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COVID-19 Update | March 12, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We all face the challenge of coronavirus in our community, our nation, and the world. Thank you in advance for all you have done and will do, to support one another with care and kindness in the coming days and weeks. We recognize you may feel anxious or uncertain. Please know we take this seriously. And know too, we are fully committed to the CityHawk mission of providing quality higher education for your personal and professional success in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Today, I write to tell you the proactive steps CCD has already taken to help limit the risk of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our community. Our primary concern is the health and safety of our campus community. Experts tell us social distancing reduces risk, which guides our plan.

Remote Teaching and Learning

Faculty are actively working with the students in each of their classes to determine what technology solution works best for each specific situation. Often faculty and students think of teaching remotely simply as “teaching online.” Some faculty and student groups may use tools such as D2L and WebEx to provide remote instruction “live” at its regularly scheduled time. Other faculty and students may choose to record lectures for later access along with remote D2L discussion boards. Still other faculty and students may feel that email communication of assignments and individual evaluation of what works best. A minority of courses such as welding, dental hygiene, clinical training, or some labs may continue to meet in-person, with Provost and President pre-approval, to ensure students can best master the required skills. These practices will continue for the remainder of the spring semester.

Campus Operations, Access to Computers, and the Internet

Community College of Denver campuses remain open. While primary learning may be remote, designated computer labs remain open to ensure students can timely complete assignments if they don’t have Internet or home computer access.

Student services operations continue and students may access tutoring support, advising, financial aid, and all the important supports students need. The college will also provide services remotely, wherever possible, and will provide directions at a later date.

Remote Work

Employees, including students and hourly employees, should report to work unless they are ill. Employees and supervisors should discuss available options for remote work if they haven’t already done so. If you have concerns or are ill, please notify Shana Stovall, Human Resources at Shana.Stovall@ccd.edu.

Travel

All college-associated travel, including college-sponsored student travel, is suspended for the foreseeable future.

Events

College staff will evaluate events using a standard matrix to ensure consistency. Many events may be canceled, especially large gatherings. Check CCD.edu or with your supervisor for more information about individual activities. Some events, such as Conversation Day, will move to an online format.

Supportive Services

At CCD, we are privileged to be part of the CityHawk community. We will continue to provide counseling services, food bank services, and other human service supports. A list of links to resources can be found at the end of this message.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

More than a month ago, CCD began extensive disinfection and cleaning of high-touch surfaces daily and computer keyboards and mice weekly to mitigate risk from cold, flu, or viruses such as coronavirus. We bought extra disinfecting products to help ensure our supply. If staff or faculty need disinfecting wipes for on-campus use, contact Debra Steinbach in Facilities at 303.352.6248.

Health Center Services

The Health Center at Auraria remains open to assist faculty, staff, and students. If you are experiencing symptoms of coronavirus and need to visit a doctor, please call ahead at 303.615.9999.

Remember: Prepare, Don’t Panic

Stay informed. To assist you, the college established a coronavirus web page. Check it often for updated information and links to important sites such as the CDC.CCD.edu/Coronavirus

Comcast provides Internet Essentials, basic internet service, for $9.95/month plus tax https://www.internetessentials.com/. Know you can also access the internet from designated computer labs on campus during regular business hours.

Ensure you have at least a 14-day supply of food and necessary medications available at home.

The coming days will bring changes, but our commitment to our mission will not waiver. Student success matters. Your safety matters. Together, we will meet this challenge.

Sincerely,

Everette J. Freeman, EdD
President, Community College of Denver

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