Faculty Update and Instructions for Next Week (March 16-20, 2020)

Published Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 5:12pm

Dear Faculty:

On Wednesday, March 11, Governor Ducey announced a state of emergency in Arizona regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Out of concern for the health and well-being of everyone in our community, the Maricopa Community Colleges will cancel classes for students enrolled in classes that physically meet through Friday, March 20.

Students have been told that they should not physically report to campus/classes from now through Friday, March 20 and that they should watch email for further instructions. Classes currently being taught in hybrid or online formats will continue with their online components as scheduled (including the week of March 16-20). Also, all student activities and college events will be postponed during this time period. Students in dual enrollment classes should check with their high schools regarding attendance requirements.

Our highest priorities must be (1) public safety while also (2) ensuring students' academic momentum:

Instructional Residential Faculty are required to meet 30 hours of accountability as best determined by your division/department and are to be available as needed. Your focus should be on planning, and getting training if needed, to deliver alternative instruction beginning Monday, March 23rd.

Service Residential Faculty should continue to meet accountability in accordance with your normal schedules as our Libraries, Counseling services, and CTLs will continue to operate as usual.

Adjunct Faculty and Clock Hour Instructors are required to work on plans to deliver alternative instruction, as well as regularly checking-in with your supervisor. Adjunct, Clock Hour, and Lab Instructor pay will not be interrupted.

Chairs/Supervisors are asked to please schedule a mandatory department meeting on Tuesday (3/17) for all Residential and Adjunct Faculty...with a video or phone-in option for those who cannot or choose not to attend in person...to discuss how they will address academic continuity. Please wait until Tuesday to allow time for CEC and stakeholder groups to meet/discuss on Monday and share any additional information prior to your meetings.

Every class at MCCCD has a Canvas shell. Learn how to migrate instruction into Canvas.

For personal assistance, contact a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) near you. Any CTL at any College can help you, regardless of where you are currently teaching for MCCCD.

Please continue to check your email and our website for timely updates: https://www.maricopa.edu/coronavirus-2019-nCoV.

If you have not done so already, be sure to sign up for RAVE emergency announcements at https://www.getrave.com/login/maricopa-community

Thank you and be well,

Karla Fisher, Ph.D.
Provost