WTI COVID-19 CAMPUS SAFETY GUIDELINES
WTI is currently re-opening our campuses to students as allowed by local, state, and CDC guidelines
The procedures listed below have been implemented to uphold CDC guidelines, promote safety, and to help prevent exposures to COVID-19 at WTI. The school also modified its instructional delivery and class schedules combining necessary in-person lab instruction with remote coursework to minimize the amount of time spent on campus and promote social distancing.
This interim guidance is based on what is currently known about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and relies on the CDC guidelines as set out in more detail at the CDC’s web page at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/. These guidelines may be updated from time to time as additional information becomes available.
Therefore, effective immediately, the following safety measures are mandatory for all persons (students, staff, and visitors) while on campus:
- Facemasks are required at all times for all persons on campus when working in a group environment
- Daily temperature checks are required of all persons entering the campus
- Per CDC guidelines, anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be permitted on the premises
Moreover, as the safety of our students and staff is our top priority, WTI will take the necessary precautions to provide a safe and sanitized learning environment which includes:
- Providing facemask to all individuals entering the premises
- Practicing social distancing with stations and seating areas at least six feet apart
- Disinfecting all classrooms, offices, and common areas
- Encouraging anyone who does not feel well to stay home
- Providing sanitary supplies around the campus for frequent handwashing and equipment disinfection
- Posting signs to not enter the campus if you are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including a fever or cough
Finally, WTI actively encourages all sick students and employees to stay home:
- Students and employees who have symptoms should notify their instructor or supervisor and stay home
- Sick students and employees should follow CDC-recommended steps at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
- Students and employees should not return to the campus until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers
- Students and employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their instructor or supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions
Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The U.S. Department of Education has provided Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students who need financial support for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to Coronavirus.
When appropriating the relief funds allotted to Wichita Technical Institute students, WTI considered the U.S. Department of Education’s calculation of Expected Family Contribution (EFC), expenses required for the program completion, cost of living and other financial factors before determining that to remain as fair and inclusive as possible the awards will be distributed in 2 phases:
PHASE 1 (May 2020) – WTI will divide 75% of the HEERF student portion evenly among all eligible students who were attending classes on the date the HEERF funding notification was received April 29, 2020.
- All PHASE 1 students had to be actively participating in their courses and in good standing as of April 29, 2020 to be eligible to receive a grant.
Currently 624 WTI students are eligible for PHASE 1.
PHASE 2 (June 2020) – Due to the continuing disruption in May 2020 of campus operations caused by COVID-19, WTI plans to distribute the remaining 25% of the HEERF student portion to eligible students who began their program on May 4, 2020. Depending on funds available, WTI will disburse equal amounts based on the number of eligible students exhibiting need at that time. This amount may not be the same as awarded to PHASE 1 students.
Currently 212 WTI students are eligible for PHASE 2 (estimated).
All WTI students who receive the HEERF grant must be Title IV eligible and in good standing. They must also (by signed statement) certify they have had expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 and that the emergency funding received will be used for food, housing, course material, technology, health care and childcare.
April 10, 2020 Wichita Technical Institute signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a) (1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. On 4/29/2020 WTI received the Grant Award Notification for the student portion of HEERF totaling $1,606,744.00. As of May 30th, 2020, WTI has distributed $1,064,000.00 of the CARES Act HEERF student portion with each student receiving $2,000.00 each.
AS OF May 30, 2020, 532 Wichita Technical Institute students have received the CARES Act HEERF grant.
For any questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report please contact WTI at firstname.lastname@example.org .