Moving Ahead for
Safety & Preparedness

Despite the challenges before us, CVTC is committed to moving ahead with a continued focus on our mission while providing a safe learning environment. Careful planning has and will continue to take place to ensure our ability to safely provide education for our community and fill the talent pipeline to support economic recovery. The CVTC Ahead plan provides information detailing our plan for the continuation of quality, safe learning experiences this fall and beyond.

 

Safety Guidelines & Practices

Mask Requirement
All individuals at CVTC facilities are required to wear cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Non-medical masks, bandanas, scarves, and cloth may be used. Students are to provide their own mask. CVTC will not be providing masks to students other than what is normally worn in a lab.

Staff and students must always wear face masks unless in a closed room and alone. This includes wearing masks while providing instruction. Masks should also be utilized outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Based on CDC research, face shields are not proven to provide any benefit as a source to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. Therefore, face shields on their own are not a substitute for a cloth face covering.

Mask Accommodations
If you have a medical condition that requires accommodation, please contact Diversity Resources prior to coming to campus at 715-833-6234 or diversity@cvtc.edu.

Self-Health Screening
Prior to arriving on campus, all participants should self-screen by answering the questions below. If the answer to any of the questions is 'yes,' we ask that you do not come to campus and consider reaching out to your health provider for a COVID-19 testing assessment.

Symptom Check

  • Is your temperature greater than 100.0°F degrees?
  • Do you have a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell?

Exposure

  • Have you knowingly had exposure to anyone with a positive test or symptoms noted above within the last 14 calendar days?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, students and employees should not come to campus. Please stay home and follow the Prevea Virtual Care process for COVID-19 testing assessment.

Health Screening & Door Monitors
CVTC has implemented door monitors and contact-free temperature screening kiosks or hand-held thermometers at designated entrances. All employees and students will participate in health screening before entering CVTC facilities utilizing designated entrances. Temperature kiosks or thermometers are to be used by all entrants. Kiosks will notify people with temperatures exceeding 100.0° F degrees or those not wearing a mask.

Social Distancing, Room Spacing, & Shared Appliances
Group sizes on campus will be limited based upon health department guidelines for the county in which the campus or facility is located. CDC recommendations should always be followed. It is the responsibility of all students and employees to abide by the following guidelines:

  • 6' between individuals.
  • Limit the number of individuals in any CVTC vehicle to a maximum of two.
  • For industries that require close work proximity, CVTC will role model safe lab training practices.
  • Do not rearrange classrooms or move furniture.
  • If you need assistance with room set up to comply with 6' social distancing, please contact Facilities.
  • Shared refrigerators, coffee pots, microwaves, water coolers, and water fountains should not be used. Water bottle filling stations are available for use.

Health & Hygiene
Proper health awareness and hygiene are the responsibility of all CVTC students, employees, and guests. It is expected that all individuals coming to CVTC campuses will practice the following:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cleaning & Disinfecting Protocols
CVTC Facilities will provide cleaning solutions and cloth rags that will be laundered and reused. A "use it, clean it" mentality should be followed, similar to a gym. Persons utilizing a CVTC space (office, classroom, lab, conference room, etc.) must wipe down the area they have used prior to exiting the room. This includes the desks, tables, and any equipment used after each individual use. This helps ensure the next person(s) or class coming into the room has a sanitized area. The sharing of equipment should be avoided. All deep cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted, per CDC guidelines, on a routine schedule by the Facilities team.

// Learn more about CVTC's classroom and lab sanitizing practices.

 

Academic Calendar

2020-2021 CVTC Academic Calendar
The CVTC academic calendar is intended to remain as scheduled at this time.

 

Fall 2020 Course Delivery

Nearly 75% of CVTC courses will be delivered entirely face to face or will include face to face components. Students may review their class schedule in MyCVTC or reach out to their advisor to verify course delivery.

Face-to-Face (41.5%)
Face-to-Face is the traditional way courses are taught, with classes taking place in a classroom or lab setting at a scheduled time. This method is flexible, with night and early morning classes available. Some programs are broken into eight-week sessions instead of traditional semesters, allowing students to take classes at times of year that are most convenient for them while working toward a degree.

To provide appropriate social distancing, larger classroom spaces may be utilized, course section sizes may be reduced, and additional lab hours provided to accommodate smaller numbers in each class or lab.

Blended/Hybrid/MyChoice (25.6%)
Some courses will offer a blended or hybrid model where the delivery of content is provided partially in an online format while labs and scheduled meeting times are conducted face-to-face with the instructor.

MyChoice courses offer both face-to-face and online instructional time, with the student deciding how often to attend classroom settings, or whether to take the entire class online.

Online (32.9%)
Online courses for the Fall include synchronous and remote synchronous learning environments. Synchronous delivery allows students to take classes at times that are most convenient for them while still having close online contact with instructors. Remote synchronous courses are provided at a scheduled class time in a virtual format via Microsoft Teams, WebEx, or Zoom. Our instructors have been working diligently to provide online instruction and hands-on components in a creative way when we can't be together in person.

 

Fall Building Accessibility

The following doors at each building are available for entry for employees and students. All other doors will remain locked for entrance but will be usable for an exit.

  • Business Education Center
    Doors 1*, 3* & 11* will be open during the following hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 6:30 a.m. (Door 1), 7 a.m. (Door 11) 7:30 a.m. (Door 3) - 6 p.m. 
    • Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
  • Manufacturing Education Center
    Doors 1* & 2* will be open during the following hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Door 2) 7:30 p.m. (Door 1) 
    • Friday: 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Door 1) 3 p.m. (Door 2) 
  • Applied Technology Center
    Enter through MEC designated entrances (see above)
     
  • Emergency Service Education Center
    Access through Door 1* will be monitored by office staff during designated hours 
     
  • Diesel Education Center
    Access through Door 1* will be monitored by office staff during designated hours 
     
  • Energy Education Center
    Door 3* 
    • Monday - Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
  • Health Education Center
    Door 1* during the following hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
    • Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • River Falls Campus
    Door 1* during the following hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Menomonie Campus
    A doorbell will be available for access at Door 1* during the following hours:
    • Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Chippewa Falls Campus
    A doorbell will be available for access at Door 1* during the following hours:
    • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
    • Friday: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
  • Neillsville Campus
    Access through Door 1 will be monitored by office staff during the following hours:
    • Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

* Denotes thermal temperature kiosk location.

 

Food Service

Food and beverage will not be allowed in classrooms. Individuals may bring food and beverages to campus. Access to microwaves and refrigerators is restricted. Socially distanced seating is available in common areas.

In order to protect our customers, there will be a few differences from our normal operations:

  • Both locations will offer grab and go options only. Fresh bakery items will be available daily in addition to sandwiches, salads, and snacks.
  • Only bottled and canned beverages will be served. Due to aluminum can production issues, selection may be limited at times.
  • Coffee will be served at the cashier stand, rather than self-service.
  • Cashless transactions are preferred, whenever possible.
  • Catering services will be modified and coordinated as appropriate. Please use the online request form as usual.

Vending machines will still be available for use at each campus.

 

Eating & Study Spaces

Food and beverage will not be allowed in classrooms.  Individuals may bring food and beverages to campus.  Access to microwaves and refrigerators is restricted.  Socially distanced seating is available in common areas.

 

Facility Rental

To maintain focus on providing education while minimizing risk for our employees and students, facility rental and usage by external groups will not be available through January 3, 2021. This does not apply to approved classes and activities offered or hosted by CVTC. Facility utilization for external groups will be reevaluated on a rolling schedule based upon evolving health department metrics and guidelines.

 

Access to Services

Campus Tours
On-campus tours are currently being provided by request.Take a personalized tour with a College Specialist to get an in-depth look at the program area which interests you most. Our College Specialists will answer all your questions and help you complete your application as well. We are requesting a maximum of four people (from the same house) attend each tour.

Virtual or phone meetings are also available for all CVTC programs and will be customized to fit your interests. Students will learn about the programs that interest them, about the multitude of resources that are available to CVTC students and get information on how to get started at CVTC.If there are specific programs or services you'd like to learn more about, please let us know when you schedule your virtual meeting.

Request your individual tour experience today!

College Department Operations Resource
As possible, some departments will continue to operate from a remote work environment or in a limited face-to-face capacity.  Staying connected while are in a variety of working environments will allow College team members that are fielding incoming calls, questions, and inquiries to be responsive.

The College Department Operations Contact Information Resource includes key contact information, in-person, face-to-face availability (on-campus office hours or by appointment), or if your department is operating remotely. Door signs for each department should reflect your current operations. Please utilize the 'Office Signs' templates found on our resources page.

Remember, you should save the link to reference the live document. Do not work from a downloaded or printed copy, as this may quickly become outdated. This link provides viewing access to all College employees.

As your department plans are modified and continue to change as operational changes develop, please send edits and additions to therightchoice@cvtc.edu.

Student Services Support
Virtual and face-to-face services are available to ensure student success. Current hours of operation and other details can be viewed on the Student Services Support page within MyCVTC.

 

Reporting COVID-19 Exposure, Symptoms, & Test Results

Healthcare providers are required to report positive test results to local county health officials. CVTC may be informed of positive test results by employees, students, and/or local county health officials. Local county health officials will direct CVTC as to the follow-up requirement of contacting employees, students, and/or close contacts as well as any communication required. Personal information related to COVID-19 health concerns would be subject to ADA confidentiality requirements and will always be treated as confidential. A reporting process in place at CVTC.

Employees are required to report if they have a confirmed positive test result within the last 14 calendar days, have knowingly been in close contact (within 6 feet and for more than 15 minutes) with positively tested individual(s) within the last 14 calendar days, or have personally displayed symptoms within the last 14 calendar days.

Students are encouraged to report if they have a confirmed positive test result, have knowingly been in close contact (within 6 feet and for more than 15 minutes) with positively tested individual(s), or are personally displaying symptoms.

Employees and students are not required to report when they have recovered (tested negative or exposure/symptomatic free for 14 calendar days or more) or have only worked or attended school via remote access and have not been on-site at CVTC campuses, events, internships, clinicals, etc.

 

Exposure to COVID-19 on Campus

Confirmed COVID-19 at CVTC
There are many variables when exposure occurs. In the event CVTC has a confirmed case of COVID-19 of a current employee or student, the College will work with the Department of Health Services and specific local county health departments to make determinations as to the next steps.

Requesting Test Results
Unlike a disability, COVID-19 is a disease that poses a potential threat to coworkers and the public, and, as such, CVTC may require employees to disclose whether they have been confirmed positive. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) continues to update guidance to help employers navigate the impact of COVID-19. It is also legal to ask employees about their exposure to COVID-19 and whether they have experienced symptoms or to disclose whether or not they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. However, employees are not required to reveal the identity of individuals.

Disclosing Test Results
CVTC will not disclose COVID-19 test results (positive or negative) of employees. If an employee has been on the job while infected, CVTC may notify coworkers who were or may have been in close contact with the affected employee that they may have been exposed, without disclosing the employee's name.

Returning to Work After Exposure
CVTC may require a doctor's clearance before returning to work on-site. An employee may be eligible to return to work when the employee has been symptom-free for 14 days. An employee may return to work earlier if a doctor confirms the cause of an employee's fever or other symptoms is not COVID-19 and releases the employee to return to work in writing.

 

Financial Assistance for Students

The CARES Act
CVTC recognizes the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our communities and students. With the help of the United States Department of Education Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Stability (CARES) Act Grant, funds are available to support students affected in this challenging time. The CARES Act Grant is available to help Title IV eligible students offset expenses related to the disruption of college operations. Learn more about the CARES Act.

 

Information on this page changes frequently and policies are subject to change without notice. Please refer to most current student/staff communications for the latest regulations.