Fall 2021 Academic Calendar
|FALL SEMESTER 2021|
|Fall Classes Begin||August 23 (Monday)|
|Labor Day Break||September 6 – 7 (Monday – Tuesday) No Classes|
|Fall Classes Continue||September 8 (Wednesday) – November 23 (Tuesday)|
|Thanksgiving Break||November 24 – 28 (Wednesday – Sunday) No Classes|
|Fall Classes Continue||November 29 (Monday) – December 4 (Saturday)|
|Final Exam Days||December 6 – 11 (Monday – Saturday)|
|Final Grades Due||December 15 (Wednesday) by 10:00 a.m.|
Six Phases of MCC Plan to Reunite the Campus
MCC is currently in Phase 5 of the Plan to Reunite the Campus, which is a living document designed to be flexible based on the local, state and regional pandemic status. The plan will be conducted in steps, with the most important focus being the safety of our students, our employees and our community. View the Six Phases of the MCC Plan to Reunite the Campus.
Campus Health and Safety Protocols
MCC’s top priority is to keep the college’s community safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. So, as we continue to transition back into the workplace, it is important that all individuals maintain a safe and healthy environment for learning and working.
While on campus, the following actions are required:
- Completing an online health form before coming to campus
Each day, employees and vendors complete a daily health/safety screening form prior to being granted access to campus. Should they have any symptoms or be at high risk they will be asked to self-isolate and be provided further instructions. Employees must complete the electronic Daily Health/Safety Screen on MyMCC within two hours prior to arriving on campus. This short screening is easily completed on a computer or smartphone.
- Face coverings
Everyone is required to wear a face covering while in Muskegon Community College campus facilities.
- Social distancing
Staying six feet from others must be maintained, whenever possible, in classrooms, hallways, restrooms and other common spaces.
Supporting Good Public Hygiene Practices
MCC has strategically placed hand sanitizing stations in public spaces across campus. To assist efforts to protect the health of the community, MCC community members should take the following preventive measures to help avoid infection:
- Frequently wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when sick.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve, and wash hands
- Frequently disinfect surfaces with wipes.
- Avoid non-essential travel to highly affected states, countries or regions in the world.
Campus Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting
Campus health and safety depends on all of us. We can and will impact the campus community by taking personal responsibility when it comes to precautions and safety protocols.
Muskegon Community College Physical Plant is continuing its augmented cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting procedures in an effort to provide a healthy campus environment. Following guidance from CDC, and OSHA, staff will prioritize services to help in slowing the spread of COVID-19.
The Physical Plant is dedicated to the health and safety of our campus community. Disinfecting protocols have been heightened throughout the entire campus in accordance with CDC guidelines in an effort to make sure all horizontal and vertical surfaces, along with critical touchpoints, will be addressed on a daily basis.
This daily activity would include but not limited to:
- Learning spaces
- Common/public spaces
Physical Plant continues using electrostatic disinfecting application devices to apply Sniper Disinfectant and Vital Oxide to augment cleaning and sanitation procedures on campus. To support these efforts, the custodial department has introduced Electrostatic disinfecting application devices. The electrostatic applicator gives a negative charge to the disinfecting solution as it exits the nozzle, allowing an even coat of solution that sticks to a targeted surface with 360-degree coverage. This is in conjunction with current disinfecting and sanitizing products. These solutions destroy microorganisms, disrupting the growth process and making it unable to reproduce, effectively destroying potentially harmful organisms. The product is safe for skin, clothes and the environment. When applied, it does not produce harmful byproducts or produce VOCs.
The Physical Plant is applying a new product, MicrobeCare, to further enhance our cleaning and sanitizing protocols. The product creates a barrier that kills 99.99% of microbes, prevents mutation (superbugs) and minimizes the spread of bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and yeast on a wide variety of products and surfaces. MicrobeCare is safe and has proven results in highly sensitive healthcare environments. The extended residual benefits of the product make it a positive investment in providing a healthier campus.
This product is being applied to all touchpoints within buildings, including but not limited to light switches, handrails, door handles, counters, vending machines, tabletops, chairs, computer keyboards, restroom fixtures, elevators, entries, etc. to combat the possible exposure to COVID-19.
Classrooms and Conference Rooms
Classrooms and conference rooms will be sanitized daily.
Hand Sanitizing Stations:
Wall- and stand-mounted hand sanitizing stations have been installed in common accessible areas.
Physical Plant – Custodial Operations
Custodial Staff will focus on frequent cleaning of high touch points throughout the day. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized daily. Crews will wipe down common areas, including tables and furnishings, and will also sweep, mop and vacuum. Disinfection equipment and procedures will be utilized following appropriate guidelines.
- Classrooms will be sanitized daily by custodial staff.
- Offices will have limited service per the established building and users schedules.
- Trash will be removed daily as needed.
- Departments and lab spaces will be responsible for sensitive or unique equipment including but not limited to computer screens and keyboards.
Physical Plant continues to follow ASHRAE and OSHA guidelines while performing equipment service on HVAC equipment to mitigate COVID-19. These include increased ventilation and outside air intake, increased occupancy schedules, inspection frequency, replacement of air filters, cleaning/sanitizing/disinfecting and maintenance of the systems.
MCC Planning and Emergency Response Team
Since March 2020, MCC Planning and Emergency Response Team members have met regularly to plan for and implement any necessary actions surrounding the college’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Using public health and CDC guidance, the team makes recommendations to the President’s Cabinet. The team is led by Provost/Executive Vice President Dr. John Selmon with representatives from Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Student Success, Physical Plant, Financial Services, Marketing and Communications, Information Technology, Compliance, Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, College Services, Athletics, Institutional Research and Grants, and Strategic Initiatives.