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For Employees: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires the Federal government to provide all of its employees with paid sick leave and, for employees who are covered under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. Please refer to the Federal Employee Rights Sheet for additional information. You may also contact the Human Resources Department at humanresources [at] qcc.mass.edu if you have further questions.

Last year, to ensure the safety of our community, we made the difficult decision to significantly limit in-person services and, with the exception of clinical courses and a few labs, pivoted to remote learning. Given current progress in the fight against the pandemic, we are planning to resume in-person services for the Fall 2021 semester to the extent that it is safe and permissible. As we have discussed in recent Town Hall and College Forum meetings, the College is exploring logistics and will continue to make decisions to help ensure the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. Many of our offices that provide direct support to students are currently working on plans to deliver a limited number of in-person services on campus this summer.

At QCC, we are committed to student success. We know that many of our students benefit from in-person classes and services, while others take advantage of the flexibility of online courses. Prior to the pandemic, approximately 20% of our courses were already held online. The pandemic allowed us to increase our capacity to serve students through online and remote services; we hope to build on our experience in these areas to provide more services and flexibility for our students. Additionally, the College has significantly increased financial support to its students through $2.4 million in federal emergency funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and an additional $1 million in institutional funds. The College’s Student Emergency Fund is also available for students in significant hardship due to the pandemic, who are exempt from receiving certain federal aid due to citizenship, residency or enrollment status.

While we believe that we will have a robust in-person presence this fall, we are constantly monitoring the situation, and will continue to follow the best advice available and adapt accordingly. Information on additional services, such as the Children’s School, Student Life, Athletics and auxiliary services, will be forthcoming as we continue to evaluate safety protocols and logistics.

We will continue to work with all of you in determining the best course of action in the coming months and, as we have done throughout this year, we will continue to keep you informed of every decision made.

QCC has been notified of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus within the last week (February 22 - February 26). To view updated information on the number of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus, visit the College’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The College is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) in our response to the exposure. Due to federal laws regarding private health information, we will not identify the individuals or their contacts with the broader community. All contact tracing is being conducted and close contacts (those who have been within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) are being notified. If you are not contacted, you are not considered to be at risk from this incident.

The College continues to take scientifically informed steps to ensure the cleanliness of our facilities. It is extremely important to adhere to state guidelines and remain vigilant by wearing a face covering at all times when on campus or any QCC location, maintain social distance, and practice good hygiene, including frequent hand washing. These are our best defenses to limit the risk of community spread.

Please be reminded of the following:

  • Continue to work remotely as much as possible.
  • Wear a face covering at all times when around others in common spaces. It is recommended to double-mask.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if you live with, or have been around anyone who is.
  • Before visiting campus, visit the COVID-19 self-checker if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have been tested and confirmed positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus or a QCC location within the last 14 days, please complete the COVID-19 Exposure Health and Safety Intake Form. This form is strictly confidential. A confidential contact tracer will provide you with further information and guidance.

All employees, students, and visitors to campus are required to wear a face covering that meets State guidelines while at any QCC location. Please bring and wear an appropriate face covering as needed. If you are unable to bring your own, please contact Campus Police dispatch at 508.854.4221 for assistance, and they will provide one to you. Face Coverings are available between 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Please note that the face coverings provided from Public Safety are in limited supply so please only request one if you have no other means in which to secure your own.)

The College wishes to advise all members of the community of surveillance testing plans for January and February 2021. This plan is in compliance with and exceeds the directives of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Higher Education COVID-19 Working Group and the local Department of Health. There will be an announcement on the status of any changes to the surveillance testing protocol by February 15.

QCC has established a partnership with The Broad Institute for COVID-19 surveillance testing and has hired additional employees to facilitate this process. The College is strongly recommending that all employees who are regularly scheduled to work on campus take advantage of this surveillance testing program. The College is mandating that all students who are on campus for in-person labs or other learning experiences take part in the surveillance testing protocol.

“Regularly scheduled” employees are those individuals who are scheduled to work on campus more than one day per week and regularly interact with others. Data collected through contact tracing will help the College to inform those who may have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual. COVID-19 testing and surveillance will be administered by the COVID-19 Health Team. It is recommended that regularly scheduled employees be tested, preferably 48-72 hours prior to working a normally scheduled shift on campus.  

Specific information regarding the location and availability of testing will be provided to those regularly scheduled employees and students as applicable.

Completing a scheduled testing regimen along with contact tracing assists in keeping everyone in our College Community as safe as possible.  If you meet the criteria for testing, are scheduled to be on campus, and are interested in participating in the surveillance testing, please send an email to covid19 [at] qcc.mass.edu. Thank you!

Wishing you continued good health,

The COVID-19 Health Team

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QCC has been notified of 3 individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus within the last week (November 22-November 30). The College is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) in our response to the exposure. Due to federal laws regarding private health information, we will not identify the individuals or their contacts with the broader community. All contact tracing is complete and close contacts (those who have been within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) were notified. If you were not contacted, you are not considered to be at risk from this incident.

The College continues to take scientifically informed steps to ensure the cleanliness of our facilities. With cases of COVID-19 surging, we want to stress that it is important to adhere to state guidelines and remain vigilant by wearing a face covering at all times when on campus or any QCC location, maintain social distance, and practice good hygiene. These are our best defenses to limit the risk of community spread.

COVID-19 cases in the state and country are rising. It is important to follow safety guidelines.

Please be reminded of the following:

  • Continue to work remotely as much as possible.
  • Wear a face covering at all times when around others in common spaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if you live with, or have been around anyone who is.
  • Before visiting campus, visit the COVID-19 self-checker if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you are staying home due to symptoms, concerns, or diagnoses of Coronavirus/COVID-19 and have been on campus or a QCC location within the last 14 days, please complete the COVID-19 Exposure Health and Safety Intake Form. This form is strictly confidential. A confidential contact tracer will provide you with further information and guidance.

All employees and visitors to campus are required to wear a face covering that meets State guidelines while at any QCC location. Please bring and wear an appropriate face covering as needed. If you are unable to bring your own, or have misplaced your face covering, please contact Campus Police dispatch at 508-854-4221 for assistance, and they will provide one to you. Face Coverings are available between 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Please note that the face coverings provided from Public Safety are in limited supply so please only request one if you have no other means in which to secure your own.)

Earlier this week, the College learned of two positive COVID-19 cases on campus. The College is following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA DPH) in our response to the exposure. Due to federal laws regarding private health information, we will not identify the individuals or their contacts with the broader community. All contact tracing is complete and close contacts (those who have been within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) were notified. If you were not contacted, you are not considered to be at risk from this incident.

The College continues to take scientifically informed steps to ensure the cleanliness of our facilities. With cases of COVID-19 surging, we want to stress that it is important to adhere to State guidelines and remain vigilant by wearing a face covering at all times when on campus or any QCC location, maintain social distance, and practice good hygiene. These are our best defenses to limit the risk of community spread.

COVID-19 cases in MA and the country are rising. It is important to follow safety guidelines.

Please be reminded of the following:

  • Continue to work remotely as much as possible.
  • Wear a face covering at all times when around others in common spaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick or if you live with, or have been around anyone who is.
  • Before visiting campus, visit the COVID-19 self-checker if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you are staying home due to symptoms, concerns, or diagnoses of Coronavirus/COVID-19 and have been on campus or a QCC location within the last 14 days, please complete the COVID-19 Exposure Health and Safety Intake Form. This form is strictly confidential. A confidential contact tracer will provide you with further information and guidance.

All employees and visitors to campus are required to wear a face covering that meets State guidelines while at any QCC location. Please bring and wear an appropriate face covering as needed. If you are unable to bring your own, or have misplaced your face covering, please contact Campus Police dispatch at 508.854.4221 for assistance, and they will provide one to you. Face Coverings are available between 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. (Please note that the face coverings provided from Public Safety are in limited supply so please only request one if you have no other means in which to secure your own.)

The following template is a guide for developing a protocol that is specific for your department. This is designed to inform your department’s response when/if notification is received about a COVID-19 exposure or positive COVID-19 test event that occurs in an off-campus practicum location.

Protocol Statement

This protocol has been developed in compliance with Governor Baker’s Executive Order No. 55 effective November 6, 2020, requiring face coverings in public spaces and with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH, The Joint Commission, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the COVID-19 World Health Organization (WHO) for the management of COVID-19, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). This document will be continually updated as guidelines change.

Statement of Purpose

This protocol is designed to support the safety and well being of all members of the QCC community and the community at large. While each of us work to protect our own health and safety, it is our responsibility to do what we can to protect the public, students, fellow employees, faculty and staff in our community by following the protocols set forth according to the American College Health Association’s COVID-19 Task Force (2020):

 “The risk of subsequent waves of infection remains until we achieve sufficient herd immunity through vaccination or actual infection and recovery: Minimizing personal contact, maintaining a distance of 6 feet from other people, performing hand hygiene frequently, and staying home if not feeling well are our only tools are prevention through non-pharmacologic interventions, When personal contact is necessary, but keeping social distance is impossible, face coverings are an effective method of reducing viral spread.

Face Covering Requirement

Any individual who enters the QCC campus must wear a face covering in order to protect all members of the QCC community and to mitigate the spread and/or reemergence of COVID-19, and help prevent inadvertent asymptomatic spread, any individual who enters the QCC campus must wear a face covering over their mouth and nose at all times, both indoors and outdoors.

All students and employees are required to wear a face covering in all facilities and shared spaces, including outdoor spaces and while traveling across campus. This includes offices, classrooms, common areas, dining areas, and any other facility where physical distancing is difficult to maintain.

College hosts of approved visitors and vendors are responsible for compliance with the requirement and must bring their own face coverings.

Prohibited Face Coverings

Based on the CDC’s most recent guidance, the following face coverings do not effectively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and are not allowed to be used as protective face coverings on the QCC campus.

  1. Face shields, without an accompanying face covering
  2. Face masks with vents
  3. Neck gaiters

Exceptions to the Face Covering Requirement

Individuals do not need to wear face coverings in the following situations:

  1. When an individual is working alone in their own office with the door closed.
  2. Faculty members who are recording a class or laboratory session alone in a designated space with the door closed.
  3. When an individual is eating or drinking with adequate physical distancing, i.e. in a space that allows the person to remain 6 feet away from others.
  4. When an individual is alone in his or her own personal vehicle. However, before exiting a personal vehicle on campus the individual must put on a face covering.
  5. When a Facilities employee has been assigned a specific vehicle that only they use, a face covering is not required while the employee is in the vehicle. However, before exiting the vehicle on campus the employee must put on a face covering.
  6. Additional exceptions apply for certain circumstances per Executive Order No. 55.

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

If you feel that you cannot wear a cloth face covering due to a medical condition or disability, and you are a faculty or staff member, please contact Human Resources. Student seeking an accommodation may contact Student Accessibility Services

People whose health precludes them from wearing a face covering should not be on campus because:

  1. They will place staff and others at risk of infection
  2. Their own health makes them more vulnerable to infection
  3. Educational accommodations for remote learning can be sought

Sources Retrieved from: American College Health Association Considerations for Reopening Institutions of Higher Education in the COVID-19 era.

Mass DPH Commonwealth of Massachusetts, CDC, WHO, Joint Commission, ADA           

In order to protect all members of the QCC community and to help prevent inadvertent asymptomatic spread of coronavirus and mitigate the spread and/or reemergence of COVID-19, this protocol should be followed if a student or employee discloses that they have had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test or have had a recent known positive exposure and has been on campus within the past 14 days.

Action Plan

  1. Instruct the student or employee not to come to campus until a contact tracer has followed up with them.
  2. Instruct the student or employee to immediately complete and submit the COVID-19 Exposure Health and Safety Intake Form
  3. Faculty or Supervisor must send an email to covid19 [at] qcc.mass.edu as soon as they were made aware of a disclosure and include the following:
    1.  Student or Employee name and student ID#
    2. Student or Employee QCC email
    3. Student or Employee phone number
    4. Date of disclosure

Coming to Campus: Remember that the physical college remains closed to the public for walk in services.  All services for our students are remote, through phone, email or other electronic means. Faculty/staff /admin should continue to work remotely. However, if you need to visit your office or lab:  

  • You must complete COVID 19 Mandatory Safety Training before coming to campus for the first time.   
  • Each time you come to campus you must do the following:
    • Do a daily status check with the self-checker
    • Notify campus police at campuspolice [at] qcc.mass.edu or call 508.854.4221 prior to arriving on campus. They will provide direction of how you should proceed.    
    • Please be sure to also notify facilities (facilities [at] qcc.mass.edu) and your supervisor the day, time, and room number(s) of your campus visit.  
  • If at any time you test positive for COVID-19, please fill out the COVID-19 Exposure Intake Form.

NOTE: All student meetings should be held in a remote format such as phone or Zoom/Collaborate.  For information for coming to campus for employees visit the COVID-19 page.    

As you now know from the Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, June 2, we will be continuing remote instruction for the Fall semester with limited on-campus offerings for those classes such as labs or clinicals that cannot be delivered remotely. The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff are of the utmost importance. With so much still unknown, it is not prudent to come back fully to face-to-face engagement on campus at this time.

We will be mirroring our “return to campus” strategies after the Massachusetts Plan. We are following a similar Four Phase approach for returning to campus and direct service to the community.  The ultimate goal is to reach Phase Four, our “New Normal,” which will safely bring the return of full on-campus operations with vigilance, when a vaccine is widely available.

  • Today we are in Phase One, the “Start” phase. Currently we are developing safety protocols, requirements and expectations in order to prepare for limited face-to face engagement on campus for certain labs and clinicals during Summer I and II, as well as the completion of spring courses that were unable to be safely completed. Plans and protocols will also be completed for the Fall semester. There will continue to be a minimum campus footprint. This phase will continue until such time as we reach Phase II, the “Cautious” phase, anticipated to begin for Summer II.
  • We have developed seven Work Groups that will advise and oversee our four-phased return to campus. These groups will help guide us as we navigate the coming weeks and months. Please reach out to the group chairs with any questions, or innovative suggestions you might have.

Work Group leads include the following:

  1. Student On-Boarding - Ken Dwyer, ddwyer [at] qcc.mass.edu
  2. On Campus Services –  Cary Morse, cmorse [at] qcc.mass.edu
  3. Offsite and Downtown Center –  Kathie Manning, kmanning [at] qcc.mass.edu
  4. Re-engaging Labs, Clinicals and Practicums on Campus – Betty Lauer, blauer [at] qcc.mass.edu
  5. Infrastructure Work Group – Jim Racki and Patrick Printz , jracki [at] qcc.mass.edu; pprintz [at] qcc.mass.edu
  6. Polices/HR Group - Elizabeth Austin and Sara Simms, eaustin [at] qcc.mass.edu; ssimms [at] qcc.mass.edu
  7. Enrollment/Student Affairs Groups – Michelle Tufau Afriyie,  mtufau [at] qcc.mass.edu
  • We will be continue to update you and keep you informed and engaged. We will communicate via email; on QCC.edu and shared through social media. Please make sure to take a moment and read the updates. We will also continue to hold Town Hall meetings as we move through this four-phase process.

Thank you for your continued commitment and support of our students. It is only through your unwavering determination and fortitude that we will realize our goal of 100 percent student success. The days ahead may be filled with some uncertainty, but there is nothing more certain than the strength of our QCC community. I see a promising future ahead, and together we will do great things.

I thank each of you for being a part of our QCC family.

As Governor Baker has issued is executive order regarding state mandatory safety standards for workplaces, we have updated our Coronavirus/COVID-19 Information Center. Please review the site and view the videos before visiting campus or any other QCC location.

For Employees: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires the Federal government to provide all of its employees with paid sick leave and, for employees who are covered under Title I of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.  Please refer to the Federal Employee Rights Sheet for additional information. You may also contact the Human Resources Department at humanresources @qcc.mass.edu if you have further questions.


Due to the health risks associated with the coronavirus, the College is establishing a voluntary reporting system for students, faculty and staff that have recently been on campus that have been potentially exposed or are traveling internationally. Please fill out the Health and Safety Intake Form if you have been tested or who have been in physical contact with a person being tested for COVID-19. If you will be traveling out of the country please complete the​ Travel Form.

Please visit the MA department of Health and Coronaviris (COVID-19) for the most up-to-date information. ​​

Travelers arriving in the state are urged to self-quarantine for 14 days to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Please DO NOT go directly to the emergency room or doctor's office but call first to report your symptoms and any recent travel. 

Coronavirus has now been declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide information as it becomes available. 

For confirmed 2019-nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms. The three main symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

CDC states at this time, symptoms of 2019-nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact (within about 6 feet) for a prolonged period.

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is critical! Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home as much as possible! 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Practice “social distancing”
  • The CDC recommends the public wear cloth masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus:
    Make your own masks | Cloth masks

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For the most update information:

As we all adjust to our new mode of remote instruction, we want to remind you of a few important dates.

  • All current online classes resumed their normal schedule this week. This includes seven-week courses (Spring II) that are 100% online. 
  • All in- person classes will transition to remote instruction on Monday, March 30. This also includes all new, in-person seven-week courses.
  • Your professors have been working hard to convert their curriculum to remote instruction. They will be in touch with you soon via Qmail (if you haven't already heard from her/him) with more details regarding how they plan on teaching your courses. You can view your course schedule on The Q. Once there, log in by entering your user name and password. When you are logged in, you will see your Course Schedule. Click on View Details. This is where you will find all your current courses listed. Your professor's name is listed, and if you need to contact them you can simply click on the envelope next to your professor’s name to send her or him an email if you have questions or concerns.
  • VIP registration begins on Monday, March 30 for all current students. Due to remote service delivery all students are cleared to self-register. Academic Advising created a list of Frequently Asked Questions with more information.
  • Additional strategies such as facilitating access to internet and online services, Food Pantry, and other student support services will be adopted shortly. These services will be shared with you as they become available.

Please do not come to campus or any QCC location. While the College is providing remote services for the foreseeable future, assistance is available online and via phone and email.

Thank you for your patience, and for being a part of QCC.

Dear QCC Family,

We are all very aware of the public health challenge posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its effects on the lives of everyone. We are in a rapidly changing environment, with new developments emerging constantly. At this difficult time, I want to reach out personally to let you all know that we are in this together. Personally, I have chosen to be on campus to guide our decisions, keep up on the ever-evolving situation at hand, and to offer moral support to the few who are working onsite.

I served for many years as a volunteer in disaster services, both as the head of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team in Dallas and as a volunteer officer for Memphis/Shelby County Emergency Management. During those years, leading disaster team operations I responded to many disasters, including gas explosions, massive fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods. Each disaster presented unique challenges, most were manageable and none were like the COVID-19 epidemic that we are facing now, with its global scale and with so many unknowns. One thing I learned from those experiences is how remarkable the human spirit is – our resiliency, compassion, and ability to adapt is our greatest strength.

I also learned that during a disaster people go through different stages, similar to those of grief. It is normal to be exhausted, anxious and disoriented when facing a crisis. Anxieties are high and fear of the unknown is real and can be overwhelming. I ask you to take care of yourselves and others. Use patience when dealing with everyone because you do not know how they are handling this crisis. Be kind to those around you. Give someone a call who might be alone for a long period.

Moving to remote operations is challenging intellectually and technically and you are already completing the task. Your willingness to step up and do what needs to be done to support our students is remarkable. Thank you!

Our top priority is the health and safety of our faculty, staff and students as well as our community. At this time we are transitioning instruction to remote modalities. Currently we are not providing in-person services to the public or to our current students. On March 30, all instruction and services such as Financial Aid, Admissions, Advising, etc. will be delivered remotely until the end of the semester. We are looking for alternatives for those aspects of instruction which are not easily moved to remote modalities such as extension of the semester or other accommodations for after the crisis passes. College leadership will continue to evaluate and finalize these decisions in April. With this in mind, most people will be working remotely. A few will continue to work in the office for the time being, some on a rotating basis, unless circumstances dictate otherwise. The one-person rule is now in place – 1 person in an office at a time. All meetings shall be held via conference call or the web.

We are a strong QCC Family and can weather this storm. Rest assured that we are working on strategies to equitably address the needs of all of our students, faculty, and staff to the best of our ability. Leadership of the College will be assessing options for moving forward, including adjusting rotating schedules, reallocating critical resources, and maximizing remote work. Individual departments will follow up with specific information as it pertains to each department.

Lastly, I ask that you be careful about what news you take in during this unprecedented public health issue. Please obtain facts from the QCC Coronavirus/COVID-19 or the CDC website to be sure that you are obtaining facts from reputable sources. There are plenty of resources there about social-distancing and how to keep yourself and loved ones healthy. Since this is a fluid and rapidly changing situation, we find ourselves needing to make frequent adjustments to our plans. We are taking this one step at a time and will keep you informed as things evolve and we finalize specific courses of action.

Focus on what you can do, how you can help, and together we will overcome. Remember, this too will pass.  Again, be well, stay strong and be kind.

As information and guidance on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, I’m pleased to share that the cleaning and sanitization of all of QCC’s locations has been progressing smoothly and is on schedule. The Crisis Management Team and Academic Affairs Leadership Team have developed an actionable plan for the coming weeks, which we will begin adopting.

Massachusetts Community Colleges are fully committed to maximizing remote work, teaching, and learning opportunities for the foreseeable future as we work to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and communities.

At this time, QCC’s plan is as follows: 

  • From March 18-27, the College will not be providing in-person services to the public. During this time, we will have minimal on-campus staffing levels. Do not return to campus until you are contacted by your supervisor tomorrow, Tuesday March 17, with direction as to how this will impact your schedule.
  • During this time period, your supervisor will work with you to implement remote work opportunities, and/or other ways to serve the public.
  • On March 22, regularly scheduled online classes will resume as normal.
  • Current in-person courses, labs, and clinicals (including the in-person meetings of blended/hybrid courses) are being delayed until Monday, March 30 as we transition to remote instruction.
  •  Seven-week courses that begin on March 23 and are 100% online will begin as scheduled.
  • New, in-person 7-week courses that are scheduled to begin on March 23 will be delayed until Monday, March 30, as they are being migrated to remote instruction.
  • During the week of March 23, at the guidance of your supervisor, training and/or other resources for remote teaching and working will take place. Work schedules will be developed and other plans will be implemented.
  • Additional strategies such as modifying some areas to adhere to social distancing, facilitating access to internet and online services, Food Pantry and other support services will be adopted.

Thank you once again for your continued patience, understanding and flexibility as we work together to keep all of us safe during this difficult time. The Crisis Management Team will continue to assess the situation and update the campus community regarding modality of instruction.

This has been a challenging week for all of us as we try to navigate the rapidly changing landscape of this unprecedented crisis. I realize that many of us are anxious and concerned about the impact on our community of the growing number of Coronavirus cases in the nation. As of this time, we have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus/COVID19 at QCC.

At this time, we have decided to take the following actions:

  • In an abundance of caution, close QCC’s Main Campus and all satellite locations to all non-essential employees on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 so that Facilities can provide a thorough cleaning of every building and location. Please be sure that all desktops and surfaces that need to be cleaned are cleared of paperwork or personal belongings so that these surfaces can be efficiently sanitized. Please note that maintainers will not move any paperwork or personal belongings as they perform their duties.
  • In-person courses, labs and clinicals (including the in-person meetings of blended courses) will be suspended during the week of March 23-27 (the week after spring break). We will use this time to offer workshops and hold Dean meetings for faculty in preparation of implementing our continuity of instruction plan as necessary.
  • Online courses (and the online portions of blended courses) will continue after spring break as scheduled, without interruption. Please resume participation in your online courses when you return from Spring Break as planned.
  • Seven-week courses that begin on March 23 and are 100% online will begin as expected on March 23. In-person courses that are scheduled to begin on March 23 will be delayed until at least Monday, March 30.

Let me assure you that we are taking this crisis seriously, closely monitoring the situation, and taking all necessary precautions. Last month we developed plans to ensure continuity of instruction and began taking steps to mitigate the potential effect of the virus on our campus, including increased cleaning and other precautionary measures. The safety and well-being of all who come to campus to work and learn has been on the forefront of my mind as we try to develop contingency plans that not only address the health concerns posed by the virus, but that also ensure that equitable decisions are made that allow ALL of our students to access the high-quality, affordable education that they deserve.

Early this week, as the situation continued to evolve, I called together a crisis management team and we have been holding multiple meetings daily to coordinate our response and take action as demanded as things rapidly change hour to hour. I have been in daily contact with the Massachusetts Association of Community Colleges, and have regular conversations with the Department of Higher Ed, and other State officials to understand how the Virus has effected the Commonwealth, as well as its effects on operations of our sister institutions of higher education. As we shared earlier, we implemented travel restrictions, cancelled meetings and events from outside groups, and limited non-essential campus related activities. However, the governor wanted state agencies to continue serving their community during this crisis.

As open access institutions, community colleges have a commitment to mitigate any potential disruption to our students. While many of our four-year partners have closed or moved online, we are not a residential college and do not have students living in close quarters and dorms. Our goal to mitigate the effects of the outbreak is to limit the population on campus, without cutting-off our students’ access to technology, food pantry, counseling and other resources if they need them. My colleague, Lane Glenn, President of Northern Essex Community College, has written a thoughtful blog post on the subject.

You will receive more specific information this afternoon via your college email. We will continue to assess the situation and will communicate to you next week any additional information needed regarding the continuity of instruction, including the resumption of face-to-face classes. Please be sure to read all of your College email or Qmail messages for updates and to see how your classes may change. 

The College will continue to monitor and track this evolving situation and follow the guidance of local, state, national and international health agencies as with other infectious diseases and public health concerns.

For additional health information, please visit our QCC Health and Wellness Web site.

Thank you for your hard work and patience during this trying time. We are a strong and resilient community. Working together, we will get through this, and come out stronger at the end.

At this time, all classes at QCC are running normally and as scheduled. That said, given the evolving nature of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, QCC is following advice shared in a memo to all Executive Branch Employees, adopting some precautionary measures for the foreseeable future, effective March 11, 2020:

  • All work-related travel, both foreign and domestic, is to be discontinued until further notice. Staff with outstanding travel commitments or concerns about cancelling scheduled travel should bring such concerns to the attention of their supervisor. We also strongly encourage that you avoid any personal international travel. As previously stated, please review the revised CDC traveler guidance for travelers returning from Level 2 and Level 3 countries. These travelers are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days; self-quarantine guidance is available at the aforementioned link. Additionally, as a reminder, QCC has prepared a voluntary Travel Reporting Form to report all applicable travel information. The reporting form can be completed and submitted electronically. A hard copy of the form is also available.
  • Conferences, seminars and other events, scheduled and hosted by the College involving external parties, are to be held virtually or cancelled.  Regular internal business, including departmental meetings and committees, shall continue. Meeting organizers are encouraged to utilize alternatives like conference calls, WebEx and other group communication tools.
  • College-sponsored student travel has been suspended until further notice. Trips should be cancelled and/or meetings held remotely if possible.
  • Additionally, employees should not attend external work-related conferences, seminars or events. Alternatively, employees are encouraged to participate remotely.
  • As previously communicated, employees feeling sick with fever or flu symptoms should not come into work. Information available to date regarding COVID-19 indicates that the highest risk population includes older adults and individuals with serious chronic medical conditions. Employees in this risk group are encouraged to talk with their supervisors to review possible alternative work assignments. If you are concerned about the availability of sick time, please discuss with your supervisor.
  • Each of the above measures will be revisited in 30 days or sooner as circumstances dictate.

We are also asking that faculty, staff, or students who are staying home due to symptoms, concerns, or diagnoses of Coronavirus/COVID-19 complete the Health and Safety Reporting Form. This form will be kept strictly confidential, but you will be contacted by a representative from the College’s Emergency Management Team. 

Everyone has a role to play in staying healthy. Please follow these every day preventative practices that we are all familiar with:

  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing (reminder posters have been placed around campus).
  • Maintain good personal hygiene, and avoid touching your face.
  • Frequently wash your hands – for at least 20 seconds – with soap and water (reminders have been put in all bathrooms on campus).
  • Though less effective, use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • QCC’s Facilities Department has increased the frequency in which they are cleaning campus classrooms, bathrooms and public spaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, or if you feel sick.
  • Stay home when sick! QCC Faculty/Staff:  If you have concerns about the amount of sick time you have available or of your ability to work from home, please contact your supervisor. Students, if you have concerns about missing class, please contact your professor.

The College will continue to monitor and track this evolving situation and follow the guidance of local, state, national and international health agencies as with other infectious diseases and public health concerns.

As new information emerges daily, please keep yourself informed of the latest developments. Visit the CDC’s Web site for the most updated information.