For the latest information regarding Mid Michigan College's current COVID-19 guidelines, visit our Study Safe, Stay Healthy page.
COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS & REPSONSE PLAN (updated June 14, 2021)
FOR THE LATEST GUIDELINES
Updates will no longer be posted to this web page. For the latest information regarding Mid Michigan College's current COVID-19 guidelines, visit our Study Safe, Stay Healthy page.
Recent updates from Mid's COVID-19 Taskforce were announced and effective immediately. The graphic below highlights the updated COVID-19 protocols for those who are fully vaccinated and those who are not, which should be followed prior to and while on campus. For additional details, visit our Study Safe, Stay Healthy page.
Anyone who wishes to continue wearing face covering, regardless of vaccination status, will be respected and have the option to do so. Like nearly all other Michigan community colleges, we will be following the CDC guidelines regarding face coverings. Also like most peer institutions, we will respect the honor system and not require proof of vaccination. Non-vaccinated employees, students, and visitors are still required to wear masks and continue submitting a daily report via the Campus Clear app.
We will continue to regularly monitor the entirety of the COVID-19 situation, and make any needed adjustments to such decisions as we have done in the past.
These are general guidelines in working through possible COVID-19 situations. However, if you have questions that fall outside these parameters or are unusual in nature, contact Tricia Farrell, Director of College Compliance & Ethics, at (989) 386-6622 x394 or firstname.lastname@example.org to work through your situation. By following these guidelines, our hope is to control the impact of COVID-19 on our campuses and maintain safe conditions for those on campus.
Isolation vs Quarantine
- People who have been exposed to the virus and are exhibiting symptoms should ISOLATE (remain apart from others).
- People who have been exposed (close contact*) to the virus, but are not exhibiting symptoms should QUARANTINE (limit contact from others, stay away from others outside of household).
If you are feeling ill
If you are feeling ill and COVID-19 symptoms** exist, do not come to campus. Quarantine and consider getting tested. Remain off campus while awaiting test results.
If you have been in close contact* to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
Submit a COVID-19 Self Report Form, quarantine, and monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the day after exposure. If you show symptoms of the virus** you should immediately isolate and get tested.
Testing after possible exposure
If you are quarantining because you have been exposed (close contact*) to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, but you do not have symptoms**, it is recommended you wait at least 5 days from the beginning of quarantine before getting tested. If you have a negative test result, Health Department guidelines still recommend quarantining for the entire time period.
If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results
Complete the COVID Self Report Form and quarantine until you receive results. Exceptions apply in cases of people getting regularly tested for employment reasons: ie. Long-Term Care Facilities' employees who are being tested weekly per the Governor’s Executive Order.
If you test positive for COVID-19
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, submit a COVID-19 Self Report Form, stay home, and Isolate from everyone in your household for 10 days. The 10 day isolation is generally 10 days from when symptoms** first appeared and/or from your positive test result. Individuals within your household or those whom you have been in close contact* will be required to quarantine. If you do not isolate from members of your household, their quarantine period will be extended.
If you have received the COVID-19 vaccination and have been in close contact* with someone who has tested positive for the virus
Fully vaccinated persons who meet the criteria below are no longer required to quarantine following an exposure to COVID-19. Individuals should keep their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card accessible to confirm their exemption from quarantine.
The immune period begins two weeks after vaccination.
- If given a two-dose vaccination series, immunity builds two weeks after the second dose.
- If given a one-dose vaccine, immunity builds two weeks after that dose
Based on the above, you may be exempt from quarantine, provided you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms**.
*Close Contact Definition
Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 compromised individual for 15 minutes, including brief encounters in a 24-hour period totaling 15 minutes or more even with a face covering; OR having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g. being coughed on).
Examples of close contact
- Caring for, living with, or visiting someone who has COVID-19
- Being near someone who has COVID-19 in a confined space without wearing a face covering
**COVID -19 Symptoms
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Common symptoms are
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
As part of our comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 on campus, we are deploying #CampusClear, a daily self-screening app and campus "Fast Pass." Everyone in our learning community is required to use #CampusClear prior to coming to campus.
To get started, download the app from the app stores.
We encourage you to enable notifications from the app. There will only be 1 notification each day to prompt you to take the self-screening survey.
Once you've downloaded #CampusClear, log in by entering your Mid email address. You'll receive an email confirmation, and after clicking the confirmation link in the email, you will have access to the app.
If you do not have a smartphone, you may log onto the #CampusClear website to complete your screening using this link.
There will be signs at all entry doors with QR codes so visitors can download the app. Visitors will be able to use a phone number when signing in to receive the confirmation link.
It only takes a few seconds to self-screen, and your participation helps to keep our campus safe for everyone. Likewise, please be sure to self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to ensure Mid's campuses are safe, healthy spaces.
Registration for winter semester courses at Mid Michigan College is going on now and courses start January 11. Beginning in early January, student services will be available until 6pm on most days to help students get registered and apply for financial aid.
The newest statewide restrictions from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services allow for in-person classes on college campuses. Mid’s courses are scheduled to take place on-campus and remotely through a variety of delivery methods utilizing the latest technologies.
The College has also extended its deadline to drop courses with a full refund so students can try out courses without any risk. Once courses start on January 11, students have two weeks to make sure that their courses work for them, and students can drop their courses at any point during that time for a full refund.
On Monday afternoon, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced an extension to the Emergency Order that went into effect a few weeks ago.
The new order is similar to the one it replaced so the College, and your courses, will largely be operating as they have been for the last few weeks. Please contact your instructor if you have any questions about your courses. The extended Emergency Order runs through the end of the current semester. We recognize that this is a trying and complicated time. There are a number of supports available to you and faculty are eager to help.
- The Testing Center and the Campus Stores are open. You simply need to schedule an appointment to take a test. We will also keep each campus open so you can use computers and Wi-Fi in the hallways if needed. However, most offices on campus will continue to operate remotely.
- The Campus Cupboard, Mid’s food pantry, will remain open. Students can submit requests online. Additional student wellness and support services are available remotely.
- Enrollment for the Winter 2021 semester is ongoing and courses begin January 11. You can register for courses and access all enrollment services online. Mid Mentors are available online by appointment or by visiting their Virtual "Walk-in" Office - No Appointment Needed!
Conversations about the Winter 2021 semester are ongoing. At this time, we are planning to have a mix of face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses available to students. Please check your MidMich email over the holiday break and visit www.midmich.edu/covid for updates. You may also contact your Winter 2021 instructors for information about specific courses.
As we look forward to 2021, we are confident that brighter times are ahead . . . and we’ll get there together. Be well, stay safe, and enjoy this holiday season!
Mid's COVID Taskforce met Monday, November 16 to discuss the implications of the new Emergency Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The safety of our students and employees is our primary concern and we are working hard to serve students, and our communities, while also prioritizing health and wellness.
Our plans to comply with the most recent emergency order, which takes effect Wednesday, November 18 are detailed below, on our Study Safe, Stay Healthy page, and on our various FAQ pages.
- Instruction will move fully online for all courses, with the exception of labs in medical-related programs, including Anatomy & Physiology courses. Clinical instruction will also continue in person. You will be receiving additional information from your instructor. Please feel free to reach out to them with questions.
- The Testing Center and the Campus Stores will remain open. Students will need to make an appointment to take a test in the center. We will also keep each campus open so students can use computers and Wi-Fi in the hallways if needed. However, most offices on campus will be operating remotely for the next three weeks.
- The Campus Cupboard, Mid’s food pantry, will remain open. Students can submit requests online. Additional student wellness and support services will be available remotely.
- Enrollment for the Winter 2021 semester is ongoing and courses begin January 11. Students can access all enrollment services online. Mid Mentors are available online by appointment or by visiting their Zoom room.
- The early registration and payment deadline for the Winter 2021 semester is this Friday, November 20. Students can pay online via Self Service. Contact the Cashier at email@example.com with questions or to discuss other payment options. Late Registration continues through January 15.
- Visit the College’s COVID Preparedness page for up-to-date information on Mid’s response to the pandemic.
At this time we are planning to return to normal operations on Wednesday, December 9. Contact your supervisor for details specific to your department. We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding as we navigate this complex situation. Be well and stay safe.
The welfare and safety of our community is Mid Michigan College’s primary concern. We are writing to inform you of a recent development relating to COVID-19. As has been our practice, we will continue to provide any relevant updates or changes to our this page.
We recently learned that one of the College's employees has tested positive for COVID-19. Public healthcare officials and Mid Michigan College employees acted quickly, and we understand appropriate protocols are being followed.
Since the employee was last in Mid’s facilities, all potentially affected areas and any related equipment have been thoroughly sanitized.
The health department is following its practice for notifications related to contact tracing. As part of the College's own contact tracing and notification plan, we have specifically communicated to members of our campus community at heightened risk of exposure. Those who did not receive such a notice have a low-risk of having been in contact with the individual who tested positive while at the College.
Student and Employee Screening Protocols
The College is closely following the local health department recommendations, which include requiring self-screenings. Before entering campus locations, every student and employee must self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms and any risk factors. Every day, before reporting to campus, all students and employees must conduct a self-screening evaluation for COVID-19 symptoms. If you have any of the following symptoms, do not come to campus.
- Shortness of Breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated Shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Recent loss of the sense of taste or smell
Again, if you have any of these indicators, do not come to campus. Please inform your instructor(s) or supervisor of your absence. Thank you for doing your part in making Mid a safe and healthy environment for everyone!
In order to provide a safe environment on campus and to protect the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, the College has made the follow statement in regards to face coverings.
Face coverings are required to be worn by all students at all times. Students who cannot wear a mask for a documented reason must contact Amy Dykhouse (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Accommodations Office. Violations of this policy are considered a breach of the Student Code of Conduct and will be referred to Security and the Director of Student Conduct as appropriate.
The College’s leadership team actively engaged in considerations about Summer and Fall 2020 semesters, and questions and concerns received from students and employees played critical roles in decision-making. We want to ensure that we are respectful and responsive to those who matter most!
We are focused on decision-making that honors and respects our College communities' needs for safety, wellness, clarity, and consistency. We don’t have all of the answers, and those we have today may change in light of new situations and guidance from health experts.
Still, Mid has announcing its current plans for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters [link opens in new tab]. We are in the process of updating FAQ pages for each of these semesters. As more information is known, we will continue posting responses.
Contrary to our best hopes, the College has determined that it will not return to in-person exam or course meetings for the remainder of the Winter semester. Academic leaders and faculty members are working to move final exams to a distance-learning format whenever possible. Faculty in the skilled trades and health professions will determine the best way to end the semester, holding open the possibility for Incompletes and make-up sessions for students in these courses.
Michigan is bracing for the peak of the virus within the next few weeks, and concerns remain that there could be a relapse if the end to physical distancing is premature. For those reasons, Summer 2020 sessions will all use remote learning, online delivery, and real-time virtual strategies. Lab-based courses may begin with the start of the summer semester on May 18, but no face-to-face labs will be available prior to June 22.
In light of the State mandate for all Michigan residents to Stay at Home and Stay Safe, the College is no longer allowing any building access to students. There will be no entry to any of the College's buildings, and correspondingly, there will be no access to the College's on-campus computer labs, beginning at 11:59PM on March 23 and continuing for three weeks in accordance with the State mandate.
Mid Michigan College continually monitors the Covid-19 situation and official guidance from local, State, and National health officials. We will take all measures to maintain the safety of our students, communities, and employees.
Updated 3/17/2020 6:00PM
Mid Michigan College announced restricted building access from March 19 through May 1. Only students and employees will have restricted access. These precautions are intended to support students in need of technology access and employees who are essential to on-campus operations, while minimizing risk of viral exposure. Details can be found in today's Covid-19 Response Announcement.
Updated 3/16/2020 12:30PM
Students will not attend courses or labs on-campus through this time. Students should plan to continue coursework through whatever remote methods each course is using.
Detailed information about how lab content will be handled will be forthcoming. Students should check their midmich emails for College communications, and most importantly, rely on communications specific to each course from the appropriate instructor.
The College is also investigating test proctoring alternatives to eliminate, when possible, in-person testing requirements. Changes in testing processes will be communicated from instructors.
Updated 3/16/2020 10:00AM
Based on new recommendations from the CDC, despite the exception for schools and colleges, Mid is suspending all gathering of 50+ people for 8 weeks. This will affect upcoming events, and the College will share updates as they are known.
Today and tomorrow, March 16 and 17, faculty, instructors, and academic deans will determine how coursework will be delivered on a course-by-course basis. In all cases possible, course content will transition to remote delivery (online strategies). Students will receive communication from each of their instructors about how their courses will convert to distance-learning.
Faculty and instructors are encouraged to attend trainings and discovery sessions on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17 to move all possible course content to distance-delivery formats.
Lecture-based courses previously scheduled as on-campus will resume in online formats on Wednesday, March 18*.
Students will receive direct communication from instructors with specific plans for how their courses will be delivered (ie Moodle, Zoom, etc).
*Online courses and courses in welding, HRA, CADD, Automotive, and AIM will take place at their regularly scheduled times and locations beginning on Monday, March 16, unless instructors determine otherwise. Plans for lab-based course delivery will be communicated by instructors to their classes.
Updated 3/13/20 8:00AM
With Michigan announcing new presumptive positive cases of Covid-19 and the closure of K-12 schools across the State, we recognize the rapid development and response to this pandemic. Please continue to consult the authoritative sources of information about safety and wellbeing below (WHO, CDC, Michigan Dept. of Health). The College is responding with focus and urgency.
Mid Michigan College announced on 3/12 that it would take steps to move most classes to online formats. To accomplish this work, on-campus courses will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 and 17 so that faculty can work on transitioning to distance delivery. Students should continue monitoring email and other communications from the College, anticipating that communications from faculty in relation to each of their courses is forthcoming.
Please practice the hygiene and distancing measures outlined by the CDC and stay home if sick.
The College will continue updating this page as developments occur.
Updated 3/12/2020 5:00PM
Updated 3/11/20 8:00AM
Mid Michigan College's top priority is the safety and wellbeing of the Laker community. We understand that you may be worried about the Coronavirus. To that end, the College has assembled information from local, State, and National sources about how to stay healthy, travel safely, and minimize the risks of contracting or spreading the virus.
This page will be updated with the most current information.
At this point, there are a few individuals in Michigan who have tested presumptively positive for Coronavirus. Governor Whitmer has declared a state of emergency to maximize efforts to slow the spread.
- During the week of March 2, the College will deliver disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer to all classrooms and office suites. We recommend frequently cleaning surfaces and disinfecting hands to limit the spread of infectious diseases. If you are a College employee in need of more supplies, please put in a HelpDesk ticket.
- International Students are working with Jillian Moomaw, International Program Coordinator, on travel-related planning and questions.
- A College team is addressing questions of course delivery in the event that College campuses should close for a period of time. Please plan to check College communications in your midmich emails for updates. If you haven't, please sign up for MidAlerts so that you can receive texts about campus closures or other emergency notifications.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Shortness of breath
Recommendations to Limit Spread
As a way of limiting the spread of infectious diseases, public health professionals recommend:
- Washing hands often with soap and water
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
- Covering your mouth and nose with a sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze or cough
- Avoiding close contact (touching or shaking hands) with people who are sick
- Avoiding touching your mouth, nose, and eyes
- Staying home when sick
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces frequently
Stay up to date!
There are a number of resources that provide regularly-updated information about the virus.
Travel Notices and Information
Check Travel Advisories for your intended destination before you leave.