COVID-19 Guidelines - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
COVID-19 Guidelines

COVID-19 Guidelines

Western Iowa Tech Community College understands COVID-19 has created concerns for our entire campus community. We want you to know we are doing everything we can to keep our students and employees healthy. WITCC has developed the following guidelines and procedures to keep you safe. 

COVID-19 rapid testing is now available free of charge for students and employees at the Sioux City campus Health Clinic (WITCC ID required). To schedule an appointment, call the Health Clinic at 712.317.3271 or schedule an appointment online. If you are experiencing symptoms or suspect you have been exposed do not come to campus until you receive a negative test result. When you make your appointment, you will be directed to come to the clinic or wait in your car in parking lot 1, outside of entrance 1. Rapid test results are available in 10 minutes.

 
 

 

Students, employees, and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face masks when on campus. As guidance provided by the Center for Disease Control and Iowa Department of Public Health changes regularly, please check this page for updates.
Fall 2021 classes will return to in-person instruction starting the week of August 23. Students are expected to attend class as outlined in the class syllabus.
WITCC encourages faculty, staff and students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Students who participate in clinical site patient care areas must follow the requirements of the clinical site. See your program handbook for details.
Remain at home and do not come to campus if you or someone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, has tested positive for COVID-19, or is waiting for COVID-19 test results.
If you are experiencing symptoms or suspect you have been exposed:
  • Do not come to campus until you receive a negative test result.
  • Notify your instructor. 
  • Schedule a rapid test at the Sioux City campus Health Clinic. Call 712.317.3271 to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online. Testing is free of charge for students. WITCC ID is required. Test results are confirmed in ten minutes.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Remain at home and do not return to class even if you are not experiencing symptoms.
  • Notify WITCC Campus Safety / security2@witcc.edu / 712.274.6414.
  • Notify your instructor or other WITCC employee that you will not be attending class.
  • You may return to class ten days after the date of your positive test AND when you no longer have symptoms. 
  • You will be asked to provide Campus Safety a note from your medical provider.
If a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19:
  • Remain at home and do not return to class even if they are not experiencing symptoms.
  • Notify your instructor or other WITCC employee that you will not be attending class.
  • Schedule a free rapid test at the Sioux City campus Health Clinic. Contact Contact 712.317.3271 for an appointment or schedule an appointment online. WITCC ID required.
  • If you do not take a COVID test, you may return to campus 10 days after your last exposure to the person with COVID as long as you are symptom-free.
  • You may also return to campus 7 days after your last exposure to a person with COVID if you take a test on day 5 or later, the result is negative, and you are symptom-free.

If you or a member of your household are waiting for COVID-19 test results:

  • Remain at home and do not come to class until you/they receive the test results, even if you/they are not experiencing symptoms.
  • Notify your instructor or other WITCC employee that you will not be attending class.
  • If the test result is negative, you may return to class.

If you are experiencing symptoms or suspect you have been exposed:

  • Avoid coming to campus until you receive a negative test result.
  • Notify your supervisor.
  • Schedule a rapid test at the Sioux City campus Health Clinic. Call 712.317.3271 to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online. Testing is free of charge for employees. WITCC ID is required. Test results are confirmed in ten minutes.

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • Remain at home and do not return to campus even if you are not experiencing symptoms.
  • Notify Jackie Plendl in Human Resources / jackie.plendl@witcc.edu / 712.274.8733 ext. 1406. 
  • Notify your supervisor.
  • You may return to campus ten days after the date of your positive test AND when you no longer have symptoms.
  • You will be asked to provide Human Resources with a note from your medical provider.

If a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19:

  • Notify Jackie Plendl in Human Resources / jackie.plendl@witcc.edu / 712.274.8733 ext. 1406  to evaluate your situation and determine if it is safe for you to return to campus..
  • Notify your supervisor.
  • Rapid testing is available at the Sioux City campus Health Clinic. Call 712.317.3271 to schedule an appointment or schedule an appointment online. Testing is free of charge for employees. WITCC ID is required. Test results are confirmed in ten minutes. 
  • You may be asked to provide Human Resources with a note from your medical provider

If you or a member of your household are waiting for COVID-19 test results:

  • Remain at home and do not come to class until you/they receive the test results even if you/they are not experiencing symptoms.
  • Notify Jackie Plendl in Human Resources / jackie.plendl@witcc.edu / 712.274.8733 ext. 1406.
  • Notify your supervisor.
  • If the test result is negative, you may return to campus.
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Incidents of exposure and positive test results in student housing will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. The following guidelines have been established:

  • Students who have been exposed or tested positive have the option of returning home, but are strongly encouraged to remain in campus housing.
  • The college has reserved separate housing facilities for quarantining/isolating. Students who remain on campus may be asked to relocate to these facilities for a period of time.
  • Students in quarantine/isolation will be provided meals during normal cafeteria operating hours.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 on WITCC campuses are reported on our weekly COVID dashboard.

Students and employees will be notified directly by the college if they have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. The college will follow these communication procedures:

  • Confirmed cases are reported to Campus Safety (student cases) or Human Resources (employee cases).
  • If a student informs an employee of a positive test result, the employee should also relay the information to Campus Safety.
  • Campus Safety or Human Resources coordinates communication with the appropriate college departments and notifies students and/or employees directly regarding potential exposure.
  • This communication plan will be put into effect for confirmed COVID-19 cases only.
  • The College will respond to individual inquiries about the number of cases on campus as they arise.

HEERF II

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, provides funds to institutions of higher education. Half of the emergency grant funds will be awarded directly to students in the form of emergency grants.

These emergency grants are to be used to assist with any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or child care.

Funds were awarded to students who:

  • Enrolled in a 2021 spring credit class or classes as of March 17, 2021
  • Have a valid 2020-2021 FAFSA on file
  • Are US citizens or eligible non-citizens
  • Not in student loan default

Awards were prioritized to students with the highest need using the Expected Family Contribution from the FAFSA. WITCC students who are Pell eligible based on the 2020-2021 FAFSA (EFC of $0-$5,711) were awarded $550 and students with an EFC of $5,712 or higher were awarded $425. The total amount of HEERF II emergency grant awards to students was $1,031,700, with funding of $1,011,809 provided by CRRSAA Student Funding and $19,891 provided by CRRSAA Institutional Funds.

As of March 24, 2021, Western Iowa Tech Community College expended the full amount of the $1,011,809 awarded through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) student emergency funding authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

HEERF I

Western Iowa Tech Community College has completed the necessary paperwork to receive federal funds through Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. In compliance with federal guidelines, 50% of the funding received to date, will be distributed directly to Western Iowa Tech students in the form of emergency financial assistance grants. This equates to $1,011,809 in CARES Act funding to support student emergency financial assistance grants.

Based on federal guidelines, 2,001 Western Iowa Tech students are eligible to receive CARES Act emergency financial assistance grants. Emails were sent to all eligible students to notify the student of the CARES Act grant award and how the awards would be distributed. The amount granted to each student is a fixed amount of $500. The initial distribution of funds was processed on May 13, 2020 to all 2,001 eligible students, for a total initial distribution of $1,000,500. Additional grants will continue to be distributed to eligible students as long as funding is available.

Western Iowa Tech is using the following federal eligibility requirements to distribute CARES Act emergency financial assistance grants:

  • Be enrolled, as of March 13, 2020, in credit classes (not a high school student taking dual enrollment courses) at Western Iowa Tech for the spring 2020 semester.
  • Have a completed 2019-20 FAFSA application on file with a valid expected family contribution (EFC) indicating not in student loan default or overpayment.
  • And making satisfactory academic progress for 2020 spring semester.

As of September 30, 2020, CARES Act funding of $33,309 is available for emergency financial assistance grants and additional grants will continue to be distributed to eligible students as long as funding is available.

On November 5, 2020, additional emergency financial assistance grants of $200 each were awarded to 178 students through an application process.   The funding for these grants, totaling $35,600, was provided by CARES Act Student Funding of $33,309 and CARES Act Institutional Funds of $2,291. 

As of December 31, 2020, Western Iowa Tech Community College expended the full amount of $1,011,809 awarded through the Federal CARES Act student emergency funding.

Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) will continue our partnership with the U.S. Department of Education in the delivery of Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) for the 2021-2022 academic year, created under The America Rescue Plan (ARP).

Emergency Financial Aid Grants are available to assist students who have had emergency expenses arise due to the Coronavirus while attending WITCC. Assistance will be available to help cover any component of the cost of attendance including tuition, fees, other institutional charges, food, housing, transportation, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health) and child care.

WITCC has received $4,621,871 in funding available through the student portion of ARP for Emergency Financial aid Grants to students. Students enrolled in Fall 2021-22 may be eligible for the Emergency Financial Aid Grants. Specific dates and details regarding disbursement and student eligibility will be published in Fall 2021.

Contact us

For COVID-related concerns and questions, please reach out to the contacts below.

Students
Campus Safety / security2@witcc.edu / 712.274.6414.
Employees
Jackie Plendl, Human Resources / jackie.plendl@witcc.edu / 712.274.8733 ext. 1406.