Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

UPDATED: 3/25/20

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ALERT: The College will not be providing in-person services from March 16 through April 5, with limited building access for authorized employees. During this time period, employees should work with their supervisor to implement remote work opportunities, and/or other ways to serve the college mission. All classes moving to remote learning by 3/30. Students should check their MCC email for specific instructions.

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INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

NEW UPDATE - A letter from the Dean of Students

Dear Students,
As we continue to closely follow the latest developments with COVID-19, our decisions are guided by our first priority, the safety and well being of our students. The Governor of Massachusetts has ordered a stay at home directive. For most faculty, staff and students this means continuing to work remotely. The college will continue to provide remote options to our students through the rest of the semester. 

In addition to the health and safety of our students we are committed to supporting our students so they can complete their spring semester remotely. This raises many logistical questions and concerns for students who do not have access to technology at home. In addition many students have relied on using our computer labs, libraries, tutoring centers and other on campus supports. I would like to remind you of the following:

Please continue to visit these pages for the most updated supports and resources. Most importantly please continue to follow CDC guidelines and stay safe and healthy.

6’ Safe!

Pam
Pamela Flaherty
Chief Student Affairs Officer/Dean of Students
Middlesex Community College 


Stay Informed: Sign up for MCC's Emergency Text Alerts
and check your middlesex.mass.edu email daily for important updates and information from MCC's Emergency Management Team. Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

Remaining Safe: The CDC recommends that you use reasonable precautions to maintain your health and prevent the spread of all respiratory conditions. Healthy precautions include:

    • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
    • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue in the trash
    • Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
    • Avoiding contact with people who are sick
    • Staying home from school if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms

Students, faculty and staff who have been diagnosed with a communicable disease by a health care professional should email MCC’s Emergency Management Team. Per Massachusetts law, the College must follow established Communicable Disease Notification Protocol and follow U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HIPPA guidelines

Remote Learning: In an effort to support the needs of all of our students, we have been working diligently to set up opportunities for remote learning and support. The College is using the week of March 23 to assist our faculty and staff to develop alternative ways for your courses to occur through remote learning. Meaning you will not be required to be on campus for content to be delivered.  

    • If you have an established online course on your schedule this semester, please follow your individual faculty instructions and regularly check your course site.
    • If you have a face to face class, on your current schedule your professor will be reaching out to you to discuss the way in which they have decided to continue   teaching their course remotely. 

Student Support Services: We are aware that some of you may not currently have access to technology at home and that some may struggle with the transition to remote leaning. We are in the process of setting up various support so we can respond to your unique needs. Each of the college offices have created a page of Quick Campus Contacts with direct email address so you can communicate your circumstances and get answers to your specific questions. 

Blackboard: The college's learning management system is Blackboard. Blackboard Help is your one-stop shop for the product documentation for many Blackboard products, including Blackboard Learn. This site allows you to view the help topics without logging in, while adaptive search and tagging help you find what you're looking for. 

Tips for students using MCC’s Blackboard Learning Management System

  • Use Google Chrome as your browser (download Google Chrome if you do not have it on your desktop)
  • A Mac or MS (android) computer, chromebook, Ipad with keyboard or other tablet will work with Blackboard. Phones are not recommended for uploading assignments and may be difficult for listening to lectures or other materials that require a larger responsive device.
  • It is best to use MS Office 365 (you can get access through the Information Technology Office) at servicedesk@middlesex.mass.edu ) to write a paper/assignment and upload it to Blackboard. 
  • Google docs must be saved as a pdf or you must submit the link to the google document to your Instructor since Blackboard does not accept Google docs as an upload.
  • If you can not open a URL from within Blackboard, copy & paste it into your browser, press enter.
  • If you have questions about your assignments, contact your Instructor right away. If you are having technical difficulties with your computer or logging into Blackboard, contact Technical Support at servicedesk@middlesex.mass.edu or call 978-656-3301
  • For Technology Center Services, please access the website at; https://www.middlesex.mass.edu/TechnologyCenter/
  • For Blackboard Collaborate Online Help visit https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Participant 

Student Events and Activities: will not be providing in-person services from March 16 through April 5. At this time, MCC will not be sponsoring/hosting any events or gatherings where more than 10 attendees are expected.  

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INFORMATION FOR FACULTY & STAFF

Stay Informed: Sign up and encourage your students to sign up for MCC's Emergency Text Alerts and check your middlesex.mass.edu email daily for important updates and information from MCC's Emergency Management Team. Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

Remaining Safe: The CDC recommends that you use reasonable precautions to maintain your health and prevent the spread of all respiratory conditions. Healthy precautions include:

    • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
    • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue in the trash
    • Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
    • Avoiding contact with people who are sick
    • Staying home from work if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms
    • Encouraging your students to stay home from school if they are sick or exhibiting symptoms

Students, faculty and staff who have been diagnosed with a communicable disease by a health care professional should email MCC’s Emergency Management Team. Per Massachusetts law, the College must follow established Communicable Disease Notification Protocol and follow U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HIPPA guidelines

 

Continuity of Learning: The college has created a remote instruction online resource for MCC faculty members who are making preparations to provide remote instruction to students. On this site, you will find helpful information and tips to create an individual Continuity of Learning Plan that supports course learning outcomes while teaching remotely.


Out of Office Message:
If you are working remotely, we suggest using the following language on your email out-of-office response and/or voicemail. 

Thank you for your email. In effort to maximize remote work, teaching, and learning opportunities during this pandemic, I am not on campus but will be reachable by email or voicemail during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. 

Support for employees: LifeWorks is a service designed to help you, our employees, with all of life’s questions, issues, or concerns including COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Through LifeWorks, you have access to a  COVID-19 Toolkit  plus a range of services and helpful resources across a wealth of online content and tools and a toll free phone number.  LifeWorks is available 24 hours a day, and is provided at no cost to you.

Online: login.lifeworks.com
Username: middlesex Password: middlesex
Call LifeWorks, toll-free, 24/7: 888-267-8126
En español: 888-732-9020 TTY: 800-346-9188
Download the “LifeWorks” app!

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INFORMATION FOR CAMPUS VISITORS

Stay Informed: Check back to this page regularly for Up-to-date information. Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.

Remaining Safe: The CDC recommends that you use reasonable precautions to maintain your health and prevent the spread of all respiratory conditions. Healthy precautions include:

    • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
    • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue in the trash
    • Disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces
    • Avoiding contact with people who are sick
    • Avoid visiting the MCC campus if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms

Events Scheduled at MCC: The College will not be providing in-person services from March 16 through April 5. MCC will not be sponsoring/hosting any events or gatherings where more than 10 attendees are expected. This also holds true for any community-based events utilizing college property.

Last Modified: 3/26/20