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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

April 1, 2020


Campus Community,

I want to provide you with an update on Compton College in terms of COVID-19. The Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan guides our response to the possible scenarios that may occur as the COVID-19 situation progresses. As of Tuesday, March 31, 2020, there are a total of 8,155 positive cases and 171 deaths in California. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.

Compton College is currently operating at Level Fou - Severe Infection Rate, according to Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan. Due to a confirmed case on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Compton College, we will continue all activities outlined in previous levels in the Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan. Both students and employees, who may have contact with the individual who was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive, were sent an email this morning, notifying them that they may have visited the same areas of campus. Guidelines were provided in case anyone experienced symptoms or if they were to test positive. The specific locations have been identified on campus that the individual accessed on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and we will clean and disinfect those areas.

Below is the communication protocol I have implemented in the event there is additional confirmed COVID-19 case(s):A message from President/CEO to the Compton CCD Board of Trustees

  • A message from the President/CEO to the President of the Academic Senate
  • A message from the President/CEO to the members of our bargaining units
  • A message from President/CEO to those who may have been exposed
  • A message to faculty, Classified Staff, administrators, and students, which is then be placed on our COVID -19 webpage, and shared on social media (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram)
  • A message from President/CEO to the Chancellor, California Community Colleges

The Compton College Pandemic Coordinators and members of the President/CEO Cabinet met today, and below is some important information.

Compton College Student Laptop Loan Program
The next laptop computer distribution will occur on Friday, April 3, 2020. The students who did not pick-up their laptop computers on Monday, March 30, 2020, received another appointment for Friday, April 3, 2020. Special thanks to the Student Services Division staff who assisted with Monday’s laptop computer disbursement. Laptop computers are still available on a first-come-first-served basis to students who submit a Student Laptop Loan Program RSVP and are currently enrolled in spring 2020 courses at Compton College. If you have any questions about the laptop computer loan program, please email your questions to studentlife@compton.edu.

Compton College Critical Personnel Necessary for Essential Functions
Students and employees are not allowed on campus through Friday, April 17, 2020. Only critical personnel necessary for essential functions are allowed on campus. I would like to personally thank all critical personnel for their service to Compton CCD during this time. Campus Police will only allow the individuals listed on the schedule on campus. The updated schedule is available online here. Please note, for those employees authorized to be on campus, the campus closes at 4:30 p.m. On Wednesdays, only Maintenance & Operations staff are allowed on campus past 4:30 p.m., with the last shift ending at 6:30 p.m.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Support (CARES) Act
On Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress approved, and the President signed into law the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides some much-needed relief to Compton College and our students during this crisis. Below are some highlights from the CARES Act:

  • $14 billion provided to higher education institutions to support the emergency needs of students and to support institutions as they cope with the immediate effects of coronavirus.
  • Broad flexibility provided for the use of these funds to higher education institutions that receive funding will be required to use not less than 50% of the funds for emergency financial aid grants to students.
  • Examples of eligible expenses are food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare.
  • Compton College is projected to receive $2.45 million dollars in CARES Act funding. However, the amount outlined in the CARES Act is subject to change.
  • Ensures Pell Grants received during the emergency do not count against a student's total lifetime Pell Grant limit if the student did not complete this semester. 
  • Institutions and students will not be required to return their federal student aid for this semester if the student does not continue in their studies due to the emergency.
  • Institutions can continue to make Federal Work-Study payments to students who are unable to fulfill their work-study obligations for up to one academic year.

We will continue to review the CARES Act and provide additional updates to the campus community.

Pandemic Coordinators Meeting
We would like you to say thank you to the 23 faculty, Classified staff, and administrators who participated in today's Pandemic Coordinators Zoom meeting.

Virtual Student Office Hours
I will host Virtual Student Office Hours on Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. via Zoom. In the coming weeks, we will share the Virtual Student Office Hours Zoom information with Compton College students.

Compton College COVID-19 Updates
Reminder, please visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage here for updates. The webpage also provides information for students, faculty, Classified staff, and managers who are not feeling well and who are experiencing the following symptoms - a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

If you are experiencing distress or anxiety due to the current circumstances, please contact the Employee Assistance Program at (800) 531-0200. We will continue to work through many issues and concerns as it relates to COVID-19.

Final Thoughts
I know many of you are wondering how long Compton College will be operating as a telecommuting campus. The Pandemic Coordinators and members of the President/CEO Cabinet are monitoring federal and state guidelines as it relates to alternative academic instruction and online student support services regarding the potential extension of the telecommuting timeline past Friday, April 17, 2020. Today, I had a conversation with the Academic Senate and the Compton Community College Federation of Employees (Certificated Unit). In the coming days, there will be additional conversations regarding a potential extension for telecommuting. Please note, I will make a final decision as it relates to telecommuting before Friday, April 10, 2020.

Just a friendly reminder, I will provide COVID -19 updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I highly encourage you to continue to visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage here for updates.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for the work you are doing for our students. I might not have the opportunity to thank everyone personally through my updates, but I know you all are working tirelessly in support of our students’ success.

Please be safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Keith Curry, Ed.D.
(preferred pronouns: he/him/his)
President/CEO
Compton College


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