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A message to students as we begin the fall semester

Author: Kara Leiterman

Friday August 14, 2020
A message to students as we begin the fall semester
Greetings NWTC Students,

Classes start the week of August 17! Our NWTC faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare for the new academic year with many changes being made to help ensure your success and safety.  There has been a lot of uncertainty since the coronavirus pandemic began, and we understand that you may still have concerns and questions about the upcoming semester.  I want to assure you that we are here to help. Whether you have questions about how your class will be offered, what is expected of you on campus, or what you can expect from us, there is someone ready to assist you. Here are a few ways you can get the information that you need.

COVID-19 Updates & Remote Resources Online
We continue to provide all updates for our campus community on our Covid-19 Updates & Remote Resources website. There are multiple ways to find this website. When you log in to the student portal, you will see a link for Covid-19 Updates & Remote Resources. 

New Safety Practices & Procedures
To help ensure the safety of everyone on our campuses, we have aligned our safety practices to CDC published guidelines.
  • If you are feeling ill, please stay home.
  • Physical distancing is required. Stay at least 6 feet apart and do not gather in groups.
  • A face covering/mask that covers both the mouth and nose is required to be worn by all students when on campus except when eating or drinking. Wearing a face covering helps protect others in case you are infected but don’t have symptoms.  There is mounting evidence that this will also provide protection for you from others who may not know they are infected.
Students not following these guidelines will be asked by faculty and staff to do so. If you forget to bring a mask, a temporary one will be made available.  Failure to wear a face covering will result in a request for the student to leave the campus and may result in disciplinary action for violation of the NWTC Student Code of Conduct.
Our safety practices and expectations for students will continue to be updated throughout the semester. We will provide updates and answers to your questions on the Covid-19 Updates & Remote Resources website, Blackboard, and via email.

“What should I do if I test positive for Covid-19”
First, we want you to know that if you test positive for Covid-19, our staff will be ready to assist you with the steps necessary to ensure your success.  Should you test positive, it is important that you tell us! You should also notify us if you have been on campus and are now at home awaiting test results after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, or if you were notified by your local Public Health Department as a close contact with someone who has tested positive and you are required to quarantine.  You can notify us by completing this report.  You also need to inform your instructor(s). Taking these actions will ensure NWTC staff can respond appropriately to support you.
It is very important to stay home if you are experiencing symptoms or test positive for Covid-19. If you test positive, we will expect you to remain away from campus based on the CDC guidelines.

Student WebEx
Last spring, we held WebEx sessions with college leaders for students to ask questions. We heard from you that you want us to keep providing those sessions. Watch your email for upcoming sessions.

“What if I still have questions?”
If you have Covid-19 related questions, you can email covid19@nwtc.edu.  A staff member will respond to you.  I encourage you to reach out to your academic advisor about course-related questions. If you need the resource list for our other student services, you can find it here.

We are all excited to see you this fall semester!  Working together, we know you can succeed in achieving your education goals while remaining healthy and safe!  

Dr. Jeff Rafn 
NWTC President 
 
  
 
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