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.
As the number of cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to increase, we know many of you are worried about traveling during Spring Break, and also about what may be ahead of us in the coming weeks and months as we navigate the effects of this outbreak. Please know that our top priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
[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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
[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.
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 email@example.com or 307-855-2186.
- All employees should notify their supervisor and human resources, Scott Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-855-2112.
- Community members please contact the director of marketing, Lori Ridgway at email@example.com 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 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.
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.
Spring Break Extension through March 29
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Additional COVID-19 informational resources
- Information about COVID-19 available through state and local health departments
- General fact sheets to help students, staff, faculty, and their families understand COVID-19 and the steps they can take to protect themselves:
- CDC information for students, staff, and faculty who have recently traveled back to the United States from areas where CDC has identified community spread of coronavirus:
- A list of countries where community spread of COVID-19 is occurring can be found on the CDC webpage: Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel
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 CWC President Updates
College Sponsored Travel: The college has canceled all travel to any area where a state of emergency has been declared. Exceptions to this may be made by the Office of the President in circumstances where recommended social distance can be maintained, but in all cases, the health concerns of college participants and the entire college community will be paramount.
Personal Travel by Students and Employees: Any college community member traveling internationally to a Warning Level 3 country (China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, and many other European countries at this time) should stay away from campus, and self-monitor/self-isolate for 14 days following their return. At this time, there are no limitations on the ability of individuals who have traveled domestically to return to campus. Future decisions in this regard will follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and WDH guidelines.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.