Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
Published July 16, 2020
An Update from MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley
Dear Campus Community,
As we look forward to the fall 2020 semester, it is imperative that the college operate in a manner that puts the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and communities at the forefront.
We are excited to provide instruction this fall in a number of formats – in-person, online, and hybrid. We have prepared our college for social distancing and we expanded our cleaning to ensure facilities are sanitized and prepared for your return.
Working closely with multiple state offices and KCTCS, we have created the #HealthyatMCC plan to guide our reopening. You can access the plan and other resources at this link: https://madisonville.kctcs.edu/healthy-at-mcc/. This plan provides additional details on the steps we have taken to prepare MCC for the future.
As we gear up for a new academic year, I want you to know that we have worked hard to create a safe and encouraging learning environment at MCC. We are open and ready to help you reach your educational goals. I look forward to seeing you on campus or online this fall!
Dr. Cindy Kelley
Campus Update: Thursday, June 11, 2020
Beginning Monday, June 15, we will have a limited opening of our North Campus. We continue to encourage you to communicate with college faculty and staff via email and telephone, but we will begin to open a few offices for appointments only.
You may contact the staff member listed beside each office to schedule your appointment.
Assessment Center on the North Campus – firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrollment Center on the North Campus – email@example.com
Financial Aid Office on the North Campus – firstname.lastname@example.org
Records Office on the North Campus – email@example.com
The requirements for coming to campus are as follows:
- Students must complete a health check at home. Students with a fever over 100.4 or Covid-19 symptoms should stay home and make other arrangements for assistance.
- Students are required to check-in with college representatives at a table located near the John H. Gray building on the North Campus
- Face masks are mandatory at all times while at MCC facilities. We encourage you to bring one from home but the college can provide it for you if you need one.
All MCC student support services, tutoring through the Learning Space, library assistance, and any other campus office continue to be available remotely to help students throughout the summer.
Significant preparations are underway to ensure that our campuses are safe and ready for your return this fall. This work has included extensive cleaning, classroom preparation for social distancing, distribution of sanitizer and disinfectant cleaners across the college, and the purchase of PPE for the campus community.
Campus Update: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
MCC will offer only online/remote classroom instruction through the last day of classes on May 2 and use online/remote assessment during the regular final exam week of May 4 – 10. All in-person instruction will remain online.
Our Spring Commencement ceremonies have been postponed with a decision on new dates to come later this spring.
MCC will provide lab/technical/clinical instruction as soon as Governor Beshear authorizes a return to in-person learning. Clinical instruction could resume as soon as the site allows students into the healthcare facility. Details on this process will be made available at a later date.
Summer classes will begin after May 13 or later as labs become available. This date may be affected by the pandemic response through the Governor’s Office.
MCC faculty and staff will continue to work remotely through April 17 or until the colleges reopen on a regular schedule. MCC will continue to provide virtual student services across all campus locations. Please continue to reach out to us when you have questions or need help.
Please check your KCTCS student email regularly for campus updates and information from your instructors. Information will also be coming out soon regarding final exams and access to labs and clinical sites.
Campus Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
After much deliberation, college administration has decided that effective Thursday, March 19, MCC will transition to all virtual services through March 29, 2020. This means that campus buildings including the bookstore, labs, and testing centers will no longer be accessible to students or the public. Classes are still accessible online through Blackboard. We feel this is the best course of action to help keep everyone healthy and safe.
ONLINE CLASS INSTRUCTION:
We hope that our online class instruction will be temporary through March 29, but COVID-19 quarantine advisement will dictate our decisions. Please sign onto Blackboard, review your classes and communicate questions with your instructor as soon as possible so that you may be assisted.
If you need technical assistance with coursework please contact Blackboard @ 855-554-6622 or access the online Student Service Center.
THE LEARNING SPACE
The Learning Space will be available remotely to assist students with tutoring on course content or with Blackboard access. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a virtual appointment. To schedule a virtual tutoring session please complete the online tutoring request form.
ADDITIONAL STUDENT SERVICES:
All faculty and staff members are working remotely, so any staff you interact with regularly will still be available to help you. We are still here to serve students even while we are away from campus.
MCC also provides a number of virtual student services found at this link: students.kctcs.edu
Our students’ health and safety is of utmost concern to us, and we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as information changes quickly at state and national levels. We appreciate your patience during this time.
Update from the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
The arts bring people together, and as artists we live by the mantra, “The show must go on.” However, we are now in an unprecedented time in which being together poses enormous risk. In response to Federal and State recommendations, all events at the Glema Center through May 16 will be rescheduled or canceled, effective immediately.
The Glema Center is currently in the process of rescheduling or canceling 40 separate performances and events. The impact for the Glema, Madisonville Community College, and the community is massive. It includes loss of income, lost wages for hourly employees and artists and lost opportunities for hundreds of children to learn through the arts.
We are hopeful that several events will be rescheduled for a time later in the year when the COVID-19 threat has passed. As the entire industry is currently affected, this planning will take some time and coordination. We ask for your patience and support as staff works to compile an update for each event. As of now, we plan to have the Summer Arts Academy and Mamma Mia, but a final decision will be made by the beginning of May.
If you have tickets for an upcoming event, you will receive information about your choices. To help us provide the best customer service possible, please wait until we have communicated the rescheduled dates and times for events before corresponding with the box office staff regarding your tickets.
In general, you will have several options:
1. If the event is rescheduled, you may transfer your tickets to the new date.
2. Return your tickets for a credit (good until 6-30-2021).
3. Receive a tax credit for your tickets as a donation to the Glema Center.
4. Request a refund.
While we cannot fully anticipate what the next few weeks will bring, we know that the effects will be widespread. We also know we will emerge on the other side of COVID-19 as a strong force, ready to work together for the good of our community.
As you receive information about upcoming shows, please consider how you can help the Glema — and the hundreds of artists, school children and local companies served by this facility — by transferring your ticket purchase to a rescheduled or new event or by receiving a tax credit through donation.
We are all in this together and we are eternally grateful for your support.
Campus Update: Monday, March 16, 2020
IMPORTANT INFORMATION–Student Events and Information–Week of March 16 and March 23, 2020
If you need technical assistance with coursework please contact Blackboard @ 855-554-6622 or access the online Student Service Center.
BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORE
The MCC Barnes and Noble bookstore will be operating on a modified schedule. Details to follow soon.
STUDENT LIFE ON CAMPUS
All student life activities on the North, Health, and Muhlenberg campuses, such as Student Life Committee events and club and organization meetings are suspended at this time.
THE LEARNING SPACE
The North campus Learning Space will be open on a limited basis. Please contact PJ Woodside (email@example.com) to check on scheduling an appointment time for lab usage. To schedule a tutoring session please complete online tutoring request form.
The Muhlenberg Campus Learning Space will be closed until further notice.
Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Loman C. Trover Library is closed until further notice. Students may set up an appointment to access the library if they need one-on-one assistance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Remote assistance is also available by emailing email@example.com or through the library's "Get Answers" webpage.
Access to the North and Muhlenberg campus student “Food for Thought” food pantries for students with dire food insecurity issues.
North Campus food pantry - Please see Audrey Short in Room 108, John H. Gray Building for access.
Muhlenberg Campus food pantry – Please visit the campus office for access.
YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY IS OUR UTMOST CONCERN
Our students’ health and safety during this uncertain time is of primary concern to our administration, faculty, and staff. On March 30 our college administration will reassess how to continue to provide protection to our student health and safety in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do not hesitate to email Cathy Vaughan, Dean of Student Affairs, or your instructor with any concerns or questions you have during this time.
Campus Update: Friday, March 13, 2020
Madisonville Community College will move in-person and hybrid classes to online delivery beginning Wednesday, March 18 and ending on Friday, March 27.
Classes will be canceled on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. On these days, faculty will focus on setting up their online classroom environment. Students can expect emailed instructions on accessing their online instruction. Depending on the program and at the discretion of faculty, some off-campus clinical instruction may occur.
During this 2-week period, one computer lab will remain open on the North Campus in the John H. Gray Building, Rm. 215 and one will remain open on the Muhlenberg Campus in the Shaver Education Center, Rm. 202. IT staff will monitor these labs and disinfect equipment regularly. Half of the chairs will be removed from the computer labs to encourage social distancing.
• Workforce Solutions training taking place away from campus will continue. Contact
Workforce Solutions at (270) 824-8659 or (270) 824-8658 if you have questions regarding
your training session.
• The Assessment Center will remain open but will limit number of people allowed to schedule at any given time. This will allow for social distance between those testing. Contact our Assessment Center at (270) 824-1701 if you have questions regarding your testing time.
• Campuses and offices will remain open to assist students as needed.
In the meantime, please continue to practice good hygiene habits and observe the following recommendations:
· Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently.
· Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
· Do your best to avoid touching your face.
· Practice social distancing (keep a distance of 6 feet if someone is sick).
· If you have fever and/or have respiratory symptoms, let someone know, and stay home.
· Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
Good afternoon, MCC Student Body.
I hope that you have had a restful and relaxing spring break. Things were very busy at the college as we prepared for the last half of the term and took precautions to ensure we are prepared to handle any expansion of the coronavirus (COVID-19) into our service area.
Our first priority always is the safety and well-being of our campus community. The college’s leadership team is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, including close observation of updates through the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). While it is difficult to plan for every situation, the college is working hard to develop plans in case we need to make changes to our programming or class schedule.
KCTCS has created a website, found at this link, https://kctcs.edu/covid-19/ that provides additional details on statewide resources and information about the virus. To help maintain the health and safety of our campus community, we suggest the following steps that we can all take to do our part:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds frequently.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
- Do your best to avoid touching your face.
- Practice social distancing (keep a distance of 6 feet if someone is sick).
- If you have fever and/or have respiratory symptoms, let someone know, and stay home.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
- Regularly clean and disinfect counters, desks, keyboards, and other surfaces that are high traffic.
The well-being of our students, faculty, and staff is our first priority. The situation concerning COVID-19 is very fluid. The situation at MCC may change quickly. Please closely monitor your email and watch the college’s website and social media channels for updates as more information is learned.
My best to all,
Cynthia S. Kelley, PhD
Madisonville Community College
The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a new form of the coronavirus family that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December and has spread throughout the world. As of right now, the risk of exposure to this new strain of the coronavirus is considered low in Kentucky. However, confirmed cases in the US are increasing. We are monitoring the situation and will continue to update this page and take appropriate measures to ensure the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. The following is a list of key resources to keep you informed about the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
State of Kentucky COVID-19 Website and Hotline
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has prepared resources on when to seek care, how to prevent becoming ill, who is most at risk, and up-to-date status of the COVID-19 situation in the state. A hotline for questions regarding the virus in the state is available at 800-722-5725.
Kentucky Department of Public Health
The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to closely monitor the international situation concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 31, 2019. Since that time, it has spread throughout China and to many other countries. Public health officials in Kentucky are monitoring individuals who meet certain exposure criteria to limit the introduction of COVID-19 in Kentucky. They are also are preparing for the possibility that the virus begins to spread in the commonwealth.
Kentucky Health Departments
Colleges are encouraged to visit the websites of their local health departments and coordinate with them for guidance related to cases in their area.
- Allen County Health Department
- Anderson County Health Department
- Ashland-Boyd County Health Department
- Barren River District Health Department
- Bell County Health Department
- Bourbon County Health Department
- Boyle County Health Department
- Bracken County Health Department
- Breathitt County Health Department
- Breckinridge County Health Department
- Buffalo Trace District
- Calloway County Health Department
- Christian County Health Department
- Clark County Health Department
- Fleming County Health Department
- Franklin County Health Department
- Garrard County Health Department
- Gateway District Health Department
- Graves County Health Department
- Green River District Health Department
- Greenup County Health Department
- Hopkins County Health Department
- Jefferson County Health Department
- Jessamine County Health Department
- Johnson County Health Department
- Kentucky River District Health Department
- Knox County Health Department
- Lake Cumberland District Health Department
- Laurel County Health Department
- Lewis County Health Department
- Lexington-Fayette County Health Department
- Lincoln Trail District Health Department
- Madison County Health Department
- Marshall County Health Department
- Martin County Health Department
- Mercer County Health Department
- Monroe County Health Department
- Montgomery County Health Department
- Muhlenberg County Health Department
- North Central Health Department
- Northern Kentucky Independent Health Department
- Oldham County Health Department
- Pennyrile District Health Department
- Pike County Health Department
- Powell County Health Department
- Purchase District Health Department
- Three Rivers District Health Department
- Todd County Health Department
- Wedco District Health Department
- Whitley County Health Department
- Woodford County Health Department
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading public health agency for the United States and has all the current information related to COVID-19. You will find facts about symptoms of the virus and what to do if you become sick, tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, and answers to frequently asked questions.
The U.S. Department of State
The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel advisories.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE
This web-based interactive dashboard tracks the spread of COVID-19 in real time. It is hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
page updated 3/13/2020