acts of violence throughout our country are products of historical inequities that have become exacerbated in the midst of a global pandemic and economic crisis.  A frequent comment is: Enough is enough.

As a community committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, how should we respond at this moment in time?  I have so many more questions than answers but believe that we have lost ground in our courageous conversations about race and must advance our progress in becoming a more equitable institution.  There is so much more to say and even more to do.  I look forward to engaging with you in my open office hour from 11 A.M. to 12 P.M on June 3.

In solidarity,
May 31, 2020

Continuation of Remote Work

Dear Colleagues:
While we hoped to have some return to the campuses on during June, the District will remain closed until at least June 30th.  Any return in July will need to be staged and coordinated to comply with the Santa Clara County Department of Health requirements and mandates, and will not be able to include all employees.  We want to take all steps necessary to ensure a safe, healthy environment for everyone. 
Please do not go to campus on June 1 but continue remote work until we can offer further guidance.
Stay well, stay safe, stay home,
May 29, 2020

Fourth President of De Anza College

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to let you know that I am recommending the hiring of Dr. Lloyd A. Holmes as De Anza College’s next president. His name will appear on the agenda that will be posted tomorrow for the Board of Trustees’ June 2 special meeting. I am extremely excited about having Lloyd as part of the district’s executive team and am absolutely confident that his skills, experience, character and values are an ideal match for De Anza, particularly at this time. If approved by the board, Lloyd will start his new position July 1.

Lloyd is currently vice president of student services at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y., a position he has held with distinction for the past six years. Monroe serves about 40,000 students a year at two campuses and has residence halls serving nearly 800 students and a university center where students can complete a baccalaureate degree. Monroe is part of the 64-campus State University of New York (SUNY) system of two- and four-year schools. In addition to his stellar leadership at the college, Lloyd has taken on several systemwide leadership roles, including mentoring sister colleges in implementing the SUNY Guided Pathways model, having successfully led that initiative at Monroe, and serving on the SUNY Food Insecurity Task Force, formed to address student hunger.

As an executive administrator on Monroe’s leadership team, Lloyd’s portfolio includes leading the board of the MCC Association, a not-for-profit organization that provides financial and management support for student services such as campus bookstores, a campus-based child care center, residence halls, athletics, co-curricular programs and campus food services. You can read more about Lloyd on the president search website.

Lloyd taught adjustment to college and leadership courses for several years at the University of Mississippi and for a short time taught graduate students there as an adjunct professor in the School of Education. He has worked as a residence hall advisor, financial aid advisor, coordinator of student wellness and alcohol and drug abuse programs, and dean of students. His doctoral dissertation examined the relationship between having a sense of community and student retention, and he has overseen or participated in enrollment management teams at his two most recent institutions.

Knowing how much of his life’s work is authentically student centered explains why Shelly Michael, De Anza Associated Study Body president, so enthusiastically advocated for Lloyd’s appointment after gathering input from students. It is why De Anza Interim President Christina Espinosa-Pieb and Foothill College President Thuy Nguyen are excited to have him play a catalytic role in elevating collaboration between the two colleges.

De Anza’s vision of leadership

De Anza has always been bold in its vision of who can provide exceptional leadership. None of its three prior presidents had been a president before. Founding president A. Robert DeHart was dean of students at Foothill College and directed the planning of De Anza before being named president. Martha J. Kanter was vice president of instruction at a much smaller community college. And Brian Murphy was an executive director at an institute at San Francisco State University.

In searching for the next president, I wanted to have a clear understanding of the things that De Anza values as well as areas where improvement is desired. In fall 2019, I hired a leadership and organizational effectiveness consultant to help us frame the job announcement.

Surveys and focus groups that involved approximately 300 faculty, staff, students and community members identified what De Anza wants in its leaders and values as a community, including:

  • An inspiring leader who can articulate a strong purpose and move the organization forward beyond crisis/survival mode into a culture of possibility, optimism and innovation
  • An educator who can take up matters of teaching, learning and student equity with skill and confidence, as well as an administrator who understands how college practices can negatively (or positively) affect student success
  • A leader who can empower faculty and staff to re-envision and re-energize the college to meet changing needs
  • A present and visible leader who is transparent and advocates for shared decision-making; who works with faculty and staff to develop new ways to inspire, educate and support students; and who creates and supports a workplace community where inclusion, communication, collaboration, transparency, equity, quality and accountability thrive
  • A leader who will help De Anza grow as a community to fully realize a focus on students, reduce or eliminate bureaucracy, encourage innovation, practice empathy, resolve conflicts before they fester, and find new ways to generate funding and opportunities for students.

Lloyd Holmes’ record as a leader 

I am gratified at how closely these expressed desires, needs and aspirations align with the comments I heard about Lloyd from people who have worked with him across a range of institutions over the past 15 years.

Many noted that his care for students and their success is central to his identity, along with his commitment to equity and inclusion.

Commenting on how he works with others, people described Lloyd as a leader who listens carefully to what people have to say, hears their needs and engages them in working through problems together. Many remarked on his ability to recognize talent and put together effective teams, often drawing in people who had previously been overlooked.

 “Oftentimes, leaders will surround themselves with people like themselves,” one colleague observed. “Lloyd will select people who have diversity of opinion and thought and the way they approach their own leadership. I think he’s a master at that.”

Another colleague said, “He is very spirited and likes to engage people on all levels. He looks for the silver lining of things and he enjoys student success and student empowerment.”

Other themes emerged in exploring Lloyd’s accomplishments. Multiple people commented on his ability to create, streamline and clarify processes and systems.  “I would say he helped us reach the next level,’’ one colleague said. “He has helped us do better at all of the things we already do well… He helps us see things we didn’t know were possible.”

One of Lloyd’s accomplishments at Monroe was transforming a traditional student affairs division into an organization that is considered one of the best-performing at the college. In another significant undertaking, he was instrumental in ensuring that Monroe’s new downtown campus would be successful. The verdict: “It was flawless.”

Lloyd has been highly successful at every college in every state where he’s worked. He’s been able to understand the rules and thrive.

To read more of about my thinking and what I’ve learned about Lloyd Holmes, please visit the De Anza College president search website.

Warmest regards,

May 27, 2020

Updates on Fall 2020, Budget, and a Lawsuit

Dear Colleagues, 

I’m writing to update you on three important issues that affect how we serve our students.

FALL 2020

Discussion at the colleges has resulted in a decision to offer two forms of instructional delivery districtwide in Fall 2020:

  • Classes that are 100% online
  • Classes that are hybrid with face-to-face instruction that can move to online should public health matters dictate a return to shelter-in-place.

No courses will be scheduled as 100% face-to-face.

Face-to-face services at the colleges and the district office are still under consideration as we develop plans for returning to campus in a way that will protect public safety. We are awaiting more detailed guidance regarding requirements for:

  • Physical distancing
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Health checks
  • Contact tracing

We anticipate limited demand for face-to-face services, which also would be relatively expensive to provide safely given the aforementioned requirements. Therefore, we will continue to collaborate with union representatives to determine how we can best support remote work.  Your safety and the needs of your families are important parts of our return-to-campus planning.


I want to thank Susan Cheu, Raquel Puentes, and Sirisha Pingali for an outstanding budget presentation prepared for Administrators/Supervisors and Chancellor’s Advisory Council on May 8. Susan updated the slides late into the evening of May 7 as we received news from the Department of Finance that the state’s fiscal picture is even more grim than projected at the end of April.  The slide show is available at

There is no doubt that we will have to make budget reductions.  The extent and timing have yet to be determined, but we will rely on an accelerated governance process that uses your existing procedures and structures.

The May budget revision will be announced on May 14 and the Community College League of California (CCLC) will hold a budget advocacy webinar on Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m.  If you’d like to know more about our system’s efforts in response to massive cuts, you may register using that link. The state expects to have a fuller picture of its revenue decline by August and another budget revision is likely at that time. 


Our district has joined the state Chancellor's Office and four other California community college districts as named plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed yesterday against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The legal action challenges the restrictions imposed by the U.S. Department of Education that exclude many of our students, for arbitrary reasons, from direct federal emergency aid under the CARES Act.

The district joined the lawsuit because we want to support the most vulnerable of our students, many of whom are currently deemed ineligible for CARES emergency assistance as a result of Secretary DeVos' interpretation of the legislation.

As an open access institution, we are the social safety net for veterans, the newly unemployed as a result of COVID-19, and those who were unable to finish high school, to name just a few of the populations we serve. Lacking a high school diploma or a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should not stand in the way of our students pursuing their educational goals and ultimately contributing back to our communities.

The district is doing everything it can using Foothill-De Anza Foundation funds to support all students who are facing financial emergencies as a result of the coronavirus. We hope in the near future to be able to draw on the federal CARES Act relief funds allocated by Congress to provide direct aid to students who are struggling to continue their education.

Even though we face unprecedented challenges, what is not unprecedented is Foothill-De Anza’s ability to navigate through crises and still offer excellent programs and services guided by an equity agenda.  The next several years are likely to see increased enrollments served by fewer resources.  I believe we “got this” because I believe in you.

With appreciation and admiration for all you do,

May 12, 2020

Finalists for De Anza President

Dear Colleagues,

Next week, three finalists for the position of De Anza College president will meet with members of the campus community via Zoom, allowing the college and the candidates to get a feeling for one another as we work together to identify the person best suited to lead De Anza College into the future.

The finalists – Drs. Lloyd Holmes, Bryan Reece and Wei Zhou – come highly recommended by De Anza College President Search Committee members, who have determined through thoughtful deliberation that these candidates have the best combination of experience, skills, and values to serve as De Anza’s fourth president.

You can learn more about each of the finalists at the president search webpage, At the conclusion of their virtual “campus visits”, you will be asked to share your thoughts about each of them with me through an online survey that can be reached from that webpage.

Zoom meetings lasting 50 minutes will be held with each finalist Monday through Wednesday, hosted by the Academic Senate, Classified Senate, De Anza Associated Student Body (DASB), and the Foothill-De Anza Foundation. Interim President Christina Espinosa-Pieb will host a meeting for campus administrators and managers, and the finalists will meet separately with the De Anza senior staff and the chancellor’s cabinet, two groups with which the college president works particularly closely.

Wei Zhou will be visiting on Monday, Bryan Reece on Tuesday, and Lloyd Holmes on Wednesday. Watch for information from the host groups about the Zoom meeting times and how to join. 

On the second day of their visit, each candidate will meet with me and, in place of an open forum, take part in a recorded interview conducted by our search consultant Dr. Fran White that will be posted on the De Anza College President Search webpage after all candidates have completed their visits. This will provide an additional opportunity to see the candidates and provide feedback to me. Questions for the interview were submitted by the Academic Senate, Classified Senate, DASB, administrators and supervisors, and a community representative of the De Anza Commission and Foothill-De Anza Foundation board.

As we approach the selection of the next college president, I feel immense gratitude and respect for our interim president, who chose not to seek the permanent position after guiding the college through two very challenging years. Returning to her position as vice president of instruction, Christina will be an incomparable resource for the person who follows her as president as there is no one who has a deeper knowledge and understanding of De Anza College. Fortunately, we will all still benefit from her sincere care for and commitment to the entire Foothill-De Anza community.

I am also grateful for the work of the search committee members who brought their passion and insight to bear in evaluating the applicants as representatives of their respective constituency groups. They have served the college and district well.

In describing what the college needs in its next president, we said:

“The president should be a unifying leader who can articulate a clear vision and inspire dedication to achieving the college’s core mission and values; an innovative leader who seeks a long-term career in a dynamic setting; and an empathetic leader who is committed to academic excellence, student equity and student success.”

Please let me know which of our finalists you think best meets that description.

Warmest regards, 

May 6, 2020

Extension of Shelter-in-Place 

Dear Colleagues,

I want to confirm that we are continuing to observe the statewide shelter-in-place directive through May 31, 2020, and there is no lifting of our own districtwide restrictions at this time.

Next week, I will announce the colleges’ plan for instructional delivery for Fall 2020 and can share some initial thinking about the many considerations that we must address in a return-to-campus plan.  The safety of you, our students, and larger community continues to be the driving force in our decision making. We deeply appreciate all that you have been doing and enduring to respond to this unprecedented public health crisis.

Stay safe, stay well, stay home,

May 4, 2020

Class Schedules for Summer and Fall 2020

Dear Colleagues,

This afternoon I met with leaders of our bargaining units, Classified Senates, Academic Senates, colleges’ senior staffs, and Chancellor’s Cabinet.  (Our student body presidents were invited but couldn’t attend.)  I convened the group to seek their reactions to our current thinking about Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 class schedules and offered these two proposals:

1.     Shall we schedule Summer 2020 classes totally online with the exception of allied health programs such as nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory therapy, and EMT/paramedic?

2.     Shall we schedule Fall 2020 classes online or hybrid in preparation for the possibility of a return to shelter-in-place during fall?

For Summer 2020, there was great appreciation for the urgency to establish a schedule in the midst of many unknowns including whether or not the shelter-in-place order would be lifted for all and how quickly could we sanitize our facilities for face-to-face instruction. Given the overwhelming agreement that we continue with online instruction for summer (Number 1 above), the colleges will now plan accordingly.

For Fall 2020, there was a great deal of discussion about the even greater number of unknowns in comparison to Summer 2020.  A clear consensus emerged that more time and thought are needed to consider a wider range of approaches than represented by hybrid or fully online (Number 2 above).  In response, I have asked the colleges to schedule additional discussion and consultation.  I did not specify a deadline for a recommendation from the college presidents during today’s discussion, but would like to have one in early May.

Let me conclude by thanking the 33 leaders who attended today’s meeting and helped inform next steps in a very substantial way.  The collective wisdom of Foothill-De Anza is truly one of our greatest assets!

Stay safe, stay well, stay home,

April 16, 2020

 COVID-19 Update of March 30

Dear Colleagues, 

With today's notice that six counties in our region are extending the shelter-in-place until May 1, we hope that you are taking every precaution to protect yourself and your loved ones.  We will continue to work remotely with very few individuals allowed on campus and only for approved activities deemed to be essential by our Chief of Police in consultation with relevant senior staff.

While this is disappointing news, I want to thank everyone for the tremendous effort that is going into preparing our virtual campuses for the more than 24,000 students who are already registered for Spring 2020 as of this morning.  During my open office hour at 11am on April 1, I promise there will be no April Fool's pranks but heartwarming reports of the generosity that distinguishes our community.

Sending good thoughts to you and yours,

March 30, 2020

COVID-19 Update for March 18

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to all of our faculty and instructional support colleagues for successfully moving our current instruction to a remote format with such short notice. You are truly remarkable!

In light of recent comments by Governor Newsom and Chancellor Oakley, we agree with the current suggestion of both the Faculty Association and our senior instructional administrators that our remote instruction should continue through the remainder of this academic year. Because there are unique challenges for our activity courses and those requiring in-person demonstrations and assessments, such as our allied health programs, we will engage in further dialogue to address exceptions to the expectation that courses will be taught remotely.

The Faculty Association and District also agree there are a number of details regarding training and support that have yet to be determined for us to successfully serve our students in the coming months.  Notwithstanding plans in progress, we felt the urgency to alert students and faculty immediately that they can count on the continuity of remote instruction through June 26. We hope this announcement might even help more students to see our colleges as excellent options to begin or complete their educational goals.

Since we don’t know what might be desirable or even possible for non-instructional work locations following the current “shelter in place” directive, all administrators and classified staff should continue under the current Remote Work Guidelines for the time being. Additional information and clarification will be forthcoming as we assess and modify our current processes as may be necessary.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we respond as quickly and responsibly as we can to the most volatile environment ever. 

With good thoughts for you and yours,

March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Update for March 16

Dear Colleagues, 

Following the order put into place today in six Bay Area counties, we are directing Foothill-De Anza employees to shelter at their place of residence starting at 12:01 a.m. March 17.  This immediate transition to working remotely accelerates the plan we began to implement last week.

Santa Clara County’s order allows individuals to leave their homes to perform work or services for “essential businesses” including colleges, so a very limited number of employees will have occasional access to district facilities for work that is deemed essential and which cannot be done at a distance. Those cases will be determined in consultation between employees and their managers at the colleges and Central Services.  Your manager will identify the work you can do from home because we strive to support teaching and learning and to maintain district operations as seamlessly as possible. For safety and energy savings, a number of buildings will be locked down as has already occurred at the Sunnyvale Center.  Our buildings may be closed, but we are open! 

The shelter-in-place order from Santa Clara County is in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended by the county’s public health officer. Please be sure to monitor health orders in your home county as there may be variations in specific directions.  

Information will be coming shortly from the district Office of Human Resources to answer questions about pay and other issues during the period of sheltering in place. 

My heartfelt thanks to everyone whose organization, collaboration, and dedication have allowed us to comply with a major directive with only 11 hours notice!

Be well,

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update for March 14

Dear Colleagues,

In light of so many additional developments in the COVID-19 situation, I just wanted to take a moment to assure you that district leadership is continually discussing how to address emerging issues.  School closures, municipal restrictions, and emergency declarations are just a few of the many factors that affect how we operate and how our students and employees navigate both personal and professional lives.

During the week of March 16, we will provide more guidance regarding remote work and how more employees can be assisted through so much rapid change.  While we have been focusing on instructional delivery, we want to examine ways our support and administrative work might also transition to remote delivery to the greatest extent possible.  We look forward to consulting with our classified and administrator colleagues as we juggle multiple concerns on behalf of students and employees.  Our guiding principle is mitigating the spread of the virus.

Our Board of Trustees is also looking at ways to hold meetings while implementing social distancing now that the Governor has declared waivers of certain provisions of the Brown Act.  We will hold an emergency board meeting in the near future to adopt a resolution that allows us to take advantage of any federal or state funding that may be available during this crisis.

Thanks to all of you who have been sharing recommendations for ways to engage students and each other during this challenging time.  One faculty member shared that he will be using the portal to send encouraging messages to his students and suggested we might even have a “studenthood” week to coincide with our professional development week of April 6. 

As the days ahead are filled with uncertainty, I encourage us all to think about the current situation as not just a public health crisis but a stressor on our humanity.  Let’s be intentional about compassion and patience even though it can be very hard right now.  We will never achieve perfection but we can do exceptionally well with everyone’s help! 

Virtual hugs,

March 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update for March 13

Dear Colleagues, 

Thanks to an outstanding recommendation from our Faculty Association, Foothill Academic Senate, De Anza Academic Senate, and District Academic Senate, the week of April 6 will be dedicated to professional development for faculty and classified professionals, and April 13 will be the start of Spring Quarter classes.  The end date for the term remains unchanged.

The addition of a professional development week means more time to access the wealth of web resources to learn about the technological tools available for teaching, learning, and working remotely. As our district reduces face-to-face interactions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, some of you will be asked to work in new ways and possibly take on some new tasks. Many of you may be working virtually for the first time and we want to assist in building the professional skills that will ease these transitions to alternative modes of delivering instruction and services.  Thank you in advance for creating a safer environment for our students and each other!

Information about professional development offerings for the week of April 6 will be coming from the colleges and Central Services shortly. For the time being, if you are interested in some of what’s already available, here are two websites you will want to know about:

District Technology – Educational Technology Services
CVC-Online Education Initiative – CVC-Online Education Initiative

Many thanks to everyone who has offered suggestions and dedicated time and energy to ensure continuity of instruction and services: union representatives, Academic and Classified Senates, administrators and supervisors, Chancellor’s Advisory Council, and students!  Stay tuned for updates during the week of March 16.


March 13, 2020

Transition from Face-to-Face to Alternative Methods

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we carefully plan our responses to the ever-changing COVID-19 outbreak. The needs of our students and employees are always at the center of our decision-making, and we have taken the time to balance issues of safety with the need for continuity of instruction. Foothill, De Anza, and Central Services will continue to remain open, but the colleges will move from face-to-face instruction that is lecture only to alternative methods starting on Monday, March 16.  The colleges will send information to students regarding the ways in which they may complete their classes for this quarter without coming to campus.

We will continue with alternate methods for the last two weeks of the current quarter, March 16-27, and into the start of the spring quarter, which begins April 6. Being on the quarter system may actually allow students a more seamless transition from face-to-face to alternate instructional methods.

Moving to remote instructional modalities for lecture-only classes is consistent with the advice of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the County of Santa Clara Department of Public Health, which both confirmed in calls today that they have no particular recommendations but leave this decision to the district at this time. We are fortunate that as of today, March 11, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at either campus, the Sunnyvale Center, or in Central Services.

The details of how we proceed operationally will largely be determined at the colleges, so please direct your questions to your immediate supervisor. Faculty at off-campus apprenticeship sites should check with the local supervisor to determine what is being done at that location. The colleges have been planning diligently for this transition over several weeks and are working hard to expand support systems for faculty and students who may need assistance with teaching and learning online.

There is no single one-size-fits-all solution for alternative methods of instruction, and we will all do our best to tailor individual solutions to the specific needs of students and faculty. To finish out the quarter, alternative methods will be put into action for instruction and interaction with students, including online, email, and Zoom, or some other combination of creative approaches. As you know, Foothill-De Anza has one of the most extensive offerings of online instruction in California, and many of our students and faculty are quite familiar with this mode of instruction

As is being done at UC Berkeley, there will be some number of activity, studio, and laboratory classes in which instructors and students may choose to continue face-to-face to finish the quarter. In those cases, we urge instructors to be highly responsive to the needs and concerns of students and students to talk with their instructors about  concerns and needs they may have.  We also encourage faculty who have their own concerns to speak with their dean. 

Since this is not a closure, most classified professionals won’t experience any disruption in work at this time. However, it is likely that some classified professionals and non-instructional faculty may have their work modified by the move away from face-to-face instruction, for example, in instructional support and counseling services. In that case, the colleges will provide detailed guidance regarding any adjustment to duties that might be needed. The district Office of Human Resources has provided some guidance here.

Making these changes is an enormously complex undertaking, but we are confident that we will have a successful transition as the district and colleges have been planning intensively for this. We have been working closely with faculty leaders, and we deeply appreciate their flexibility, ingenuity, and support in tackling this unprecedented challenge. We especially want to express our thanks to the large number of faculty who already prepared for the transition to alternative methods and are assisting colleagues who have less experience.

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves, and thank you for your patience and support during an extremely challenging time. We especially appreciate your encouragement to allow for adequate time to plan for a successful transition to alternate methods while simultaneously preserving continuity of instruction for students. 


Update on Continuity of Instruction Planning

Dear Colleagues,

Because more colleges are moving from face to face to online instruction, we are aware of increased interest that Foothill-De Anza follow suit.  At 8:30 this morning, I spoke with a representative of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department regarding directives to educational institutions.  They are making no specific recommendations other than institutions should "keep students safe."

For more than a week, we have had numerous meetings to plan for a successful transition from face to face to alternate methods of instruction for both the end of Winter Quarter and the start of Spring Quarter.  Following a statewide conference call with the state Chancellor's Office this afternoon, we will be better prepared to provide detailed guidance on our next steps.  Thank you for your patience and we regret that we have been unable to personally answer the many emails from students who have asked us to close operations immediately.  We are listening to everyone's concerns and are working diligently to meet these unprecedented challenges in a thoughtful and sensitive fashion.


March 11, 2020

COVID-19 update of March 9, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

A great deal of work has taken place at the district and college levels to prepare for a variety of scenarios that could possibly challenge the continuity of instruction and services resulting from the spread of COVID-19 (novel cornonavirus).

I know some of you are wondering how to respond to questions from students, members of the public or colleagues when there is so much uncertainty about what will happen next. I hope this email will address some of your most pressing concerns, both immediate and for the longer term. Here in a nutshell is what we can say at this point:

For now, the district and colleges remain open, but that may change. We are following the guidance of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, whose recommendations we monitor throughout the day. We have taken additional action to sanitize high traffic areas and encourage flexibility in accommodating the needs of employees and students, particularly those in higher risk categories. Our top priorities are the safety of our community and continuing service and support for our students and employees. Please follow all the recommended preventive measures to protect yourself and others. The district and the colleges will keep you informed about any changes in plans related to district and/or college operations. 

The district Office of Human Resources is preparing detailed guidance that covers a wide variety of employee situations and needs. This will be distributed within the next day. A web page for posting district COVID-19 updates and information will be activated later today and can be accessed from the district homepage at

Questions relating to students should be directed to the colleges.


Last week, I convened groups from the colleges and Central Services to identify potential implications of COVID-19 on our operations, and we discussed the following issues:

  • Ensuring that payroll processing can continue uninterrupted.
  • Adding resources to increase the frequency and ongoing sanitization of high-traffic surfaces and areas on the campuses, including dining facilities, door handles, athletic and rental facilities, classrooms, and labs.
  • Identifying essential personnel in the event of a shutdown.
  • Finding clinical training alternatives for nursing and allied health students displaced from hospitals.
  • Communicating with educational partners who deliver our courses on their campus.
  • Allowing flexibility on travel reimbursement when conferences are cancelled.
  • Addressing the full spectrum of student needs and concerns, including those of our most vulnerable student populations.
  • Planning for multiple alternate methods of delivering instruction electronically in the event of closures and offering training for faculty, students, and staff in their use.
  • Addressing attendance accounting and contractual issues that may arise.
  • Identifying communication channels that can be used to maintain a sense of community cohesiveness.
  • Reinforcing the importance of combatting discrimination.
Preparing for closure & interruptions
At my request, Vice Chancellor Dorene Novotny initiated a process for identifying critical issues and options for ensuring educational continuity for our students should closures become necessary. Campus representatives worked together at meetings last Thursday and Friday to develop a planning blueprint for addressing such issues as how to keep delivering course content, assignment and exams; determining grades; communicating with students; managing instances of student illness, quarantines and absences; and much more. The blueprint also lays out which kinds of decisions should be made by the faculty, the colleges or the district.
Counties throughout California are closely monitoring the speed and extent of the virus’ spread and may at some point recommend closures or other actions that would interrupt business as usual. We will follow the advice of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that any closure of our colleges or district offices would be done in consultation with the county health department.
Working with colleagues from the California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI), the colleges are developing specific strategies for instructional continuity, including leveraging our technology infrastructure for alternative delivery options and providing support for instructors who currently teach exclusively face to face. Expanded training opportunities will be available for using tools such as Zoom and Canvas to continue instruction and communication with students during a temporary period of interruption or closure. Additionally, a variety of online student services will continue to be available including tutoring, counseling, and degree audit.
Accommodations for students with disabilities is a work in progress and a high priority for resolution.
Flexibility in attendance & other matters
These times require flexibility, care and consideration from everyone. Our expectation is that supervisors and administrators will be flexible if an employee becomes ill with COVID-19 or needs to take care of a family member who has been diagnosed with the virus. Employees in these situations absolutely should stay home until cleared by a doctor to return to work or until they have met the conditions for return set by our county health officials and the CDC. Obtaining medical certification to return may not be feasible if direct care needs outpace the capacity of providers. In that case, we will make decisions in accordance with the guidelines established by public health officials.
You will soon receive additional information on leaves and related employee issues that might occur during a disruption of services or in the event of illness or exposure. Leaders in the district Office of Human Resources are collaborating with union and meet-and-confer employee representatives to determine responses to possible scenarios in the context of contractual obligations and recommendations of the CDC and the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.  Please direct questions or concerns to Vice Chancellor Dorene Novotny or Myisha Washington, district director of human resources, or directly to your union representative.
Supervisors and administrators are encouraged to review their operations and develop contingency plan options for remote work assignments, alternate schedules or possible telecommuting in the event such measures become necessary or recommended by county public health officials. Such measures may be required in order to continue the delivery of services to our students during a disruption.
I also strongly encourage instructors to consider flexibility with student attendance and participation without sacrificing academic standards. We have heard that some students are attending classes while ill because they do not want to lose participation points or exceed the allowable number of absences.  Some faculty have solved this problem by using Zoom and even email to substitute for physical presence.  We look forward to learning more about other strategies that have been used.
Keeping surroundings clean
Following public health advice, we are increasing and intensifying cleaning. I have been assured that the cleaning products already in use by our custodial staff are the best available for disinfecting surfaces, and we are working on increasing the frequency of cleaning in high traffic, high need areas such as classrooms, athletics areas, eating areas, computer labs and restrooms. The campuses also have ordered additional supplies for general use and will continue to make those available as needed. Custodians already are performing additional sanitation measures including frequent, repeated cleaning of desktops and other instructional surfaces. In addition, the district is securing additional staffing to help with cleaning and sanitation.
Large gatherings
We are currently following the guidelines issued March 5 by Santa Clara County public health officials about cancelling or postponing “mass gatherings” and large community events. In a further clarification, the county suggested weighing four factors when deciding whether to postpone or cancel:
  • The number of people attending the event – fewer than 100 (small), 100 to 999 (medium sized) and 1,000 or more (large).
  • The extent to which the nature and set up of the event would enable participants to maintain “'social distance” of three to six feet.
  • The duration – a one-hour event is significantly less risky than one that lasts for a half- or full-day.
  • The extent to which the participants are at higher risk of becoming severely ill, for example, a class for college students versus a class specifically aimed at older adults.
The county recommends making decisions about whether to hold events on a rolling 30-day basis, applying the public health department’s most current recommendations.
There have been some reports of discriminatory behavior based on false assumptions linking race, ethnicity, or national origin to the spread of the virus. To be clear, such assumptions are false and should be promptly addressed and not allowed to perpetuate. I am proud of our districtwide commitment to an inclusive and welcoming environment and urge everyone to help us live that commitment. Should you experience or observe discrimination and are not comfortable addressing the matter directly, please report it to your supervisor, your campus Title IX/Title 5 representative, or the district Office of Human Resources for follow up.
Travel restrictions and voluntary limits
For now, the district will not approve or fund new requests for travel to countries that the CDC recommends for suspension of all nonessential travel. Currently, that includes China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy, and older adults and people with chronic health conditions are advised to avoid travel to Japan. If you have work-related travel already planned for one of these areas, please discuss issues of reimbursement and safety with your supervisor.
Diagnosis of COVID-19
The CDC advises people who are sick to call ahead to a healthcare provider if you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Your healthcare professional will work with the public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
The colleges are each preparing information about how to refer or report a student or coworker with COVID-19-type symptoms and will distribute them separately. In the meantime, if you have or know of a situation involving possible symptoms, please report your concerns directly to your supervisor for review and follow-up.
Staying informed
The following websites will help you learn more about COVID-19 and stay informed about any new developments as the situation evolves.
State and federal health agencies
Other health agencies
College websites
Foothill College

Teaching & learning resources
CVC-Online Education Initiative

While this new strain of coronavirus has a high transmission rate, most people will recover from it. According to county health department estimates, 80% of the people infected by COVID-19 will experience only mild illness.

However, older individuals and people with underlying health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, chronic lung diseases like COPD, or weakened immune systems are at greater risk for serious illness if they contract the virus. Some of you may be surprised to know that this “older” caution applies to individuals over age 50 years of age, who are considered at higher risk for serious illness. Risk increases with age, with persons over age 80 in the highest risk category. According to the CDC, pregnant women experience immunologic and physiologic changes that might make them more susceptible to viral respiratory infections, including COVID-19. 

I know that the onslaught of news and information about COVID-19 can feel overwhelming and create fear and anxiety. I urge you to focus on what you can do to protect yourself and others from infection and to treat each other with care and kindness.  Also, please remember that we have a good resource for difficult times in the district’s Employee Assistance Program.

With sincere appreciation for the privilege of working with you during these challenging times,

March 9, 2020

Followup to Postponement of March 9 Celebrations

Dear Colleagues,

Questions have arisen regarding our decision to postpone our March celebrations and if that was a signal that we should be closing the campuses.  We are not.

The food handling logistics that are recommended for public gatherings would have detracted from any possibility of a festive atmosphere, hence our postponement of a traditionally joyous gathering.

Thanks again,

March 6, 2020

Postponement of March 9 Celebrations

Dear Colleagues,

In light of increasing concerns over various public gatherings, we have thought it wise to postpone the reunion of former Foothill-De Anza trustees as well as the traditional reception honoring our newly tenured faculty that had been scheduled for Monday, March 9.

We definitely want to come together in a celebratory mood and plan to do so when we have more broadly accepted reassurances regarding the Coronavirus.

With thanks for your understanding,

March 6, 2020

COVID-19 Update from Chancellor Eloy Oakley

Dear Colleagues,
Please see the message below from Chancellor Eloy Oakley.  While we await highly anticipated statewide guidance, I also wanted you to be aware of the important role that is being played by our colleagues in CVC-OEI.
We greatly appreciate the meetings that are taking place with leaders from our faculty, classified professional, student body, and administrative groups to develop the best possible action plans in an ever changing environment.  Deepest thanks to all of you for your contributions to the continuity of our excellent programs and services and expect more updates as new information becomes available.

Dear Colleague, 

Late yesterday, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency in California to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The emergency proclamation includes provisions that protect consumers against price gouging, allow for health care workers to come from out of state to assist at health care facilities and give health care facilities the flexibility to plan and adapt to accommodate incoming patients. It provides local public health agencies more flexibility in declaring and renewing health emergencies. The proclamation requires of the state Office of Emergency Services to release updated guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools no later than March 10. My office will provide you with the updates to the existing guidelines as soon as they are available. Please share this proclamation with your leadership team and legal counsel as you continue to refine response plans.

Earlier this week, state officials announced the release of more N95 masks to address shortages caused by COVID-19. In addition, the state this week secured expedited capacity to test for the virus from the CDC.  

I want to stress that state public health officials still categorize the public threat of COVID-19 as low and do not recommend cancellation of public events. I have visited several colleges this week and continue to be impressed with the calm, thoughtful and highly professional response  to this event. Your close coordination with county public health agencies is to be commended.

Please continue to check the Chancellor’s Office COVID-19 web resources page for information on emergency planning, advice for those experiencing possible symptoms (stay at home and contact your health care provider or local public health agency), crisis communications strategies, tips for containing the spread of the virus and travel recommendations for study abroad programs. My office is also working with the leadership of CVC-OEI to prepare guidance for colleges in the event that expanded online instruction is necessary to continue teaching and learning at our colleges if that is required.

At the federal level, Congress appears close to approving an $8.3 billion emergency funding package that would help development of new treatments, boost funding to purchase medical supplies and provide more than $400 million in grants to states and localities for preparedness within 30 days.  This is in addition to the $20 million that Gov. Newsom has requested from the Legislature to respond to this crisis.  The federal package includes about $3.1 billion to purchase medical supplies for state and local health departments to beef up the Strategic National Stockpile, the largest national repository of emergency treatments. It will also provide additional resources for states and assist federal efforts to develop vaccines and therapeutics, as well as hospital preparedness. Another $300 million would help the government buy vaccines and treatments once they are approved.

Thank you again for your leadership, and we will continue updates as needed.


Eloy Ortiz Oakley
Chancellor, California Community Colleges


March 5, 2020

Election results for Measures G&H as of March 4, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I want to thank all of you who supported the Yes on Measures G&H campaign to help the district meet some of our most critical needs. We won’t know the final results for several days, until all the ballots are counted, but I’m feeling optimistic that Measure G will pass. With the majority of the ballots counted, our $898 million bond had 57.34% of the vote (55% is needed). Measure H, a $48 parcel tax, has a longer way to go. With the majority of ballots counted, it had 60.56% voter support but needs 66.67% to pass. We’ve got our fingers crossed that late arriving and other yet-uncounted ballots will favor us. Whatever happens, I am confident that we will all keep on giving the best possible education and service we can for our local communities.

The past few months have been a fantastic team and community experience. I am gratified at how generously faculty, staff, students, and community members gave of themselves as campaign volunteers and donors, and I’m immensely grateful to the voters who supported us. Passing such a large bond measure in the current climate requires a remarkable group effort and a positive outcome is testimony to your hard work and the positive feelings for our colleges in our local communities.

I also want to give a shout-out to our trustees, who did an incredible amount of work in the community raising money for the campaign and soliciting a record number of endorsements from influential community leaders and organizations. Bruce Swenson – former trustee and Foothill faculty member, dean, and administrator – provided thoughtful and steady leadership as the campaign chair.

For the past several years, as the district deliberated about putting a bond or parcel tax on the ballot, we engaged in an extensive community outreach effort, talking with community members and organizations about their educational priorities and finding many common interests and opportunities to work together. These valued alliances are a tremendous asset and make the district that much stronger.

I truly believe that the work you do every day is ultimately what wins the support of voters. Your talent and dedication are always at the heart of our success.

Warmest regards,


P.S. You can see which areas of the district supported Measure G here and Measure H here. The maps can be found through the elections result page on the website of the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

March 4, 2020

District update on novel coronavirus, COVID-19

Dear Colleagues, 

As the novel coronavirus continues making front page news, I am writing to let you know that the district is closely monitoring the situation and planning for whatever course the infection may take. As of today, Feb. 28, the County of Santa Clara County Public Health Department continues to report that there is no evidence that novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is circulating in Santa Clara County and that the immediate risk to the public remains low.

However, even with only a few confirmed cases in the Bay Area at this time, we must prepare for the possible spread of the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). Please be assured that we will let you know immediately if the current situation changes and share with you the latest information about precautions you can take.

To protect the public, both county and state health departments are working diligently with local health professionals and the CDC to identify people at risk for the virus based on their travel histories or close contact with someone who has COVID-19.

I join Dr. Sara Cody, the Santa Clara County’s health officer, in urging us all to resist discrimination and prejudice. Although the outbreak began in mainland China, people of Asian descent are not more likely to have the virus, Dr. Cody reports, and anyone who has not traveled to China or been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case is not likely to be sick.

It is important for all of us to stay informed about this situation so we can take care of ourselves and others. Updated information from the Santa Clara County health department is available here, and links are provided below to the web pages of state, national and world health organizations, as well as to health departments of some neighboring counties. If circumstances change, the CDC will provide local agencies with updates as new information becomes available, and we will alert you as well. In addition, both colleges have web pages with information related to COVID-19, and you may want to familiarize yourself with them now.

Meanwhile, the best way to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses –including the flu– is to take commonsense preventive measures such as frequently washing your hands, not touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes, as described on several of the websites below.

If you do feel ill, please stay at home. You’ll recuperate faster and your colleagues will likely thank you.

Below are links to websites that will help you stay informed.

Local and state health departments

California Department of Public Health -

Santa Clara County Public Health

Santa Clara County Public Health Facebook -

San Mateo County Health -

San Benito County Health & Human Services Agency -

Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency -

Alameda County Public Health -

San Francisco Department of Public -

Other health agencies

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

World Health Organization - 

Foothill and De Anza

Foothill College -

De Anza College -

We will continue to monitor all developments and keep you informed.

Warm regards,

February 28, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to provide updated information regarding the coronavirus. I find it encouraging to report that officials from the County of Santa Clara County Public Health Department say that as of today, Feb. 4, the risk to the general public remains low.

Based on federal guidance, the county health department provided the following recommendations to area colleges late yesterday.

Health officers ask that students and staff who have been to Hubei province or elsewhere in mainland China (not Hong Kong) within the past 14 days stay at home and monitor themselves for illness, and call the Santa Clara County Public Health Department at (408) 885 -3980 for further advice about monitoring their health for 14 days from the date of their return. 

Family members of those who traveled to China within the past 14 days are not being asked to stay at home, but should watch for symptoms and avoid large gatherings.

The complete letter from the county Public Health Department is posted here.

Let’s not forget that the common seasonal flu is prevalent now, as are colds, so please take precautions for your own health and that of others. The best way to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses is to take commonsense preventive measures as described on many of the websites below. If you do feel ill, please stay at home.  You’ll recuperate faster and your colleagues will likely thank you.

Below are links to authoritative websites with FAQs and guidelines to keep you informed.

Santa Clara County Public Health

Santa Clara County Public Health Facebook -

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -

California Department of Public Health -

World Health Organization -

We will continue to monitor all developments, and I will be back in touch as needed.



February 4, 2019


Dear Colleagues, 

This message concerns the coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China. As we have learned from news reports, the virus causes respiratory infections and can be much more serious for elderly populations and those with respiratory conditions. You can learn more about the Wuhan novel coronavirus at the Center for Disease Control website which stresses that this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation.

As of January 27, the CDC reports: “Imported cases of 2019-nCoV infection in people have been detected in the U.S. No person-to-person spread has been detected with this virus at the time, and this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.”

At this time, we have had no report of any exposure to the coronavirus anywhere in our district. However, if you do start to exhibit flu-like symptoms (runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, low energy), we encourage you to contact your healthcare provider immediately.  If you do feel ill, please stay home. By reducing contact with others, you will be much less likely to spread any virus (common flu or otherwise) you have contracted.

The following habits are useful to follow to prevent the transmission of all airborne viruses:

  • Wash/sanitize your hands thoroughly on a regular basis
  • Always sneeze/cough into your arm or a tissue
  • Don’t get too close to people in public spaces
  • Don’t touch your eyes or mouth unless you have washed

We care deeply about the health and safety of our community and will update you on any new developments as we monitor this situation with local health authorities. 



January 27, 2020

Historic Board Actions of November 25, 2019

Dear Colleagues, 

I am thrilled to report that after more than two hours of public testimony and discussion, the Board of Trustees made history last night by its unanimous vote to place a bond and a parcel tax on the March 3, 2020 ballot! You can read the particulars about the proposed bond measure here and the parcel tax here.

These measures would give us reliable sources of revenue to make the facility, equipment, and program updates needed to keep the district at the forefront of providing our students with affordable, high quality preparation for university transfer and careers.

The proposed bond – the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Affordable Career, College Transfer, Classroom Repair Measure – would raise $898 million over its lifetime and cost district property owners 1.6 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The parcel tax – the Educational and Teacher Excellence Parcel Tax – is a five-year levy of $48 per parcel that would raise $5.6 million annually. The district has established guidelines for use of the proceeds if the parcel tax succeeds, which you can see using the link above. 

Working with the colleges, we have identified facility and equipment needs that substantially exceed what the proposed bond would cover. They fall into the general categories of improving accessibility; improving infrastructure including campus safety; promoting conservation; and exploring potential housing opportunities. You can see some examples here.  If voters approve the bond measure, the colleges would then prioritize their needs through the shared governance process.

I know that many of you may want to know how you can help, so I want to remind you that Board Policy 4195 and the California Education Code explicitly prohibit the use of district resources to advocate for candidates or measures. What constitutes “district resources” is interpreted broadly and includes district phones, computers, email service, mail service, mailboxes, copy machines, copying facilities and so on.

The board made its decision to move forward with both ballot proposals after extensive outreach to local leaders and community organizations and an independent community survey conducted earlier this year. What we learned is that our local residents have a deep appreciation of Foothill and De Anza as essential community resources that need to be maintained and kept up to date to serve future generations of students seeking new skills.

Please join me in thanking the board for its vision and wisdom in passing this resolution and our faculty, staff, alumni, elected officials, and community members who expressed their support in person and by mail.  And join me in a round of applause for our eloquent students, especially De Anza Student Trustee Genevieve Kolar and Foothill Student Trustee Tiffany Nguyen.  They exhibited courage and grace in the telling of their personal stories of transformation as a result of their experiences at De Anza and Foothill.  They work tirelessly to secure ongoing resources for programs and services that will transform the lives of students who follow them. 

They are the reason we come to work each day.

Happy Thanksgiving,


November 26, 2019

Interim results of assessment & visioning process posted

Dear Colleagues,

Minh Le, a leadership and organizational effectiveness consultant who is helping the district prepare for the De Anza president search, has provided us with interim reports on the first phase of our assessment and visioning process.  

Please visit to see the information that is being made available for use by the focus groups that will be held in the coming days. Anyone with questions or comments about the process or results is welcome to contact Minh directly at or 650-625-9099.

Many, many thanks to all participants in the survey and focus groups.  Along with your representatives on the search committee, I am listening to the collective vision regarding De Anza's strengths and challenges.  That vision will be a crucial factor in the selection and success of the next president and I am truly grateful for your heartfelt input. 

Warm regards,


November 12, 2019

Vice Chancellor of Business Services

Dear Colleagues, 

I am delighted to announce the selection of Susan Cheu as the Vice Chancellor of Business Services! 

She has very capably served as our Interim Vice Chancellor since January 1, 2019, bringing 13 years of community college business and administrative services experience to her districtwide role.  Attached you will find her profile that was posted for the open forums.

In addition to outstanding technical skills, Susan has demonstrated an authentic dedication to student equity which is an essential characteristic for all of us in Central Services even though it may not be as visible as on the campuses.

Many thanks to the search committee for forwarding three excellent finalists and thanks to everyone who attended the forums.  I very much appreciate the time you took to submit comments even as late as Friday.

Please join me in congratulating Susan and thanking her for taking on these increased responsibilities in service to our students! 

Warm regards,


November 11, 2019

Special Board of Trustees Meeting to Consider a Bond and Parcel Tax

Dear Colleagues,

Last night, our Board of Trustees directed staff to prepare resolutions for the board's consideration of both a bond and parcel tax at a special meeting to be held on Monday, November 25 at 6:00pm in the Foothill Campus Center.  We recognize that the meeting will be right before Thanksgiving, but if the board were to approve measures to be placed on the March 2020 ballot, we must file in early December.

Recent polling and surveying of our electorate convinced our board that their is very strong community support of our work to:

  • Attract and retain high quality faculty
  • Prepare students for transfer
  • Prepare students for good paying jobs
  • Increase accessibility for students with disabilities
  • Support students who face food and housing insecurity
  • Provide transitional housing for students, faculty, and staff who face homelessness

Please visit our website for details on this compelling documentation:

Additionally, we presented the board a list of capital projects and equipment that demonstrates the need for more than $1.5 billion if we are to preserve our pride of place as one of the most successful community colleges in the country in educating students who are successful in the classroom and workplace and who engage in their communities.

See the board presentation here:$file/FHDACCD_Capital_Projects_and_Equipment_needs_list_BoT_11.04.2019.pdf

In our district mission statement, we declare: "We are committed to providing an accessible, quality undergraduate education dedicated to developing a broadly educated and socially responsible community that supports an equitable and just future for California."  If you agree that to fulfill this mission, we need resources beyond what the State "giveth and taketh away," join us on November 25 to share your views with the board.

Warmest regards, 


November 5, 2019

Assessment and Visioning Process for De Anza Presidential Search

Dear De Anza colleagues,

In launching the search for the next college president, I am excited by the thought of what can ultimately be accomplished by building on the foundational work of De Anza’s community of committed, talented and resourceful people. Talking with so many of you over the past year underscores the importance of recognizing the right leader to support and guide the college in the coming years.

To help us find that person, I am pleased to announce that the district has engaged Minh Le, president of the Wilfred Jarvis Institute, a leadership and organizational effectiveness consulting company. Minh comes highly recommended for work he has done in our local community. His role is to help us conduct a grassroots assessment of De Anza as an organization that we will use to inform the search.

One outcome of this assessment will be a clear understanding of the strengths, priorities and practices that you value highly as a community and want to see sustained at De Anza. Another outcome will be identification of what you consider areas for improvement.

I’ve asked Minh to help us develop a highly inclusive vision of what is possible and desirable for the college to accomplish by 2030 based on the input we receive from you. The results should help us attract candidates for the presidency who have the values, motivation, experience and talent to build on the college’s strengths to achieve our vision over the next decade.

This assessment and visioning process will take place in three phases.

SURVEY – This month we will ask all faculty, staff and administrators at De Anza to complete a survey that will be used to assess the college based on 30 organizational characteristics. The survey also will seek your ideas about organizational customs and practices that we should keep, stop and start doing.

The deadline to complete the survey process is Nov. 1. You will be asked to complete the survey forms at meetings that will be scheduled through your work groups, and I would like you to complete them anonymously. The completed forms will then be placed in a container that will go directly to Minh’s office for processing.  As a gesture intended to invite complete candor, supervisors, managers and administrators are being asked to step out of the room.

FOCUS GROUPS - In November, after the survey phase, focus groups made up of representatives from faculty, classified and administrator ranks, as well as students and the community members, will be convened to identify desirable changes using the survey responses to aid the discussion. In the focus groups, Minh will ask for thoughts about what changes are likely to result in the greatest improvements in organizational health and productivity and help us be even more responsive to the needs of our students and community.

Focus group participants will be selected from volunteers and nominees in consultation with their respective Senate leaders. Factors that will be considered in selecting participants include diversity, motivation to participate, knowledge of and experience in the organization, and balanced representation.  I’ve included more information about focus group participation later this this email.

The schedules for the focus groups are:

  • Administrators – Nov. 14, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Classified – Nov. 15, 9-11 a.m.
  • Faculty – Nov. 15, noon to 2 p.m.

Student and community focus groups are still being scheduled.

REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY - Once the results of the surveys and focus groups are tabulated and analyzed, the results will be shared with the entire community before the end of the fall quarter. This information will be crucial to the search and selection efforts, which is why I am extremely grateful for everyone’s participation.

I have asked Becky Bartindale on my staff to work with leaders within the De Anza community to respond to any questions or concerns. She also will work with you to set up the survey meetings and assist you in resolving any logistical challenges that stand in the way of reaching as close to 100% participation as possible by Nov. 1. Becky can be reached at 650-949-6107 or

You may also contact Minh at 650-625-9099 or with any questions or concerns about the process or stated outcomes. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to work with Minh. He has done excellent work for many Bay Area organizations over the past 20 years including local school districts, adult schools, community colleges and universities.

As we move forward to choose the next president, this is what I ask of you:

  • When you are notified about the survey date and time for your work group, please mark your calendar and be there. Minh estimates it takes only about 10 minutes to complete the survey.
  • If you cannot be there, please ask the person who notified you about the meeting to provide you with a survey form, which you will return directly to Minh. Just imagine the power of a 100% participation rate in this process!
  • If you are interested in being part of a focus group for your role (faculty, classified, and administrator) or want to nominate someone else, please email your nominations to Becky Bartindale no later than Oct. 18. Focus groups for students and the community are being conducted through student government and the Foothill-De Anza Foundation.

It was my privilege to work at De Anza in both Student Services and Instruction from 1988-2007 and now as your chancellor, I know how well-positioned we are to reach the next level of fulfilling De Anza’s mission statement:

“De Anza College provides an academically rich, multicultural learning environment that challenges students of every background to development their intellect character and abilities; to realize their goals; and to be socially responsible leaders in their communities, the nation and the world.”


With sincerest thanks on behalf of present and future students,

October 7, 2019

Homebuying Assistance Program

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to let you know about a new opportunity that could help Foothill-De Anza employees address one of our biggest challenges – finding affordable housing within a reasonable commuting distance of our campuses.

Landed ( is a Bay Area start-up that helps school and college employees purchase homes by providing down payment support and a personalized homebuying team of experts. The Landed team is coming to Foothill College on Oct. 15 and De Anza College on Oct. 16 to offer a one-hour workshop introducing their highly flexible home buying assistance program. Please sign up using the links below.

Unlike the Santa Clara County program we told you about earlier this year, Landed does not place restrictions on your income or the price and location of the housing you want to buy. Landed supports home purchases in a seven county Bay Area region.

Landed’s down payment program provides half of the down payment on a home, up to $120,000 per household, in exchange for a share in the gain (or loss, if any) of the home’s value once it is sold or refinanced. Landed already has assisted several hundred K-12 educators in purchasing homes and earlier this year expanded to higher education.

The Landed program is open to all faculty staff, and administrators who have worked at Foothill-De Anza or another public educational institution for at least two years, and is available immediately. The informational workshops are for any employee interested in purchasing a home or learning more about the home buying process. All Foothill-De Anza employees are eligible to participate, and you may attend at the location and time that is most convenient to you.

Please RVSP using the links below to ensure sufficient materials are available. Partners are welcome to attend the workshops and refreshments will be provided.

Session 1 - Tuesday, Oct. 15 -  RSVP here 
Foothill College - 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Hearthside Lounge (located in the Campus Center across from the bookstore)


Session 2 - Wednesday, Oct. 16RSVP here 
De Anza College - 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Campus Center, Conference Rooms A&B


Contact Landed’s team to apply and learn more:

Warmest regards,

October 1, 2019

Community Polling Results

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to update you about the results of a recent survey conducted to assess community support for our educational vision for the future and its focus on students.  Not only do our students appreciate the hard work you do every day to provide them with a quality learning environment, the community does as well.

In the survey, residents of the communities we serve expressed appreciation for the high quality affordable education we provide at Foothill and De Anza. Nearly two-thirds gave the colleges positive ratings. Please accept our heartfelt thanks to faculty, staff, trustees, and community volunteers for your continuing hard work in service to students!

The community has shown its willingness to financially support our vision for Foothill and De Anza and our students so that we can continue providing high quality affordable education, workforce and university transfer preparation, and online course innovation. The district is now preparing to consider responsible funding proposals to upgrade our classrooms and labs, retain great faculty and staff, and help our most vulnerable students—those who face homelessness, hunger, or food insecurity.

It is so good to hear that the community not only recognizes your commitment and service to our educational mission, but has compassion and caring for the members of our student community who are most vulnerable. 

We are at the start of one of the most exciting years in our district's history and we are privileged to take the journey with all of you!

Warmest regards,

Judy C. Miner, Chancellor Thuy Thi Nguyen, Foothill College President Christina G. Espinosa-Pieb, De Anza College President (Interim)
Isaac Escoto, Foothill College Academic Senate President Mike Mohebbi, Foothill College Classified Senate President Tiffany Thi Nguyen, Foothill College Student Trustee
Karen Chow, De Anza College Academic Senate President Heidi King, De Anza College Classified Senate President Genevieve Kolar, De Anza College Student Trustee
September 30, 2019 

District Opening Day is Sept. 19 at Smithwick Theatre!

Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to Fall 2019!  I look forward to seeing you Thursday, Sept. 19, for District Opening Day and hope that you are as excited as I am about the outstanding workshops being offered. You can find a complete schedule of activities here and by using the link on the district home page (
Please come for a continental breakfast on the patio starting at 7:30 a.m. It's a wonderful chance to connect with colleagues and friends and although sworn to secrecy regarding details, I can tell you there will be unprecedented activity in the patio.
Our Opening Day program begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. in Foothill's Smithwick Theatre so that we can finish as advertised by 9:30 a.m.  We have a wonderful lineup of one- and two-hour workshops from 9:45 a.m. to noon this year with something for everyone. Complete descriptions of the workshops are available through the District Opening Day web page.  Please join me in thanking all of our presenters for being so generous with their time and expertise.
After a hosted lunch at noon on the Campus Center Plaza, department and divisions have scheduled meetings. These include a large number of joint districtwide department and division meetings – something we haven't done since the early 90's! Locations for the joint meetings can be found on the District Opening Day web pages. For questions about your individual college department and division meetings, please contact your college departments and/or divisions.
With wishes for a great year,
September 17, 2019