|Remote Learning MAY begin early, November 16, 2020|
|I hope that you have found your semester at MCC to be a positive experience despite the unprecedented circumstances that we find ourselves in as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m writing to let you know that you may be hearing from some of your faculty members that remote learning will begin earlier than next week’s Thanksgiving Break.
I have just sent an email to faculty authorizing them to move to remote learning as it is convenient to do so. You may find that all of your faculty make the transition within a couple of days or you may find the some of your faculty are choosing to remain on campus until the break. Faculty have been given the discretion to make the best decision for learning within their individual courses.
The rationale for this decision is really based on our attempts to create less on-campus density in order to mitigate community spread of the virus. To be clear, however, the campus is not shutting down and you have full access to all resources to support your learning through the end of the semester. Please feel free to use the library, computer labs and Wi-Fi if you need to. Our faculty will be available to meet with you about course assistance and our staff will help with advising and accessing other resources.
If you’re not registered for spring semester yet, be sure to make an appointment with your academic advisor! We hope that you stay safe and healthy; we beg you to wear your masks, practice hygiene, and remain socially distanced; and we look forward to seeing you back in the new year!
|Remote Class Delivery After Thanksgiving, October 13, 2020|
|As we enter the 8th week of classes, I continue to be impressed with the commitment to safety that I see in our students and across campus. I encourage you to remain focused on the safety of the entire campus and community by wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting your gatherings and contacts.
We are at the halfway point in the semester and want to share some changes in course delivery as we look toward the end of the semester. With concerns expressed by the CDC that travel increases the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19, our intention is to move most courses to an online format after Thanksgiving. Students will access their courses through remote learning (Blackboard, Zoom, etc.) for the last two weeks of the semester from November 30 to December 11; this includes final exams during the second week, December 7-11. Students in the Nursing, Dental, Medical Assisting, Welding, Utility Tech, Machine Tool and Die, Auto Tech, and Gunsmithing programs will still remain in their face-to-face classes on campus after Thanksgiving break.
All campus services will continue to be open including Student Services (Registration, Financial Aid, etc.), the Hub and Library for academic support, housing, and dining, through December 21, when winter break begins. Faculty will also be on campus for students to meet with either in person or virtually. Our intention is that services are still available no matter if you are on campus or at home. Spring classes will resume face to face in January 2021.
In closing, I want to again thank you for your safety efforts this fall that have allowed us to be together as a community. We hope these changes in course delivery give you options to choose what best meets your needs to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.
|Additional Information Regarding Remote Learning, October 22, 2020|
|Thank you for your positive feedback to my email last week related to the transition of all classes to an online format after Thanksgiving break. Students will have the ability to access their courses through remote learning (Blackboard, Zoom, etc.) for the final two weeks of the semester from November 30 to December 11. This decision was made to provide options and ensure safety for students, families, and the larger Ellsworth community as the holiday travel begins.
In that same light, this email comes to communicate that we will be moving the start date of the Spring 2021 term from January 11 to January 19, 2021, and removing spring break. The decision to remove spring break is based on our efforts to minimize the risk for our campus community that may be traveling to potentially high-risk areas and then returning to our campus. Along with that, the delayed start in January provides us with the ability to extend distancing that starts at Thanksgiving for a longer period of time and not disrupt our safety efforts. The January 19 start date also allows us to observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, January 18.
Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we navigate this pandemic. Take care!