Moving Forward – NWCCD’s Response to COVID-19

The Northern Wyoming Community College District has and will continue to regularly review all safety guidelines related to COVID-19 and make appropriate changes based on the best interest of students, employees, and visitors. Outlined below, please find guidelines that are in place for the remainder of the Spring 2022 semester and going forward into the Summer 2022 Semester (summer classes begin May 16, 2022).

Please note that guidelines are subject to change, and the most recent updates can be found at www.sheridan.edu/updates. All students, employees, and visitors to any NWCCD campus location will be expected to follow all current NWCCD health- and safety-related guidelines.

Guidelines for Spring Semester 2022

  1. In-person classes remain at full-capacity.
  2. Classroom cleaning protocols, including cleaning checklists, will remain in place.
  3. On-campus housing remains at regular occupancy, which includes shared rooms.
  4. Dining and common areas are available at full-capacity during normal operating hours.
  5. Graduation ceremonies will be conducted at full-capacity, as a ticketed event.
  6. Internal tracking of case numbers will continue and weekly public safety announcements will continue to be shared with all employees and students.
  7. Exception Requests for events are no longer required. Official college travel will continue to require proper authorization documents approval through the Vice President for Administration’s Office.

Health and Safety Protocols

As of March 14, 2022, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon declared an end to Wyoming’s COVID-19 public health state of emergency. On March 15, 2022, the NWCCD Board of Trustees followed suit and removed the emergency declaration at NWCCD. However, through continued guidance from local, state, and national public health departments, the following health and safety protocols are considered “best practices” and will continue:

  1. Vaccination continues to be strongly recommended, unless advised otherwise by a doctor.
  2. When feeling ill, stay home. Self-screening is our best tool. When a student or employee has symptoms of illness or may have recently been exposed to COVID-19, the following steps are required:
    a) If a student, employee, or visitor has recently had direct contact with a person with a pending or confirmed case of COVID-19, and is feeling ill or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, he/she should stay home. Students should contact the Student Affairs Office at (307) 675-0123 and employees should contact the Human Resources Office at (307) 675-0571 for guidance regarding their specific situation and next steps.
    b) Quarantine is recommended whenever individuals display symptoms of illness, and NWCCD recommends following CDC guidelines. These guidelines include an option for some to only isolate or quarantine for five days rather than the full ten days. This includes wearing a tight-fitting mask while in the public on days 6-10.
  3. Masks / face coverings are welcome, but optional.
    a) There may continue to be additional safety-related requirements in certain academic disciplines, such as dental hygiene or nursing.
    b) Consistent with federal guidelines and the District’s priority to protect health and well-being and to avoid unnecessary educational disruptions for students, face coverings will be required by staff and students during travel to and from college-sponsored activities when utilizing public transportation and will be relaxed when CDC recommendations are amended.

If You Have Symptoms of COVID-19

If you have or develop symptoms of COVID-19, isolate yourself immediately and contact a health care professional. If you are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms of illness please do not come to campus.

If you are a student, notify the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Sarah Aksamit, who will assist you with next steps; Call (307) 675-0123, or email saksamit@sheridan.edu.

If you are an employee, contact Human Resources for further guidance; Call (307) 675-0571, or email jmcarthur@sheridan.edu.

Vaccine Information

We can all positively influence this situation. We can practice good hygiene, voluntarily limit our exposure to large groups of people for extended periods of time, follow all safety and health guidelines, and get vaccinated. Statistically, vaccination is the most effective thing we can do in our continued efforts to keep COVID cases low. It is a simple process, and information can found at the links listed below:

Sheridan College 
www.sheridancounty.com/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines/

Public Health will take a brief recess from their Sheridan College campus location in GMB during the summer months. Vaccines on the Sheridan College campus are anticipated to be available again this fall.
– Wednesday 10am – 2pm  |  Walk-in, no appointment needed.  |  Griffith Memorial Building (Library building) Office 143.
– Thursday 10am – 2pm  |  Appointments – call 307.672.5186 and let them know you are an SC student.

Sheridan College in Johnson County
www.johnsoncountywyoming.org/covid-dashboard/vaccination-locations/

Gillette College
www.cchwyo.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine/

FAQs

There will be several safety precautions in place for all students and employees as outlined on this page and in the Health Guidelines.

  • Required: Self-screen for symptoms daily.
    • If a student, employee, or visitor has recently had direct contact with a person with a pending or confirmed case of COVID-19, and is feeling ill or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, they should stay home. Students should contact the Student Affairs Office, call Sarah Aksamit at 307-675-0123, and employees should contact the Human Resources Office at 307-675-0571 for guidance regarding their specific situation.
  • Masks / face coverings are welcome but optional.
    • There may be additional safety-related requirements in certain academic disciplines such as dental hygiene or nursing.
    • Masks when traveling: Consistent with federal guidelines and the District’s priority to protect health and well-being, face coverings are required by staff and students during travel to and from college-sponsored activities when utilizing public transportation.
  • Social Distancing is encouraged when possible but is not mandated.
    • In-person classes have resumed at full capacity.
    • On-campus housing has returned to regular occupancy, which includes shared rooms.
    • Dining and common areas have expanded sit-down options.
  • On-Campus events and activities may have additional precautions and limitations based on current CDC guidelines, subject to change.

Campus Life and Housing, as well as clubs and organizations, continue to provide both virtual and in-person activities. Social distancing is encouraged when possible and masks are optional.

All residence halls have returned to regular occupancy, which includes shared rooms. Dining and common areas have expanded sit-down options.

Note: On-campus dining is currently not available at Gillette College.

Similar to the fall semester, the District plans to begin regularly (online will be online, face-to-face will be in-person), and be prepared to “flex” or switch to online if conditions warrant.

Please contact your advisor or the enrollment office at 307-675-0100 (SC) and 307-681-6001 (GC). They can review the options for remote learning to fit your educational goals.

Faculty and the Academics team have developed plans to allow for safe and adapted science labs, music instruction, theater, and tech studies. The District will adapt experiential and active learning to the campus’s COVID-19 safety standards, while remaining focused on academic excellence and meeting learning outcomes. Instructors will communicate any changes in these specialized courses directly to students.

On behalf of NWCCD President Walter Tribley and the NWCCD Crisis Management Team, the Office of Risk Management shares regular updates via email in the form of public safety announcements with all current students and employees. These messages provide important health-related updates, safety reminders, and helpful resources.

Due to federal regulations, the District cannot disclose the identity of an individual who tests positive.

The District will continue to take measures necessary in the event pandemic numbers rise significantly. This may include contact tracing and seating charts. Close contacts will be notified by the Student Affairs Office with instructions. If you do not receive a call or email, you were not identified as having close contact. As defined by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), close contact is someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated.

If you are completely vaccinated, the current quarantine requirements will be less stringent than for those who have not been fully vaccinated. If you do not wish to disclose your vaccination status but are reporting symptoms of illness, your quarantine may be longer. Contact Student Affairs, Sarah Aksamit, at 307-675-0123 for guidance. Employees contact HR at 307-675-0571. If you do not reach someone directly, be sure to leave a message with your name and phone number.

Employees: District-sponsored travel outside Wyoming must be mission-critical and approved by the appropriate vice president.

Students: If you are a student, your travel is not restricted due to any current COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The College District has implemented safety measures to limit the risk of COVID-19 to students, employees, and visitors as much as possible. We sincerely appreciate everyone doing their part to keep our campuses and communities safe. Full compliance with these guidelines is required by all NWCCD employees and students. Guidance regarding conduct and compliance can be found in the NWCCD Employee Handbook and the NWCCD Student Code of Conduct.

Periodic updates are posted to www.sheridan.edu/updates and safety information may be found on the Campus Safety page on the Hub.

Updates may also be posted on the President’s Page on the HUB. The Campus Safety and Health page is located under Student Services as well as Employee Information. Employees may find the information under Employee Information, under the Offices Tab, Campus Safety.