Page last updated: April 13, 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.
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.
Press Releases from MCC
MCC Develops COVID-19 Communication Plan– September 2, 2020
Communications from MCC Leadership
Message to Students - March 12
This notice is to provide ongoing updates on a couple of important topics related to COVID-19 and MCC’s plans for continued operation. Please see below for important notices. These actions are being taken in accord with Colorado Governor Polis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, and the Colorado Community College System in an effort to ensure the health and well-being of students, faculty and staff.
In an effort to ensure students are informed, MCC will send updates to your student email, provide updates at www.MorganCC.edu/covid-19, and through MCC’s social media channels.
• MCC’s Spring Break will be extended by one week. MCC’s spring break, originally scheduled for March 16-20, 2020 will now run from March 16 through March 27, 2020. This added week for break will allow MCC to identify ways to continue to provide quality instruction. The additional time will also allow for more social distancing to help prevent some spread of COVID-19.
• Wherever possible, MCC will transition to offering remote instruction to students beginning March 30, 2020. Students will receive an email that will detail the necessary information to access MCC courses.
• MCC Campus’ will remain open through the end of the semester to allow students access to hands-on labs, computers and internet access.
• Tutoring services will be adapted to remote delivery.
• Concurrent enrollment courses held on MCC campus will follow the design for students to access course remotely. For students who attend concurrent enrollment courses held at the high schools, we will work directly with each school district on the plan for these courses and communicate to students via email.
Please continue to stay up-to-date by visiting the MCC COVID-19 update site at
www.MorganCC.edu/covid-19, checking your student email and through MCC’s social media channels.
We will remain focused on two main goals: providing quality learning experiences for our students, and protecting the health and safety of our students and employees. Thank you for your patience and effort in contributing to the health of our community.
Dr. Curt Freed, Ph. D. President
Morgan Community College
Communications from CCCS
Chancellor Joe Garcia- March 12
March 12, 2020 (Denver, CO) – To ensure the health and safety of campus communities across Colorado, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) activated its emergency operations team focused on coordinating the system’s response with the CO Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and the guidance provided by the Governor’s Office and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on any CCCS campus, preparation continues to receive the highest level of attention from college leaders and system administration.
“The health and safety of our 125,000 students and 20,000 employees is our highest priority as we coordinate our response and take informed actions,” said Joe Garcia, CCCS chancellor. “Our thirteen college presidents and I are having regular, ongoing conversations and heeding the guidance of public health experts and the CDC.”
Immediate actions taking place across all thirteen colleges include limitations on large group gatherings, implementation of restrictive travel policies, and the possible extension of Spring Break for students. Staff and faculty will utilize the extra time to transition appropriate courses from in-person to remote instruction and exams, and implement risk reduction plans tailored for each campus.
Due to varying institutional size, location, and programming across CCCS colleges, some courses may not be appropriate to transition to remote learning, such as welding and nursing labs. To provide students with the opportunity to continue their educations in which they have invested so much time, money, and effort, while ensuring safety for students in these career and technical education programs, courses will be held in spaces that allow for adequate social distancing.
“We are prepared for this fast-moving, fluid situation and are implementing appropriate plans at each of our colleges to keep our communities safe and avoid interference with student academic progress,” said Garcia.
CCCS hopes to keep offices and colleges open, but also wants to ensure alignment with best practices to promote a healthy environment such as implementing plans to allow employees to work remotely and ensuring paid sick leave.
Communications from the State of Colorado
Governor Jared Polis- March 10
DENVER – Gov. Polis declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The declaration will help ensure resources are available to the state to combat COVID-19.
“Our top priority is protecting public health and our vulnerable populations which is why we are taking swift bold action. Our administration’s response will be guided by the science and lessons learned from the countries and states that this virus arrived in first” said Governor Jared Polis. “We will continue to be proactive and working around the clock to protect public health and safety with an eye towards preventing the need for more drastic measures that result in social disruption.”
“In order to slow the spread of the disease, some of the most effective measures we can take as a state is to test more people so that those who test positive can be isolated from the general population as we continue to stress the need for personal action such as staying home when sick, keeping their kids home when they’re sick and diligently washing your hands,” said Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. “We thank everyone who has been involved with this containment effort for their tireless efforts and works to ensure the people of our state are safe.”
Details of the executive order:
- Directs Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to engage in emergency rulemaking to ensure workers in food handling, hospitality, child care, health care, and education can get paid sick leave to miss work if they exhibit flu-like symptoms and have to miss work awaiting testing results for COVID-19.
- For workers who test positive and lack access to paid leave, the Governor is directing CDLE to identify additional supports and wage replacement such as access to unemployment insurance. These steps are especially important for those who work with vulnerable populations like older Coloradans and those with underlying health issues. When those workers lack access to paid sick leave, it poses a great risk to our ability to protect the public.
- Directs DPA to engage in emergency rulemaking regarding state employees. The administration wants to ensure that state functions continue to run smoothly. For employees who may be put either in quarantine or isolation and can work from home, they should do so. If these workers fall ill and cannot perform their duties, they will be able to use paid leave, and the state will be flexible with that paid leave. For impacted employees who cannot work remotely, such as correctional officers, assisted living staff, etc., the administration is working to ensure paid leave options for those who are ill to ensure that those workers can continue to put food on the table while protecting public health.
- Directs the Department of Revenue to temporarily allow Coloradans over the age of 65 – a vulnerable population – to extend their driver’s licenses online to avoid having to congregate at DMVs at this time.
- Starting tomorrow, the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment will be opening a drive-up lab at their facility in Lowry to test anyone who has a note from their doctor stating that they meet the criteria for testing. Let me repeat because this is important, you must still have a doctor’s order to get tested at the new drive-up lab. That facility is located at 8100 E Lowry Blvd, Denver, CO 80230.
The Governor issued the executive order verbally. The Governor encouraged the private sector of Colorado to voluntarily offer paid sick leave so that we can collectively do our part to contain the virus.
The Governor was joined by Rachel Herlihy, State Communicable Disease Epidemiologist, CDPHE, Scott Bookman, Incident Commander, CDPHE, Mike Willis, Director, Colorado Office of Emergency Management, Stan Hilkey, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Joe Barela, Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Employment today at the state capitol.
Yesterday, the Polis administration took action to ensure Coloradans can get tested for COVID-19 without financial fear. Last week, the Governor directed all state agencies to implement the State Emergency Operations Plan. This is a plan that the state has used in the past to respond to a variety of incidents, including natural disasters like fires and floods, and it is designed to ensure we have the resources and systems in place to respond to COVID-19.
Practice Safety Guidelines
- Wear a mask at all times.
- Wash your hands and clean your spaces.
- Maintain 6' of social distancing.
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.