Update April 3, 2020

As college administration continues to monitor COVID -19, we are taking every measure to adhere to local, state, and federal health guidelines in order keep every employee and student safe. Today, April 3, at 5:00 p.m., our campuses will be closed to the public, but we have successfully transitioned the majority of our services to a virtual environment. Thank you to every division for working so hard to find solutions to help us serve our students and our community during this time of need.

Student Support and Virtual Operations:

  • Contact information for Student Services can be found in the Keep Learning webpage. They are assisting hundreds of students each day and available to meet students via phone, email or a variety of other virtual methods.
  • Business office personnel are available to answer questions, receive payments, or work with students to devise a payment plan. They can be reached Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the following numbers :
  • Learning Resources Centers have expanded their online support services and are now accessible to students and faculty through Canvas.

Instruction:

  • Faculty successfully transitioned and launched 1,201 traditional courses and 131 hybrid courses online this week.
  • The Keep Teaching webpage created for faculty is live. It provides links, resources, and additional training opportunities for faculty members.
  • Laptops are not available for student use at this time; however, the Wi-Fi hotspots will remain open throughout the district. Hotspot signs are posted in our Hotspot parking lots at JC, PK, JD, GCC, WHC, BC, and AMTC.

Students:

  • Courses have resumed and will be delivered online or through an alternate delivery method through the end of the semester.
  • Although we were hopeful the residence halls would reopen this semester, the decision has been made to close all residence halls for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Student accounts will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility for prorated refunds for room and board with processing scheduled to occur at the conclusion of the semester.
  • The College is devising a plan to allow students to return to campus, after the Governor’s statewide shelter-in-place order has been lifted, to gather all belongings from their residence hall room and officially check out. Details of that plan will be communicated to students via email and text.
  • Wrap-around services including counseling, advising, and tutoring are available and accessible through Canvas and the Keep Learning page.
  • Graduation ceremonies: We know how important the graduation ceremony is to our students, their families, and our institution. We are making every effort to reschedule the ceremonies scheduled for May 13th and 14th and will provide an update at a later time.

College-wide update:

  • The Keep Working webpage is live and was updated to include information on Employee’s Rights. Supervisors will continue to work with employees in their respective areas on scheduling and timekeeping.
  • Campus police is still operating on a 24/7 schedule to keep our campuses and centers safe. Employees should continue to contact campus police before entering any campus facilities.
  • Medical Analysis has partnered with a Telemedicine group to provide “at home” safe and convenient health care during this COVID-19 crisis (see details on Medical Analysis Telemedicine below). The campus clinics will be closed; however, their offsite clinics will remain open for urgent care, workers’ comp, COVID-19 screening and COVID 19 testing.

Communication:

  • The next update will be posted Tuesday, April 7th. Please continue to monitor the Keep Learning, Keep Teaching, and Keep Working pages as they are being updated regularly.

Please continue to monitor the college website, your college email, and text messaging alerts for updates and information. All updates are also posted on the college’s official social media pages.

Medical Analysis Telemedicine

Medical Analysis is offering telemedicine visits allowing you to receive care in the comfort of your own home. If you have never used the clinic before please call (228)-388-2599 for information on setting up telemedicine. If you have used the clinic before you may access telemedicine at Medical Analysis – Telemedicine. In addition, Medical Analysis is sending email/text notifications providing the telemedicine link.

Please note, campus based Medical Analysis clinics will be closed until further notice.

Medical Analysis Telemedicine Information

Health Calendar – April 2020

Update March 31, 2020

I want to thank each of our employees for the countless hours they have spent to ensure a strong start to our online courses and services this week! Throughout the year, we have experienced so many successes at Gulf Coast, and we continue to do so in light of such trying times. Today’s successes, however, are not about the trophy or the perfect score on SACSCOC accreditation (although we are still excited about those achievements!). Today, it’s about celebrating our employees who have embraced innovation and change as they continue to positively impact the lives of our students and our community. We also want to celebrate our dedicated students who have chosen to trust us and work hard to finish what they started at Gulf Coast.

So, how are we operating today?

College-wide Update:

  • The Keep Working webpage is live and was updated to include information on Employee’s Rights. Supervisors will continue to work with employees in their respective areas on scheduling and timekeeping.
  • Employees should continue to be in contact with their supervisors and be accessible to perform duties that contribute to the continuity of business operations.

Student Services and Enrollment Management:

  • In addition to creating the Keep Learning web page, we have deployed staff to manage a chat feature on the website. They are assisting hundreds of students each day.
  • We have provided a Student Services Email Directory for admissions, financial aid, and military benefits questions on the Keep Learning site.
  • We have also converted the Answer Center into a virtual Enrollment Services Center, and have staffed it with all of our Enrollment Specialists.

Instruction:

  • Faculty successfully transitioned and launched 1,201 traditional courses and 131 hybrid courses online yesterday. The Keep Teaching webpage created for faculty has been live, providing links, resources, and additional training opportunities for faculty members.
  • Library and Learning Lab have expanded their online support services and are now accessible to students and faculty through Canvas.
  • We have opened WiFi hotspots throughout the district. Signs will be posted in our Hotspot parking lots:

MGCCC Wi-Fi Signs

Business Services:

  • Campus police is still operating on a 24/7 schedule.
  • Business offices are available to answer questions or receive payments over the phone.
  • Maintenance, grounds, and custodians are onsite to provide a clean, safe, healthy environment.

Students:

  • Courses have resumed and are being delivered online or through an alternate delivery method through April 17.
  • Wrap-around services including counseling, advising, and tutoring are available and accessible through Canvas and the Keep Learning page.
  • We are still monitoring the COVID-19 situation to determine whether we will be able to reopen our campuses this semester. In the event that we are not able to return, we will evaluate each student’s account to determine whether the student is eligible for a prorated refund for room and board.
  • The third payment deadline has been extended to April 19th. Payments can be made online through Web Services or by calling one of the following business office numbers:

Communication:

  • The next update will be posted Friday, April 3rd. Please continue to monitor the Keep Learning, Keep Teaching, and Keep Working pages as they are being updated regularly.

Please continue to monitor the college website, your college email, and text messaging alerts for updates and information.

Update March 27, 2020

College administration continues to monitor COVID-19. The safety of our students and employees is a priority for us, so we are taking every measure to adhere to all recommendations by our local, state, and federal health officials. All courses will resume next week, with the majority of them taking place in an online environment. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our institution and the students we serve!

For Faculty and Staff:

  • Faculty have been working throughout the week to transition their face-to-face classes to alternate delivery formats. The Keep Teaching webpage created for faculty is live and provides links, resources, and additional training opportunities for faculty members.
  • The Keep Working webpage is also live and was created for employees to answer employees’ questions and provide them with directions for working remotely, keeping up with time, etc. Supervisors will be working with employees in their respective areas on scheduling and timekeeping.
  • Employees should continue to be in contact with their supervisors and be accessible to perform duties that contribute to the continuity of business operations.

For Students:

  • All courses will resume on March 30th.
  • Courses will be delivered online from March 30th – April 17th. There are a few courses that will require an alternative delivery method other than online. (Students should check their emails and Canvas shells for specific instructions from their instructors.)
  • The Keep Learning webpage is live! It provides students with online learning resources and answers many questions students may have. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
  • The deadline for the third payment has been extended to April 19th. However, we understand that these are trying times for many of our students, and we will work with students to develop a plan to stay in school.
  • IT is working hard to secure Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the district at 7 MGCCC locations. The hotspots should be live by the end of next week. We will post updates on the Keep Learning site when we have an update from IT.

Communication:

  • The next update will be posted Tuesday, March 31st; however, the information webpages, Keep Learning, Keep Teaching, and Keep Working are being updated daily as new information becomes available.

Please continue to monitor the college website, your college email, and text messaging alerts for updates and information.

Update March 24, 2020

As you know, the college administration has been monitoring COVID-19 and adhering to all recommendations by our local, state, and federal officials. We continue to take measures to keep our students and employees safe, and we are working hard to shift many of our operations to an online environment in order to better serve our community. This has been a tremendous effort by our employees, and they are to be commended for their innovative spirit and positive attitude!

For Students:

  • All courses will resume on March 30th.
  • A Keep Learning webpage has been created for students that provides online learning resources to students and answers many questions students may have. We will continue to update this page as new information becomes available.
  • Courses will be delivered online from March 30th – April 17th. There are a few courses that will require an alternative delivery method other than online. (Students should check their emails and Canvas shells for specific instructions from their instructors.)

For Faculty and Staff:

  • Faculty are working throughout the week to transition their face-to-face classes to an alternate delivery format. A Keep Teaching webpage has been created for faculty that provides links, resources, and additional training opportunities for faculty members.
  • A Keep Working webpage has also been created for employees that provides answers to FAQs and direction for working remotely, keeping up with time, etc.
  • Employees should be available and accessible during the extended student break to perform duties that contribute to the continuity of business operations and should communicate with their supervisors regarding future work schedules.

Communication:

Please continue to monitor the college website, your college email, and text messaging alerts for updates and information.

Update March 20, 2020

The college administration continues to monitor COVID-19 and all recommendations by our local, state and federal officials. We are taking measures to keep our students and employees safe; therefore, students will remain on break through March 29, 2020. Supervisors will be reaching out to essential personnel to discuss work schedules during the extended break.

Students:

  • All courses will resume on March 30th.
  • At this time, all courses will be delivered online from March 30th – April 17th. (There are a few courses that will require an alternative delivery method. Students should check their emails and Canvas shells for specific instructions from their instructors.)
  • Residence halls will remain closed through the extended break. Residence hall students should not return to campus at this time.
  • A webpage for students, “Keep Learning,” will be available on Tuesday, March 24th. Students should check their college email and Canvas for specific guidance and communication regarding their classes throughout the extended break.

Faculty and Staff:

  • Faculty should use the additional week of March 23rd – March 27th to prepare to transition their face-to-face courses to Canvas or an alternative delivery format. Faculty will receive a separate email directing them to the “Keep Teaching” webpage.
  • Full-time employees will continue to be paid during the extended break.
  • A webpage for employees, “Keep Working,” will be available on Tuesday, March 24th.
  • Employees should be available and accessible during the extended break to perform duties that contribute to the continuity of business operations.

Events:

  • All events sponsored by MGCCC will be suspended or postponed from March 17th through April 19th.
  • External events hosted in MGCCC facilities from March 17th through April 19th will either be canceled or rescheduled for a later date.

Athletics:

  • All spring competition, including practices and recruitment, have been canceled by the NJCAA.

Communication:

  • The next update will be posted Tuesday, March 24th.

Please continue to monitor the college website, your college email, and text messaging alerts for updates and information.

Update March 17, 2020

The college administration continues to monitor COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). As recommended by our local, state and federal officials, we are taking measures to keep our students and employees safe and will extend spring break through March 29, 2020.

Students:

  • Residence halls will remain closed through the extended Spring Break.
  • Students should use this time to prepare for online instruction that may go into effect on March 30th should the college decide to move forward with this delivery mechanism.
  • Students should check their college email and Canvas for specific guidance and communication regarding their classes throughout the week of March 23rd.

Faculty and Staff:

  • Faculty should use the additional week of March 23rd – March 27th to prepare to transition their face-to-face courses to Canvas or an alternative delivery format, should the college decide to move forward with online and/or alternative delivery methods. Faculty will receive a separate email with links to Canvas support and additional resources.
  • Although most college employees will not report to work March 23rd – 29th, they should remain available in the event they are needed to carry out essential responsibilities for the institution. Supervisors will contact employees during that week to discuss adjustments to schedules and processes to ensure continuity of business and support of MGCCC’s students should it be necessary.
  • Full-time employees will continue to be paid during the extended break.

Travel:

  • Until further notice, all non-essential in-state and out-of-state travel has been suspended.

Athletics:

  • All spring competition, including practices and recruitment, have been canceled by the NJCAA.

Communication:

  • The next update will be posted Friday, March 20th.

Please continue to monitor the college website, your college email, and text messaging alerts for updates and information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your supervisor or other members of college administration.

Update March 12, 2020

College administration continues to monitor COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and is following the recommendations of local, state, and federal healthcare organizations. This is a fluid situation, and our primary goal is to keep our students and our employees safe and healthy.

At this time, all employees will return to work on March 23rd as scheduled. Please continue to monitor the college website (mgccc.edu), your college email, and text messaging alerts for updates and information.

Spring Break:

Spring Break will remain scheduled for the week of March 16th – March 20th.

Instruction:

  • At this time, instruction will resume on campus as scheduled on March 23rd. Students and faculty should prepare for coursework being delivered online or through an alternate delivery method, including securing adequate internet access, in the event that alternate instructional methods are required.
  • Details for faculty members will be available on the Keep Teaching Site for faculty.

Travel:

  • Until further notice, all non-essential in-state and out-of-state travel has been suspended.

Events:

  • All events sponsored by MGCCC or hosted in an MGCCC facility, where more than 250 attendees are expected, will be suspended from March 13th until March 30th.

Athletics:

  • All athletic events and practices have been suspended until March 30th.

Staying Healthy:

Update March 10, 2020

College administration continues to monitor the coronavirus and has initiated plans aimed to lessen the impact on the college, our employees, and our students.

What you should know:

  • MGCCC has no suspected instances of COVID-19, and the college is not aware of any affiliated individuals with the virus.
  • To date there have been no confirmed cases of the virus in the state of Mississippi. The current list of states that have declared a state of emergency are California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and North Carolina.
  • Without prior notice, travelers could be quarantined or experience sudden and serious travel disruptions, and returning home from some destinations could be a challenge. Currently, there are no limitations to domestic travel, but be aware of any areas of the country that are more affected than others when making your travel plans.

What the college is doing:

  • MGCCC is actively monitoring all communications from the CDC, the Mississippi State Department of Health, the US Department of Education and other entities providing guidance to institutions of higher learning.
  • The college is taking measures to ensure proper cleaning of college facilities, and the college has made additional purchases of approved cleaning supplies.
  • CDC posters have been printed and sent throughout the district for posting.

What you should do:

  • Monitor the college website (mgccc.edu), your college email, and text messaging alerts for updates and information.
  • Familiarize yourself with the guidance issued by the CDC and found on the CDC website. The site contains guidance on all aspects of prevention and preparation including preparing your home, preparing to travel, and preparing at work.
  • Stay alert and if you experience any concerning symptoms please alert your primary healthcare provider or call one of the college’s medical analysis facilities (https://mgccc.edu/about/student-life/health-clinics/hours-locations/). Also, please remember that the college healthcare plan provides 24-hour access to providers, for participants to receive health care from a smart phone, a tablet, or via webcam. (https://msshehip.amwell.com/ or 844-SEE-DOCS (733-3627).

Update March 6, 2020

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College administration is actively monitoring the outbreak of 2019-nCoV. Currently, there are no active cases in Mississippi. We will continue to update this post as information becomes available.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expect more confirmed cases in the United States in the coming days and weeks. To protect yourselves and those around you, please read below for some precautionary measures we can all take:

  • Stay Informed – The CDC’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage is updated daily with the latest information and advice for the public.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands; germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • DO NOT use face masks. The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks for the general U.S. public to prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV.

As Spring Break approaches and travel increases, we urge you to follow these precautions to keep you and your family safe.

CDC Documents

2019-nCoV: What the public should do
2019-nCoV: STOP THE SPREAD OF GERMS

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