This is a rapidly evolving situation and as additional information becomes known, it is likely that our plans will also evolve. We are asking all of you to be vigilant both in terms of minimizing the risk of spreading the disease through strong sanitary protocols and by being observant and communicative. This is a time when extraordinary precaution on both fronts can have a significant effect on minimizing the risk to everyone.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, or living with family members who have contracted COVID-19 should STAY HOME, then report their exposure or positive case to the University’s COVID hotline at 509-865-8660.
Welcome Back Students!
We can’t wait to see you so very soon! Thank you for your commitment to keeping our campus safe from COVID-19. We know the past year and a half has been a challenge, and we are so proud of all that you have accomplished despite the ongoing challenges this pandemic has created.
As you know, you must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend classes at Heritage. Your proof of vaccination must be uploaded prior to your first class (undergraduate classes begin August 23!).
To thank you for getting vaccinated and ensuring we can maintain a safe campus for all, we would like to reward you with cold, hard cash- up to $250! You read that right- if you have received your vaccine, you’ve got money coming your way! You can use this money to buy books, put gas in your car or treat yourself.
How does it work?
Easy, simply submit your proof of vaccination using the button below!
Already fully vaccinated?
If you have already submitted your proof of vaccination to Heritage, you’re already in the system- no need to resubmit!
Not yet vaccinated/fully vaccinated?
No problem, but the time to start is now! Once you get your first dose, submit your card. Then submit the completed card after you receive your second dose.
How much money will I receive?
That depends on when you submit your proof of vaccination:
|VACCINATION DATE*||AWARD AMOUNT||UPLOAD DEADLINE (by midnight)|
|Now – August 11||$250.00||August 11|
|August 12 – 16||$200.00||August 16|
|August 17 – 23||$150.00||August 23|
*If you are getting a vaccination that requires two doses (Pfizer, Moderna), submit your record after receiving the first dose.
All payments will be distributed the week of September 6th.
IMPORTANT: You must be logged into MyHeritage before using “Submit Proof of Vaccination.”
January 14, 2022
Dear Heritage University Community:
As we went into the winter break, it was with great hope that the tide was beginning to turn on the Coronavirus. And then, with great rapidity, the Omicron variant emerged. While the Omicron variant is not as severe in terms of symptoms or hospitalizations, it is significantly more contagious. With coronavirus cases in Yakima County at an all-time high, and projections estimating that the peak in cases may not occur for several weeks, it is with deep regret, but out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of us all, that I announce today that we will revert to an all-online course delivery schedule for the first two weeks of the spring semester.
All courses will be delivered online for the first two weeks of the semester, starting Tuesday, January 18, through Sunday, January 30. Your instructors will post a zoom link for your classes on the course page in MyHeritage. If you do not hear from your instructor, please contact (509) 865-8663 or email email@example.com for assistance. All classes will be taught at their scheduled times.
The rationale for this decision is the potential for spreading the virus within the close confines of the classrooms.
It is important to note that campus will remain open and that all staff will report to campus as regularly scheduled. Students can access the Library, Dining Commons, Academic Skills Center, Student Affairs, IT Help Center, Registrar, and all other campus services needed, such as WiFi and printing. The staff will be on campus to help support students.
A reminder that all persons coming to campus must be vaccinated unless they have an approved exemption. Additionally, all are encouraged to get a booster shot if they have not already done so.
Additionally, we are making a change to our masking policy. In alignment with CDC guidance, all persons on campus must wear either an N-95, a KN-95, or be double-masked with a surgical mask in addition to a cloth mask. Surgical masks are widely available throughout campus.
No single cloth masks nor single surgical masks are permissible until further notice.
The following safety protocols remain in place:
- Masks are required in all interior spaces. The exception is the café, where you can remove your masks while eating/drinking.
- Social distancing at a minimum of 3-feet.
- Maintain enhanced cleaning protocols.
Do not come to campus if you are sick or think you have been exposed to COVID-19. Report any exposure or positive cases to the University’s COVID hotline (509) 865-8660.
We strongly recommend that our entire community continue with prevention protocols such as frequent hand washing and covering your cough.
Finally, it is important to note that, much like everything with the pandemic, these policies may change as circumstances in our environment change. We will continue to provide regular updates.
I am sorry to have to once again delay the resumption of a more normal campus community life. I hope we can all return to in-person learning on Monday, January 31.
Be safe, be well, be strong, be kind.
Andrew C. Sund, Ph.D.
September 14, 2021
Dear Heritage University Community,
On September 10, 2021, the Yakama Nation released a letter stating they would go back to Phase II. While schools are closed under Phase I regulations, they are not specified for closure under Phase II and may remain open under Phase III. At this point, the Yakama Nation Tribal School and all public schools within the nation remain open. Additionally, all Yakama Nation enterprises will remain open. We have consulted with the Yakama Nation Department of Human Services, the Yakama Indian Health Clinic, and members of the Tribal Council. They all believe that the measures we have taken to protect students, staff, and faculty are excellent.
We recognize the Yakama Nation’s sovereignty, and believe we are operating as an enterprise service exceeding all safety measures. At this time, Heritage University will remain open and operate as we have under our existing COVID-19 policies. We also believe that closing campus would be detrimental to the learning outcomes of our students. All Yakama nation officials we reached out to, agreed with this assessment.
We know these are incredibly difficult times, and we would like to use this opportunity to remind individuals to:
- Always wear a mask indoors and when out in public;
- Only eat in designated areas in the café and only remove your mask when actively eating;
- Maintain social distance as much as possible and always wear a mask when social distancing outdoors is not possible; and
- Stay home and get tested if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms.
We can all do our part to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by taking extra precautions when out in the community. For more information COVID-19 please visit the CDC Website and Washington State Department of Health.
Andrew C. Sund, Ph.D.
Vaccines and Faith
A collection of resources compiled by the Rev. David Hacker
August 30, 2021
From The Rev. David Hacker, director of Spirituality and Learning at Heritage:
“In these uncertain or unprecedented times, reliable and trusted information about Covid-19 is critical. Also, as people of faith wonder whether they should seek a religious exception for the vaccine, I thought it important to offer a few resources from a diversity of faith traditions on this topic.
I have compiled the following statements and resources from a diversity of faith leaders and interfaith organizations. You can download those faith-based resources by clicking on the banner below.
As the Director of Student Spirituality and Learning here at Heritage, I am also available to speak to any students, staff and faculty who wrestle with this question. Please reach out to me at Hacker_D@heritage.edu.“
Text of Pope Francis on Vaccines:
In a brotherly spirit, I join in this message of hope for a brighter future. Thanks to God and to the work of many, we now have vaccines to protect us from COVID-19. They grant us the hope of ending the pandemic, but only if they are available to all and if we work together.
Being vaccinated with vaccines authorized by the competent authorities is an act of love. And contributing to ensure the majority of people are vaccinated is an act of love. Love for oneself, love for one’s family and friends, love for all people. Love is also social and political, there is social love and political love; it is universal, always overflowing with small gestures of personal charity capable of transforming and improving societies (cf. Laudato si’, no. 231, cf. Fratelli tutti, 184).
Vaccination is a simple but profound way of promoting the common good and caring for each other, especially the most vulnerable. I pray to God that everyone may contribute their own small grain of sand, their own small gesture of love; no matter how small, love is always great. Contribute with these small gestures for a better future.
God bless you, and thank you.
Con espíritu fraterno, me uno a este mensaje de esperanza en un futuro más luminoso. Gracias a Dios y al trabajo de muchos, hoy tenemos vacunas para protegernos del COVID-19. Ellas traen esperanza para acabar con la pandemia, pero sólo si están disponibles para todos y si colaboramos unos con otros.
Vacunarse, con vacunas autorizadas por las autoridades competentes, es un acto de amor. Y ayudar a que la mayoría de la gente lo haga, es un acto de amor. Amor a uno mismo, amor a los familiares y amigos, amor a todos los pueblos. El amor es también social y político, hay amor social y amor político, es universal, siempre desbordante de pequeños gestos de caridad personal capaces de transformar y mejorar las sociedades (cf. Laudato si’, 231; Fratelli tutti, 184).
Vacunarse es un modo sencillo pero profundo de promover el bien común y de cuidarnos unos a otros, especialmente a los más vulnerables. Le pido a Dios para que cada uno pueda aportar su pequeño grano de arena, su pequeño gesto de amor, por más pequeño que sea el amor siempre es grande. Aportar esos pequeños gestos para un futuro mejor.
July 19, 2021
Heritage University announced our decision to return to in-person instruction on June 15, 2021. In the letter from President Andrew Sund to our community, we announced also that in order to return to campus safely, we would require all students, staff, and faculty be fully vaccinated to decrease the spread of COVID-19. All decisions made during this pandemic are grounded in scientific research and data. We follow guidance from the Washington State Health Department, the Center for Disease control, and we work closely with the Yakima County Health District. We frequently consult with community health experts and biologist who know our community and review the latest peer-reviewed research related to COVID-19. It is important to know and understand that viruses by nature mutate and change, that viral load and transmission can increase with variants and decrease with vaccinations. We fully understand and appreciate these are difficulty times and the decision to receive a vaccination is a personal choice. Below please find information regarding our safe open procedures. These procedures are subject to change any given time based on science and data; if we need to reevaluate or plan, we will and again will do so based on safety measures.
Return to Campus Safe-Open Plan
Effective August 2, 2021 all faculty, staff and students coming to the Heritage University Toppenish campus agree to the following terms and conditions.
- I will not come to campus if experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms.
- I will report to the University administration if I am diagnosed with COVID-19 or if I have been exposed to another person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- I will wear a mask in all indoor spaces when on campus except when actively eating or drinking in the Dining Commons.
- I will maintain a safe social distance from others defined at three feet apart.
Vaccination Information for Students
- All students must be fully vaccinated and a copy of their vaccination record uploaded through dynamic forms to the Office of Student Affairs by or before classes start. There are three exemptions that Students may apply for:
- A medical exemption (requires documentation from a healthcare provider),
- Sincerely held religious convictions (requires documentation or reference from clergy), or
- Exceptional extenuating circumstances (requires a statement or explanation).
The portal below is designed to allow all new and returning students to send proof of vaccination by uploading a photo or .pdf copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card. If you have lost your card, the Office of Student Affairs will work with you to secure a new vaccination card from the Washington State Department of Health Immunization Records Office.
Medical exemptions require a medical note from a Washington State healthcare provider; religious exemptions will require documentation from the clergy or church. Exemption requests for extenuating circumstances will be reviewed by the Office for Student Affairs, and if approved students, will receive a letter from our office granting or denying the exemption by August 2nd. All decisions are final. Students that are denied an exemption will have a grace period to comply with the requirement to be vaccinated. Every effort will be made to work with students on their exemption requests.
- Log into Myheritage
- Click on Student COVID Information
- Below are two links to the two forms, one for Vaccination Verification and one for Exemption Requests.
On July 30th from 10am to 2pm we will host a vaccination clinic on campus, pre-register here.
If you have questions, please contact:
Office of Student Affairs
Phone: 509-955-8681 (zoom)
Masks are required indoors in public spaces at all times including in the restroom.
Masks may be removed while actively eating and drinking in the Café.
Masks are optional while meeting an office, classroom, or conference room with a closed door if all parties are vaccinated and all individuals agree to unmask temporarily.
Continue with social distancing and follow suggested floor markers. Social Distancing is three feet apart.
Continue to wash hands frequently with soap and warm water and use hand sanitizations stations as you enter buildings.
Sanitation wipes will be provided and additional staff will be on site during the day to disinfect. Staff, students and faculty are also encouraged to disinfect their areas, tables, and desks before they leave an area.
June 15, 2021
Dear Heritage University Community:
Like many of you, I am anxious to return to work on campus. I look forward to the beginning of the Fall semester helping students find their classrooms as they walk from building to building. It is their first step in pursuit of their academic dreams. However, we must prepare for this return.
The biggest responsibility we have as an administration is to assure that we can provide a safe environment for everyone to work and study at Heritage. After much thought, research, and analysis, we have decided that we will require all staff, faculty, and students to be vaccinated for the Covid-19 virus before returning to campus. We have decided this because the overwhelming scientific evidence shows that the vaccines are effective and safe. It is also the recommendation of the Yakima County Health District, the State of Washington, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. A failure to require vaccinations would legally and ethically constitute a direct threat to the safety of staff, faculty, and students.
The only exceptions to the requirement are for individuals that:
- Have medical conditions that prevent them from being vaccinated.
- Have sincerely held religious beliefs that prevent them from being vaccinated.
- Have other extenuating and exceptional circumstances (evaluated on an individual basis) that prevent them from being vaccinated.
The administration will work with individuals falling into the categories above to find reasonable accommodations.
When we return in the Fall, we will continue to:
- Require masks in interior spaces. The exception to this is the café, where we can remove our masks while eating.
- Require social distancing at a minimum of 3-feet.
- Maintain enhanced cleaning protocols.
In addition, to requiring vaccinations, we strongly recommend that our entire community continue with prevention protocols such as frequent hand washing and covering your cough.
If you have not received your Covid-19 vaccine, we strongly recommend that you get it as soon as possible. This way you will be ready to return by August. We will also have a vaccination day on campus. Additional information regarding this event is forthcoming.
In a different communication, we will provide the procedures on how we will collect vaccination information and enforce the policies we have developed.
Finally, it is important to note that, much like everything with the pandemic, these policies may change as circumstances in our environment change.
I look forward to our work this Fall and seeing you on campus!
President Andrew C. Sund, Ph.D.
April 29, 2021
Heritage University plans to return to full in-person instruction for the upcoming fall 2021 semester. The plan takes into account the progress Yakima County has made towards preventing the spread of Covid-19 and the increasing number of vaccinated residents in the county. These trends have boosted our confidence that we can fully reopen campus in time for fall. We will continue to rely on the Yakima County Health District, as well as State and Federal authorities, to ensure our plans are consistent with their guidance regarding current Covid-19 protocols.
February 21, 2021
Dear Heritage University Community,
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has posted new guidelines around the use of masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Going forward, we are asking that individuals coming onto campus wear a mask that fits snugly against the face without gaps and covers the mouth and nose completely. This is especially important while individuals are indoors and around others. Double masking, while not required, can also help prevent the spread of the virus. Neck gaiters made of polyester or spandex, bandanas, and masks with valves or vents have been proven by studies to be less or ineffective against preventing the spread of the virus. Thus, these masks are not acceptable for use while on campus.
Masking up is not a substitute for social distancing. In areas, such as the library and café, no more than two individuals may occupy a large table at one time. Additionally, consuming food and drinks requires the removal of a mask. Therefore, food must be consumed in the Café to ensure facilities staff can properly disinfect areas after each use. Food may also be consumed in a personal vehicle or closed office space.
Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
What safety protocols are in place to make it safe for me to attend classes fall semester?
We have worked closely with the Yakima and Washington State Departments of Health, as well as with our medical sciences faculty, to establish protocols that make it safe to attend classes this fall. The university’s safe opening plan calls for a combination of remote learning, social distancing, masking, health screenings, and sanitation practices to ensure your safety. Almost all classes will also be offered remotely (see below for details), allowing students to attend online synchronously or asynchronously, depending upon their needs. Facemasks are required in all spaces on campus, including outdoors and in the restrooms. Hand sanitizing stations are located in every building on campus. Health screeners will be in place at the entrance of the university parking lot to take the temperature of everyone who enters the property. No one with a temperature above 100 degrees will be allowed access to campus. Classrooms and computer labs are being reconfigured with a reduced capacity to ensure that individuals remain at least 6 feet apart. Each building will have a COVID site supervisor on site to ensure that facemasks are being worn, social distancing protocols are being adhered to, and regularly sanitizing frequently touched surfaces. Classrooms and labs will be thoroughly sanitized between uses. Access to other services, such as advising, tutoring, financial aid, and the library and printing, will occur remotely or through contact-free options.
What are the steps that I need to take to come to campus?
- Complete the campus access form online at MyHeritage at least 24 hours before you plan to arrive at campus. If you are not able to access the form because of limited access to the internet, please check in at the gate, and you will be given additional directions.
- Access campus through the main gate on Fort Road. All persons coming to campus must wear a facemask.
- Stop at the screening checkpoint in the parking lot, put on your mask while in your vehicle, roll down your window to have your temperature taken.
- After screening, park as you would normally.
- COVID site supervisors will be available to direct you to safe study areas and answer any questions you have.
We recommend that you allow extra travel time when coming to campus to allow for screening.
I’m worried about my safety and am nervous about coming to campus. What are my options?
We completely understand your apprehension. The good news is that unless you are in one of the medical sciences majors, you will likely not have to come to campus. Almost all of our classes can be attended remotely, and most of our services, such as tutoring and advising, can be accessed online as well. Even if you need to come to campus to pick up books from the library or any materials you need to have printed, you can receive these through curbside pick-up.
I don’t have a laptop or internet access. How am I going to be able to take classes?
You can check out laptop computers and video cameras from IT that you can take home with you to use for the semester. If accessing the internet or finding quiet places where you can study is a challenge, you can come to campus to attend classes or use one of our study areas to attend classes remotely and do homework.
Will I be attending classes in person on campus or remotely for fall semester?
You have several options on how you attend classes this semester: in person on campus in real-time, online in real-time (synchronous), or online at a time that best suits your schedule (asynchronous). All classes will be held on their scheduled days and times. Besides a few labs for the medical sciences majors and a few studio arts courses, you have the choice of attending class remotely through your computer at home or on campus or coming to campus and attending the course with fellow students in the assigned classroom. Classrooms will have limited seating to facilitate social distancing, and the lecture may be streamed live into the classroom if your instructor has elected to work remotely. All classes will be recorded and the lecture will be accessible online at any time. If you are unable to attend class at its assigned time, you can attend asynchronously by viewing the recorded lecture. You can also use these recorded lectures as an added resource for your learning. They will be posted online for the duration of the semester, and you can revisit them as many times as you need to learn the material.
When will I hear from my professor if my course will be offered in-person or remote only, and will my professor be live, in the classroom?
Most professors will post their class delivery model in advance. We recommend that you attend all of your classes remotely on the first day, whether from home or by coming to campus to access a computer or an internet connection for your personal computer. On that first day, the semester plan will be outlined and discussed, along with the syllabus, so that you can understand all of your options. All courses will have the option for you to attend remotely and many in person. However, your professor may not be physically present in the classroom with you and the other students who choose to attend in person. Just as students have the option to choose whether they attend remotely or in person, so do the professors. Some of our faculty and staff are at a higher risk, or are caregivers of someone who is at higher risk of complications should they be infected. In the classes where instructors work remotely, they will be live-streamed into the classroom during the day and time of the lecture.
How will I access my online class?
All online classes are linked to your class schedule on MyHeritage. Imbedded into the class listing is the link to connect to the class via Zoom. Click on that link and follow the connection instructions.
What will the in-person classes look like?
In-person classes will take place on the days and times of the scheduled class. In some cases, even if you chose to attend live in the classroom, you and your peers will then access the course via Zoom where you will be connected with the rest of your peers who are working remotely and the instructor if he or she is also working remotely. You will be able to interact with your peers, both in the classroom and those attending remotely, and your instructor in real-time. Students who choose to attend class in person will be seated at least six feet apart.
If I decide I want to attend classes remotely at the start of the semester, will I be allowed to attend in person later on?
Yes. Our goal is to give you maximum flexibility and maximum safety. You can attend classes in a manner that best suits your needs. That could mean you attend online synchronously one day, in-person on campus the next, and asynchronously the following day. You should remain in contact with your professor to ensure that he/she is aware of your planned attendance, so you get full credit for participating.
Should I come to campus on the first day of the semester?
We recommend that you attend your first class remotely, whether at home or by coming to campus to access a computer and/or the internet. All campus facilities will be operating at reduced capacity to enable social distancing. As such, we will not be able to accommodate all students if everyone came to campus that first day. However, attending this first class is critical to your future success. You, your peers and your instructor will spend most of your time on this first day going over the syllabus; talking about the plan for class attendance over the course of the semester; and discussing important information such as how course work should be submitted, how students are expected to participate in class, how to reach your instructor if you have any questions, and how to form study groups.
Will all professors be on campus to teach?
No, just as you have the option to attend class remotely, so too does our faculty. Some of our faculty are in the high-risk group for complications should they contract COVID-19, or they are caring for loved ones who are at risk. Those who will not be on campus will be teaching remotely via Zoom and will still be accessible to you outside of the classroom via email, Zoom, and other platforms. He or she will share the best way to contact them outside of class time during the first day of class.
Will lab and art studio classes be held in person or online?
We have made investments in software programs that will allow for most lab classes to be held online for fall semester. The exceptions will be labs for the medical sciences majors: nursing, medical laboratory science, and physician assistant. We have made a significant investment in technology that allows for high quality, online lab experience that will provide you with the experience you need to master the lab. Your professors will explain the online labs on your first days in class For those labs and the studio arts courses that will meet in person, strict social distancing and sanitizing protocols will be adhered to for your safety.
What does communication between my professor and other students look like? How will I work with my professors, form study groups, etc.?
This is why it is vitally important for you to attend the first class at the start of fall semester. You, your professor, and your peers will exchange contact information and discuss the best way to communicate with each other throughout the semester. You and your classmates may decide to create virtual workgroups or small groups that will meet on campus for study sessions.
Are most of the classes scheduled once a day, or does that vary?
Class schedules vary from class to class. Very few meet daily. Most meet one, two, or three times a week. Your class schedule will have the classes you are taking this semester and the days and times that they meet.
Is there a standard procedure for exams?
No. Each professor manages their courses differently, including expectations for class participation, coursework, term papers, testing, and the grading process. You will learn all about what you can expect on the first day of class when you go over the syllabus.
How long will lectures be made available to watch asynchronously?
Recorded classes will be available online throughout the semester and beyond.
On the first day of school, will there be someone there to help me find my way around campus?
Yes, we will have staff positioned throughout the campus to assist you throughout the first week of the semester. Additionally, all Heritage University faculty and staff are eager to help. You can ask anyone, and they will assist you.
What is going to happen for my required practicum and/or student teaching?
Your professors are working as diligently as possible to secure practicums and student teaching assignments. They will explain in more detail on the first day of class.
How many students will be allowed in a classroom?
The maximum capacity of each classroom varies depending upon its size and configuration. All classrooms and study areas are being configured to ensure students can maintain at least six feet of separation. The site supervisor will monitor classroom sizes.
Will students be able to access university resources such as the library, tutoring, and printing?
Yes. You will have access to all of the services you receive under normal circumstances; however, there will be some modifications in how you access these services. For example, the library will have curbside pick-up for resource materials that you want to check out. We will have more information when it becomes available. The facility itself will be open to use as a study area, but with reduced capacity to maintain social distancing. Printing services will operate similarly with your orders placed remotely and picked up through a contactless process; more information is forthcoming. The ASC will be open with reduced capacity. Most one-on-one tutoring will take place remotely by appointment.
What will the ASC, Tutoring, and the Writing Center be like?
The physical location of the Writing Center will be closed during fall semester. However, the tutoring services that functioned out of that space will continue remotely. The ASC will be open with limited capacity and on-site tutoring. However, the full range of tutoring services will be available by appointment via Zoom. The good news is that the service hours are extended to times outside of ASC and the university’s hours of operation. You will be able to schedule your tutoring session through the ASC’s web page.
Will food service be available on campus?
The café will open on September 14 with a limited menu. Seating will not be available at this time. We highly recommend that you bring a sack lunch with you if you plan to be on campus for an extended period of time.
What happens if we hit Phase 4 during fall semester? Will distance learning stop? Will we be forced to attend classes in person?
No, even if our county meets the criteria required to enter into Phase 4, you will continue to be able to access your classes online synchronously and asynchronously for the semester’s duration.
I need to work while going to school. How many hours do you recommend I work, and how much time should I dedicate to studying outside of my classes?
Most Heritage University students work while attending college. There is no standard formula for how you should divide your time between school and working. The usual recommendation for study hours outside of class is 20 hours a week. However, exactly how much time you will need depends upon your situation and learning style. We understand that you need to work to pay your bills. We recommend that you work with your employer and your professors to find a balance that allows you to work as much as you need to sustain yourself while allowing sufficient study time. If you find you have any issues understanding your course content or completing your assignments, speak to your professors as soon as possible to avoid falling behind.
Do you have any recommendations on how to participate in the Zoom lecture and take notes in Google Docs?
In today’s technology-driven world, many of us use online tools to take notes during lectures. Some great open-source products out there, such as Google Docs, allow you to save your notes in the cloud. However, accessing two online functions can present a bit of a challenge when you are taking your course remotely. There are a couple of things that you can do to manage this.
- Work in split screens with Zoom and Google Docs reduced in size so that they each share part of your screen, allowing you to work in both platforms simultaneously.
- Use the old-fashioned method of taking notes with paper and pencil and later transcribing your notes into the online platform of your choice. This has the added benefit of allowing you to review your notes, thus improving retention.
- Use the asynchronous online option to your benefit by participating in your synchronous class without taking notes, then go back to the lecture later and watch it again while you take notes. Again, this will allow you to improve your retention of the materials presented.
What is happening with classes in the Tri-Cities?
CBC is allowing in-person classes to happen on campus with adherence to social distancing protocols. At this time, they are not allowing access to the campus for any other activity, such as access to technology or study areas. Please connect with the Tri-Cities staff for up to the minute details.
Can students in the Tri-Cities take classes at the Toppenish campus?
Students in the Tri-Cities move through their classes in a cohort model, which means they all take the same classes at the same time. Taking your core classes from the Toppenish campus may be difficult, but not impossible. However, if you choose to take an additional elective that isn’t part of your cohort course plan, you could do so. Talk to your advisor for help with this and any other scheduling questions.
What should I do if I develop symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive, and I had been on campus?
Contact the Office of Ability Services right away. All information shared will be strictly confidential. However, we will conduct our contract tracing protocols as required by the Yakima County, assist others in being tested, and suggest they quarantine. This is also why it is very important you wear a mask at all times.
Bookmark these pages for the latest official information about the coronavirus:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Official Coronavirus Webpage
- World Health Organization Official Coronavirus Webpage
- CDC Official Map of Confirmed US Cases
- Johns Hopkins CSSE Map of Global Cases
- Public Health Agency of Canada Official Coronavirus Webpage
- Public Health England Official Coronavirus Response Page
- Health Protection Scotland’s Coronavirus Update Center