Dear MDC Community,
The Miami Dade College (MDC) Office of Emergency Management (OEM) continues to monitor COVID-19 global pandemic along with federal, state, and local partners. OEM has implemented a virtual Emergency Operation Center (EOC) to maintain full operational cohesiveness moving forward. As you may be aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), extended social distancing until April 30, and issued a domestic travel advisory for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. While circumstances continue to remain dynamic and in a constant state of flux, MDC remains resolute on finishing the term #MDCStrong.
Miami-Dade County and many municipalities have issued Safer-at-Home orders to mitigate the COVID-19 spread in the State of Florida. Safer-at-Home means don’t leave your home unless you are conducting essential activities, such as purchasing groceries, attending medical visits, obtaining gas, or reporting to work if deemed essential.
In addition, curfews have been enacted across South Florida to reduce social interactions. To see a full list visit Miami-Dade County website.
Visit MDC Online to learn more about remote learning and preview free academic resources such as online tutoring via SmartThinking.
A comprehensive Student Library Guide has been established to successfully conquer remote learning. Use this link to access the resources:https://libraryguides.mdc.edu/c.php?g=1019056&p=7381608
Sharks! It’s important that you check your emails daily for ongoing engagement from your professors and critical messages from MDC. For questions or concerns outside of your courses, please contact your Dean of Students. Our MDC Call Center can also assist with some general requests or questions at 305-237-8888. It is also important that you do not go onto any of our campuses.
Also, we want to remind everyone that Miami Dade College will close its remote operations on Friday, April 10 for Spring Break Weekend and will resume remote operations on Monday, April 13. There will be no classes during this time. All physical MDC campuses and locations will remain closed to the public until the end of the spring semester.
The College will remain in a remote work environment until the end of the spring term. Access to campus and facilities are restricted. Critical/Essential personnel designated to report on campus are authorized to enter MDC facilities by checking in with Campus Public Safety.
Continue to communicate with your direct supervisor on work schedules, assignments, and payroll issues. Human Resources issued updated guidance on March 30. The disaster pay procedure has been eliminated and all employee pay will be regularized from this point forward.
Also, we want to remind everyone that Miami Dade College will close its remote operations on Friday, April 10 for Spring Break Weekend and will resume remote operations on Monday, April 13. All remote work assignments will cease during that time. All physical MDC campuses and locations will remain closed to the public until the end of the spring semester.
Additionally, starting today, March 30, the IT & Campus Network Services Help Desk hours:
- Phone & Email Support
- Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- In-person Support
- By appointment only (limited)
See below for contact information.
You can find the tools needed to transition to remote teaching, including tutorials, training and more by using the LibGuide at this link:https://libraryguides.mdc.edu/remoteteaching
Also, we want to remind faculty that Miami Dade College will close its remote operations on Friday, April 10 for Spring Break Weekend and will resume remote operations on Monday, April 13. There will be no classes during this time. All physical MDC campuses and locations will remain closed to the public until the end of the spring semester.
Additional resources to assist you during this pandemic outbreak can be found at the following sites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
- Florida Department of Health,
- World Health Organization.
If you, or someone you care about, is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety call
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517)
For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, you may call the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest information and guidance issued by MDC, as well as access to useful resources and all past messages, please visit www.mdc.edu/coronavirus. The MDC Call Center is also available to students at 305-237-8888 during regular business hours (Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).
Thank you, and stay safe.
Yakir Fernandez, MA
Director, Office of Emergency Management