Dear MCAD Students,
I hope the first half of the Spring 2020 Semester has been a good one for you. I wanted to give you an update on our preparations for dealing with COVID-19 if it should impact our community.
We have established a group of MCAD leaders whose sole purpose is to respond to any health or safety risks on campus related to COVID-19. This group includes members of academic affairs, facilities, finance, student affairs, public safety, and communications. The team meets multiple times a week to develop contingency plans and review guidance from outside experts.
Even though currently there are no changes in MCAD’s operational or academic status other than following the CDC’s travel advisories and health notices (CDC Guidance), crisis plans are in development. We are preparing for everything from postponement of certain events to closing school and moving as many of our classes as possible online. In a nutshell we are hoping for the best but preparing for all possible situations.
We have made temporary changes to MCAD’s Attendance Policy that have gone into effect immediately. If you are absent from class due to COVID-19, you need to contact your faculty and inform Student Affairs. Absences due to COVID-19 are excused and will not affect grades. You are expected to determine how to make up class time and assignments with your faculty. Faculty will make every attempt possible to accommodate students with the resources needed to succeed academically.
What You Can Do:
- Check out the MCAD COVID19 website for regular updates.
- Subscribe to the free text messaging service at MCAD Alerts.
- Take time to take care of yourself. With our school and social demands, we oftentimes overlook ourselves.
- Check in with those around you. We need to come together as a community and support each other.
- Continue to urge those around you to use preventative health measures especially thorough hand washing.
- Help curb the stigmatizing of others because of lack of knowledge or misguided fear. We are seeing a disturbing national trend of virus shaming and xenophobia associated with COVID-19 which is completely antithetical to our community values.
If You Are Unwell:
- Make sure that you have all your insurance information on hand.
- If you have any health concerns, reach out to Student Affairs.
- Stay in your residence and minimize social contact if you have flu-like symptoms, had known potential exposure to someone with COVID-19, or traveled in a country during the time which the CDC has placed it on an alert level 3 designation. Please do not return to MCAD until a medical professional has told you that it is acceptable to do so.
- If you will be away for longer than two weeks, get documentation from a medical professional and inform Student Affairs. Contact faculty to determine how best to make up class time and assignments. Faculty will make every attempt to accommodate students who miss class with the resources needed to succeed academically. Absences due to COVID-19 are excused and will not affect grades.
I will continue to let you know of any major changes in the weeks ahead. Please take care and enjoy spring break!
All my best,