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Health and Safety

Current Status

To help stop the spread of COVID-19, John Tyler Community College has moved to an online/remote education and telework environment until further notice. During this uncertain time, your success matters to us. We’re here to help.

Spring 2020 Updates

Remote Learning Resources

General COVID-19 Resources

Student Emergency Relief Funds

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Health experts and communities in the United States and around the world are responding to an outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by the novel (new) coronavirus known as COVID-19. To help mitigate spread of the disease, Governor Ralph Northam issued a temporary stay at home order for Virginians.

John Tyler Community College

The safety and well-being of our students, employees and community are always a top priority for John Tyler Community College. The college has a Health and Safety Team in place that is closely monitoring and assessing reports and guidance provided by the Governor’s Office; the Virginia Community College System; the Virginia Department of Health; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and other federal and state agencies and accrediting commissions. Using this guidance, the team is working with departments throughout Tyler to organize the college’s ongoing response to this rapidly evolving situation.

Latest College Updates

The college will provide regular updates to students and employees through email. Those all-student updates will also be posted to this page.


Update: May 15: Phase One at John Tyler Community College

Tyler Students,
I wanted to reach out to you today with an update. 

Today, most of Virginia moved into Phase One of the Commonwealth’s plan to slowly ease restrictions put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be wondering what this means for John Tyler Community College. 

Your health and safety are our top priority. We are closely monitoring the directives issued by the Governor’s Office and guidance provided by health experts to inform Tyler’s planning.

During Virginia’s Phase One, little will change at Tyler. 

  • Maymester and summer classes will still be offered online.
  • Student support services will continue to be offered remotely.
  • Summer and fall registration will continue through myTyler, with remote assistance being provided to those who need help.
  • The college’s campuses will remain closed. 

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a rapidly evolving situation, and we do not yet know how long Phase One will last, but we will be ready to move Tyler into the next phase, once the Commonwealth determines it’s safe for Phase Two to begin. I will provide you with information about that next phase as it becomes available.

In the meantime, if you need assistance, remember that Tyler’s faculty and staff are here for you. To determine how best to reach our various student service departments, go to www.jtcc.edu/covid-19, and click on “Remote Learning Resources.”

Thank you.
Edward "Ted" Raspiller
President
John Tyler Community College


Update: April 10: Important Tyler Student Updates

Students-

Please review the important information below about grades for spring 2020, as well as other announcements pertinent to many of you. 

  • Emergency Grading Policy for Spring 2020
    • As stated in an email last week, due to COVID-19, the grading scale for spring 2020 courses with ending dates after April 6, 2020, has been changed to a pass-no pass system. Students will receive one of five grades: P+, P-, W, WC, or I. Students will have the opportunity to choose a traditional letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) prior to submitting the final graded course assessment.  
    • Specific details about the new grading policy and how to choose the letter grade option are available at: Emergency Grading Policy. It is very important that you review this policy to understand how it impacts you. 
    • Grade Option Survey in Canvas- This document shows screen shots of the directions and survey you will see in each of your Canvas courses starting on Monday, April 13. The survey must be completed prior to submitting the final graded course assessment for each individual course. Again, the Emergency Grading Policy includes all of the details regarding spring 2020 grades. You are strongly encouraged to communicate with your faculty member and/or advisor before completing the survey.
  • Course Evaluations- The template for course evaluations will not be changed for this spring 2020 semester. For face-to-face and hybrid classes, you are asked  to provide feedback based on experiences prior to the COVID-19 pandemic (your experiences before Spring Break week). The course evaluations will be sent to you via email within the next few weeks.
  • Student Services- As a reminder, all of our student support services are available remotely! Please take advantage of the resources available to you.
  • Summer Enrollment- Enroll for a class this summer! With the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order in effect until June 10, we added a Maymester session that will start May 15 and end June 7. Of course, we still have our traditional sessions that are open for registration  Here is the Summer 2020 Schedule of Classes. Register today! 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe and healthy, and thank you for being a Trailblazer!

- Bill

Bill Fiege, Ph.D.
Vice President, Learning and Student Success
John Tyler Community College

Update: April 6: COVID-19 Report

Tyler students, faculty and staff,

On April 6, 2020, the college received a report that an individual who had visited Moyar Hall at the Chester Campus on March 30, 2020, had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was in direct contact with one college employee.

In addition to reaching out to the individual and the employee with whom there was direct contact, John Tyler Community College closed Moyar Hall beginning at 12:00 p.m. on April 6, 2020. A deep cleaning of the building will be conducted in accordance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Both of Tyler’s campuses are already closed to the public. This newly announced building closure only impacts a limited number of college employees who are still allowed to work on campus. Moyar Hall will remain closed until April 13, 2020.

Tyler remains open with all classes and services offered remotely.

Students with questions about this announcement should contact Dean of Students Sandra Kirkland at skirkland@jtcc.edu or 804-594-1566.

Employees with questions about this announcement should contact Danita Harper in Tyler’s Human Resources Office at dharper@jtcc.edu or 804-706-5036.

Visit the CDC website if you have questions about COVID-19 and its symptoms. Please continue following the Governor’s stay at home order, as well as CDC guidance on steps you can take to protect yourself from COVID-19. Updates on the college’s response to COVID-19 may be found at www.jtcc.edu/covid-19.

Thank you.

Edward “Ted” Raspiller, Ed.D.
President
John Tyler Community College

Update: April 6: Spring 2020 Grading Scale and Other Updates

Students,

First and foremost, we hope you are in good health and are safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. We are glad you are part of our John Tyler Community College community, and we are here to help you complete your current classes, as well as plan your next steps. Here are four important updates:

  • Revised Grading Policy for Spring 2020 – For all Spring 2020 semester credit classes ending after April 6, 2020, students will be graded on a pass/no pass grading scale. Students will have the option to request the traditional letter grade (A, B, C, D, or F) through a survey embedded in their course Canvas shells. This survey will be available in your Canvas shell next Monday, April 13, 2020. Please review the policy carefully.
  • Summer Registration – Registration for summer classes is underway. Currently, all courses are scheduled in one of two online formats: video-enhanced classes, in which classes will have remote “face-to-face” meetings each week through Zoom, and virtual classes, in which students are given weekly assignments and interact using discussion boards and other technologies. The summer class schedule is available. The college is also considering adding short session courses to start mid-May and end by mid-June to keep students moving forward on their educational pathways during this COVID-19 crisis. Additions to the summer schedule will be available on the online schedule.
  • Summer Payment Deadlines – We have a new payment plan in place for all students registering for Summer 2020 classes, which gives students more time to pay their tuition and fees. Learn more about the Summer 2020 payment plan.
  • Fall Registration – The fall schedule will be available in the online schedule next Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at this link, with registration starting Monday, April 27, 2020.

For additional updates, please monitor www.jtcc.edu/covid-19.

Best wishes to each and every one of you! Take care.

Bill Fiege, Ph.D.
Vice President, Learning and Student Success
Office: Chester M109; Midlothian B206F
Phone: Chester (804) 706-5004; Midlothian (804) 594-1406
wfiege@jtcc.edu

Update: March 27: Summer Registration

Now is the time to plan for Summer 2020!  You can do it!  Stay on track to graduation, and don’t fall behind.

Registration for Summer 2020 begins on Monday, March 30.

Summer 2020 courses will be offered in two online formats:

  • Video-enhanced classes that combine live video instruction and independent online learning. Students will meet weekly in Canvas or Zoom with their instructor on the assigned day and time. These courses are identified as R##S (for example, BUS 100 R26S).
  • Virtual classes where students are given weekly assignments and interact on their own schedules using discussion boards. These classes are identified as N##A/B (for example, BUS 100 N25A).

When we are able to reopen the campus to the public, we plan to begin offering lab-intensive and on-campus classes as soon as possible.  

Visit https://jtcc.edu/schedule/summer.php to explore course options.

First Summer tuition deadline will be sometime mid-May.
 
Need help finding the course you need? Contact your faculty advisor for help. Navigate Student is the place to make your virtual appointment.
 
Financial Aid is available for summer!  Pell Grants are also available for summer 2020. Complete the Summer Aid Application, and submit the form online, go here for upload instructions: www.jtcc.edu/downloads/admissions/HowtoUploadAttachmentsin24-7.pdf.

Have other questions? We’re here to help! 

Julie Ranson, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
John Tyler Community College
Phone: 804-594-1451 (Midlothian) 
Phone: 804-706-5064 (Chester)

Update: March 27: Emergency Fund Support

Tyler students,
We understand the current COVID-19 environment brings numerous challenges that can impact your ability to focus on your education. We are here to help you. Our Student Emergency Fund assists students facing a short-term financial emergency. If you need such assistance, I encourage you to go to www.jtcc.edu/services/emergencyfund/ for more information about the fund and to learn how to apply for it. On that page, you’ll also find the link to the online application.

We’ll get through this one step at a time. Please make taking care of yourself a priority.

Edward “Ted” Raspiller
President
John Tyler Community College

Update: March 26: Spring Semester Classes & Services

Tyler students,
Much has happened in Virginia and in the world since I emailed you on March 12 to let you know the college was implementing social distancing practices and moving class instruction and support services to remote formats through at least March 28. In a matter of days, almost every aspect of our lives changed dramatically, and every day, we seem to have to adjust our lives even more. I understand these are unsettling times, but I want you to know, you are not alone. John Tyler Community College is here for you, and we want to help.

My goal through all of this is to keep you informed of what’s happening at Tyler. So, today, I share some updates.

Spring 2020 Semester Classes and Services
For the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, classes and student services will continue to be offered in a remote format. The only exceptions may involve certain courses that normally require hands-on lab components. Our vice president of learning and student success; academic deans; and instructors are currently finalizing plans for how the skills required in those classes can be taught in a safe and meaningful way. If you are currently in classes that require hands-on training, please stay in touch with your instructors, as they will be providing you more details.

Withdrawal Dates
To give you more time, some withdrawal dates have been extended for the remaining spring semester class sessions. The dates are as follows:

  • 12 Week Session – April 18
  • 5 Week 3 Session – April 20 (No Change)
  • 15 Week Session – April 27
  • 8 Week 2 Session – April 27

If you are considering withdrawing from a class, please talk to your instructor, your advisor or a tutor first. Our faculty and staff are here to help you.

Events and Activities
Due to state-mandated limitations on group sizes and social distancing requirements, all college-sponsored or related events and activities, scheduled to take place face-to-face between now and May 15 have been postponed or cancelled. Some activities may be held online, while others may be scheduled for a later time. Event and activities organizers will be in touch with details as they become available. I also encourage you to monitor Tyler’s social media channels for updates and opportunities to participate in virtual activities.

Your safety and well-being remain our top priority. Also important for us is ensuring we provide you with the coursework and access to instructors and support services you need to successfully complete your spring classes. If you are facing challenges with any of your classes, please reach out. Attached you will find the most up-to-date Student Support FAQ sheet, which includes information to help you connect to these resources (note: links for the remote instruction/student support services resources referenced in this communication have been updated to ensure students are accessing the latest information.).

Thank you for being part of our Trailblazer family!

Edward “Ted” Raspiller
President
John Tyler Community College

Update: March 23: Accessing Student Services

Tyler students,
As you learned on Friday, for the safety of our students, faculty and staff, John Tyler Community College’s campuses are now closed to the public, including students and visitors. The college will remain open, but with classes and services offered remotely.

We want to make sure you have the latest information about how to access Tyler’s student services. Attached to this email, you will find an updated resource document, which includes information about online learning, commonly asked questions, and information about our student services (note: links for the remote instruction/student support services resources referenced in this communication have been updated to ensure students are accessing the latest information.). 

If you need to access Wi-Fi, you are still welcome to come to Tyler’s campuses and connect to the college’s Wi-Fi from the parking lots. You may also email academics@jtcc.edu if you do not have internet access or a device (such as a computer, tablet, etc.) that is needed to connect to your class. We will do all we can, within reason, to help you.

This week, the college will be reassessing the need to continue offering its classes and services remotely. Please monitor your email and http://www.jtcc.edu/covid-19 for updates.

Thank you.
Julie Ranson, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management
John Tyler Community College

Update: March 20: Campus Closure to the Public

Tyler students,
The advent of the COVID-19 virus has caused us to rethink everything we do and how we do it. I first of all want to thank each of you for your patience and flexibility. I have seen numerous instances of the true Trailblazer spirit this week, and I am deeply grateful to each of you.

I want you all to know our top priority is your health and safety. So, beginning on Monday, March 23, 2020, John Tyler Community College’s campuses will be closed to the public until further notice. During that time, the college will remain open and will continue to offer its classes and services remotely. The decision to close our campuses to the public was not taken lightly, and it was made with the well-being of our students and faculty in mind.

Please remember:

  • If you need help from one of our student services, such as tutoring, the library or advising (just to name a few), go to www.jtcc.edu/downloads/about/StudentSupportServicesUpdate3-17-20.pdf for a list of web links to each service (note: links for the remote instruction/student support services resources referenced in this communication have been updated to ensure students are accessing the latest information.).
  • If you need access to the internet, you may come to the campus parking lots and connect to the college’s Wi-Fi without having to leave your car (our IT staff recommend you park closer to the buildings for the best connection).

Thank you for working with us as we continue to adapt to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.

Take care of yourself and those around you.

Edward "Ted" Raspiller
President
John Tyler Community College

Update: March 17: Remote Instruction Information

Students - This remote instruction document has been created to help you navigate student support services during the period of remote instruction and student support, which starts tomorrow, March 18 (note: links for the remote instruction/student support services resources referenced in this communication have been updated to ensure students are accessing the latest information.).

Your teachers should communicate with you today. If you do not receive communication from your instructor by 3:00 p.m., please email academics@jtcc.edu with your name, class, and instructor’s name. We want to ensure you receive communication to help you move forward with your educational goals. We are committed to doing all we can to help you complete your semester.

Please continue to monitor your Tyler email on a daily basis for the latest updates from your faculty and the college. Stay safe!

- Bill Fiege, Ph.D.
Vice President, Learning and Student Success

Update: March 15: CDC Guidance for Tyler Faculty, Staff and Students

Tyler students/faculty and staff,
As part of our continued effort to prioritize your health and safety and that of those who live and work in and around  our college community, we want to let you know about important guidelines John Tyler Community College now has in place based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Virginia Heath Department (VDH), the Governor’s Declaration of a State of Emergency (Executive Order Number 51), and the President’s State of Emergency Declaration.

All students, faculty, and staff who have travelled internationally or on a cruise ship are prohibited from coming to John Tyler Community College’s campuses for the self-quarantine period recommended by the CDC. The guidance offered by the CDC is subject to change, as the situation surrounding COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, so please refer to the CDC travel site for specific information on self-quarantine periods for travelers.

Also, any students or Tyler employees, whether they’ve recently traveled or not, who believe they may need to self-quarantine because they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or because they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are encouraged to seek medical assistance and to follow the self-quarantine period recommended by the CDC.

The college will work with any students and employees who must or who feel they should self-quarantine.

Students who must or who believe they should self-quarantine, should contact the Dean of Students, Sandra Kirkland, at skirkland@jtcc.edu or 804-594-1566 for assistance.

Employees who must or who believe they should self-quarantine, should contact Danita Harper in Tyler’s Human Resources Office at dharper@jtcc.edu or 804-706-5036 for assistance.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts to protect themselves and each other. Please continue to monitor your email and www.jtcc.edu/covid-19 for updates.

Thank you.

Edward “Ted” Raspiller
President, John Tyler Community College

Update: March 14: Remote Learning Reminder

Tyler Students,
As a reminder, all classes are cancelled on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. On these dates, the college’s campuses (and offices) will be closed to the public, so faculty and staff may work on transitioning classes and support services to remote formats.  

By noon on Tuesday, March 17:

  • For each class in which you are currently enrolled – You should receive an email from your instructor, explaining how your class will continue.
  • You will receive information as to what methods can be used to access student support services remotely. This information will be sent to you by email, will be available in Canvas, and will be posted on www.jtcc.edu/covid-19.

Classes and student support services will resume on March 18.

8W2 Students- 8W2 classes will start on Wednesday, March 18. The add deadline for 8W2 classes has been moved to Friday, March 20, and the drop deadline for 8W2 classes has been extended to Tuesday, March 24.

Please Note: We will do all we can to help you meet the learning outcomes for each class in which you are enrolled. It will require flexibility and patience by all involved. This is unchartered territory for our college and all of us, as individuals. While the health and safety of you, your families, and our faculty and staff is of top priority, we also want to ensure you are able to meet your educational goals with limited interruption, so you may move forward with your transfer and/or career aspirations. At John Tyler, we are the Trailblazers, and together, we can do this!

Bill Fiege, Ph.D.
Vice President, Learning and Student Success
Office: Chester M109; Midlothian B206F
Phone: Chester (804) 706-5004; Midlothian (804) 594-1406
wfiege@jtcc.edu

Update: March 12: Switching to Remote Instruction through 3/28

Tyler students,

As you know, the situation involving the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving. To date, there have been nine presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Virginia.

Although the threat remains low, health experts advise everyone to remain vigilant and to take steps to protect themselves, their families, and their communities. This includes frequent handwashing; covering coughs and sneezes; disinfecting frequently touched surfaces; staying home when you are sick; and self-quarantining and self-monitoring after traveling to a CDC-defined Level 3 country where COVID-19 is widespread.

These preventive actions also include social distancing, a practice in which you place greater distances between yourself and others; avoid handshakes and physical greetings; and take other precautions to try to prevent possible exposure to and transmission of the virus.

After monitoring and reviewing guidance related to these preventative measures and out of an abundance of caution, John Tyler Community College is taking the following steps to enact social distancing practices and to reduce the number of people on our campuses:

Classes Cancelled March 16 – 17 

The college is cancelling all classes on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17, so its faculty and staff can finalize preparations to start remote instruction beginning on Wednesday, March 18

Class Changes from March 18 – 28 

  • From March 18 – 28, classes that are normally taught in-person or are hybrid will shift to a fully remote instructional format.
  • Students who do not have access to an electronic device and/or internet services should inform their instructors immediately so they may attempt to work with you individually.
  • The goals will be for all students to have the opportunity to complete the semester, meeting all of the learning outcomes within their respective classes.
  • Instructors will communicate with their classes no later than Tuesday, March 17 at noon.
  • For students who are in classes that require labs, simulation work, clinicals, etc. that cannot be easily transitioned to remote instruction, faculty will be working to determine best methods for each class and will communicate with you by Tuesday, March 17 at noon.
  • Students who need access to computers, printers and the internet may still come to campus at this time. Computer stations in the libraries on both campuses will be available for use. The college will be implementing social distancing practices in the library, so please pay attention to posted signs.
  • During this time, college email should be regularly monitored, as it will be the primary form of communication for important information and updates.

Classes after March 28

If the college determines it needs to continue this alternate class meeting approach beyond March 28, the college community will be notified by March 26.

College Campuses to Remain Open

  • The college’s Chester and Midlothian campuses will remain open and operational, so students will have access to all of Tyler’s support services. Information on how to access student services remotely will be sent to students by email on Tuesday, March 17.  
  • Faculty and staff will maintain their regular work schedules unless otherwise notified.

Recent Travelers

John Tyler Community College is monitoring and following CDC guidance related to travelers.

  • As of today, March 12, the CDC has issued Level-3 Travel Health Notices for China, most of Europe, Iran and South Korea.
  • As per CDC guidance, those who have recently traveled to CDC-defined Level 3 countries must self-quarantine, self-monitor, and practice social distancing for 14 days.
  • The college requests any student or employee who has recently travelled to a CDC-defined Level 3 country to adhere to the CDC’s self-quarantine guidance.
  • Clinical sites are requiring their employees who’ve recently travelled to these countries to follow CDC guidelines. These sites hold students to the same requirements as employees. Students should talk to their instructor if they have any questions.
  • It is important to note, the countries given a Level 3 designation may change as the situation evolves, and information will be posted on the CDC’s travel page. 

College-sponsored Travel/Trips Postponed

All college-sponsored group travel scheduled to take place between March 16 and April 5 is postponed until further notice. If you were scheduled to participate in an upcoming trip, please stay in contact with your trip organizer.

College-sponsored Events and Activities

The spring semester is a busy time of year for events and activities. As the situation evolves, the college may alter plans for these events. Changes to event plans will be shared by email and on www.jtcc.edu.

COVID-19 Resources

For the latest information on COVID-19, including updates on the virus, steps to protect yourself, symptoms, steps to report a possible exposure, and more, visit VDH and CDC websites.

John Tyler Community College is committed to your well-being and to meeting your academic and support needs during this evolving situation.

Since circumstances can change rapidly, we will be regularly communicating with you about what’s happening at Tyler. I ask that you monitor your email for those updates. You may also find important information on our Health and Safety Planning web page at www.jtcc.edu/covid-19.

Thank you for your flexibility, understanding and patience.

Please take care.

Edward “Ted” Raspiller
President
John Tyler Community College

Update: March 2: Health and Safety Recommendations

Tyler students,
We know that news about the flu and about the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID19, have raised concerns among many. Your well-being is a top priority to us, so we want to let you know that John Tyler Community College has a team in place that is closely monitoring reports and guidance provided by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We are still in flu season, and the VDH reports widespread cases of the flu in our state. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID19 in Virginia. We know the situation in Virginia and across the country can change quickly, so we encourage you to take steps to protect yourself and your family.

  • Wash your hands frequently. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with others who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that you frequently use or touch.
  • Contact your doctor if you believe you are experiencing symptoms of the flu or COVID19.
  • Check the CDC web site if you are planning to travel. The site provides up-to-date information and guidance related to flu cases and to COVID19 cases that could influence your travel plans.
  • Get a flu vaccine if you haven’t gotten one already.

On Tyler’s campuses our housekeeping staff are increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces. We are also making sure hand sanitizer dispensers are available around our campuses. 

Stopping the spread of germs is a shared responsibility, and we thank you in advance for using the above guidance.

Thank you.

Edward “Ted” Raspiller, Ed.D.
President, John Tyler Community College

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