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April 15, 2020

Camden County College Community,

On March 31, Camden County College converted face-to-face Summer I session courses to a fully remote instructional modality. In consideration of the continued risk that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to the safety of our students, faculty and staff, the College today made the decision to convert all remaining summer sessions online. Summer sessions I, II, and III will now be offered as online courses only, provided to our students through Canvas, our learning management system.

Students previously enrolled in face-to-face Summer II and Summer III courses will be automatically registered for an online section and may withdraw without penalty prior to the start of the session. We continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus health emergency and will provide instructional and operations updates as circumstances warrant.

Yours in education,
Don Borden
President

April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020

Camden County College Community,

We are following the governor's recommendation that all individuals who are entering our campus should wear a mask and follow social distancing. If you do not have a mask we have a small amount available from Public Safety.

In recent days, the Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance regarding cloth face covers for general use to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC now recommends that all Americans wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain and especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The recommendation is based on evolving data which shows that a significant portion of people with coronavirus lack symptoms, and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before becoming symptomatic. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity – via speaking, coughing or sneezing – even if these people are not showing symptoms.

The CDC has also outlined several step-by-step guides to make a face cover at home with materials that you likely already own. See here for more information.

This recommendation does not say to use surgical masks or N95 respirators which are still in critically short supply and are needed to keep our medical professionals and first responders safe. The face cover helps stop the spread of the virus to others but remember that this is an additional step we have to take to slow the spread, it does not replace the guidance we have had in place for several weeks. That means you should still maintain six feet of separation even if everyone is wearing a mask.

The CDC advises that cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of two years old, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

For more information regarding the CDC’s recommendation, read the full text here. For answers to a list of frequently asked questions about the use of face coverings, visit here.

April 1, 2020

Update from the President

Camden County College Community,

If you have a need to enter College buildings, please remember that in addition to receiving permission in advance from your dean or director to be placed on the daily access list, you must also notify Public Safety at 856-379-5704 when you arrive and leave campus.

It is essential that we know where people are at any point in time so that our cleaning contractor can be more focused in their cleaning procedures. Even though College buildings are closed, our cleaning contractor will continue to clean and disinfect daily.

The College is committed to providing a safe environment and continues to follow recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Health. The College continually reviews our own internal procedures and makes changes as appropriate to protect the health and safety of our community.

Yours in education,

Don Borden
President

March 31, 2020

Update from the President

Camden County College Community,

A voluntary online Coronavirus (COVID-19) awareness course has been added to the College’s Esafety modules. Since the course is not part of the mandatory online training, you will not see it listed on your dashboard. If you wish to view this informative course, please login to Esafety and click on the “Training Library” tab.

In order to get the most accurate information to our College community during our ongoing transition to virtual instruction, please remember to use the communications form https://www.camdencc.edu/cform/ to request changes to the website, update online calendars, submit social media posts, or request marketing materials.

Last but certainly not least, tomorrow is Census Day and it is more important than ever to be counted. The Census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and our community. Every year billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on Census data. Now, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, the importance of having a complete and accurate count for our state, our county, our towns and our College is greater than ever.

This is our once-in-every-ten-years chance to help each other when it comes to federal government resources. Please reach out to your family members, your friends and neighbors, your co-workers and community organization members and ask them to complete the 2020 Census. For more information about the 2020 Census, including how to complete it online, by phone or by U.S. Mail, please visit https://2020census.gov. Thank you for your consideration and support.

Yours in education,

Don Borden
President

March 30, 2020

Update from the President

Camden County College Community,

I would like to extend a well-deserved congratulations and express my sincere gratitude to each of you for doing your part so that courses could resume today in a virtual modality. This was no small feat to undertake amid the extraordinary challenges we all are facing.

In addition to instruction resuming, we have successfully launched our online advisement platform and are expanding options for distance tutoring. We have updated our website to provide information on navigating Canvas online and on a mobile device. We have distributed computers to students with technology needs. We are helping students reach their academic goals in this new reality.

As you are aware, Federal social distancing guidelines have been extended to April 30. We will adhere to these guidelines and will not ease our temporary campus access policy until at least that date. As a reminder, all employees must contact their dean or director at least 24 hours prior to their preferred entry time, provide justification for the visit, and answer a series of health questions. It is the employee’s responsibility to immediately notify their dean or director if any information provided on their health questionnaire changes. Access will be provided Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., unless expressly specified by the dean or director.

Yours in education,

Don Borden
President

March 29, 2020

New temporary measures to access College facilities

To ensure the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, along with the larger community we serve, Camden County College is temporarily limiting access to College facilities until further notice.

To request access to Campus, all employees must contact their dean or director at least 24 hours prior to their preferred entry time, provide justification for the visit, and answer a series of health questions. It is the employee’s responsibility to immediately notify their dean or director of any information provided on their health questionnaire changes. Access will be provided Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., unless expressly specified by the dean or director.

All approved employees seeking access must contact Public Safety at (856) 374-5089 prior to leaving your residence to gain permission to enter the campus. Once you enter the campus call Public Safety at (856) 374-5089 and arrange with them to meet at the specific building you are entering. All employees shall park in Blackwood Campus Lots 3,4, 5 or Camden Campus surface lot, unless specifically directed to another location. The Public Safety Officer will meet the approved employee at the building in which they are entering. The employee will be required to make notification to the Public Safety Department upon departure.

Please remember that all employees are required to wear their College ID badge on campus and should follow established guidelines for social distancing.

Deans and directors must provide Public Safety with their approved employee list no later than the day before the scheduled visit. Public Safety will update the list each morning and only provide access to employees that have been approved.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to protect the health and safety of our College Community.

March 27, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

After consultation with the Camden County Health Officer, I write to inform you that an employee of Camden County College has self-reported a positive test result for COVID-19. The employee is currently hospitalized in stable condition.

It is unlikely that students, faculty, and staff were exposed to the virus before March 13, 2020 but transparency is important to us.

Prior communications have provided a list of preventive actions. We remind everyone to consult with your health care provider if you or any member of your family displays COVID-19 symptoms.

More information about COVID-19 may be obtained at the New Jersey Department of Health website https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/ncov.shtml or through the Center for Disease Control website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

We are hoping for a quick end to this pandemic and keep all who have been affected in our thoughts. At this time, we are united as a community in solidarity with others, especially those most at risk and vulnerable.

Thank you again for your ongoing cooperation and support.

Sincerely yours,

Don Borden
President

March 26, 2020

On behalf of President Donald Borden

Camden County College Community,

As we are monitoring the Covid-19 progression, we are making decisions for the Spring and Summer sessions. A decision has been made to continue our virtual teaching and learning environment through the end of the Spring semester. We will continue to seek direction from Governor Murphy and Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Zakiya Smith Ellis on the possibility of accommodating students that have hands-on clinical or instructional requirements at some point in the future and we will keep you informed.

If you have any previously-scheduled events that have been listed on College calendars that are now impacted by the campus closure, please complete a communications request form and indicate if the event has been canceled or postponed. Previously scheduled events will still appear on the calendar and will be marked as canceled or postponed for clarity.

We are continuing to expand our virtual support platform for students seeking to access College services virtually. Useful contact information can be found on the website here: www.camdencc.edu/virtual-student-support

Please continue to refer any students that express concerns about accessing their courses to the Student Technology Survey found on our homepage, or forward the names of students with ID numbers who don't have access to technology to Melissa Daly in our Foundation office.

As we quickly approach resumption of the Spring 2020 semester on Monday, March 30 with virtual instruction, please know that I appreciate the work that each of you do on behalf of our students, and I am here to help you resolve any additional issues that we all may have to work through in the coming days.

Yours in education,
Don Borden

March 25, 2020

On behalf of President Donald Borden

Dear College Community,

Please help us get the word out that registration for the Summer and Fall Semesters will begin online on April 6.

Students have been notified that we have extended the withdrawal deadline for the Spring 2020 15-week and 13-week sessions to April 3. The withdrawal deadline for the Spring 2020 2nd 7-week session is April 16. Students may withdraw online by completing the online withdrawal form which can be found on the CCC website or students may email their withdrawal request from their student email account to registrationservices2@camdencc.edu.

I would like to thank everyone that has been working to get students and faculty prepared for the transition to virtual instruction. Canvas training is successfully underway, and we encourage everyone to get the Canvas app, so you can easily access it on your phone for both iOS and Android.

If you have any students that express concerns about accessing their courses, please have them complete the Student Technology Survey found on our homepage. The CCC Foundation is reaching out to students with technology needs.

I have been in regular contact with the other presidents of colleges and universities across the state that are dealing with the same challenges we are facing. We are not alone, but I am confident that thanks to each of your individual contributions, we will continue to help our students achieve their academic goals during these trying times. We are here to serve our community, and we will all make it through this emergency by working together.

Yours in education,
Don Borden

March 24, 2020

On behalf of President Donald Borden

Dear College Community,

I will be sending a daily update so that information may be shared quickly as we are adapting to our new virtual workplace. Many details are still being finalized, so I ask for your patience as we work through the myriad of issues involved in this changing situation.

We are appealing to all members of our College community to help us navigate the challenges before us with integrity and with the goal of fully supporting our students, so they can maintain academic progress.

We have almost completed access for virtual Student Services to help guide and maintain student persistence through the end this semester. We have set up a system of call forwarding for all departmental phone extensions and everyone is on board to help answer questions.

Students were sent a Technology Survey this morning as a result of Governor Murphy’s directive to close all college and university libraries and computer labs until further notice. We recognize that this impacts many students that rely on computer labs to work online. Students that have concerns about accessing their courses when virtual instruction begins on March 30, should complete the Student Technology Survey on our homepage. Unfortunately, not all technology requests can be met, but we will make every effort to work with students to reach their academic goals. Encourage students to access Canvas webinars as listed on our website.

Students are to use the following email addresses for any needs they may be experiencing:

Useful Contacts

We have updated our outside monitors and placed notices on all our campuses and instructional sites to state “Our College is open virtually while our campuses and instructional locations are closed.”

Please be reminded that during stressful situations like this, Mental Health, Suicides, Substance Abuse, and Domestic Abuse issues increase. Please share the following numbers with family, friends, community members, and students:

Crisis Text Line Text Listen to 741-741
NJ 211 Community Resources 877-652-1148
NJ Child Abuse 800-835-5510
Camden County Addiction 877-266-822
Mental Health Hotline 866-202-4357
NJ Hopeline 855-654-6735
@NJVET2VET 866-838-7654

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that the 2020 United States Census is currently underway. During this challenging time, when every one of us are being called upon to do what we can to address and confront the coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 Census is likely one of the last things on your minds. But it is more important now than ever to complete your 2020 Census form. The funding we receive from the Federal Government is based on the census numbers in our county, and we are likely to require more federal funds than ever before as we confront the effects of coronavirus into the future. If we are undercounted, we lose much needed funding. Unfortunately, we have been informed the response rate in our region has been low, so I urge you to please complete your 2020 Census so that you are counted. Please encourage others to do the same. You can access all the information you need to be counted by clicking on this link!

I sincerely thank all at CCC who have contributed to planning during these uncertain times. We realize these decisions pose significant challenges. Our goal is to keep members of our community as safe as possible while ensuring that students, faculty, and staff can continue academic instruction and maintain the daily operations of the college as best as we can.

Yours in education,

Don Borden

March 23, 2020

On behalf of President Donald Borden

Dear College Community,

Thank you for all of your hard work and commitment to continuing our College in our new totally virtual environment. We recognize that we have asked for very quick responses to all of the mandates that have come forth. I am asking you to continue your patience and kindness as we attempt to meet priorities and the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and our community.

The College remains open virtually while our campuses and instructional locations are closed. As of 2 p.m. today, all in-person student services offices and computer lab hours have been suspended in accordance with Governor Murphy’s Executive Order. Students with concerns about their access to virtual instruction are being contacted for additional assistance.

Please remain flexible with our students as they may be struggling with access and technology. We are working to not only obtain equipment and access but also some other needs during this difficult time.

The CCC Foundation has secured a new scholarship for students with immediate needs. Scholarship applications will be reviewed as they are received, and awards may be available as soon as the coming week. The Martin W. Langan Scholarship requires a minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need and a minimum of 9 completed college credits. Amounts vary from $100 to $2,500. First-generation college students preferred. Students must submit a 750-word minimum essay describing their most significant challenges and accomplishments in life. Additionally, the Foundation is purchasing laptops for the students. We are going to assess the needs of our students and try to help as many as possible.

Students can apply online at https://camdencc.awardspring.com. Students who have already completed the application and meet the requirements can log into their account to view essay requirements.

At this time, the county has not determined the schedule for the COVID-19 screening and testing site on the Blackwood Campus. The Camden County Health Department will use parking lot #1, which will be isolated from the rest of the campus. If you are essential personnel and need to enter the campus, please avoid this area.

We will keep you informed as we receive additional information.

Yours in Education,
Donald A. Borden