Trinity Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information


To ensure the health and safety of our community, Trinity continues to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19. We will provide timely and useful information as it becomes available.


Returning to Campus Update: dorm residents required to be tested for the coronavirus (Aug. 5, 2020)

Trinity students:

In previous communications we recommended that the entire Trinity community be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus but testing was not a requirement. After monitoring the pandemic trends carefully, there continues to be regions of the U.S. with alarming spikes in coronavirus cases. In order to further protect you and the Trinity community, the university administration has decided to require all students residing in a dormitory to be tested for COVID-19 before arriving on campus.

We apologize for the timing of this decision and understand that this will be inconvenient for some of you, but we felt it important to be responsive to changing circumstances. We remain intent on and committed to providing the safest living and learning experiences for you this semester. If it is impossible to obtain a test result in time either from your physician or a local health authority, or if your results have not returned before your arrival to campus, please send an email to [email protected] along with your phone number. A staff member will contact you.

Please obtain a viral test (not an antibody test). The test results should be dated within 14 days before your arrival on campus (for example, if arriving on campus August 21, your results should be dated between August 7 and August 21). You can contact your local department of health for testing locations. This will provide Trinity with a baseline of health on campus. After you have been tested, please fill out the following form.

After dormitory residents arrive on campus, they will be given an appointment for a later test to ensure the health of our community.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected].

COVID-19 Readiness Team members:
Dr. H. Wayne Johnson (Chair), Provost
Dr. Graham Cole, Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Dr. Karen Wrobbel, Dean of Trinity College and Trinity Graduate School
Amanda Onapito, Dean of Students
Heather Logue, Associate Dean of Students and Athletic Director
Julie Wong, Associate Vice President for Facility and Event Services
Steve Geggie, Chief Information Officer

Healthcare Advisors:
Constance Herron, RN, BSN, MPH, University Health Services Coordinator
Carla Sanderson, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD, Trinity Board of Regents Version


Returning to Campus—Fall 2020 COVID-19 Readiness Plan (Aug. 4, 2020)

Dear Trinity community,

In light of your return to campus, we have established policies and procedures for all our students, faculty and staff, and are adapting all our classrooms, dormitories, dining hall, and public spaces so that your Trinity experience will be as normal as possible while promoting everyone’s safety. In this season of uncertainty we’re also planning as much as possible for different contingencies.

In preparation for returning to campus for the fall semester, we are asking all faculty, staff, and students to carefully read the Fall 2020 COVID-19 Readiness Plan and Policies document. In addition, all members of the Deerfield campus community are required to sign Trinity’s Community Care Covenant before returning to campus. The Community Care Covenant is a pledge to abide by Trinity’s measures that are designed to protect the health of fellow students, faculty, and staff.

Trinity is also recommending that the community be tested for COVID-19 before arrival to campus. Free tests are administered at local and mobile testing sites. This will provide us with a baseline of health. If you have been tested, we ask that you fill out the following form.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected].


Returning to the Deerfield Campus—What to Expect (July 24, 2020)

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to Trinity’s campus and our COVID-19 Readiness Team (CRT) has been hard at work to see that your return is a safe one. We are establishing policies and procedures for all our students, faculty and staff, and adapting all our classrooms, dormitories, dining hall and public spaces so that your Trinity experience will be as normal as possible while ensuring everyone’s safety. In this season of uncertainty we’re also planning as much as possible for different contingencies.

We are committed to abiding by all COVID-19 guidelines as prescribed the Center for Disease Control, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois State Government (Restore Illinois Plan) and Lake County Health Department. We are also committed to being a community that cares about the good of others (1 Cor. 10:23–24) and who submit to governmental authorities (Rom 13:1).

Some of the things you can expect:

  •  Calendar Changes:
    • There will be no fall break, but Thanksgiving break will occur as scheduled. Please delay making travel plans until October 19, after which time we will have a clearer picture about post-Thanksgiving school schedules.
    • Spring 2020 postponed Commencement will now be virtual. Because of the continuing challenges of the pandemic, we have decided that these postponed celebrations will be conducted virtually. More information is forthcoming.
  • Face Masks: Trinity is requiring masks inside all buildings, including classrooms and laboratories. Face coverings are also required in outdoor spaces on campus when appropriate social distancing is not possible. Face coverings are not required when alone in a private office or alone or with a roommate in a residence hall room.
  • Extra Cleaning and Disinfecting in All Public Areas: Regular intensive cleaning and disinfecting of all classrooms and common areas will occur. HEPA filters and UV lights are being used to clean recycled air in particular buildings.
  • Social Distancing in Classrooms: The maximum number of students in classrooms has been reduced to ensure appropriate social distancing during class and maintain social distancing between classes. Masks must be worn in classrooms.
  • Dining Services: All tables is Hawkins Dining Hall have been arranged for social distancing and acrylic barriers have been added to all tables. All food will be served by Dining Services staff with little to no self-serve. Traffic patterns will be established and disposable dishware will be used for the fall semester. Grab-and-go options will also be available.
  • Resident Halls: Trinity will follow the recommendations of the American College Health Association (ACHA) for dormitories, providing enhanced cleaning of common areas, restrictions on building access by non-residents and guests, and extra spacing between occupied rooms. By request, students will be allowed to have roomates.
  • Health Services: Health monitoring and protocols are under the leadership of an on-campus RN. Protocols for health monitoring, nurse visits, COVID-19 testing, and, if needed, quarantine and isolation are being established. Separate dormitory spaces have been set aside for quarantine and isolation if the need should arise. In keeping with current governmental guidance, COVID testing will not be required before coming on campus; however, all students will be expected to follow Trinity’s community health policies and protocols one they arrive.
  • Athletics: We are currently planning on starting fall 2020 sports on schedule with a comprehensive set of additional health protocols for our athletes. Our Athletic Director and coaches are in regular contact with athletes and will inform them if the NAIA changes their plans on fall sports.

Further details will appear soon on this website in the form of a Comprehensive COVID-19 Readiness Plan.


Deerfield Campus Fall Class Plans (June 30, 2020)

Faculty, staff, and administration are planning for face-to-face classes on the Deerfield campus in the fall semester, as outlined below by school. The university will follow social distancing and other guidelines from the CDC and local health authorities. Members of the campus community will be required to wear masks and classroom capacity will be significantly reduced.

Because of the increased risk for exposure brought about by travel, the Deerfield campus will modify the fall calendar as follows:

  1. We will not take the planned fall break, October 15-16. Classes will continue straight through Tuesday, November 24, taking only the September 7 Labor Day holiday.
  2. On or before Monday, October 19, Trinity will inform the community about the return to campus after Thanksgiving break. Please do not make Thanksgiving or end of semester travel plans until October 19 or later.
  3. Thanksgiving break will be Wednesday, November 25 through Monday, November 30, as currently scheduled.
  4. If conditions permit, we will return to classes in Deerfield on Tuesday, December 1, to complete the semester. However, if conditions are such that we conclude the back and forth travel of the break risks health and safety, we will conclude the semester remotely, with classes resuming, remotely, on Tuesday, December 1. Classes, whether in person or remote, will continue through Wednesday, December 9, 2020.
  5. Thursday and Friday, December 10 – 11, will be reading/study days, in preparation for final exams. (These days substitute for the fall break in faculty schedules.)
  6. Final exams will be Monday through Thursday, December 14 – 17. If the campus is open, students will be expected to remain on campus to sit their final exams; travel is not an acceptable excuse for a final exam change.

Even as we plan, Lord willing, for face-to-face classes, we are also anticipating possible contingencies given the uncertainties related to the virus, and are prepared to shift to remote or fully online instruction (for courses developed as online courses) should there be an outbreak of COVID-19 on our campus or if there is a directive from a governmental or health authority. Trinity is committed to doing everything we can to keep students moving forward towards their academic goals while remaining as safe and healthy as possible.

Trinity College

The College plans to offer in person, face-to-face, classes in the fall semester, following social distancing and other guidelines from the CDC and local health authorities. We may implement one-way traffic patterns in McLennan to alleviate crowding on the stairs and hallways during the passing periods between classes.

There will be a remote learning option for many Trinity College classes so that students who are ill, in self-isolation because of possible exposure to the coronavirus, or who are simply not ready to return to face-to-face classes will be able to continue their education. Due to the hands-on nature, certain classes such as science labs, music ensembles, and clinical experiences in education, will not be available for remote learning.

Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

At present, TEDS plans to offer face-to-face and synchronous classes in the fall semester, following social distancing and other guidelines from the CDC and local health authorities. Synchronous-only classes will also be offered as needed. Faculty may opt to teach synchronously rather than in person. One-way traffic patterns to alleviate crowding on the stairs and hallways during the passing periods between classes may be implemented. Faculty and students who are ill, in self-isolation because of possible exposure to the coronavirus, or who are simply not ready to return to face-to-face classes will be able to continue their teaching/learning synchronously.

Trinity Graduate School

The programs of Trinity Graduate School are already delivered using various modalities, and this flexibility serves students well in the present circumstances. Fully online programs or those with extensive online options, such as the Master of Education and the Master of Arts in Bioethics, will continue to offer online classes. The Master of Leadership program employs video conferencing technology to connect students at the Deerfield campus and additional locations. In person classes at the locations will continue with social distancing and according to local government and health regulations. Due to the hands-on nature of athletic training, classes will meet in person with social distancing and other measures. Please consult the information about TIU-Florida for information regarding the Florida-based Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling.

 

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR COVID-19

How to Self-Isolate

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Lake County Health Department

Cares Act Grant Funds Affidavit & Information

Overseas Advisory Council