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Alert: Mt. SAC has Transitioned to Online Classes and Services (see www.mtsac.edu/online). Learn more about our COVID-19 response at www.mtsac.edu/health.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)Notifications

Urgent information related to coronavirus (COVID-19) will be shared throughMt. SAC Health Alerts, our primary means of communication in the event of an emergency. Health Alert information will be distributed through campus email,Facebook,Twitterand theMt. SAC Newsroom. Other non-urgent messages related to COVID-19 may also be emailed to the campus community.

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

      Mt. SAC COVID-19 Updates for Students

      ‘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.

      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 onOnline 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 guidelinesrecommend 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 theLos 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-streamedVirtual Ceremony and Drive-Thru Celebrationscheduled 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 theVirtual 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 itsFive-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, theCalifornia Governor’s proposed budgetis 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 Onlinewebsite with information onOnline 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 theCOVID-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 theScholarships websitefor 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, emailingappeals@mtsac.eduorvisiting theCOVID-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 daypriorto the final class meeting. You can alsospeak with a counselor onlineabout 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 theMountie 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 onCOVID-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 onCOVID-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 aMt. SAC Onlinewebsite with information onOnline 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 theCOVID-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 theScholarships websitefor 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, emailingappeals@mtsac.eduorvisiting theCOVID-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 daypriorto the final class meeting. You can alsospeak with a counselor onlineabout 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 theMountie 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 classeswill 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

      >>> Jump to:Student Topics

      >>> Jump to:Employee Topics

      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/healthas 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 theStudent Request for Computer and/or Internet form. There are alsoReduced Cost and Free Internet Access Optionswidely 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 contactingParking Servicesvia 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 daypriorto 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 canspeak with a counselor onlineabout 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 byupdating your voicemail greetingandemail 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. Theexecutive orderdirects 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 theTelecommuting Agreementform 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 athttps://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
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      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)
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