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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

April 22, 2020

Campus Community,

I want to provide you with an update on Compton College in terms of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, April 21, 2020, there are a total of 35,396 positive cases and 1,354 deaths in California. For more information, go to https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx.

Compton College remains operating at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan. The Compton College Pandemic Coordinators and members of the President/CEO Cabinet met today, and below is some the following updates:

Reporting Protocol for Positive COVID-19 Cases
If you learn of a positive COVID-19 test result (or presumed positive after an exam by a medical professional) and the individual has been on campus within the past two weeks, please report this information to the Compton College Pandemic Coordinators immediately by sending an email to rbox@compton.edu, rjames@compton.edu, hparnock@compton.edu, and rsasser@compton.edu. To ensure the medical privacy of the individual, please do not discuss the identity of the individual with anyone.

Per the Los Angeles County Health Order issued April 1, 2020, all individuals who have been diagnosed with or are likely to have COVID-19 must take immediate actions, including self-isolation and notifying all of their closes contacts. If District employees learn of positive COVID-19 testing involving an essential employee, or current Compton College student, we request you volunteer this information to the Pandemic Coordinators as a public health safety measure.

When reporting a positive or presumed-positive COVID-19 case to the Pandemic Coordinators, please provide the following information: the student or employee's full name, Compton College student ID, if applicable, date of the test, when and where they were last on campus.

As always, all Compton College students and employees are asked to follow the directions given by public health officials and elected officials during this outbreak. This includes obeying the stay-at-home orders from Los Angeles County and the State of California, following correct social distancing practices, and continuing to maintain proper hygiene.

Please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) "Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick" guidelines (PDF) if you are not feeling well and are experiencing the following symptoms - a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

Compton College + Everytable Meal Delivery Program
Reminder, students can sign up for next week's delivery by submitting the Compton College + Everytable Meal Delivery Program Sign-Up Form online. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday evenings at midnight. Below is a social media comment from one of our students who participated in the Compton College + Everytable Meal Delivery Program this week:

"Special shoutout to Compton College and Everytable for partnering and helping the underserved community with free delicious meals every week (heart symbol) such selfishness in this time of need! Definitely going to enjoy these!"

Reminder, Compton College employees can participate in the Everytable Employee Meal Delivery Program - $59 for ten meals, including delivery. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday evenings at midnight. Compton College employees can order and pay for the Everytable Employee Meal Delivery Program online here.

Compton College Student Laptop Loan Program
Laptop computers are still available to students who submit a Student Laptop Loan Program RSVP and are currently enrolled in spring 2020 courses at Compton College. We will be mailing laptops to students' homes. As of today, April 22, 2020, we currently have 67 students on the RSVP list.

Compton College CRM Advise - Early Alert system
We need your help in submitting Early Alerts for your students who need additional support. Compton College's Early Alert system aims to provide students with the timely intervention of academic and student support services. If you need assistance with submitting your Early Alerts, contact Dr. Rebekah Blonshine at rblonshine@compton.edu or Dr. Cesar Jimenez at cjimenez@compton.edu.

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.

The County of Los Angeles information regarding drive-up mobile testing sites is also available on the College's COVID-19 webpage.

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.

Final Thoughts
At recent meetings and in many of the Compton College COVID-19 Updates, I have been discussing unemployment. Last week, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness provided me with the COVID-19, Unemployment, and Forecasting Enrollment at Compton College Report, which is available here. At last night's Board of Trustees meeting, the board expressed interest in Compton College developing a program to support future students who are receiving unemployment benefits. We will be adding this program to the Compton College 2024 Enrollment Management Plan. If you have any recommendations for this program, please forward them to Elizabeth Martinez, Vice President of Student Services at emartinez@compton.edu.

As we prepare for summer and fall enrollment, I wanted you to know that we moved the start of registration from Tuesday, May 19, 2020, to Tuesday, May 26, 2020. We will also be mailing the summer and fall class schedules to all Compton Community College District residents. Furthermore, utilizing our COVID-19 budget, we will provide a targeted media campaign for summer and fall enrollment.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who participated in yesterday's Tartar Talks meeting. The Tartar Talks event was well attended, and the contributions from you during the meeting are greatly appreciated. I have decided to schedule another virtual Tartar Talks for Tuesday, May 19, 2020, at 1:00 p.m.


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

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