President Farmer has asked us to keep the college community informed regarding COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. We have created a task force to that end, and we will be sending out periodic updates.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on their current snapshot of the situation, continue to assert that the risk of COVID-19 to the American public is low. However, the physical and emotional well-being of our employees, students and visitors is our priority, so it is in that spirit that we share the following information and future communications.
WC is communicating frequently with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Texas Association of Community Colleges, our dual credit ISD partners, and local health officials to share information and establish best practices.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
CBRE, our maintenance partners, are receiving daily updates from their national counterparts regarding preventative measures. They have instructed all custodians to step up their cleaning measures, including but not limited to:
- Spraying doorknobs, handles and faucets with commercial-grade disinfectant
- Wiping down all table tops
- Changing gloves after cleaning each restroom
- Proactively stocking all soap and hand sanitizer dispensers more frequently because of greater use
- Cleaning items such as elevator buttons and soap/hand sanitizer dispenser pumps.
Spring Break is approaching, and we hope you have plans to relax and enjoy your time off. If you have travel plans, we ask that you please educate yourself on the impact COVID-19 is having on the region(s) you may travel to and that you respond accordingly. Students, if you are traveling to any area that might be considered questionable from the standpoint of CDC recommendations, we urge you to call the Student Services Office to discuss your options.
Our administrators in the Student Services Division are formulating plans to address any illnesses in Coyote Village in the interest of sick students and those living with and near those students.
Administrators across the college are working on contingency plans to tackle various aspects of COVID-19 if in fact the situation worsens in our region. Our aim is to not overreact but to plan accordingly based on the needs of the institution.
As always but with added emphasis now, please stay home if you are sick. For your safety and for the safety of others, you are asked to stay home until you have fully recovered.
If you would like more information, we recommend consulting the CDC’s website on this issue: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.