Protecting the health of our students and colleagues is of utmost importance to Windward Community College. Each of us has a part to play in keeping our campus community safe during this pandemic.

ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia
‘No task is too big when done together.’

The strength in our shared efforts is captured by this ʻōlelo noʻeau, our institutional value of working collaboratively and inclusively. Together, we can find the best solutions and together we can collectively act to support health and safety.

These guidelines were created to assist Windward Community College (WCC) students and employees who are already on campus or returning to campus. The guidelines are based upon information from leading agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Guidance from both the University of Hawai‘i (UH) COVID-19 Guidelines (Interim) and the University of Hawai’i Community Colleges Guidelines, as well as the input of WCC Re-opening Taskforce and Subcommittees, were used to formulate campus specific protocols. As a campus within the University of Hawaiʻi System, WCC ultimately takes direction from the President of the University.

The WCC campus remains closed to the public and will likely remain so throughout the Fall 2020 semester. Only those required to conduct business (e.g. to work or attend class) or utilize campus resources should come to campus. This will help us to keep the campus safe.

Maintaining and protecting the health and safety of all members of our campus community is our primary goal. All students and employees are expected to fully comply with the protocols and guidelines outlined in this document. We kindly ask for your understanding and kōkua in helping to uphold these standards and guidelines as we work together for the good of our campus.

Please keep this document available for your review as situations may arise. Note that these guidelines may change based upon several factors, including new knowledge of the COVID-19 virus, as well as the approach that federal, state, and county governments take to counter the virus. Mahalo for your kōkua in helping us to keep the WCC community safe.

COVID-19

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and spreads more efficiently than influenza. In March 2020, the WHO and CDC classified the COVID-19 coronavirus strain as a pandemic.

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. The CDC is still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.

Much has been written about COVID-19. For the most up-to-date and accurate information on the virus and the pandemic, please visit the COVID-19 CDC website. In addition to these guidelines, Attachment 5 reflects the CDC’s recommendations on how to protect yourself and others.

2•1•1

For up-to-date and reliable information on the COVID-19 outbreak and what you can do to protect yourself and your family, contact our partners at Aloha United Way 2-1-1.

There are multiple ways to reach them from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM:

CALL 2-1-1 or 1-877-275-6569
TEXT at 1-877-275-6569 (include your ZIP code) 
CHAT at www.auw211.org
EMAIL at info211@auw.org

CAMPUS PREVENTION STRATEGIES

WCC’s goal is to maintain the safety of our students and employees to the best of our ability. We will do so through developing guidelines and implementing four strategies:

  1. Requiring our students and employees perform self-monitoring checks at home, before coming to campus each day
  2. Requiring the use of face coverings/masks (including personal protective equipment [PPE], when required)
  3. Adhering to strict social (or physical) distancing
  4. Promoting proper hand hygiene and sanitization

All students and employees are required to adhere to the guidelines for these strategies immediately before coming to campus and when on campus. Failure to do so puts the entire WCC campus community at risk and may result in an even larger infectious spread throughout the University of Hawaiʻi and the state.