IMPORTANT NOTICE: Change in Course Delivery
To WMCC Students,
Although you are on spring break, you most likely are not escaping news surrounding the Coronavirus. We are all finding it difficult to keep up with the latest updates. I am reaching out to you today to assure you that White Mountains Community College has your safety and well-being as our highest priority. We are also committed to act in ways that support the public health concerns of our communities and the state. With this in mind, here are some updates you need to be made aware of:
Our Facilities: Our buildings have been closed to the public, but currently remain open to students, faculty and staff. The library is currently open as well for student use.
Academic Programs: Planning is well underway to move as much of our coursework as possible to online learning, and we will be positioned to make this shift after spring break, beginning on Monday, March 23. This means face-to-face classes will not be meeting on the campuses. There will be some isolated labs still occurring in alternative formats while exercising extreme caution and practicing social distancing. If your academic program is one of those involved, you can expect to hear from your instructor(s) directly. Please do not come to the main campus in Berlin, or either of our academic centers, in Littleton and North Conway, unless you are participating in a lab and your instructor has reached out to you with the specific plan that has been put in place. We anticipate this change to be in effect at least until April 3, with an evaluation and updates being provided at that point.
Technology: In a separate email, we will be reaching out to all students with a survey, to determine if you have the required technology to participate in online learning. We will want to know if you have internet access where you live, and if you have a device (computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.) that you can use for your coursework going forward. If you do not have the technology, we will work with you on an individual basis to put something in place. Please be watching for the survey. NOTE: if you do have the necessary technology, you do not need to complete the survey.
Personnel: At this point in time, offices at all locations are operating. I would encourage you to contact the individual you are hoping to meet with prior to travelling to one of our locations to ensure that they are in the office. Because public schools are closed across the state, some staff members are working remotely so that they can be home with their children. You can call specific offices, or contact our Welcome Center at 603-342-3050 for assistance. You can also email staff directly. To find emails and direct phone lines to college personnel, please visit the WMCC directory on our website: https://www.wmcc.edu/directory/ We will continue to provide student services (counseling, tutoring, accessibility services) as you are accustomed to. Should there be a need to take those services online, we will let you know.
What I have outlined above is where things stand at the moment. As you know, everything is changing quickly and we may need to put more drastic measures into place. In this rapidly changing situation, we will do our best to keep the lines of communication open so you are informed of developments and expectations.
Any major announcements will be sent via our RAVE alert system. You may also check our college website at https://www.wmcc.edu for updates.
I know these are challenging times, but the WMCC administration, faculty and staff are committed to you and to providing educational services.
Please take care of yourselves and your family members as we work through these less than ideal times.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me directly. My email and direct phone number are listed below. Do not respond to this email as it will not make it to my inbox.
Message to College Community Regarding Travel and Potential Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
White Mountains Community College continues to monitor developments pertaining to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) and is requesting that students, faculty and staff who have travelled to countries identified by the CDC as “Level 3 Warning” (currently China, South Korea, Italy and Iran) self-report and not return to any of the WMCC campuses for 14 days even if you are symptom-free. We request that you self-quarantine for 14 days and monitor yourM health. (Please note that countries listed as Level 3 may change. We recommend that you check the CDC website every day for the latest updates if traveling abroad.)
If you develop symptoms — such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath — within 14 days of your return from traveling to a country with a COVID-19 outbreak or have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19, please call your health care provider in advance. Please do not show up at a clinic, urgent care or other health facility without calling first. Your provider will need to take special measures to protect other people in the clinic.
Students who are returning from traveling abroad to a country designated by the CDC with a Level 3 Warning or who suspect they may have been exposed to Coronavirus must notify Martha Laflamme, Vice President of Student Affairs, via email or phone at email@example.com or 603-342-3005. Ms. Laflamme will then notify your instructors that you will not be returning to class for 14 days. We are encouraging instructors to work with students who are absent because of illness by offering online options, makeup exams, alternate assignments or alternate weighting of missed work.
Employees who are returning from traveling abroad to a country designated by the CDC with a Level 3 Warning or who suspect they may have been exposed to Coronavirus must notify Human Resources Officer, Gretchen Taillon via email or phone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-342-3003. For those who self-quarantine, if feasible, arrangements will made for the employee to work from home. If working from home is not feasible, the employee will be placed on paid administrative leave. An appropriate return to work date will be determined based upon travel history and/or symptoms which may arise during the quarantine period.
Planned Travel During Spring Semester:
Effective immediately through the remainder of the spring semester (May 15, 2020), employees who plan to travel abroad must report all planned travel to Human Resources Officer, Gretchen Taillon prior to leaving, and students who plan to travel abroad must report planned travel abroad to the Vice President of Student Affairs, Martha Laflamme prior to leaving.
Students, faculty and staff considering personal travel abroad at any time should please carefully consider the fact that many countries are implementing travel restrictions and these restrictions may cause delays, mandatory quarantines, or being denied entry to a country. Please report such travel as stipulated above. For guidance on travel restrictions that countries have implemented please refer to the CDC website.
Individuals who are traveling should, in addition to taking recommended measures to prevent illness, take basic precautions to prepare for potential travel disruptions:
- Keep cell phones fully charged and operational, and check their email at least daily.
- Travel with all key documents, including their passport, visa if applicable, and insurance documents.
- Travel with a full supply of any prescribed medications, regardless of how long they plan to be away. Prescription medications need to be in their original containers.
Please keep in mind this continues to be a fluid situation, and college guidelines may continue to evolve. We will provide further updates to our college communities as they are available.
For up-to-date information about the Coronavirus from the CDC and NH DHHS, visit these websites:
U.S. CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
NH DPHS website: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/2019-ncov.htm