April 3, 2020
In consultation with county medical authorities, the college’s administration has decided to rescind the decision made earlier this week to have employees report back to work on April 6, 2020. We have decided that only essential staff as assigned by the college vice presidents will continue to report to work on campus. We believe it is best to err on the side of caution and this decision allows us to best limit contact among employees allowing for optimal safe distancing practices. It is important for any employee who can work from home to do so in an effort to keep the college moving forward. All full-time contract and full-time support staff employees will continue to be paid. Please refer to previous communications from the Payroll and Benefits Department for detailed payroll information.
We appreciate the diligence of essential employees in assisting the college in resuming operations after spring break. Again, to be clear, only identified essential employees are to report to work on campus on April 6.
As stated in previous communications, and until further notice, campuses remain closed to all visitors and students without appointments.
During this challenging time, as the world around us changes daily, we encourage employees:
to communicate concerns they may have with their supervisors,
to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations for safe distancing and COVID-19 prevention recommendations, and when necessary
to immediately complete and submit a WCJC COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form to notify WCJC of incidents/persons believed to be affected by the coronavirus COVID-19, including yourself.
Thankfully, as of today, April 3, 2020, at 1:30 p.m., Wharton County Junior College has not been notified of any students or employees having tested positive for COVID-19. This is particularly good news because our service area includes six counties – Wharton, Matagorda, and Colorado counties, as well as parts of Fort Bend, Jackson, and Austin counties. County specific information about COVID-19 may be found at the Texas Department of State Health Services at https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Although we all have individual concerns related to COVID-19, as an institution, we can always look at the “glass half full” in this situation. Positive outcomes to this crisis have resulted in our entire faculty being trained to teach online, the enhancement of online student support services, and the evaluation and improvement of internal processes. We look forward to continuing to explore new opportunities in weeks to come, especially those related to technology.
Again, we appreciate our faculty for their hard work in creating their courses in Blackboard, our administrators for leading their areas through this challenge, and our support staff for taking good care of our students and employees. The work of our custodial and security teams never goes unnoticed and we appreciate them even more during this time with the extra efforts they have made in keeping us safe. Mere words cannot express how proud I am as the President of this institution to see how everyone is pulling together to accomplish all that needs to be done to provide services to students.
Please remember to remain flexible during this time and feel comfort in knowing that you are a part of the Pioneer Team. Together we will continue to rise above the challenge of COVID-19 and grow stronger as an institution.
Betty A. McCrohan President