THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED AS THE COLLEGE RECEIVES INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19


June 1, 2020
(Email to MCC faculty and staff, from Dr. Chad Bledsoe)

Good afternoon,

Now that the state has entered Phase II of the reopening plan, I wanted to write and provide an update on how this will affect operations at MCC as we prepare to begin Summer semester and look toward the Fall term.

In phase II, College operations will not differ significantly from the procedures we currently have in place. Whenever possible, employees should limit access to campus so we can keep face-to-face interactions to a minimum. However, understanding that some services related to labs, registration, and financial aid may need to take place in person, we are going to begin allowing some visits to campus by appointment.

Given that more people will be on campus, as of today, we will begin implementing additional safety procedures to help protect employees and visitors. Attached you will find a summary sheet showing operational procedures during each phase of the reopening. This document will be updated and shared campus-wide as conditions change. As you review the document, please note the following elements.

In person interaction should be limited, to the extent possible. Please ensure that there is at least six feet of distance among all individuals unless proper safety measures are in place.

Employees, students, and visitors are required to wear appropriate PPE when on campus.

Exceptions to this rule may be made when individuals are alone in their office, outside and maintaining proper distance, in a vehicle, or in situations where they do not come in contact with other people.

Failure to follow this requirement will result in a formal warning and may result in removal from campus. If visitors or students fail to follow this procedure please notify the appropriate Vice President or the President.

As appropriate, maintenance will enact enhanced cleaning of college facilities.

Any employee, visitor, or student showing symptoms of COVID-19 shall not come to campus. He/she should notify Melisa Bond, his/her supervisor, instructor, or the President immediately.

As this crisis continues, I know we are all feeling the stress of its effects and want to return to some sense of normality. Hopefully, we will be able to do so soon, but in the meantime, we need to prevent the spread of this virus and protect those who come to campus. I appreciate your help in ensuring these procedures are in place. If you have questions, concerns, or see situations that are concerning please contact me.

Be safe and thank you again for everything you do for MCC.

Sincerely,

Chad A. Bledsoe, Ph.D.
President


May 14, 2020
(Email to MCC students, faculty, staff, from Dr. Chad Bledsoe)

Good evening,

In an effort to continue to ensure the health and welfare of students, employees, and visitors, Montgomery Community College is extending the current modified work and class schedule that began March 17, 2020.

The current schedule will remain in place until further notice. Our plan is to parallel Phase I of the Governor’s phased reopening plan. Once the Governor moves the state into Phase II of the reopening NC plan, MCC administration will assess the ability to reopen services in a limited face-to-face manner.

Please continue to monitor the college’s email, website, and social media sites for updates on access to campus. As always, our primary concern is for the health and welfare of our constituents. If you have questions please feel free to email us at covid19@montgomery.edu

Chad A.Bledsoe, Ph.D.
President


April 10, 2020
(Email to MCC students, faculty, staff, from Dr. Chad Bledsoe)

Good afternoon,

In an effort to ensure the health and welfare of students, employees, and visitors, Montgomery Community College will extend the current modified work and class schedule that began March 17, 2020. This schedule will remain in effect until at least May 15, 2020. A decision on whether or not to extend this schedule will be made by May 05, 2020.

Chad A. Bledsoe, Ph.D.
President


March 27, 2020
(Email to MCC students, faculty, staff, board members, from Dr. Chad Bledsoe)

Good morning,

In an effort to continue to ensure the health and welfare of students, employees, and visitors, Montgomery Community College will be extending the current modified work and class schedule through April 17, 2020.

We understand that this is a difficult situation and appreciate the efforts made by students, faculty, and staff. Trying to conduct classes remotely is not always easy but, as a whole, we are making it work. In the coming weeks we will be sending out additional information about ways we will make up labs and classes that have been missed.

If you have questions please feel free to contact administration at covid19@montgomery.edu

Stay safe,

Chad A. Bledsoe, Ph.D.
President


March 16, 2020

(Email to MCC students, faculty, staff, board members, from Dr. Chad Bledsoe)

Good afternoon,

In an effort to ensure the health and welfare of students, employees, and visitors, Montgomery Community College will be implementing a modified work and class schedule effective March 17, 2020. This schedule will remain in effect until at least March 31, 2020. A decision on whether or not to extend this schedule will be made by March 22, 2020.

We understand that this is a difficult situation and are working to try and minimize the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak on daily life. The following sections outline how the modified schedule will impact various departments and individuals.

Students
Starting Tuesday, all classes will be delivered in an online, or otherwise defined, format.
Please contact your instructor by email for instructions on completing coursework.
Please check your student email frequently as additional changes may be forthcoming.

Faculty
Starting Tuesday, instruction will be conducted online or in a format approved for this situation.
To the extent possible we ask faculty to work from home.
Please contact your division dean for detailed instruction on offering classes.

Staff
While we will continue to provide critical functions, we are encouraging staff to telework or develop modified schedules. Emphasis is placed on social distancing.
If an employee decides to telework, he/she should contact his/her supervisor and fill out the telework request form. That form and the associated timekeeping log will be sent out by Melisa Bond shortly.

Visitors
All campus events are canceled until March 31, 2020.
Please remember that access to campus will be limited. If you need to communicate with an employee, please call the Information Desk (910-898-9600) or email us at covid19@montgomery.edu.

As always, our primary concern is for the health and welfare of our constituents. If you have questions, please feel free to email us at covid19@montgomery.edu.


March 16, 2020

Sharing a message from Montgomery County Health Department

As questions and concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19) increase across North Carolina, we’d like to encourage promotion of the statewide Coronavirus Helpline (1-866-462-3821) for the public, which is answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
You can also see the latest online about North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 here: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina


March 11, 2020

(Email to MCC students from Dr. Chad Bledsoe)

Over the past several weeks MCC Administration has been in contact with state and local officials and have received information on recommended actions we can take to limit the chance of exposure to or the spread of the Coronavirus.
Staff have implemented measures to actively clean facilities, provided access to hand sanitizer at all MCC locations, and are promoting healthy habits to prevent the spread of viruses. As we continue the semester please keep the following information in mind:
A. For the latest information on the virus, its spread, and potential impact on MCC, please visit the following websites.

www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov
www.montgomery.edu/covid-19
www.facebook.com/montgomerycommunitycollege
www.instagram.com/montgomerycommunitycollege
B. Continue to practice good handwashing and avoid unnecessary travel.
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
C. If you have traveled outside of the United States, traveled to a city with high rates of infection, or are showing symptoms of illness (fever, etc.):
Email your instructor before returning to class, and/or
Call Student Services at 910-898-9600 for advice on whether or not to return to class.
If you have questions or concerns please feel free to email us at COVID19@montgomery.edu. Also, please continue to monitor your student email, the college’s website, and social media for the latest updates.


March 6, 2020

(Press Release)

In order to monitor, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat, Montgomery Community College is taking steps to actively protect the health of our students, employees and their families.

The college is working with state agencies to keep the public informed, and is proactively preparing for any potential risk.
While the possibility for exposure is still low in North Carolina, Montgomery Community College is taking the following precautionary steps:
1. The college’s administration reviewed its internal plans and policies regarding pandemics, communicable diseases, and exposure control and remains in a state of readiness should it be necessary to implement the plans.
2. The college has shared information received from the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), Governor Cooper’s task force, and the Montgomery County Health Department on preventive measures to keep from spreading respiratory illnesses.
3. The college’s Facebook and Instagram pages provided links to the NCDHHS website where individuals can obtain the most reliable, up-to-date information about COVID-19.
4. The college is working closely with Montgomery County Schools in a coordinated effort to communicate with employees, students, parents and families about what steps are being taken in response to COVID-19.
If the college receives confirmation that the potential exists for a pandemic, the college’s emergency management team will be activated. This team determines the college functioning based on how far the illness has already spread.
As always, the health and safety of students, employees, and the public are of utmost importance. In the event of an actual pandemic, the college will work with state and local public health officials and other authorities to begin containment measures including temporarily closing the college.

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