Campus Update - March 15

March 15, 2020

RE: Important Note: STCC Campus Open Tomorrow (3/16)

Good Evening STCC Community,

As the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic conditions evolve, the college is taking additional steps to ensure, as much as possible, the health and safety of everyone on campus.

Many, many people are working hard to provide for continued accessibility, and to assure the continuation of teaching, learning, and services we offer students and community partners.

As an example, today, all buildings were deep cleaned and sanitized using two methods, electrostatic spraying, as well as traditional spray and wiping. Specific surfaces cleaned included all touchpoints: switches, doors and door frames, handles and push-bars, bubblers, vending machines, elevators, and all furniture.  All products used for cleaning meet guidelines for safe use in areas with food.

Please note the following important updates and reminders, particularly in light of the dynamic situation, which we know has impacted our local schools:

This week is Spring Break, when there are usually fewer visitors to campus, and we will be open.  

We will be taking steps to limit college access by the public, and preparations such as the attached are posted to the Building 19/Learning Commons entrances.

All employees should report to work as scheduled tomorrow; if you have questions or concerns please speak with your supervisor, and Human Resources can also be a helpful guide (413) 755-4361.

We will continue the cancellation of community and other events on campus; specifics will be forthcoming.

Reporting Illness

IMPORTANT: Please stay home if you are sick.

If you are an employee suffering flu-like symptoms, or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been exposed to COVID-19, please contact Human Resources (Cyndee Shiveley: 

Personal information will be kept strictly confidential.

Absences from Work

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education has recently completed negotiations with AFSCME, and will be negotiating tomorrow with the MCCC regarding leave time and other features of working conditions as this situation evolves.  For now, employees who need to remain at home due to illness, caring for family members, including child care, should take personal, vacation, or sick leave as usual.  Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

Please continue to check the STCC Coronavirus website for updates.

Thank you,

John B. Cook, Ph.D.