Details about the local COVID-19 response at each of Maine’s community colleges can be found at:
Information for MCCS employees
As we navigate the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Maine’s community colleges are focused on the health and safety of our students, employees, and communities and the teaching and learning underway.
Since the pandemic began, our colleges moved in-person coursees to online/distance education; closed campus student housing and held virtual graduations in the spring. Additional actions are detailed in the FAQs.
The colleges are offering several summer sessions and early summer programs will be delivered online. The colleges hope and will be prepared to offer some in-person instruction beginning with sessions that start in July. As with all planning, we will be guided by government and public health officials, and will announce the format for late summer programming in the coming weeks.
That is our goal, but we are preparing for three possibilities:
We will be ready for each of these possibilities.
We hope so and that is what we are planning for, but do not know yet. Decisions about how and when to welcome students back to the residence halls will be made in consultation with state officials and public health experts.
Yes, cloth face coverings are required inside buildings owned or controlled by MCCS other than private employee residences. There are very limited exceptions, such as children under two years old and in private offices. Under the most recent state order, cloth face coverings are required in any public setting – including outdoor spaces – where you cannot consistently maintain a six-foot distance from others.
In some situations, yes. You must wear a cloth face covering if 1.) you cannot consistently maintain a six-foot distance from others, or 2.) if you are part of a “large gathering,” defined by campus officials as any group of more than 10 people.
Your college may be able to help. Contact your instructor or advisor to learn who at your college can discuss your needs and what options exist.
Yes. Tutoring and disability services continue to be available to students. Please contact the disabilities coordinator at your college or your instructor or advisor if you need help in accessing these services.
Contact your instructor. They will work with you to extend deadlines and modify assignments if necessary to address your specific needs. You can also discuss with them the option of taking an incomplete and developing a plan for finishing the course at a later date.
If you have questions about the status of a specific course, please contact your instructor for the most up-to-date information.
MCCS encourages you to stay-up-to-date on developments by seeking information through credible sources, such as the Maine Center for Disease Control and U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has also issued specific guidance regarding higher education institutions.
If you have a question that is not answered here, visit the Maine CDC’s Frequently Asked Questions.
In addition, 211 Maine is a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about COVID-19 at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing email@example.com.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. People should avoid travel to affected areas, practice social distancing, and follow general respiratory prevention measures:
The Centers for Disease Control provides the following advice. More detailed information about each of these recommendations is included in the CDC’s information sheet: What to Do if You are Sick:
If someone in your home has been diagnosed with COVID-19, immediately check with a medical professional for guidance. Contact your instructor or supervisor if the medical advice you receive will require you to miss class or work.
If someone in your home has been asked by the Maine CDC or a health care provider to self-monitor for symptoms, you should also self-monitor.
Self-monitoring means people should monitor themselves for fever by taking their temperatures twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If they feel feverish or develop measured fever, cough, or difficulty breathing during the self-monitoring period, they should self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.
If the person in your home becomes symptomatic, please check with a medical professional for guidance. Contact your supervisor if medical direction will require you to be out.