We’re back full-time and in-person this Fall! Things you should know:
- Masks are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated staff and students.
- Most classes will be in-person this Fall but still offer all of the flexible options including Zoom.
- UPDATE Aug. 25, 2021- Both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a facial covering in public spaces or in the presence of others at MCC campuses or facilities. This applies to staff, faculty, students, and campus visitors.
Page last updated: August 25, 2021
During the 2021-22 academic year, some or all of the instructional formats may change due to an emergency situation affecting college operations, public safety, or public health, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuition and fees are charged at the beginning of the semester and will remain in place regardless of any changes in instructional format. Tuition and fees will not be refunded in the event the curriculum delivery format changes for any part of the 2021-22 academic year.
What is COVID-19?
What is COVID-2019
COVID-19 stands for coronavirus disease 2019.
You might see it referred to as “novel coronavirus.” “Novel” means it’s new.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle.
- You can find the areas that are most at-risk, (have the highest number of cases), at the CDC website.
- People at increased risk for severe illness are:
- Older adults
- People with medical conditions
- People who need extra precautions:
- People in racial or ethnic minority groups
- People living in rural communities
- People experiencing homelessness
- People who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- People with disabilities
- People with developmental and behavioral disorders
Steps to Prevent Illness
Steps to Prevent Illness
See the most up-to-date guidelines on the CDC website.
Note: MCC now requires all staff, students, and visitors to wear masks at any MCC location, regardless of vaccination status.
See the most up-to-date list of symptoms at the CDC website.
If you suspect you have coronavirus…
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.
CARES Act Reporting
Interim Recording Guidelines for Student Portion of the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund
ED Releases Interim Reporting Guidelines for Student Portion of the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund
By Megan Walter, NASFAA Policy & Federal Relations StaffThe Department of Education (ED) on Wednesday released reporting guidelines for institutions that have received the student portion of their Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) allocation, which will be used to make emergency grants to students. While ED develops a process for institutions to directly provide the required reporting data, it has in the meantime called for institutions to make easily accessible to the public — via the institution's website — the following items:
- An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that the institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.
- The total amount of funds that the institution will receive, or has received under the HEERF student portion.
- Of those funds, the total amount that has been distributed to students as of the date of reporting (i.e. the first 30-day deadline, and then every 45 days thereafter).
- The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.
- The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant.
- How the institution determined which students did, or will receive emergency financial aid grants and how much funding they did, or will receive.
- Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants.
Of note, ED made a change to when the 30-day reporting clock begins. Initially, ED had indicated that institutions were required to submit their first report 30 days from the date the institution signed the certification and agreement form. In this latest guidance, ED changed that date to 30 days from when the institution received its student portion of the HEERF.
ED noted that the above data points are to be reported in the aggregate and in a way that protects personally identifiable information, and should also be updated by the institution every 45 days after the first required 30-day reporting submission.
Communications from CCCS
Communications from the State of Colorado
Practice Safety Guidelines
- Wear a mask when in public spaces or in the presence of others (regardless of vaccination status).
- Wash your hands and clean your spaces.
Monitor Your Symptoms
- Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms.
- Get testing if you have a concern.
- Self-quarantine if you've been in contact with a person
suspected of having COVID-19
Communicate with Us
- Contact your instructors regularly, ESPECIALLY if you are struggling.
- If you contract COVID-19, we need to know immediately.
- Be a positive voice in our community during this time.
MCC COVID-19 Communication Plan
Morgan Community College (MCC) has updated the COVID-19 communication plan. The plan now includes a way for students to report known or suspected COVID-19 exposures and positive cases. It also outlines a framework for how the college will notify students about possible MCC related exposures.
Students should report exposures or confirmed cases by completing MCC’s COVID-19 Exposure Form, located at www.morgancc.edu/report. Students can also notify Scott Scholes, Vice President of Student Services, at 970-542-3111 or Scott.Scholes@MorganCC.edu.
MCC will use the following status notifications to communicate a suspected or known exposure to COVID-19. These status notifications are COVID Watch, COVID Warning, and COVID Outbreak. Notifications will also be coordinated with the Northeast Colorado Health Department (NCHD). Close contact is defined as less than six feet apart for at least 15 minutes in time.
MCC will use internal reporting processes to ensure the confidentiality of reported COVID-19 exposure incidences. Students should immediately report if they have a suspected or known COVID-19 exposure, have symptoms of the virus, or have received positive test results. This will allow MCC to respond quickly with all appropriate actions to help safeguard other students and staff.
MCC continues to take a strong approach to promote the health and safety for all who visit the college and requires appropriate social distancing and wearing of a facial mask at all times while inside facilities. Students who are unwilling to wear a mask will not have general access to MCC facilities. Individuals who may not be able to wear a facemask due to a pre-existing medical condition or other disability may request an accommodation by contacting Scott Scholes (Scott.Scholes@MorganCC.edu), Vice President of Student Services.
MCC will issue a COVID Watch when notified of a “verbally reported positive” or notification of a “presumptive positive case” (a case where someone is presumed positive but has not received official test results). The COVID Watch information will be communicated to students and staff who had close contact to a potentially infected person so that they are aware of possible exposure. This status notification will trigger additional deep cleaning in the potentially affected areas and a determination whether in-person classes or in office services need to be modified in that location. COVID Watch reports will go only to those who may have been exposed.
MCC will issue a COVID Warning when notified of a documented positive case of COVID-19 on campus. The COVID Warning will go to those who may have been exposed to the person testing positive. A COVID Warning may trigger that certain classes move to remote-only instruction. Recipients of a COVID Warning may also be contacted by a NCHD contact tracer about their possible exposure.
MCC will issue a COVID Outbreak notice if the Northeast Colorado Health Department deems that the college has multiple positive cases that are likely connected. A COVID Outbreak notification may trigger campus-wide notifications and changes in instructional mode or access to in-person services based on feedback from the Health Department.