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Coronavirus Information

Update: April 2, 2020

Delay of Spring 2020 Quarter Start to April 13th, 2020

Dear Students of Ivy Christian College, I trust all of you are doing well, remaining safe and healthy (primarily) indoors. The College has made the decision to delay the start of our Spring 2020 quarter to April 13th, 2020. Ivy Christian College staff and faculty will use this extra time to finish preparations for delivering our Spring Quarter lectures online. In addition, this time will be used to schedule students for training on the Zoom Platform. We will send a separate email out to students regarding the scheduling of training by Friday of this week. 

Further information regarding preparations for the start of the quarter have been shared via Populi and email. Please check those messages and instructions.

Should you have any questions, please contact the administrative office for further guidance:

Best Regards,

John Yoo
Ivy Christian College

 

Update: March 17, 2020

Dear Ivy Christian College Community,

As we start another week, the University would like to share a few new updates regarding its operations and plans:

Ivy Christian College staff will be working from home for the next two weeks until the week of April 6th, 2020.
If you need any assistance in the interim, please email [email protected] with your needs.

Spring 2020 Quarter Update

The College’s administration is working with DHS/ICE and our accreditor to determine our options for instruction at this time for our Spring Quarter. We hope to have further information for everyone by Friday, March 27th.

Admittedly, these actions will lead us to become an even more virtual community for the time being. While not ideal, these actions will also help to minimize the risk for Ivy Christian College and its members contributing to the further spread of this outbreak in our community. I truly believe this is a time for every member of Ivy Christian College to set aside personal interests and help one another and those around us, as much as possible.

I will continue to write and communicate with everyone in the days ahead with various updates on the unfolding effects of this situation on ICC.

Best Regards,

John Yoo

 

 

Update:

Dear Members of the Ivy Christian College Community,

As many of you have expressed, I share your concerns around the novel coronavirus that has been identified in our area, the greater United States and more predominantly, abroad – and specifically, its potential to impact the lives of our students, faculty, and staff that make up our ICC community. I write today to share some decisions we have made to look out for the wellbeing of everyone at Ivy Christian College and the communities we serve. To reiterate: there has not been a case of COVID-19 on either location of our institution but the Virginia Department of Health has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our state. Our immediate risk remains low. As the situation continues to evolve, we take very seriously our responsibility as a healthcare provider and an institution of higher education to make prudent choices for the wellbeing of our community. Ivy Christian College’s senior leadership team continues to meet regularly to consider changes in approach that will best protect our community while setting plans in motion for a wide variety of contingencies. We will continue to regularly update the community, through messages and on our website, about what we know and our plans. Consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of State, and the Department of Health for the state of Virginia, we have decided to enact the following restrictions and guidelines in order to help to mitigate our community’s risk of exposure to the virus: Travel: We ask members of the community to apply the following in consideration of personal travel commitments, both internationally and domestically: International Travel

Travel to countries where the CDC has enacted level 3, or the State Department has enacted levels 3 or 4 is strictly discouraged. CDC travel guidance related to COVID-19 are located at the link below:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

CDC Level 3 Countries
China
Korea
Iran
Italy

If you travel or have recently traveled to one of these countries, we expect you to follow CDC guidance about self-isolation: stay home for a period of 14 days upon your return and seek medical attention if you experience fever, coughs, or difficulty breathing.

Travel Guidance for F1 International Students
Ivy Christian College currently does not recommend its International Students to conduct any international travel due to the changing nature of U.S. immigration policy, the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak and its impacts to global travel.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and Presidential Proclamations suspending entry into the United States for those deemed to pose a risk of transmitting the coronavirus, specifically, travelers entering from Iran and China within the last 14 days.

Restrictions on travel to and from China, Iran, and other regions are rapidly evolving, as well as impacting Chinese consulates and embassies working with U.S. visa applications. You can review the current U.S. Department of State and Center for Disease Control Travel Advisories. Mail delivery in many parts of the world is also impacted and may result in delays in the delivery of immigration documents. Be aware that travelers returning from CDC Risk Level 3 countries are required to follow CDC guidance about self-isolation: stay home for a period of 14 days upon your return and seek medical attention if you experience fever, coughs, or difficulty breathing.

Domestic Travel

Ivy Christian College strongly discourages all travel (both domestic and international) for non-essential purposes, particularly that by air, to large gatherings, and to areas experiencing high numbers of COVID-19 cases, as documented by the CDC. If you must travel, please take all possible precautions before traveling, including staying up to date on the latest spread of the virus and considering difficulties you may encounter in returning home.

These guidelines will be effective immediately and indefinitely. Any changes to the guidelines will be announced.

Limited End of Quarter Makeup Dates

Out of an abundance of caution and to provide the institution with time to plan for the weeks ahead, Ivy Christian College will be limiting Winter Quarter makeups to either Monday, March 16th and Tuesday, March 17th. If you must complete make up classes for Winter Quarter absences, you must plan to make yourself available on Monday and Tuesday of next week.
Our administrative team will finalize the details of the makeup classes by Friday, March 13th so that you may make plans accordingly.

During the three week period between the Winter and Spring 2020 quarter, Ivy Christian College will be working with its accreditor, state authorities, and the Department of Homeland Security to design alternative contingencies for the delivery of our program in response to the COVID-19 situation.

In addition, the College will be using the break to set aside time and resources to further clean and sanitize the premises. Upon the start of the Spring Quarter, students and faculty may be introduced to new classroom maintenance and personal hygiene protocols that must be adhered to.

To be clear, the Winter 2020 quarter for Ivy Christian college will complete, unchanged. We also plan for students and faculty to return to Campus and to resume classes at the start of the Spring Quarter, but we will be making modifications as needed to mitigate against the risk of exposure to and transmission of the virus. In the event of any changes, we will make an announcement to the full Ivy Christian College community.

This is a challenging time for everyone across the country and across the globe as we respond to COVID-19 and the uncertainty surrounding it. We will do our best to stay on top of this quickly evolving situation and to communicate with you regularly and fully as conditions change.

I am grateful to all of you for your understanding and flexibility and for your commitment to the wellbeing of our College and all those that make up our community.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Coronavirus

Symptoms, which can appear 2 to 14 days after exposure, include fever, muscle or body aches, sore throat and cough, fatigue and headaches. If you've been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or in an area where there is an outbreak, contact a health care professional.
People with weakened immune systems or current respiratory illnesses might have a higher chance of contracting COVID-19 and additional trouble recovering from the infection.
  • If you have a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath:
  • Do not attend classes, work, or university events. Avoid contact with others. Stay home except when seeking medical care.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and stay well hydrated/drink fluids.
  • Cover your cough, and avoid close contact with others.
  • Before you go to a doctor’s office, or emergency room, call ahead and inform the clinic about your symptoms and recent travel, especially to China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea. Follow medical providers' instructions to get the care you need while keeping others safe.
  • Contact your professors to arrange accommodations for missing classes for a temporary time period.
  • If you have a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath:
  • Do not attend work or university events. Avoid contact with others. Stay home except when seeking medical care.
  • Report your absence to your supervisor.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available and stay well hydrated/drink fluids
  • Cover your cough, and avoid close contact with others.
  • Before you go to your primary care doctor or emergency room, call ahead and notify staff of your condition and travel history, especially to China, Iran, Italy, or South Korea. Follow medical providers' instructions to get the care you need while keeping others safe. Follow the instructions of health care professionals.
  • No. The Surgeon General of the United States says masks do not protect against the spread of COVID-19. The rush of individuals to purchase masks had decreased the amount of masks available to the medical community.
  • The CDC does not recommend testing, symptom monitoring or special management for people exposed to asymptomatic people with potential exposures to the coronavirus (such as in a household), i.e., “contacts of contacts.”
  • These people aren’t considered exposed to the coronavirus. If you’re a high-risk contact of someone with suspected coronavirus, the health department will contact you.

 

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