(Updated March 21, 2020)
Dear Training Direct Students,
We have all followed the dramatic actions taken this week to limit large-group gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Public and state colleges/universities have closed and announced their intent to move to online learning for the remainder of the term. In addition, Governor Lamont has also announced late last night his executive order, “Stay Safe, Stay Home” shelter in place that all Connecticut businesses cease/close from Monday, March 23, 2020 until April 22, 2020 or until further notice due to increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in our state.
In line with these actions to limit large-group gatherings, Dorsey Training Direct is taking the following action:
- Dorsey Training Direct at both our Bridgeport and Danbury locations will restructure our education delivery from today, March 20, 2020 until April 22, 2020 or until further notice which will be communicated with you regularly from our respective institutional sites.
- Monday, March 23rd and moving forward on-ground classes at Training Direct facilities in Bridgeport or Danbury will NOT continue on site as Connecticut Governor’s executive order mandates ceased and closures of all non emergent businesses until April 22, 2020.
- Training Direct students maybe able to take advantage of transitioning our personal classes to a distant learning option for a temporary time projected. We are collecting data from our students now to ensure that a distant learning hybrid model will fulfill the classroom lecturing pieces as the clinical hands on pieces will be delayed, as our Governor has asked all of us to please maintain distance from other people 6 to 10 feet, while trying to limit groups to a 10 to 1 ration in public spaces to prevent the spread of any viruses. ONLY our new classes that begin today, Saturday, March 20th and moving forward will meet at our respective sites as planned, will receive their books and materials and will receive the overview training in using our distant learning options to ensure that all students have other options afforded to them that may work to continue their educational journey with us with this hybrid model or can choose to wait until our “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order is lifted on or after April 22, 2020.
Communication will be your key to course success. We understand you are facing many obstacles at this time, and we remain committed to support you through them. You will receive an update from your instructor and are welcome to reach out personally to our Executive Director, Marilyn Calderón at (203) 980-8511 to ensure each of our Dorsey Training Direct students keep abreast on all offerings off site via distant learning.
Please know, Dorsey Training Direct is working diligently with our state offices and officials to provide options for our students, while making informed decisions that keep each of our students safe and healthy by practicing social distancing from anyone who may be ill to prevent the spread of any viruses. Once again, we want to reiterate that any students who feel they have a compromised immune system may choose to take advantage of our distant learning options, while getting updates electronically or via phone calls and or cease their full participation in our off site options until further notice, as your health and wellness are most important to us moving forward in this landscape that is unknown at this time.
Updated on Friday, March 20, 2020 by Connecticut Governor Lamont Executive Order, please click and review below:
(Updated March 20, 2020)
To all students, employees, campus visitors, and community members:
As expected, there have now been positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed in counties that Dorsey Training Direct serves. Dorsey Training Direct is now executing planned response measures and working with local, state and federal agencies to minimize the spread of the virus and safeguard those considered high risk. The safety and well-being of our students, employees, campus visitors, and community members remains our number one priority.
Who is at higher risk?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
The majority of Dorsey Training Direct students and employees do not fall into the category of high risk; however, we all have a moral obligation to protect those that are high risk. Therefore, we must all work together to minimize the spread of all germs. Below are measures we can all take:
- Frequent Sanitation: Dorsey Training Direct cleaning crew have all increased their sanitation efforts in utilizing hospital grade germicidal cleaners to kill viruses and bacteria that can live on commonly touched surfaces like door handles, stair railings, phone receivers, etc. We implore that our students, employees, and visitors exercise common sense precautions.
- Common sense precautions can be taken to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to spread via respiratory transmission. Symptoms are similar to those of influenza (e.g., fever, cough, and shortness of breath). The current outbreak is occurring during a time of year when respiratory illnesses from influenza and other viruses are highly prevalent. We all need to do what we can to stop the spread of infections.
- Remain at home if you are sick, except to seek medical care.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
- Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Social Distancing Measures:
- Stop the handshakes, hugs, and personal contact at school or work.
- If you are at higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the COVID-19, speak to your instructor or supervisor to determine how you may be able to complete school assignments or work from home.
- Avoid large crowds and minimize close contact with others, especially if they are showing signs of illness.
- Communicate: Dorsey Training Direct will continue to update this webpage in order to communicate new information relating to COVID-19, but we need your help too. Students and employees should communicate with their instructor or supervisor if they are ill. Most importantly, please notify your campus administration immediately if you test positive for COVID-19 or are officially quarantined due to being exposed to COVID-19.
The web resources below provide important information regarding COVID-19. Further, your local health department is another important resource to contact if you have questions or concerns.
Beyond safeguarding individuals from infectious diseases, Dorsey Training Direct is proud to provide learning environments that are free of discriminatory and bullying behaviors. The US Department of Education has notified institutions about an increasing number of news reports regarding stereotyping, harassment, and bullying directed at persons perceived to be of Chinese American or, more generally, Asian descent, including students. Dorsey Training Direct maintains a zero tolerance policy for discriminatory, harassing, and/or bullying behaviors. If such behaviors occur, Dorsey Training Direct will act promptly and sternly.