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Coronavirus Disease 2019 Update (April 6, 2020)

Post Date:04/06/2020 4:00 PM

 

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update: Campus Communication

April 6, 2020

Monterey Peninsula College

Our college remains open virtually and courses will continue either online or through remote instruction.  MPC physical campuses are still closed to the public until further notice. If access is needed to MPC facilities to ensure continuation of online instruction, please reach out to your supervisor so we may coordinate with campus security and custodial services. 

Student Support Services - Students seeking resources such as emergency grants, physical and emotional wellness support, food pantry items, chromebooks, and access to campus Wi-Fi can contact admissions@mpc.edu or call 831-646-4002 for further assistance. For a complete list of all academic and support services available to students, visit MPC’s website.

Summer Schedule - After receiving feedback and input from Division Chairs and the Academic Affairs Advisory Group, we have decided to proactively transition the Summer 2020 schedule to be fully-online.  If shelter-in-place orders are relaxed and face-to-face instruction becomes permissible, face-to-face classes may be added to the summer schedule at a later date.     

Program Review Timelines - Focusing on delivering instruction and supporting students is our top priority right now. Given the current situation, we have extended timelines for annual program review submission.  We would like to thank our campus groups who have provided feedback and input on the process and suggested extending deadlines. Our PRIE Office is working on developing an abbreviated program review process to ensure that information for our fall budget development and ACCJC Mid-Term report is available.      

Grading Options - Based on guidance from the State Chancellor’s Office, we communicated with our students last week regarding the Excused Withdrawal “EW” process.  Based on legislative exemptions, our students have the ability to select an “EW” grade and receive a refund for tuition costs. The “EW” grade will have no impact on students academic progress, financial aid, and enrollment status.  Our Admissions and Records Department have developed an electronic form for our students to complete in order to request an “EW” grade. This form can be found at: https://www.mpc.edu/home/showdocument?id=37394.    

Commencement - Our PRIE team is finalizing a commencement survey to be sent out to our student body to gain input on alternative options to our regularly scheduled May 30th commencement.  Alternative options may include a virtual ceremony or postponing the in-person event until fall 2020.    

Monterey County Shelter-in-Place Order

On Friday, April 3rd, Monterey County Health Officer Dr. Edward Moreno issued a revised Shelter-in-Place Order with new restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19.  This revised order strengthens and expands upon social distancing expectations, mandates communications for entities still in operation, and further restricts “essential functions” in Monterey County.  This order will be in place until 11:59 p.m. on May 3rd, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by Dr. Moreno.   

The revised Shelter-In-Place Order can be found at: https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/Home/Components/News/News/6199/1336