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COVID-19: Eastside’s Distance Learning Program

Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Eastside has suspended all in-person classes and activities, in accordance with state and county guidelines. In order to ensure that our students’ education is not interrupted during this time, we have transitioned to a distance learning model.

Support for Eastside students and their families

Eastside’s faculty and staff have been hard at work, quickly adapting curricula and coming up with technological solutions to ensure that students can continue learning and making progress. Our students have responded enthusiastically, and remain engaged in their coursework from a distance.

We recognize that although shelter in place measures are critical for public health, this has been a stressful and financially difficult time for many in our community. We are working to support our students and families in the following ways:

1. Providing meals:  We are offering boxed meals for students and families, which can be picked up each weekday between 5:00 and 6:00 pm. In order to practice social distancing and protect everyone’s safety, we are using a drive by system from our front parking lot.

2. Providing technology:  When we first closed our campus, some of our students lacked the technology needed for distance learning. We quickly worked to fix this by providing computers and ensuring that all of our students have good internet access, and we continue to provide students with technology support.

3. Providing access to mental healthcare:  Social distancing, financial troubles, and other issues associated with living through a pandemic can take a toll on mental health. We are providing online counseling for students who feel that they would benefit from this.

It is difficult to predict when Eastside and other Bay Area schools will begin to reopen. We will continue updating our plan based on governmental regulations, the advice of major health agencies, and the needs of the students and families we serve.

Gratitude for our supporters
The emergency assistance we have been able to provide during this time has been made possible by the ongoing support of longtime donors, as well as recent contributions to our COVID-19 Emergency Fund.*

We are so grateful to our broader community for stepping in and helping us push through this crisis and make sure our students are safe, healthy, and continuing to learn.

*Note: Any unused funds in this account will be applied to our general budget for the 2020-2021 school year and support our mission to help students who are historically underrepresented in higher education.

Educational resources

To learn more about coronavirus, preventative measures, and the importance of social distancing, please visit the following links:

Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):


Information about local “shelter in place” orders and California state “stay home” order:



Explanation of key terms like "social distancing," "self-quarantine," and "flatening the curve":