Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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Last updated: 10/21/20, 2:55 p.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 Requirement Mandate - Every individual, age 5 and older, shall wear a mask indoors if others are present in the same room or enclosed space following the WI state mandate.


 

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

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 property 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 preliminary notifications.

As of 10/21/20:

  • WITC-Ashland: 2 Cases
  • WITC-New Richmond: 3 Cases
  • WITC-Rice Lake: 3 Cases
  • WITC-Superior: 2 Cases
  • Off-Campus Training Sites: 3 Cases

*To date, we are not aware of any situations where there has been spread between building occupants in or out of the classroom. Most instances of close contact 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

  • WITC undergraduate classes continue virtually and in-person with safety precautions in place.

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

  • Student services and support such as admissions continue 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

  • Learn more about fall 2020 classes here: What to Expect for Fall Term 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I expect for classes for the fall 2020 term? 
    • 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. 

    • What to Expect for Fall Term 2020

  • 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? 

    • Current Mask Mandate:

      • Effective August 1, per Governor Ever's WI state mandate, every individual, age 5 and older, shall wear a mask indoors if others are present in the same room or enclosed space.

    • WITC is limiting staff working on campus. 

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

    • 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 through May 2021.

      • 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?

Student and Employee Travel Guidelines 

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

  • WITC will require self-quarantining and monitoring for those traveling.  

    • If travel is absolutely necessary, and you travel to a place that you typically don't frequent (vacation, out-of-state visit to a family member, public transportation, taxi, Uber, etc.), please be sure to wear your mask wherever possible, frequently wash your hands with soap and water and practice good hygiene. If you become ill, you may not be able to return home until after you recover
    • If you believe you have not been exposed or in close contact with someone who has tested positive, self monitor for COVID-19 related symptoms for a minimum of 14 days. Measure your temperature twice a day; once in the morning and once at night. Watch for cough or difficulty breathing. If you develop fever, cough, have difficulty breathing or any other symptoms of COVID-19, contact your doctor.
    • If you HAVE been exposed or in close contact with someone who has tested positive, connect with your Instructor/Program Dean/Supervisor and inform him/her that you have traveled out-of-state, etc. and have potentially been exposed. You will be required to self quarantine and self monitor as described above for 14 days from date of return. You will not be allowed to return to campus during these 14 days for any reason. Go out only if absolutely necessary and postpone all non-essential appointments until quarantine has lapsed. Watch for cough or difficulty breathing. If you develop fever, cough, have difficulty breathing or any other symptoms of COVID-19, contact your doctor.
    • 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 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.

 


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. 

 

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.

 

 


 

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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