Dear Cuesta College Community,

With the county Shelter-at Home order extended to May 16, 2020, we continue to work remotely until it is safe to return to campus. The COVID-19 Planning Team meets weekly and is shifting their focus from crisis management to planning the return to campus in alignment with regional and state reopening guidelines.

At this time:

  • Cuesta College courses are online through spring term end May, 22, 2020.
  • Student Services are available remotely via Zoom, email, and phone.
  • Access to academic technology and resources is available 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday and noon - 4 p.m. on Saturday in the SLO Campus Library (3200) and NCC Campus Center (N1000/1100).
  • All courses at CMC are via correspondence.
  • All athletic competitions and CPAC performances are suspended.
  • The Children’s Centers are closed through May 22, 2020.

As we look toward the end of the spring term, here are some key items of information to shape your planning:


After student input and extensive consideration, commencement has been scheduled for the end of fall, December 18, 2020. The delay is disappointing and will not work for all graduates, but the students strongly voiced preference for a live graduation and were not in favor of a virtual event. The December date, as compared to July, allows for appropriate planning while minimizing the chance that it would be cancelled.


For summer 2020, the lecture component of all courses will be delivered entirely online, with no face-to-face meetings for any reason. Courses that have a laboratory component will be  evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with some lab courses allowed to meet face-to-face following state and county guidelines, provided proper social distancing and hygiene can be maintained.

Community Programs

The status of summer 2020 programs will be determined and communicated by May 1, 2020. The Community Programs team is reaching out to families and considering virtual options for College for Kids. There is much interest in getting into the pool and if that opportunity becomes available it will be widely shared!  


Information continues to change and there is simply not enough evidence available at this time to make decisions regarding fall term. Those faculty who will have greater peace of mind teaching fully online in fall, are encouraged to work with their chair and dean to make the necessary changes.  

Thank you for the compassion and care you are extending to students and sharing with one another. Your kindness makes such a difference.

Wishing you health and patience as we work remotely, together.

Jill Signature

Jill Stearns, Ph.D.