Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

Frequently Asked QuestionsWe have posted a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning Del Mar College's response to the COVID-19 situation. This list will be updated with additional questions and answers as the situation evolves. Please check the list periodically.

Free Student Resources A webpage has been created with a list of free online resources current students can access at this time.

What To Do If You Are Sick Procedures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Wednesday, April 1, 2020
4:14 P.M.

Due to evolving circumstances and the state and nationwide extension of precautions related to COVID-19, Del Mar College will continue with current online instruction through the end of the spring semester. The last day of class for the majority of online courses is scheduled for May 6. However, for classes that cannot complete by this date, special arrangements will be made and announced as finalized through Canvas.

The College no longer plans to resume normal operations on Monday, April 13, as previously expected. We will continue operating online only, and access to facilities will remain restricted as long as the situation requires.

Students are encouraged to communicate with their instructors via Canvas regarding course end dates and any lab or clinical portions of their courses, projects or assignments that may be affected by this change.  Click here to access Canvas.

We understand the difficulties and concerns the online transition has created among some students, and we remain focused on streamlining the process as much as possible. Our goal is for students to complete their courses on time and on schedule.

Additionally, the spring 2020 graduation ceremony previously scheduled for May 15 at the American Bank Center has been postponed. We are exploring possibilities for a rescheduled ceremony, and we will communicate details with graduating students at a later date.  At this time, all events scheduled to be held on DMC campuses are cancelled through the end of May.

Please visit this page for College-related updates, Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. Additionally, DMC library staff have created an online COVID-19 Resource Guide, which provides links to several national and state health organizations and the latest local and national news coverage.


Friday, March 27, 2020
1:28 P.M.

Del Mar College welcomes students back – virtually – as online courses are set to begin on Monday, March 30. Students who haven’t already done so are urged to login to their Canvas account and begin communicating with their instructors before March 30. Click here to access Canvas.

Additionally, the Viking Helpdesk is offering extended hours over the weekend to assist students and faculty with technical needs.  You may contact them this Saturday (March 28) and Sunday (March 29) between 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 361-698-2330 or at vikinghelpdesk@delmar.edu.

The College has transitioned as many courses as possible into an online format since precautions went into effect related to COVID-19. We are currently open and conducting business online only, and access to facilities is restricted through Monday, April 13.

Beginning March 30, DMC librarians are available by phone, email and chat to assist students with research assignments. Students can email librarians at refdesk@delmar.edu, and chat assistance is available by clicking “Ask a Librarian” on the libraries homepage. Students can call 361-698-1311 to speak with a librarian during these hours: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m.

Please visit this page for College-related updates, Frequently Asked Questions and our online Student Resource Guide. If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. Additionally, DMC library staff have created an online COVID-19 Resource Guide, which provides links to several national and state health organizations and the latest local and national news coverage.


Thursday, March 26, 2020
5:02 P.M.

Del Mar College is currently open and conducting business online only, and access to facilities is restricted through Monday, April 13, in accordance with COVID-19 precautions.

The College is closely following safety guidelines including the stay-at-home order in effect through April 8 for Nueces County residents and businesses. The order requires local residents to stay at home to the greatest extent possible, stay at least six feet away from others outside a residence and other guidelines.

While the College is operating remotely, we want students to know that the Counseling Center is available via email at dmccounseling@delmar.edu. Students who began counseling prior to Spring Break will be contacted by counselors via phone and/or email to resume telehealth counseling as appropriate. The Center is currently establishing an online request form for services and will begin accepting new clients as soon as they’re operational.

Students are encouraged to follow @dmccounseling on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for self-help, community resources and emergency information. Click here to view a message from the DMC Counseling staff.

For additional resources, please visit the DMC Counseling self-help page. Students can also text “Home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

Please visit this page for College-related updates, Frequently Asked Questions and our online Student Resource Guide. If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. Additionally, DMC library staff have created an online COVID-19 Resource Guide, which provides links to several national and state health organizations and the latest local and national news coverage.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020
2:25 P.M.

VIDEO MESSAGE FROM DMC PRESIDENT DR. MARK ESCAMILLAAs we continue to implement changes to our learning environment in response to COVID-19, we are aware of the feelings of uneasiness and stress it can create.  The faculty and staff at Del Mar College continue to focus on our students and want to provide reassurance that we will get through this ordeal together.  Watch this short message from Del Mar College President Dr. Mark Escamilla and remember, TOGETHER we are all VIKING STRONG!


Monday, March 23, 2020
3:49 P.M.

Del Mar College is currently open and conducting business online only, and facilities are restricted for public use through Monday, April 13, in accordance with COVID-19 precautions. Today, most College employees began the transition from working on-site to working remotely. Our goal is to ensure that as many current students as possible finish their courses on-time and on-schedule this semester.

As we continue to transition face-to-face courses to an online setting, we are asking students to respond to a survey to help assess their technology needs. Students can click here for the survey. [NOTE: Survey has been completed.]

All courses transitioned to online should be accessible to students on or before March 30. Students enrolled in those courses will be contacted by their instructors by that date. We encourage students to log into their Canvas account and monitor the DMC website for information regarding their courses and frequent College updates. Click here to access Canvas.

Please visit this page for College-related updates, Frequently Asked Questions and our online Student Resource Guide. If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. Additionally, DMC library staff have created an online COVID-19 Resource Guide, which provides links to several national and state health organizations and the latest local and national news coverage.


Friday, March 20, 2020
4:55 P.M.

Del Mar College continues to monitor and closely follow guidelines for institutions of higher education established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the COVID-19 situation. Precautions we’ve taken thus far include restricting public access to our facilities through April 13, transitioning face-to-face courses into online settings and shifting our employees to working remotely. As the situation evolves, we will continue to provide timely updates on our planning and decisions.

In addition to CDC guidelines, our efforts are aligned with executive orders announced yesterday by Governor Greg Abbott relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation, with some exceptions for instruction. In summary, the orders are designed to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state.

Classes transitioning to an online format should be accessible to students on or before March 30, and students will be contacted by course instructors by that date.

At this time, we urge students to log into their Canvas account for information regarding their courses and frequent College updates. Click here to access Canvas.

Please visit this page for College-related updates, Frequently Asked Questions and our online Student Resource Guide. If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. Additionally, DMC library staff have created an online COVID-19 Resource Guide, which provides links to several national and state health organizations and the latest local and national news coverage.


Thursday, March 19, 2020
5:33 P.M.

Currently, all Del Mar College buildings, offices and classes are anticipated to remain closed until Monday, April 13, as a result of precautions related to the COVID-19 situation. While DMC facilities are closed, faculty and staff continue to work remotely.

DMC’s existing online courses are proceeding normally, and as many face-to face courses as possible are being transitioned into an online setting. All classes transitioned to online should be accessible to students on or before March 30. Students enrolled in courses being transitioned will be contacted by course instructors on or before March 30.

Because this transition requires additional resources, we are asking students to respond to a survey to help assess their technology needs. Students can click here for the survey. [NOTE: Survey has been completed.] We also urge students to login to their Canvas account and monitor the DMC website for frequent updates related to student support services and closure information.

In addition, we have compiled a list of free online resources that are available to our students. Click here to access the Student Resources Guide.

Please visit this page for College-related updates and Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. Additionally, DMC library staff have created an online COVID-19 Resource Guide, which provides links to several national and state health organizations and the latest local and national news coverage.


WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2020
4:48 P.M.

Del Mar College understands the importance of communicating our planning efforts and resulting decisions in a timely manner. Flow of information related to the COVID-19 situation is quickly evolving. Federal and state guidelines and mandates are updated on a frequent basis, and the College is making the best decisions with the information available at this time.

Based on the latest COVID-19 information, Del Mar College has opted to extend the current campus-wide closure of buildings, classrooms and offices through April 13.

Click here to see a video message from DMC President and CEO Dr. Mark Escamilla.

At this time, online learning will continue as-is, while most face-to face courses will continue to transition into an online setting. All classes transitioned to online should be accessible on or before March 30. Students enrolled in courses requiring special accommodations will be contacted by course instructors on or before March 30. 

Online Courses

All DMC current online courses continue as normal.

Lecture-Based Courses

Current courses that can easily transition into an online setting are expected to be operational on or before March 30. Details on instructional transitional plans will be communicated to students by instructors as they are finalized. Students should continue to check Canvas between now and March 30 for further updates and instruction. Click here to access the Canvas portal. 

Technology and Lab-Based Classes

Not all classes provided at DMC can easily transfer into an online setting, so instructional leaders will continue to review options for those classes and the special accommodations they may require. Examples of courses that may require adaptive learning strategies include industrial technology, nursing and allied health.  Details on instructional transitional plans will be communicated to students by instructors on or before March 30. Students should continue to check Canvas between now and March 30 for further updates and instruction. Click here to access the Canvas Portal.

Student Resources

Click here to access the online Student Resources Guide that includes information and links to free internal and external support services for our students. We know this transition will require additional resources, so we are asking students to respond to a survey to help assess technology needs. Students can click here for the survey. [NOTE: Survey has been completed.] We also ask that students login to their Canvas account and monitor the DMC website for frequent updates related to student support services.

If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. Additionally, DMC library staff have created an online COVID-19 Resource Guide, which provides links to several national and state health organizations and the latest local and national news coverage.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020
5:48 P.M.

Del Mar College continues to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.  We anticipate extending current campus closures and will notify the public as soon as details are finalized.  Online courses have resumed at this time. Access to all DMC campuses remains restricted.  

Visit this page for College-related updates and Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website. Additionally, DMC library staff have created an online COVID-19 Resource Guide, which provides links to several national and state health organizations and the latest local and national news coverage. 


Monday, March 16, 2020
5:04 P.M.

DMC key personnel met Monday to discuss planning efforts in support of the on-going COVID-19 response.  The health and safety of our students, employees and visitors are always at the forefront of our discussions.  Key personnel will spend the rest of this week firming up plans and will share information as decisions are finalized. Below are updates for key topics of interest.

Campus Access

Access to all DMC campuses, including the DMC Testing Center, is restricted at this time. Students who are taking online classes and have questions related to coursework, please contact your instructor.  Employees who have special circumstances or need access to perform on-going job duties, please contact your immediate supervisor.  As of now, DMC remains on an extended Spring Break schedule through Sunday, March 22.

Academic Instruction

DMC key personnel have launched a college-wide needs assessment with a focus on gathering information to assist with quickly transitioning several current face-to-face courses into an online environment.  Not all instruction provided at DMC fits this description, so leadership in each of the key academic areas are reviewing options for those classes that may require special consideration. Details on instructional transitional plans will be communicated to students by DMC instructors as they are finalized.

Events

All public events of 50 or more scheduled to be held on DMC campuses are cancelled through the end of April. Until further notice, no future college affiliated public events/gatherings will be scheduled.

Resources

DMC library staff have created an online COVID-19 Resource Guide, which provides links to several national and state health organizations and the latest local and national news coverage.  Click here to view the guide, which will be updated frequently to reflect the latest COVID-19 information. Additionally, those needing technical support with online access can contact the Viking Help Desk at 361-698-2300 or vikinghelpdesk@delmar.edu for assistance.

As a reminder, DMC public communication updates will be posted daily and will be sent via email, posted to the DMC website, the VikingGO app and social media.  Additionally, FAQs posted on the DMC COVID-19 page will be updated on a continual basis and comments/questions can be emailed to covid19@delmar.edu

Thank you for your continued patience as we move through this evolving situation with the understanding that current conditions are ever-changing as official health updates/reports are being released by local, state and federal agencies.

 

Monday, March 16, 2020
10:40 A.M.

Del Mar College continues to monitor the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.  We are working closely with state and local agencies and following guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  As we move through this quickly evolving event, we ask that all students and employees check DMC email frequently as this will remain key in our communication efforts.  Communication updates will be posted daily and will be sent via email, posted to the DMC website, the VikingGO app and social media.  Additionally, FAQs posted on the DMC COVID-19 page will be updated on a continual basis and comments/questions can be emailed to covid19@delmar.edu.   DMC key personnel will be meeting today at 11 a.m. to continue our planning efforts.  We will send out an email update following the meeting to provide the latest information.

At this time, access to all DMC campuses is restricted as the College is closed for an extended Spring Break.  Online classes will resume today, as scheduled.  For more information, on COVID-19 please click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health services website.


FRiday, March 13, 2020
4:42 p.m.

Thank you for your continued patience as we move through this quickly, evolving situation related to COVID-19.  Currently, the health and safety of our students, employees and visitors are the College’s top priority.  In an effort to expedite communication and facilitate planning, we continue to collaborate with local and state agencies to ensure we have the most up-to-date information in a rapidly, changing environment. 

We acknowledge there are several lingering questions related to academics, class schedules and health and safety, and we are working on addressing these issues as they come forward.  One of the main reasons we decided to extend the Spring Break period was to provide the College with additional time to receive valued input and to develop a thorough plan of action.   

At this time, our focus remains on ensuring campus facilities are properly cleaned and sanitized.  The College has spent the past several days deep cleaning classrooms, offices, etc., with plans to continue those efforts as long as needed.  Additionally, discussions related to the maintenance of academic course offerings with the least minimal impact to students will remain at the forefront of our planning efforts.  You can expect that we will continue to provide timely updates as information becomes available and decisions are finalized.  

We ask for your continued patience as we work through this evolving situation with the understanding that current conditions are ever-changing as official health updates/reports are being released.  

A designated email account has been established to collect all questions, comments related to the Del Mar College COVID-19 response at covid19@delmar.edu. Additionally, please visit our COVID-19 web page where an updated listing of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be maintained and posted on a continual basis. 

JUST A REMINDER:  IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED ABROAD, ARE FEELING ILL OR FEEL THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19, PLEASE STAY HOME AND SEEK APPROPRIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. Do not report to class or work until you have been properly released. 

If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, click here to visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.


Thursday, March 12, 2020
2:32 P.m.

In an effort to help contain the potential spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), DMC leadership has decided to extend Spring Break by one week.  Regularly scheduled, on campus and face-to-face, classes are anticipated to resume Monday, March 23, dependent upon the rapidly evolving situation. All students and staff should not report to any of the Del Mar College campuses or buildings, as they will be closed to the public during this designated time. Key staff will be notified individually if they are expected to report to work.
 
The intent behind extending the break is to allow staff planning time for the possible transition of traditional, face-to-face classes into online settings.  Additionally, the  will promote social distancing until we learn more about the virus and how it may specifically affect our region.
 
Since current online classes are isolated and do not promote public gathering, they will remain on schedule and proceed as normal.
 
The White Library, located on Del Mar College East Campus, is also closed to the public and is anticipated to remain closed until Monday, March 23, dependent upon the rapidly evolving situation.
 
JUST A REMINDER:  IF YOU HAVE TRAVELED ABROAD, ARE FEELING ILL OR FEEL THAT YOU MAY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19, PLEASE STAY HOME AND SEEK APPROPRIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION. Do not report to class or work until you have been properly released.
 
If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.


Wednesday, March 11, 2020
4:28 p.m.

In response to the latest developments related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), Del Mar College is committed to taking proactive measures to promote awareness and prevention.  As of right now, there are NO confirmed cases of the illness in our area.  Del Mar leadership continues to closely monitor the situation, following the direction of the local health department.  Plans are underway and ready for implementation when and if the situation warrants. Future updates will be provided as needed.  We encourage students and staff to continue practicing common, preventive measures to assist with containing the spread of all illnesses.
 
If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, visit the Texas Department of State Health services website.


Friday, March 6, 2020
10:10 a.m.

As of now there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus 2019 within Nueces County.  The document linked below is focused on awareness, preparedness and prevention. Please review and be familiar with the guidelines, especially related to prevention measures.

Del Mar College is committed to ensuring a healthy, safe and secure environment for our students, staff and visitors.  If you have additional questions related to COVID-19, please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website

Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (PDF) 

Page last updated April 1, 2020.

Contact Information

College Relations Office
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78404-3897
colrel@delmar.edu
(361) 698-1247
fax: (361) 698-1956