Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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Last updated: 5/15/20, 12:00 p.m.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

WITC is monitoring the updates and guidance of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other 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. 

NEW: WITC commencement ceremonies will be virtual on July 17 - Learn More

 

Regarding Wisconsin Supreme Court Decision - No Major Changes to Operations at WITC

WITC is aware of the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision regarding the "Safer at Home" order. Throughout the COVID-19 situation, the College has continued to serve students and customers in a virtual environment with necessary, but limited, on-campus activities. The Court’s decision will not have an immediate impact on WITC’s operations.

WITC continues to follow recommended safety guidelines: 

  • WITC resumed undergraduate classes online and in other delivery formats March 30. Limited on-campus training has continued.

  • Access to WITC buildings is limited to select staff and students only to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. To minimize employees on campus, WITC shifted nearly all staff to a virtual setting. 

  • Student services and support will continue virtually during limited hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Current and future students may call or email during that time.

We will provide additional updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to this changing situation.

 

FAQ Regarding Coronavirus

 

  • What is the current status of  field trips, experiential learning (clinicals, practicums, etc.) at WITC? 

    • In-person student club and program-supported field trips are canceled until further notice. 

    • WITC is monitoring clinical, practicum, and other experiential learning sites, and developing plans for lab time in the event of an extended closure. Many programs at WITC rely on outside organizations for clinicals and on-the-ground experiential learning, as well as hands-on training and lab time. These learning experiences are being evaluated and planned for by Deans of Academic Programs, Program Directors, and Instructors.

CLINICAL/FIELDWORK/PRACTICUM CONTACTS:  See below for updates by division. Students who have questions about clinicals should contact their program director. 

  • NEW: Cancellations and Contacts for Allied Health and Nursing Programs
  • Contacts for Public Safety Programs
  • Human Services Associate (HSA) Program - Field Experience 1 & 2 Students
    • Until further notice, please follow the guidelines as set forth by your designated field site. Should you have reason to deviate from these guidelines (i.e. they are staying open but you don’t feel safe going in) please communicate directly with your program instructor and site supervisor to establish a revised plan.
  • Gerontology-Aging Services Professional Program Gerontology Fieldwork Students
    • Until further notice, please follow the guidelines as set forth by your designated field site. Should you have reason to deviate from these guidelines (i.e. they are staying open but you don’t feel safe going in) please communicate directly with your program instructor and site supervisor to establish a revised plan.
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program  Preschool &  Advanced Practicum Students
    • Until further notice, please follow the guidelines as set forth by your designated student teaching practicum site. Should you have reason to deviate from these guidelines (i.e. they are staying open, but you don’t feel safe going in) please communicate directly with your program instructor and student teaching practicum site to establish a revised plan.
  •  Occupational Therapy Assistant - Fieldwork IIB
    • Until further notice, please follow the guidelines as set forth by your designated field site. Should you have reason to deviate from these guidelines (i.e. they are staying open but you don’t feel safe going in) please communicate directly with your program instructor and site supervisor to establish a revised plan.

FAQ Continued...

 

  • I’m sick with flu-like or coronavirus symptoms. What should I do?

    • If you test positive for COVID-19, county officials will notify the college, as needed.

    • 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. Influenza A is currently circulating at WITC. Stopping the spread of the flu starts with staying home when you’re symptomatic and washing your hands. 

    • If you are sick with these 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? 

    • Access to WITC buildings will be limited to select staff and students only and is limited to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

      • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, WITC shifted nearly all of its operations to a virtual setting until May 26. 

    • Social distancing standards will be observed. 

      • Social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others whenever possible. In addition, campus leadership will be limiting employee access to specific entrances and building locations.

    • Suspension of in-person job interviews.

      • Effective immediately, interviews will be conducted using Microsoft Teams or similar technology.

    • 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 travel by staff and students for College activities until further notice.

      • Effective immediately, 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. Please cancel any refundable travel/event registration for dates until further notice.

    • WITC will limit conference center non-instructional activities and public events until further notice.

      • WITC will not schedule any new activities in the conference centers until further notice. Regional Leadership Teams will review campus activities to determine which, if any, activities are critical.

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

      • Staff are to report to their home campus unless it’s absolutely necessary to travel to another location. Please work with your supervisor and IT staff to get and any headsets or other equipment.

    • WITC will allow flexible work schedules for staff in high risk populations

      • For those staff who are in a higher risk population according to the CDC, we will support alternative working arrangements during the next several weeks as we monitor the spread of this virus. Please contact your supervisor as soon as possible to review options on a case-by-case basis. Who is at higher risk?
    • Canteen (WITC's food service vendor) services have been temporarily suspended. 

Student and Employee Travel Guidelines: 

 

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

    • Documented cases are growing rapidly both domestically and internationally. You may face a higher risk of infection, significant delays returning home, and/or the requirement to self-isolate upon your return, all of which could significantly impact your professional and personal obligations at great individual expense. We strongly recommend against personal travel to hot spot areas, any Level 2 or 3 countries, and cruise ships.
  • WITC will require self-quarantining and monitoring for those travelling to select higher-risk areas.  

    • Staff and students who have travelled internationally to Level 3 countries, which currently includes China, Japan, Iran, Italy, South Korea; or domestically to Seattle, Boston, New York, or California in the past two weeks are not to physically report to work or class until they have completed a 14-day self-quarantine, starting the day they return.
    • Individuals who have been in close contact with an individual who has traveled to these areas, or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are also not to physically report to work or class until a 14-day self-quarantine has been completed.
    • If any of these scenarios apply, employees and students should immediately notify their instructor (as a student) or supervisor and Human Resources (as an employee.)
    • If, during this self-quarantine, symptoms develop including fever, cough, and/or trouble breathing, individuals should seek immediate medical advice.
    • If individuals have travelled via plane in the last 14 days, or will travel,  to any other foreign country or U.S. city, they should take their temperature each morning before coming to work for 14 days after returning and should not come to work if their temperature is above 99.8 degrees.
  • 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.
      • You do not need to call HR, if you become symptomatic, just follow your usual procedure to call in sick/utilize sick time. It is important you work directly with your doctor. The doctor will contact public health officials if there are confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Public health will contact the College, if needed.

WITC Event Cancellations/Postponements

*NOTE - Events posted here are sponsored or organized by WITC. Please check with event organizers for updates for events taking place in WITC's conference centers that are not run or managed by WITC. 

 

NEW: WITC commencement ceremonies will be done virtually July 17 - Learn More

 

CAMPUS EVENTS          CONTINUING EDUCATION CONFERENCES & EVENTS

 

  • Continuing Education Classes and Training - Information and Refund Policies
    • Continuing Education classes and training decisions are being handled on a class-by-class basis, depending on the location and type of training. For up-to-date information regarding the status of a Continuing Education conference or event, visit the events page.For open enrollment classes, visit the course search page and search for your class.

      If you’ve registered for a class or event and it is canceled, you will receive direct communication from WITC. If the class has already started and been meeting, you will receive a partial, pro-rated refund; otherwise, you will receive a 100% refund if the class did not yet start. Per our Registration Policies, you will also receive a 100 percent refund if you choose to cancel your registration as long as you notify the Continuing Education office at the WITC campus before the start date of your class.

 

 


 

Student, Community and Technology Resources

  • Health, Unemployment, Food and Other Community Services

  • Technology Needs and Academic Resources
  • Broadband Emergency Internet Resources
  • Current Student Grading and Course Information
    • Spring semester ends Friday, May 15, 2020
      • Most of the programs have developed alternative delivery plans that will allow students to complete their courses by the end of spring term, Friday, May 15. (Note: Students with delayed courses not completed by Friday, May 15 are welcome to attend the graduation ceremony (date TBD.))   
    • Incomplete (I) grades issued for courses not completed by spring term, May 15, 2020  
      • Students with Incomplete (I) grades will be notified by their instructor with a plan and date to complete the required coursework to earn a final course grade.  The time needed to complete remaining course competencies will vary among programs and classes and if applicable, the availability of clinical, internship or externship sites.     
    • Option to Change Courses Graded A-F to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
      • Students enrolled in courses graded A-F will have the option of selecting a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grade option for all spring courses, provided the courses do not require A-F grading to meet program accreditation requirements.  Student will have the option of selecting an S/U between now and May 29, 2020.  After that date, the letter grade originally posted will stand. With this option, an S grade will be awarded when a student has achieved a grade of an A through D-. Any student that earns an F will receive a U.  The S means the student achieved enough of the essential learning outcomes and has satisfactorily passed the course. The S/U grade does not impact GPA, but will count as credits earned. Typically, classes graded with an S/U will not transfer to another college.  
    • Courses Dropped due to COVID-19  
      • Students dropping courses due to reasons related to COVID-19 may be eligible for a tuition refund.  Students are encouraged to contact student services to determine the impact that dropping courses may have on a student’s eligibility for financial aid, veterans benefits, prerequisite requirements and program standing.   

Washing hands

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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