MPCC Fall 2020 COVID-19 Opening Plan

As of July 1, 2020, this page is a snapshot of MPCC's current plans for opening our campus to students, faculty, staff, and visitors in the Fall of 2020. As Mid-Plains Community College looks to create a safe environment for our community in the 2020-21 academic year, we wanted to communicate the anticipated conditions and safety precautions MPCC will implement for the Fall 2020 semester. Should conditions warrant changes to this plan, MPCC will do so and communicate changes in a timely manner.   

Current COVID-19 Data for MPCC Service Area

Current information regarding COVID-19 spread in the MPCC Service Area is available at these links:

Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Dashboard

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

Current State and Federal COVID-19 Guidance

These are the guidelines and directives from which MPCC has consulted to establish our reopening protocols and safety precautions.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Governor Ricketts Directive Health Measure – Phase IV

Fall Class Start Date

Sunday classes will begin on August 23, 2020.

Fall Class End Date

Fall classes will end on December 17, 2020.

Safety Precautions

MPCC has developed safety protocols based on current research and established health measures and guidelines to create a safe environment for all MPCC students, faculty, staff, and visitors in the era of COVID-19.

MPCC students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to comply with these safety precautions. As per the parameters established in the MPCC Board of Governors Policy 5500, Failure to Comply with these safety precautions may result in removal from a class, residential facilities, or MPCC campuses. Faculty and staff are required to report students who choose to not follow these guidelines to college personnel.

  • Stay Home if You Feel Sick.

  • Wash Your Hands Often. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when washing them.  

  • Socially Distance Yourself. Maintain 6 feet of distance between you and others.  

  • Wear Masks: Students are required to wear masks when they arrive on campus each day, when they leave their residence hall room, and when they are not able to maintain 6 feet of social distance when in classrooms or other enclosed spaces.

  • Room Residents Only: Only people assigned to a specific residence hall room are allowed to enter that specific room. If you are not assigned to a residential room, then you are not permitted to enter that room. Residents are not permitted to have any students, guests, or visitors in their assigned residence hall rooms.  

Will my class be moved online?

Classes will be offered in the format listed on your class schedule.

What types of classes are available this fall?

Students have a variety of course options available to them for Fall 2020. Students are encouraged to create a schedule that meets their needs and comfort level using the following course delivery methods. 

  • Online Only:  You can earn your entire degree online if that works best for you! 

  • In the Classroom:  You can take courses in person in the traditional classroom setting (with social distancing and health precautions in mind)

  • Second 8-Week Options:  You can delay your start date until October if you prefer to start during the 2nd 8-weeks. 

  • Sunday College:  For students who prefer small class sizes and class attendance only on Sundays.

  • Zoom or Distance Learning:  Many of our instructors are using Zoom, so you can take a course, live, right from your own computer. 

Early Entry/Dual Credit Students, check with your high school counselor for options at your school or online. 

Non-credit course registration occurs as needed. For more information on non-credit registration contact at bce@mpcc.edu.

Classrooms

Classroom seating will be arranged so that students will be seated at least 3 feet apart from each other. Students are required to follow Safety Precautions in classrooms. Students will be required to wear masks in classrooms. If an online course is available, students who prefer not to wear masks are encouraged to participate in the online course.

International Students and International Travelers

If you have come from outside the United States, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to attending college activities. For international students living in College housing, the college will pay for your meals while you live in college housing for 14 days prior to the start of normal activities.  

Residential Housing Status

Housing will open at normal facility capacity for Fall.  Two residents per bedroom in Brooks Hall in McCook and all housing facilities in North Platte. The Housing Complexes in McCook will open with one person per bedroom. We will have quarantine rooms available at all locations. Community bathrooms will be cleaned daily. Cleaning products and regular cleanliness inspections will be provided for residents in North Platte and in Housing Complexes in McCook.  

Housing Move-in Day

Each student moving into campus housing facilities will schedule their move-in time with McCook or North Platte Residence Life Staff. Each student will have one hour to move their belongings­­­­ into their room and will be allowed two people to enter Residence Life facilities to assist the student with move-in.  

New Student Orientation

Orientation will be held on Friday, August 21, 2020, from 10 am to 1 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Dining Facilities

To-go meals are available to all students to be picked up in the McCook Brooks Hall Cafeteria, North Platte North and the North Platte South Campus Cafeteria. Cafeteria seating will be opened at reduced capacity to accommodate 6 feet social distancing guidelines. Diners are required to maintain the recommended social distance between each other.

Athletic Facilities

Attendees, including athletes and coaches, will be required to follow all current social distancing guidelines, occupancy limit guidelines and sanitization requirements set for each athletic space. All guidelines and requirements will be posted at each athletic space and current per the State and local Directive Health Measures.

COVID-19 Wellness Checks

Each resident will meet with a Residence Life staff member to take their temperature and ask the following questions once a week:

  • Symptoms: Shortness of breath? Coughing? Sore throat? Fever of 100.4 or higher?

  • Exposure: Have you or someone in your household had contact with someone who is confirmed COVID-19 or has shown symptoms listed above within the last 14 days?

  • International travel: Have you traveled outside of the United States within the past two weeks?

For residents that respond "Yes" to any of these questions, we will direct the student to contact the local health agency to determine what the next appropriate actions are to promote the health of the resident and the MPCC community.

Student Activities, Athletic Events, and Campus Gatherings

All attendees are required to wear a mask, maintain social distancing guidelines, and follow occupancy limit guidelines in all MPCC facilities.

Registration and Advising

For-credit course registration is open for Fall 2020.  We encourage you to work with your advisor via phone, email, Zoom, Skype, or text to select your courses prior to the semester start date.  If you prefer a face-to-face advising appointment, email advising@mpcc.edu or call McCook at 308-345-8101 North Platte 308-535-3701. Advising will be by appointment only starting August 17.

Non-credit course registration occurs as needed. For more information on non-credit registration contact at bce@mpcc.edu.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid staff are available throughout the summer to help you ensure your financial aid is in place for fall. If you are eligible for financial aid in excess of expected charges, you may be able to purchase your books through the campus bookstore the week before classes start using your financial aid. We suggest you have your financial aid file complete by August 15th to be able to charge books to financial aid. Financial Aid refund checks will be sent out as normal about 6-8 weeks into the semester.

Further Questions?

If you have further questions regarding MPCC's opening plans for Fall 2020, please contact Dr. Brian Obert at obertb@mpcc.edu or 308-345-8109 in McCook or Dr. Pat Beu at beup@mpcc.edu or 308-221-6452.