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.

One of the requirements for resuming in-person classes and activities this fall semester was that every community member (faculty, staff, and students) would be required to complete the Community Care Covenant prior to returning to campus.

The Trinity Community is asked regularly to re-familiarize themselves especially with Trinity’s Testing and Health Services guidance (pp. 17–18) and Quarantine and Isolation policies (pp. 19–20) in our Readiness Plan document.


Dashboard: Weekly Positivity Rates, Quarantines & Isolations


Oct. 23 Follow-up: Thanksgiving and Post-Thanksgiving Break Plans

We pray every blessing upon you and your families during these unusual times. It is our deepest privilege to serve you and your son or daughter as we seek to provide an education that forms each and every student to be equipped to engage in God’s redemptive work in the world.

As President Nicholas Perrin’s last communication mentioned on Monday, October 19, we are providing you with further information about Trinity’s Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving break plans. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, discerning potential travel plans with care is an important way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. The wellbeing of the Trinity community and its families is something we pray about every time we meet. We think it’s best to keep informed about the current COVID-19 status of a potential destination and keep a students’ family and campus community safe by avoiding travel to places of higher risk.

In light of this consideration and in coordination with the Lake County Health Department, Illinois Department of Health, and CDC guidelines, Trinity’s administration has decided upon the following for students who choose to travel over Thanksgiving break and plan to return to campus to complete the semester with fully synchronous (remote) courses:

  • To prevent the risk of spreading the virus, if your student travels to a high-risk location (at the time of travel), per the Illinois Department of Health’s US COVID-19 State Case Rates map, he or she should anticipate quarantining upon returning to campus.

Students who believe they can demonstrate a low level of risk over the break may appeal the mandatory quarantine. Judgments will be made based on the levels of risk clearly delineated in the CDC’s considerations for Thanksgiving.

We will be sending this form to students so that they can inform us of their travel plans for Thanksgiving break, which will help us to plan appropriately for meals and other services. As a reminder, the options are:

  1. Travel for Thanksgiving (with one or more nights off campus) and complete fall semester studies at home.

  2. Travel for Thanksgiving (with one or more nights off campus) and return to campus to finish the fall semester with fully synchronous (remote) courses.

  3. Continue to stay overnight on campus throughout the Thanksgiving break and finish the fall semester with fully synchronous (remote) courses.

We understand that plans change, and the difficulties involved in making any of these choices. At the same time, recognizing the diversity of our student population, their home situations, geographies, and other factors, we wanted to avoid a singular approach, while maintaining the level of safety and care you’ve come to expect from us. If you have any questions or concerns about this or any COVID-related matters, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected].

Thank you for your grace and patience. Please join us in imploring our God to bring a swift and safe end to this global pandemic.

Blessings,

COVID-19 Readiness Team

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


Oct. 19 Update: Thanksgiving and Post-Thanksgiving Break Plans

Earlier this summer, we slated October 19 as the day on which we hoped to determine the shape of the academic calendar for the remainder of the fall semester. The purpose of this communication is both to give you a brief update and to share as much information as we can at the present time regarding that decision.

First, the update: While most of the country is currently hitting new spikes of reported COVID-19 cases, as of today, Trinity’s campus has less than a 1% positivity rate. You can view Trinity’s COVID Dashboard for the most current information about isolation numbers (those who have tested positive for the virus) and numbers quarantined (those who have had close contact with someone with the virus and who therefore must be kept separate regardless of symptoms).

In turning to the subject of Thanksgiving and post-Thanksgiving planning, let me begin by reassuring you that my administration is committed to the health of our Trinity students and their families, not to mention the health of our staff and faculty. From March of this year to the present, our intention has been to do everything we can to execute our educational mission without compromising that core commitment. At the same time, recognizing the diversity of our student population, their home situations, geographies, and other factors, we want to avoid a one-size-fits-all approach by giving families as many choices as possible.

Based on these considerations and what we know at this time, we have decided that the campus will remain open until the end of the semester, with one adjustment. Starting December 1, we will move to FULLY synchronous (remote) learning via Zoom. This means that:

  1. Residences and dining services will remain open and fully functional, all with our continued attention to making these as COVID-safe as possible.

  2. Campus life events (small gatherings, extracurricular activities, etc.) and facilities (Waybright Center, library, etc.) will continue as normal, barring any significant changes in circumstances that require a change of plans.

  3. Classrooms for instruction will not be used.

For us to maintain a COVID-safe environment, we are asking students to choose from the following three options for Thanksgiving break and completion of the semester:

  1. Travel for Thanksgiving (with one or more nights off campus) and complete fall semester studies at home.

  2. Travel for Thanksgiving (with one or more nights off campus) and return to campus to finish the fall semester with fully synchronous (remote) courses. Please note: Students who choose this option may be required to quarantine for 14 days upon their return to campus. In coordination with the Lake County Health Department, Trinity is working to finalize the quarantine criteria by the end of this week.

  3. Continue to stay overnight on campus throughout the Thanksgiving break and finish the fall semester with fully synchronous (remote) courses.

For your reference, here are the CDC’s current recommendations for travel, as well as its considerations for Thanksgiving this year. Stay tuned for more detailed information in a follow-up communication about campus life during Thanksgiving break, criteria for quarantining if your student chooses Option B above, and a form through which your student can inform us of his or her post-Thanksgiving plans.

As I close, please take a moment to pray for the handful of students, faculty, and staff that have tested positive—especially for those exhibiting symptoms, that God would grant them a speedy and full recovery. Pray also for the continued protection of the remainder of the community. For those in isolation, as well as for those in quarantine, pray that God would cause his peace and comfort to overflow, and that he would cause the light of his presence to shine on those struggling with dark anxieties.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to [email protected] with any questions or concerns you may have.

Grace and peace,

Nick

Perrin Signature


Nicholas Perrin
President
Trinity International University


 

COVID October 12, 2020, Update: Campus entering into brief quarantine

Dear Trinity College Parents,

I am writing to inform you that today Trinity International University leadership has been alerted to the fact that one of our Trinity College students has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). Please take a moment now to pray for this student and their swift recovery.

Earlier this afternoon, my leadership team and I decided to switch all classes to synchronous/online, while canceling all extracurricular activities and normal facility operations (gym, library, dining hall, etc.)—effective immediately. It is possible that this transition to online/synchronous learning will continue for several days until we have further data for a well-informed decision going forward. At 1:15 p.m. today, a campus-wide alert notification announced a campus quarantine to this effect.

Though we have no reason to suspect that this one case has or will result in further cases, we are proceeding out of an abundance of caution in order to minimize the risk of further possible spread. In alignment with Trinity’s response plan, impacted areas will be prioritized for cleaning.

Working with the Lake County Health Department, we have already identified and have been in communication with those who have recently come into close contact with this student. No later than tomorrow morning, following a review of data from an initial battery of tests of those who have been in contact with this student, we will be providing further updates on the status of cases on Trinity’s campus.

In any event, I will share more information and details as soon as possible. We wanted to make you aware of the situation and inform you of the action we are taking, so you can plan any additional precautionary measures you feel are appropriate for your student.

In the interest of clarity, this would be a good time to reiterate our policy: we ask members of the Trinity community (student, staff, or faculty) to quarantine, if they…

  1. Have come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 (close contact is defined as being within six feet of someone who tested positive, for more than 15 minutes, regardless of mask use).
  2. Exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. Have tested positive for COVID-19.

We understand that this may be disturbing news to hear. In the interest of transparency we will continue to share as much information as we can, while respecting the privacy concerns of our Trinity students and families.

Thank you ahead of time for staying calm in this situation. We are moving swiftly and effectively in responding to the latest development, but know all the same that it is the Lord who is our ultimate shield. Thank you, once again, for your continued prayers both for the student and the wider Trinity community.

Grace and peace,

Nick


Nicholas Perrin
President
Trinity International University

 


Reminder: Community Care Covenant & Self-Monitoring Health

One of the requirements for resuming in-person classes and activities was that every community member (faculty, staff, and students) would be required to complete the Community Care Covenant prior to returning to campus. If you have not signed it, please do so immediately.

In signing our Community Care Covenant we agreed to self-monitor health symptoms (including temperature) on a daily basis. Symptoms for COVID-19 include:

  • A temperature greater than 100.4°
  • Repeated shaking or chills
  • A cough (new or different than normal)
  • Shortness of breath (not associated with a preexisting condition, such as asthma)
  • A new loss of smell and/or taste
  • Loose stools / upset stomach
  • Muscle pain (other than normal soreness associated with exercise)
  • A sore throat
  • A headache
  • Congestion (not associated with preexisting conditions, such as allergies)

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.

 

If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected].


 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Archive of Latest Developments

Trinity’s past decisions in response to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 will be posted for reference on our Archives page.

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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

CARES Act Reporting–Institutional HEERF Allocation