June 4, 2020
In the interest of student and employee safety, courses will be offered in alternative formats wherever possible through December. Courses that require face-to-face labs, clinicals, or other training will be offered with reduced class sizes to allow for social distancing. Please watch your student email for course-specific updates.
Western has implemented a Phased Return Plan to bring employees and students back to campus safely. Our COVID-19 Monitoring Team has outlined four phases that include criteria and safety restrictions:
Safer at Home Phase
Implemented on March 19 when we closed campuses and moved to strictly online or alternative format offerings. In May, programs that qualified as training for “essential careers” were able to complete spring term and begin limited summer on-campus training with size and safety restrictions.
Phase 1 – Current Phase
There are minimal differences between the Safer at Home Phase and Phase 1:
- The maximum number of people together in one area increases to 10, while maintaining a distance of 6 feet.
- Additional programs that are unable to provide online instruction may be brought back to campus while adhering to the safety requirements.
All other restrictions remain in place, including social distancing, the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), temperature screenings and designated entrances for buildings that serve students, and identified no-go spaces to reduce the areas that need to be sanitized more often.
Phase 2 – Transition Date TBD
This phase has more significant changes. The timing will depend largely on any actions by the state and the counties that we serve.
- More courses resuming face-to-face instruction
- Maximum group size will be 50, while still maintaining a distance of 6 feet.
- Revised safety guidelines and restrictions
Phase 3 – The New Normal – Transition Date TBD
A time when we are back to having all courses and services at full capacity and can increase the number of face-to-face learning and co-curricular opportunities. The temporary safety guards and precautions will be removed.
If you have any questions or concerns about our phased return, you are encouraged to email the COVID-19 Monitoring Team at COVID19@westerntc.edu.