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The Fall 2020 Semester at MCC

Throughout the Fall 2020 Semester, our foremost goal is to keep our students, faculty, staff, and college community safe while continuing to provide the high-quality education that has been a Muskegon Community College hallmark for nearly 100 years. This webpage outlines the specific actions taken and protocols established by MCC.

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In response to the coronavirus, MCC will be delivering the majority of classes online during Fall 2020. Students who have classes on campus must adhere to health and safety guidelines.

Our outstanding faculty members have worked throughout the summer to add or enhance their abilities for delivering instruction during these challenging times. As a result, MCC courses will be taught in-person, online or through a combination of both.

More than 75 percent of the Fall 2020 courses will be online. So, while some students and employees will be on campus, our footprint will be much smaller than in previous semesters. In accordance with state and national health guidelines, we will not have in-person events, concerts, plays, or planetarium shows. All the MCC fall athletic competition, with the exception of men’s and women’s cross country, has been postponed until the Winter 2020 Semester.

For those faculty, staff and students who will be on campus, we will require face masks, social distancing and public hygiene. We have plexiglass shields in service areas and our classrooms and labs are configured to ensure social distancing. Our excellent Physical Plant staff continues to disinfect, clean and sanitize campus spaces following strict protocols. 

Our students are able to access all services remotely via phone, email, or virtual meetings. Prospective and returning students will find all the necessary contact information regarding applying, enrolling, testing, etc. at www.muskegoncc.edu/youcan.

Without question, the 2020-21 academic year will be unprecedented. The virus has created a very stressful time for all of us. But united, we will persevere. Jayhawks helping Jayhawks is a tradition that we take to heart on our campus. “Of course you can” is more than a tagline at MCC. It’s our way of telling you that we are here and ready to help you achieve your goals – virus or no virus.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

Fall Classes Begin August 24 (Monday)
Labor Day Break September 7 – 8 (Monday – Tuesday) No Classes
Fall Classes Continue September 9 (Wednesday) – November 24 (Tuesday)
Thanksgiving Break November 25 – 29 (Wednesday – Sunday) No Classes
Fall Classes Continue November 30 (Monday) – December 5 (Saturday)
Final Exam Days December 7 – 11 (Monday – Friday)
Final Grades Due December 16 (Wednesday) by 10:00 a.m.

Campus Health and Safety Protocols

Please Practice Social DistancingMCC’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.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services emergency epidemic orders mandate the expanded wearing of face coverings in indoor public spaces, outdoors when unable to maintain a distance of six feet from others not in the same household or when waiting for or riding public transportation.

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 not 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 – Face coverings must be worn at all times while in Muskegon Community College campus facilities, as well as waiting for and riding public transportation to and from the campus. The only exception allowed is for individuals who are alone in a private space or office. Exceptions will not be made for medical conditions. We can accommodate those with medical conditions or physical disabilities, however these cases will be handled via online or remote learning/work Those individuals with a medical condition should contact the following:
    Students: MCC Care Team MCCCareTeam@muskegoncc.edu or call (231) 777-0216
    Employees: MCC Human Resources  MCCOfficeofhumanresources@muskegoncc.edu or call 231-777-0350
  • Social distancing – Staying six feet from others must be maintained, whenever possible, in classrooms, hallways, restrooms and other common spaces.
  • Proper hand washing hygiene – (see Supporting Good Public Hygiene Practices below)

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 Disinfecting, Cleaning and Sanitization 

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 and sanitation 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:

    • Entrances
    • Classrooms
    • Learning spaces
    • Restrooms
    • Entrances
    • Stairwells
    • Corridors
    • Common/public spaces
    • Elevators
    • Lounges

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 This facility is regularly disinfectedsolution 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.

In early August, the Physical Plant will begin applying a new product, MicrobeCare, to further enhance our disinfecting 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.

Air Quality
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 and maintenance of the systems.

Special Cleaning Requests
Requests can be made by location:

Main Campus
Stanley Dean, stanley.dean@muskegoncc.edu, and
Tonette Brown- Garner, Tonette.brown-garner@muskegoncc.edu

Sturrus Technology Center
Judy Stonex, judy.stonex@muskegoncc.edu

Six Phases of MCC Reopening Plan

The MCC Reopening Plan is a living document designed to be flexible based on the local, state and regional pandemic status. The MCC campus reopening will be conducted in steps, with the most important focus being the safety of our students, our employees and our community.

MCC is currently in Phase 3 of the Reopening Plan: View at the Six Phases of the MCC Reopening Plan 

MCC Planning and Emergency Response Team

Since March, 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.