Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Information

LCCC is committed to keeping the campus and the community informed about our response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). You can find updates and resources for students, employees and the community below.

LCCC Coronavirus Services for Students
LCCC Coronavirus Student FAQ
LCCC Coronavirus Employee FAQ

Update Mar. 20, 2020

As announced by President Schaffer, LCCC will be extending Spring Break for all students and implementing a primarily online learning environment. Further, all LCCC campuses are now closed. Students need to prepare to become virtual learners beginning Wednesday April 1.

How?

  • Help us understand your technology needs or limitations by completing this online Technology Needs Survey.
  • Use the College's COVID-19 page for access to student resources.
  • Self-enroll in the Online Introduction to Canvas course to learn more about Canvas.
  • Gather your course materials in one place; prepare a quiet space where you can continue your studies when classes begin again on April 1.
  • Check your Canvas Inbox for messages from your instructors; monitor this inbox regularly.
  • Check your LCCC email account regularly.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Canvas Guides in the Help menu.

Identify your access to 24/7 Canvas support. Note that you can connect to support via phone or chat at any time. These services are available in the Help menu. 

Update Mar. 19, 2020

Message to faculty, members of the Academic Leadership Team and members of President's Cabinet.

This message is being shared with all faculty, members of the Academic Leadership Team and members of President’s Cabinet.

Thanks to each of you who’ve expressed concern, offered to lend a hand, and even quietly allowed ALT to plan for the week ahead and our collective focus on our students and their successful completion of this very disrupted semester. Please note the brief details outlined below as you continue to consider the weeks ahead:

  • We’ve grounded our actions at the College in minimizing the chance of exposure to and the transmission of COVID-19 at LCCC and mitigating the impacts of the virus on College operations. These priorities continue to guide our decisions as we consider local developments on a daily basis.
  • We’ve transitioned many of our services to virtual delivery, and while that has not been without hiccups, our students are receiving individual attention at each turn. Most of our student-focused services are up and running.
  • Access to campus is restricted and needs to be authorized for all personnel; please contact me to address that. Thank you Jason, Steve, Sarah, Joe, Ami, Linda, and Danny for respecting the importance of these protocols and adhering to them.
  • We anticipate a virtual return Monday of all faculty and a Collegewide focus on transitioning instruction in all corners to a virtual environment. The innovation so many of you have already developed to meet our students’ needs is very exciting. I look forward to watching that unfold!

A number of you have asked about how to get started:

  • Explore the Canvas course, The Exchange.
    • The CET personnel have collaborated with a number of colleagues, vendors, and sister institutions to develop Canvas modules to assist in the transition to online.
    • HELP resources are identified, and options to get one-to-one assistance are embedded.
  • Outline plans for each of your classes via the Syllabus Supplement. The Supplement form will be filed with the School Dean for each class. A completed example is attached to this message.
  • Explore the College’s COVID-19 resource page and familiarize yourself with the Student Resources. Our students will turn to you for direction and help through this peculiar time; understanding the resources available to them will make those conversations easier.
  • Complete the Technology Needs survey. This will guide the distribution of our technology resources and assure that you have what you need and our students do as well.

I recognize that the details of our operations have changed considerably since your Spring Break began and that this creates challenges beyond those we have known before. Additional details about the remains of the semester will be shared at school meetings on Monday. Remember that we are a large and resilient community, and our resolve in serving students comes through in the most challenging of times. I have seen that daily and know that it will be the norm as we navigate these unfamiliar times. Remember that Friday is a scheduled holiday; I’ve reminded members of ALT that it is a day for them to turn their eyes to family and friends, and to  recharge their well-tested batteries. I hope you will take the day to do the same.

We’ve a road ahead of us; I couldn’t be prouder to walk beside you in navigating it.

Take Care,

Kari Brown-Herbst
Interim, Vice President Academic Affairs

Update Mar. 18, 2020

Dear LCCC Residence Hall Students,

Our world is a bit crazy right now as we deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) concern. We are actively monitoring updates from the CDC, state and county officials to help us manage this rapidly evolving situation.  LCCC is committed to the health and well-being of our students and employees.  It is with that in mind that we are directing all students who reside in the LCCC Residence Hall to move out by March 31st, 2020. Please keep reading, there is more information below to help with this transition.

All Residential students should make plans to move out of the Residence Halls by Tuesday, March 31st, 2020.

Please follow the set of instructions below that best fits your current situation.

1. I am currently on campus or can return to campus to move out by March 31st.

Students will need to pack and remove all of your belongings from your room and the common area.  We recommend you bring your own boxes, storage, and cleaning supplies.  The Residence Halls will have a limited number of carts available for checkout.  Staff will not be able to disinfect after each use, therefore please use caution.

2. I am currently on campus, or plan to return to campus, but I am unable to move out by March 31st.

If you are unable to move out of the Residence Halls by March 31, 2020, you will need to apply for an exception. Please do so by filling out the “Intent to remain in housing” application in the Student Housing app in myLCCC.  Applications are due no later than March 23, 2020 at 5pm.

Note: Exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.

3. I am not able to return home or have other extenuating circumstances.

We recognize that for some of our students who are not able to return home or have a place to go (i.e., international students, student who are homeless, student who are foster youth, or have other unique situations, etc.) that the LCCC Residence Hall is your home.  The Residence Hall will grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis to students who believe they must remain in the Residence Hall.  It is important to note that by staying in the Residence Hall our expectation is that you practice social distancing and no visitors are permitted.  Limited Services will be available.  LCCC staff will be working remotely. All services that can be provided via phone, email, or zoom meeting will be completed in that manner. Students will still have access to internet and other standard services in the halls.  Campus buildings will be closed and will not be accessible.

In order to apply for an exception you must fill out the form “Intent to remain in housing” on the Student Housing App on myLCCC.  Please fill out this form if you are applying to stay in the Residence Halls past March 31st, 2020. Exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and no exception is guaranteed. You will be contacted by Diana Wilson regarding your exception status within three (3) business days of submitting the form. Applications are due no later than 5:00 pm on March 23, 2020.  Remaining in the residence halls will most likely require you to move to a new location in order to offer social distancing of bathrooms and allow custodial staff to clean and sanitize our residence halls. Information about meals, prorating of fees, and other information will be provided to students approved to stay in the residence hall.

CHECKOUT INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Remove all items from room and common area.  Your room was provided a shower curtain and trash can, please leave those in the room.
  2. Clean all room surfaces, wipe out drawers, take out trash.
  3. Get a check out envelope from the front desk.  Place keys in the envelope, seal, and fill out information, sign.  Place envelope in the “outgoing letters” slot by the mailboxes.

ROOM & MEAL CHARGES

Prorated housing and meal plans will be credited to student accounts by May 1, 2020 and will pay any outstanding balances/fees. If you are anticipating a refund, please set-up direct deposit through myLCCC under Self-Service.

CARTS & CLEANING SUPPLIES

The Residence Halls will have a limited number of carts available for check-out, but staff will not be available to disinfect after each use, therefore please use caution. We ask that you bring your own cleaning supplies as there will be none available during check-out.

STORAGE

The Residence Hall does not have the ability to provide storage for personal belongings.  We do not ship items.  If you have someone that is collecting your items, you need to email Diana at dwilsonFREELARAMIE with the first and last name of the individual and the date & time they will arrive.  Diana will coordinate with you about access to the space.

KEYS

If you have left and moved out all items, but you still have your keys.

You can mail back your keys in a box or padded envelope (keys that are lost in mailing will be charged as lost keys) to:

Diana Wilson

1340 E. College Drive

Cheyenne, Wyoming 82007

MOVING SUPPLIES

There will be a limited supply of plastic bags in the Residence Hall lobbies available to students to move out.


 

We deeply appreciate your patience as we work quickly and diligently to address each individual student’s needs.

If you have concerns or questions, contact Director of Residential Living & Learning, Diana Wilson by email at dwilsonFREELARAMIE or by phone at 307.432.1798. We truly appreciate your patience and partnership during this unprecedented time.

Best,

Dr. Joe Schaffer
LCCC President

Update Mar. 17, 2020

Video message from LCCC President Dr. Joe Schaffer.

Dear Campus Community…

I know it is far from a professional production, but I wanted to share with you a brief video message to try and offer a more personal connection amidst all the complexity, emails, and information. 

President Dr. Joe Schaffer talking to camera

Quick Update To Campus

Best,

Dr. Joe Schaffer

President, Laramie County Community College

Update Mar. 16, 2020

All employees will be directed to work from home starting Mar. 18.

Dear Campus Community...

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be top of mind and we've been actively monitoring updates from the CDC, state, and county to help us manage this rapidly evolving situation. As promised in my communication last night, I am emailing tonight to announce our decision to suspend the physical operations of LCCC at all of our locations. While I realize this may, on the surface, appear drastic, the current modeling and actual spread of COVID-19 suggests these measures are not only prudent, but also necessary to minimize the spike of cases and impact on our health systems.

Based on the most recent guidance from national, state, and local officials, and in an abundance of caution, we have decided to cease all physical operations on campus starting, Wednesday March 18. At that time, the following will be in effect for our employees.

  • All employees will be directed to work from home.
  • For certain critical functions, some employees will be allowed to come to campus. This must be approved by their cabinet representative, and they are expected to only stay on campus for as long as necessary to complete the critical function. They are also required to notify Campus Safety upon their arrival and departure. Campus access will only be allowed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Classified (hourly) employees will be compensated for their regular work hours during this time. They will be expected to be available and responsive to work on requests from their supervisor as necessary and practical when working from home. Guidance on how hours will be recorded in Time Clock is forthcoming and will be communicated to hourly employees.
  • Part-Time employees may also be asked to continue with their current responsibilities, in whole, or in part, based on the direction of their supervisors. We will make sure that Part-Time employees are not negatively impacted by this situation, and they will receive compensation at least at the same level as their last pay-period.
  • All employees should be ready and prepared to return to work at any time should the situation change and conditions allow.

You will have tomorrow (Tuesday, March 17) to gather what materials, resources, etc. that are needed for you to be able to work from home. I suggest you also speak with your supervisor to receive additional guidance and to get any immediate questions you have, answered.

Since we do not have clarity on how long this situation will remain, and how long this guidance will be in place, we will evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis and I will provide regular updates as we receive additional information. I also encourage you to visit lccc.wy.edu/Covid for current information and a list of FAQs.

At the end of this note, I will provide some suggested language for you to use for out-of-office email auto response, as well as a script for what we suggest you record on your voicemail.

Finally, I want to remind you to be cautious of dealing with sensitive information when you are working remotely. If you haven't yet completed, or even if you have, please review the Security Mentor training called "Working Remotely: Anywhere, Anytime". To access this, log into myLCCC, open "Cyber Security Training" and then click on the "My Lessons" tab on the right-hand side to see all the training available for this current fiscal year.

We recognize that this is an unprecedented and unique situation, and yet with our collective efforts and the resolve we are known for in Wyoming, we will successfully navigate our way through to the other side of this challenge.

Best,

Dr. Joe Schaffer

President, Laramie County Community College

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Update Mar. 15, 2020

Additional closures and actions effective March 16.

Dear Campus Community…

Although not what we had hoped, but certainly something we anticipated, the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has resulted in more significant measures being taken across the country, Wyoming, and here in LCCC’s service area.  The most recent announcement was from Laramie County School District #1 and #2.  They will be closing all schools effective immediately.  I understand they will reassess by April 6th and determine if they will continue with the closure or resume school. Given the guidance from the Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction, we anticipate Albany County School District #1 doing the same.

Please understand, the primary reason for these measures are to minimize and slow the spread of COVID-19 so that we do not overwhelm the healthcare system.  The following graphic is a simple, yet effective visual of why this is so important.  In short, we need to be prepared, not panicked.

flattening the curve - diagram of the coronavirus spread

The most effective way for us to accomplish the slowing of the spread of COVID-19 is through social distancing methods and good hygiene.  Social distancing focuses on reducing gatherings of significant numbers of individuals, and keeping physical space of three to six feet of distance between people.  This is really the driving purpose behind school closures, event cancellations, and other measures.

I want to share with you some additional actions LCCC is taking immediately to play our part.  Effective Monday, March 16th, the following are in effect at LCCC:

  • The Dental Clinic will be closed until April 12th.
  • The Children’s Discovery Center (CDC) will be closed through April 6th
  • All events (including life enrichment and business trainings) on the LCCC Campus and locations will be postponed or cancelled through May 15th.
  • The Ludden Library and Learning Commons will be closed. Virtual services will be provided.
  • The Recreation and Athletics Complex (RAC) will be closed through May 15th

For employees with children who are impacted by the closure of the schools and the CDC, please take the time you need tomorrow to ensure your children are cared for and to make necessary arrangements.  We are asking that you work with your supervisors on specific arrangements.  The College recognizes this may be stressful time and present significant challenges.  While we need to ensure the business of LCCC continues, nothing is as important as the health and well-being of your family, and that is where we want your priorities to be.  We will make what accommodations we are able to ensure this can happen.

Tomorrow I will be meeting with the President’s Cabinet and consulting with the Board of Trustees to determine what essential staffing functions must remain on campus, who may be able to work from home and perform their work duties remotely. We are exploring this because we believe having fewer people on campus will meaningfully reduce the risk of exposure and spread of the coronavirus. We will also discuss taking steps to limit contact for those in all offices including limiting in-person meetings, reminding employees to maintain a safe distance from one another and encouraging people who don’t need to be in the office to stay home.

As a reminder, our previous guidance stays in place.  If you are sick or have any of the main symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, or cough), you are required to stay home until fully recovered and without symptoms for at least 24 hours. If you do not have enough leave to accommodate your absence, please contact HR to see if you are eligible for our temporary, modified sick leave donation program. 

I realize that you may have questions, concerns, or suggestions.  While I am open and willing to help, I would encourage you to reach out to your supervisor or Cabinet member as they are likely the best positioned to help answer your immediate needs.

Thank you for all you do for LCCC.  Remember, together we have accomplished so much, and together we will overcome this challenge as well.

Best,

Dr. Joe Schaffer

President, Laramie County Community College

Update Mar. 13, 2020

 LCCC’s spring break will be extended through Tuesday, March 31. We are extending spring break for students to give instructors and staff time to adapt classes, activities and services to be delivered virtually.  Beginning Wednesday, April 1, classes will resume and delivered primarily in an online format.

Dear LCCC Students,

Laramie County Community College (LCCC) continues to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in coordination with state and local health departments and guidance from other relevant agencies.  Our two primary areas of focus remain on your safety and education. 

LCCC’s spring break will be extended through Tuesday, March 31. We are extending spring break for students to give instructors and staff time to adapt classes, activities, and services to be delivered virtually.  Beginning Wednesday, April 1, classes will resume and delivered primarily in an online format.

LCCC is making these adaptations to allow students to complete their spring semester courses to the fullest extent possible. By extending spring break, faculty will be able to develop the necessary format to continue providing a high quality education to you. You will receive communication from your instructors regarding how courses will be completed – including lab, shop classes, clinical work, and other hands-on courses.   

Technology hardware (e.g., laptops, etc.) assistance will be provided to students that have identified hardships limiting their ability to learn virtually.  These will be provided on a minimal, as-needed basis. Details on requesting and checking out this equipment will be shared with you in the coming days.

Most all campus services will remain available during spring break and through the remainder of the semester. The residence hall will remain open, although students residing on campus are not required to return to the halls. Students who remain in residence halls will continue to have access to dining facilities. We have identified rooms in the residence halls that will be used for quarantine purposes if a case is confirmed in our resident population. Essential student  and academic support services (such as advising, counseling, the library, etc.) will remain open and operational; virtual appointments and communications are encouraged where feasible.  

Further, all LCCC-sponsored travel will be cancelled and prohibited through the end of the semester, May 15. Other travel guidance from my March 11 update remains in effect regarding personal travel.   Travel to areas (internationally or domestically) with known cases of Covid-19 is strongly discouraged.  

As of now, the campus will remain open during every phase of these precautionary efforts. Concerned students are free to limit their physical engagement with the campus, but offices and buildings will remain open with uninterrupted operations. Please continue to follow previous guidance.  Students who believe they have been potentially exposed to Covid-19 should self-quarantine for four (4) days and monitor for symptoms.  If symptoms occur and/or if you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to remain home or in quarantine in the residence halls.  If the symptoms become severe, you are encouraged to see a healthcare professional.

Your education and safety are paramount to us at LCCC. We will continue to follow CDC and state-level guidance on these plans. Additional updates will be shared with you as details become available. Information can also be found at www.lccc.wy.edu/covid.

Even with the circumstances, I hope you enjoy spring break.  Please know we will be ready for you to finish your spring semester when we start back up on April 1st.  

Best,

Dr. Joe Schaffer

President, Laramie County Community College

Dear Campus Community,

As we continue to watch the news about Covid-19 and deal with our first case in Wyoming, we recognize many of you are concerned with the impact the virus is having on educational institutions across the country. Here at LCCC, our primary goals are to minimize the chance of exposure and transmission of the disease, while also mitigating any negative impacts to the College. Therefore, in response to the growing concerns, and in alignment with actions taken by the other Wyoming community colleges, LCCC will be implementing the following response to protect our students, employees and our community members that visit campus. Please bear with me, this message is longer than usual.

First and foremost, the most significant focus should remain on prevention.  As I have shared before, we control the spread of Covid-19, and the most basic hygiene practices are encouraged.  These include the regular and thorough washing of your hands, keeping your hands away from your face, disinfecting/cleaning areas that are frequently touched, not coming into contact with individuals known to have or have been exposed to the illness, staying home if you are sick, etc. 

CLASSES AND INSTRUCTION

We will be extending our spring break for students until Tuesday, March 31. Classes will resume on Wednesday, April 1 and will be moved primarily to an online or virtual format through the end of the Spring semester (May 15, 2020).  We are committed to ensuring that students will be able to complete their spring semester courses to the fullest extent possible. Our primary purpose for extending the spring break for students is to provide faculty and staff the time to shift our classes to virtual offerings and prepare for virtual delivery.

  • Technology hardware assistance will be provided on a limited, and as-needed basis to individuals that have hardships limiting their ability to learn or teach virtually. This equipment will be available beginning April 1 and information regarding distribution will be provided to students and faculty.
  • Students who are enrolled in lab, “shop” or clinical courses can expect to receive further information regarding course instruction from their faculty member(s) or school dean. That information will be communicated via Canvas.
  • Students currently enrolled in A8 courses will receive communication from their instructor regarding accelerated course completion.

TRAVEL

We are immediately suspending all institutionally-sponsored travel through May 15.

  • We are discouraging booking of travel between May 16 and June 30;  if you do have travel planned for this time, you do not have to cancel. We will reassess in early May. At that time, we will determine if it will be allowed or need to be cancelled.
  • Travel guidance from my March 11  update remains in effect regarding personal travel. Personal travel internationally, or domestically to areas with known cases of Covid-19 is strongly discouraged.

EMPLOYEES

All employees should continue to report to work as normal. Faculty will be expected to report back to work as planned after spring break (March 23).  Gatherings, meetings or a collection of more than 20 LCCC faculty, staff and/or students, at one time are highly discouraged.

As with previous guidance, employees who believe they have been potentially exposed to Covid-19 should self-quarantine for four (4) days and monitor for symptoms.  If symptoms occur, you will be required to take sick leave and remain home, and you are encouraged to see a healthcare professional if the symptoms become severe. 

If you need to self-quarantine, are diagnosed with Covid-19, or have a first-degree relation that is diagnosed with the virus, you will be asked to use sick leave during this time. LCCC will help employees without leave who are directly impacted by Covid-19 and unable to work as defined in Procedure 6.6.1P. LCCC will be creating a temporary, modified sick leave donation program.  Contact HR for assistance accessing donated leave. To qualify, employees must use all current leave (sick, vacation, personal) first.  A maximum amount of donated leave per employee will be 10 working days.

CAMPUS SERVICES

The College will continue to operate essential core business operations. This includes the Children’s Discovery Center, Student and Academic Services, Dining Services (you may experience some limited offerings), Ludden Library, etc. Virtual appointments and communications are encouraged where feasible. 

The residence hall will remain open, although students residing on campus are not required to return to campus. Students who remain in residence halls will continue to have access to dining facilities. We have identified rooms in the residence halls that will be used for quarantine purposes if a case is confirmed in our resident population.

GROUPS/EVENTS ON CAMPUS

Following the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state/local officials, LCCC will take measures to minimize large group gatherings on campus. Effective March 31, all events where anticipated attendance exceeds 100 individuals, will be prohibited on any of the LCCC campuses. Please note, this date may move up or back depending on the most current guidance.

We will continue to monitor developments related to Covid-19 and adjust this response plan as necessary and prudent. We will also continue to follow CDC and state-level guidance on these plans. Future response actions MAY include:

  • Partial or full closure of the LCCC campus and locations.
  • Implementing flexible or virtual schedules of some or all employees.
  • Cancellation of or moving Commencement to a virtual environment.
  • Concluding the spring semester early or delaying the start of summer semester.

As more information becomes available and as additional decisions are made, we will continue to reach out to campus with details and provide updates at http://lccc.wy.edu/covid. We are also developing a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) to answer more detailed questions that have or will arise.  Please also continue to utilize the CDC website for the most current information on Covid-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Thank you all for being diligent, compassionate, and engaged as we navigate these complex times.  I am continually awed by your commitment to our students, our community, and to our mission.  I appreciate all you do for LCCC. 

Best,

Dr. Joe Schaffer

President, Laramie County Community College

Update Mar. 12, 2020

At this time, there is one presumed case of the Coronavirus in Sheridan County, Wyoming. No cases have been identified in Laramie County. LCCC has no current travel restrictions.

Update Mar. 11, 2020

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Wyoming, and LCCC has no current travel restrictions.

Good Morning Students,

As many of you prepare for spring break and time away from the classroom, we would like to assure you that we will continue to monitor Covid-19 (Coronavirus) during this time. As you return from your much-deserved break, we ask that you closely monitor yourself for symptoms related to the virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

We are strongly discouraging travel to countries that have been identified as being high-risk for infection.  If you are traveling to areas that have confirmed cases of Covid-19, or to areas where you will be in close proximity to large populations of people that may have come from these areas (e.g., destination tourism spots) we ask that you closely monitor yourself for symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) as you return home and to campus. NOTE: Fever and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of Covid-19.  

Upon return from travel, if you have been exposed or in close proximity to other individuals known to have been infected by Covid-19, or if you are experiencing the identified symptoms, please self-quarantine at home for four days or while the symptoms are present. If you live in the LCCC Residence Halls, please contact Diana Wilson, Residence Hall Director, (dwilsonFREELARAMIE) and inform her of your symptoms. Additionally, reach out to your instructors and inform them of why you are absent from class. We have asked that faculty try to be flexible with rescheduling tests or providing work online. 

If after four days you develop or continue to present symptoms, we encourage you to contact a local healthcare provider for information on being tested for Covid-19. 

LCCC is not making any college-wide adjustments to our course delivery methods or implementing travel restrictions.  Some of your instructional activities may be modified by direction of your instructors.  They will have approval to do so from their dean, and will also work closely with students in these instances.

As more information becomes available and as additional decisions are made, we will continue to reach out to campus with details and provide updates at http://lccc.wy.edu/virus-information.aspx. We encourage you to utilize the CDC website for the most current information on Covid-19.

 

Best,

 

Dr. Joe Schaffer

 

President, Laramie County Community College

 

Dear Campus Community,

I realize that there is significant, and increasing information (both formal and informal) circulating about Covid-19 (Coronavirus).  Please note, at this time, LCCC is not making any campus-wide adjustments to our operations, instructional delivery, or implementing travel restrictions. However, as we approach spring break for both LCCC and LCSD#1 and #2, we would like to provide guidance for our employees and students returning from break and travels.

First and foremost, the most significant focus should be on prevention.  As I have shared before, we control the spread of Covid-19, and the most basic hygiene practices are encouraged.  These include the regular and thorough washing of your hands, keeping your hands away from your face, disinfecting/cleaning areas that are frequently touched, not coming into contact with individuals known to have or have been exposed to the illness, and staying home if you are sick, etc. 

We are strongly discouraging travel to countries that have been identified as being high-risk for infection.  If you are traveling to other areas (domestic or international) that have confirmed cases of Covid-19, or to places where you will be in close proximity to large populations of people that may have come from these areas (e.g., destination tourism spots) we ask that you closely monitor yourself for symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) as you return home and to campus. NOTE: Fever and shortness of breath are the most common symptoms of Covid-19. 

Upon return from travel, if you have been exposed or in close proximity to other individuals known to have been infected by Covid-19, or if you are experiencing the identified symptoms, please self-quarantine at home for four (4) days or while the symptoms are present. For employees, please communicate with your supervisor; if you have sick leave, you will be asked to use your leave during this time. If you do not have sick leave, contact HR for assistance. If you are on campus for work/class and are presenting symptoms, you will be asked to go home and use sick leave.

If after four days you develop or continue to present symptoms, we encourage you to contact a local healthcare provider for information on being tested for Covid-19. To help our campus remain as healthy as possible, we ask that supervisors and faculty remain flexible with employees and students, providing alternate work environments if possible, allowing for a make-up test, etc. We will provide a similar message to our students about awareness of Covid-19 and self-quarantine recommendations.

For those employees that are not traveling, we ask that you also use these guidelines if you begin to present symptoms of Covid-19.

As more information becomes available and as additional decisions are made, we will continue to reach out to campus with details and provide updates at lccc.wy.edu/virus-information.aspx. We encourage you to utilize the CDC website for the most current information on Covid-19.

 

Best,

 

Dr. Joe Schaffer

 

President, Laramie County Community College

 

Good Morning Faculty,

As we all continue to watch the developments related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we are aware that many of you may have questions about our academic offerings, our students, and school-sponsored travel for academic, club, and sports activities. At this time, LCCC is not making any adjustments to our course delivery methods or implementing travel restrictions. If you are traveling, continue to remind students to use good personal hygiene to remain as healthy as possible.

We recognize that some students may have apprehension about traveling at this time. President’s Cabinet is asking that everyone have a conversation with our students about the possible risks associated with the planned travel and make students aware of symptoms related to Covid-19 (Coronavirus) – fever, cough, shortness of breath. If a student determines they no longer want to travel, they should be permitted to withdraw from the activity with no academic/participation penalty to them. Students should be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses that they have paid. If you have questions or concerns about providing these reimbursements, contact Pam DeMartin in accounting. If the club or organization has paid the fee, we will work to assist the club in recovering these expenses.

If the faculty member does not feel it is safe to travel, the trip will be cancelled completely. Students are not permitted to travel without an LCCC sponsor. If you do travel with students, please monitor them carefully and report any concerns or health-related issues to your supervisor to determine the best course of action.

As more information becomes available and as additional decisions are made, we will continue to reach out to campus with details and provide updates at http://lccc.wy.edu/virus-information.aspxWe encourage you to utilize the CDC website for the most current information on Covid-19.

Best,

Dr. Joe Schaffer

President, Laramie County Community College

Update Mar. 4, 2020

Dear Campus Community…

As we continue to hear about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and its spread in the U.S. and around the world, I wanted to just reassure everyone that we are aware of and keeping an eye on this concern. LCCC is working closely with our community partners and state resources to stay abreast of changes in Covid-19’s presence in America and more specifically Wyoming. We will rely on these partners for guidance for preventing, and responding, to infections in our community.  As recently as yesterday afternoon we met with leadership from the Department of Health, the Laramie County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and others.  Currently, there are no cases of the Coronavirus in Wyoming. 

If you are interested, the most current information is available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Here are a few specific things that LCCC is working on right now:

  • Establishment/Refinement of a Business Continuity Plan (how we will keep the most critical aspects of our work going should the virus have a significant impact on us)
  • Forming communication channels and priorities to help keep employees and students aware, prepared, and to be able to respond if necessary
  • Preventative measures on campus to minimize the risk of the infection and spread of this illness

To the last one, the best thing we all can be doing right now is practice solid preventative hygiene activities. Things we should do by practice to prevent the spread of seasonal illnesses like the flu:

  1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  3. Please stay home when you are sick.
  4. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  6. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  7. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

The last thing I will share pertains to travel precautions.  I know that spring break is just around the corner and many of our students will be traveling.  We also have numerous employees traveling for both work and vacation-related reasons.  The CDC has also provided some excellent information to help inform travelers.  Please see their FAQ’s for more information if travel is in your future: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/faqs.html

As information changes and we receive details or updates on Covid-19, we will continue to share any timely information with students, faculty and staff.

Best,

Dr. Joe Schaffer

President, Laramie County Community College