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President/CEO Message

July 30, 2020


Campus Community,

The initial July 15, 2020, and the recently updated July 30, 2020, drafts of the "Eventual Return to Campus Plan" are available on the Compton College COVID-19 information webpage here. The draft Eventual Return to Campus Plan has been discussed at the July 22, 2020, Health, Safety, and Parking Committee; the July 27, 2020 managers/supervisors meeting; and during the July 30, 2020, Open Pandemic Coordinators meeting. Please note, the draft "Eventual Return to Campus Plan" is still a working document.

In response to comments collected at those meetings, I have been in touch with St. John's Well Child and Family Center regarding monthly COVID-19 testing for employees and students who are on campus during the fall semester. Also, I have asked St. John's Well Child and Family Center to assist with COVID-19 contact tracing for Compton College.

I understand many employees want ongoing monthly COVID-19 testing, and we are working to accommodate this safety measure. More information on monthly COVID-19 testing for employees and students and the contact tracing services will be included in future President/CEO Message. The President/CEO Message - July 30, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update
On July 29, 2020, California reported 8,755 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 475,305 positive cases. There has been a total of 8,715 deaths in the state. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Employee Telecommuting Update
Beginning Monday, August 3, 2020, all employees will be required to complete an online Wellness Check questionnaire by 6:00 a.m. every day they are scheduled to be on campus. The Vice President of Human Resources sent an email to all employees with a link to the online questionnaire.

Essential Employees Work Schedule
The Essential Employees Work Schedule for August 3-6, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to return to campus gradually.

Open Pandemic Coordinator Meeting
At the July 30, 2020, Open Pandemic Coordinators meeting, the draft of the "Eventual Return to Campus Plan" was discussed. Eleven Compton College employees participated in the meeting. Questions asked during the meeting included:

  • How far in advance would employees be notified if and when telecommuting ends?
  • If local school districts remain online, what options/accommodations are available for employees who will be at home with their children?
  • Will employees be required to be tested for COVID-19 again?
  • Will additional entrances to campus be opened if all employees return to campus?
  • Will the District reimburse employees who had to pay for their COVID-19 tests?
  • Is it possible for some student support services (face-to-face services) to remain online to provide physical distancing [if/when students return to campus]?
  • When Instructional Building 1 opens in spring 2021, can Tartar Village and other classrooms remain available as swing space [to provide additional physical distancing opportunities]?
  • Could classes be held outside?
  • Is additional personal protective equipment available for Maintenance & Operations staff?
  • Is there an alternative for [athletic] physicals?

These questions and other questions from employees about the draft "Eventual Return to Campus Plan" will be reviewed by the Pandemic Coordinators and addressed accordingly.

Enrollment Update
As of July 30, 2020, Compton College has generated 932 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 31%, and our seats filled is 5,912. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Please encourage students and prospective students to enroll in the fall 2020 classes

Student Communications
Students were reminded via their @compton.edu email about the Thursday, July 31, 2020, deadline to apply for a summer 2020 CARES Act emergency grant. Students also received a text message reminder.

All emails to students are available online on the Student Information and Communications webpage.

Week of August 17-20, 2020
The following events are scheduled for the week of August 17-20, 2020:

Monday, August 17, 2020
New Faculty Orientation, 9:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Consultative Council Meeting, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Adjunct Faculty Orientation, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Compton CCD Board of Trustees Meeting, Closed Session begins at 4:00 p.m., and Open Session begins at 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 20, 2020
Professional Development Day #1 (Mandatory), 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Friday, August 21, 2020
Professional Development Day #2 (Optional), 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All full-time faculty, Classified staff, and managers/supervisors are required to participate in the Thursday, August 20, 2020, Professional Development Day #1 event. More information on the events scheduled for the week of August 17-20, 2020, including the Zoom meeting information, will be included in future President/CEO Messages.

Final Thoughts
I am entering my 10th year as the Chief Executive Officer for Compton CCD, and on August 15, 2020, I will reach 15 years of service with Compton CCD. As some of you may recall, I started my career at Compton Community College as the interim dean of Student Services. I have so many fond memories of my first year at Compton Community College, including late nights working in the Admissions and Records office, the homecoming dance on the boat, the many student activities, and the 2006 Commencement Ceremony.  I still remember my first day at Compton Community College, and my first office was C-29B. It wasn’t ready, so for two months, I worked out of the area where the Copy Center is currently located. During that year, we never stop working, even while many wondered what was going to happen next to our college.

Fast forward to 2020, and I still think about my first year at Compton Community College. I remember walking through the row buildings and the many facilities challenges- from the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to ongoing roof repairs. And therefore, I am so excited about Instructional Building 1 and Instructional Building 2, which are scheduled to be completed during the 2021 year.  Also, the completion of the Student Services Building is another high priority for Compton College because students should not have to walk all over campus to receive their support services.

As I reflect on the beginning of my 10th year, I consider how Compton College's story is rich and full of history. However, the best is yet to come. When I talk to my colleagues, foundations, legislators, and community members about Compton College, they are amazed by our many successes. As you begin your weekend, hopefully, you too can think about your first year at Compton College, and your many accomplishments at this institution.

Thank you, and it is truly an honor to serve as your President/CEO.

Sincerely,

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


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