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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Please refer back to this page, as MDCC will keep this page updated with information for students and employees.

INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
RESIDENCE HALL PICK-UP FORM
MDCC CALL CENTER
INTERNET ACCESS
OVERVIEW & RESOURCES

 

Updated March 27, 2020 

Mississippi Delta Community College’s Crisis Response Team has been monitoring the current situation related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). College administration continues to monitor the coronavirus and is following the recommendations of local, state, and federal healthcare organizations. Please review the following information updated as of March 27, 2020.


 

INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES

PREVENTION & PREPAREDNESS
Individuals, communities and organizations are essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Mississippi. Precautions and guidance can keep you and others safer and healthier. Three quick tips to remember: 1) Wash your hands often; 2) Practice social distancing; and 3) Stay home if you are sick. Visit cdc.gov for detailed steps you can take to stay healthy.

ONLINE CLASSES
In order to best protect everyone and yet serve our students, MDCC will continue online classes for the remainder of the semester. You should continue communicating with your students via your Canvas Inbox and any other method of communication you have chosen.

REMOTE PRIORITY REGISTRATION
We will be conducting Priority Registration remotely April 6-16 and beyond as students contact you for a schedule. Complete information will be coming out next week with the next steps. We realize that this is not the ideal situation, but we are living in unsettling times and want our returning students to receive the schedule they want and deserve.

GRADUATION
Our expectation is that potential graduates will complete their courses on time as scheduled to meet graduation requirements. However, the graduation ceremony will be postponed until a later date as MDCC seeks to protect the students, their loved ones, and our faculty and staff members. More information will be forthcoming when a date is determined. We do understand that life goes on. For this reason, MDCC will be mailing all diplomas to those meeting the requirements. If a student signed up to walk in graduation and paid a $20 cap and gown fee and does NOT wish to participate in the future ceremony, they may contact studentaccounts@msdelta.edu for a refund. We are strongly encouraging everyone to walk in the graduation ceremony to have his/her degree properly conferred by the President.

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!
Ways to Cope During the Coronavirus Crisis – Provided by the MDCC Office of Counseling

  • Limit your time watching the news and social media, especially if you find that information from these sources increases your stress, worry or anxiety.
  • Challenge negative thoughts.
  • Do something fun and relaxing to redirect your thoughts.  Enjoy nature; listen to music, exercise, dance, etc.
  • Use positive affirmations and breathing exercises each day to calm down and embed positive thoughts in your mind.
  • Think about the things you can control and focus on them.  Recognize the things you cannot control and let go of these things.
  • Connect with friends through video calling during social distancing.
  • Journal your thoughts and feelings and start a gratitude journal.
  • Reach out to your campus counselor and refer to the campus website for resources if you find that you cannot gain control of your thoughts. 

 

INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS

PREVENTION & PREPAREDNESS
Individuals, communities and organizations are essential to controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Mississippi. Precautions and guidance can keep you and others safer and healthier. Three quick tips to remember: 1) Wash your hands often; 2) Practice social distancing; and 3) Stay home if you are sick. Visit cdc.gov for detailed steps you can take to stay healthy.

ONLINE CLASSES
In order to best protect and yet serve your educational needs, MDCC will continue online classes for the remainder of the semester. You should continue communicating with your instructors via your Canvas Inbox and any other method of communication your instructor has chosen.

RESIDENCE HALLS
To keep our students safe and help prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 Virus, MDCC will be closing our residence halls for the remainder of the Spring 2020 school year.  Please complete the online form below to sign up for a time to retrieve all of your belongings.  Residents will only be allowed to access their rooms during their scheduled time. For your safety, only 10 students are allowed to sign up for each available time slot per date. Please email housing@msdelta.edu with any questions. 
RESIDENCE HALL PICK-UP FORM

REMOTE PRIORITY REGISTRATION
To those students who will be returning in the Summer or Fall of 2020, you will soon be contacted by your assigned advisor to begin the advising process culminating in the completion of a class schedule. If you have any advising concerns during this time, please email advising@msdelta.edu. We realize that this is not the ideal situation, but we are living in unsettling times and want you to be sure and get the schedule you want and deserve as a returning student.

GRADUATION
To the Graduates of the Class of 2020, we know that graduation is an exciting time for you. We share in your excitement and are so very proud of you! Our expectation is that you will complete the courses on time as scheduled to meet graduation requirements. However, the graduation ceremony will be postponed until a later date as MDCC seeks to protect you and your loved ones. More information will be forthcoming.

We understand that life goes on, and many of you will be spreading your wings and taking jobs elsewhere upon completing your degree. For this reason, MDCC will be mailing all diplomas to those meeting the requirements. If you signed up to walk in graduation and paid a $20 cap and gown fee and do NOT wish to participate in the future ceremony, please contact studentaccounts@msdelta.edu for a refund. It is our strong desire that everyone will walk in the graduation ceremony to have his/her degree properly conferred by the President.

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS!
Ways to Cope During the Coronavirus Crisis – Provided by the MDCC Office of Counseling

  • Limit your time watching the news and social media, especially if you find that information from these sources increases your stress, worry or anxiety.
  • Challenge negative thoughts.
  • Do something fun and relaxing to redirect your thoughts.  Enjoy nature; listen to music, exercise, dance, etc.
  • Use positive affirmations and breathing exercises each day to calm down and embed positive thoughts in your mind.
  • Think about the things you can control and focus on them.  Recognize the things you cannot control and let go of these things.
  • Connect with friends through video calling during social distancing.
  • Journal your thoughts and feelings and start a gratitude journal.
  • Reach out to your campus counselor and refer to the campus website for resources if you find that you cannot gain control of your thoughts. 

 

MDCC CALL CENTER

Mississippi Delta Community College has opened a call center to answer questions about current campus operations related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Individuals can reach the call center by dialing (662) 246-6322 from 8 a.m. until 5 p. m. Monday – Thursday. Staff members are available to answer questions related to every area of the college, including Admissions, Adult Basic Education (GED), Business Office/Student Accounts, Canvas, Online Classes, and Financial Aid. 


 

INTERNET ACCESS

MDCC Drive-up WiFi Service (Moorhead campus)
Students without internet access can drive to the Vandiver Student Union’s north parking lot. It’s located between the Union and the Library on the main campus in Moorhead.

To obtain the best signal strength, park as close to the Union building as possible. To access it, students should connect to the Wi-Fi network named “Guest.” There is no password. This service is available every day between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Public WiFi Access Points
The librarians of the Mississippi Library Association have created a map of public WiFi access points across the state.  Click here to view this map.

The following resources are potential solutions for students needing internet access at home. MDCC does not endorse and cannot verify terms and pricing of third-party providers; however, the college is providing this information to assist students searching for possible solutions. Students unable to obtain internet access are encouraged to call the college's call center for additional assistance at (662) 246-6322.

Xfinity
Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.

Charter/Spectrum
Starting on March 16, Charter began offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. Installation fees will also be waived. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. (Note: Spectrum is only available in specific Mississippi cities: Carriere, Holly Springs, Picayune, Poplarville, and Southaven.)

Comcast
Low-income families who are new customers and live in a Comcast service area may sign up for 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials service, which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. 

AT&T 
All AT&T consumer home internet wireline and fixed wireless internet customers can use unlimited data. AT&T also offers Internet service to qualifying low-income households for $10.00/month through Access from AT&T. 

Unlimited Data Offers
Comcast and AT&T both announced they would waive data caps and keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open for all. To locate the nearest Xfinitiy Wi-Fi hotspots, enter an address on the Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot map. For AT&T, use the AT&T Smart Wi-Fi app to find and save hotspots. 

T-Mobile also stated it will upgrade all current customers to "unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming)." This applies to any T-Mobile plan or Metro by T-Mobile prepaid plan that has a monthly data cap. Additionally, T-Mobile said it is giving all customers "an additional 20 GB of mobile hotspot/tethering service for the next 60 days." 

Sprint, which is being acquired by T-Mobile, is taking identical steps. 


 

ATHLETICS

Due to the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has announced the cancellation of all spring competition for the remainder of the season, effective immediately. Spring competition includes all practices, regular season, postseason and national championship play.


 

STAY INFORMED

This is a fluid situation and our primary goal is to keep our students and employees safe and healthy.  Stay informed by frequently visiting this dedicated page where OFFICIAL college updates regarding COVID-19 and campus operations will be posted. Text messaging alerts and college email will also contain updates. 


OVERVIEW

Mississippi Delta Community College cares about the public’s well-being and is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, staff and community members. We ask that everyone be cautious and aware when encountering anyone who is sick or has the symptoms listed below.

Coronavirus Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feeling unwell

Additional Information & Resources

Human coronaviruses can cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. In rare instances, these can lead to death. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, weakened immune systems, infants and older adults. 

Coronaviruses can be spread from person to person and are contracted through the air by coughing, sneezing and close personal contact (e.g., touching, shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, etc.).

CDC Website
CDC Website: FAQs about COVID-19
CDC Flyer: Stop the Spread of Germs
CDC Flyer: What the Public Should Do


Recommended Precautions
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you're sick.
  • If you’re sick, avoid contact with pets and other animals.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue. Then, immediately throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

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