August 2, 2021 Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw Community College created this webpage to provide important information and updates to help you stay healthy.
Safe Return to Campus
WCC is excited to once again offer a full slate of on-campus academic courses in the Fall 2021 semester, which begins August 30. We are confident we can safely come together for face-to-face instruction in classrooms while continuing to follow all state and federal health guidelines.
Our commitment to our students, employees and the entire community is to continue to provide a safer environment by mitigating the risk of the potential spread of COVID-19. The best way to protect one another is to get vaccinated. WCC strongly encourages and supports vaccinations. Walk-in vaccine clinics are widely available in Washtenaw County or at a vaccination site near you.
Listed below are our latest safety protocols – which went into effect on August 2, 2021 – that students, employees and visitors to the WCC campus are expected to follow. These and all other safety practices could change as the pandemic and health officials’ guidelines change.
- Any unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals must wear a mask while indoors on WCC’s campus unless they are occupying a single office/cubicle or eating alone in a lunch room. Fully vaccinated students and employees who’ve confirmed their vaccination status by completing the online Voluntary COVID-19 Mask Waiver are not required to wear masks. Of course, any vaccinated individual who feels more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so.
- All students and employees are required to continue to report if they test positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing will be conducted as appropriate.
- All students and employees will be encouraged and reminded to maintain healthy habits that stop the spread of any virus — handwashing, cover your cough or sneeze, don’t touch your face, and, most importantly, stay home when you are sick, even if you are fully vaccinated. We also encourage any unvaccinated individuals to maintain social distancing at all times while on campus.
- Although no longer required, WCC intends to continue certain safety protocols throughout the semester, including managing building air flow and disinfecting high-touch areas. The college is also continuing ongoing safety-related projects, such as transitioning drinking fountains to water filling stations.
- For the time being, WCC will not require a daily health screening for students, employees or visitors to campus.
The college will continue to phase in on-campus student services and co-curricular opportunities throughout the fall semester as we transition back toward full on-campus operations and experiences at WCC.
For those students not ready to return to campus – or who’ve gained an appreciation for the convenience of online learning – we’re continuing to offer enhanced distance learning opportunities in Fall 2021.
Along with traditional on-demand online courses, we’re continuing to offer virtual classroom experiences developed and fine-tuned during the pandemic. In a virtual classroom, classes are scheduled at set days and times and allows students to engage in traditional class discussion in a virtual environment.
Visit our Fall 2021 class schedule and look for the types of classes that are right for you: In-person, mixed mode (lectures online, labs on-campus), virtual classrooms or online classes.
Resources & Links
- Washtenaw updates: www.washtenaw.org/health
- Michigan updates: www.michigan.gov/coronavirus
- National updates: www.cdc.gov/nCoV
- Fact Sheet from Washtenaw County Health Department
- Employee information on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
- Warmline to Aid Persons with Mental Health during COVID-19 Pandemic
If you are sick, please stay home. If you have a fever, stay home until your temperature has stayed below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours without the help of fever-reducing medicine. Please also encourage sick students to stay home and, when possible, consider providing them with ways to complete work from home. This is good advice no matter what illness is going around.
To prevent the spread of any respiratory diseases, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you:
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw the tissue away
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects
- Wash your hands often with soap and warm water
The proper way to wash your hands is for at least 20 seconds, especially before eating, after going to the bathroom and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. You can also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, but using soap and water is preferable.