Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
This information will be regularly updated when changes occur. In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, and recommendations from health authorities, adjustments may be made before they can be accurately reflected below.
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 exeption 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 presumtive 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 authoritatize 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 hygeine 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 presumtively 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.