TVCC IS OPEN
In accordance with Governor Brown’s Executive Order, TVCC is now allowed to begin planning for reopening to in-person instruction for Fall 2020. The college is open but still has limited on-campus operations and services during Summer 2020. Register early to reserve a seat for in-person classes this fall. Take a look at the latest information on college operations during the COVID19 situation:
July 14, 2020
TVCC PLANNING FOR IN-PERSON CLASSES THIS FALL
At Treasure Valley Community College, we are working daily to plan, adjust and organize our campus for fall classes. While some things are still uncertain, we are taking what we know today and making the best plan possible. Our Resumption Team, led by Anne-Marie Kelso and Eddie Alves, meets weekly to discuss next steps and ensure we are developing the processes and protocols needed. Kudos and thanks to everyone on this team. This is a huge effort!
In short, TVCC will have in-person classes this fall. In order to make this happen, we are limiting class sizes to ensure social distancing. Smaller class sizes will mean students need to enroll and register early to make sure they have a seat in one of those classes. We will offer web-based classes and we are expanding our virtual offerings, but what we learned this spring and summer is that our students really want to get back into the classroom.
As before, all of our decisions will continue to be guided by these priorities:
- Protect the health, safety and well-being of every member of our community, and contribute to the local and national efforts to reduce the spread of this virus.
- Base our decisions on health guidance from an authoritative scientific source – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oregon Health Authority and our local partners at the Malheur County Health Department.
- Continue carrying out our academic mission as best as possible given the circumstances.
We meet weekly with representatives from across the College to discuss concerns and ideas about what we need to do to communicate, coordinate and clean in order to ensure we can re-open College-wide this fall. Concerns about cleaning classrooms, wearing masks and other compliance issues are being developed and drafted for review. Ideas about more hybrid classes – some portion onsite and some online – are being discussed and we are working to equip more classrooms with additional webcams and technology for Zoom participation.
In all things moving forward, flexibility will be the key to getting to our next steps. I’m grateful for the flexibility and resilience our students, employees and community members have shown during these past few months.
NWAC POSTPOnes FALL SPORTS UNTIL SPRING
We are getting information daily from representatives from the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). We just found out this week that volleyball and soccer seasons will be postponed from fall to next spring. This will mean we have to juggle practice times and areas, transportation and several other issues, but we will do what it takes. We are developing protocols to ensure we can meet requirements to keep TVCC athletes eligible and healthy for the upcoming seasons.
NWAC is planning for a season and a championship event for every sport, but we are also told that the number of games, matches or competitions might be reduced by at least 20 percent. These meetings with NWAC, college presidents and athletic directors are continuing this next month and we will keep you posted on any additional developments.
LOCAL COVID-19 NEWS and GUIDANCE
So much is happening related to COVID-19 in Malheur County. Here’s the latest from the Malheur County Health Department:
COVID-19 Daily Case Count
Total Cases: 434
Positive Rate: 16.1%
Malheur County Announces Second and Third Death Associated with COVID-19
New Statewide Rule: Starting July 15th, face coverings are required in some outdoor public spaces where 6’ physical distance cannot be maintained at all times and indoor social get-togethers are capped at 10. The gathering limit applies only to indoor social get-togethers. This new rule does not change the operation of businesses or churches at this time. While this rule does not specifically apply to TVCC, we will continue our face covering policy.
Following is the guidance at TVCC:
FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED: All students and staff must wear face coverings while on campus. Employees may remove the covering once you reach your work station or desk AND you are at least six feet away from others. Once a student is seated in the classroom, they may remove the face covering as long as they remain six feet apart from others. Students will be required to wear face coverings during lab. During the first week of classes, disposable face coverings will be provided for students. Guests to the campus will also be required to wear face coverings. Signs will be posted.
OHA is reporting an outbreak at SRCI, the state prison in Malheur County. 102 cases in Oregon are associated with the outbreak.
Most recent COVID-19 Trends with graphs and data tables.
Testing Delays: Quest, the commercial lab contracted by the state, runs the tests for the Malheur County drive up test sites. They have been experiencing significant delays in those results and encourage anyone with symptoms to call their health care provider for additional testing if they haven’t received results within one week. Malheur County Health Debarment received the latest results from the drive up test sites and are calling each person tested with their results.
Additionally, they have 30 contact tracers trained and helping case investigators 7 days a week. Many public health programs are reduced to allow them to redirect staff for this critical purpose.
Final note from Malheur County Health Department:
"Please help us spread the message: Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Watch your distance. And stay home with symptoms or when under quarantine or isolation! The public has the power to change this trajectory of cases. We can flatten the curve. We can save lives, together. Set an example and talk to your family, friends, and coworkers on the importance of their actions to stop the spread"
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.