MVC Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Missouri Valley College is monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation, and has been and will continue to work closely with local medical and emergency management agencies, with guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

MVC has a plan in place to guide the College’s response to Covid-19.

Status Update

As of March 30, 2020, there have been no reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Missouri Valley College campus.

  • 3/19/20: Update - May 9 graduation ceremony cancelled, information for graduating seniors

    Seniors: As many of you anticipated, we have come to the conclusion that we must cancel the May 9, 2020 graduation ceremony.  We will plan for a virtual graduation and we are also looking into another option for those that wish to participate in a physical ceremony to do so at a later date.  We are still working on the details.

    In the meantime:

    • Please send in your departmental approval form, if you have not done so already.  Don’t worry about the signatures, just fill out what you can and send it to me via email (pdf) or USPS.

    • Order your cap and gown as directed, if you have not done so already. It will be mailed to you as soon as we receive them sometime around the end of April.  Diplomas & diploma covers will be mailed by the end of May.

    • Most importantly, successfully complete your remaining coursework.  Stay connected with your faculty and online classes. If you are having trouble, reach out to your faculty, advisor, dean or the Student Success Office.  We want you to finish strong academically!

  • 3/18/20: Update - Changes to Campus Life

    Based on guidance from CDC and other government agencies, campus life at Missouri Valley College is going to be a bit different for the foreseeable future.

    • Beginning at the end of the day today (3/18), the Bistro, the fitness center and the gymnasium in the Malcolm Center for Student Life are closed until further notice. Additionally, the eSports Building, Burns Gymnasium, Walker C. Fletcher Athletic Complex, Morrison Gymnasium and all athletic fields are closed until further notice. Other student services and facilities may become restricted or unavailable at some point in the future.

    • The Ferguson Center, Baity Hall, and Murrell Library are the only academic buildings that will be open daily.

    • Beginning Monday, March 23, all airport shuttles run through the Student Affairs Office will be canceled until further notice. If a student is in need of a shuttle from campus to the airport, they will need to contact the Student Affairs Office.

    • Students wanting to check out of housing may do so at their convenience. To complete the checkout process, students need to gather all of their belongings and clean their space before turning keys into the Student Affairs Office. The Office of Student Affairs hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In the event you need to be checked out at a time other than previously listed, please contact swiftc@moval.edu. Currently, it is expected that all students be moved out of their on-campus residences by 4 p.m. on Friday, May 8 or make arrangements with the Student Affairs Office.

    • No visitors are allowed in residence halls at any time; only currently assigned residents will be allowed in the halls. This will be in effect 24 hours a day.

    • The Dining Hall will provide single serve, to-go-style meals only. Students, faculty and staff will not be able to dine-in. Meal times are; breakfast from  7 a.m. – 9 a.m.; lunch from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and dinner from 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. We apologize for the long lines at the lunch hour today. Starting with the dinner meal this evening (3/18), service will be from the hot serving line in the dining hall, which should significantly speed up the process.

    • Beginning on Friday, March 20, at the close of business, the Admissions Office will suspend scheduling campus visits until further notice.

    • The Viking Learning Academy will close at the end of business on Friday, March 20, until further notice.

    We will continue to monitor updates and guidance from the CDC and other governmental agencies daily, and will take any necessary actions accordingly. Visit MVC’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for more information.

  • 3/16/20: Update - Classes move online for remainder of semester

    As Missouri Valley College continues to monitor the Covid-19 situation, we would like to update you on new developments:

    • Although there are currently no confirmed cases reported on the Missouri Valley College campus or in Saline County, out of an abundance of caution, beginning March 23 all undergraduate and graduate face-to-face classes will transition entirely to online coursework for the remainder of the semester.

    • Residence halls, the dining hall, staff offices, Student Health Center, the Malcolm Center for Student Life, the Murrell Library (weekday, daytime hours), the Learning Center and the Viking Learning Academy will remain open until further notice for students who wish to stay on campus for the remainder of the spring semester. The Bistro will be closed.  If you would like to move off campus, please contact the student affairs office to officially check out of your room. Students will not be required to check out of their room until May.

    • There will be no walk-in appointments in the student health center. Anyone needing to utilize the services of the student health center must call ahead before presenting in the center.

    • All spring sports at Missouri Valley College are cancelled. The NAIA has also canceled all spring events, and will not charge spring sport student athletes a season of competition. These student-athletes will also be allowed two additional terms of attendance by the NAIA.

    • Scheduled campus events have been cancelled until further notice.

    We will continue to monitor updates and guidance from the CDC daily, and will provide any necessary updates accordingly. This is an unprecedented time and the situation is very fluid. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through the coming weeks and months. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.

  • 3/13/20: All MVC Athletic Practices, Travel and Competition Suspended Until March 30

    Missouri Valley College has suspended all athletic-related practice, travel, and competition for all sports until March 30, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation daily and keep everyone updated on if/when athletic practices and competition will resume.

    As of Saturday, March 14, The Heart of America Conference will suspend all conference competitions until March 30, 2020 for all member institutions. The KCAC has also suspended all athletic-related practice, travel, and competition indefinitely for its member institutions.

  • 3/12/20: Spring Break Extends March 16-20

    Although there are currently no confirmed cases reported on the Missouri Valley College campus or in Saline County, out of an abundance of caution, the Missouri Valley College administration is extending Spring Break for the week of March 16 – 20 and preparing for distance learning in an effort to protect students, faculty and staff from the spread of the novel coronavirus. The College will remain open and all business operations will continue. No face-to-face classes will be held March 16 – 20. Online classes will continue as usual.

    Beginning on Sunday, March 22, students will be welcome to return to campus if they choose. Anyone experiencing cough, fever or shortness of breath who has traveled to a high-risk area should NOT return to campus, and should contact their healthcare provider for further direction.

    Beginning Monday, March 23, all graduate and undergraduate face-to-face classes will be moved online until further notice. College services such as the dining hall, student health center, and the library will remain open through the extended Spring Break and moving forward.

    We will continue to monitor updates and guidance from the CDC daily, and will provide any necessary updates accordingly. Visit MVC’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for updates on this situation. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to the MVC Office of Student Affairs at morganh@moval.edu.

  • 3/11/20: Update from the President

    We take great pride in maintaining a healthy and safe campus, and we know that this is more important right now than ever with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. One of the institutional goals of Missouri Valley College is to “maintain a safe, healthy campus environment conducive to learning and research based on academic freedom, innovative teaching, and intellectual inquiry.” I want you to know that the health and safety of our entire campus community is our first priority.

    • In addition to our normal cleaning procedures, we have instituted additional rotations throughout our campus to clean multiple times per day using the cleaning supplies recommended by our supplier to specifically target Covid 19. Our food service provider is doing the same procedure with our dining hall.
    • Students, faculty, staff are urged to stay home if they are sick.
      Note preventative measures that you can take suggested by the CDC, which include washing your hands often.
    • Students who show signs of respiratory illness should seek medical attention. If on campus, contact student health services for an appointment rather than coming into the building to do so. Faculty and staff who are ill should contact their healthcare provider.
    • Students will soon be returning to campus from spring break. Although personal travel cannot be restricted by the college, everyone is encouraged to use good judgement when traveling, and returning to campus.

    We have developed a plan with input from the MVC Crisis Response Team, President’s Cabinet, Saline County Health Department (SCHD), and Fitzgibbon Hospital. This plan will serve as a guide for Missouri Valley College’s response to Covid-19. I encourage you to visit MVC’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage for updates on this situation.

    All MVC campus offices will be closed Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 for spring break. Classes will resume and offices will reopen on Monday, March 16 for business as usual. We will continue to monitor updates and guidance from the CDC daily, and will provide any necessary updates accordingly. Questions or requests for additional information can be directed to the MVC Office of Student Affairs at morganh@moval.edu.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Bonnie L. Humphrey
    President, MVC

  • 3/5/20: Emergency Response Plan

    MVC Covid-19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLAN

    Overview

    This plan has been developed with input from the Crisis Response Team President’s Cabinet, Saline County Health Dept. (SCHD), and Fitzgibbon Hospital.  This document is to be a guide for Missouri Valley College’s response to the Covid-19. This document and the policies within it may be adjusted if new information is given by the Federal Government or Center for Disease Control.

    Goals

    • Provide accurate information to all College constituents.
    • Provide excellent health care to our students.
    • Provide a safe environment for all constituents of the college.  
    • Provide a safe and healthy environment in which our students can recover.

    Operating principles

    • Open and continuous communication with faculty, staff, students, parents, and other important constituents.
    • Emphasis on coughing etiquette and hand sanitation; wash your hands often.
    • Clear instructions that students who exhibit Flu like symptoms must immediately schedule an appointment with the Student Health Center and that faculty and staff who exhibit flu-like symptoms must seek treatment from their local physician and remain home until cleared to return.

    Pre-Event

    Communications Campaign

    • E-mail college community directing them to CDC.gov for up-to-date info as well as to the College’s web page containing this plan.  

    Meetings

    • Faculty encouraged to talk about absence policy and the ability to make up work for students who are potentially at risk of having Covid-19. 
    • Meeting with Food Service and housekeeping personnel to discuss possibilities of infectious workplace and contingency to provide the campus with general services.

    Covid-19 Vaccination  

    • Currently there is no vaccination or medication that fights against the Covid-19 Virus.
    • CDC Recommends that the individuals who obtain the virus treat the symptoms and stay hydrated. 

    Additional Information

    • Testing for Covid-19 will likely occur while supplies last.  As the virus spreads most likely testing will cease and we will be responding to the symptoms.
    • The CDC recommendation for a school closing or recess will be followed.
    • Seasonal flu and H1N1 vaccinations will be held in the fall as soon as vaccines become available 

    Event

    The Symptoms

    • Fever (usually high)
    • Cough
    • Runny or stuffy nose
    • Shortness of Breath

    The Trigger Event  

    There is no specific incident or number of cases that would act as the trigger for a College response. The response to an outbreak of the Covid-19 is likely to be based on a variety of different events that occur within a specific time. The college will operate under its best judgement and at the advice and order of the Federal Government, Center for Disease Control, and the Saline County Health Department

    Operating Principles

    • The college will emphasize that the patient is contagious up to 14 days before symptoms manifest themselves, in which case roommates will have already been exposed to the virus.  We recommend that roommates not relocate to another room after their roommate begins to exhibit Covid-19 symptoms. Since they have already been exposed, roommates may be carriers and may infect the “healthy location” if they relocate there.   
    • Parents may decide to take their child home if they become ill.  We ask that they inform us of this decision. 
    • Respiratory isolation is the recommended action by CDC and the college meaning that those who are sick should isolate themselves from others by staying home and not attending classes, work, social events, and any other activities that put them in contact with other people.

    Crisis Response Team Options

    If the Crisis Response Team is called into action, a series of action plans may be activated as deemed appropriate and necessary:

    • Large gatherings, including athletic events, may be postponed or canceled.
    • The nurse’s office may expand its hours of operation.
    • Dining service protocols may be changed or altered.
    • Faculty and staff who exhibit Covid-19 like systems should stay home and not return to work until cleared by a doctor. 
    • All faculty and staff experiencing Covid-19 like symptoms and staying at home should contact their cabinet level supervisor.
    • Faculty and staff who have immediate family members exhibiting Covid-19 like symptoms may be required to stay at home.  If so please inform your cabinet level supervisor of this decision. Any staff member who has the possibility of contracting the Covid-19 will need to seek medical assistance and quarantine themselves until cleared.
    • E-mails and web postings will begin and continue throughout the outbreak to update the community on the current situation, updated action plans, and instructions.
    • All students with Covid-19 like symptoms will be referred to the Nurse’s Office.
    • Students will be assessed by the nursing staff.  If they are exhibiting Covid-19 like symptoms, the following may occur:
      • They will asked a series of questions related to those having the probability of obtaining Covid-19.
      • If they fall into the category of potentially infected they will be placed into an isolated room and the Saline County Health Department (SCHD) will be notified.  The SCHD will then instruct/take control of that patients monitoring. They are not to attend class, work, practices, or other activities until released by the SCHD/Doctor care.
    • Chaplain’s office may be requested to contact parents as well.
    • The Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs will compile a listing of students with illness and send to faculty at the end of each day.
    • Sick students will be required to stay in isolation until instructed by health officials charged with their care/isolation.  
    • The Crisis Response Plan may order that a temporary Grab-n-Go be set up by Dining Services.
    • These protocols may be amended/changed based on recommendations from the CDC, the Federal Government, Saline County Health Department/our own particular situation.   

    Post Event

    • Crisis Response Team will communicate to the community about protocols and services enacted during the outbreak that will be discontinued.  A timeline for the phasing out of these services will be communicated as well.
    • Crisis Response Team will consult with the Saline Count Health Department and the CDC for additional recommendations.
    • Crisis Response Team will complete a debriefing and an after action report.
  • 3/4/20: Travel Reminder
    We understand that for a majority of students, spring break is a celebratory time and that you will be traveling. Please take notice of the potential issues of the Coronavirus that are spreading around the world and that are starting to spread through the United States.  Please be safe and take extra precautions when traveling. Also, any student leaving the United States needs to be aware if an outbreak occurs, in or around where you are located, you could be quarantined/confined for an extended period of time. To view travel warnings from the Department of State, please click link.
  • 3/3/20: MVC Health Notice

    Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Missouri Valley College with help from the Saline County Health Department and the Missouri Department of Health is continuing to monitor the outbreak of the coronavirus. The virus was first discovered in December 2019 in Wuhan China. Currently the virus has spread to all continents excluding Antarctica.

    The Covid-19 causes mild to severe respiratory illness which can develop more serious complications such as pneumonia. Complications from the coronavirus, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), usually arise from individuals with compromised immune systems or other health related issues such as COPD, diabetes, etc.

    The Covid-19 is believed to spread from person to person through small droplets that are produced when an infected patient sneezes or coughs.

    The CDC warns that it is most likely that the cases in the United States will rise.

    Prevention

    To prevent the spread of the Covid-19 and other viruses the CDC recommends the following. To see all the recommendation of the CDC please go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

    • Wash your hands regularly
    • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
    • Disinfect surfaces regularly
    • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick
    • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
    • Stay home if you are sick

    Travel Advisory

    Click here to the CDC’s travel advisories.

    Emergency Planning

    The Division of Student Affairs and Student Health Services recommends that students, staff and their families start learning about emergency planning and having a plan in case of disruption to school or work happens. Please see the following sites that can help with that.

    https://www.ready.gov/plan

    https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/prepareyourhealth/index.html

    https://www.popsci.com/story/diy/prepare-viral-respiratory-disease-outbreak/


What To Do If You Are Sick

If you exhibit Covid-19 symptoms, please contact a local health authority. If you are on campus, please contact the student health center for an appointment rather than coming into the building to do so. You can contact the student health office at 660-831-4012 or email vogelsmeierc@moval.edu.

If you have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing AND have traveled in the past 14 days to one of areas where a COVID-19 outbreak has occurred, OR you believe you may have been exposed to or infected with the novel coronavirus, you should:

  • Stay home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Seek medical advice. Call ahead to the clinic or doctor’s office before you go and tell them you may have COVID-19. This will ensure health care staff are prepared for your arrival, and they will provide instructions to limit exposure to others.
  • Students should call the student health office at 660-831-4012.
    Employees should call their family practitioner or Saline County Health Department at 660-886-3434.
  • Do not travel on public transportation while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol.

Campus Communications

Missouri Valley College will communicate updates via campus email and on this page. Any school closings will be communicated via MVC’s text alert system, campus email and MVC social media.

Updates from the CDC may be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and the state’s website at www.health.mo.gov/coronavirus.