Note: Southwest Tech has moved to Phase 4. For up-to-date information see the Phase 4 FAQs.
As we move into Phase 3 and return to campus, we want to provide clear expectations of what to expect and what is expected of our staff and students. As such we have added these Frequently Asked Questions regarding Phase 3.
For the Fall 2020 semester, Southwest Tech will be offering it’s face to face General Education courses in a Remote Format. Southwest Tech defines Remote courses as classes that are currently being offered Online (Synchronous). They try to follow the format of the Face-to-Face course using distance Technology (Zoom).
More detailed information can be found on the Student Guide to Remote Learning page.
Not at this time. The ever-changing nature of this situation makes it impossible to determine a timeline.
- Face masks must be worn in your office.
- If you have a door to your office, the door must be closed to the hallway.
We request you do not access the buildings on weekends and “non business” hours. This time is set aside to clean and sanitize the campus. Entry would cause the facilities crew to have to clean and sanitize these areas again, causing extra work for the facilities staff.
At this time, there will not be gathering spaces for students and employees. We are trying to limit the amount of travel and gathering on campus.
Meetings may resume August 3 as long as the protocols are met. The content of the meeting needs to be shown that it can only be held face-to-face and alternative methods will be used whenever possible.
You should take your laptop home at the end of each day. With the uncertainty surrounding COVID – 19 we do not know when and if abrupt changes will occur in regards to our ability to come to campus.
How should I answer students who ask me where they should go for breaks/lunches? In the past, they would gather in the hallway to eat and to visit.
- Students are still allowed to take breaks and eat lunch on campus in the corridors but are required to maintain social distancing while they do. Students can remove their face coverings to eat or drink but should put them back on as soon as they are done. Classrooms will be available for students to eat in to provide more space.
- Students will be allowed to drink in the labs but the expectation is they remove or pull aside the mask so they can take a drink and immediately replace it when they are done. When the mask is removed for eating, they are to put it back on when they are done, not leave the mask off for the duration of the break or an extended period of time.
Will the dining room be open for eating on campus? Will employees have to eat at their desks? Will Dining Services have food available to purchase?
- No, the dining room will not be open. Employees are encouraged to eat at their work station or any location with minimal traffic where they can maintain social distancing.
- Dining Services will have food available for delivery and window pick-up. Orders must be placed via the app that will be available soon. More information will be sent out separately regarding this app.
Are staff, faculty, and students allowed to eat together in groups? May I order or bring food in for employee or student groups?
- No group meals are allowed, including cook-outs.
- Food may not be brought in for employee or student groups.
- Social distancing (6 feet between individuals) is required when eating.
- Employees should eat at their desks.
- Students should eat in their assigned seat in their learning area.
- Ask the person to follow the guidelines.
- If the person does not adhere, dial 0 for the front desk and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The person at the front desk is trained in how to handle these situations and will respond to the situation.
- The College has a licensed Mental Health Counselor on campus for students. https://www.swtc.edu/student-resources/student-services/counseling-services Contact the Mental Health Counselor at 608.822.2357.
- Submit a concern at https://www.swtc.edu/student-resources/student-services/report-aconcern.
- Contact email@example.com.
- Contact the Employee Assistance Program at Life Matters.
- Check out the Wellness page on The Charger Hub.
- Check out the Charger Cooperative Network on The Charger Hub.
- Contact the Human Resources department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Contact email@example.com.
What should I do if someone is showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.) or notifies me they are showing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID19, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
- Give them the following advice:
- Stay home
- Call ahead to your care provider and report symptoms (if you have not been in contact with your care provider)
- Report your encounter using the report a concern online form: Report a Concern
- Identify in the report any recent campus contacts. (Ex. They were in class on XX-XX-XXXX, held in room X.)
- Have them report it to the appropriate team – employees report to HR and students report to the Student Notification Team
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, any incident creates a threat to the students, employees, or campus guests, which will result in a timely warning.
These steps are essential to our efforts in reporting and mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person or in an enclosed space for at least 15 minutes. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person had any symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
What do I do if I am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or I am considered a close contact of someone who has tested positive?
See the COVID-19 Positive Response Action Plan within the Return to Campus Guidelines.
For employees, contact one of the Human Resources staff:
- Krista Weber firstname.lastname@example.org 608.822.2315
- Connie Haberkorn email@example.com 608.822.2310
- Annetta Smith firstname.lastname@example.org 608.822.2314
For students, notify one of the Student Notification Team consisting of Dan Imhoff, Director of Facilities, Safety and Security; Danielle Seippel, Registrar; or Brian Kitelinger, Safety Coordinator.
- email@example.com 608.822.2401
- firstname.lastname@example.org 608.822.2317
- email@example.com 608.822.2376
What is an approved face covering? If I don’t have one, how do I go about getting an approved face covering?
- Gaiters are not approved face coverings for faculty and staff.
- It is recommended that students not wear gaiters.
A Schoology training will be available starting July 29 and must be completed prior to returning to campus after August 2 but no later than August 17. All staff must complete the training, even if you have completed the Phase 2 training.
- All guests will enter through the Main Entrance. There will be someone at the reception desk to help you get where you need to go. Your temperature may be taken once you get to the area you are going to. Some instructional areas will continue to take temperatures, if you will be in close contact with others.
- Students are recommended to enter through the shop door, where possible, instead of the hallway door.
- Staff should enter through normal means.
- Protective partitions have been put in place in service areas around the College.
- There is limited on-site refrigerators and microwaves on campus for the fall. Sanitation of equipment will occur throughout the day. We discourage people leaving campus to pick up food and beverages once they are on campus.
- Food service will be available on a limited basis.
- Vending will be available and sanitized throughout the day.
- Restrooms will be open.
- Bottle filling stations will be activated and cleaned several times throughout the day by Facilities. Water fountains will not be available.
- You will be required to wear a face covering regardless of where you are at on campus. Some areas will require other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves, gowns, etc. See the College’s COVID-19 Safety Plan for details on PPE.