June 29, 2020 - President’s Monday Message

It’s hard to believe that we are almost in July! As you are aware, Governor Pritzker has advanced the state to Phase 4 Recovery in accordance with the Restore Illinois Plan. Please note that between June 29 and July 19, campus buildings remain closed with limited access allowed.

As outlined in Waubonsee’s Return-to-Campus Plan, employees will begin a phased return to campus on July 20, 2020 and a phased re-opening of campus buildings will also start on July 20. Please check the COVID-19 page, www.waubonsee.edu/covid19, regularly for updates on the location and hours of service and the contact information for the various departments and services. Also, be sure to note that when you are on campus, face masks will be required to be worn in all common spaces.

I have really missed seeing our students and employees and am looking forward to experiencing some activity and life on our campuses again.

June 11, 2020 - Updated Campus Building Access Procedures

11:55 a.m.

With the safety of all Waubonsee students, employees, and their families as a top priority, and following current guidance and regulations for Phase 3 Restoration of Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan, Waubonsee is implementing new procedures for anyone needing access to campus buildings. These measures are designed to reduce the amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) required while simultaneously increasing the safety of all who come to campus. It is important to note that these safety measures will remain in place until the college district is in Phase 4 Revitalization of the Restore Illinois plan.

Accessing Buildings - Approval, Temperature Check and Questionnaire 
Effective Monday, June 15, anyone needing to enter a campus building should follow these steps: 

  • For Sugar Grove, enter the campus from the north side and stop at the tent located in Lot N5. For other campuses, utilize main building entrances. 
  • Upon entry to campus grounds, you will have your temperature taken with a touchless thermometer, and answer a short verbal questionnaire. No personally identifiable information will be required unless you do not clear the screening process; all questions are meant only to discover possible exposure to the coronavirus. 
  • Current hours for screenings are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. As with all things related to the coronavirus, these hours and this process are subject to change.
  • Please note that everyone will be required to wear a mask while in buildings or anywhere six-feet of distance cannot be maintained. Gloves or shoe coverings will no longer be required. Employees are encouraged to bring their own masks, but the college can provide a mask to any individual who does not have one available.

Screening Results 

Access Granted 
Any person who answers No to all questions and has a temperature below 100.4 will be granted access to their requested campus building. They will be given a colored bracelet to wear to show their access for the day.

Access Denied  
Any person who answers Yes to any question or has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be permitted to enter any building on campus. 

Any person who answers No to all questions and has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will have their temperature retaken. If the second temperature reading is 100.4 degrees or higher, they will not be permitted to enter any building on campus.

Any person who does not clear the screening process will be asked their name and x-number; and any vendor will be asked the name of their company. This information will be stored confidentially to help in any possible future identification or contact tracing efforts. These individuals will also be given a helpful packet of information with guidance and information on the appropriate next steps.

Safety vs. Comfort
We realize these measures may bring some discomfort, anxiety or even fear, but please know they are in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommendations for preventing the spread of this illness. We are all living in a time when we must be willing to endure some minor discomfort or inconvenience for the safety and well-being of ourselves and others. We appreciate your cooperation, patience, and understanding as we work to make the process of going back to campus as safe as possible for all involved.

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College Policies

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The Waubonsee Community College Board of Trustees has policies that guide the college. The entire Board Policy Manual is available for review. There are a few specific policies that apply to the current situation. They are:

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Waubonsee Response Teams

Emergency Management Group (EMG)

Waubonsee has an Emergency Management Group (EMG) that has overall responsibility for continuity of campus operations and strategic response to all emergencies and incidents. While the issue of the coronavirus is not a current emergency for the college, it is a significant incident that is being overseen by the EMG. The EMG is made up of:

  • College President; Dr. Christine Sobek
  • Vice President of Finance and Administration; Mr. Douglas E. Minter
  • Vice President of Educational Affairs; Dr. Diane Nyhammer
  • Vice President of Student Development; Dr. Melinda Tejada
  • Vice President of Strategic Development; Dr. Jamal Scott
  • Executive Director of Marketing and Communications; Ms. Amanda Geist
Coronavirus Action Team

The EMG has created a team of people to help coordinate the college’s response to the coronavirus. Each member of this team has specific areas of expertise as well as oversight of college operations. The members of that team are:

  • Executive Director of Campus Safety and Operations; Mr. Dan Larsen
  • Executive Director of Marketing and Communications; Ms. Amanda Geist
  • Executive Director of Human Resources; Ms. Michele Needham
  • Chief Information Officer; Mr. Terence Felton
  • Assistant Vice President of Student Services; Dr. Scott Peska
  • Assistant Vice President of Education and Workforce Development; Ms. Suzette Murray
  • Assistant Vice President of Finance; Ms. Darla Cardine
  • Assistant Dean for Online Learning and Flexible Delivery; Mr. Eamon Newman
  • Purchasing Manager; Ms. Theresa Larson