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COVID-19 Updates & Resources

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

 

 

March 30, 2020

Students
All classes start/resume Monday, March 30, 2020. Please watch the video above on how to navigate your courses. Your teachers have attempted to contact you by phone or email to discuss how you will receive course content. Each class will look slightly different. Your online courses will change very little. However, there will be some adjustments for the extended Spring Break. Your face-to-face and blended courses should contain information close to the top of the course. Some instructors have a video and some have written instructions. Many have a link to connect to live class through a video/audio tool known as Zoom
We want you to be successful. Communication is key. Please contact your instructor or the school if you need any assistance. There are numerous resources on this site.
Campus
The campus is closed to the public with only a few essential personnel working. However, we are opening a computer lab for student use. Lab information is listed below. If for any reason your technology needs are not met with this lab, contact your teacher. We want you to be successful.

Computer Lab Opens Wednesday, April 1, 2020 for WOSC students only

Hours of Operation: Wednesdays and Thursdays 9a-7p
Location: HLC 142 and HLC 143
Entry: Enter through HLC sliding door entrance (south side of main building)
Limited Access: Current WOSC students only; a maximum of 8 students will be allowed in the lab at one time

Important Information:
  • 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.

General Operations

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.

Priorities

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.

Summer/Fall Enrollment

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.

Food Service

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.

Purchasing

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.

General Guidance

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.

 
Together, we will get through this. We are a family. We are strong. We are WESTERN!

March 17, 2020

 
To ensure the health and safety of Western Oklahoma State College students, staff, and faculty, spring break will be extended through the week of March 23, 2020 for students. Faculty and staff will use March 23 - March 27 to finalize plans for a transition to virtual education for a minimum of two weeks. Additional issues surrounding clinicals, labs, and campus-resource dependent courses will be addressed through their respective departments.

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.
 
We do have a handful of students that were not able to leave for spring break and they will remain in the dorms. We will be making sure all their needs are met. Doyle Jencks and his physical plant crew will be working very hard to ensure our campus is cleaned from top to bottom when we return from break and those heightened cleaning and disinfecting efforts will be ongoing.
 
Employees should return to work on March 23, 2020 unless you are sick or quarantined. If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, you should remain home, notify your supervisor, and not report to work. Please contact your immediate supervisor for options available to accommodate specific situations such as compromised immune systems. Written approval for accommodations is required.

Please know that we are working diligently to balance action steps with updates as they become available; the situation evolves rapidly, and we are working closely with the experts and our peers to ensure we make sound, logical, and well-timed decisions. We appreciate your patience as we determine, as a team, the best decisions for Western Oklahoma State College as a whole. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Schedule:

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.