Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Updated on March 26, 2020
Message to Triangle Tech Students:
As we continue to deal with the impact of the Coronavirus crisis, I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. While the school suspended in-person classes on March 17, 2020, the school administration has been hard at work preparing to continue your education by way of online delivery.
Our primary goal is to keep you progressing toward graduation with minimum delay and expense.
Triangle Tech staff and faculty are making preparations to quickly launch online instruction for as much of the curriculum as possible. Online classes are scheduled to begin on April 6, 2020.
Our students are our primary priority. Meeting your needs is the very reason that Triangle Tech exists.
Soon, Triangle Tech will be in touch with you directly to provide details of your participation in on-line classes.
In order to provide you some certainty about your education, I assure you that you will be able to attend classes from your home very soon.
Also, you will be able to progress through your remaining semesters with minimal delay as long as the Coronavirus doesn't cause further delays. Currently we plan to start the June 2020 semester on time as scheduled.
We are not just in this for the short term. We plan to resume in-person classes as soon as the Coronavirus passes. We urge you to stay confident that you will reach your goal of earning your AST degree and beginning your professional life in a solid career.
Triangle Tech's management team, staff and faculty are working with your best interests in mind with your success as our goal.
We believe in you.
Timothy J. McMahon
Updated on March 16, 2020
After careful consideration, we have concluded that based on information received overnight from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and based on various local requests for voluntary suspension of business for two weeks, Triangle Tech administrators have decided for the benefit of the Triangle Tech community to suspend classes for two weeks in the interest of mitigating the spread of the Coronavirus.
Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 classes at Triangle Tech will not be in session. Students and faculty should plan to return to school or work on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
Continue to check Triangle Tech’s website for coronavirus updates throughout this period.
Updated on March 15, 2020
Triangle Tech continues to observe the situation regarding the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are actively monitoring guidance provided by local government and public health officials, and are following protocols issued by governmental authorities and agencies in the locations where we operate schools.
All of Triangle Tech’s programs are designed with the majority of instruction being “hands-on” in labs and shops. Due in part to this educational requirement, and the fact that our students live off campus, all of our schools remain open at this time on the regular schedule. This decision is subject to change based on developing information, or the reporting of confirmed cases.
We have augmented our normal cleaning procedures, along with existing hand sanitizers already installed throughout each school building. Our cleaning protocols include hand washing hygiene and increased disinfection of high frequency student and employee common touch points. As always, the safety and well-being of our students, employees, guests and vendors is our top priority.
Governor Wolfe has mandated closure of all higher education institutions in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties. The Governor went on to say that this is a very fluid situation and changes may be likely on a daily basis for the immediate future and that the State will monitor the spread of the virus and will make further closure decisions based on what health officials are recommending at the time. Triangle Tech is following the lead of the Governor and will certainly close if mandated to do so by the Governor in any county where any one of our schools is located. We continue to be confident that our schools are safe at this point and we believe the safety of our students, faculty and staff continues to be intact.
In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Education is holding an emergency meeting tomorrow, March 16, 2020 to issue further guidance to private licensed schools as to guidelines for continued operation. Triangle Tech administrators will be in attendance at that meeting. Following the events of the meeting, I will issue a further update if necessary.
To ensure we are reacting in the best interest of our entire school community, the school continues to practice preventative measures along with planning for potential actions as the situation evolves and new information becomes available. Our administration has initiated the planning process in anticipation of a possible public health related school closure. TT is currently in the process of negotiating a consortium agreement to deliver our courses online where possible. While at this time we do not have any indication that such a response will be required, it is our strong belief that we are obligated to take action now to ensure our students are afforded every opportunity to complete the current semester and to advance to subsequent semesters in order to graduate on time in the event the public health concerns preclude our normal operations.
We continue to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health in our efforts to protect our school community. Triangle Tech students or employees who present with flu-like symptoms should not come to school or work until they are fever and symptom free for 24 hours.
Of course, if you are affected by the closure of your child’s school and must stay at home to stay with your child, you may apply for a leave of absence in accordance with Triangle Tech’s standard leave of absence policy. Also, if you are not confident that it is not safe for you to continue to attend as we continue to conduct in-person classes, then you may apply for a leave of absence in accordance with Triangle Tech’s standard leave of absence policy.
We have heard several instances of rumors and hearsay making its way back to the administration, and we hope to provide some clarity and direction. I strongly encourage each of you to disengage from believing rumors and reach out to us directly for current information, as hearsay is particularly harmful during times of quickly changing information and media publicity.
If you have questions you may contact the following Triangle Tech administrators:
Information from the Centers for Disease Control may be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/colleges-universities/index.html
Timothy J. McMahon
Updated on March 13, 2020
Triangle Tech continues to monitor the Coronavirus situation to ensure we are reacting in the best interest of our entire school community. While there are presently no confirmed cases in the area, the cases in Eastern Pennsylvania make it imperative that the school continues its preventative measures along with planning for potential actions should a case arise locally. We continue to follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health in our efforts to protect our school community. Our administration has initiated the planning process in anticipation of a possible public health related school closure.