Coronavirus

WCCS to Extend Online Instruction through Spring Semester, Postpones All Spring Graduation Activities

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The Alabama Community College System (ACCS) announced that online instruction will continue at all of its campuses through the remainder of the spring semester. In addition, due to restrictions on event sizes by state and federal officials, all traditional commencement activities will be postponed.

Online Instruction will continue for all WCCS students. For the safety of students, faculty and staff; Wallace Community College Selma (Selma & Demopolis campuses) is closed for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Online instruction will continue. Please check your classes in Canvas. If you need assistance, contact your instructor.

If you have required documents to submit for different departments, there will be a RED dropbox located in front of the GYM. Please make sure you submit documents for each department in a separate envelope addressed to the correct department. If you should have any questions, please contact the appropriate department for further instructions.

College faculty and staff will remain accessible to students throughout this crisis.

Students should please make note of the following information:

Student Services: Through the myWallaceSelma portal, students may register for classes, view their schedule, access personal and financial aid information, make payments, and more — 24/7/365.

Other Student Services offices will also be working remotely and may be reached as follows: 

We will continue to provide updates to services.

CANVAS and Student Email: IT staff are available to provide support to students having trouble accessing Canvas or student email. Requests should be sent to helpdesk@wallacestate.edu. Contact your instructor with class-specific questions.

Wi-Fi: Charter/Spectrum is currently offering free Wi-Fi for students and others.

Library: The WCCS Library is an Alabama Virtual Library partner, and access to online materials will remain available to students through that online platform.

Campus Security: The WCCS Police Department will continue to maintain a 24/7 presence on campus during the crisis, just as it does throughout the year. Call 256.735.9975 for assistance.

IMPORTANT: If you are experiencing symptoms, call your primary care physician, urgent care facility, or emergency room in advance of your visit. Vaughn Regional is the hospital closest to Wallace State’s campus, and their COVID-19 hotline is 256.735.5530. Know the facts and symptoms of COVID-19, and what to do if you get sick.

COVID-19 Guidance and Interim Policies for WCCS

NOTE: Students should continue to check the College’s website, CANVAS and/or their WCCS email for announcements and updates. Many classes at WCCS are already available in a hybrid or online environment, and others will be transitioning to these modes of instruction during the break.

*IMPORTANT: 

Class instruction will continue during students’ extended break from campus. Faculty will communicate a flexible schedule of instruction and alternative method(s) of delivery for your class to ensure that core competencies of the course are achieved. 

A plan for compressing time to completion of the semester for students who are enrolled in programs that require competency check-offs, labs, and clinical hours will be communicated with students by their departments. 

For the rest of the semester, the WCCS Libraryenrollment services, and other student services offices will be available to serve students remotely. Virtual appointments may be scheduled through the Advising Center website at advising@wccs.edu or call 334-876-9287. Tutoring is also available online through brainfuse.  Basic services for students living on campus who do not have alternative accommodations will continue.  

Accommodations will be made for students with disabilities and for those without access to high-speed internet whose classes have transitioned to online instruction.

Travel restrictions for all College-related international and domestic travel continue until further notice. All non-essential College-related meetings, gatherings and events on campus are cancelled for the remainder of the crisis. An interim employee sick leave policy has also been issued. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving and, as a result, our response continues to evolve. Any updates to our schedule, method of class delivery, and interim policies will be communicated via the College’s website, CANVAS, and email. This information will be updated as circumstances require.

REMINDER

Everyone is encouraged to follow CDC guidelines to Stop the Spread of Germs:
1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
2. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
4. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
5. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
6. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Video)

The College is following CDC Recommendations for Institutions of Higher Education and engaging in enhanced disinfecting practices consistent with CDC recommendations during the duration of this emergency.

CDC flyers about COVID-19 symptomsfacts (Video), and disease prevention (Video) have been posted across campus.

Resources:
www.accs.edu/coronavirus
www.coronavirus.gov
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
www.alabamapublichealth.gov
www.who.org