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.
WTI will make every effort to divide CARES Act funds evenly to eligible students; however, due to enrollment fluctuations at the time of the initial grant disbursements, there may be additional CARES Act HEERF funds available. If this is the case, any remaining funds will be allocated evenly to those CARES Act HEERF grant recipients who have continued their program uninterrupted at WTI and are currently enrolled in the month prior to the end of the HEERF grant performance period.
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 30, 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.
AS OF July 15, 2020, WTI has distributed $1,572,000.00 of the CARES Act HEERF student portion with each student receiving $2,000.00 each.
AS OF July 15, 2020, there are 617 WTI students eligible for PHASE 1 and 176 WTI students eligible for PHASE 2. A total of 786 Wichita Technical Institute students have received the CARES Act HEERF grant.
AS OF August 29, 2020, WTI has distributed $1,582,000.00 of the CARES Act HEERF student portion with each student receiving $2,000.00 each.
AS OF August 29, 2020, there are 618 WTI students eligible for PHASE 1 and 174 WTI students eligible for PHASE 2. A total of 791 Wichita Technical Institute students have received the CARES Act HEERF grant.
September 30, 2020
As of 9/30/20 WTI has distributed $1,582,000.00 of the CARES Act HEERF student portion with each student receiving $2,000.00 each. There are 618 WTI students eligible for PHASE 1 and 174 WTI students eligible for PHASE 2. A total of 791 Wichita Technical Institute students have received the CARES Act HEERF grant.
December 31, 2020
As of 12/31/20 WTI has distributed $1,582,000.00 of the CARES Act HEERF student portion with each student receiving $2,000.00 each. There are 618 WTI students eligible for PHASE 1 and 176 WTI students eligible for PHASE 2. A total of 791 Wichita Technical Institute students have received the CARES Act HEERF grant.
March 31, 2021- FINAL Quarterly Report for CARES Act HEERF Student Portion
As of 3/31/21 WTI has distributed the full amount of $1,606,744.00 from the CARES Act HEERF student portion with each student receiving $2,000.00 each. (127 students were eligible to receive an additional $163.34 each at the end of the grant performance period) There were 618 WTI students eligible for PHASE 1 and 176 WTI students eligible for PHASE 2. A total of 793 Wichita Technical Institute students received the CARES Act HEERF grant and 1 eligible student declined the grant.
For any questions or concerns regarding this Fund Report please contact WTI at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also included in the CARES Act is a provision for colleges to receive an equal portion of HEERF funding to use for Institutional Support.
- The CARES Act requires that the Institutional Portion be used to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Schools were encouraged to use the Institutional portion to expand remote learning programs, build IT capacity, and prepare faculty and staff to function at higher levels in remote learning environments.
Quarterly Reporting for the HEERF Institutional Portion received by Wichita Technical Institute is available below:
WTI Institutional Funds Quarterly Report 9-30-20
WTI Institutional Funds Quarterly Report 12-31-20
WTI Institutional Funds Quarterly Report 3-31-21
Wichita Technical Institute School Policy for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)
On December 27, 2020, the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), was signed into law. Recently the Department of Education made these relief funds available to post-secondary institutions to be distributed as financial aid grants to their students.
HEERF II Grant Recipients are required to meet the following criteria:
- To receive an HEERF II Emergency Relief Grant a student must be an eligible U.S citizen or eligible non-citizen (with an Alien Registration Number).
- All students receiving the HEERF II Emergency Relief Grant must exhibit exceptional need.
When appropriating the CRRSAA HEERF II Emergency Relief Funds allotted to Wichita Technical Institute students, WTI will divide the funds equally to all current students (as of the time of grant distribution) who were enrolled as of March 7, 2021 and meet the citizenship and exceptional need requirements.
To ensure that students qualify and then receive aid as quickly as possible, WTI has elected to use (a) the FAFSA as verification of citizenship and (b) the calculation of the Student Aid Index (EFC) as the basis for exhibiting need. Any student who is a Pell Grant recipient on their most recent active FAFSA will be eligible if they confirm their current financial situation is the same (or worse than) it was on the date they originally completed the FAFSA.
- If a student’s most recent active FAFSA calculation does not show they are eligible for PELL grant, they will be given the opportunity to apply for a Professional Judgement. If the Professional Judgement shows they exhibit need they will also be eligible for HEERF II.
- If there are any students who do not complete the FAFSA but believe they meet the qualifications for the HEERF II grant, they may be eligible if the student can provide proof of citizenship and that they have exceptional need. (Documentation for need may include loss of employment for the student or other income contributing household members, high medical bills, bankruptcy, etc.)
Each student receiving an CRRSAA Emergency Financial Aid (HEERF II) Grant will be required to sign a statement certifying their current financial situation is the same (or worse than) it was on the date they completed their most recent FAFSA and that any emergency funding they receive will be used for components of cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, mental health care, or childcare.