Dear TSJC community,
As you have seen via recent COVID-19 updates, the Trinidad Campus has been affected by several positive cases over the past few days. Initially the cases involved only one cohort or “family unit” within athletics. Today (Monday) two students from different cohorts tested positive. Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of student and employee health, the leadership team has made a decision to transition the Trinidad campus to remote learning through the Thanksgiving holiday.
We do not make this decision lightly. We recognize the importance and value of an in-person college experience and have worked diligently over these past months to provide such a learning environment. The Valley campus will continue as previously scheduled, transitioning most classes to remote learning after Thanksgiving (unless future conditions dictate otherwise).
Details include the following:
1) Trinidad campus classes will move to remote instruction immediately until after Thanksgiving.
2) On Nov 30, CTE classes will resume in-person instruction with the goal of finishing hands-on classes before the December holiday break. (A few classes may resume prior to this date pending approval from County Health.)
3) Academic classes (non-CTE) will be remote through the end of the semester.
4) Residence hall students may check-out of the halls for the duration of the semester. Students who need to stay in the halls may continue to do so. We will continue supporting all students, including those in quarantine and isolation.
5) Most employees will transition to remote work. A few essential employees will need to work from their offices to facilitate remote learning. Buildings will be closed to the public as they were last spring during the lockdown. Please contact your supervisor if you need to access your work materials or use your office space.
6) Students, please contact your instruc
tors to receive instructions for continuing your classes remotely over the next few
7) Please note this plan is subject to change pending direction from the health department.
I think we all can agree that this has been a most unusual, challenging and unsettling time for all of us. Multiple disconcerting circumstances have added to the stress, anxiety, and worriedness many of us feel. Coronavirus factors such as wearing masks, social distancing, working/learning remotely, and other life disruptions may have resulted in feelings of overwhelmingness, isolation, and weariness. Some of you have experienced loss or illness of loved ones. Some have experienced economic hardship. I am sure you can cite other worrisome instances that have had a profound effect on you and your family.
I’m mindful that we are making this transition in our college on the eve of an important election in our country, which may be yet another stress factor. I want to reassure you that regardless of the outcome of tomorrow’s election, TSJC will continue to be a supportive college that welcomes and values all people, strives to provide an equity-minded environment, and will be a place where diverse perspectives are heard through respectful discussion. The ability to discuss and/or debate varied and opposing viewpoints in a respectful manner is one of the hallmarks of higher education.
TSJC provides avenues for employees and students who may need assistance processing the challenges and stressors in their life. Students in need of assistance should contact Ashlie Cogburn (Ashlie.Cogburn@trinidadstate.edu) to make a virtual or phone appointment. Employees may reach out to Human Resources (Yvette Atencio, Yvette.Atencio@trinidadstate.edu) or contact the Colorado State Employees Assistance Program (CSEAP) at https://cseap.colorado.gov, for assistance.
Rhonda M. Epper, Ph.D.
Trinidad State Junior College