2020 CPTC Response to COVID-19 Outbreak
The purpose of this page is to provide you with an update on Clover Park Technical College’s response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
CPTC is online-only.
What Governor Inslee's recent orders mean for CPTC:
- CPTC is open and using remote methods to teach and provide services.
- All classes will be online-only for spring quarter,
- Social distancing is in place for all required in-person interactions.
Page updated 2:29 p.m., April 7, 2020
Be sure to sign up for CPTC Warn to receive campus alerts via email or text at www.cptc.edu/risk/emergency-management/cptcwarn.
There has been a lot of conversation recently about Zoom and whether it’s safe to use. Zoombombing and security concerns are a reality of our new online world. Staff and faculty are equipped to manage online classrooms and meetings in a way that ensures security and safety of not just our students but of each other.
CPTC is following guidance from Zoom and the State Board of Community & Technical Colleges to ensure student privacy, as well as address security issues surrounding Zoom and other technologies. The State Board shared these resources to safeguard your Zoom encounters:
- Zoom has published a FERPA guide.
- Best practices for securing your virtual classroom. (University of Washington)
- Privacy best practices for online conferencing.
Our IT Director, Pam Jeter, has also shared these tips:
- When you receive a notice that Zoom, Windows or your anti-virus would like to update – run the update. Do not decline or say do it later. Run it when prompted. These updates are critical, especially when working from home. Many are security updates to protect your system.
- Enable Zoom waiting rooms and password-protect your meeting or class.
Thank you for applying precaution as you use Zoom for your classes and meetings, and remember that Zoom is not a place for sharing confidential information.
Bus passes: Winter quarter bus passes will be valid through April 30. Students will be able to request a bus pass and get it mailed to you beginning April 13. Details at www.cptc.edu/bus-pass
Canvas help: http://www.cptc.edu/canvas-help
COVID-19 financial assistance: http://friendsofcloverpark.org/seap
Student Resources: www.cptc.edu/resources
Technology Assistance Form: https://cptc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bj9dhbvjAeHNqLP
Virtual Assistance portal: www.cptc.edu/virtual
CPTC is following guidance from the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges and Zoom to insure student privacy, as well as address security issues surrounding Zoom and other technologies being used right now.
Here is how Zoom is addressing the issues: https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/04/01/a-message-to-our-users/
- Tips from Zoom on securing a virtual classroom
- UW's best practices on online conferencing
- Zoom published a FERPA guide.
With CPTC having moved its courses to distance learning, we recognize that not all students have laptops and/or reliable WiFi.
To support your success, we're working to pair students with the resources you need to get and stay online.
Submit a Student Technology Assistance Request Form today. Applications will be evaluated and prioritized based on financial need.
CPTC is open, with services and distance learning being performed online. Buildings are closed to the public for spring quarter.
April 1, NO CLASSES MET
This was the official start of spring quarter, and financial aid will be released.
April 1-3, NO CLASSES MET
Canvas classrooms opened for students and resources became available to help you get ready for the quarter.
April 6, DISTANCE EDUCATION STARTED, COLLEGE FACILITIES ARE NOT OPEN FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES.
Faculty contacted students with information on what to expect for the quarter and key dates. Students were to watch for email from faculty with instructions. All services to students will continue to be handled virtually, in adherence to the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” state directive.
Any impacts on campus operations will be announced on:
4/8: Program Information Sessions (canceled)
4/10: Rescheduled Movie Night (canceled)
4/16: Data Dive (virtually on Zoom)
4/13: Cultural Competency Training (postponed)
4/22: Program Expo (canceled)
4/23: Students of Color Conference (canceled)
4/23: Earth Day Event (limited to a smaller event)
4/28: Mobile Blood Bank (proceeding)
4/29: WSSSC Conference (canceled)
5/8: Scholarship Dinner (postponed)
5/13: Program Information Sessions (canceled)
5/14: Career Conference (canceled)
5/21: Spring Fest (canceled)
5/27: Program Information Sessions (canceled)
6/3: PTK Induction (canceled)
6/10 Program Information Sessions (canceled)
6/10: Student Awards Ceremony (canceled)
6/12: Movie Night (canceled)
6/18: Commencement (proceeding for now)
6/23: New Student Orientation (online)
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions implemented by Governor Jay Inslee, in person work study orientations and FAFSA/WASFA workshops have been cancelled through May 4. Instead, we will offer these services via phone appointments.
- If you would like to schedule a work study orientation, please contact Monica Selby-Blissenbach at (253) 589-5802 or email email@example.com.
- If you would like assistance with your FAFSA/WASFA application, please call Celva Boon at (253) 589-5822 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There may be instances during this period of closure to the public when the college identifies a needed service which cannot be performed remotely. These services must be coordinated via prior arrangement and will be subject to social distancing practices.
CPTC has established a new Virtual Assistance page, which gives easy ways for students to contact Student Services staff.
The Virtual Assistance page wraps up many of the services found in Building 17 into a single online access point. Students can drop in during posted hours for phone or video calls with staff from the offices they need most. Watch for enhancements in the coming weeks as we learn what works to align students’ needs with staffing capacity.
Staff directory: http://www.cptc.edu/directory
Faculty directory: http://www.cptc.edu/instruction-directory
The campus was closed on March 4 for what we called a "deep cleaning." Crews equipped with respirators sprayed disinfectant on touch point surfaces throughout campus. High-use areas were sprayed twice. Crews did not enter offices or spray sensitive equipment.
We have since learned that this process is more accurately described as "disinfecting" or "sanitizing." Future communications will clarify the process used.
- Cleaning removes debris and marks from a surface.
- Sanitizing reduces the number of pathogens on that surface to safe levels.
Thank you to the many faculty, staff, and students who have joined me on the Zoom Updates.
FACULTY & STAFF
There were a lot of webpages shared in the student meeting’s chat window. For those of you who missed the links in the chat, you can find them under the related heading on www.cptc.edu/coronavirus-info.
A second session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, at 11:00 a.m. Students should check their emails and the college's Facebook page for ways to join.
If you need help with Canvas or other resources, you can find links and info at this page: http://www.cptc.edu/resources.
The Bookstore asked me to send along this information:
- Rentals: If you still have rentals to return from winter quarter, please go to https://cptc.bncollege.com/shop/cptc/page/rental-book-return, enter your order# and email address, and print your label. Take your package to a UPS store or UPS dropbox.
- Kits: All books and kits can be purchased through our online website at http://cptc.bncollege.com. We are processing and shipping daily, with free UPS. If you order a kit, please process with shipping, but kits will not ship. You will be informed when they are available for you to pick up at the Bookstore.
- Help: Contact Bookstore staff at email@example.com or 253-589-5614 for assistance with supply items or scrubs, items not listed on the website, and returns.
I want to extend my continued support and welcome you to contact me with additional questions. We are in this together, even though we’re apart for now.
Last night, Governor Inslee extended the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order through May 4. To comply with the order and support the state’s efforts to flatten the curve, Clover Park will offer spring quarter courses and services exclusively via remote methods.
The details for each academic program are in the works and will be communicated by faculty next week. There are some programs, for example Nursing, that have been deemed essential by the Governor and decisions on how this change will impact that program are yet to come in the next week. Staff can expect to hear from their supervisors this week about making arrangements for similar working arrangements to continue until the end of Spring Quarter.
I have sent invitations to each campus group – faculty, staff, and two for students – to Zoom meetings. I will use the time to explain the impacts to our college operations and to take your questions. Information for the student zoom meetings was included at the bottom of the email invitation.
As we begin our new quarter in the midst of social distancing, you might be feeling some of the frustration and uncertainty, as I am. One of the things I am missing most right now is the energy of New Student Orientation. It’s a time of new beginnings and excitement to explore, to make new friends, and to start progress toward a new career.
But Orientation isn’t canceled. Like our other programs, it is now online! New students can take advantage of our new webpage to meet online with staff and get support with all the tech to help you achieve success. http://www.cptc.edu/orientation
For everyone, it’s important to remember that we’re not in this alone. The UW shared these ideas for staying connected with friends and family during the outbreak:
- Stay active, or just get out in nature
- Help someone else — in ways big and small, inside your community and out
- Use phone or video chat to check in with friends and family — don’t just text or post on social media
- Stick to routines you enjoy — they make the world feel more predictable
- Avoid looking at the news all day – read a book or watch a show just for fun
- Keep a journal
- Exercise self-compassion – treat yourself like you would a friend
This outbreak will come to an end. We will return to our offices and classrooms. And I hope that we will feel a little closer as a result.
The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.