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Message from the PRESIDENT/CEO

April 8, 2020

Campus Community,

I want to provide you with an update on Compton College in terms of COVID-19. As of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, there are a total of 15,865 positive cases and 374 deaths in California. For more information, go to https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx.

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

  1. To protect our community and slow the spread of COVID-19, all essential employees and individuals scheduled to be on campus must wear a face covering while at Compton College. The campus remains closed to visitors and the general public. The updated schedule for essential employees is available online here. This requirement follows new directives across Los Angeles County that advise employees and customers to wear masks covering their face and nose while in businesses that remain open. This applies to grocery stores, taxis, hardware stores, hotels, restaurants, pharmacies, and other essential activities. It is important to note that face coverings are not a substitute for always practicing physical distancing and frequent hand-washing.

  2. As a follow-up to the Confirmed COVID-19 Case at Compton College - March 31, 2020, email communication, areas in which the individual was known to have visited before testing positive for COVID-19 have been identified. On Monday, April 6, 2020, ServPro of Downey, provided Level 4 Cleaning and Disinfection services to address COVID -19 in the following areas: Math Science MS-208, Math Science Elevator, Math Science Vending Machine Area, Tartar Village TV-22, and Tartar Village Vending Machine Area.

  3. We have received additional inquiries from Compton College students regarding spring break, which is scheduled for April 11-17, 2020. Please note, there will be no classes held during spring break.

  4. Compton College students who purchased spring 2020 parking permits will receive a refund. Credit Card refunds were processed this past week, and check/cash payments will be refunded by Friday, April 24, 2020, to students.

  5. 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. Additional disbursements dates have yet to be scheduled. The Informational Technology Services and the Student Services divisions are exploring other options for disbursement, including mailing laptops or utilizing a courier service to deliver laptops to students' homes. If you have any questions about the laptop computer loan program, please email studentlife@compton.edu.

  6. For your information, Eloy Ortiz Oakley, Chancellor, California Community Colleges, has issued Guidance and Executive Orders to assist Colleges as it relates to COVID-19. Those Guidance and Executive Orders are available here.  We are following the many Guidance and Executive Orders and how to implement these at Compton College.

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.

Final Thoughts
This morning, I sent an email to all the Compton College Faculty regarding the importance of faculty participating in Compton College's  Early Alert system and for faculty to submit early alerts for their students during the ninth week of the semester, which is April 20-24, 2020. Early Alert and Early intervention for our students by faculty and staff are critical to their success, and now it's even more critical due to COVID-19.  Last year, the Board of Trustees approved our Institutional-Set Goals, which are available here. Including in the goals, was the number of First-Time Full-Time Students Returning after One Academic Year, which in 2017-2018 was 59.7% of the students returned. Our goal by 2021-2022 was to increase that percentage to 63.7%. Furthermore, our Course Success Rate goal, which in 2017-2018 was 68.9%. Our goal by 2021-2022 is to improve our percentage to 73.5%. One of our strategies for increasing these two goals is through the full implementation of the Compton College Early Alert system.

Please be safe and stay healthy.


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

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