Campus Information on Coronavirus



Leeward CC CARES Report

The University of Hawai‘i, including Leeward Community College, provided emergency financial grants to students in 2020 to address unexpected financial hardships caused by the coronavirus and disruptions to their education and lives. The federal CARES Act supported emergency assistance directly to students who meet federal eligibility requirements.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), found in Section 18004 of the CARES Act, provides emergency financial aid funding for students. As directed by the U.S. Department of Education, institutions receiving HEERF funds must publicly provide reporting 30 days after receipt of funds and every 45 days thereafter.

View the Leeward Community College’s report on the administration of the federal CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for students.

March 24, 2020

All classes and services will be delivered remotely. Classes will conducted online, services via phone, email and online technologies such as Zoom or Google Meet.

The unprecedented coronavirus pandemic is presenting many challenges for the University system. As the situation evolves, we will keep our community informed. Our decisions are based on two values: the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community (our top priority) and our commitment to provide continuity of quality education. We will post all campus-specific updates on this page, along with links to the University of Hawaii's resources and updates. If you have any questions, please email us.

Campus resources

Links to lists of resources for our campus community.


April 13, 2020

Message from the Chancellor to Campus Community

Aloha Leeward 'Ohana:

I hope you'll be able to join me for updates regarding COVID-19 and the budget implications.

Topic: COVID-19 Informational Meeting, Budget Implications

Time: Apr 13, 2020 03:00 PM Hawaii
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 545 233 813

The session will be recorded and uploaded to TheLeewardChannel on youtube.

You can still submit questions via the online form.

Thank you,
Carlos Peñaloza

March 22, 2020

Message from the Chancellor to Campus Community

Aloha Leeward ‘Ohana,

The coronavirus pandemic has profoundly impacted all of us in one way or another.  When I think about all the work and preparation you’ve done to welcome our students back under such challenging circumstances, I simply can’t thank you enough.

The many people who have gone well beyond the call of duty in preparing the college for this moment is inspiring. The whole institution can be proud of its ability to respond to support our students’ educational goals. 

We will get through this together. I am privileged to be considered a member of the Leeward CC Team. Let’s all help and support each other as we continue this highly atypical semester.


March 16, 2020

Chancellor Message to Campus Community, March 12, 2020

It has certainly been an unusual weekend. The news is a constant stream of new cancellations and closures. I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these challenging times together. I will keep my messages short and practical.

As of March 16, we are still planning to have the campus open and prepare for classes to resume on March 23, shifting to more online instruction. We will continue keeping our campus a safe place for all employees. If you have a concern, please talk to your supervisor.

I intend to send updates as needed – a brief email or zoom session. I will hold another Open Discussion, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17 at 2pm via Zoom. Send in any questions you’d like addressed.

Zoom Meeting: Mar 17, 2020 2:00 PM Hawaii
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 431 734 809

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March 12, 2020

Chancellor Message to Students, March 12, 2020

Earlier today, UH President Lassner sent you an email explaining how the University is addressing the coronavirus pandemic; specifically about moving classes online. We are doing this to ensure your health and safety.

I wanted to be sure you know what to expect.

Beginning Monday, March 23, the first day of instruction after spring break, all classes that can be, will be taught online. If your class needs to be taught face-to-face you’ll be informed by your instructor.

  • Our campus will remain open, and most services will continue to be provided.
  • If you need access to computers, you will be able to use those available in the Learning Commons and computer labs.
  • The library will maintain regular hours.
  • Tutoring will be handled through online,
  • All student employees will continue their duties as normal and will be paid accordingly.
  • Check you UH email account and the College’s webpage, for updates

If you have a question about a class, please email your professor. We are not sure when we can return to normal classroom practices, but the University is targeting April 13. We’ll be re-evaluating and updating as needed. Regardless of modality, Leeward is committed to completing the academic semester and enabling students to graduate on schedule. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to .

Chancellor Message to Campus Community, March 12, 2020

Aloha Leeward ‘Ohana

We are facing unprecedented challenges. At 4 am this morning, UH President David Lassner sent a system-wide email explaining that UH will move its classes online starting March 23. You can read it here:

There are so many details to work out, but I wanted to send this brief update to help keep our campus informed.  We will be sending out specific information later today.

1. The campus will remain open
We’re moving classes online to eliminate large gatherings of people. We will still need to have support services and offices open during this time.

2. We'll be moving classes online
We will be moving classes online to the extent possible. We have been working with Faculty Senate on some of the details. We realize how challenging this is. There is much more to come on this topic

3. We're taking extra precautions on campus

    • Our janitors have increased the frequency in which they clean and disinfect "high touch surfaces" to 3 times per day.  "High touch surfaces" include; door knobs, door handles, ADA push button door buttons, counters, classroom desks, light switches, elevator buttons, lanai and stairway railings, fixtures in restrooms, paper towel and soap dispensers, water fountains, cafeteria booths, tables, and chairs, rubbish container lids, and outdoor benches and tables.
    • Hand sanitizer stations have been ordered and will be placed at nearly 30 high-use, public areas.

4.  Travel:  The coronavirus is having an enormous impact on travel. The latest updates on travel are online.

5. Stay informed, flexible and healthy
Please be mindful of the CDC guidelines for washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying healthy. We will be adding campus-specific information to the home page of our website by the end of today.

Thank you for your attention to these messages. We are dealing with a global pandemic. I appreciate your patience as we work on all the details of getting through this situation together.

More to come,

Messages to Students, Spring 2020

From Spring 2020

Credit/No Credit Grading Options

Please be fully aware of the potential implications of choosing a CR/NC grading option. Be sure to review the UH System’s FAQs for Students as well as consult your Counselor and other offices with which they may be involved (e.g., Financial Aid, Veterans, etc.) before making their decision.


The UH System has extended the deadline to withdraw with a “W” from any semester-long Spring 2020 course to April 30, 2020. This is a change from the originally announced date of March 27, 2020. The deadline for refunds has passed.


Thank you for getting through the first day “back.” Based on the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order and directions from UH Leadership, starting 3/24, all classes will be online and services will be offered remotely, with limited on-campus services, most by appointment. We are not closed. We are operating differently.

If you have questions about your class, please email your instructor: Directory of email and phone numbers.