As we move into Phase 4 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 4.
- All guests will be checked at the Main Entrance.
- Students are recommended to enter through the shop door, where possible, instead of the hallway door. Routes have been provided to some areas and must be used.
- Protective partitions have been put in place in service areas around the College.
- There is limited on-site refrigerators and microwaves on campus. 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.
- 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 (within the Return to Campus Phase 4) for details on PPE.
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, staff, students, and visitors.
Yes, through Phase IV a face covering will be required in offices with the hope that June 1 we will move to Phase V and staff will not need to wear a face covering in isolated areas including offices with closed doors.
Southwest Tech will continue with the 6-foot social distancing.
On campus and campus are defined as college-owned/leased spaces or college-controlled areas/premises being used as learning environments at other facilities.
For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person or in an enclosed space for a total of 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, is awaiting a test result unless test is scheduled related to work and no symptoms are present or exposure has occurred, or is showing symptoms?
(See the COVID-19 Positive Response Action Plan)
Report symptoms, a positive test, waiting for test results for yourself and close contacts using the COVID-19 Reporting Form OR
For employees, contact one of the Human Resources staff:
Krista Weber email@example.com 608.822.2315
Connie Haberkorn firstname.lastname@example.org 608.822.2310
Annetta Smith email@example.com 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.
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 COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, is waiting test results, or is showing symptoms?
- 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 someone who is showing symptoms or notifies me they are showing symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is showing symptoms using the COVID-19 Reporting Form.
- 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.
- 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-a-concern.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Yes, let Dan Imhoff, Nicole Nelson, Josh Bedward, or Brian Kitelinger know so facilities can sanitize the work area.
Face masks must be worn in your office.
The COVID-19 Return to Campus Phases chart provides a projected timeline (available in the Return to Campus Guidelines. However, the ever-changing nature of this situation makes it impossible to determine exactly when campus will fully reopen. Final determination will be based on CDC guidelines, infection control, and county health and other governmental mandates.