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COVID-19 Message Archive

Messages sent to our community about the COVID-19 pandemic are archived below. This archive will be updated at the conclusion of each semester. Current messages can be found at jtcc.edu/covid-19


 

December 4, 2020: 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, 2020: 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, 2020: Holiday Planning

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, 2020: 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, 2020: 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, 2020: 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, 2020: 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, 2020: 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 10, 2020: 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, 2020: 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, 2020: 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, 2020: 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 24, 2020: 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, 2020: Fall Semester Student Information

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, 2020: 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, 2020: 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.

June 23, 2020: Your Fall Schedule May Change- Read Carefully

Tyler Students- Thank you for registering for Fall 2020 classes at John Tyler Community College (JTCC)! Because JTCC must meet CDC and state re-opening mandates related to COVID-19, you may begin to see some changes to your Fall 2020 course schedule. We suggest you avoid making schedule changes until you hear from us that the modifications have been completed, which will be later this week.

There will be no change to the start date of classes - 15-week classes start on August 24th. There will be no adjustments to courses that were already fully online.

Here is a summary of some changes you may see on your course schedule:

·       Your on-campus class may have been converted to a Zoom (video) section that will run at the same time as originally planned. Only difference will be that you attend this class from anywhere using a computer or mobile device, but the class will still be offered on the same day(s) and at the same times.

·       Your on-campus class may have been changed to a hybrid (portions of the class being online) so you may see the meeting days/times have been reduced.  For example, a Monday-Wednesday course may now only meet on Monday.

·       Your on-campus class may have been changed to a combination of an on-campus meeting and a Zoom (video) meeting.

·       Your on-campus class may have been converted to a fully online section with no required Zoom meetings. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make these changes designed to meet re-opening requirements and provide you with a good education this fall semester. We thank you for choosing Tyler to pursue your educational goals.

Bill Fiege, Ph.D.

Vice President, Learning and Student Success

May 15, 2020: Phase One at Tyler

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, Ed.D.
President
John Tyler Community College

April 24, 2020: Student Updates

Fall 2020 Schedule and Registration

The Fall 2020 schedule is now online at www.jtcc.edu/schedule, and registration starts MONDAY, April 27, 2020. The first tuition payment is not due until July, so register early to get the classes you want!

Please note: We continue to monitor the status of COVID-19, and to ensure your safety, we will follow government recommendations as they apply to the college. Our current Fall 2020 schedule assumes that our campuses will be open to the public when the semester begins in late August. However, due to the uncertainty this health situation presents, we are fully prepared to move classes to remote instruction and provide the academic support and student services that help our students be successful. Any changes to fall courses will be communicated by email and on our website.

Summer 2020 Schedule and Registration

Summer 2020 classes are available at https://www.jtcc.edu/schedule/summer.php. You need more face-to-face time with a teacher and other students? Choose one of the video-enhanced courses. Those classes will have a live ZOOM meeting at a specific time and day. Note: We know some of you may be looking for employment and are concerned about getting a job and having to then withdraw from a video-enhanced class. If this is the case, email academics@jtcc.edu to discuss your options. We want you to keep working toward your academic goals!

Spring 2020 Grading Policy

Do not forget to review the new Spring 2020 Emergency Grading Policy and to talk to your instructor or advisor, if you have questions. For a letter grade, you will need to inform your teacher through the survey in Canvas. This is for the spring 2020 semester only!

End of Semester

It’s hard to believe the spring 2020 semester is almost over! For those enrolled this term, keep working hard and finish strong. You can do it! And, keep that positive momentum going. Sign up for summer and fall classes! 

Thank you for choosing John Tyler to pursue your educational goals, and I hope you and your families are healthy and safe! Have a nice weekend.

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

April 6, 2020: Reported COVID case on campus

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

March 27: Emergency Financial Help for Students

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, Ed.D.
President
John Tyler Community College

March 26, 2020: Updates to Spring Semester

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 ae 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.

Thank you for being part of our Trailblazer family!

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

March 20, 2020: Campus Closed to the Public Beginning March 23

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.
  • 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, Ed.D.
President
John Tyler Community College

 

March 15, 2020: Important Guidelines in Place at Tyler’s Campuses

 

Tyler students,
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, Ed.D.
President
John Tyler Community College

March 12, 2020: College Schedule Changes Related to COVID-19

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, Ed.D.
President
John Tyler Community College

March 2, 2020: Health and Safety Information

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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