TVCC IS OPEN
In accordance with Governor Brown’s Executive Order, TVCC is prohibited from conducting in-person classroom, laboratory, and other in-person instruction through June 13, 2020. However, the college is open with limited on-campus operations and services. Take a look at the latest information on college operations during the COVID19 situation:
April 24, 2020
Feeling Stressed? Are life changes difficult?
TVCC Students: We want to hear from YOU! Please take a minute to complete this short survey to help us understand how the Covid-19 is impacting your mental health and your daily life! The survey also provides resources at the end and someone to talk to you if you are in need (or if you just need a friend)! Just click this link
SEND IN YOUR CHUKAR SPIRIT PHOTOS
As we try to find ways to connect and celebrate being at TVCC, we are launching Chukar Friday this week. Each week we’ll ask for photos or ideas to showcase TVCC.
This week we are asking you to don your best Chukar regalia. Hats, t-shirts, sweats and any other branded Chukar wardrobe items you have – the more the better! Thanks to everyone who has already sent in a fun photo. There's still more time to show your Chukar spirit. We're extending the deadline until Monday. So if you have a fun mug, a shirt, a hat or any other regalia, hold it up, put it on or hang it out on the clothesline. Then snap a photo to be entered into a contest to win $50 in Chukar clothing from the TVCC Bookstore. We’ll also feature the submitted photos in our newsletter and online. Anyone can enter. The first entries are due by noon p.m. on Monday, April 27. Send photos to Abby Lee here
FREE DRIVE-UP TESTING FOR COVID-19
The Malheur County COVID-19 Taskforce is offering COVID-19 testing to individuals who meet specific criteria at the Malheur County Fairgrounds (795 NW 9th St, Ontario) next Wednesday, April 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Eligibility: Testing at the April 29th Testing Site is only for individuals who live or work in Malheur County. A person qualifies for testing if they have two symptoms (fever within last three days, cough, shortness of breath) OR one symptom plus one of the risk factors below:
- Age 60 or older
- BMI 40 or above
- Live or work in a nursing home or long-term care facility, jail, prison, group home or other congregate care setting
- Frontline healthcare provider or first responder
- Routinely take cortisone, prednisone or other steroids, anti-cancer drugs, or had radiation treatments
- Have a condition that weakens your immune system (cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplant, HIV with low CD4 count or not treated)
- Lung disease (moderate to severe asthma, COPD, emphysema, pulmonary or cystic fibrosis)
- Cardiovascular disease (heart failure, coronary artery disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy, pulmonary hypertension)
- High blood pressure
- Chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis
- Chronic liver disease
- Had close contact with a lab-confirmed Covid-19 case within 14 days of when your symptoms started
This testing option is not meant to replace or eliminate other testing offered by
local healthcare providers. The goal is to supplement those options in order to ease
some of the pressure on the existing system and make the process more accessible to
the public. People still should contact their medical provider for guidance and assessment
if they have symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. For medical
emergencies, they should call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you may have
COVID-19. Check the Malheur County Health Department for more information here
OREGON GOVERNOR REVIEWING REQUESTS FOR CTE LABS
On Wednesday, TVCC President Dana Young participated in a statewide call with Oregon Governor Kate Brown to present additional ideas and considerations for how students can meet lab and hands-on requirements for Career & Technical Education instruction this term. No decisions have been made but we remain hopeful there may be some in-person options available during summer term. Again, students should expect the vast majority of our classes to be completed on schedule in the current remote format within Canvas and Zoom. We continue to look at additional remote/online options that might be effective and will help students who still need lab or clinical experience to complete as soon as is safely possible.
NEED EQUIPMENT IN ORDER TO WORK FROM HOME?
Do you have equipment you've taken home in order to work? As outlined in the work at home agreements, the only equipment that is allowed to to be taken home is a College issued laptop as long as it was noted in the agreement and your supervisor and VP signed the agreement. If you did not sign a work at home agreement, then you are not authorized to take home any equipment unless an exception has been made by your VP or IT.
While removal of equipment may be necessary, it is not encouraged. IT cannot support the equipment when it at your home and transport may subject the equipment to unnecessary damage. If you have equipment at home, please do the following:
- If you do not have express written approval, please obtain it from your Vice President
- Return the equipment immediately (while observing social distancing, of course.) If you had the equipment at home, please contact the physical plant to obtain the necessary cleaners to ensure you are returning it in a safe and sanitized condition. #flattenthecurve
Supervisors: If employees need to use their personal printers, you may purchase ink for those printers. The cost needs to be included in the budget line item for COVID-19 related expenses, but may be deducted from individual department line items until any reimbursement is received, not IT's budget. If you have questions, contact Anne-Marie Kelso here
STRUGGLING? FIND SOME ONGOING SUPPORT
OEBB and OHA each has many tools and resources to help you take on these uncertain and changing times. Even if you are waiving or opting-out of OEBB insurance plans, many of these resources don’t require you to be enrolled. They have emotional and physical health resources, apps and much more. You can find it all here COVID-19 Resources
We are OPEN but are limiting public access to campus buildings. Closed building will be posted as closed. Please do not enter these buildings (even if you have keys - and don't ask anyone else to open these buildings for you) without permission since we are trying to limit access to enable us to prioritize cleaning during this time.