Updated Friday, July 17, at 8:20 am
With the State of Illinois moving to Phase 4 in early July, officials at MacCormac College decided to partially reopen the campus to accommodate and serve our onsite students. We are pleased to share that even with the opening of the campus, cases of COVID-19 have not spread among the MacCormac community.
Based on recent news reports, Coronavirus cases are on the rise again, and in particular, there has been an increase in cases of young people between the ages of 18-29 who constitute a sizable portion of the student population at MacCormac, and who are now the demographic nationally with the highest increase in positive tests.
As a result of this new development, the Senior Leadership team at MacCormac College has made the decision to close on-campus activities starting Monday, July 20th. This decision is strictly based on our intent to keep students, faculty, and staff safe during this unprecedented time, along with our wish is to prevent any spread of Coronavirus infection in commute to campus or while on campus.
Of great importance to us is our goal to continue to provide students with the quality education and experience that they are accustomed to receiving at MacCormac College. We cannot, however, turn a blind eye to the health and safety of our students and staff.
At this moment in time, our intent is to reopen MacCormac’s campus for the fall semester, however, we are not in a position to confirm our plans until we receive further updates from governing bodies, and we are mostly assured that everyone will be safe.
If students or faculty have any questions or concerns regarding your on-site or online classes, please do not hesitate to reach out to Deans Grooms and Krishke for further instruction. We remain committed to supporting our students throughout their entire MacCormac experience. Our chief goal, which is for students to graduate and lead successful lives, remains of paramount importance to us. We intend for students to continue their studies at MacCormac without interruption and with perseverance.
Updated Thursday, July 2, at 2:30 pm
Chicago has moved into Phase 4 and with that, we will also be reopening the campus and beginning our hybrid classes starting Monday, July 6. Throughout this situation we have and will continue to clean and disinfect the entire campus on a daily basis.
The reopening of the campus does not mean that students are required to be on campus in order to attend classes. All hybrid campus-based classes will be held both on campus as well as through a live Zoom session.
If students or people that they live with would be considered high risk or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms we highly advise them to stay home and continue to attend their classes through Zoom. The health and safety of our students and their loved ones is our primary concern.
Students should ask themselves the following questions each day before coming to campus. If the answer is yes to any of these questions please refrain from coming to the campus and contact a doctor immediately:
- Do you have a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
- Do you have a new or worsening sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
- Do you have new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
- Have you recently developed a complete loss of smell or taste?
With the health of everyone in mind we will be instituting the following guidelines when on the campus:
- Everyone must wear something that covers their mouth and nose when on campus (mask, bandana, etc.) at all times. If someone does not have a mask one will be provided to them.
- Everyone must adhere to the social distancing guidelines of remaining at least 6 feet apart from the nearest person to them.
- Everyone entering the campus will have their temperature scanned. If the scanner determines that their temperature is too high they will be required to leave the campus immediately and to stay home for at least 2 full weeks before attempting to return.
- When exiting the evaluators everyone must got to the left and enter through the double doors near the bathrooms. When navigating throughout the rest of the campus everyone will be directed by arrows on the walls and floors to continuously move counterclockwise. We recognize this will be an inconvenience but it is for the safety of everyone to follow these guidelines.
- Common areas that are not required for classroom learning will be restricted.
- Once a students class session end they must leave the building.
Updated Sunday, May 31, at 4:30 pm
Due to the recent events that have transpired across the nation and especially with the unrest presently occurring in downtown Chicago, the MC campus will remain closed for business and classes until Friday, June 5th. Our goal is to make sure that our students and the entire MacCormac family remain safe. We will post updates to the date when the campus will be reopened before Saturday June 5th.
At this time, all classes including on-line and on-campus will be held virtually starting Monday, June 1st. We are intent to make certain that classes remain in session and that our new and continuing students progress through their studies this semester as planned. It is imperative that all MacCormac students, faculty, and staff check their emails regularly for updates during this time.
We know that these are trying and confusing times. However, we want you to know that the MacCormac family is always here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us about any questions, needs or concerns you might have.
We will prevail and remain MacCormac Strong!
Updated Friday, May 1, at 1:15 pm
Due to the extended stay-at-home order that Governor Pritzker announced last week we have decided as a college to change the start date for the summer semester. The new summer semester start date will be Monday, June 1st. The main reason we have decided upon this start date is for the safety of our students and their loved ones. We also chose this date because we truly miss seeing our students on a daily basis and couldn't stand the thought of starting the summer semester without being able to see them in person.
We will continue t monitor any new updates from the Governor regarding the stay-at-home-order and will be sure to post an update here as news comes out. We advise that our students continue to check their MC emails and this web page in order to remain current on what is happening at the college. This will allow for a more seamless transition when the summer semester starts and we are all allowed back on campus again.
Updated Wednesday, April 1, at 1:00 pm
Our plan was to physically return to the campus operations on Wednesday, April 8th. However, on Tuesday, March 31st Governor Pritzker tended the "Stay at Home" order through April 30th, which is our final week of classes. Therefore, our classes will remain online through the end of the semester.
Please know that we miss you and we keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. The Senior Leadership Team and all college faculty and staff are communicating regularly about the next steps, your concerns and how we can better assist you during these challenging times. With that in mind we have decided to provide you with a Pass/Fail Special Grading Option for this Spring 2020 semester and you can view the details of that option here.
As always if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to respond to new developments.
Updated Monday, March 23, at 12:51 pm
We hope that everyone is having a healthy start to their spring break and are finding ways to enjoy your time with your loved ones while quarantining yourselves. As we continuously monitor the news about the spread of COVID-19, and by following the mandates made by the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago, we have decided to extend this period of the campus being closed and classes being held online through Tuesday, April 7. Classes will resume on campus Wednesday, April 8. We are continuing to do our part in both giving you and your families the best opportunity to stay healthy and to flatten the curve of the spread of the virus throughout the country and the world.
Again, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope that you continue to maintain your health, that you and your loved ones are safe, and that you find ways to have fun during your spring break while at home.
Updated Monday, March 16, at 7:15 pm
As the campus remains closed starting Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, March 29 all classes will be conducted online. Please continue to check your emails regularly for information from your instructors and program directors on how each of your classes will operate during this time.
In addition, for those individuals that have issues regarding connecting to the internet from your home please be advised that Comcast has announced that it will make its Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots across the country free for anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for the next 60 days. For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, click here. Furthermore, Comcast also announced it is pausing all data plans for 60 days, giving all customers unlimited data at no additional charge.
Finally, please feel free to email us at email@example.com for any questions or concerns you might have. We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy.
Monday, March 16, 2020
With the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we find ourselves in a fast-moving situation that requires focus, flexibility, and compassion. The City of Chicago has issued new guidance promoting social distance practices to residents and businesses to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Among these new precautionary measures, organizations are being encouraged to take advantage of teleworking capabilities. Toward that end, MacCormac College will operate remotely beginning Tuesday, March 17 until March 30th where classes will resume as normal. Further information will regularly be shared here so we advise everyone to check this webpage daily for any new updates or reports that shall be posted.
In the next few weeks, disruption will be the norm. We ask for your continued patience and resourcefulness as we take further steps to guard the health and safety of our community and continue our students' progress toward degree completion.
If you have any additional questions feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org