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To safeguard the health of our campus community, we have modified many of our operations in accordance with public health guidance. You can be assured that we have safety protocols and strict screening measures, strict sanitation procedures and social distancing measures to ensure the safety of our students, staff and guests.

Health + Safety

We’re all in this together! We encourage all members of the campus community to do their part in following health protocols and safety guidelines.

Masks

Effective June 1st, NTC will adopt the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on masking. For those who are fully vaccinated, face masks will be optional on campus. Staff, students and visitors who are not fully vaccinated need to continue wearing masks to respect the health and safety of others on campus. In order to protect the privacy of our students and staff, we will not require proof of vaccination upon entry to the College. We will be using the honor system and ask that all students, staff and visitors be respectful in abiding by the updated mask protocol, recognizing that it is our collective responsibility to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. As a mask-friendly campus environment, we encourage you to continue to be respectful of others as they make their individual choices. Masks will remain optional for all students, staff and visitors while outdoors.

Social Distancing

Social distancing of six feet apart or more is expected while on campus. Classroom and lab room capacities have been adjusted to ensure social distancing of desks and work spaces. In lab areas where social distancing is not feasible, appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided for students and staff.

Symptom Self-Monitoring

Members of the NTC campus community will be expected to monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19 daily. If you experience symptoms, you should refrain from coming to campus and contact your healthcare provider.

Personal Hygiene

Practice good personal hygiene habits including washing hands frequently with soap and water or using  hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Academic Instruction

We are pleased to share that we are offering more ways to take our courses than ever before. Whether you plan to complete your classes in person, online or in a combination of ways, we are committed to providing classes to our students in a variety of delivery modes to meet student needs. We know that planning for this academic year presents unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we are also offering combination options that give you the opportunity to choose how you learn throughout the semester based on your needs.

In Person

Face-to-Face

Classes take place in person at one of NTC’s physical campus locations. Times are set by the instructor and meet regularly each week. Due to social distancing guidelines, course sections may have reduced capacities and/or additional times may be scheduled to accommodate smaller numbers in each class.

  • Masks will be required in labs where social distancing is not feasible.
  • All classrooms will be equipped with a Plexiglas barrier on the instructor’s station. 
  • Classrooms will be disinfected daily with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces including chairs, tables and door handles.
  • Each classroom will be provided with essential cleaning supplies including disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and general directions for disinfecting.  Classrooms labeled as clean in/clean out will require that students and faculty disinfect their work area (desk/ table/ chair) prior to use.

100% Online

Virtual College

As NTC’s most flexible option, Virtual College gives students the opportunity to begin classes and set due dates throughout the semester. Classes are taught by the same faculty who teach face-to-face courses and provide quality learning experience directed by the faculty with a schedule directed by each student.

Computer Conferencing/Zoom 

Faculty teach in real time and students participate in class discussions and work on projects with their peers via Zoom. This type of environment is ideal for students who cannot physically be on campus, but prefer the community and structure of set learning times.

Combination

Blended/Hybrid

Students complete some of their classes fully online at their pace, while there are still occasional set meeting dates and times from the faculty member. In some cases, the set days and times can be attended at a physical campus and/or via computer conferencing.

Face-to-Face + Computer Conferencing

Students may choose to attend classes on an NTC campus or via Zoom, NTC’s virtual classroom software. In order to maintain social distancing measures, students must decide which way they will attend and register for that section. 
 

Modified Hours of Operation

The College will continue to operate with modified hours of operation to allow time for disinfection and sanitation. All Wausau Campus entrances will be locked at 7:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday. Evening courses will continue to run into the evening; however, individuals who leave campus will be unable to gain re-entry after 7:00 p.m. (after the last class starts) without contacting Security.

Wausau Campus Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Thursday | 6:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday | 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday | 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday | Closed

Regional Campus Hours of Operation (with the exception of Wittenberg)

  • Monday – Friday | 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
  • Saturday + Sunday | Open by Request

Wittenberg Campus Hours of Operation

  • Monday | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday + Thursday | 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday | 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday + Sunday | Open by Request

Cleaning + Prevention

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy campus environment, which includes enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures. In addition to the routine custodial cleaning, the College has implemented an enhanced cleaning frequency to clean and disinfect the campus with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces. Hand sanitizing stations are available at each entrance and across campus for student, staff and visitor use. Cleaning supplies are also available in campus locations designated as clean in/clean out.

Areas of Focus

Classrooms

  • Classrooms will be disinfected daily with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces including chairs, tables and door handles.
  • Each classroom will be provided with essential cleaning supplies including disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and general directions for disinfecting.  Classrooms labeled as clean in/clean out will require that students and faculty disinfect their work area (desk/ table/ chair) prior to use.
  • Plexiglas barriers have been installed on all instructor stations
  • Some chairs have been removed to maintain social distancing.
  • Vinyl graphics are affixed to all tables reminding students to social distance.
  • Ventilation will be increased to 100% when practical.
  • Disinfection fogging will occur at periodic intervals.

Labs

  • Labs will be disinfected daily with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces including chairs, tables and door handles.
  • Labs will be provided with essential cleaning supplies including disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and general directions for disinfecting.  Labs labeled as clean in/clean out will require that students and faculty disinfect their work area (desk/ table/ chair) prior to use.
  • Extra PPE may be required in labs where social distancing cannot be maintain or when students and/or faculty are working in groups.
  • Ventilation will be increased to 100% when practical
  • Disinfection fogging will occur at periodic intervals.

Offices

  • Offices will be disinfected daily with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces including chairs, tables and door handles.
  • Extra cleaning supplies are located in all office suites for self-cleaning.
  • Staff are required to clean in/ clean out when meeting in offices.
  • Masks are required when meeting in offices or cubicles.
  • Hand sanitizers will be provided for staff and visitors.
  • Ventilation will be increased to 100% when practical.
  • Disinfection fogging will occur at periodic intervals.

Eating + Study Areas

  • We will provide a designated place for students to eat and to study individually and/or in a group at each campus location.
  • Booths will re-open for use in the fall but will be limited to one person per booth.
  • Group study areas will be set up to ensure social distancing is followed. 
  • Eating on campus will only be allowed in designated locations identified with signage at each campus location.
    • These locations will be equipped with cleaning supplies for clean-in/clean-out protocol
    • Social distancing will be required
  • Vending will be allowed in designated eating areas to allow for and ensure routine cleaning of the vending machines. Vending machines will also be equipped with cleaning supplies for clean in/clean out.
  • You may eat in the cafeteria following social distancing protocol with a maximum of two people/table. You will be required to clean in/clean out when dining in the cafeteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

Health + Safety

What should I do if I develop COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are a student and develop symptoms, please reference the COVID-19 Guideline for Students for next steps.

I think I have/have been exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?

If you are a student and you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please reference the COVID-19 Guideline for Students for next steps.

What safety measures will be in place on campus?

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy campus environment, which includes enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures. In addition to the routine custodial cleaning, the College has implemented an enhanced cleaning frequency to clean and disinfect the campus with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces. Hand sanitizing stations are available at each entrance and across campus for student, staff and visitor use. Cleaning supplies are also available in campus locations designated as clean in/clean out.

What safety precautions are being taken for in-person classes?

Due to social distancing guidelines, all course sections have reduced capacities and/or additional times have been scheduled to accommodate smaller numbers in each class.

  • Masks will be required in labs where social distancing is not feasible.
  • All classrooms will be equipped with a Plexiglas barrier on the instructor’s station. 
  • Classrooms will be disinfected daily with an emphasis on high-touch surfaces including chairs, tables and door handles.
  • Each classroom will be provided with essential cleaning supplies including disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer and general directions for disinfecting.  Classrooms labeled as clean in/clean out will require that students and faculty disinfect their work area (desk/ table/ chair) prior to use.

What is the expectation of those who come to campus?

Everyone on campus is required to socially distance and monitor themselves for symptoms.

Campus Life

Will the Library be open?

Yes, the Library is open to students Monday – Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Can I still live in student housing?

Yes, Timberwolves Suites is open and has additional safety measures in places for all residents including Plexiglas barriers and enhanced cleaning measures.

Will there still be esports at NTC this year?

Yes. You can learn more on our esports page.

Will student clubs still be active this year?

There are many ways to continue to be an involved Timberwolf. Learn more on our Student Life website.

Can I be on campus when I’m not in class?

Yes and you are encouraged to do so! We have spaces available for students to study across all campus locations. To ensure an engaged and connected experience for all amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that you follow all posted guidelines and health protocols. We’re all in this together!

Academics

What if I don’t have a laptop for my online courses?

Laptops are available for purchase through the Campus Store. Laptops are also available for check out in the NTC Library. If you are in need of a laptop and cannot afford one, you can also contact the NTC Foundation regarding available scholarship opportunities.

How can I get my books and supplies?

Books and supplies are available for purchase through the NTC Campus Store.

I am worried about being able to complete this year (due to health, work and/or family commitments). Who should I contact?

We understand your concerns and we are here for you. Please reach out to your Student Success Advisor (by logging in to your Starfish Success Network or calling 715.803.1797) to develop an individual plan to complete. Your advisor and faculty member(s) will work to determine a plan that fits your life schedule.