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 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 2:20 p.m., May 11, 2020
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Dear CPTC Students,
One of our most difficult decisions during this public health crisis has been how best to honor your achievements while safeguarding the health of community members. With this in mind, we have decided not to hold a commencement ceremony in 2020 and to invite you to participate in a future ceremony.
Finding an alternative way to celebrate your accomplishments this spring is important to us, so we’ve created an event to recognize you on June 18:
SAVE THE DATE
2020 Celebration of Graduates
Thursday, June 18
Clover Park Technical College | Lakewood Campus
Graduates who sign up to participate in the June 18 Celebration of Graduates event will receive a gift box that will include your cap and tassel, diploma cover, and other commemorative items to celebrate the completion of your college experience.
The many members of the Clover Park Technical College community are proud to see you complete your studies, knowing how hard you’ve worked to overcome incredible challenges this academic year. We will be there to support you and cheer for you as you move into the next phase of your lives.
More information about the pick-up process and celebration details will be shared by the planning committee at a later date. The committee is using social distancing guidelines as the framework for planning this celebration.
Dr. Joyce Loveday, President
In light of Govrenor Inslee's Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders and the unpredictable nature of the coronavirus pandemic, CPTC has decided to replace the traditional commencement ceremony with a drive-through Celebration of Graduation event on its Lakewood campus. Please visit http://www.cptc.edu/celebrate for more details.
SAVE THE DATE
2020 Celebration of Graduates
4-6p, Thursday, June 18
Lakewood Campus | Clover Park Technical College
Bus passes: Winter quarter bus passes will be valid through April 30. Students can request a bus pass and get it mailed to you. Details at http://www.cptc.edu/buspass
Canvas help: http://www.cptc.edu/canvas-help
COVID-19 financial assistance: http://friendsofcloverpark.org/seap
Student Resources: www.cptc.edu/resources
Virtual Assistance portal: http://www.cptc.edu/virtual
Depending on health projections for the spread of the virus, some distancing restrictions may be in place for weeks or months to come. Below is a summary of the Washington State Recovery Plan outlined by Governor Inslee on April 21.
- The governor announced a framework for a gradual, data-driven, health focused approach to safely returning to public life and work.
- His plan focuses on three efforts: supporting our medical system, economic recovery, and supporting people who need food, housing and mental health support.
- The governor emphasized the top priority is still to bring down numbers of COVID-19 infections and deaths. He did not lift his Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, but did announce that in the coming days, as long as COVID-19 cases remain steady or decline, some elective surgeries can resume as long as health professionals have adequate PPE, and that certain restrictions on outdoor recreation and some construction will be lifted. All restrictions remain in place for now.
- The governor said that several measures such as physical distancing, teleworking and distance learning are likely to continue for some time.
- Until a vaccine is available, the governor and health officials are focused on increasing testing for everyone with symptoms, developing the state’s contact identification/notification abilities and providing PPE for everyone who needs it.
- The governor outlined how he plans to develop guidelines for employers about how to safely start their business operations in a way that is safe for workers, customers and the general public.
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 has published a guide to Zoom and FERPA Compliance.
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.
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:
5/12: CPTC C.A.R.E.S. at 11a (online)
5/13: Program Information Sessions (canceled)
5/13: Mobile Food Bank (Building 5 Parking Lot)
5/14: Career Conference (canceled)
5/18: Student Government (online)
5/20: Mobile Food Bank (Building 5 Parking Lot)
5/21: Spring Fest (canceled)
5/27: Program Information Sessions (canceled)
5/27: Mobile Food Bank (Building 5 Parking Lot)
6/1: Student Government (online)
6/3: PTK Induction (canceled)
6/3: Mobile Food Bank (Building 5 Parking Lot)
6/10 Program Information Sessions (canceled)
6/10: Student Awards Ceremony (online)
6/10: CPTC C.A.R.E.S. at 2p (online)
6/10: Mobile Food Bank (Building 5 Parking Lot)
6/12: Movie Night (canceled)
6/15: Student Government (online)
6/17: Mobile Food Bank (Building 5 Parking Lot)
6/18: Celebration of Graduation (Lakewood Campus)
6/23: New Student Orientation (online)
6/24: Mobile Food Bank (Building 5 Parking Lot)
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 an essential service which cannot be performed remotely. These services must be coordinated via prior arrangement and will be subject to social distancing practices. These services are considered essential to college operations.
CPTC has established a new Virtual Assistance page, which gives easy ways for students to contact Student Services staff.
In accordance with his March 23, 2020 order, the Governor has designated a list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” to help state, local, tribal, and industry partners as they work to protect communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to public health and safety, as well as economic and national security.
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.