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MCC's Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCC Emergency Management Team has used a set of metrics (number of cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations, vaccination rates) and guidance from the CDC and local health officials to determine when the College could take the next step toward fully reopening.

Due to various factors, including the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 Delta variant and low vaccination rates in some parts of our area, these same metrics are now heading in the wrong direction in both Kansas City, Missouri and Eastern Jackson County.

Moving forward, the Emergency Management Team will discontinue the phased approach to repopulation and will instead be providing customized guidance based on the metrics and guidance from the CDC and local health officials.

Based on the most recent data, the determination has been made that masks will once again be mandatory for everyone (employees, students, and external contractors and guests) when on-site at MCC locations (vaccinated and unvaccinated) until such time as the numbers trend downward. This requirement is effective immediately.

Dr. Kimberly Beatty
Chancellor

Click on a category heading below for more information.

Student Instruction and Programming

  • Campus tours will continue.
  • In-person student and community activities continue with appropriate Executive Cabinet member approval.
  • All instructional modalities will be deployed. Most courses will continue to be taught remotely in the summer and return to in-person for the fall.
  • Student and Instructional Support Services functions, including the bookstores, allow for walk-ins, but appointments are encouraged.
  • Athletic practices are permitted following guidelines from NJCAA and Region 16.
  • Athletic games and travel are permitted based on guidelines from NJCAA and Region 16.

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Vendors and Invited Guests

  • Vendors and external customers are permitted on MCC premises.
  • Vendors and external customers must follow all safety measures in place.

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Employees

  • All employees are asked to complete their work on-site. Employees with health concerns should continue to work with their supervisor and HR to request accommodations. Teaching faculty may choose to teach virtually from the classroom on-site.
  • Face-to-face interviews may continue.
  • New employee orientation may continue.

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Cleaning

  • Overnight cleaning of spaces with EPA approved viricides for sanitation will continue.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting of public spaces will occur throughout the day as scheduled.
  • All classrooms, labs, and offices have disinfecting wipes and/or cleaning supplies provided.
  • Employees will wipe down shared spaces prior to and after use.

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Safety Measures

  • All individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering indoors unless they are alone in a private office. This will be evaluated on an ongoing basis based on local, state and federal guidelines and recommendations.
  • Students and employees will be provided three MCC face coverings free of charge (The directors of campus operations are coordinating distribution of the face coverings).
  • Social distancing, when possible, is encouraged.
  • MCC will follow local and state regulations on building/room occupancy.
  • Hand washing is encouraged and hand sanitizer and hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the campuses and buildings.
  • Individuals that display any of the following COVID-19 symptoms should not come to work or the classroom:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

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Meetings and Gathering Areas

  • Face-to-face meetings are permitted, but virtual meetings are encouraged.
  • Selection of an appropriately sized conference room will be required.
  • All are encouraged to continue to use stairs, when possible, to avoid crowding elevators.

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Travel and On-Site/Corporate Training

  • MCC sponsored travel is permitted with approval from a member of the Executive Cabinet.
  • Air travel is permitted following CDC guidelines.
  • Training and programming may continue following appropriate safety guidelines.

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MCC Services

Click on the category heading for more information. If you do not see the service below, please use the link in the navigation on the left.

Academic and Financial Aid Advising

Appointments are available virtually and in person by appointment. The most convenient way for you to reach an MCC advisor is through My Success Network in Starfish.

To reach My Success Network in Starfish, take the following actions:

  • Log into myMCCKC
  • Click on the Starfish Button
  • Your Success Network has links to connect with your assigned advisor. During this time of remote instruction and service, email will be the most effective communication method.

Sucess Network

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Bookstores updated 7-27-2021

Online Order, Ship to customer Instructions

  • Place your order at bkstr.com/mcckcstore
  • Ship order to your place of residence for a flat fee
  • Or select free pick-up at any campus
  • Please allow one business day to process same-campus pick-ups and an additional 3-5 business days for shipping if you have chosen to pick up at a different campus

Instructions to Order Books

Financial Aid can be applied to textbook purchases 8/12/21-8/30/21. Online orders should be placed on or before 8/29/21.

Shop In-Store

Each MCC bookstore carries the materials required for courses hosted at that location. Refer to the 4-digit Section Number on your student schedule to determine the host campus for each course.

  • 2XXX = MCC-Longview
  • 3XXX = MCC-Maple Woods
  • 4XXX = MCC-Penn Valley
  • 5XXX = MCC-Business & Technology Campus Classes
  • 6XXX = MCC-Blue River
  • 7XXX = MCC-Online (at MCC-Penn Valley)

Bookstore hours August 9-27 for MCC-Blue River, MCC-Longview, MCC-Maple Woods, and MCC-Penn Valley:

  • Monday 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Tuesday 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Wednesday 9 A.M. – 6 P.M.
  • Thursday 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Friday 9 A.M. – 4 P.M.
  • Saturday (08/14 and 08/21) 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Bookstore hours August 3-26 for MCC-Business & Technology:

  • Monday 12 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday 12 P.M. – 7 P.M.
  • Wednesday 12 P.M. – 7 P.M.
  • Thursday 12 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
  • Friday (closed)
  • Saturday (08/21 and 08/28) 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

Summer Rental Return

Summer rental textbooks are due Monday, 8/2/21. Summer Bookstore hours (prior to the above dates) are Monday – Thursday 9 AM – 3 PM and Friday 9AM – 12PM

*All MCC bookstores are closed Friday, July 30th

**Please note the MCC Library boxes are not for textbooks rented from the bookstore.


Refund Policy

The last day to return Fall course materials for a refund is August 31, 2021. Items must remain in saleable condition (no opened shrink wrap or scratched off access codes). Returns can be dropped off in person or shipped. Online orders include a return shipping label. Materials purchased after August 31 must be returned within two days of receipt.


If you have any questions regarding MCC Bookstore services, please contact your campus' bookstore manager by email at:

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Counseling Services

To schedule a counseling appointment, call the Info Center at 816.604.1000. The Info Center team will assist you setting an appointment with an MCC counselor.

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Disability Support Services updated 06-22-2021

If you need to request Disability Support Services, please use one of the following email addresses:

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Fitness Centers updated 06-07-2021

Beginning June 7, MCC Fitness Centers will reopen on an appointment access basis for MCC students and employees. Community members choosing to resume memberships or use the Fitness Centers will be welcomed back on August 23, 2021.

Until further notice, users of the Fitness Centers will be required to wear masks at all times, wipe down equipment after use, and maintain social distancing. The Centers will not offer exercise classes through the summer.

Employees and students should schedule access appointments by calling or contacting:

June access appointments are available:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

The current appointment schedule is effective through the month of June (2021). Please check back with us for usage and access updates.

We are excited to take steps to make progress to a more "normal" fitness center operation. We hope to see many of you in person over the next several months!

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Library Services updated 06-04-2021

Metropolitan Community College Libraries: Summer 2021 Phase III Hours and Services

Libraries will be open for appointments and walk-ins from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M. Monday-Thursday.

Virtual Library Services

Physical materials and services

  • Physical books and library materials may be checked out using the book pickup service, available Monday through Thursday 8:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
  • Book return: Books may be returned at any time to the outdoor book drop box at each campus.
  • Students may request in-person research assistance Monday through Thursday, 8:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
  • Schedule a library appointment using Starfish in MyMCCKC, or by calling your campus library:
    • MCC-Blue River Library: 816.604.6642
    • MCC-Longview Library: 816.604.2080
    • MCC-Maple Woods Library: 816.604.3080
    • MCC-Penn Valley Library: 816.604.4080
  • Students needing to pick up books outside of the stated hours should contact their campus library to discuss other arrangements.

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Student Computer Labs updated 01-12-2021

  • Each campus has identified a specific computer lab for student use.
  • Students must schedule an appointment via Starfish to use the computer lab.
  • Computer labs will be open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
    • MCC-Blue River: EC 118
    • MCC-Business & Technology: CC 176D
    • MCC-Longview: BU 214
    • MCC-Maple Woods: CB 104
    • MCC-Penn Valley: Health Sciences Institute, Room 204

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Technology Support updated 08-13-2020

Having technical problems with one of our online systems? Help is available in a variety of ways from MCC Technical Support.

Answers to common questions about MCC online systems such as myMCCKC, Blackboard, and student email can be found under the Technical Support section of the website.

Visit Technical Support

If you still have questions, you may email or call us at 816.604.1000.

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Tutoring Services updated 06-15-2021

On Campus Learning Centers: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Tuesday from 8:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Virtual services (excluding MCC-Business and Technology): Available Monday through Thursday from 9 A.M. to 6 P.M. All students can directly email each campus for information on how to access their virtual services.

Other Info:

  • Tutoring continues to be available virtually on a "drop-in basis"
  • Online tutoring is available 24/7 at tutor.com
  • Face-to-face tutoring may be available by "appointment" - Contact your campus

Contact Information


Emergency Financial Aid Assistance Grants Available for Students (Updated 03-29-2021)

If you are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to emergency expenses that have arose due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) you may qualify for an emergency grant. This emergency funding was made available to MCC and other U.S. colleges through the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Emergency Grant assistance is available to assist students with any component of the cost of attendance including tuition, fees, other institutional charges, food, housing, transportation, course materials, technology, health care and child care.

Learn more about the grant and to see if you quality.


Past Messages

Chancellor's message about fall classes: July 22, 2020

Dear Current and Future MCC Students,

Due to the rising number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our region, the decision has been made to extend Phase II of MCC’s Phased Repopulation Plan until further notice. We will continue to assess the situation in the coming months.  The most significant change resulting from this decision is class delivery options offered this fall. All classes that can be taught virtually, will be delivered using that format.  Virtual learning at MCC means:

  • The course will be taught with students attending via video conferencing
  • Classes meet on the days and times listed in the course schedule.
  • Students will need reliable internet access and supporting technology. Steps will be taken to provide technology resources to those of you that need them.

Courses that cannot be taught completely in a virtual environment will meet in-person following strict safety protocols including single points of entry, social distancing, required face coverings and thorough cleaning and sanitizing of campus buildings. Additional protocols, including temperature check stations and comprehensive contact tracing will be in place prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Online courses will be taught as planned.

The course schedule has been updated to reflect these delivery options. The codes used to identify each mode are:

  • IN – Online
  • P – In-person
  • VC – Virtual  

To view your updated class schedule, follow these steps:

  • Login to myMCCKC
  • Go to your Student Center Home
  • Click on “My Class Schedule” under Academics
  • Select 2020 Fall
  • Uncheck “Show Dropped Classes” and “Show Waitlisted Classes”

Along similar lines, the National Junior College Athletic Association (our athletics governing body) voted to move most fall sports to the spring semester and limit fall practice dates. Two MCC sports that compete outdoors and where social distancing is easily managed, cross country and golf, will still move ahead this fall. A plan has been developed at MCC to protect the health of our student-athletes and coaches. If you are a student-athlete, your coaches will be contacting you with additional information.

Please know the decision to continue restricting on-campus activities was not an easy one. Like so many of you, I miss the rewards generated by positive in-person interactions and learning. I am hopeful that measures being put in place by our local elected leaders and health professionals will allow us to return to a greater sense of normalcy in the not so distant future.

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and those around you and, as always, thank you for staying Wolf Pack Strong!

Dr. Kimberly Beatty
Chancellor

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In-person student services begin June 22nd

Beginning Monday, June 22, in-person student services will be available, by appointment only, weekdays from 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., while virtual appointment options continue to be available. Student Services available in-person by appointment include:

  • Placement testing
  • Enrollment assistance
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Aid Advising

To make an appointment, call 816.604.1000. Prior to arriving on campus for an appointment, please review the MCC Phased Repopulation Plan linked on this page. MCC is currently observing all safety precautions outlined in Phase II.

The health and safety of the MCC community is our utmost concern as we plan to slowly and carefully reopen our campuses to students, faculty and staff. Prior to arriving on campus for a scheduled appointment, please review the MCC Phased Repopulation Plan paying particular attention to the sections on “Health Screens and Entering MCC Premises” and “Safety Measures.” MCC is currently observing all safety precautions outlined in Phase II, including:

  • Completion of the health screening form (please bring this with you to your appointment)
  • Requiring an appointment
  • Use of a single entry/exit door
  • Wearing a face covering

If you are a current MCC student you may make an appointment through Starfish or by calling the Info Center at 816.604.1000. If you are a new student, please call the Info Center to make an appointment.

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Dr. Beatty's Message to MCC Students: April 10, 2020

Students, In recognition that we are all having to step outside our comfort zones at this time, I tried something new for my weekly communication. Please watch this short video I recorded today, April 10.

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Remote Access to MCC Services: March 26, 2020

March 26, 2020

Dear MCC Students,

I hope this communication finds you and your loved ones healthy and safe.

As we look to the resumption of classes Monday, March 30, I want to make sure you know how to access MCC's student services. I recognize that the remote delivery of instruction and services is uncharted water for many; students, faculty and staff alike. I also recognize that some will take to a remote learning environment more easily than others. MCC faculty and staff are discovering this as well as nearly all of us are working off-campus and communicating with students and colleagues by email, conference calls and video chats.

We understand that access to technology, including laptop computers and internet service, is a concern for some of you. We are updating information on campus and community technology resources for students as it becomes available.

If you have any questions about your coursework, please contact your instructor. For any other questions, call the Information Center at 816.604.1000. Please know that we are all fully committed to your success and to ensuring that you receive the same level of education and service that you have come to expect from MCC.

See services in the above section named Remote Services

Your health and emotional well-being continue to be our top priority. My leadership team and I are in frequent contact with public health officials regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and we continue to adapt our approach as new information becomes available.

I look forward to the time when I will get to see you in-person on one of our campuses. In the meantime, best wishes for a healthy and successful conclusion to the spring semester.

Sincerely,
Dr. Kimberly Beatty
Chancellor

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Updates to Chancellor Beatty's March 18 Message: March 20, 2020

Campus Events and Activities

On March 19, 2020 Jackson County Executive Frank White Jr. issued an executive order prohibiting group events of 10 or more through May 15, 2020. In accordance with this order, all MCC events and activities of 10 people or more are canceled through May 15.

Commencement

Unfortunately, this means MCC's commencement ceremony scheduled for May 14 is postponed. Alternative plans for commencement will be announced soon.

Access to Technology

While MCC transitions to remote delivery of instruction and services, we recognize not all students have off-campus access to computers and the internet. Plans to allow students to access campus computer labs and libraries are currently being developed and will be finalized and communicated prior to the resumption of classes on March 30, 2020.

Library and Bookstore Services

Similarly, plans are being developed to allow for pick-up and drop off of materials at MCC's libraries and bookstores beginning March 30. MCC is waiving all library late fees through the remainder of the spring semester.

MCC Info Center

In the March 18 message, students were encouraged to contact the MCC Info Center with any technology issues. Due to the network outages that occurred prior to spring break, operationalization of a new MCC Info Center phone system has been delayed. The Info Center team will begin responding to issues submitted by email at infocenter@mcckc.edu on Monday, March 23 and will begin answering phone inquiries on Tuesday, March 24.

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Updates to Chancellor Beatty's Message: March 18, 2020

I hope you are having a healthy and safe spring break. This update includes important information regarding the steps Metropolitan Community College is taking to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and to protect the MCC community.

Transition to Remote Delivery of Courses and Student Support Services

We are extending spring break for one additional week for students (March 23-29). During this time the campuses will remain closed to the public with essential personnel on campus only and courses will not meet. This time will be used to provide additional support to instructors and student services personnel as they transition to delivering all instruction and support services remotely.

On March 30, MCC will begin delivering all courses and student support services remotely with the possible exception of small group lab work. Our campuses will continue to be closed to the public with personnel on campus only. The closure of campuses and delivery of courses and support services remotely will continue until at least April 10 and will be reevaluated for a possible extension at a later date.

Access to Technology, Coursework and Services

The transition to remote instruction and services at MCC follows a recent network outage of many MCC online services. Many of those services have been restored, but we encourage you to log in to your email and other student systems. If you encounter difficulties, please contact the MCC Info Center at 816.604.1000.

For those of you that do not have broadband access at home, Spectrum is offering free broadband and Wi-Fi internet access for 60 days to students impacted by the coronavirus shutdown. To enroll in the program, call 1.844.488.8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. Additionally, Comcast, AT&T and T-Mobile plan to suspend data caps for 60 days.

Students will be contacted directly by their instructor regarding completion of coursework. I know the transition to remote instruction will present challenges. Maintaining the quality of an MCC education is of the highest priority. Our instructors, staff and administrators have been busy researching and discussing remote instruction strategies and techniques.

Information on how to access student services remotely will be provided to students by email and will be posted at mcckc.edu/coronavirus when available.

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Update regarding MCC's Athletics

All on and off-campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15.

Following the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NJCAA has cancelled all upcoming spring competitions including practices, regular season, post-season, and national championship play effective immediately. No spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled at a member college in 2020 will be charged a year of participation. NJCAA is exploring the opportunity to expand allowable Letters of Intent for spring sports for both the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic year.

All on and off-campus recruiting for all sports will be halted until April 15.

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Update from Dr. Beatty regarding MCC's response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Students,

I am writing to provide you with an update on the relevant steps the College is taking regarding the coronavirus. Please review this entire communication. The Office of Risk Management has revised the College’s Pandemic Annex to our Business Continuity Plan.

Prior to the World Health Organization (WHO) designating the coronavirus a pandemic, we were moving our operations into Level 2 status. Level 2 status is defined by the WHO as “sustained human-to-human transmission in North America.” The following information provides students with guidance regarding our operations as it relates you.

Travel

All MCC-sponsored domestic travel to a state that has declared a state of emergency is suspended through the end of the semester. If you have MCC-sponsored or personal travel plans, please review the Emergency Protocol for Travel below for in-depth information.

Instruction

There may require the need to move all instruction off campus to limit the spread of the virus and protect our college community. Faculty, Staff, and Administration will work closely with students to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible.

Campuses/District-wide Activities

For now, we are allowing on-campus activities to continue. We are also conducting an audit of activities in the event we need to respond quickly to changing conditions.

Common Sense and Sensitivity

Please be sure that you use some common sense and exhibit sensitivity in your interactions with students and all other members of the MCC community.  For example,

Do Don’t
Wash your hands for the recommended amount of time (20 seconds) Ask someone if they have the coronavirus
Stay home if you are sick Make jokes about having the coronavirus
Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough Assume someone has the coronavirus based upon appearance

MCC is taking all steps to ensure classes continue in the event of college closure. Our protocols will be reviewed every two weeks or as the situation requires. MCC will continue to rely on communication from local, state, and federal agencies.  It is very important that you continue to monitor your e-mail and the MCC website regularly even during the spring break in the event there are level status changes implemented. Stay informed and protect yourself.

Please know that the safety of our students and employees is our number one priority.

Dr. Kimberly Beatty
Chancellor

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Emergency Protocol: Student Travel

In the interest of the safety of the MCC community we are implementing an emergency protocol for travel.

  1. All MCC sponsored international travel is canceled through the end of the semester. This decision will be reviewed periodically. The ban on all international travel may be extended during any of those review periods.
  2. All MCC sponsored domestic travel is canceled to states that have declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus.
  3. MCC will follow guidelines and travelers, employees and students, returning from a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice shall stay home for a period of 14 calendar days and monitor their health. This applies to travelers who left to a country that was not a Level 3 Travel Health Notice, but during their travels the CDC issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice to that country
  4. Employees and students that have reason to believe they have been exposed to the coronavirus (close contact with an individual or individuals that have tested positive or have been asked to self-quarantine) shall stay home for a period of 14 calendar days and monitor their health.
  5. Students that have MCC sponsored travel planned that is neither international nor to a state that has declared a state of emergency may cancel their travel plans if they are concerned for their health or safety. They must communicate with their Dean of Student Services prior to canceling any trips.
  6. Students that have traveled to a country with a Level 3 Travel Health Notice or that believe they have been exposed to the coronavirus (close contact with an individual or individuals that have tested positive or have been asked to self-quarantine) will communicate with the Dean of Student Services throughout the 14 calendar day at home health monitoring period.

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