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Coronavirus Updates & Resources

Central Wyoming College continues to closely monitor developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The college’s multi-disciplinary Emergency Response Team is meeting regularly to assess the situation and plan for impacts to our campus community. Please know that our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

As this is a very dynamic situation, CWC will post updates to the college operations plan, information, and any press releases on this page.

If you have additional concerns about COVID-19 or our campus response, direct them to ccarr@cwc.edu or 307-855-2143 or cdaly@cwc.edu or 307-855-2186.

 

Updates

 

CWC Employees: Please Read the Required Families First Coronavirus Act Poster- April 1, 2020

Canceled Commencement Letter to Students from VP Cory Daly - March 19, 2020

CWC Graduation Ceremonies Not Taking Place Press Release - March 19, 2020

Read the President's Update on COVID-19 March 13, 2020

   

Action Plan

Virtual Campus Dates Extended - Exception Requestion Withdrawn

[April 3, 2020] In consideration of Governor Gordon’s press conference held at 3 pm on April 3, 2020, in which he urged Wyoming residents to stay at home, maintain social distancing, limit trips to the grocery store, to not gather in groups larger than ten people, and practice recommended hygiene in order to slow the spread of the COVID19 disease and lessen the burden on our healthcare system, Central Wyoming College has made the following decisions with regard to its operations:

Employees: CWC employees will remain working remotely, in accordance with the Governor’s order until at least April 30, 2020, operating CWC’s virtual campus functions. The few essential campus services that require employees to come to campus will follow all COVID19 health recommendations and will adhere to protocols listed in the employee Internal Operations Form.

Students: All students who are attending courses virtually will continue to do so through the completion of the spring semester. In consultation with the Fremont County Public Health Officer, CWC has withdrawn the exception request for a limited number of students to receive instruction on campus. Students have been contacted by Vice President Cory Daly with this information and will be contacted by their instructors with further options.

Public Access to Campuses:  All College Campuses will remain Closed to PUBLIC EVENTS (Main Campus-Riverton and Equine Center, Lander Center and ASI, Jackson Center, and Dubois Center) through Sunday, May 10, 2020.  Examples of public events canceled include Rotary lunch, commencement, nurse’s pinning, Jackson commencement, public access to the library and all other college facilities, etc.

Central Wyoming College Exception Request 

[April 2, 2020] As is noted in the post from March 27, 2020, below, for those few students who have courses that cannot be completed remotely, CWC submitted an exception request to Public Health Officials dated March 29, 2020, outlining the Emergency Response Team procedures thus far and a plan to provide on-campus instruction for limited in-person coursework delivery related to specific areas of study. This request was reviewed by the State of Wyoming Health Officer, and approval was granted by the Fremont County Public Health Officer on April 2, 2020.

All required on-site activities will be structured so that social distancing protocols will be followed at all times (please see Central Wyoming College Exception Request details), and students will be scheduled to complete course assignments in a staggered fashion.

CWC has outlined multiple interventions (please see Central Wyoming College Exception Request details) including but not limited to the cleanliness of facilities, social distancing protocols, and training of faculty and students in COVID19 health and hygiene protocols. The Vice President of Academics will be monitoring strict adherence to these procedures.

Most importantly, no student will be forced to choose this option to complete their course of study. At CWC, every student is an individual, and each student’s specific circumstances will be considered on an individual basis. We are providing this opportunity as an additional option for courses that require specific software or equipment students may not have access to in order to complete the requirements of a course. If this is not the option the student chooses, they should contact their instructor or the VP of Student Affairs, Cory Daly at 307.855.2186 to discuss additional alternatives.

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Governor Gordon Extends School and Business Closures Through April 17

[March 27, 2020] Governor Gordon made an announcement this afternoon that extended school and business closures in the state of Wyoming through April 17. In accordance with this decision, Central Wyoming College facilities in all locations will remain closed and operating virtually until that time. Employees will continue to work remotely and faculty who have successfully transitioned courses online will proceed as planned, beginning their remote instruction March 30. 

There are exceptions and individual student situations that will be considered on an individual basis, and we are working to attend to those situations immediately. The administration is making an effort to refrain from making a "one size fits all" decision for our students. We will take time to ensure that we are utilizing every innovation possible to deliver effective instruction to those students in unique situations. Please see the post above dated April 2. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these adjustments in the schedule.

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Academic Course Information - Distance Delivery Beginning March 30

[March 19, 2020] Governor Gordon issued a statewide mandate to close many businesses and organizations across the state through April 3 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. CWC will resume classes as planned on March 30, 2020, but to comply with this order all classes will be online the week of March 30-April 3. Students should watch their CWC email for instructions from faculty. 

If students do not have a computer or internet access, they should contact their instructors and let them know. Phone numbers are listed in our online directory or on the course syllabus. Instructors will work with students on plans to be successful. Students' grades will not suffer if they are not able to participate online March 30-April 6. If nothing changes between now and then, CWC plans to open on a very limited basis for computer use by appointment on April 6. Details will be provided once this plan is confirmed. 

Each student's success coach will help them navigate the upcoming weeks. Keep in close contact with them. If you do not know who your success coach is, contact Cory Daly at cdaly@cwc.edu.

Students: Aside from computer access and learning in a very different mode, this crisis is challenging many of us in unexpected ways. We have licensed counselors available to talk through stress in confidence and help you with tools to approach each new hurdle with greater perspective and strength. Call 855-2011 or 855-2175. VP Cory Daly.

 

Additional Information

Preventative Measures and Health

If anyone is exposed to any known person with COVID-19 and have been on campus or at campus events please contact CWC:

  • All students  should contact CWC’s vice president of student affairs, Cory Daly at cdaly@cwc.edu or 307-855-2186. 
  • All employees should notify their supervisor and human resources, Scott Miller at smiller@cwc.edu or 307-855-2112.  
  • Community members please contact the director of marketing, Lori Ridgway at lori@cwc.edu or 307-855-2103. 

The college will follow current Centers of Disease Control and Wyoming Department of Health guidelines in protecting the college community and limiting further exposure.  Those guidelines currently require a 14-day self-quarantine period. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS UNDER THIS SCENARIO. 

Your Health

Your health and well-being are really important to us - and will continue to be the determining factor in all decisions as we proceed through this situation. Students and employees who are experiencing a fever, cough or shortness of breath are directed to call their healthcare provider. Call first before you visit on-site as they may have special directions for you. We know you may have many questions that are not addressed here.The fear of Coronavirus has resulted in incidents of bias and harassment against Chinese nationals, Chinese Americans, and people of Asian heritage here, and worldwide. Many members of our community, including our international students, faculty, and staff, may be dealing with stigma. Please uphold our commitment to antiracism. The Centers for Disease Control provides information on stigma related to this outbreak.

These are difficult decisions, and ones we do not take lightly. This is a time when we need to work together to ensure the health and safety of our entire CC community and our broader communities. With your help we can do that wisely, thoughtfully, and compassionately.

Preventative Measures

In order to prevent the spread of illness in our community, the CDC recommends:

  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
  • Follow respiratory etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of it in the trash can immediately. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your sleeve.
  • Hand hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.

If you have traveled to an area in which there is a coronavirus outbreak within the last 14 days AND feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms
  • Avoid contact with others. Please let the COVID-19 Emergency Response Team Incident Commander know if you are self-isolating so that the college can provide support.

CWC staff, who provide custodial services to the Central Wyoming College campus, are increasing their cleaning efforts, especially on touch points such as light switches, door knobs, water fountains, and handrails, using disinfectant cleaner that can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungus.

Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement Ceremonies

[March 19, 2020] Central Wyoming College administrators decided March 19 not to have the 2020 graduation ceremonies which include CWC and CWC Jackson’s nurses pinning ceremonies, the 2020 graduation commencement at both CWC and CWC Jackson, and the high school equivalency graduation. The decision was made in recommendation with the Center for Disease Control.

CWC plans to create an alternative way to help students celebrate their success with graduating. Currently, the CDC is recommending that all events be canceled of more than 250 people and to cancel gatherings of more than 10 people for organizations that serve higher-risk populations. At a substantial level of community transmission, it is recommended to cancel mass gatherings of any size, according to the CDC website.

All students who have successfully completed their academic requirements and have completed the graduation application which was due March 1, will receive approval for graduation. Graduating students will receive their diplomas in the mail sometime in June.

For questions about graduating please contact Connie Nyberg at cnyberg@cwc.edu.

 

Rustler Athletics

  • All CWC Athletic activities are cancelled for the rest of the semester.
  • The CWC Booster Club Rustler 500 reverse raffle scheduled for March 30 has been postponed.  Details to follow. Thank you for your support!

College and Career Readiness, Dual and Concurrent Enrollment, University of Wyoming Courses

  • College and Career Readiness / High School Equivalency:  Does not follow CWC’s spring break calendar. Students will be directly contacted by program staff as needed.
  • Concurrent / Dual Enrolled High School Students:  Students enrolled in concurrent college courses at their local high school will follow the schedule as determined by their school.  Students that are enrolled on-campus or online will follow the college schedule.  
  • University of Wyoming students taking courses on our CWC campus should check with Amy Schmidt, UW recruitment and enrollment specialist, and follow university directives.

COVID-19 Resources

All “Known Exposure” to COVID-19 All students and employees should report to the college if they are exposed to any person known to have the COVID-19 virus. The college will follow current CDC/WDH guidelines in protecting the college community and limiting further exposure. Those guidelines currently require a 14-day self-quarantine period.

Faculty and staff will continue working, while adhering to the protocols advised by the Centers for Disease Control and our local public health department to keep safe and healthy, including not reporting to work if they have symptoms or have been exposed to the virus.

The president’s cabinet is meeting weekly to make decisions on our response. The faculty have been planning for the possibility of online classes and are prepared for this scenario. We understand that there are many implications of these decisions, and we will be working through them and following up with our campus and our communities. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation. We are following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and working closely with the local department of public health.

The CDC is maintaining a list of frequently asked questions and answers.

Additional COVID-19 informational resources 

For students, staff, or faculty who plan to travel, or have recently traveled, to areas with community spread of COVID-19, refer to CDC’s FAQ for travelers and COVID-19 travel website. For specific guidance on foreign exchange and study abroad programs, see CDC’s guidance on student foreign travel for IHE.

Previous Campus Closures Announcements

Campus Closure March 16-March 29: Virtual Campus Operating

[March 15, 2020] Central Wyoming College will close all physical campus facilities until March 29. The decision was made by administrators Sunday evening. This decision is for the protection of CWC employees and the community. During the physical campus closure, CWC will continue to offer virtual services wherever possible.

“In light of Governor Gordon’s recommendation released earlier today to close school campuses, we want to do what is best for our community and our state,” President Brad Tyndall said. “We will maintain the essential functions of the college with minimal on-sight staff and provide all other services digitally for the next two weeks.”

CWC will continue to operate virtually by assisting students and the community for any needs regarding admissions to CWC which includes housing, financial aid, scholarship information and other information regarding enrollment at CWC. For department contact information please go to www.cwc.edu/about/directory/

Current CWC students will receive information regarding classes from their instructors. All students who are currently living on campus will have the essential provisions needed. The CWC Dean of Students will be available to assist any students living on campus.

Spring Break

Spring Break

[March 13, 2020] Central Wyoming College will extend spring break by one week due to COVID-19.  The extension will now last until March 27 with classes resuming on March 30. 

CWC’s primary goal is to help alleviate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure that CWC’s employees, students, and the community remain safe. By extending spring break by an additional week, CWC will prepare students for distance learning. Faculty and staff will work with students on an individual basis to ensure the semester courses will be complete. While some classes may be moved to remote instruction, classes that require on-campus learning will work with students and their safety during this time. Each instructor will contact students by Wednesday morning, March 25 to share individual class details. 

CWC will extend spring break by one additional week (now through Sunday, March 29).  CWC will remain open as originally planned, but classes will not be in session until Monday, March 30.  This change will not result in any extension of the semester length.

During the one week extension, CWC’s faculty and staff will contact as many students as possible.  We would like to ensure that your journey to the end of this semester is as successful as possible.  Students will need adequate technology and access to the internet. CWC will work with any individuals who may not have access to the proper technology to complete course work. 

Remote Instruction:

All classes will resume on Monday, March 30. Many classes will be moved to remote instruction (MyCLASSES, with or without Zoom video conferencing).  For those classes that must be taught on-campus, rest assured that your safety and the safety of others is our number one priority. In cases of on-campus learning we will practice safe conduct like social distancing, clean facilities and avoiding class if you are ill.  Each instructor will contact students by email and/or MyCLASSES by Wednesday morning, March 25 to share individual class details.  

Campus:

During the two-week spring break period, the campus will otherwise remain open as scheduled.  All college and student services will be available, and college employees will report to work as normal.  Faculty will return from their one-week spring break on Monday March 23 as scheduled. College residence halls  and food service will remain open.

We understand that this situation is causing anxiety for many people. Our counseling team is a great resource for support and assistance. 

If you have additional concerns about COVID-19 or our campus response, direct them to Lori Ridgway: lridgway@cwc.edu.