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COVID-19 RETURN TO CAMPUS GUIDELINES

Return to Campus Guidelines

Message to the college community from Dr. Ryan McCall.

New covid guidelines take effect at the college on June 2, 2021.

College community,

During the last two weeks, we have been reviewing the changing COVID guidelines as outlined by the CDC and Governor DeWine.  The College Leadership Council met recently to discuss the changing guidelines, and how best to balance meeting the new recommendations while also trying to ensure our employees and students feel safe.  While we would be permitted to completely eliminate all COVID requirements based on the changes, we also realize COVID is still with us ​and will be for the immediate future.

Therefore, it is important to consider the possibility of another increase in cases, and the reintroduction of safety measures if necessary.  With this understanding and based on the conversation with the College Leadership Council, review of the guidelines provided by the CDC, the changes in state health mandates announce​d by the governor, and the articles listed below about the science behind the mask change made by the CDC, the College will make the following COVID changes beginning June 2nd.

  • Masks are not required for those who are fully vaccinated.  Masks are still recommended for those who are unvaccinated.
  • Classrooms will remain social distanced during the summer semester.  Classrooms will have approximately 75% capacity fall semester, but will still be below maximum capacity.
  • Plexiglass will remain in the classrooms through the beginning of the fall semester.  The plexiglass may be removed during the fall semester based on COVID numbers.
  • We will remove the temperature checks on June 2nd.  However, we will continue with the sign-in (paper sheets or via online form) through the end summer semester.
  • We will continue to encourage and support opportunities for vaccination and share opportunities to do so.
  • We will continue to monitor ODH and CDC guidelines, local infections, etc. in the event we need to change any of these items.
  • Continue to encourage virtual meetings through fall semester.
  • Ask students who are working in lab environments, such as science, health, and engineering, to wear masks during these activities.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-05-15/cdc-s-big-mask-change-went-from-science-to-secret-to-surprise

https://www.prevention.com/health/a36430685/why-cdc-changed-mask-guidelines/

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57160923

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7020e2.htm?s_cid=mm7020e2_w

https://www.self.com/story/new-study-cdc-mask-guidelines

As we have stated from the beginning, all of the above items are subject to change based on new guidelines/requirements from state/federal/local entities.

I realize some will want to eliminate all of the safety measures, while others will feel it is necessary to keep all precautions in place.  I view the outlined items above as a gradual rollback of the safety measures, which as COVID continues to decline, will eventually be eliminated.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me or send an email to the COVID team, and we will do our best to answer in a timely manner.

Respectfully,

Ryan

Ryan McCall, Ph.D.
President
Marion Technical College
1467 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
Office 740-3864199

Our Mission: To provide the region’s most accessible, supportive, and personal pathway to career success.

COVID-19 Notice – 2021-2022 Academic Year

As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, the challenges and uncertainty for delivering course content remain in this COVID-19 environment.  The college intends to provide academic courses through a variety of formats, including in-person/onsite, blended/hybrid, remote, and online.  Since unanticipated circumstances at any time could affect the ability to deliver course content in a particular manner, the college reserves the right to modify the delivery method for course content for the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff.  Irrespective of the delivery format, the college’s competitive tuition, and course fee structure shall remain the same for academic courses, consistent with published college tuition and fee schedules.  There will be no refund or reduction on tuition or course fees since the college will be providing a full semester of instruction and awarding full academic credit to those who satisfactorily fulfill course requirements.


RETURN TO CAMPUS INFORMATION

Requirements to Enter HTC, Bryson Hall, and the Library

  • Masks are not required for those who are fully vaccinated.  Masks are still recommended for those who are unvaccinated.
  • Classrooms will remain socially distanced during the summer semester.  Classrooms will have approximately 75% capacity fall semester, but will still be below maximum capacity.
  • Plexiglass will remain in the classrooms through the beginning of the fall semester.  The plexiglass may be removed during the fall semester based on COVID numbers.
  • We will remove the temperature checks on June 2nd.  However, we will continue with the sign-in (paper sheets or via online form) through the end summer semester.
  • We will continue to encourage and support opportunities for vaccination and share opportunities to do so.
  • We will continue to monitor ODH and CDC guidelines, local infections, etc. in the event we need to change any of these items.
  • Continue to encourage virtual meetings through the fall semester.
  • Ask students who are working in lab environments, such as science, health, and engineering, to wear masks during these activities.

Face Coverings

  • Face shields are permitted in the classroom. Please contact or stop and see Kelly Flinchbaugh at flinchbaughk@mtc.edu or x 4163 if you or a student needs a face shield.

Assistance with Non-Compliance of Campus Guidelines

  • If you need assistance between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., please send an email to covid@mtc.edu in the subject line include the word ASSIST, your building, and room number.
  • If you need assistance after 5:00 p.m., please call Marion Campus Public Safety at 740-725-6300

RETURN TO CAMPUS PLAN

The Return to Campus Plan highlights strategies identified as best practices for Marion Technical College that will be followed to transition back to onsite operations. The strategies are largely informed by the Governor’s Responsible RestartOhio, and the plan is informed by the latest guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health, the local health department, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When new guidance is issued, plans will quickly be adjusted to align with any new requirements. Employees, students, and visitors are required to adhere to the guidelines outlined below in the Return to Campus Plan.

Return to Campus Plan


 

COVID-19 FULLY BACK TO SCHOOL – NO social distancing or face masks required
Status Level Green All students expected to attend class as scheduled; where scheduled
All staff expected to work as scheduled; where scheduled
Visitors are permitted on campus
All campus buildings are open normal operating hours
COVID-19 FULLY BACK TO SCHOOL – social distancing/masks not required for fully vaccinated individuals, but recommended for unvaccinated individuals
Status Level Yellow All students expected to attend class as scheduled; where scheduled
All staff expected to work as scheduled; where scheduled
Visitors are permitted on campus
All campus buildings are open normal operating hours
COVID-19 HYBRID MODEL – social distancing/face masks required
Status Level Orange Lecture classes are online or hybrid
Lab and hands-on classes are on-site
Visitors are permitted on campus – appointments are encouraged
Offices are open but minimally staffed
COVID-19 BUILDINGS CLOSED & MOVED TO VIRTUAL LEARNING – social distancing/face masks required
Status Level Red Lecture classes are online
Lab and hands-on classes are hybrid or online
Visitors are permitted on campus – appointments are required
Offices are open only designated staff are permitted on campus
COVID-19 100% VIRTUAL LEARNING & STAFF OPERATING REMOTELY
Status Level Purple All students stay home
All classes are virtual
All staff are working remotely
Visitors are not permitted on campus
All campus buildings are closed

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