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WLC's campus is closed due to the state's Safer at Home order. Classes are being taught online. See the Campus Alerts page for details.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

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At Wisconsin Lutheran College, the health, safety, and well-being of our students - as well as our entire campus community - are of utmost importance. Therefore, we want to provide you with the latest information regarding COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) as it relates to WLC. This page will be updated as the situation warrants.

  • HOW TO CONTACT WLC

    Wisconsin Lutheran College's offices are closed due to the state's Safer At Home order, and employees are working remotely. The best way to reach a specific person or department is via email.

    To contact a WLC faculty or staff member, search the FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY.

    To contact a Warriors Athletics coach or staff member, search the ATHLETICS STAFF DIRECTORY.  

    Please direct media inquiries to Jennifer Garbo-Shawhan, Executive Director of Marketing and Communication.

    To contact specific departments, you may use the email addresses listed below:

    For other inquiries, please fill out our FEEDBACK FORM.

    IMPACT ON OPERATIONS

    • Wisconsin Lutheran College's campus is closed due to the state's Safer at Home order. Employees are working remotely.

    • WLC classes are being taught online for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

    IMPACT ON RESIDENCE LIFE

    CAMPUS HOUSING: In light of the state's Safer at Home order, no one is allowed to return to campus to access housing at this time. Further information will be conveyed as the situation stabilizes.


    MAILROOM (complete information was emailed to WLC students on March 19; a summary is provided below)

    PACKAGES: WLC's mailroom manager is reaching out to students who have had packages delivered to campus. We are working on a case-by-case basis to make arrangements for students to retrieve their packages in person or to figure out the most economical way to ship the packages to their home/current residence, if needed. 

    • Please do not ship any more packages to WLC this academic year. On the retailer's website you can change the shipping address to your home/current residence. 

    • You can also consider shipping to UPS and FedEx, which have pick-up locations throughout the country and Amazon has lockers in various locations that are secure and available 24/7.

    • We cannot forward any packages shipped through UPS, FedEx, or Amazon. Only USPS mail can be forwarded. 

    USPS LETTERS: WLC's mailroom manager will forward any essential mail (bills, letters, etc.) to students upon request. If you don't think you have mail that warrants forwarding at this time, we will hold your mail until we return to normal business operations.

    GRADUATING SENIORS AND NON-RETURNING STUDENTS: Please return your mailbox key to WLC by May 1, 2020.

    Send the key, along with your name, to:

    Laurie Keophiphath
    c/o Wisconsin Lutheran College
    8800 W. Bluemound Road
    Milwaukee,  WI 53226

    IMPACT ON EVENTS

    CANCELLATIONS: ALL events scheduled at WLC through May 31 have been canceled, postponed, or rescheduled. For a list of rescheduled events, please visit our Events page.


    COMMENCEMENT: Seniors who complete their degree requirements this semester will graduate in May as planned. However, the actual Commencement ceremony (originally scheduled for May 16) is being moved to August 29.


    FACILITY RENTALS: All parties that have reserved a WLC facility for an event through May 31 will be notified that the event will need to be rescheduled to a later time.


    WARRIORS ATHLETICS: The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference has canceled all remaining athletic competition for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • ADVISING RESOURCES

    The disruption of normal, face-to-face interactions is impacting WLC's academic advising process. Students should regularly check developments on myWLC (see the Registration Information and Advising Information links in the “Students” section). Students should also regularly check their WLC email for messages from professors and advisors.

    We will be reaching out to students on matters of academic progress and course registrations. WLC has updated the schedule for Fall 2020 registrations on myWLC, and returning students should begin to schedule conferences with their advisors.

    In the event that a student can't reach their advisor in a timely manner, or if advising matters are not resolved to a student's expectation, they are encouraged to use the form below to submit a request, which will be acknowledged within 24-48 hours. 

    ACADEMIC ADVISING REQUEST FORM

    WLC CATALOG

    MENTAL AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH RESOURCES

    Mental Health Crisis

    If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please dial 911.

    If you are having suicidal thoughts or know someone who is, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline at 800.273.8255.Click here for Lifeline Crisis Chat.

    If you, or someone you know, is having a mental health crisis, call the Christian Family Solutions Crisis Line, available 24/7, at 800.438.1772, option #1.


    Campus Ministry Office at WLC

    Follow the Campus Ministry Office on YouTube as they offer devotions and other inspirational videos.


    Christian Family Solutions Resources for WLC Students

    • If you have been working with a counselor from Christian Family Solutions, please reach out to him/her directly regarding upcoming appointments and/or the availability of meeting via secure video connection.

    • If you are interested in requesting an appointment with a counselor from Christian Family Solutions, please complete this form. You can also reach out directly to Jackie Kacmarynski (jackie.kacmarynski@wlc.edu).

    ONLINE LEARNING TIPS

    From Dr. Rhoda Wolle, Dean of Student Success:

    Please know that your faculty and staff are diligently working to transfer your learning experience to an online environment. This is a challenging time for all and we are very concerned about how our students are doing through this transition. We would much rather have you on our campus for your face-to-face classes. But we will all pray for patience and grace as we continue to provide you with an excellent education. Your engagement is essential. To that end, here are a few tips to encourage you as you transition to online learning.

    Please know that our support services are still available to you. Tutoring is moving online for most disciplines. I am still happy to work with any student who wants to discuss study skills and strategies, time management, improving grades, memory and concentration, etc.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Tips to Excel in Online Learning

    • Treat your online course like you would if you were attending in person. You must “show up” if you are going to get real value out of your class.

    • Identify a quiet, distraction-free place for study and video conferences.

    • Try to stick closely with your normal class schedule.  For example, if you usually have BIO 202 lecture at 9 a.m., plan on spending 50 minutes focused on BIO 202 material for the designated lecture time.

    • Estimate how much time you will need to spend daily in order to meet deadlines and keep up with reading/study assignments.

    • Plan to spend 1 to 2 hours in addition to each lecture session studying the material on your own. Hold yourself accountable and set weekly goals. Actively participate in all online learning forums.

    • Use time management resources; utilize a planner to keep track of due dates.

    • Remember to use your RESOURCES. Online tutoring services will be provided. Keep in touch with your academic advisors and coaches as requested. Try using Skype or Zoom to set up online study groups and invite others from your class.

    • Communication is key. Connect with your professors more often. Ask what the best way to reach them is. Go through email regularly. You will be getting even more emails as this is the main mode of communication. Develop a way to organize your emails by course.

    • Find more practical strategies in this Manual for Online Learning

    • Take care of yourself physically and spiritually during your time away from campus. Be in the Word daily, eat balanced meals, get a good night sleep, drink lots of water, exercise, and please, practice social distancing. 

    TRANSITION TIPS FOR PARENTS

    Transitions Are Not Easy

    Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and an infectious disease outbreak where people are being asked/required to practice social distancing and/or quarantine could have a great impact on the thoughts, behaviors, and emotions of those in your home.

    The Office of Student Life has assembled strategies to help you and your student while they are transitioning back into your homes and to learning via an online platform. These transitions are not easy for anyone, but working together can make it less stressful. 

    Keep perspective: No one is alone in this. This is uncharted territory for everyone. It is important to remind yourself and your student that change is usually stressful, but these challenges are an opportunity to learn and grow.

    Be patient: It will take time to adjust to this new normal, and that timeline is different for everyone. If you or your student is feeling overwhelmed try taking a deep breath, go for a walk, remember why this is happening, and/or look for purpose in this situation.

    Know what to expect: Many will feel a range of emotions through these transitions, often stemming from anxiety, worry, and/or fear. There may be concern about the health status of those they care about, resentment about quarantine/social distancing, and frustration with the lack of access to food and household supplies. The uncertainty with the ever-changing situation and the change in routines can lead to increased anxiety, boredom, loneliness, and depression. Be aware of these mood changes in your student. If they are experiencing these for more than two weeks, reach out to your health care provider or one of the resources below. 

    Create new routines: People often feel better and more in control once they have routines in place. Take this time to create a routine that works for you and your family. It should include a regular sleep schedule, meal and snack times, academic commitments, relaxation time, and exercise. It is important to find balance in all of these. 

    Positive mindset/self-talk: The inner dialogue you have with yourself can be either positive or negative. Become aware of it and shape it to be positive. Practice positive affirmations and challenge the negative thoughts that arise. 

    Practice self-care: It is important to take care of yourself at these times. Not only does it benefit your physical health, but your mental health as well. Re-kindle the love for an old hobby or try something new! Get outside for some fresh air, wave to a neighbor passing by, find ways to relax your body, and/or keep a journal. Be sure to exercise, eat healthy, and stay connected to others via phone and/or social media.

    Stay informed: The information about COVID-19 is constantly changing. Be sure to follow reliable sources of information and to limit media consumption if it is distressing. 

    Ask for help: Some will find this time to be more difficult than others. Don't keep it to yourself. Allow yourself to feel the feelings around this situation, which can range from fear and anxiety to depression, frustration, and anger. Then talk to your people and/or a professional. Asking for help is a sign of self-awareness and strength. There are people who can and want to help during these difficult times. Reference the list of resources at the end. 

    Residence Life staff: Peer-to-peer connections and support are critical. Please encourage your student to leverage his/her relationship with residence life staff and to contact their respective RA and/or RC as appropriate.  


    Resources available:

    Health Services
    Jackie.Kacmarynski@wlc.edu 
    414.443.8549

    Christian Family Solutions
    Appointment Request: Text “WLChelp” to 484848
    Crisis Hotline (available 24/7): 1.800.438.1772, option #1

    National Support
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK
    Crisis Text Line: TALK 741741 

    TUTORING

    From Dr. Rhoda Wolle, Dean of Student Success:

    I pray your transition to online learning is going well. We would much rather have you on our campus for your face-to-face classes, but we will all do our best to work through this time. The services that were available before are still available, we're all just working from home. 

    Your classmates who serve as peer tutors are still available to support you. Our data show a correlation between using tutors and increased GPA. It is vital that you stay engaged and connected in a remote learning environment. Please see the email I sent on March 25 for a list of tutors' email addresses. Email your content-area tutor when you are ready, and they will set up a time and a way to work with you!

    Our Writing Tutor team is ready to assist students with writing projects. To get help from a writing tutor, please follow the instructions in my March 25 email.

    As always, if you have any questions, concerns, challenges, or even good things you want to report, I am here and ready to listen and support your efforts. 

  • INFORMATION ON COVID-19

    Students should follow the guidance of their local and state health departments regarding the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak. The general information provided below should not replace current advice from the government, area health departments, or your local healthcare provider.


    KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

    Self-Isolation, Self-Quarantine, and Self-Monitoring Guidance from Wisconsin Department of Health Services (PDF)

    Self-Isolation: Separates those who are sick/contagious from those who are not sick.

    Self-Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

    Self-Monitoring: Monitor yourself for fever by taking your temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact your local healthcare provider.

    Self-Observation: Remain alert for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Continue daily life activities and routines. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact your local healthcare provider.

    Social Distancing: Remain out of congregate settings and avoiding mass gatherings. Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible. This is a non-pharmaceutical approach taken by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease.


    RESOURCES

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    World Health Organization

    Wisconsin Department of Health Services

    Milwaukee County

    Wauwatosa Health Department

    COMPANIES OFFERING ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS

    Enterprise: College Student Travel Assistance

    With colleges and universities announcing campus closures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Enterprise wants to make it easier for students to get home to their families by reducing the age minimum and waiving the young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020. 


    U-Haul: Free Self-Storage

    U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities. The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability.


    Spectrum/Charter: Internet Access

    To help students affected directly and indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic, Charter is offering free access to Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not have a Spectrum subscription.

  • March 25 Video Update

  • March 13 Video Update

  • EMAILS FROM THE WEEK OF MARCH 15-21

    To: WLC Campus Family and WLC Parents
    From: Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, President 
    Date:
     Wednesday, March 18, 2020

    Due to the ever-shifting and changing news that we are receiving, I am announcing a few critical updates:

    • We will be conducting online learning for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.

    • Seniors who complete their degree requirements this semester will graduate in May as planned. However, the actual Commencement ceremony (originally scheduled for May 16) is being moved to August 29, which coincides with move-in weekend for our 2020-2021 academic year. We will celebrate their profound accomplishments with all the pomp and circumstance they deserve.

    • In light of guidance we received from the Wauwatosa Health Department, we are canceling the previously announced access to campus housing on March 19. No one is allowed to return to campus to access housing at this time. Further information will be conveyed as the situation stabilizes.

    There is a lot of disappointment and sadness for all of us right now. Furthermore, this whole COVID-19 situation is beyond surreal, and we all just want clarity and certainty.

    I want to simply remind you that we have clarity and certainty in our best friend, Jesus. As I noted in my video to you a few days ago, the Creator of the Universe has this situation and He has us. And in Him, we have great comfort, peace, and courage.

    Our mission is to prepare students for lives of Christian Leadership … to influence the world and make an impact at life's critical moments. I can't wait to hear, years down the road, how God used this moment in time and these circumstances to mold our students into the profound Christian servant leaders that they were created to be.

    God keep you strong.


    To: WLC Parents
    From: Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, President 
    Date:
     Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    Thank you for your patience as we continue to monitor this very fluid situation.

    On Monday, we notified our undergraduate students that WLC will move to online instruction from Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, April 8. Easter Break will take place April 9-13 as planned.

    As we continue to monitor this situation, we are in ongoing conversations regarding if and when to resume face-to-face instruction and the status of the May 16 Commencement service. Decisions will be made on or before April 1.

    Professors and advisors will be reaching out to students regarding online course delivery, academic progress, and course registration for fall. Students should continue to check their WLC email and myWLC accounts.

    On Monday, students also received an email about Residence Life. WLC will close its campus housing at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 20 until at least 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 11. Students received instructions about how to collect needed items from their residences on March 18 and 19. You can see all the information in the "Impact on Residence Life" tab at www.wlc.edu/coronavirus.

    Finally, WLC acknowledges there are financial questions regarding how prorated housing and board charges will be handled. The college is committed to doing what is fair and right and consistent with best practices across higher education. At this point, we do not know all of the questions, nor do we have all the answers. We ask for your patience as we put together our response. Our primary concern continues to be for students and their families, and for the greater good of our campus and community.

    Blessings on your day.


    To: WLC Campus Family
    From: Ryan Oertel, Vice President of Student Life 
    Date:
     Monday, March 16, 2020

    Per the update that you received from WLC's President, Dr. Johnson, at approximately 4:15 PM today, please note that WLC will close its residential housing at 5:00 PM on Friday, March 20 until at least 8:00 AM on Saturday, April 11, 2020 (a date consistent with our announced move to online learning). In light of that announcement, please note the following:

    STUDENTS NEEDING TO COLLECT ESSENTIALS FROM WLC RESIDENCE

    We have established times for students who wish to collect any essential belongings from your campus housing:

    • Wednesday, March 18 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Thursday, March 19 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Students need to check in at the Office of Student Life (A206) in the Greenfield Administration Building so that a staff member can be contacted to unlock your room so you can collect your belongings. Please do not go to your room without following this process. You will need to check out before vacating the building as well.

    If you're unable to come during those times, you must reach out to the Office of Residence Life at Res.Life@wlc.edu to set up a time. Include your name, hall and room number, and when you will be coming. Please check in at Public Safety (lowest level of the REX) upon arrival.

    When retrieving your belongings:

    • Please limit your time gathering belongings to 15 minutes.
    • You will be allowed one additional person to assist in retrieving your items.
    • It is strongly advised not to bring with you any children, elderly, or individuals with compromised immune systems.
    • Do not come to campus if you experiencing any symptoms of sickness.
    • Only students approved to stay in on-campus housing will be granted access to residence halls outside of the dates and times listed above.

    STUDENTS WHO NEED TO CONTINUE RESIDING ON CAMPUS [to stay until at least April 11, 2020]

    We advise that students should go home, if possible. We understand that there may be students who require on-campus housing during this time for various reasons (see below). We will continue to work with students to address individual needs on a case-by-case basis. Students with concerns should contact Adam Volbrecht, Director of Residence Life, at adam.volbrecht@wlc.edu and complete the EXTENDED STAY FORM.

    Students must submit their request by 9:00 PM on Tuesday, March 17. Students will be informed by 2:00 PM on Wednesday, March 18, if their request has been approved.

    • A student who faces housing insecurity (homelessness or a precarious living situation)
    • A student who faces financial insecurity or is certified "independent for the purposes of financial aid"
    • An international student may fall into any of the categories above. Other criteria for international students include those:
      • Who have immigration, travel, and/or visa restrictions
      • Whose home is in a country currently designated at Warning Levels 2 & 3 and USDOS Levels 3 & 4 for COVID-19 
      • Whose home is in an area with extremely limited internet connectivity

    Please note that for those who are approved to remain on campus, the following will apply.

    • You may be required to relocate to another building on campus
    • Any violation of WLC's Code of Conduct may result in the revocation of housing / residing on campus
    • No guests are allowed in the residence halls during this time
    • Dining and other campus facilities and services may operate on a very limited schedule.
    • Students are expected not to engage in personal travel at any point during their stay. The college has established a 50-mile radius for this type of same-day travel.

    FINANCIAL QUESTIONS

    WLC acknowledges that there are financial questions regarding how we will handle prorated housing and board charges. While we do not have all the answers at this point, WLC is committed to doing what is fair and right. I'd ask for your patience as we address these questions. For now, our primary concern is for you and for the greater good of our campus and community.

    In good and challenging times, how blessed are we to be able to find encouragement, strength, and confidence in our anchor, the one true God: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10). 


    To: WLC Campus Family
    From: Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, President 
    Date:
     Monday, March 16, 2020

    We continue to monitor this very fluid situation. One significant update for today is that we will move to online instruction beginning Monday, March 23 through Wednesday, April 8. Easter Break will take place April 9-13 as planned. The decision about resuming face-to-face instruction on April 14 or continuing to teach online is being evaluated and will be communicated before Easter Break.
     
    As always, please let us know if you have questions or comments.
     
    Praying mightily and boldly with you! 

    EMAILS FROM THE WEEK OF MARCH 8-14

    To: WLC Campus Family
    From: Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, President 
    Date:
     Friday, March 13, 2020

    Over the past few days, we have made some difficult and necessary decisions to ensure your health, safety, and well-being, as well as that of our greater community. Every day we witness how the world is coming together to get through this, and it is important for us as a Christian college to purposefully and wholeheartedly support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our campus family and our friends.

    I felt it was important to share my thoughts about this this unprecedented time at WLC and our world, so I created this video. It is also being sent to our alumni, donors, WELS called workers, and other friends of WLC. It's only about two minutes, and I encourage you to watch it at your convenience.

    I wish you God's continued blessings.


    To: WLC Parents
    From: Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, President 
    Date:
     Friday, March 13, 2020

    At Wisconsin Lutheran College, we have joined the rest of the world in facing the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they're almost indescribable.

    Over the past few days, we have made some difficult but necessary decisions to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as our greater community. Every day we witness how the world is coming together to get through this, and it is important for us as a Christian college to purposefully and wholeheartedly support the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our campus family and our friends.

    As a parent of two WLC students, I felt it was important to share my thoughts with you about this unprecedented time at WLC and our world. Please take a moment to watch this short video.

    To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 news and information related to WLC, please visit www.wlc.edu/coronavirus.

    I wish you God's continued blessings.


    To: WLC Campus Family
    From: Ryan Oertel, Vice President of Student Life 
    Date:
     Thursday, March 12, 2020, 8:30 PM
    Subject:
     COVID-19 Update (Please read this document thoroughly as it contains critical information)

    We appreciate your patience this week as we try to navigate the ongoing updates related to COVID-19. Please be assured that all actions being taken are for the health, safety, and well-being of the campus community. Additionally, we are focused on preventing the spread of illness in our greater community.

    We currently have no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus on campus. WLC will continue to seek and implement direction/guidance received from the CDC and our local health department [Wauwatosa Health Department (WHD)].

    This continues to be a complex and fluid situation requiring thoughtful analysis and careful deliberation, yet implemented with swift action if needed. As a result, we are taking the following measures (noted below). Please be aware that as we learn more, we may need to make changes to these plans on a regular basis.

    To stay up-to-date, please regularly check your WLC email, our dedicated webpage, and make sure you are receiving notifications from our Warrior Emergency Notification System. If you are not receiving those notifications via, please contact the WLC IT office at 414.443.8911.

    Further, it is critical for each individual of our campus community (faculty, staff, students, adjuncts, contracted partners, etc.) to make note of and/or comply with the following guidance and/or expectations:

    CAMPUS HOUSING/RESIDENCE LIFE
    As noted earlier today, WLC has an Extended Spring Break through March 22. Students who are living in any campus housing should plan to be away from campus for the following week and potentially beyond. Accordingly, take all essential belongings (e.g., academic materials, laptops, and medications) with you.

    • Students who are currently on campus are encouraged to leave campus no later than Sunday, March 15 at 9:00 PM for the Extended Spring Break.
    • For students who are not currently in the residence halls, we are asking that you do not return to/move back to campus. If you need to return to gather essential belongings, please do so no later than 9:00 PM this Sunday, March 15.
    • If you are currently on a WLC-sponsored trip, you are able to retrieve essential belongings from your residence until 9:00 PM on Sunday, March 15. In addition, work with your trip leader as appropriate regarding other questions and concerns.
    • Students unable to return home or needing to reside in campus housing during the Extended Spring Break period (through March 22) will need to receive approval from the Director of Residence Life by submitting the Extended Spring Break form.

    FOOD SERVICE AND STUDENT PROGRAMMING

    • For those who need to/must remain on campus, the plan is for dining services to continue at some level. Please continue to watch for more information.
    • All student programming scheduled for the week of March 16-22 has been canceled or postponed. Please watch for further updates.

    INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL (*NOTE: Applies to Students, Faculty, Staff, and Adjuncts)

    • Those who have traveled internationally over Spring Break or in the past 30 days must complete the International Travel Form, download it, and email it to healthservices@wlc.edu by 6:00 PM on Wednesday, March 18.
    • If you have traveled to a Level 2 or Level 3 country (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan), you must self-quarantine and self-monitor (see definitions below) for 14 days from the last day in that country.
    • If you were on a cruise ship, self-monitor and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning. If a case of COVID-19 was reported on your ship during the cruise, self-quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days following your return.
    • If a family member whom you live with has traveled to a Level 2 or Level 3 country (China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Japan), you must self-quarantine and self-monitor for 14 days from their re-entry date.

    DOMESTIC TRAVEL (*NOTE: Applies to Students, Faculty, Staff, and Adjuncts)

    • If you traveled anywhere outside of Wisconsin during Spring Break, you must complete this form and self-observe for 14 days upon your return.
    • If you have traveled to the states of California, Washington, Massachusetts (added March 13) and/or New York, the DHS recommends you self-quarantine and self-monitor at home for 14 days.

    ASSESSING YOUR RISK (*NOTE: Applies to Students, Faculty, Staff, and Adjuncts)

    • If you had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of symptom onset, you must self-quarantineself-monitor, and seek medical care immediately per the CDC recommendations.
    • The CDC has identified older adults and those with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and/or diabetes at higher risk for serious illness with COVID-19.

    DEVELOPING SYMPTOMS (*NOTE: Applies to Students, Faculty, Staff, and Adjuncts)

    • You are strongly encouraged to self-report any symptoms to WLC Health Services and your local healthcare provider for your own health and safety, as well as for the health and safety of the larger community.
    • Symptoms can range from mild to severe and include fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing.
    • If you develop any symptoms, self-isolate, and contact your local healthcare provider or WLC Health Services (414.443.8630 / healthservices@wlc.edu) for additional directives.
      • Call ahead. Do not walk-in. This is a precautionary measure to mitigate the potential spread of the virus.
      • Inform the person on the phone/replying via email about your recent travel and symptoms.
      • Avoid contact with others and do not use public transportation.
      • If possible, go to your permanent home/residence to self-isolate/self-quarantine.
    • For students, if you become sick/symptomatic: Please make arrangements with your respective professor(s) and/or Karen Sitz (karen.sitz@wlc.edu) regarding any classes that will be missed.
    • For faculty and staff, if you become sick/symptomatic: Please make arrangements with your supervisor and he/she will work directly with Human Resources and senior leadership for any classes or work days that will be missed.

    ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONS YOU CAN TAKE

    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow.
    • Regularly wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
    • If you are sick, stay home. Do not go to work or any public venue.
    • Practice social distancing (see definition below).

    ADDITIONAL CAMPUS SUPPORTS AND MEASURES THE COLLEGE IS TAKING (*NOTE: Applies to Students)

    • Health Services is available by calling 414.443.8630 or emailing healthservices@wlc.edu.
    • If you have been working with a counselor from Christian Family Solutions, please reach out to him/her directly regarding upcoming appointments and/or the availability of meeting via secure video connection.
    • If you are interested in requesting an appointment with a counselor from Christian Family Solutions, please complete this form. You can also reach out directly to Jackie Kacmarynski (jackie.kacmarynski@wlc.edu).

    STUDENT-ATHLETES

    Student-athletes should watch for communication from the WLC Athletic Department and/or your respective coach regarding Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) competitions/events and potential impact on the schedule.

    KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

    Self-Isolation: Separates those who are sick/contagious from those who are not sick. The CDC offers the following guidance.

    Self-Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

    Self-Monitoring: Monitor yourself for fever by taking your temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact your local healthcare provider or Health Services.

    Self-Observation: Remain alert for fever, cough, or difficulty breathing. Continue daily life activities and routines. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact your local healthcare provider or Health Services.

    Social Distancing: Remain out of congregate settings and avoiding mass gatherings. Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible. This is a non-pharmaceutical approach taken by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious disease.

    RESOURCES

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    World Health Organization

    Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Fact Sheet (PDF)

    Wauwatosa Health Department

    Wisconsin Lutheran College COVID-19 Updates and Campus Alerts


    To: WLC Parents
    From: Ryan Oertel, Vice President of Student Life 
    Date:
     Thursday, March 12, 2020, 6:30 PM

    This morning, WLC students, faculty, and staff received updated information regarding WLC's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. We sent them Warrior Alert messages via text and email. Students will be receiving a more detailed email later today as well.

    The Warrior Alert email message is shown below. Our COVID-19/Coronavirus webpage also contains this information and is being updated as circumstances change. Further details about campus housing have just been added; please monitor this webpage for current updates.


    To: WLC Campus Family
    From: Ryan Oertel, Vice President of Student Life 
    Date:
     Thursday, March 12, 2020, 3:30 PM

    As a follow up to the earlier Warrior Alert text and email you received, I share the information below to provide clarification regarding on-campus housing/residence life process/procedures. 

    As you think about what to take, please plan to be away from campus for the following week and potentially beyond.  Accordingly, take all essential belongings (e.g., academic materials, laptops, and medications) with you.

    • Students who are currently on campus are encouraged to leave campus no later than Sunday, March 15 at 9:00 PM for the Extended Spring Break.
    • Students unable to return home or needing to reside in campus housing during the Extended Spring Break period (through March 22) will need to receive approval from the Director of Residence Life by submitting the Extended Spring Break form.
    • For students who are not currently in the residence halls, we are asking that you do not return to/move back to campus. If you need to return to gather essential belongings, please do so no later than 9:00 PM this Sunday, March 15.
    • If you are currently on a WLC-sponsored trip, you are able to retrieve essential belongings from your residence until 9:00 PM on Sunday, March 15. In addition, work with your trip leader as appropriate regarding other questions and concerns.

    Please note that Trinity Home Group (facilities management company) will be intentionally cleaning high-traffic areas during the Extended Spring Break. 


    To: WLC Campus Family
    From: Dr. Daniel W. Johnson, President 
    Date:
     Thursday, March 12, 2020, 11:30 AM

    As you know, we have been tracking the latest developments regarding the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). We have made several short-term decisions:

    • We are extending Spring Break by one week (through March 22).
    • The decision to deliver classes online or in-person beginning the week of March 23 will be made and communicated by noon on Tuesday, March 17.
    • The residence halls will remain open for those students who are currently on campus and for students who need to gather their belongings, get books, etc.
    • For students who are not currently in the residence halls, we are asking that you do not move back to campus.
    • There is no decision regarding athletics until the NACC conference leadership meets in the near future.
    • The campus will remain open and all staff are expected to report to work accordingly.
    • We are evaluating all scheduled campus events and will provide an update as soon as possible.  
    • Information related to WLC's Adult Accelerated Degree Completion and Graduate Studies programs will be sent directly to affected students through their WLC email.

    More detailed communication will be sent this afternoon. Please regularly check your email and the following web page: www.wlc.edu/coronavirus. Any urgent updates will be sent to you by way of our Warrior Alert Notification System. If you are not getting these emergency notifications, please contact IT at 414.443.8911. 

    We continue to pray for the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. 

    EMAILS FROM THE WEEK OF MARCH 1-7

    To: WLC Parents
    From: Ryan Oertel, Vice President of Student Life 
    Date:
     Thursday, March 5, 2020

    On March 4, we shared our third update with WLC students regarding COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). We felt it was important to provide this information to them - and to you - prior to our Spring Break.The text of the email we sent to students is below. Our Campus Alert webpage also contains this information and will be updated as needed.


    To: WLC Campus Family
    From: Ryan Oertel, Vice President of Student Life, and Jackie Kacmarynski, Director of Health Services
    Date:
     Wednesday, March 4, 2020

    Your personal health, safety, and well-being, as well as our campus community's, are of utmost importance. Therefore, we want to provide you with another update regarding COVID-19 - previously known as 2019 novel coronavirus. Thank you in advance for reading this information from beginning to end.

    We continue to actively monitor developments associated with the spread of COVID-19 in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WI-DHS), and Wauwatosa Health Department. Although the virus continues to spread across the world, we want to share that the risk to our WLC community at this time remains low.

    The CDC and Wisconsin health officials shared this week that the United States should prepare for the possibility of widespread transmission of COVID-19. Planning for a potential outbreak on campus started weeks ago and continues. Representatives from Health Services, Student Life, and Academics have updated a WLC Pandemic/Infectious Disease Response Plan. Topics of the plan include Academic Continuity, Business Continuity, Campus Safety and Security, Student Life, and Communication. It is impossible to plan for every scenario with certainty, but this Response Plan provides a framework for specific responsibilities should a response become necessary.

    Proactive planning/preparation is not intended to alarm; it has become clear that we as a college must be ready to deploy a strategy that takes into account the health and safety of our community as well as academic continuity obligations we have to our students. We will continue to collaborate with public health partners to make sure that the campus is able to limit or prevent further spread should a case present itself.

    What can you do to protect yourself?

    The CDC recommends the following general best health practices to prevent sickness:

    • Wash hands often with soap and water
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, using your elbow or a tissue
    • Clean high hand-traffic areas regularly (doorknobs, light switches, etc.)

    Travel Information

    Students who are planning international or domestic travel during spring break are encouraged to actively monitor travel advisories. Also, please keep in mind the following:

    • Understand and routinely check any travel restrictions
    • Allow additional time in the airport, taking into consideration potential health screenings
    • Monitor the status of your flight
    • Do not travel if you are sick; travelers who are sick are at higher risk of being quarantined and having health testing

    Specifically, travel requiring re-entry to the United States from areas that have been impacted may be problematic given the unpredictable nature of the situation. This situation is likely to continue to rapidly change, so we encourage you to check both the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control websites to find updated guidance for your destination as well as for those countries you may plan to travel through.

    At the time of this letter, the CDC has indicated that all nonessential travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan be postponed until a later date.

    If you do travel internationally over break, please be sure to connect with WLC Health Services upon your return in order to complete the WLC Travel Re-entry Form.

    On-Campus Support Available

    Health Services, Student Support, Campus Ministry, Resident Life, and the Office of Student Life are available to support our campus community. Additionally, if you have any concerns regarding unfair treatment, discrimination, or harassment, we encourage you to complete this online form or reach out directly to ryan.oertel@wlc.edu.

    Thank you, and God bless your remaining days this week as well as your break.

    Ryan Oertel             
    Vice President of Student Life
    Office: 414.443.8825

    Jackie Kacmarynski, LPC 
    Director of Health Services
    Office: 414.443.8549