CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)


Continuing NCJTC Operations

March 20, 2020

The National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) is working in concert with the Department of Justice, our partner organizations and host agencies. We are in the process of rescheduling national training and technical assistance events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this unprecedented period, we are not shutting down operations, but rather ramping up our considerable resources in the area of eLearning to continue to provide the people we serve with training in areas of greatest need.

Last year we trained over 21,000 students and are leveraging the considerable resources we have available to increase both the number of available offerings and our capacity to deliver new material currently under development. We invite you to review our extensive eLearning offerings, our two NCJTC On Demand Catalogs, as well as look for new opportunities in the coming days. Please don’t hesitate to contact Sharon Houle if you need assistance with eLearning or have recommendations for future training offerings.

Finally, we would encourage you to continue to visit our website at NCJTC.org for updates on both scheduled training events and available eLearning opportunities. Though our offices are currently closed, we are working remotely and will respond to your inquiries in a timely manner either by phone or email. As always, you may contact us at (855) 866-2582 or at info@ncjtc.org. For assistance accessing our secure distance learning platform, please e-mail Sharon Houle.

Brad Russ
Director
National Criminal Justice Training Center
Fox Valley Technical College


Fox Valley Technical College and The National Criminal Justice Training Centers response to the COVID-19 virus

March 12, 2020

To our valued customers and students:

Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) and the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) have been closely monitoring the escalating risks posed to our students, faculty, and staff by the COVID-19 virus and have made the determination to cancel or postpone all training events through April 17, 2020.

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 a pandemic and urged that everyone take aggressive action to curb the spread of the virus. At least 24 states and the District of Columbia have declared a state of emergency in response to the outbreak. The CDC’s website states:
CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the United States. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in many states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase your risk of exposure to COVID-19, if there are other travelers with COVID-19. There are several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.

One of the factors highlighted in the travel guidance section outlined above, includes the following statement:
Do you have a plan for taking time off from work or school, in case you get exposed to, or are sick with, COVID-19?
If you have close contact with someone with COVID-19 during travel, you may be asked to stay home to self-monitor and avoid contact with others for up to 14 days after travel. If you become sick with COVID-19, you may be unable to go to work or school until you’re considered noninfectious. You will be asked to avoid contact with others (including being in public places) during this period of infectiousness.


The people we train as well as the majority of our instructors are criminal justice professionals who do not have the ability to work from home. They are front-line police officers, prosecutors, probation parole officers, and child protective services workers who are expected to report for duty. We have received calls from both instructors and students that their agencies will not allow them to either travel out of state or to states where there have been declarations of emergency. Under the current conditions it is neither responsible or cost-effective to continue with planned training events that we can neither completely fill or effectively staff.

Our suspension of travel and training is not taken lightly and we understand the ramifications of doing so, but believe that doing otherwise would jeopardize the health and safety of our students, staff and instructors. We plan to closely monitor the situation on a daily basis and make accommodations wherever possible. For example, we are looking to leverage our significant online learning resources to determine if we can replace or supplement some of our scheduled training and technical assistance with eLearning opportunities. We also plan to conduct planned in-person meetings with virtual meetings.

Our management team will be communicating on a daily basis to determine if we need to extend the length of this temporary suspension of training, and we will be working with all of our grantors, host sites, students, and faculty to reschedule training as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we are available for calls with all affected organizations and people, and we are happy to provide additional documentation as needed. If you have questions, please review the FAQs below, call (855)866-2582, or email info@ncjtc.org.

Brad Russ
Director
National Criminal Justice Training Center
of Fox Valley Technical College
1825 N. Bluemound Drive | Appleton, WI 54914


Frequently Asked Questions


Is NCJTC canceling training?
NCJTC is canceling or postponing all training and non-essential travel through April 17, 2020, effective immediately.

If I am registered for a training that is now canceled, what do I need to do?
All in-person training scheduled through April 17, 2020 is canceled or postponed. Your next steps are to cancel any travel and lodging reservations you have made.

Will canceled training be rescheduled?
NCJTC is working with grantors and host sites to determine what the possibilities are with respect to rescheduling any classes that may be canceled. There are many factors that must be taken into consideration.

I need some sort of documentation about the class cancellation.
Email us at info@ncjtc.org or call (855)866-2582 to discuss your needs with our staff. We are happy to help however possible.

What about my travel costs?
While we cannot control any costs you may incur with your mode of transportation, we will do what we can to help avoid any lodging costs if we have a contract with the hotel that you have reserved for training.

Where can I find information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)?