Fall 2021 Reopening

Updated August 30, 2021

Name of Institution: Manchester Community College
COVID-19 Coordinator: Regina Ferrante, Director of Finance
Email address: rferrante@manchestercc.edu

Fall start date for classes starting on campus: August 26, 2021
Expected number of students on campus: 1,900 students on busiest day
Expected number of faculty/staff on campus: 250 staff on average during a day

Note: Office and classroom spaces should be planned with three feet of social distancing (or less when/if public health guidance allows) and mask-wearing in all public spaces.  The plan includes 100 percent occupancy for offices.   

PART 1 – Teaching Plans

Classrooms

  • Total number of classes offered: 729
  • Class modality: on-ground, 18 percent; hyflex,  N/A; hybrid, 15 percent; online, 62 percent
  • Number of faculty teaching on campus: full-time, 42; part-time, 79 (36 percent of faculty workforce)

PART 2 – Student Services Plans  

Student Services Offices

Student services will be 100 percent fully operational on campus.

  • Number of student services staff working on campus: full-time, 27; part-time, 14  

PART 3 – Campus Services Plans

 Orientation/Arrival

 All students, faculty and staff will enter the campus at two central points of entry:

Arts, Sciences and Technology Center (AST)
First Floor Tower Entrance
(near bus drop off point)

Student Services Center (SSC)
First Floor Main Entrance
(near Bookstore, MCC Police and Financial Aid office)

Learning Resource Center (LRC)
First Floor Side Entrance
(located under the bridge)

Upon arrival and exit, all students, faculty and staff will be required to scan in/scan out with their college-issued ID card.  MCC Police staff and contracted security will be available at the 3 points of entry to coordinate the process and assist students and college staff with any questions.  The entries into the campus buildings are at the AST Tower entrance, the SSC entrance located near the bookstore, and the entrance into the LRC located under the bridge.   All students and staff shall wear college issued IDs while on campus.

Great Path Academy

Great Path Academy (GPA) is a middle college high school serving students in grades nine through twelve, with a maximum student population of approximately 375.  GPA is located on the campus of Manchester Community College.  The Hartford Board of Education (HBOE) is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the GPA academic program.  MCC is responsible for the operation of the physical GPA facility, including safety and security, custodial services, and facility maintenance and repair.  MCC will continue to provide these services during the fall reopening as required under the agreement between MCC and BBOE.

Students using the GPA Café dining area for lunch will be required to maintain a three-foot distance from each other while in this space.

The Hartford Board of Education is solely responsible for the reopening of GPA in accordance with State of Connecticut requirements.

Hartford Board of Education
960 Main Street, 8th Floor
Hartford, CT 06103
Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent 

Food Services

The college’s food services provider, BESB, will be providing on-campus “cafeteria” services in the fall, which will include a deli and grill station.  The cafeteria will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm and will be closed on Fridays.  Atrium seating outside of the Cafeteria will be arranged to maintain a 3 ft distance between seats.

  • Number of  staff working on campus: full-time, 3; part-time, N/A

Library

The Library will be open 50 hours per week and select Saturdays.  All common areas in the Library will be open for use, as well as 4 of the 6 group study rooms.

  • Number of staff working on campus: full-time, 7; part-time, 4

Childcare Center

The Child Development Center will be fully open for the fall semester.

  • Number of staff working on campus: full-time, 2; part-time 2
  • Number of children served: 18 (maximum)

Food Pantry

There are currently no plans to open the food pantry in the fall.

Veterans OASIS

The Veterans OASIS will be open from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will accommodate up to four students at a time.

  • Number of staff working on campus: full-time, 1

Welcome Center/Information Desk

The welcome center/information desk assists students and visitors with directions within the campus and general information.  The information desk is responsible for making identification badges for students, faculty and staff.  The hours of operation are Tuesday, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. The welcome center/information desk is primarily staffed with student workers.

  • Number of staff working on campus: part-time, 1

Other Congregate Spaces

Student Lounge/Game Rooms/ SGA/PTK Office etc. – Availability based on student need and staff resources.  Students are required to maintain social distancing of three feet and encouraged to distance six feet apart.

Furniture in Hallways/Study Pods – Placement of furniture in hallways based on safety protocols.

Rental Spaces – Rental of college space will resume on a limited basis.  Requests from outside organizations to use college space will be coordinated by the Associate Dean of Campus Operations’ office.  Academic classes, meeting spaces and academic-sponsored events will be managed by the Associate Dean of Faculty.

PART 4 – Technology/Facilities Planning

Plans to re-establish technology resources on campus for faculty, staff and students which may have been redeployed for remote work (if not complete in summer plan)

Information technology staff will be 100 percent on-campus in the fall.

New Technology Resources That Will Be Used/Needed to Support Innovations in Teaching and Student Services

IT priorities requested from HEERF funding include:

  • Replace desktops in classrooms and upgrade AV systems designed to support new teaching modalities, such as HyFlex.
  • Provide additional laptops to faculty and staff in support of changing flexible work environments.

Plans to Re-establish Fully-operational Offices and Classrooms (if not complete in summer plan)

The college will modify the current 6-feet configuration of offices and classrooms to 3 ft physical distancing for classrooms and a minimum of 3 ft for offices for fall occupancy based upon CDC guidelines.  Students, faculty, and staff are still required to wear facemasks in accordance with the CSCU Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines.

Campus Transportation

The CT Department of Transportation will continue to provide bus transportation to the college community during normal business hours. 

PART 5 – Virus Mitigation Strategies/Rules to Contain Exposure

Plans to address PPE and social distance requirements (when social distance cannot be maintained at all times such as in labs or hands on training, use of face shields is recommended as additional layer of protection):

  • Students, faculty and staff are required to wear facemasks in accordance with the CSCU Mask and Social Distancing Guidelines. All occupants are invited to bring their own masks and, if needed, the college will provide masks at the point of entry.
  • Specific programs, such as health careers programs, may require the use of face shields by faculty and students in addition to face masks. When required, the college will provide one face shield to each faculty member and student.  Face shields must be worn with masks unless an accommodation was approved by Disability Services.  The sharing of face shields is strictly prohibited.
  • Students who do not comply with masking requirements will be referred to the Interim Dean of Student Affairs to determine further action.
  • Culinary program students working in labs will follow the State’s guidelines for opening restaurants and will wear mask and gloves as required.
  • Health Careers students will follow the requirements set forth by their clinical sites, including wearing KN95 or other approved masks, gloves and gowns as appropriate. Prior to and after each session, each lab area, including medical equipment, will be cleaned. All surfaces and shared equipment will be disinfected with disinfectant wipes or an EPA-approved solution and paper towels.
  • Visual Fine Arts students will wear masks and gloves as appropriate

Schedule for Disinfection of Bathrooms, Classrooms, etc.

  • Facilities staff are following CDC guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizers will be available at all entrances, offices and classrooms.
  • Disposable wipes or spray disinfectant and paper towels will be available in all bathrooms, offices, classrooms and other shared facilities for wiping down surfaces.
  • Signage has been installed to remind the college community to wash their hands frequently.
  • All public spaces, corridors, office spaces and bathrooms will be cleaned daily in accordance with the State’s general guidelines for businesses.
  • Custodial staff follow cleaning protocols in conformance with CDC guidelines using products that meet EPA’s criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2 and that are appropriate for the surface.
  • Custodial staff will wipe down high touch areas throughout the day.
  • In places such as the library and open computer labs, where surfaces including computers and printers are handled by multiple users, it will be the responsibility of each user to clean keyboards, mice, work surfaces and any other equipment (printers, copiers) before and after each use. Disinfectant wipes will be available for students, faculty, and staff to wipe down shared surfaces. 

Visitor Access to Campus (Library, special events, etc.)

Visitor access to available college services such as the library and special events will be by appointment only.  All reopening plan safety protocols must be followed.

Travel Restrictions for Professional Development, Student Trips, etc. 

All students, faculty, and staff must comply with State of Connecticut travel regulations and CSCU professional development guidelines, policies, and procedures.

Physical Distancing / Masking

  • Physical distancing and masks will not be required outside of buildings, with the exception of large events. In those instances, physical distancing and masks will be required.
  • Physical distancing of three feet and masks are required inside of buildings, including classrooms. Offices will be arranged with three to six feet of distancing, whenever possible. Outside of the classroom, six feet of physical distancing is encouraged, particularly in areas where both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are congregating.
  • Individuals working alone in an office, in a cubicle with walls that extend at least 30 inches above the desktop, or in an area with a door, do not need to wear a mask while in that space.

Vaccination Policy

All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Students are required to report vaccination compliance by completing an online self-attestation form.  Students may request a medical or non-medical exemption from this policy.  Students requesting a non-medical exemption must complete a non-medical exemption form, which will be reviewed by the Interim Dean of Student Affairs.  Medical exemption requests for the COVID-19 vaccine are handled the same way as other medical exemption requests from students.

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Employees are required to report vaccination compliance by completing an online survey.  Employees requesting a medical or non-medical exemption from this policy will be contacted by Human Resources.

Weekly testing will take place on campus for students and employees who are unvaccinated or do not provide proof of their vaccine status.  A testing vendor will provide COVID testing on Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., in the Village 3 building.

PART 6 – Communications

Outline Communications Strategies for Students, Employees and the General Public About Reopening Plans

An all-points notice to students, faculty and staff will be sent as soon as the final plan is posted.  College-wide communication via email will be used to provide timely updates as needed.  The CEO and COVID Coordinator will work closely with the CSCU to coordinate the communications process and provide timely information to the college community.