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COVID-19 Fall 2020 Operating Plan

Welcome to the 2020 fall semester! Please be prepared to be part of a campus culture that follows recommendations and guidelines regarding public health to keep our campus community safe. Personal responsibility forms the core of our ability to work together to navigate the academic year without interrupting our educational mission. We can remain healthy by washing our hands, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, and screening ourselves daily for symptoms. At Wayne State we refer to these concepts as the four pillars. As members of our campus community, we are asking you to support the COVID-19 Pledge: Building a Supportive Community. This pledge demonstrates our commitment to limit the spread of the virus at Wayne State. Below is Wayne State’s pledge as well as the details associated with our plan for the Fall 2020 semester. We encourage you to review this information.

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Pledge: Building a Supportive Community

Wayne State College’s goal is to build and maintain a campus culture that follows recommendations and guidelines regarding public health to create a safe and welcoming community for our students, staff, and faculty.

Personal responsibility forms the core of the College’s efforts to navigate the academic year without interrupting our educational mission while treating each other with respect and dignity. Wayne State is our home away from home, so we ask that you follow these guidelines. Each of us has an important role to play in our ongoing efforts to limit the spread of the virus in our community. We ask that you pledge your support for Wayne State College’s plan to manage the pandemic on our campus. We are each personally responsible for our choices, which can make a tremendous difference in sustaining face-to-face operations on the Wayne State campus.

These four pillars of hygiene, masks, social distancing, and self-screening form a comprehensive approach that combines elements of public health practices that, taken together, provide an effective strategy that reduces the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19.

Hygiene

Handwashing should be done regularly and in particular prior to and after touching your face. Hygiene helps mitigate every single transmission route (pre-symptomatic, symptomatic, asymptomatic, and surface spread) by reducing the likelihood that significant numbers of viral particles will be transferred between the mucus membranes of different individuals.

  • Hands should be washed with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when visibly soiled, before eating, and after using the restroom.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers for cleaning your hands when hand washing is not possible.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Do not share personal items, such as clothes, drinking cups, eating utensils and towels.
  • Washing hands regularly through the day (five times) can cut medical visits for respiratory infections significantly.

Masks

Masks have two strategic components: transmission reduction and protection, which shields others from you and you from others. Masks have proved to be an effective tool in the fight against transmission. Masks will be required in all classrooms, but your professor will have the authority to waive that requirement if the classroom allows for proper social distancing. This shall also include requiring masks for all students and faculty while transitioning through hallways of academic buildings.

  • Consider wearing a mask indoors in the remainder of College buildings if you are around groups of people in which you have a reduced ability to maintain proper social distancing.
  • Put the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Try to fit the mask snugly against the sides of your face.
  • If you are reusing the mask during the day, take care to ensure you are using the same side of the mask toward your face.
  • Do not touch your face or face covering after putting on your mask.

Social Distancing

Refers to the practice of keeping space between yourself and others to reduce the chance of contact with those who knowingly or unknowingly carry an illness. Stay at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people.

Self-Screening

You are encouraged to complete a daily signs and symptoms survey in the #CampusClear app. Contact WSC Student Health and Counseling at 402-375-7321 if recommended by the app or if you have the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

A comprehensive list of symptoms is available in the #CampusClear mobile app, available in the Apple and Android app stores, to complete a daily comprehensive assessment of your current health condition. Please do not go to classes, work, or participate in activities if you are sick.

Academics and Classroom Management

During the past several months, Wayne State College administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the Wayne community have provided valuable feedback that has been integral to the development of our Fall 2020 opening plan. As WSC's fall planning process continues, we will continue to hold meetings with department chairs, deans, and Faculty Senate to provide the campus with updates. 

As we work toward providing our students with a high-quality, in-person educational experience, we are taking precautions that are necessary to protect our community. Fall courses will meet as scheduled, with a modified early start date and pre-holiday end. This will allow students the opportunity to participate in a three-week December Session under a modified academic calendar. 

Modified Academic Calendar

Fall 2020 classes will begin Monday, Aug. 17, and will end Wednesday, Nov. 25, with final examinations scheduled for Nov. 23-25.  

December Session (D-Session) classes will begin Monday, Nov. 30, and will end Friday, Dec. 18. Additional information about D-Session courses will be available later this fall.

View the Academic Calendar

At any time during the semester if the need arises to transition in-person classes to remote, online, or hybrid instruction, a determination will be made by the WSC President and/or Nebraska State College System Chancellor. Please continue to monitor campus communication for updates throughout the semester.

Canvas Learning Management System

All on-campus (face-to-face) courses offered during the Fall 2020 semester will have a Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) shell developed that provides flexibility for students whose attendance may be temporarily affected by COVID-19, and/or for a full transition of delivery to remote instruction, should the need arise prior to the end of the fall semester.  

All courses will be made available for student access in the Canvas Learning Management System with an active grade book, syllabus, and daily attendance roster.   

Class Attendance Requirements

Daily, timely, and accurate attendance reporting will be required for all in-person class meetings and recorded in the Canvas Learning Management System. 

Course level attendance policies will remain flexible to ensure that students adversely impacted by COVID-19 (i.e., experiencing symptoms, assisting with family members, etc.) are not penalized by their inability to attend class. 

Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction

The Holland Academic Success Center will continue to offer in-person and virtual tutoring and supplemental instruction. 

Holland advising staff will work closely with faculty to address students’ academic needs and will coordinate efforts with Student Affairs staff to assist students with needs outside of class. 

Technology

Classrooms and labs with current projection capability now also have wireless capability. 

Voice amplification solutions have been purchased by Network and Technology Services (NATS) for faculty use if needed.   

Academic Building Protocols

Academic buildings will be cleaned according to national educational facilities guidelines.  

Buildings will be marked with directional signage and designated entry and exit points (where possible) to reduce congestion among students and employees using College facilities. 

Classrooms/labs will receive daily deep cleaning/sanitization, and/or electrostatic treatment. 

Computer labs will receive daily and additional mid-day sanitization. 

Cleaning/sanitizing supplies will be available in classrooms/main offices for faculty/student use.  

Masks / Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Masks will be required in all classrooms, but professors will have the authority to waive that requirement if the classroom allows for proper social distancing. This shall also include requiring masks for all students and faculty while transitioning through hallways of academic buildings. Consider wearing a mask indoors in the remainder of College buildings if you are around groups of people in which you have a reduced ability to maintain proper social distancing.  

Faculty, staff, and students will each receive at least two reusable cloth masks, and a personal/refillable hand sanitizer container.  

Disposable masks, hand-sanitizer, and cleaning/sanitizing supplies will be available in each of the buildings’ main offices for general use. 

Wayne State Student Bookstore  

Visit the Bookstore

Hours of Operation (beginning Aug. 10): 
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday
Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Books can be ordered online and picked up in the Wildcat Mailroom in the lower level of the Kanter Student Center.

Traffic flow through the bookstore will be organized to support social distancing. 

Sanitizer will be available at each open register.

The store has a designated area to segregate merchandise returns, rental returns, or buybacks; materials will be held for 24 hours before processing and returning to stock.

Contact for ADA Accommodations

Tara Holdsworth
Educational Support and Disability Coordinator  
Department: Student Support Services  
Office: Student Center 12D
Phone: 402-375-7451
Email: taholds1@wsc.edu

Contact for International Students

Leah Keino
Director of the Multicultural and International Programs
Department: Multicultural Affairs  
Office: Student Center 10  
Phone: 402-375-7112  
Email: lekeino1@wsc.edu

Contact for General Concerns

Holland Academic Success Center
Office: Conn Library, Room 232
Phone: 402-375-7496
Email: hasc@wsc.edu

Living and Dining on Campus

Living on campus provides the convenience of Wayne State’s resources at your fingertips. Additionally, our flexible meal plan options take the stress out of day-to-day living, making sure you can focus on excelling in your coursework. The residential experience also provides opportunities to take part in a shared experience of new ideas and diverse perspectives in a cooperative and inclusive environment. In the COVID-19 environment it is important for us to be mindful of our actions. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provided below are designed to help you navigate the situation and gain an understanding of the support you will be provided over the course of the semester.

Do I have to live on campus if I have health concerns or a pre-condition? 

Housing accommodations will be made for any student with health concerns or a pre-existing health condition(s). A waiver to the live-on requirement can be requested through Residence Life at 402-375-7318 or reslife@wsc.edu

What do I do if I’m showing symptoms? 

Students exhibiting symptoms or who are concerned about possible exposure should immediately limit interactions with others and contact WSC Student Health at 402-375-7470 or studenthealth@wsc.edu 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. After hours, please use the CDC’s self-checker.

What if I must go into isolation/quarantine? 

WSC is providing isolation/quarantine space if needed. The College will transport an individual to on-site or off-site accommodations and will deliver food daily. Individuals will be checked on daily by a health care provider and academic support (temporary remote instruction) will be provided until the isolation/quarantine period expires. 

When do I move in? 

Early drop-off/set-up times are available over a two-week period for 2½ hour sessions for incoming freshmen and transfer students. These times will limit the residence halls to approximately 10 families per hall per period to provide for social distancing. You should have received an email from Residence Life that outlines the process for reserving a time for a “Drop-Off and Decorate” session. If you have not received this email, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 402-375-7318 or reslife@wsc.edu.

Returning students move in on Aug. 15 after 5 p.m. for those with an A-H last name, Aug. 16 after 9 a.m. for those with an I-M last name, and Aug. 16 after 1 p.m. for those with an N-Z last name. 

May I raise my bed?  

Yes, beds may be adjusted to multiple set heights and a loft kit may be ordered to get the optimal amount of room. To order a loft, contact Residence Life at 402-375-7318 or reslife@wsc.edu.  

What is the College doing to keep students safe? 

Student health and safety is our primary concern. We are observing CDC guidelines, state directed health measures, and local health department guidance. The College aims to maintain community health by adhering to the four pillars of pandemic wellness: hand washing, masks, social distancing, and self-screening. 

Are there people to help monitor the situation? 

All residential life staff are being trained on health measures, signs, and symptoms. In addition to helping student referrals as needed, the staff is being trained on how to message good social hygiene and community respect and responsibility. 

May I have guests in the residence hall?  

It has been determined that residents will be permitted to have limited guests and visitors. When possible, we encourage residents to connect with friends outside or in communal areas to maintain social distancing of 6 feet or more. Residence Hall lobbies have been set up for social distancing. The Kanter Student Center hours have been extended to provide additional space for student engagement that supports social distancing.

While guests/visitors are on campus, they are encouraged to:

  • Wash hands frequently with warm water and soap for around 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer that is available in the buildings.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Maintain a 6-foot physical distance from other individuals.
  • Only gather in small groups where proper distancing can be maintained between all group members and participants.

Anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not visit the residence halls.

How can I create a safe social network? 

Students should create “family bubbles”. Family bubbles are sub-groups (e.g. roommates/suitemates) that students regularly interact with. Within these groups, students are encouraged to support one another as they adhere to the COVID-19 Pledge and make wise social decisions. These “family bubbles” will create a greater sense of security for students.

What are good health practices as a resident living on campus? 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use hand sanitizer that is available in residential buildings.
  • Keep your room clean.
  • Wear a mask whenever you’re outside your room.
  • Practice physical distancing from others.
  • Observe elevator occupancy signage limitations and wear masks on elevators.

Remember that this is an unusual time and you and/or others may feel anxious about what is going on. Be kind and supportive of one another and remember we are all in this together.

Where can I get help if I am concerned or anxious about COVID-19? 

The Student Health and Counseling Center offers support and individual counseling to help students take care of themselves. Contact the office at 402-375-7470 or studenthealth@wsc.edu

How are the residence halls being cleaned? 

The common areas and restrooms in the residence halls are being cleaned daily. Additionally, we are providing disinfectants and other cleaning supplies for students to use in their residence hall room to wipe surfaces.

What will community building/programming look like in the residence halls? 

Resident assistants (RAs) and the Student Activities Board will host events to engage students in smaller groups where residents on the same floor and in the same hall can build community and get to know one another. Additionally, students will be provided virtual programming through social media platforms. 

Hours and Contact for Residence Life

Office Hours: Residential Life and Housing is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and can be reached at 402-375-7318 or in Kanter Student Center Room 201. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1-16. 

Contact Information: General information (e.g. drop-off and move-in questions) can be provided through Residential Life and Housing at 402-375-7318 or reslife@wsc.edu.

Specific questions about COVID-19 protocols can be directed to the Dean of Students, David McMahan, at 402-375-7312 or damcmah1@wsc.edu

Dining Services

Wayne State dining is provided by Chartwells. Learn more about dining on campus.

The Frey Conference Suite will serve as a new dining site for the 2020-21 academic year to reduce crowding in the main dining hall. This will provide students with four dining sites on campus.

A Boost grab-n-go food option is also available. This allows students to  pre-order meals and pay using their credit/debit card or flex dollar account. Get the Boost app from the App store on your phone, select Wayne State College, pick your food craving, and choose a pickup time that works best for you. 

The following COVID-19 Safety Guidelines will be adhered to in each of the four dining sites:

  • All seating/tables (no more than eight per table) will be arranged six feet apart to allow for social distancing.
  • Staff will serve students their food and items such as desserts and salads will be individually packaged.  
  • Dine-in facilities will be closed for a few hours each day to disinfect the entire space and clean tables. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance, and table wipes at seating areas. 
  • Floor decals and signs will help guests follow proper distancing as they move through the dining areas

Student Activities and Resources

Even in the current environment, the College will continue to provide resources and activities that will allow you to have a successful and engaging semester. College events will follow social distancing requirements. We encourage you to access your resources when needed and enjoy campus events whenever possible.

Business Fair

This annual event will take place outside on the evening of Aug. 16. During this time businesses will offer giveaways and share information about their services. 

Week of Welcome Information   

We are excited to welcome the Class of 2024! During the Week of Welcome (WOW), you will be placed in small groups throughout the weekend of Aug. 15-16 to take part in a wide variety of activities.

Grab-N-Go Activities   

Among all the other activities that we are continuing to provide throughout the year, we will also be providing Grab-N-Go activities, such as a custom paint by number, that you are able to take back to your room, share the experience and fun with your friends, or enjoy by yourself as a relaxing project. 

Health and Wellness Activities   

The Office of Student Activities and Student Health and Counseling have partnered to provide various health and wellness activities throughout the year such as virtual Yoga with Randalle Love to educational programs through the Counseling Center.

Student Health and Counseling Center 

Visit the Student Health and Counseling Center

Hours of operation: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday 

Counseling contact information:
Kanter Student Center Room 103
Phone: 402-375-7321
Fax: 402-375-7058

Full-time licensed counselors are available for:

  • Face-to-face appointments  
  • TeleHealth 
  • Group Therapy    

These offices are available to provide students with support and guidance. Wayne State has a contract with Faith Regional Health Services to support student health needs. Students exhibiting symptoms or who are concerned about possible exposure should immediately limit interactions with others and contact WSC Student Health at 402-375-7470 or studenthealth@wsc.edu 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. After hours, please use the CDC’s self-checker.

Kanter Student Center   

The Kanter Student Center boasts new areas for our students to engage with each other in a safe environment. With the summer renovations, the Upper Deck space in the lower level of the Kanter Student Center now offers a quiet and secluded space for students to have a morning cup of coffee, study for an exam, or simply relax while enjoying a meal from Cat’s Corner. 

Recreation Services, Intramurals, and Club Sports 

WSC is committed to the physical well-being of our students by continuing to provide a variety of intramural, club and recreational activities during the 2020-21 school year. In some instances, certain categories of intramural and/or club sports opportunities and schedules may be delayed or altered in order to accommodate COVID-19 health guidelines and promote a healthy and safe environment for students. Students may be asked to wear masks, maintain 6 feet of physical distancing, and/or complete a self-screening process in order to participate in certain activities. 

Contact for Intramurals and Club Sports:
John Schwarte
Campus Recreation Coordinator
Email: joschwa1@wsc.edu
Phone: 402-375-7481

Contact for Recreation Center and Services:
Mike Barry
Associate Athletic Director and Director of Sport and Recreation Center
Email: mibarry1@wsc.edu
Phone: 402-375-7521

WSC Test and Trace Process

Wayne State’s test and trace process aims to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff through collaboration with local health agencies. Our goal is to provide a positive campus experience for students, faculty, and staff by using all available means to minimize the negative effect of the pandemic on our campus community.

The COVID-19 pandemic situation is fluid, with frequent changes to health measures and guidance. WSC will use local data and vetted global research to adapt the process as the situation unfolds. The campus community should understand that complete prevention of COVID-19 will not be possible. The optimal outcome is minimizing infections by preparing and empowering the entire campus community to act responsibly for their own self-care as well as those around them. Rapidly gathering accurate information and acting quickly will be critical to achieving the goals of the plan.  

The College’s test and trace plan has four components: daily self-screening, diagnostic testing, contact tracing, and quarantine/isolation.

Daily Self-Screening   

Individual awareness of your own health status and prompt outreach to medical professionals is a key component of maintaining personal and community health. The College will utilize the #CampusClear app to assist individuals in being attentive on a daily basis to any signs and symptoms they may be experiencing. The app also provides information on how to contact health care professionals if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. Daily use of the app is highly encouraged and may be required for admission to events or participation in activities.  

The #CampusClear app is available for free in the Apple and Android app stores. 

Get it from the Apple App Store

Get it from in the Google Play Store

Diagnostic Testing   

The College has collaborated with local and state agencies to provide free testing for students. WSC will offer testing for students based on signs and symptoms or through contact tracing.  

Tests will be ordered by prescription obtained from the WSC Student Health clinic. Testing will be administered in a drive-through (or walk-through) fashion at the Wayne Family Medicine Clinic on Lindahl Drive in two daily sessions: 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Testing where symptoms do not warrant a prescription will be performed through TestNebraska. Testing takes only a few minutes and will continue until all scheduled tests are completed.  

For students in need of transportation to testing, transport will be provided via school van equipped with appropriate PPE. Please do not ask for or offer rides to the clinic to avoid the risk of additional infections.

Contact Tracing 

Tracing is the practice of identifying those individuals who have been in proximity with an infected individual and providing them with guidance and direction to safeguard their own health and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The College is partnering with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, specifically the Northeast Nebraska Public Health District, to facilitate consistent, well trained, and rapid contact tracing.  

Quarantine and Isolation 

Quarantine is the practice of isolating individuals who may have been exposed to someone who tested positive but are not yet exhibiting symptoms. Isolation is the practice of isolating individuals who have a confirmed case of COVID-19. The College is providing quarantine and isolation facilities and services for residential students. In the case of quarantine and isolation for off-campus students, the College will work with individuals to provide guidance on available resources such as obtaining food, delivery of prescriptions, and other support systems.

College Facilities Operations

Wayne State College’s operating plan for campus facilities draws upon the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for Institutes of Higher Education (IHE) as well as Nebraska State College System COVID-19 guidelines, state directed health measures, and local public health department guidance. 

Hand Sanitizer 

Hand sanitizer use is highly recommended as a supplement where hand washing is not an option. Sanitizer will be distributed and available throughout campus in wall-mounted pump dispensers, individual pump bottle dispensers, and personal bottles distributed to each student and employee. 

Cleaning and Disinfectant Protocols 

Cleaning and disinfectant protocols have been modified by the WSC Facility Services department. Custodial staff have increased the level of cleaning in common areas within academic buildings, residence halls, athletic facilities, Conn Library, and the Kanter Student Center and will disinfect hard surfaces and touch points throughout the day. Electrostatic sprayers will be used to disinfect surfaces and touch-points on campus in addition to existing surface cleaning protocols. 

Furthermore, spray bottles with disinfectant chemical and paper towels will be supplied to each staff/faculty office pod, classroom, computer lab, weight room, conference room, etc. Faculty and students may use the spray bottles and paper towels to disinfect surfaces used within classrooms after each class period. Patrons using the recreation center and weight rooms will also be asked to disinfect equipment after each use. 

Building Signage 

Building signs have been installed in locations across campus to direct traffic in facilities. Signs noting building entrances, exits, and directional flow have been posted to minimize congestion in College facilities. Additionally, signs are used to provide reminders about good health practices.  

Sneeze Guards

Sneeze guards have been installed in spaces where the exchange of goods is made (i.e. materials, money, paperwork, etc.).   

Floor Markers 

Floor markers have been installed in service areas to assist the campus community in maintaining social distancing. 

Contact for Facility Services

Kyle Nelsen
Director of Facility Services
402-375-7274

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