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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

March 17, 2020


Campus Community,

I wanted 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 March 16, 2020, 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time, the California Department of Health reports there are a total of 472 positive cases and eleven deaths in California (including one non-California resident). For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.

Compton CCD is now operating at Level Three - Moderate Infection Rate. Recent confirmed case(s) of a community member, and/or family member of student, staff, or faculty within the county. Today, the Compton College Pandemic Coordinators, Managers/Supervisors, and members of the President/CEO cabinet met, and below are some updates:

1. Today, the Board of Trustees affirmed my action to declare a state of emergency for the College. The declaration mirrors similar ones made at the national, state, and local levels, and makes Compton Community College District eligible for future assistance, lifts spending restrictions and expands the College's ability to move quickly in response to this evolving situation.

2. My first decision associated with the state of emergency is to move our campus to a telecommuting campus on Friday, March 20, 2020, after 4:30 p.m through April 17, 2020. Essential functions necessary for the continuation of District business, that can only be performed on campus, will remain on campus through April 17, 2020. Please note, we will have laptops available for essential and non-essential personnel who will perform duties remotely. I wanted to share this difficult decision with you as soon as possible so you can prepare for the next steps. There will be many untended consequences from this decision; however, I know this is in the best interest of employees, students, and our community.

With this decision being made, no classes will be provided onsite during this time. Courses that can be transitioned to online methods of instruction will resume Saturday, March 21, 2020, and continue through Friday, April 10, 2020, as initially planned. Furthermore, no onsite support services will be provided to students. We will make arrangements for our students who need assistance in addressing their basic needs.

3. My second decision associated with the state of emergency is to revoke all use of District facilities approved under the Civic Center Act (pursuant to Administrative Procedure 6700) that were previously approved, through June 30, 2020.

4. My third decision associated with the state of emergency is all faculty (full and part-time), Classified staff, and administrators will continue to receive their regular compensation while operating as a telecommuting campus.

5. My fourth decision associated with the state of emergency is regarding the wages for Provisional Employees and Student Workers. These employees will be paid for their scheduled hours through April 10, 2020. As of today, this decision excludes Provisional employees with the Maintenance and Operations Department.

6. For Compton Community College District employees age 65 or older, the Governor requires that those workers stay home and telework, except for "essential personnel". Over the next couple of days, we will be determining the "essential personnel" however, with the decision noted in item #1 above, all non-essential personnel will be telecommuting.

7. Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the campus is closed to everyone except employees. This closure will allow faculty and Classified staff the time to complete the necessary training to transition to alternative methods of instruction and student services.

8. Thursday, March 19, 2020, through Friday, March 20, 2020, the campus will only be open to employees and current students. The following locations on campus will be open for students: Student Health Center, Student Lounge, Tartar Pantry, and the computer lab located on the 2nd floor of the Library-Student Success Center.

9. Clarification: Hours of Operation
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, through Friday, March 20, 2020,  the hours of operation for all offices (not including Maintenance and Operations Department), will be 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Compton College COVID-19 Updates
Please visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage here for updates.

Final Comments
I want to thank each of you for your hard work and patience as we address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you for working together and for continuing to provide valuable input during these challenging times. 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.

Sincerely,

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


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