Given the decrease in local COVID-19 numbers and our ongoing guidance from regional health officials, effective immediately, MCC will no longer require face masks to be worn while on campus, at MCC facilities or at MCC-sponsored events. As a precaution, we will continue intensive cleaning in our facilities.
We are grateful for this good news, but also recognize the virus will continue to evolve. We also know that some employees and students, particularly those at high risk because of medical conditions, will choose to continue wearing masks.
Despite the number of COVID-19 cases dropping, we are still in a global pandemic. If you have COVID symptoms, please do not come to campus. Curative offers free COVID-19 testing at our Longview, Maple Woods and Penn Valley campuses (look for the kiosks in respective parking lots).
As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor local COVID-19 metrics and will adjust our protocols as needed.
Thank you for helping to keep you, your loved ones and our community safe and helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Dr. Kimberly Beatty
For those needing access to the technology required to participate in remote learning, we have resources available to you:
- Social distancing and deep cleaning protocols are in place to make our labs a safe learning environment.
- Laptop computers are available for check-out at our campus libraries. More information about our libraries, including hours of operation is available at mcckc.edu/library.
Since the emergence of the Omicron variant, there is an increased demand for testing. If you have been directly exposed to someone with COVID or display any of the symptoms of the virus, you are strongly encouraged to get tested. MCC is partnering with Curative to offer testing at the following location:
MCC-Penn Valley - In parking lot B next to the Engineering Technology Building - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Quarantine measures, which are more stringent than local, state and national recommendations, will remain in effect.
The safety protocols that were in place during the Fall 2021 semester will remain in place. These protocols include:
- Deep cleaning and sanitization using virucides will continue on a nightly basis with additional cleaning taking place during the work day.
- Increased self-help cleaning kits and hand sanitization stations are available throughout the campuses.
- Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning improvements continue:
- Systems are set to continue to bring in additional outside air
- Filters are changed on a more frequent basis
- Numerous repairs and improvements were made to improve indoor air quality and air flow.
- Campus tours will continue.
- In-person student and community activities continue with appropriate Executive Cabinet member approval.
- All instructional modalities will be deployed.
- Student and Instructional Support Services functions, including the bookstores, allow for walk-ins, but appointments are encouraged.
- Athletic practices are permitted following guidelines from NJCAA and Region 16.
- Athletic games and travel are permitted based on guidelines from NJCAA and Region 16, in accordance with MCC's student travel guidelines.
- College-sponsored student travel will require vaccination. For those students who require an accommodation, a negative COVID-19 test will have to be provided within 72 hours of travel.
- College employees who travel with students for College-sponsored activities will also be required to be vaccinated or provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of travel.
- Study Abroad or any other college-sponsored international travel is suspended until further notice.
- Vendors and external customers are permitted on MCC premises.
- Vendors and external customers must follow all safety measures in place.
- All employees are asked to complete their work on-site. Employees with health concerns should continue to work with their supervisor and HR to request accommodations. Teaching faculty may choose to teach virtually from the classroom on-site.
- Face-to-face interviews may continue.
- New employee orientation may continue.
- Overnight cleaning of spaces with EPA approved viricides for sanitation will continue.
- Cleaning and disinfecting of public spaces will occur throughout the day as scheduled.
- All classrooms, labs, and offices have disinfecting wipes and/or cleaning supplies provided.
- Employees will wipe down shared spaces prior to and after use.
- Social distancing, when possible, is encouraged.
- MCC will follow local and state regulations on building/room occupancy.
- Hand washing is encouraged and hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the campuses and buildings.
- Individuals that display any of the following COVID-19 symptoms should not come to
work or the classroom:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Face-to-face meetings are permitted, but virtual meetings are encouraged.
- Selection of an appropriately sized conference room will be required.
- All are encouraged to continue to use stairs, when possible, to avoid crowding elevators.
- MCC sponsored travel is permitted with approval from a member of the Executive Cabinet.
- Air travel is permitted following CDC guidelines.
- Training and programming may continue following appropriate safety guidelines.