Planning for a Safe Return to Campus

student with pink scarf, lying on stomach with laptopThe guiding principle for the Welcome Back to Campus Plan is maintaining – to the fullest extent possible – the health and safety of De Anza College students, faculty members, classified professionals and administrators during the evolving pandemic. Equity is a critical consideration at all points of the plan.

The De Anza College plan is

  • Dynamic
  • An evolving iterative draft
  • Subject to change based on conditions
  • Interconnected with the district's plan

three students in seats with masksIt is based on the phased return of on-campus Instructional programs and developed in consultation with Instructional deans, with Student Services and Administrative Services programs in support.

Some essential College Operations have remained on campus for the entirety of the pandemic, including Custodial, Grounds and the Bookstore.

All involved constituency groups, including senates and bargaining units, are being consulted early in the development of the plan. 

Draft Phases: Updated April 13

Updates are marked by an asterisk (*), with more details provided at the bottom of this webpage.

Phase I 

Draft: Phase I

The college is operating remotely. A minimal number of programs are operating at least partially on campus.


(Allied Health programs with regulatory and licensure requirements)

  • Nursing
  • Health Technologies

Administrative Services

  • Custodial
  • Grounds
  • Child Development Center – limited hours
  • Bookstore – fulfillment of online orders
  • Printing Services – limited hours
  • Postal Services – limited hours
  • Construction/Facilities/Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) – on as-needed basis

Student Services

  • Student Services provided remotely
  • Mobile Food Pantry visits the campus twice monthly

nursing students

Phase II –

Now Introducing in Stages

Draft: Phase II

The college continues to operate mostly remotely. The following programs move at least partially on campus, in addition to those in Phase I.

Instruction *

(Including limited programs with hands-on components)

  • Career Technical Education (CTE) programs requiring hands-on work – Design and Manufacturing Technologies (DMT) and Auto Tech
  • Creative Arts – limited classes requiring hands on-work, beginning in mid-May* 
  • Athletics conditioning classes – beginning in early May*

Students in these classes will need to follow the rules outlined on the Instructions for Coming to Campus webpage.

Administrative Services

  • Services listed in Phase I continue

Student Services

  • Student Services continue to operate remotely

Campus Access Requests *

  • Faculty members, classified professionals and administrators may request to use their office space on an occasional or recurring basis by submitting an online request form.
  • Employees visiting campus for a one-time purpose don't need to submit the request form, but must follow the same safety rules for coming to campus. 
  • See the Instructions for Coming to Campus webpage.

young woman in front of machine

Phase III

Draft: Phase III

The college continues to operate mostly remotely. The following programs move at least partially on campus, in addition to those in Phase I and II.


(Safely-distanced activities courses)

  • Physical Education activity classes
  • Dance/Theater
  • Library Lab – limited hours

Administrative Services

  • Facility rentals – limited to pool and fields only

Student Services

  • Adapted Physical Education (APE)

dance students

Phase IV

Draft: Phase IV

The college continues to operate mostly remotely. The following programs move at least partially on campus, in addition to those in Phases I, II and III.


  • Required science lab courses
  • Career Technical Education lecture/labs 
  • Learning Communities 

Student Services

  • Food Pantry – by appointment only
  • Health Services – by appointment only 

Administrative Services

  • Dining Services – possibly offered at limited capacity depending on the number of people on campus
  • Additional facility rentals – classrooms (chiefly on weekends; instructional needs always prioritized)

Community Education

  • Planetarium events – community events on a percentage of capacity basis; field trips on percentage of capacity basis in alignment with regional school district plans

student in lab with protective gear

Phase V

Draft: Phase V

More of the college is moving on campus during this phase. The following programs move at least partially on campus, in addition to those in Phases I-IV.


  • Lecture classes – on size and percentage basis and facilities capacity
  • Library

Student Services

Staggered staffing and/or limited capacity for each given space limitations; additional services continue online

  • Admissions and Records services
  • Assessment – dependent on ESL decision on in-person assessment
  • Cashiering services
  • College Life Office
  • Counseling – General, Transfer and Retention
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) – as needed for in-person classes
  • DSPS Services – mobility cart services as needed for in-person classes; accommodated testing as needed; tutoring services in person per request; alternative media in person per request
  • DSS Counseling
  • EOPS
  • Financial Aid services
  • Flea Market
  • International Student Programs (ISP)
  • Men of Color Community
  • Middle College
  • OTI – CompTechS, CalWORKs
  • Outreach
  • Psychological Services
  • Veteran Services

Administrative Services

  • Dining Services – expanded capacity

students seated with masks

Phase VI

Draft: Phase VI

The college’s on-campus classes and services are fully operational, with any necessary remaining modifications.

  • Expanded online courses provide additional flexibility and options for students, as does the continuation of selected student services.
  • Lessons learned collegewide during the pandemic period inform all decisions and planning, as does the equity focus underpinning the return-to-campus planning.

teacher with mask and students raising hands

Coming to Campus in Spring 2021

De Anza is allowing a limited number of students and employees on campus this spring, subject to health and safety rules. This includes

  • Students and instructors in a small number of classes that have been approved to meet on campus
  • Faculty members, classified professionals and administrators who have been approved to use their office space on an occasional or recurring basis
  • Employees visiting campus for a one-time, approved purpose

All students and employees who come to campus for one of these purposes must follow important safety rules. For more information, including instructions for using Optimum HQ and the request form for employees who wish to use their office, please visit the Coming to Campus in Spring 2021 webpage.

Coming to Campus in Spring 2021

Additional Resources

Messages From President Holmes

These messages were sent to all De Anza College employees by President Lloyd A. Holmes

Messages From Chancellor Miner

The following messages were sent to all Foothill-De Anza district employees by Chancellor Judy C. Miner

Previous Planning Documents

Here you will find earlier documents and presentations developed as part of planning for the return to campus.

* Updates to the Draft Plan

  • April 13, 2021: Approval granted for certain Athletics conditioning classes to be held in the main gym, beginning in May
  • April 5, 2021: Added Campus Access Requests to draft for Phase II
  • April 5, 2021: Added additional clarification to draft for Phase II, indicating that Athletics conditioning classes may be held outdoors beginning in early May and that a limited number of Creative Arts classes requiring hands-on work may be held beginning in mid-May 
  • March 22, 2021: Removed Library Services lobby checkouts from draft for Phase II, after it was determined the original item was not workable under current circumstances
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