Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO
March 11, 2020
At Compton College, the health and well-being of our community is our #1 priority. As part of our commitment to provide a safe and welcoming environment, the Compton Community College District has created a proactive Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan using specific direction from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, the California Department of Public Health and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. The Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan guides our response to the possible scenarios that may occur as the COVID-19 situation progresses. Compton CCD is currently operating at Level Two - Minimal Infection Rate: New virus cases identified from human-to-human contact in California; Confirmed cases within the state; no cases on-campus or community.
Below are some updates on the critical elements of the plan and its implementation.
Compton College Pandemic Coordinators
Ramund Box, Chief, Campus Police
Rachelle Sasser, Vice President of Human Resources
Heather Parnock, Director of Community Relations
Reuben James, Director of Purchasing and Auxiliary Services
The Pandemic Coordinators will be meeting daily to discuss our current operating levels and provide recommendations to the Health, Safety, and Parking Committee, the Building Captains, and to the Office of the President/CEO.
Compton College Academic Instruction
We have received several questions from members of the campus community about whether Compton College will move from in-person to online academic instruction, and if so, when. Our plan is based on the level of impact on the Compton College campus. As you might imagine, providing instructional continuity via online delivery presents several logistical and technical challenges.
Currently, through our Distance Education Department, work is underway to provide faculty with training resources for using the Canvas course delivery software. In the next couple of days, the Informational Technology Services Department will be providing training to faculty to utilize Zoom video conferencing tools.
Please note, if social distancing and self-quarantining at home become necessary, students can rest assured they will not be dropped from their courses. As of this moment, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Compton College or the immediate community. Compton College must make decisions and implement changes based on conditions as they currently exist while preparing for the future. Compton College is doing everything possible to be ready, if and when we need to take action based on changing conditions.
Cancellation of Non-Essential Travel and Events
Compton Community College District's primary responsibility is to ensure the safety and well-being of the campus community including making difficult decisions about avoiding known risks of exposure to COVID-19.
Effective immediately, all non-essential travel for employees and students has been canceled, including attendance of off-campus events and conferences. Additional restrictions include:
- New Non-College-related facilities usage requests received after March 11, 2020, will be denied.
- Non-College-related facilities usage requests that were previously approved that anticipate over 100 attendees will be canceled or postponed to a later date.
- College-related events anticipating over 100 attendees will be canceled or postponed to a later date.
- All Compton College Athletic at-home events will be restricted to players and essential staff only, with no spectators.
- As of today, the Compton College Transfer Center Northern California Tour, scheduled
for April 13-16, 2020, has been postponed to a later date; the Compton College Upward
Bound Math/Science Northern California Tour, scheduled for April 13-16, 2020, has
been postponed to a later date; the Compton College Job Fair, scheduled for Saturday,
March 14, 2020, has been postponed to a later date; and Cosmetology client-services
will be suspended until further notice.
Compton College COVID-19 Webpage
The Office of Community Relations has developed a Compton College COVID-19 webpage where you can access additional updates. The link to the Compton College COVID-19 webpage is here.
On-Campus Cleaning and Hygiene
Knowing that good hygiene practices are critical to tackling the COVID-19 outbreak, Compton College has taken several steps to ensure students and employees can better practice those habits on campus.
Additional quantities of hand sanitizer have been ordered, as well as more supplies of hand soap and paper towels, and cleaning and disinfecting products. Informational flyers will be distributed campus-wide. Maintenance and Operation (M&O) staff will be conducting twice-daily cleanups of all campus restrooms, ensuring they are fully stocked with soap and towels. Additional temporary M&O employees will be hired, and current M&O employees will be offered overtime to assist with maintaining high-usage areas of campus.
We continue to urge every member of the campus community to diligently follow best hygiene practices, including washing your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, using hand sanitizer, covering coughs and sneezes with tissues, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and avoiding close contact such as shaking hands.
Reminder: Compton College Employees Are Disaster Service Workers
By law (the California Emergency Service Act), all Compton College employees are Disaster Service Workers. The State of California has a Disaster Service Worker Program that includes all public employees. Examples of emergencies include fire, flood, earthquake, public health, or public safety emergencies. In the event of an emergency, all College employees may be called upon to provide service.
The Health, Safety, and Parking Committee and Pandemic Coordinators will be meeting weekly, on Mondays to monitor COVID-19 bulletins, and provide recommendations to the Office of the President/CEO. All Building Captains are asked to participate in these weekly Health, Safety, and Parking Committee meetings.
The Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan is under review by the Pandemic
Coordinators. Upcoming discussions regarding the implementation of the plan will include
faculty and Classified staff representatives. We will also continue conversations
with our local school districts regarding the implementation of the plan as it relates
to dual enrollment.
The Tartar Support Network will be asked to provide recommendations to the Pandemic Coordinators and the Office of the President/CEO, on strategies to address our students basic needs (housing and food insecurity, and homeless students), if we move to level 3, 4, or 5 of our plan.
As new information is made available from local health agencies and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, or if our circumstances change, the information will be provided to faculty and Classified staff via email, the web, and other communication methods.
Keith Curry, Ed.D.
(preferred pronouns: he/him/his)