Instructors will directly contact students before their first remote learning period with instructions on what to do and how to log into their remote learning platform. Many instructors are using Zoom for online meetings, which is why we have included Zoom access guides below.
Emeritus Classes Have Moved to Remote Instruction
All Emeritus classes will be presented by remote instruction until further notice.
- Classes meet according to the scheduled day/time.
- Instructors can change the technology they are using, use a new system, and more. It’s subject to change.
Instructions on How to Use Zoom
Yes. In-person and on-campus classes and events at SMC Emeritus have been temporarily suspended by Santa Monica College, in keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding older adults being at high risk from COVID-19. Classes have been converted to remote instruction wherever possible. If an instructor feels that the course material of a class is not easily converted for remote instruction, the class may be cancelled. Individual instructors are responsible for determining how a class will be taught in a remote learning environment, and which environment/technology mode will work best. The use of remote learning will continue until further notice, and on-campus classes will only resume based on a substantive positive update from Public Health authorities with regard to COVID-19.
All on-campus events are also suspended until further notice. However, a number of events will still be presented online. See the SMC Events calendar for details.
If there are any changes, the SMC Emeritus community will be notified immediately. We highly recommend that you stay up to date by reviewing this webpage dedicated to COVID-19 information and updates; also follow SMC on Twitter: @SMC_edu. Emeritus program staff will generally communicate through available means, such as the robocall system and/or by email.
The CDC currently recommends that older adults "avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships."
Based on current guidance from the CDC, SMC has suspended all international study abroad trips until further notice and the situation improves. SMC also reserves the right to cancel future trips if warranted. Should there be any changes to your particular program, SMC will notify you directly, and work to help you find a suitable alternative for your studies and travels.
SMC encourages protecting yourself and others from illness — such as a cold, flu, or COVID-19 — by following the recommended actions:
- Get a flu shot.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a bent elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
In addition, all older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease, should follow extra precautions as recommended by the CDC.
- Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
- Avoid all non-essential travel, including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.
These recommendations are accurate but subject to change. For the latest, most up-to-date recommendations, visit The CDC Website.