Coronavirus – COVID-19

Your Information Hub

This page has been created as a hub for all things related to Three Rivers Community College and online courses during the Coronavirus crisis. Check back regularly for the latest news, information and guidance. Your health and safety is our top priority, and the guiding principle in providing information on this page.

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Help for Students

We have created a dedicated page to help Three Rivers students as we transition into a “virtual campus.” Visit the Coronavirus – Information and Support for Students page for information about logging into classes, advising, tutoring, library, registering, career resources, and more.

Help for Faculty and Staff

Please see the Coronavirus – Information for Faculty and Staff page for information and links that may be useful to Three Rivers faculty and staff transitioning to working and teaching remotely. 

Latest Updates:

CARES ACT Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting:  Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Read the report here.

Announcing Three Rivers VIRTUAL Commencement on Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 PM

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

May 15, 2020

Dear Three Rivers Graduate,

During the month of May, the Three Rivers campus is usually bustling with energy as we begin to prepare for the end of the semester and attend to final details for our annual Commencement Exercises held on our College Green. Our Faculty and Staff would have been dusting off their commencement regalia, our lawns would have been perfectly manicured, tents and chairs would be popping up overnight, but mostly the atmosphere would have been crackling with excitement as our graduates picked up their caps and gowns and readied themselves and their families to all arrive here on that one special day … when the skirl of the bagpipes calls us together and the majestic rhythm of Pomp and Circumstance notes the steady march toward a goal achieved.

COVID-19 changed all of that. We all will be forever changed by the unprecedented events that began early in 2020. We are profoundly aware of the changes in our world now. We offer our respect for the loss of so many and send our heartfelt gratitude to those working everywhere to help those in need.

You, our graduates, are living through times like we have never seen before and your strength and determination to persevere through these times to finish your coursework so that you can graduate is inspiring for all of us to witness.

And so, we will celebrate!

Together but separate, we will celebrate your accomplishments via a virtual commencement with all the “pomp and circumstance” that you deserve.  On Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. we invite you and your families and friends to join us virtually as we offer you COMMENCEMENT 2020!

Here’s how …

First, as with Three Rivers commencements in the past, we have created a web page dedicated to Commencement 2020. It will be updated with the latest information and can be seen at www.threerivers.edu/commencement.

Second, for the first time, we are creating Graduate Profiles on our website. These individual profile pages will feature your photo and information about you, as well as provide a Guest Book for friends and family to write greetings and well-wishes. You can fill out the information form and upload your photo here: https://www.threerivers.edu/graduate-profile-form/. The deadline to submit your information and upload your photo is May 29, 2020.  We will also use your photo during our virtual commencement when your name is announced.

Next, we will let you know when you will be able to pick up your Commencement package at Three Rivers in one of our designated parking lots. Please keep checking your Three Rivers email for this important information.  Your commencement package will consist of:

  • your cap, gown, and tassel (Available only for those who request this. Requests can be made at https://forms.gle/PzVT8reAtC2Kss6Q7)
  • Commencement Program listing all graduates
  • Letter from President Jukoski
  • Three Rivers Alumni Decal
  • Commemorative gift from Three Rivers

Finally, Commencement 2020 will go live on Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. You will be able to watch it live at www.threerivers.edu/commencement. It will also be live streamed on our Three Rivers Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ThreeRiversCC/. We hope that you will join the virtual celebration, wearing your cap and gown, and invite your family and perhaps friends to celebrate with you, while still practicing social distancing. Our ceremony will last about an hour and will include Three Rivers traditions, brief remarks from me, and from Matt Fleury, chair of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, and Mark Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, and we will read the name and show the photo and profile of each and every Three Rivers graduate. Questions? Please email: commencement@threerivers.edu.

While safely celebrating with your family and friends, we hope that you will take photos to commemorate this milestone in your life.  Please take pictures and/or videos to commemorate your celebration and share them with us on social media, using the hashtag #TRCC2020.

Your alumni community extends to you an invitation to begin this life-long relationship with your alma mater.  Stay in touch. Let our Advancement Office know where you are and what your latest accomplishments are.

We know you’ve worked hard for this moment in time, and so we would like to make you one last promise. We will invite you to attend and “walk” as the Class of 2020 at our next Commencement in 2021. Be sure to stay in touch with us so that we can find you and contact you for that day!

Congratulations graduates. You did it!

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Jukoski, Ed.D.

President

General FAQ

Campus Events

All on-campus events scheduled through the end of the semester, including Commencement, are canceled, including those sponsored by external clients. However, Student Programs is planning some fun online events. They’ll be posted on their social media pages – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (@trccspo), and Snapchat (threeriversspo).

Health

How can I tell if I have Coronavirus?

We’re all wondering if our sniffles and sneezes could be the coronavirus. CNN has posted an informative article called Is it allergies, the flu or the coronavirus? How to tell the difference. It provides helpful details to distinguish your symptoms.

What can I do to prevent getting Coronavirus?

All students, faculty, and staff can help to prevent the spread of COVID‐19 and other infectious diseases by:

  • Hand Hygiene –
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using a restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. To learn more about proper handwashing, visit the CDC’s website, When and How to Wash Your Hands (CDC).
    • Handwashing is most effective. However if soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizers that, in order to work against the corona virus, must be made of at least 60% alcohol.
  • Respiratory Etiquette – Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. The CDC provides detailed information on Home Cleaning and Disinfection. The CDC site on Preventing COVID‐19 spread in Communities is also extremely helpful.

If I think I have Coronavirus – COVID-19, what should I do?

  • Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms
  • If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you must notify the College as soon as possible by filling out this Coronavirus Quarantine Reporting form.
  • Full guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found at What To Do If You Are Sick (CDC).

All College Update Communications

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

May 15, 2020

Announcing Three Rivers VIRTUAL Commencement on Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 PM

Dear Three Rivers Graduate,

During the month of May, the Three Rivers campus is usually bustling with energy as we begin to prepare for the end of the semester and attend to final details for our annual Commencement Exercises held on our College Green. Our Faculty and Staff would have been dusting off their commencement regalia, our lawns would have been perfectly manicured, tents and chairs would be popping up overnight, but mostly the atmosphere would have been crackling with excitement as our graduates picked up their caps and gowns and readied themselves and their families to all arrive here on that one special day … when the skirl of the bagpipes calls us together and the majestic rhythm of Pomp and Circumstance notes the steady march toward a goal achieved.

COVID-19 changed all of that. We all will be forever changed by the unprecedented events that began early in 2020. We are profoundly aware of the changes in our world now. We offer our respect for the loss of so many and send our heartfelt gratitude to those working everywhere to help those in need.

You, our graduates, are living through times like we have never seen before and your strength and determination to persevere through these times to finish your coursework so that you can graduate is inspiring for all of us to witness.

And so, we will celebrate!

Together but separate, we will celebrate your accomplishments via a virtual commencement with all the “pomp and circumstance” that you deserve.  On Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. we invite you and your families and friends to join us virtually as we offer you COMMENCEMENT 2020!

Here’s how …

First, as with Three Rivers commencements in the past, we have created a web page dedicated to Commencement 2020. It will be updated with the latest information and can be seen at www.threerivers.edu/commencement.

Second, for the first time, we are creating Graduate Profiles on our website. These individual profile pages will feature your photo and information about you, as well as provide a Guest Book for friends and family to write greetings and well-wishes. You can fill out the information form and upload your photo here: https://www.threerivers.edu/graduate-profile-form/. The deadline to submit your information and upload your photo is May 29, 2020.  We will also use your photo during our virtual commencement when your name is announced.

Next, we will let you know when you will be able to pick up your Commencement package at Three Rivers in one of our designated parking lots. Please keep checking your Three Rivers email for this important information.  Your commencement package will consist of:

  • your cap, gown, and tassel (Available only for those who request this. Requests can be made at https://forms.gle/PzVT8reAtC2Kss6Q7)
  • Commencement Program listing all graduates
  • Letter from President Jukoski
  • Three Rivers Alumni Decal
  • Commemorative gift from Three Rivers

Finally, Commencement 2020 will go live on Saturday, June 13 at 2:00 p.m. You will be able to watch it live at www.threerivers.edu/commencement. It will also be live streamed on our Three Rivers Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ThreeRiversCC/. We hope that you will join the virtual celebration, wearing your cap and gown, and invite your family and perhaps friends to celebrate with you, while still practicing social distancing. Our ceremony will last about an hour and will include Three Rivers traditions, brief remarks from me, and from Matt Fleury, chair of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, and Mark Ojakian, President of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, and we will read the name and show the photo and profile of each and every Three Rivers graduate. Questions? Please email: commencement@threerivers.edu.

While safely celebrating with your family and friends, we hope that you will take photos to commemorate this milestone in your life.  Please take pictures and/or videos to commemorate your celebration and share them with us on social media, using the hashtag #TRCC2020.

Your alumni community extends to you an invitation to begin this life-long relationship with your alma mater.  Stay in touch. Let our Advancement Office know where you are and what your latest accomplishments are.

We know you’ve worked hard for this moment in time, and so we would like to make you one last promise. We will invite you to attend and “walk” as the Class of 2020 at our next Commencement in 2021. Be sure to stay in touch with us so that we can find you and contact you for that day!

Congratulations graduates. You did it!

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Jukoski, Ed.D.

President

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

May 6, 2020

Dear Students,

 

We are writing to inform you of our plans to distribute CARES Act emergency grants.  The U.S. Department of Education recently issued guidance on distribution of these emergency grants to students, requiring that all recipients be Title IV eligible.  This means that students must have submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the 2019-20 academic year.  To satisfy the Department of Education’s guidance, we will only be issuing grants to students who have met the Title IV eligibility requirements by completing a FAFSA and have satisfied all outstanding requirements related to completing a FAFSA.  Completing a FAFSA does not mean a student has to be in receipt of financial aid.  A completed FAFSA is one that fully determines a student’s eligibility for a Pell Grant, including the federal Expected Family Contribution calculation.

In addition, the following students will not be eligible for the CARES Act emergency grants:

  • Students exclusively enrolled in non-credit courses
  • CSCU employees attending classes for free (not student workers) and students on dependent waivers
  • Second Chance Pell students
  • High School Partnership/Dual Enrollment students
  • Undocumented, DACA, International students

We plan to begin issuing payments to eligible students next week.  If you have not already done so, please sign up for Direct Deposit to expedite distribution of funds at https://my.commnet.edu.

 

President Jukoski

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski
April 27, 2020

Dear Students,

I write today in frustration.

You may have heard that Congress recently passed the CARES Act, which includes money intended to help colleges and universities navigate these difficult times. A significant portion of that money – at least half – is supposed to be awarded as emergency grants to students. After the legislation was passed Secretary Betsy DeVos of the US Department of Education, stated unequivocally that colleges and universities would have the flexibility to distribute the funding to students as they saw fit. In keeping with the secretary’s statements, and the flexibility in the CARES Act itself, our colleges and universities had planned to distribute funding widely, sending checks to all eligible students.

However, without warning, and in apparent contradiction with the secretary’s promises, the Department of Education released guidance last week severely restricting which students are eligible to receive CARES Act payments. Specifically, the guidance has the effect of limiting assistance to those who have filed a FAFSA. As you know, there are myriad reasons an eligible student and their family would choose not to complete a FAFSA. The complexity of the process prevents many students from completing the form. Likewise, a large number middle class families – many of whom have experienced the loss of one or more incomes – did not file a FAFSA and will now miss out on these payments.  In addition, undocumented students, international students, and many noncredit students, are ineligible under the department’s guidance.

In total, it could disqualify up to 30,000 students across our institutions.

This is unconscionable to me, and I have already reached out to Secretary DeVos to encourage her to reverse this decision. We all hope that she will agree to allow payments to more of our students, and I will keep you updated on any response we receive.

In the meantime, our team is going forward with processing payments for students who remain eligible, so if you haven’t already done so, please sign up for direct deposit in MyCommnet.

·       Enroll in direct deposit (MyCommnet)

We understand the urgency of the situation, so we are working on processing payments as quickly as possible.

 

Sincerely,

Mark E. Ojakian

President, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities

P.S. If anyone is interested in sharing their thoughts or concerns about this sudden decision to make up to 30,000 students at Connecticut’s public colleges and universities ineligible for much-needed emergency funding with Secretary DeVos, she can be reached at betsy.devos@ed.gov.

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski
April 24, 2020

Dear Students,

As you may have seen, the recently enacted federal CARES Act includes a distribution of funds to institutions of higher education, including Three Rivers Community College. A significant portion of this funding will be reserved to provide students with grants to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Covid-19.

To avoid delays in receiving the grant: Please consider immediately enrolling in direct deposit by signing into myCommNet (https://ssb-prod.ec.commnet.edu/luminis/login.html) and clicking on the “Direct Deposit” box in the center column on the homepage of myCommNet. Please also review the accuracy of your address and any direct deposit information already on file.

Please note the following important terms of the CARES Act grant:

  • This grant is to be used as direct assistance for your expenses related to the disruption of your studies during the spring 2020 semester, such as: food, housing, materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.
  • Even if you have an outstanding balance on your college account, your grant will go directly to you, and will not be automatically applied to reduce your financial obligation to the College.
  • This funding does not impact your financial aid award.

Eligibility: The U.S. Department of Education has put in place a number of eligibility requirements in order to receive the funding. We are in the process of reviewing the federal requirements and will provide further communication in coming days.

For questions on direct deposit enrollment, please contact the Three Rivers Business Office at TR-Businesslink@trcc.commnet.edu.

We are working as quickly as possible to process the funding. We currently estimate the money to be disbursed in May, but the timing is subject to change. Students on direct deposit can expect the grant to be deposited sooner than those receiving checks. So enroll today on myCommNet at https://ssb-prod.ec.commnet.edu/luminis/login.html.

I will continue to provide you with information as it becomes available.

Be well. Be safe.

President Jukoski

Coronavirus Update Page of Info

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

April 22, 2020

Dear Students,

We know that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented you with a new set of challenges as you pursue your education. Three Rivers is committed to doing everything in our power to help you succeed. That’s why I am happy to report that, at Connecticut State Colleges and University President Mark Ojakian’s direction we, along with all other Connecticut community colleges, have adopted a pass/fail (credit/no credit) procedure for the spring semester.

That means you now have the option to convert any of the grades you earn in your spring 2020-semester courses to Pass (Credit) / Fail (No Credit) grading so that the courses do not affect your GPA.

Please go to the Spring 2020 Grade Conversion website for more information and instructions about how to apply for the option.

I hope this option gives you some peace of mind as you approach the end of the spring term.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Jukoski
President
Three Rivers Community College

Coronavirus Update Page of Info

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

April 15, 2020

Dear TRCC Community,

We just received word from President Mark Ojakian regarding the CSCU System Office’s decision about summer classes. Please read below.Here at Three Rivers, we are quickly making plans to comply with these changes. If you have questions, please contact your advisor or the Registrar’s Office at Registrar@threerivers.edu.

Be well!

President Jukoski

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Dear Students,

 I am writing today to provide you with an update on the community colleges’ plan for the summer session. As you know, while there have been some encouraging signs that social distancing has slowed the spread of the virus, the Covid-19 outbreak in Connecticut continues to disrupt our daily lives and threaten the health of individuals and communities. While I know all of us crave a return to normalcy, it is clear that the re-opening of our campuses will need to be a well thought out and deliberative process in line with the state’s recovery framework.

To that end, summer classes will be offered online-only until at least August 1 with the exception of some of the on-ground courses for students almost ready to enter the workforce in immediately critical non-credit and credit programs – such as CNA, Paramedic, Nursing, Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, Respiratory Care, Radiologic Technologists, Advanced Manufacturing and Electro-Mechanical courses – which could begin as early as July 20.

All other on-ground/skills-based courses should be scheduled for the hands-on components/ lab classes after August 1, including hands-on laboratory courses that were not completed in the spring. The lecture portion of the course can be scheduled online prior to August 1 with the hands-on component scheduled starting August 1. If the pandemic prevents the colleges from being opened by August 1, we are exploring options for the hands-on portion to be offered in condensed sessions at the start of the fall semester.   Additionally, the number of students allowed in a laboratory classroom may be limited by social distancing guidelines. This may necessitate offering multiple laboratory sections with a small number of students.

This was a difficult decision, and please know that it was not taken lightly. At CSCU Provost Gates’s direction, we convened a Remote Teaching and Learning Crisis Team to develop a comprehensive set of recommendations, which our campuses will adopt.

Stay safe.  

Sincerely,

Mark E. Ojakian

Coronavirus Update Page of Info

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

April 9, 2020

Dear TRCC Community,

We understand that these are difficult and uncertain times for many of our students, but I want to assure you that TRCC remains focused on helping you achieve your educational and career goals. There are a number of important steps that we have taken to be more accommodating and flexible as you enroll for the summer and fall semesters.

Financial Difficulties with Payments – We know that the pandemic is greatly impacting many of our students. If you are concerned with meeting your payment obligations, here are some ways we might be able to help you.

  • Payment Plans – If you have issues with existing payment plans, please reach out to the Business office at TR_BusinessLink@trcc.commnet.edu or (860) 215-9312.
  • Outstanding Balances – Students with an outstanding balance on their account who have a hold and wish to register for Summer or Fall courses should contact the Business Office at TR_BusinessLink@trcc.commnet.edu or (860) 215-9312. Our staff will work with you on creating a repayment and/or financial aid solution to help you resolve your current balance and meet your educational goals.  Please note that we have relaxed our hold policy during this public health crisis.
  • Emergency Assistance  If you need emergency assistance, please reach out to Associate Dean Jodi Calvert at jcalvert@threerivers.edu.
  • Scholarship Money – Each Spring, the Three Rivers College Foundation awards over $400,000 in student scholarships and awards. The Foundation has extended its scholarship deadline to May 1st. The application process is entirely online at www.threerivers.edu/scholarships. Simply follow the instructions. Scholarship money will be deposited directly into student accounts. We encourage all students to apply.

If you are experiencing hardship during this pandemic, please make note in the space provided in the scholarship application. If you have any questions, please contact Betty Baillargeon at bbaillargeon@threerivers.edu or Meghan LaCasse at mlacasse@threerivers.edu.

Registering for Fall or Summer Courses – If you have questions or concerns with registering for Summer or Fall, you can find detailed instructions and contact information here.

We want you to succeed at TRCC so we’re here to help you. Remember, your goals are our goals.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Jukoski, President

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski
March 24, 2020

Dear Students, 

We realize that this is a stressful and uncertain time. All of us in the CSCU system are committed to supporting you as we finish out the semester.

We have currently placed a hold on processing withdrawals. This is a temporary measure to make sure you have the time to speak to the right staff on campus to determine the best move for you. Should students receiving federal financial aid withdraw from classes, they may be on the hook to repay the funds awarded to them, and we want to make sure you understand if that will be the case.

 You will be able to withdraw from classes effective on the date you wish, but no withdrawals will be processed before April 3.

Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, please reach out to your faculty for help and support as we make the change to our learning environment.

As always, we will continue to email updates of the latest information to your TRCC email, so be sure to check it on a regular basis.

Information will also be posted on www.threerivers.edu/coronaviruswith a link to a new student information and support page.

Please continue to practice vigilance and stay healthy. 

Mary Ellen Jukoski

President 

Coronavirus Update Page of Info

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

March 20, 2020

Dear Students,

I am following up to messages from earlier this week with additional details on our transition to becoming a fully online institution for the remainder of the semester. Such a rapid move of course presents a number of challenges, but after continuous discussions with our faculty, staff, and students, I am confident that we are in great position to deliver the high-quality education you deserve. Please carefully read the following information, as it is important for the next phase of our educational conversion.

Online Classes

I continue to work with our regional president, campus leaders, academic deans, and faculty to determine how many courses can continue in an online format. The good news is that the vast majority of classes – a higher number than initially expected – will be able to continue remotely.

Classes that cannot be delivered entirely online. 

In the event that one or more of your classes cannot be completed online, we will reach out to you directly.

Refunds

Three Rivers will not refund tuition and fees because we are converting to an online instruction model for the remainder of the term, enabling our students to complete the coursework that they have begun this semester.  In the unlikely event that a class is cancelled by the college, we will provide further information about refunds to impacted students.

How to receive critical services such as academic support, advising, and disability services.

Following are contacts and additional information to help you through this transition.

Three Rivers Office Contact Information

Resources for Students

If you need help with technology while continuing your studies online, the following resources are available:

The CSCU Connecticut Community Colleges Online Help Desk 

This should be your first stop if you need a NetID password reset or if you are having issues with myCommNet and Blackboard. They offerphone and chat support 24/7/365 with contact details at the link below.

https://cscu.edusupportcenter.com/ 

If the CSCU Help Desk is unable to assist you, the TRCC IT Service Desk is here to help

Email – Please open a ticket with our IT Service Desk by emailing

[TR-ServiceDesk@trcc.commnet.edu ]TR-ServiceDesk@trcc.commnet.edu from your CSCU email account. Emails from personal email accounts often get marked as Junk and do not get through. Including as much detail as possible will help us to resolve your issue as quickly as possible.

Phone – If you cannot access your student email due to account access issues (unknown NetID, expired or unknown password), please contact us via phone at 860-215-9049. We will be monitoring voicemail continuously during this time and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. Please leave your full name, a contact number, and a brief description of your issue.

Web Chat with IT support – If you have basic IT questions you can chat with an IT support staff member by visiting https://www.trcc.commnet.edu/IT/ during normal operational hours.

E-Tutoring Services

“Ask TASC” is our online tutoring service. It utilizes TASC’s own staff, so you’re getting the same high-quality service that you would get by visiting TASC in person — the same tutors, the same subjects, and the same familiarity with course content. Visit Ask TASC by clicking here: https://www.trcc.commnet.edu/learning-resources/tutoring-tasc/online-tutoring/

Disability Services

If students with documented disabilities have any questions or concerns related to your academic adjustments, connect with Matt Liscum (learning disabilities) mliscum@threerivers.edu  or Elizabeth Willcox (physical disabilities) ewillcox@threerivers.edu

Distance Learning (online class resources)

Distance Learning staff can provide more specialized support at

TR-DistanceLearning@trcc.commnet.eduDistance Learning staff are available Monday – Friday during business hours.

Library Services

Students can connect with a reference librarian for research assistance, and access library resources including electronic books, full text journal articles and streaming videos by clicking on the following link: http://trcc.commnet.edu/learning-resources/library 

Sexual Misconduct and Intimate Partner Violence Resources

Please click on the following link to access TRCC’s Title IX resource page:

https://www.trcc.commnet.edu/student-services/sexual-misconduct-resources-and-education/ 

Three Rivers College Foundation Scholarship Information

The Three Rivers College Foundation is currently accepting applications for their scholarships for TRCC college and high school students. Application information can be found at the following link:  www.threerivers.edu/scholarships/. The deadline for scholarship applications is May 1. 

Community Mental Health Resources

Please click on the following link to access a list of community-based agencies that can assist with concerns related to behavioral and mental health:

https://www.trcc.commnet.edu/student-services/community-resources/[http://]

As always, if you are experiencing an emergency, please contact 9-1-1.

Food Insecurity

While the TRCC Full Plate Food Pantry is closed through the end of the semester, we want to make sure you are aware of other resources to address food insecurity within the community.

  • Most towns are participating in COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Programs for children 18 years or younger, regardless of whether they are a student or resident. Visit the website and social media pages of your local school district and municipalities for further information.
  • Additionally, you can find food bank information at either

Information on free internet offers for those who don’t have access at home. 

Comcast, Cox, and Charter are all currently offering some form of free internet service for students.

 

As always, we will continue to email updates of the latest information to your TRCC email, so be sure to check it on a regular basis. Information will also be posted on www.threerivers.edu/coronavirus, which will have a link to a new student information and support page later today.

Please continue to practice vigilance and stay healthy.

Mary Ellen Jukoski

President

Coronavirus Update Page of Info

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

March 13, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

While there is no additional information about closings and online classes, we have learned some things that you might find useful.

Free WiFi Offer from Internet Essentials from Comcast

Internet Essentials from Comcast, which works to provide affordable home WiFi for eligible households, has announced that:

“As the country deals with the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Comcast is taking immediate steps to help connect more low-income families to the Internet at home. Effective Monday, March 16, 2020, anyone who signs up for Internet Essentials will receive two free months of Internet service.”

After the two months, users can cancel or continue with paid service. Learn more at https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19

State of Connecticut Response to Covid-19

In addition to the State’s Coronavirus portal, they will also shared news on its new Twitter account at @COVID19CT and on Facebook at CT COVID-19 Response, where you’ll be able to keep up with the latest information.

Social Distancing – What’s up with that?

Senator Chris Murphy shared an excellent article from The Atlantic on the The Do’s and Don’ts of ‘Social Distancing’. It offers advice on everything from going on dates, getting your haircut to visiting elderly relatives.

As always, we will continue to assess the situation and communicate as often as needed.

Enjoy the weekend and Spring Break.

Mary Ellen

Coronavirus Update

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

March 12, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Here are the latest updates.

Three Rivers is closed effective today at 5:00 pm through Sunday, March 22.

Three Rivers will close the campus effective 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 12, and will remain closed through Sunday, March 22. We will continue to assess the situation and communicate as often as needed.

All employees who can are directed to begin teleworking tomorrow. All supervisors will connect with their employees today, including work study students, to determine individual work arrangements.

Here is some additional information:

  • For Everyone Planning Out-of-state Travel – Important –Everyone (students, faculty and staff) travelling out of Connecticut, including internationally, must fill out this Out-of-State Travel Information Form. This is being required by CSCU so that we have the background knowledge we need to keep our campus safe and healthy for all.
  • How to tell if you have coronavirus – We’re all wondering if our sniffles and sneezes could be the coronavirus. CNN has posted an informative article called Is it allergies, the flu or the coronavirus? How to tell the difference. It provides helpful details to distinguish your symptoms.
  • For the latest Connecticut information, visit the official State of Connecticut Coronavirus portal at https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus.

These updates will continue to be sent to your TRCC email, so be sure to check it on a regular basis. By tonight, you will also be able to check www.threerivers.edu for additional information.

Please continue to practice vigilance and stay healthy.

Mary Ellen

Coronavirus Update

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

March 11, 2020, 3:30 p.m.

Dear Three Rivers community,

As you have no doubt heard, the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is spreading globally and has now been designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. I want to emphasize that there are no known cases associated with Three Rivers faculty, staff, or students. We are working closely with the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities President Mark Ojakian to keep our University community as safe and healthy as possible and continue to take every precaution to mitigate potential impact on campus. Today, we are announcing the following new precautionary measures:

  • Following Spring Break, all classes will be moved to an online-only format until at least Sunday, April 5.
  • The campuses will remain open for day-to-day functions, and all non-teaching faculty and staff are expected to continue to report to work as scheduled.
  • For students who don’t have access to the internet, Computer Lab – Room E112 Open Lab and the Library will remain open. The hours will be  Mondays-Thursdays from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm and Fridays from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. Additional cleaning protocols are being implemented for your safety.
  • Students who engage in off-campus clinics, internships, and similar experiential activities, may continue to attend them if their respective facility remains open. Please check with your supervisor, if necessary.
  • All faculty, please take every opportunity this week and next to learn WebEx, MS Teams, Blackboard, and other tools to assist your online teaching, scheduling and hosting of online meetings.
  • All campus events scheduled between March 14 and April 5 are canceled (no matter the size), including those sponsored by external clients.

As one might expect, the situation and conditions are changing by the day—sometimes by the hour. Be assured that we continue to work closely with President Ojakian, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all members of our campus community.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we work through all necessary adjustments. I urge you to continue to follow CDC guidelines for staying healthy.

Sincerely,

President Mary Ellen Jukoski

Coronavirus Update

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

March 11, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

Dear Students and Colleagues,

We will be moving to online classes for the two weeks following Spring Break, from Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3.

  • Students – you will access your class online via Blackboard. We will provide more details as they become available. Please remember that all official communications and updates will be sent to your TRCC email so be sure to check it regularly.
  • Faculty – You have already received information from Dean Farinelli via email regarding moving your class online.

Staff will still report to work during this time.

Students who do not have access to computers or WiFi can use computers here at Three Rivers in Computer Lab, Room E112 and the Library.

We will be sending further updates as soon as they are available.

Remember, if you have questions, please call the hotline at (860) 215-9011.

Mary Ellen

Coronavirus Update

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

March 10, 2020

Dear Students,

On March 4 and March 6, I sent Coronavirus Updates to students, faculty and staff. We just found out these accidentally did not get sent to students. Below is a special edition that will catch you up on the information from those two Updates.

President Jukoski

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As the global COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak continues to intensify, I will be issuing updates via email on a regular basis to all Three Rivers students, faculty and staff. These updates will keep you informed on our planning here at Three Rivers and at CSCU (Connecticut State Colleges and Universities) for dealing with the possibility of it spreading to our community. We are taking every precaution to mitigate any potential impact on you and the campus.

TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.A.

Avoid travel to countries designated Level 2 and Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this point, the countries designated Level 2 or Level 3 are China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and Japan, but continued transmission of the disease means that the CDC’s list is likely to grow in coming days and weeks. We strongly discourage all students, faculty, and staff from traveling to those countries.

If you travel to a country that is Level 2 or 3 today, or a country that is designated as such while you are there, you are required to remain off-campus for a period of 14 days from when you arrive in the United States and are asked to self-quarantine during that period.  Please continue to monitor the CDC’s guidance Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel (CDC)

If you must travel abroad, alert Three Rivers of your plans. We are doing everything in our power to prevent the coronavirus from spreading on campus. If you plan on traveling abroad during spring break, we are asking for your cooperation in sharing your information with us. In our next Update, we will provide you a link to a form that you should fill out.

PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

All students, faculty, and staff can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by:

  • Hand Hygiene –
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using a restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. To learn more about proper handwashing, visit the CDC’s website, When and How to Wash Your Hands (CDC).
    • Handwashing is most effective, however If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizers, that are made of at least 60% alcohol to work against the corona virus.
    • Respiratory Etiquette – Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
    • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. The CDC provides detailed information on Home Cleaning and Disinfection. The CDC site on Preventing COVID-19 spread in Communities is also extremely helpful.

IF YOU EXHIBIT FLU-LIKE SYMPTOMS

Anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms is required to remain at home, and those who become sick during the day must go home.

  • We will use the CDC definitions of flu or flu-like symptoms: Flu Symptoms & Complications (CDC)
  • In the event a student or employee arrives to work with flu or flu-like symptoms, they will be instructed by management to go home due to the symptoms they exhibited. They will be advised that they should see a health care provider as soon as possible.
  • Anyone who has the flu or flu-like symptoms but cannot self-transport home will be directed to wait for their ride in an Isolation Room on campus. This room is C102. Dean of Administrative Services Steve Goetchius at (860) 215-9002 or sgoetchius@threerivers.edu should be notified of anyone using the room..
  • If they are diagnosed with the Coronavirus, we ask they contact (860) 215-9011 as soon as possible.
  • Students are not to return to campus until they are symptom-free.
  • The academic dean and faculty will work with the student to ensure a learning plan is in place. They are developing plans to access courses via Blackboard online. We will provide additional information when plans are finalized.

More details on this will be made available as soon as we receive them. We are in the process of creating a webpage that will be our information central for coronavirus.

As you know, this is a new experience for all of us, but the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff are our priority. As I stated earlier, we will keep you informed on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call (860) 215-9011. We are working hard to ensure that we all have a safe working environment.

Thank you.

Mary Ellen

Coronavirus Update

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

March 6, 2020

Dear Students and Colleagues,

As the worldwide COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak continues to grow in intensity, I am reminding you to do everything you can to avoid putting yourself and our campus community at risk. Here are the latest updates.

ISOLATION ROOM AT THREE RIVERS

As mentioned in the Wednesday, March 4 Update, anyone who has the flu or flu-like symptoms but cannot self-transport home will be directed to wait for their ride in an Isolation Room on campus. This room is C102. Dean of Administrative Services Steve Goetchius at (860) 215-9002 or sgoetchius@threerivers.edu should be notified of anyone using the room.

TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE U.S.A.

Avoid travel to countries designated Level 2 and Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this point, the countries designated Level 2 or Level 3 are China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and Japan, but continued transmission of the disease means that the CDC’s list is likely to grow in coming days and weeks. We strongly discourage all students, faculty, and staff from traveling to those countries.

If you travel to a country that is Level 2 or 3 today, or a country that is designated as such while you are there, you are required to remain off-campus for a period of 14 days from when you arrive in the United States and are asked to self-quarantine during that period.  Please continue to monitor the CDC’s guidance Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel (CDC)

If you must travel abroad, alert Three Rivers of your plans. We are doing everything in our power to prevent the coronavirus from spreading on campus. If you plan on traveling abroad during spring break, we are asking for your cooperation in sharing your information with us. This will help us have the information necessary to protect the campus community. Call (860) 215-9011 with the following information. (Please be sure to spell out your name and email.):

  • Your Name
  • Email
  • Whether you are a Student, Faculty, or Staff
  • Destinations during your travel (Include all)
  • Departure and return date

A REMINDER TO TAKE PROPER PRECAUTIONS 

Wash your hands and avoid people who are sick. All students, faculty, and staff can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds. Handwashing is most effective. If using hand sanitizers, they must be made of at least 60% alcohol to be work against the corona virus. Avoid close contact with people who are sick; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; and regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. The CDC provides detailed information on Home Cleaning and Disinfection. The CDC site on Preventing COVID-19 spread in Communities is also extremely helpful.

Above all, please be careful and stay vigilant.

If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call (860) 215-9011.

Thank you.

Mary Ellen

Coronavirus Update

From President Mary Ellen Jukoski

March 4, 2020

Dear Students and Colleagues,

As the global COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak continues to intensify, I will be issuing updates via email on a regular basis to all Three Rivers students, faculty and staff. These updates will keep you informed on our planning here at Three Rivers and at CSCU (Connecticut State Colleges and Universities) for dealing with the possibility of it spreading to our community. We are taking every precaution to mitigate any potential impact on you and the campus.

Suspended Travel to Designated Countries

Last week, CSCU suspended institutionally sponsored travel to countries designated Level 2 or Level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That list of countries now includes China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, and Japan, but that list is likely to grow in coming days and weeks.

Students, faculty, and staff returning from Level 2 or 3 nations, regardless of whether or not they are showing symptoms, will be required not to return to campus for a period of 14 days from when they arrive in the United States. During those 14 days, we are asking those returning to self-quarantine and seek medical attention if symptoms develop.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

All students, faculty, and staff can help to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases by:

  • Hand Hygiene –
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using a restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. To learn more about proper handwashing, visit the CDC’s website, When and How to Wash Your Hands (CDC).
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Respiratory Etiquette –
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • For additional information, see attached pdf of the poster, Stop the Spread of Germs. Feel free to share this poster with others and to print it out. These posters have been placed in every bathroom in the main building on campus. If anyone needs additional posters for campus, please stop by the Marketing Office in Room C211.

If You Exhibit Flu-like Symptoms

Anyone exhibiting flu-like symptoms is required to remain at home, and those who become sick during the day must go home. Here is the process that will be implemented by Friday of this week (3/6/20).

  • We will use the CDC definitions of flu or flu-like symptoms: Flu Symptoms & Complications (CDC)
  • In the event a student or employee arrives to work with flu or flu-like symptoms, they will be instructed by management to go home due to the symptoms they exhibited. They will be advised that they should see a health care provider as soon as possible.
  • Students
    • If a student is unable to self-transport home, staff members should direct them to the campus isolation room and notify Dean of Administrative Services Steve Goetchius at (860) 215-9002 or sgoetchius@threerivers.edu. We will announce the location of the isolation room by the end of day Friday, March 6.
    • If they are diagnosed with the Coronavirus, we ask they contact (860) 215-9011 as soon as possible.
    • Students are not to return to campus until they are symptom-free.
    • The academic dean and faculty will work with the student to ensure a learning plan is in place. They are developing plans to access courses via Blackboard online. We will provide additional information when plans are finalized.
  • Employees
    • If an employee is diagnosed with the Coronavirus, we ask they inform their manager as soon as possible.
    • They will be instructed not to return to work until they are no longer symptomatic.
    • Employees are to use their accrued paid time off for this purpose (where applicable) unless they and their supervisor agree to a temporary telecommuting arrangement.

More details on this will be made available as soon as we receive them.

As you know, this is a new experience for all of us, but the health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff are our priority. As I stated earlier, we will keep you informed on a regular basis.

If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call (860) 215-9011. We are working hard to ensure that we all have a safe working environment. Thank you.

Mary Ellen