Over the past three months, the Return to Campus Task Force has worked diligently to develop a plan to return to campus for the 2020 fall semester.  Following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), state, and local health officials, the Task Force has taken a conservative approach for the 2020 fall semester. Please know that the safety and well-being of our students and employees are our top priority.

Wilkes Community College’s plans for the 2020 fall semester, beginning August 17th, are as follows: 83.5% of classes will be completely online or have some online instructional component and approximately 16.5% of classes will be traditional with face-to-face instruction.

For in-person instruction, we will continue using the COVID-19 Self-Screening Report. We have implemented strict safety protocols that adhere to guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, Governor Roy Cooper, and our county public health officials. More information can be found on our COVID-19 page.

Please note that as we continue to monitor this pandemic, adjustments may need to be made to our fall schedule.  As always, we appreciate your continued understanding and flexibility as we navigate these unprecedented times.

Stay safe and healthy!

Please login to your Moodle courses daily to locate and complete the mandatory COVID-19 Self-Screening Report before you come to campus. You are not required to complete a COVID-19 form for each course; one form per day is sufficient. If you have questions, please contact your instructor or the Dean of Student Services at sajohnson366@wilkescc.edu or 336 838-6141.

For students who do not complete the self-screening form, your instructors will be following up with you individually.  You will not be allowed to attend class on campus if you have not completed the short questionnaire verifying you have no COVID-19 symptoms or known exposure.

For students who complete the self-screening form and do indicate they have one or more COVID-19 symptoms or a known exposure to someone who has the virus, someone from WCC’s Student Services will contact you to give you instructions on what you need to do and when you may return to campus.

It is essential that we all continue to be diligent in taking this COVID-19 virus seriously and following the safety protocols so that we limit the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and our friends and family safe.

Screening Procedure

  • No flags: proceed to WCC campus or facility
  • Exposure, no symptoms: cannot enter WCC campus or facility
    • Exposure refers to being within 6 feet of someone diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more
    • Stay home for 14 days from exposure
  • Diagnosis, no symptoms: cannot enter WCC campus or facility
    • Stay home for 14 days from positive COVID-19 test
  • At least one symptom * : cannot enter WCC campus or facility
    • If confirmed COVID-19 or untested: stay home for 14 days, AND do not return to WCC facilities until symptom-free for 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medications)
    • If negative COVID-19 test: stay home until symptom-free 24 hours (without use of fever-reducing medications)
    • If confirmed diagnosis other than COVID-19 (e.g. stomach virus): follow normal college policies

* Symptoms include fever, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell, and/or new muscle aches. The more narrow set of COVID-19 symptoms listed here reflects required exclusionary symptoms in order to avoid over-exclusion of people from school facilities.

This is one of the approaches being used worldwide to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. To help ensure the health and safety of all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, WCC has implemented the following physical distancing requirements:

  • Everyone on campus is expected to maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others whenever possible.
  • Signage will be placed around campus encouraging physical distancing.
  • Many exterior doors of buildings will remain locked during the phased return to limit population density and facilitate physical distancing.
  • Everyone must adhere to any movement restrictions imposed by the College.

Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

  • Why: “I Protect You, You Protect Me.” Public health evidence supports wearing face coverings in public, not because they are a guarantee against getting sick, but because they reduce the chance you will transmit germs to others.
  • Face coverings are mandatory when six feet of social distance cannot be maintained, such as entering or exiting buildings, classrooms, hallways, restrooms, or multi-person workstations, and are encouraged at all times. This is consistent with guidance from both CDC and local public health officials. In these situations, it is expected that individuals will wear their face covering. If they do not, student conduct violations may be cited.

Everyone is expected to practice good hygiene, including covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, not with your hands; not touching your face; handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; and using hand sanitizer.

You are expected to wash your hands:

  • At the beginning and end of each class or work shift
  • After using the restroom
  • Before and after eating
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing

Hand sanitizer will be placed at the main entrance of each building. Please use the sanitizer every time you enter a building.

Course Information

Academic courses that are partially or completely online include Blended (WB), Hybrid (H), and Online (I or S) courses. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Blended (WB) courses make up 23.8% of the schedule; these classes will have face-to-face meetings and up to 50% of instruction may be online.
  • Hybrid (H) courses make up 7.3% of the schedule; these classes will also have both face-to-face and online meetings with at least 51% of instruction online.
  • Online (I or S) courses make up 52.4% of the schedule; these classes will be 100% online. Instruction may be delivered asynchronously (I), synchronously (S), or a combination of both (S).

Click here to learn more about synchronous vs. asynchronous content. Moodle is the learning management system (LMS) for all synchronous and asynchronous course delivery.

Click here to learn more about the various course types.

Tutoring

  • The Academic Support Center will provide tutoring online via Skype or Microsoft Teams. For more information, watch this video.
  • Students can continue to submit papers to be reviewed at WCC PaperReview.
  • Online tutoring is also available through ThinkingStorm, WCC’s online tutoring partner.
  • To access tutoring, students can go to the “Schedule Tutoring” link in the Tutoring Help section in Moodle, or click on the Tutoring Icon on WCC Prowler.
  • High school students enrolled in college courses can receive additional tutoring through Tutor.com.

Broadband Internet

Boomer, NC

  • Boomer Fire Department | 5990 S NC Highway 18, Boomer, NC 28606

Ferguson, NC

  • Champion Fire Department | 439 Champion MT Pleasant Rd, Ferguson, NC 28624
  • Ferguson Fire Department | 12660 W NC Highway 268, Ferguson, NC 28624

McGrady, NC

  • McGrady Fire Department | 11461 Sparta Road, McGrady, NC 28649

Millers Creek, NC

  • Millers Creek Fire Department | 5200 Boone Trl, Millers Creek, NC 28651
  • Wilbar Fire Department | 10035 N NC Highway 16, Millers Creek NC 28651

Moravian Falls, NC

  • Brushy Mountain Fire Department | 7990 Brushy Mountain Rd, Moravian Falls, NC 28654
  • Moravian Falls Fire Department | 251 W Brocktown Rd, Moravian Falls, NC 28654

North Wilkesboro, NC

  • Broadway Fire Department |1690 Statesville Rd, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659
  • Wilkes/Iredell Fire Department | 11715 Statesville Rd, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659

Roaring River, NC

  • Roaring River Fire Department | 214 Abtco Rd, Roaring River, NC 28669
  • Roaring River Fire Department (Speedway Rd) | 5225 Speedway Rd, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
  • Shepherds Crossroads Fire Department | 6188 White Plains Rd, Roaring River, NC 28669

Ronda, NC

  • Macedonia Baptist Church | 1120 Austin Little Mountain Road, Ronda, NC 28670
  • Ronda Clingman Fire Department | 3463 Clingman Road, Ronda, NC 28670

Traphill, NC

  • Traphill Fire Department | 8899 Traphill Rd, Traphill, NC 28685

Wilkesboro, NC

  • Samaritan Kitchen | 4187 W US Highway 421, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
  • Town of Wilkesboro – Community Commons | 203 W Main St, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
  • Wilkes Community College – Main Campus | 1328 S Collegiate Dr, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

Click here for additional WiFi/Hotspot locations.

Ashe Campus now has a public hotspot available to students, located in the front parking lot. Please remain in the comfort and safety of your car while using the campus broadband.

Alleghany Center now has a public hotspot available to students, located in the front parking lot. Please remain in the comfort and safety of your car while using the campus broadband.

Additional WCC COVID-19 Information
Pandemic Protocol
Online Learning Page
Online Learning Tips
Prowler Help