Our goal this year will be to provide a safe environment for our students to learn, and our faculty to provide instruction. Limiting mobility around campus, especially during instructional hours where movement can be directed, will play a critical role in the containment and tracing of the virus when it reaches campus. We remain committed to placing prevention and containment measures in place to help ensure we are able to operate in a face-to-face learning environment for the duration of the school year. As you already know, faculty will play a critical role in the process and your patience and flexibility are both requested and appreciated.
We have included several important subject areas below to help us navigate the year. While we cover many important areas critical for starting and continuing classes, we anticipate more will arise as the year progresses. While we cannot plan for every contingency, we will do our best to provide clarity and decisive decision-making throughout the process.
We appreciate work faculty are doing to shape the minds - and futures - of the students who (among all the choices out there) chose Northwest Tech to pursue their education.
Return to Campus Task Force
Social distancing in the classrooms, due to their closed-off nature, will be an important aspect to prevent transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Rather than a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to classroom layouts, we recognize that every classroom and every group of students will require the classroom to be configured in a way to maintain CDC recommended 6' for social distancing. As faculty return to campus, and tables are rearranged, there should be consideration made for a 'teaching zone' in addition to the spacing of tables. Depending on final program enrollment, alternate classroom accommodations may need to be made for instruction to continue. If that need arises, please contact Michael Zimmerman, Dean of Academic Advancement.
When students are out in the labs and shops, social distancing must remain in effect, so it will be important to develop lesson plans and projects that will accommodate the need for distance.
In order to reduce the number of students moving through classrooms around campus, students will remain in their program classrooms for general education courses. General education faculty will have the flexibility to rotate to the programs to provide instruction, or may opt to use Zoom to broadcast into the program classroom.
We will make every attempt to remain consistent with the currently published academic calendar for the 2020-2021 school year. For the latest calendar, please always reference the Academic Calendar site at: https://www.nwktc.edu/students/academic-calendar
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