COVID CHRONICLES

Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs)
Effective Date: 12:01am on Monday, March 15, 2021

Recent updates: (Changes highlighted in yellow) 3/12/21:

  • IHEs may provide indoor, in-person lectures up to 25% capacity or 100 students, whichever is less. IHEs may offer in-person lectures to students already living on-campus or those living close enough to attend class in-person. IHEs may not bring additional students back to live in on-campus housing at this time.
  • IHEs may open specialized classrooms, such as laboratories, art, design and theater art studios and music practice rooms at full occupancy based on applicable building or fire code occupancy.
  • IHEs are encouraged to maximize ventilation, ensure proper masking and enforce physical distancing requirements in all classroom environments.

For further information click on the link below:

Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education

 

DECEMBER 2, 2020

From the deepest recesses of the digisphere, COVID Chronicles – Holiday Edition.

We are at ground zero for all COVID preparedness activity. Read the latest guidance below from LACDPH, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Casa Loma College is in full compliance with the directive. On campus training is in the furtherance of your education, clinical preparation, which cannot be adequately handled through virtual learning.

As always continue to follow all safety protocols and Stay Sane out there. Remember – Health care professionals must model proper safety behavior for the protection of self, family, patient, and community.

COVID CHRONICLES
COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
August 5, 2020
Revised Sept. 16, 2020
Revised Dec. 2, 2020

The development of this plan was created by the COVID-19 Safety Taskforce (Taskforce). The Taskforce is responsible for staying abreast of federal, state, and local guidance and incorporating those requirements and recommendations into the Plan. The Taskforce may be reached as follows:

The COVID-19 Preparedness PLAN is administered by Veronica Pantoja, who maintains the overall authority and responsibility for the plan. However, employees and students are equally responsible for supporting, implementing, complying with, and providing recommendations to further improve all PLAN.

Casa Loma College’s PLAN follows the industry guidance developed by the State of California, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, which is based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and California’s relevant and current executive orders. This plan will be revised as needed to adapt to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The college has established the following guidelines and protocols to implement the PLAN. These guidelines and protocols will need to be met with respect to every classroom, laboratory, student service area or office and the workspace on college campus before students, faculty, support staff, other visitors or guests are permitted to access these areas. It is incumbent on all employees to hold each other, students, and visitors to the campus guidelines and protocols.

Campus Staffing

  • Authorized Casa Loma College employees will be allowed to work on campus to complete critical work functions.
  • Faculty and students will be permitted to complete course required competency work on campus. Student groups will be limited in size and must adhere to COVID-19 protocols.

Campus Preventative Measures & Controls for Limiting Exposure
Casa Loma College has established strategies to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19 from others, including personal protective equipment and work/learning practice controls.

The following are the campus preventative measures and controls for limiting exposure for all employees and students:

Daily Screenings
Anyone entering Casa Loma College campus is required to complete health screening procedures. These daily procedures include:

  • Completing a short COVID-19 self-screening health questionnaire attestation and
  • Complete a temperature check.
    • A temperature of 100.4 0 F or greater should not come to work, and if at work will be asked to leave after a failed second test administered five-minutes after the first.
    • Anyone with an elevated temperature may not return to campus until they have had no elevated temperature and no evidence of COVID-19 for at least 72 hours and been cleared by the college’s health screening process.
  • Casa Loma College reserves the right to deny entry to anyone who does not meet the college’s health screening standards, which includes a COVID-19 self-screening health questionnaire attestation and temperature check using a no-touch thermometer.

Mandatory Face Mask or Face Covering
Anyone entering Casa Loma College campus is required to wear a face covering.  The face covering must cover the nose and mouth completely. Types of face coverings can include a paper or disposable mask, or a form of a cloth mask. The face covering shall be worn when moving throughout the campus, in hallways, breakrooms, restrooms, classrooms, or common areas or any time social distancing of at least six feet is not possible.

  • Students shall wear face coverings at all times during classes held on campus.
  • All individuals on campus are encouraged to bring their own face covering to campus. Casa Loma will provide surgical-style masks for those who do not bring one to campus.
  • Employees may remove their face coverings while on campus if they are within their enclosed workspace, and they are consistently at least six feet from others, and they are not interacting with others.
  • To conserve the College’s mask supply, employees/students should follow these re-use guidelines:
  • Disposable surgical masks worn should be worn on campus for five consecutive days, or until soiled whichever comes first.
  • Fabric masks should be washed and fully dried, as needed, but at least once per week. Cleaning of the mask if the responsibility of the wearer.
  • There are a number of situations where a face covering may be temporarily removed, such as when an employee/student is alone (for example, when in a closed office, or other enclosed space with no other individuals present).


Social Distancing for Employees and Students
Social Distancing refers to a physical distance of at least six feet between individuals. It is one of the most effective methods of avoiding infection and reducing the spread of COVID-19.

  • Classroom and laboratory seating and offices must be configured to permit a minimum of six (6) feet between each student/employee and between the students and the instructor or other support staff
  • Breakrooms are available only to access vending machines. All chairs are removed.
  • On-site student services (admissions, financial aid, student accounts, supportive services, advising,) are by appointment only, and scheduled in such manner as to mitigate the possibility of large numbers of students congregating in an area in which social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • The Learning Resource Center and other similar areas limit the number of student/employee in the area at one time.
  • Areas where students wait to speak with or meet faculty, student services departments/personnel are clearly marked off to indicate 6-foot social distancing rule.
  • All workspaces must be configured to permit a minimum of six (6) feet between each employee.
  • Occupancy for elevators is limited to no more than (2) at a time.
  • The Learning Center, large classrooms, Zoom or other such virtual tools should be utilized for all meetings wherever possible. Meetings of 10 or more individuals are prohibited. M\meetings with 10 or fewer participants may be conducted in spaces in which a minimum of six feet of distance can be maintained between attendees.

Additional Sanitation and Health Practices to Minimize Exposure to COVID-19

  • Signage regarding hygiene, social distancing and mask wearing is posted prominently throughout the campus.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers are placed in all classrooms, labs, and other areas where students are permitted.
  • Additional hand sanitizer dispensers are placed in reasonable proximity to all areas in which employees are scheduled to work.
  • Gloves will be provided for employees/students.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and sneezes.
  • Sanitizing wipes will be made available in all areas where surfaces or equipment are frequently touched or used by multiple individuals.
  • Face shields will be provided for faculty, in which social distancing cannot be strictly maintained at all times (labs).
  • Employees should refrain from using other employees’ phones, desks, offices or other work tools or equipment, when possible. When it is not possible, equipment should be disinfected before and after each use.
  • Every effort should be made by each employee to disinfect their personal workspace daily.
  • Increased sanitation efforts have been implemented utilizing germicidal cleaners to kill viruses and bacteria that can live on commonly touched surfaces like door handles, stair railings, phone receivers, etc.
  • Campus entrance and exits have been modified to allow social distancing, as well as designated stairways for upward and downward direction.
  • Floor markings are in place where possible to ensure proper social distancing in waiting and common areas.
  • Classrooms/labs are cleaned and disinfected between uses.

Responsibilities of Employees/Students on Campus
Familiarization with Symptoms & Exposure Risks of COVID-19
Employees and students must familiarize themselves with the symptoms and exposure risks of COVID-19 to protect themselves and others. Those with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with the below symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    and/or at least two of these symptoms:
  • Fever (either feeling feverish or a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher)
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Less common are gastrointestinal symptoms, i.e.: nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.

Employees or students who develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness as described above must notify their instructor or supervisor immediately and should consult their healthcare provider. Employee/student will be sent home immediately.

Likewise, if an employee/student comes into close contact, as defined below, with someone showing these symptoms, they must notify their instructor or supervisor immediately and should consult their healthcare provider.

“Close contact” is not brief or incidental contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms; instead, the CDC defines “close contact” as either:

  • Being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 infected person or a person with any COVID-19 symptom(s) for a “prolonged period of time;” defined as cumulative total of 15 minutes or longer, over a 24-hour period.
  • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 infected person or person with any COVID-19 symptom (e.g., being coughed on).

College Response to COVID-19 Diagnoses or Symptoms

The College will take the following actions upon notification of two or fewer employees or students COVID-19 confirmed cases:

  • Employees and/or students identified as confirmed COVID-19 must follow Home Isolation Instructions for COVID-19 (http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidquarantine/)
  • The Taskforce Chair will generate a list of students and/or employees with exposure to the case while infectious.
    • A case is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their symptoms first appeared until they are no longer required to be isolated (i.e., no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fever AND other symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared). A person with a positive COVID-19 test but no symptoms is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their test was taken until 10 days after their test.
    • A person is considered to have been exposed if they are one of the following:
      • An individual who was within 6 feet of the infected person for more than 15 minutes, in a 24-hour period, even if a non-medical face covering was worn;
      • An individual who had unprotected contact with the infected person’s bodily fluids and/or secretions (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without using appropriate protective equipment).
    • Students and employees that are identified to have had exposure to the case are notified by the Taskforce via email or phone call, notifying them of the following:
      • Students and employees with exposure to a campus case should test for COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms, and inform Taskforce Chair of test results. Individuals who need assistance finding a medical provider can call the LA County Information line 2-1-1, which is available 24/7.
    • The college will conduct deep cleaning of the diagnosed/symptomatic employee’s workstation or student’s learning environment, as well as those common areas potentially infected by the employee/student.

Home Quarantine Guidance for COVID-19 is available at: http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidquarantine/

The College will take the following actions upon notification of THREE or more employee or student COVID-19 confirmed cases.

If a cluster of three or more confirmed cases occurs within 14 days of each other, the Taskforce will do the following:

  • Report the cluster to the Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Control (ACDC0 Education sector Team within one business day via email at: ACDC-Education@ph.lacounty.gov or calling (888) 397-3993.
  • The Taskforce will complete the Line List for Cases and Contacts, available at COVID-19 Case and Contact Line List for Education Sector and submit to: ACDC-Education@ph.lacounty.gov.
  • The list will be reviewed by the ACDC Education Sector Team to determine whether outbreak criteria have been met.
  • The Taskforce will be contacted within one business day to advise on next steps.
  • If outbreak criteria are not met, the Taskforce continues with the college’s COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan.
  • If outbreak criteria are met, Department Public Health Outbreak Management Branch (OMB) is activated.
    • An OMB public health investigator is assigned to coordinate with the Taskforce on outbreak management for the duration of the outbreak investigation.
    • The Taskforce will submit requested information, including updates to the Line List for Cases and Contacts to the OMB Investigator until the outbreak is resolved (i.e., at least 14 days since the last confirmed case).

Employees/Students Who May Not Report to campus/Work

Employees or students may not come to campus or remain on campus if they test positive or display symptoms of COVID-19 or if other risk and exposure determinations are made.

Return to Campus Requirements

Employees or students who have come in “close contact” (as identified above) with an infected person, must follow the guidelines outlined below to return to campus:

  • Must quarantine for 10 days after exposure without a COVID-19 test, if the person reports no symptoms, OR,
  • After seven (7) days with a negative test result if the person reports no symptoms.

Employees or students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19 with no symptoms may return to campus after these three things have happened:

  • You have no fever for 24 hours (a full day of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
  • Other symptoms have improved (example, shortness of breath, cough have improved), AND
  • At least ten (10) days have passed since symptoms first appeared, OR
  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive COVID-19 test.

Employees or students are typically required to submit a release to return to campus after a three-day period, from a healthcare provider. Given the current stressors on the healthcare system, if an employee or student is unable to produce a release form, the College will accept a written statement from the employee or student confirming all the factors supporting their release to return to campus.

Requirements for returning to campus are based upon federal, state, and local guidance, and are subject to change.

Vendor Screening

Guests, such as commercial vendors, shall abide by all college exposure management criteria. Meetings with vendors should be held via teleconference unless a face-to-face meeting is essential.  Vendors who refuse to comply are subject to having access to campus suspended or terminated.

Note: Employees and students who refuse to comply with the COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan are subject to disciplinary action, in accordance with college policy. If an employee or student indicates compliance is not possible due to medical reasons the individual should contact the Taskforce Chair.

Plan Approved by Greg Malone, CEO/President

Gregory Malone
12/2/2020

MAY 29, 2020

COVID-19 Update: All Programs Open
As we maintain our vigilance against the COVID-19 virus, we hope that you and your family remain safe, strong, and healthy. We will begin our slow methodical reopening, which will occur in stages beginning with small groups gradually expanding throughout the month of June culminating in a planned full reopening by early July, subject to changing circumstances. The focus of these initial groups will be to refresh clinical skills and procedures preparing for resumption of externship training. During this time, the didactic portion of your courses will continue online.

Our planning is grounded on three priorities: the health and safety of our students and employees, the quality of our academic and educational programs, and the integrity of our campus experience. During this month we must continue to be adaptable and responsive to changing circumstances. Once the COVID-19 guidance allows a return to normal operations, all classes will resume on campus at the regularly scheduled days and times. We are working deliberately toward this end


MARCH 19, 2020

View the “Safer at Home” emergency order

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order, calling on residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay in their residences and limit all activities outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary for essential tasks.

“We are all safer at home. Staying in our residences, being aggressive about hygiene, and practicing safe social distancing are the most effective ways to protect ourselves, the people we love, and everyone in our community,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Each one of us is a first-responder in this crisis, and Angelenos understand that we have to make big sacrifices right now to save lives. This isn’t forever — and we’ll get through it together.”

As outlined in the order, residents of the City of Los Angeles are ordered to remain in their homes — with lawful exceptions made for critical tasks such as securing food and health, safety and medical necessities, as well as caring for children, elder adults, family, friends and people with disabilities. Many establishments not covered in previous orders, including clothing and some other retail stores, are ordered to “cease operations that require in-person attendance by workers at a workplace.” The order takes effect Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.; however it shall be exempt, until Friday, March 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., to allow employees and business owners to access their workplaces to gather belongings or address other administrative needs, so long as social distancing requirements are followed. Such workplaces shall remain closed to the public in accordance with the order.

It will be in place until April 19 and is subject to extension.

More details and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at coronavirus.lacity.org.

The order signed today acknowledges the profound impact of the novel coronavirus on daily life in Los Angeles over a short period of time — and expresses gratitude to Angelenos for showing “courage, compassion, wisdom and resolve” in embracing previous emergency orders “with a willing and generous spirit.”

Mayor Garcetti has taken several emergency measures to help protect Angelenos and slow the spread of COVID-19 — including a plan to quickly shelter thousands of Angelenos experiencing homelessness; restrictions placed on bars, nightclubs, restaurants, movie theaters, entertainment venues, bowling alleys and arcades, gyms and fitness centers; limits on public gatherings in City facilities; and moratoriums on residential and commercial evictions of tenants affected by the novel coronavirus.

 

March 16, 2020

March 12, 2020

To the Casa Loma College Community,
The health and safety of our campus communities, including our students, faculty, staff and visitors, is a top priority.  It is important for you to know that our status as of today, and for tomorrow, March 12, 2020, is:

We currently have no confirmed cases of, or exposures to, coronavirus or COVID-19 at our campus, clinical sites or with any of our students, faculty or staff.

  • Our CLC facility is open and we have no expectation right now that this will change this week related to the virus or health issues
  • All business office operations are normal
  • We have no reports of any unusual levels of absenteeism that would affect our normal operations
  • Health officials continue to say the risk to any individual remains low in Los Angeles County regarding exposure to, or illness from, the coronavirus.

Prevention and Hygiene
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Health Officers continue to recommend:

  • If you are sick for any reason, stay home!
  • If sick, self-monitor and call your primary healthcare provider for advice.
  • Symptoms to watch for include a fever over 100.4 degrees;cough or shortness of breath
  • Practice good personal hygiene:
  • Frequent and complete hand washing for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay six feet or more from strangers and those who are ill
  • Stop shaking hands with others to reduce the spread of germs
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unwashed hands
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and safely throw away used tissues

Alternative/Remote Learning Delivery
Casa Loma College is moving forward with plans, if the circumstances warrant, for alternative/remote learning delivery due to this public health emergency.  With cooperation and support from our Distance Education team and Information Technology Department are preparing to use Moodle, Zoom and Microsoft Teams and our content management system, to provide remote instruction.  We will have more to announce about this soon.

March 10, 2020

Casa Loma College has been actively engaged in monitoring developments daily with the goal to protect the health and safety of all community members and to keep everyone well-informed. The College is following the guidance of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the outbreak and in setting policy for the College community on this issue in an effort to protect everyone. We want to emphasize there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus at Casa Loma College or in the vicinity of the College at this time, but we continue to approach this evolving situation with an abundance of caution. Updates and guidance will be provided for this evolving health crisis.

At this time, the health risk to the general public in California from Coronavirus (COVID-19) remains low, but Casa Loma College is taking common-sense precautions to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases.

You can find more information specific to LA County here:
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/

Are Visitors from Affected Areas Allowed on Campus?

Visitors who have been in an impacted area (currently mainland China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan) within the past 14 days are not allowed to visit on campus. Please note the countries included on this list may change at any time. In the meantime, we invite prospective students to visit our website, and for those individuals wanting immediate information, wanting to speak with an admissions advisor, to begin their admissions process for enrollment, can accomplish this with our Admissions Advisors via a phone call, email and/or Zoom. Please call 818.785.2726 and ask for Admissions or email our Director of Student Affairs at nicholas.walsh-davis@casalomacollege.edu

Are Students and Employees Allowed to Travel Internationally?

The College is strongly recommending and encouraging you to be prudent in your travel choices—now. This is a rapidly changing situation. This epidemic and how it is affecting travel across the world is evolving. To stay updated on these designations by country, please see the CDC’s travel notices, which can be found here. Students or employees who choose to travel to these countries will not be allowed on campus until a 14-day self-isolation period has passed upon return from the country. General Travel Precautions: As countries are evaluating travel into and out of their regions, limitations and bans are being put into effect, often with little or no prior warning. The Center for Disease Control advises the following: Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been to mainland China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan, should stay home or self-isolate in their residence for 14 days, immediately on their return. They should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing). Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been laboratory tested for COVID-19 should stay home or self-isolate in their residence, until their test results are known. Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by laboratory testing should stay home or self-isolate in their residence for 14 days after their last encounter. Individuals should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing). Students, faculty, staff or visitors who have been in other parts of the world where COVID-19 cases have been reported should monitor themselves daily for symptoms (fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing) for 14 days. They do not need to self-isolate. Those who develop symptoms during the 14-day monitoring period should immediately self-isolate (stay in a room that is not shared with anyone else) and call their healthcare provider to discuss any need for testing and follow up. General Health Guidelines The CDC’s full preventative guidelines can be found in this fact sheet. Information about symptoms can be found here. According to the CDC, the best preventative guidelines are:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean your hands often by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Get a flu shot to protect yourself from influenza if you haven’t already had one this season.
  • Sneeze and cough into a tissue or your sleeve. Wash hands thoroughly and safely throw away used tissues.
  • Do not come in close contact with anyone else if you are ill, and do not share eating utensils, toothbrushes, etc. with others.
  • If you have symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your doctor.
  • Wear a mask if you have symptoms and must leave your home per your doctor’s instructions. Avoid crowds and public transportation.

If you become ill, exhibiting symptoms of a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, consult with a healthcare provider as soon as possible, seek medical attention, as necessary. The health, safety, and security of Casa Loma College students and employees remains paramount. The College will continue to monitor this situation closely. We ask that you regularly visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Webpage for updates. Frequently Asked Questions For more detailed information and frequently asked questions about the coronavirus, please refer to the CDC’s FAQ page.

July 1, 2020

Information about the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act/HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund)

The U.S. Department of Education has made available to Casa Loma College, emergency grant funds from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act/HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.  These funds are to provide relief to students whose lives have been disrupted and/or negatively impacted, because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 global pandemic.

These funds are being made available to assist students, whose education-related expenses, such as housing, food, healthcare, and child-care, have been impacted because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 global pandemic.  Once the funds have been received, based on guidelines established by the Department of Education, the College will determine which students will receive the cash grants.

On July 10, 2020, Casa Loma College submitted the signed Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was approved for funding on July 14, 2020.  The amount of funding made available for emergency grants to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is $253,255.00.

On July 20, 2020, Casa Loma College submitted the signed  Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement for the Institutional Portion of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Formula Grants Authorized by Section 18004(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was approved for funding on July 28, 2020.  The amount of funding made available to the College as an emergency grant to cover costs associated with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is $253,254.00.

Guidelines established by the Department of Education to receive funds are as follows:

  • To be considered for receipt of the CARES Act/HEERF funds, students must be Title IV eligible, currently attending classes, and achieving SAP
  • Funds must first be awarded to students who exhibit the most need as established by the EFC on their most recent FAFSA application
  • To be considered for receipt of the CARES Act/HEERF funds, students must complete the CARES HEERF Recipient Funding Request and Certification form and provide documentation their education-related expenses, such as housing, food, healthcare, and child-care, have been impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The College retains jurisdiction over which students are eligible to receive the funds and the amount of funding they receive
  • Students approved to receive funds will be notified via email. Recipients will begin to receive a one-time disbursement beginning July 27, 2020
  • Checks must be negotiated within ninety (90) days of the date of the check. If the check is not negotiated, it will become invalid and the student will forfeit the funding.  No checks will be reissued
  • If you are a dependent student who depends entirely upon your parent(s) for support and payment of your expenses, if they have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, you may also consider yourself to be; this also holds true for impacted spouses

Students seeking to apply for this funding, should obtain and return the application, along with documentation, via email, from george.mcphatter@casalomacollege.edu, or at the front desk of the College.  The application looks like this:

CARES HEERF RECIPIENT FUNDING REQUEST AND CERTIFICATION

The Federal government, under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, specifically from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), has made available funding to be awarded to students, who have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID – 19 global pandemic.

These funds are being made available to assist students whose education-related expenses have been impacted, such as food, housing, healthcare, and child-care, because of the Coronavirus/COVID -19 global pandemic.

If you have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus/COVID -19 global pandemic in any of the above named areas, please complete this form (be sure to give names, dates, monetary amounts, etc.) and submit it along with any and all documentation to support your claim.  Your information will be evaluated, and you will be notified of whether or not, you have been awarded funds and the amount you will receive.  Thank you.

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I understand, submitting false or misleading information could lead to a $20,000.00 fine, five (5) years in jail and having to pay back any funding received, and certify under penalty of perjury, the above statement and submitted documentation is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.

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UPDATE:  07/29/2020

As of the above date, Casa Loma College has received the student portion of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act/HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund funds, in the amount of $253,255.00.  The neediest students, as determined by a zero (“0”) EFC on their most recent FAFSA application, who do the following:

  • Complete the CARES HEERF Recipient Funding Request and Certification form, and
  • Supply supporting documentation regarding the information on the form, and
  • Are approved;

will receive an award amount of $6,345.00.  There are approximately fifty (50) students who meet the zero (“0”) EFC criteria, therefore there are not enough funds to distribute to all fifty (50) of those students.  Based on the funds received, the College will have the ability to award approximately thirty-nine (39) students, therefore these funds will be awarded on a “first come – first served” basis.  If there are funds remaining after all zero (“0”) EFC students have been awarded, further awards will be made based on an upward sliding EFC scale.  This means students having EFC’s above zero will be awarded next.  The higher the EFC, the less chance the student will have to be awarded funds.

On the above date, the College also received institutional CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act/HEERF (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund funds, in the amount of $253,254.00.  These funds may be used by the College to cover any costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus, such as hardware, software, or internet connectivity investments made.  Funds may also be used to pay the College’s employees (except for senior administrative and executive salaries) and contractors during the period of disruption related to the coronavirus.

For student and institutional funds received, circumstances regarding the impact of the coronavirus must have occurred on or after March 13, 2020, the date of the Proclamation of National Emergency.  Student funds should be distributed to students within one year from the above date; institutional funds should be used within one year from the above date.

UPDATE:  08/24/20
To date, there have been five (5) students, (of the thirty-nine [39] available awards) who have qualified for and been awarded emergency grant funds in the amount of $6,345.00 each; totaling $31,725.00 of funds disbursed; thirty-four awards remain.

UPDATE: 10/09/20
To date, there have been seven (7) students (of the thirty-nine [39] available awards), who have qualified for and been awarded emergency grant funds in the amount of $6,345.00 each; totaling $44,415.00 of funds disbursed; thirty-two (32) awards remain.

UPDATE: 10/30/20
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UPDATE: 1/10/21
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UPDATE: 5/12/21
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UPDATE: 7/1/21
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UPDATE: 7/1/21
An additional two (2) students qualified for and were awarded emergency grant funds in the amount of $6,345.00 each.

UPDATE: 10/7/21
Since July 2021, one hundred and ninety-six (196) students have qualified for, and received, emergency grants funds in the amount of $948.00 or $825.00. The total awarded was $161,823.00.

UPDATE: 10/7/2021
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UPDATE: 1/12/22
HEERF Quarterly Reporting

UPDATE 1/12/22
Since October 1, 2021 ten (10) students have qualified for, and received, emergency grants funds in the amount of $2,348. The total awarded was $23.480.00.

UPDATE 4/1/2022
HEERF Quarterly Reporting
Between January 1, 2022 and March 31, 2022, 209 students have qualified for, and received, emergency grants funds in the amounts between $875.00 and $2,348.00. A total of $363,232.00 was disbursed.

UPDATE: 6/30/22
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