Important Information for ECCC Students About Week of March 30-April 3, 2020

Important Information for ECCC Students About Week of March 30-April 3, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
2:15 p.m.

East Central Community College (ECCC) continues to monitor developments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and in the state of Mississippi. As of today, the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) has reported a total of 26 cases in the College’s 5-county service area. While a relatively low number right now, it is an increase from last week. In consideration of the increasing possibility of College students and employees being indirectly and/or directly exposed to someone who has or will be diagnosed with COVID-19 or someone who has been in contact with someone who has or will be diagnosed with COVID-19, the following changes are being made to the operational guidelines for students for the remainder of the week of March 30-April 3, 2020.

STUDENTS
Faculty will continue to offer instruction in an online environment or through other alternative delivery formats this week. Thus, students will be required to continue to participate in their classes using their local resources this week. However, all lab and skills assessment scheduled to be hosted on campus the remainder of this week will be postponed beginning tomorrow (Tuesday) and until further notice.

As a result of this decision, no students will be expected or should plan to travel to campus the remainder of this week beginning Tuesday, March 31, 2020, to participate in lab or skills assessments. Instead, an emphasis on mastering content in an online or alternative delivery format will be the focus the remainder of this week. For important information related to the re-start of classes this week, students can refer to www.eccc.edu/coronavirus and the message titled: Message to Students as Classes Begin Monday, March 30, Using Online/Alternative Delivery Formats. If you have any questions about a class, please contact your instructor. When a decision is made concerning the offering of lab and skills assessments in the future, all students will be notified.

Students may continue to park in designated areas of the Decatur campus to access the internet on their devices from the comfort and convenience of their vehicle using College Wi-Fi. These designated areas include parking lots at the Career & Technical Education Annex, the Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium, and the Sutphin Healthcare Education Building. Students can access information regarding these campus hot spots at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus under a button on the right side navigation bar titled: Sources of Internet Accessibility. All of these Wi-Fi locations will be identified using special signage. Once again, Wi-Fi hot spots will remain open for student use during the posted times.

Pre-registration for Fall 2020 classes is still scheduled to begin on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Students should be monitoring their email for more information regarding this important event.

CAMPUS FACILITIES
Buildings on campus will continue to be closed to students and the general public. There should be very few employees (essential personnel) on campus each day and those employees will be asked to remain in their office and use the telephone or email to communicate with one another.

If you have questions for any office on campus, please call or email using the reference list of frequently contacted offices found at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus.

ECCC WEBPAGE DEVOTED TO CORONAVIRUS
Students should visit www.eccc.edu/coronavirus daily. Important information is being posted on that webpage for the College community. In addition, the College has placed several useful resources for students using buttons on the right side navigation bar. 

ECCC EMAIL
In addition to the webpage, students should check their ECCC email on a daily basis. Important updates and messages like this one will also be distributed to ECCC student email accounts on a regular basis.

Important Information for Employees—Changes to Campus Operational Guidelines for Remainder of the Week of March 30-April 3, 2020

Important Information for Employees—Changes to Campus Operational Guidelines for Remainder of the Week of March 30-April 3, 2020
Monday, March 30, 2020
2 p.m.

East Central Community College (ECCC) continues to monitor developments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and in the state of Mississippi. Currently, the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) has reported a total of 26 cases in the College’s 5-county service area. While a relatively low number right now, it is an increase from last week. In consideration of the increasing possibility of College students and employees being indirectly and/or directly exposed to someone who has or will be diagnosed with COVID-19 or someone who has been in contact with someone who has or will be diagnosed with COVID-19, the following changes are being made to the operational guidelines for employees and offices on campus for the remainder of the week of March 30-April 3, 2020.

FACULTY
Faculty will continue to offer instruction in an online environment or through other alternative delivery formats this week, however all lab and skills assessment scheduled to be hosted on campus will be postponed the remainder of this week and until further notice. No students will be expected to travel to campus the remainder of this week to participate in lab or skills assessments. An emphasis on presenting and mastering content in an online or alternative delivery format should be the focus the remainder of this week. Also, the College has created the ability to forward office telephones to a cell phone or home phone number to assist with answering calls to the office. In addition, the College has created the ability to return a call and replace the number from which you call with a College extension so as not to reveal your cell phone number to contact students (see attached pdf for information on both telephone processes). If necessary, faculty may come to their offices to accomplish tasks related to their classes strictly abiding by the campus protocol shared last Friday. With that in mind, Information Technology (IT) has created a form in myEC to complete and submit daily PRIOR to coming to campus for any reason. The form can be found under the COVID-19 RESOURCES tab in myEC.

Pre-registration for Fall 2020 classes is still scheduled to begin on Friday, April 3, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Faculty members should be monitoring their email for more information regarding this important event.

NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL
Beginning Tuesday, March 31, campus offices will be closed to all non-essential personnel the remainder of this week. A work schedule for maintenance staff for the remainder of the week (March 31-April 3) is described below and will be addressed by Mr. Foreman. We will ask that non-essential personnel who can work from home to respond to calls or emails and complete other essential tasks related to the office, to do so. Again, the College has created the ability to forward office telephones to a cell phone or home phone number to assist with answering calls to the office. In addition, the College has created the ability to return a call and replace the number from which you call with a College extension so as not to reveal your cell phone number (see attached PDF for information on both telephone processes). Non-essential personnel working from home will be required to meet specific work-related expectations and provide daily documentation of having met those expectations.

If any employee classified as non-essential personnel is not assigned to a campus service/office that is required to continue to perform essential functions during this challenging time and can work from home using technology to which he/she has access, I will ask that you contact your supervisor to offer your assistance. Even if it is just answering phones and forwarding questions to office staff, everything will help during this time. If you have any questions concerning the work schedule the remainder of this week, please contact your supervisor.

Maintenance staff perform an essential function of maintaining the cleanliness and sanitation of all College facilities. Therefore, Mr. Foreman will continue his schedule for reduced staff for daily cleaning and sanitation coverage this week. In addition, all campus facilities will be closed on Friday, April 3, to allow for more detailed and concentrated cleaning of all facilities.

Some non-essential personnel perform essential functions that may require brief attendance at the office. Employees should work with their supervisor to schedule any visit to the office, strictly abide by the campus protocol shared last Friday, and complete and submit the form under the COVID-19 RESOURCES tab in myEC PRIOR to returning to campus.

ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL
Essential personnel will be asked to come into the office to perform essential functions of the office. I am hopeful that essential personnel will be the only one in most offices so as to avoid contact with any other employee during the day. If work from home can be performed during a portion of the remainder of this week, essential personnel should work with their supervisor to schedule it. Essential personnel working from home will be required to meet specific work-related expectations and provide daily documentation of having met those expectations. The College has created the ability to forward office telephones to a cell phone or home phone number to assist with answering calls to the office. In addition, the College has created the ability to return a call and replace the number from which you call with a College extension so as not to reveal your cell phone number (see attached pdf for information on both telephone processes).

As per College policy, ECCC will continue to provide 24-hour protection of personnel and College property by members of the College’s Police Force. The Dean of Students will work with the Chief of Campus Police to ensure 24-hour campus coverage as an essential function of the College during the week of March 30-April 3 and the weekend.

CAMPUS FACILITIES
Buildings on campus will continue to be closed to students and the general public. Please keep them locked. There should be very few employees (essential personnel) on campus each day the rest of this week and those employees should remain in their office and use the telephone or email to communicate with one another.

Please know that ECCC students will still be allowed to park in designated areas of the Decatur campus to access the internet on their devices from the comfort and convenience of their vehicle using College Wi-Fi. These designated areas include parking lots at the Career & Technical Education Annex, the Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium, and the Sutphin Healthcare Education Building. They should not enter any building for any reason.

DOCUMENTATION OF WORK PERFORMED DURING WEEK OF MARCH 30 – APRIL 3, 2020
Employees will continue to follow the same operational guidelines related to the recording of work time as issued last week. Please refer to Update No. 7 for more information.  

Thanks so much to all who are working diligently to continue our tradition of excellence and class! Your efforts are appreciated!

Message to Students Reporting to Campus for Small Group Lab and Skills Assessments

Message to All ECCC Students Reporting to Campus for Small Group Lab and Skills Assessments
Sunday, March 29, 2020
4:15 p.m.

In an earlier email this afternoon, I mentioned that I wanted to send a specific message to students who are scheduled to participate in lab and skills assessment beginning this week on the campus of East Central Community College (ECCC). I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH the importance of following and implementing preventative measures to keep yourself and others SAFE AND healthy both on campus and at home. Please know that while the College may begin the implementation of these small group lab and skills assessments on Monday, March 30, we will continue to monitor local, state, and national developments daily and should there become a need to postpone the scheduling of these lab and skills assessments, we will do so immediately.

As we contemplate the beginning of this week, I felt it vitally important to remind students of the following items of information:

ENTRANCE TO CAMPUS
Students scheduled for lab or skills assessments must enter campus the week of Monday, March 30, 2020 – Thursday, April 2, 2020, on North 6th Avenue off of Broad Street under the digital College welcome sign at the front of campus. At this checkpoint on North 6th Avenue and Broad Street, students should be prepared to display their student identification card, tell the purpose of their visit to campus, where they will be going on campus, and approximately how long they may be on campus. If students cannot provide their identification card or come for any reason other than report to a lab or classroom for skills assessments, he/she will be asked to leave the campus. We will also ask that once students complete their lab or skills assessments, they immediately leave the campus as no loitering will be permitted.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
The following requirements for coming to campus to complete lab and skills assessments are MANDATORY for all students. Those who fail to follow these requirements will be asked to leave campus immediately and be subject to receiving a zero for the assignment.

Before Coming to Campus:

  1. Verify that you do not have a fever before coming to campus. If you have a fever, you must stay home. Do not come to campus. You must be fever-free for at least 24 hours before coming to campus. Please contact your instructor if you have a fever.
  2. Do not come to campus if you have the following symptoms, including, but not limited to, fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sneezing, body aches, headaches, etc. Please contact your instructor if you have these symptoms.
  3. Do not come to campus if you have traveled overseas, been on a cruise, or been to any area in the United States that has a high rate of community spread or is under a government state of emergency where you could have been exposed to COVID-19. Please contact your instructor if you fall into one or more of these categories.

Once You Arrive on Campus & Enter a Building or Facility:
If you satisfy the criteria above, upon entering a campus building or facility, properly wash your hands in the nearest restroom following these 4 steps and social distancing guidelines.

  1. Wet and Soapy. Get your hands wet in clean water. Put soap on your hands and make suds.
  2. Rub. Rub, rub, rub your soapy hands together long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” in your head twice. Clean your palms, the back of your hands, and between your fingers. Don’t forget to clean under your nails. Nails can trap dirt and germs.
  3. Rinse. Hold your hands under clean, running water. Rub them to rinse them fully.
  4. Shake and Dry. Shake your hands a few times, then dry them with a clean towel or hand dryer or air dry them if necessary.

Proceeding to Your Classroom, Lab, or Testing Area:
Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be provided in Classrooms, Labs, or Testing areas that are open for use.

  1. Apply the sanitizer thoroughly to your hands.
  2. Use a disinfectant wipe to clean your intended work area—lab space, computer keyboard, testing table/space, etc. Dispose of the disinfectant wipe in the provided trash receptacle.
  3. Perform the required assignment, skills, or test for which you came to campus.
  4. Use a new disinfectant wipe to again clean your work area—lab space, computer keyboard, testing table/space, etc. Dispose of the disinfectant wipe in provided trash receptacle.
  5. While on campus, all students must practice social distancing strategies – no contact, handshakes, hugs, six (6) feet of separation, etc. – as well as personal hygiene recommendations regarding hand-washing, etc., as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and noted above.

Again, ECCC has made several decisions in an effort to prioritize the health and safety of our campus community and that impact students returning to campus for lab or skills assessments. Please note once again the following:

  • Campus offices are closed to visits from students and the general public (contact with offices should be by telephone or email);
  • Daily staffing of campus offices will be reduced to a minimum number of employees needed to maintain essential operations;
  • Building entrances will be locked throughout the day to restrict general access. Students coming to campus for lab or skills assessments should receive information regarding entrance into the facility from their instructor; and
  • Loitering will not be permitted on campus.

Once again, the importance of taking preventative measures to keep yourself and others healthy cannot be overstated. Let me say again that while the College may begin the implementation of these small group lab and skills assessments, we will continue to monitor local, state, and national developments daily and should there become a need to postpone the scheduling of these lab and skills assessments, we will do so immediately.

Message to Students as Classes Begin Monday, March 30, 2020, Using Online/Alternative Delivery Formats

Important Message to All ECCC Students as Classes Begin Monday, March 30, Using Online and Alternative Delivery Formats
Sunday, March 29, 2020
1:30 p.m.

For the first time in East Central Community College’s (ECCC) 92-year history, all classes are being taught in an online environment or using alternative delivery formats beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). ECCC is committed to continuing our emphasis on Excellence, Student Success, and Teaching & Learning even during these unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19. While we hope to return to normal operations as soon as possible, the health and well-being of our College community is of the utmost importance.

With that in mind, College employees have been working tirelessly this week to make the transition from face-to-face classes to online or alternate delivery formats as smooth as possible. This afternoon, I wanted to address several items below for your information and use as classes resume Monday, March 30, 2020.

STATUS OF CAMPUS
ECCC has made several decisions in an effort to prioritize the health and safety of our campus community. Please note the following:

  • Campus offices are closed to visits from students and the general public (contact with offices should be by telephone or email);
  • Daily staffing of campus offices will be reduced to a minimum number of employees needed to maintain essential operations;
  • Only those employees scheduled to work on campus, those students scheduled for lab or skills assessments, and students utilizing the College’s new drive-up Wi-Fi access (see NOTE below) should be on campus at any time;
  • Building entrances will be locked throughout the day to restrict general access. If students are coming to campus for lab or skills assessments, their instructor should provide information regarding entrance into the facility. Students will be asked to follow posted safety requirements for entering and exiting a facility (see attached flier). I anticipate sending another message later this afternoon addressing students coming on campus for a lab or skills assessment;
  • As campus offices and buildings will be locked and closed to visits from students and the general public, restroom facilities inside buildings will not be accessible; and
  • Loitering will not be permitted on campus.

Students scheduled for lab or skills assessments must enter campus the week of Monday, March 30, 2020 – Thursday, April 2, 2020, on North 6th Avenue off of Broad Street under the digital College welcome sign at the front of campus. At this checkpoint on North 6th Avenue and Broad Street, students should be prepared to display their student identification card, tell the purpose of their visit to campus, where they will be going on campus, and approximately how long they may be on campus. If students cannot provide their identification card or come for any reason other than report to a lab or classroom for skills assessments, he/she will be asked to leave the campus. We will also ask that once students complete their lab or skills assessments, they immediately leave the campus as no loitering will be permitted.

NOTE: I am pleased to share with students that late Friday afternoon, the College was able to install exterior Wi-Fi access points in three campus parking lots for internet accessibility for students. These parking lots include Career & Technical Education Annex, the Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium, and the Sutphin Healthcare Education Building. At this time, students utilizing those parking lots to access College Wi-Fi services will be asked to pull into the lot and remain in their car. Students should be prepared to present their student identification card to Campus Police as they will be patrolling these parking lots throughout the day. As noted before, no loitering will be allowed in these parking lots and students will not be allowed into campus buildings for restrooms. Students should be working on their devices while in their car in the parking lot. Should there come a need to revise the process by which the Wi-Fi hot spots in these parking lots are accessed by students, the College will notify students. Additional information about these Wi-Fi hot spots can be found in the section below titled POTENTIAL SOURCES OF INTERNET ACCESSIBILITY and in the attached document.

ECCC WEBPAGE DEVOTED TO CORONAVIRUS
Students should visit www.eccc.edu/coronavirus daily. Important information is being posted on that webpage for the College community. In addition, the College has placed several useful resources for students using buttons on the right side navigation bar. 

ECCC EMAIL
In addition to the webpage, students should check their ECCC email on a daily basis. Important updates and messages like this one will also be distributed to ECCC student email accounts on a regular basis.

CANVAS
Students should log into Canvas and check each of their course shells for messages from their instructors, updates to their course syllabi, and any updates to their course requirements. If you need assistance using Canvas, please contact the eLearning team at elearning@eccc.edu or 601-635-6428 or visit the Student Canvas Orientation at:

https://eccc.instructure.com/enroll/EB7DEK.

INSTRUCTOR CONTACT
If students have any questions during this instructional transition, they should contact their instructors. The first option for students to reach out to their instructors is to e-mail them using the Canvas inbox feature. Students may also reach out to their instructors using their e-mail account. A complete list of instructors’ e-mail addresses can be found at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus under a button on the right side navigation bar. If students call an instructor’s office, more than likely they will need to leave a voicemail considering many of our instructors will be teaching from home. Some instructors may have already reached out to their students regarding the week of March 30- April 3, 2020.

REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
A list of remote learning resources for students can be found at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus under a button on the right side navigation bar. The list includes information on resources such as RedShelf e-books, Google Drive, Microsoft 365, and Google Docs. There is a printable pdf version of the resources listed there.

POTENTIAL SOURCES OF INTERNET ACCESSIBILITY
While the buildings located at all of our locations may be closed, ECCC has made it a priority to boost Wi-Fi capabilities in specific parking lots on the Decatur campus allowing students to park in designated areas to access the internet on their devices from the comfort and convenience of their vehicle. These designated areas include parking lots at the Career & Technical Education Annex, the Brackeen-Wood Gymnasium, and the Sutphin Healthcare Education Building. Students can access information regarding these campus hot spots at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus under a button on the right side navigation bar beginning Monday. All of these Wi-Fi locations will be identified using special signage.

Students who cannot come to campus to access the internet from the aforementioned parking lots should identify locations within their own communities to access adequate internet capabilities. For example, the Mississippi Library Association maintains a list of Wi-Fi availability across the state that includes public libraries and parking lots. A map and an Excel list of those locations can be found at www.misslib.org.

In addition, several internet service providers are offering free or low-cost internet and other opportunities to qualified individuals during this time. Please know that East Central Community College does not endorse any of these vendors nor does it verify terms or conditions.

Finally, depending on your smartphone data plan, your smartphone can possibly be used as a hot spot for internet access by turning on the Personal Hot Spot on your phone. Students should check their cell phone plan and contact their cell phone provider for additional details on this potential source of internet accessibility to determine terms or conditions.

LIBRARY SERVICES
Email: Students may email a College librarian at lhughes@eccc.edu or eminter@eccc.edu with any questions concerning the library or research including, but not limited to, finding electronic sources for research and questions about citing materials.

Library Instruction: The librarians have created a series of instruction sessions for various classes as well as using and accessing the Library’s online resources. These tutorials are available on the library webpage at https://www.eccc.edu/tutorial-videos-presentations-overviews

Issues with Electronic Resources: If students find that any of the Library’s online resources or catalog are no longer working, please e-mail Elizabeth Minter at eminter@eccc.edu.

Logging into Databases:  Students needing to log in to any online resource can find the Library’s bookmark located in CANVAS for each course that includes all usernames and passwords for the databases.  Any question about login information can be directed to lhughes@eccc.edu or eminter@eccc.edu or by calling 601-635-6219.  It is anticipated that questions will be answered within a 24-hour timeframe.

DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS
Eligible students currently receiving disability accommodations will continue to receive those accommodations to the greatest extent possible during this transition from face-to-face classes to online or alternate delivery formats. If students have any questions, they should contact their instructor(s) or contact Dr. Randall Lee, Vice President for Student Services and American Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator, at 601-635-6375 or rlee@eccc.edu.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
For technical support related to student email accounts or myEC, students should call Information Technology at 601-635-6424 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday or through 4:00 p.m. on Fridays (excluding holidays or other instances of campus closure). Students may also email ithelpdesk@eccc.edu for technical support related to student email accounts or myEC.

To report an outage of exterior Wi-Fi access points in campus parking lots, students may call 601-635-6424 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

OFFICE CONTACTS
A list of contact information for commonly called offices on campus can be found at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus under a button on the right side navigation bar. Students can find an e-mail address as well as an office telephone number for each office. If students call an office on campus, more than likely they will need to leave a voicemail considering the reduction in office staffing during this time. Please know that response times may be slower than normal due to the operational guidelines implemented by the College.

ENROLLMENT
Unless you have officially dropped a course or withdrawn from the College, you are still enrolled in your classes and should continue your coursework. If you have any change in your circumstances or availability for your classes, communicate with your instructors immediately to discuss your situation and identify potential opportunities for course completion.

RESIDENCE HALLS
Residence halls remain closed to all students with the exception of six (6) international students who have not been able to schedule return travel to their home country or not been able to secure a host family. It is anticipated that a final decision regarding the status of residence halls for the spring semester will be made soon. The cafeteria remains closed at this time as well. Residence hall students should continue to monitor their email and the ECCC coronavirus webpage for updates.

Residence hall students who were unable to secure essential items necessary to complete their coursework online according to the scheduled pickup days on March 26 and 27 should contact the Housing Department by phone at 601-635-6213 or by email at awalton@eccc.edu or jmiller@eccc.edu.

WARRIOR POST
Current ECCC students in need of obtaining items from the Warrior POST Food Pantry during this time are encouraged to visit the College’s coronavirus webpage. A button on the right side navigation bar contains information regarding the application for assistance. Students with questions concerning this service should contact Christy Ferguson at 601-635-6292 or cferguson@eccc.edu.

GRADUATION APPLICATION DEADLINE
Just a reminder, the application deadline for all students who are planning to receive a diploma and/or certificate this spring was extended. The new deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020. No applications will be accepted after that date. The Application for Graduation should be completed online using myECAn Application for Graduation must be submitted online using myEC even if students did not plan to participate in Spring Commencement exercises and even though Spring Commencement has now been postponed.

CONCLUSION
I have always said that at East Central Community College, we prepare students for life. There is no better example than right now. Pastor, author, and educator Charles “Chuck” Swindoll said, “Life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% how you react." I pray we all react wisely over these next few days and weeks as we support and encourage one another. I look forward to completing what we started, TOGETHER!!

I leave you this afternoon with a verse that has sustained me through these last few weeks and continues to encourage me each day. It comes from Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” I believe He will do just that!

Message About Limiting Entrance to Campus Starting Monday, March 30, 2020

Message About Limiting Entrance to Campus Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020
March 27, 2020
5:50 p.m.

We are hopeful that the many decisions made this week will prove to substantially limit the number of people on our campus beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, when classes resume in an online or alternative delivery format. Closing offices to students and the general public, working daily with a limited number of employees in each office, prohibiting anyone on campus except those employees scheduled to work and those students scheduled for lab or skills assessments, locking building entrances and keeping them locked throughout the day, preventing loitering on campus, and other similar decisions have been made with the health and safety of our campus community in mind.

In consideration of these decisions, I wanted to share with the campus family the plan provided by Student Services to monitor entrance to campus beginning Monday, March 30, 2020. We will ask that anyone who attempts to enter campus the week of Monday, March 30, 2020 – Thursday, April 2, 2020, enter on North 6th Avenue off of Broad Street under the digital College welcome sign at the front of campus. James Miller, Dean of Students, will be scheduling individuals to manage that entrance beginning at 7:00 a.m. and inquire of students and employees as to the purpose of their visit to campus.

STUDENTS
At this checkpoint on North 6th Avenue off of Broad Street, students should be prepared to display their identification card, tell the purpose of their visit to campus, where they will be going on campus, and approximately how long they may be on campus. If students cannot provide their identification card or come for any reason other than report to a lab or classroom for skills assessments, he/she will be asked to leave the campus. We will also ask that once students complete their lab or skills assessments, they immediately leave the campus as no loitering will be permitted.

EMPLOYEES
Employees reporting to the office for work may also be asked to display their identification card and provide responses to the questions listed above at this checkpoint. Please know that individuals who are asked to monitor the entrance may not be familiar with all members of the College workforce.

Again, I want to remind everyone that all offices will be closed to the general public the week of Monday, March 30, 2020 – Thursday, April 2, 2020, but will be available by phone or email utilizing a reduced staff in each office. We ask for your patience as the limited staff in these offices respond to questions.

Also, I anticipate that additional information will be provided for students this weekend or first thing Monday morning as we begin this “new normal” of instruction for the spring semester.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and understanding of the procedures described in this email to limit access to our campus during the College’s response to COVID-19. Enjoy a restful weekend!

Update No. 7

Update No. 7
March 27, 2020
10:15 a.m.

In response to updates regarding the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) from local, state, and national sources and with an emphasis on the health and safety of our students and employees, I wanted to share East Central Community College’s (ECCC) plan for employees the week of March 30-April 3, 2020. As stated in an earlier message, our goal is to safeguard our East Central family while continuing to operate the College to serve students and facilitate their progress toward completing the spring semester.

The ECCC Pandemic Response Team has met every afternoon this week to discuss best practices and current challenges. I have also participated in several conference calls with community college presidents from around the state discussing their responses to this pandemic. With all of that information in mind, ECCC will function under the operational guidelines found below for the week of March 30-April 3, 2020. Please know that these guidelines are subject to change based on developments surrounding COVID-19.

In general, for the week of March 30-April 3, 2020, ECCC will utilize a four-day week of office coverage (Monday, March 30-Thursday, April 2) whereby offices will be open for employees to perform job duties and responsibilities, but closed to visits from anyone from outside the College. As such, ECCC campus offices and all off-site College locations will remain locked and closed to students (exceptions noted below) and the general public during this week. The preferred form of communication for all campus employees and offices during this week will be e-mail, telephone, and Zoom video conferencing. One exception to the prohibition on campus visitors will be students who are scheduled to demonstrate skill proficiencies in a small group setting in various career and technical programs and/or academic and other skills labs. These students will report to the facility of their class location as directed by their instructor and upon completion leave the campus immediately. No student should be in a facility other than the one where the lab/classroom is located and should exit the facility and campus immediately upon completing the lab assessment. Students will be expected to call or email an appropriate College office if they have a question, but not visit the office. The College is also preparing to offer Wi-Fi access in some parking lots so students may be on campus to utilize that resource. However, they will be instructed to park in the lot, remain in their vehicle to complete their work, and immediately exit campus upon completion. Campus Police will be instructed to prevent loitering on campus for any reason and again, doors to campus facilities and/or offices should remain locked.

Maintenance staff will be cleaning and disinfecting campus facilities on a daily basis. However, please note that on Friday, April 3, 2020, the entire campus will be closed to employees to allow our maintenance staff the opportunity to conduct deeper and more targeted cleaning and sanitizing of each facility as we prepare for the next week. If anything on campus has been scheduled for Friday, April 3, 2020, it will need to be rescheduled as all facilities will be closed.

This message will provide important information about each employment classification and the expectations for next week. I encourage all employees to read this entire message in preparation for next week giving special attention to the section titled, PROTOCOL WHILE ON CAMPUS.

ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, essential personnel this week will be defined as all College vice presidents, deans, directors, and the superintendent of the physical plant. Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, division chairpersons will follow the schedule of faculty as detailed in a later section. All essential personnel should plan to report to campus at their normal time on Monday, March 30, through Thursday, April 2, unless otherwise notified. If employees in this group have special circumstances to consider before or during the week, they should contact their supervisor.

Essential personnel approved to work from home will be required to meet specific work-related expectations and provide daily documentation of having met those expectations utilizing the Remote Work Form. The Remote Work Form must be completed at the end of the week and submitted to the supervisor, who will sign and then forward to Human Resources. Also, essential personnel who are approved for work from home will remain on-call at all times during the normal workday.

In addition, it is anticipated that essential personnel will be required to complete the Administrative Leave Request Form for Friday, April 3, 2020, listing the reason “Not scheduled to work by orders of my Supervisor” unless he/she is working from home that day.

As per College policy, ECCC will continue to provide 24-hour protection of students, personnel, and College property by members of the College’s Police Force. The Dean of Students will work with the Chief of Campus Police to ensure 24-hour campus coverage during the week of March 30-April 3 and the weekend.

NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL

Exempt, Full-time Salaried Employees

At this time beginning Monday, March 30, all non-essential, exempt full-time salaried employees will work one day in the office/on campus from Monday through Thursday on a schedule as determined by their supervisor to ensure daily office coverage. Each department will need a limited number of non-essential personnel to report to campus daily in order to remain operational.

To the greatest extent possible, non-essential, exempt full-time salaried employees should work from home the other three days of the workweek. Non-essential, exempt full-time salaried employees approved to work from home will be required to meet specific work-related expectations and provide daily documentation of having met those expectations utilizing the Remote Work Form. The Remote Work Form must be completed at the end of the week and submitted to the supervisor, who will sign and then forward to Human Resources. Also, non-essential, exempt full-time salaried employees who are approved for work from home will remain on-call at all times during the normal workday.

Non-essential, exempt full-time salaried employees will complete the Administrative Leave Request Form for Friday, April 3, 2020, listing the reason “Not scheduled to work by orders of my Supervisor.” In addition, if there are days during this week these employees are not scheduled to work on campus and/or unable to work from home, they should complete the Administrative Leave Request Form for each of those days and note the appropriate reason for the request.

Non-exempt, Full-time Salaried Employees

At this time beginning Monday, March 30, all non-essential, non-exempt full-time salaried employees will work one day in the office/on campus from Monday through Thursday on a schedule as determined by their supervisor to ensure daily office coverage. Each department will need a limited number of non-essential personnel to report to campus daily in order to remain operational.

For all non-essential, non-exempt full-time salaried employees, time working on campus and time working from home will be reflected on their weekly Time Record. To the greatest extent possible, non-essential, non-exempt full-time salaried employees should work from home the other three days of the workweek. If work from home is approved for a non-essential, non-exempt full-time salaried employee, the Remote Work Form should be completed at the end of the week and submitted to the supervisor along with the weekly Time Record. Also, non-essential, non-exempt full-time salaried employees who are approved for work from home will remain on-call at all times during the normal workday.

Non-essential, non-exempt full-time salaried employees will complete the Administrative Leave Request Form for Friday, April 3, 2020, listing the reason “Not scheduled to work by orders of my Supervisor.” In addition, if there are days during this week these employees are not scheduled to work on campus and/or unable to work from home, they should complete the Administrative Leave Request Form for each of those days and note the appropriate reason for the request.

Non-exempt, Full-time Hourly Employees

At this time beginning Monday, March 30, all non-essential, non-exempt full-time hourly employees will work one day on campus from Monday through Thursday on a schedule as determined by their supervisor to ensure daily campus coverage. All non-essential, non-exempt full-time hourly employees in maintenance reporting to campus will continue to clean and sanitize facilities daily and will also work on Friday to perform more targeted cleaning and sanitizing of all College facilities while all offices are closed to employees.

For all non-essential, non-exempt full-time hourly employees, time working on campus and time working from home will be reflected on their weekly Time Record. To the greatest extent possible, non-essential, non-exempt full-time hourly employees should work from home the other two days of the work week. If work from home is approved for a non-essential, non-exempt full-time hourly employee, the Remote Work Form should be completed at the end of the week and submitted to the supervisor along with the weekly Time Record. Also, non-essential, non-exempt full-time hourly employees who are approved for work from home will remain on-call at all times during the normal workday.

In addition, non-essential, non-exempt full-time hourly employees will be required to complete the Administrative Leave Request Form for the days they are not scheduled to work on campus as determined by their supervisor and/or unable to work from home. These employees should complete the Administrative Leave Request Form and note the appropriate reason for the request.

Non-exempt, Part-time Hourly Employees who Qualify for Benefits

At this time beginning Monday, March 30, all non-essential, non-exempt part-time hourly employees in Student Services and other areas who qualify for benefits will work on campus from Monday through Thursday on a schedule as determined by their supervisor to assist with daily campus coverage. For all non-essential, non-exempt part-time hourly employees who qualify for benefits, time working on campus and time working from home will be reflected on their weekly time card. If work from home is approved for a non-essential, non-exempt part-time hourly employee who qualifies for benefits, the Remote Work Form should be completed at the end of the week and submitted to the supervisor along with the weekly time card.

In addition, non-essential, non-exempt part-time hourly employees who qualify for benefits will be required to complete the Administrative Leave Request Form for any hours they are not scheduled to work on campus as determined by their supervisor and/or unable to work from home. These employees should complete the Administrative Leave Request Form and note the appropriate reason for the request.

In no instance should non-essential, non-exempt part-time hourly employees who qualify for benefits exceed the hours worked in a normal work week, usually 20 hours, when combining hours worked on campus, hours worked from home, and administrative leave with pay.

General Information

Before close of business on Friday, March 27, supervisors should contact non-essential personnel to discuss their one workday in the office for March 30-April 2, 2020. If an employee has not heard from his/her supervisor by the end of the day on Friday, he/she should contact the supervisor as soon as possible. In addition, please know that all non-essential personnel will be on-call while working from home, meaning they must be able to report to work, or complete tasks from home, as needed and when called upon. Please continue to understand that the College is operating under unprecedented circumstances, and we need each employee to remain flexible.

FACULTY
Faculty should use the week of March 30-April 3 to deliver instruction online or through an alternate delivery method as determined this week. Our main focus will be on a smooth transition from face-to-face classes to an online environment (Canvas, etc.) or to another alternative means of instruction as part of the College’s coordinated instructional response. This will mean reaching out to students as much as possible to offer support and guidance using Canvas, e-mail, telephone calls, etc.

Faculty offices will be available on Monday through Thursday to access the resources necessary to provide high-quality teaching and learning experiences. In addition, faculty who are able to do so may access resources remotely from home.

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, faculty will not be required to complete the Remote Work Form at the end of the week. Due to the nature of teaching online and through alternative delivery format(s), documentation of work performed will be accomplished through communication with students throughout the day, grading of assignments, use of Canvas course shells, and other appropriate methods to determine time worked.

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE
As mentioned earlier, full-time employees and part-time employees who currently work 20 hours or more and qualify for benefits may be placed on administrative leave with pay during the week of March 30-April 3, 2020. Administrative leave with pay should be the final option considered for employees. Employees not assigned to work in the office should perform work at home if at all possible.

Employees as defined in the paragraph above may request administrative leave with pay if they are unable to work in the office/on campus for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Employee asked not to report to campus by his/her supervisor;
  • Employee has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis;
  • Employee has a condition whereby they are considered high risk and thus more susceptible to this illness (medical documentation required) and/or is being actively monitored for COVID-19;
  • Employee has recently been in contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19;
  • Employee is asked to report to campus, but is displaying COVID-19 symptoms of a fever of 100.4 F or greater, along with cough or shortness of breath;
  • Employee is caring for a family member confirmed to have COVID-19 or who is at high risk;
  • Employee has returned from international travel, from a cruise, or from any location where they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, and as a result have been required to self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to the campus. (NOTE: During this 14-day period, employees will be expected to work from home to the greatest extent possible. All employees who fall into this category must discuss their particular concerns with their supervisor); or
  • School or daycare facility is closed and other arrangements cannot be made (NOTE: The College understands that some employees will be facing challenges related to childcare, but will ask that every effort be made to make childcare arrangements on the day assigned to the office/campus this week to allow the employee to accomplish essential job functions).

However, in the cases above, employees should perform work at home to the greatest extent possible to avoid the need for administrative leave with pay. If an employee is unable to work in the office/on campus  and unable to perform work from home, he/she may be considered for administrative leave with pay. At this time, full-time employees and part-time employees who currently work 20 hours or more and qualify for benefits who are placed on administrative leave with pay will not lose their compensation or wages during this week. Please know the College will continue to monitor the use and implementation of this authority regarding administrative leave with pay and make necessary adjustments in the future.

ECCC CHILDCARE CENTER
In regards to childcare facilities on the campus of ECCC, all services at the ECCC childcare facility are suspended until further notice. If you made an advanced payment for the week of March 23-27, 2020, please contact Mr. Mickey Vance, Vice President for Business Operations, to discuss how to request a refund.

PROTOCOL WHILE ON CAMPUS
While on campus, we will ask all employees to keep their area(s) locked and secure and work alone or in very small groups and practice social distancing strategies – no contact, handshakes, hugs, six (6) feet of separation, etc. – as well as personal hygiene recommendations regarding hand-washing, etc., as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Should you enter a facility by unlocking an entrance, please be sure to lock the door behind you upon entering.

In addition, we will ask that you limit your travel around campus to the greatest extent possible. Please consider using e-mail or the telephone to speak to individuals in other offices. If you want to deliver something to someone on campus, we encourage you to call that person and schedule a time for drop off and pick up outside of a building.

Should there be a need, all campus-related meetings and/or training sessions will be limited to small groups, with no more than 10 total attendees practicing social distancing strategies. The College has the ability to host a Zoom telephone conference if necessary. Please contact Mr. David Case, Vice President for Institutional Research and Development, if you are interested or have a need to set up a meeting using Zoom.

Should you believe someone is in your building who should not be at any time throughout the day considering our offices and facilities will be closed to the general public, please contact Campus Police.

We encourage all employees to remain in their area/office as much as possible while on campus and away from others. The importance of preventative measures to keep yourself and others healthy cannot be overstated.

GRANT REQUIREMENTS
Please note that some positions funded through grant funds may require additional documentation related to hours worked during the week and/or other responsibilities based on grant requirements. Employees funded through grants will need to check with their supervisor regarding any special requirements.

FUTURE UPDATES
We continue to encourage all members of the College family to monitor their College e-mail and the College’s webpage created to provide updates on the impact of COVID-19 on ECCC operations - www.eccc.edu/coronavirus. Important information will be shared using both of these mediums so employees are asked to consult both of these at least daily.

We understand how frustrating it can be considering the almost daily changes in the status of COVID-19. We want to thank you for your continued patience and support as we work together to safeguard the health and safety of our College family. If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss them with your supervisor or with Mrs. Rowzee in Human Resources.

Message on Transition to Online Classes and Alternative Delivery Format

Message on Transition to Online Classes and Alternative Delivery Format
March 25, 2020
(11:00 a.m.)

As you are aware, East Central Community College (ECCC) is using this week to prepare for the transition to online and alternate delivery of coursework to complete the spring semester. Class changes during a semester can be stressful, but please know that the College is committed to finding creative ways to provide meaningful opportunities and support so that you can complete your classes.

As faculty are working on their Canvas course shells and scheduling small group instruction this week, they will post updates to their syllabi and course requirements so begin checking your Canvas course shells. You can reach out to your instructor with any questions or concerns that you may have through your Canvas course shell.

Many of you have taken an online class before, but some of you may not have or need a quick refresher. We have you covered and have created a self-paced course that will provide you with tutorial videos on how to navigate Canvas in general, set up your personal settings, and submit assignments. The Student Canvas Orientation may be found at:

https://eccc.instructure.com/enroll/EB7DEK

During these uncertain times, some of you may have misplaced or lost your textbook or learning materials. Redshelf is offering up to seven (7) free ebooks to students at this time (courseware not included). If you don’t have your textbook, please access the following https://studentresponse.redshelf.com/. If your text isn't available via Redshelf, please email elearning@eccc.edu, and they will gladly research the publisher sites to find another free access point if one is available.

As the College makes the transition from face-to-face instruction to online and alternate delivery of coursework to complete the spring semester, we understand that internet accessibility provides a challenge for some students. The College is currently developing a list of internet accessibility resources for students. We anticipate sharing these potential resources on the College webpage www.eccc.edu/coronavirus so please continue to monitor that page. We also encourage you to research the resources available in your local community as you are home this week.

We have shared several things with you this morning concerning our transition from face-to-face instruction to an online or other alternative delivery format. I simply wanted you to know that we are working this week to make the transition as smooth as possible with you in mind. Classes will resume online or using an alternate delivery format on Monday, March 30, 2020. Stay tuned for further emails that will provide important and useful information as we complete this semester the way we started—TOGETHER!

Message Regarding Residence Hall Retrieval of Essential Items

Message Concerning Residence Hall Retrieval of Essential Items
March 24, 2020
(5:00 p.m.)

As you know, the campus is currently closed to students and to the general public; however, it is our plan to open the dormitories this Thursday and Friday, March 26-27, for students to retrieve items necessary to prepare for the transition from face-to-face to online and alternative instruction. Attached you will find the proposed schedule for students to return to campus to retrieve these essential items. This schedule will also be placed on the College’s webpage dedicated to providing information regarding COVID-19, www.eccc.edu/coronavirus. Please be mindful that this schedule was constructed to allow fewer than 10 students at a time into the dorms, which is the current health and safety protocols recommended by state and national agencies/leaders. Therefore, we ask that you arrive at campus on the day and time assigned to your room. In addition, only the student should plan to enter the dorm so, if you bring anyone with you, we ask that they remain in the vehicle.

For students who reside in Jackson, Scott, Winston, Todd, Newsome, Leake, and Neshoba Halls, please plan to enter the campus only at the main entrance where the ECCC marquee sign is located off West Broad Street. There you will receive further instructions and a special parking pass to park only in the parking lot of your dorm.

If you reside in Barber Hall or the New Women’s Hall, please go the parking lot in front of the New Women’s Hall to receive further instructions and your special parking pass. You will be asked to surrender your parking pass as you depart the area.

Additionally, no decision has been made about closing the dorms for the rest of the spring semester at this time, so we ask that you only acquire essential items needed to continue your classes at this time. If you do not have any essential items in your dorm room, we ask that you remain at home and await further instructions pertaining to the dormitories. This will limit the number of people who we have on campus at a given time.

Finally, if you cannot come to campus during your designated time as indicated on the attached schedule, please email Dr. Walton at awalton@eccc.edu or Dean Miller at jmiller@ecc.edu or call our office at 601-635-6213 to schedule an alternative time. Again this is for your safety. Your health and the health of our staff are our number one priority during this time. 

Message Concerning Commencement/Graduation Application

Message Concerning 2020 Commencement/Graduation Application
March 24, 2020
(11:30 a.m.)

East Central Community College (ECCC) continues to regularly receive and monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) regarding the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). In response to these updates and their continuing impact on College operations, the College has made the decision to POSTPONE indefinitely the Spring Commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 1 at the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Coliseum. Please know that given the ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19, it is unlikely a Commencement ceremony could be held prior to the latter part of the summer at this time. In regards to the potential for rescheduling Commencement exercises, College officials will continue to monitor national and state public health and safety recommendations and protocols.

In response to this postponement, the application deadline for all students who are planning to receive a diploma and/or certificate this spring has been EXTENDED to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020. No applications will be accepted after that date. The Application for Graduation should be completed online using myECPlease note, an Application for Graduation must be submitted online using myEC even if you did not plan to participate in Spring Commencement exercises and even though Spring Commencement has now been postponed.

Please continue to monitor your College e-mail and the ECCC webpage created to provide updates on the impact of COVID-19 on ECCC operations at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus.

Update No. 6

Update No. 6
March 20, 2020
(9:15 a.m.)

East Central Community College (ECCC) continues to regularly receive and monitor updates regarding the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) from local, state, and national sources. In response to these updates, I wanted to share the College’s plan for employees the week of March 23-27. Please know that the health and safety of our students and employees were our priorities as we developed this initial plan to address these current and evolving challenges. Our goal is to safeguard our East Central family while continuing to operate the College to serve students and facilitate their progress toward completing the spring semester.

With that in mind, ECCC will function under the operational guidelines found below for the week of March 23-27, 2020. These guidelines have been established with assistance from the ECCC Pandemic Response Team and the ECCC Board of Trustees. I am hopeful that the procedures outlined below address major areas of concern for all College employees. Please know that these guidelines are subject to change based on developments surrounding COVID-19. I encourage all employees to read the entire message in preparation for next week.

ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL
All ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL should plan to report to work at their normal time on Monday, March 23. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL are currently defined as all College vice presidents, deans, directors, division chairpersons, and the superintendent of the physical plant. Employees in this group with special risk factors or circumstances should contact their supervisor before returning to work on Monday. In addition, as per College policy, ECCC will continue to provide 24-hour protection of students, personnel, campus guests, and College property by members of the College’s Police Force. The Dean of Students will work with the Chief of Campus Police to ensure 24-hour campus coverage during the week of March 23-27. Employees not identified in this list as essential personnel will be asked to stay home on Monday.

On Monday, essential personnel will be asked to complete tasks associated with their individual job responsibilities. First, they will be asked to prepare a modified work schedule for the remainder of the week in their individual area(s) of responsibility to ensure office or other coverage. Although all College offices will be open daily with a reduced staff to receive phone calls and respond to e-mails, offices will be closed to visits by the general public. In addition, Career Advancement Centers and other off-site College locations will be closed the week of March 23-27. The College will ask students and members of the public not to be on campus or visit off-campus sites during the week of March 23-27. The College will be functionally closed as if we are on Spring Break to prepare for the remainder of the semester.

Second, essential personnel in the area of instruction will engage in discussions to prepare for a transition to virtual or alternative instructional delivery formats beginning on Monday, March 30. Deans, directors, and division chairpersons will be in contact with faculty members to provide guidance on the transition. Faculty will spend this week preparing to transition their classes to an online or other delivery format. Additional information for faculty members can be found in the section below titled, FACULTY.

NON-ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL
Our plan at this time beginning Tuesday, March 24, is to work daily with a reduced number of non-essential personnel in each area who will be focused on completing important and required tasks while organizing for future office operations in response to COVID-19. Each department will need a limited number of non-essential personnel to report to campus in order to remain operational. We will ask all supervisors to reduce the number of non-essential personnel to the bare minimum, and to rotate, to the extent possible, those employees who must report. While on campus, we will ask all employees to work alone or in small groups and practice social distancing strategies – no contact, handshakes, hugs, six (6) feet of separation, etc. – as well as personal hygiene recommendations regarding hand-washing, etc., as suggested by the CDC. All campus-related meetings and/or training sessions will be limited to small groups, with no more than 10 total attendees. The importance of preventative measures to keep yourself and others healthy cannot be overstated.

During this time, supervisors are encouraged to identify non-essential personnel whose job responsibilities are conducive to working from home and permit them to do so on days they are not assigned to report to the office. Individuals working from home will be required to meet specific work-related expectations and provide daily documentation of having met those expectations. Mrs. Julie Rowzee, Director of Human Resources, is in the process of developing a form(s) to address working from home. Before close of business on Monday, supervisors will notify their non-essential personnel of their assignments and work schedule for March 24-27. If an employee has not heard from his/her supervisor by the end of the day on Monday, he/she should contact the supervisor as soon as possible. If non-essential employees believe they can work from home, we will ask that they discuss that possibility with their supervisor. In addition, please know that all non-essential personnel will be on-call during this time period, meaning they must be able to report to work, or work from home, as needed and when called upon. Please understand that the College is operating under unprecedented circumstances, and we need each employee to remain flexible.

FACULTY
Courses already offered online are not impacted by the extended Spring Break so instruction should be ongoing.

Faculty should use the week of March 23-27 to prepare for the likelihood of all coursework being delivered online or through an alternate delivery method through the remainder of the spring semester. This week will allow faculty members time to prepare to transition face-to-face classes to an online environment (Canvas, etc.) or to another alternative means of instruction as part of the College’s coordinated instructional response. It is anticipated that the College will offer training in the migration of face-to-face classes to online delivery, and/or prepare alternative schedules and formats for those courses that will not readily transfer online. Resources will be available both on campus and online to provide the necessary training. Offices will be accessible to faculty to access the resources necessary to assist with this transition. In addition, faculty who are able to do so, may access online training remotely from home. An opportunity to review a schedule of campus training opportunities as well as an opportunity to register for this training will be forthcoming. Please know that any small group training activity will exercise strict social distancing guidelines.

Our main instructional focus next week will be making the transition to online instruction for courses that are not currently delivered in that format. During this process, we will also be developing protocol for delivering courses, primarily in allied health-related and career and technical programs, in the safest possible environments. It is anticipated that additional information for faculty members will be forthcoming from College deans, directors and division chairs.

ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE
On Saturday, March 14, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency regarding COVID-19. Consequently, on March 16, Governor Reeves issued Executive Order No. 1458 to address paid administrative leave for employees missing work due to COVID-19. As a result of these two actions, as well as the approval of the ECCC Board of Trustees, the College has been given the authority to place full-time employees and part-time employees who currently work 20 hours or more and qualify for benefits on administrative leave with pay if necessary. Therefore, it is anticipated that employees in these two categories who are not asked to report to campus and who are unable to work from home will not lose their compensation or wages during this challenging time. The College will monitor the use and implementation of this authority regarding administrative leave with pay and make necessary adjustments in the future.

Administrative leave with pay should be the final option considered for employees. Employees not assigned to work in the office should perform work at home if possible. If employees are unable to perform work functions from home on the days they are not asked to be in the office, they may be placed on paid administrative leave.

EMPLOYEES CARING FOR CHILDREN
Governor Tate Reeves announced Thursday morning that public schools will be closed until at least April 17. In addition, we are sure that many childcare facilities will be closed as well over the next few days and weeks. In light of that, the College understands that some employees will be facing challenges related to childcare. Therefore, the College has asked the vice presidents, deans, directors, administrators, and division chairs to work with employees with these challenges to the greatest extent possible. If an employee is impacted by this situation, he/she should contact his/her supervisor to discuss the circumstances.

EMPLOYEES WITH SPECIAL MEDICAL CONDITIONS
If employees have a condition whereby they have a weakened immune system or they are, for whatever reason, more susceptible to this illness, they will be asked to consult with their supervisor regarding how they can work from home.

EMPLOYEES EXHIBITING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19
If an employee is asked to report to campus, he/she should notify his/her supervisor if he/she has symptoms (a fever of 100.4 F or greater along with cough or shortness of breath) and should not come to campus.

SELF-ISOLATION
With the aggressive migration of COVID-19, we ask that all employees use their best judgment regarding a need to self-isolate. If employees are returning from international travel, from a cruise, or from any location where they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, please self-isolate for 14 days prior to returning to the campus. During this 14-day period, employees will be expected to work from home to the greatest extent possible. All employees who fall into this category must discuss their particular concerns with their supervisor.

Important: If you are one who needs to self-isolate, please limit your physical and proximate interaction with others, even if you don't feel sick. You are encouraged to work from home during the time of self-isolation. 

ECCC CHILDCARE CENTER
In regards to childcare facilities on the campus of ECCC, all services at the ECCC childcare facility are suspended until further notice.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Whether in the office or at home, the College encourages all employees to view the training videos below provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Mississippi State University (MSU) to increase their awareness of current best practices and procedures to protect against the spread of COVID-19. The first two videos were developed by the CDC while the last two videos were developed by the MSU Extension Service. All share important information and can be viewed at:

WORK REQUESTS
Until further notice, all Information Technology (IT) helpdesk requests, Public Information (PI) work requests, and Maintenance work requests should be e-mailed by employees to their director, dean, or division chair. Upon receipt of these requests, the director, dean or division chair will forward the request to the appropriate campus vice president for consideration. Upon approval, the vice president will forward the request to the appropriate College administrator in IT, PI, and/or Maintenance. This effort is to help manage the numerous requests anticipated during this time of transition and to avoid duplicate requests for the same issue.

AVAILABILITY OF CAMPUS AND OFF-CAMPUS RESOURCES
A number of students currently enrolled in online courses through the MSVCC use the library and/or computer labs on campus for their work. In addition, some students visit local Career Advancement Centers in our five-county service area to access these resources. Because the College campus and all off-site College locations will be closed to students and the general public the week of March 23-27, those resources will not be available. We encourage students who find themselves in this group next week to contact their instructors. Instructors are encouraged to be particularly sensitive to the needs of students who might normally use resources on campus to complete their work. Please note that several service providers are offering internet services to qualified individuals during this difficult time. More information regarding those resources will be shared next week with students.

OTHER QUESTIONS
Realizing that the College is moving through unchartered territory in response to COVID-19, I urge employees with more specific questions or concerns to first work with their supervisor(s) to answer those questions or resolve those concerns in a patient and productive manner. We encourage all of our employees to not get frustrated if their supervisor doesn’t yet have firm guidance to offer. This is new territory for all of us at the College and in many cases, we are making decisions as the situation unfolds. I want to thank all of our employees in advance for their patience, understanding, and flexibility during this unprecedented time in the history of our College.

For consistency across campus, if employees are unable to resolve a question or concern through their supervisor or chain of command, we ask that they direct any questions or concerns about their individual employment situation to Human Resources (HR) at jrowzee@eccc.edu. The HR department will be in constant communication with all necessary College administrators and will answer questions or concerns as quickly as possible with necessary input from College administration.

FUTURE UPDATES
It is anticipated that more updates to College operations for employees will be communicated early next week including a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) developed by Human Resources. We continue to encourage all members of the College family to monitor their College e-mail and the College’s webpage created to provide updates on the impact of COVID-19 on ECCC operations - www.eccc.edu/coronavirus. Important information will be shared using both of these mediums so employees are asked to consult both of these at least daily.

As you can imagine, the week of March 23-27, 2020, will be one of the most unique and challenging workweeks in College history. And, let me go ahead and say, I am confident that we haven’t anticipated every scenario, every issue, or every challenge that the College will face over these coming days. But, I can assure you of this, we will face every one of them as we always have, TOGETHER.

Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work together to safeguard the health and safety of our College family.

Update No. 5

Update No. 5
March 18, 2020
(9:15 a.m.)

East Central Community College (ECCC) continues to actively monitor information concerning the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) provided by the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH), Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, College officials are maintaining contact with our colleagues at colleges and universities across the state.

As the situation has continued to evolve, we remain committed to taking all necessary precautions to keep our students, faculty, staff, and the community as safe as possible and to “flatten the curve” of spread of the virus. In light of recent guidance and recommendations made by the CDC and the MSDH, I am writing to update you on changes we are instituting to mitigate the spread of the virus to the communities we serve:

EXTENDED SPRING BREAK FOR STUDENTS
In keeping with the actions of community colleges and universities in the state and in an effort to monitor the continued impacts of COVID-19 in Mississippi and to develop contingency operational plans, ECCC will extend Spring Break for students taking on-campus classes through Friday, March 27. As such, traditional face-to-face classes will be suspended for the week of March 23-27. At this time, the extension of Spring Break applies to students only and the one-week class suspension applies to traditional, face-to-face classes only. Please know that ECCC students currently enrolled in online classes through MSVCC will continue with their regular schedule next week.

Even with the suspension of classes for students taking on-campus classes this one week, it is not the intention of the College to extend the spring semester at this time. Currently, the College plans to conclude the Spring 2020 semester on May 1, 2020, as originally scheduled. However, please know that this plan is subject to change based on developments at the local, state, and/or federal levels regarding the spread of COVID-19.

TRANSITION IN MODE OF INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY
At this time, the College plans to transition classes originally scheduled in a face-to-face arrangement to an online environment or other format using alternative instructional method(s) to minimize disruptions to the educational process. This transition from face-to-face to an alternative delivery format is the most prudent course of action and will provide students the best opportunity to meet their educational goals and responsibilities. Please know that labs, as well as skills, demonstration, and performance classes may require some small group instruction to measure student learning outcomes. In all cases, our goal will be to follow the guidance and recommendations made by healthcare professionals that mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 while maintaining the quality and integrity of our instructional programs.

In consideration of this transition to the online environment and/or to the use of alternative instructional method(s), all students are encouraged to begin making plans now. Students are asked to identify locations within their own communities to access adequate internet capabilities. It is anticipated that the College will inform students during the week of March 23-27 regarding resources that may be available to them at the College. However, students should begin making preparation now for this transition that is scheduled to take place on Monday, March 30.

RESIDENCE HALLS
All residence halls will remain closed to students during the week of March 23-27. Therefore, all residential students should refrain from returning to campus until further notice. At this time, no decision has been made regarding residence halls after the week of March 23-27. When a decision is made concerning the status of campus residence halls, the College will communicate with residential students. Should a decision be made for residence halls to remain closed after March 27, residential students will be informed when residence halls will be open to allow them to retrieve from their campus room any textbooks, laptops, and/or other items needed to respond to the transition in instructional delivery. In that case, the temporary opening of a residence hall would be for the limited purpose of claiming those items and then promptly exiting campus.

ON-CAMPUS STUDENT & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
The CDC and the MSDH have recommended that individuals avoid social gatherings where 10 or more people would come into close contact in hopes of minimizing the time spent in proximity to one another in confined spaces. In an effort to be proactive in reducing the possibility of transmission of COVID-19 on campus and to the communities we serve and in keeping with the guidance and recommendations of the CDC and the MSDH, effective immediately, ALL extracurricular activities and College-sponsored events and gatherings scheduled on- or off-campus as well as community-related events scheduled on-campus are canceled until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, Athletic contests, Fine Arts events, Student Life activities, Continuing Education courses, etc. As a result of this decision, all rental agreements for events scheduled in any ECCC facility will be canceled. At an appropriate time in the future, the resumption of on-campus events will be re-evaluated.

We understand that this decision will be disappointing to many students who have been preparing for various activities and events throughout the Spring semester. However, the goal is to keep our students, faculty, staff, and the community as safe as possible during these uncertain times and to follow the social distancing guidance and recommendations of the CDC and the MSDH.

DEADLINE FOR GRADUATION APPLICATIONS
Just a reminder: All students who are planning to receive a diploma and/or certificate this spring semester must fill out a graduation application. Applications will be accepted through 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2020. No applications will be accepted after that date. The application should be completed online using myEC. An Application for Graduation is required even if you do not plan to walk at Commencement.

COMMENCEMENT
Speaking of Commencement, a final decision regarding graduation exercises currently scheduled for May 1, 2020, will be made soon and in consideration of national and state public health protocols established by the CDC and the MSDH. When a decision is made, it will be communicated to our College family.

COLLEGE-SPONSORED TRAVEL
Effective immediately, ECCC will suspend ALL non-essential, College-sponsored in-state travel until further notice. This is in addition to the continued suspension of all out-of-state travel communicated to the College family previously.

WEEK OF MARCH 23-27 FOR EMPLOYEES
Operational processes and procedures for faculty and staff for the week of March 23-27 will be addressed in a separate message later this week. It is anticipated that the operational plan will address the ability of the College to maintain critical operations and functions, the engagement of staff in contingency planning for the remainder of the spring semester, and the preparation of faculty to move to alternative instructional delivery formats beginning March 30. The goal of the operational plan will be to provide ECCC the best opportunity to make the transitions necessary to most effectively meet our educational responsibilities and commitments.

WARRIOR ALERT
Today, we will use the Warrior Alert emergency communication system to ensure that you are aware of this most recent update addressing extended Spring Break for students and other decisions as a result of COVID-19 and to stress the importance of reading these communications from the College. However, going forward we do not plan to use Warrior Alert when there is a new update unless it is an emergency situation. Therefore, it is imperative that you check your college email and the www.eccc.edu/coronavirus website daily.

CONCLUSION
Please know that the decisions shared in previous communications, the decisions shared here, and the decisions that will be shared in the future are made after careful thought and consideration. With each decision, it is our desire to follow the most recent guidance and recommendations made by the CDC, the MSDH, and other healthcare officials. Once again, please continue to monitor your email and the College’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus for the most recent updates and information related to ECCC.

Update No. 4

Update No. 4
March 16, 2020

(11:45 a.m.)

In Update No. 4 last Friday, I stated that we are in the midst of unprecedented times as East Central Community College (ECCC) continues to respond to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, I stated that College officials are attempting to make wise and prudent decisions regarding a public health challenge that can change at any moment. The ever-changing nature of this situation was demonstrated over the weekend when Governor Tate Reeves declared a State of Emergency for the state of Mississippi on Saturday. If you wish to see Governor Reeves’ message addressing the emergency declaration, it can be viewed on several news websites such as https://www.wtva.com/content/news/Governor-declared-state-of-emergency-over-coronavirus-568801141.html. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) confirmed Sunday that large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States and recommended that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

I wanted to let the campus community know that we will be monitoring these and other developments and recommendations surrounding COVID-19 throughout this Spring Break week. In addition, the ECCC Pandemic Response Team will be meeting this week and the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges (MACC) Presidents’ Association will be meeting as well. At this time, I anticipate distributing a message addressing operational procedures and guidelines for the week of March 23-27 late Thursday afternoon. Please know that message may be delayed until Friday depending on the circumstances of the day.

As the College continues to receive and evaluate new information, we appreciate your flexibility and support as processes, services, and operations may be altered due to this unfolding situation. More information regarding these possibilities will be shared this week, so please check your e-mail and the ECCC webpage (www.eccc.edu/coronavirus) often. It is imperative that all members of the campus community read each update provided via e-mail and the website. We also encourage you to monitor the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH) website at https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html and the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for the latest developments surrounding COVID-19 in our state and in the nation. As you are enjoying Spring Break, please continue to follow the recommended steps for protecting yourself from the spread of COVID-19 as detailed at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html and on fliers distributed in earlier messages.

PHISHING SCHEMES
Finally, please be aware that cybercriminals are already exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic as a means to deliver malicious code through email phishing attacks. This is a reminder to all ECCC employees and students to be cautious with any email(s) with links or attachments and those requesting personal information or login credentials. Do not click on links or attachments in emails that you did not request. ECCC Information Technology does not request personal information via email. The college website is the trusted source for all COVID-19 information related to ECCC. 

Update No. 3

Update No. 3
March 13, 2020
(8:30 a.m.)

As we close out this week at East Central Community College (ECCC), I wanted to share a few important items of information with you before we leave for Spring Break. Before I do, please know that we are in the midst of unprecedented times as we respond to the potential spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). As mentioned in our second public statement yesterday, College officials and the ECCC Pandemic Response Team are attempting to make wise and prudent decisions regarding a public health challenge that can change at any moment. As we discuss and consider each of these decisions in the days and weeks ahead, it is our utmost desire to protect the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities by minimizing exposure to COVID-19. We also want to timely and clearly communicate these decisions regarding ECCC’s response to COVID-19 to the College family.

SPRING BREAK
We hope that all of you enjoy your week off. However, as I mentioned in an earlier e-mail this week, we highly recommend monitoring the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) warnings for specific travel destinations and avoiding destinations where COVID-19 has been diagnosed. We encourage you to consider whether your current Spring Break travel plans are in your best interest or the interest of others considering the current status of COVID-19. I pray that this will be a time of rest and relaxation for you and your family. I also hope that this will be a time to reenergize to “Finish Strong” this semester.

The College desires to take all necessary precautions to keep our students, faculty, staff, and the community as safe as possible and minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Therefore, Mr. Foreman and his staff will be engaged in significant efforts to sterilize and disinfect our campus facilities during Spring Break. Should you need to come back to campus during the week, please contact Campus Police at 601-527-8939 or 601-527-1775 to inform them of your presence on campus including to what facility you need access.

ATHLETICS SCHEDULE
The Mississippi Association of Community Colleges (MACC) voted yesterday to immediately suspend all athletic events, including competitions and practices, until March 30 based on the latest developments regarding COVID-19. This includes all spring sports sponsored by ECCC, which includes baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis. A schedule for potential makeup dates for all postponed contests in the MACC will be determined after consultation with the conference office and colleges within the conference.

COLLEGE-SPONSORED TRAVEL
After participating in several meetings yesterday as well as the press conference sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDH), ECCC will suspend ALL non-essential, College-sponsored out-of-state travel effective immediately. Please know that changes may necessitate further restrictions on College-sponsored in-state travel based on the spread of COVID-19 and/or the guidance of the CDC or MSDH.

COMMUNICATION DURING SPRING BREAK
During the week of Spring Break, we encourage you to continually monitor your College e-mail and the College’s webpage created to provide updates on the impact of COVID-19 on ECCC operations. That webpage can be found at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus. Important information will be shared using both of these mediums so we will ask that you consult both of these at least daily.

SYMPTOMS
We encourage you to stay alert and avoid close contact with anyone who is ill. If you experience any symptoms of COVID-19 which, according to the CDC, include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, please refer to the flier sent in Update No. 2 (which is also located on this webpage) which provides steps for responding if you think you are sick.

FUTURE CONSIDERATIONS
I am sure that many of you are wondering what the College’s response will be after Spring Break. I want you to know that at this time, I don’t know the answer to that question. What I can tell you is that we will continually assess the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 throughout the week of Spring Break. Our primary concern has been and will remain the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities. It is my hope that I can share with the campus community the plans for the week after Spring Break by Thursday of next week.

Update No. 2

Update No. 2
March 12, 2020
(7:30 a.m.)

Yesterday the World Health Organization declared the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic defined as a global outbreak of an infectious disease. In addition, late last night the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reported Mississippi’s first COVID-19 case in Forrest County. Following that report, MSDH issued a Tweet that Forrest County residents and all Mississippians are NOT considered at additional risk from this case and should continue to practice basic protective hygiene. While we are grateful for this news, officials at East Central Community College (ECCC) continue to monitor the situation and act according to the guidance and most current information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the MSDH. Our main priority has been and will continue to be the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities. 

I wanted to inform the campus community that an ECCC Pandemic Response Team met yesterday morning to discuss the current situation and review various College responses to a potential spread of COVID-19 in our area. The Response Team is committed to be as prepared as possible for a potential event; therefore, at this time, all options will be considered as necessary. The major goals of the Pandemic Response Team are to limit the possibility of COVID-19 cases reported on our campus, minimize social and educational disruption(s), and ensure the College’s ability to complete critical educational and business functions. To that end, the Team plans to watch the MSDH press conference beginning at 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning and continue our review and discussion following the press conference. Please know that the ongoing efforts of the Response Team are currently focused on sharing information that can prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Therefore, through this update, I wanted to share a few items of important information with the campus community.

SPRING BREAK
While the College cannot restrict personal travel, we highly recommend monitoring CDC warnings for specific travel destinations and avoiding destinations where COVID-19 has been diagnosed. It was reported that the gentleman from Forrest County who tested positive for COVID-19 was exposed to the virus while in the state of Florida, a popular Spring Break destination. We urge you to use caution when planning Spring Break travel, recognizing that the status of COVID-19 in the United States continues to change. Regardless of your Spring Break plans, we want all of you to remain healthy, make wise choices, and have the opportunity to enjoy rest.

COVID-19 AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
There are four (4) fliers below this communication for your review. The first flier was shared with the campus community yesterday and contains recommended practices to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like the coronavirus. Two of the fliers contain important facts about COVID-19 and the fourth flier addresses recommended steps to take if you are sick with COVID-19 to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. We encourage you to review the information on all four fliers as we are nearing the College’s Spring Break.

ECCC WEBSITE
There is a lot of information about COVID-19 currently being shared in the news and on social media. Unfortunately, some of that information is inaccurate and based on rumors which seem to spread rapidly. Therefore, we have created a dedicated page on the ECCC website to provide official College updates regarding COVID-19. We encourage you to visit www.eccc.edu/coronavirus which will contain the most accurate and timely information regarding ECCC’s response(s) to developments regarding COVID-19. This page on the ECCC website should be your first stop to learn information specific to the College and its response to COVID-19.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Although ECCC rarely sponsors international travel, the College has suspended any and all College-sponsored international travel to any country, regardless of mode of transportation. As such, no authorization will be granted for College-sponsored international travel for students or employees.

Currently, the College has chosen not to suspend ALL College-sponsored out-of-state travel. However, beginning immediately, the College is suspending non-essential, College-sponsored travel to U.S. cities that have declared a “State-of-Emergency” in response to COVID-19 until further notice. Please note that this suspension of non-essential, College-sponsored out-of-state travel only to U.S. cities that have declared a “State-of-Emergency” in response to COVID-19 is subject to change at any time due to the ever-changing situation surrounding the spread of the virus. Changes may necessitate further restrictions on College-sponsored out-of-state and/or in-state travel based on the spread of COVID-19 and/or the guidance of the CDC or MSDH.

Please know that should further restrictions on College-sponsored out-of-state travel and/or in-state travel be necessary, the College family will be notified as soon the decision is made. Employees, as well as sponsors and students involved in student organizations on campus, who are planning out-of-state travel and/or in-state travel need to be aware that a decision to suspend ALL College-sponsored travel due to the spread of COVID-19 or the guidance of the CDC or MSDH could be made close to the date of the scheduled travel and as such, the travel would be canceled.

CONCLUSION
College officials and the ECCC Pandemic Response Team are attempting to make wise and prudent decisions regarding a public health challenge that can change at any moment. As we discuss and consider each of these decisions in the days and weeks ahead, it is our utmost desire to protect the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities by minimizing exposure to COVID-19. We also want to timely and clearly communicate these decisions regarding ECCC’s response to COVID-19 to the College family.

I am also reminded that we don’t work in a vacuum. As such, later today, presidents of the 15 community colleges in the state of Mississippi have scheduled a conference call to discuss each college’s current and planned responses to COVID-19. I hope to learn other colleges’ plan(s) for addressing the possible spread of the virus as many of them are on Spring Break this week and are scheduled to return to campus next week.  I may have an additional update for the campus community following that meeting as well as others scheduled for Thursday.

Throughout the rest of this week and the week of Spring Break, College officials will continue to monitor developments and communicate with the campus community through e-mail(s) and the College’s website, as necessary. Again, you can gather all of the relevant and important information regarding ECCC’s response to COVID-19 at www.eccc.edu/coronavirus.

While there may be uncertainty about COVID-19, I am certain that ECCC will address this challenge as it has all others—as a TEAM committed to Student Success, Teaching and Learning, Community Partnerships, Resource Planning and Development, and Communication!

Other CDC Resources:

What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019.

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019.

Share Facts About COVID-19.

Stop the Spread of Germs.

Update No. 1

Update No. 1
March 9, 2020
(11:00 a.m.)

East Central Community College (ECCC) continues to monitor developments surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). To date, the Mississippi State Department of Health reports no confirmed coronavirus cases in Mississippi and has stated, “The risk of infection to the general public in Mississippi remains low.” However, College officials continue to discuss and plan for potential issues related to the virus. I wanted to inform the College community that as an initial response, it is anticipated that ECCC will:

  • Place signage across campus from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) containing recommended practices to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like the coronavirus (see image below); and
  • Increase efforts to keep common areas of the College disinfected.

We encourage the College family to follow the recommendations contained on the image below from the CDC. Prevention is an important strategy with any virus, such as influenza or coronavirus, so it is important to protect yourself and take measures against the spread to others. With that in mind, please be aware that bottles of hand-sanitizer and additional dispensing stations containing alcohol-based disinfecting liquid have been ordered and will be placed in various areas around campus upon receipt. However, due to the increased demand, there are potential delays in the receipt of these additional items.

ECCC recommends that all employees and students monitor developments concerning the coronavirus by accessing the latest information from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and the Mississippi State Department of Health (https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420.html). The health and safety of our students and employees is of upmost importance, therefore College officials will continue to carefully monitor the latest information and recommendations from local, state, and federal authorities, including the United States Department of Education. Information specific to ECCC will be posted to this webpage.