Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

This webpage is used to provide the McHenry County College (MCC) community with current information and resources regarding the College’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please continue to check back for updates.

MCC Update

  • The College continues to provide all student instruction and support services.
  • All buildings remain closed, per governor’s shelter-in-place/stay-at-home order.
  • All credit classes will be conducted online through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Resources for Current MCC Students - Student FAQs and Student Services Schedule by Department

Login to Canvas and check out tutorials on joining a conference, using discussion forums, submitting assignments, and taking quizzes to prepare for online learning.

Bring important MCC paperwork to the new outdoor dropbox, located on the Crystal Lake campus outside of the Building A, Atrium Entrance. Stop by any time, use one of the envelopes at the dropbox station, and insert your document(s).


Frequently Asked Questions

For Students

  • 3/20/2020 6:20 p.m. Email to MCC Students

    Dear MCC Students:

    Today, Governor Pritzker initiated a new “shelter-in-place” order for the state of Illinois. This stay-at-home order will be effective tomorrow, Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. and run through April 7, in order to slow the pace of the spread of COVID-19.

    What does that mean for all of us at MCC? We are fully prepared to begin classes in an online format on Monday, March 30. You will be receiving information from your instructors, and we look forward to providing you with excellent instruction and support services in a variety of ways. We hope that the online learning process will proceed as planned. We know that this may be a bit frightening, but we are going to be here for you and will help you figure everything out.

    We will provide you with additional, timely updates and resource information as it becomes available. As always, please reference MCC’s COVID-19 webpage at www.mchenry.edu/coronavirus for updates.

    Please continue to take care of yourself and your families during this unprecedented time. Thank you for being an important part of our MCC community.

  • 3/12/2020 6:11 p.m. Text message to MCC Students

    Info regarding MCC and Coronavirus has been updated on our website. We will post new information as available. https://www.mchenry.edu/coronavirus

  • 3/12/2020 6 p.m. Email to MCC Students and Employees: COVID-19 Update - Changes to MCC Spring Break and Semester Schedule

    Dear MCC Students, Faculty, and Staff:

    In the interest of the ongoing health and safety of our college community, McHenry County College (MCC) is taking additional proactive steps to administer social distancing practices, as encouraged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to limit the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

    MCC will continue to work with public health officials and follow recommendations provided by the McHenry County Department of Health, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the CDC. This continues to be an evolving situation, and while there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MCC, we must do our part to limit the spread and minimize our risk. The following measures will be effective immediately and will impact students, faculty, staff, and community visitors:

    Class Cancellations for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17

    All classes (in person and online) are canceled for Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. This means that students should not come to campus for the purpose of attending class. During these two days, the College will be open, and all employees should report to work. Students can arrange for individual conversations with faculty or Student Affairs staff during this time. Canvas training for online learning will be available for students on a drop-in basis on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A113, and on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in Rooms A113 and A117.

    Extended Spring Break

    MCC will extend its Spring Break to begin on Wednesday, March 18 and continue its break through Sunday, March 29. This means that no classes (in person and online) will be held during this time-frame, providing our faculty and staff time to transition to full online delivery of classes after Spring Break (see below for more information). The College will be completely closed during this extended Spring Break time-frame, however critical administration and staff will be doing essential campus work remotely, as directed by their leadership team member.

    Full Online Instruction Begins Monday, March 30

    All classes will resume on Monday, March 30 and be conducted in an online format only. Students are expected to attend classes at their regularly scheduled course time, via Canvas Conferences. Classes are expected to remain online through the remainder of the spring semester. As we continue to observe the fluid situation related to COVID-19, if there is an opportunity to offer in-person clinicals, labs, or other activities, we will share that information as quickly as possible.

    Canvas/Online Training for Students and Faculty

    Students – Canvas/online training will be available for students on a drop-in basis on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A113 , and on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in Rooms A113 and A117. Students may also go through the short, 20-minute training online at https://mchenry.instructure.com/courses/1465160. Students should complete a training module in Canvas to be prepared for online learning before March 30.

    Faculty – In-person Canvas training for faculty and staff will be available on a drop-in basis on Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Room A121, and on Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in Rooms A121, A125, and A127. Additional information and specifics will be sent to faculty from Dr. Gray as a follow-up to this email.

    Instructions for MCC Employees

    • The College will be open on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, and employees are expected to report to work unless they are ill or have received prior approval.
    • For the Extended Spring Break schedule, the College will be completely closed during this time-frame, however critical administration and staff will be doing essential campus work remotely, as directed by their leadership team member.
    • Beginning on Monday, March 30, the College will be open and employees should continue their regular work schedules unless otherwise instructed by their supervisor.
    • The College will continue daily operations, with some exception around events and travel. Employees will receive additional information about benefits and wages from HR as a follow-up to this email.

    Public College Events/Events On Campus

    The Early Voting Site will remain open at Shah Center in McHenry on Monday, March 16. All other on-campus public events at the Crystal Lake and McHenry (Shah Center) campuses are canceled as of Monday, March 16. Every effort will be made to reschedule events as dates become available.

    International Travel

    At this time, the College is suspending all college-sponsored international travel for both students and employees for the immediate future. We will notify our MCC community when this suspension is lifted.

    As MCC begins implementing these new measures, further information will be shared via email and MCC’s COVID-19 webpage, which will be regularly updated with information, resources, and frequently-asked questions (FAQs). As the COVID-19 situation evolves, MCC will continue to take proactive and swift actions that are focused on the health and safety of our MCC community. Thank you for your support and cooperation through this transitional time.

    Sincerely,
    Dr. Clint Gabbard
    President

  • 3/3/2020 1:27 p.m. Email to MCC Students

    Information from MCC on Coronavirus

    Dear MCC Students:

    With the current concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to provide you with some updated information. MCC continues to closely monitor Coronavirus updates and recommendations provided by the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, there are no cases of the Coronavirus in McHenry County, and the immediate health risk to the general community and across the state remains low.

    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends that colleges and universities continue operating as usual. In the event that MCC is directly impacted by the virus, the College will ensure options for continuing to deliver instruction, while protecting the health and safety of our students, employees, and the greater MCC community.

    While risk is low, here are some things that you can do to protect yourself from Coronavirus, similar to those everyday precautions against spreading germs and getting sick. Please be sure to:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap is unavailable.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    To stay informed, please visit the MCDH webpage or view the IDPH Guidance Sheet. For additional preventative tips, visit CDC's Prevention and Treatment webpage.

    MCC will update you should there be any significant changes regarding recommendations for our institution. Thank you for doing your part to help keep our MCC community healthy.

    Sincerely,
    Clint Gabbard
    President, McHenry County College

For Employees

  • 3/20/2020 6:10 p.m. Email to MCC Employees

    Dear MCC Employees:

    Today, Governor Pritzker initiated a new “shelter-in-place” order for the state of Illinois. This stay-at-home order will be effective tomorrow, Saturday, March 21 at 5 p.m. and run through April 7, in order to slow the pace of the spread of COVID-19. This means that state residents should not leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

    What does that mean for all of us at MCC? We have put into place our Phase 2-Remote Operations plan that allows for remote operations across the College. Only critical, required employees will be in place on campus, however most individuals will operate remotely, working from home.

    You will hear from Human Resources in the next few days with information about what this remote operations plan means individually for you.

    Please continue to take care of yourself and your families during this unprecedented time. Thank you for being an important part of our MCC community.

  • 3/10/2020 12:34 p.m. Email communication to MCC Employees

    Update to MCC Employees: Coronavirus and Flu Update/Prevention

    Dear MCC Employees:

    McHenry County College (MCC) strives to promote a healthy and safe college community for all employees, students, and visitors. We continue to closely monitor the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and are working with public health officials and following the updates and recommendations provided by the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Given the fluid nature of COVID-19, and the fact that seasonal influenza (flu) is widespread this time of year, we are taking a variety of proactive steps to protect the health and safety of our employees, students, and visitors.

    MCC employees are reminded to:

    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • If you start to feel sick while at work, please go home.

    It is critical that employees do not come to work while experiencing respiratory symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, or fatigue. Many times, with the best of intentions, employees report to work even though they feel ill. We provide paid sick time and other benefits to support employees who are unable to work due to illness. Employees who report to work ill will be sent home in accordance with these health guidelines. If you are concerned about your sick time/time off, please contact Human Resources—the HR team will help you with options.

    The following protective measures have been/are being implemented:

    • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Taskforce
      • A special taskforce is being assembled by President’s Cabinet to anticipate all planning and program needs related to COVID-19—or any potential illness that may result in a pandemic.
      • The taskforce is meeting the week of March 9 to continue planning efforts.
    • Official Email Communication
      • Emails were sent to all employees and all students on March 3, 2020 informing individuals of preventative measures.
      • A follow-up email was sent to faculty today from Dr. Gray regarding instruction and Canvas.
      • The College will continue to use email as the official messaging related to COVID-19.
    • New MCC Webpage
      • During the week of March 9, a new webpage will be launched to update the MCC community on COVID-19. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.
    • Text Message to MCC Students
      • During the week of March 9, a text will be sent out to MCC students reminding them of preventative measures and sending a link to the new MCC COVID-19 webpage.
    • Additional Cleaning/Sanitation Measures
      • The custodial team is sanitizing nightly and more frequently all high-touch areas with hospital-grade sanitizer – this includes desktops, doorknobs, and stairwell handrails.
      • We are running HVAC systems overnight to increase the amount of outside air being circulated through all buildings, allowing for more fresh air movement.
      • College officials are looking into use of an electrostatic fogging/ionization system on a per weekend basis for an additional level of sanitation.
    • Sanitizer Stations and Availability
      • Hand sanitizer stations are located in every building on the College's main campus in Crystal Lake and at Shah Center in McHenry.
      • We have ordered sanitizing wipes to be available in classrooms as needed. We ask that faculty and other employees use these responsibly, as there is a limited supply.
    • Coordination with Other Governmental Agencies
      • College officials continue to coordinate preventative efforts with those of other appropriate government agencies.

    Your cooperation in taking steps to reduce the transmission of germs in the workplace is also requested—please be sure to:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap is unavailable.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Again, College officials are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will continue to initiate additional preventative measures if needed. In the event that MCC is directly impacted by the virus, the College will ensure options for continuing to deliver instruction through alternative options, with a focus on minimizing the risk of disruption to the institution.

    We will update you should there be any significant changes regarding recommendations for MCC specifically. Thank you.

    Christina M. Haggerty
    Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Development
    Public Information Officer / FOIA Officer

  • 3/10/2020 9:08 a.m. Email communication to MCC Faculty

    Subject: Coronavirus Update for Faculty – Instruction and Canvas Info

    Colleagues: As a follow up to Dr. Gabbard’s email last week addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to share with you some of the Academic Division preparations that are occurring.

    The College continues to closely monitor Coronavirus updates and recommendations provided by the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, there are no cases of the Coronavirus in McHenry County, and the immediate health risk to the general community and across the state remains low.

    I am working closely with the deans and the Teaching and Learning team to prepare for different scenarios should our classes be affected by this, or any, emergency. To prepare for the contingency plans, I ask all faculty to do two things:

    1. First, please relax any class attendance policies related to illness for the time being and encourage students who are sick to stay home.
    2. Second, please begin thinking about how your classes would be offered through Canvas, should a campus-wide closure occur. We are committed to providing training and personalized support to help you develop/expand Canvas courses. MCC’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has a number of sessions beginning this week to assist you.
      • If you regularly teach online or blended classes, you have the skills you need to move any face-to-face (F2F) classes online if necessary. Please give some thought now about how you might make that transition for any F2F courses you are currently teaching.
      • If you do not regularly teach online, please acquire some basic skills as soon as you can. In the event that MCC must close for a period of time, everyone, at minimum, must be able to complete the following tasks in Canvas:
        • Publish your courses.
        • Use the Canvas Inbox (email) to contact your students.
        • Upload documents (e.g. assignments) to the course site.
        • Create assignments and a grade book.

    You might also want to consider learning how to create discussions, give quizzes, and conduct synchronous classes online.

    Please visit the training events for online teaching options on tools and techniques offered by the CTL. There are more training events and resources available on the Teaching and Learning website. You can also reach out to the CTL team to get help on selecting the right tools and instructional methods for your course. Thanks for your immediate attention.

    Chris Gray, Ph.D.
    Vice President of Academic Affairs and Workforce Development

  • 3/3/2020 11:05 a.m. Email communication to MCC Employees

    Dear MCC Employees:

    With the current concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to provide you with some updated information. MCC continues to closely monitor Coronavirus updates and recommendations provided by the McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently, there are no cases of the Coronavirus in McHenry County, and the immediate health risk to the general community and across the state remains low.

    The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends that colleges and universities continue operating as usual. In the event that MCC is directly impacted by the virus, the College will ensure options for continuing to deliver instruction, while protecting the health and safety of our students, employees, and the greater MCC community.

    While risk is low, here are some things that you can do to protect yourself from Coronavirus, similar to those everyday precautions against spreading germs and getting sick. Please be sure to:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap is unavailable.  
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    To stay informed, please visit the MCDH Webpage or view the IDPH Guidance Sheet. For additional preventative tips, visit CDC's Prevention and Treatment webpage.

    MCC will update you should there be any significant changes regarding recommendations for our institution. Thank you for doing your part to help keep our MCC community healthy.

    Sincerely,
    Clint Gabbard
    President