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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update


The information below is amended frequently. Bookmark this page to navigate here for the latest updates.

Update 3/30/2020

Read the Stay Home Stay Safe order HERE.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions about the Stay Home Stay Safe order HERE.

 

Update 3/26/2020

Beginning Tuesday, March 24th, the majority of Western Texas College employees began working remotely. Following today’s Stay Home Stay Safe order issued by Scurry County Judge Dan Hicks, Western Texas College will be responding to all calls and emails primarily through electronic means. The Stay Home Stay Safe order shall become effective tomorrow, March 27th at 11:59 PM, and will continue to be in effect until 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the Scurry County Judge or Scurry County Commissioner’s Court.

Western Texas College (WTC) is defined as an “Essential Business” under the order. With some students still living on campus, faculty accessing campus technology for their online classes, payroll, and other business office operations essential to our operations needing campus access, there will be a small number of personnel on campus.

In accordance with Federal, State, and Scurry County guidelines including the Stay Home Stay Safe order, we ask that anyone on campus, including essential employees:

  • maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person
  • wash hands with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds as frequently as possible and use hand sanitizer when soap & water is not available
  • cover coughs and sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands)
  • regularly clean high-touch surfaces
  • not shake hands 

Western Texas College classes will remain active online through this order. Welding and Electrical Lineman classes have been postponed until further notice. Students should contact their instructors for further information. 

To contact WTC employees, please find their contact information in the Faculty and Staff Directory or the Directory by Department, and send them an email for the quickest response during normal working hours. 

If you are not sure who you need to talk to, can’t find the person you are looking for, or don’t know the department, we ask that you please email support@wtc.edu or call the College’s main number at 325-573-8511. Please leave a message and your message will be routed to the correct department or employee. Your emails and calls are very important to us, so please be patient as we adjust to working remotely.



Update 3/22/2020

From Dr. Barbara Beebe, College President,
and Shawn Fonville, Dean of Career and Technical Education:

Although we have been trying to come up with a creative way to allow our CTE face-to-face Welding and Electrical Lineman classes to continue, we have today decided to postpone the classes until the Governor’s gathering and social distancing recommendations are no longer in effect.

Please contact your instructor for further information.

 

Update 3/20/2020
Regarding Higher Education

From Brady Franks, Deputy Budget and Policy Director, Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott:

The Office of Governor Abbott has asked that I share the following memo regarding today’s executive order:

This memo will provide additional guidance on the continued operation of your institution of higher education in light of the Governor’s Executive Order Number GA 08 issued on March 19, 2020. Educating future generations is a crucial feature of any society, second only to ensuring public safety. In the executive order, institutions of higher education are directed to operate in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. As described in the text of the order, the state is following guidance from the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent practicable. Please continuously monitor the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Administrators of US Institutions of Higher Education for any updates. Texas’ institutions of higher education have already taken on this responsibility and acted swiftly in responding to this unique crisis. The work your institutions have already done is admirable and for that we are grateful.

It is our understanding that your institutions have already taken numerous precautions to protect your students, faculty, and staff. Those precautions include moving nearly all instruction to an online modality. There will be of course some instruction and operations that cannot be moved entirely online, and we expect that administrators will make the best decision on a case-by-case basis that incorporates adequate social distancing, limits on the total number of people in one space, and includes proper disinfection. This office also appreciates that institutions have made housing and food services available to a limited number of students for whom it is necessary. While we encourage you to use teleworking as much as possible, we also expect that certain staff must remain in their work environment, and specific offices located on campus may need to remain open to ensure the continuity of your operations. Again we ask that you take any and all necessary precautions.

Please accept my gratitude for everything you do for the students and residents of this state. While there will always be unique circumstances specific to each campus, we hope that this memo and CDC guidance for higher education are of assistance as you work through this situation.

 

Update 3/19/2020

Governor Abbott's executive order today, March 19, 2020, to close schools only applies to Texas Independent School Districts. Colleges and Universities are exempt at this time. Western Texas College academic classes remain active online. Welding and Lineman classes will proceed as scheduled. 

Under orders delivered by Governor Abbott, the Fitness Center will shut down effective immediately. A tentative re-opening date will be April 6, but this could be delayed depending on the situation.

 

Update 3/18/2020

Western Texas College has moved all academic classes to an online format for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Dorms and the cafeteria remain open to students currently on campus.

Western Texas College Administrators are following CDC preventative recommendations and have canceled all group events planned for the spring 2020 semester.

Canceled events include: 

  • All classes and meetings at College on the Square for March 2020

  • All scheduled events at the Visitor Center.
    No reservations are being accepted at this time.
  • 2020 Western Texas College Rodeo, April 2-4, 2020
  • Student Awards Day, April 24, 2020
  • Western Texas College Commencement, May 5, 2020

 

Update 3/16/2020

In light of the ever-changing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, Western Texas College Administrative Staff decided this morning to move all face-to-face classes to an online format for the rest of the semester due to COVID-19 concerns.  

Students should email their professors to receive instructions about how classes will operate moving forward.  

College offices will open March 17, 2020, and operate regular business hours. Please be patient as some offices will operate with limited staff.  

The LRC/Library will remain open during business hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.  

WTC will provide means for our dorm students to be able to utilize online instruction as well. We are still in the planning stages of how to proceed with our CTE classes.  

Residence halls and the cafeteria will remain open as long as there are students on campus.  

Following the Center for Disease Control guidelines, WTC is canceling all group events through the end of the semester. WTC’s canceled events include, but are not limited to: 

  • the WTC Rodeo April 2-4, 2020
  • Student Awards day, April 24, 2020
  • Western Texas College Commencement, May 5, 2020.  

For questions regarding the move to online classes, please communicate with the following personnel:  

Academic Classes
Stephanie Ducheneaux

Dean of Instruction
325-574-6502
sducheneaux@wtc.edu  

Career and Technical Education Classes
Shawn Fonville

Dean of Career and Technical Education
325-574-7645
sfonville@wtc.edu  

For questions regarding Housing and Student Services:
Ralph Ramon

Vice-President and Dean of Student Services
325-574-7625
rramon@wtc.edu  

For questions about Athletics and Student-Athletes:
Tammy Davis

Athletic Director
325-574-7695
tdavis@wtc.edu  

Questions for the President:
Dr. Barbara Beebe

President
325-574-6501
bbeebe@wtc.edu