Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates & Virtual Events

Virtual Events Calendar – These events are held virtually due to COVID-19

Campus Event Location Time
All Virtual Workshops https://mohave.libguides.com/Home Dates Vary
Havasu Tuesday Tea with Dr. Ayon https://mohave.zoom.us/j/93008503471 Dec. 1 – Noon-1:00 p.m.
All Final Paper Frenzy https://mohave.zoom.us/j/98656572297 Dec. 1-4 – Times Vary
North Mohave MCC Shines https://mohave.zoom.us/j/5617853109 Dec. 9 – 6:00 p.m.
More Events & Meetings on the MCC Calendar  

 

Havasu Campus Moves to Virtual Services Only on 11/24/20

The Lake Havasu City Campus will temporarily move all services to virtual platforms (online, remote, phone) beginning Tuesday, 11/24/20. 

If you are an employee and were scheduled to work on campus, please contact your supervisor.  If you are a student and had a lab scheduled on campus, please contact your instructor(s), or call 866-MOHAVECC (866-664-2832).

As always, if you feel any symptoms or have been in contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms, please remain home and contact your supervisor.  

Free COVID-19 testing is available through Embry Women’s Health at the Bullhead City, Neal Campus-Kingman, and Lake Havasu City campus.  Testing is free for everyone, regardless of insurance. 

 

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Re: Thanksgiving Holiday

You have no doubt seen the news that COVID-19 cases are rising again throughout Mohave County, and public health professionals are asking us all to reduce face to face interactions during the holiday.  As a result, Mohave Community College will make a few temporary adjustments to help reduce the spread of the virus.

MCC will temporarily move all services to online and virtual platforms during the Thanksgiving break, and for several days after. 

  • Student Services and all other college operations will move from on-campus to solely online and virtual services from November 25-December 2.  
  • The only exception will be on campus labs, which may resume on-campus learning beginning December 1.

During the affected times the campuses will be closed to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.  If you feel any symptoms, please do not come to the campus.  If you are an employee and have questions, please contact your supervisor.  If you are a student and have questions, please contact your instructor(s), or call 866-MOHAVECC (866-664-2832).

Free COVID-19 testing is available through Embry Women’s Health at the Bullhead City, Neal Campus-Kingman, and Lake Havasu City campus.  Testing is free for everyone, regardless of insurance.

 

Return to the Workplace Guidebook

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Cleaning Procedures Video

MCC to relax some campus restrictions as local virus numbers improve

Read the Oct. 9 News Release

MCC transition to Phase 2 

Mohave Community College moved to Phase 2 on October 19.  Students and visitors are able to meet with Student Services employees for assistance with applying and registering for classes.  You are still encouraged to call the college first at 866-MOHAVECC or 866-664-2832.

The college Pandemic Response Team continues to monitor the virus cases locally, and the benchmarks set by the state for the safe return to campus.  You can monitor benchmarks by clicking here.  

During Phase 2 limited face-to-face services will be available at the Student Services front desks on each campus, and the public will still be encouraged to contact the college via phone, email and virtual formats.  Fall semester classes will continue in the current remote, online and on campus lab modalities, and there will be no additional on campus class offerings.

Message from the President

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Dr. Stacy Klippenstein

November 2, 2020

As we wait to hear the final election results, I want to take this time to remind our MCC family (i.e., students, staff, and faculty) of the resources available on the MCC Library Vote 2020! web page. This valuable page has information to help individuals process their feelings and reflect on the possible outcomes of the election results. MCC Librarians and Deans of Student and Community Engagement have provided a myriad of resources on voting information, a digital graffiti wall, services to manage election stress along with other vital information on voting.

Our elections are a reminder of our civic duty to exercise our right to vote. This year’s elections had a record turnout of registered voters, which should be celebrated. The opportunity to engage in our democracy and help shape the future of our country is a right of which we should be proud.

While we wait as a community, I encourage you to reflect on our values: Create the Future, Engage Fearlessly, Build Together, and Live Authentically. First, did you participate in creating the future? Second, how will you engage fearlessly as we wait? Third, when it’s time, how will you help build together? And finally, how will you continue to live authentically given the official results?

We lived a challenging year and this year’s election is no different. This is a time for unity as we continue to move through a difficult, but optimal time. It remains important to practice patience for ourselves, our students, and our community. Now more than ever, finding common ground in our conversations and being mindful of each other also remains vital.

I want to acknowledge our students, staff, and faculty members who took time off to serve as poll workers despite the current pandemic. This year our nation faced a shortage of poll workers due to the pandemic. Our elections are made possible because of these workers and currently, many of them are working diligently to count every single vote allowing for every voice to be heard.

I greatly appreciate the work we do together. Our students are outstanding and seek to better their lives through the educational opportunities offered at MCC. Our faculty and staff offer high level support and learning opportunities. I have no doubt the future of MCC will be strong, and together, we can continue to support one another to help the country heal, reflect, and grow as a nation.

 

Remote, Online & On Campus Labs

The college is offering several learning modalities for students during the pandemic. Following all healthy and safety protocols, many classes will be held remotely – an innovative learning environment that is different from online classes.  Please watch the video for more information:

 

Face Coverings and Self Screening Required 

Everyone is required to wear a face covering on all MCC campuses and maintain a social distance of at least six feet. You should also self screen for symptoms of COVID-19.  If you have any COVID-19 symptoms do not come to the campus. Students and employees who are not feeling well, or believe they have been exposed to the virus should notify their instructor or supervisor, and then complete and submit this form.

Students Returning to Campus

Students returning to campus must do the following:

Prevention

Download the CDC Stop the Spread Document

Download the CDC COVID-19 Symptoms Document

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MCC Pandemic Plan Outline for Return to Campus

PHASE  1

May 25 – UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY ARIZONA STAY AT HOME ORDER AND ANALYSIS OF MOHAVE CASES. 

  1. Opening our campuses to some labs/required face-to-face instruction to assist students and their completion of spring and summer course work.  This will be done in a manner as outlined by the CDC and OSHA, which includes all social distancing, cleaning standards, and mask-wearing protocols.

    When on MCC campuses face coverings must cover your nose and mouth when: 

    • You are inside and working with one or more people in a common room – classroom setting, office, etc. 
    • You are outside working in close proximity to other people. 

    When on MCC campuses you can remove the mask when:

    • You are inside and working alone in your office or classroom – when a door can be closed. 
    • You are outside and working/walking alone. 

  2. LIMITED faculty (labs), facilities personnel, and some staff will be allowed on campuses.

  3. All buildings will remain closed except for those hosting labs or other required face-to-face coursework as decided by MCC Instruction.  No public access. 

  4. No events on campuses.

  5. All summer courses online except for labs as identified in #1 and #2 above.

  6. All other current protocols regarding work from home, sick leave, PTO, etc. will remain in place.

Phase 2

Date – Oct 19 (If AZ Health Dept. recommended case numbers are met)

Phase Two- Limited Campus Presence

Mohave Community College is offering remote learning opportunities with CTE, Health Professions, and Chemistry lab activities on each of the campuses.

Safeguarding Employees and Students by:

  1. Social distancing by limiting group sizes to ten.
  2. Following all guidelines from CDC regarding washing hands, using sanitizers, limit touching your face, cleaning frequently touch surfaces, etc. 
  3. Employees are asked to self-screen for symptoms of illness before coming to campus. The CDC Self-Checker can provide guidance in assessing symptoms. Please do not to come to campus if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  4. Requiring all staff and students to wear masks covering the nose and mouth.

When to wear nose and mouth covering/masks:

  • While inside any campus building 
  • While outside when working close to one or more other people.  (Facilities staff mostly, but there are times when a student/faculty member may be outside, or two staff members walk together to another building)

When it is permissible NOT to wear nose and mouth covering/masks:

  • While inside and working alone in your office or space that is not shared or to be utilized by others* and when a door is closed.  Coronavirus can remain viable for up to 72 hours on some surfaces (https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2004973).
  • While outside and working /walking alone. 

Masks will be provided to employees upon request with spare masks provided to students if they do not have one. An employee or student can wear their own nose and mouth covering if they wish. 

Student Services areas to reopen

  1. Student services-Front desk areas staffed by four student services staff members that rotate on-campus work hours
  2. Limited time open
  3. Strict protocols in place conforming with CDC guidelines.

The Student Services areas will be open from 10-4 Monday thru Friday with a skeleton crew.

Student may walk-in to make inquiries of the Student Services Technician (SST). Advising, financial aid assistance, Student Success Center activities and interactions will continue remotely. The Student Services areas will be set up to receive clients following CDC protocols with one-way traffic flows. Additionally, visitors and students who have not completed the Acknowledgment and Waiver of Liability will be required to do so at the entrance by an employee monitoring the area.

Deans of Student and Community Engagement and their Administrative Assistant will also be on campus at the beginning of Phase Two.

With the enactment of these protocols, we should attempt to approach and enforce in the best way possible – polite, kind, listen, share the correct information, understand the why, and seek resolution.  Be nice.  If there are behaviors that bring issues/concerns, please address it using MCC standard procedures.

 

  1. TBD – PHASE 2.  UNLESS OTHERWISE DIRECTED BY ARIZONA STAY AT HOME ORDER AND ANALYSIS OF MOHAVE CASES.
  1. Opening our campuses in a limited format.  Some buildings for public/student contact.  Buildings with labs will be open. 

  2. Some staff scheduled to begin on-campus work – decided by managers/leads. 

  3. Follow all CDC and OSHA guidelines – shields, masks, etc. 

  4. Social distancing in all open facilities – physical layout changed to best ensure distancing.

  5. NO more than 10 allowed to gather. 

  6. Other Phase 2 items as outlined in the plan.

Phase 3

Target Date – Possibly Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 (If AZ Health Dept. recommended case numbers are met)

Enter this phase when the level of mitigation by level of community transmission and characteristics is a the minimal to moderate community transmission level per the CDC.

During Phase Three, College workforce that provides direct services to the students (excluding employees who have been authorized or directed to continue to work from home) will be returned to campus to resume on campus services including advising, library, and student success services. All guidelines and requirements continue to apply and must be implemented by division/departments/units.

Phase Three may also include:

Resuming on-ground classes with the implementation of social distances through hybridization and staggered class sessions as directed by the Dean of Instruction.

Modifications to student life activities and campus events to prevent large group gatherings.

Other employees continue to work as remotely as possible.

During Phase Three, the College will continue to mandate risk mitigation interventions to reduce the number of infections including social distancing, mask wearing (outside of your personal, closed door office), contact tracing, and limiting the influx of new infections from outside the campus by limiting public access and a reduction in “open hours.” The College will not conduct meetings or events on campus that exceed the group size limit of 10

Phase Four

Testing and/or vaccine widely available. Community spread near zero.

Employee vaccinations- available and administered.

Return to normal operations

 

Guidance

CDC Guidelineshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-ihe-response.html

OSHA Guidelineshttps://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf

The MCC Pandemic Response Committee and others will continually meet to analyze the current situation, including:

  1. Continue to monitor case trends, peak projections, state order, and national guidelines. 
  2. Work to establish and implement plans regarding Phase 1.
  3. Communication plan established – signage requirements, press release, messages to employees and students, etc.
  4. PPE purchases for each campus – prep for Phase 2.
  5. Review all CDC cleaning standards and provide consistent training for all facilities staff, especially as we move toward Phase 2.
  6. Physical spaces adjusted.
  7. Mask requirements.
  8. Possible self-screening recommendations for students/employees. 
  9. Determine campus spaces to be open and at what times. 
  10. Other recommendations the committee deems necessary.

Helpful Links to federal, state and local health experts:

Arizona Department of Health Services

Centers for Disease Control

Mohave County Department of Public Health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

World Health Organization

 



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