August 3 - Masks Required on Campus, Effective August 4
Over the weekend, Cuyahoga County’s level of transmission moved to substantial. For the safety and well-being of the College community, and to align with CDC recommendations, everyone — regardless of vaccination status — will be required to wear a mask inside College facilities beginning Aug. 4. All employees and visitors should continue to practice 6-foot social distancing. Masks should also be worn outdoors on College property whenever 6-foot social distancing cannot be maintained.
We will continue to monitor the situation and consider recommendations from the county, the governor and the CDC and will adjust our approach — which may include the extent of our on-ground presence — as appropriate.
August 2 - COVID-19 Case at Western Campus
An individual received a positive COVID-19 test result Thursday, July 29. The individual was last on-site Monday, July 26, in the common areas of the Western Campus Enrollment Center/WSS and WTA and began experiencing symptoms Tuesday, July 27. The area visited by the individual was cleaned and sanitized repeatedly in the course of normal operations since the date of the exposure.
July 28 - COVID-19 Case at Eastern Campus
Please see below for details about a new COVID-19 case recently reported at the Eastern Campus, and the measures taken to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty and staff.
For your safety and that of others, please wear a mask when required, wash your hands frequently and maintain appropriate social distancing, even if you have already been vaccinated.
An individual received a positive COVID-19 test result Tuesday, July 27. The individual was last on-site Thursday, July 22, in the Eastern Campus Enrollment Center and began experiencing symptoms Tuesday, July 20.
The area visited by the individual was cleaned and sanitized today and was cleaned repeatedly in the course of normal operations since the date of the exposure.
Students, faculty and staff who were in close contact with the above-mentioned person have been notified, advised to self-monitor using the College’s health assessment and/or self-quarantine for 14 days, and were provided with testing information. The individual who tested positive has been advised to follow all medical and public health guidance and College protocols prior to returning to campus.
July 14 - Important Updates: Work Schedule/Arrangements, Safety Protocols, Travel, VSP
The following is a summary of important points covered at yesterday’s Town Hall.
On-Ground Work Schedule and Flexible Work Plan
Starting Monday, Aug. 2, all sites and campuses will be open during normal pre-pandemic operating hours. Full-time employees will be on-site four out of five workdays and may continue to work remotely one day. Each department/area will determine staffing schedules to provide on-ground presence Monday through Friday, or Saturday as applicable.
As of Monday, Sept. 13, all employees will be back on-site for the entire work week. It’s important that we resume our normal operating hours and on-ground presence so that we can meet the needs of our students and the community.
We also are committed to cultivating a progressive work culture that meets your needs for work-life balance.
As mentioned previously, the College has been working on a flexible work plan that includes adjusted work schedules and remote work options. These will initially be offered on a pilot basis. To be eligible in this stage, employees must be in good standing (defined as “Meeting expectations,” “Accomplished” or higher on their most recent TEC performance review).
There is no guarantee that a request for a flexible work schedule will be approved, as not everyone’s job function is conducive to such a schedule. When determining whether a request will be approved, the needs of the College, students and department will take precedence. The final decision on an employee’s ability to work remotely will be at the sole discretion of the supervisor/manager with consultation with Human Resources, if necessary. The decision to permit remote work may be revoked at any time.
We anticipate providing more details at the end of this month and conducting supervisor training in August, so stay tuned for updates.
As part of our safety efforts, travel for College purposes is limited to drivable destinations that do not require an overnight stay. We are reviewing the travel guidelines in light of other changes to safety protocols and will provide additional guidance soon.
A copy of the plan, which outlines how we will position the College for the future, is attached. It was first shared at President’s Renewal in May. View the recorded presentation here (log-in required).
Voluntary Separation Plan (VSP)
900 employees were eligible. Of that number, 46 (5.11%) elected to take the VSP. The breakdown is as follows:
- 12 Faculty
- 9 Administrators
- 9 Professional employees
- 8 SEIU employees
- 6 Non-bargaining support staff
- 2 AFSCME employees
A total of 37 employees will retire, while the remainder will resign as of July 30.
We thank these employees for their dedicated service to the College and wish them well in their future endeavors. Their last day of work is Friday, July 30. A virtual celebration will take place this fall for our retirees. Watch your email for more details.
Thank you for your patience and vigilance. As always, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. We will adjust our plans in response to any significant changes in the environment as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic.
If you were not able to attend yesterday’s Town Hall, you can view it here.
Extensive safety protocols currently remain in place at all College locations. Additionally, more than 200 bipolar ionization filters were recently installed across the College, covering classrooms, offices and general gathering areas. These systems remove 99.4% of all COVID-related viruses from the air.
The College will continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 exposures and cases, adjusting these plans if necessary.
We need everyone’s help to keep our community safe by continuing to follow safety protocols:
- Perform a daily health assessment before coming to any campus or facility, and review and electronically sign the COVID-19 Statement of Personal Responsibility once per semester
- Wear a mask properly when required
- Stay 6 feet apart
- Wash your hands frequently, for 20 seconds
- Celebrate small
- Don’t eat or drink with anyone outside your household
- Limit travel
- If you’ve been exposed to the virus and have not been fully vaccinated, you must isolate at home for 14 days. Do not come to the College. Notify Risk Management for specific instructions or questions.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response and Preparedness
Tri-C’s Office of Compliance and Risk Management is monitoring the development of all potential and confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. Senior leadership at the College is meeting regularly to guide Tri-C’s processes, plans and protocols in regard to the situation.
On March 9, 2020, public health officials confirmed three cases of COVID-19 in Cuyahoga County. In response, Gov. Mike DeWine declared a State of Emergency in Ohio, an action that allows state departments and agencies to better coordinate their responses to protect citizens.
Tri-C is taking precautions to ensure the safety and health of the Collegewide community. In addition to issuing health bulletins on COVID-19 symptoms and prevention, the College has suspended all international and domestic travel for staff and students until further notice.
Please view the resources below and check this page for updates.