July 13, 2020
We are six weeks away from the start of the fall 2020 semester, and we are moving forward with our planning while also witnessing an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, the State of California, and across the nation. As many of you are trying to figure out your childcare, the Eventual Return to Campus, and a host of other matters, we genuinely understand how important it is for Compton College and Compton Community College District to provide timely updates to the campus community. You are more than welcome to email your supervisor and me your concerns. The President/CEO Message - July 13, 2020, includes COVID-19 information and other campus-related updates.
Compton College COVID-19 Update
On July 12, California reported 8,460 new cases of COVID-19. The state now has a total of 320,804 positive cases. There has been a total of 7,017 deaths in the state. For more information, go to www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019. Compton College continues to operate at Level Four - Severe Infection Rate, according to the Compton CCD Pandemic Outbreak - Emergency Operations Plan.
Students were sent an email today, July 13, 2020, regarding the recently confirmed on-campus COVID-19 case. All student emails are available online on the Student Information and Communications webpage.
Essential Employees Work Schedule
The Essential Employees Work Schedule for July 13-16, 2020, is posted online here. The schedule will be updated every Thursday for the following week as employees continue to gradually return to campus.
Updated Temperature Screening Protocol for Entering Campus
Beginning today, July 13, 2020, all individuals entering the Compton College campus, including construction workers and vendors, will have their temperature screened by Campus Police or security personnel. Individuals who have a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed to enter the campus, and will be provided with information regarding the next steps, including a copy of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's "COVID-19: Learn About Symptoms & What To Do If You Are Sick" flyer (PDF).
Career and Technical Education Lab Hours - Update
Due to a student testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, July 10, 2020, the spring 2020 Career and Technical Education lab hours will resume on Monday, July 20, 2020, as scheduled Monday through Thursday. Career and Technical Education students will receive updated information via their @compton.edu email accounts regarding reporting to campus. Students will have their temperature checked upon entry to the campus - daily, will be required to complete the online "Student Wellness Check" questionnaire, and submit their COVID-19 test results to the College's Human Resources Department via email to firstname.lastname@example.org before being allowed on campus.
California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Update
On Thursday, July 9, 2020, the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Board of Directors overwhelmingly approved the implementation of its Contingency Plan, providing a return to intercollegiate athletics for the 2020-2021 academic year that shifts all sports, including football, to the spring 2021 season. The Contingency Plan was among three potential scenarios approved by the Board of Directors in June 2020. Please note, the return of athletics in January 2021 will only occur if it is safe to do so, a decision that will be guided primarily by state and local health guidelines. The CCCAA Contingency Plan can be viewed here.
The Compton College Academic Affairs and Student Services divisions, working with Andree Pacheco, Director of Student Development and Athletics, will begin the process of implementing the CCCAA Contingency Plan for spring 2021.
As of today, July 13, 2020, Compton College has generated 601 Full-Time Equivalent Students for fall 2020. Our fill rate is at 19%, and our seats filled is 3,769. Click here for the current fall 2020 Enrollment Snapshot. Beginning this week, the fall 2020 Compton College Schedule of Classes will be mailed to all Compton Community College District residents.
The Community of Practice and Co-Teaching Models for Student Success
As mentioned in my President/CEO Message - May 8, 2020, we will be implementing Communities of Practice for English and math faculty during the 2020-2021 academic year. The community of practice is a process of social learning that occurs when people who have a common interest in a subject or area collaborate over an extended period to share ideas and strategies, determine solutions, and build innovations. Funding of $40,000, was provided by the College Futures Foundation to support the Communities of Practice for the 2020-2021 year. Furthermore, Compton College is implementing a pilot program in eight transfer-level English and math courses that will be taught using a co-teaching model. The two faculty members assigned to each course will be equally responsible for creating, teaching, and assessing the class.
I am incredibly excited about the implementation of the Community of Practice and Co-Teaching Models for Student Success and look forward to reviewing and listening to faculty regarding the outcomes from these initiatives.
This past weekend, I spent a considerable amount of time thinking about COVID-19, our planning for fall 2020, the implementation of Guided Pathways, Dual Enrollment partnerships, the potential partnership with Apple Inc. (more information will be provided in the President/CEO Message - July 16, 2020), and the Eventual Return to Campus Plan. By Sunday afternoon, I had to stop thinking about these items, and I decided to read a book titled "Crucial Accountability" by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillian, and Al Switzler. I am extremely interested in how, as an educator and as a president/CEO, I can improve my leadership style and the overall effectiveness of our organization. Over the last year, I have focused on the professional development of our faculty, staff, and administrators. I am also interested in figuring out ways to encourage individuals to take on leadership opportunities, how to assign tasks to employees, and different ways to follow-up with individuals on their assigned tasks.
Even during COVID-19, as an educator, we should always strive to improve our effectiveness. The 2020 year has been the most difficult challenge in my career as an educational leader. However, this year has also been the most rewarding.
Please be safe and stay healthy,
Keith Curry, Ed.D.
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