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Fullerton College remains open amidst flooding threat for Orange County

While neighboring campuses are pushing classes to go remote due to heavy rain, FC has announced that it still plans for the campus to remain open.
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The Fullerton College Office of Campus Communications has recently informed the community that the campus will be open amidst warnings of flooding in several Southern California counties.

*This story was updated at 10:08 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6.*

Although Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency on Sunday, Feb. 4, due to the heavy rain in Southern California, Fullerton College announced it will still hold in person classes on Monday, Feb. 5, through text message and email sent out by the Office of Campus Communications.

The message, sent around 7:23 p.m., said that there are currently no plans to close the school. However, a new notice is set to be sent tomorrow by 6 a.m. which will either confirm or change this decision.

A text message sent by the Office of Campus Communications informs the campus about the current status of tomorrow’s classes amidst warnings of heavy rainfall. (Pedro Saravia)

The email contained more information in regards to the college monitoring the storms and the effects it could have in the “surrounding areas” of the school.

“I’ve been in communication with District leaders, local K-12 Superintendents, and regional community college Presidents,” said Fullerton College President Cynthia Olivo in a text message sent to The Hornet. “For now, we’re planning to open and we will update the campus by 6 a.m.”

An email sent out by the Office of Campus Communications confirms Fullerton College will remain open on Monday, Feb. 5. One more update will be provided by 6 a.m. tomorrow to confirm or change that decision. (Pedro Saravia)

At approximately 6:08 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 5, Fullerton College confirmed via text message and email that all classes, programs, and services will remain open and in session.

Fullerton College has elected to confirm that campus will be fully operational on Monday, Feb. 5 despite heavy rainfall and flooding impacting the south land. (Hornet Media)

As the rain continues into Tuesday, Feb. 6, it was decided Fullerton College would continue to be fully open as scheduled. This was confirmed with an email and text message from FC around 6:25 a.m.

While Fullerton College still remains open, California State University, Fullerton already announced that it will move to remote classes due to the storm, while leaving only a small amount of staff members working on campus.

However, CSUF announced on their Instagram at 2:50 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 that they would resume regularly scheduled classes on Tuesday as well.

When asked via text message from The Hornet why or how FC came to their decision to stay open, President Olivo said, “Fullerton College officials were in contact with 10 community colleges in the region, the largest local k-12 school districts, and city leaders in order to determine and align decisions accordingly.”

This text message was sent out to students and staff on Tuesday morning, announcing Fullerton College will remain open as usual. (Hornet Media)

Different areas from Orange County and Los Angeles County were issued evacuation warnings due to potential flooding that can be caused by the heavy rain, as reported by CNN and other local news outlets.

FC has previously canceled classes due to heavy rain with the last occasion being on Aug. 21, 2023 on account of Hurricane Hilary. This decision postponed the start of the Fall 2023 semester by a day.

If you are not receiving updates from the Fullerton College Office of Campus Communications, make sure you email and cell phone number are entered and up-to-date in myGateway.

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Pedro Saravia
Pedro Saravia, News Editor
Pedro Saravia is the News Desk Editor for The Hornet Newspaper. He previously wrote for Inside Fullerton magazine. Pedro is a five-time award winning journalist. He received Meritorious recognition from JACC and second place for Sports Investigative Story from CMA for his work investigating Title IX issues at Fullerton College. Pedro has also won second place in Profile, second place in Photo Illustration and an honorable mention in Audio Podcast from JACC. Pedro enjoys going to the gym, playing and watching soccer, and hanging with his brother. He aspires to be a politics and sports reporter.

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    Seija RohkeaFeb 5, 2024 at 6:29 am

    Sad our leadership in not listening to those around because from what I know,
    Other superintendents did close their campuses like Long Beach City College and Cal State Fullerton…. What makes Fullerton college so different or special that commuters will be safe on the roads with all of the other commuters who are expected to travel on unsafe roads with who know what types of debris and flooding! I have a low car so I am not comfortable sitting in traffic for possible flooding – no thank you