Return to work on campus date still pending

Published Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 2:26pm

Colleagues,

Questions are surfacing relative to the date that we will return to physically working on our campuses. At this point in time, a date has not been set. When a date is set, you will be notified at least 3 weeks in advance.

An April 22 message from Chancellor Steven Gonzales noted the 3-week advance notice, referencing May 18 as an example of the earliest return date based on when his message was distributed.

When we return to physically working on campus, our leadership team is planning a phased approach. What this looks like is still being developed, but it means that, when a date is set, only a small group will return based on functions deemed to be essential for in-person services. Gradually, additional groups of employees will return. As you know, our summer school courses and services are primarily being offered in an online format.

Please note that students and faculty whose Spring 2020 CTE courses were unable to move to remote instruction due to lab requirements comprise one group that has already been deemed essential to return to campus. District and college leadership have determined that students and faculty in that group will return to campus June 15 and complete their courses no later than August 6. A task force is developing protocols to ensure the required hands on components of these courses are completed within CDC guidelines for health, safety, and physical distancing. Impacted students, faculty, and staff will be contacted directly, providing enough lead time for them to access campus to prepare to deliver and support these courses.

Unless specifically contacted, all other students and employees are to continue working remotely. Faculty and staff who are not affiliated with these specific CTE courses should NOT return to campus.

I know that many of us are eager to return to our campuses. I miss seeing the amazing faces of MCC. As we gradually return and create our new normal, the health and wellbeing of our faculty, staff, and students is my utmost priority and guiding principle.

Ever forward Thunderbirds!

Lori