Latest Western Communication - March 20, 2020
As we continue to address the impacts of COVID-19, many have wondered about our plan for spring commencement.
We recognize the importance of celebrating student success, and graduation is an important accomplishment. We are disappointed that we are not able to provide the traditional ceremony at this time due to the restrictions to control the spread of this virus.
We are looking at several options to have a celebration that does justice to this momentous occasion. For now, we are postponing the decision until we know more about the timeline for group restrictions.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support during these difficult times. Please continue to take care of yourself, practice social distancing, and follow the guidelines of the CDC.
Western is a resilient family, and we will get through this!
About Coronavirus Disease
Western continues to closely monitor the spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19, or coronavirus. This includes reviewing guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), WI Dept. of Health Services and U.S. Dept. of Education.
Coronavirus spreads easily and causes mild illness in most people. Severe illness requiring hospitalization has mostly been limited to older patients and those with underlying health problems.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you have these symptoms you should stay home. (See Protect Yourself for additional instruction.) Symptoms can reportedly appear two to 14 days after initial exposure to the virus. People become infected by inhaling respiratory droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze, or by touching contaminated surfaces like door handles.
The Wisconsin Department of of Health Services has a website dedicated to updates on COVID-19 in Wisconsin. Visit https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/disease/covid-19.htm.