Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response & Updates

The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. CCV continues to work with the Vermont Department of Health and pay close attention to recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to ensure that we are taking every precaution possible to support the health and safety of our learning community.

CCV is taking the following steps in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • All online classes are continuing without interruption.
  • As of March 23rd, all on-ground classes are meeting in an online format through the remainder of the spring semester.
    • All spring classes will follow the established academic calendar, ending on the scheduled date.
  • As of March 18th, the majority of CCV staff are working remotely. Staff continue to be accessible by phone and email.
  • Computer and internet resources at centers will be available to faculty on an appointment-only basis.

We recognize that many are experiencing stress and uncertainty during this volatile time. While the measures we have put in place to protect the health and safety of our community present obstacles, CCV remains fully committed to supporting students, faculty, and staff to ensure a successful completion of spring semester. Though our academic centers are temporarily closed to the public, we encourage faculty and students to continue to reach out to advisors and other staff by phone and email. We are here to help.

CCV’s senior leadership continues to meet around the clock to evaluate and respond to this evolving situation. We encourage everyone to take good care of themselves and each other. Together, we will get through this difficult time. We will continue to share information and updates here as they become available. Please contact wellness@ccv.edu if you have questions about COVID-19’s impact on CCV.

FAQs

What should I do if I am sick?

If you are sick, please stay home. If you have a fever, stay home until your temperature has stayed below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing medicine. Sick students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to stay home. This is good advice no matter what illness is going around.Students, CCV has asked faculty to extend flexibility with attendance policies during this time of exigency. We ask that you alert both your instructor and advisor if you are sick with acute respiratory illness and work with your instructor to develop a plan for completing missed class time and assignments.

What should we all be doing to prevent the spread of any respiratory illness?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that you:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water

What does effective handwashing look like?

The proper way to wash your hands is for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, but using soap and water is preferable.

What is CCV doing to protect our health and safety?

The health and safety of the CCV community is our highest priority. Currently, CCV is:

  • Moving on-ground classes that meet at CCV centers to an online environment beginning March 23rd through the remainder of the spring semester.
  • Conducting all meetings remotely until April 3.
  • Cancelling all in-person nonessential meetings, conferences, and events until April 3.
  • Increasing awareness about germ avoidance and good personal hygiene.
  • Promoting wellness by asking those not feeling well to stay home.
  • Increasing the rigor of cleaning in our centers by disinfecting common surfaces inside our classrooms and facilities more frequently.
  • Making hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available.
  • Implementing protocols for social distancing.
  • Updating protocols for cleaning of our computer labs.
  • Consulting with local agencies to ensure we implement best practices from health authorities.
  • Creating a communications space on our public website to post updates and keep everyone informed.

Who is monitoring COVID-19’s risk at CCV?

A group of CCV’s senior leadership is meeting daily to appraise what is happening in Vermont communities, review Vermont Department of Health and CDC updates and guidelines, and assess risk to the CCV community. CCV’s protocol will be to follow the guidance offered by the Vermont Department of Health.

How can I stay informed about COVID-19’s impact on CCV?

CCV will update this webpage and continue to send messages to keep our students, faculty, and staff informed.

What resources are available to help me transition to online classes?

Students:
Canvas Guides Canvas Help and Canvas Chat. Click the Help link found on the menu located on the leg-side of each CCV Canvas class-site. The Vermont State Colleges System has created a Canvas tutorial. Students can also contact their coordinator of student advising with questions.

List of CCV Student Resources

Faculty
How to Keep Teaching: Moving Your Course Online When Disruption Occurs – This guide outlines the basic steps, along with questions for consideration, when determining how best to transition your existing course to the online environment. In addition, there are brief descriptions of the tools in Canvas and links to using them. Finally, we’ve compiled a short list of other resources and guides that we find particularly helpful. You can find this resource in Teach@CCV.

Friday Morning at CCV: Moving Your Course Online when Disruption Occurs – Disruption can happen for a variety of reasons, including inclement weather, sickness or widespread outbreaks of an illness. On such occasions, utilizing online strategies and tools can help you continue to focus on supporting and instructing students…and keep on teaching. Join Jen Alberico, Director of Online Teaching and Learning, and Nicole Stetson, Associate Academic Dean to learn more about how to quickly pivot to online tools when needed.

Canvas Support (“Keep Teaching”) Task Force – Contact any of the following CCV faculty and staff members for assistance transitioning your on-ground class to the online environment. They will work individually with you to answer questions and guide you through the process.
Jen Alberico, Jennifer.Alberico@ccv.edu
Phil Crossman, Phil.Crossman@ccv.edu
Fern Fryer, Fern.Fryer@ccv.edu
Shawn Kerivan, Shawn.Kerivan@ccv.edu
CJ Record, CJ.Record@ccv.edu
John Ryan, John.Ryan@ccv.edu
Nicole Stetson, Nicole.Stetson@ccv.edu

College-wide Communications

March 27, 2020: CCV Resources Update to Faculty from Academic Dean Deborah Stewart
March 26, 2020: Letter to the CCV Community from President Joyce Judy
March 20, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Faculty from Academic Dean Deborah Stewart
March 17, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Faculty from Academic Dean Deborah Stewart
March 17, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Students from Dean of Students Heather Weinstein
March 12, 2020: Coronavirus Update to CCV Community from President Joyce Judy
March 11, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Faculty from Academic Dean Deborah Stewart
March 9, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Students from Dean of Students Heather Weinstein
March 9, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Staff from President Joyce Judy
March 6, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Faculty from Academic Dean Deborah Stewart
February 28, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Students from Dean of Students Heather Weinstein
February 28, 2020: Coronavirus Update to Staff and Faculty from Dean of Students Heather Weinstein

Resources:

Vermont Department of Health Novel Coronavirus Webpage
Resources for CCV Students
Food Assistance Resources
Translated Materials about Coronavirus (See FAQs)
Consolidated Communication Internet Access
Public WiFi Hotspots in Vermont
FFCRA – Employee Rights

Vermont Map

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