CWC releases reopening plan

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 7:14 PM CDT
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

College life is looking a little different this year at CWC in Riverton. Masks will be required, and many activities have been cancelled.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Kathy Wells stated, ”We are asking people to wear a mask for all times when they’re inside, unless for example a student is at a study station or maybe in the library all by themselves working on a project. Then they can certainly remove their mask as long as there’s no one around who’s going to get within six feet of them. There are exemptions for students who either aren’t comfortable wearing a mask or who have conditions that make wearing a mask very difficult for them.”

Another change that has been implemented are wellness check stations. Every day, everyone entering campus will be required to visit a health check station to have their temperature checked. They will also answer four health questions either through an app, or at the health check station.

“And that helps us identify folks that potentially have some signs and symptoms that are consistent with COVID 19. Then we can also help that individual identify that, and give them information on what the next steps would be in seeking healthcare,” noted Wells.

CWC officials said they’re providing services from a distance when possible. If a student needs academic advising, or needs help from a faculty member, they are given the option to use technology to meet. However, if they want to meet in person, they have prepared physical spaces as well.

“If they’re comfortable, having that conversation either by phone or email or video conferencing. We have established a number of new locations for video conferencing,” mentioned Wells.  

Activities will be affected as well. Even though the college has a 1,000 person capacity theater, current health orders that require a six foot distance in those places, will limit the number of community members who can attend events at the theater. In addition, sports have been largely impacted as well. The National Junior College Athletic Association has cancelled all fall sports except rodeo and cross country. The rest of fall sports that would have been held, are postponed until spring.

Registration for fall classes is open, and the first day of school for CWC students is August 24th.

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