Classes are scheduled to resume Monday at Mt. San Jacinto College. Both the San Jacinto and Menifee Valley campuses will be open as well as off campus locations in Temecula, Murrieta and the Pass.
The MSJC Board of Trustees on Friday declared a state of emergency and authorized expenditures of about $1 million, possibly more, to handle massive cleanup and repair of the San Jacinto campus.
Gale-force winds pounded the San Jacinto campus, toppling large trees, damaging roofs and rooftop air conditioners, and blowing sand and dust into classrooms and offices. The wind-driven dust and fine sand particles infiltrated closed windows and doors, lodging in master electrical switches and computers, which required cleanup and repair before they could be turned on. Heating and air conditioning vents were also clogged. Windows were blown out of seven college cars and trucks.
“Our first priority is to get the college back up and running in a safe condition and get students back into the classroom,” said Jon Tyler, interim president.
Some instructors may teach in a “low tech” mode for a few days, Tyler said, without the use of PowerPoint presentations and other electronic aids. Some instructors may have to use whiteboards and marking pens.
For updates and possible changes in operations, students and faculty should check the college website, www.msjc.edu.