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Alerts and Notices | Coronavirus Information

Urgent information related to coronavirus (COVID-19) will be shared through Mt. SAC Health Alerts, our primary means of communication in the event of an emergency. Health Alert information will be distributed through campus email, Facebook, Twitter and the Mt. SAC Newsroom. Other non-urgent messages related to COVID-19 may also be emailed to the campus community. In the event a community member tests positive for COVID-19, the college works with Los Angeles County Public Health to gather information for contact tracing and reaching those who may be impacted. In the event the affected groups cannot be identified or there is a broader risk to the campus, a general notification will be sent to the campus community.

 

    • Path to Recovery - November 23, 2020: COVID-19 Cases Rise Dangerously

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      STAYING HOME IS VITAL AS COVID-19 CASES RISE DANGEROUSLY 

      COVID-19 cases have reached new records across the state. To slow the spread, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a limited stay-at-home order for counties in the most restricted purple tier, like Los Angeles. Beginning Saturday, most nonessential activity outside the home is prohibited from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The current order is effective through Dec. 21. However, officials warned that restrictions could be extended or increased.

      Los Angeles County reached a grim new milestone with a record breaking 5,031 new cases on Nov. 19. In one week, the county went from a 7.6 average case rate per 100,000 people to 13.7 average case rate per 100,000. The rest of the state isn’t faring much better. Cases have more than doubled across California over the last 10 days. Forty counties have been placed back to the purple tier, bringing all of Southern California into the most restricted category. If the coronavirus spread continues, health officials warn the county can return to the early restrictive stay at home orders from the beginning of the pandemic.

      Public health officials are urging the public to stay at home as much as possible and avoid gatherings to slow the spread of coronavirus. When away from home, individuals should wear a mask and practice social distancing.

    • Path to Recovery - November 16, 2020: COVID Best Practices

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      FEELING WORN OUT? STOMACH PROBLEMS? STAY HOME! 

      Some of the symptoms of exhaustion, flu and COVID-19 are surprisingly similar. While most people think COVID-19 is present when there is fever, sore throat and cough, people may experience more than a dozen different symptoms or have no symptoms at all. It’s important for the campus community to familiarize themselves with the broad range of symptoms and take extra precautions when they’re feeling under the weather.

      With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Los Angeles County, officials are urgently reminding students, faculty and staff to be extremely cautious if they are feeling unwell in any way. Even if symptoms are mild, there are cases of people unknowingly exposing others to COVID-19, which later obliges their close contacts to self-quarantine for 14 days. For example, individuals who feel tired could be experiencing fatigue, a less discussed symptom of COVID-19. While sneezing is not a COVID-19 symptom, the act of sneezing can disperse air droplets and spread germs.

      As a reminder, below are symptoms of COVID-19 according to the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization. Some of these symptoms can be surprising.

      • Fever or chills
      • Cough
      • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion
      • Runny nose
      • Nausea
      • Vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Red eyes
      • Skin Rash

      If community members are experiencing any of these symptoms, they are asked to please stay home. Even if they only experience one symptom, like a headache, they should stay home. If they are taking medication to reduce these symptoms, they should continue to stay home. Employees with symptoms can contact their general healthcare provider with questions about their symptoms. Students can also contact their general healthcare provider or the Student Health Center at (909) 274-4400.

      These precautions are critical as we seek to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and protect our community, family and friends.

      REPORTING COVID-19 CASES AND CONCERNS

      Mt. SAC is ready to support students and employees who have COVID-19.

      STUDENTS REPORT TO STUDENT HEALTH CENTER — Students who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, are asked to contact the Student Health Center at (909) 274-4400 as soon as possible.

      EMPLOYEES REPORT TO HUMAN RESOURCES — Employees who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, are asked to contact Human Resources by emailing hraccommodations@mtsac.edu or calling (909) 274-4414 immediately.

      TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY

      Each individual should do what is best for them and their unique needs. High risk individuals (older adults and those with health conditions) require additional vigilance. In general, public health agencies say that the best preventative measures are staying home as much as possible, social distancing and simple good hygiene practices:

      • Practice social distancing. Stay home except for essential needs. If you must go out, keep a 6 foot distance from others and avoid crowds.
      • If you are sick, stay home. Anyone with even mild symptoms should stay away from campus. Symptoms include fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste/smell, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, sneezing, nausea, diarrhea, and so on.
      • Wear face coverings in public and if there is a chance you will be within 6 feet of others.
      • Wash your hands often, especially before you eat, after using the restroom or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you cannot wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth in case your hands are not clean.
      • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue handy and wash your hands. If you have these symptoms, stay away from campus.
      • Avoid sharing objects like tools, office equipment, cups, food and drinks.
      • Minimize contact, and avoid shaking hands and high-fiving.
      • Practice healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, stay active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.
    • Path to Recovery - November 9, 2020: System-wide Online Technology Resources Continue and Mt. SAC to Support Economic Recovery

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      SYSTEM-WIDE ONLINE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES CONTINUE

      The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office announced that tools for online education will continue to be available through the end of the academic year. During the pandemic, a number of resources have been provided to community colleges to equitably offer online classes. Some resources, like the online student services platform Cranium Café, are still under negotiation. Resources available through June 30, 2021 include:

      • Labster, a virtual science lab platform
      • NetTutor, online tutoring platform
      • Zoom, online meeting platform.

      MT. SAC TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC RECOVERY

      Due to the pandemic, the national gross domestic product is estimated to be 4.2% lower in the fourth quarter of 2020, compared to the same time last year. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis also anticipates a complete rebound will not be possible until 2022. The economic downturn has disproportionately hurt people of color, who have higher unemployment and COVID-19 infection rates. Mt. SAC is set to play a large role in the region’s economic recovery. An economic impact report found the college added $1.3 billion in income to the district in the 2018-19 year. This is equivalent to 2.3% of the gross regional product. Students who study at Mt. SAC also benefit. For every $1 they invest in their education at Mt. SAC, they gain $6 in lifetime earnings. Similarly, for every $1 taxpayers invest in the college, they gain $2.10 in added tax revenue and public sector savings.

    • Path to Recovery - November 1, 2020: Mt. SAC Hiring Critical Positions, Dual Enrollment Sees Growth, and College Level Math and English Success

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      MT. SAC HIRING CRITICAL POSITIONS

      Mt. SAC is currently actively recruiting for 47 positions that have been deemed critical to the college. The online nature of the hiring has created unique challenges, including new protocols for online interviews. Due to a hiring frost in place due to the pandemic, another 42 positions are on hold.

      DUAL ENROLLMENT SEES GROWTH

      The Dual Enrollment program noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the K-12 school districts, which have also transitioned online. Dual enrollment allows high school students to take college classes. These classes count for both high school and college credit. Despite the current challenges, dual enrollment courses have continued to expand. This academic year boasts over 30% more courses over the previous year.

      COLLEGE LEVEL MATH AND ENGLISH SUCCESS

      After changes to the way students are assessed and placed in classes, Mt. SAC has seen impressive improvements in student throughput rates. This measures the proportion of students who complete a transfer level math or English course. In math, the one year throughput rate increased from 22.5% in Fall 2015 to 39.3% in Fall 2019. In English, the one year throughput rate in completing transfer level English increased from 33.5% in Fall 2015 to 68.7% in Fall 2019.

    • Path to Recovery - October 26, 2020: Legal Opinion on Student Camera Requirements and Real Time Captioning and Spring Enrollment Withdrawals Analyzed

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      LEGAL OPINIONS PROVIDED ON STUDENT CAMERA REQUIREMENTS AND REAL TIME CAPTIONING

      The California Community Colleges Office of the General Counsel has provided legal opinions on two topics that have been of brought to the forefront due to the pandemic. The first legal opinion addresses whether it is permissible for faculty to require students to keep their cameras on for live synchronous online classes. In short, there is no prohibition against a requirement. However, requiring students to keep cameras on may create a risk of violating student privacy rights. A separate legal opinion answered whether real-time captioning is required in live synchronous online classes. The American Disabilities Act requires auxiliary aids or services to be provided to deaf and hearing impaired students to ensure they can participate in their educational program. In many cases, this can be satisfied through real-time captioning. Colleges are reminded to give primary consideration to the student’s choice of aid or service and weighing those requests against the burden it would create for the college.

      SPRING ENROLLMENT WITHDRAWALS ANALYZED

      Mt. SAC analyzed Spring 2020 enrollment to better understand the students who withdrew. The percentage of students who ended the Spring 2020 term without earning a single unit was 14% higher than the last two spring semesters due to the pandemic. In Spring 2020, 21% of students ended the term without earning units. In the previous two springs, only 7% of students did so. A greater percentage of older students withdrew from all of their classes than the younger students, especially those 26 years and older. Foster youths, students with disabilities, AB540 students, and those receiving need based aid also withdrew at higher rates than average. The research was made possible by Research and Institutional Effectiveness, Information Technology, and Student Services.

    • Path to Recovery - October 16, 2020: State Guidance Update, Cares Act Report Available, and Los Angeles County COVID-19 Status

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      STATE GUIDANCE UPDATED

      The California Department of Public Health updated its statewide guidance for institutions of higher education. The guidance is intended to help institutions prepare to resume in-person instruction when appropriate based on local conditions. The change that most impacts Mt. SAC is updated guidance for college athletics to resume, including clear procedures, safety measures, testing, and other considerations for individuals, teams and facilities. Before Mt. SAC Athletics resumes on campus, the college must follow guidance from the state, county and athletics groups. The interim guidance provides is available in the COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Institutions of Higher Education (PDF).

      CARES ACT REPORT AVAILABLE

      Mt. SAC has updated its CARES Act Report describing the college’s Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. As of September 30, 2020, at total of 12,882 students have received the CARES Act grants for a total $8,770,900. More information is available online at www.mtsac.edu/caresact.

      LOS ANGELES COUNTY COVID-19 STATUS

      According to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer California, Los Angeles County remains in the widespread (purple) category with the highest level of restrictions. The county has 7.6 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. To get to the next tier, there needs to be 7 or fewer cases per 100,000 people. The county has met or exceeded other metrics, including the daily positive test rate and health equity. Public health officials warn the public should maintain vigilance against the virus.

    • Path to Recovery - October 9, 2020: Faculty Hiring Continues and Budget Picture Becomes Clearer

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      FACULTY HIRING CONTINUES AND BUDGET PICTURE BECOMES CLEARER

      Due to the pandemic, the California Community Colleges can temporarily suspend regulations related to the faculty obligation number. This number specifies how many full-time faculty must be employed by a district in order to avoid reduction in apportionment for non-compliance. With more flexibility on faculty hiring, Mt. SAC can better manage expected budget shortfalls. While Mt. SAC will maintain a hiring frost, key faculty positions have already been approved by the President’s Cabinet to move forward and the college plans to fill faculty vacancies critical to program viability. The regular process for hiring faculty to start in Fall 2021 will begin this month.

      BUDGET PICTURE BECOMES CLEARER

      At next week’s Board of Trustees meeting, a budget presentation will detail the college’s 2019-2020 actuals and anticipated budget for 2020-2021. For the 2019-2020 year, the college’s reserves are $ 62.0 million. This year, expenditures are expected to increase by $7.1 million, bringing expenditures to $214.3 million. With the increase in the 2019-20 SCFF, reductions in discretionary funds, and other cost saving measures, the ongoing deficit is reduced to about $4 million. This year, Mt. SAC will also be managing more than $45 million in apportionment deferrals. Budget deferrals are like IOUs. Colleges will be able to use the promised budget, but the deferred funds will not be available until the subsequent fiscal year, creating a significant cash flow challenge. While the deferral is significant, the college will use its reserves and aggressive budget reduction measures to protect permanent positions and quality education.

    • Path to Recovery - September 24, 2020: Foothill Transit to Require IDs and FTES Calculation Change Positively Impacts

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      FOOTHILL TRANSIT TO REQUIRE IDs ON OCT. 18

      Mt. SAC students, both credit and noncredit, will be able to continue riding Foothill Transit buses for free during the fall 2020 semester. Beginning Oct. 18, Mt. SAC students will likely need to show their Mt. SAC student ID card and enter the bus from the front entrance.

      Students who do not yet have a student ID card may pick one up from Mt. SAC’s bookstore, the Sac Book Rac, on Oct. 7 and 8, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

      Previously, students were able to enter from the back of Foothill Transit buses without showing any form of ID or payment. The installation of new plexiglass protective barriers on Foothill Transit buses allows customers to pay a fare or show a pass with added protection. Most buses will have these installed and allow for front boarding and ID checks. Buses without these partitions will continue to allow rear boarding with no ID checks. Signage will instruct passengers on which way to enter the bus.

      Bus routes are following a regular schedule despite lower ridership to support social distancing. Riders are asked to:

      • Wash hands before and after riding the bus
      • Beginning Sunday, Oct. 18, pay attention to signs on the buses to determine entry through the front or back doors
      • Support social distancing and keep a 6-foot distance from others whenever possible
      • Wear a face covering
      • Follow safety procedures on the bus

      More information is available at foothilltransit.org/classpass.

      FTES CALCULATION CHANGE POSITIVELY IMPACTS ENROLLMENT

      • Following new guidance from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, Mt. SAC has updated the calculation of Full Time Equivalent Students (FTES). Previously, the FTES calculation translated to a drop of more than 25% FTES this fall semester. The new calculation takes into account students are studying in online formats due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The change brings FTES to 9,674 or a 7.8% drop compared to last year. This is more in line with the drops in headcount, which is currently at 8.8% less than last year.
      • The funding Mt. SAC receives from the state’s general fund is based on FTES. While Mt. SAC still shows a drop in FTES, state funding will be based on last year’s data, providing the college a cushion as we navigate the pandemic and serve students as best we can.
    • Path to Recovery - September 18, 2020: Get a Flu Shot, Withdrawal from Classes, Pass/No Pass Options Extended, and Course Repeatability

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      PREVENT A 'TWINDEMIC', GET A FLU SHOT

      Mt. SAC is strongly urging the campus community to get a flu shot to help support the health and well-being of the community. In addition to protecting individuals from the flu, this would also help prevent a surge of flu cases at local health care facilities already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot with rare exceptions. The CDC recommends getting a flu shot in September or October. The flu season normally runs from October through May, with peaks from December through February. For employees, most health insurance options provide the flu shot at no cost. For students, the Student Health Center has coordinated for students to get free flu shots through Kaiser Permanente locations in Baldwin Park, Diamond Bar, Montebello, San Dimas, and West Covina.

      WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASSES

      Similar to the Spring Semester, Mt. SAC is extending the deadline for students to withdraw from classes to Sunday, Dec. 6, for regular 16-week classes. For short-term courses, students can drop through the day prior to the last day the class is scheduled. Going forward, students who drop will receive an Excused Withdrawal (EW) mark rather than a Withdrawal (W). Students who drop their classes before the deadline will automatically receive refunds, unless they received a fee waiver.

      An EW mark will not count toward the limits on how many times students can repeat a class. In addition, it will not impact progress status. However, an EW may have implications for students receiving federal benefits (including veteran’s benefits) and students planning to transfer to a university. Therefore, students are encouraged to speak with a counselor online about their options before withdrawing from classes.

      PASS/NO PASS GRADING OPTIONS EXTENDED

      The date to choose Pass/No Pass (P/NP) as a grading option for eligible classes has been extended to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17 for regular 16-week classes. For short term classes, the deadline would be the Thursday after the term ends. Students can check the portal for the exact date. Students can choose their grading option by signing into the Mt. SAC Portal, clicking on the Student tab, and then choosing “Change Class Grading Option.” Only eligible classes will allow students to change from “Letter Grade” to “Pass/No Pass.” In all eligible classes, including letter grade only, students who receive an F will have their grade automatically changed to NP, which will not affect their GPA.

      Choosing Pass/No Pass may have implications for students. Students transferring to the University of California should take caution in using this option and meet with a counselor or a transfer specialist in the Transfer Center. Students transferring to the California State University, should note the P/NP grading option is acceptable for the Fall 2020 term. Students receiving Financial Aid should be aware the NP option affects their completion rate for Satisfactory Academic Progress, but doesn’t impact their GPA. For Veterans, a NP may be a better option than the EW, because it shows that the student completed the course. All GI Bill students should speak with a Veterans Resource Center counselor for advisement. Students may speak with a counselor online to review their options.

      COURSE REPEATABILITY

      Due to COVID-19, students who receive a D, F or NP will have their grades marked as DV, FV and NPV. The “V” stands for virus to note the unique conditions created during the pandemic. Students who receive those grades this fall, will be able to repeat the course without the unsuccessful attempt counting against the total number of maximum allowable repeats for the particular course.

    • 2020 Fall Semester update: EW, P/NP, & Repeatability

      EW — Excused Withdrawal

      The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office permits colleges to allow students to withdraw from classes with an “excused withdrawal” or EW through the end of December, 2020.

       It is agreed that students will have the ability to utilize the EW option in the same manner as Spring 2020:

      • Students can opt to withdraw from a class through the day before the last day of instruction of a short-term class and the final class meeting date of a full-term class.  An “EW” will be assigned for all of these withdrawals.
      • Faculty should still drop students who “no show” – these drops should be processed immediately. If completed immediately after ascertaining the student is a no show, the student will not receive a “W”.  
      • Students who drop classes during the term by the deadline to drop with EW will receive refunds if they paid for their classes (didn’t receive a fee waiver).
      • Holds will be removed to allow students to do this.
      • All drops on/after CENSUS will get full refund and an “EW” grade.  Drops before census (DB,DF and DG) will get full refund and NO GRADE. 
      • Students who do not attend a course and are not dropped or do not withdraw on their own, will be billed and will have a financial obligation (hold) on their records.  Additionally, students who do not attend, are not dropped and do not withdraw will receive an “F” or “NP”. 
      • The EW mark will not be detrimental to the student in computing their Mt. SAC progress status, however, there may be implications for students receiving federal benefits, including Veterans benefits.

      PASS/NO PASS — EXTENDING THE DEADLINE TO CHANGE GRADING OPTION

      The ‘normal process’ requires students to select a grading option of either a standard letter grade or a pass/no pass by a specific date – if the course is eligible to be taken in a pass/no pass grade option (exceptions shown below). Similar to the Spring 2020 semester, it is agreed that we will extend the deadline to allow students to change their grading option for courses that are approved to be taken P/NP.  Additionally, all students (except those in the classes listed below* which require a letter grade) who receive an “F” will have the “F” grade changed to “NP”.
      *Classes that are not able to be taken P/NP:

      Technology and Health Courses Requiring a Letter Grade 
      Nursing: 1A 1B 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 
      Respiratory Therapy: 53 59 60 61 
      Mental Health: 40 56 58D 70 72 73T 

      Business Division Courses Requiring a Letter Grade
      Paralegal Courses (PLGL)
      Business Law Courses (BUSL)
      Child Development (CHLD)
      BUSA 58

      For CRNs that allow for a pass/no pass option this has been expanded for the following:

      • For full-term classes:  students will have a 2-day time frame after the grade submission deadline to change their grading option.
      • Students will have the option to change the grading option from a standard grade to a pass/no pass option or change back from a pass/no pass to a standard grade option.  For full-term Fall 2020 classes, the term ends on a Sunday, December 13, 2020.  Thus the deadline for faculty to enter the final grades would be 11:59PM on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.  Students can change their grade mode from 12:00AM Wednesday, December 16, 2020 through 5PM Thursday, December 17, 2020.  
      • For short-term classes: the deadline for faculty to enter grades is 2 days after the end date for the course. Students will then have 2 days to change their grade option.

      Advisory Information 

      • Students seeking to withdraw or take the class as a P/NP should meet with a counselor. 
      • For students transferring to the University of California, students should meet with a counselor or a transfer specialist in the Transfer Center.  Caution should be taken regarding whether to take required courses in the P/NP option for Fall 2020 and beyond. 
      • For students transferring to the California State University, the P/NP grading option is still acceptable at least for the Fall 2020 term. 
      • All students are advised to contact Counseling to review their options.
      • For students transferring to the University of California, caution should be taken regarding whether to take required courses in the P/NP option for Fall 2020 and beyond. 
      • For students transferring to the California State University, P/NP grading option is still acceptable at least for the Fall 2020 term. 
      • For students receiving federal and state Financial Aid, the NP option affects the student’s completion rate for Satisfactory Academic Progress, but doesn’t impact the student’s GPA.
      • For some students receiving Veterans Benefits, the NP may be a better option than the EW as it shows that the student completed the course (the EW appears as a withdrawal from the start of a course and most likely results in a debt for the student).  Given multiple VA benefit types, ALL GI Bill students should be speak with a VRC Counselor for advisement.

      COURSE REPEATABILITY

      The same process used in Spring 2020 related to substandard grades and repeatability will be followed for Fall 2020:  Students who attempted a course unsuccessfully will earn  a substandard mark that will be coded as DV, FV, or NPV on their academic records.  These were new grading symbols used in lieu of D, F, and NP that were created to reflect the conditions operating during the Spring 2020 semester due to the “V” virus.  Students who receive a substandard grade or NP in Fall 2020, will be able to repeat the course without the unsuccessful attempt counting against the total number of maximum allowable repeats for the particular course.  It is important to note that academic transcript grade notations have been amended only for these specific terms. This does not pertain to courses successfully completed with an A, B, C, or P.

    • Path to Recovery - September 13, 2020: Grant Funding for COVID-19 Response and LA County COVID-19 Status

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      GRANT FUNDING SUPPORTS COVID-19 RESPONSE

      Mt. SAC is working to strategically use state and federal programs designed to support communities grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. As one of 116 California Community Colleges, Mt. SAC is eligible to apply for the COVID-19 Response Block Grant. This block grant can be used to support activities that directly impact student learning, continuity of education, and mitigate learning loss related to COVID-19. State legislators expect programs that support underrepresented students to be prioritized. At the federal level, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provided Mt. SAC $17.5-million in coronavirus aid. Half of the aid was made available to students in the form of emergency cash grants to help students pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials. The other half is to help the college offset financial losses from the outbreak, such as faculty training to teach online, personal protective equipment, and covering parking permit fee reimbursements.

      LOS ANGELES COUNTY COVID-19 STATUS

      Recently, the state unveiled the Blueprint for a Safer California, a system that places California’s counties into four tiers based on the number of new daily cases and the percentage of positive tests. Los Angeles County remains in the widespread (purple) category with the highest level of restrictions. While neighboring Orange County has moved to a lower tier in the substantial (red) category, public health officials anticipate Los Angeles County will remain in the purple tier for at least another 5 weeks. Early data shows Los Angeles County residents were more careful over the Labor Day weekend and have avoided a major spike in cases like the one that occurred after Fourth of July.

    • Path to Recovery - September 3, 2020: New Employee Process Before Working on Campus and Governor's New COVID-19 Reopening Plan

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      NEW EMPLOYEE PROCESS BEFORE WORKING ON CAMPUS

      The Return to Campus Committee has revamped the process for employees to follow before coming to the physical campus. This process helps the college follow the Los Angeles County Public Health Department’s safety guidelines.

      Employees must receive authorization from their manager to come to the physical campus. If coming to campus at a regular schedule, this request can be done once.

      Before coming to campus, employees should perform a health check to verify they are not experiencing symptoms of sickness. The process has been simplified through an online Employee Health Check Form, which can also be accessed from the Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/health. Responses to the form will be automatically forwarded to the employee’s manager as well as Police & Campus Safety and the Office of Risk Management. The health check must be completed each day an employee comes to campus.

      In addition, employees who work on campus must do the following:

      • Review the Return to Work Guide, edited on August 26 with updated flow charts
      • Complete online coronavirus safety training through POD Connect. This training was assigned to employees by their managers and can also be found in POD Connect by searching for “coronavirus.” Mandatory training topics are:
        • Coronavirus Awareness
        • Coronavirus: Reopening Your Organization
        • Coronavirus: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workplace
        • Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines for Making & Using Cloth Face Coverings.

      GOVERNOR'S NEW COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN

      California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently unveiled a new process for loosening and tightening COVID-19 restrictions by county. The new system, called Blueprint for a Safer California, places California’s counties into four tiers based on the number of new daily cases and the percentage of positive tests. Tiers are categorized as:

      • Widespread (purple) – Many non-essential indoor business operations are closed. Counties in this tier have more than 7 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus test positivity rate of more than 8%. Los Angeles County is currently in this category with 13.1 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day and a test positivity rate of 5%.
      • Substantial (red) – Some non-essential indoor business operations are closed. Counties in this tier have between 4-7 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus test positivity rate of between 5%-8%.
      • Moderate (orange) – Some indoor business operations are open with modifications. Counties in this tier have 1-3.9 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus positivity rate of 2-4.9%.
      • Minimal (yellow) – Most indoor business operations are open with modifications. Counties in this tier have less than one new COVID-19 case per 100,000 people per day and a coronavirus positivity rate of less than 2%.

      The blueprint takes a more cautious approach than previously. Counties now need to show consistent success over two weeks in order to ease restrictions. Counties can also add more stringent guidelines.

      For Los Angeles County (and most of California), these changes won’t have many immediate effects because the county continues to be in the highest risk level with widespread transmission. Guidance for reopening higher education institutions remains the same and continues to be in line with the processes put in place by the college’s Return to Campus Task Force. Learn more on the state Blueprint for a Safer California website.

    • Path to Recovery - August 28, 2020: Fall Classes Start, Reporting COVID-19 Cases and Concerns

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      FALL CLASSES START SAFELY ONLINE AND IN-PERSON

      Thanks to the hard work of faculty, staff and managers, Mt. SAC launched its Fall 2020 semester with more than 3,800 classes. At this time, the college is serving nearly 28,000 students, a nearly 7% drop from last year. The pandemic is certainly impacting our students as they are taking fewer classes, with our Full Time Equivalent count at close to 25% below last year. While this is a significant drop, our state funding will be based on last year’s data, providing us a cushion as we navigate the pandemic and serve students as best we can.

      Our campus photographer visited in-person classes. View the news story as well as photo albums of EMT classes as well as the Second Day of Fall Classes on Campus.

      REPORTING COVID-19 CASES AND CONCERNS

      As a reminder, it is important to let Mt. SAC know if there are COVID-19 cases and concerns.

      STUDENTS REPORT TO STUDENT HEALTH CENTER: Students who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19, are asked to contact the Student Health Center at (909) 274-4400. The Health Center is open online to support student health.

      EMPLOYEES REPORT TO HUMAN RESOURCES: Employees who are sick with COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, are asked to contact Human Resources by emailing hraccommodations@mtsac.edu or calling (909) 274-4414 immediately.

    • Path to Recovery - August 21, 2020: Video Message, In-Person Classes Begin this Fall, and Planning for Winter and Spring Online

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: WELCOME TO FALL SEMESTER

      Watch this brief video message from Dr. Bill Scroggins, Mt. SAC’s president and CEO, welcoming faculty and staff to the Fall Semester.

      IN-PERSON CLASSES BEGIN THIS FALL

      A Return to Campus Task Force helped coordinate the safe return of in-person classes. Watch a news video about the in-person classes on YouTube. These classes first met the criteria of training for the state's 16 critical infrastructure areas, then they were prioritized by the Instruction Division, and were approved by the President's Cabinet. Beginning in July, four classes piloted the process to provide in-person classes. For the Fall semester, more than 200 classes will have an in-person component, whether fully in person or in a hybrid format. These classes required a number of safety measures, including:

      • Rooms vetted for optimal air flow and HVAC was inspected and cleaned
      • Individualized class safety plans
      • Face covering requirements
      • Building adjustments to ensure physical distancing, such as 6-foot separation between seats, one-way walking systems, and the closure of gathering spaces
      • A health check process for employees and students, including temperature scans
      • A process for students and employees to report COVID-19 sickness or related absence
      • Increased, specialized deep cleaning by custodial staff
      • Safety equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizers, cleaners, and thermometers
      • Training for employees, including specialized cleaning for coronavirus and general coronavirus safety
      • Clear building signage to support safety measures
      • Classroom safety kits, including masks, hand sanitizers and gloves

      Learn more about Fall 2020 COVID-19 planning as well as Safety Guidelines on the Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/health.

      PLANNING FOR WINTER AND SPRING ONLINE

      Following the guidance of public health officials, Mt. SAC will continue to operate with the vast majority of classes and services held online. With planning for Winter Intersession and Spring Semester already underway, the President’s Cabinet has determined classes and services should continue online as much as possible. The college will continue to offer in-person training and instruction for essential workforce for required activities that cannot be accomplished through virtual learning.

      Los Angeles County has met several important COVID-19 benchmarks, including testing per day, changes in the three-day average of hospitalized patients, ICU bed availability and ventilator availability. However, case rates are still about three times more than officials expect for schools to reopen safely.

    • Path to Recovery - August 14, 2020: Mandated Coronavirus Training and Chancellor's Office Fiscal and Policy Update

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      MANDATED CORONAVIRUS TRAINING TO BE ASSIGNED

      Due to the serious threats related to COVID-19, Mt. SAC is requiring all employees that work on campus to take training related to the coronavirus. This training has been mandated by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Managers have been asked to assign four training videos to all employees: Coronavirus Awareness; Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Workplace; Reopening Your Organization; and CDC Guidelines for Making and Using Cloth Face Coverings. These training videos only take 37 minutes to view. Employees can also find these training videos through POD Connect.

      CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE PROVIDES FISCAL AND POLICY UPDATE

      The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office provided a fiscal and policy update. As noted previously, Mt. SAC will face a deferral of $46.6 million, creating a significant cash flow challenge. Mt. SAC’s deferral will be taken from a combination of funds from the Student Centered Funding Formula and Student Equity and Achievement Program. This an accounting device, and does NOT mean SEAP funding is reduced or that the program has to delay their spending. It is strictly a large amount of dollars the state could readily defer. While the deferrals are significant, Mt. SAC reserves and continued reductions in spending will help protect permanent positions and the college.

    • Path to Recovery - August 6, 2020: Budget Apportionment, Spring 2020 Parking Reimbursed, and Bookstore Limited Hours for Photo IDs

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE OUTLINES BUDGET APPORTIONMENT

      A clearer picture of Mt. SAC’s budget has been developing thanks to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, which released its 2020-21 Advance Principal Apportionment memorandum. Ultimately, the memo clarified that Mt. SAC will be planning for $46.6 million in deferrals if there is no federal intervention. These numbers are expected to change in future Chancellor’s Office communication. Budget deferrals are like IOUs. Colleges will be able to use the promised budget, but the deferred funds will not be available until the subsequent fiscal year, creating a significant cash flow challenge. While the deferral is significant, budget officials anticipate a strong rainy day fund and the College’s aggressive budget reduction measures will allow the college to protect permanent positions and quality education.

      SPRING 2020 PARKING WILL BE REIMBURSED

      Students who purchased Spring 2020 parking will be automatically reimbursed for the cost of the parking permit. Previously, Mt. SAC allowed students to request a Spring 2020 parking refund through the semester. In addition, students who planned to continue studies at Mt. SAC were permitted to use the Spring 2020 parking permit through Summer and Fall. However, with most classes being held online this Fall, campus administrators will provide automatic refunds to students who purchased Spring 2020 parking permits and had not yet requested a refund. The Cashier's Office is currently in the process of identifying the students that will be owed a refund and developing a reimbursement process is still being developed. The goal is to automatically issue reimbursements no later than should be completed by the end of August. Students with questions about refunds can contact the Cashier’s Office via email at cashiersoffice@mtsac.edu.

      BOOKSTORE LIMITED HOURS FOR PHOTO IDS

      The Sac Book Rac, Mt. SAC’s bookstore, will be opening for photo IDs next week. IDs will be available Monday through Thursday, August 10-13, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Friday, August 14, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. To minimize crowds, students are asked to get their photo ID cards on the day assigned by the first letter of their last name:

      • Monday: A-D
      • Tuesday: E-I
      • Wednesday: J-M
      • Thursday: N-S
      • Friday: T-Z

      REQUIREMENTS: Students must bring a print out of their class registration that shows they have paid all fees for the Fall 2020 Semester. Students must wear a face mask. When they take their picture, they can temporarily remove the mask.

      A photo ID make-up date is available for only one day on Sept. 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Textbook and supply purchases are available online at mtsac.bncollege.com. For more information, email SM8257@bncollege.com.

    • Path to Recovery - July 30, 2020: A Guide for Essential Workers, PPE Equipment, and Limited In-Person Classes Begin

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      WORKING ON CAMPUS: A GUIDE FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS

      Mt. SAC has a new document to guide employees who are working on campus called “Working on Campus: A Guide for Essential Workers.” Employees should familiarize themselves with this document as soon as possible. The guide outlines safety procedures, employee resources, and more. The guide is available at the link above as well as on the college’s public health website at www.mtsac.edu/health under Safety Guidelines.

      PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

      Mt. SAC is providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees to use during Mt. SAC business, such as running a class or working on campus. To request a single face covering to use while working on campus, employees can call Police & Campus Safety at (909) 274-4555 to pick one up. In-person classes will have classroom supply kits. To replenish supplies for in-person classes, employees may use this Online PPE Request Form to contact the Risk Management Office.

      VIDEO: LIMITED IN-PERSON CLASSES BEGIN

      Watch a news video about the limited in-person classes being held on the physical campus. Mt. SAC opened a highly limited number of in-person classes for four programs that provide training for the state’s critical sectors, which are deemed essential, such as health care and public safety. The four programs train certified nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians, histotechnicians, and respiratory therapists. The college has received clarity and guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on providing essential workforce training while ensuring social distancing protocols are strictly followed.

    • Path to Recovery - July 22, 2020: Limited In-Person Classes Begin, PPE Delivery, and Ride Foothill Transit for Free

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      LIMITED IN-PERSON CLASSES BEGIN ON CAMPUS

      This week, Mt. SAC opened a highly limited number of in-person classes for four programs that provide training for the state’s critical sectors, which are deemed essential, such as health care and public safety. The four programs train certified nursing assistants, emergency medical technicians, histotechnicians, and respiratory therapists. The college has received clarity and guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on providing essential workforce training while ensuring social distancing protocols are strictly followed.

      MT. SAC RECEIVES PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT DELIVERY

      The college is receiving a shipment of Personal Protective Equipment (also known as PPE) to help protect its students and employees as classes resume on campus. The Chancellor’s Office and California Office of Emergency Services helped secure an initial 60-day supply of cloth masks, surgical masks, hand sanitizer, and thermometers. The safety equipment will be made available in kits for each classroom. Replenished supplies can be requested through the Office of Risk Management.

      FOOTHILL TRANSIT BUS RIDES ARE FREE

      Mt. SAC has long partnered with Foothill Transit to provide bus rides for students through the Class Pass program. The mass transit organization has adjusted its procedures in response to the coronavirus. The Mt. SAC community is free to use Foothill Transit buses without the requirement of a payment or Class Pass from now through the Fall semester. Bus routes are following a regular schedule despite lower ridership to support social distancing. Riders are asked to:

      • Wash hands before and after riding the bus
      • Enter through the rear entrance only
      • Support social distancing and keep a 6-foot distance from others whenever possible
      • Wear a mask
      • Follow safety procedures on the bus
    • Path to Recovery - July 15, 2020: ICE Policy Rescinded, Uptick in County Cases of COVID-19, and Budget Update

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      ICE POLICY ON INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS RESCINDED

      The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have agreed to rescind the policy issued on July 6, 2020 that would have prevented international students from remaining in the country while participating in fully-online educational programs.

      Mt. SAC had joined 180 other colleges in the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, which filed an amicus brief in federal district court in support of rescinding the policy. Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology had filed a lawsuit requesting a temporary restraining order to pause the enforcement of the policy. During a hearing, U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs announced that a settlement was reached. The federal government will rescind any implementation of the policy and revert back to guidance provided in March, which allows students taking online courses to reside in the United States on F-1 visas.

      AS COUNTY CASES INCREASE, MORE CAUTION REQUIRED

      On Tuesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that the county has reached new highs, reporting the highest number of new COVID-19 cases in one day at 4,244, as well as the highest number of COVID-19 related hospitalizations with 2,103 people currently hospitalized. As a reminder, the college’s physical campus is closed except for essential business for the safety of our community. Critical onsite employees must follow the safety protocol in the college’s Social Distancing Plan. Before coming to campus, critical onsite employees must work with managers to confirm that they (1) have not traveled outside the United States in the past 14 days, (2) have not had close contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19, and (3) do not have any signs of a sickness, such as a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Even mild symptoms that appear to be allergies should stop an employee from coming to campus. Managers would then relay this information to Police and Campus Safety.

      AVOIDING LAYOFFS AND DEFERRALS THROUGH BUDGET REDUCTIONS

      Mt. SAC executive leaders are calling on all employees to find ways to reduce spending and help the college navigate significant budget challenges in the coming years. In its commitment to protect permanent positions and quality education, Mt. SAC has implemented a number of strategies, including strictly limiting the use of overtime and short-term hourly positions, implementing a hiring frost, returning unspent new resource allocation funding, as well as reducing budget line items that have a history of unspent funds.

      Last week, Vice President Morris Rodrigue emailed all employees an analysis of the 2020-2021 State Budget by the Chancellor’s Office. As expected, the state budget avoids major cuts to community colleges, but removes a cost of living adjustment and uses significant budget deferrals. Deferrals are similar to providing an IOU. Colleges will be able to use the promised budget, but the deferred funds will not be available until the subsequent fiscal year, creating a significant cash flow challenge. Anticipated deferrals of $40-million will comprising about 20 percent of the college’s unrestricted general fund. Budget analysts caution that the state budget takes an optimistic view of tax revenue estimates. A more well-informed budget picture will be available in late summer after state taxes are received. While Mt. SAC is well positioned with our own rainy day fund, careful spending will be a necessity to mitigate budget challenges.

    • Health Alert - July 13, 2020 - New Case in Building 4

       Mt. SAC Employee in Building 4 Tests Positive for COVID-19

      July 13, 2020 -- This weekend, a Mt. San Antonio College employee learned they tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is a critical onsite worker who had been in Building 4, the administration building. The employee was last on campus Monday, July 6, and developed symptoms on July 7. The employee is recovering at home while in self-isolation, in accordance with public health protocols.

      Due to higher traffic in Building 4, a general notice is being provided. In addition, the college is actively tracing the individual’s steps and contacting employees who came in contact with the individual. In addition, the contract tracing includes the collection of further information from those in contact with the individual, their wellness and their subsequent contacts. The college has reached out to those known to have been in close contact with the employee, provided them with testing instructions, and asked them to stay at home and self-quarantine for 14 days, as recommended by public health officials. The impacted departments and general areas have been vacated and thoroughly cleaned, with additional departments in the building scheduled for deep cleaning.

      “Please join me in wishing our affected employee a quick recovery. Our hearts are also with all those in our community who are fighting the disease or have been impacted by the disease,” said Dr. Bill Scroggins, president and CEO of Mt. SAC. “These are challenging times, and we must unite to support one another.”

      The college’s physical campus has been closed since the Governor’s stay at home order on March 19, with classes and services moved online.

      WORKING ON CAMPUS

      As a reminder, employees working on campus must follow the protocol in the college Social Distancing Plan. Critical employees who are coming to campus should communicate with their managers before coming to campus, and confirm they (1) have not traveled outside the United States in the past 14 days, (2) have not had close contact with someone who is known to have COVID-19, and (3) does not have any signs of a sickness, including a fever, experiencing a cough, or having shortness of breath.

      Managers should forward this health check confirmation to Michael Williams (mike.williams@mtsac.edu), Paul Miller (pmiller12@mtsac.edu), and Suzanne Vasquez (svasquez@mtsac.edu) before the employee comes to campus.

      SAFETY PRACTICES

      With coronavirus cases and hospitalizations on the rise, it’s important to follow these steps to protect yourself and others:

      • Practice social distancing. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
      • Wear a face covering when in public spaces and there is a chance of being within 6 feet of others.
      • Wash your hands often, especially before you eat, after using the restroom or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you cannot wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
      • If you show any sign of sickness, stay home. Anyone with even mild symptoms should stay home. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth in case your hands are not clean.
      • Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue handy. If you have these symptoms, stay away from campus.
      • Avoid sharing objects like cups, food and drinks.
      • Minimize contact, and avoid shaking hands and high-fiving.
      • Practice healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, stay active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.


      HOME QUARANTINE

      The L.A. County Department of Public Health home quarantine guidelines recommend that those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive must quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the ill person.

      The best source of public health information is available from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We will also continue to update our Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/health and urge everyone to continue to follow the “Safer at Home” orders from the Governor and our public health officials.

      CONTACT US

      If you are sick or believe you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact your primary health care provider as soon as possible. If you do test positive, contact Nerissa Uiagalelei in Human Resources at hraccommodations@mtsac.edu or (909) 274-4414 immediately. For health-related questions and concerns, call Student Health at (909) 274-4400 and a staff nurse will respond.

    • President's Message - July 1, 2020 - Staying Vigilant, Adapting our Communication Process

      MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

      Dear Mounties,

      As COVID-19 testing becomes more prevalent and businesses reopen, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the region and within our campus community is increasing.

      Mt. SAC recently learned two more employees have tested positive for COVID-19. They are recuperating at home in self-isolation. Thankfully, the employees previously noted as having tested positive for COVID-19 have recovered or continue to recover safely at home.

      With Los Angeles County Public Health sharing grim news about the increase in confirmed cases and hospitalizations, I am writing to highlight two key points: (1) the need for all of us to continue to be vigilant to stop the spread of the virus, and (2) share our approach to informing our community about future cases.

      STAYING VIGILANT

      When it comes to mitigating the potential spread of the disease, Mt. SAC as an institution has taken a number of actions. We changed business practices to be online as much as possible with classes, meetings, and administrative processes reimagined. The College has limited those approved to be on campus, expanded cleaning and sanitization processes, required face coverings on campus, and developed physical distancing protocols. We have also begun work to prepare the campus for an eventual return, ordering hand sanitizing stations, creating class safety plans, and so much more.

      While we see more businesses open, I want to remind our community that we are still in a pandemic. Please continue to limit your time on campus to fulfill only essential business. Your supervisors should approve campus visits, and public safety should be notified before your arrival. Remember, face coverings are required on campus in public areas and if you expect to be within 6 feet of others. Keep your hands clean, washing them often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. If you feel sick in any way, even with mild symptoms, please stay home. Mt. SAC is a large and strong community. We can manage a missed assignment. If anything, the coronavirus has taught us the critical importance of our health.

      KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY INFORMED

      If a Mt. SAC community member tests positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as a direct close contact in a non-college case, we ask that they contact Human Resources as soon as possible. We support Los Angeles County Public Health by compiling information for contact tracing and alerting direct close contacts to the possibility of transmission. Direct close contact to an infectious individual is defined by Los Angeles County Public Health as being within 6 feet of the individual for 15 minutes or longer OR to have direct contact with a patient’s bodily fluids, such as being sneezed on or sharing utensils. A person with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 is considered to be infectious from 48 hours before their symptoms started until their isolation period ends.

      If Mt. SAC learns about an exposure on campus, we follow public health guidance and protocols to provide notifications to any affected groups. A broad campus message – such as a Health Alert – will be provided should there be risk to unidentified parties or there is potential impact to a general campus population. All COVID-19 decisions are made following the guidance of public health officials and our campus medical experts. In addition, Mt. SAC must follow federal and state confidentiality laws, which protects the privacy of our students and employees. Cabinet members and I will continue to provide weekly updates through the Path to Recovery email, which updates the campus on COVID-19 and its related economic impact.

      In closing, I want to thank you all for your collective efforts these last three months. You’ve kept classes and the college running. You’ve faced untold challenges. And you’ve made sacrifices to continue our efforts going forward. This is a long road and more challenges are on the horizon. Whatever may come, I am confident our Mt. SAC community will find the strength to persevere together.

      Bill Scroggins

      President and CEO, Mt. San Antonio College

    • Path to Recovery/Student Update: June 25, 2020: Summer "EW" Drop, Fall Classes, CARES Act and More

      Mt. SAC COVID-19 Updates for Students

      EW: Excused Withdrawal Continues in the Summer Term

      This term, Summer 2020, Mt. SAC will continue to allow students to drop with an “EW”—Excused Withdrawal. An “EW” does not count against the student’s GPA, academic standing or ability to repeat the course. For students receiving Financial Aid in the summer, the Financial Aid Office requires students to provide a written email explaining why the withdrawal was the result of the COVID-19 emergency. Examples of COVID-19 related reasons you might need an EW include, but are not limited to: illness of the student or family member; need to become a caregiver or first responder; loss of childcare; economic hardship; inability to access Wi-Fi due to closed facilities; or an increase in work hours as a result of the COVID-19 emergency. Students can withdraw with an EW up until the day before the last day of class instruction.

      All Mt. SAC Financial Aid services are being conducted remotely. Please call 909-274-4450 for assistance or you can reach a Financial Aid Specialist via email at financialaid@mtsac.edu. Summer office hours are M-Th: 8:00 am - 5:30 p.m.

      More Students Benefit from CARES Act Funding

      Thanks to a new court ruling (temporary injunction), Mt. SAC has expanded the number of students who can be assisted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Grants for Students. The Financial Aid Office recently distributed more than $300,000 to Dreamers. Noncredit students who were previously ineligible for support are now being reviewed for these grants. Mt. SAC received $17.5-million in aid from the CARES Act. Half of the aid must be available to students in the form of emergency cash grants to help current students pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials. The other half is to help schools cover costs associated with altering instruction due to the outbreak.

      Fall Classes Available for Search

      Mt. SAC posted more than 3,200 classes for the Fall Semester. Registration begins on July 8. Any classes that can be taught online will be held online. A small number of classes will be taught on-campus in curricular areas that train essential personnel. A Return to Campus Task Force is marshaling resources and developing processes to ensure all on-campus classes support social distancing and follow public health recommendations.

      Online Services Available for Students

      Mt. SAC is open -- online. The college has launched an Mt. SAC Online website with information on Online Student Resources, like Counseling, Accessibility, Health Services, Tutoring, and more!

    • Health Alert - June 24, 2020 - Employee in Building 46 Tests Positive for COVID-19

      Employee in Building 46Tests Positive for COVID-19

       

      A Mt. San Antonio College employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee is a critical onsite worker who had worked in Building 46 and also spent considerable time in Building 46A between June 15 and June 18, 2020. The employee is recovering at home while in quarantine, in accordance with public health protocols.

      The college is actively tracing the individual’s steps and contacting employees who came in contact with the individual. In addition, the contact tracing includes the collection of further information from those in contact with the individual, their wellness and their subsequent contacts. The college has reached out to those known to have been in close contact with the employee, provided them with testing instructions, and asked them to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days, as recommended by public health officials. The impacted buildings were vacated and thoroughly cleaned.

      “Please join me in sending our best wishes for a quick recovery to the affected employee,” said Dr. Bill Scroggins, president and CEO of Mt. SAC. “We are doing all we can to support the employee and others who had been in contact with the employee.”

      The college’s physical campus has been closed with the exception of critical onsite work since the Governor’s stay at home order on March 19, with classes and services moved online.

      HOME QUARANTINE

      TheL.A. County Department of Public Health home quarantine guidelines recommend that those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive must quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the ill person.

      The best source of public health information is available from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We will also continue to update our Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/health and urge everyone to continue to follow the “Safer at Home” orders from the Governor and our local public health officials.

      SAFETY PRACTICES

      As a reminder, employees should stay home if they have any sign of sickness, including symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. It’s important to follow these steps to protect yourself and others:

      • Practice social distancing. Social distancing is deliberately increasing the space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
      • Wear a face covering when in public spaces and when there is a chance of being within 6 feet of others.
      • Wash your hands often, especially before you eat, after using the restroom or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you cannot wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
      • If you show any sign of sickness – even mild symptoms -- stay home. COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Use your sleeve if you don’t have a tissue handy.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth in case your hands are not clean.
      • Avoid sharing objects like cups, food and drinks.
      • Minimize contact, and avoid shaking hands and high-fiving.
      • Practice healthy habits. Get plenty of sleep, stay active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious foods.

      CONTACT US

      If you are sick or believe you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact your primary health care provider as soon as possible. If you do test positive or want to learn about what leave options are available to employees related to COVID-19, please contact Nerissa Uiagalelei in Human Resources athraccommodations@mtsac.eduor (909) 274-4414. For health-related questions and concerns, call Student Health Services at (909) 274-4400 and a staff nurse will respond.

      View Health Alert as PDF

    • Path to Recovery - June 24, 2020: CARES Act, Summer Class, Withdraw with an EW, Fall Semester

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      MORE STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM CARES ACT FUNDING

      Thanks to a new court ruling (temporary injunction), Mt. SAC has expanded the number of students who can be assisted by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Emergency Grants for Students. The Financial Aid Office recently distributed more than $300,000 to Dreamers. Noncredit students who were previously ineligible for support are now being reviewed for these grants. Mt. SAC received $17.5-million in aid from the CARES Act. Half of the aid must be available to students in the form of emergency cash grants to help current students pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials. The other half is to help schools cover costs associated with altering instruction due to the outbreak.

      SUMMER CLASSES START ONLINE

      The six-week Summer Intersession started on Monday. Full Time Equivalent students have increased by 18 percent. Classes are currently all online. Public health officials have approved a small number of exemptions to train essential personnel in areas such as public safety and health-related professions.

      ‘EW’ CONTINUES IN THE SUMMER

      This term, Mt. SAC will continue to allow students to drop with an “EW”—Excused Withdrawal. This is an acceptable mark and does not count against the student’s GPA, academic standing or ability to repeat the course. Due to Title IV requirements, the Financial Aid Office requires students to provide a written email explaining why the withdrawal was the result of the COVID-19 emergency. Allowable circumstances for the attestation include, but are not limited to: Illness of the student or family member; Need to become a caregiver or first responder; Loss of childcare; Economic hardship; Inability to access Wi-Fi due to closed facilities; or An increase in work hours as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.

      FALL CLASSES AVAILABLE FOR SEARCH

      Mt. SAC posted more than 3,200 classes for the Fall Semester. Registration begins on July 8. Any classes that can be taught online will be held online. A small number of classes will be taught on-campus in curricular areas that train essential personnel. A Return to Campus Taskforce is marshaling resources and developing processes to ensure all on-campus classes support social distancing and follow public health recommendations.

      BOARD REVIEWS BUDGET MEASURES

      At the Board of Trustees meeting, Mt. SAC presented details on the Revised 2019-2020 Budget and Tentative 2020-2021 Budget. The Board of Trustees approved a proposal related to the college’s Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust, which is a fund to pay for retirees’ health benefits. To preserve cash flow to address deferrals, the college will delay contributions to the OPEB Trust this year and next year. In addition, because of stock market volatility, the college will pay approximately $2.9 million for retiree health benefits from the 2019-2020 unrestricted general fund rather than pulling money out of the trust during a decline.

      This week, the Governor and state legislators are due to approve a budget for the new fiscal year that avoids major cuts to community colleges, but removes a cost of living adjustment, increases the use of budget deferrals, and assumes additional aid from Congress. Budget analysts caution that a more accurate budget picture will be available in late summer after state taxes are received. The state is anticipating the use of deferrals for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years. Similar to providing an IOU, colleges will be able to use the promised budget, but the deferred funds will not be available until the subsequent year. Anticipated deferrals of $38-million will impact about 20 percent of the college’s unrestricted dollars.

      In anticipation of budget reductions over the next two to three years, the Mt. SAC leadership team is developing strategies to safeguard the college, ensure quality education continues, and protect permanent positions. Initial planning includes a hiring frost, review of overtime and short-term hourly positions, the return of unspent new resource allocation reviews, as well as analysis of unspent budgets over the past four years.

    • Path to Recovery - June 18, 2020: Tentative Budget and Budget Strategies

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      TENTATIVE BUDGET TO BE PRESENTED TO BOARD

      At the Board of Trustees meeting next week, Mt. SAC will present details on the Revised 2019-2020 Budget and Tentative 2020-2021 Budget. The college assumes a $16.6 million budget deficit next year, based on the Governor’s May Revision. On June 15, the state legislature approved a more optimistic spending plan that counts on Congress to send states additional aid by Oct. 1. Budget negotiations are continuing and a finalized budget is expected before the start of the new fiscal year. However, with the state tax deadline delayed until two weeks after the start of the fiscal year, a clearer budget picture will not be available until late summer.

      BUDGET STRATEGIES ADD UP

      In preparation for budget cuts, Mt. SAC has implemented a number of strategies to carry over funding from the 2019-2020 budget and reduce spending in 2020-2021. The College estimates savings from vacant positions of nearly $8 million in 2019-2020. Additionally, the college expects to reduce expenditures from frosted positions to save $4 million in 2020-21. The return of unspent New Resource Allocations have also saved more than $700,000. Budget managers have analyzed four years of expenses to identify account balances that have historically ended with positive balances. From there, budget reductions for the 2020-2021 budget have been sent forward to executive leadership.

      The Board of Trustees will also consider a proposal related to the college’s Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) Trust, which is a fund to pay for retirees’ health benefits. The college plans to delay contributions to the OPEB Trust this year and next year. In addition, because of stock market volatility, the college recommends paying approximately $2.9 million for retiree health benefits from the 2019-2020 unrestricted general fund rather than pulling money out of the trust during a decline.

    • Path to Recovery - June 10, 2020: Return to Campus Task Force and Identifying Unused Funds

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      TASK FORCE PLANNING FOR RETURN TO CAMPUS

      A cross-campus task force has been developing strategies to safely bring a limited number of classes and services back to campus this Fall. Subgroups have been formed to tackle the challenges from numerous angles, including choosing the right buildings and classrooms with appropriate air flow, planning cleaning protocol and custodial team staffing, developing course-level safety plans, checking those returning to campus for COVID-19 symptoms, developing building signage, training and public communication.

      IDENTIFYING UNUSED FUNDS

      College executive leadership, with input from managers whose programs are affected, are reviewing unused funds from New Resource Allocations over the last several years. Most of the unused funds will be returned to the college general fund to address a budget reduction next year. Funds for essential activities will be retained by the program. The college estimates a $16 million reduction to the Student Centered Funding Formula, as well as budgetary deferrals. While Mt. SAC is well positioned with a rainy day fund, careful spending and reduced expenditures will be critical to guide the college through the recession.

    • Path to Recovery - June 4, 2020: Virtual Commencement, Essential Workforce Training and more

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      STAND AGAINST RACISM

      Leaders across the college came together to recognize the plight of African Americans and condemn racism in an open letter shared Wednesday evening. The letter is only a beginning. It is a commitment to self-reflection and continual improvement as individuals and as an institution. Because we are educators and facilitators, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to lead our community to a brighter future. We must build a world where African Americans are not in danger because of the color of their skin. We cannot lose our resolve when the patina of political correctness returns. And we cannot lose hope when our nation catches a glimpse of the ugliness that still festers beneath the veneer. There will come a day that diversity will be respected and welcomed. But it must start within ourselves. We each play a role in making Mt. SAC the incredible college it has become today. And now, more than ever, we need each of you to build an atmosphere of understanding, safety and support. This is not a passive activity. We need you to use your compassion, knowledge and courage to identify and challenge racism. It can be found everywhere. In ourselves, our classrooms, our communities and our practices. We need you to build programs and provide services that enhance equity and support diversity. We need you to be actively anti-racist. This is not easy, nor is it fast. But it is imperative for us to live in a truly free and just society.

      VIRTUAL COMMENCEMENT AND DRIVE-THRU CELEBRATION

      Our resilient Class of 2020 will be celebrated with a live-streamed Virtual Ceremony and Drive-Thru Celebration scheduled for Thursday, June 18. A virtual ceremony will be streamed at 2:30 p.m. on the college YouTube channel. The drive-thru celebration begins at 3 p.m. on campus and will be live-streamed for family and friends to watch from home.

      ESSENTIAL WORKFORCE TRAINING

      Mt. SAC provides training for the state’s critical sectors, which are deemed essential, such as health care and public safety. The college has received clarity and guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on essential workforce training that may occur as early as this summer on campus, if social distancing protocols are strictly followed. This provides flexibility for first responder programs, such as paramedic and fire safety, to begin cohorts this summer.

      BUDGET ANALYSIS AND REDUCTION

      In light of projected budget reductions, budget managers have been tasked with reducing ongoing discretionary funds. Their analysis and reports are due June 12. This is one of several budget strategies in effect to address an estimated $16 million reduction to the Student Centered Funding Formula, as well as planned deferrals and increased health benefit costs. While the college is well positioned with a rainy day fund, frugality and careful spending will be critical to guide the college through the anticipated recession.

 

April - May

    • Path to Recovery - May27, 2020: Virtual Town Hall, Return to Campus Task Force, Summer and Fall Online.

      The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery update provides a summary of large scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact.

      COMMITMENT TO COMMUNICATION

      Mt. SAC’s president and vice presidents have committed to providing weekly communication to employees on Mt. SAC’s Path to Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and its related economic impact. The college’s diverse efforts to continue in its educational mission while navigating the public health challenge are detailed in President Scroggins’ Cabinet Notes. These updates provide short summaries.

      VIRTUAL TOWN HALL

      Mt. SAC held a Virtual Town Hall to update the campus community on COVID-19 related issues as well as the economic impact of the crisis. Speakers included the college president, governance and union leaders, as well as the college vice presidents. To watch the full event visit the Virtual Town Hall website. College leadership expressed gratitude and appreciation for the spirit of collaboration and creativity that has helped the college move forward throughout the COVID-19 crisis. Key topics brought forward in the town hall are highlighted below!

      RETURN TO CAMPUS TASK FORCE

      Colleges and universities are expected to reopen (with appropriate safety protocols in place) once Los Angeles County reaches Stage 3 of its Five-Stage Reopening Process. In preparation, a cross-campus task force has been brought together, led by Vice President of Administrative Services Morris Rodrigue. The task force is outlining key tasks, provisions and procedures required to bring employees and students safely back to campus.

      SUMMER AND FALL CLASSES ONLINE

      Due to direction from the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the state of COVID-19 in the county, summer classes will be scheduled entirely online. In the fall, all courses that can be taught online will be taught online. Department chairs and deans are still finalizing schedule options for both fully online delivery and partial on-campus instruction in curricular areas that cannot be taught remotely. The college is strongly advocating for exemptions, particularly to train essential personnel in public safety and health-related professions.

      EMERGENCY FUND FOR STUDENTS

      Thanks to federal funding from the CARES Act, Mt. SAC has developed an emergency grant for current students who show an urgent need due to COVID-19. Students can apply for the grant on theFinancial Aid website. The college previously disbursed nearly $7 million directly to 10,400 eligible students.

      BUDGET CHANGES IN MAY REVISION

      Each May, the California Governor’s proposed budget is updated based on the latest economic forecasts. With coronavirus and the related economic crisis, the budget picture changed drastically from the initial January proposal. Dr. Scroggins will be providing a full analysis of the May Revision Impact on Mt. SAC in his Cabinet Notes. Three major impacts include:

      • Budget Baseline Better than Anticipated. The current 2019-2020 budget is based on the P1 Rebenching Allocation. Ultimately, this means Mt. SAC is better positioned with a base revenue at $197 million instead of $190 million.
      • Reduction in the Student Centered Funding Formula. Colleges are currently expecting a 10% cut in funding from the Student Centered Funding Formula in 2020-2021. The cut will be less severe thanks to a cost of living adjustment of +2.31%. This effectively becomes a SCFF budget reduction of about 8%.
      • Deferrals Expected – Mt. SAC is Prepared. The state is anticipating the use of deferrals for both the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 fiscal years. Similar to providing an IOU, colleges will be able to use the promised budget, but the deferred funds will not be available until the subsequent year. In the past, many districts have had to borrow money to cover the gap in funding. Thanks to a strong rainy day fund, Mt. SAC is well positioned to cover the cost of deferrals and weather budget reductions.

      MT. SAC BUDGET STRATEGIES

      In anticipation of budget reductions over the next two to three years, the Mt. SAC leadership team has begun planning strategies to safeguard the college, ensure quality education continues, and protect permanent positions. Initial conversations include the following:

      • Hiring Frost. The college will limit hiring to essential positions. Criteria have been developed and position reviews are underway.
      • Spending Analysis. Each department manager will analyze their 3-year budget and expenditures and then work with their respective vice presidents to identify regularly unused allocations.
      • Review of Overtime. Managers and their respective vice presidents will analyze overtime and find ways to limit overtime expenditures.
      • Investment Considerations. Mt. SAC’s trusts for paying retirement health benefits as well as for weathering budget challenges are both in good positions. The college is exploring strategies, such as delaying contributions to the funds.
    • President's Message to Students - April 22, 2020: Pass/No Pass, Scholarship, Parking and More

      PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

      Mt. SAC President William Scroggins has a message for students: We are open and we are here for you. Please reach out to our services for support if you need it.Watch this brief video message from his home to learn more.

      ONLINE STUDENT SERVICES

      Mt. SAC is open -- online. To support community health, we have moved classes AND services into a remote format. The college has launched aMt. SAC Online website with information on Online Student Resources, like Counseling, Accessibility, Health Services, Tutoring and more!

      PASS / NO PASS GRADING OPTION

      Check your Mt. SAC email for details about grading options for students that have been made available. You can see other important adjustments that have been made on the COVID-19 Student Resources web page.

      SCHOLARSHIPS

      Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. The deadline to submit a completed application has been extended to April 27, 2020. Visit the Scholarships website for the application and details.

      PARKING PERMITS

      All Spring 2020 parking permits will be extended through Fall 2020. Students can use them through the Summer and Fall terms. If you would like to petition for a parking reimbursement, you can find details in your Mt. SAC email, emailing appeals@mtsac.edu or visiting the COVID-19 Student Resources web page.

      WITHDRAWALS

      If you believe the best thing for you to do is to drop (withdraw) from a course due to COVID-19, note that you will be able to drop with an “EW” — Excused Withdrawal. This is an acceptable mark and does not count against your GPA, academic standing or ability to repeat the course. We are extending the deadline to withdraw to Sunday, June 7, for regular 16-week classes. For short-term courses, the deadline is the day prior to the final class meeting. You can also speak with a counselor online about your options.

      FOOD PANTRY

      The next drive-thru Mountie Fresh Food Pantry will be Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please register if you want to participate via the Mountie Fresh Food Pantry website.

      FACE COVERINGS

      Following health orders, face coverings are required for visitors on campus. Employees (including student employees) can pick one up from Police and Campus Safety if they are working on campus. Employees must wear a face covering if they expect to be within 6 feet of someone for more than a few minutes. Learn more about the social distance plan on COVID-19 Response webpage.

      CARES ACT FUNDING

      Mt. SAC will be receiving almost $17.5 million in aid through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Half must be available to students in the form of emergency cash grants to help students pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials. The other half is to help schools offset financial losses from the outbreak.Read more in the Newsroom.

    • President's Message to Employees - April 21, 2020: Face coverings, CARES Act and More

      PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

      Mt. SAC President William Scroggins has a message for employees: What we are doing is making a difference for students and our community.Watch this brief video from him home.

      FACE COVERINGS

      Following health orders, face coverings are required for visitors on campus. Employees (including student employees) can pick one up from Police and Campus Safety if they are working on campus. Employees must wear a face covering if they expect to be within 6 feet of someone for more than a few minutes. Learn more about the social distance plan on COVID-19 Response webpage.

      CARES ACT FUNDING

      Mt. SAC will be receiving almost $17.5 million in aid through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Half must be available to students in the form of emergency cash grants to help students pay for housing, food, and other basic essentials. The other half is to help schools offset financial losses from the outbreak.Read more in the Newsroom.

      SHARE YOUR SUCCESS STORIES

      We are looking for stories to share with the campus community, especially those that are showing the incredible work you are doing to bring a class online, student successes, promote a class and more. We are looking for images, news bits, selfies, and videos. Email clips tomtsac.marketing@gmail.com.

      WE ARE OPEN

      Mt. SAC is NOT closed. We are providing classes and services online. Only our physical campus is closed. Please make sure your department phone messages, out-of-office greetings and websites are clear so students understand:Mt. SAC has moved classes and services online. We are available to assist.

      ***** The announcements below will be sent to students tomorrow*****

      ONLINE STUDENT SERVICES

      Mt. SAC is open -- online. To support community health, we have moved classes AND services into a remote format. The college has launched a Mt. SAC Online website with information on Online Student Resources, like Counseling, Accessibility, Health Services, Tutoring and more!

      PASS / NO PASS GRADING OPTION

      Check your Mt. SAC email for details about options for students to use the pass / no pass grading option. You can see other important adjustments that have been made on the COVID-19 Student Resources web page.

      SCHOLARSHIPS

      Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. The deadline to submit a completed application has been extended to April 27, 2020. Visit the Scholarships website for the application and details.

      PARKING PERMITS

      All Spring 2020 parking permits will be extended through Fall 2020. Students can use them through the Summer and Fall terms. If you would like to petition for a parking reimbursement, you can find details in your Mt. SAC email, emailing appeals@mtsac.edu or visiting the COVID-19 Student Resources web page.

      WITHDRAWALS

      If you believe the best thing for you to do is to drop (withdraw) from a course due to COVID-19, note that you will be able to drop with an “EW” — Excused Withdrawal. This is an acceptable mark and does not count against your GPA, academic standing or ability to repeat the course. We are extending the deadline to withdraw to Sunday, June 7, for regular 16-week classes. For short-term courses, the deadline is the day prior to the final class meeting. You can also speak with a counselor online about your options.

      FOOD PANTRY

      The next drive-thru Mountie Fresh Food Pantry will be Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please register if you want to participate via the Mountie Fresh Food Pantry website.

    • Social DIstancing Plan, Face Coverings Guidance, and Supporting Documents April 15, 2020

      On April 10, 2020 the County of Los Angeles Public Health issued the following order:

      The Health Office now requires Essential Businesses to implement by no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2020 a Social Distancing Protocol, which includes a requirement to provide all of their employees whose duties require contact with other employees and/or the public with a cloth face covering to wear while performing duties that involve contact with others.

      The County Health Officer will continue to monitor the rate of COVID-19 disease spread, the severity of the resulting illnesses and deaths caused, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, and the effect of this Order. If needed, this order may be extended, expanded, or otherwise modified to protect the public’s health.

      In response, Mt. SAC has developed the following materials for the campus community. Please review:

 

January to March

    • President's Message March 30, 2020 Update 2: Mt. SAC Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

      President's Message: Employee Last on Campus March 19 Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

      *****UPDATE: We are happy to share that this employee was released from the hospital and is recovering at home. ******

       

      MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
      March 30, 2020 – Update #2

      Mt. SAC Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19


      Tonight, we received notification of a second Mt. SAC employee who tested positive for COVID-19. Out of respect for this individual we are not identifying the employee.

      We have investigated this case and consulted with medical professionals. Due to the length of time between the employee’s last time on campus and the onset of symptoms, we believe there is no increased risk to the college community. The employee was last on campus Thursday, March 19, 2020, and did not develop symptoms until Thursday, March 26. The employee learned of the diagnosis this evening.

      We will continue to provide support to our employee and the employee’s family. Please join me in wishing our fellow Mountie a speedy recovery.

      Bill

      William T. Scroggins
      President & CEO
      Mt. San Antonio College

    • President's Message March 30, 2020: Mt. SAC Fully Transitions Online

      President's Message: Mt. SAC Has Fully Transitioned Online

      MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
      March 30, 2020

      Mt. SAC Fully Transitions Online

      Today, Mt. San Antonio College celebrated a milestone. More than 3,000 classes and almost all of our service departments have transitioned online. It’s a record, and it wasn’t easy. Through your hard work and perseverance, we were able to bring our college to the community. Faculty redesigned their classes for distance learning. Staff helped distribute laptops and internet access to our most vulnerable students. And our entire community shifted far beyond what would have been considered feasible just 3 weeks ago. I am immensely proud of your ability to quickly adapt and provide our critical service. While most of the state has been forced to shut down its services, Mt. SAC is still teaching, still learning, and still serving the community. That is a significant achievement, and it’s worth celebrating!

      As we have seen the last few weeks, the COVID-19 crisis is constantly evolving. At this time, we’re looking at finishing the Spring Semester with this model and eying Summer Intersession with cautious optimism. As we adapt to doing our important work remotely, we’ve developed a new home for our online initiatives called Mt. SAC Online (www.mtsac.edu/online). There, you’ll find resources for students, faculty and staff related to learning and working remotely. Health Alerts and information about our response to COVID-19 will continue to be housed on the Health Alert website atwww.mtsac.edu/health.

      Many of you continue to ask about our Mountie who was diagnosed with COVID-19. Please join me in keeping the affected employee in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. This was a stark reminder of the COVID-19 threat. Our move to online teaching with remote staff and management support reflects Mt. SAC’s commitment to the health and safety of our students, employees, and the communities in which we live and work. As we are home with our families, be proud of our college, be proud of your contributions, and say a prayer for our nation.

      Bill

      William T. Scroggins
      President & CEO
      Mt. San Antonio College

    • President's Message March 28, 2020: Employee Last on Campus March 17 Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

      President's Message: Employee Last on Campus March 17 Has Tested Postive for COVID-19 (PDF)`

      *****UPDATE: We are happy to share that this employee was released from the hospital and is recovering at home. ******

       

      MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
      March 28, 2020

      Employee Last on Campus March 17
      Has Tested Positive for COVID-19

      Yesterday evening, we received notification from a Mt. San Antonio College employee of having tested positive for COVID-19 and having been hospitalized on Friday, March 27, 2020. The employee was last on campus in Building 9B (Student Services) on Tuesday, March 17 and had first reported symptoms on Thursday, March 19. We are doing all we can to support the employee and the employee’s family during this critical time.

      We wanted to share this information as quickly as possible for your protection and to help reduce rumors or false information. We realize that this news may cause a great deal of anxiety and we want to assure you that we have your best interests and safety at heart. We have already reached out to those known to have been in close contact with the employee and are continuing to call others who may have been in contact with the employee. Although the employee was not symptomatic while on campus, the L.A. County Department of Public Health recommends that those who have been in close contact with someone who is positive or presumed positive must quarantine themselves for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the ill person.

      The college’s physical campus has been closed since the Governor’s stay at home order on March 19, with classes and services moved online. Out of an abundance of caution and to allow for cleaning and sanitization, the College’s central campus (north of Temple Avenue and west of Bonita Avenue) will be through Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Critical onsite staff scheduled to be in that area will stay off campus and receive alternate instructions. All faculty and staff already telecommuting should continue to do so.

      The best source of public health information is available from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health We will also continue to update our Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/health and urge everyone to continue to follow the “Safer at Home” orders from the Governor and our public health officials.

      If you are sick or believe you have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact your primary health care provider as soon as possible. If you do test positive, you need to call Human Resources at (909) 274-4225 immediately. For health-related questions and concerns, call Student Health at (909) 274-4400 and a staff nurse will respond.

      Please join me in sending our best wishes to the affected employee for a speedy recovery. And for all of you, stay safe and healthy.

      Bill

      William T. Scroggins
      President & CEO
      Mt. San Antonio College

    • President's Message March 26, 2020: Updates on Withdrawals, Refunds, Pay and More

      President's Message - Updates on Withdrawals, Refunds, Pay and More (PDF)

      MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
      March 26, 2020

      Keep Learning. Keep Teaching. Keep Climbing.
      Updates on Withdrawals, Refunds, Pay and More

      As the nation grapples with the effects of COVID-19, we have had to ask a lot of our community. Students were asked to transition online and quickly adapt to a new learning landscape. Faculty have had to re-evaluate their curriculum and pivot to remote learning. Staff have been holding operations together, working both on campus and at home. This doesn’t even take into account the challenges in our personal lives with schools closed and loved ones to consider.

      Despite all this, the Mt. San Antonio College community has been nothing short of incredible. You’ve shown teamwork and perseverance and grit to push us beyond this challenging time. I want you to know Mt. SAC is doing everything it can to support you as well. In this update, we have answers to questions that many of you have asked and share resources that may be helpful to the community. We will continue to bring you the resources that you need to keep learning, keep teaching and keep climbing.

      After March 28,online classes will relaunch at Mt. San Antonio College with as many classes and student services as we can to help our students stay on track and reach their goals. This is not business as usual, and I am immensely proud of the way this community has come together to build a new way of learning and thriving during an unprecedented time.

      I sincerely thank you for your flexibility, hard work and patience.

      Bill

      William T. Scroggins, Ph.D
      President and CEO
      Mt. San Antonio College

       

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      Student Topics

      Mt. SAC is Online Only – For Now

      Due to the Governor’s stay at home order, Mt. SAC’s physical campus is temporarily closed except for critical onsite work to keep the college running. Only online classes are relaunching after March 28. Instructors will communicate with students the next step for each class. We are also transitioning services online as much as possible and will provide details soon. Learn more about Student Resources on the Health Alert web site atwww.mtsac.edu/health as well as the Student Services web page atwww.mtsac.edu/studentservices.

      Computer and Internet Access

      The college is implementing a Student Laptop Loan program for currently enrolled students who have no access to a computer or internet access to take classes online. The college has a limited number of loaner laptops and internet connections for students to borrow. Students can request the technology through the Student Request for Computer and/or Internet form. There are also Reduced Cost and Free Internet Access Options widely available and listed by the Chancellor’s Office.

      Parking Permits

      All Spring 2020 parking permits will be extended through Fall 2020, so students can use them through the Summer and Fall terms. If students are not continuing, they may petition for parking reimbursement beginning April 3 by contacting Parking Services via Police and Campus Safety.

      Withdrawals

      Our faculty has been working diligently to prepare their classes for you in a new, online format. We understand some students are hesitant to change from face-to-face instruction. To take the risk out of trying online learning, we are extending the deadline to withdraw to Sunday, June 7, for regular 16-week classes. For short-term courses, the deadline is the day prior to the final class meeting. Going forward, students who drop will receive an Excused Withdrawal (EW) mark rather than a Withdrawal (W). An “EW” mark will not count toward the limits on how many times you can repeat a class. In addition, it will not impact progress probation. You can speak with a counselor online about your options.

      Enrollment Fee Reimbursements

      Enrollment fees will be reimbursed to students if they withdraw from the class or the College cancels the class. Refunds will automatically be processed regardless of the selection of withdrawal codes. Learn more about refunds from theCashier’s Office website.

      Bank Mobile ATMs

      Refunds are offered in a number of formats, including through a Bank Mobile Vibe account. Students can access the account through over 55,000fee-free Allpoint® ATMs, so they are not limited to on-campus ATMs.

      Federal Work Study Student Employees

      Federal Work Study students will continue to be paid through the end of their award, without being required to work. These students should work with their supervisors to confirm their assignment end date. Federal Work Study Students may not participate in the Telecommuting Plan. Managers will need to submit a timesheet to the Payroll Office on the student’s behalf using the student’s regular hours.

      Student Assistants

      Student Assistants will continue to be paid through the end of the amount budgeted by their department, no later than the end of the Spring Semester, without requirement to work. Student Assistants may not participate in the Telecommuting Plan. Managers will need to submit a timesheet to the Payroll Office on the student’s behalf using the student’s regular hours.

      Short-Term Hourly Employees

      Short-term hourly employees (even those who may be students) will be paid their regular hours through the end of March, without requirement of work. From April 1 through April 20, any ongoing work performed by these employees should be transitioned to classified employees in the unit. A manager may have these employees continue the work if there is a critical need identified. Short-term hourly employees may participate in the Telecommuting Plan.

      Employee Topics

       

      Contact Information

      Help your colleagues and students understand how to best contact you by updating your voicemail greeting and email out-of-office assistant, if necessary. You can check your email from any web browser by logging into the Mt. SAC Portal and choosing Office 365 at the top header. Make sure you also establish a way to reach your managers, colleagues, employees and vendors.

      Cancelling Classes

      While the college has earnestly and creatively converted thousands of classes online, some classes will not be able to transition online and will need to be canceled. The college is working through the best process for the college to cancel classes, while simultaneously ensuring the student is not penalized and the college receives apportionment. Please be patient with us as we work through these important details before we provide you the process.

      Critical Onsite Workers

      Reporting

      While most campus employees are no longer on the physical campus, some employees are required to be on campus to ensure its successful operation. Managers must ensure these critical onsite workers are listed in the departmental Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) and receive approval from their vice president’s office. Contact Human Resources at (909) 274-4225 orhraccommodations@mtsac.edufor assistance.

      Pay for Work Onsite

      Short term hourly and professional experts are paid their regular pay for work on site. Permanent classified employees assigned to work on campus are paid at the overtime rate of 1.5 times the regular rate. For example, an employee called to work on campus 8 hours will be paid the equivalent of 12 hours of pay. Pay for critical onsite workers for CSEA 262, CSEA 651, and Confidentials will be as referenced in the CSEA Collective Bargaining Agreements, which is 1.5 the number of hours worked onsite or 4 hours, whichever is greater.

      Telecommuting Employees

      Assignments

      All permanent campus employees are telecommute employees, which include Management, CSEA 262, CSEA 651, and Confidential Employees. Employees are expected to be available during standard business hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. for possible assignment of telecommute work. Employees and supervisors should be connecting on how to best communicate during the Governor’s stay-at-home declaration. Managers may assign work within the job description of the employee to complete while on the telecommute assignment.

      Pay

      Employees who are working remotely on the Telecommuting Plan are paid at regular rate.

      Technology

      Employees who have technology needs in order to telecommute should submit those needs throughwww.mtsac.edu/itrequest. There is a limited amount of equipment available, so requests will be prioritized based on direction from Cabinet. The IT team requests that employees be mindful about the type of equipment and level of access they are requesting, and only request what they absolutely must have.

      Temporary Employees

      Federal Work-Study Student Employees

      Federal Work-Study students will continue to be paid through the end of their award, without requirement of work. These students should work with their supervisors to confirm the end date of their assignment. Federal Work-Study students may not participate in the Telecommuting Plan. Managers will need to submit a timesheet to the Payroll Office on the student’s behalf using the student’s regular hours.

      Student Assistants

      Student Assistants will continue to be paid through the end of their assignment (no later than the end of Spring Semester) or the amount budgeted by their department, without requirement to work. Student Assistants may not participate in the Telecommuting Plan. Managers will need to submit a timesheet to the Payroll Office on the student’s behalf using the student’s regular hours.

      Short-Term Hourly Employees

      Short-term hourly employees (even those who may be students) will be paid their regular hours through the end of March, without requirement of work. From April 1 through April 20, any ongoing work performed by these employees should be transitioned to classified employees in the unit. A manager may have these employees continue the work past April 20 if there is a critical need identified in the Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP). Short-term hourly employees may be assigned any combination of onsite or telecommuting. Both assignments shall be paid at straight time rate.

      Professional Experts

      Professional experts who are assigned to a specific project may continue through the project end date. Professional Experts may be assigned any combination of onsite or telecommuting. Both assignments shall be paid at straight time rate.

      Substitute and Out-of-Class Employees

      These groups of employees will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis for continuance of work, subject to approval by the department’s vice president.

      State and Federal Reimbursements

      In case of state or federal reimbursements due to the national emergency, Fiscal Services will be coding some purchases in case reimbursements become available. This will mostly be done by Fiscal Services without interruption to departments. In anticipation of FEMA reimbursements, Payroll is also working on new pay codes that will be used to track employees during the campus closure. Details will be provided soon.

      Online Paperwork

      Mt. SAC is moving paperwork online as much as possible to minimize the need to bring people on campus. A task force is coming together with representatives from each division to find a universal method to bring routine paperwork online.

       

    • President's Message March 22, 2020: Revised Telecommunication Agreement
    • President's Message March 20, 2020: Mt. SAC Closure and Online Transition

      Message from the President on Mt. SAC Closure and Online Transition (PDF)

      March 20, 2020

      Mt. San Antonio College executive leadership held an emergency meeting this morning to determine next steps for the College during the Governor’s stay-at-home order. The executive order directs that every Californian stay home except for essential needs, like going to the grocery store, pharmacy, bank or gas station.

      As one of the 16 federal critical infrastructure sectors highlighted by the Governor’s order, Mt. SAC must continue to educate and train our next generation of employees, including health workers, public safety officers, and infrastructure professionals.

       

      CLOSURES

      In compliance with the Governor’s stay-at-home order, only online classes will resume on Sunday, March 29, 2020. No in-person classes, labs or services will be available. Please work with your supervisor if you need to return to campus for any reason.

       

      CRITICAL ONGOING WORK

      At the emergency meeting, Mt. SAC executive management gave direction to identify and contact those who will be designated as onsite critical workers. All other employees will continue to be on paid status and will be authorized to work remotely. These assignments will be made in conformance with existing labor agreements.

      I have directed that Mt. SAC will continue to focus on the following critical steps through the Spring semester, at a minimum:

      • Maintain the College’s critical infrastructure, including financial services, information technology, technology support, emergency services, public health, communication, and projects currently in construction
      • Move classes online and support online learning
      • Deliver remote student support

       

      TEMPORARY TELECOMMUTING

      The executive team finalized a process to identify and support those who will have a specific work at home assignment. Those assigned work from home assignments will read the Telecommuting Agreement form and email their acknowledgement and agreement to their supervisor. Supervisors will be determining the remote work assignments and will work with individual employees. The telecommuting plan begins March 23, 2020, or thereafter at the discretion of the college.

      Through the duration of the stay at home order, those without specific remote work assignments will remain available for communication during standard College operating hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Employees will check College-related email, telephone, or other designated communication methods on a consistent basis as if the employee were working at a College work site.

      Thank you for your flexibility and patience as we navigate these ever-changing state and local directives. The resulting balance between online education and remote work, coupled with the essential onsite needs being met, provides Mt. SAC and our community with a higher level of safety in this expanding COVID-19 crisis. All of us have been concerned about the extent to which the College can operate to meet these imperatives. We all feel that the climate of our working environment is now more responsive to the growing risk of this pandemic. Yes, it is a challenge for such a huge transition to meet the needs of our students, but this effort will be accomplished through the energy, innovation and dedication that Mt. SAC faculty and staff have shown to be the hallmark of our excellence. Your passion and resilience allows us to meet whatever challenges come our way.

      Bill

      William T. Scroggins
      President and CEO
      Mt. San Antonio College

    • Health Alert March 19, 2020

      Mt. SAC Closes Temporarily in Response to Governor's Stay at Home Order

      (March 19, 2020, 8:00PM) - Mt. San Antonio College is temporarily closed in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom's stay at home order. The executive order requires that every Californian stay home except for essential needs, like going to the grocery store, pharmacy, bank or gas station. Learn more athttps://covid19.ca.gov/.

      During the temporary order, Mt. SAC will continue its efforts to move most classes online, develop work-from-home options, and ensure critical operations can continue. Employees are urged to continue checking their emails (accessible from the portal) or this webpage for details and updates.

      See as Health Alert PDF.

    • President's Message March 19, 2020

      IMPORTANT! ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES

      Do NOT come to work beginning Friday, March 20, 2020. California Governor Gavin Newsom's announcement tonight is requiring that every Californian stay home except for essential needs, like going to the grocery store, pharmacy, bank, or to get gasoline. Learn more at https://covid19.ca.gov/.

      Mt. SAC is going to Level 3 of its plan and will close its campus except for critical functions. College leadership will continue to develop plans to bring the college online as well as provide work from home options. More instructions will be provided at a later time. Employees are encouraged to continue checking their emails and the Health webpage for updates.

      Stay safe.

      Bill Scroggins
      President and CEO
      Mt. San Antonio College

    • Health Alert March 16, 2020
    • Health Alert March 13, 2020
    • Health Alert March 12, 2020 Clarifications
    • Health Alert March 12, 2020
      Health Alert March 12, 2020: Mt. SAC Moves to Level Two of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Plan.This level requires increased vigilance and reduced social contact as outlined below to mitigate exposure to the virus (Newsroom)
    • Health Alert March 11, 2020
    • Health Alert March 9, 2020
    • Employee Guidance March 2, 2020
    • Health Alert March 2, 2020
    • Health Alert January 28, 2020