COVID-19 Updates & Resources
March 30, 2020
Computer Lab Opens Wednesday, April 1, 2020 for WOSC students only
Entry: Enter through HLC sliding door entrance (south side of main building)
- Must be a current WOSC student-Bring student ID or other photo ID with proof of enrollment
- Must check in with attendant at the Help Desk in HLC
- No children allowed
- Do not come in you have a cough, fever or have potentially been exposed to COVID-19.
Please understand that we reserve the right to close a lab if necessary. Please remember to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and plan to clean your space when you finish using the lab.
March 20, 2020
We continue to work together during this challenging time to make informed decisions to protect our entire campus community and do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our Western family, and we are proud to see the Western family pulling together at this critical juncture to support and encourage one another through the uncertainty.
Even though we have already taken extraordinary precautions and measures, we must do more as the situation continues to evolve. The most recent White House and CDC guidelines for social distancing have made it apparent that we must now take additional steps to do our part to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Today the decision was made to close the campus to the public effective Monday, March 23, 2020. All faculty, staff and administration will report to duty unless arrangements have been made with your supervisor. Sometime before lunch, all doors to the campus (except the automatic HLC door) will be locked, prohibiting the public from entering. After that point, we are asking that everyone enter through this single entry.
Our #1 priority is serving the students that are currently enrolled. Working together with faculty and staff as well as our community partners, we are committed to ensuring our students can complete their academic goals at Western. Therefore, as a campus, the following three items will be our priorities during the week of March 23.
#1 - Faculty will make all necessary preparations to provide excellent virtual instruction that will begin on March 30.
#2 - Staff will continue to serve students as needed and make preparations to work remotely should the need arise to close campus completely.
#3 - Physical Plant will work tirelessly to provide a safe environment for all employees.
In an effort to focus on current students and do everything possible to help them achieve their goals for the current semester, summer and fall enrollment will be postponed.
We have negotiated with Great Western Dining and will be able to provide a wonderful perk for our employees beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available for $2 per meal on a take-out basis only. Breakfast will be available 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., lunch from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., and dinner from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Effective immediately, there is a freeze on all non-essential purchasing. Grant programs will be excluded from this purchasing freeze. Please consult with your supervisor before making any purchases.
All those returning to campus should continue to exercise social distancing. As recommended by the CDC – wash your hands thoroughly and often for at least 20 seconds; cover coughs and sneezes with your sleeve/elbow; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. It is imperative that we minimize contact and proximity. Strive for no more than 10 people in a confined work or customer space, with at least 6 feet between individuals. If you do not feel well due to any illness, use existing sick leave, stay home, and seek medical attention as necessary. Absolutely do not come to work if you have a fever or a cough.
March 17, 2020
Based on the recommendation from the CDC to limit gatherings of more than 50 people, Western will suspend all on and off campus activities and events until April 6, 2020. Although the campus will resume operation on March 23, 2020, we are requesting that individuals attend to college related business via the phone or internet. Absolutely no children will be allowed on campus. Employees with childcare issues should discuss options with their respective supervisor.
March 16 – March 27: Campus closed to students for spring break.
March 23: All healthy staff, faculty and administrators report and campus operations resume.
March 23 – March 27: Western faculty will transition all classes to virtual delivery.
March 30: All Western face-to-face classes resume in a virtual delivery format for an initial period of two weeks.