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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

March 16, 2020

Campus Community,

I wanted to provide you with an update on Compton College in terms of COVID-19. The Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan guides our response to the possible scenarios that may occur as the COVID-19 situation progresses. As of March 14, 2020, 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time, the California Department of Health reports there are a total of 335 positive cases and six deaths in California (including one non-California resident). For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.

Compton CCD is now operating at Level Three - Moderate Infection Rate. Recent confirmed case(s) of a community member, and/or family member of student, staff, or faculty within the county. We were informed this afternoon that a patient admitted to St. Francis Medical Center has tested presumptive positive for COVID-19. Today, the Compton College Pandemic Coordinators and members of the President/CEO cabinet met, and below are some updates:

  1. Today, I formally declared a state of emergency at Compton College, and I am requesting the Compton Community College District Board of Trustees to affirm this action at its meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. My declaration mirrors similar ones made at the national, state, and local levels, and makes Compton Community College District eligible for future assistance, lifts spending restrictions, and expands the College's ability to move quickly in response to this evolving situation.
  1. The Compton College campus will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020, through April 10, 2020, to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 both locally and as a statewide effort. The only individuals allowed on campus will be faculty, classified staff, administrators, supervisors, and students who are encouraged to practice social distancing and health and safety measures. Individuals working on current construction projects will also be allowed on campus. Campus Police may request to see college identification, a valid California Driver's License, or other California identification.
  1. Wednesday, March 18, 2020, we will have a mandatory campus Professional Development Day for faculty and Classified staff. Faculty will be provided with training and resources for using the Canvas online-course delivery software. Recognizing faculty concerns, we will provide the mandatory campus Professional Development for faculty on-campus and via Zoom. Classified staff Professional Development will be provided in individual employee office spaces. More information, including the finalized schedule, will be sent tomorrow, March 17, 2020.
  1. As we prepare to transition our campus to alternative instruction and support services methods, Compton College administrators and supervisors were asked to gather information from their employees, such as who has College issued laptops and who has internet access at their home. This information is critical as we prepare to transition our campus to alternative instruction and support services.
  1. Beginning tomorrow, March 17, 2020, we will be gathering information from Compton College administrators and supervisors regarding essential functions that must be performed by each program/department.
  1. We are asking all Compton College Classified staff, administrators, and supervisors to move pertinent work-related files to their Office 365 - OneDrive account by the end of the day, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. If Classified staff, administrators, and supervisors need assistance with moving their work-related files to their Office 365 - OneDrive account, please submit an ITS Helpdesk request at https://helpdesk.compton.edu or call 310-900-1234.
  1. As we prepare to transition to alternative instruction and support service methods, we took into consideration the fact that some students may need a laptop at home. Today, we moved forward and purchased 325 laptop computers that will be available for loan to Compton College students this semester. I am asking the Student Services Division administrators to establish the process for the laptop loan program.
  1. Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through April 17, 2020, the Compton College Cafeteria and Bookstore will be closed. The Bookstore will still accept online orders from Compton College students, and provide free ground delivery on all orders. We encourage all employees to seek alternative options for breakfast and lunch.
  1. Just a friendly reminder, all classes will be canceled Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Friday, March 20, 2020. Compton College faculty will utilize this time to transition courses to an alternative instruction method, such as Canvas course delivery software or teleconferencing.
  1. To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, all Compton College year-end events have been canceled. A decision will be made by Wednesday, April 15, 2020, regarding the spring nursing pinning ceremony and commencement.
  1. Employees are encouraged to use Zoom instead of face-to-face meetings as much as possible during this state of emergency.  In the coming days, we will be setting-up Canvas sites for all Institutional Standing Committees.


Employee Telecommuting
The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office has asked that colleges substantially limit in-person interaction on campuses through June 2020. This week, we are instituting remote working protocols for eligible employees, in consultation with our local bargaining units. At Compton College:

  • President/CEO, Vice presidents have identified essential positions that are needed for business continuity and which must be performed at the campus.
  • We have requested the Vice presidents to identified non-essential positions that can be performed by working remotely at home.
  • Vice presidents will begin conducting meetings with their administrators and supervisors on Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Administrators and supervisors will meet with all employees in their area throughout the rest of the week.
  • Compton College will develop a plan to address telecommuting by Monday, March 23, 2020.

More information on Employee Telecommuting will be provided later this week.

Email to Compton College Students - March 13, 2020
Please click here to read the March 13, 2020 email that was sent to Compton College students.

Compton College COVID-19 Updates
Compton College COVID-19 updates will be posted here.

Are You Not Feeling Well?
Compton College is taking steps to slow the spread of respiratory infectious diseases, including COVID-19. If an employee (faculty, staff, and administrators) self-identifies themselves as suffering from flu-like illness or other respiratory infection, or have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, follow these steps:

  • Campus Administrators will separate the individual as much as possible from others and make arrangements for the individual to go home as soon as possible, and
  • Campus Administrators will contact the Pandemic Coordinators immediately via email (hparnock@compton.edu, rsasser@compton.edu, rbox@compton.edu, and rjames@compton.edu),
  • Campus Administrators will call the vice president of Human Resources at extension 2400.
  • Human Resources will submit a facilities' work order to disinfect the employees' workspace immediately.

Compton College COVID-19 Updates
Please visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage here for updates.

Final Comments

I want to thank each of you for your hard work and patience as we address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you for working together and for providing valuable input during these challenging times. Your valuable input has been helpful to me as I am making critical decisions for Compton College and Compton Community College District.  Now, taking care of yourself is important, as well.  If you are experiencing distress or anxiety due to the current circumstances, please contact the Employee Assistance Program at (800) 531-0200.

We will continue to work through many issues and concerns as it relates to COVID-19.


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

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