Carroll College COVID-19 Update: March 31, 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, 

Welcome to our bi-weekly correspondence to keep you updated and informed of Carroll College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor’s Out-of-State Traveler Quarantine Directive

On Monday, Governor Bullock issued a directive for a mandatory quarantine for certain travelers arriving in Montana from another state or country. The directive states that any person coming to Montana (resident or non-resident) from another state or country for a non-work-related purpose must immediately self-quarantine for 14 days. If a person will be present in Montana for fewer than 14 days, that person must self-quarantine for the duration of the visit. This directive is in effect until April 10. Upon consultation with Lewis & Clark Public Health, it was determined that parents traveling from other states to pick up their students are considered essential travel and is not subject to the 14-day quarantine. 

We would like to remind students that Enterprise Rent-A-Car is waiving their young renter fee and reducing their minimum rental age from 21 to 18 at all U.S. locations through the end of May. Visit their website for more information or by calling (1-844-624-4412).  

Governor’s Stay-at-Home Directive

On Thursday, in an effort to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our state, Governor Bullock issued a Stay-at-Home directive effective 12:01 am on March 28. Educational institutions including private colleges such as Carroll are considered essential businesses under the directive. Being classified as an essential business allows us to continue to provide on-campus services including residential and dining services to our students, with some modified operations. In addition, faculty and staff are considered essential personnel and can remain on campus where we continue to serve and prioritize the academic needs of our students. Staff and faculty that can effectively conduct their work remotely have been encouraged to do so.

Updated Dining Services

As a result of the Governor's Stay-at-Home directive, Sodexo Dining will continue to serve students with grab and go options. However, we will only allow ten people into the STAC at a time and ask that students observe the six-foot social distancing guidelines. We ask that students please use the hand sanitizers available as they enter the STAC. Tres Habaneros and Jazzman's will remain open with their current hours but we request no more than five people in the store at a time and to stay at least six feet in distance. As a result of this directive, we will also be taking the tables out of the Upper Cube. 

April Academic Reminders

Per Registrar Cassie Hall’s email from 3/30/20, below are some important upcoming academic dates: 

  • Thursday, April 9: Last day to drop a class for Spring 2020. We have a new online course drop form for submitting your drop requests. Please be sure to submit this form at least a few days before the deadline so that you can get all of the necessary approvals!

  • Tuesday, April 14: Fall 2020 registration begins. Students, be sure to check your email or Student Planning the first week in April for your registration time. Also, remember that registration for Summer 2020 is already open! Faculty, the CCIT How To for Colleague Self-Service has instructions on how to enter prerequisite waivers and other topics for helping registration go smoothly.

IT Support Center

We have made some changes in the way CCIT is providing technical support to comply with current social distancing protocols:

  • The IT Support Center is currently staffed but we can no longer support walk-in visits, so please request technology assistance by calling the Help Desk at (406) 447-4357 (during normal operating hours 8-4:30) or by submitting a ticket using the WebHelpDesk OKTA tile.

  • Hardware support will continue to be provided as needed but you must call the Help Desk first and follow the guidelines outlined in Loretta Andrew’s email from 3/30/20.

  • Student Tech Saints remaining on campus will work remotely to provide technical assistance outside of normal IT Support Center business hours. You may call (406) 447-5474 (after hours only).

Saints in Service

No matter the circumstance, our Saints respond with compassion and selflessness. Below are links to recent media coverage of ways in which our students are stepping up to help the community. Look for more stories in Dr. Cech’s Update this Friday.

Helena IR: Carroll students create volunteer groups to shop for those in need

KTVH: Carroll Cares offers free assistance to those vulnerable to the virus

Please remember updates and additional information continue to be posted to our COVID-19 website and any questions you have can be directed to the account.

Thank you again for your support and compassion as we all strive to do what is best for our students and community during this difficult time. We are very proud of how our community of Saints has responded to these challenges. Stay healthy!

Thank you,

John E. Cech, Ph.D., President

Carroll College COVID-19 Incident Command Team