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President/CEO Message

August 23, 2021


Welcome Back! Welcome Back! Welcome Back! The fall 2021 semester has officially begun! It was nice to see additional faculty and staff on campus today. I enjoy the first day of the semester and commencement, and today, I was able to direct students to the new Instructional Building #1. Hopefully, everyone enjoyed the first day of the semester. Please follow the Entry to Campus Protocol for Employees and the Entry to Campus Protocol for Students, which are included in this President/CEO Message. The President/CEO Message - August 23, 2021, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.

Compton College COVID-19 Update

Los Angeles County's Daily COVID-19 Data webpage reports 2,781 newly recorded confirmed cases in Los Angeles County as of 6:00 p.m. on August 22, 2021. The county now has a total of 1,383,186 reported cases (including cases reported by Long Beach and Pasadena health departments). For more information, go to publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/data/. Compton College is operating at Level 4 - Severe Infection Rate according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.

Entry to Campus Protocol for Employees 

While on campus, everyone is expected to follow specific protocols to help ensure the health and safety of the Compton College community and the public:

  • Face coverings are required in all public spaces on campus; except when eating or drinking (preferably outdoors).
  • Everyone must have his/her temperature screened when arriving on campus.
  • Employees must complete an online Daily Wellness Survey via MyCompton within 12 hours of their scheduled arrival time.
  • Employees scheduled to work on campus, who have not submitted proof of full vaccination to the Office of Human Resources, must submit monthly COVID-19 test results. Test results must be emailed from your @compton.edu account to rsasser@compton.edu before the end of each month.
  • Per Compton CCD Resolution No. 08-17-2021A, all employees assigned to work on campus or traveling on behalf of the District are required to be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021. Please refer to the communication sent to all employees on August 18, 2021 for more information.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available to Compton College employees at the St. John's Student Health Center on campus. Call 1-866-980-0870 to make an appointment.
  • Everyone must practice physical distancing, in addition to the following:
    • If you are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms listed in the wellness survey, remain at home and contact Vice President Rachelle Sasser at rsasser@compton.edu.
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
    • Ensure your mask covers your nose and mouth.

Please note, we are in the process of developing an online process to submit COVID-19 test results and proof of vaccination. Our goal is to have the online process available by Wednesday, September 1, 2021. If you have questions about the required Compton College entry to campus protocols, please contact Vice President Rachelle Sasser at rsasser@compton.edu.

Entry to Campus Protocol for Students

Compton College Fall 2021: Entry to Campus Protocol for In-Person, On-Campus Instruction

Fall 2021 students will be expected to be on campus for some in-person lab instruction during the days/times/location(s) specified and noted on the student class schedule.

While on campus, everyone is expected to follow specific protocols to help ensure the health and safety of the Compton College community and the public:

  • Face coverings are required in all public spaces on campus; except when eating or drinking (preferably outdoors).
  • Everyone must have his/her temperature screened when arriving on campus.
  • Students must complete an online Daily Wellness Survey via MyCompton within 12 hours of the scheduled arrival time. Example: For a 7:30 a.m. Monday lab - complete the survey between 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:29 a.m. Monday.
  • Students scheduled to be on campus, who have not submitted proof of full vaccination to the Office of Human Resources, must submit monthly COVID-19 test results. Test results must be emailed from your @compton.edu account to klambertmartinez@compton.edu before your first scheduled meeting on campus, and no later than the second week of each month while your class is in session.
  • Per Compton CCD Resolution No. 08-17-2021A, all students* enrolled in in-person on-campus classes are required to be fully vaccinated by January 1, 2022. Please refer to the communication sent to all students on August 19, 2021 for more information.
    • COVID-19 vaccines are available to Compton College students at the St. John's Student Health Center on campus. Call 877-612-8299 to make an appointment.
  • Everyone must practice physical distancing, in addition to the following:
    • If students are feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms listed in the wellness survey, remain at home and contact Vice President Sasser at rsasser@compton.edu.
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
    • Ensure your mask covers your nose and mouth.
Student-Athletes
  • Per Compton CCD Resolution No. 08-17-2021A, all in-season/off-season or all student-athletes are required to be fully vaccinated by October 1, 2021 to participate in school athletics (including practice, play and travel). Please refer to the communication sent to all student-athletes on August 19, 2021 for more information.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available to Compton College students at the St. John's Student Health Center on campus. Call 877-612-8299 to make an appointment.
  • Student-athletes must submit weekly COVID-19 test results. Test results must be emailed from your @compton.edu account to klambertmartinez@compton.edu before your first scheduled meeting on campus, and by noon on Monday each week. Testing must occur within 72 hours of submitting results to be valid.
  • Call St. John's Student Health Center to make a testing appointment: 213-226-7480

Please note that we are developing an online process to submit COVID-19 test results and proof of vaccination for students. Our goal is to have the online process available by Wednesday, September 1, 2021.  If you have questions about the required Compton College entry to campus protocols for students, please contact Vice President Rachelle Sasser at rsasser@compton.edu.

Safe Return to Campus Decisions

As a follow-up to the President/CEO Message - April 29, 2021, and the President/CEO Message - June 21, 2021, effective September 7, 2021, all full-time nonessential Classified employees will be assigned to work on campus at least two (2) days per week. All part-time nonessential Classified employees will be assigned to work on campus at least 40% of their regular schedule. Notifications were sent to the affected employees on August 20, 2021. The affected employees ' supervisors will determine specific work schedules, including the days those individuals are to report to campus. 

And as I stated during my Professional Development Day #1 Presentation, a decision regarding Winter/Spring 2022 instruction will be made by October 1, 2021.

Fall 2021 Enrollment Update

As of today, August 23, 2021, Compton College has generated 1,139 FTES for the Fall 2021 term. Our fill rate is currently 53%, and our seats filled is 7,619. Click here to view today's enrollment snapshot. Once again, please encourage interested students to enroll today as some sections are already full.

Please continue to encourage interested students to enroll today as some sections are already full. A list of open classes is available here.

Compton Community College District Board of Trustees Meeting

The Compton CCD Board of Trustees' next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The closed session begins at 4:00 p.m., with the open session commencing at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom Meeting. Information on how to access the Compton CCD Board of Trustees meeting is available here.

President/CEO Closing the Loop

A mentioned in the President/CEO Message - October 12, 2020, we are currently in the final stages of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office's evaluation of the financial health of Compton CCD. As part of this review, I mentioned to the Fiscal Crisis Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) today that we will develop a plan to address the conclusion of Compton CCD's Full-Time Equivalent Students Hold Harmless Provision, after the 2025-2026 year. I will be asking the Planning and Budget Committee to provide recommendations and to review the finalized plan. My goal is for the plan to be developed during the 2021-2022 year. Future President/CEO Messages will include more information on the Conclusion of Compton CCD's Full-Time Equivalent Students Hold Harmless Provision Plan. 

Final Thoughts

Just a reminder, the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement (CORA), African American Male Education Network & Development (A2MEND), and the #EquityAvengers are hosting a free webinar, Sounding the Alarm: Addressing the Declining Representation of Black Students in California's Community Colleges. The webinar will address the declining enrollment of Black students due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Leading scholars, practitioners, and policy advocates, including myself, will discuss what needs to be done to address this pressing concern. This webinar will take place on September 1, 2021, from noon to 2:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time). Click this link to Register for FREE.

In closing, please be safe and have a wonderful week.

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


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