Martin Luther College COVID-19 Update (03/30/2020)
On Monday, March 30, Martin Luther College President Mark Zarling was diagnosed positive for COVID 19. When President Zarling’s symptoms were identified as possible signs of coronavirus infection, all who were in prolonged contact with him were put on a 14-day quarantine on March 24. All who were quarantined continue to follow approved protocols for monitoring and reporting symptoms. No one else in the quarantine group has reported symptoms that would necessitate COVID 19 testing. At the time of this report, President Zarling is being treated at a nearby emergency facility. Please keep President Zarling and our MLC campus family in your prayers.
As reported last week, the MLC Administrative Council is deliberating how to address year-end events and pertinent issues. Please watch for additional reports on these topics to be released later today.
MLC Early Childhood Learning Center COVID-19 Update (03/27/2020)
The MLC Administrative Council and MLC ECLC Committee decided to continue operations in a limited capacity, on March 30, 2020, with week-by-week care. During the week of March 30, ECLC will operate with reduced hours from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with service being provided only to the Tier I families that expressed an urgent requirement for care, in the recent childcare needs survey, as those individuals have no alternative care available. We understand that other Tier I workers indicated they had other alternative care available, and at this time, our staffing does not allow for any additional children. If you are one of these families who requested an urgent requirement for care, you can expect an individual message from us with what we are asking of you to do before and during drop off, and during and after pick up. As this virus is changing daily, please understand that we may also need to change our operations.
Our plan is to operate week-by-week, and communication regarding the week of April 6, will be sent to all families by April 3. With the reduction in hours of operation, and staffing circumstances, we are only able to continue to care for Tier I workers children who require care, as indicated in the childcare needs survey, and ensure proper disinfecting, sanitizing, cleaning, and social distancing.
Center newsletters will continue and parents can use this for ideas to continue at-home learning.
Martin Luther College COVID-19 Update (03/26/2020)
On Wednesday, March 25, Governor Tim Walz and Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker announced that all Minnesota public school districts and charter schools will implement a Distance Learning Period beginning on March 30, 2020, until at least April 30, 2020. On Thursday, March 26, the Martin Luther College Administrative Council (AC) evaluated their instructional plans in light of this announcement and the state of Minnesota’s “stay at home” executive order. Taking into consideration this directive, the COVID 19 ordinances of other states, and the safety of MLC students, faculty, and staff, the AC extended MLC’s alternative/distance learning plans to the end of the Spring 2020 semester.
The MLC Administrative Council will continue to monitor these changing initiatives across our country. By April 8, at the latest, the AC will communicate additional directives related to year-end events and procedures. Thank you to all for continuing prayers and patience as we work together for the benefit of our students and for the good of God’s kingdom.
Martin Luther College COVID-19 Update (03/12/2020)
All Classes will be conducted via Alternative/Distance Learning Methods starting March 23. More information and instruction are included in the red buttons above.
The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 emergency a worldwide pandemic. President Trump has issued significant travel restrictions. Large and small colleges and universities are taking strong action to slow down the spread of infection. No one wants health care facilities to be overrun. MLC has been monitoring and discussing, planning and communicating, as all of you know. Our MLC Campus and MLC Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC) are safe places to work. In this effort, meetings were held in which important and serious decisions have been made, all in the interest of reducing risk to our faculty, staff, students, and the communities in which we live and serve.