COVID-19 Update

July 20, 2020

Chatfield College announces plans to resume in-person and online classes for the Fall Term, which will run from August 17-November 23, 2020. The administration has approved a Coronavirus (Covid-19) Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan for all students, faculty, and staff which includes awareness of basic personal hygiene requirements such as regular handwashing and sanitizing, temperature checks upon arrival, face masks, and social distancing. Chatfield is constantly monitoring public health reports and for any updated recommendations made by the Ohio Department of Health, CDC and US Department of Education.

Classrooms Designed For Safety

Every classroom has been measured and the normal capacity of 15 students has been reduced to 7-8. This will allow for appropriate social distancing, greater personalized support, and a stress-free learning environment.

Academic Schedule

Fall classes will meet once per week for 2 hours and 45 minutes in order to reduce the number of students on campus. This unique block schedule will allow students to attend a course once a week instead of a traditional M-W-F or T-R schedule. It will also allow students flexibility in maintaining other priorities outside of school and finish courses before Thanksgiving.

Academic Support

Classes will be offered in person, but professors will also be using a state-of-the-art distance education portal at the same time. Students who may be unable to attend classes in-person can still continue their education remotely. Chatfield will be working with students to develop personalized support plans. Academic support services will also be available free of charge to students both in-person and remotely.

 

July 2, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan

March 23, 2020

Based on Governor DeWine’s announcement and the “Stay At Home Order” issued by Ohio Director of Health, Amy Acton, the College asks all employees to work remotely until further notice, starting March 24, 2020. Some essential employees will continue to be present on campus on a modified schedule to ensure the continuity of operations. Essential employees that are needed on campus will be notified by their supervisor. Members of the Management Team, Instructional Technology and IT departments are essential employees who report to campus on a regular basis. If you are working remotely and have not done so, the College asks that you forward your office number to your mobile phone or home phone number.

  • On your work phone press the forward button,
  • Next you will need to enter the number “8” followed by the area code and phone number of the phone you will be forwarding to (e.g. 8-513-555-5555),
  • Once completed, your work phone will be forwarded to your designated home or mobile phone,
  • Please keep in mind that calls that are forwarded will show up as a Chatfield number such as 513-875-3344 or 513-921-9856.

If you need help, please contact IT for assistance.  Your supervisor may provide you with additional forwarding information.

Building Access

Effective Tuesday, March 24, we will be closing all buildings to students and visitors. This will enhance our efforts to support social distancing and to decrease gatherings. Faculty and staff will still be available to support our students through remote options.

Commencement

Chatfield College is committed to completing the spring semester and providing our students the academic instruction necessary to fulfill their degree requirements. Based on the current orders issued by the State of Ohio, and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding large gatherings, we will postpone Commencement originally planned for May 18.  We know this is disappointing and want to assure you we will reschedule Commencement as soon as conditions allow assembly of large groups of people.  As soon as we have more details, we will share them with the College community so graduates, families and friends can plan to join us for a long-awaited ceremony.

Remote Courses

Faculty members are adapting courses into distance education formats. Please be patient and know that your professors are posting updates to Schoology frequently. If you have not heard from your professor, please check your email or call your advisor.

Robert P. Elmore, President

Peter Hanson, Dean


March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Important Update

Chatfield College remains committed to providing as much information as possible about the COVID-19 impact on our community. Our goal is to protect the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff during these unprecedented times. As you know, the conditions are changing rapidly and numerous announcements have been issued by public health officials, intended to protect all of us.

Therefore, effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 we will switch to at-distance instruction for all courses. Today is the final day of in-person instruction. This change will remain in effect until further notice. Please note classes are not cancelled and you are expected to participate remotely.
The work of the College will continue and we will remain open during this unusual event. 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.
All college events planned or scheduled through April 17, 2020 have been suspended.
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.

Social Distancing has proven to be an effective method to avoid contagion. This includes;
• avoid crowded places,
• limit activities in public
• keep your distance from others (about 6 feet)
• avoid public transportation (public transportation, ride-shares, taxis)

Please check your email often for updates.

Robert P. Elmore Peter Hanson


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.

Sincerely,

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.

Thank You,

Robert Elmore, President

Peter Hanson, Dean