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Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

The Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a new form of the coronavirus family that originated in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December and has spread throughout the world.  As of right now, the risk of exposure to this new strain of the coronavirus is considered low in Kentucky.  However, confirmed cases in the US are increasing.  We are monitoring the situation and will continue to update this page and take appropriate measures to ensure the health and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff.  The following is a list of key resources to keep you informed about the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

If you need to contact MCTC and are unsure of how to get in touch with us, here is a list of helpful phone numbers:

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LATEST UPDATES

March 25, 2020 - 2:01 pm

Dear MCTC Students, Faculty, Staff and Community,

Good Wednesday!  I trust that everyone is continuing to remain home and away from crowded areas as much as possible.  You may have seen Dr. Box’s email to all KCTCS employees.  As we monitor the ever-changing conditions around us, though, I wanted to provide you an update on some information of which you should be aware and amplify a few of his comments.

First, because of the shift from face to face to on-line classes that has taken place for many students, MCTC has been very sensitive to ensuring computer access, when possible.  To that end, I have allowed the computer lab at the Maysville Campus to remain open during the past two weeks.  I felt that we have done a quality job of maintaining social distancing, disinfecting computer stations as well as public areas, such as restrooms and limiting access to the overall facility. 

As president, I would never place anyone knowingly in a situation that I deemed unsafe.  However, across the Commonwealth, public and private educational colleges and universities have, with a few exceptions, closed all campus access to face to face traffic.  Dr. Box had allowed some flexibility to our colleges.  But, in conversations with my KCTCS peers yesterday as well as heeding the advice of other important decision-makers, it became clear to me that the risk for transmission of the COVID-19 virus, even with the current safety measures in place, is no longer one which I am willing to accept for students or employees. 

And just today, Governor Beshear, in Executive Order 2020-257, ordered that only Life Sustaining Businesses may continue to operate, and specifically enumerates those that qualify.  All others must close by Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 p.m.  To that end, MCTC will be closing all campuses, except to strictly authorized employees, beginning tomorrow afternoon, March 26, at 3:00 p.m., and will not reopen until April 20 (or pending state approval). 

Students, if you are in need of wireless access, you may come to the MCTC parking lots and work externally from vehicles, unless prohibited by future statute or executive order.  Despite this accommodation, I know that it will still not meet the needs of every student and employee, for which I am sorry.  At this time, though, public health concerns supersede ancillary issues.  Faculty and staff are committed to continuing to work with all students to assist during this term and I encourage students (and employees) to maintain open lines of communication, be it email or phone.  So do not give up, do not quit, and do not despair – we will make it through the term.

Along that same line, as it pertains to instruction for the remainder of the term, KCTCS has made the decision that all colleges (including MCTC) will offer only online/remote classroom instruction through the last day of instruction on May 2, with a regular final exam week of May 4 – 10. Final exams as offered by faculty for classroom/remote instruction (for classes with no labs) would be delivered online or remotely. Lab and clinical instruction will be made available as Colleges can safely re-open. (No one is yet sure when that time will be, though we will continue to communicate with you in the meantime.)  If lab/clinical works is not completed within the term, a non-credit session for lab/clinical makeup will be provided following the term to meet student learning/assessment and faculty needs. In other words, accommodations will be made for those in allied health and career-technical programs.

KCTCS colleges (including MCTC) also agreed to a postponement of commencement exercises (graduation ceremonies) system-wide.  The hope is that this will allow Colleges potentially host ceremonies in June/July, if circumstances permit.   If in-person commencement is not possible by late summer, we will consider additional options at that time.  MCTC is committed to conducting an in-person commencement(s) at some point in the future; it simply will not be May 9, 11 or 12.  More information will be made available as we know it.

Employees, please review Dr. Box’s email to the entire internal community that was forwarded today.  It does provide additional information that is germane to you.  When the campuses are closed, that pertains to everyone except those authorized by my office (which will only be for mail and critical operations). 

Many of the steps being taken may seem a bit extreme to some, but again, if it saves lives, I am in favor!  No one wants to return to normal any more than I do.  Until then, we have to support each other (from a safe distance) and hold OURSELVES accountable – for abiding by guidelines and orders from the state and federal government, for staying engaged with coursework (students) and with college work (employees), and for “redeeming” the time that you have at your disposal to spend with family at home. 

We really are in this together.  A little wiser, a few more gray hairs, but we will come out on the other side.  Best to all.

Dr. Stephen Vacik
President, MCTC

 

March 20, 2020 - 3:45 pm

After much deliberation, to further protect against the spread of COVID-19, MCTC has decided that for the class week of Monday, March 23 – Friday, March 27, the college will operate utilizing only virtual services at the Licking Valley, Montgomery and Rowan Campuses. This means that campus buildings including the bookstore, labs, and testing centers will not be accessible to students or the public. Classes continue via online format and instructional support services, as well as student services and financial aid, are still accessible via phone or online. We feel this is the best course of action to help keep everyone healthy and safe.

The Maysville Campus will remain open March 23 - 27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., with limited computer lab access and student services.  Only current students may access the facility and will enter at the Tech Building. 

We encourage everyone to remain at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary contact with others beyond your immediate family.  And employ social distancing (six feet minimum) with others when outside the home.  Be well!  Continue to check the MCTC website for further updates as they are made available.

Dr. Stephen Vacik
President, MCTC

 

03/18/2020 - 3:40 p.m. 

Dear MCTC Students,
Day Three of MCTC – Outbreak Prevention Protocols.  On behalf of your faculty and staff, I wanted to touch base with you briefly this afternoon.  I recognize that many of you were not taking or had not planned to take some or all of your courses on-line this semester – for you, this was an unanticipated, and perhaps unwelcomed, shift.  You may also be pretty anxious about how this will impact your learning.  I can certainly understand.  Please know that the measures undertaken by MCTC, KCTCS, and all of the postsecondary institutions in Kentucky, established to protect students and employees, as well as reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, were simply unavoidable.  But know that faculty and staff are continuing to provide tele-services (via phone, video chat or computer) as we normally would on-campus services.  This includes admissions, financial aid, library resources, supplemental instruction, and more.  We are also looking at additional supports to increase tutoring options – more information to come as it becomes available.     

Until we return to normalcy, avoid unnecessarily leaving home.  Do not travel outside of your immediate community, unless absolutely necessary.  Do what you must – grab food/groceries/gas – but avoid places where people may congregate.  (You can even access the college wi-fi for personal devices from campus parking lots, if you don’t want to get out of your car.)  I realize that our nature as people is to be social, but we need to do it remotely until this threat has subsided.  Since you are home, take an opportunity to really invest yourself in your coursework.  Or set up an advising appointment on-line with your advisor – register for the summer and fall terms now.  (The college will continue operations – this trying time won’t last forever.)  On the personal side, spend time with your family – start by helping your kids with all of those NTI assignments.  Read a book.  Binge a television series.  Avoid spending too much time on social media, since mostly it is depressing.  Follow local, state and federal requirements and recommendations (consider recommendations to be requirements, in fact).

And stay positive, even when it seems gloomy.  Charles Dickens penned the famous line, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”  Life truly depends on perspective and how we react.  Happiness and sadness are emotions, impossible to control entirely; but joy and despair are states of being, requiring action, and we can choose one or the other.  Choose joy.  It will make this whole ordeal bearable.  On behalf of MCTC, I wish you the very best in the days ahead, as a student and fellow community member.

Dr. Stephen Vacik
President, MCTC

March 17, 2020 - 5:05 p.m.
An update for MCTC students:

MCTC’s move to online learning to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is underway.

By now, you should be receiving information from your instructors about how to proceed with classes for the coming weeks. Faculty have been encouraged to be flexible and as accommodating to students as possible during this time. Feel free to reach out to them if you have questions or any issues.

You should know that most of the faculty and staff of the college will be tele-communing to perform their jobs for the next few weeks. You may contact them via email or by dialing their extension, but by-in-large they will not be available on campus.

CLASSES:

  • All online classes will continue as scheduled.
  • All face to face and hybrid classes will be moved online by Tuesday, March 17 (Check your email and Blackboard for information about labs/clinicals). Your instructor will be in communication with you about class details.
  • At this time, face to face and hybrid classes will resume in-person on Monday, March 30.

There are several resources available to you during this time of on-line instruction.

CURRENT STUDENT RESOURCES:

  • The Go KCTCS! Student Service Center  
    You may contact the Go KCTCS! Student Service Center for 24/7 assistance with Admissions, Billing, Blackboard, Financial Aid, Passwords, Records and Registration by calling (855) GO-9MCTC (855-469-6282). This should be your primary channel for student services and help for the current time.
      
  • Limited On-Campus Labs and Student Services
    All MCTC campuses will be open as of March 17, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, access is restricted to current students only. To accommodate students without home internet access, a computer lab on each campus will be available.

    Maysville Campus students should gain access to the computer lab and services by entering through the Tech Building. Students from other campuses should use the main entrance to enter the building.

  • Bookstore
    The bookstore will be open from  9 am – 3 pm on the Rowan and Maysville Campuses Monday – Thursday and closed on Fridays for the next two weeks.  Students can order books online and have them shipped directly to their house at no charge.  Financial aid vouchers will be processed in the store and sent to the student’s home without them having to come to campus.

  • Business Office
    Students needing to make tuition payments are encouraged to do so online through their self-service account or they can call the Business Office on each campus and make a credit card payment over the phone. Walk-in payments will also be received at the front desk on each campus.

  • Free Home Internet Service is Available to College Students
    Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more
      

We encourage you to do your part to keep yourself, your family and your community safe during this time.

MCTC is dedicated to keeping our campuses safe and helping you reach your career goals. We will get through this crisis, and by working together will be a stronger community because of it.

PLANNED COLLEGE EVENTS STATUS

  • College Bakery & Café - Closed until further notice. 

  • Graduation/Commencement Ceremonies (May 9, 11 & 12) – TBD

  • Going Pro Signing Day (April 27) – TBD

  • Trade Wars (May 5) – TBD

  • MCTC Board of Directors Board Meeting (March 23) – Cancelled

  • All program Pre-Admission Conferences – Postponed

  • ACT Prep Classes (March 31, April 1 & 2) – Cancelled

  • FAME Meet and Greet - (Maysville, March 24, & Montgomery, March 26) – Postponed·        

  • CPR Classes (March 27) – Cancelled

  • No on-campus testing services offered. (Current students should contact instructors with questions.)

  • Licking Valley Campus Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show (May 2) - Cancelled

KEEPING OUR CAMPUSES HEALTHY

We are keeping our campuses healthy by:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting all general work areas at least once daily with a highly effective, EPA registered disinfectant.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting restrooms at least twice daily, focusing on hard surfaces such as door handles, faucets, etc.
  • Distributing germicidal disinfectant wipes at all MCTC campuses.
  • Filling hand sanitizer units in MCTC buildings with hospital grade sanitizer designed to reduce the spread of infection.
  • Encouraging social distancing in our classrooms and laboratories 

TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY

  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.
  • Stay home if you are sick for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever.
  • Frequently clean your living area especially commonly-used surfaces such as doorknobs, refrigerator handles, remote controls, computer keyboards, countertops, faucet handles, and bathroom areas.
  • Monitor your health by checking for fever.

RESOURCES

State of Kentucky COVID-19 Website and Hotline

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has prepared resources on when to seek care, how to prevent becoming ill, who is most at risk, and up-to-date status of the COVID-19 situation in the state. A hotline for questions regarding the virus in the state is available at 800-722-5725. 

Kentucky Department of Public Health

The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to closely monitor the international situation concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This respiratory disease was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China on December 31, 2019. Since that time, it has spread throughout China and to many other countries. Public health officials in Kentucky are monitoring individuals who meet certain exposure criteria to limit the introduction of COVID-19 in Kentucky. They are also are preparing for the possibility that the virus begins to spread in the commonwealth.

Kentucky Health Departments 

Colleges are encouraged to visit the websites of their local health departments and coordinate with them for guidance related to cases in their area.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading public health agency for the United States and has all the current information related to COVID-19.  You will find facts about symptoms of the virus and what to do if you become sick, tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus, and answers to frequently asked questions.

The U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State provides an updated list of travel advisories.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by Johns Hopkins CSSE

This web-based interactive dashboard tracks the spread of COVID-19 in real time. It is hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

 

updated 3/13/2020