March 13, 2020
Dear Members of the Chatfield community,
We are committed to the health and safety of our faculty, students and staff. Chatfield College will continue to follow CDC guidelines, health recommendations from the Ohio governor’s office, and what is in the best interest of our community. Currently, we are not aware of any reported cases of COVID-19 directly affecting our college community. However due to an abundance of caution, we will be shifting to remote learning for all classes beginning Monday, March 23. Classes that are already online will continue as scheduled. Students will hear from their faculty members by Monday, March 23. Students who do not hear from their faculty member by March 23 are asked to contact your campus Site Director or Dean’s office. The work of the College will continue and we will remain open during this unusual timeframe. With the exception of teaching remotely, all other College functions, including non-teaching responsibilities (committee work, faculty meetings, academic advising), will continue and all employees are expected to report to campus. All offices and on-campus resources will be available to students during this time, but the College may limit the number of students in any designated area. Registration for summer courses will continue as planned. Students should contact their academic advisor for assistance. Employees responsible for College operations are encouraged to utilize strategies to conduct their work while practicing recommended social distancing practices. We hope to resume in-person instruction on Monday, April 13, after the Easter holiday, but we will continue to evaluate the situation. A reminder: · If you feel unwell or believe you have been in contact with someone who has become unwell, do not come in to the campus. Instead, please consult your medical provider, and monitor your health conditions every day. An effective way to do this is to take your temperature: if it is at or above 100.4F, do not come to campus.
Please continue to check your Chatfield email daily.
Robert P. Elmore, president
Peter Hanson, dean
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
As we shared with you on March 4, Chatfield College has been closely monitoring the worldwide spread of the respiratory illness COVID-19 (caused by coronavirus). As of Monday, March 9, 2020, we know that there are at least 3 Ohioans who have tested positive for coronavirus and Governor DeWine declared a State of Emergency in Ohio. You may be aware that the CDC and Ohio health officials have shared that the United States is preparing for the possibility of widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus (also known as Novel Corona Virus). If this occurs, plans could include the limiting of campus activities at Chatfield College. At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Chatfield College or the surrounding area.
Information provided by the ODH, including precautions, frequently-asked questions, and preparedness can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov .
Recommended precautions include:
• Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
• Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
• Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick.
Hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout both Chatfield campuses in support of these precautionary measures.
In the event of course cancellation, faculty will communicate with their students using the communication plan they established at the beginning of the semester. While students will remain responsible for the work required to maintain academic progress, faculty will enable that work to take place in a supportive manner, without academic penalty. In the event that the College would close, regional radio and television stations will be notified. Notification of a cancellation will be also be made by One Call Now, email, and via messaging to students through Schoology. Last, employees should consult with their supervisor on plans related to closure.
We will continue to monitor this situation and provide additional updates to the campus community.
Robert Elmore, President
Peter Hanson, Dean