ANNOUNCEMENTS/UPDATES (COVID-19)

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, May 26, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

In keeping with Executive Stay at Home Order, the College campus will continue to be closed to all external individuals and we will continue to operate under “essential employees only” rules, effective through June 12, 2020. This includes Main Campus, the Whitman Center, and Hurd Road.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, May 21, 2020, 9:15 a.m.: FALL REGISTRATION

Fall Registration is Open; College Offering Online, 'Hybrid' Courses

Despite all the uncertainty created by COVID-19, new and prospective students can still work toward meeting their higher educational and career goals this fall.

Registration for the Fall Semester is open, and the college has moved about 95 percent of its courses to online and hybrid formats that can include both online and on-campus instruction in small, socially-distanced groups. 

Most of the blended classes with on-campus meetings will be in career technical areas and other areas with labs. Other types of blended classes will include off-campus, virtual classrooms requiring students to meet virtually during all or some scheduled class times.

Fall Semester begins August 26.

Students who have already registered for Fall Semester to be sure to review their schedule of classes, as the mode of delivery of some courses may have changed.

The college grounds remain closed through May 30 per the governor’s stay-at-home order, but student services and academic support personnel are assisting students remotely through email, phone calls, texts, social media and other means, and faculty members and deans are working directly with students to handle challenging situations.

Prospective and current students can contact the Office of Admissions and Guidance at admissions@monroeccc.edu for answers to an questions during this unusual time. If our admissions and guidance representatives cannot answer certain questions, they will quickly connect students with someone who can. 

For current students, MCCC is hosting and online Fall 2020 Question and Answer Session on Wednesday, May 27 from 3-4 p.m. To sign up for the online Q&A session, go to www.monroeccc.edu/QA.

For complete registration information, students should go to www.monroeccc.edu/registration

New students who want to enroll Fall Semester should email admissions@monroeccc.edu for enrollment assistance and visit www.monroeccc.edu/future-students. Current students should register online via myWEBPal, which is available from the MCCC home page at www.monroeccc.edu.

Students should continue to monitor their MCCC email and the college website regularly for updates. Notices and updates are also being conveyed via the college website at www.monroeccc.edu/coronavirus and being shared via social media and other means.

Below is a complete list of student services and academic support offices that are working remotely through May 30.  To access these services, students should use the contact information below between of 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon on Friday.

ADVISING/COUNSELING
admissions@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/academic-advising
www.monroeccc.edu/future-students
(734) 384-4104

DISABILITY SERVICES
LAL@monroeccc.edu
(734) 384-4167

FINANCIAL AID
fastudent@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/financial-aid
(734) 384-4135

LIBRARY
askalibrarian@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/library
(734) 384-4204

ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORT
elearning@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/online-learning-technology-support
(734) 384-4328

REGISTRATION
MC3Reg2@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/registration
(734) 384-4108

TUTORING/LEARNING ASSISTANCE
www.monroeccc.edu/tutoring-learning-assistance 
(734) 384-4167

WRITING AND PRESENTATION SERVICES (WRITING CENTER)
(734) 384-4167
writing@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/writing-and-presentation-services

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, May 11, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

In keeping with Executive Order 2020-77, the College campus will continue to be closed to all external individuals and we will continue to operate under “essential employees only” rules, effective through Saturday, May 30. This includes Main Campus, the Whitman Center, and Hurd Road.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, May 1, 2020, 3:12 p.m.

Due to limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Monroe County Community College has postponed the Summer Semester portion of its Practical Nursing certificate program curriculum until the Fall 2020 Semester and will not admit a new cohort of students into the program for Winter Semester 2021. 

The current cohort of Practical Nursing program students will graduate in May 2021 rather than December. These students were notified of the situation and their academic plan going forward via an official email earlier this week from Dr. Kim Lindquist, dean of the Health Sciences Division and director of nursing.

The college closed on March 20 and remains closed in compliance with the governor’s stay-at-home order.  MCCC is offering only online classes for Summer Semester and exploring the possibility of offering 100 percent of classes via remote formats or a combination of online and hybrid formats for the Fall Semester.

“At a minimum, we will need to be diligent about maintaining an appropriate social distance, especially during the initial reopen, but an even greater challenge for the Practical Nursing program is the lack of clinical site availability,” Lindquist said.

Clinicals are the application of the skills that students have learned in lab settings and classroom dynamics.  ProMedica Health System – MCCC’s partner for P.N. courses that include clinicals -- is not accepting any students at this time, and Lindquist does not anticipate any changes to that situation until at least late summer. Long-term care facilities are not accepting students either, so they are not available as an alternative, she said.

Because the current cohort will be completing delayed portions of its curriculum at the same time a new group would come into the program, the college cannot accept a new PN cohort for Winter 2021.

“We simply do not have the human and physical resources to bring in a new group while trying to get the current group completed,” Lindquist said. “I appreciate this is very disappointing for potential applicants, but, regrettably, we have no other choice.”

MCCC President Dr Kojo A. Quartey expressed his sympathy for the difficulty these changes have and will cause both current and prospective practical nursing students and thanked them for their understanding and patience. He also recognized the college’s administration and faculty, who he said worked diligently to find solutions in an ever-changing and unprecedented situation.

“We realize it has been a very trying couple of months full of changes and uncertainty for these students, and I wish this could have a more positive outcome,” he said. “But we have exhausted all the alternatives. I know the administration and faculty have been working hard to keep things moving forward, and our current and prospective students have been patient throughout all of this and working hard to stay up to date.  We sincerely appreciate all of their efforts.”

Lindquist added that she and the P.N. program faculty are very sensitive to the disappointment current students may be feeling over the delay in completion. 

“We had originally thought that we would be able to 'catch up' this summer and planned accordingly,” she said.  “Unfortunately, the effects of the pandemic are being felt for much longer than most people ever imagined.  After careful consideration, we just did not see any other way to for our current cohort of students to complete the program in a way that doesn’t put them at a disadvantage in their studies or possibly jeopardize their future success as practical nurses. 

“We thank them for their patience during these challenging times and look forward to celebrating their many successes as soon as reasonably possible.”

Current and prospective students are encouraged to email Lindquist with any questions or concerns at klindquist@monroeccc.edu

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, April 29, 2020, 9:00 a.m.

In keeping with Executive Order 2020-59, the College campus will continue to be closed to all external individuals and we will continue to operate under “essential employees only” rules, effective through Sunday, May 17. This includes Main Campus, the Whitman Center, and Hurd Road.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, April 24, 2020, 3:26 p.m.: REMOTE OR COMBINATION OF REMOTE/HYBRID FORMATS BEING CONSIDERED FOR ALL FALL CLASSES

Due to continuing concerns about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Monroe County Community College is exploring the possibility of offering 100 percent of classes via remote formats or a combination of online and hybrid formats for the Fall Semester.

MCCC is continuing to register students for online and blended classes – classes that are primarily online with limited on-ground attendance – but has suspended registration for fully on-ground classes for one week effective today.  This is being done so college leaders can focus on putting together a contingency plan in the case that a move to remote or remote/hybrid formats is required.

Students who have already registered for on-ground classes will remain in the classes at this time and will see them on their course plan.

Fall semester begins Aug. 26.

MCCC moved Winter Semester classes to remote formats due to COVID-19, and is offering Summer Semester fully online. 

Summer classes start May 11, and a majority of the courses are filling very quickly. Registration for Fall Semester is outpacing last year at this time.

If on-ground classes are held in fall, the semester will be far from typical and would follow the guidelines of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Centers for Disease Control.

For complete registration information, students should go to www.monroeccc.edu/registration

The MCCC Office of Admissions and Guidance, Office of Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar and other offices serving students continue to operate remotely to assist prospective and current students during the college's temporary closure due to COVID-19.

New and guest students who want to enroll for the Online Summer Semester or Fall Semester should email admissions@monroeccc.edu for enrollment assistance and visit www.monroeccc.edu/future-students. Current students should register online via myWEBPal, which is available from the MCCC home page at www.monroeccc.edu.

Students should continue to monitor their MCCC email and the college website regularly for updates. Notices and updates are also being conveyed via the college website at www.monroeccc.edu/coronavirus and being shared via social media and other means.

Below is a complete list of student services and academic support offices that are working remotely during the extended closure. To access these services, students should use the contact information below between of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, April 23, 2020, 2:11 p.m.:  Registered Nursing Program Application Date Moved to July 6; Two ATI TEAS Testing Dates Cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Monroe County Community College has moved back the application deadline for the Registered Nursing program by slightly more than a month and cancelled two of four upcoming ATI TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, dates on campus.

The Registered Nursing program application deadline will now be July 6.  It was originally June 1.

ATI TEAS testing to assess preparedness for entering the health science fields that was scheduled for May 8 and May 15 is cancelled. Students scheduled to test on those days are encouraged to contact ATI Client Care at (800) 667-7531 to reschedule or request a refund.  All students who signed up were notified via e-mail.

MCCC still has ATI TEAS testing dates scheduled on May 21 and 28.  Dr. Kim Lindquist, dean of the Health Sciences Division and director of nursing, said that the college is hopeful it can offer these as scheduled; however, students will be notified if plans change.

These changes were necessary because of scheduling issues related to the governor’s stay-at-home order and the continued need for social distancing, Lindquist said.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, April 17, 11 a.m.:  Bookstore Operations Updates

To best serve students and the community amid concerns about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the MCCC Bookstore will remain closed to the public until further notice.  All required books and supplies can be purchased through the online Bookstore. All orders will be shipped from the Bookstore directly to the students. In an effort to assist students in utilizing the online purchasing process for books and required supplies, the Bookstore has made financial aid available as a payment option through the ordering website.To further assist our students through this challenging period, all shipping costs for online orders of books and required supplies from the MCCC Bookstore are being waived during the Summer 2020 semester thanks to a generous grant from The Foundation at MCCC.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, April 16, 6 p.m.: On-ground Events Cancelled Until Beginning of Fall Semester on Aug. 26

Due to continued concerns about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all scheduled on-campus events and on-ground non-credit classes at Monroe County Community College during the spring and summer are cancelled until the start of the Fall Semester, which begins August 26.

The campus is currently closed all external individuals through May 2.  The closure began on March 20.

MCCC is continuing to deliver Winter Semester classes via remote formats.

The college is offering Summer Semester 2020 fully online. Registration is underway, and classes start May 11. Most of the classes can be completed in eight weeks, and sections are filling quickly.

MCCC is offering a traditional Fall Semester 2020 starting August 26 that includes a complete slate of on-ground, blended and online classes. Registration for Fall Semester is underway.

For complete registration information, go to www.monroeccc.edu/registration

MCCC offices are operating remotely to assist prospective and current students, as well as the public, during the college's temporary closure due to COVID-19.

For the most up-to-date information, go to the college's website at www.monroeccc.edu.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, April 8,12:19 p.m.: MCCC Campus Closure Extended due to COVID-19 Concerns

Online Summer Semester Registration Underway; Fall Semester Registration Begins April 13

Due to concerns about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the current closure of the Monroe County Community College campus to all external individuals will be extended through May 2, Dr. Kojo A. Quartey, president, announced today.

This includes Main Campus, Whitman Center and Hurd Road.

The original closure was slated to continue through April 13.  The closure began on March 20.

MCCC is continuing to deliver Winter Semester classes via remote formats.

The college is offering Summer Semester 2020 fully online. Registration is underway, and classes start May 11.  Most of the classes can be completed in eight weeks, and sections are filling quickly.

MCCC is offering a traditional Fall Semester 2020, which begins August 26 and includes a complete slate of on-ground, blended and online classes. Registration for Fall Semester begins on April 13 for current students and April 16 for new students.

For complete registration information, students should go to www.monroeccc.edu/registration.  Online course schedules for both Summer and Fall semesters are available at https://mywebpal.monroeccc.edu/Student/courses.

The MCCC Office of Admissions and Guidance, Office of Financial Aid, Office of the Registrar and other offices serving students are operating remotely to assist prospective and current students during the college's temporary closure due to COVID-19.

New and guest students who want to enroll for the Online Summer Semester or Fall Semester should email admissions@monroeccc.edu for enrollment assistance and visit www.monroeccc.edu/future-students.

Current students should register online via myWEBPal, which is available from the MCCC home page at www.monroeccc.edu.

Below is a complete list of student services and academic support offices that are working remotely during the extended closure. To access these services, students should use the contact information below between of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

ADVISING/COUNSELING
admissions@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/academic-advising
www.monroeccc.edu/future-students
(734) 384-4104

DISABILITY SERVICES
LAL@monroeccc.edu
(734) 384-4167

FINANCIAL AID
fastudent@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/financial-aid
(734) 384-4135

LIBRARY
askalibrarian@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/library
(734) 384-4204

ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORT
elearning@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/online-learning-technology-support
(734) 384-4328

REGISTRATION
MC3Reg2@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/registration
(734) 384-4108

TUTORING/LEARNING ASSISTANCE
www.monroeccc.edu/tutoring-learning-assistance 
(734) 384-4167

WRITING AND PRESENTATION SERVICES (WRITING CENTER)
(734) 384-4167
writing@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/writing-and-presentation-services

Students should continue to monitor their MCCC email and the college website regularly for updates.

Notices and updates are being conveyed via the college website at www.monroeccc.edu/coronavirus. Official updates are also being shared via social media and other means.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, March 27, 10:20 a.m.: Cancelled Classes Due to COVID-19 Concerns

The list of cancelled classes list has been updated.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, March 23, 2:52 p.m.: Summer Semester to be Offered Fully Online

To best serve students in our community amid concerns about Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), MCCC will offer Summer Semester 2020 fully online.  Via this online semester, students can ease their course loads and complete core classes. This a great option for current MCCC students, as well as "guest" students who attend other colleges and universities.  Classes begin Monday, May 11, 2020.  For more info, go to www.monroeccc.edu/registration.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, March 23, 11:50 a.m.: Cancelled Classes Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Monroe County Community College campus will be closed to all external individuals effective Friday, March 20 through Monday, April 13 at 11:59 p.m. For the remainder of the Winter Semester, MCCC is continuing to deliver classes via remote formats, including labs that can be moved to online formats.  

Click here for a list of cancelled classes and details about those classes.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, March 19, 1:06 p.m.: Campus Closing Effective Friday, March 20 Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Monroe County Community College campus will be closed to all external individuals effective Friday, March 20 through Monday, April 13 at 11:59 p.m. This includes Main Campus, Whitman Center and Hurd Road. Students should not report to campus for labs, clinicals or testing tomorrow (Friday, March 20).

For the remainder of the Winter Semester, MCCC will continue to deliver classes via remote formats, including labs that can be moved to online formats; however, the college is cancelling all face-to-face labs and clinicals, fieldwork, internships and co-ops, and testing services that cannot be delivered remotely. Faculty will communicate to students their intent to deliver labs and clinicals online should they be moving to this format. A list of all cancelled classes will be posted on the college website no later than Monday, March 23.

Students enrolled in cancelled classes will receive an Incomplete (“I”) and may re-enroll in any section of the same course when it is offered again in the Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 semesters, at no cost. Students may only re-enroll once per class for which they were awarded an Incomplete.

Student services and support will be provided remotely, including academic advising/counseling, financial aid, library assistance, online learning support, registration, tutoring and the Writing Center. To access these services, students should use the contact information below between of 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

ADVISING/COUNSELING
admissions@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/academic-advising
www.monroeccc.edu/future-students
(734) 384-4104

DISABILITY SERVICES
LAL@monroeccc.edu
(734) 384-4167

FINANCIAL AID
fastudent@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/financial-aid
(734) 384-4135

LIBRARY
askalibrarian@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/library
(734) 384-4204

ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORT
elearning@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/online-learning-technology-support
(734) 384-4328

REGISTRATION
MC3Reg2@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/registration
(734) 384-4108

TUTORING/LEARNING ASSISTANCE
www.monroeccc.edu/tutoring-learning-assistance 
(734) 384-4167

WRITING AND PRESENTATION SERVICES (WRITING CENTER)
(734) 384-4167
writing@monroeccc.edu
www.monroeccc.edu/writing-and-presentation-services

Students should continue to monitor their MCCC email and the college website regularly for updates.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, March 19, 3:30 p.m.: Canceled Events 

Due to concerns about COVID-19 and the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21, the Monroe County Community College campus will be closed to all external individuals effective Friday, March 20 through Monday, April 13 at 11:59 p.m.

In addition, all events and activities with an expected attendance of 10 or more, as well as many other gatherings, have been canceled for the remainder of April and the month of May.

Below is the current list of all on-campus events that have been canceled. We are doing our best to provide the most complete and accurate list possible in an environment that is very fluid. If you do not see a particular event, you should contact the event organizer directly or call the MCCC facilities reservations line at (734) 384-4242 during regular business hours.

List of Canceled Events for March, April and May

Please continue to visit this webpage frequently for updates. 

COVID-19 Update, March 17, 1:15 p.m.: Updates on Classroom Instruction and Events

In its continuing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, Monroe County Community College is announcing several updates on classroom instruction and events.

These include:

Credit classes.  After a four-day hiatus, face-to-face and blended credit classes are scheduled to resume on Friday, March 20  in remote formats through the end of the semester.  (Previously, it was announced that this change was until “further notice.”)  The current semester ends May 4.  All online courses have and will continue to run as originally scheduled.  Students enrolled in laboratory and clinical courses, fieldwork, internships and co-ops, and direct college at high schools are being contacted by their instructors for direction.  All students should continue to regularly monitor their MCCC email. 

College offices and services.  Most offices and services remain open to provide as much support as possible to faculty and students.  Employees, students and campus visitors are encouraged to refrain from coming to campus if they are sick.  They are also encouraged to continue effective hygiene practices as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.

Events.  Per the latest guidance by the CDC (March 16) on events and mass gatherings, MCCC is cancelling all events scheduled on its campus with expected attendance of 10 or more for eight weeks (through May 10).

Commencement ceremony.  The 2020 Commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for May 1, has been postponed.  A rescheduled date will be announced.

Summer Semester.  The start date for registration for Summer Semester, originally scheduled to begin March 23, has been postponed one week to March 30.  Summer Semester classes are still scheduled to begin May 11.  The schedule that was posted last week is being updated and will be re-posted soon.  For registration information and updates, go to www.monroeccc.edu/registration.

There are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus to date.

MCCC is following all of the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the governor regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and is in regular contact with the Monroe County Health Department.

Notices and updates are being conveyed via the college website at www.monroeccc.edu/coronavirus. Every student and employee is asked to please check email regularly. Notifications of official updates are also being shared via social media and other means.

COVID-19 Update, March 16, 1:31 p.m.: All Events of 50 or More Cancelled

MCCC recently cancelled all campus events through April 30 with expected attendance of 100 or more per the governor's recommendation.  A CDC recommendation subsequently came out March 15 and gave guidance that events or gatherings with 50 or more people should be cancelled.  Thus, MCCC is following suit and now cancelling all events on campus with 50 or more attendees through April 30.

COVID-19 Update, March 15, 4:40 p.m.: Cap and Gown Pickup for Monday, March 16 is cancelled. 

 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, March 13, 3:45 p.m.: Canceled Events 

In compliance with Governor Whitmer's most recent recommendations and with an abundance of caution and concern for residents, all events scheduled on MCCC’s campus with an expected attendance of 100 or more, as well as many other gatherings, have been canceled through April 30. 

Below is the current list of all on-campus events that have been canceled. We are doing our best to provide the most complete and accurate list possible in an environment that is very fluid. If you do not see a particular event, you should contact the event organizer directly or call the MCCC facilities reservations line at (734) 384-4242 during regular business hours.

List of Canceled Events for March and April 

Please continue to visit this webpage frequently for updates. 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, March 13, 2:18 p.m.: Governor's Message

From the Office of the Governor: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Interim Recommendations for COVID-19 Community Mitigation Strategies 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update, March 12, 6 p.m.: Classroom Teaching 

Monroe County Community College (MCCC) is taking proactive measures to slow the spread of COVID -19. As of this date, there are no known cases of the virus on campus. Effective immediately, MCCC is initiating the following steps in relationship to classroom teaching and learning: 

1) All face-to-face and blended academic classes (credit bearing) will be suspended Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19 to allow faculty and students time to prepare for remote delivery of instruction. Additional information will be provided by the Office of e-Learning and Instructional Support via MCCC e-mail addresses and posting on the Brightspace site. 
 
Online- and off-campus classes, including direct college at the high schools, fieldwork, clinical experiences, internships, and co-ops will run as scheduled, unless otherwise notified. In the case of direct college, should the hosting high school cancel classes and/or close, faculty and students should be prepared for remotely delivered instruction.

All non-academic classes (non-credit bearing, including lifelong learning, business and industry, and contract training) held on-campus and currently in session will continue as scheduled. Classes scheduled to start on or after March 19 through May 1 are cancelled. Non-credit classes held off-campus should continue as scheduled unless otherwise notified.

2) All suspended face-to-face and blended classes will resume on Friday, March 20 with remote delivery until further notice. Students enrolled in laboratory courses will be contacted by their faculty members regarding scheduling of and access to laboratory facilities. Students should regularly monitor their MCCC email.  
 
3) Faculty and staff should direct questions to their supervisor. Students should direct class-related questions to the faculty teaching the respective class, using MCCC email addresses or Brightspace. 
 
4) As of the date of this posting, all college offices and services remain open to provide as much support as possible to faculty and students. Employees, students, and campus visitors should refrain from coming to campus if they are sick. Please continue effective hygiene practices as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  
 
5) Additional information and resources for faculty and students will be distributed directly from the Office of the Vice President of Instruction, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success and/or Coordinator for eLearning and Instructional Support Services.  

Dr. Kojo A. Quartey  
President  

Dr. Grace B. Yackee
Vice President of Instruction 

March 11, 2020 7:19 p.m.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: Changes to Events and College-sponsored Travel; Notice about Classes

Monroe County Community College is taking decisive, proactive steps to minimize our risk to the growing threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In following Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s recommendations, effective today, March 11, 2020, MCCC is initiating the following:

  • All events scheduled on MCCC’s campus through April 30 with expected attendance of 100 or more are cancelled.
  • A moratorium has been placed on all college-sponsored travel through April 30.
  • As a proactive measure, preparation is underway for the possibility of moving all classes to remote learning delivery options; however, at this time on-ground classes will continue as normal.  Further information on alternate learning will be provided to faculty and students so they can be prepared should this measure need to be implemented.

Notices and updates will continue to be conveyed via MCCC email and the college website at www.monroeccc.edu/coronavirus.  Every employee and student is asked to please check email regularly. Notifications of official updates will also be shared via social media and other means.

As a reminder, per the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, please continue to take the following basic personal-hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the virus: 

  • wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer; 
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; 
  • avoid handshakes; 
  • avoid contact with sick people who are sick; and 
  • stay home when you are sick.

March 11, 2020 12:33 p.m.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Last evening Governor Whitmer confirmed the first two cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan and declared a state of emergency “to assist local governments to slow the spread of the virus.” The Governor asked that everyone “do their part to prevent the spread of the disease as much as possible.” According to the state chief medical executive and chief deputy for health, the cases are in Oakland and Wayne counties. There is no indication that either of these cases have any connection to MCCC’s campus.

While there are no campus-related cases to date, the college is taking the following proactive actions, in keeping with CDC recommendations, to ensure the health and safety of our campus community:

  • Encouraging students and staff to stay home from class, work or social settings if you are sick, especially if you have flu-like symptoms and/or have a fever. Please be aware that there is hypersensitivity by the public to illness of any kind. Employees should take appropriate action to address any illness you may be experiencing and stay home from work if you are sick. Employees should follow the normal protocol to report your absence.
    • The CDC recommends the following regarding returning to work following symptoms of acute respiratory illness: Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
    • We ask faculty and supervisors to accommodate students and employees who stay home while sick. This includes relaxing documentation requirements and grade penalties for students missing class.
  • Encouraging students and staff to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses (CDC “Stop the Spread of Germs” posters have been placed throughout campus):
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. (The college has purchased hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes and distributed them throughout campus. The college has additional hand sanitizer on order; however, hand sanitizer is on back order at this time. As soon as the order arrives, we will restock campus.)
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of the elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (the Maintenance Department has confirmed with our suppliers that our custodial cleaning products are effective in killing past strains of the coronavirus). 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Stay away from people who are sick or not feeling well, and avoid close contact with others through hugging or shaking hands.
    • After experiencing a fever, remain home for 24 hours after being fever-free.
    • Seek assistance from a health professional if you see or experience symptoms that cause concern.

In addition, the college is requesting all employees returning from travel (both domestic and international) to ask yourself these questions prior to returning to work:

  1. Do you have reason to believe that you may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus? If yes, the CDC recommends self-quarantine (please see below).
  2. Are you exhibiting symptoms (symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious)? If yes, do not report to work. Contact your supervisor to report your absence.
    The CDC reports the following regarding symptoms: Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure: fever, cough, shortness of breath.

The CDC recommends that anyone returning from travel or stopovers at any countries/areas with travel advisories set as Level 3 (currently China, Italy, Iran, and South Korea) or who have been exposed directly to a confirmed case of COVID-19 self-quarantine themselves for 14 days from your last day in that country or exposure to a confirmed case. Those who self-quarantine should notify their primary care provider that they have begun their quarantine. Employees should contact their supervisor to report the absence.

Anyone returning from domestic travel in areas with sustained community transmission of COVID-19 are encouraged to practice self-observation for the development of any symptoms and contact their health care provider if they develop a fever or respiratory symptoms. Self-observation means you should remain alert for subjective fever, cough, or difficulty breathing.

Employees deemed at-risk by the CDC may work with their supervisors to determine if a remote worksite is feasible. The CDC has identified the following as at higher risk for serious illness with COVID-19: older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

This situation has been, and will continue to be, fluid. We have developed a variety of plans based on different scenarios. In the event that a case of the coronavirus is reported in our area, MCCC will follow the recommendations of local and state health authorities to protect our campus and community. MCCC has plans in place for a number of contingencies and will consider a number of factors to determine if and when the College should cancel classes, events/activities, and suspend travel; move classes to alternative delivery methods; and/or suspend operations.

Please understand that some decisions about next steps may need to be made quickly. If that occurs, we will notify students, employees, and community partners as quickly as possible. We appreciate your cooperation as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation. Please closely monitor your email for updates.

 

March 3, 1:18 p.m., 2020
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 

The following is important information and updates to the Monroe County Community College community in light of public concerns about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

First, MCCC has no cases of this virus on our campus, and Michigan has no confirmed cases.  The risk to the general public is low, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  There are a small number of individual cases in the United States.

The college is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus situation.  If a case is suspected or confirmed in our area, we will consult with Monroe County health officials to determine the impact on the MCCC community and take the appropriate actions to safeguard our students, faculty and staff.

Most importantly, please stay home from class, work or social settings if you have flu-like symptoms, and especially if you have a fever.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also reminds you to wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer if no soap is available; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing; and avoid contact with people who are sick.

It is also recommended that if you must cough and no tissue is available, please cough into your elbow.

MCCC is purchasing hand sanitizers to be placed in all classrooms and office spaces.  In addition, the college is purchasing disinfectant wipes for use at instructor stations.

Below are links to 2019 Novel Coronavirus updates from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 2019 Coronavirus Fact Sheet:

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdhhs/nCOV-2019_General_Fact_Sheet_v2-4-20_680266_7.pdf 

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 2019 Novel Coronavirus Updates:

www.michigan.gov/coronavirus  

U.S. Center for Disease Control Novel Coronavirus Updates:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/

Please take all necessary precautions and be careful out there!

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