MCC Monday 3/30/20 Update on COVID-19 and Working Remotely

Published Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:39pm

MCC Community,

Although it is the necessary action to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff and community, we are all disappointed in the cancellation of college events through May 26, including our beloved Graduation ceremonies. We are working on some other options to celebrate our students’ success, which we hope to announce in the next week. Recent reports of COVID-19 diagnoses among a few of our Maricopa Community College family, including two at MCC, reinforce the wisdom of our difficult decision to move all classes to online, cancel events and close our campuses to all but critical employees through the end of the spring semester.

Important Updates:

  • Unless otherwise directed by federal, state and local health officials, MCC and MCCCD employees will continue to work remotely through May 8. Governor Ducey has issued a stay-at-home order. Although college services continue, all campus facilities district-wide are closed, with the exception of critical staff (e.g. College Police).

  • Once an alternative format for graduation is determined, graduates who do not want to participate may request a ceremony fee refund.

  • There will not be a separately scheduled final’s week. Faculty shall determine when to hold their finals as appropriate for each of their courses. All exams will be in an online/alternative format.

  • Under extenuating circumstances, faculty in consultation with their department chair and dean, may extend a previously scheduled online course into the two-week end of semester extension window. If this is of interest to you, please contact your chair by the close of business on Friday, April 3.

Other updates and reminders of important actions and information:

Reporting COVID-19 Diagnosis - Contact the District Risk Management Office, if you receive a positive test result.

Campus Access Restricted - Only the Planetarium entrance is open at Southern and Dobson; the McKellips entrance at Red Mountain. The Rose Garden and athletic fields are closed. Only identified essential employees should be on campus. If you have been granted special access to campus, please call the College Police desk at 480-461-7046 with the approximate time when you will arrive and then again when you leave.

EARS and Social Worker - Faculty and staff can log into our Early Alert Referral System with concerns about student’s academic/personal difficulties with learning; tutoring assistance; behaviors and attitudes that warrant intervention; success planning; attendance problems; and for campus and community resources.

FWS and RPS Employees - Federal Work Study students will continue to be paid but should NOT be asked to work. Part-time (RPS) employees must work remotely in order to be paid for the hours they work.

Intranet - Employees are encouraged to return to our “normal” communication modalities including the Intranet. Look for and please post good news about student success as well as staff and faculty achievement.

Free Professional Development - Use your at-home time to enrich your personal and professional skills. The Chair Academy has some especially timely online courses such as engaging a remote team, applying strengths during crises and the power of hope in student success. There are COVID-19 webcasts via Academic Impressions on a broad range of topics addressing student issues from food insecurity to student retention and inclusive online pedagogy to adjusting academic policies. NASPA offers on-demand and live sessions including student success topics, COVID-19 topics to chats with colleagues across the nation.

Employee Assistance Program for PT employees - During this time, services normally not available to part-time employees can be accessed including referrals to child and elder care providers, financial counseling, discounts to legal services, free coaching via web video, identity theft resolution assistance and counseling sessions for issues such as managing stress, anxiety, coping with grief and loss, family/relationship issues, and more. To access these services, part-time employees should call 800-603-2970 or web video a representative, provide your birthdate and receive an authorization code to use to contact services.

If you have questions or information we should share, please let us know.

Together, we will stay the course of providing quality education and success for our students.

Sent by Carmen Newland and Nora Reyes on behalf of MCC Administration