WWCC Courses Transitioning to Online Learning as of 1/19
SOME COURSES TO TRANSITION ONLINE
On Wednesday, January 19, WWCC will temporarily pivot some courses to an online learning environment, while college campuses and offices will remain open to provide services to students. Workforce programs, labs, clinicals, and similar courses that require an in-person learning environment will continue to meet in-person with additional safety measures in place (see below for testing instructions). The temporary transition will be in place for two weeks and will be revisited on a weekly basis to determine if an extension of the timeframe is warranted until a return to in-person learning is possible. The instructor for each of your courses will communicate with you via WWCC email or Canvas to confirm how classes will be held during this temporary transition. We are working closely with local public health officials and will follow their direction regarding when to end these temporary measures. The goal is to return to an in-person learning environment as soon as possible.
As a reminder, the college is closed on Monday, January 17 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In response to Dr. King’s family request for no celebrations, and recognizing the ongoing challenges posed by Covid-19, the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion has put together a virtual toolkit as a starting point for engagement.
Workforce and Nursing program students, and others who will be regularly participating in courses on campus during this temporary transition, will be required to participate in free on-campus weekly COVID-19 testing, regardless of vaccination status. Please check your WWCC email for further instructions. Testing will also be made available to faculty teaching in-person courses, as well as other WWCC employees.
OTHER CAMPUS ACTIVITIES
Employees, students, and clubs should conduct meetings and activities virtually for any groups of 5 or more people. All on-campus events and non-essential travel are suspended during this time period. WWCC athletes will receive additional information and guidance directly from the Athletics Department, Athletic Director, and Coaches.
WWCC CAMPUSES REMAIN OPEN
Both WWCC campuses remain open and will continue to provide students with the services necessary to support your education.
WWCC is making this adjustment in response to a surge of Covid-19 cases among our campus community, corresponding with the unprecedented increase of cases throughout the communities we serve, and to preserve the operational capacity of the College. This temporary change reduces the concentration of groups, thereby decreasing the risk of exposure to the Omicron variant. Please continue to wear your face covering at all times when on campus, and maintain distancing wherever possible, regardless of vaccination status.
MONITOR YOUR SYMPTOMS
- Common Symptoms of Covid-19:
- Loss of sense of taste and/or smell
- Shortness of breath
- Less Common Symptoms of Covid-19:
- Muscle or body aches
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
TAKE THESE STEPS
- Wear a properly fitting mask in indoor public settings. The mask should completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face.
- Continue to practice physical distancing by remaining 6 feet apart when practical; be cognizant of others.
- Stay home if you are sick and notify your instructors.
- If you are not yet vaccinated or need a booster, you can make an appointment for vaccination at https://www.covidwwc.com/clinics.
- Washington Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. In this stressful time, remember that students have free access to TalkCampus.
WWCC prioritizes your safety and well-being and remains committed to providing you with the highest quality learning experience and educational environment possible. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed, and look forward to a speedy return to in-person instruction at the earliest safe opportunity. Thank you for doing your part to reduce the spread of Covid-19 within our community.
Chad Emerson Hickox, Ph.D.