Trinity Florida Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Out of love for every member of the community, Trinity Florida is committed to the safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Love compels us to seek and support the welfare of each person in the Trinity family. As the apostle Paul said, “Let each of you look not to your own interest, but to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
Trinity Florida has a moral obligation to maximize safety for students, faculty, staff, and visitors as it fulfills its mission. At the same time, Trinity Florida is committed to the fulfillment of the mission of the University to educate men and women to engage in God’s redemptive work in the world by cultivating academic excellence, Christian faithfulness, and lifelong learning. Trinity fulfills its mission in the context of loving community. Concerns for the safety of every member of the Trinity Florida community take priority since coronavirus infections continue and are on the rise, effective vaccines have not yet been widely distributed, and there is no known cure for COVID-19. This focus on safety coexists with the human need for community.
Returning to Classrooms and Offices in 2021
Trinity Florida has established a COVID-19 Task Force to help guide the process of reentry into classrooms and offices and establish safety protocols. The University’s protocols will follow the best advice of health care officials and the Center for Disease Control.
With proper safety precautions in place and in accordance with COVID-19 Task Force recommendations, Trinity Florida has opened classrooms for instruction and offices on January 1, 2021. In support of each individual’s health safety concerns, all students and faculty will be given the option of continuing remote education via Zoom while participating in Spring semester classes. Upon recommendation of health care officials and the COVID-19 Task Force, at any time Trinity Florida may return to exclusively online synchronous education using Zoom and Canvas.
- Upon return to the classrooms and offices:
We will disinfect classrooms before each class session and disinfect offices at the end of each workday, following CDC guidelines.
- Trinity community members will practice physical distancing, maintaining six-foot separation in classrooms, offices, and public spaces. Trinity staff will increase space between chairs in the classrooms and offices.
- Trinity Florida will make hand sanitizer available and will assure that restrooms are well supplied with soap.
- For the safety of all students, faculty, and staff, Trinity Florida requires that face masks be properly worn in the classrooms and offices.
- Only mask types recommended by the CDC are acceptable.
- Every member of the community should wear their mask according to CDC guidelines. These masks are in compliance with CDC guidelines.
- On selecting, wearing, and cleaning masks, please follow these guidelines.
- Please pay special attention to “How to Wear and How Not to Wear” a face mask.
- Trinity Florida will accommodate those who are unable to return to the classroom because of health concerns. Professors will make courses available at a distance via Zoom and will support class instruction with Trinity Florida’s learning management system, Canvas.
- All classes will be synchronous. Students who are at a distance from the classroom will join class sessions via Zoom.
Trinity Florida will post established protocols at the entrance of its facilities in Miami-Dade and Broward.
Avoiding Community Transmission
All students, faculty, and staff have the responsibility to care for one another in love. In order to avoid community transmission:
- Any member who shows signs of viral infection should not come to the offices or classrooms but should self-isolate and consult medical professionals regarding testing and treatment. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, among other indicators. Consult the CDC guidelines and the Coronavirus Self-Checker.
- Not all carriers of the coronavirus are symptomatic. If a member of the Trinity Florida community has been exposed to the coronavirus, they should self-quarantine and seek to be tested.
- If any member of the Trinity Florida community has a confirmed case of COVID-19, they should contact Trinity Florida immediately so that other members of the community can be informed, contact tracing can be established, and work and classroom spaces can be disinfected.
- If you are experiencing symptoms, after contacting your primary care physician, please notify Trinity’s Health Services through the Student COVID-19 Screening Form or the Employee COVID-19 Screening Form.
- Trinity will assist with contact tracing, and immediately inform members of the community who have come in contact with the infected person, while maintaining the privacy of the infected person.
- The COVID-19 Taskforce will consider additional healthcare safety protocols, including moving classes to a distance education format.
The COVID-19 Taskforce will monitor the spread of the coronavirus, periodically review recommendations from healthcare officials, and modify these protocols as necessary.
COVID-19 Taskforce Members
Dr. Gene Green, Dean | [email protected] | 877.477.4848
Dr. Elizabeth Skjoldol, Director of the MAMHC Program
Dr. Neil Skjoldol, Adjunct Professor and Director of Pastoral Care Services, Baptist Health
Mr. Dennis Martínez, Financial Aid Director
Ms. Deborah Green, RN, CNM