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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Update for Students: April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Students: April 22, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to share an update with you regarding our plans to reopen campus. While much of this plan remains fluid, we are actively preparing for what lies ahead as we slowly transition back to campus. Previously, we had planned to reopen on Friday, May 1.  However, it is clear that with the current status of the pandemic, that will not be possible.  Below are the updated plans to reopen WSCC.


Phase 1-Tentatively May 1 through May 31
Students: Students will complete spring coursework remotely.  The spring semester has been extended by one week and will end on Friday, May 15. Lab courses that cannot be completed remotely will be completed in Phase 2 of reopening (see below). Students will receive an Incomplete grade for these courses at the end of spring semester. The Incomplete grades will be replaced with a letter grade when the coursework is completed.

Phase 2-Tentatively beginning June 1
Students: Students who have been unable to complete their spring semester coursework remotely will complete their laboratory classes on campus beginning June 1. Students will receive communication about when/where they are to report for coursework in May. Strict social distancing, use of masks, and temperature checks will be observed.

Summer courses will begin as scheduled on June 1 with most courses utilizing remote delivery. There will be exceptions for some courses that will need to meet on campus. Instructors will communicate directly with students in these courses with details.


As the situation evolves in the coming weeks, we will continue to provide updates. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our campus community while supporting our students in their educational journey.

These are uncertain times but Washington State Community College will continue to adapt and innovate as challenges arise. And most importantly, we will get through this together.

Best regards,

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Dr. Vicky Wood, President

COVID-19 Update for Students: April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Students: April 1, 2020

Dear WSCC Students,

I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Let me begin by thanking you for helping us successfully make the transition to remote delivery classes. I realize it hasn’t been easy.

As you know, our response to COVID-19 has continued to shift and change as things develop and state and national officials release new orders and recommendations.

Our plan to resume normal operations on April 7 has now been extended. We will continue with remote instructional delivery through April 30.

We are also extending the Spring semester by 1 week. This will move finals week to May 11-15.
Registration for Summer and Fall classes will, however, open next week on April 6 as originally planned. Our new course schedules for both summer and fall are now live.

The start of summer semester, June 1 is also unchanged.

Remember, even though we are spread across the Mid-Ohio Valley, only seeing one another through computer screens, we are all in this together. As long as we continue to work together, we will get through these challenging times.

Best regards,

Dr. Wood's signature

Dr. Vicky Wood, President

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 22, 2020

Dear WSCC Students,

In response to the Stay At Home Order issued today by the Ohio Department of Health, Washington State Community College will be closing campus, including all offices, classrooms, labs, and buildings effective today, Sunday, March 22, 2020. This closure will continue through Monday, April 6, 2020. College administration will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates when they become available. 

With this campus closure, all spring semester classes will continue in a remote capacity.  In addition, office and support services will continue remotely with staff working from home. Students who were scheduled to be on campus for labs starting tomorrow will NOT report to campus. Instructors will be in touch with you regarding next steps.

We understand that some students have difficulty accessing technology.  Although we had planned to maintain hours for the WSCC Library, as well as computer labs, that is no longer going to be possible. To help with Internet access, we are expanding our WSCC Wi-Fi to extend into the lower parking lot (also referred to as the staff/faculty lot). While our buildings are closed, you are welcome to park in the lot and connect to our Wi-Fi.  

We are currently working through additional plans to support students who have limited access to a computer or the Internet. If you are a student that anticipates difficulty in accessing technology during this temporary campus closure, we would like to hear from you via this survey

Our staff and faculty, while working remotely, are ever-present to assist you as you transition into remote delivery of your courses. Staff will be available during normal business hours from home to answer your questions. Faculty will be available through online courses. The situation we are facing is temporary, but please know that our commitment to your success remains steadfast.    

Best regards,

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Dr. Vicky Wood, President

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 20, 2020

A Message from the President

Dear Campus Community,

I would like to thank each of you for your patience, innovation, and collaboration during this extraordinary and challenging time. The WSCC campus community continues to monitor guidance and best practices from local, state and federal agencies as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Information and resources on the college’s coronavirus website are updated regularly, including today’s announcements.

Required Temperature Checks

WSCC will require temperature checks for everyone seeking entry to campus buildings, beginning on Monday, March 23. To facilitate this process, we will consolidate campus entrances to include the WSCC Library, Main Building-Bridge and Main Building-Lobby entrances. All other building entrances will be closed until further notice. Note: A no-contact thermometer will be available in the Library.

Remote Course Delivery

WSCC faculty members teaching face-to-face courses have completed their plans for remote and alternative delivery methods of instruction. These courses will begin instruction on Monday, March 23 utilizing these new instructional plans. All students should be communicating with their instructors about next steps.

Internet Access

As students and faculty begin using remote course delivery options, we understand that WSCC students have varying levels of Internet access. To help support our students with Internet access, WSCC students are encouraged to utilize the computers and Internet in the WSCC Library and computer labs. Starting March 23, WSCC will be extending library hours to:

  • Mondays through Thursdays: 7:30am to 9:00pm
  • Fridays: 7:30am to 4:00pm
  • Saturdays: 10:00am to 4:00pm

There are additional options for Internet access which are detailed on our COVID-19 Student FAQ web page.

Staying Connected

All members of the campus community should continue to check WSCC email as well as our website for updates. As questions arise, you can email coronavirus@wscc.edu and we’ll quickly respond.

I want to reiterate my gratitude for your support and flexibility during this time. We are learning and growing together as we navigate these unchartered waters.

Best regards,

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Dr. Vicky Wood, President

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 19, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 19, 2020

Students,

Thank you for your patience as we navigate these very challenging times. Every decision we make is with your health, safety, and education in mind—it is our highest priority. As you are aware, the situation is changing daily and we will try to communicate updates as quickly as possible. Our goal is to allow you to continue your education and progress toward your certificate or degree.

Face-to-Face Courses

WSCC faculty members teaching face-to-face courses are in the process of developing plans for remote and alternative delivery methods of instruction. Please check your WSCC email daily for important communications from faculty.

WSCC Commencement Postponed

I also wanted to update you on Commencement, our proudest day at the College. We have to act in accordance with recommendations from federal, state, and local officials to limit group gatherings to 25. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the May Commencement ceremony. We are closely monitoring the situation and will communicate in the coming weeks with either a rescheduled date or cancellation. It is important to note that students who complete their coursework and are eligible to graduate at the end of spring semester, will be able to do so.

Office Hours

We are committed to maintaining College operations and services to students. However, we have temporarily reduced our staffing levels on campus. Please know that Updated office hours are below, including extended Library hours for students who may need internet/computer access:

Office Hours
7:30am to 4:30pm, M-F

Bookstore
9:00am to 4:00pm, M-Th; 9am to noon, F

Cissy’s Food Service:
11:00am to 1:00pm, M-Th

Library: *NEW Extended Hours beginning March 23*
7:30am to 9:00pm, M-Th
7:30am to 4:00pm, F
10:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday

Mental Health Services
10:00am to 2:00pm, M

Entry to Campus

Please note that in order to practice appropriate social distancing (6 feet in between individuals), WSCC is not offering services to the general public during this time. Our campus resources will be focused on serving our current students, faculty/staff, prospective students and registered guests. All campus events, including student clubs/activities, are canceled until further notice.

Starting Monday, March 23, WSCC will be conducting temperature checks and registering everyone that enters campus buildings. Details on temperature check procedures will be forthcoming.

I greatly appreciate your understanding and willingness to adapt to this evolving situation. As questions arise, you can email coronavirus@wscc.edu and we’ll quickly respond. I am confident that we can all pull together and support each other in the coming weeks as members of this amazing campus community.

Kind regards,

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Dr. Vicky Wood, President

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 17, 2020

WSCC has an important update about Commencement, our proudest day at the College. Based on the information available regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to act in accordance with recommendations from federal, state, and local officials to limit group gatherings to 25. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the May Commencement ceremony.  The College is continuing to monitor the situation and will communicate with the campus in the coming weeks with either a rescheduled date or cancellation.  It’s important to note that students who complete their coursework and are eligible to graduate at the end of spring semester, will be able to do so.
COVID-19 Update for Students: March 14, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 14, 2020

Important COVID-19 Update for WSCC Health Majors: Effective immediately, all clinical rotations, regardless of program or site, are canceled until further notice. Your Program Director will be contacting you in the coming days to discuss next steps. In the meantime, please make sure to direct all questions to your Program Director. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work through this challenging time.

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 13, 2020

Washington State Community College is dedicated to promoting the health, safety and well-being of our student and employee populations. In support of that goal, we are releasing this update to inform you of the actions we are taking to assess, prevent, protect, and respond to COVID-19.

While there are no WSCC campus-associated cases of the coronavirus, we are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness. We continue to align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from Governor DeWine, the Ohio Association for Community Colleges (OACC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and the Ohio Department of Health.

The changes below will allow us to continue the education of our students while protecting our community.

Office Hours

Washington State Community College is here to serve as a resource to our community. All WSCC offices will be open for business. We ask that everyone remain flexible as we continue to make changes as the situation evolves and more information becomes available. Hours, until further notice, are as follows:

  • General Office Hours: 7:30am to 4:30pm, M-F
  • Library: 7:30am to 7:00pm, M-Th; 7:30am to 4:00pm, F
  • Bookstore: 9:00am to 4:00pm, M-Th; 9am to noon, F
  • Cissy’s Food Service: 10:00am to 2:00pm, M-Th

Face-to-Face Classes

We will take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 by postponing face-to-face classes next week, March 16–20, 2020. During this time, faculty will be preparing their courses to be moved to online, remote, or other delivery formats. Students will receive communication next week from faculty on how their face-to-face classes will be delivered from March 23 through April 3. Please note that all online, blended, practicum, internship, and clinic placements/courses will continue as scheduled.

Since many of our students do not have broadband Internet access at home, we will offer open computer labs on campus to provide students access while respecting appropriate social distancing recommendations from health professionals. Computer lab hours will be announced prior to March 23.

If we become aware of any condition that would make our campus unsafe, please be assured we will implement immediate safety measures until those conditions have been addressed. The health and safety of our campus community are our top priority and we are committed to doing our part to help keep you safe. Faculty and students should continue to check their WSCC email regularly for updates. In the meantime, students who are unable to meet the requirements of their course(s) should contact their instructor and faculty advisor to discuss the best next steps.

Directions for Individuals Experiencing Flu-like Symptoms

Individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms should seek medical attention and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with others, especially people who exhibit symptoms of infection
  • Stay home while you are sick and seek medical treatment and to prevent further exposure
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid unnecessary travel

Important: Students should not attend school or classes if they are displaying flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, or vomiting. Students should remain out of school until the student is symptom-free, without the use of medication, for 24 hours.

College Preparations

Our facilities team is continuing efforts to sanitize the campus including frequently disinfecting often-touched surfaces such as door handles, countertops, keypads, and restroom surfaces. To help employees and students with disinfecting efforts, hand sanitizer bottles and wipes can be found at the front desk of each building and in many of the more commonly used administrative areas.

We embrace our diverse culture. Although we are not recommending widespread use of face masks or respirators at this time for asymptomatic people outside of a clinical setting, some individuals may choose to wear a mask during cold and flu season. Please continue to treat all employees and students with mutual respect and consideration.

Travel Disclosure

Students who have traveled on a cruise ship or have returned from a country at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice are asked to contact their physician to be screened for the virus or stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left the area at risk and practice social distancing. Click here for the CDC travel guidelines. If an individual has traveled to impacted countries as identified by the CDC or is aware they may have been exposed to COVID-19, WSCC is requiring that the individual disclose that information before returning to classes or visiting campus by filling out the disclosure form here.

Events

All Washington State Community College events scheduled through April 30, 2020 will be postponed until further notice. We will be contacting external organizations with events scheduled on our campus to determine appropriate next steps to ensure safety. No new, non-essential events will be scheduled on the WSCC campus through April 10, 2020. We will continue to monitor events and will share plans prior to April 10, 2020 to end this restriction early, or, if needed, extend it.

Looking Ahead

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the current situation, guidelines may change as new information emerges. The college will continue to share new information as it becomes available via WSCC email and www.wscc.edu/coronavirus/.

While this is a challenging time, we are gratified by the flexibility and spirit of cooperation that we have experienced from all members of our campus community as well as our external partners. We are all working hard to keep our students and community safe while continuing to support students’ academic success.

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Students: March 11, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Understanding the vital importance of protecting public health and the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the community we serve, Washington State Community College is prepared to support Governor DeWine in his effort to slow the potential spread of the coronavirus in our state.

We will take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 by postponing face-to-face classes next week, March 16–20, 2020. During this time, faculty will be preparing their courses to be moved to online, remote, or other delivery formats. Students will receive communications from faculty on how the face-to-face classes will be delivered March 23 through April 3.

All online classes will continue as scheduled. Students with clinical, practicum, and internship placements will continue to attend as scheduled. Since many of our students do not have broadband Internet access at home, we will offer open computer labs on campus to provide students access while respecting appropriate social distancing recommendations from health professionals.

WSCC will remain open during this time and continue to serve students. As this situation continues to evolve, student success remains our top priority! The college will continue to share additional information and resources with the campus and community as it develops through email and our website.

Dr. Vicky Wood

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COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: April 22, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: April 22, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

I wanted to share an update with you regarding our plans to reopen campus. While much of this plan remains fluid, we are actively preparing for what lies ahead as we slowly transition back to campus. Previously, we had planned to reopen on Friday, May 1.  However, it is clear that with the current status of the pandemic, that will not be possible.  Below are the updated plans to reopen WSCC.


Phase 1-Tentatively May 1 through May 31
Faculty/Staff: The WSCC campus will remain closed to visitors during the month of May.  A small number of staff (approved by supervisors) will return to campus to maintain critical operations and offset remote work challenges (7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).  Strict social distancing measures, use of masks, and temperature checks will be observed.

Phase 2-Tentatively beginning June 1
Faculty/Staff: The WSCC campus will be open for visitors by appointment and for students who are enrolled in face-to-face labs.  Remote work will continue with the exception of a small number of on-campus staff (approved by supervisors) to maintain operations and provide support for on-campus courses/labs.  Strict social distancing measures, use of masks and temperature checks will be observed.


As the situation evolves in the coming weeks, we will continue to provide updates. We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our campus community while supporting our students in their educational journey.

These are uncertain times but Washington State Community College will continue to adapt and innovate as challenges arise. And most importantly, we will get through this together.

Best regards,

Dr. Wood's signature

Dr. Vicky Wood, President

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: April 1, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: April 1, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

I hope this message finds you safe and healthy. Let me begin by thanking you for helping us successfully make the transition to remote delivery classes. I realize it hasn’t been easy.

As you know, our response to COVID-19 has continued to shift and change as things develop and state and national officials release new orders and recommendations.

Our plan to resume normal operations on April 7 has now been extended. We will continue with remote instructional delivery and work through April 30.

We are also extending the Spring semester by 1 week. This will move finals week to May 11-15 with final grades due on May 19.

When advising students, please note that registration for Summer and Fall classes will open next week on April 6 as originally planned. Our new course schedules for both summer and fall are now live.

The start of summer semester, June 1 is also unchanged.

Remember, even though we are spread across the Mid-Ohio Valley, only seeing one another through computer screens, we are all in this together. As long as we continue to work together, we will get through these challenging times.

Best regards,

Dr. Wood's signature

Dr. Vicky Wood, President

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: March 20, 2020

A Message from the President

Dear Campus Community,

I would like to thank each of you for your patience, innovation, and collaboration during this extraordinary and challenging time. The WSCC campus community continues to monitor guidance and best practices from local, state and federal agencies as we respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Information and resources on the college’s coronavirus website are updated regularly, including today’s announcements.

Required Temperature Checks

WSCC will require temperature checks for everyone seeking entry to campus buildings, beginning on Monday, March 23. To facilitate this process, we will consolidate campus entrances to include the WSCC Library, Main Building-Bridge and Main Building-Lobby entrances. All other building entrances will be closed until further notice. Note: A no-contact thermometer will be available in the Library.

Remote Course Delivery

WSCC faculty members teaching face-to-face courses have completed their plans for remote and alternative delivery methods of instruction. These courses will begin instruction on Monday, March 23 utilizing these new instructional plans. All students should be communicating with their instructors about next steps.

Internet Access

As students and faculty begin using remote course delivery options, we understand that WSCC students have varying levels of Internet access. To help support our students with Internet access, WSCC students are encouraged to utilize the computers and Internet in the WSCC Library and computer labs. Starting March 23, WSCC will be extending library hours to:

  • Mondays through Thursdays: 7:30am to 9:00pm
  • Fridays: 7:30am to 4:00pm
  • Saturdays: 10:00am to 4:00pm

There are additional options for Internet access which are detailed on our COVID-19 Faculty/Staff FAQ web page.

Staying Connected

All members of the campus community should continue to check WSCC email as well as our website for updates. As questions arise, you can email coronavirus@wscc.edu and we’ll quickly respond.

I want to reiterate my gratitude for your support and flexibility during this time. We are learning and growing together as we navigate these unchartered waters.

Best regards,

Dr. Wood's signature

Dr. Vicky Wood, President

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: March 17, 2020

WSCC has an important update about Commencement, our proudest day at the College. Based on the information available regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have to act in accordance with recommendations from federal, state, and local officials to limit group gatherings to 25. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the May Commencement ceremony.  The College is continuing to monitor the situation and will communicate with the campus in the coming weeks with either a rescheduled date or cancellation.  It’s important to note that students who complete their coursework and are eligible to graduate at the end of spring semester, will be able to do so.

Washington State Community College is here to serve as a resource to our community. All WSCC offices will be open for business. We ask that everyone remain flexible as we continue to make changes as the situation evolves and more information becomes available.

While there are no WSCC campus-associated cases of the coronavirus, we are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness. We continue to align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from Governor DeWine, the Ohio Association for Community Colleges (OACC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and the Ohio Department of Health.

The changes below will allow us to continue the education of our students while protecting our community.

Face-to-Face Classes

We will take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 by postponing face-to-face classes next week, March 16–20, 2020. During this time, faculty will be preparing their courses to be moved to online, remote, or other delivery formats. Students will receive communications next week from faculty on how their face-to-face classes will be delivered from March 23 through April 3. Please note that all online, blended, practicum, internship, and clinic placements/courses will continue as scheduled.

Since many of our students do not have broadband Internet access at home, we will offer open computer labs on campus to provide students access while respecting appropriate social distancing recommendations from health professionals.

If we become aware of any condition that would make our campus unsafe, please be assured we will implement immediate safety measures until those conditions have been addressed. The health and safety of our campus community are our top priority and we are committed to doing our part to help keep you safe.  Faculty and staff should continue to check their WSCC email regularly for updates.

Campus Partner Hours of Operation

In light of recent and ongoing developments, certain campus partners have altered their hours:

  • Bookstore: 9:00am to 4:00pm, M-Th; 9am to noon, F
  • Cissy’s Food Service: 10:00am to 2:00pm, M-Th

Employees with Illness

We request employees to notify their supervisor and remain home when ill and disclose symptoms of acute respiratory illness to their healthcare provider. All leave policies will apply, staff should contact the Office of Human Resources regarding leave management and associated workplace issues.  During this time of Ohio’s State of Emergency, we will waive the requirement to have a physician’s note for absences of more than three days.  If you have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or vomiting, we urge you to stay home.  You should remain home until you are symptom-free, without the use of medication, for 24 hours.

Travel Disclosure

Employees who have traveled on a cruise ship or have returned from a country at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice are asked to contact their physician to be screened for the virus or stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left the area at risk and practice social distancing.  Click here for the CDC travel guidelines. If an individual has traveled to impacted countries as identified by the CDC or is aware they may have been exposed to COVID-19, WSCC is requiring that the individual disclose that information before returning to campus by filling out the disclosure form here.

College Travel 

Effective immediately and until further notice, all non-essential travel is suspended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips through April 30. If you need assistance in canceling travel or requesting refunds for pre-paid travel, please contact me.

Events

All Washington State Community College events scheduled through April 30, 2020, will be postponed until further notice. We will be contacting external organizations with events scheduled on our campus to determine appropriate next steps to ensure safety. No new, non-essential events will be scheduled on the WSCC campus through April 30, 2020. We will continue to monitor events and will share plans prior to April 10, 2020, to end this restriction early, or, if needed, extend it.

College Preparations

Our facilities team is continuing efforts to sanitize the campus including frequently disinfecting often-touched surfaces such as door handles, countertops, keypads, and restroom surfaces.

To help employees and students with disinfecting efforts, hand sanitizer bottles and wipes can be found at the front desk of each building and in many of the more commonly used administrative areas.

We embrace our diverse culture.  Although we are not recommending widespread use of face masks or respirators at this time for asymptomatic people outside of a clinical setting, some individuals may choose to wear a mask during cold and flu season.  For those desiring to wear personal protective equipment while they are working on campus, gloves and face masks are available and may be obtained in Human Resources.  Please continue to treat all employees and students with mutual respect and consideration.

Working Remotely

We are prepared to consider requests to work remotely for employees whose job responsibilities permit it and the needs of the college are met.  If you have a medical/personal need and would like to be considered to work remotely during the State of Emergency, please review section 4.430 of the policies and procedures manual and discuss the request with your supervisor.

Looking Ahead

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the current situation, guidelines may change as new information emerges.  The college will continue to share new information as it becomes available via WSCC email and www.wscc.edu/coronavirus/.

While this is a challenging time, I am gratified by the flexibility and spirit of cooperation that we have experienced from all members of our campus community as well as our external partners.  We are all working hard to keep our students and community safe while continuing to support students’ academic success.

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: March 13, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: March 13, 2020

Washington State Community College is dedicated to promoting the health, safety, and well-being of our student and employee populations.  In support of that goal, we are releasing this update to inform you of the actions we are taking to assess, prevent, protect, and respond to COVID-19.

Washington State Community College is here to serve as a resource to our community. All WSCC offices will be open for business. We ask that everyone remain flexible as we continue to make changes as the situation evolves and more information becomes available.

While there are no WSCC campus-associated cases of the coronavirus, we are being proactive in an effort to prevent illness. We continue to align our recommendations with and follow guidelines from Governor DeWine, the Ohio Association for Community Colleges (OACC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and the Ohio Department of Health.

The changes below will allow us to continue the education of our students while protecting our community.

Face-to-Face Classes

We will take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 by postponing face-to-face classes next week, March 16–20, 2020. During this time, faculty will be preparing their courses to be moved to online, remote, or other delivery formats. Students will receive communications next week from faculty on how their face-to-face classes will be delivered from March 23 through April 3. Please note that all online, blended, practicum, internship, and clinic placements/courses will continue as scheduled.

Since many of our students do not have broadband Internet access at home, we will offer open computer labs on campus to provide students access while respecting appropriate social distancing recommendations from health professionals.

If we become aware of any condition that would make our campus unsafe, please be assured we will implement immediate safety measures until those conditions have been addressed. The health and safety of our campus community are our top priority and we are committed to doing our part to help keep you safe.  Faculty and staff should continue to check their WSCC email regularly for updates.

Campus Partner Hours of Operation

In light of recent and ongoing developments, certain campus partners have altered their hours:

  • Bookstore: 9:00am to 4:00pm, M-Th; 9am to noon, F
  • Cissy’s Food Service: 10:00am to 2:00pm, M-Th

Employees with Illness

We request employees to notify their supervisor and remain home when ill and disclose symptoms of acute respiratory illness to their healthcare provider. All leave policies will apply, staff should contact the Office of Human Resources regarding leave management and associated workplace issues.  During this time of Ohio’s State of Emergency, we will waive the requirement to have a physician’s note for absences of more than three days.  If you have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or vomiting, we urge you to stay home.  You should remain home until you are symptom-free, without the use of medication, for 24 hours.

Travel Disclosure

Employees who have traveled on a cruise ship or have returned from a country at a Level 3 Travel Health Notice are asked to contact their physician to be screened for the virus or stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left the area at risk and practice social distancing.  Click here for the CDC travel guidelines. If an individual has traveled to impacted countries as identified by the CDC or is aware they may have been exposed to COVID-19, WSCC is requiring that the individual disclose that information before returning to campus by filling out the disclosure form here.

College Travel 

Effective immediately and until further notice, all non-essential travel is suspended. This includes new travel as well as any currently booked trips through April 30. If you need assistance in canceling travel or requesting refunds for pre-paid travel, please contact me.

Events

All Washington State Community College events scheduled through April 30, 2020, will be postponed until further notice. We will be contacting external organizations with events scheduled on our campus to determine appropriate next steps to ensure safety. No new, non-essential events will be scheduled on the WSCC campus through April 30, 2020. We will continue to monitor events and will share plans prior to April 10, 2020, to end this restriction early, or, if needed, extend it.

College Preparations

Our facilities team is continuing efforts to sanitize the campus including frequently disinfecting often-touched surfaces such as door handles, countertops, keypads, and restroom surfaces.

To help employees and students with disinfecting efforts, hand sanitizer bottles and wipes can be found at the front desk of each building and in many of the more commonly used administrative areas.

We embrace our diverse culture.  Although we are not recommending widespread use of face masks or respirators at this time for asymptomatic people outside of a clinical setting, some individuals may choose to wear a mask during cold and flu season.  For those desiring to wear personal protective equipment while they are working on campus, gloves and face masks are available and may be obtained in Human Resources.  Please continue to treat all employees and students with mutual respect and consideration.

Working Remotely

We are prepared to consider requests to work remotely for employees whose job responsibilities permit it and the needs of the college are met.  If you have a medical/personal need and would like to be considered to work remotely during the State of Emergency, please review section 4.430 of the policies and procedures manual and discuss the request with your supervisor.

Looking Ahead

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the current situation, guidelines may change as new information emerges.  The college will continue to share new information as it becomes available via WSCC email and www.wscc.edu/coronavirus/.

While this is a challenging time, I am gratified by the flexibility and spirit of cooperation that we have experienced from all members of our campus community as well as our external partners.  We are all working hard to keep our students and community safe while continuing to support students’ academic success.

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update for Faculty/Staff: March 11, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

Understanding the vital importance of protecting public health and the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the community we serve, Washington State Community College is prepared to support Governor DeWine in his effort to slow the potential spread of the coronavirus in our state.

We will take precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 by postponing face-to-face classes next week, March 16–20, 2020. During this time, faculty will be preparing their courses to be moved to online, remote, or other delivery formats. Students will receive communications from faculty on how the face-to-face classes will be delivered March 23 through April 3.

All online classes will continue as scheduled. Students with clinical, practicum, and internship placements will continue to attend as scheduled. Since many of our students do not have broadband Internet access at home, we will offer open computer labs on campus to provide students access while respecting appropriate social distancing recommendations from health professionals.

WSCC will remain open during this time and continue to serve students. As this situation continues to evolve, student success remains our top priority! The college will continue to share additional information and resources with the campus and community as it develops through email and our website.

Dr. Vicky Wood

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