Metropolitan Community College - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Resources
COVID-19 Information

3/29/2021 4:33:14 PM

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MCC Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) updates

Keeping Our College and Community Safe

MCC continues to prioritize the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students and preserve the continuity of learning. Flexible course delivery modes help us reserve campus use for blended classes that involve significant hands-on learning.

MCC has implemented safety measures and directives to minimize health risks from COVID-19 to keep students, staff and the public safe. While the MCC COVID-19 Campus Use Plan was developed using the most current information available, strategies and protocols may adjust as new developments warrant.

  • MCC COVID-19 Dashboard
  • Updates & Announcements
  • Students and Parents
  • Flexible Course Delivery
  • On-Campus Guidance
  • Self-Reporting & Exposure

MCC COVID-19 Dashboard

MCC serves approximately 13,000 students each quarter and has approximately 890 full-time and part-time employees. Currently, many classes are online, and many MCC employees are working remotely. MCC does not have residential halls. Therefore, campus attendance fluctuates daily.

This dashboard reflects positive cases self-reported by employees and students through the COVID-19 Reporting Form or by notification from local health departments, regardless of the individual’s work or class location. Individual cases are reported only once. Cumulative figures reflect all positive cases reported to MCC since February 29, 2020 and should not be confused with current case numbers. It should be noted that throughout the reporting period reflected, MCC has recorded only one case of on-campus transmission.

This dashboard tracks reported and confirmed cases among MCC faculty, staff, and students who tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of whether they were on-campus or working/learning remotely. To protect individuals' privacy and comply with health privacy laws, no additional information will be provided about the identities of those employees or students who have tested positive, except to the local public health authorities to assist with contact tracing. Numbers may vary from other reporting entities. This dashboard will be updated weekly on Tuesday afternoons, excluding holidays.

Updates and Announcements

MCC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The health and well‑being of our campus community is our highest priority. As this public health situation continues to develop, the College will update this page regularly with official announcements and helpful resources. 

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March 29: MCC 2021 Spring Quarter Operations

Most courses remain online for spring 2021, but in-person and blended sections will increase to 40 percent to allow for a phased approach to in-person service. Here are our key steps on the MCC roadmap for spring 2021:

  • Multiple entry points to credit classes for spring quarter, including:
    • Full 11-week session starts 03/11/21 – 05/26/21
    • Five-week session #1 starts 03/11/21 – 04/18/21
    • Five-week session #2 starts 04/22/21 – 05/26/21
  • Building-specific access to students and faculty, per course registrations is allowed. On-site check-in protocols for faculty, staff, and students will continue to be present at all instructional buildings.
  • Increased on-campus student-facing services, including Learning and Tutoring Centers for quiet study, Student Service Spots and Financial Aid inside instructional buildings.
  • Increased on-campus staffing levels as needed, per area plans.
  • Limited community-focused education at MCC at Do Space and MCC North Express.
  • Extended restrictions on public access to campuses and facilities through at least summer quarter.
  • Extended restrictions on faculty and staff travel through at least summer quarter.
February 12: COVID-19 vaccines available to Veterans through VA clinics

Veterans Affairs (VA) clinics in Nebraska are currently vaccinating Veterans 65 and older, Veterans with high-risk conditions, and frontline workers as determined by CDC guidelines.

Veterans wanting to receive the vaccine from the VA must be enrolled in VA healthcare and must sign up through VA to be contacted once vaccines are ready to be offered.

To enroll in VA healthcare, Veterans can call the VA Eligibility and Enrollment Department at 402-995-4050 and provide a copy of the DD214 to speed the process. Assistance with healthcare enrollment is available by contacting: Kyle J. Lamb, LICSW – V.I.T.A.L. VA Campus Outreach Program, 402-807-6094

Additional vaccine information and updates for Veterans can be found at www.nebraska.va.gov

February 1: COVID-19 vaccinations and our community

As state and local health departments continue to implement the statewide vaccination plan, much uncertainty remains as to when individuals in the higher education sector will be vaccinated, and whether colleges and universities will be used as distribution hubs for their own personnel. MCC remains vigilant and continues to advocate for our faculty, staff, and students.

At this time, we encourage community members to register via their county or the state’s vaccination sign-up systems. More information can be found at this trusted source: Nebraska Med Vaccine Information.

January 19: COVID-19 vaccine notification system for 65+ population now available

The Douglas County Health Department has enabled an e-mail system that will notify those who participate on when DCHD will begin taking COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals ages 65 and older.

To participate, individuals ages 65 and older can sign up for notifications at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/dchdage65up4

The age range of 65 and older is the next immediate population group eligible to receive the vaccine in Nebraska, once Phase 1a of the state’s priority groups — healthcare workers and long-term care residents and staff — is complete in late January.

Additional information on the e-mail notification system and ongoing updates on COVID-19 vaccination priority groups can be found at: https://www.douglascountyhealth.com/109-covid-19/806-covid-19-vaccine-sign-up-page

Archived Updates

You can find an extensive list of previous Coronoavirus updates from the College at MCC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Archived Updates

Students and Parents

We look forward to supporting you this quarter and are committed to keeping our students and staff safe. Most courses will be offered online, reserving campus use for face-to-face and blended sections that involve significant hands-on learning.

What is accessible on campus

Only staff involved with the safety, security, cleaning and maintenance of the facilities, faculty who are delivering classes on-site, and students enrolled in face-to-face courses should be on campus. All other employees and students should continue working and learning remotely.

Only those buildings and facilities necessary to accommodate on-campus instruction and work will be open, and portions of these buildings may remain closed and off limits. Entrances and exits to buildings will be clearly marked, and hallways may be designated as one-way to maintain physical distancing.

Alternatives for services not available on campus

On-campus food providers, vending, libraries, Learning and Tutoring Centers will be closed. Many of these will continue to serve students online or remotely. Students are encouraged to connect with an advisor for further direction or browse Student Tools and Resources.

Where to find more information

  • MCC COVID-19 Campus Use Plan

    Available to students, faculty and staff on MyWay

  • For employee information, contact the Office of Human Resources

    Human Resources page
    Phone:531-MCC-2420
    Email: humanresources@mccneb.edu

  • For student support services and academic advising contact:

    Advising page
    Phone: 531-MCC-5231

  • For accessibility support, contact Disability Support Services:

    Disability Support Services page
    Phone: 531-MCC-2580

  • For public health matters, contact the College Health Advisory Committee:

    Email: collegehealthadvisory@mccneb.edu

Flexible Course Delivery

MCC packs online learning with meaningful interactions delivered in flexible formats:

  • MCC Live Online (Remote): Scheduled classes online, where students log in with instructors and peers (on the same day, at the same time), during scheduled class times. Any hands-on or applied learning also occurs remotely, with no on-campus activity required.

  • MCC Anytime (Online): Classes are unscheduled and students log in to a program at any time on their schedule to complete their work.

  • MCC Blended: Courses that combine elements of online (MCC Anytime), videoconferencing (MCC Live Online) and on-campus learning, with on-campus time reserved for active learning and application, splitting online and on-campus time as course content dictates.

On-Campus Guidance

Access to campus will be limited to authorized students, faculty and assigned staff only. All other employees and students should continue working and learning remotely.

  • Before coming to campus, faculty, staff and students must complete the Pre-Arrival Self-Screening process per posted signs.
  • Face masks are required while on campus.
  • Always maintain physical distance of at least six (6) feet.
  • Stay home if you are sick and seek medical attention.
  • Please refer to the COVID-19 Campus Use Plan located on MyWay for the College’s expectations while on campus.

What to do if you test positive or think you've been exposed and have recently been on an MCC campus or location

MCC is here to support you if you feel ill, test positive for COVID-19 or come in contact with someone who has tested positive. Please complete the MCC Illness Reporting & Contact Tracing form if you:

  • Have recently tested positive for COVID-19 Feel ill or are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms
  • Are awaiting a COVID-19 test result
  • Have a confirmed exposure to someone with a COVID-19 diagnosis within the last 14 days
  • Have just returned from international travel

Self-reporting is a crucial first step toward keeping our community safe and limiting the potential spread of the coronavirus.