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TCF Access & Operations: COVID-19 Update Updated March 28, 2020
For Currently Enrolled Students:

If your current coursework, being funded by TCF, changes or is impacted, please notify TCF as soon as possible so we can assist you.

We know it is especially concerning to our currently enrolled students who are experiencing school closures and movement to online distance-delivery.

We realize these unexpected changes present challenges that not every student will easily be able to accommodate. TCF is eager to support our students in your educational pursuits and understands that you may be facing important choices regarding how you will continue given the circumstances.

The situation around the outbreak of COVID-19 is constantly changing and The CIRI Foundation is actively monitoring information and warnings as they are announced. In an effort to prevent further spread and protect both TCF’s participants and team members, TCF is making changes to the way we provide our services.

Office Access

As of March 28, 2020, The CIRI Foundation office is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Fortunately our team is versed in working remotely and our work capacity will not be impacted.

Current and future applicants are encouraged to continue working on applications after logging in. New users can still request accounts and if you have any questions or concerns, please email us at


The CIRI Foundation is continuing our regular services. Our funding opportunity deadlines remain unchanged. Current applicants are encouraged to continue using our online application to apply.

If you are applying for funding with a program that uses paper applications, please submit them by emailing your applications to

Stay Updated

The measures that TCF is currently taking are temporary, but because the situation is constantly changing, it is important to stay updated. Please continue to check our homepage for updates and follow TCF on Facebook for regular updates.

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19
It is important to remain calm and stay informed as the situation evolves. With that in mind, here are ways that you can help limit the spread of illness:
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Immediately throw the tissue in the garbage.
  • Practice social distancing – this means avoiding extended periods with groups of more than 10.
Please stay advised using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your state’s Department of Health and Human Services, or local government if abroad, for the most up to date information regarding the Coronavirus. It affects all of us and we owe it to each other to protect ourselves, others, and avoid misinformation.
Symptoms of COVID-19

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. Most at risk are older adults and those with serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease. Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you have symptoms or exposure to COVID-19:

  • Stay home and do not leave except to get medical care
  • Call your doctor before you get medical care
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands frequently
  • Wear a facemask in public
  • Avoid public areas, limit contact with others, including pets and animals
  • If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the operator that you have symptoms of COVID-19
Please note that you can spread COVID-19 even if you are not showing symptoms, so be vigilant and contact your health care provider if you believe you have been exposed. The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium has more information.