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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

March 27, 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 March 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, there are a total of 3,801 positive cases and 78 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 currently 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 marked the sixth day of alternative academic instruction and online student support services. The Compton College Pandemic Coordinators and members of the President/CEO Cabinet met today, and below is some important information:

The following guidelines address both students and employees in terms of what to do if they are not feeling well, or test positive for COVID-19:

What if I am not feeling well and are experiencing the following symptoms - fever, cough or shortness of breath?

Students:
Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) "Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick" guidelines (PDF) and contact your health care provider, or the St. John's Student Health Center by calling 323-541-1411 if you have questions, concerns, or would like to make an appointment to visit a clinic.

You may also call the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health directly at 213-240-7941 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or 213-974-1234 (after hours) and follow their instructions.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact your Compton College instructor via email as soon as possible. Provide the following information: your full name and Compton College student ID #, when you tested positive; when and where you were last on campus; and include a list of classes you are currently enrolled in for the spring 2020 semester.

Faculty, Classified Staff and Administrators:
Refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) "Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick" guidelines (PDF) and contact your primary health care provider.

You may also call the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health directly at 213-240-7941 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) or 213-974-1234 (after hours) and follow their instructions.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please contact your manager/supervisor via email as soon as possible.

Campus administrators will contact the Pandemic Coordinators (rbox@compton.edu, rjames@compton.edu, hparnock@compton.edu, and rsasser@compton.edu) via email. You must also call the vice president of Human Resources, 310-900-1600, ext. 2400. Provide the following information to Human Resources: your full name, when and where you were last on campus, and when you tested positive.

Compton College Pandemic Coordinators Meeting
The Compton College Pandemic Coordinators meet daily to discuss our current operating levels and provide recommendations to the President/CEO. We would like you to join them on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to receive an update on the implementation of the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan and to address any questions you may have as it relates to COVID-19. If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please email Heather Parnock at hparnock@compton.edu to receive the Zoom meeting information.

What is Cranium Cafe?
Cranium Cafe is a meeting and collaboration platform designed specifically for student support. Additionally, Cranium Cafe complies with all Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations and is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 conformant. Cranium Cafe is a streamlined, all-in-one EdTech software that provides us an opportunity to increase student engagement, boost retention, and provide equal access to services. This platform is accessible on or off-campus, it is cloud-based and requires no software installation. Once inside the café, both students and the student support team can utilize a variety of features to enhance their collaboration, including:

  • Document upload/share
  • Whiteboard
  • Screenshare
  • Google Docs collaboration
  • Document edit pad
  • Recording and Archiving
  • Speech to Text
  • Closed Captioning
  • Virtual Lobby

For a complete list of student support services available online via Cranium Cafe, click here.

Compton College Student Laptop Loan Program
The Compton College Student Laptop Loan Program begins next week! As of 5:00 p.m. today, we have received 403 online RSVPs from Compton College students. The laptop computer distribution will occur on Monday, March 30, 2020, and Friday, April 3, 2020. Special thanks to the Student Services Division, especially Andree Pacheco, director of student development and athletics, and Dr. Nelly Alvarado, director of educational partnerships, for taking the lead on the implementation of this program. Special thanks to the Information Technology Department for ordering and setting up each of the laptop computers. Also, special thanks to the Adult Education and Workforce Development program and Lynell Wiggins, for providing 725 backpacks to be distributed to students along with the laptop computers.

Laptop computers are 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 Student Laptop Loan Program, please email your questions to studentlife@compton.edu.

We will continue the Student Laptop Loan Program to address the technology needs of our students. EOPS&CARE and the Oliver W. Conner College Promise Programs will be involved in the program for fall 2020.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Support (CARES) Act
This evening Congress approved, and the President signed into law, the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. While more details will follow in the coming days, we believe the measure provides some much-needed relief for Compton College and our students during this crisis. Please note, there was funding in the CARES Act for Compton College. However, the fiscal estimates outline in the CARES Act is subject to change. We will provide additional information in the coming week on the CARES Act.

Weekly Meetings with Local Bargaining Units
Over the past two weeks, the District and the presidents of the Compton Federation of Employees (Certificated Unit) and the Compton Community College Federation of Classified Employees met to address many questions and concerns as it relates to COVID-19. We will continue to meet every week.

Compton College COVID-19 Updates
Reminder, please visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage here for updates. The Community Relations Department has developed an Alternative Instruction FAQ webpage for Compton College students, which is available here. 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 would like to thank everyone who participated in sending a special note to one of our colleagues today. Some individuals copied me on their special note, and I appreciated the opportunity to read the messages of gratitude and appreciation.

Finally, I have learned a lot about Zoom meetings this week. I learned how to share documents, have private chats during meetings, and how to change my background. Also, how to 'mute all' during meetings. I have had a Zoom account for over two years, and I never used these functions until this week. I am excited to learn more about Canvas next week. So, wish me luck on that endeavor!

Please be safe, stay healthy, and have a wonderful weekend.

Sincerely,

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


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