All Waubonsee students* who are unvaccinated or have not yet provided proof of vaccination will be required to test once a week starting Monday, Oct. 18, using our free, convenient COVID-19 testing sites coming to all four campuses.
*Please note that students who are completely online are exempted from this testing requirement.
Reference the email you received on Monday, Oct. 11 to schedule weekly testing appointments in advance. As a reminder, the test is self-administered, non-invasive, and takes less than five minutes.
COVID-19 testing locations and available times are below (by appointment only.):
Sugar Grove (Bodie Hall, Room 150)
Wednesdays, Noon-6:30 p.m.
Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Aurora Downtown (Early Childhood Center on 1st Floor)
Mondays, Noon-6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Aurora Fox Valley (Room 210)
Mondays, Noon-6 p.m.
Plano (Room 209)
Tuesdays, Noon-6 p.m.
*Students may also seek weekly COVID-19 tests from their primary care physician or pharmacy of choice but will need to upload their results to Cleared4 using the personalized status link previously sent.
Testing Results and Next Steps
Testing results are typically available within 24-48 hours and will be sent directly to your Cleared4 portal and Waubonsee’s Human Resources Department. Any individual who tests positive will be notified by HR and a Waubonsee staff member trained as a contact tracer to follow standard protocols.
We appreciate your keeping us safe, keeping us connected, and keeping us compliant. If you have any questions, view our Vaccination Status Quick Guide, read our Frequently Asked Questions, or submit your question via our online form.
We would like to thank all of you who used the portal to update your vaccination status already. All students at Waubonsee including 100% online students are required to upload their status at this time. Even if you are unvaccinated and do not intend to get vaccinated, you must provide a response by choosing the “Decline” option in the portal.
You received a link from our third-party vendor, Cleared4, via email or text. The process to report your status takes just a few minutes and is confidential and secure. Reference Waubonsee’s step-by-step Cleared4 portal instructions.
If you are unsure of your next steps, read the “Vaccination Status Quick Guide” to clarify what actions you should take.
As a bonus, provide your status before October 18 and you may be randomly selected as one of our 100 prize winners. Keep reading to learn what the prizes are.
As a reminder, Governor Pritzker’s deadline for the mandate requiring vaccination or weekly testing beginning September 19 has now passed and action is needed from you now.
Receiving this important information from all of our students and employees will help us plan the logistics to roll out free, non-invasive weekly COVID-19 testing. Please note that we are just a few weeks away from this happening and will be providing additional information soon.
Upload your status. Be entered to win. 100 prize winners will get their choice of either:
- $500 credit towards your next semester at Waubonsee
- $250 gift cards to a variety of vendors
Keep Us Safe. Keep Us Connected. Update Your Status.
Last week, Governor Pritzker announced that all higher education employees and students must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or complete weekly testing by Sunday, September 19, 2021.
On Monday, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org to your Waubonsee email address with directions prompting you to provide your vaccination status. This email will come from our third-party vendor, Cleared4. This vendor was selected based on its reputation, ease of use, and data privacy.
- If you are vaccinated: Upload a copy of your official vaccination card.
- If you are not currently vaccinated but intend to get vaccinated: Get vaccinated at our vaccine clinic on Wednesday, September 22 at the Sugar Grove Campus, or another pharmacy or clinic of your choosing. Then, upload your vaccination card.
- If you are not vaccinated: Click the decline button.
It is important that you update your status as soon as possible. This will help us in our preparation for providing on-site testing services.
While we strongly encourage vaccination, we understand that some individuals cannot or will not get the vaccine. Anyone who does not provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination will eventually be required to complete weekly COVID-19 testing. This will take several weeks to implement. In the meantime, all employees and students should continue to report to work and campus for classes/services within our current guidelines.
Currently, we are planning to adopt convenient, saliva-based testing methods through the SHIELD Illinois screening testing program.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic On-Campus:
If you wish to get vaccinated, there will be a vaccination clinic held:
- Wednesday, September 22, 2021
- 3 - 6 p.m.
- Sugar Grove Campus, Student Center Cafe
- 1st shot and 2nd shots are being offered
We are facing a public health crisis and will continue to do what is necessary to ensure the health and safety of our students and employees. We appreciate your cooperation as we strive to ensure that learning at Waubonsee remains uninterrupted as we work to implement the state’s mandates.
If you have any questions, please read our Frequently Asked Questions or submit your question via our online form at the bottom of the COVID-19 page.
Given Governor Pritzker’s recent mandate regarding COVID vaccination or weekly testing requirement for college employees and students, Waubonsee wants to make sure you have the most up-to-date information. Please note that until Waubonsee has established processes to comply with these new mandates, no one will be prohibited from attending classes or visiting campus. You should attend all classes as scheduled.
This morning, Governor Pritzker announced a series of additional vaccine requirements. I wanted to make you aware of this announcement and what we know right now.
Effective September 19, higher education students will be mandated to be vaccinated. Those who are unable or unwilling to receive the vaccine will be required to get tested for COVID-19 at least once per week.
As you can imagine, there are many questions. We are working with the appropriate officials to understand these new requirements and how they will affect Waubonsee students and employees.
We understand that this announcement may cause some emotion and concern. Please know we will work with you to ensure your learning remains uninterrupted, as we develop solutions to secure your safety.
We will provide you with updates as quickly as possible on the next steps.
As we wrap up Waubonsee’s fall semester and the year 2020, I want to look back as well as look ahead.
Looking Back – Fall 2020 Semester
YOU DID IT! In the face of a global pandemic, a possible transition to online or remote learning, and countless other personal challenges you may have faced, you persevered. This is a wonderful accomplishment, and I applaud you for it.
Remember that the college remains open through 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, with access to campus buildings remaining limited, and services remaining virtual. Then the college will be closed for the winter break through Sunday, January 3.
Looking Ahead - Spring 2021 Semester
As you enjoy a well-earned break, I hope that you are already making your plans for the upcoming spring semester. While it can be challenging to remain motivated as the global pandemic continues, now is the time to persevere so that you emerge from this crisis stronger than ever.
When the college re-opens after winter break on Monday, January 4, access to campus buildings will remain limited and services will be virtual. However, when classes start on Tuesday, January 19, in-person services will resume and courses will meet on-campus as originally scheduled with all appropriate safety protocols in place (wash up, mask up, measure up!).
And while we will offer in-person services and courses, we will also encourage virtual services and online courses to minimize the number of individuals on-campus as an additional safety protocol. I encourage you to learn more about all the course delivery options at waubonsee.edu/MyChoice.
In addition to the flexibility of our MyChoice options, additional support including extensive technical resources, alternate payment sources, and other academic and student resources are available to help you succeed. You can learn more and connect with your advisor or counselor at waubonsee.edu/continue.
While these are our current plans, we know things may change, and so we will continue to communicate as we lead up to the spring semester start. Be sure to bookmark waubonsee.edu/covid19 for the latest information.
Thank you for making Waubonsee Community College a part of your 2020 and for trusting in us to help you earn your educational win. I wish you and yours a safe, restful and peaceful holiday season.
On Monday, November 9, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced that parts of the Waubonsee Community College district would move into Tier 2 of the state’s 3-tier coronavirus resurgence mitigation plan. These mitigations began on Wednesday, November 11. The Tier 2 mitigations primarily affect bars, restaurants, and other group activities. While the mitigation measures do not apply to colleges and universities, the goal is to limit gatherings and group activities as much as possible to reduce the spread of the virus.
To assist our community in these efforts, the Executive Leadership Team has decided to make some adjustments to college operations that will take effect on Monday, November 30. Those adjustments are:
- All face-to-face instruction that can be moved to synchronous online instruction will do so. Faculty have been asked to communicate their plans by Monday, November 16. So, please check Canvas and your Waubonsee email for updates.
- With few exceptions, academic and student services will be conducted online and in virtual formats. Be certain to check www.waubonsee.edu/servicesdirectory before coming to campus for changes to departmental service hours and contact information.
As before, the college will continue to remain open for teaching, learning and service in online and other virtual formats. Some college buildings will remain open and additional information regarding limited face-to-face services will be shared next week. In the meantime, continue to stay in contact with faculty and staff with your questions and concerns. As always, visit www.waubonsee.edu/covid19 for current college information related to the pandemic.
We realize that these changes may present some challenges and we are committed to ensuring you have the resources you need to be successful. Visit www.waubonsee.edu/techresources to check out a device, get Canvas tips and more. Additionally, the college will still have Learning Lounges available for students who need access to Wi-Fi and learning spaces. Please visit the Student Info Page at www.waubonsee.edu/covid19 for their location on our campuses. Our Academic Support and Student Development teams are also providing help so that you can persevere and continue progress in reaching your goals.
These changes will remain in place through the end of the current semester and through the college’s winter break. The Executive Leadership Team will continue to monitor conditions related to the pandemic and will reassess our plans before the regularly scheduled return to campus on January 4, 2021.
We are all members of – and leaders in – our communities. During this time, it is important that we demonstrate safe practices to help reduce risk while also being creative in making progress toward our goals. Education and learning remain essential to the current and future economic vitality of individuals, families, and our community.
So, please continue to Wash Up, Mask Up, Measure Up, even if you are not on a campus. And, my best wishes to you all for a successful finish to this fall semester!
It’s difficult to believe that we are already half-way through July! I was on the Sugar Grove Campus last week and had the opportunity to review the preparations taking place to begin welcoming students and employees back on July 20.
As we prepare to reopen buildings, it is very important to check the Waubonsee COVID-19 web page, www.waubonsee.edu/covid19, for updates frequently so that you are aware of current hours, which buildings are open, and safety protocols for returning to campus. We are looking forward to being back on campus and the health and safety of students, employees, and community members remains a top priority. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us create and maintain a safe space.
Welcome to another Monday. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend.
- Face-to-Face (listed in schedule with campus location code)
- Online (listed in schedule as ONLINE)
- Hybrid (listed in schedule as HYBRID)
- Sync Online (listed in schedule as SYNC)
- Flex (listed in schedule as FLEX)
Please check your Waubonsee email for additional information. For questions related to our fall schedule, please see our Services Directory for contact information for Academic and Career Advising or Admissions.
Have a wonderful week.
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.
For some of you, summer is a time to take a much-needed break from your college coursework. For others, it is a great time to continue to make progress on your degree or certificate program. Whatever your activities and plans, I hope that your summer is going well.
The coronavirus has disrupted our lives in many ways. I recognize the challenges and uncertainties that many have faced and applaud you for all that you have done to continue your educational journey. As we work through the ongoing challenges of this time, your health and safety is a top priority to us. As we prepare for our return to campus, Waubonsee closely follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as well as the state’s Restore Illinois Plan and the Illinois Community College Board. In addition, we have identified best practices from other institutions.
Fall Semester Credit Courses
We remain committed to providing a quality teaching and learning experience. Beginning with our fall semester, which begins August 24, you will have five ways to take classes at Waubonsee:
- Face-to-Face - on-campus instruction
- Online - the course is delivered 100% online through Waubonsee’s Learning Management System, Canvas
- Hybrid - a blend of face-to-face and online
- Sync Online - scheduled delivery of instruction through a video conference tool such as Zoom on the days and times of scheduled class sessions
- Flex - allows students to choose from among face-to-face, sync online, or online delivery methods throughout the course, depending on what works best for them on any given day
I am excited about these various methods of course delivery not only as a response to the pandemic, but as options that create greater flexibility and increased access for you as you work to balance college and life.
We will provide more information about these delivery methods, including detailed changes to the fall course schedule, very soon. We want you to be able to make decisions that are best for you and have your fall schedule planned as soon as possible.
Return to Campus
Based on our region’s progression to Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois Plan, employees will begin the process of returning to our campuses on Monday, July 20. This means that more in-person student and academic support services will be available to you. I encourage you to regularly visit www.waubonsee.edu/covid19 for the most up-to-date information and contact information for the various services and departments.
I want to again stress that your health and safety is a top priority for us. All of our service and instructional plans have been developed with this in mind. You will be receiving many more details about items such as safety protocols, mask etiquette, physical space accommodations and physical distancing, and cleaning protocols.
These continue to be challenging times. I am confident that together, we can and will succeed. I look forward to seeing you on campus soon.
Happy Monday again Waubonsee! I wanted to share this wonderful video from our Drive-thru Commencement Celebration. In addition, I wanted to make certain that you all saw the email or notification regarding “Updated Campus Building Access Procedures.”
In general, campus buildings remain closed with limited access. Please note that as of today, if anyone does have approval to enter a campus building, the following screening steps must be followed. At Sugar Grove, that means entering at the North Entrance and stopping at the tent located in Lot N5. For the Aurora Downtown, Aurora Fox Valley, and Plano Campuses, utilize the main entrance. A short screening process will be completed including a touchless temperature check and verbal questionnaire. If you have a mask, please bring it as masks are required in buildings or anywhere six-feet of distance cannot be maintained. The college will provide a mask if necessary.
Complete information regarding the screening process is available in our June 11, 2020 update on this webpage. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration as we work to provide a healthy and safe environment for everyone. Have a wonderful week.
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.
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.
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.
Hello and happy Monday. It was wonderful to see so many of you Friday evening for our Drive-thru Celebratory Parade. Graduates, we are so proud of all of you and look forward to all of your future success.
Today, we welcome more new and returning students as our virtual summer eight-week session begins. Did you know that since March 2020, the Waubonsee Community College Foundation has awarded more than $19,000 to 41 students to support additional needs during the COVID-19 pandemic? In addition, the college has awarded more than $281,750 to 413 students through emergency grants funded through the CARES Act. If you are in need of financial assistance, please review the information on this webpage and please reach out to us. We are working hard to connect students with the resources they need.
Make a note to visit this page frequently for updates related to COVID-19 such as adjusted deadlines. In addition, the Service Directory provides information on how to access academic and student support services.
Have a safe, healthy and productive week.
Happy Monday Waubonsee and welcome to the first week of June! It has been great to have a couple of days of warmer weather. Maybe summer is actually here.
In case you didn’t see my email last week, I wanted to make certain that you are aware that buildings on Waubonsee campuses remain closed through June 30, 2020. Summer session credit courses will be taught online or through alternative delivery methods and academic and student support services will continue to be delivered virtually.
For the month of July, our priorities include facilitating completion of 2020 spring semester credit courses for those students who need on-campus hours and face-to-face activities. Another priority is to phase in a return of on-campus student support functions that are critical for the start of the fall semester.
And, although much remains uncertain, we do know that classes, instruction, and access to academic and student services will continue to look different for summer and into the fall semester. Our comprehensive Return-to-Campus Plan will adhere to Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois Plan” and incorporate guidance from the Illinois Community College Board.
We will share further details regarding COVID-19 screening protocols and our Return-to-Campus Plan soon. In addition, we are reviewing and studying a variety of instructional delivery options and will announce plans for fall semester courses in mid-June.
I know that it can be difficult to deal with uncertainty. The author Deepak Chopra is quoted as saying, “All great changes are preceded by chaos.” I’m certain that something great is just around the corner.
Have a good week and my best wishes for good health for you and your loved ones.
This unprecedented time in our country continues to challenge all of us in many ways. Please know that Waubonsee faculty and staff are thinking about all of you and your families and wish you safety and good health.
Waubonsee’s buildings will remain closed to students through June 30. As previously announced, all summer session credit courses are being taught online or through alternative delivery methods and academic and student support services will continue to be delivered virtually.
There are some courses with labs and other hands-on elements that require an in-person experience to complete. Some students still need to get those on-campus hours in order to complete their spring semester courses. One of our immediate priorities is to plan to offer those opportunities in July. As a result, some buildings and departments on the Sugar Grove Campus, and possibly other campuses, may be open and available for limited face-to-face instruction and services in July.
With all of the uncertainty surrounding us at this time, one thing that is certain is that classes and instruction and access to academic and student services will look different for the remainder of the summer session and into the fall semester. We will continue to adhere to Governor Pritzker’s “Restore Illinois Plan” and will incorporate guidance from the Illinois Community College Board’s Return to Campus Committee within our own Return-to-Campus Plan. With regard to fall semester credit courses, we are reviewing and studying a variety of delivery options and will announce fall semester plans in mid-June.
When we are able to return to campus, additional COVID-19 screening protocols may be required prior to entering campus buildings. Further details regarding these protocols will be communicated prior to implementation and will also be available on the college’s COVID-19 web page, www.waubonsee.edu/covid19. We will continue to communicate in as many ways as possible, including social media and the mywcc student portal. Please continue to stay connected with us so that you are up to date on our progress to ensure that you are successful on your Waubonsee Community College journey.
This pandemic has affected all of us in different ways. Each of us responds to and deals with COVID-19 and all the related changes and challenges differently. Your continued flexibility, perseverance, and understanding are greatly appreciated.
Happy Monday and welcome to the first day of the summer semester. We are glad to virtually welcome all of our new and returning students. Please remember to check your Waubonsee email and our COVID-19 website, www.waubonsee.edu/covid19, regularly for updates. And, be sure to review the many academic and student support services available on our Services Directory.
Between all the rain we have had recently, we have had glimpses of warm, sunny days. Somehow that makes everything seem a little bit brighter and our challenges less daunting. There are many creative ways we can enjoy the summer weather while continuing to comply with current physical distancing requirements. Post some of your favorites to social media and be sure to tag #Waubonsee and #WCCPresident.
Hello and welcome to another Monday in May. Congratulations to all who are completing their Spring Semester! I know that many faced unexpected challenges and we are all proud of you for pushing through. As I shared last week, due to the Governor’s announcement of his five-phase approach to Restore Illinois, all summer credit courses will be delivered via online instruction and alternative delivery methods.
We are finalizing details for our virtual commencement ceremony and we will be sharing additional information soon. I know that many families have been very creative in recognizing the achievements of the Class of 2020 and we would love to see photos or videos on our social media feed. Post your photos or videos celebrating your graduation and be sure to tag #Waubonsee!
On Tuesday, May 5, Governor Pritzker presented the Restore Illinois plan that will guide the state through the recovery and reopening as we work to move through the coronavirus pandemic. We are currently in Phase two of that five-phase plan. The Waubonsee Community College district is in the plan’s Northeast Health Region, which includes the city of Chicago.
This announcement led the college leadership to make the difficult decision to move all courses for this summer to online and alternative delivery methods. We know that this decision will affect college employees and students in a variety of ways. Know that there are resources available to everyone—employees and students—to help navigate through this time.
This decision was not made lightly, but the health and safety of the college community, as well as the families of our employees and students, is most important during this time. The Waubonsee family is large and diverse and we do not want to do anything that will put anyone at risk.
We are living in a time of disruption. This change to summer course delivery is a response to that disruption. The college leadership continues to monitor the situation as presented by public health officials and the guidance provided by our elected officials. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this challenging time.
Hello and happy Monday everyone. As I connect with various members of our Waubonsee community, I am learning how differently we all have dealt, and continue to deal, with the uncertainty and strangeness of the world we are currently in. Some would like to find a cave, crawl in, and hibernate until we can go back to life as we knew it prior to COVID-19. Others are energized and excited to find new ways to virtually work, connect, and learn. As someone who enjoys personal engagement and meeting and being around people, I’m somewhere in the middle of those emotions.
Over my years as President, I have talked frequently about balance and resilience. Now, as we face another month of the stay-at-home order for Illinois, I think about resilience; the ability to recover quickly from difficulties and move forward. We are all facing challenges of one sort or another during this time. And, we each possess the power to focus on how we will respond. Will we wait for things to get back to “normal?” Or, will we embrace the challenges, fight our way through, and be better and stronger than ever?
I encourage us all to use this time well, don’t give up, do the hard stuff - be resilient.
The college continues to monitor the changing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus. With a focus on the health, safety, and needs of students and employees, the following decisions have been made:
Summer Course Modifications
There are three major summer start dates — May 18, June 8 and July 6. For the first session, the May 18 start date, courses will be moved online, where possible. If you are currently enrolled in a May 18 summer section, you will remain enrolled; no additional action is needed on your part. Deans will be contacting students regarding any courses where online instruction is not possible or with special circumstances.
In terms of the June and July sessions/start dates, no decisions have yet been made. As more information and expanded guidelines become available over the next few weeks, a decision is expected by mid-May.
Continued Campus Buildings Closure
With the extension of the state’s stay-at-home order, the college’s campuses and buildings will remain closed until June 30. However, all student services remain available virtually. Visit www.waubonsee.edu/services-directory for current information and access instructions.
Currently, the college plans to begin a phased reopening of buildings on Monday, June 1; however, that remains subject to changes in physical distancing directives from the state and public health officials.
Throughout this period of frequent changes, be sure to stay connected and informed:
- Check your Waubonsee email every day
- Visit www.waubonsee.edu/covid19 regularly
- Follow Waubonsee on social media
- Stay in contact with your instructors
We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to learn, teach and win in these challenging times.
Happy Monday everyone! It’s hard to believe it’s spring with the recent snow we have had.
If you have been watching the news recently, you may have heard about the CARES Act. This is federal legislation which includes providing money to colleges and college students as part of COVID-19 related financial assistance. One provision of the Act is that 50% of the funds received by the college are to be distributed to students. We are working on details on the best way to distribute this assistance to Waubonsee students and we look forward to sharing that information soon.
In addition, we know that there is a great deal of discussion on how and when stay-at-home restrictions will be lifted and what our next normal might look like. At Waubonsee, we are continuing to follow the guidelines and recommendations issued by our governor for the state of Illinois as well as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With all of this guidance in mind, we are developing a Return-to-Campus plan for employees and students so that we are ready when restrictions are modified or lifted. We expect that there will be phases of return.
We continue to share updates and new information on the www.waubonsee.edu/covid19 web page. So, it remains important to check this page frequently.
Stay healthy and safe and have a great week!
Hello Waubonsee family! I hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. As we enter our second week online, I’ve enjoyed seeing new connections happening on social media such as the Connect & Chat times on Facebook or the Waubonsee Life/Waubonsee Chiefs Daily Challenges on Twitter. I know that we are all also mastering the art of connecting within our virtual classrooms as well. For all of us, staying connected is now more important than ever. Students, I want to encourage you to continue to reach out to us with your questions, your concerns, your challenges, or even just to say hi. Although we don’t have every answer just yet as our current situation continues to evolve, we are committed to helping you complete this semester and reach your educational goals. We’ve got this - together. Let’s see everyone Wave the W for a Waubonsee Win! Post your #WaveTheW photo on social media and tag Waubonsee.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country and within our communities, public officials have indicated that physical distancing, achieved through stay-at-home orders, is helping although it will take time to experience the full benefit. Experts are unable to predict exactly when these measures will no longer be necessary. We know that this continued uncertainty makes an already difficult situation more challenging.
In compliance with the recent announcement by Governor Pritzker to extend the stay-at-home order through April 30, Waubonsee campus buildings will remain closed through Sunday, May 3. Credit courses have resumed online and academic support and student services are available via a number of alternative methods. Please view the colleges’ Services Directory available at www.waubonsee.edu/covid19.
We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and community members as we work together through this unprecedented situation.
Emergency Needs Fund
During these difficult times, we know that there are many needs and people are struggling with a variety of things. This is certainly true of community college students. The coronavirus has impacted many students' ability to continue on the path to their academic goals.
We ask that you consider making a donation to the Waubonsee Foundation to help our students get the education they are working so hard for. Today's students are tomorrow's nurses, doctors, scientists, police officers, fire fighters, teachers and all other professions. The people in these positions now are making our world safer and our lives better today. Help us as we help our students as they prepare to serve us in those roles in the future.
The Waubonsee Community College Foundation will match donations made to the Emergency Needs Fund up to a total of $10,000. If you would like to contribute to the Emergency Needs Fund to support students, please click on the "Donate Now" button on this page, use the secure donation form, and select “Emergency Needs/Scholarship Fund” from the designation drop down menu.
Waubonsee has recently learned about two new cases of coronavirus among the college community – a Waubonsee employee, the second to contract the virus, along with a Waubonsee student, the first that the college is aware of. College officials are cooperating with local health departments regarding the next steps to ensure the health and safety of the community. Our thoughts are with these individuals throughout the recovery process.
Privacy laws prevent us from sharing many details. However, we can tell you the employee last reported to work on March 9. This employee has reporting responsibilities on the college’s three active campuses (Sugar Grove, Aurora Downtown, and Aurora Fox Valley) and is in a non-faculty role at the college. The last time the student could have been on campus would have been Wednesday, March 18, as campus buildings closed at noon that day and remain closed until April 13.
As part of the state's protocol, public health authorities are responsible for identifying those who came in close contact with each diagnosed individual and communicating with them directly about the appropriate actions to take.
As testing increases throughout Illinois, an increase in confirmed cases is expected. Going forward, any updates on additional Waubonsee-related cases can be found on waubonsee.edu/cases, and public health officials will be in direct contact with anyone at risk of exposure.
Any Waubonsee students and employees who feel like they may have any symptoms of the coronavirus should contact their health care provider for guidance. Anyone who does test positive for the coronavirus is asked to report to that information through the appropriate channel at Waubonsee to help protect the health of other students and employees. Students should report to Dr. Scott Peska, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, email@example.com. Employees should report to Michele Needham, Executive Director of Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, all college buildings at all campuses remain closed until April 13. During this time, all buildings are being cleaned and disinfected to provide maximum protection in the future for all employees, students, and guests. The college continues to adhere to all local and state reporting and investigation protocols, as well as state and federal physical distancing guidelines.
As Waubonsee’s faculty members and students are preparing to resume their learning activities online and through other alternative delivery methods on March 30, the college’s buildings and grounds teams are working hard to clean and disinfect all of the buildings at all of the college’s campuses.
All college buildings will remain closed until Monday, April 13 while this work is being done. The health and safety of all of our employees, students, and guests to our campuses are essential. When the buildings open again and employees return to campus, they will do so with the assurance that every precaution has been taken and everything is as clean and safe as possible.
We thank all of the people on Waubonsee’s buildings and grounds teams who are working so hard on this difficult task during this time.
Waubonsee’s credit classes will resume on Monday, March 30 through online or alternative delivery methods. The college will also begin offering virtual student services on Monday, March 30.
All college buildings, however, will remain closed until Monday, April 13 to protect the health and safety of all Waubonsee students and employees. Because the campus buildings will be closed, some services will have reduced methods of contact for students and employees. The colleges’ Services Directory shows the current status of services with hours and methods of contact. This page will be updated as changes in service availability are made.
We appreciate your patience as the college works to provide maximum service while protecting the health of the community.
I would like to extend warm wishes to our entire Waubonsee community for the health and safety of all our loved ones. I also want to assure everyone that while Waubonsee campus buildings remain closed at this time, Waubonsee operations are continuing.
This week, students remain on an extended Spring Break and faculty and staff are working hard to ensure that credit courses and student and academic support services resume March 30 through online learning, alternative course delivery methods, and alternative service delivery methods. Please check our website www.waubonsee.edu/covid19 regularly for updates. Answers to many of the questions we have received are available within the FAQs section and we are posting frequent updates.
Every day presents us all with hard choices, and I was deeply saddened to make the decision to cancel our May 2020 commencement ceremonies. Celebrating the collective achievements of our graduates with their family and friends is always a highlight of the year for me and I know this cancelation is deeply disappointing to everyone. We are looking into new and creative ways to celebrate our students' accomplishments and we look forward to sharing this with you in the future.
Christine J. Sobek, Ed.D.
President, Waubonsee Community College
In these unprecedented times, our daily reality is being altered seemingly by the minute. We know that this can make an already difficult time even more challenging. The entire college community is working to provide students and employees as much information as possible, while trying to balance our collective safety and our continued growth as students and professionals.
All Waubonsee campuses will remain closed through Sunday, April 12 except for essential personnel required to keep the college operating efficiently. Credit courses are scheduled to resume on March 30 through online learning or other alternative course delivery methods for the remainder of the Spring semester.
Student and academic support services will resume on March 30 through phone, e-mail, and virtual communication when available. Again, all campus buildings will remain closed but we will continue to offer services to our students and our community through alternative methods. Soon, we will provide more information on service times and options for all Waubonsee Community College departments through April 12.
Please continue to put your safety and health first as we continue to navigate through a challenging time as a country. Your Waubonsee family is here to support you and help in whatever way possible. Continue to check the website for helpful information and resources. We will continue to send alerts when up-to-date information is available.
The ongoing situation with the spread of the coronavirus is changing rapidly. The college leadership is working continuously to gather information, make decisions, and keep our students, employees, and the community informed. We know that many questions remain. This update is intended to address some of the questions that our students are facing right now.
The college’s spring break remains extended through Sunday, March 29. Beginning on Monday, March 30, all credit courses will be conducted either online or through an alternative course delivery method. Online or alternative course delivery will continue through the end of the spring semester. At this time, it is not expected that the spring semester will be extended. We will continue to explore options and methods of course delivery and will evaluate any course labs and studio components that cannot be offered through alternative delivery methods; each of these will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If some face-to-face delivery is needed, we may consider some small group or individualized instruction but not until Monday, April 13 at the earliest.
All students will hear directly from their instructors within the next week or so. The college is working through options to determine the best answers to the other questions you have. We ask for your patience as administrators and faculty members develop those solutions as quickly as possible. In the meantime, if you have a question regarding a specific course please submit that question via college’s webpage about the coronavirus at www.waubonsee.edu/covid19.
The college remains closed until March 29. We are hoping to re-open on March 30 with limited services and operations and many of the employees will be working remotely. Administrators are currently reviewing this plan for their respective departments and more information will be provided to employees in the coming days. Many of our services are available online or via email. Please visit the FAQ section of this website for more information.
We understand that there are students who may not have all the technology resources necessary available to them (computer or Wi-Fi, for example) to complete online learning or alternative course delivery. For those students, we would like to understand what those limitations are. If you feel like you do not have all the technology resources you need to complete your courses in these new ways, please send an email to LibraryTechSupport@waubonsee.edu to tell us what you need.
Also,the college has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 commencement ceremonies. We know that graduation is a monumental achievement and the commencement ceremony is a celebration of that achievement. Because of the work you have put into reaching this milestone, we greatly regret having to make this decision. However, the safety and health of our students and employees, as well as the safety and health of your family members, is our top priority. The college will begin exploring other options to mark your accomplishments. For those students who have already ordered a cap and gown, you will receive an email with additional information. If you have specific questions related to these things or anything else, please submit those questions through the college’s webpage about the coronavirus at www.waubonsee.edu/covid19.
Earlier today we learned that an employee of the college has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee works in Collins Hall on the Sugar Grove Campus. The last day the employee reported to work was March 4. This is the first reported case of the coronavirus at Waubonsee. Our thoughts are with this individual throughout the recovery process.
Because of this information, the college is taking additional measures to protect the community. All college campuses will close for business at noon on Wednesday, March 18. This is a change from the college’s previous announcement to close at 10 p.m. on March 18. All college operations and meetings for the day are canceled, including the Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
During this time, all buildings will be thoroughly cleaned. There will be no access to any college buildings until further notice.
At this time, there are no known cases of the coronavirus connected to Waubonsee. In an abundance of caution, the college is implementing the following measures to reduce the risk to our employees and students, as well as to help stop the spread of the virus throughout the community.
- Effective Wednesday, March 18 at 10 p.m., the college will close and will remain closed through Sunday, March 29. The college plans to re-open on Monday, March 30. On Monday, March 30, to the extent possible, college employees are encouraged to work from home. For more information and details from Human Resources read their March 16 memo here.
- Effective Monday, March 16 at 10 p.m. the Total Fitness Center, gym facilities, and the running/walking track on the Sugar Grove Campus will be closed until further notice.
- On Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 campus hours of operation will be as follows:
- Sugar Grove Campus will remain as normal with reduced hours for student services running from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- Campus hours of operation at the Aurora Downtown and Aurora Fox Valley Campuses will be reduced to 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- On Monday, March 30, college libraries, bookstores, the Henning Academic Computing Center, and other student services will re-open but will have limited services available through Sunday, April 12.
- The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has canceled all athletic activities and competitions for the remainder of the spring semester.
- All Waubonsee events with an expected attendance of 50 or more people scheduled through Friday, May 15 are canceled. The college's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 16 are expected to continue as scheduled.
The college's ban on non-essential business travel has been extended to Friday, May 15.
These are unprecedented times. I want to encourage each of you to do your best as we navigate these unknown waters. We can do this if we stay positive, patient, and connected to each other. Don't be afraid to ask for help from those around you. I often say that Waubonsee is more than college, it is community college. Now, more than ever, community will be critical to our success.
Christine J. Sobek, Ed.D.
President, Waubonsee Community College
I want to thank all of you for your concern and dedication as we continue to work through the rapidly shifting developments related to the coronavirus and its impact. And, I want to assure you that our Emergency Management Group and our Coronavirus Action Team are working around the clock to determine how best to ensure the well-being and safety of our students, employees and community.
We are reviewing the action plans we posted on the coronavirus web page on Friday and expect to issue additional guidelines by the end of day tomorrow, Monday, March 16. In the meantime, if you are scheduled to work tomorrow and are concerned about reporting to work, please contact your administrative supervisor.
In the last week, I have seen our Waubonsee community come together to provide support, information, resources, and options. I am truly appreciative of the flexibility, kindness, patience, and hard work of everyone involved. We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and community members as we work together through this unprecedented situation.
Christine J. Sobek, Ed.D.
President, Waubonsee Community College
There continues to be no known coronavirus cases related to Waubonsee and at this time, the college remains open and we do not anticipate the spring semester to be extended; however, in order to decrease the overall concentration of students on campus, Waubonsee is taking the following immediate actions:
Spring Break has been extended one week for ALL students.
In addition to the scheduled spring break dates of March 16-22, Waubonsee is extending the break one week with no classes meeting through Sunday, March 29.
During extended spring break, campuses will remain open and services will remain operational.
All College staff and administrators will report for work during their normal work hours during the extended break. The library, selected computer laboratories, other laboratories, and student service offices will be open for student use during normal operating hours; however, when and where possible, students are encouraged to refrain from coming to campus and to instead utilize online resources (such as SmartThinking for tutoring), email, or phone communication with college staff.
Extended break allows for alternative instructional delivery methods to be developed.
During the extended spring break period, all College full-time and adjunct faculty will prepare for alternative instructional delivery. Training in alternative delivery formats will be offered; more details will be available by Friday, March 20, on the Faculty Development and Engagement website at facultydae.waubonsee.edu
Credit courses will resume on March 30, with modified delivery.
Beginning March 30, Waubonsee will provide instruction online to substitute for as many face-to-face offerings as possible. Lab and studio components of courses may continue to meet on campus. More details and student success resources will be provided at a later date. Students will learn more from their faculty no later than Friday, March 27.
Accelerated courses set to begin on March 23, will now begin on March 30.
Faculty teaching those courses will make necessary adjustments to course syllabi so that all content can be covered and learning outcomes achieved. Where possible, those courses will be delivered online, with labs and studio components meeting on campus.
All noncredit courses (Personal Enrichment, YEP camps, Professional Development, and all Driver Safety classes) will be canceled effective immediately (March 13) through March 31.
The college will be working on issuing refunds as processing time allows.
Adult Education (High School Equivalency and English Language Acquisition) will be canceled effective immediately (March 13) through April 12.
It is anticipated that classes will resume on Monday, April 13.
Anticipated return to face-to-face instruction is currently scheduled for Monday, April 13.
Please monitor this webpage www.waubonsee.edu/COVID19 for more information and details as they come available.
Like many others, Waubonsee has been closely monitoring the coronavirus situation. While there are currently no known cases of coronavirus related to our campuses, we are committed to taking the necessary steps and precautions to keep our employees and students safe and healthy. As such, the following actions will be taken, effective Friday, March 13 at 8 a.m.:
- Through March 31, all Waubonsee events with expected attendance of 50 or more are canceled. For a full list of canceled events visit the Waubonsee Calendar.
- Through March 31, all non-essential, college-related travel by students and employees is prohibited. All pre-paid travel expenses will be reimbursed to you. If you have a circumstance that you feel is essential, please work with your administrative supervisor for approval. In regards to personal travel, we encourage you to give extra thought and take precautions in order to protect the health and safety of yourself and those around you. In adherence with the CDC guidelines, we encourage anyone who has traveled to a level 2 or level 3 area, to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days. For more information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
We are continuing to monitor this situation as it unfolds. See below for additional information and resources, including mental health. Please check this website daily for any updates and information.
At Waubonsee, the health, safety and well-being of our students and employees is our top priority. As such, we are closely monitoring the developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) in coordination with public health officials from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health, Kane County Health Department and Kendall County Health Department. While the risk to the general public remains low in both the United States and Illinois, this website will be used to update the Waubonsee community with current information and resources regarding the College's response.
Current College Status:
At this time, there are no reports of the coronavirus in anyone connected to Waubonsee and all college operations and activities will continue as scheduled. The college leadership will continuously monitor the situation and will make appropriate decisions if circumstances change. Any changes to scheduled activities due to the coronavirus will be posted on this webpage and will be shared on the college’s social media channels, as well as through any other appropriate channels.
Email from Dan Larsen, Executive Director of Campus Safety and Operations:
The 2020 winter season is in full swing and I hope your Spring 2020 semester is off to a great start. Winter is generally considered cold and flu season and this year is no exception. One illness similar to the influenza (flu) virus that has gained notoriety recently is the Coronavirus. You may know the Coronavirus is a communicable upper respiratory illness that produces many of the same symptoms of the flu. The Coronavirus has just recently been discovered in the United States and many are concerned as to what impact it may have on them.
It is important to take a moment to let you know Waubonsee Community College, in partnership with our federal, state and local authorities, is closely watching the developments associated with the Coronavirus. The Illinois Department of Public Health and both Kendall and Kane County Health Departments have all indicated the best actions we can take are standard prevention techniques like:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue away.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
To date, there have been 12 confirmed cases of this new form of coronavirus in the United States, In contrast, there have been at least 15-million flu illnesses reported in the United States since the start of flu season in October 2019.-according to CNN this morning 2/10/2020
The Waubonsee Community College Department of Campus Safety and Operations (CSO) is the contact for any questions or concerns you may have regarding the Coronavirus on campus. The CSO department can be reached at 630-466-6820 and below are a list of links for more information.