Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Last updated: 6/7/21, 10:00 a.m.

WITC is following guidance of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and other local public health officials regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn more here about the outbreak in Wisconsin. 

WITC will post important updates on this site and will send major timely notifications via email to staff and students. Please check back regularly for updates. In the event of campus closure, students and staff will get a RAVE Alert, similar to a snow day. 

Students and employees are encouraged to consult with their healthcare providers and to obtain additional information from the Wisconsin Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Mask Guidance  - WITC recommends masks for people who are not vaccinated, but will no longer require masks for those who are fully-vaccinated for COVID-19.  However, the College will defer to local mask ordinances or external host business/facility policies for students and staff participating in WITC activities at those locations, such as clinicals, practicums and off-site classes.

 

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-dose series, such as Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.  For the time being, other safety protocols will remain in place.


 

Total Confirmed Positive Cases of Students and Staff Attending WITC Campuses In Person 

Our goal is to be transparent with the COVID-19 situation, and WITC has been collecting information with the intention of reporting key data. Keep in mind we have an obligation to protect the personal information of individuals who contract COVID-19, even as we are working with local Departments of Health to properly notify individuals who are considered to be at higher risk due to potential exposure. If you are identified as a potential “close contact” the Health Department will contact you to assess the situation. In some cases, WITC has been asked to help with  notifications.

  • Spring Term 2021-  Final total confirmed positive cases of students and staff attending WITC campuses in person through 5/14/21:
    • WITC-Ashland: 2 Cases  
    • WITC-New Richmond: 10 Cases 
    • WITC-Rice Lake: 1 Case  
    • WITC-Superior: 2 Case  
    • Off-Campus Training Sites: 3 Cases  
  • Fall Term 2020 - Final total confirmed positive cases of students and staff attending WITC campuses in person through 12/23/20:
    • WITC-Ashland: 3 Cases 
    • WITC-New Richmond: 10 Cases
    • WITC-Rice Lake: 11 Cases 
    • WITC-Superior: 10 Cases  
    • Off-Campus Training Sites: 4 Cases 

* These numbers reflect those who were on campus during the period in which they could have exposed others, regardless of whether protocols were followed. 

*Most instances of close contacts and confirmed positive cases are happening as a result of gatherings, household interactions, or other interactions unrelated to instructional activities. Safety protocols like wearing a mask, social distancing, and hand washing remain critical to minimizing disruptions both on and off-campus.

 


 

Operations and Classes at WITC Continue, Campuses Open

  • WITC undergraduate classes continue in-person with safety precautions in place. Fall Term 2021 Planning

  • Access to WITC buildings is open to staff and students, as well as future students. 

  • Student services and support such as admissions continue in person (and virtually from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Monday-Friday. Current and future students may call or email during that time.  Contact WITC

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I expect for classes for fall term 2021? 
    • WITC undergraduate classes will continue in-person with safety precautions in place. You can enroll in classes at WITC with confidence knowing that we are committed to providing a learning environment that follows CDC, state, and local guidelines. Strategies the College will use to help students successfully complete their classes include adjusting class sizes, delivery methods, and support services as necessary. This may include varying amounts of in person training, online instruction and the use of simulation software. The Educational Technology Center provides support and training for students needing help with technology and financial resources are also available to students who may have unanticipated technology needs due to class delivery changes. We look forward to providing you with the support and services you need to feel confident in your success at WITC. 

    • Fall Term 2021 Planning  

  • What are the facility protocols for cleaning? 
    • Each classroom and lab will be outfitted with disinfecting wipes that can be utilized for cleaning surfaces and as a hand sanitizer.
    • Before the start of each class, every student and faculty member are recommended to wipe down the hard surfaces in their area (desk/table tops, chair arms, keyboard, mouse, etc.). Used wipes/paper towels should be disposed of in the trash can in each room. This also applies to any shared-space location or equipment (e.g. copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, desks and tables, light switches, door knobs, etc.).
    • Classroom and labs will be sanitized every evening throughout the work week.
    • Each classroom will have a designated "COVID-19 Binder" listing policies and procedures related scenarios that could arise in the classroom. 
  • What does the College use for disinfectant? 
    • WITC uses disinfectants as recommended by the CDC. These disinfectants are used throughout campus, with a greater focus on high-touch areas like railings, door handles and common space furniture.

      Hand sanitizer will be available at key areas throughout the building, especially entrances and other common student spaces like shared computer spaces. If you identify a hand sanitizer station that is inoperable, please contact facilities.

      Hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, though proper hand-washing technique is deemed to be more effective by the CDC. Additionally, WITC will be providing sanitizing wipes in computer labs and common areas. 

  • I’m sick with flu-like or coronavirus symptoms. What should I do?
    • Do NOT come to class or work if you are sick, especially if you have a fever, and contact your primary healthcare provider, as needed. Stopping the spread of the flu starts with staying home when you’re symptomatic and washing your hands. 

    • If you test positive for COVID-19, please notify your instructor. County officials may also notify the college, as needed.

    • If you are sick with symptoms, or have been exposed to someone known to have the COVID-19, please contact your instructor (or supervisor, if you’re an employee) and together you can make reasonable, appropriate arrangements on a case-by-case scenario. WITC will factor in individual needs and concerns as necessary and the College acknowledges that there may need to be some flexibility in normal policies to make appropriate accommodations.

  • What’s currently happening at WITC to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 and other sicknesses? 

    • Masking Recommendations:

      • WITC recommends masks for people who are not vaccinated, but will no longer require masks for those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The College will defer to local mask ordinances or external host business/facility policies for students and staff participating in WITC activities at those locations, such as clinicals, practicums and off-site classes. 

    • Social distancing standards are recommended. 

      • Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others whenever possible. 

    • Symptom Tracking App
      • A symptom tracking app is available for students and staff. This is a useful tool for monitoring symptoms, but not required. 
    • Campus maintenance is a priority.

      • Campus maintenance staff has and will be asked to prioritize disinfecting commonly touched surfaces regularly. WITC has hand-sanitizer stations located throughout the buildings in common gathering spaces.

    • WITC is limiting out-of-District work travel by staff and students for College activities until further notice.

      • Out-of-District travel is prohibited until further notice. Using alternatives to travel, such as TEAMS for meetings or Blue Jeans for instructional purposes, is encouraged.

      • Do not schedule any additional out-of-District travel, until further notice. If your current travel plans are non-refundable, please hold that reservation in the event the situation de-escalates, and you are able to attend. This will also apply for college-funded student travel, with exceptions for travel required to fill program requirements (e.g., clinicals).

      • Staff only: Exceptions will be considered for instructional work, including contract training and shared programs, or for mandated training necessary to maintain licensure that cannot be taken online. 

    • WITC will limit conference center non-instructional activities and public events through August 31, 2021.

      •  Conference centers are currently being used internal activities until September 1. 

    • WITC is encouraging Collegewide meetings to occur over TEAMS, Blue Jeans or similar technology.

      • Staff are to report to their home campus unless it’s necessary to travel to another location. 

    • WITC staff will be in their new permanent locations by June 15, 2021.

    • Interviews for employment at WITC may be conducted in person or virtually. 

      • Choosing to hold in-person interviews after April 5 will be at the hiring supervisor's discretion. Safety protocols are recommended, such as social distancing. Any in-person interviews would need to be scheduled in a larger classroom to accommodate the team and the candidates being interviews.  Candidates must be given the option of a virtual setting.

Student and Employee Personal Travel Guidelines 

  • If you are travelling, please be aware of the risks to your health and potential consequences upon your return.

  • WITC will follow CDC recommendations for travel.  

  • If you get sick, please stay home.

    • According to the CDC, if you experience fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:
      • Seek medical care. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
      • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
      • Avoid contact with others.

 


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Preventative Wellness

Please continue to practice preventative wellness to avoid coronavirus and other viruses, such as the flu. 

Recommended preventative measures include: 

  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow rather than into your hands
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap or use hand sanitizer 
  • Contact your primary health provider if you are experiencing Influenza-like symptoms
  • Stay home if you're sick, especially if you have a fever
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Use single-use tissue and dispose immediately
  • Do not share drinks, food or utensils
  • Get good sleep and drink plenty of water
  • Get an annual flu shot through your primary care provider, local pharmacy or clinic
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces frequently
  • Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization for more information about coronavirus. 

Additional information related to coronavirus that is specific to Wisconsin can be found here: 

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

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