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WVC campuses will partially reopen starting July 1. Both the Wenatchee and Omak campuses will open to students and the public three days a week, Tuesdays through Thursdays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Read the full press release.

 

COVID-19 Information for the Wenatchee Valley College Community

WVC is working to provide information to our college community about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it will impact college operations. You can find up to date information about COVID-19 in Washington State at coronavirus.wa.gov

We look forward to welcoming both employees and students back to campus this summer. We will resume in-person services during summer quarter. Here is the current working timeline for campus reopening:

  • July 1: WVC will be open to the public three days a week on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Early August: WVC will be open to the public four days a week, Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Early September: WVC will fully open to the public five days a week.
  • Fall quarter begins Sept. 27. More fall classes will also be in-person or have in-person components. To search classes and determine instruction mode, use the ctcLink class search.

These dates and hours may change depending on state guidelines, local COVID cases or other factors. Some facilities on campus are already open. Both WVC libraries are currently open to the public Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the duration of the summer.  The Residence Hall is also open.

What parts of the college will be open first?

Key services opening to students first include registration, admissions, financial aid, educational planning, career center, counseling, campus life and libraries on both campuses. CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program), TRIO Student Support Services and MESA (Math Science Student Achievement) will also be open. The Barnes and Noble bookstore on the Wenatchee campus is open, in addition to extended curbside service.

The libraries are currently open four days a week.

While we move toward a full reopening, online resources will still be available. You can still contact these offices over phone, email or Zoom (see wvc.edu/Online) and you can seek generalized help from a staff member using the Live Chat feature on the website (green button in lower right-hand corner of wvc.edu).

What about the Student Rec Center?

Currently, the Student Recreation Center is not scheduled to reopen until early September.

No. While WVC does not require students to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage all students to do so. Please be aware that if a vaccine requirement is mandated, WVC will follow mandates.

However, vaccinations are required for students who choose to live in the Residence Hall, effective fall 2021. View the COVID-19 protocols for student housing.

Masking

Masks continue to be required inside all WVC buildings and facilities, regardless of your vaccination status. Once WVC receives final details from the state, campus policies will be updated on WVC Public Health page and those will be communicated with the WVC community.

What else is being done to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Currently, all employees and visitors will need to fill out a symptom form each day they are on campus. Social distancing of six feet must be maintained. Masks are required in all indoor facilities and spaces. We will continue to follow state and federal guidelines as they are updated. Buildings are cleaned by custodial staff daily and the facilities department is working with employees to offer cleaning supplies and flexible scheduling to allow time between meetings.

While most classes will remain online and remote this fall, faculty and WVC leadership have been working hard to provide more in-person learning opportunities.

WVC recognizes this is a difficult time for you and wants to provide flexibility for students. Some of you may want an opportunity to return to campus, while also choosing online instruction. Our delivery will vary from course to course.

Courses may be offered:

  • entirely in person
  • entirely online with required Zoom meetings
  • as hybrids, meeting in person and online, or
  • entirely online with no meeting time commitments.

Regardless of how a course is offered, the first week of the fall quarter will be entirely online for all courses. This will allow for communication between students and instructors regarding in-person opportunities.

Courses providing on-campus instruction will be held using social distancing and safety guidelines provided by the Washington Department of Health in fall.

To assist you with class search and selection, we have compiled a fall 2021 enrollment guide with tips for identifying which format a class will take.

Download fall enrollment guide (.pdf)

WVC has a robust collection of online resources for students and employees.

Online resources

The Virtual Assistance page offers a list of contact information for multiple departments on campus and offers to connect students virtually with WVC staff over Zoom.

Virtual Assistance

Counseling services

The counseling department also offers emergency services for students facing food insecurity or financial crisis. If you need help, reach out.

The CDC also has resources Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19.

Experiencing a mental health emergency or domestic violence? See below:

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others:


Chelan-Douglas Health District and Okanogan County Public Health

CDHD and OCPH offer resources and tips for staying healthy and preventing the spread of illness. You can learn more at cdhd.wa.gov and okanogancounty.org/ocph.

 Chelan-Douglas Health District website

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Okanogan Behavioral Healthcare

OBHC provides holistic behavioral health services that promote wellness and recovery in Okanogan County. Learn more at kbhc.org.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is the national health protection agency. Follow along with their COVID-19 information at cdc.gov.

Washington State COVID-19 website 

This website, coronavirus.wa.gov, was created to address developments in our state specifically. It includes information on number of cases and how to stay safe and protect others.

 

According to the CDC, stigma and discrimination can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Stigma can also occur after a person has been released from COVID-19 quarantine even though they are not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others.

Some groups of people who may be experiencing stigma because of COVID-19 include:

  • Persons of Asian descent
  • People who have traveled
  • Emergency responders or healthcare professionals

Stigma hurts everyone by creating fear or anger towards other people. Everyone can help stop stigma related to COVID-19 by knowing the facts and sharing them with others in your community.

CDC: Know the Facts

This is a good time to emphasize Wenatchee Valley College’s commitment to equity and inclusion. Name-calling, racist tropes, or any type of harassment against individuals or groups is never welcome on our campus. Please keep in mind that many of our community members, including our international students, may be dealing with difficulties stemming directly from the impact of COVID-19.

If you experience or witness any bias or harassment please report it by visiting wvc.edu/Bias or emailing bias@wvc.edu.