Coronavirus Updates

As the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, MCC will update this page with the latest information for faculty, staff, and students.

 Coronavirus CAMPUS Updates  |  JUNE 26, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak continues to affect our daily lives. At MCC, we are readying to return to campus with strong measures in place to protect our students, faculty, staff, and community.

Important reminders!

  • MCC will open its doors on July 6. While we will be available for advising, admissions, and financial aid, please call ahead or communicate first by email.
  • Face to face classes are scheduled to begin August 17 and will be complete prior to Thanksgiving.
    Courses conducted through the Mississippi Virtual Community College (MSVCC) and certain programs requiring clinical or contact hours may extend past Thanksgiving.  
    We will offer expanded online opportunities during our Merrymester term in December.
    Spring semester 2021 will begin on January 11.
    The abbreviated calendar is to allow students to go home for several weeks to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Protocol

  • Do NOT come to campus if you exhibit any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or are knowingly exposed to anyone who has had a positive test in the last 14 days.  
  • All faculty, staff, students, and visitors must wear masks when on campus and in the presence of others.  
  • Please be attentive to campus signage, which is designed to address various facets of preparedness will be placed in various locations around campus.  
  • The college is implementing strict cleaning protocol. If you become aware of a specific need, please notify a college employee.  
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout campus, and frequent use of hand sanitizers is encouraged.
  • Social distancing will be done when possible; some classes may be held in larger spaces not typically used as classrooms. Students and visitors on campus are always expected to maintain appropriate social distances.
  • In an attempt to limit the number of people on campus, we ask that students come to campus alone. If students must bring a guest, we ask they limit the number of guests to one. 

Residence Halls

  • Housing will be offered, but common areas and gathering spaces will be blocked or be limited in access.
  • Eagle Hall will be re-opened as a quarantine facility for students who are unable to return home due to COVID-19.


Recreational and Wellness Spaces

  • Protocols are being implemented to allow limited access to the pool and wellness center and will be shared separately.
     

Contact Tracing

  • MCC is developing policies and procedures for contact tracing.


Athletics

 

Meridian Community College monitors information about the coronavirus shared by the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and colleague institutions, in being proactive in reducing the coronavirus spread on-campus and our community.

 

We encourage our faculty, staff, students, and community to see our website, social media, college emails, Canvas and text message alerts for updates and information.

 

  • MCC staff are on campus weekdays during normal operating hours to help answer questions about admissions, advising, and financial aid. Live chat support at meridiancc.edu is also available Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • MCC will open to the public on July 6; normal operational hours will resume and new health and safety protocols will be in effect.
  • MCC will resume face-to-face classes fall 2020.
  • While on campus, follow best practices: Please wear a mask, wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizer and maintain an appropriate distance from others (at least six feet). If you have a fever, have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or have exhibited ANY symptoms associated with COVID-19, please do NOT come to campus. 

Governor Reeves, earlier today, issued Executive Order 1483, which applies to a limited number of locations, including Lauderdale County. The order requires additional restrictions on entities in Attala, Leake, Scott, Jasper, Neshoba, Newton, and Lauderdale Counties. Effective immediately, if you can answer "yes" to any of the following questions, you are NOT permitted to come to or stay on campus.  

  • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
  • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
  • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
  • Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
  • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

If so, please stay home and consult a physician.

When you are on campus, you are to wear a facemask that you replace or clean daily, maintain physical separation, at least, 6 feet, and utilize hand sanitizer, which should be made available to you.

Last, all gatherings are restricted to a maximum of 10 participants indoor and 20 participants outdoor. Face coverings must be worn outdoors when attending public events.

This executive order is in effect until Monday, May 25, 2020 at 8:00 am.

The process of adapting to new information related to the coronavirus is constant. We strongly encourage you to continuously check our webpage www.meridiancc.edu/coronavirus, which is devoted to sharing updated information related to the COVID-19. Please also regularly check MCC's social media accounts.

Please continue to monitor the college website, your college email, Canvas and text messaging alerts for updates and information.

Meridian Community College continues to monitor information associated with the coronavirus. After reviewing information shared by the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and higher education colleagues from across the state, MCC has made the following decisions in an effort to be proactive in reducing the transmission of the virus on campus and to the community we serve.

  • Celebrating our Students! On April 28, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm we are hosting an event on Facebook and Instagram to honor our student award winners for the 2019-2020 school year. Spread the word and tell people to tune in to watch how we recognize MCC’s outstanding students.
  • In the coming days, MCC will announce how we will address opportunities associated with the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Please review MCC social media outlets and our Coronavirus website for information.
  • The college has received a grant from the Woodward Hines Foundation to provide an emergency fund for students who have particular challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Computer labs, which were open prior to the shelter-in-place will be open again for students who do not have access to technology and the internet. MCC parking lots between Holladay eLearning and Webb Hall continue to have free Wi-Fi access for those who need it.
  • Beginning Monday, April 27, 2020, certain courses requiring hands-on assessment and instruction will resume with strict precautions associated with group size and cleaning protocol. Instructors will notify students regarding the schedule from Monday until the end of the semester. Some courses may require instruction past the normal ending of the spring semester. 
    We are asking that all faculty, staff, and students wear masks while they are on campus.
  • Celebrating our Graduates!
    • If you are graduating from Meridian Community College this spring, please remember that we are inviting you to walk in graduation exercises in the summer or in December.
    • Please know, also, we are planning a special event just for you!
      • Watch for details, but on May 13-15 we will provide you an opportunity to pick up a special package filled with important items related to your graduation.
      • On May 18, we will be hosting an online “live” graduation ceremony. You won’t want to miss! Please watch social media and your email for details.
  • Celebrating our Future Students! We have planned a number of opportunities to inform and celebrate our future students.
    • Summer orientations will begin THIS WEEK with an online event for top academic performing students called the “Elite Eagle Orientation.” If you believe you should be included in that group, please send a note to recruiting@meridiancc.edu.
    • If that particular event is one you can’t attend or isn’t for you, no worries. We have new student orientation events planned all summer. Please contact our recruiters by emailing your questions to recruiting@meridiancc.edu.
    • If you want a campus tour, please go to our website and request access to a video tour of our campus by following this link: www.meridiancc.edu/tour/
  • This summer is a perfect time to register for classes. Why not start your university career here? Did you know we have excellent instructors, that our general education classes transfer to most universities, and that studies show that students who start at MCC are more likely to be successful when they transfer to a university than students who started at that same university? 
    Register now for summer classes!
  • Are you a person who desires to serve others? We have 17 accredited healthcare related programs, programs designed for people who like to work with their hands, build, problem-solve, and connect goods and services with those who need them to survive and thrive. We train heroes at MCC and if you have that vision for your life, you need to be at Meridian Community College!
  • Fall classes: At this point we are planning to resume fall classes in the variety of formats that best meet student needs—face-to-face, online, and a variety of combinations. If that should have to change, we will let you know as soon as we are able.
  • If you have any questions, please let us know. The best bet is to contact your instructor with any questions. You can also use our online chat, which is available on the college website.

Meridian Community College campus will close at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, to comply with the shelter-in-place order established by Governor Tate Reeves.  This order is for Lauderdale County to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all Mississippians.

 The campus will only be accessible to MCC Campus Police.

All online classes will continue as scheduled.  Support will be available for students through the live-chat feature on meridiancc.edu. Faculty and staff will still be available through email and voicemail.  The shelter in place order is in effect through April 20.

 We encourage our faculty, staff, students, and members of our community to continuously monitor our website, www.meridiancc.edu/coronavirus, social media, college emails, canvas, and text message alerts for updates and information.

Please know our decisions have been made with a desire to focus our energies and resources on providing opportunities for our students to complete the current semester. While we are in the process of determining the time-frame parameters of the current crisis and the impact on our summer term, we fully expect to resume normal operations by the fall 2020 semester.

We encourage our faculty, staff, students, and members of our community to continuously monitor our website, www.meridiancc.edu/coronavirus, social media, college emails, canvas, and text message alerts for updates and information.

Meridian Community College continues to monitor information associated with the coronavirus shared by the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and colleague institutions from across the state. We are making every effort to be proactive in reducing the spread of the coronavirus on campus and to the community we serve.

  • All Career and Technical classes have been moved completely online until, at the very least, April 15. A decision to extend that date could be possible, but will be made at a later date.
    • Students will receive notification and instruction through Canvas.
    • If any students remain on campus in MCC’s residence halls, we encourage them to make arrangements to return to their primary residence at this time. If a student needs residence hall accommodations he/she should contact Calvin Bennett, MCC housing director, at cbennett@meridiancc.edu, ASAP.
  • YOU HAVE MORE TIME! The deadline to apply for Tuition Guarantee and other MCC Foundation Scholarships has been extended. You can now complete and submit those applications online at meridiancc.edu/scholarships. Apply online by May 1 if you are an incoming freshman or June 15 if you are a returning student.
  • GRADUATING THIS SPRING? Students can complete and submit their graduation applications online. Students eligible for May graduation will receive a complimentary cover with their diploma, as our gift to you! All fees associated with graduation have been waived and will be credited to your student account if you have previously paid this semesters graduation fees. Students must apply for graduation to receive their diploma. The Graduation Application can be found by visiting your student account on Eaglenet. The deadline to apply is May 5th.
  • LIVE CHAT. Meridian Community College has established a Live Chat feature for our website, meridiancc.edu. Students and other members of our community can access this feature during normal business hours, Monday -Thursday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays. Live Chat is desktop and mobile-friendly.
  • FREE WIFI! Meridian Community College is providing free WIFI Hot Spots in several parking areas on campus. This is available for students to work on their assignments in their vehicles if they have limited access at their homes. WIFI is available in MCC’s e-learning parking lot and behind Webb Hall, above the baseball field.

Points of Pride

  • Meridian Community College is currently teaching 1,021 different classes for Spring 2020.
  • 100% of all general education university transfer academic courses were successfully converted to fully online courses at Meridian Community College.
  • Additional courses, particularly among Career and Technical/ and Health Education, have been converted to a hybrid delivery to allow for online instruction and in-person skills/lab time. These courses will follow strict sanitization protocols and social distancing recommendations while providing hands-on instruction.
  • All Meridian Community College students, faculty, and staff are receiving support and additional training for Canvas and Zoom in preparation for classes. All training is mobile-friendly, diverse in format, and includes self-paced courses, recorded videos, video conferencing, and step-by-step tutorials.
  • All Meridian Community College faculty have been provided the necessary technologies, including laptops and webcams, to deliver online instruction.
  • MCC created new video recording rooms that will provide faculty with various methods of recording and disseminating lectures.
  • MCC virtual student support services include 24/7 access to library resources, online tutoring in a variety of subjects, and digital textbooks and course materials.
  • MCC has installed Wireless Access Points (WAPs) in parking areas across campus that allows students to travel to campus and access internet while staying in their vehicle.
  • Meridian Community College will open a computer lab for at-need student use using strict sanitization protocols and social distancing recommendations in order to provide student access for internet, computer use, and printing.
  • Meridian Community College’s Student Services, including advisors, are using and will continue to use email, phone calls, and Zoom to communicate with students.
  • Admissions applications are being processed
  • Transcripts are being processed
  • Pell Grants and Loans are being disbursed
  • Financial Aid is being processed

Please know our decisions have been made with a desire to focus our energies and resources on providing opportunities for our students to complete the current semester. While we are in the process of determining the time-frame parameters of the current crisis and the impact on our summer term, we fully expect to resume normal operations by the fall 2020 semester.

We encourage our faculty, staff, students, and members of our community to continuously monitor our website, www.meridiancc.edu/coronavirus, social media, college emails, canvas, and text message alerts for updates and information.

Meridian Community College continues to monitor information associated with the coronavirus shared by the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and colleague institutions from across the state. We are making every effort to be proactive in reducing the spread of the coronavirus on campus and to the community we serve.

All MCC offices/buildings will be closed to the general public until further notice. A limited number of facilities will be open for meeting student needs. Prior to Monday, March 23, employees will be notified by their supervisor whether or not they will be reporting to campus, working from home, or be on paid administrative leave. Precautions and safe distancing accommodations will be made for on-site employees to maintain a safe environment.

Working from Home, on Campus, and Administrative Leave:

  • Supervisors will be working with employees to determine whether or not they will be working on campus, at home, or placed on administrative leave with pay.
  • The Governor's Executive Order, dated March 14, 2020, allows institutions to place personnel on paid administrative leave in light of specific criteria.
  • Individuals working from home will be required to meet specific work-related expectations, provide daily documentation of having met those expectations, and sign a telework agreement/waiver.


Facilities:

  • We are in the process of identifying buildings that will remain closed for student use.
  • Housekeeping personnel currently assigned to those facilities will be temporarily assigned to facilities currently in use for the express purpose of increasing our efforts to sanitize and clean those facilities.
  • In addition to limiting the number of buildings in use, we will be limiting the number of entrance and exit points in each building.
  • Symptoms and Treatments: Read this!
  • Symptoms: Sore throat, runny nose, fever, dry cough.
  • What to do if you are experiencing symptoms: Quarantine yourself immediately. Do NOT go to your doctor or to the hospital. Please call your doctor.
  • Self-quarantine reminder: If you have any symptoms, have been exposed to someone who does, or have traveled to places where you have likely been exposed, please self-quarantine for 14 days. A self-quarantine means you should be at home and not exposed to others--even if you believe you are not sick.
  • Important: If you have any of the symptoms above, DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS. Do not assume you are ok.


Residence Halls:

Residence halls are closed for the remainder of the semester. Students may pick up their belongings by appointment. In addition, students may receive special consideration for extended housing if circumstances prove necessary. Please note: Students will not be asked to leave residence halls who otherwise have no place to go. Please contact Calvin Bennett by email at cbennett@meridiancc.edu or by phone at 601.484.8894 to set up an appointment or to inquire about extended housing.

Classes for the Remainder of the Term:

  • Academic or University Transfer classes will be transitioning to an online format beginning March 23 and can expect to remain in that format for the remainder of the semester.
  • Career Technical Education, Allied Health and Nursing students will receive specific instructions via student email by March 22 from their instructors.

Student Aid Information:

  • Student loan disbursements are being mailed on Friday, March 20, 2020. Students will not be able to pick them up in the business office, as would normally be the case.
  • Subsequent account credit disbursements (Pell grants, scholarships, etc.) will be mailed beginning March 31, 2020.
  • It is fundamentally important that students check their mailing address prior to March 25, 2020 on Eaglenet by going to the student tab then clicking the tab for personal information.

The process of adapting to new information related to the coronavirus is constant. We strongly encourage you to continuously check our webpage www.meridiancc.edu/coronavirus, which is devoted to sharing updated information related to the COVID-19. Please also regularly check MCC's social media accounts.

Please continue to monitor the college website, your college email, canvas and text messaging alerts for updates and information.

Meridian Community College continues to monitor information associated with the coronavirus. After reviewing information shared by the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and higher education colleagues from across the state, MCC has made the following decisions in an effort to be proactive in reducing the transmission of the virus on campus and to the community we serve.

  • All campus activities and events at MCC are canceled through the Spring semester, resuming in the Fall.  This includes but is not limited to: Arts and Letters, Athletics, Campus Life Activities, Continuing Education, and Lifetime Quest events.
  • All rental agreements for events scheduled to be held through May 31st will be canceled, at which time future events will be reevaluated. 
  • The NJCAA announced the cancelation of all spring competitions, including practices, regular season, postseason and national championship play.
  • The NJCAA also announced updates for spring eligibility, recruiting and allowable Letters of Intent for spring sports. 
  • Spring Commencement scheduled for May 8 will be canceled.  Students will be conferred degrees at the time of completion and allowed to participate in the August or December graduation ceremonies.
  • Awards Night scheduled for April 28 will be canceled.  MCC will work toward presenting all awards through a digital album through social media.
  • Decisions concerning student residence halls are still being considered. As of now, residence halls will be open for students to return on March 22 and computer labs and student support will be made available for students who need them beginning on March 23. Students living on campus will receive additional information prior to March 22.
  • All campus-related meetings and alternative class instruction will be limited to small groups, with no more than 10 total attendees.

 

Video Update

Watch the special update from Dr. Huebner here.

 

The process of adapting to new information related to the coronavirus is constant. We strongly encourage you to continuously check our webpage www.meridiancc.edu/coronavirus,   which is devoted to sharing updated information related to the COVID-19. Please also regularly check MCC's social media accounts. Our communications team is working hard to keep people informed in light of a moving target. Please be patient if it seems like answers change too quickly. The safety of our college community is important.

Prevention is Important:
The importance of preventative measures to keep yourself and others healthy is key. Washing your hands, being careful about what you touch, keeping a safe distance from others, and limiting non-essential personal travel will go a long way in stopping the spread of the virus.

Internet Safety:
With events such as the spread of the COVID-19 virus, perpetrators will exploit this opportunity to spread computer viruses and gain personal/private information through phishing attempts. Please be extremely cautious with websites and emails. Never provide user names or passwords through e-mail links. In addition, for every reliable analysis or web resource, there are countless stories with false information and unsubstantiated rumors. Please be careful.

COVID-19 Hotline:
If you have questions about COVID-19 you can now call a hotline established by the Mississippi State Department of Health. The Mississippi Coronavirus Hotline, 877.978.6453, is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Update to March 12 Statement Regarding Reporting to Work:

In light of updated information:

  • Supervisors are encouraged to identify employees who can work from home and permit them to do so. If you believe you can work from home, please contact your supervisor. This will not impact your leave time or your pay.
  • If personnel need to be on campus, they should work alone or in small groups and maintain personal distances suggested by the CDC as most appropriate for safety as it relates to the transmission of the COVID-19.
  • Our main focus next week will be the following:
    • Making the transition to online instruction for courses that are not currently delivered in that format.
    • Developing protocol for delivering courses, primarily in allied health-related and career technical programs, in the safest possible environments.
  • If you have a condition whereby you have a weakened immune system or you are, for whatever reason, more susceptible to this illness, please consult with your supervisor regarding how you can work at home. The decision to come to work is certainly yours, but you are strongly encouraged to work from home.

 

Clarification Regarding Self-Quarantine:
With the aggressive migration of the virus, we ask that you use your best judgment regarding your need to self-quarantine. Please use the following as a guideline in your decision-making.

  • If you have spent public time in an area where there are confirmed cases, please self-quarantine.
  • If you have been in an airport, please self-quarantine.
  • If you spent time at a theme park, on a cruise ship, at a concert, or in a large crowd of people in close proximity, please self-quarantine.
  • If you exhibit any of the symptoms of the coronavirus, please self-quarantine.
  • If any of the above is true for your spouse, your children, or others with whom you have spent significant time, please self-quarantine.

Important: If you are one who needs to self-quarantine, please limit your physical and proximate interaction with others, even if you don't feel sick. You certainly are encouraged to work from home during that time. Your self-quarantine will not impact your leave time or pay. 

Clarification Regarding Operations for March 16 through March 20:
We will not be open for business as usual this week. Instead, we will be working with a reduced staff who will be focused on general business operations (paying the bills, for example) as well as efforts as indicated above in preparation for modifying courses and operations in response to the pandemic. Students and members of the public will not be on campus. The college will be functionally closed as if we are on spring break as we prepare for the remainder of the semester.

A number of students who are currently enrolled in online courses have inquired regarding the availability of campus resources this week. A number of online students use the library and/or computer labs for their work. Because we are not going to be open this week, those resources will not be available. Those who have inquired have been instructed to contact their instructors. Instructors are encouraged to be particularly sensitive to the needs of students who might normally use resources on campus to complete their work.

Questions from and for Students:
We are working on an electronic document designed to help students navigate this process with as few difficulties as possible. In the meantime, students should be assured we are working hard to provide a safe environment and that they should check the webpage (www.meridiancc.edu/coronavirus), social media, and email regularly.

We are confident we will adapt and adjust and continue to provide an outstanding education for the students who attend our college. 

 

Please continue to monitor the college website, your college email, and text messaging alerts for updates and information.

Meridian Community College continues to monitor information associated with the coronavirus. After reviewing information shared by the Mississippi State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and higher education colleagues from across the state, MCC has made the following decisions in an effort to be proactive in reducing the transmission of the virus on campus and to the community we serve.
  • MCC will extend spring break for students taking classes on campus, March 16-20. Faculty and staff will report to work for normal operations on March 16 and will be focused on converting courses to online and alternative formats. Students currently enrolled in online courses will continue as normal.
  • Classes will resume on March 23 in an online or alternative format. Some career technical programs will continue in a traditional format with added precautions.
  • MCC will restrict all out-of-state and international travel unless deemed necessary by the president.
  • Residence halls will be open for students to return on March 22 and computer labs and student support will be made available for students who need them beginning on March 23. Students living on campus will receive additional information prior to March 22.
  • Faculty, staff and students who have been to an impacted area or believe they may have come in contact with the coronavirus in another venue are asked to self-quarantine for at least fourteen days prior to returning to work or school. If a student or faculty or staff member exhibits any symptoms, we ask that they not return to the college until they have been medically cleared.
  • The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges has announced that all athletic practices and games have been suspended through March 30.
  • All campus activities and events at MCC have been canceled until further notice.
     

We strongly encourage our faculty, staff, and students to educate themselves on facts related to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus

Meridian Community College is closely monitoring news and information related to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.  To date, there have been no cases of COVID-19 reported in Mississippi.  However, health officials worldwide recognize that this is a rapidly evolving situation and that the recommendations of the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U. S. State Department, and the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) are subject to frequent change.

MCC recognizes that prevention is a key strategy with any virus and we encourage everyone to take the following daily preventative actions as recommended by the CDC:

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.


The CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. Cases have been identified in a growing number of other locations internationally, including the U.S. The link below will direct you to a map that represents cases detected and tested in the U.S. through U.S. public health surveillance systems since January 21, 2020. This includes both confirmed and presumptive positive cases reported to the CDC.

 

PDF: Stop the spread of germsPDF: What you need to know about the coronavirus


The following resources are available for COVID-19