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Health and Safety

Current Status

Spring 2021 Semester   

  • Student Services: Currently, most student services are being offered remotely. Information about hours and how to connect to these services may be found on our Spring 2021 page
  • Classes: Spring semester classes are underway. Students may still register for 12-week and 2nd 8-week session classes. 
  • Computers and Internet Access on Campus: The college has set up designated spaces on campus for students who need access to a computer or internet for their Zoom and online classes or to connect with student services

For the safety of our college community:

  • Our campuses will only open to those who have official college business.
  • Those who come to campus should note each office's hours, must follow the guidelines for each department they plan to visit and must follow the college’s safety protocols, which include but are not limited to wearing a CDC-recommended type of face covering/mask that covers the nose and mouth; practicing social distancing by maintaining at least six feet between people; and obeying all posted signs.
  • Do not come to campus if you:
    • Are ill, regardless of symptoms
    • Have symptoms consistent with COVID-19
    • Have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results
    • Have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19
    • Have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
    • Have recently travelled to an area with high incidence of COVID-19

Learn more:

Spring 2021 Guide

Campus Reopening Plan

Safety Protocols

CARES Act Funding

Re-Employing Virginians (REV) Program


Health and Safety Planning at Tyler

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 works with departments throughout Tyler to organize the college’s ongoing response to this rapidly evolving situation. 

About COVID-19

Employment and Social Services Resources 


Latest Announcements and Updates

January 18, 2021: Update on Student Services

Trailblazers,

With the spring semester now underway, I wanted to provide you with a brief update about connecting to student services to help you with your classes at Tyler.  

Student Services
Through at least the end of January, most student services will continue to only be provided remotely. Information about hours and how to connect to these services may be found on the college website. If you’re not sure which office you need, reach out to our Help Hub for assistance. 

In addition to registration, advising and other help, don’t forget you have access to free tutoring through our Academic Resource Center (ARC), and you can get assistance with research, technology loans and other services through our Library.

Computer and Internet Access on Campus
I also want to remind you that if you need access to a computer or the internet in order to take your Zoom or online classes or to connect to student services, there are designated spaces on both campuses available for your use. 

Safety and Resources
Please remember, if you come to campus, you must follow the all of college’s safety protocols, which include wearing a mask and socially distancing. There are times when you must not come to campus. These include, but are not limited to: you are ill (regardless of symptoms); have symptoms consistent with COVID-19; have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results; have recently been diagnosed with COVID-19; and have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you meet any of these criteria, do not come to campus, and contact the Dean of Students Office (deanofstudents@jtcc.edu) for assistance. 

Even if you are not coming to campus, if you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the Dean of Students Office (deanofstudents@jtcc.edu) so that we may assist you. Additional information about the college’s response to the pandemic may be found at www.jtcc.edu/covid-19

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
As a reminder, the college is closed today, Monday, January 18 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. King once said, “Whatever your life's work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.” Whether you are at Tyler to study remotely and/or on-campus, find a job and/or to transfer, and/or meet personal and/or professional goals, do well, in fact, do very well! Our mission is to provide quality educational opportunities that inspire student success and community vitality with a vision of a success story for every student. We are here to help you be successful, so please reach out to our student support offices whenever you need assistance. I wish you the very best as you seek to fulfill your educational goals and reach the “mountaintop” in your chosen field!

Bill Fiege, Ph.D.
Vice President, Learning and Student Success
academics@jtcc.edu


January 13, 2021: Reported COVID case on campus

On January 12, 2021, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Chester Campus January 11. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.


January 6, 2021: Spring Semester Classes to Begin Remotely

Students, 
I write to you with an important update about the start of our spring semester. The semester will begin on time, with our 15-week and 1st 8-week classes kicking off the week of January 11. However, due to community surges in COVID-19 cases and out of an abundance of caution, classes scheduled to be held on-campus January 11 – 16 will meet remotely.

If you are registered for a class that is scheduled to meet on campus the week of January 11, you will receive instructions from your instructor on how to access your class. Please monitor your student email and your course in Canvas for this information, which should be provided to you by no later than 24 hours before your first class meeting. 

We will have open computer labs on both campuses for students who need to access a computer or the internet. Go to Moyar Hall, M211 at the Chester Campus or Hamel Hall, H204 at the Midlothian Campus. In addition, as supplies last, Tyler libraries can loan laptops, Chromebooks, calculators, webcams and hotspots to currently enrolled students for the entire semester. Students need to complete the form available on the library technology web site to request devices. 

I also want to remind you that student services are currently being offered remotely. Information about those services and other resources may be found at www.jtcc.edu/spring2021. Please note, all students coming on campus MUST follow the College’s safety protocols, which can be found here
If you have questions or need assistance, please email academics@jtcc.edu. On Monday, January 11, we will open our new student information center, which will be accessible at www.jtcc.edu/helphub

Thank you for choosing to attend John Tyler Community College and have a great semester!  

Bill Fiege, Ph.D.
Vice President, Learning and Student Success
academics@jtcc.edu 

January 6, 2021: Reported COVID case on campus

On January 6, 2021, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Chester Campus January 5. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

December 4: Reported COVID case on campus

On December 3, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Midlothian Campus December 1. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

November 24: Thank You for Being a Trailblazer!

Students,

As we approach Thanksgiving on Thursday, I wanted to thank you for choosing Tyler to pursue your education. We know you have choices, and we also understand that going to school during a worldwide pandemic is not without challenges. We are here for you! To those of you graduating this December, finish strong and congratulations on your accomplishment. You should be very proud!
 
To the rest of you, we are now registering students for spring classes, and it is important to understand all of the options available and to register for classes before the ones you want are full. We will have classes fully online in Canvas with no set meeting times, online via Zoom, on-campus, and in hybrid forms that provide a combination of these formats. In addition, we have classes in 8-week, 12-week, and 15-week sessions. You can see all of your options and register for classes at www.jtcc.edu/schedule. 
 
Paying for an education is not easy. We have developed a new payment plan that requires less money down AND a longer time period to pay in full.  Check out the new payment plan here. 
 
This spring term, we will no longer require students to sign a waiver for every class in which they are enrolled. We appreciate your patience and feedback regarding the procedure in place for the fall. We learned a lot, and we have worked to simplify the process while still making sure you have the health and safety protocols you need. Our COVID-19 rules and guidelines are included at www.jtcc.edu/covid-19 and in the Student Handbook, and they will be embedded in the Spring ’21 course outlines. 
 
Based on recent reports, we sincerely hope that a COVID-19 vaccine is available to us during 2021. While we must continue to wear masks, follow social distancing protocols, and be vigilant about our interactions, I encourage you to take advantage of the time to finish your program of study at Tyler. 

This moment in history will be one we never forget. Write your success story today, and thanks again for being a Trailblazer! Happy Thanksgiving. 
 
Bill Fiege, Ph.D.
Vice President, Learning and Student Success

November 17: Planning for the Holidays 

Students,

With the kick-off of the holiday season just days away, I wanted to take a moment to wish you all the best as you begin to wrap up the fall semester and the year 2020. I know many of you are looking forward to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday break, and I hope you find the time to enjoy some relaxation.

Holiday Planning Considerations
This is the time of year when we normally spend more time indoors; travel to see family and friends; attend holiday parties and gatherings; and take part in a variety of activities marking the holidays. 

As you make plans for the holidays, I want to encourage you to follow important guidance provided by health officials. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has put together a web page that offers a comprehensive overview of considerations you should make when thinking about hosting or attending a gathering; travelling; or planning an overnight stay. The Holiday Celebrations and Small Gatherings web page also includes an overview of lower, moderate, and higher risk activities to help you better assess how best to safely celebrate the holidays. 

As always, the CDC reminds us of the importance of wearing masks that cover the nose and mouth; of socially distancing by staying at least six feet away from others; of hand washing; and of disinfecting commonly touched items. 

Support Resources
I also understand the holiday season and the pandemic can be emotionally challenging. Please know help is available. The Virginia Department of Health, as well as the CDC websites offer information on resources and organizations that can assist you. The college’s Care Team can also assist you and connect you to services.


Take care of yourselves and each other, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

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

October 29: Reported COVID case on campus

On October 29, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Midlothian Campus October 27. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

October 13: Reported COVID case on campus

On October 9, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Chester Campus October 7. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

October 7: Tyler Student Updates

Students,
As we kick off the month of October during this very unusual fall semester, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for choosing to be a Trailblazer and for letting us know – whether through student surveys, phone calls, emails, or discussions with faculty and staff – how your semester is going and what you need to be successful.

We’re here for you.
Our faculty and staff are here to help you when you need it. As a Tyler student, you have access to:

  • Free tutoring, writing assistance and study groups through our Academic Resource Center
  • Research assistance; books, databases, and other resources; and technology loans through our Library.  
  • Job search assistance, internships, workshops and career fairs through Career Services.
  • Student clubs, student organizations and a variety of activities through our Student Activities Office.
  • Academic planning support from faculty advisors (for those who have declared a major) and our Advising Center.
  • Our Care Team, which can help you connect to support and services needed when personal challenges arise.

These are just a few of the support services available to you. For the health and safety of our college community, all of our services are offered remotely. Some are also offered on campus. Check the links listed above or search the college website to find out how to connect to these offices.

Also, if you are experiencing difficulties connecting to your classes or college resources due to technology challenges or because you’re having difficulty finding a quiet place to take your class or study, please let us know by emailing academics@jtcc.edu

Need or want another fall class?
I know uncertainty about what the fall would bring means some of you did not sign up for as many classes as you normally would. There’s still an opportunity for you to earn more credits this semester. Our 2nd 8-Week Session kicks off October 19, and thanks to feedback we received, we added more classes to this session. Check out www.jtcc.edu/schedule, and select “Eight Week – Second” in the “Sessions” drop-down box to explore the options. There’s still time to register!

Thinking about what’s next up for the Spring 2021 semester?
Registration for Spring 2021 classes will start November 9. The full schedule will be available by the end of October, and it will include online, Zoom, and on-campus options. More information about the schedule will be available on the web site sent to you via email, once it is finalized. 

Take care of yourselves, stay safe, and remember, we are here for you!

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

October 5: Reported COVID case on campus

On October 2, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Midlothian Campus September 28. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

September 14: Reported COVID case on campus

On September 13, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Midlothian Campus September 12. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

September 11: Reported COVID case on campus

On September 10, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community has COVID-19. The individual was last on the Midlothian Campus and Chester campuses September 2. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

September 8: Reported COVID case on campus

On September 4, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Midlothian Campus August 25. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

September 4: Reported COVID case on campus

On September 3, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Chester Campus August 31. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

August 28: Reported COVID case on campus

On August 27, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Midlothian Campus August 21. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

August 25: Welcome to the Fall Semester

Welcome to the start of the Fall 2020 semester! 

These are unusual times for all of us. Much has happened over the past several months, as we’ve adapted our lives and wondered what’s ahead. Although this fall semester may be a bit different from what you imagined, I want to let you know that our commitment to you remains the same. We are here to empower you by providing you with an outstanding education and the support you need to reach your goals. 

Whether you are taking your classes online, through Zoom, or on campus, our faculty and staff are ready to help. All of our services are available to you remotely, including access to tutoring, our Care Team, Student Activities, and our Library. When possible, assistance is also offered on-campus. Please check our Fall 2020 Student Resources page for office hours and for information on how to connect with these services remotely or on campus. I also encourage you to review the information and resources found at www.jtcc.edu/covid-19

As we move into this new academic year during these unusual times, always remember, we are Trailblazers! We are resilient, here for each other, and ready to create new paths and boldly move forward!

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

August 21: Tyler Student Information- Fall 2020

Students-
Thank you for choosing John Tyler Community College to pursue your educational goals this fall semester. If you have not registered yet or want to take additional classes, there is still time: Go to myTyler and sign up for classes through SIS or Navigate. If you have registered for fall classes, but have not paid for them, please note that students will be dropped for non-payment after 11:00 pm on Monday, August 24. 

As you are well aware, the start of this school year is like no other. To keep students and employees safe, we enacted several health and safety protocols that MUST be followed. Find information about John Tyler’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic at www.jtcc.edu/covid-19. 

Here is additional information to help you get started this semester.

All students MUST complete the Student Health Safety Agreement survey embedded in the Canvas shell for every course. Since online students may seek support on campus, this survey is required, even if all of your courses are online. Students refusing to complete the survey will not be allowed to remain a student at Tyler. 
Canvas shells will be made available to students on the first day of the class, if not sooner. 
Review your course schedule closely. Note how and when your classes are scheduled. 

If you have an on-campus class, note the day, time, AND campus location. 
If a class is via Zoom, it has a specific meeting time period, and you must be present. 
If it is online and not Zoom, There are no specific class meeting times; however, your instructor will have specific deadlines for your coursework.

All students coming on campus must complete a daily health assessment, wear a face covering that meets CDC guidelines, and follow social distancing guidelines. See the Safety Protocols web page for details.
If you meet one of the COVID-19 restrictions, requiring you to remain off campus, communicate with your instructor AND the dean of students, Sandra Kirkland, immediately. Her email address is skirkland@jtcc.edu. Dean Kirkland will work with you and your faculty member to help manage the situation. 
Students having a class via Zoom prior to or after an on-campus class session may need a location on campus to participate in the Zoom session. As soon as possible, please email academics@jtcc.edu informing us of the day, time, and campus on which you may need this assistance.  We will do our best to assist with your needs.
Students may not linger in the hallways. Wait outside or in the parking lots until approximately five minutes prior to the start of your class. 
Please only come to campus for class or other official college business.
Students in on-campus classes must sit in designated seats. Please follow your instructor’s directions, and do not sit in any seat with a line across the desk/table. 
There will be no eating or drinking in instructional areas. The vending machines will not be available for use, and the Midlothian Café is closed.  
Communicate with your faculty via email, phone, and/or Zoom. 
All campus services are available remotely and in-person with limited staff availability. Check the Fall Student Services web page for details. 
Students should also sign up for TylerAlert to be informed quickly about emergencies and/or campus closings/delays. 

Once again, for a full summary of the college’s reopening plans and protocols, go to www.jtcc.edu/covid-19. Have a great semester, and thank you again for choosing Tyler. We will get through this, Together!

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

August 17: Reported COVID case on campus

On August 13, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Chester Campus August 9. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

August 17: Reported COVID case on campus

On August 13, 2020, Tyler was notified that a member of our college community had tested positive for COVID-19. The individual was last on the Chester Campus August 7. The college has contacted the local health department, which leads all contact tracing efforts and contacts anyone it deems may have been at risk of exposure to the virus. Based on information received about the case, no college buildings need to be closed. The college will continue to follow all its disinfecting protocols, which are based on CDC guidance.

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