Faculty Teaching on Campus and ALL Classified Personnel
January 26, 2021
The safety of our students, classified professionals, faculty, and community are Priority #1.
You are required to fill out a self-assessment questionnaire each day you are on one of our college campuses. We ask that you complete this questionnaire prior to visiting campus. There will be temperature check-in stations at each of our college campuses for those that do not have thermometers at home. You must scan a QR Code location every time you visit campus. Don't forget to update all campus locations in the mobile app if you work or attend classes at more than one campus. You will have to be screened at each location/campus you attend or visit. Once cleared, you will receive a green health pass clearing you for that day.
DOWNLOAD & INSTALL THE MOBILE APP TO YOUR PHONE
2. SET NOTIFICATIONS
When you log in to the Mobile App, make sure notifications are enabled in the app. Enable notifications by clicking the bell-shaped icon at the bottom of the app and then the preferences icon at the top right.
3. DAILY HOME PRE-SCREENING
Within the app, you will receive a daily reminder at 7 a.m. to complete the Daily Health Status Screening form at home. If you tap on the notification, you can fill out the form right away. If you miss the notification or you need to fill out the prescreen, you can use the MiraCosta app directly.
*If you do not have a smartphone, you can fill out the At Home Pre-Screening form from your home computer, or by using the computer at the kiosk in each campus location.
4. DAILY TEMPERATURE CHECK
You may check your temperature at home before you come to work OR upon arriving at work. You do not need to do both. If you are going to check your temperature upon arriving at work, follow the instructions at the check-in locations for using the hands-free thermometer.
5. HEALTH PASS
Based on the answers you provided in steps 3 and 4, the app will issue a daily health pass. A green health pass indicates you are clear to go anywhere on campus. A red pass means you may not go anywhere on campus and you are advised to return home to quarantine or isolate until it is safe for you to return to campus. Students who get red passes will be contacted by the College Health Center or their instructor. Employees who receive red passes will be contacted by Human Resources or their supervisor. Your health pass will reset each evening at midnight enabling you to fill out the form for the current day.
6. BUILDING/ROOM CHECK-IN
As students, classified professionals, and faculty move around campus, you will be required to check in and out of buildings and rooms by scanning QR codes posted on doors and walls as you enter and exit. The same QR code can be used in the app to check in. Don't forget to update your campus locations if you work or attend classes at more than one campus. You will have to be screened at each campus you attend.
For additional information on how to Complete the Mandatory Check-In and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the Health Return to Campus webpage.
Looking Ahead to Spring 2021
September 15, 2020
The pandemic continues to generate a great amount of uncertainty in our state and nation as businesses and organizations are still restricted from operating at full capacity. MiraCosta College will extend primarily online teaching and learning through the spring 2021 semester in very much the same manner as we are conducting operations this fall.
Courses will continue to primarily be offered through an online modality. There may be some courses that require in-person instruction, such as those with hands-on labs or clinical placements, and we will continue to work alongside faculty and staff in these areas to offer in-person instruction, utilizing social distancing and safety protocols.
In addition, most MiraCosta College employees will continue to work primarily online and remotely this spring. Events, meetings, and social gatherings will continue to be held in virtual formats, rather than on campus, to curb the spread of the virus. We ask for your patience and support as we continue to keep the safety of our employees, students, and community a top priority while improving our services.
The decision about spring 2021 was not taken lightly. It is my hope that by communicating this plan just weeks into the fall semester, it will allow time for faculty and staff to continue their participation in professional development on best practices to engage, challenge, and support our students in this virtual environment. Professional learning aimed at helping faculty enrich student engagement in the online environment will continue to be provided, and I urge you to participate in these opportunities. Additional planning is in the works to support faculty as they continue to engage deeply with their curriculum and classroom practices from an equity-minded lens. There is a great deal of professional development through webinar formats that is available on a variety of topics, and I would encourage you to review these opportunities carefully to foster professional growth since professional travel will continue to be limited.
Our students come to us with busy and complex lives, so clarifying the plans for spring also allows them to make plans for themselves and their families during this time of uncertainty. They need our support, responsiveness, and clear communication now more than ever.
Robust student, academic, and business support services will continue to be conducted in primarily remote format. Our student success teams will continue to support students and faculty within our Academic and Career Pathways and we will take a holistic, team approach to ensure that students have the resources needed during these challenging times.
On Wednesday, September 16 at 12:30 p.m., please join me and our college vice presidents as we talk about planning for spring 2021. The webinar login information will be provided the morning of September 16. Wednesday’s webinar will be the first in a series of monthly districtwide webinars in providing updates and highlights from around the college. Recordings will also be made available for those that cannot attend during the scheduled time.
Thank you for your continued dedication to our students. Our collective courage, agility, and resilience are crucial in our efforts to reduce the risk of illness, promote the health of our community, and provide an exceptional learning environment.
My best to all of you,
Dr. Sunita V. Cooke
Return to Work Plan
MiraCosta College is taking every precaution to ensure our workplaces are safe. The District is following federal and county health and safety guidelines as well as guidance from state and local governments. We have implemented practices for disinfection and social distancing, among others, and will continue to modify these practices as the situation changes.