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VVC will remain open until further notice amid coronavirus fears

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The Victor Valley College (VVC) announced Friday night, the campus will remain open until further notice as it works to transition to a “remote-delivery” of course content.

The news follows after every other school district in the Victor Valley announced they would suspend classes 1 week ahead of the spring break holiday as a precaution to Covid-19.

VVC issued the following statement regarding their coronavirus plans:

“While there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in San Bernardino County, including the High Desert communities and schools, Victor Valley College considers COVID-19 a serious public health concern and is actively monitoring the situation.

Victor Valley College administrators and faculty leadership are implementing a collaborative plan to temporarily transition from face-to-face instruction to remote-delivery of course content.

The Victor Valley College campus will remain open until further notice and any need for student services can be accessed by phone or email as well.

In addition to the college’s main campus in Victorville, the Regional Public Safety Training Center (RPSTC) in Apple Valley and Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) campus will remain open for regularly scheduled VVC courses

The VVC satellite campuses at Hesperia High School in Hesperia and Serrano High School in Phelan will also remain open for regularly scheduled VVC courses.

It is imperative to the college to ensure the continuity of education. As VVC administration works diligently with its unions to verify the best way to move forward, actions include enhancing online learning and distance learning options as feasible and appropriate.

Victor Valley College administrators are working in close collaboration with local health officials to ensure any necessary schedule changes.  The college’s partnerships with local health officials will determine what steps are needed for the VVC community. 

Other students support services such as online library services, phone- or internet-based counseling support, or study groups are enabled through digital media.  The college is continuously assessing types of services provided to students, staff, and faculty to adapt and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission while maintaining necessary services.

Group activities and large events, including the Community Job Fair and college campus tours directed by the VVC Transfer Center, are cancelled and/or postponed.  All athletic team practices and sporting events have been postponed.

We encourage all VVC students to follow the guidelines provided by the college and CDC.  We encourage students to visit the VVC website and read their college email daily in order to get the latest news and developments.

The college is dutifully and actively sharing updates as the situation develops.

Please look for emails and messages from your instructors with specific information on your individual classes and next steps.

Daniel Walden, Ph.D.
Superintendent – President

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

-Washing hands with soap and water.

-Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

-Avoiding close contact with people who are sick are all ways to reduce the risk of Infection with a number of different viruses.

If someone does become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough, they should stay away from work, school or other people to avoid spreading illness.

For the most up-to-date health information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention webpage, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, and other valid resources.

Victor Valley College will continue to share facts about COVID-19 through trusted sources.

The situation with COVID-19 is dynamic, and VVC has a responsibility to act in accordance with state and federal guidelines that support the health of students, faculty, and staff.  As the situation evolves, more information will be distributed about changes.

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) A woman was airlifted with critical injuries following a crash late Friday night.

At 11:30 p.m., the Victorville Fire Department, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, and two American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances were dispatched to the intersection of Amethyst and La Mesa Roads for reports of a head-on crash.

– Photo Credit: Travis Dixon.

Upon arrival, firefighters located two vehicles with major damage; a gray 2018 Toyota Camry and a dark-colored sedan with a woman still trapped inside.

Firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle and requested a helicopter to land near the scene to transport her to a trauma center.

The Camry sustained major front-end damage. – Photo credit: Travis Dixon.

The driver of the Camry, Jaalen “Jay” Thompson, told Victor Valley News that he was traveling westbound on La Mesa Road on a green light when he was struck by the dark sedan that was traveling southbound on Amethyst Road.

Although Thompson did not sustain major injuries, his girlfriend who is pregnant was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

“The dark colored sedan ran the red light and smacked my car,” Thompson stated, “She was also pregnant.”

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. – Photo Credit: Julio Solano.

As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the intersection was reopened.

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State and San Bernardino County OK resumption of youth sports – with restrictions

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The State Department of Public Health has issued long-anticipated guidance allowing youth sports and physical education – including school-based, club, and recreational programs – to resume, as long as they are limited to groups of participants who regularly gather, such as a class or organized team, and only when physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.

Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.

Sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not yet permitted either indoors or outdoors.

“This is an opportunity for young people to stay healthy, stay in shape, and be ready when the State allows team and other group activities to resume,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. The County Health Officer has approved implementation of the guidance within San Bernardino County.

(San Bernardino County Health news release)

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18-year-old U.S. Army Reservist Stationed at Ft. Irwin arrested on child porn charges

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old reserve with the United States Army National Guard stationed at Fort Irwin was arrested for possession of child pornography Wednesday, officials said.

Detectives from multiple agencies conducted a joint investigation involving the suspect, Neal McCoy, a resident of Fridley, Minnesota, and subsequently arrested him on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

McCoy was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC 311.11(A) Possession of Child Pornography with a bail set at $100,000. McCoy is scheduled for arraignment on August 7th.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division Crimes Against Children Detail (CAC), Barstow Sheriff’s Station, and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) worked together in their investigation.

In January 2020, VVNG reported on similar arrests after Steven Berg, 38, was arrested by investigators who determined that child pornography was distributed from a home within the base at Fort Irwin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Arias of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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