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WTC: WELCOME TO CAMPUS

A Plan for the Spring 2021 Semester
 

The health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students is of utmost importance to Western Texas College. The duration of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be unknown. The decision to welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus this spring was made after careful consideration of various factors, including local public health guidance, institutional capacity, and adherence to public health practices aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

WTC: Welcome To Campus, A Plan for the Spring 2021 Semester, focuses on the health and well-being of our campus community. Wearing a mask or face covering* on campus, whether inside or outside, is now required as a condition of enrollment and a condition of employment. Doing so helps to protect our students, our colleagues, and the public. These continue to be unprecedented times and keeping an open mind while remaining patient and understanding will best serve our campus community. 

Although we are starting the spring semester with face to face classes, the decision to move to an online format may occur at any time depending on various factors, including Executive Orders; local, state, and federal guidelines; and recommendations from local and state health departments. 

ADVISORY 

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, or you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not come on campus. If you are ill, please do not come on campus. To see our protocols regarding how to proceed after exposure, please click here. Your cooperation is appreciated and will help to ensure the health and safety of our entire campus community.  

*FACE COVERINGS 

Masks must be worn at all times while on campus, whether inside or outside. 

  • Students may remove face coverings when seated and eating in the dining hall
  • Various career and technical education classes may require face coverings to be removed for certain activities, i.e., welding, lineman
  • Face coverings are to be worn by everyone whether inside or outside
    • In hallways
    • While interacting with others in offices
    • On elevators
    • In common areas
  • Employees may remove face coverings when seated at their desks if in an office setting that allows for social distancing of 6 ft. or more unless interacting closely with others.
  • Face coverings are not required of switchboard receptionists seated behind a barrier shield unless interacting with others.
  • Students with documented health issues that are negatively impacted by wearing face coverings must contact the Vice President and Dean of Student Services.
  • Employees with documented health issues that are negatively impacted by wearing face coverings must contact Human Resources.
  • Employees and students are expected to provide their own face masks & coverings. 
  • CDC guidance for face coverings can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html 

In addition, visitors to offices on campus may be asked to sign-in before being assisted, even if an appointment has been previously scheduled. Signing in at an office allows the office to control social distancing and aids in contact tracing should the need arise. 

SPRING 2021 CALENDAR 

Important dates to note:

  • Campus Reopens January 4, 2021
  • Residence Halls Open Friday, January 8
  • Classes Begin on Wednesday, January 13
  • Spring Break Monday, March 15 through Friday, March 19
  • Residence Halls Reopen March 21
  • Finals Begin Wednesday, April 28
  • Commencement May 4 

Review and download the full 2021-2021 Academic Calendar. 

SCREENINGS 

All people coming onto the WTC campus must use the College Avenue entrance. All other entrances and exits are temporarily closed. 

All commuter students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Anyone with a temperature of 100.3 degrees or less will be allowed on campus and will be given a wristband to wear while on WTC grounds. The wristband serves as a visible sign that an individual has been screened and is fever free. 

Anyone whose temperature is 100.4 degrees or above will not be admitted to campus or to any campus facilities. 

Students who reside in campus housing will be screened daily. Glover students will be screened in the Commons on the ground floor; Clinton students will be screened in the laundry room on the ground floor. Student-athletes will also be screened before their specific team practice. Student-athletes should check with their coach for further information regarding these screenings. 

Any person on campus without a wristband will immediately be sent to a screening area to be screened. 

CLASSES 

Western Texas College will offer both face-to-face and online classes this spring. 

Please note that all face-to-face classes may go online at any time. 

Face-to-face classes will have a capacity limitation depending on the number of students registered for a specific course and the size of the classroom where that course will be held. 

Should class size prohibit social distancing with all students present, the class will become a hybrid class. The instructor will divide the class into two groups with each student being assigned one day for face-to-face instruction, and one day for online instruction. The instructor will inform students if their class will be hybrid and which day they should report to class. 

Before class begins, each student will be responsible for disinfecting their seating area by wiping down their desk and chair with cleaning supplies provided in each classroom. 

ELEVATORS 

Due to the difficulty in social distancing on an elevator, masks must be worn and only two people are allowed at a time. 

CAFETERIA SERVICE/MEALS 

The cafeteria will offer regular meal service, but with slight alterations to accommodate social distancing. 

Persons in line for meals must maintain at least a six-foot social distance from the person in front of them and the person behind them. 

Student-athletes on the same team should sit together in assigned areas. The cafeteria will also provide open seating with six-foot spacing in between seats for commuter students and employees. 

Anyone entering the cafeteria must wear a mask at all times unless they are sitting down and eating. 

PROTOCOLS (Subject to change) 

Students, faculty, and staff should self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to coming onto campus each day. COVID-19 symptoms include: 

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Headache

 (Note: Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus).

Any student, faculty, staff, or campus visitor with new or worsening symptoms should not come to campus until:

  • At least 2 days (48 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications)
  • The individual has improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath); and
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

In the case of a student, faculty, staff, or campus visitor who has symptoms that could be COVID-19 and who has not been tested nor evaluated by a medical professional for COVID- 19, the individual should be assumed to have COVID-19, and the individual may not return to the campus until the individual has completed the same three-step criteria listed above.

A student, faculty, staff, or campus visitor with known close contact to a person who is confirmed to have COVID-19 should not return to the campus until the end of the 10-day self-quarantine period from the last date of exposure.

Those who discover that they have been exposed to people with known or suspected COVID-19 should:

  • Contact their direct supervisor by telephone, email, or text if an employee
  • Contact their instructor(s) and the Vice-President and Dean of Student Services by email if a student
  • Stay in quarantine until 10 days after last exposure and maintain social distance (at least 6 feet) from others at all times
  • Self-monitor for symptoms
  • Check temperature twice a day
  • Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop

QUESTIONS 

If you have questions regarding our WTC: Welcome To Campus Plan, please contact Dr. Barb Beebe, WTC President at bbeebe@wtc.edu or 325-574-6501.

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