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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

March 12, 2020


Campus Community,

I wanted to provide you with an update on the COVID-19 situation at Compton College. 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 March 12, 2020, 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time, the California Department of Health reports there are a total of 198 positive cases and four deaths in California: 24 cases are from repatriation flights. The other 174 confirmed cases include 60 that are travel-related, 43 due to person-to-person transmission, 44 are community-acquired (map of community transmission by county in California- PDF), and 27 are from unknown sources. Approximately 11,100 people are self-monitoring, across 49 local health jurisdictions, after returning to the U.S. from travel. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.

Compton CCD remains operating at Level Tw0 - 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. Compton College is fully open; the campus has not closed. Today, the Compton College Pandemic Coordinators meet, and the following will be implemented:

Are You Not Feeling Well?
Compton College is taking steps to slow the spread of respiratory infectious diseases, including COVID-19. If an employee (faculty, staff, and administrators) self-identifies themselves as suffering from flu-like illness or other respiratory infection, or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, follow these steps:

  1. Campus Administrators will separate the individual as much as possible from others and make arrangements for the individual to go home as soon as possible, and
  2. Campus Administrators will contact the Pandemic Coordinators immediately via email (hparnock@compton.edu, rsasser@compton.edu, rbox@compton.edu, and rjames@compton.edu),
  3. Campus Administrators will call the vice president of Human Resources at extension 2400.
  4. Human Resources will submit a facilities' work order to disinfect the employees' workspace immediately.

We are still working on the final details of the process as it relates to sick leave. The Classified and Faculty Bargaining Units have been involved in the discussion, and additional guidance will be provided when finalized.

Faculty and Classified Staff Professional Development Day - March 18, 2020
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, no classes will be held, and we will have a mandatory Professional Development Day for Faculty and Classified Staff. Faculty will be provided with training and resources for using the Canvas online-course delivery software, in the event we transition to a higher level in of our Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Training will also be provided for Faculty and Staff regarding on-campus cleaning and hygiene. More information on the Faculty and Classified Staff Professional Development Day will be provided in the next couple of days.  Please note, we will be sending an email communication to students regarding Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Cancellation and Postponement of Events
To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, some Compton College events have been postponed or canceled, including all Compton College Tartar Athletic events, as well as the following events and activities:

  • MLB Urban Youth Academy - all events postponed.
  • March 13, 2020, PACT meeting and all future meetings until further notice - canceled
  • March 17, 2020, Retirees Luncheon - postponed
  • March 17-18, 2020, Club Rush activities - canceled
  • March 19, 2020, Student Leadership Conference - postponed
  • April 6, 2020, Dodgeball Tournament - postponed

Events will be reviewed on an individual basis at a later date to determine when/if they will be rescheduled. At the recommendation of California Governor Gavin Newsom, upcoming events, where social distance - a minimum of 6 feet - cannot be maintained, will also be postponed.

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting - March 17, 2020
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and given the limited space available in the Compton College Boardroom, the Compton Community College District will limit in-person attendance at the March 17, 2020 meeting of the Board of Trustees to 8 members of the public at any one time.  We ask for the college community's understanding that the intent is not to limit public participation but rather to protect public health by following the recommendations given by the California Department of Public Health on March 12, 2020, that public gatherings should be held only in venues that allow social distancing of six feet per person.

In-person public comment will be allowed as required by law.  However, those wishing to make public comments are strongly encouraged to submit their comments in writing to the Office of the President/CEO or by email to pvanbrown@compton.edu in lieu of attending the meeting in-person.  All comments received by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, will be provided to the Board of Trustees and made publicly available at the meeting.  If you wish for your written comment to be read aloud, please indicate this specifically in your communication.  Requests for written comments to be read aloud will be honored, subject to the Board's three-minute limit on public comment.

In-person attendance will be allowed within the guidelines noted above.  Those wishing to be present for a particular agenda item are strongly encouraged to attend only for that agenda item. We will have space available for you in the Administration Building lobby to wait. Please note, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020; the Administration Building will be closed to students at 3:30 p.m.

Email to Compton College Students - March 12, 2020
Below is the email that will be sent to Compton College students this evening regarding the COVID-19 situation at Compton College.

Attention Compton College Students:

Compton College is fully open; the campus has not closed. However, no classes will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Compton College will be utilizing this day for Faculty and Classified Staff Professional Development as it relates to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Compton College continues to monitor the local COVID-19 situation and is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus on campus and to our community.

To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, some Compton College events have been postponed, including all Compton College Tartar Athletic events, and the March 19, 2020, Student Leadership Conference. Events will be reviewed on an individual basis at a later date to determine when/if they will be rescheduled. At the recommendation of California Governor Gavin Newsom, upcoming events, where social distance - a minimum of 6 feet - cannot be maintained, will also be postponed.

Information regarding COVID-19 and the College's plans are available online at www.compton.edu//adminandoperations/campuspolice/covid-19. The webpage will be updated as additional information is made available.

We strongly encourage all students, faculty, and staff to take everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Stay home when sick and seek immediate medical care if symptoms become severe
  • Cover your cough with a tissue or sleeve
  • Wash hands frequently and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer as a supplement

If you have symptoms of flu-like illness or other respiratory infections, please stay at home and do not come to campus for school or work. Contact your instructor via email or phone call to let them know you will not be attending class, and make arrangements to receive and submit assignments remotely.

If you are not feeling well, and are experiencing the following symptoms - a fever, cough or shortness of breath - please seek medical attention from the Student Health Center or your healthcare provider as soon as possible. For more information on the Student Health Center, please visit their website: http://www.compton.edu/studentservices/healthcenter/index.aspx

Be sure to check your Compton College (@compton.edu) email regularly, follow the College on social media, and sign up to receive campus emergency notifications and advisories via Nixle.

Compton College COVID-19 Updates
Compton College COVID-19 updates will be posted here.

Thank You
I wish to say thank you to everyone for your continued support of our students and their success. I appreciate the email communications, people stopping me in the hallways, and telephone calls from Compton College employees over the past couple of days. More importantly, I appreciate the advice and recommendations I have been receiving from students, faculty, Classified staff, and administrators.

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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