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 spring 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. For up-to-date information on Trinity’s quarantine process for students, see our Parents & Families Information page.


Dashboard: Weekly Positivity Rates, Quarantines & Isolations


 

March 10, 2021: Post Spring Break Testing Plans

This message was sent to all residence hall students prior to their return from Spring Break.

It is our sincere hope that you are enjoying your Spring Break! Thank you for having worked hard with us and God to make that a reality. Please consider this a brief interruption with the intention of keeping you updated on what to expect upon your return to classes on March 15.

Know that we have been praying for you to finish strong this semester. Therefore, we have been working closely with Lake County Health Department on strategies to keep COVID-19 resurgence at bay. With your participation, we have a great opportunity to do precisely that:

  • All of the current residents will receive two cost-free on-campus PCR tests, the first March 15-19 and the second March 22-26. This includes . . .
    • residents in Johnson Hall, Madsen Hall, Trinity Hall, Carlson Hall and Owens Hall
    • athletes and non-athlete students
    • those who traveled and those who remained on campus
  • All testing will be done by appointment through the office of our Health Coordinator (located in Carlson 104).
  • Please sign up for Week 1 (March 15-19) allowing for the following priorities (although you have access to all testing slots, use the early-week ones if you fall into the categories below and the later-in-the-week ones if you do not):
    • Travelers with the earliest return-to-campus date
    • Out-of-state travelers
    • Travelers who used public transportation
  • Be sure to choose one and only one slot for each week using the 2021 Spring Break PCR Tests portal.

We ask that if you traveled, on your return you fill out the Health Reporting following Spring Break 2021 form. Those presenting symptoms should contact their RA/GRA and the Health Coordinator and remain in their rooms until they are tested. In such a case, arrangements will be made for your meals. Note: If on your intended return-to-campus date you are indeed experiencing symptoms, we strongly recommend that if you have traveling flexibility, then you remain at home until your symptoms are resolved.

Our prayers are that by working together, we will avoid interruptions to our semester. If any contingencies do arise, we do want to be ready to act. Therefore, if you have not filled out the 2021 Resident Questionnaire, take a moment to fill it out now.

Know that we are here for you. You are welcome to contact our Health Coordinator at [email protected] with any questions regarding the testing procedures.

In Him,

Javier Michel
Director of Residence Life
Trinity International University

 


February 1, 2021: Spring Break Plans

Dear Trinity Community,

As first mentioned in our November 9, 2020, communication regarding the plans for the Spring 2021 semester, we planned to continue with the published TIU spring semester calendar without adjustments, pending further COVID-19 developments. That remains the case.

We also designated the beginning of February as the time in which we would speak definitively about spring break: After several weeks of campus-wide planning, monitoring safety protocols and public health requirements, we are happy to inform you that spring break will continue as scheduled, March 4–14.

Be assured that the administration is committed to your health and your families’ health, not to mention the health of Trinity’s staff and faculty. From the time this virus became a global pandemic, our intention has been to do everything we can to execute our educational mission without compromising that core commitment.

If you plan to travel for spring break, here are the CDC’s current recommendations for travel, for your reference. An unfortunate consequence of traveling in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is that you may pose a risk to your family, friends, and community upon your return. Also, students are of the age group that is more likely to have the virus without symptoms, so they may feel well and not have any symptoms, but can still spread the virus to others.

For that reason, we will be administering the rapid antigen test to all students who live in the residence halls upon their return from travel, except for student athletes who will have remained on campus and who are already being tested a few times each week. For the safety of the Trinity community, we ask that you reduce non-essential activities for a full seven days after travel upon your return to campus since you can be contagious before testing positive or showing symptoms. Stay tuned for more detailed information in a follow-up communication about where and when the test will be administered.

Please join us in praying for all those in need of a speedy and full recovery. Pray also for the continued protection of the Trinity community. For those in isolation, as well as for those in quarantine, pray that God would cause his peace and comfort to overflow.

Thank you, too, for your continued grace and understanding in meeting these challenges as it stretches into this semester. We are praying for you. As always, if you are a student, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your RA or [email protected] with any student-life questions or concerns you may have. All others may contact [email protected] with any COVID-related questions or concerns. For health-related questions, please contact Health Services at [email protected]

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
Jonathan Dockery, Chief Financial Officer
Amanda Onapito, Dean of Students
Heather Logue, Associate Dean of Students and Athletic Director
Julie Wong, Associate Vice President for Facility and Event Services
Chris Donato, Director of Internal Communication
Chris Miller, Information Technology

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

 

January 4, 2021: Return-to-Campus Policy

All residential students are required to have a PCR test administered no earlier than January 4, 2021. Students should also self-quarantine between the date the test is administered and their return to campus.

Students may obtain testing through local health care providers, private testing options, or options available through the Illinois Department of Public Health. Students will be required to report results from the test here. This form will be available beginning Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

If you have a negative PCR test result, you will receive confirmation of your designated move-in date and time into the residence halls. Questions regarding move-in may be directed to the Residence Life team [email protected].

If you have a positive PCR test result, you will be required by the Health Services Coordinator to isolate before you return to campus. Students who test positive must isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before returning to campus.

Students who test positive or have not received their results can access their classes remotely until they have been cleared to return to in-person classes.

Access to Classes
As has been the practice during the Fall 2020 semester, professors will be notified if a student is unable to be in class physically and will provide Zoom links for remote access. Students are responsible to complete the appropriate forms that initiate the notification. Students should work directly with their professors to make arrangements for academic work during quarantine or isolation.

Exceptions to Pre-Arrival Policy
Students are not required to submit a pre-arrival test result if one of the following applies:

  • You tested positive for COVID-19 in the 90-day period prior to returning to campus for Spring 2021 (Oct. 15, 2020–Jan. 12, 2021), and the positive test result has been reported to the Health Services Coordinator. Specific protocols for students who have already been positive will be sent to them directly; or
  • You are approved for an exception by the Health Services Coordinator.

Compliance
Students are reminded of the Community Care Covenant at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester. The Covenant, in addition to all COVID-19 protocols and policies will remain in effect during the spring semester.

Quarantine and isolation protocols are subject to revision based on factors such as guidance from Lake County Health Department, The Illinois Department of Public Health, or the Center for Disease Control.

Students who are unable to meet the above requirements will not be permitted to move into the residence halls.

Thank you for your grace and patience during this time.

See you soon!

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
Jonathan Dockery, Chief Financial Officer
Amanda Onapito, Dean of Students
Heather Logue, Associate Dean of Students and Athletic Director
Julie Wong, Associate Vice President for Facility and Event Services
Chris Donato, Director of Internal Communication
Chris Miller, Information Technology

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

November 18 Town Hall

When it comes to university life and Trinity’s mission, this semester has proved to be one of the most challenging for you and for us. It’s hard not to let all that we’ve lost—and will continue to lose—in the face of COVID-19 bring us way down. All the family gatherings, our churches filled during the holidays in celebration of Christ’s advent, even the normal, routine workaday world—things we used to take for granted—no longer appear on the horizon for many of us. While we won’t be experiencing these things this year the way we normally do, we nevertheless stand firm and in hope of the grace and peace of our Lord.

And while the pandemic dominates the headlines and has given rise to these unprecedented challenges, God has provided Trinity with abundant blessing. This fall has been shaped by the calling and mission that have long characterized Trinity. Whether holding COVID-safe face-to-face instruction or in virtual classrooms; inviting prominent Christian ministers, teachers and professionals to hold webinars for our community; or moving our more popular student events to online, Trinity’s vibrant community is flourishing.

We are working hard to address the challenges, disappointments and frustrations created by COVID-19. Let’s work together to rise to these challenges as a community and to serve and help each other through any unpredictable issues that lie ahead. Like every university in the nation during this historic pandemic, we know we won’t be able to deliver the full, traditional university experience your son or daughter wants and deserves—but we are working to safely provide the richest experience we can. Students can continue to count on receiving a high-quality, Christ-centered education, with housing and dining options and access to COVID-19 screening and health services.

Thanksgiving and Post-Thanksgiving
As we announced in October, all classes will be conducted remotely following the Thanksgiving break—whether at home or on campus—so there is no need for academic notifications of remote participation. We asked all students to complete the Thanksgiving plans form so that we will know how many of them we can anticipate in the residence halls and for meals during the time of Thanksgiving break (Nov. 25) through the end of the semester (Dec. 17). Fall 2020 classes go through December 9; December 10–11 are reading days, and finals take place from the 14th–17th.

  • Please note: Any unused meals on a student’s fall meal plan will automatically roll over to the student’s spring meal plan; however, we are not able to refund any housing costs for students who go home while all student services are still operating on campus.

A word about those students who travel for Thanksgiving (with one or more nights off campus) and return to campus to finish the fall semester with fully synchronous (remote) courses: Because travel increases one’s chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, discerning potential travel plans with care is an important way to protect oneself and others from getting sick. As such, 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:

  • 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 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.

Life on campus during and after Thanksgiving break
Our food services will also remain open throughout the break, with brunch and dinner being served in the dining hall.

We are also prepared to continue some of our annual traditions to celebrate the end of the semester and the Christmas season, such as Santa Lucia commemoration, Christmas with the Perrins, and The Late Night Waybright series. Facilities such as the gym will be open as well. 

Winter and Spring Athletics
Turning to Trinity’s athletics, there has been extensive planning and strategizing as a result of the shift of fall sports to the spring.

In January

  • Each team’s return date is set and will be communicated through the coaching staff. 
  • The basketball teams will return to campus the earliest out of all the teams (Dec. 27) due to their game schedules.
  • Most teams will begin practicing the week of January 11 in order to acclimate for the start of their seasons.

 COVID-19 Screening

  • Each student-athlete is sent a form to fill out a daily symptom checker both in the morning and prior to team meetings and/or practices.
  • The daily screening is required by the NAIA and we are required to report daily the data from the screenings to the NAIA.

 Competition

  • The need for flexibility will provide the stiffest competition this year. There will likely be a number of starts and stops to the athletic seasons due to COVID-19, which will likely result in reduced contests during the season. Games that are not played due to COVID will be considered a “no contest.”
  • Given the student-athlete may not be able to experience a full season, the NAIA has determined that they will not charge a “Season of Competition” to the fall and winter sports. This falls in line with the approach they took with spring sports during the 2020 season.
  • The goal is to give our student-athletes the ability to have an athletic experience this year without the worry of wasting a year of eligibility on a shortened season.

 Viewing Games

  • Given the limit of 50 people in our indoor spaces, we will not be able to have spectators at our indoor events.
  • Games will be live-streamed through our website, tiutrojans.com (https://portal.stretchinternet.com/tiu/).
  • We will evaluate the ability to have spectators at our outdoor events based on COVID metrics in our area.

Preparing for the 2021 Spring Semester
Some of your students may have “holds” on their account. There are three types: financial, academic, and administrative. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • needing to pay registration fees or other outstanding debts
  • needing to submit requested documentation to certain offices=

Any of these can be placed against one’s registration if a student fails to meet an obligation to the University. Holds prevent a student from being able to enroll in classes. Here are a few common holds among our student body:

Financial aid completion/Verification process
Some students need to complete additional steps to confirm that the financial aid they are eligible for will “release” onto their student account to help pay for their fall semester expenses.

If a student has been selected for the “verification process,” TIU is working with a third-party vendor to help students complete that process. Please note: This process MUST be completed by the second week of December in order for your student to receive financial aid for the fall semester. If your student needs help with this process, our Retention Office is providing assistance to walk students through it. Contact them at [email protected].

 Student Accounting
Fall bills are due and can be paid online at tiu.edu/accounting or through the Student Accounting Office at [email protected] For any questions on larger balances, please contact the Business Office at [email protected] so that the team can work with you on a payment plan.

 Are your student’s immunizations up to date?
The state of Illinois requires TIU to have immunization records for enrolled students on file. TIU utilizes a system called MedProctor (medprocter.com) to collect immunization records, so all students MUST have a MedProctor account that shows proof of current vaccinations in order to register for spring classes. Simply . . .

  • Obtain current immunization records from his or her primary care doctor;
  • Create a MedProctor account;
  • And upload the documentation into the account.

If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact Karen Gerold for more information at [email protected] or 847.317.4067.

Registration
Students need to consult with their faculty advisor before they can register, which was due to be completed by 11/13. Faculty, however, will still advise if a student hasn’t done so yet.

Winter Holidays and 2021 Spring Semester
At this time, we do not plan to adjust the academic calendar for the spring semester. Trinity will begin classes as scheduled on January 13 with face-to-face instruction and remote synchronous learning. Subject to revision based on health conditions and any public health requirements, the dates for spring break will also remain unchanged (March 4–14). However, as we continue to monitor the spread of the virus both in our community and on campus, we may have to provide an alternative plan for spring break should the need arise. We will make a final decision on this matter no later than February 1, 2021. Students are encouraged not to make permanent plans for spring break until this decision is communicated.

Residential dormitory students will be able to move into on-campus residences on designated days the week of January 11, 2021. Similar to the start of the fall 2020 semester, residential dormitory students must present a pre-arrival PCR test with a negative result dated no earlier than the week of January 4 in order to move back into their dorm room. We suggest booking an appointment to be tested during the week of January 4 as soon as possible. Students who are unable to take a PCR test that week or who do not receive their results prior to their scheduled arrival on campus must begin the semester remotely and then return to campus once they receive their negative test results.

With the long Chicago winter ahead of us, we realize that there will be additional challenges to the student experience, simply because students will not have the opportunity to socialize outside as they did in the fall semester. For that reason, and out of commitment to the students’ mental and emotional health, we are exploring a limited opening of the social lounge spaces In the residence halls for, again, limited groups of 4-5 to congregate, while masked and social distancing. We want to reserve the right to implement and withdraw this privilege depending on the number of COVID-19 positive cases both in the county and on campus. 

Most Trinity College courses will be taught face to face, with all the necessary precautions in place, though some will only be available in remote synchronous format. Science lab and graphic design courses require in-person presence; they are not available remotely.

In Conclusion
President and Mrs. Perrin will be hosting a Thanksgiving Day feast in Hawkins Dining Hall, and we’ll have fun watching Dallas play Washington with those students who are not able to join their families for the holiday. The spring, like the fall, will present unique and unexpected obstacles, but we know from experience that by God’s grace Trinity students are up to the challenge.

We anticipate their resilience in building community and growing in their faith. In addition to meeting with Family Groups on a weekly basis, the Student Engagement team will continue to work with the various student groups in developing leadership programming for them as well as intramural activities and celebration of our school spirit. 

We have had the opportunity to review our COVID-19 safety and quarantine protocols from the past several months. Looking back to when we first experienced a campus-wide quarantine, we are thankful to God for the lessons learned, and how quickly our team has responded to the needs of our students. We have now introduced options for meal delivery, laundry and supplies. We also have instituted Wellness Coordinators, comprising faculty and staff, who in conversation with the students in isolation and quarantine devise a check-in plan that meets their needs. Our Counseling Services are accessible by Telehealth, meaning that our students can access care remotely while in quarantine. The many friends of Trinity, whether they be Alumni, former staff, spouses, local businesses like Chick-fil-A, have been a wonderful source of support for our community. Perhaps what is most amazing is seeing so many students step up to volunteer and help others in quarantine. This, dear friends, is perhaps what is most beautiful about our community—the students love and care for one another.  

In Christ,

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
Chris Donato, Director of Internal Communication

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

 

November 9 Update:  Trinity Announces Spring 2021 Semester Plans


Dear Trinity Community,

We are now three-quarters of the way through the semester, and we’re proud of the many ways Trinity’s faculty, staff, and students have come together to protect the health of our community and support each other both inside and outside the classroom. You have taken to heart our goal of keeping COVID-19 off campus, so we can stay on campus. For this, we give thanks to God!

We are writing to share news about the spring semester. The CRT has worked closely with Trinity’s administration along with Lake County public health officials on the plans for the spring semester. The strategy we developed was based on projected COVID-19 cases, forecasts for flu in the coming months, and the possibility of safely accommodating more students on campus.

Today, we’re pleased to announce Trinity’s plan for spring 2021, as described below.

At this time, we do not plan to adjust the academic calendar for the spring semester. Trinity will begin classes as scheduled on January 13 with face-to-face instruction and remote synchronous learning. Subject to revision based on health conditions and any public health requirements, the dates for Spring Break will remain unchanged. However, as we continue to monitor the spread of the virus both in our community and on campus, we may have to provide an alternative plan for Spring Break should the need arise. We will make a final decision on this matter no later than February 1, 2021. Students are encouraged not to make permanent plans for Spring break until this decision is communicated.

Trinity International University Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

Jan 13 Term starts; classes begin
Jan 18 MLK Day
March 3 Quad A ends
March 4–14 Spring Break
March 15 Quad B begins
April 1–6 Easter Break
May 7 Classes end
May 10–13 Final exam period
May 14 TEDS Commencement
May 15 College & Graduate School Commencement

Residential dormitory students will be able to move into on-campus residences on designated days the week of January 11, 2020. Similar to the start of the fall 2020 semester, residential dormitory students must present a pre-arrival PCR test with a negative result dated no earlier than the week of January 4 in order to move back into their dorm room. We suggest booking an appointment to be tested during the week of January 4 as soon as possible. The Student Life Office will send students details about dormitory move-in, testing, and quarantine in the coming weeks.

Most Trinity College courses will be taught face to face, with all the necessary precautions in place, though some will only be available in remote synchronous format. Science lab and graphic design courses require in-person presence; they are not available remotely.

Even with strong adherence to physical distancing and mask-wearing this semester, students are nonetheless sharing knowledge, connecting with one another, and studying for classes. They also are finding new ways to fulfill their Service Learning requirement in Chicagoland communities. The spring, like the fall, will present unique and unexpected obstacles, but we know from experience that by God’s grace Trinity students are up to the challenge.

TGS and TEDS COURSES AND RESIDENTIAL LIVING
Many graduate and divinity school students live on Trinity’s campus year round. By all measures, they have done an excellent job of carrying out their studies, conducting research and engaging in scholarship, wearing masks, physically distancing, and avoiding large gatherings of people.

In the spring, graduate students will continue to have the option of staying in on-campus housing. The same COVID-19 preventative measures in effect in the fall semester will be in effect in the spring.

  • Trinity Graduate School classes will continue with a blend of modalities including fully online, remote synchronous, and in-person as established by each program.
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School courses will be available entirely remotely, or taught with some combination of synchronous and asynchronous components or taught in a blended fashion (some in the classroom, some online in the same class at the same time). In a blended class (consisting of face-to-face and synchronous), physical distancing and other precautions are observed.

Faculty and staff will maintain the same protocols for the spring semester as the fall. Please contact Human Resources with your specific accommodations requests for your schedule and needs.

We are working hard to address the challenges, disappointments and frustrations created by COVID-19. Let’s work together to rise to these challenges as a community and to serve and help each other through any unpredictable issues that lie ahead. Like every university in the nation during this historic pandemic, we know we won’t be able to deliver the full, traditional university experience you want and deserve—but we are working to safely provide the richest experience we can. You can continue to count on receiving a high-quality, Christ-centered education, with housing and dining options and access to COVID-19 testing.

Even in the face of uncertainty, we are committed to providing you with a engaging, safe, fun and faith-filled experience as you continue your academic journey this spring. Join us in prayer as we ask God to bring a swift and safe end to this global pandemic.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at [email protected].

In Christ,

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
Chris Donato, Director of Internal Communication

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

October 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

 

October 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


Nicholas Perrin
President
Trinity International University

October 12, 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].

 

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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

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (HEERF 2.0)

CARES Act Reporting–Institutional HEERF Allocation