COVID-19 UPDATES

Enrollment Update 6/4

As DIT has been approved by the state Workforce Training Board (WTECB) to return to operations during Phase 1 & Phase 2 of the state COVID-19 Reopening Plan, new processes and procedures will be implemented on campus that apply to ALL staff, students, visitors and guests of DIT until further notice.

Additional requirements from WTECB were established effective as of 6/5/2020. Enrolled students arriving from outside the tri-state area of Washington, Idaho and Oregon must self-quarantine for 14 days before starting/attending classes.

Reopening Update 5/18/20

As DIT has been approved by the state Workforce Training Board (WTECB) to return to operations during Phase 1 of the state COVID-19 Reopening Plan, new processes and procedures will be implemented on campus that apply to ALL staff, students, visitors and guests of DIT until further notice.

These health and safety measures have been detailed to DIT personnel, posted around campus, & include:

  • daily external health and temperature screenings before entering the DIT facilities;
  • honest disclosures of ANY signs of illness, symptoms, and medications taken;
  • use and continuous wearing of PPE (masks, gloves appropriate to task, eye protection (e.g., safety glasses), student hardhats, and PFDs;
  • wearing and displaying a daily color bracelet to show approved entry;
  • agreement to leave the campus immediately, seek medical attention, & follow self-quarantine & medical procedures in accordance with CDC guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html) if receiving a temperature reading of 100°F (37.8°C) or above;
  • social distancing spacing in classrooms and barges, including reducing the numbers of people on campus at any given time by engaging in split shift schedules; and
  • social distancing and limiting numbers of people with access to public spaces at any one time (i.e., LRC, student lounge, locker rooms, bathrooms).

In addition to these measures DIT is providing on-campus additional hand and hat wash stations, daily PPE distribution (mask & 5 pairs of gloves daily), added sanitization of commonly used spaces and surfaces throughout the day, and social distancing protocols throughout campus facilities.

Coronavirus Update 5/7/20

As we prepare for our return to campus, we wanted to remind you that safety is our highest priority at DIT. Under our current guidelines for returning to operations and until the social distancing requirement is removed, we will be doing shift work to minimize the total number of people on campus at any given time. Details will be sent out soon.

In the meantime, here are some ways you can prepare yourself now and when we return:

Take good care of yourself physically.

  • Eat healthy meals each day.
  • Exercise.
  • Get plenty of rest each night.
  • Hydrate (with water) throughout each day.

Prepare to be extremely flexible and patient with yourself and your peers at DIT.

  • This is/has been a stressful time and we’ll need to work together and cooperate to accomplish our new schedule effectively.
  • We’ll be in session 5 days/week. Summer is coming, so the weather will be warmer and we’ll be in PPE all day.  Extra rest, and extra patience will be the rule of thumb to make these days go smoothly and safely.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

 

Coronavirus Update 3/25/20

Important Information

Divers Institute of Technology is monitoring the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and will cooperate with county and state health departments in the event of an outbreak within our campus. The safety of our students and employees is of top priority. This page contains recommendations and instructions for students, faculty, staff, and the public in regards to the virus, ways to prevent the spread of the disease, and campus operations. As new information becomes available about the outbreak and its potential impact, communication will be sent via email to employees and students.

Campus Operations

The school is currently closed. We have Admissions & Financial Aid reps available to assist anyone looking to enroll in a future class.  Please see the list of department contacts below to reach out to one of our reps.

Students: Please check your texts regularly to stay informed on the status of our campus. 

Departments Available During School Closure

Admissions
Jairlyn Volentine: [email protected]
Relena McAuliff: [email protected]

Financial Aid
Caycee Clark: cclark[email protected]
Shannon Faleafine: [email protected]

Education
Daniel Matthes: [email protected]
Michelle Perrigo: [email protected]

Accounting
Jacquie Schoot: : [email protected]
Jeff Chinberg: [email protected]

Career Services
Mike Kleinfelder: [email protected]

School Contact Information

Resources

Optum Emotional Support Help Line  
1-866-342-6892
The Optum Emotional Support Help Line is available 24/7 and is staffed by professionally trained mental health experts.   It is free of charge and available to anyone in need, so you can share it with family and friends.  This program of caring professionals connecting with people is provided through UMR – A United Healthcare Company.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus
Information for Travel
Seattle & Renton Washington Public Information​

For More Information

For the most up-to-date information on the status of the outbreak, information about the virus, and how it spreads, please visit your state’s department of health website or the following links:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 Information Page
World Health Organization

DIT is following local and federal requirements to prevent the spread of coronavirus. See the CDC website

Financial Aid Grants – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The U.S. Department of Education has provided emergency financial aid grants under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act “CARES Act” to students who are in need of financial support for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus, to include:  food, housing, healthcare, and childcare.

As part of the CARES Act, a higher education emergency relief grant fund was created for students of DIT that were impacted by disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus.

Grant Info / Next Steps

Higher Education Emergency Relief Grant Fund Report-Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students-05/17/2020

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students 7/14/20 (PDF)

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students 10/30/20 (PDF)

DIT Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Grand Fund Report Final 10/30/20 (PDF)