Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for MCC Students and Employees

The college is currently enrolling students in fall semester classes, which begin August 24. Following all healthy and safety protocols, many classes will be held remotely and that innovative learning environment is different from online classes.  Please watch the video for more information:

 

Message From MCC President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein (7/1/20)

As you may have seen from various media outlets, the number of COVID-19 positive cases are dramatically on the rise in Arizona and Mohave County.  Subsequently, Governor Ducey and local government officials have moved from a “reopening” philosophy to a philosophy of extreme caution, mask restrictions, business closures, and even newly adopted resolutions regarding a delay in the start of the academic year for our K-12 colleagues. 

Many of you may have questions regarding our current and future plans for the remainder of this summer session and fall semester.  Mohave Community College has been very deliberate in following CDC guidelines, being cautious, and attempting to provide a safe environment for students, employees, and our communities, while providing the academic access needed for students to achieve their educational goals.  Therefore, our current protocols and procedures related to Phase 1 remains extremely prudent and continues to align with CDC guidelines.  We will remain committed to this plan until we determine we can move to Phase 2 or need to adopt new procedures as advised by the CDC. 

As you may recall, we hoped to move to Phase 2 in early August.  However, based on current trends and projections, we may not be able to move in that direction until much later.  So, all current protocol and procedures remain in place.  Buildings remain closed unless certain courses (labs) are scheduled, mask or a nose and mouth covering are required, and we remain in a work-from-home environment. All new city and state restrictions do not impact our plans. Once it is determine a change can occur, we will alert our students and employees. 

For additional information or questions, please refer to the MCC webpage or contact Dr. Fred Gilbert, Danette Bristle, or your supervisor.  I truly appreciate your continued support, flexibility, and patience. 

 

MCC Pandemic Plan Outline for Return to Campus 

MAY 25 – PHASE 1.  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. 

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. 

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.

Message from Dr. Klippenstein to Students (5-4-20) – MCC will partially open some buildings May 26 

May 4, 2020

Dear MCC Students:

The health of our students and employees remains our top priority. We understand that COVID-19 has affected all aspects of our lives and want to assure everyone that providing students with opportunities to meet their educational goals safely is central to the decisions that are being made. MCC employees are working together to bring people back to the campuses in a measured and careful manner.

Mohave Community College has decided to offer summer courses online, with some lab activities on each of the campuses. The College will safeguard students through social distancing by limiting group sizes and by requiring all staff and students to wear masks covering the nose and mouth at all times. Students who need to make up lab sessions from the Spring Semester should call to arrange appointments with their instructors. Instructors will arrange make-up sessions beginning May 26. Please continue to check Schoology and your college email for updates. Instructors will communicate with you so that you are prepared to resume hands-on learning.

Please note that access to campus buildings will be limited to the lab space and restroom facilities in that building or next closest building. MCC campuses will not be open to the public at this time. All other college services such as advising, financial aid assistance, tutoring, and library services will continue to be offered remotely. To access remote services call MCC Connect at 866-664-2832.

During this time MCC procedures regarding due dates and attendance will be flexible and follow the CDC guidelines for prevention of the spread of infectious diseases. All instructors will make accommodations for illness. Please do not come to campus if you are ill, instead contact your instructor to let them know if you are unable to complete assignments or come to lab meetings.

Additionally, students and employees are asked to self-screen for symptoms of illness. 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.

MCC continues to provide a safe and clean campus for our students and employees. Infection prevention measures have been implemented with cleaning and sanitation practices recommended by the CDC.  

Mohave Community College will continue to monitor COVID-19 updates and work with community partners to keep you informed and to maintain a safe and healthy campus. We encourage everyone to visit https://www.mohave.edu/coronavirus for updates about campus information on public health, student services, and any corresponding implications for on-campus activities, events, and classes. Call MCC Connect at 866-664-2832 with any questions or concerns.

I also want to say congratulations to our 2020 MCC graduates.  I encourage everyone to watch the Virtual 2020 Graduates Recognition Ceremony on the college Facebook page and YouTube channel on May 15 at 3:00 p.m.  We have more news about that, and other planned events, on the Mohave Wire at https://www.mohave.edu/MohaveWire.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Stacy Klippenstein

 

MCC President Video Update for Employees 4-27-20

 

MCC President Message to Students 4-23-20

Click here to view the video message. Check out the links to other announcements from Dr. Klippenstein on the right side of your computer screen, or below if you are using a mobile device.

Here are helpful links to the latest updates from 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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College closes campuses, moves classes and services online to help prevent spread of COVID-19 (March 23)

Mohave County College is closing its four campuses to the public and students to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in our communities.

“Since we now have confirmed cases of the virus in our immediate communities, and health officials expect the number of patients to climb, we feel this action is in the best interest of our students, employees and the public at this time,” said MCC President Dr. Stacy Klippenstein.  “We will eliminate all in-person contact to the best of our ability, while continuing with classes and college operations online and in virtual environment so our students can meet their educational goals.”

College faculty and employees this week have been transitioning to online and virtual forms of instruction and student services in preparation for classes to resume on Monday, March 30.  Courses that cannot be transitioned, such as labs and hands-on training, will be cancelled. 

All student services such as advising, tutoring and financial aid will be handled by phone and online. The college Call Center is fully staffed and representatives can be reached by calling 1-866-MOHAVECC or 1-866-664-2832.  You can also chat online with college representatives via the website www.Mohave.edu.

Student services employees, faculty and instructional staff will be reaching out to students to provide support and follow-up regarding these changes.  Students should also contact their instructors and/or advisors if they have questions or concerns.

“We are prepared to quickly respond to the rapidly changing reports and developments concerning the virus, and we are closely monitoring the situation, so if there are more changes needed our students, employees and the community will be notified as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Klippenstein. 

Some of the actions the college is taking to help prevent the spread of the virus include:

  • All on-campus classes are being transitioned to online and other distance learning formats and will begin on March 30. 
  • CTE, Health Professions, and Science labs and art studio activities that cannot transition to online or distance learning formats will be canceled. Arrangements will be made that allow students to complete at a later date. Students enrolled in the classes will be contacted over the next week to make arrangements. Students should contact their instructor via email or phone if they do not hear from the college by Monday.
  • Students and community members who need to meet with an instructor, advisor, or administrator should do so by requesting an appointment via phone or email to establish a possible virtual meeting.
  • Most college employees will telecommute unless their position cannot be transitioned to telecommuting, in which case they will work on campus and observe social distancing and health safety protocols.  
  • MCC Libraries closed to visitors, but have a live chat on the library website http://mohave.libguides.com/Home. Librarians will provide virtual assistance and answer questions Monday – Thursday 9:00am to 6:00pm and Fridays 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • Continue the suspension of college and public events and college travel until further notice.
  • Commencement scheduled for May 15 and other end-of-year ceremonies have been postponed.  More information will be made available as soon as possible.
  • Mohave Community College will continue to provide updates about MCC’s safety measures regarding COVID-19 at Mohave.edu/CoronavirusUpdates.

    Those with questions should call 1-866-MOHAVECC or 1-866-664-2832 for assistance.

    Please remember that most people who get COVID-19 have very mild or no symptoms and most recover on their own. Those at higher risk are older adults and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

    The college continues to encourage everyone to follow the virus prevention and safety guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control – How to protect yourself

    You can also call the Arizona Coronavirus Hotline for general information about the disease at 1-844-542-8201, or call 2-1-1.

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    Overview

    The health of the MCC community is a top priority.  The College has implemented the emergency/contingency plan to help prevent the spread of the virus.  Periodic updates will be issued as warranted. 

    You can also call the Arizona Coronavirus Hotline for general information about the disease 1-844-542-8201.  It is staffed by health care professionals to help anyone looking for more information.

    The college is urging employees and students to follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
      • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
      • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

    Information for Travelers

    The U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control have issued advisories for travel to foreign countries with sizeable COVID-19 outbreaks:

    The U.S. Department of State

    Centers for Disease Control Travel Notices

    The college has gathered information and quick links to the latest developments from federal, state and local public health officials to help you quickly access accurate information.

    According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the risk to the general public is low at this time.  You are at greater risk of contracting influenza.

    The 2019 Novel (new) Coronavirus spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

    Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. Those considered at risk for contracting the virus are individuals who recently traveled to Wuhan, China, or individuals in close contact with a an infected person. Currently, no commercial testing is available and there is no vaccine. The federal and state public health agencies are working with those exposed to get testing by CDC.

    From the CDC: What is Coronavirus

    2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

    Links to Latest Developments

    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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