Path to Recovery Update May 18, 2022
May 18, 2022 - 08:08 AM
Budget Changes in May Revision
Each May, the California Governor’s proposed budget is updated based on the latest economic forecasts. With state revenues remarkably higher than projected, the May Revision provides about $2 billion more to the California Community Colleges compared to the January proposal. It adds nearly $500 million in new ongoing funding and $1.8 billion for additional one-time programs and initiatives.
The proposed budget for 2022-2023 supports California Community College system priorities, such as increased per-student funding, part-time faculty health, technology modernization, and an investment in strategies to increase student retention and enrollment rates.
President Scroggins will be providing a full analysis of the May Revision Impact on Mt. SAC in his Cabinet Notes.
Vaccination Mandate Lifted Beginning Summer Intersession
Due to declining COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in the region, the state of California and county of Los Angeles have eased COVID-19 prevention strategies. After considering the latest data and balancing risks and responsibilities at its April meeting, the Mt. San Antonio College Board of Trustees has decided not to renew the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students taking classes on campus.
Beginning this Summer Intersession, students may take in-person classes and use in-person services regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. Also starting Monday, June 13, the college will ease its face coverings requirement to align with public health requirements, Cal/OSHA workplace safety guidelines, as well as agreements with employee bargaining units. If COVID-19 conditions and public health orders remain the same, face coverings will be recommended indoors, but not generally required.
Everyone at Mt. SAC continues to play an important role in reducing transmission of COVID-19 by following public health measures. Key prevention strategies include staying up to date on COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, staying home when sick, taking a free COVID-19 test as needed, and reporting exposure to the virus. Free COVID-19 vaccination clinics are held on campus every Wednesday between the Mountie Café and Library.
The college also maintains its commitment to safety and wellness, which includes:
- Carefully following public health guidelines
- Free COVID-19 testing on campus
- Free vaccination clinics
- Thorough contact tracing
- Increased cleaning and air filtration
- Readily available safety supplies (including free face coverings and hand sanitizer)
- Health care support for students in the Student Health Center regarding any health and mental health concerns
- Mental health support for employees through the Employee Counseling Center
More details on the Summer COVID-19 Safety Guidelines will be released closer to the beginning of the term. For the latest information about the college’s COVID-19 response, visit www.mtsac.edu/covid19.
The Mt. SAC Path to Recovery email provides employees a summary of large-scale efforts from the college to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, including its related economic impact. For more information, visit the Public Health website at www.mtsac.edu/covid19.