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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

March 30, 2020

Campus Community,

I want 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 Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, there are a total of 5,763 positive cases and 135 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 currently 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. Compton College is currently offering alternative academic instruction and online student support services. The Compton College Pandemic Coordinators and members of the President/CEO Cabinet met today, and below is some important information.

Compton College Student Laptop Loan Program
The Compton College Student Laptop Loan Program began today. Of the 250 appointments scheduled for today, 154 students picked-up laptop computers. The next laptop computer distribution will occur on Friday, April 3, 2020. The students who did not pick-up their laptop computers today will receive another appointment for Friday, April 3, 2020. Special thanks to the Student Services Division staff who assisted with today's laptop computer disbursement.

Laptop computers are still available on a first-come-first-served basis to students who submit a Student Laptop Loan Program RSVP and are currently enrolled in spring 2020 courses at Compton College. If you have any questions about the laptop computer loan program, please email your questions to studentlife@compton.edu.

Excused Withdrawal Petitions and Student Refunds for Spring 2020
Last week, based on the Academic Senate's recommendation, we updated Administrative Regulation 4320 - Grading and Academic Record Symbols to include Excused Withdrawal (EW). For the spring 2020 semester, all Compton College students that have dropped after Monday, March 9, 2020, will receive an automatic EW.  Compton College students that receive an automatic EW for spring 2020, before Friday, May 15, 2020, will receive a refund for their course enrollment fees. Also, Compton College students who purchased spring 2020 parking permits will receive a refund.

Compton College COVID-19 Updates
Reminder, please visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage here for updates. The webpage also provides information for students, faculty, Classified staff and managers who are not feeling well and who are experiencing the following symptoms - a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

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.

We would like you to join the Pandemic Coordinators on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. to receive an update on the implementation of the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan and to address any questions you may have as it relates to COVID-19. If you are interested in participating in the meeting, please email Heather Parnock at hparnock@compton.edu to receive the Zoom meeting information.

Final Thoughts
Special thanks to the Information Technology Services Department for setting up laptop computers for staff working remotely, and for their work this past weekend to set-up the laptop computers for the Compton College Student Laptop Loan Program.

Moving forward, I will provide COVID -19 updates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I highly encourage you to continue to visit the Compton College COVID-19 webpage here for updates.

Please be safe and stay healthy.


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

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