Coronavirus Disease 2019 Update (March 13, 2020)
Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update
March 13, 2020
MPC campuses remain open and instruction and student services continue to be offered. MPC continues to strongly recommend that faculty transition from face-to-face instruction to online instruction.
At this time, classes that cannot be taught online (i.e. labs, activities, and studios) should continue to meet in-person as scheduled. MPC encourages faculty to provide accommodations to students with illnesses or other medically-justified reasons to allow them to stay home and reduce exposure. As more classes transition online, MPC will be able to concentrate available cleaning supplies to areas with continued face-to-face activities.
Student Services and academic support centers continue to remain available and open in-person and online.
In accordance with the most recent guidance established by the California Department of Public Health, MPC will be open the week of March 16th. MPC continues to prepare for alternate scenarios and strongly recommends that all classes transition online if possible. Support, training, and resources to for faculty and students for these transitions will continue to be available over the weekend and throughout next week.
In accordance with guidance received from the California Community College Athletic Association, MPC and all colleges will postpone their spring athletic competitions as well as non-instructional practices.
The California Department of Public Health and the Governor’s Office are working together to keep the guidance for higher education entities up-to-date. As soon as revised guidelines are released, we will share them with the campus, along with next steps for MPC.
The Monterey County Superintendent of Schools has communicated that K-12 districts in the County will be closed through March. We recognize and understand that this may cause child care issues for our staff. If assistance is needed, please reach out to your supervisor. Students may also have child care challenges as well. We ask that faculty and staff be understanding and provide accommodations if possible.
As a reminder, employees who have health concerns are encouraged to work with their supervisors and human resources.
- California Department of Public Health: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/
- CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/
- County of Monterey Health Department: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/
government/departments-a-h/ health/diseases/2019-novel- coronavirus-2019-ncov
- Chancellor’s Office: https://www.cccco.edu/About-
Us/Chancellors-Office/ Divisions/Communications-and- Marketing/Novel-Coronavirus