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:
May 15, 2020
Malheur County today, Idaho advances to phase 2 Saturday
As we enter Reopening Phase 1 May 15th, the Malhuer County Health Department is urging everyone who lives and works in Malheur County to follow the guidance that will ensure we reduce the spread of COVID-19 and allow us to enter Phase 2 safely in a few weeks. The Malheur County COVID-19 Taskforce urges everyone who lives and works in Malheur County to show their support for reopening by wearing cloth face coverings when they leave home, staying vigilant about hand washing and disinfecting surfaces, and maintaining 6 feet physical distance from people outside your household when possible. By following the prevention measures, we can continue to slow the spread of the virus and hopefully enter Phase II as soon as June 5th. While the state is slowly reopening, TVCC must continue adhering to the specific guidance from Oregon's Higher Education Coordinating Commission regarding limited in-person instruction through August. Find a complete list of guidelines and information here
Idaho began its reopening for most businesses last week, and has entered Phase 2 which allows hair salons, fitness centers, restaurants and other businesses to reopen on May 16. See the complete list of guidance in Idaho here
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS FROM PRESIDENT YOUNG
Just when think we know what our next steps will be for Treasure Valley Community College, we get new information, changed guidance, and additional recommendations. I am still on weekly (and sometimes daily) phone calls with other community college presidents and state education leaders trying to sort out the changes we are all facing. I don't have all the answers I'd like, but I wanted to share what I do know:
When will the College be open to the public and for onsite classes?
The short answer is not until fall term. While we are working on plans to allow some labs to be held this summer, most of our classes will stay online and on Zoom throughout the summer, based on requirements from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Although we entered Phase I of the state reopening today , our buildings will still remain closed to the public and we will still require physical distancing and face coverings per CDC guidelines through the summer. We are starting some initial planning to begin allowing some career and technical education students back on campus to meet their objectives - as long as we can keep them in small groups, socially distanced, and with face masks or appropriate PPE. This is no small task, and as I’ve shared before, I’m so grateful to our faculty for their patience in altering their curriculum to meet these guidelines.
What happened to the COVID-19 Stimulus money?
TVCC applied for and received the first half of our approximately $480,000 share. The first half is 100% directed to our students. Students who are eligible for Title IV funds through the filing of a FAFSA form (the federal financial aid application) are receiving this money. We are finalizing the lists and will begin notifying students in the next two weeks. Once those funds are distributed, we can apply for the second half of the funds for reimbursement of COVID-related expenses. We are still getting guidance on how we can use these funds, but we don’t expect a loss in tuition or other revenues to be covered.
How much will our state allocation be reduced for FY21?
We will not know the full extent of possible reductions until after the May 20th Oregon revenue forecast is released, but as I’ve shared, we’ve been told to prepare for a reduction of 8.5% over the FY20-21 biennium, which has an impact of 17-23% during the final year of a two-year budget cycle. For TVCC, this means we are still expecting to deal with more than $1.34 million in budget reductions.
How will you set a budget for next year with so much unknown?
Our annual public budget meeting will be held prior to the regular Board of Education
meeting on Tuesday, May 19. Find a zoom link and more information about the meeting
here. While we still do not have a full picture of our post-COVID-19 financial options,
we have to pass a budget based on the information we have today. We cannot adjust
our budget until we are much more certain how state funding will be affected, which
won’t be until sometime in June. The Board of Education is prepared to address a revised
budget after receiving feedback from the citizen Budget Committee. The Budget Committee
will help us approve a balanced budget in June to comply with Oregon budget law, but
we know will likely need to submit a revised budget once the new state allocation
While so much is still unknown – for all of us – what I do know is that our students, faculty, staff, and community are incredibly resilient. I know we will emerge from this stronger and more appreciative of what we used to take for granted. I know that I feel incredibly grateful to help lead us through this challenge and to have the community’s support of TVCC."
If you have additional questions, please send President Young an email here
Deadline for student surveys extended
There are just a few days left for students to share their experiences with us...and we're offering a chance to win prizes just for sharing your input.
Please lend your voice to this important conversation by participating!
End of Year Student Survey 2019-2020 here
COVID-19 Student Impact survey so we can learn about how you are experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic here
In addition to express our gratitude for you completing the End of Year Student Survey you will be automatically entered in a random drawing for a chance to win one of the following prizes:
- One of Two $100 Visa Gift Cards
- One of Four $50 Visa Gift Cards
- One of Six $25 TVCC Bookstore Gift Certificates
But you must complete the survey! Surveys are open through May 19, 2020.
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.