Maine Maritime Academy Coronavirus Information & Updates

Maine Maritime Academy is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and working proactively to minimize any risk to our community.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions | Updated August  21, 2020


9/28/2020 | Message from Professor Coté

Maine Maritime Academy is creating an email distribution list for immediate family members of current students. This list will be used for communicating updates on the current response to COVID-19.  We also encourage you to follow the MMA Parents Association Facebook Page for regular updates and communications.

Dear Mariner Parent,

As we begin the third week of remote instruction at Maine Maritime Academy, I hope you and your family are safe and adjusting to the new circumstances brought about by COVID-19 and the need for social distancing. We certainly could not have imagined that this is how the spring semester would end when we welcomed students to campus this fall.

Mark Coté, our Interim Provost, has been in frequent communication with students. By now, your son or daughter should have a clear understanding of the path forward for their courses that moved to remote instruction, with revised schedules and dates for final exams. Because of the staggered start to remote learning, there will be a staggered end to each class, but all final grades will be in by May 8, 2020.

For a limited number of classes where labs or practical STCW assessments cannot be done remotely, students will have to return to campus to complete that work. Students will receive a grade of Incomplete for these courses this semester, which will remain on record until the follow-on session is completed.

If your student is struggling with their studies, they can reach out to their professors, their advisor, or the Buoy House staff to get the help they need. Help is also available outside of the classroom by contacting Dean Davis or Mr. Ferreira in the Counseling Office. We want all of our students to succeed, so please encourage your son or daughter to ask for help if they need it.

Many students have had questions about summer internships and cadet shipping assignments. We have developed a policy that Professor Coté shared via email last week. The key is for each student to work with Ms. Harman or Mr. Easley in the Career Services Office to coordinate anything they do with regard to internships and cadet shipping.

For the license-track students who will have in-class assessments or a training cruise that needs to be completed this summer, we plan to give students at least two weeks’ notice of when we can return to campus to complete in-person assessments and at least one month’s notice before the start of cruise. In either case, students will have the option to decline participation in this summer’s sessions and we will work with them to complete those requirements in the fall of 2020 or the summer of 2021. Though we do not yet know what the summer and fall will bring, we will plan for a transition from the current stay-at-home order for once restrictions are lifted, and will keep you informed as plans develop.

If you have questions, I encourage you to visit the dedicated COVID-19 Information and Updates page of our website for the latest news (follow the link from the top of the home page at mainemaritime.edu). There, you can also subscribe to our current parent email list to receive updates. In the meantime, please know that every MMA student’s education and safety are my top priorities.

Sincerely,

Dr. William J. Brennan
President

We’ll be posting updates regarding Maine Maritime Academy’s response to COVID-19 here and on the MMA Parents Association Facebook Page. If you would like to join an email distribution list for immediate family members of current students, please fill out the form below. Thank you!

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Health

The most up-to-date and relevant health resources can be found on the CDC website. Please refer to their site when seeking COVID-19 information and revisit often for updates.

MMA community members are encouraged to follow these CDC guidelines regarding general hygiene and good health:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Watch for symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat (in some patients)

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

If you have traveled out of state recently or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus and get sick with fever (100.4 F or higher) or cough, or have trouble breathing:

  • Seek medical care. Call ahead before visiting the Health Center (326-2305), your doctor’s office, or an emergency room. Medical staff will ask you questions and properly prepare for your arrival.
  • Tell your health care provider about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

MMA Updates

  • For information and updates from the Academy, please monitor this page. Information will also be shared on MMA’s FacebookTwitter, and mobile app.
  • To read the latest information about Maine’s CDC COVID-19 response, please visit the Maine CDC
  • To read the latest information about the CDC’s national COVID-19 response, please visit the CDC website.
  • For information on State legislation in response to COVID-19, or state-wide closings, visit maine.gov.
  • For information on Federal response and legislation regarding COVID-19, please visit usa.gov.

Travel

The CDC includes information for U.S. travel and other information, including an FAQ on their website.

If you have read the FAQs and cannot find your question answered there, please use the following contact information for these offices. Please note that email is the preferred mode of communication at this time. Thank you!

Academics: Cindra Leeman, cindra.leeman@mma.edu, 207-326-2485

Admissions: admissions@mma.edu, 207-326-2207

Athletics: Steve Peed, stephen.peed@mma.edu, 207-326-2451

Business Office (including refund questions): Alice Herrick, alice.herrick@mma.edu, 207-326-2445

Cadet Shipping: Deb Harman, deborah.harman@mma.edu, 207-326-2650

Co-ops/Field Experience: Chuck Easley, chuck.easley@mma.edu, 207-326-2652

Financial Aid: Kathy Heath, financialaid@mma.edu, 207-326-2339

Residence Life (including room selection for next year): Janice Folk, janice.folk@mma.edu, 207-326-2280

Student concerns: Deidra Davis, deidra.davis@mma.edu, 207-326-2138

TSSOM Cruise – Regimental Office: commandantsdivision@mma.edu, 207-326-2250

All other questions: Casey Littlefield, casey.littlefield@mma.edu, 207-326-2620