Southwest Wisconsin Technical College completed phase two and is now entering phase three!
For more information See our Return To Campus Phase Tracker
Update From President, Jason S. Wood, Ph.D. – Aug 1, 2020
With COVID-19 hitting closer and closer to our own homes, please, please, please remember to be sensitive to the unique situations of others. The uncertainty and fear can be as toxic as the disease but with obviously different results. I believe the best way to impact the behaviors of others is to provide an example through our own actions. Unfortunately we are experiencing a particularly bitter divide regarding the best solutions. Debates rage about recommended behavioral solutions. I am not smart enough to know the answers to the complex issues we are facing but I do feel we need greater doses of empathy and more kindness. As a college we will focus on teaching students the skills they need to be successful in their careers while also providing essential support services. Please join me in continuing to be willing to make a few sacrifices in order to help our students be successful.
Here is an update from around the college:
Equity, and Unity
- It is important to continue our efforts to learn about cultures, beliefs, and experiences of others. Last year we welcomed Native American singers and dancers to campus and enjoyed a meal of their traditional food. It would have been good if we had formally programmed more time for thought, reflection, and dialog. As you set goals through your coaching sessions, please remember to include the opportunity to learn about others. I know from personal experience there are areas of our personal lives that cause varying levels of comfort/discomfort to share with professional colleagues. We will be incorporating opportunities to learn and share recognizing the need for increased levels of trust, respect, and integrity as we experience the resulting range of emotions and unique methods of intellectual processing – all while responding to a worsening pandemic, increasingly contentious election season, and concerning unrest across the country and throughout the world. Please see the attached Diversity, Unity, Inclusion document which represents the collective commitment of all 16 technical colleges in Wisconsin. It is important to me that you know we will accelerate our efforts in this area. Next week we will announce our staffing model plans. Our most important outcome in this effort is to let each of you know we care deeply about your personal well-being and we want more people to experience that same type of attention.
Contact our Team
If you have thoughts, ideas, feedback, or questions, please send a note to our COVID-19 Response Team by using the link below. Members of our team regularly monitoring this feedback.
See the following for specific information.
Self-quarantine means the isolation of people who are healthy and exposed. This is recommended for individuals returning from Level 3 Travel Advisory areas.
- Stay home (or other location approved by your local health department). This means do not go to school, work, public areas, or attend large gatherings. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you need to coordinate with your local health department. If you travel and become ill, you may not be able to return home.
- Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
- As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of day.
- Postpone all non-essential medical appointments until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointment during the quarantine, tell your local health department who will help coordinate the visit.
- Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels, and bedding.
Self-monitoring is suggested for individuals who returned from countries with a Level 2 Travel Health Notice.
- Measure your temperature twice a day. If you do not have a thermometer or need instructions for using one, let your local public health department know.
- Watch for a cough or difficulty breathing.
If you develop fever, cough, have difficulty breathing, or need medical care:
- Call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
- Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
- If possible, wear a face mask if you need to be around other people.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.
If you need emergency medical attention during the 14 days after your return, call 911 and let them know that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- Avoid close contact with other people with a minimum of six feet distance
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Stay home in accordance with the latest updates from the CDC and WDHS
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Wash your 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 at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Government Health Entities
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- FEMA – distinguish Facts from Rumors
- National Institutes of Health
- Wisconsin Department of Health
Other Fact-Based Sources
- Herd immunity – Estimating the level required to halt the COVID-19 Epidemic in affected countries, Journal of Infection, 80(6), E32-E33
- Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
- Risk Level Map by State/County, Harvard Global Health Institute
- Wearing face masks in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic: Altruism and solidarity, The Lancet, April 16, 2020
As a college, our greatest strength is our faculty and staff who care so much about your students and communities. Please rely on our collective kindness and mutual respect to guide us through uncertain times. Please know we hope you and those close to you remain healthy.