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Coronavirus Information

Check this page for all future updates concerning COVID-19.


06-12-2020:

Mid-Plains Community College is moving ahead with plans to begin the fall semester Aug. 23 as originally scheduled. 

The college made the announcement Friday stating that MPCC is working ensure proper safeguards are in place to provide a safe learning environment for students, staff and visitors. MPCC will continue to follow directed health measures outlined by the state pertaining to COVID-19. 

Campus facilities will remain closed to the general public until July 15. In the meantime, staff and administrators continue to address needs virtually and over the phone at all campus locations. 

Those needing to be on campus are advised to call ahead for an appointment. Once on campus, visitors will be required to fill out a health screening questionnaire and apply a face covering prior to entering the facilities.


05-21-2020:

This announcement was sent to Mid-Plains Community College on behalf of MPCC President Ryan Purdy. 

I wanted to share with you that the Governor has lifted the state-to state travel restriction requiring a 14-day quarantine upon the return to Nebraska that was in place through June 1.  In his press conference, he said that those traveling out-of-state for Memorial Day weekend would not be expected to quarantine upon their return to Nebraska. 

Our COVID-19 response team met yesterday and we agreed to continue to keep our doors locked to the public until July 1.  We will continue to serve students and other public patrons virtually as we have for the past several weeks.  We will also welcome those students and public patrons that can't be provided with services virtually to campus.  We'll ask those individuals that arrive on campus to call when they get to the door where they will be screened, asked to use a face covering or mask, and then be escorted to the location where they require services.  This will allow us to continue to control who is on campus and the potential risks.  We will begin screening employees on June 1 via DocuSign.  It is the expectation that employees will have completed the questionnaire prior to or immediately upon arrival to campus on June 1.  Regular follow-up screenings will be administered on a schedule to be determined later.  On-campus students will be screened on the first day of their class and then weekly thereafter.  Dr. Tomanek will be working with faculty on this procedure in an attempt to minimize the disruption to class time while still collecting the required information to maintain a safe environment.  An example of a possible screening form is attached. 

As we continue to return to campus, it is the expectation that masks are worn by all employees as they enter the buildings, when not in their offices and moving within the building, when helping students and public patrons, or in a college vehicle with other employees.  Masks may be removed when employees are in their offices or at times where six foot social distancing can be maintained.  If an employee is not wearing a mask and others approach the six foot social distances, those employees are expected to apply their masks.  Any questions or concerns regarding these expectations should be discussed with Rebecca Wrage, Director of Human Resources.  

As more guidance is received and restrictions are adjusted, I will communicate those accordingly and as timely as possible.

Thanks for your assistance in creating a safe working and learning environment. 


04-30-2020:

This announcement was sent to Mid-Plains Community College on behalf of MPCC President Ryan Purdy. 

With the Directed Health Mandates (DHM) beginning to lift some of the restrictions in our service area beginning on May 11, we plan to transition our staff and administration back to campus beginning on May 11 and increase on-campus working expectations each week until June 1. Staff should work with their supervisors to schedule two regular work shifts on-campus for the week of May 11 as a start to the transition.  Supervisors should work with their staff to stagger the return so not all staff are on campus together for the first week or so of this transition.  Our hope is that by the week of June 1, we'll be back to our regular summer program and schedules.  

As we approach May 11, with guidance from state and local public health officials, we will be implementing appropriate safeguards to keep our students and staff as safe as possible.  Online courses will continue with current schedules and a few small classes scheduled on-campus after May 11 will also proceed as scheduled. Dr. Tomanek will be in contact with all faculty who are teaching courses scheduled on ground to begin prior to June 1.  Other than these classes, we will continue to serve our students virtually while keeping our facilities closed to the public until June 1 as we work to get the recommended safeguards in place.  

It is very important that you practice these safeguards at all times, not just at work.  Frequent handwashing and six foot social distancing precautions will be expected.  In-person meetings will be limited to 10 until the DHM changes this limit.  Facemasks may be required when six-foot distancing isn't possible.  We are continuing to search to secure enough masks for all staff working on campus.  If you don't have a mask already, please attempt to find or make one.  We know that cloth masks will not prevent COVID-19, but they will slow the spread.  Click this link for more information and also for instructions to make your own: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

The current out-of-state travel exposure restrictions are still in effect.  These also include out-of-state visitors.  Out-of-state exposure poses increased risks of contracting and/or spreading the coronavirus, including the hosting of out-of-state visitors.  If you travel out-of-state or host out-of-state visitors, you are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return from travel or beginning when your visitors leave before returning to campus to work.

As the DHMs change, we'll continue to make adjustments to our plans and provide further guidance to you regarding those changes.  

If you have questions, please ask your supervisor and cabinet-level supervisor so we can provide answers to those questions we've not thought of for all. 

See you soon.


04-24-2020:

Availability of Emergency Grants

Application for the emergency grants available to students

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides emergency funding to institutions to be used in the form of emergency financial aid grants for students' expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. To be eligible you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Enrolled at MPCC for Spring 2020 past March 13th, 2020
  • 2019-2020 FAFSA on file with MPCC*
  • Eligible for federal financial aid (also known as Title IV)
  • Have incurred an eligible expense related to COVID-19

Fill out the Emergency Funds Application

Please note, international and undocumented students as well as students who were enrolled exclusively online prior to March 13th, 2020, are not eligible for HEERF funds.
*If you have not completed the FAFSA for 2019-2020, but wish to apply for these funds, or have questions about eligibility contact Erinn Brown, Area Director of Financial Aid at (308) 345-8112 or browne@mpcc.edu.


04-16-2020:

This announcement was sent to Mid-Plains Community College on behalf of MPCC President Ryan Purdy. 

As College Cabinet continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 situation with our state and local health experts, we are extending the current working arrangements that were outlined in my March 30, 2020 email below through May 1.  Please continue to work with your supervisors regarding your work responsibilities and schedules.  We understand many of you must be on campus frequently.  We ask that you stay away as much as your job allows, but please follow the social distancing and frequent hand washing recommendations. During this time, the facilities will continue to be closed to the public. Please make all efforts to provide timely responses via phone, email, zoom, or teams to our students as needed.  We will continue to reassess the situation every two weeks and will provide an update to you on April 30 with the plans for the following two weeks. 

I appreciate everyone’s patience and continued dedication to MPCC.  


03-30-2020:

From the office of MPCC Marketing and Public Information.

MPCC restricts public access to college facilities 

Mid-Plains Community College is restricting public access to college facilities effective immediately. The decision was made Monday afternoon in an attempt to limit the exposure of MPCC students and employees to potential cases of COVID-19.

Campus facilities are locked, and staff will be available by appointment only until further notice. Any questions or needs that can be addressed virtually can be called into the following numbers:

McCook - (308) 345-8101

North Platte North - (308) 535-3601

North Platte South - (308) 535-3701

More information about the college’s response to the pandemic can be found online at mpcc.edu.


03-15-2020:

This announcement was sent to Mid-Plains Community College on behalf of MPCC President Ryan Purdy. 

After discussions with local public health officials, state representatives, and other regional school partners, Mid-Plains Community College will be canceling classes Monday, March 16, through Saturday, March 28 in our continued effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the communities within our service area.  

The initial plan was to hold classes this week and then close March 22-April 4, but continued developments and discussions over the weekend required us to adjust and it is our intent to create as little disruption to the educational process as reasonable.  

Online classes will continue as scheduled.  

Faculty and staff will report accordingly as we prepare for the remote delivery of courses.  

Residence halls and food service will remain open during this time for those students that are unable to return home. 

Applied tech courses and other courses with required labs will resume on campus on Sunday, March 29.  There will be some exceptions based on certain programs so students are encouraged to communicate with their instructors about the adjusted expectations and format of their courses moving forward.  

Dual credit and early entry students taking courses at one of MPCC’s campuses should check with their college instructors on upcoming changes.  Students taking courses at high school locations should continue to follow their high school schedules. 

Scheduled on-campus events will continue on an event-by-event basis dependent on the size of the anticipated audience for each event and the final decision to proceed, postpone, or cancel will be made by the appropriate Vice President in conjunction with the President. 

MPCC will provide student services to students in a virtual environment for advising, registration, etc. 

Questions may be directed as follows:

Academic Affairs– Dr. Jody Tomanek – tomanekj@mpcc.edu
Student Affairs – Kelly Rippen – rippenK@mpcc.edu        
Student Life – Dr. Brian Obert (MCC) obertb@mpcc.edu or Dr. Pat Beu (NPCC) beup@mpcc.edu
Human Resources – Rebecca Wrage wrager@mpcc.edu
General Operations – Mike Steele steelem@mpcc.edu

We are continuously working to provide updates to our general public on our website.  Visit www.mpcc.edu for those updates.  Staff will be receiving emails internally as we navigate and adjust internal procedures during this time.

This plan will continue to evolve and is subject to change as needed.  We appreciate everyone's patience as we do our best to communicate and adjust our strategy keeping everyone’s health, safety, and well-being in mind.   


03-13-2020: 

This announcement was sent to Mid-Plains Community College on behalf of MPCC President Ryan Purdy. 

In an effort to assist in the mitigation of the spread of COVID-19 in the communities within our service area, Mid-Plains Community College is taking the following precautions to protect our students, staff, and the communities we serve.  MPCC will hold classes as scheduled next week, March 16-20.  At the close of next week, MPCC will be on an extended spring break for the two weeks beginning Sunday, March 22 – Saturday, April 4.  Online classes will continue as scheduled.  Faculty will return to campus on March 30 to prepare to adjust their courses to a remote education delivery format where possible.  When classes resume on Sunday, April 5, most courses will have been moved to a remote education delivery format. Applied tech courses and other courses with required labs will resume on campus. There will be some exceptions based on certain programs so students are encouraged to communicate with their instructors about the adjusted expectations and format of their courses moving forward. 

Dual credit and early entry students taking courses at one of MPCC's campuses should check with their college instructors on upcoming changes.  Students taking courses at high school locations should continue to follow their high school schedules. 

Scheduled on-campus events are on an event-by-event basis dependent on the size of the anticipated audience for each event and the final decision to proceed, postpone, or cancel will be made by the appropriate Vice President in conjunction with the President.  North Platte PTK Induction, scheduled for Sunday, and North Platte Inter-High Day, scheduled for next Wednesday, March 18, have been canceled.   

Residence halls, food service, student services, and all other college functions will continue to operate and serve those students remaining on campus.  MPCC will provide student services to students in a virtual environment for advising, registration, etc. 

Intercollegiate athletes will continue to participate in competitions as long as the NJCAA and Region IX continue to hold competitions.  All athletic facilities will be accessible by college for-credit students only and will be closed to the general public effective immediately.   

Out-of-state travel for college-related business will be suspended until further notice. 

Questions may be directed as follows:

Academic Affairs– Dr. Jody Tomanek – tomanekj@mpcc.edu

Student Affairs – Kelly Rippen – rippenK@mpcc.edu        

Student Life – Dr. Brian Obert (MCC) obertb@mpcc.edu or Dr. Pat Beu (NPCC) beup@mpcc.edu

Human Resources – Rebecca Wrage wrager@mpcc.edu

General Operations – Mike Steele steelem@mpcc.edu

We are continuously working to provide updates to our general public on our website.  Visit www.mpcc.edu for those updates.  You'll also be receiving emails internally as we navigate and adjust internal procedures during this time. 

This plan is continuing to evolve and is subject to change as needed.  We appreciate everyone's patience as we do our best to communicate and adjust our strategy keeping everyone's health, safety, and well-being in mind.


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​For more information on COVID-19, please visit: 

  
CDC - About Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
West Central District Health Department - 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Southwest Nebraska Public Health Department
NCDHD - North Central District Health Department
Loup Basin Public Health Department - COVID-19 for General Public