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Coronavirus Disease 2019 Update (March 16, 2020)

Post Date:03/16/2020 5:00 PM

 

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update

March 16, 2020

As noted in the campus email announcements from March 15 and in accordance with the most recent guidance established by the California Department of Public Health, MPC campuses remain open and instruction and student services continue to be offered.  

We continue to strongly encourage faculty to transition instruction from face-to-face to online now if possible.  Support for online instruction continues to be available through the Online Education support team.  Email onlinehelp@mpc.edu for assistance with transitioning instruction online, including setting up Canvas, ConferZoom, or other tools for online teaching and learning.  

At this time, classes that cannot be taught online (i.e. labs, activities, and studios) should continue to meet in-person as scheduled. We encourage faculty to start considering options for  continuing instruction remotely in the event that face-to-face instruction is no longer an option based on recommendations by the California Department of Public Health.   

We encourage faculty to provide accommodations to students with illnesses or other medically-justified reasons to allow them to stay home and reduce exposure.

New Federal Guidance - Social Events, Activities & Gatherings

Today, March 16, President Trump released guidelines instructing the country to avoid social gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.  The White House's new guidelines also advise Americans to avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts; going on shopping trips and making social visits; and visiting nursing homes and retirement or long-term care facilities.


MPC Food Service

Based on this guidance, MPC will close the Food for Thought Lounge in the Library and Technology Center and the cafeteria in the Student Center until further notice.  The MPC food pantry, located in the ASMPC office in the Student Center, will remain open.  


Shelter-In-Place - Bay Area Counties

Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Alameda Counties have enacted a shelter-in-place order through April 7, 2020.  The order bans non-essential gatherings of any size as well as non-essential travel.  It also directs residents to continue working if the work is an essential service -- education is considered an essential service, therefore, MPC will remain open and will continue to follow guidelines specific to Monterey County.  

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors met this afternoon to discuss home isolation in Monterey County.  No action was taken, therefore, the Board will meet again tomorrow morning to continue discussions. We will update the campus as soon as possible with any available information.


MPC Facilities

Our custodial team will start sanitizing and locking classrooms and meeting rooms that are no longer in use after instruction has transitioned online. These spaces will have signage indicating that the room is closed and the date of sanitation. Please do not enter these rooms or unlock these doors as maintaining these sanitized spaces will allow our custodial team to focus their efforts on cleaning other areas that continue to be used.  

If you know of any rooms that are no longer in use, or require specialized cleaning, please contact Suzanne Ammons at sammons@mpc.edu.


MPC Student Grading & Refund Options

If students have questions regarding withdrawals “W”, excused withdrawals “EW”, incompletes “I”, or refunds, please direct them to Admissions and Records by email at admissions@mpc.edu, or by phone at 831-646-4002.  


Student Health Concerns & Communications

If you are contacted by a student regarding their health situation, please refer the student or forward the message to our Student Health Services at studenthealthservices@mpc.edu, or by phone at 831-646-4017. Our health services team can provide students with health advice, resources, and tools needed to plan a transition back to campus when appropriate.


Hiring Committees

Current searches will not be canceled.  Interview dates, times, and modes may be adjusted.  If you are on a search committee, please reach out to your committee’s human resources designee regarding committee logistics. 


Next Steps

The California Department of Public Health is planning to release updated guidance for higher education entities tomorrow, March 17th.  This document will update the current guidance dated March 7th. MPC will circulate this guidance along with information regarding next steps as soon as possible.


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